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ADRENAL FATIGUE DEFINED

We each have two adrenal glands that sit just above our kidneys. They are no bigger than a walnut and weigh less than a grape yet they are responsible for one of the most important functions in our body – managing stress. During adrenal fatigue our adrenal glands still function, but not optimally, as output of more than fifty hormones has been diminished – usually by over-stimulation. Over-stimulation of the adrenals is most often caused by a very intense single stress or by chronic or repeated stressors that have a cumulative effect.   So Stressed Out When our adrenal glands are overtaxed adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion sets in and can trigger a number of disease processes. One significant sign...

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CHOCOLATE – IS IT REALLY A HEALTH FOOD?

It seems the answer is yes. However, the most important thing to realize is that the health benefits provided by chocolate are a result of the flavonoid content found in the cocoa bean. Flavonoids are natural compounds with antioxidant properties – the same compounds that give berries, red wine and green tea their health benefits. Properly processed chocolate can be a health food as long as it was made using the least destructive processing techniques and preserving the highest levels of the beneficial polyphenolic bioflavanoids that are naturally present in cocoa.   Of Course There Are Rules Eat only dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has antioxidant properties that can actually help to protect the body from damaging oxidative stress. It also...

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VAGINAL INFECTIONS – YEAST OR BACTERIAL?

Vaginitis is a term that describes various conditions that cause infection or inflammation of the vagina. These conditions can result from a vaginal infection caused by organisms such as bacteria, yeast, or viruses, as well as by irritations from chemicals in creams, sprays, or even clothing that is in contact with this area. A woman's vagina normally produces a discharge that usually is described as clear or slightly cloudy, non-irritating, and odor-free. At one time of the month there may be a small amount of a very thin or watery discharge and at another time, a more extensive thicker discharge may appear. All of these descriptions could be considered normal. A vaginal discharge that has an odor or that is...

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IT’S ALLERGY SEASON ALRIGHT

If you've noticed your allergies seem to be getting worse lately, you're not the only one. A very wet winter followed by a sudden shift to warm weather has led to a profusion of tree pollen and mold. In general, allergy seasons have been getting longer and more challenging and global warming is being blamed. It is called The Priming Effect when unseasonably warm weather arrives early and creates a false spring with all its pollen. Then colder weather comes and the pollen levels drop. The cycle happens again and again and these ups and downs are making this year the worst in history. Seasonal allergy sufferers immune systems kick into high gear and the results puffy, itchy eyes, runny...

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CHICKEN SOUP

Chicken soup has long been thought of as a treatment for the symptoms of the common cold. In 2000, scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre in Omaha studied the effect of chicken soup on the inflammatory response in vitro. They found that some components of chicken soup inhibit neutrophil migration that may have an anti-inflammatory effect that could temporarily ease the symptoms of illness. The New York Times reviewed the University of Nebraska study in 2007 and concluded that "none of the research is conclusive, and it's not known whether the changes measured in the laboratory really have a meaningful effect on people with cold symptoms." Yet, people over the world continue to swear by the benefits of...

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