Your body odor is unique to you — unless you have an identical twin. Even babies recognize the individual scents of their mothers.
Excessive exposure to light before bedtime from computers, i-Phones, T.V. or streetlights sends our brains the message that it is still daylight and time to be awake. If you have difficulty sleeping, consider dimming the lights an hour or two before bed to allow normal sleep hormones to kick in and put you to sleep, and remember to darken the room you sleep in as much as possible to ensure sleep hormones remain balanced.
To minimize exposure to toxic household chemicals, consider making your own chemical-free cleansers from baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, or hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle is an excellent anti-bacterial cleanser, and works wonders on carpet stains. Baking soda is also great for stain removal, and equal parts distilled water and vinegar (with a little lemon thrown in) makes an excellent cleaner for all surfaces, including windows! To maximize your health, avoid chemicals and clean naturally!
Mammograms have provided quite the controversy lately. Recent studies suggest they might cause more damage than they prevent by repeatedly exposing the breast tissue to radiation, by spreading cancer cells with severe compression, and with a 17% false positive rate resulting in unnecessary surgery and mental anguish. Thermography is a radiation and compression free alternative, which measures heat variation to evaluate breast tissue density. Unfortunately, most insurance plans will not pay for this vastly improved alternative so most doctors do not use it. To improve breast health for all women, raise your voice to your doctors, community, and insurance companies in support of breast screening with Thermography!
DidYouKnow the average adult, the skin covers 12-20 square feet and accounts for 12% of body weight.
Adrenal fatigue is a factor in almost all types of illnesses from colds and flu to allergies, joint pain, autoimmune disease and even cancer. Cortisol released by the adrenal gland balances inflammation throughout the body, as well as strongly influences the immune system. Stress in all forms (lack of sleep, work pressure, illness, pain) overextends the adrenal glands and contributes to further “disease”. To maximize health, schedule rest and recovery times frequently to allow the adrenals healing time. Take naps, and retire to bed early as often as possible.
Did you know eating throughout the day so that you’re constantly satisfied. The less you eat, the more likely you are to sink into starvation mode and make your body want to store fat.
Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
Visceral body fat (fat around the major organs of the stomach) is considered especially unhealthy because it is correlated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It is recommended that the measurement of the waist not be greater than 35 inches for women, and 40 inches for men. Measure your waist near the belly button and take action if you are in a high-risk category.
Tea Tree Oil, used medicinally by the indigenous people of Australia, is antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiseptic. It is an excellent treatment for cuts and burns, and its leaves were often used to relieve cold symptoms. It is also effective against acne, Athlete’s Foot, and hangnails. Consider adding Tea Tree Oil to your First Aid Kit.
The average person has at least seven dreams a night.
Chamomile tea has a sedative affect helpful for mild anxiety or nervousness, and is safe enough for children. Test with small doses if there is a history of ragweed allergies, since they are in the same family. Enjoy a nice cup of Chamomile tea at bedtime to calm the nerves and relax after a hard day.
Most people need 8 hours of sleep to rejuvenate and balance hormones – especially the hunger control hormones. Plan to sleep 7-8 hours nightly to help control binge eating and weight gain.
Sugar consumption, including high fructose corn syrup, can weaken the immune system by up to 50% (depending on the size of the dose) for up to 4 hours. Consider limiting sugar consumption at the beginning of any illness to minimize damage to the immune system when under attack.
Low blood pressure and dizziness when rising are often signs of weakened or exhausted adrenal glands. Rest, stress relief, and herbal remedies can restore and rebuild the adrenals over time. If these symptoms persist, visit an Naturopathic, Integrative, or Alternative physician for diagnosis and treatment.
On average, you blink 15,000 times a day. Women blink twice as much as men.
The herb rosemary rivals BHA and BHT in its antioxidant power to preserve meat. Mixing rosemary in food may prevent food poisoning by retarding spoilage. It also helps prevent infection when placed on wounds and is an anti-viral and helps combat colds. Integrate rosemary into your recipes to preserve foods naturally