Rooibos tea has been enjoyed for its taste and health benefits by generations of South Africans. A broom-like herb from the diverse mountain area near Cape Town; it is actually a legume rich in antioxidants and minerals. The international popularity of rooibos tea has been growing steadily since it was first exported a century ago, especially among the health conscious. These days, it’s not uncommon to see rooibos tea and rooibos-based coffee drinks at your local coffee house or on the shelf at the local health food store.
Archive for September, 2013
There was once a time when laboratory made over the counter remedies did not exist. Such manmade drug remedies for various digestive ailments were not readily available at a time, and in many areas around the world today, prescribed drugs are still not within reach. Before over the counter drugs, people everywhere turned to the local plant life growing up all around them to heal common digestive system complaints. History shows that plants and herbs have long been used for medicinal purposes as far back to ancient times to heal, so why not use them still today?
Researchers are investigating ways to boost the nutritional value of our daily bowl of cereal, simply by using grains that have already sprouted. Scientists believe sprouted grains may be better for us than regular whole grains.
The start of fall brings the anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, but it also brings the promise of unwanted winter illnesses such as colds and the flu. Cooler temperatures drive people indoors and these close quarters increase the spread of germs, bacteria and viruses from person to person. In addition, many people become less active in the winter months, weakening the immune system. Older adults are particularly susceptible to winter illnesses since our ability to fight infections naturally decreases as we age. Luckily, adding a few delicious super foods with immune-boosting properties to your diet can help.
Meditation is a way or a method through which one tries to focus all his attention to one particular area. This practice has several long term positive effects on a person and some of these include decrease in anxiety, increase in concentration and a feeling of calmness and happiness. Due to these various benefits, many people try meditation but often fail at conquering it as it is difficult to focus all concentration in one area.
The “perfect storm” for Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, and fatigue in general is preparing to hit. A combination of poor nutrition, decreasing sleep, increasing stress and environmental toxins has created a human energy crisis of unprecedented proportions.
In a new study from Michigan State University, researchers classified the foods marketed to children through advergames (free online games) as those meeting or not meeting nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). After identifying 143 websites that marketed foods to children aged 2 to 11 years, they found that that a large number of foods with low nutritional value are being marketed to children via advergames. Foods were classified on the basis of each of the four agency criteria and food nutrient labels provided information on serving size, calories, micronutrients, and macronutrients.
A new understanding of the essential role of gut microbes in the immune system could hold the key to battling significant and global public health issues, researchers have suggested.
One fruit that is rich in fiber and low in calories is lemon. Aside from giving flavor to drinks and lemon bars, lemons have a lot of health benefits, so it is advantageous to add them to one’s diet, especially for those who have unhealthy eating habits. A lemon of medium size has no fat and contains only 24 calories. It is rich in vitamin C and contains potassium and iron.