Few maladies are more miserable than a migraine headache. To add insult to injury, migraines are often triggered by the very food and drink people enjoy most, such as wine and chocolate. Now scientists believe they have figured out why this is true. It’s all about intestinal microbes and the way they interact with the chemicals in food.
During the 1980s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) began looking for ways to protect air quality in its space stations. The agency conducted research to learn which flora were most effective in detoxifying air. They were looking for plants that would filter toxic substances from the air and convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. The results of the study were published in 1989. NASA presented a definitive list of detoxifying plants.
If you’re a tea lover, you may begin each morning with a cup of your favorite. Green tea is health giving, and it’s particularly tasty flavored with mint. Chai is an warm comforting taste in the afternoon (did you know that “chai” is actually the Indian term for tea?). If you have an upset tummy, ginger tea with honey is the perfect tonic. If you need a pick-me-up, black tea is just the thing. And chamomile tea supports restorative sleep.
Depression is a complex issue, with a multitude of physical and emotional causes. If you experience depression, however, or someone close to you does, you may want to consider whether dehydration could be a contributing factor. Dehydration is dangerous not just to your physical health, but also to your emotional well-being.
It our last article, we explored the link between chronic inflammation and disease. Chronic inflammation is implicated in rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and Crohn’s, among others. Often you have chronic inflammation without knowing it is present. So how can you prevent this threat to your health, or stop it before it attacks your health?
There are few things more uncomfortable than a stopped-up nose. If your nose is running, and you’re having post-nasal drip, you may imagine that mucus is the culprit. However, nasal congestion is actually a blockage of the passages due to swelling of the membranes lining the nose, caused by inflamed blood vessels.
For more than a century, Vicks VapoRub has been a popular over-the-counter remedy to treat colds, stuffy noses, and throat and chest congestion. In recent years, fans of Vicks have expanded its uses. Here are twenty surprising ways to use Vicks VapoRub:
Thousands of years ago, people didn’t floss. They didn’t have toothbrushes, and they probably didn’t make any effort to clean their teeth. Yet, based on archaeological discoveries, their oral health was much better than ours today.
Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, says:
Hunter-gatherers had really good teeth,[but] as soon as you get to farming populations, you see this massive change. Huge amounts of gum disease. And cavities start cropping up.
Scientists say it’s because of our diets.
Cooper and his researchers studied calcified plaque on the teeth of 34 prehistoric human skeletons. They identified the composition of bacteria in mouths, and found that it changed as the human diet transitioned from meat, vegetables and nuts to carbs and sugar.
Some of those microbes are protective, but other oral bacteria facilitate tooth decay. The researchers found that some types of disease-causing bacteria had evolved to using carbohydrates, and over time these crowded out the more friendly bacteria. The situation deteriorated during the Industrial Revolution, when people began to add processed flour and sugar to their diets.
According to Cooper:
What you’ve really created is an ecosystem which is very low in diversity and full of opportunistic pathogens that have jumped in to utilize the resources which are now free.
You’re walking around with a permanent immune response, which is not a good thing. It causes problems all over the place.
Modern people have harmful bacteria present in our mouths on an ongoing basis, which means we are constantly in a state of disease. That includes not just oral disease – these bacteria support diabetes, obesity, even cardiovascular disease.
Cooper says bacteria comprises 90 percent of the cells in our bodies, and he believes there is too little attention paid to this so-called microbiome.
We brush our teeth and we floss, and we think that we’ve got good oral hygiene. But [we’re] completely failing to deal with the underlying problem. Ten years from now, I think we’re going to find that the whole microbiome is a key part of what you get monitored for and treated for
If you want to take the first step toward the kind of oral health our ancient ancestors enjoyed, eat the way they did. Begin by clearing your diet of processed carbohydrates, and focusing on vegetables, fruits and meat.
You are more in control of your health and ageing than you may realize. To protect yourself from premature aging, you must of course avoid smoking, nutritional deficiencies and environmental stress. Staying fit is important in staying young, as well, but what you eat is the single most critical factor. Certain foods provide anti-aging support by enhancing cell growth and preventing cell damage. Antioxidant-rich foods reduce the effects of oxidative stress on the cells.
Our bodies need salt, and Himalayan pink salt is one of the purest salts available. Many consumers prefer the taste of Himalayan salt, and it also provides health benefits. It balances your body’s pH, strengthens bones, and lowers blood pressure.