The Best Way to Beat Stress

A few studies, including a recent one, have shown that walks in nature are incredibly beneficial for mental health. They are thought to help in lowering depression and stress levels, and enhance overall feelings of well-being. And those who had recently experienced severe negative life events such as divorce, unemployment, illness, or death of a loved one benefited even more from nature walks. Read the full article here: Forest Bathing for Mind and Body [sc:mbta]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Make Your Eyes Look Their Best

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and wouldn’t we all like to look our best for our special person or even just for ourselves? This post on Underground Health lists numerous natural items we can place over our eyes to help ease tired, puffy eyes. These include sliced cucumbers, tea bags, strawberries, and potatoes—generally cooling these in the fridge will help decrease swelling, too. Most of all, be sure to get sleep and drink lots of water! Read the full article here: Natural Home Remedies for Sparkling Bright Eyes [sc:mbta]

How to Clean Your Home Naturally (Without Chemicals!)

There are so many natural cleaning options that can save you money and reduce the chemicals in your home. Baking soda is such a versatile and gentile abrasive that you can use it as part of an oven cleaner or general scouring agent. Things with an acidic quality like lemon juice and vinegar work well in spray cleaners and fresheners. What’s your favorite natural disinfectant? Read the full article here: Natural Cleaning Tips & Recipes for the Entire House [sc:mbta]