Laying the Foundation of Natural Health Through Dieting

By Jeremy Hammel

If you've been trying a bunch of fad diets that promise weight loss in hours, it's time for a reality check. Making use of dieting to help you reach natural health should be the ultimate goal.

This probably sounds like some new age gospel on an 'all natural', 'go green' and 'keep organic' lifestyle. Well, not entirely...
You don't have to go all 'hippie' to enjoy the benefits of a natural diet.

What you do have to do is find the best and most accurate information possible and then be willing to actively be as healthy as you can be. Forget about going after the less safe and less concerned with natural health methods that are out there. Obviously it is up to you, but sooner or later you will need to make the best choices for your health.

You can take in the nutrients you need in so many different forms. This is the most important reason to get creative when it comes to your natural diet.

But don't be afraid to mix it up a bit either. Keeping your food options fresh in your diet has psychological benefits too. For one thing, not having a variety will increase your boredom. It's natural for your body and brain to want more than just one kind of food.

Everybody gets bored when they eat the same things day after day. The key is not allowing these distractions to take place.

Food will fuel your health lifestyle here, which means that eating only natural foods is a good go to method for getting the ball rolling.
As soon as you set your sights on a healthy diet, you'll feel better on the inside and out. But remember that while you can get real natural health by dieting, it's just a fraction of the equation.

Exercise is a necessity for everyone, and nearly all mainstream exercises will work.

You will get greater health when you combine a natural diet with moving and getting exercise. You can gain weight by eating too many healthy foods, if exercising does not burn it off. Even going for a walk is important when you are living a life that is sedentary.

Right now, especially in this country, most of the population conjures images of "trending diets" when they hear the word "diet." But as you know, everybody has a diet they eat and that just refers to what they eat each day as a habit.

It all gets a whole lot less difficult when you are able to stop thinking of your diet as some sort of special eating arrangements.
A lot of negativity is associated with this word and it can cause conflict for lots of people for lots of reasons.

You probably already understand (or at least have a really good idea) what healthy foods consist of. As oversimplified as it may sound, you're next step is increasing those ingredients into what you normally eat each day.

Natural health through safe and proper dieting is obviously the way to go. You are probably like many that have tried some of these intensive diets.

The reality is - there's not for everyone - it definitely takes a certain level of discipline to follow through on this kind of regimen.

You should be very well educated at this point and have the ability to stay healthy with a diet, which is easy to uphold.

Herbal Home Remedies - All Natural Ingredients Treat Common Ailments

By Mary Andersen

In a society where it is commonplace to find out a prescription medicine you've been taking is suddenly discovered to have side effects that may cause serious health complications, the number of people seeking to learn more about herbal home remedies has increased immensely.

The All-Natural Ingredients Catch Phrase

Products made from all natural ingredients and herb plants continue to line the shelves and gain much popularity because they are made from non-synthetic ingredients. This is believed by a large majority to be a safer route to take for treating illness, symptoms, pain, discomfort, and promoting wellness.

Herbs All Around Us - Pass the Garlic

While herbalism is at a prime level of popularity at this time, it is not a new concept. Herbal medicine has been around for thousands of years. Herbs are all around us and have been all our lives. Most all of us use them on a daily basis and many times without even realizing it.

Think of the spices you use for cooking, the mustard you put on your hot dog, some of the ingredients in your salad, the garlic in your spaghetti sauce. All are herbs, and different herbs are used in different ways. Not all are safe to consume, either. Some are only used topically.

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Common Herbal Home Remedies and/or Treatments

#1 Relief for Coughs and Asthma

Ingredients: Coltsfoot leaves and flowers; lungwort; mullein; lance-leaf plantain
Formula: Mix herbs in equal parts. Steep 1-1/2 teaspoons of herb mixture in 1/2 cup of boiling water. Add honey to taste. Consume while warm in 2-tablespoon doses while symptoms are present. Limit daily consumption to 1-1/2 cups.

#2 Relief for Cystitis

Ingredients: Lovage root, bearberry leaves, parsley seed
Formula: Combine 1 part lovage root, 2 parts bearberry leaves, 1 part parsley seed. In microwave safe container, boil 1 cup water containing 2 teaspoons of this mixture. Consume 1/4 cup of mixture twice a day until symptoms are no longer present.

#3 Bran Bath for Relief of Skin Irritations

Ingredients: Rye bran, wheat bran
Formula: Place 1/2 pound of both brans in 1 quart of cold water. Boil briefly; do not boil for a prolonged length of time. Remove from heat and allow mixture to steep for 5 minutes while covered; strain out solids. Add the mixture to bath water and try to maintain a bath temperature of 93-96 degrees Fahrenheit. Soak in the bath to relieve dry and irritated skin.

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Ways Herbs are Used

Herbs are used in a variety of ways and the most common are:

* Infusion - a tea like beverage created by steeping leaves and/or flowers in water

* Cold Extract - made in a crock by steeping herb parts in cold water and allowing mixture to steep without any exposure to heat for about 12 hours; consumed the same as an infusion

* Powder - made by using a mortar and pestle to grind dried leaves, flowers, and plant parts; powder can be mixed with liquids or placed in gelatin capsules

* Tincture - made by combining 3 or 4 ounces of herb powder with 12 ounces of alcohol; water is usually added to make a 50% alcohol solution (amount of water to be added to reach 50% depends on the alcoholic percentage prior to adding the water); let stand for 2 weeks

Other ways to use herbs include essences, ointments, poultices, compresses, herbal baths, and decoctions.

Herb Safety and Considerations

There is no way to cover everything you need to know about herbal home remedies, preparations, and safety considerations in one article. It is important to research herbs so you know their intended use, whether or not they are toxic, the proper amounts to dispense, and so forth.

Home herbal remedies are a fascinating subject and a very useful topic to explore and become knowledgeable about. Use caution and care when using any home remedy. Not all illnesses and/or diseases can be cured by home remedies, so be sure to seek the advice of a qualified physician if any situation warrants. As with anything else, exercise caution and utilize common sense.


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