Jul 21

Hops Effect on Estrogen

hop-969004_1920The use of hops for medicinal purposes has been ongoing for hundreds of years.  While it has been used for many more years to brew beer, it has only been found to have health related properties for the last few centuries.  Hops are used extensively in brewing beer due to their antibacterial and anti fungal mechanisms assisting in the activity of brewer’s yeast.

For many years many herbal combinations were used in beer brewing but after the discovery of hops and its ability to preserve beer for a longer period of time, the others were abandoned and hops became the primary herbal additive.

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Jul 14

Kudzu for Menopause

blogImage_goutTriggers_600x400pxAlso known as Pueria mitifica and a number of other names, Kudzu has been used in Chinese medicine since at least 200 BC.  Over the centuries it has been used to treat alcoholism, hangover, gastric distress, high blood pressure and other circulatory problems, colds, flu, diabetes, skin rashes, kidney disease and diabetic retinopathy to name a few.  Recently, kudzu has been used to relieve the symptoms of menopause.

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Jul 07

Lemon Balm and Healthy Living

lemon-267512_1920Officially known as Melissa officinalis, Lemon Balm has been used traditionally for reducing stress and anxiety and improving cognitive skills.  Lemon Balm (aka bee balm or garden balm) has been used in Eastern Europe for centuries and particularly in Croatia.  It has been cultivated in the Mediterranean are for 2000 years.  There is documented history of Lemon Balm use as far back as 50 to 80 B.C.

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Jun 30

Dong Quai and Women’s Health

dongquai1Dong quai, also known as tang-kuei, dang-gui and Angelica polymorpha has been prescribed in China, Korea and Japan for thousands of years.  A member of the same botanical group as parsley, carrots, celery and dill, Dong quai has traditionally been used to treat “female ailments” and other conditions (in both sexes) such as high blood pressure, ulcers, arthritis, allergies, inflammation, constipation, and muscle soreness.

Current uses for dong quai focus primarily on women’s health conditions including menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, anemia associated with menstrual blood loss, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), pelvic pain, recovery from childbirth as well as low energy and fatigue.

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Jun 23

Why is Black Cohosh Popular for Menopause?

black-cohosh-969277_1920First, what is menopause?  We know menopause is begun when estrogen levels begin to drop.  Because the ovaries are slowing in their production of estrogen, many body functions are affected.  Hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, weight gain and sleep disturbances can be quite annoying and disruptive to daily life.

Why does this happen?  The hypothalamus inside the brain sends signals to the ovaries telling them how much estrogen to produce.  As we age this mechanism begins to slow and the hypothalamus starts to decline in its signals to the ovaries to produce estrogen.  As this declines the menopause symptoms increase.

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Jun 16

Surprising Benefits of Horseradish


Horseradish appears to have originated in Western Asia and Southern Europe and was well known in Egypt.  Its value as an important and powerful medicinal root has been known for thousands of years.  The early colonists in North America brought horseradish to their new land.

By the mid 1800s the potash rich Mississippi river bottom lands near the tip of Southern Illinois became the best place to grow horseradish commercially and remains today as the producer of over half of the world’s horseradish.

The health benefits of horseradish are many.  Vitamin C, folate, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, fiber, enzymes and oils are packed into its white fleshy root.

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Jun 09

The Power of the Blueberry

blogImage_blueberries_600x400pxBlueberries can help you live longer!  Recent research has uncovered some remarkable properties of blueberries.  Not only do they enhance longevity they are also effective in helping to increase cognition and memory.

Eating blueberries can improve insulin resistance and improve blood sugar spikes, hypertension and cholesterol related abnormalities.  The properties in blueberries have a direct effect on metabolic syndrome and its negative effects on the human body.

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Jun 02

The Negative Impacts of Long-Term High Blood Pressure

5High blood pressure, also referred to as the silent killer because of its invisible symptoms, can quietly cause severe damage to your body for years before irreversible consequences are noticed. If left uncontrolled, long-term high blood pressure can result in a poor quality of life, disability, or even a fatal heart attack. Fortunately, with lifestyle changes, supplements, and treatment, you can manage your blood pressure and reduce the risk of life-threatening complications.

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May 26

Are Thyroid Supplements or Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapies Right for You?

ThyroidIssuesThe thyroid gland is a complex part of your body responsible for metabolizing your food and maintaining energy. When problems occur, you may notice different changes in your body such as unintentional weight loss or weight gain. Additionally you may experience problems with getting to sleep at night or having enough power to wake up in the morning. You may feel extremely cold or start sweating profusely. Having a thyroid that is not working properly can make life drastically uncomfortable and difficult.

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May 18

Top 10 Strategies for Better Bladder Health

1Your bladder is an organ that holds urine produced by your kidneys. Certain problems affecting your bladder can cause urine leakage or painful urination. However, simple lifestyle changes and exercises can help ensure that your bladder returns to optimal functioning.

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