Massage Your Way to Better Health

Massages may be a great way to relax or get the kinks out of muscles, but they are increasingly being seen as a form of alternative medicine. Studies have suggested that massages help improve blood flow and circulation. Some doctors are even “prescribing” it, and certain medical centers offer it as a form of treatment. Read the full article here: Massage As Medicine [sc:mbta]

Turmeric: Rooted in Health

Turmeric, a small, orange-fleshed root that resembles ginger, has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. When eaten, it has been shown to boost the immune system, fight inflammation, and assist in other health issues. As with other orange fruits and vegetables, turmeric is very high in beta-carotene, the antioxidant shown to benefit the eyes. Ground turmeric is used most often in Indian cooking. However, fresh organic turmeric root will offer the most health benefits. Read the full article here: Turmeric Root, An Immune Boosting Natural Anti-Inflammatory [sc:mbta]

How to Start Each Day Off Right

Mornings can be the craziest time of the day. You have to get up and get ready for work. You have to get the kids up and get them ready for school. The rush may seem totally natural, but it may be setting a frenetic, catch-up-mode tone for the rest of the day. Why not try starting your mornings in a calm and quiet way? After you wake up, don’t reach for the phone. Instead, take some time to sip water or tea and look at the day outside. Or stay inside yourself and do some journaling, meditation, or self-affirmations. …

Yoga Continues to Stretch in Popularity

Alternative medicine is becoming more mainstream! Yoga is a very popular way that people strengthen the mind/body connection—so much so that it doubled the number of participants, according to recent reports. From 2002 to 2012, the population of people doing yoga increased in all age groups, from young people to the elderly. Read the full article here: Alternative Medicine And Yoga Therapy, Increasingly popular In The US [sc:mbta]

Top Natural Product Trends

It’s interesting to see which natural products become more and less popular, information that can be gleaned from the National Health Interview Survey which is conducted among Americans every five years. In the most recent edition in 2012, fish oil was the most used natural product among adults who also increased their intake of probiotics and melatonin. Less popular for adults: glucosamine/chondroitin, echinacea, and garlic Read the full article here: Wisdom or woo? Survey shows American rise and fall of natural products [sc:mbta]

Breaking Down Your Chronic Pain

According to some statistics, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain which is considered to be bodily pain that lasts for more than three months. It commonly interferes with daily living including work and relationships. Often times, the pain is subjective and hard to diagnose via a medical condition. Therefore, it gets harder to treat effectively. This article lists four factors that could provide a productive framework to describe your chronic pain symptoms. They include physical, biological, psychosocial, and emotional factors. Thinking about your condition in relation to these areas may give you additional insight into your own …

Don’t Be a Pain… in the Back

According to the World Health Organization, back pain is the leading cause of disability, so it’s crucial to understand what factors contribute to it in order to take preventative steps. In a broad study, Australian researchers identified a range of back pain triggers, including being distracted during activities. They also found that back pain peaked from 7am to 12pm. Read the full article here: Awkward positions, distractions and fatigue may trigger low back pain [sc:mbta]

Sprouts: the Next Nutritional Powerhouse Food

It’s easy to overlook the seemingly humble sprout, but according to this article, they are nutritional powerhouses which are incredibly easy to grow at home. Sprouts form when seeds open up and the shoot begins poking into the air. Because they’re formed at the growth stage of the plant, they are incredibly dense nutritionally and also have lots of vitamins, enzymes, essential fatty acids, and fiber. Read the full article here: Great Reasons to Eat More Sprouts [sc:mbta]

Feeling the Pain of Stress

Research continues to show the detrimental effect that stress can have on our health. Stress over an extended period of time can make existing health problems worse, create bad habits, and increase cardiovascular risk, to name a few. A recent study found another negative affect of stress: it lowers the ability to withstand pain and can also increase pain intensity. Participants were much less able to modulate pain when feeling more stressed. It would be ideal to not feel any pain at all, but for most of us, this isn’t a reality. As a result, the researchers recommend reducing overall …

Freezing Yourself To Better Health

Most people try to stay out of the cold, but some are seeking it out as a medical treatment. Known as whole body cryotherapy, participants step inside a chamber that is often chilled to 184 degrees Fahrenheit below zero or colder for two to three minutes. The method was developed in Europe to treat ailments like arthritis and depression among others, and has been shown to lessen pain and make people look younger. For $90 a treatment, would you try this? Read the full article here: Seen At 11: Stepping Into The ‘Frozen Zone’ For Health And Beauty [sc:mbta]