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Lemongrass To Lower Cholesterol

Lemongrass To Lower Cholesterol

Lemon grass is from a group of grass in the genus Cymbopogon plant, which is a perennial plant commonly found in warm climates or tropical countries especially in South-east Asia. Several studies have found that lemongrass has many medicinal uses which also includes reducing cholesterol […]

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The Link Between Vibrational Frequency and Health

The Link Between Vibrational Frequency and Health

We live in a world of frequency or vibration. Frequency is the number of repeating vibrations that occur in a second. These are measured in hertz. All things have a frequency; even the human body. The human body has vibrational frequency down to the cellular […]

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High Cortisol Levels and Cancer

High Cortisol Levels and Cancer

The stress hormone, cortisol, is public health enemy number one. Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels: interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease… The list goes on and on.

Chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels also increase risk for depression, mental illness, and lower life expectancy. In fact, epidemiological and clinical studies over the past 30 years have provided strong evidence for links between chronic stress, depression and social isolation and cancer progression.

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What Is Cortisol?
Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is secreted by the adrenal glands and has two major functions in the body: stimulating the breakdown of protein and fat to provide metabolites that can be converted to glucose in the liver and also, reacting in response to stress.

Cortisol is often referred to as the “stress hormone”. We need cortisol to survive and to help us cope with stress. When cortisol is released in response to stress, it is meant to be elevated and used only for short periods of time. If your cortisol levels remain elevated, it can actually do damage to your body.

The hormone cortisol is often seen in a negative light. It is commonly associated with “stress” and the many harmful effects that it can have on the body. In reality, cortisol is vital for the body ? in many ways, our very survival depends on it. Serious issues can arise, however, when high cortisol levels become chronic. Then it can turn into a killer, leading to immune system deficiency and even cancer.

How Does Cortisol Connect With Cancer?
There are numerous studies that suggest that cortisol levels tend to be higher overall and irregular in their daily patterns in patients with breast cancer. A landmark study conducted in 2000 by Stanford University found that 65% of advanced breast cancer patients had abnormal cortisol levels during the day (either abnormal peak periods or consistently flat). What’s more, mortality rates were significantly higher in these women than in the remaining roughly 35% whose cortisol levels were normal.

The researchers also found that the women with abnormal cortisol levels had fewer Natural Killer Cells, which played a major role in their lack of ability to curtail breast cancer metastasis. Recent studies have found the same correlation in men with prostate cancer. Amongst these is a 2016 study by the University of Buenos Aires that found significantly higher daytime cortisol levels in middle-aged men who had prostate cancer versus those who did not.

Stress, Hormones & Cancer
Cortisol also raises glucose levels within normal cells. I am sure you have read what cancer cells love to feed on? You guessed it. Sugar!

Rising glucose levels in the body increases the acidity of the internal environment. An acidic internal environment is also an anaerobic one and the perfect environment for pathogens to take hold. Besides cancer, these include opportunistic fungi and bacterium. The waste products from these entities add another level of toxicity to the mix.

Interestingly, when cortisol is allowed to do its job in short bursts like it was meant to do, it is responsible for a “ramping up” of immune system responses. When high cortisol levels are left for too long, however, the reverse begins to happen. Cortisol begins to deteriorate the functions of the immune system (some researchers think the hormone does this to prevent an autoimmune response).

 

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Signs that you may be suffering from high cortisol levels include:

  • Weight gain (especially around the midsection)
  • Mood swings and anxiety
  • Fatigue and muscle pain
  • Trouble falling and staying asleep
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • High blood pressure
  • A decrease in libido
  • Increased urination
  • Brittle bones
  • Excessive thirst

 

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Ways to Slow Down and De-Stress:
Meditation is a proven way to go about doing this. Here are some other stress-reducing and cortisol-lowering activities:

  • Consider journal writing, walking, being in nature, practicing EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping), or doing yoga or tai chi
  • Moderate exercise, getting a good night’s sleep, and reducing EMF exposure from cell phones, Wi-Fi routers, and other electronics are all ways to make sure that cortisol and other stress hormones stay in balance
  • Consider herbal supplements such as ashwagandha, licorice, holy basil, and ginseng
  • According to Dr. Josh Axe, the anti-inflammatory essential oils lavender, myrrh, frankincense, and bergamot have all shown to lower cortisol levels directly

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How Protein Can Help You Lose Weight Naturally

How Protein Can Help You Lose Weight Naturally

After my diagnosis of PCOS with unexplained weight gain some 18 years back, I did an extensive research on PCOS. I learned that PCOS is an insulin resistance disorder. Losing weight with PCOS is extremely difficult for some patients. With exercise 365 a day and […]

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What the Acne on Each Part of Your Face Means

What the Acne on Each Part of Your Face Means

Do you always break out on your chin? Or maybe acne always seems to crop up on your cheeks or your T-zone.  There are reasons you might be breaking out in one particular area over another. I hardly ever had acne or pimples in my […]

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Cold & Flu Symptoms During Menstruation (Period Flu)

Cold & Flu Symptoms During Menstruation (Period Flu)

A woman’s body goes through a cycle every month during the pre-menopausal years in which it prepares for pregnancy. If pregnancy does not occur, the lining of the uterus is shed, resulting in a period. A woman’s monthly menstrual cycle can cause many physical and emotional symptoms. This can include mood swings, fatigue, stomach cramps and cold and flu-like symptoms. For some women, the symptoms are mild while in others they can disrupt everyday life. If cold and flu symptoms occur during menstruation, there are various remedies that can be tried.

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If you feel sick before a period, you are just one of the many women who suffer from various symptoms before getting their periods. It is more common to hear from women who get sick with nausea, vomiting, as well as diarrhea or constipation during their periods.

Symptoms from menstruation can begin days before a period occurs and last throughout the period. To help manage symptoms, it may be helpful to keep track of them, along with what makes them better and what makes them worse.

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Some women do ask: Why do i get sick or feel malaise before my period? Some get throat pain before periods, while others have flu-like symptoms with a slight temperature. Here’s some information about the strange symptom of falling sick-before-period faced by some women.

Hormonal Changes: Estrogen and Progesterone are the two hormones that are at their peak when a woman’s body is preparing for a possible pregnancy (just before a period). This increased level of the two hormones has been deduced to be the major cause of the flu-like symptoms, especially the throbbing headaches that you experience before your period. Also, hormonal birth control pills that you might be consuming are another cause for these headaches before your period.

In some cases, taking time during menstruation to exercise and practice relaxation techniques can help to calm symptoms down. Other patients may need prescription or over-the-counter medications to control the pain.

The menstrual cycle can also cause widespread weakness, fatigue and trouble sleeping, claims the National Woman’s Health Information Center. This may or may not be accompanied by a loss in appetite and irritability.

If these symptoms occur, it is important to get about eight hours of sleep each night and to try to eat a healthy diet with exercise. It may also be helpful to speak with a health care provider about taking folic acid, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin B-6 and/or vitamin E supplements.

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Health And Beauty Tips For New Moms

Health And Beauty Tips For New Moms

When you’re a new mommy, you have so much to do and somehow, you end up at the bottom of the list. Even though the new baby is important, don’t forget about yourself. Consider these ways you can develop your appearance and enhance your beauty […]

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Health Benefits of Mangoes

Health Benefits of Mangoes

Mangoes are in peak season now and are selling for a song at most places  in where I am living.  The kids are the happiest now as the refrigerator is always well stocked with sweet mangoes. They help themselves to the mangoes anytime they wish. […]

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Thinking About Using Medical Marijuana?

Thinking About Using Medical Marijuana?

Misinformation
Medical marijuana has been a hot seat issue for years. Doctors claim certain things about it, while politicians claim other things about it, and it can be difficult to understand if it’s actually good for you or not. Because of all the misinformation or misguided information out there, one of the best methods you can take to learn more medical marijuana is to attend a cannabis seminar in Florida that covers the topic in detail. Tetra Health Care is a facility that specializes in medical marijuana and holds events and seminars that go over the health benefits that can be derived from marijuana. Since they work closely with its use, they understand well exactly what cannabis can do for the body.

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Health Benefits
Doctors who include medical marijuana into their practice often use it for patients who suffer from muscle spasms, nausea that is often associated with cancer and chemotherapy, poor appetite as a result of a chronic illness, seizure disorders, Crohn’s disease, and many others. The secret behind how marijuana works to help heal the body is that the body actually already produces many of the effects that marijuana performs on its own. By using marijuana, however, you can help your body to boost these effects and reduce inflammation and instead promote healing and relief.

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It can be taken in an assortment of ways. It can be smoked, vaporized, eaten, and taken as a liquid extract. If you suffer from one of the diseases or conditions mentioned above, then you may want to consider trying medical marijuana.

Guidance
Tetra Health Care can meet with you if you’re interested in trying medical marijuana to reduce your pain. By meeting with a doctor, they can determine if the treatment is right for you, and then help set you up with a provider. As with all things, however, you should perform some simple research to see if it’s something that you think might help you. Attending one of Tetra’s seminars could be the first step you need to take.

 

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Pain And Spotting During Ovulation

Pain And Spotting During Ovulation

Ovulation pain or Mittelschmerz is the pelvic and lower abdominal pain that some women experience during ovulation. Ovulation generally occurs about midway between menstrual cycles; hence the term mittelschmerz, which comes from the German words for “middle” and “pain.” Many women never experience painful ovulation. […]

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