Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), also known as mucous colitis or spastic colon, is a chronic gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. Put simply, that means that your bowels behave abnormally without evidence of damage from the disease. IBS affects 10 to 15 percent of adults in the U.S. and can significantly compromise their quality of life. What Causes … Continue reading Common IBS Symptoms and the Best Natural Remedies
With one out of every 10 American adults actively taking an antidepressant, the need to promote mental health through natural means has never been greater. A healthy, organic diet and regular exercise are critical for laying the foundation of healthy living. Herbs like St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) are a source of antioxidants and other specialized … Continue reading St. John’s Wort Benefits: Natural Support for Mental Wellness
Life is full of stressful moments and situations. Nobody is immune to occasional mood disturbances and anxiety. However, just because you’re stressed isn’t necessarily a good reason to resort to powerful medications. Many medicines-for-your-mind have horrible side effects that are worse than the disorders they are intended to correct. If your mood needs a pick-up, … Continue reading The Benefits of Mulungu Bark for Mental Health
Rhodiola rosea, also known as golden root, grows in the cool, northern climates of Asia and Eastern Europe and even flourishes in many regions of the Arctic. It’s included in several traditional healing modalities where it’s used as an herbal remedy for fatigue, anxiety, and mood imbalances. How Does Rhodiola rosea Work? Rhodiola rosea is … Continue reading What are the Health Benefits of Rhodiola rosea?
Every day, doctors and psychiatrists dole out behavior-modifying medicines for a variety of psychiatric disorders. The disorders range from depression and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) to bipolar and anxiety disorders. The sordid story behind how these medications work, how they come to market, and how they interfere with the lives of users is a … Continue reading 12 Shocking Facts About the Dangers of Psychiatric Drugs
A few years ago, my wife and I were on Hawaii’s big island and walking through a quaint shopping area when I noticed a small, hole-in-the-wall establishment that served kava. For the uninitiated, kava is a relaxing, non-alcoholic beverage made from the root of the kava plant, it’s popular in the Pacific islands. I’d heard … Continue reading What is Kava? 10 Must-Know Facts
How many times have you followed your “gut instinct” as a method for determining what you should or shouldn’t do in a particular situation? Have you ever felt anxiety fluttering its relentless wings in the center of your stomach? It might not be simple nervousness. The human gut is often called the “second brain,” and … Continue reading Anxiety May Originate In Your Gut!
Did you know your gut health may affect your mood and behavior? The belief that gut health is connected to mental well-being dates back more than a hundred years. In the early 1900’s, scientists and clinicians emphasized the relationship between gastrointestinal health and mental health. By 1930, opinions reversed and it was thought that mental … Continue reading Surprising Link Between Depression, Anxiety, and Gut Health
If there is one herb with a fantastic flavor, it is cilantro. Nothing opens up the flavor in black bean tacos quite the same way. Cilantro isn’t a recent addition to our lexicon and its uses extend well beyond culinary delight. Ancient Greece used cilantro essential oil as a component of perfume. During medieval times, … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Cilantro
The thyroid gland synthesizes thyroid hormones and iodine is an essential trace mineral that is crucial for the thyroid to function properly. Eating foods rich in iodine ensures the thyroid is able to manage metabolism, detoxification, growth and development. Research has shown that a lack of dietary iodine may lead to enlargement of the thyroid … Continue reading 7 Foods Rich in Iodine