16 Health Benefits of Rosemary

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Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb with needle-like leaves and pink, blue, or purple flowers. The word “rosemary” comes from the Latin words ros (meaning “dew”) and marinus (meaning “sea”). (more…)

Quinoa nutrition – why quinoa can help you lose weight and improve your health

Quinoa is native to South America. The pre-Columbian Incas saw it as a sacred food, calling it chisaya mama (mother grain). They planted the first seeds of the season in religious ceremonies using golden tools. Depriving the people of quinoa was one of the means the Spanish used to conquer the Incas. In recent years, people who value nutrition have begun to appreciate the wisdom of the Incas in esteeming this food which offers a host of health benefits. (more…)

MIGRAINES AND OTHER HEADACHES

Migraines often result from dietary inadequacies.  Dietary inadequacies can result from diets deficient in particular nutrients or from metabolic errors.  A full 80 to 90 percent of all migraine patients in one study tested positive for food allergies.  The best remedy for food allergies is to correct improper gut function. (more…)

Raising Awareness of Candida Yeast Infection

Are you suffering from seemingly unrelated health problems and your doctor isn’t able to explain what may be causing them? Candida yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, affects millions of people worldwide – and mainstream media remain silent about its symptoms, causes and treatment options.

Unexplainable tiredness, digestive disorders, headaches, and recurring yeast infections. For thousands of people, these all-too-common ailments can become a serious problem. Little by little, slowly over time, they are robbed of their vitality, and their doctors are clueless about what may be causing it. It wasn’t until recent years when many well-respected alternative health practitioners started to connect symptoms like general fatigue and bloating with Candida infection, a condition caused by bad diet and lifestyle habits.

Symptoms of Candida Infection (more…)

Discover the Magic of Black Cumin Seeds

The prophet Mohammed reportedly said that seeds of the black cumin plant could cure “anything but death itself”. While that may seem to be quite the tall order, black cumin (Nigella sativa) does in fact have remarkable healing and health properties that make it one of the most powerful medicinal plants known to man.

Black cumin is a part of the buttercup family and the seeds are dark, thin, and crescent-shaped when whole. The seeds have been used for many centuries in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and India. Today, black cumin seeds are used as a seasoning spice in different cuisines across the world due to their nutty flavor.

The seeds of the black cumin plant contain over 100 chemical compounds, including some yet to be identified. In addition to what is believed to be the primary active ingredient, crystalline nigellone, black cumin seeds contain: thymoquinone, beta sitosterol. myristic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, protein, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, folic acid, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and phosphorous. (more…)

6 Simple Ways to Prevent Headaches

Despite what you may have been told, the particular label you place on a headache is less important than taking a multi-pronged approach to returning your body to its natural, balanced state in which headaches are less likely to occur.

After personally suffering from painful migraines for nearly 30 years, I devised the following “integrated mind/body approach” to preventing headaches of all kinds from taking hold in the body. Indeed, the key to ending headache pain is proactive avoidance of its causes rather than reactive treatment of its symptoms.

Here are 6 simple things you can do that will start balancing your body and aid in preventing headaches: (more…)

Head hurt? Don’t reach for the pills yet

An aching head is one of the world’s most common health complaints. Almost everyone’s head aches at some time… and millions of people suffer on a regular basis. But many people don’t recognize some of the most common causes… or the simple ways to get rid of that throbbing in your head.

Today, I’ll let you in on a few secrets about aching heads.

One of the most common causes strikes on the weekend. After a long week, millions of people try to catch up on their sleep. But when they wake up, their head is pounding. Many of them blame it on “too much sleep.”

But they’re really experiencing the effects of caffeine withdrawal.

An achy head is one of the most common signs of caffeine withdrawal. And studies show that even people who drink fairly little coffee can suffer.(1) Getting up a little earlier on the weekends – and drinking your morning cup of coffee – will help clear this problem right up.

Mild-to-severe head pain is a classic sign of a hangover, too. You may have even heard about drinking a large glass of water after overdoing it. The water helps hold off the throbbing head of a classic hangover.

That’s because alcohol tends to dehydrate you. And it’s the dehydration – not the alcohol itself – that causes your head to hurt.

Studies only confirmed that dehydration can lead to an aching head in the last few years. But it’s a remarkably common problem. And it can be remarkably easy to relieve. Two-thirds of the people in one study got rid of the aching in their heads within a half-hour just by drinking – on average – a pint or so of water.(2)

Fasting is another common trigger for an aching head. During religious holidays many people who fast suffer, though the exact cause isn’t known. Caffeine withdrawal and low blood sugar have been suggested.

Whatever the trigger… if you try one of those “quick-start” fasting diets, there’s a chance you’ll find your head pounding.

Of course, stress and tension also get your head pounding. And if that’s what’s happening to you, I have good news. You still may not have to reach for a bottle of pills.

White willow bark tea will often do the trick. Willow bark has been used safely for nearly 2,500 years. Even today, it’s a popular home remedy. And it’s the only herb Germany’s famous Commission E recognizes for an aching head.

If you get frequent headaches, acupuncture may bring relief. In two large trials – lasting 3 months each – acupuncture promoted fewer and less severe episodes of head pain.(3)

If needles make you nervous, you can try acupressure. Taiwanese doctors discovered most people felt 6 months of relief after just one month of acupressure sessions.(4)

If you suffer with frequent, blinding aches, co-enzyme Q10 – CoQ10 for short – may help. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University started a group of sufferers on 150 mg of CoQ10 a day. After just 3 months, 61.3% reported less than half as many days with an aching head as before.(5)

Most often, the throbbing in your head has a simple cause. And there’s usually a simple way to get relief. Sometimes, it can be as easy as drinking a glass of water.

References:

1 Silverman K, et al. Withdrawal Syndrome After The Double-Blind Cessation Of Caffeine Consumption. The New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 327 OCTOBER 15, 1992 Number 16.

2 Blau JN, et al. Water-Deprivation Headache: A New Headache With Two Variants. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 79–83, January 2004.

3 Linde K, et al. Acupuncture for tension-type headache. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009 Jan 21;(1):CD007587.

4 Hsieh LL, et al. Effect of Acupressure and Trigger Points in Treating Headache: A Randomized Controlled Trial. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Volume: 38, Issue: 1(2010) pp. 1-14.

5 Rozen TD, et al. Open label trial of coenzyme Q10 as a migraine preventive. Cephalalgia. 2002 Mar;22(2):137-41.

 

About the author

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Dr. Kenneth Woliner is a board certified medical physician and modern day pioneer in the world of alternative men’s health and nutritional science. Using a unique combination of modern “Western” medicine and traditional holistic healing practices, Dr.Woliner has revolutionized men’s health care treatments for many of today’s most common male health concerns – specializing in alternative treatments for Prostate enlargement (BPH) and a myriad of erectile concerns and men’s sexual health issues.

Visit Dr. Woliner and the rest of the team at Best Life Herbals.

Vanilla and other natural remedies to relieve headaches

For many people, vanilla may the key for eliminating headaches. Vanilla extract contains eugenol, an essential oil that has antiseptic and analgesic properties and which helps unclog blood vessels.

The ancient Egyptians discovered that vanilla beans would cure a headache almost every time regardless of how serious the duration or intensity. Though they did not discover why vanilla worked, they found that it was three times more effective than their previous best treatment, turmeric.

One headache sufferer reported that nothing had worked for his constant headaches of 40 years until he turned to vanilla. He drank a tablespoon of pure vanilla extract in 8 ounces of water before going to bed and the next morning the usual headache pain was only half its normal intensity. Two days later it was gone completely and hasn’t returned in over a year.

If vanilla doesn’t do the trick, here are some other natural headache remedies to try: (more…)