Herbal Flu Capsules

This is a good capsule to take to lessen the length and severity of colds and Flu. Mix together in the blender 1 tablespoon each of the following dried herbs:

* Yarrow
* Elder Flowers
* Boneset
* Verbena
* Peppermint
* Powdered Valerian Root
* Horehound

Place the herbal mixture in capsules and take 2 capsules every 3 to 4 hours until symptoms are relieved.

If you are looking for a natural remedy to try which will help relieve the symptoms of the dreaded flu, the most effective we have found are BaniFlu and FluGo from Native Remedies. Both are safe, effective and 100% natural herbal/homeopathic remedies designed specifically to help with flu symptoms and flu prevention.

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10 Creative Houseplant Containers

Adapted from Panty Hose, Hot Peppers, Tea Bags, and More–for the Garden by Yankee Magazine (Rodale Press, 2005).

Since ancient times, people have brought live plants into their homes to add beauty, color, and fragrance. These days indoor plant pots have become an interior design statement that can be exorbitantly expensive, if gorgeous. But sometimes simple is best, such as planting in old galvanized pails, a famous example of how an ordinary, inexpensive container can become a new trend in planter design.

Here are 10 creative ideas for houseplant containers:

1. A teapot or tea kettle
2. A soup toureen
3. A ceramic or metal cereal, serving, or soup bowl
4. A jewelry or decorative box
5. A wicker basket
6. A child’s sand bucket
7. An iron or brass firewood holder
8. A ceramic or colored-glass flower vase
9. A copper pot or iron skillet
10. A purse

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Homemade Throat Lozenges

By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Green Living; http://www.care2.com/

During fluctuations of weather, everyone seems to get sick. People that were healthy all winter now have sniffles and sore throats—for which we have the perfect little secret weapon. These homemade throat lozenges are soothing beyond belief, a snap to make and omit the artificial colorings, flavorings and sugar found in many store-bought versions.

The beauty of homemade is that you know exactly what you’re getting. Even natural products bought from the store depend on larger-scale production and often rely on ingredients that you can avoid when you do it yourself. Case in point: Homemade throat lozenges.

Skip the refined sweeteners and coloring and make your own with this very simple recipe. I go for the flower petal version because they remind me of the Violet pastilles that my grandmother used to get, but adding some Mint is nice, too, if you are feeling sniffly. The trick here is to use 1/2 cup total of whatever combination you think sounds soothing to your ails.

One of the key ingredients is Marshmallow root, which you can order online or purchase at health food stores. Marshmallow root has been used since antiquity to tame Sore Throats because it has a soothing effect on inflamed and irritated tissues.

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Handling Stress in Women: Live your Life to its Fullest

The thin line that divides the role of men and women in a society has gotten blurrier than ever nowadays. Unlike in our grandmother’s generation, women are no longer stuck inside the kitchen, the bedroom, or the convent. They are now out there occupying what used to be the ‘turf’ of men.

Women have proven themselves capable of doing physical labor, taking up logical tasks, and assuming leadership positions among others that used to be stuff that men do. It is even safe to say that most women excel beyond of men in most of these fields.

Despite such equality when it comes to gender roles is the fact that men and women still differ in terms of physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual needs. Consequently, women tend to react on these stimuli in an utterly different fashion as men. Failure to satisfy these needs which lead to stress and fatigue also has varying effects on men and women. Hence, methods for handling stress as a woman is far different from many methods that would be useful for our male counterparts.

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Can Poor Sense of Smell Be a Precursor to Parkinson’s?

An impaired sense of smell may end up being an important telltale sign of Parkinson’s disease. There is a lot of evidence still being studied that point to the fact that a diminished sense of smell (called hyposmia) or total loss of smell (called anosmia) may show up in the earliest stages of the disease, several years before motor coordination is affected.

This is big news in the medical community as new tests can be created related to sense of smell that can then predict the disease. Early intervention can help greatly in controlling symptoms of the disease.

Doctors have concurred that one of the earliest symptoms of Parkinson’s is indeed loss of smell or the inability to recognize particular odors. In test studies, participants were graded on their sense of smell with a variety of items with each item garnering them a point. Flash forward a few years and a percentage of these participants developed Parkinson’s‘ disease. Virtually of these people had scored lower on the smell test than others did.

Understanding how it works

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Being Fit is a State of Mind

Have you ever wondered who has the responsibility for you being fit? Is it your parents, your doctor, your boss? Nope, you are responsible for whether or not you are fit. When we are kids we had little control over what foods appeared on the table. We did however control what we put into our mouths. Even as babies we spit out what we did not like, much to the chagrin of our parents.

As kids we loved to play and exercise came naturally to us as we ran outside, jumped rope or rode our bikes. We exercised because it was fun. As we age, exercise becomes more of a chore and our food choices are numerous many of them choices that are not healthy for us. We age and become more capable of making food and exercise choices on our own. The choices we make fit determine how fit we are. Did you ever stop and wonder how we make our choices?

Are we fit or unhealthy because of where we live, who are friends are, or where we work? Do we make poor choices because we believe commercials on TV or the radio? Our minds are a wonderful piece of machinery that influences the outcome of our lives. We make decisions everyday that have either a negative or positive impact on our life.

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Prevention Steps You Can Take Today To Avoid Diabetes

No one wants to develop diabetes. If you ask diabetics if they could have done things to prevent having diabetes if they would have done those things, I bet they would all say yes! You can prevent pre-diabetes and you can prevent developing Type 2 diabetes by making healthier eating choices, by exercising everyday, and by paying attention to the signs of pre-diabetes and being tested by your doctor.

To prevent diabetes, increase your activity level gradually until you build up to 30 minutes of activity a day. Lose 10 to 15 pounds (depending on your weight, a 200 pound man should lose 10 to 15 pounds). Eat healthier by following a low-calorie, low-fat diet plan.

Being successful at avoiding Type 2 diabetes means living a longer, healthier life and avoiding complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and amputations. There are many motivations for learning how to prevent diabetes.

The National Diabetes Education Program found at ndep.nih.gov is waging a campaign called: Small Steps. Big Rewards. Prevent type 2 diabetes. The campaign’s purpose is to inform Americans that they can prevent Type 2 diabetes by taking small steps. They are informing people that they will reap big rewards by taking these small steps to prevent diabetes.

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Vitamin K - Different Types, Different Results

The correct form of Vitamin K can be very beneficial to your heart and arteries.

I thought that I would comment further on this interesting Vitamin as I have referred to it in a couple of recent posts.  The references were related to Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and Vitamin K2 (menaquinone).  Vitamin K1 is the form that is most commonly used in supplements although we only use the Vitamin K2 form in our supplements.

The reason why we use this form is because it is much more beneficial to the body.  Whereas K2 has been proven to be effective in multiple areas the jury is still out on the benefits of K1, although some companies try to ‘piggyback’ the benefits of K2 and relate it to K1.

Why then doesn’t everyone use the K2 version?  Simple answer…cost!  K1 is only about $300/kg but K2 is around $14,000/kg.

A recent study was published which helps demonstrate not only the effectiveness of Vitamin K2 but also how it compares with Vitamin K1.  If you are using any version of Total Balance and/or Cardio-Klenz you may find this article interesting.

You can read this article below.

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Don’t Look Old Before Your Time

by Warren Matthews of Xtend-Life

No matter whether we are 20, 30 or 60 or more years of age, male or female we all want to look our best!

None of us want to look old before our time with drooping or sagging skin, or have skin with blemishes that looks lifeless, dry and with lots of wrinkles!

Have you ever wondered how people of similar age can look so different?  The greater the age the bigger the differences!  Why is it that some people who are 40 years old can look just 25 and yet others at 40 years of age look 60 years old?

Some people would argue that it must be in the genes but that theory is largely discredited.  Most scientists now generally agree that genetics probably don’t play any more that about a 10% role in the way our health or appearance evolves as we age.

So, what are the factors that determine how we look and feel as we age?

There are three key ones, not necessarily in the following order…


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An Overview of Metabolism

Metabolism is one of those basic of all chemical processes that take place in your body. It occurs in any living cell or organism and is necessary in order to sustain life. The chemical processes take place in order to break down certain substances in order to yield energy that is used for vital processes and other substances are synthesized.

We all need the energy that metabolism supplies in order to survive. Every living thing needs energy to survive. Animals, bacteria, humans and plants, all need energy to survive. We get that energy from a chemical process during the digestion of food.

In the very simplest terms, metabolism is the changes that take place in order for the body to use the food that we eat. Metabolism changes the food into resources that the body can use. Metabolism is the body’s way of using what we take in responsibly. It changes the food into particles that can be used by the body so as to not waste what we eat. When your body is healthy, metabolism changes food into useful resources that can repair damage, heal an injury, or help the body to rid itself of damaging toxins. Metabolism helps us to maintain a healthy functioning body and helps us to be able to stay alive.

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