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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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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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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time- restricted feeding has these great health benefits even when the animal is eating a diet high in fat. Thus, animal studies suggest time-restricted feeding could be an effective dietary intervention even without changing what you eat.


Recently, the effectiveness of time-restricted feeding has been tested in clinical studies of people. These studies have shown increasing overnight fasting intervals is associated with weight loss, body fat reduction and improvements in regulating blood sugar and cholesterol. The evidence suggests restricting the eating window to earlier in the day is more effective than later in the evening.


Scientific evidence is accumulating to demonstrate time-based diets are effective in improving metabolic health. If you hate counting calories or cutting out your favorite foods, a time-based diet may be for you. Be sure to check with your primary care provider about undertaking one of these diets.

THE SCIENCE UNDERLYING INTERMITTENT FASTING

brain function, increase lifespan and protect against age-related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.


Another time-based diet, called time- restricted feeding, is when you consume all your meals during 10 or 12 hours during the daytime. There are no late-night snacks with time-restricted feeding. The rationale for this diet comes from studies of circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are your daily or 24-hour cycles. These rhythms control when you feel tired, when you want to wake up and when you feel hungry. They also control the processes that regulate your body weight, blood sugar and cholesterol. Ideally, your circadian rhythms should be in sync with the world around you. In other words, you should be eating and exercising during the daytime and sleeping and fasting at night. Time-restricted feeding works by syncing your eating pattern with the world around you.


Studies performed in animal models have shown time-restricted feeding is extremely effective in improving health. Restricting eating to 10 or 12 hours a day, when the animal subject is awake and active, causes weight loss and improves body weight, blood sugar and cholesterol. What is even more exciting is

When you think of the word diet, you probably think about reducing the amount of food you eat or cutting back on certain foods, such as fats or carbs. These diets may work by regulating what you eat. However, a new kind of diet is gaining popularity. This new trend, which includes intermittent fasting and time-restricted feeding, focuses on when you eat, not what you eat. These time-based diets are exciting since they don’t restrict you from indulging in your favorite foods – as long as you eat them at the appropriate time of day.


Time-based diets come in several iterations. During intermittent fasting, you move back and forth between fasting (eat nothing or very little) for one or more days and eating whatever you want for several days. The two most common intermittent fasting diets are alternate-day fasting, which is one day of fasting and then one day of eating, and the 5:2 cycle, which is five days of eating followed by two days of fasting. In human clinical studies, both methods are as effective at improving cardiovascular health, weight loss and insulin sensitivity as typical diets that continuously cut calories.


The science behind intermittent fasting involves metabolic switching. Prolonged periods of fasting cause your body to burn fat instead of storing it. Fasting also reduces inflammation. Long-lasting inflammation, which is common in individuals who are overweight, damages the body, so reducing inflammation can benefit health and longevity. Studies in animal models have shown intermittent fasting can even improve