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The Basics of Neurology

The Basics of Neurology

The brain is, by far, one of the most complex and fantastic organs in the body. Although those of other study areas may not agree, the mind should be studied steadily over a lifetime. If we were to look at another well known and complex organ, perhaps the heart can be...

Health Benefits of Sunshine

Health Benefits of Sunshine

Sunny days make us feel better, but did you know that there are actually health benefits to sunshine? It’s widely known that spending time in the sun can help our bodies produce vitamin D, a key nutrient for bone and heart health that almost half of all American...

Intro to the Paleo Diet

Intro to the Paleo Diet

There are many different diets on the market that promote holistic health. One such diet that you might have heard of is the paleo diet. Many other healthy eating tactics such as calorie counting, macro tracking, and food journaling can frankly complicate the process...

Natural Remedies to Aid with Digestion

Natural Remedies to Aid with Digestion

Your digestive system is composed of a group of organs working together to help break down the food you eat into nutrients that your body uses for energy. Foods are broken down into proteins, fats, and carbohydrates before being released into your bloodstream to help your body grow and repair itself. The way food is broken down is by enzymes that each adheres to certain molecules to break them down further into something the body can handle. Protease is specifically engineered to break proteins down into amino acids, lipases break down fat, and amylases break down carbohydrates into the body’s main source of energy, glucose (and maltose). If a body is lacking any of these digestive enzymes, the corresponding nutrient can’t be broken down or properly digested. For example, someone who is lacking in lactase might have trouble digesting dairy, which leads to lactose intolerance. For this reason, choosing foods that naturally contain digestive enzymes can help enhance the digestive process.

Herbs with Healing Properties to Include in Your Cooking

Herbs with Healing Properties to Include in Your Cooking

Oregano and basil will perk up that tomato sauce you’re simmering and add zest to that grilled chicken. Did you know that oregano and basil also have strong antimicrobial and antioxidant qualities that can actually help boost your immune system? In fact, many of the herbs that are staples in your kitchen have medicinal properties, and healers have been using them for centuries. Here’s a closer look at four of those herbs.

How to Transition to a Vegan Lifestyle

How to Transition to a Vegan Lifestyle

Going vegan is becoming more accessible now due to the influx of accessible alternatives and information online, but transitioning to a vegan lifestyle still takes time and patience. There are many reasons why someone may decide to go vegan, but whatever the reason, the change can be overwhelming.

How to Use Aromatherapy for Your Health

How to Use Aromatherapy for Your Health

Many people don’t understand how their sense of smell can improve their health. However, aromatherapy proves that smell plays a vital role to a person’s health. The following material will explain how to use aromatherapy to develop your mind and body.

Tips for a Safe Detox

Tips for a Safe Detox

A lot of people these days are realizing just how unhealthy their diet really is. So, in order to get back into the right condition, they may say that they’re “going on a detox.” A detox is basically when someone follows a strict diet which usually consists of fruits, vegetables, and grains. This is done to rid their body of any preservatives, saturated fats, and empty calories. The overall goal is to help restore the body’s functionality to its normal, optimal state. Here are a few tips for a safe detox.

Complementary Medicine

Complementary Medicine

This resurgence of ancient practices has been remarkably successful. While few scientific studies have been done, the anecdotal evidence supporting these therapies has been astounding, so much so that many private health insurances cover some of these services. An increasing number of healthcare providers have begun to utilize a network of complementary treatments, such as those listed below, to help offer their patients the best care possible.

What is Miasma Theory?

What is Miasma Theory?

Many obsolete medical theories were prevalent for decades before they were eventually proven to be incorrect. One of these is known as the Miasma Theory. This theory was given its name after Hippocrates, the first person to use the word “miasm,” which is related to the Greek word used to describe something that has been tainted. The Miasma Theory was the belief that diseases could be spread by rotting or decaying organic matter. This microscopic matter would then hang in the air, making it foul and was believed to be capable of causing diseases like the Black Death, chlamydia, and cholera.