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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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:

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Nutrition supplement drinks are intended to serve as a meal supplement, not as an addition to a full meal. By themselves they provide just what is needed, but drinking one with or after a meal will provide too many calories. That can lead to weight gain and complications associated with obesity, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. If you’re replacing a meal, look for a drink that offers about 400 calories per serving.


If you don’t particularly like the taste of any of the nutrition supplement drinks available at the grocery or pharmacy, you may want to try making your own. Blend regular or nondairy milk with protein powder and fruit. To make fortified milk, mix one quart of whole or low-fat milk with a cup of powdered nonfat milk. You can also mix fruits or vegetables in Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or milk to create a protein supplement specific to your needs and tastes.

SHOULD YOU USE NUTRITION SUPPLEMENT DRINKS

ANGELA S. HOOVER





Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

beneficial, healthy mix of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals. They are very convenient to use, which makes them even more appealing. Be sure to read the labels so you know exactly what is in the drink – especially note the amount of sugar if you are dealing with diabetes.


Your doctor may recommend a nutrition supplement drink if you:



While you may not need a prescription or a go-ahead from your doctor before trying a nutrition supplement drink, it’s still a good idea to check with him or her to make sure the ingredients in the drink will not interfere with any medicines you are currently taking. For example, according to the Harvard Health Letter, some drinks contain vitamin K, and sudden changes in vitamin K intake may interfere with the effect of the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin).

For many individuals who are concerned about their appetite, weight loss or gain or health problems that make eating solid food difficult, nutrition supplement drinks are viable alternatives. Products such as Boost and Ensue, which come in a variety of flavors, are often used to provide protein and other nutrients to people who need a little boost to ensure they are able to keep their strength up and increase their intake of nutrients.


Protein is vital for building and repairing muscle and bone. It also helps maintain your immune system. It makes enzymes and hormones and transports nutrients throughout the body. Protein gives you energy and helps your body recover from illness, surgery, wounds and fractures. Unlike carbohydrates and fats, protein isn’t stored in the body. You get it from eating assorted foods, such as lean chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables, cheese, nuts, peanut butter, whole grains and brown rice. The amount of protein you need depends on factors such as your age, weight and activity level. For healthy adults over age 19, the recommended dietary allowance is a minimum of 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day. For adults over 65, experts recommend even more protein – about 0.5 gram per pound of body weight per day. If you have trouble hitting the recommended numbers, a nutrition supplement drink could help make up the difference, filling in the gaps with the extra calories.


Most nutrition supplement drinks are carefully balanced to provide a