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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from dinner one day until dinner the next day. The warrior diet entails fasting during the day and eating a huge meal at night.


IF is easier to follow for longer time periods because it allows you to eat while reducing caloric intake. It changes hormone levels to enable weight loss. In addition to lowering insulin and increasing growth hormone levels, IF increases the release of the fat-burning hormone norepinephrine.


Combining fasting with exercise is a powerful way to lose weight. And at another deep level, it can reset your mind and refresh your Zen. As always, consult your primary care physician to ensure you are healthy enough to undertake a long fast.

IS FASTING JUST A FAD?

ANGELA S. HOOVER



Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

There are different types of fasting. Water fasting is when you consume nothing but water, usually for 24 to 72 hours at a time. Most people drink two to three liters of water during a water fast. Water fasts should not last longer than three days without medical supervision. A water fast can be done for detoxing, to prepare for a medical procedure and for general health benefits. Individuals with gout, diabetes (both type 1 and 2) and eating disorders and older adults, pregnant women and children should not undergo water fasts, according to the NIH. Break your fast with a smoothie or small meal. Eating too much after long fasts can lead to refeeding syndrome, a potentially fatal condition where the body undergoes rapid changes in fluid and electrolyte levels.


Water fasting is not an effective way to burn fat. Although it can provoke rapid weight loss, most of that weight loss comes from water, carbs and muscle mass rather than from fat. If you seek the benefits of fasting and also want to lose weight, intermittent fasting (IF) is the better option.


IF is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. Rather than specify which foods to eat, IF focuses on when food is eaten. Common IF methods include 16-hour fasts; fasting for 24 hours twice a week; or not eating

Fasting has been practiced for thousands of years throughout many cultures for both spiritual and health benefits. All the major religions – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism – incorporate fasting in their practices. Our distant ancestors were often forced to undergo intermittent fasting due to food scarcity. As a result, humans evolved to be able to function without food for extended periods of time. In fact, fasting from time to time is more natural than eating three to four (or more) meals per day. In modern times, fasting has become a bit of a fitness fad, but despite the hype there are scientifically backed benefits to fasting, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These include:



Fasting may aid in cancer prevention and increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy. It may boost brain function and prevent neurodegenerative disorders. It could also delay aging and extend longevity.