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Licorice root has many benefits. With seasons changing and the cold and flu season upon us , you would be glad to know that one of the major benefits is against the cold virus. We will also look at the effects on the stress hormone cortisol.

Reduces Cold Virus Systems

Licorice root tea active ingredient glycyrrhitzin helps to thin and loosen mucus in the throat and nasal passages. the end result is to decrease nasal and throat congestion. An added benefit is the anti-inflammatory property increases the production of infection-fighting chemical to knock out cold viruses.


Reduces Cortisol Level and  Adrenal Fatigue

Licorice root helps the body utilize the cortisol (stress hormone) more efficiently so the adrenal has to work less. Less work of the gland leads to less burnout and fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is characterized by unexplained weight gain, sugar and salt craving, sleeping problems, depression, and anxiety, bloating and indigestion. The adrenal glands major function is to allow you the ability to respond to stress. All types of stress, for example, preparing for final exams,  surgery, strenuous exercising, a nervous presentation or just running from a “bear”, cortisol is needed. It is no surprise that with the demands placed on us we are experiencing adrenal burn out.

Additional Benefits of Licorice Root

Sip a cup of licorice root tea when you have indigestion and bloating. Once again the active compound glycyrrhizin. Licorice root has an anti-inflammatory property that causes healing of the lining of the stomach. Just make sure that you buy tea that contains real licorice root and not just a flavor.

A study recently publishes in the Journal of Human Molecular Genetics showed that a cup of tea a day could help fight cancer. It is well known in the medical community that genes have an on and off switch on the DNA. In the laboratory, they demonstrated that teas, by methylation(modification) of the genes switch, shut the cancer gene off. Wow if only so simple as drinking a cup of tea. But it appears to show that tea has some anti-cancer properties.



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Foam roller act as a sports massage for muscles and joints. Foam rollers help to increase circulation to the joints and muscles. This increase blood flow serves to decrease inflammation. It is not uncommon for your muscles to be sore and slightly painful following a killer workout. In fact, muscle break down followed by the regeneration of new muscle is the way you increase your muscle mass. The pain and sores are often from the break down of muscle tissues. Joint stiffness and flexibility are improved with a foam roller.

Runners Hip Pain and Stiffness Improved

Applying foam pressure to specific areas of the body like the IT band can decrease pain. IT band syndrome is often caused by inflammation and tight connective tissue or fascia in the hip area. The scared tissue is broken up as you apply this direct massage to the muscle through the surrounding skin.

Improved Flexibility During a Work Out

People who use a foam roller prior to working out have greater flexibility and mobility during the workout. Rubbing the foam over the skin and muscle layer of the body can potentially generate some fiction. The fiction generated heat energy to the muscle and surrounding fascia. The muscles and the surrounding tendons and ligaments relax. This relaxation can increase the range of motion of the joint. If your muscles relax you decrease chances of injury to the joint and muscles.

Post WorkOut Improvement of Soreness and Pain

As mention, post workout you cause some inflammation to the muscles. Inflammation resulst in pain. This is the reason that doctors tell you to take an anti-inflammatory when you get muscle pain and soreness.If the blood flow to the area is not sufficient it can cause the muscle to form a collagen type of scaring to the muscles and elastic tissue. When muscles scare it reduces their over performance. Scared muscles are damaged and shorten. This affects the movement. Myofascial release can promote relaxation of the muscles. The greatest response to foam rolling occurs when slight rhythmic rolling pressure is applied directly over the area of the skin you want to massage.

Foam roller came in all sizes and shapes. Experiment to determine what works best for you.


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Natural Way to Whiten Teeth

Teeth whitening with charcoal is simple and safe. You can remove stains from coffee, wine and tea. It is cheaper than more expensive teeth whitening products. More importantly you can do this at home. Charcoal works on superficial stains from chemicals like wine, tea and coffee. It will not work on natural discoloration of teeth. It removes microplaques on the teeth.

Simple way to make the charcoal paste for brushing

1.Mix 1tsp of activated charcoal powder with enough water to form a paste like toothpaste. You can add water a few drops at a time in order to achieve the paste consistency.

2. Dip the tooth brush in the paste and brush as normal. Alternatively you can mix your favorite tooth paste with the charcoal powder and bush with the mixture.

3.The paste should stay on the teeth for 3-4 minutes and rinsed.

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Vicks Vapor Might Help your Nail Fungus

Something that you have in your medicine cabinet can help with your nail fungus. If you have a vapor rub that is typically used to treat chest and nasal congestion, consider trying it to treat. Nail fungus. If you have nail fungus try applying the vapor rubs to the nail and the skin around the nail.

Many of the over the counter medication that naturally treat toe nail fungus have the same ingredients as vapor rubs. These ingredients include camphor, menthol and eucalyptus. These compounds are natural, for the most part and have been used for many years to treat nail fungus. Many people that try this combination of natural ingredients mainly because the prescription antifungal agents can be very toxic to the liver and the heart. The FDA has not approved these ingredients for this application but many naturalists have used this for years with phenomenal results. How do you use the rub? You apply it to the nail then apply a bandage or wrap to the nail to keep it in place and not rub off. Application daily for 10 days to 6 weeks to see the best results. The deeper the nail fungus the longer it takes to work.

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6 Cheap, Natural, and Quick Chronic Pain Remedies

6 Cheap, Natural, and Quick Chronic Pain Remedies

Chronic pain affects about 1 in 5 people in the U.S., making it difficult if not impossible to work and enjoy family and social time.

If you have chronic pain — typically defined as longer than three months and not responding to treatment — your body hasn't turned off the pain messages to the brain, even though the original source of the pain may be gone.

The pain may be linked with a condition such as arthritis, to a sprain or other injury, or to any number of more elusive causes.

While medications abound, some prefer more natural or holistic methods to quell the pain. Others find that medication doesn't quite give them enough relief, and are looking for natural treatments to add on to their standard treatments, or replace them.

Complicating the picture is that doctors still don't understand chronic pain, but they do know that what works for one person may not work for another. So, in this case, try, try again is good advice.

Next time chronic pain is dragging you down, consider trying a more natural route to relief. And, because pain is individual, ask your doctor for specifics about these treatments, such as doses and time to continue trying them.

1. Exercise. "People who exercise and maintain a good aerobic condition will improve most pain conditions," says Charles Kim, MD, assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine and anesthesiology and a certified medical acupuncturist at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center.

When we work out, he says, the body produces its own version of painkillers, such as endorphins, hormones that actually increase your pain threshold. Endorphins interact with brain receptors and can change our perception of pain.

When patients tell Dr. Kim they are in too much pain to exercise, he suggests they start slowly, and do even a little burst of walking or other activity — then build up.

In one review of non-pharmacologic treatments for chronic pain, researchers concluded that exercise was moderately effective.

2. Fish Oil. Fish oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and inflammation plays a large role in pain, says Michael Cronin, ND, a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale, Az., and immediate past president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

In one study, researchers instructed patients with neck or back pain to take 1200 milligrams a day of fish oil supplements with eicosapentaenoic and decosahexanoic acid. After 75 days on fish oil, more than half of the 125 patients who reported back said they had stopped their prescription painkillers.

3. Turmeric. Also called Curcuma longa, turmeric is basically a root, Kim says. "It's often found in spicy foods, very much in Indian cooking. Studies have shown it has definite anti-inflammatory properties."

Researchers who tested a combination of turmeric with two other substances, Devil's claw and bromelain, on patients with pain from osteoarthritis found the mixture gave noticeable pain relief. Patients took two 650-milligram capsules either two or three times a day.

4. Resveratrol. Found in red wine, grapes and berries, resveratrol is known to have many beneficial effects, including anti-cancer, brain protective and even life-prolonging benefits.

Recently, researchers reported that the substance works on a cellular level for pain regulation.

5. Heat Therapy. Using heat as well as cold therapy are time-honored ways to quell pain, Dr. Cronin and Kim agree.

"Hot Epsom salt baths relax the mind and change the nervous input from the body to the brain," Cronin says. "Using ice is a well-accepted modality that decreases inflammation locally."

The key is to know when to use which.

"When you have an acute injury, put ice on it right away," Kim says. For instance, you twist your ankle and it's painful and swollen. Using heat in this situation will increase blood flow and increase the swelling, he says.

"If you have lingering back spasms, heat would be the best for that," Kim says. He suggests taking a warm shower and massaging your neck or back (or whatever body part hurts) under the warm water.

6. Meditation. Meditation can quell pain, Kim says. While some people get anxious, thinking they have to do meditation a certain way, Kim tells them it's just not true.

"Meditation is not scripted," he says. While you can get instruction, you can also look up approaches and follow instructions, such as this information on the approach known as mindfulness meditation.

Researchers who assigned 109 patients with chronic pain to either a mindfulness meditation program or a wait list found that those who did the meditation reported more pain relief, as well as lower anxiety and depression and a better mental quality of life, than those who did not.