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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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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6. Take care of your dental hygiene. Brush at least twice daily and floss at bedtime. If you have dry mouth, use a rinse. Get cleanings as recommended by your dentist.


7. Take medications as prescribed by your doctor.


8. Deal with your stress and anxiety.


9. Manage your high blood pressure.


 Do everything you can to create positive options for yourself. Use healthy resources to bring good outcomes. If necessary, go for therapy. Make a friend or take care of the ones you have. Spend time in prayer and meditation. Such behaviors help you stay grounded.


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The key to improving your health is acquiring healthy habits.


Positive health behaviors need reinforcement, and when you practice them, they could lead to better health, not only for the immediate future but for the remainder of your life. Sure, old habits are hard to break, but adopting new, positive habits may protect against serious health problems such as obesity and diabetes.


To begin making more reasonable health choices, develop a plan to identify and set goals for yourself. Beneficial healthy habits include:


1. Eating healthfully. Choose whole gains, a mix of colorful vegetables, fruit and sufficient protein. Watch your portions. When eating at a restaurant, eat half of what is served and take the rest home for the next day’s lunch. Consult a nutritionist or dietician for additional suggestions on how to eat healthfully.


2. Add more movement to your day. Make getting exercise a priority. Develop a regular exercise program. If possible, exercise at a certain time each day and mark your calendar for this healthy appointment. Add to this program a weight- training session about three times a week. Join a gym and consult an exercise physiologist to help you design a program specifically for you. Do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity. Regular exercise strengthens bones and muscles and may even

HEALTHY HABITS = HEALTHY LIFE

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60 Plus and Health & Wellness magazines.

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prevent muscle loss as aging occurs. It will increase your energy, reduce your waist measurements, make you feel better and help you keep your weight under control. Being overweight is associated with numerous diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, gallbladder disease and some cancers. Therefore, an exercise program is vital to avoid these possibilities.


3. Stop using tobacco and avoid being around those who smoke.

Smoking and tobacco are harmful and may cause heart disease, mouth, throat, or lung cancers and bring on emphysema and COPD.


4. Reduce alcohol consumption. Women should have no more than one drink per day, an equivalent of 12 ounces of beer or 5 ounces of wine. Too much alcohol damages the liver, could cause cancer and contributes to death from car wrecks, overdose and suicide.


5. Get adequate sleep. Turn off tech devices way before bedtime. Sleep in a cool, dark room.