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The Amazing Benefits of Placenta. Freeze It. Cook It. Eat It?

Don’t be too shocked. Yes, people all over the world treat the placenta as a very sacred source of beneficial and medicinal source of anti-depressive, energy increasing, lactation promoting and hormonal replacing miracle supplement. Keep reading to see just how to reap the benefits of placenta, especially if you are an expecting mama, going into menopause, have hormonal or anxiety problems or are just simply interested.

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Food, Sex and Love for Men

aph-ro-di-si-ac : noun; 1. An agent (as a food or drug) that arouses or is held to arouse sexual desire; 2. Something that excites. (Merriam Webster Dictionary, 2010)

An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire. The name comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexuality and love. Throughout history, many foods, drinks, and behaviors have had a reputation for making sex more attainable and/or pleasurable. Some people believe that aphrodisiac foods, such as bananas, oranges or oysters, gain their powers and reputation through their resemblance to sexual body parts. The same factor explains the trade in the phallic-looking horn of the rhinoceros. The magic of alcohol, especially champagnes and wines can best be attributed to their ability to lower one’s inhibitions. Other animal-based aphrodisiacs gain their reputation from the apparent virility or aggressiveness of the animal source, such as tiger penis. And then there are other foods, such as chocolate, that just make us feel good. In some cases it can be attributed to certain chemicals they release in our bodies, as chocolate has been proven to do. In others, it is that they excite many of our senses through a combination of taste, texture and appearance, and marketed to the masses on romantic holidays such as Valentine’s Day.

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Hypothyroidism Lifestyle: Foods to Avoid, Essential Oils to Use & Activities to Do

If you are living with hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid–a condition that causes the thyroid glands to produce too few hormones, you may be living with reduced energy and increasing weight gain. Other symptoms may include depressive or irregular mood swings, slow heartbeats, cold sensitivity, and/or menstrual irregularities. The thyroid glands help to regulate the body’s metabolism (the rate at which food is converted into energy).

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Nausea: Pregnancy, Vertigo, Headaches, Motion Sickness- Foods that Help

Whether you are pregnant and experiencing morning sickness, have a bad case of vertigo that won’t go away, food borne illness, hormone induced head pains, have sinus headaches from environmental high pressure or have equilibrium challenges from movement or unstable inner ear liquids, nausea is a lingering nemesis that is ruining your ability to function. Chronic nausea takes every ounce of movement your body completes and exacerbates the un-comfortableness, leaving you miserable. People who suffer from nausea (one form or another) probably experiences food aversions and refrains from eating, for the thought of food may stimulate gag reflexes. Some research shows a large portion of people, especially women, who experience nausea, do so because they are not eating and drinking enough nourishment and have low blood sugar.

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Natural Remedies for Migraines and Headaches

When people have headaches, western medicine and modern habit suggests that we reach for the over the counter headache reliever (Advil, Excedrin or Tylenol to list some of the popular name brands). “Go take something for it,” is the common phrase said to people who complain of a headache or migraine. I like to challenge headache and migraine sufferers to think beyond the small plastic bottles of pharmaceutical drugs and aim for natural and better-for-you cures.

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Your Brain and Body on Laughter: Boosting Your Health

There are so many articles and “this just in” news reports on how much stress can plummet the immune system. I like to be more on the optimistic side, and look at situations with a positive spin, more like looking at the glass half full and speckled with positive ions, so to speak. What does our body look like on laughter, and how does that effect our overall functional health? Several professors from colleges such as Columbus State Community College, the University of Oxford, the University of Zurich and the University of Colorado all positively agree, “laughter can temporarily alter our physical biology for the better.” This filed of study dedicated to deciphering the relationship between human behavior is called psychoneuroimmunology, and it has shown that  the mind is a powerful tool in how it affects the immune system.

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8 Causes of Food Cravings

It is always best to be mindful when we eat. Our parents taught us to sit at the table together as a family. We had to turn off the television and absolutely no toys at the table. Chew thoroughly. Many nutritionists teach their clients to note their mood when they choose to eat when not feeling hunger signals. Were they feeling mad, sad, frustrated or happy? Seeing the connection between food decisions and emotion may better help us understand when and why we crave the foods we do. But with the fast paced life we live nowadays, we are often either forgetting to eat, scarfing down the most convenient available choices (fast foods) on the go, letting our kids play with electronical devices at the table or in front of the television, and eating it in the car or at our work desk or standing up in the kitchen. Are we teaching and perpetuating negative food habits? Below are 8 causes of our food cravings. Understanding them will hopefully make us better eaters and healthier, optimal functioning people.

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Why Women Live Longer than Men

In all developed countries and most undeveloped ones, women outlive men, sometimes by a margin of 10 years. In the U.S., average life expectancy at birth is about 79 years for women and about 72 years for men.

Harvard researchers studied people who live 100 years and more to conclude that menopause is a major determinant of the life spans of both women and men. A women’s life span depends on the balance of two forces. One is the evolutionary drive to pass on her genes; the other is the need to stay healthy enough to rear as many children as possible. Menopause draws the line between the two. It protects older women from the risks of bearing children late in life, and lets them live long enough to take care of their children and grandchildren.

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Top Foods that Trigger Acne

Acne is caused by overproduction of sebum–an oily substance–by sebaceous glands that lie under the skin, other irritants and bacteria. Excess amounts of sebum or other irritants accumulate and block hair pores of the skin. Bacteria then infect the cells and tissues that block the pore. Foods or substances that cause irritation or inflammation, increase bacteria or boost production of sebum can trigger acne. While research results are mixed, there are many clinical reports and well-designed studies that support the contention that food can trigger acne. While it does not seem that acne is a food-related problem, oily and sugary foods may exacerbate the symptoms. Foods such as shellfish, iodized salt and milk, which are high in iodine, may also exacerbate acne and should be avoided. In general if you are concerned about acne, foods to be aware of, eat less or avoid include dairy products, processed foods, fatty and fried foods, meat and sugar.

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Got Insomnia? Ways to Improve Your Sleepless Nights

Got Insomnia? If you are like the 35% of the American population that suffers from insomnia, chances are you may be one of the 10 million people to use prescription sleep aids. These sleep aid drugs come with a huge list of side effects, which may include: burning or tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or legs, changes in appetite, constipation, diarrhea, difficulty keeping balance, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth or throat, gas, headaches, heartburn, stomach pain or tenderness, uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body, unusual dreams, and weakness.  Did you know that more than half of Americans lose sleep due to stress or anxiety, and that people who suffer from sleep deprivation are 27% more likely to become overweight or obese? Research indicates that people who are sleep deprived have lower levels of the appetite-regulating hormone leptin, which makes them hungrier, want to eat more and be at risk for weight gain. When sleep is hard to come by, always remember that there are many natural ways to catch those elusive ZZZ’s, and nutrition plays a key role in sleep and relaxation.

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