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6 Striking Health Effects of Vitamin D

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According to Boston University researchers, between 30 to 50% of children and adults in the United States are at high risk for vitamin D deficiency. While this deficiency can lead to rickets in children, in adults, it is associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and immune dysfunction.

Experts believe that sensible exposure to sun, an consumption of vitamin dietary supplements may be the best way to deal with this preventable medical condition.

The following are some newly discovered benefits of vitamin D

1. Reduced risk of Fracture - A study found that oral vitamin D supplements taken at a dose of at least 400 international units daily, were linked to a decreased risk of bone fractures in older adults. (Archives of Internal Medicine, Mar 2009)

2. Protection from Diabetes - If you consume the right quantities of vitamin D, it may protect you from diabetes or even delay its onset. Further, it may reduce complications in those who've already acquired the …

Top 10 Tips To Stay Healthy

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“The greatest wealth is health,” said Virgil. And I think he was dead right because you need to be healthy, to both earn and enjoy what you earn. All of us are prone to health risks for a myriad reasons, but we can minimize our risks by leading a healthy life. The following 10 tips are meant to enable just that.

1. Be on a healthy diet Eating is a way to nourish your body. If you feed it with junk it would not only result in lowered performance, but might harm it in the long run. So, it makes all the more sense to choose your diet wisely. A balanced diet is a must as is the quantity of what you eat. Some healthy eating options include eating about 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day while minimizing the consumption of saturated fats has a beneficial effect. They not only enhance your health but may also decrease the risk of cancer and several other diseases. So that you don't have to depend on pharmaceutical drugs to keep control you ailments.


2. Staying active is the way to…

Green Tea: A Dietary Supplement Against Aging

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Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which prevent our bodies’ cells from damage due to oxidation. The process is not very different from preventing your car from being rusted.

Fast realizing the increasing knowledge of public about the many health benefits of antioxidants as they are being published, the marketers of cold drinks have begun promoting green tea drinks flavored with fruit juices. Apple, lemon, strawberry, peach, and pomegranate, you name it and it’s out there for sale.
Green Tea is often consumed as a dietary supplement. A dietary supplement refers to vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements and other substances (e.g weight loss supplement) meant to improve your diet. Green tea comprises EGCG or the epigallocatechin gallate that makes the tea power packed with the advantages of antioxidants.

As far as aging is concerned, many studies blame free radicals within our bodies as the ones responsible of it. Consequently, the higher the quantity of free radicals in your body, the …

Is Alternative Medicine Safe And Effective?

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As a kid I remember that when I would get a tummy ache, my mom would ask me to lie down and slowly sip through a drink of homemade lemonade with a dash of black salt, before dad could take me to a physician.

Today when I look back and remember, I reckon that to treat my tummy ache I was put on a course of an integrative medicine Alternative Medicine (the lemonade) + Conventional Medicine (physician prescribed drugs).

Alternative Medicine & Its Usage
Complementary and Alternative Medicine or CAM, comprises a broad range of healthcare practices, products, and systems, which don't form a part of the conventional medicine. For instance, herbal materials, preparations and products used by Asian systems of medicine such as Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese medicine. It also includes practices viz. Acupressure, acupuncture, aromatherapy, or mind body approaches such as prayer, mental healing, meditation, etc.

Moreover, a lot of people around the world use Alternative medicines, for example…

Importance of Ayurvedic Beauty Care

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One of the oldest system of medicine, Ayurveda has today occupied an important place in beauty care and treatment. Using varied herbs and herbal formulations, Ayurvedic beauty treatment is completely natural and gives the best results. Not only the natural herbs play an important role in internal health and well-being but also on external beauty and health. With herbal beauty treatment, the body and soul becomes complete and this is evident in your overall appearance. The beauty therapy of Ayurveda has shown its popularity among its users.
One of the most important reasons for the increasing use of Ayurveda in beauty and skin care is that this system can clearly bring out a clear, glowing skin together with happiness and relaxation which otherwise cannot be achieved by cosmetics. It lays emphasis on internal beauty.
Today the market is flooded with a wide range of beauty products, ointments, lotions , soaps, facepacks made using ayuvedic herbs which can bring a complete makeover of…

Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Dry Skin, Useful Herbs for Dry Skin

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Mankind has been coping with ailments since the beginning of its existent. Home remedies have often proved useful and passed along for many generations. Some home remedies have been improving and changing with current fashion. Even though the medical field has developed a lot in the last century, we often see the home remedies to be the most effective solution. Some home remedies for dry skin, in particular, are known for their effectiveness. Home remedies for dry skin are widespread mainly because they are not risky or dangerous nor are they expansive. So don't spend your hard earned money on doctors. Try to help yourself first with home remedies.

Dry skin typically happens in most people during the winter season. Dryness typically occurs because your skin lacks moisture. This means that there is a lack of water in your skin. In the past various magazines have suggested home remedies for dry skin like drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will cure this ailment. However…

Amlapitta and Ayurveda

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It is common for many of us to face a burning sensation in stomach and chest at times. This is in most cases due to excessive secretion of acidic material in the stomach. This in medical terms referred as acidity or gastritis. In Ayurvedic terminology, this is referred as amlapitta, amla meas the super sour taste and Pitta is the Dosha . This means there is excessive secretion of Pitta Dosha (one of the three doshas) in the stomach.
There are several factors that lead to the acidity or amlapitta in the body like a poor or imbalanced diet, heavy smoking, weak immune system, stress etc. When there is acidity problem in the body, it is denoted by many symptoms like loss of appetite, burning sensation in chest, stomach, nausea, indigestion, abdominal bloating, etc.
Amlapitta Process When the Pitta Dosha is disturbed from its normal state by taking viruddha bhojan (incompatible food), vikrita bhojan (stale food), ati amla (too much sour, spicy food), vidahi (decayed) and other food that…

Obesity: Natural Herbs At Your Rescue

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The traditional Ayurveda study favors the use of certain specific natural herbs for treating obesity or reducing weight. These herbs are not just effective but also are safe for use as these do not render any kind of side effects on body. Have a look at some of the natural herbs recommended by ayurveda for treating increased weight:

Triphala (Emblica Officinalis)
Triphala is known for reducing fat and boosting the hemoglobin levels which ultimately results in weight loss. Also it is an effective anti-oxidant which helps in weight reduction.

Guggul (Commiphora Mukul)
The herb guggul particular herb helps in burning fats and controlling the cholesterol levels in blood. It is thus, popularly used for curbing obesity and weight reduction. Since, it is a natural herb, it is considered much more safe and superior than the other antibiotics and medicines.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Sweets are a major reason behind increasing weight. Hence, it is really helpful in reducing weight if the swee…

What are Stone Massage Therapy Benefits?

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Ayurveda places much importance on body massages of various types. Among all ayurvedic massage types, Abhyanga massage is the most popular one that uses herbal oils to rejuvenate the body. A step ahead of “Abhyanga Massage” is the “Shila Abhyanga Massage” or the Ayurvedic hot stone massage. In it, hot water treated stones, mostly Basalt stones of varying sizes are placed at key points of the body (along both sides of the spine). Stone massage delivers efficient tissue and muscle massage at a pressure level that is comfortable to the person receiving it. The main benefit of hot stone massage therapy is to promote healing and longevity by releasing tension and connecting the flow of prana (vital energy) throughout the body. Other benefits of stone massage therapy include the following. Stone massage stimulates the circulatory system.It helps in releasing toxins out of body.It induces deep relaxation and calms the psyche.Stone massage therapy also relieves pain and muscle spasms.



Stone Ma…

Headache Natural Home Remedies

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Headache Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
What is a headache?
A Headache is defined as a pain in the head or upper neck. It is one of the most common locations of pain in the body and has many causes.

What are the Different Types of Headaches?
Common headache types are:
Tension-Type HeadacheMigraine HeadacheCluster HeadacheHormone Headache Tension Headache -are the most common type of primary headache. Up to 90% of adults have had or will have tension headaches. Tension headaches occur more commonly among women than men.

Symptoms
pain description: dull pressure or tightness
location: both sides of head & sometimes neck
duration: 30min to a full week
frequency: infrequent to daily
other common symptoms: fatigue, sensation of a rigid band circling and pressing on the head.

Migraine Headache- are the second most common type of primary headache. Migraine headaches affect children as well as adults. Before puberty, boys and girls are affected equally by migraine headaches, b…

Acne: Types of Acne, What causes Acne, How to get rid of Acne, Acne Home Remedies

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Introduction Effective home remedies for acne and Natural Acne Treatments to have clear and smooth skin permanently. Get rid of whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, nodules, cysts and more.
What Causes Acne All acne is a disorder of the pilosebaceous unit, which is made up of a hair follicle, sebaceous gland, and a hair. These units are found everywhere on the body except on the palms, soles, top of the feet, and the lower lip. The number of pilosebaceous units is greatest on the face, upper neck, and chest. Sebaceous glands produce a substance called sebum, which is responsible for keeping the skin and hair moisturized. During adolescence sebaceous glands enlarge and produce more sebum under the influence of hormones, also called androgens. After about age 20, sebum production begins to decrease.



Acne & Bacteria A bacteria, known as Propionibacterium acnes, is a normal inhabitant of the skin. It uses sebum as a nutrient for growth, therefore increases in follicles during puberty. …

Home Remedies for Sleep Disorder

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Next time you are not able to fall asleep, don't just pop up that sleeping pill! They are harmful if taken frequently- you know that! Just follow some natural ways to cure your sleeplessness. Here are some home remedies for giving you restful good night's sleep! Don't go by the general theory of ' daily eight hours sleep'. Ayurveda advocates quality of sleep. The quantity of sleep is decided by individual body. It may range from anywhere between 5-8 and even 9 hours. Find for yourself, how much sleep you need to feel afresh!Set your body clock by following nature's pattern. Rise when sun rises, even sometime before that, and go to bed no later than 10 pm. Don't let the routine disturbed on weekends too!



Exercise keeps us fit but do it in the morning. Exercising late in the day or in evenings raises our energy levels and makes us too active to go to sleep. If you can't find time in the morning, make sure you exercise at least 4 hours before your bedtime.Av…