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Herbal Remedies and Recipes for Natural Pain Relief

Natural Pain Relievers when you are in painPain has become a part of many of our lives. Mine included, as I suffer from Lyme Disease. On a regular basis, I struggle with chronic pain, fatigue, and insomnia, in addition to other symptoms. Narcotic pain medications are not the best answer for everyone, especially not if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Natural pain relievers do exist! Inflammation, whether acute like from a C-section incision or chronic like fibromyalgia, are at the heart of many women’s pain. The key to reducing pain and encourage healing is to reduce inflammation. Here are several suggestions that I have found to be helpful in reducing inflammation and pain. I do all of these and they have helped me dramatically. I hope they can help you as well.

* Please Consult your healthcare provider before trying any of these. I am not a doctor or healthcare provider. * 

Inflamyar made by Pekana: This is a mixture of several great herbs; the biggest one being Arnica which is known to be a great pain reliever. This is a homeopathic ointment that is used for localized pain, including bruishes, muscle sprains, joint pain, arthritis, and sports injuries. (Please note that because it is homeopathic remedy, it has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety or efficacy.) Its active ingredients include arnica montana, bellis perennis, bryonia cretica, guajacum officinale, ledum palustre, toxicodendron quercifolium (Rhus toxicodendron), ruta graveolens, and viscum album. These are all natural plants, herbs and flowers found in nature, and have been used in herbal medicine for centuries. [click to continue…]

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Financial Planning: 8 Ways to Save Money

how to save money
Every family is looking to save a few extra dollars these days. With the rising cost of gas, food and utility bills, being frugal is at the top of many families’ list. However, it doesn’t have to be so hard! There are many ways to save money on everyday items and reduce your monthly expenditures.

The following 8 simple tips will become routine over time and help you save money, so read on and start saving soon!

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New BPA Study: Eating Canned Soup Spikes BPA Exposure by 1,0000 Percent

BPA in Canned FoodStay away from eating too much canned soup, warns a new Harvard research study, or you’ll risk high levels of bisphenol-A (BPA) in your body.

BPA is an endocrine-disrupting chemical, which is used to harden plastics, and can be found in the liners of metal food cans. Numerous research studies have linked BPA exposure to causing prostate cancer in men, breast cancer, infertility problems, early puberty, ADHD, and obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and numerous other health problems. The CDC reports that 9 out of 10 Americans have detectable levels of BPA in their bodies.

There’s no denying that BPA is bad for you, so you definitely want to lower your risk of exposure by eating fresh ingredients whenever possible. [click to continue…]

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Sun Safety: 5 Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

skin cancer preventionIt’s summertime, hot and sunny, and most of us want to be outside. If you have children, you’ll probably be spending a lot of time outside – playing in the yard, taking your kids to the park, swimming pools, etc. But whenever you’re outside, you’ll want to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Although most of us don’t like to think about skin cancer, it’s an unfortunate reality. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., and it’s also the most preventable. Over 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year, and what’s quite scary is that melanoma (the most serious and deathly form of skin cancer) is rising among young women. Experts blame this increase on more young women using tanning beds and tanning lamps, as well as tanning in the sun. [click to continue…]


The 12 Foods You Must Buy Organic – The “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” of 2011

organic foods An apple a day keeps the doctor away … but if that apple is laced with pesticides and chemicals?

According to a new report published by the public health advocacy group, Environmental Working Group (EWG), apples are the # 1 produce to buy organic. They’re the most pesticide-contaminated produce out of the 53 fruits and vegetables sampled. [click to continue…]


“MyPlate” Replaces Food Guide Pyramid

Say goodbye to the Food Guide Pyramid, and say hello to “MyPlate.”

MyPlate is the government’s newest food icon, and dietitians and experts argue that it’s easier to understand than the “confusing” Food Guide Pyramid – which was originally introduced in 1992 and updated to “MyPyramid Food Guidance System” in 2005.

Critics of the Food Guide Pyramid have described it as confusing and difficult to understand. The original version, which is the more widely recognized pyramid, actually showed a hierarchy of the food groups, and was easier to understand. The updated 2005 version had vertical blocks, and a person stepping up steps (which was supposed to remind Americans to exercise).

Food Guide Pyramid

Food Guide Pyramid, 1992

Food Guide Pyramid

My Pyramid, 2005

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Top 5 Health Benefits of Vitamin C

benefits of vitamin CIf you’re looking for an immune system boost, get some vitamin C into your diet! Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin (which means that it dissolves in water. Leftover amounts leave your body as urine). Vitamin C is considered one of the safest and most effective nutrients to get into your daily life. Although it won’t cure your cold or flu alone, it may help protect you against serious complications.

Your body requires vitamin C for the healthy growth and repair of tissues in every part of your body. Vitamin C is needed to form blood vessels, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and collagen (an essential protein that makes skin). Vitamin C is also important to heal wounds, and to repair and maintain healthy bones, teeth, and cartilage. Vitamin C also helps with iron absorption.

Since your body doesn’t make vitamin C on its own and it doesn’t store this nutrient, it’s up to you to get enough vitamin C into your diet. Getting enough vitamin C will keep you healthy and feeling good. You can either take a vitamin C supplement, or eat foods containing vitamin C – such as oranges and citrus fruits. [click to continue…]


Food Labels for Dummies

Guest Post.

Reading food labels is a huge part of dieting.  They provide all the information you need to know about a food, from the serving size to the ingredients.  The problem is that many people ignore food labels and simply guess the contents of their food and make up their own serving sizes. This is a factor that contributes to obesity: ignorance with food labels.  If you are looking to have a healthier diet, looking at food labels is the first step to take. [click to continue…]


Change Your Exercise Routine to Reap Benefits

Guest Post by Ryan.

women working outMost exercise routines are designed to help the body build endurance and strength. But there comes a point when the body stops responding to the workout. When this happens to you, then you have reached a plateau. This happens when the body becomes too used to the routine that you are doing. In order to grow and to develop, the muscles of the body need to be challenged during workouts. If you are doing the same exercise over and over again, your muscles are not challenged anymore. This is the reason why you need to change your exercise routine regularly.

Why You Really Need to Change Your Routine

Some people may ask, “but shouldn’t we stick to what works?” While it is important to stick to workout routines that seem to work for you, doing the same thing over and over again will not do your body any good. Sure, you can stick to the same old routine for the rest of your life, just don’t expect them to get you nearer to your fitness goals. The reason why “the last 5 pounds” is hard to get rid off is because by the time most people are near to their ideal weight, their bodies start getting accustomed to the things that they are doing.

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