HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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CAN AN APP HELP YOU DIET?

and burned and even allows you to select a fitness program; it will also monitor its implementation. Fatsecret can autocomplete entries, scan product codes and even recognize product photos. The app can create graphs and compare calorie intake and nutrients throughout the week.


Lifesum is one of the better apps because it integrates many aspects for the user. It seems to encompass all aspects of a healthy lifestyle so you can learn how your diet integrates with other habits to ultimately help you reach your health and fitness goals. It’s also incredibly flexible and works with any diet, from keto to paleo to high- protein, low-carb. Each user achieves a Life Score that serves as a source of motivation. You’re competing only with yourself. You can improve your score by eating healthy meals, exercising and drinking water. Lifesum’s database also maintains hundreds of recipes.


Is there evidence using a calorie-tracking app improves weight management? A recent study found people who regularly used the app MyFitnessPal lost more weight than those who didn’t. Apps are helpers, but motivation, accountability and discipline must begin with the user. There are no guarantees using a particular

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP



Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

Developing a healthy lifestyle has become quite popular, and with it has grown the availability of several apps, fitness trackers and smartwatches that monitor your food consumption and exercise activity.


Apps compliment the current technology and programs available for improving our health and lifestyles. Programs that can be used on an iPhone or Android- based smartphones allow us to monitor or track our thinking, behavior and habits. They are sophisticated enough to track motor and physical activity as well, in addition to what we consume. These all aid our efforts in maintaining a healthy life.


Among the most popular features of some diet apps is the ability to record food intake and view the nutritional value of the food you eat. Some apps have barcode scanners, workout trackers, meal/nutritional planners, recipe links and group support forums. These diet apps may be synced with other health apps and devices, including Google Fit, Apple Health, Garmin or even your handy Fitbit.


When it comes to nutritional value, nutrition apps can help you eat properly by tracking calories, controlling your eating habits and providing tips on the nutritional value of foods. Among the apps that provide this service is the Noom Coach, which educates users on how to eat healthy food and how to maintain this behavior. FoodDiary is another popular app that records meals and water intake, monitors calories consumed