DEPRESSION - NATURAL TREATMENTS

Mild depression can often be treated successfully using these simple, natural techniques Have a cup of tea, (hops, valerian and powdered liquorice) helps to stabilize mood Ylang Ylang, lavender, clary sage and chamomile teas are sedative and can calm depression. St. John’s Wort, from the time of the Greeks through to middle Ages, has been known for its “magical” powers for healing. Modern research backs up that contention; short-term studies suggest it can be as effective as many antidepressants for treating mild depression, thanks to the hypericin contained, which releases the antidepressant effect after regular usage over an extended period. Saffron is a surprisingly powerful treatment for

VEGETABLE CURRY FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS

British chef Dale Pinnock, who also has degrees in nutrition and herbal medicine has written a recipe book, Medicinal Cookery (Right Way), which contains meals he claims can make you feel better by treating the symptoms of an illness. "Good nutrition in itself can be therapeutic, but what I’m doing is purely focused on the pharmacological effects of foods,” he says. Pinnock says many of the pharmacologically active chemicals, or phytochemicals, found in medicinal plants and used in herbal medicine are also present in culinary plants. These, he explains, can help manage inflammation, affect circulation and have anti-viral properties. For example, studies have shown the health benefits of food

PUMPKIN SEEDS - A MUST FOR MEN

Pumpkin Seeds have definitely become quite a trendy snack of late and are quite the staple for the health food enthusiast. There are many reasons that they are great, from their essential fatty acid content, through to the fibre they contain. However, in terms of men's health, pumpkin seeds top the lot due to the high level of one particular nutrient: zinc. Zinc is one of the single most important nutrients for men's health. It is needed for the production of testosterone, and our stores are rapidly used for this task daily. A low intake of zinc can lead to a drop in testosterone levels in a matter of weeks. Zinc also has an important role to play in sperm motility, so is an essential nutrie

DETOXIFY YOUR LIFE

Expert advice from bestselling authors and qualified professionals, Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet. C. Oz, on preventing exposure to certain toxins around your home: AT THE FRONT DOOR Leave your shoes here. You can track in toxins such as lawn-care pesticides, which can get trapped in the carpet and contaminate children. Wash your hands as soon as you enter the house. IN THE KITCHEN Don't microwave plastic. You'll get small amounts of it in your food when you heat it. Cover food with ceramic, glass, a paper towel, or waxed paper instead. Throw away your sponges and replace with dishcloths that you can clean with bleach weekly. Don't store foods in open cans for a long period. Filter your

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