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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minor role in weight loss. The greatest factors for weight gain as you age are often poor diet and inactivity. So eat better and get moving!


If your metabolism becomes sluggish due to lifestyle or aging, there are some tweaks you can incorporate to spur your metabolism. Regular aerobic exercise such as walking, bicycling and swimming is the most efficient way to burn calories. Include at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily, even if you break it up into three 10-minute periods. Adding high-intensity interval training can keep your metabolism revved up for as much as a full day. Weight lifting and strength training twice a week, along with eating protein, can increase muscle mass and boost metabolism.


You can find a simple online basal metabolic rate at www.calculator.net/bmr-calculator.html. It can help determine how many calories you’re likely to burn each day.


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UNDERSTANDING YOUR METABOLISM

ANGELA S. HOOVER



Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.


You may have a fast, slow or average metabolism, regardless of body size and composition.


Two individuals with the same size and body composition can have different metabolic rates. Researchers don’t understand exactly why. A person with a slow metabolism burns fewer calories, so more calories are stored as fat, making it harder for them to lose weight by just cutting calories. Individuals who are larger or have more muscle burn more calories, even when at rest. Men usually have less body fat and more muscle than women so men generally burn more calories than women regardless of their body composition and age. A woman’s menstrual cycle can affect her metabolism. And as we age, the amount of muscle decreases and fat begins to account for more of our weight, slowing down calorie burning. Researchers do not yet know how genetics factor in and why some families have higher or lower metabolic rates.


You gain weight when you burn fewer calories than you eat. To lose weight, you need to create an energy deficit by eating fewer calories, increasing the number of calories you burn through physical activity or both. Metabolism often plays a

Metabolism is the process where the body converts what you eat and drink into energy. It encompasses the way the body expends energy and burns calories. It functions 24/7 to keep the body viable, even when at rest or sleeping – circulating blood, adjusting hormone levels, growing and repairing cells. Metabolism governs basic functioning at the cellular level, fueling the body’s organs and central nervous system so it can run properly. The amount of calories your body uses to carry out these functions is your basal metabolic rate or metabolism. Basal metabolic rate measures how many calories you burn while doing nothing.


The body’s major organs – the brain, liver, kidneys, heart – account for about half the energy burned at rest. Fat, the digestive system and especially the body’s muscles account for the rest, according to Michael Jensen, a researcher who studies obesity and metabolism at the Mayo Clinic.


Basal metabolism accounts for the largest amount of total calories you burn each day. There are two other ways the body burns energy. Energy used is physical activity and thermogenesis is the energy used to break down food. Physical activity only accounts for a small fraction of your total energy expenditure – about 10 percent to 30 percent for the average person. Daily activities that aren’t deliberate exercise, such as walking from room to room, fidgeting, vacuuming, etc., account for about 100 to 800 calories used daily. Digesting food accounts for the least.