Sleep Hormone Melatonin Linked to Weight Loss, Heart Disease Prevention

sleepwoman 265x165 Sleep Hormone Melatonin Linked to Weight Loss, Heart Disease PreventionAccording to a study conducted at the University of Granada, melatonin can be quite helpful in controlling weight and increasing “good” cholesterol while decreasing “bad” cholesterol.

Obese Rats and Melatonin

After analyzing the effects melatonin had on obese, diabetic rats, the researchers found that melatonin was able to help prevent “heart diseases associated to obesity and dyslipidemia”. Without a change in diet, rats who were given melatonin had a reduction in body weight, decreased blood pressure and an improved lipid profile. (more…)

Theanine – A Nutrient for Relaxation

Theanine is the active component of green tea responsible not only for its taste but also for its relaxing effects.  In 1999 a method for concentrating a purified form into a dietary supplement was perfected (Suntheanine1).  Brain cells are known to generate electrical pulses, called brain waves, from their cell surfaces.  It was demonstrated in humans that 40 minutes after taking theanine (50 mg to 200 mg) relaxing alpha waves were generated in various brain regions, an effect that may last up to 12 hours. (more…)

13 Ways to Kick Insomnia/Sleep Disorders and Get a Good Night’s Rest

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Are you an insomniac? Do you toss and turn and wake up in the middle of the night? And no matter how hard you try, you can’t  get back to sleep…only to feel as though you’ve been hit by a truck when the alarm goes off and it’s time to start your day?

In our culture, we’ve come to believe many things we experience to do with the way we feel as being normal, such as headaches, stiffness, fatigue, sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, headaches, sore throats, flus, colds, and many others. (more…)

Magnesium Deficiency: The Source of Most Modern Chronic Illness?

To be in good health is a true blessing, and without proper nutrition a foundation for health cannot be built. I found this out the hard way. For several years I experienced severe fatigue daily, along with muscle spasms, weak teeth, shortness of breath, anxiety and generally not feeling well. I started to conduct research on the unpleasant assortment of symptoms that I was experiencing, and I repeatedly came across information on the essential element called magnesium. It turns out that the majority of Americans (80% or more) are magnesium deficient due to poor diet and soil depletion. Every symptom that I had was a sign of magnesium deficiency. Upon further research I discovered magnesium oil, which is easily absorbed – more so than pill form – through the skin via Transdermal Magnesium Therapy. After using the oil for several months, all of the symptoms have disappeared. (more…)

The Top Fifteen Herbal Sedatives

 Do you ever feel the need to just take the edge off?

Well a lot of us get extra stressed around the holiday season, and if you
don’t want to take something that will totally knock you out, try a gentle
relaxing cup of sedative tea instead of popping a pill.

Now opinions may slightly differ amongst herbalists as to what the best
herbal sedative is, but I think we can all agree that the best herb is the one
that works best for the individual. Here are my top fifteen favorites for making
in to herbal tea as they are widely available and not endangered species (to my
current knowledge.)

I have included a brief blurb so that you can get an idea of the herbs that
will work best for your constitution. Please always check with your naturopathic
physician before combining herbs with prescription drugs. Do not take sedative
herbs during pregnancy or breastfeeding. (more…)

Sleep Deprivation Influences Neurobehavioral Function in Children with ADHD.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most frequently diagnosed childhood psychiatric conditions. While there are many theories regarding the cause of ADHD, we now know that many of the children diagnosed today, have a biological parent who shares the same diagnosis. Other factors that may contribute to the symptoms of ADHD are fetal alcohol syndrome, lead poisoning, meningitis, and a genetic resistance to thyroid hormone. Also, while not a primary cause, there seems to be a positive association that exists between negative family environment factors and ADHD. A child with ADHD usually shows signs of this disorder by the age of three and almost always by the age of seven. A child with ADHD is unable to focus his/her attention on repetitive tasks, is easily distracted, has frequent outbursts of energy, is often fidgety, and has difficulty following instructions. (more…)

4 Creepy Ways Big Pharma Peddles its Drugs

Big Pharma uses ads that sow hypochondria, raise health fears and sell diseases to adults and their children.
January 9, 2012  |

(Editor’s Note: You can view the ads throughout the story and can click on the ad to enlarge it.)

It’s no secret that advertising works. Big Pharma wouldn’t spend over $4 billion a year on direct-to-consumer advertising if it didn’t mean massive profits.

What is more unknown is why drug ads that sow hypochondria, raise health fears and “sell” diseases are often the most common–and effective–even when the drugs themselves are of questionable safety. (more…)