One can argue that stress is an inherent part of the modern world. We are always in a hurry and constant pressure. Sometimes we sacrifice a lot to achieve very little. Stress is simply a natural result of this lifestyle. Unfortunately for us, we are not built thrive under these conditions. Out physical and mental qualities deteriorate under stress, which leads to many serious medical conditions. It can be said that stress is a gateway to some of the worst medical conditions you can get your body through. In combination with an unhealthy diet, pollution and lack of exercise, the… Read More »

Staying hydrated is always important but becomes even more critical during the summer months when dehydration becomes a significant risk. Drinking water is important to provide your body with the fluids it requires. However, diet also plays an essential role in the foods we eat impacting on our hydration levels. But what are some of the best, and worst, foods to eat if you want to stay hydrated during summer? Foods To Hydrate The Body  Studies show that around 20 percent of our fluid intake comes from the foods we eat. In the summer months, where sweat can rapidly deplete water stores,… Read More »

At some point in our lives, we will experience back pain. A very small percentage of the general population will be spared from it. Almost in all cases, the center of the pain will be in the lower back, which is a very complex construction responsible for a wide range of functions. Most importantly lower provides strong support and degree of flexibility to whole construction. It does this by being a center where many of your bones, muscles, and nerves interconnect. However, due to this large concentration, there can be a number of things that can go wrong. And it… Read More »

Mood disorder is a blanket term that is used to refer to many conditions that caused instability in a person’s mood — the reasons for this range widely from depression to bipolar disorder. More often than not the condition does not have a constant effect. But is characterized by an unstable succession of moods, expressed in a rapid change of personality. Just being under the weather and having a generally negative outlook for no apparent reason, can also be classified as a mood disorder. The treatments for this condition vary and depend on the severity of it and underlining cause.… Read More »

The brain, like the rest of our muscles, requires regular exercise to keep it strong and healthy. Unlike our bodies, it can be difficult to know what the most effective ways to train our brain are. For this reason, some people choose to ignore brain exercises, putting them at risk of developing diseases like dementia as they age.  In this article, we’ll provide some exercises you can do to keep your brain as fit as your body. 1. Work Your Brain With Puzzles The most effective ways of training your brain are by doing problem-solving exercises like crosswords and sudoku.… Read More »

When the topic of arthritis comes up, we should be aware that it is not one specific thing. It is a general term that is used about over 100 different conditions. The name is used because all of those conditions affect joints and tissues that surround them. Arthritis itself is an inflammatory process that occurs in joints. The symptoms of arthritis are similar to other inflammatory processes and involve swelling, aching and general pain in your bones. The most widespread types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus (more information found here). In most cases, the problem… Read More »

Depression is sometimes thought of as most easily treated through psychotropic medication that can rebalance hormones or brain chemicals. For those not ready to sign up for heavy pharmaceuticals, there might be another way. Well regarded as a power mineral for the body’s central systems, zinc repletion might be vital in relieving symptoms of depression. While it’s naturally found in trace amounts in the body, clinical studies have shown that those suffering from depression are also zinc deficient. The more depressed tested individuals are, the lower their zinc levels have proved to be. Low Zinc Levels & Diet The most… Read More »

If you’re having trouble achieving deep, restful sleep and you haven’t considered your zinc levels, now may be the time. It’s a mineral naturally found in trace amounts in our bodies that perform roles like aiding in cell division and the breakdown of carbs. Zinc helps metabolize food and balances hormones. Studies now show that taking extra zinc before bed can lead to more restorative sleep. Zinc alone does not help you fall asleep, but it does aid in more profound, less fitful sleep. It suppresses the nervous system and acts as an antidepressant. Lowering anxiety levels, in turn, helps… Read More »

Lemon balm is a herb in the mint-herb family that releases a strong lemony smell when its leaves are crushed. It’s a rather common herb that can be easily found in the farmer’s market or even in your garden. Lemon balm is widely used in aromatherapy and usually comes in the form of essential oil. However, it is also available in the form of a cream, extract, capsules and commonly used in herbal tea. It has been in use since the Middle Ages and serves as a great aid in reducing stress and anxiety, improves the mood and sleep and… Read More »

Relaxation and sleep are our most essential commodities with regards to our body’s health.  They offer relief from the stress of a busy day and heal the physical, mental, and emotional turmoil of the day. For many of us, sleep and relaxation can be an elusive vision that never seems to happen.  After a long and challenging day of work, we can find it hard sometimes to let go of the events that brought us to where we are.  Our mind goes over the moments with a fine-tooth comb picking them apart for flaws sometimes to the point of even… Read More »

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