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Onions: Flavor Booster, and So Much More!

Onions might be best known for their smell and how they make you cry when cutting them, but did you know that onions have healing powers as well? Onions contain sulfur compounds and a flavonoid called Quercetin, both of which help the body remove, repair or reverse certain ailments. They also have antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. More ways onions can help improve your health include: • Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol • Lowering blood pressure • Thought to be a cancer treatment, specifically stomach cancer • Protecting against cardiovascular disease • Natural blood thinner • Relieving sinus congestion, cold and flu symptoms • Lessening the risk of stroke • Lowering blood sugar in diabetics • Detoxifying the body by removing heavy metals, including cadmium, lead and mercury, from the body. • Relieving nausea and indigestion • Increasing bone density Onion Recipes for Better Health To treat chest congestion, a compress can help: 1. Quarter 4 onions 2. Steam or lightly sauté in water until soft 3. Let cool until you are able to handle 4. Wrap in cheesecloth and secure with safety pins 5. Apply to chest You can put it on under a shirt or towel to keep it in place. For children you won’t need as many onions so you can cut the recipe down, depending on the size of your child. A good way to keep it in place for little ones is lay the pouch on their chest and wrap an ace bandage all the way around them and secure. Earache Earaches can be very painful and it’s hard to watch your children suffer through one. But, with this simple recipe you can knock out earache pain in a matter of minutes. Here’s what you’ll need: • 1 onion with skin • Bowl • Spatula • Eyedropper Steam the onion with the skin on. Keeping the skin on helps to keep all of the onion juice inside until you’re ready to use it. Once it’s done (when it’s soft) cut in half and put one half into a bowl. Then press the onion with a spatula or other utensil to squeeze out the juice. Use the eyedropper to capture some of the juice Put several drops into the ear and the earache should dissipate within 15 minutes or so. If it doesn’t go away in that amount of time you can apply several more drops. Acne To help get rid of embarrassing acne, apply this simple mixture to your skin: • 1 tablespoon fresh onion juice • 1 tablespoon olive oil Combine and rub over entire face with your fingers in a circular motion. Let sit for about 20 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Pat your face dry. This will help clear up blemishes. It can be used as a spot treatment for breakouts, too. Who would’ve thought the smelly onion could do all this!

 


The Best Natural Laundry Soap Recipe

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and it can absorb things we touch or wear. This means that our clothes, sheets, blankets, towels and everything else we wash with most commercial laundry soaps are transferring the toxins from these products into our bodies. “I didn’t know laundry soaps include toxins,” you say. Yes, they do. A few of which are: phenols, phosphates and artificial fragrances. Phenols are made from crude oil by an industrial process. The dangers of phenols are many, including heart, lung, kidney and liver damage. Since the skin very easily absorbs phenols you should avoid any laundry products with these toxic chemicals. If swallowed, phenols can cause circulatory collapse, coma and even death. Phosphates are used to soften hard water so clothes absorb water and detergent to lift soil from the fibers of your clothes. The problem here is that phosphates can cause skin irritation, nausea and vomiting. Another issue is that phosphates released into the environment cause an imbalance in the ecosystem. This is why many states have regulated the amount of phosphates that can be used. Artificial fragrances are made from mostly petroleum products and various man-made chemicals that can be hazardous to your health. Man-made, or synthetic fragrances, contain phthalates. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors which means they interfere with the natural hormone processes of the human body. Phthalates are linked to birth defects, learning and developmental disabilities and cancer. It’s hard to find out exactly what other chemicals are in these synthetic fragrances because they are considered “trade secrets” and manufacturers do not have to disclose them. Those are just three of the many toxic chemicals found in commercial laundry soap. That is why making your own homemade laundry soap is preferable for you and your family’s health. Homemade laundry soap is easy to make and takes only a few ingredients, many of which you already have in your pantry. Basic Recipe: • 1 cup baking soda • 1¼ cups white vinegar • 1 cup washing soda • 1 cup borax • ½ cup liquid castile soap Combine all ingredients in a plastic or glass bowl one at a time in the order listed making sure to mix each one thoroughly before adding the next ingredient. Be sure when you add the liquid castile soap that you immediately blend it all together because if you wait it will get hard and really tough to stir. Store in a non-metal container with a lid. Use approximately ¼ cup per load of laundry. Tips: Add the vinegar very slowly to the baking soda because it will bubble up and overflow if you’re not careful. If you prefer fragrance in your laundry soap you can buy scented liquid castile soap or add 5-6 (or more to your liking) drops of essential oil to each batch. Using a food processor to combine ingredients makes a quick job of it.

 


Garden-Grown Herbal Remedies

It’s no secret that herbal supplements can be great for your health. They’ve been used for centuries to heal the human body both inside and out. In fact, you may be growing herbs in your garden and not even realize the power they hold. If you’re thinking of planting a healing herb garden, there are a few easy-to-start-with herbs to consider planting: Dandelion. The flowers and roots can be used for many ailments and overall better health. The flowers are generally eaten or made into tea. You can add them to salad, soups or eat raw. They are tasty and contain potassium, beta-carotene and vitamins A and C. Roots and stems contain a creamy substance that can be squeezed out and used for skin issues. Rub it over a bee sting to take away the pain as well as cuts and scrapes. It is a natural acne treatment and can remove warts when applied directly to the affected area several times a day until gone. While dandelion is generally considered safe, you should be aware that some peopl are allergic. Be on the lookout for any skin reaction or gastric upset after using. Garlic. The medicinal value of garlic cannot be ignored. It contains Allicin, which is a natural antibiotic. This helps your system fight infection and can help to strengthen your immune system. Garlic has also been in the forefront of natural remedies for fighting cancer, heart disease, lowering cholesterol, improving blood circulation and lowering blood sugar. Adding garlic to your diet can only improve your health. Used topically garlic can take the pain away from cuts, scrapes, bee stings, and rashes. It has also been successfully used to clear up acne or other skin problems. Cut the clove in half and rub the cut side onto the affected area. Oregano. This herb is high in antioxidants and minerals. Antioxidants are responsible for reducing free radicals, which are chemical reactions in your body that damage your cells and cause premature aging. By adding oregano to your diet you can help keep your body healthy. Cilantro. High in vitamin K, antioxidants, minerals and fiber, cilantro adds flavor to your foods as well as offering health benefits. It can help remove toxins from your body helping to reduce depression and reducing chronic fatigue. It may also play a role in minimizing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis. Mint. If you’re susceptible to digestive problems or nausea you may want to plant some in your garden. Mint helps calm your stomach and ease flatulence. It contains vitamins, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and calcium making it a great addition for bone health, too. Not to mention it smells great! Growing an herb garden is easy and can be done in a very small space, even a window sill. The benefits you will gain by adding fresh herbs to your diet or to have on hand for topical applications are numerous. Plus, taking care of an herb garden is a simple as planting the seed, watering and snipping to use as needed.

 


Essential Nutrients For Beautiful Skin

Everyone wants beautiful, soft, radiant skin. But how do we get it? With lotions and potions? Sure, they help, but beautiful skin starts with healthy skin, and that begins on the inside. The first thing you must do to get healthy skin is to improve your diet. What you eat makes a big difference in how your skin looks and feels. Eating foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals is the key. Antioxidants help combat the free radicals that attack your body, both inside and outside, doing damage to the cells. Many people simply do not eat a balanced diet. Getting enough fruits and vegetables into your diet to reap the benefits is important to skin health, and over-all health. You can do your best to include nutrient-dense foods in your diet, but another way to help boost nutrition is to take a multivitamin or other supplements. Some powerful antioxidants to look for in your supplements are beta carotene, selenium, and vitamins C, D and E. Let’s go into a little more detail to explain how these nutrients make your skin healthy from the inside out. Beta Carotene Our bodies turn beta carotene into vitamin A. This helps your skin look healthy by keeping the membranes pliable and resilient. It also keeps the cell structure that holds your skin up strong. Beta carotene also helps your body resist damage from external environmental stresses, including the sun's damaging UV rays. Vitamin C This is a building block for collagen, which is a protein that helps cells renew, resulting in firm, smooth, glowing, skin. When collagen is low, the skin cells don't turn over often enough, resulting in dry, dull, leathery skin, which is prone to wrinkles. Exfoliation of the skin with external vitamin C applications is one way to promote skin health. However, taking vitamin C internally, either with food or supplements, wakes up the skin cells from within. Vitamin D Natural production of vitamin D in the body starts to slow around the age of twenty. A reasonable amount of sun exposure, about 15 minutes a day, is needed to produce vitamin D in the body. Eating foods naturally rich in vitamin D, such as salmon, mushrooms, and eggs, will help boost your vitamin D. However, as we age, it's difficult to get all the vitamin D we need in just those foods. Adding vitamin D fortified foods such as milk and yogurt to your diet will help. But, at some point, many of us may need to take a vitamin D supplement to ensure we have enough in our body. Vitamin D supports your skin's elasticity, can help clear up acne, and lessens dark spots, sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles as we age. Vitamin E This is a powerful antioxidant that will help protect and repair your skin. Your body can’t produce vitamin E on its own, so you have to be sure you get enough through food or supplements. However, when choosing a supplement, stay away from synthetic vitamin E. Studies have indicated that synthetic versions of vitamin E can actually do more harm than good. Your health is as plain as the skin on your face. When you see excessive or premature wrinkles, acne, oil, dryness, redness, sagging, discoloration, or other skin conditions, it could be a sign of poor health. Many people don’t realize this, and instead of curing the health problem within, they use all sorts of magic topical products to patch things up. And that's all they're doing – patching things up. The skin problem will continue if the health issue isn't addressed first. The bottom line is, adding the vitamins and minerals your body is lacking will help give your skin the beauty treatment it needs.

 


Incredible Edible Garlic

Garlic is versatile and has many health benefits. The smell sometimes makes people not want to add garlic to their diet but the benefits outweigh the price you would pay in powerful breath. In If you’re concerned about it though, you can minimize the smell by sucking on a lemon wedge or chewing on a sprig of parsley. Both work well to neutralize the garlic odor in your mouth. Garlic can be eaten raw but most people prefer to add it to cooked foods. It gives your food a flavorful boost. You can also buy garlic supplements that may help reduce garlic breath. Heart & Circulation Powerful antioxidants found in garlic can help reduce free radicals in your body. Free radicals are dangerous molecules that can damage tissue and accelerate the aging process. This means that garlic promotes heart health, reduces and repairs damaged cells and supports healthy blood flow throughout your body, resulting in better circulation. It lowers blood pressure, reduces LDL cholesterol and helps regulate blood sugar. Garlic also relaxes the lining of the blood vessels, thereby helping to reduce plaque buildup in your arteries. This can help prevent strokes and heart attacks. Immune System Support Garlic contains a substance, called Allicin, which is a natural antibiotic. It reduces the ability of germs to grow and produce bacteria in your body. It also boosts your body’s natural defenses helping to rid you allergies, colds, and infections. Detoxification is a process your body goes through to remove toxins so it can perform better. Garlic aids with detoxification and helps your body’s own defenses work better by improving the function of your immune system. Cancer Defense Many studies show that a diet rich in garlic can actually help protect your body form various types of cancers, such as colon, breast and prostate cancer. Garlic contains chemical substances that may actually block cancer-activating carcinogens from being formed in the body. Pain Reliever Garlic is a natural pain killer. It reduces the pain and itch of bug bites, ringworm or other rashes. To apply to the affected area, cut a clove in half and rub the cut side all around the wound. It can also lessen the pain of toothaches. In a similar fashion, apply the cut side of the garlic directly onto the tooth and gums. You can also take a clove and break it up a little with a hammer or mallet and put the whole thing right over the affected tooth. Hold this in place for 10-15 minutes and your pain will be gone. Reapply as needed. Acne Treatment Many swear by applying a garlic mask for their acne. Garlic has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties which helps in clearing up acne prone skin. Make your own mask by crushing several cloves of garlic and mixing with Manuka honey. Apply directly to your face and let sit for approximately 20 minutes, rinse with warm water, blot dry and apply lotion for sensitive skin. Everyone can benefit from adding a little extra garlic to their diet.

 


The Volunteer Vacation

Perhaps you've never considered taking a volunteer vacation, and in fact, don't really know what one is. In this article we'll explore the concept of a volunteer vacation and why you might consider taking one. Traditionally, a vacation is taken in order to relax, rewind, unplug, and rejuvenate. A vacation takes you away from your daily rut and the stress of your job. Ideally, a vacation takes you out of your daily reality and transports you somewhere fun, interesting, relaxing and perhaps exotic. A volunteer vacation can take this to the next level and introduce the concept of vacation with a purpose. A volunteer vacation involves taking a vacation with the express purpose of working to help others, and paying for the privilege to do so. If you've never done this before, it may sound odd to pay to work on a trip where most people would relax, but think back to some of the vacations you've taken in the past. Truthfully, didn't you get a little bored just relaxing? Didn't you wonder if that's all there was? And come home a trifle… well… unsatisfied? Volunteering can give you a sense of accomplishment, make the food taste better after a full day of physical labor, and be very rewarding. You also get the chance to meet people whose lives are very different from yours. They may show you that happiness is not related to wealth, or make you realize how lucky you are. Those are just the benefits to you. The benefits to those you are helping are huge. One week out of your life helping to build a house means a lifetime of shelter to a family of eight. Your hot and dusty manual labor digging a well or working a village farm means water and food for those who desperately need it. Carving some time out of your crazy schedule to help in an overseas orphanage can mean hugs, kisses, and stories read to children who've never been shown love before. The concept of taking a volunteer vacation has become increasingly popular and now has a name - voluntourism. Many people, especially retirees, are finding it a rewarding experience, even though they are paying for the vacation and putting in the hard work. Once they've taken a volunteer vacation, they are more likely to stay involved with the charity, either with lending themselves again physically or monetarily. If you decide this sounds like something you'd like to do, you should check out the vacation as you would any other vacation. What is included? Room and board, or do you have to arrange that separately? Are there specific times you need to be there to help with a project? You'll also want to check out the volunteer organization and determine they've been around for a while and are reputable. Also, do all fees go into the project or is the organization taking a big percentage? A volunteer vacation may not be for everyone, but if you try it, I think you'll find it worth the monetary price you pay and highly rewarding for you and those you help.

 


The Best Supplements for Menopause

As we age, our body changes. The nutrients required by a thirty-five year old woman are not the same nutrients required by a fifty-five year old woman. Perimenopausal and menopausal women require some specific nutrients to maintain optimum health. Even if a woman eats a wide variety of healthy foods during this time, she may still be missing some essential nutrients. The reason is because her body has shifted and the nutrients she believes she needs may not address the symptoms of perimenopause or menopause. Let’s take a look at some symptoms and see how two important nutrients - calcium and vitamin D - work in tandem to ease those symptoms. Calcium A lack of adequate calcium in the body can lead to reduced bone density. When your body doesn’t get enough calcium, it will take the calcium from the bones in your body. This can lead to bone loss and, eventually, osteoporosis. Other problems, such as restlessness, anxiety, and disturbed sleep patterns may also be the result of a calcium deficiency. Begin building your calcium reserves by eating several of these foods daily: • Plain yogurt • Milk • Cottage Cheese • Mozzarella Cheese • Salmon or Sardines • Spinach • Collard Greens • Broccoli Of course, along with adding calcium rich foods to your diet, taking a calcium supplement is an excellent way to ensure you are getting the right amount. The recommended amount of calcium for perimenopausal and menopausal women until the age of 55 is 1200 mg per day. After 55, it is often recommended to boost the dosage to 1500 mg per day. Our body tends to absorb less calcium as we age. The extra calcium can ease the symptoms of menopause and protect against bone loss. Vitamin D It’s important to know that calcium cannot be absorbed by the body without vitamin D. It doesn't matter how much calcium you take, if you don’t pair it with enough vitamin D, the calcium will not be absorbed properly. Most calcium supplements are now paired with vitamin D, but be sure to look before you buy. Along with helping to absorb calcium to maintain bone health, vitamin D can also combat mood swings, even fighting off depression. Vitamin D is also known to help with memory and overall cognitive performance. One of the easiest, and best, ways to get enough vitamin D is to go outside. The sun works with your body to produce vitamin D through the skin. Just exposing your skin to sunlight 15 minutes a day will provide your body with a healthy dose of vitamin D. This is a case where more is not better. Once you have your 15 minutes, go ahead and lather on the sunscreen to protect your skin from overexposure. You have had all the sunlight you need. If you are unable to get outside daily, add extra servings of milk or yogurt to your diet, along with fatty fish such as salmon or tuna. If, however, these sources of vitamin D are not readily available to you on a routine basis, then adding a supplement is a good idea. The recommended daily allowance of vitamin D is 1000 mg per day. Your doctor or other health professional will be your best resource if you have any doubts or questions about how much calcium and vitamin D you need to maintain optimum health and fight the symptoms of perimenopause or menopause. Make a list of all the calcium rich and vitamin D rich foods you eat each day, then sit down and discuss your lifestyle and eating habits with your doctor or health professional. Adding a supplement may be recommended, and it may be just the answer you were looking for to relieve those symptoms and enjoy better health.

 


Fight Mold & Mildew Naturally

If you’ve ever had mold or mildew you know how unsightly it is. But, did you know it also has detrimental effects on your health? People with compromised immune systems, the elderly and infants are especially susceptible. Left untreated, growing mold can cause a variety of health problems: • Allergic type reactions (such as nasal stuffiness, scratchy throat, coughing, sneezing) • Mental fog • Chronic fatigue • Itchy and irritated skin conditions (if you come in contact with it) • Aggravate and worsen asthma conditions • Respiratory infections • Lung damage Mold and mildew may be in your home without you even realizing it. It tends to grow in damp, humid places, like the bathroom, or around leaky pipes or windows. Mold looks like green or black dots, and sometimes grows in a circular pattern. You might not see the mold if it’s growing under the sink or in the basement but if it has been growing in an enclosed space you will definitely be able to smell it. Mold and mildew have a strong musty odor. Since mold is hazardous to your health it’s advisable to protect yourself when cleaning it by wearing gloves, a mask or respirator and eye protection. In fact, mold can be so dangerous that if the area of your mold problem is more than 3 square feet you should consider hiring a professional. If you choose to do the cleanup yourself, you have a few “green” options. You probably have some of these products in your cupboards already. Vinegar & Baking Soda Paste Items you will need: • ½ cup white distilled vinegar • 1 cup baking soda • A toothbrush, applicator or cheap paint brush you can throw away afterwards • 1 gallon hot water • 2 Tbsp. liquid castile soap • Bucket • Cloth Combine baking soda and vinegar in a bowl. Be careful because vinegar and baking soda will fizz and overflow if you do not add it slowly. Once you have a thick paste you can take your applicator and apply generously over the mold spots. Allow it to dry overnight. Then, add hot water and liquid castile soap to your bucket and use your cloth to remove the dried paste. Tea Tree Oil Spray Items you will need: • 16 oz. spray bottle • 2 tsp. tea tree oil • Warm water • Cloth Add water and tea tree oil to your spray bottle and liberally spray on effected area. Leave on for 30 minutes and wipe with damp cloth. Tea tree oil has a very strong scent but it will dissipate in a few hours. ** Don’t forget your protective gear. This should remove the mold and mildew. But once you have a mold or mildew occurrence it is likely it will return without regular care. Regular care can mean cleaning up to once a month or more depending on the level of humidity. It’s much easier to keep up with the regular cleanings than having to deal with the mold problems.

 


Put Down The Pepto - Cure Indigestion The Natural Way

Indigestion can make you feel bloated and cause pain in your stomach area. It can lead to nausea, uncontrolled flatulence and burping, heartburn and acid reflux making you miserable. Your state of mind can also be a contributor to digestive problems. This means that stress and anxiety and be factors as well. Other causes of indigestion are poor diet, overeating and partaking of too much alcohol. These can lead to a heavy buildup of toxins in the body making your digestive system unable to work properly. Remember overindulgence of anything can cause indigestion. Some Ways to Minimize Indigestion Eat frequent small meals. Keep your body fueled by eating more often to keep your energy up but in smaller quantities. Eating a small meal or snack every 2 to 3 hours will lessen problems and symptoms of indigestion. Eat whole foods. Staying away from highly processed, fatty foods will help you keep the acids down in your stomach. Adding whole foods such as lean meat, fruits and vegetables are a great way to get your body healthy and avoid upset stomach. Eat slowly. Eating too fast will cause you problems. Take it slow by consciously chewing your food and putting your fork down between bites. Avoid alcohol. Alcohol is acidic and contains sugars that can cause your body to be out of balance. Limit caffeine. Consuming fewer caffeinated beverages will help to keep heartburn at bay. Sources of caffeine are coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks among others. Drink Water. Train yourself to drink more water each day. It’s easy to fit more in if you drink a glass up on rising and keep a water bottle with you and sip all day long. Water helps to flush your system, removing toxins and keeps your body well hydrated. Don’t eat late. Eating before bed can cause heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux, making it hard to sleep. This contributes to the cycle by not allowing you to get the proper rest so you can your body in balance. Avoid spicy foods. If you find that spicy meals precede painful indigestion, limit or avoid them altogether. Keeping a food journal can help you determine the types of foods that cause you trouble. Apple Cider Vinegar. Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it once or twice a day can aid digestion. It is a fermented product so it helps the healthy bacteria grow and multiply in your intestines which are needed for a healthy digestive tract. Drink peppermint tea. Peppermint tea has a calming effect on your system helping with nausea. Making these dietary changes can help you minimize or even avoid the painful symptoms of indigestion.

 


Make Healthy Air Fresheners From Household Items

Many store-bought air fresheners contain toxic chemicals, spreading them throughout your home every time you use them. You’ve probably used these products for years, and may be thinking to yourself that you’ve yet to experience any side effects. But did you know that prolonged use can cause serious health problems which you may never attribute to your commercial air fresheners? A study conducted by the University of Washington in 2010 found that out of the 25 commonly used scented products they tested, there were an average of 17 chemicals emitted from each one. There were 133 total chemicals identified throughout the entire testing process and approximately 25 percent are considered hazardous or toxic. Surprisingly, only one was listed on the product label. What about the other 132 chemical compounds that you are unknowingly discharging into the air? The sad thing is that manufacturers of these types of air freshening scented products (as well as personal care products, cleaning supplies and laundry products) are not required to disclose what goes into making them! Here are just a few of the toxic chemical in your commercial air fresheners: Phenols – Phenols are made from crude oil through a series of manufacturing processes. Phenols can be inhaled and are readily absorbed through the skin. They have been linked to skin irritations, wheezing, coughing, upset stomach, kidney and liver damage. Some suspect they may be a contributor to autism in children as well. Formaldehyde – In its basic form, formaldehyde is a colorless gas. It’s used in a variety of products because it is a good binding agent and cheap to manufacture. Formaldehyde can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled and has been linked to sleeplessness, fatigue, headache, breathing difficulties, nausea, diarrhea and bronchitis, to name a few. Phthalates – These endocrine disruptors interfere with the natural hormone processes of the body. Phthalates are linked to reproductive damage, birth defects, developmental disabilities and cancer. Needless to say, these products are better left unused. An alternative to using these damaging products is creating your own “green” air freshener from a just a few ingredients. The items you will need to create a basic homemade air freshening spray are: • A 16 oz. clean spray bottle • Warm water • Essential oil(s) Fill the spray bottle with water leaving approximately 1 inch from the top. Then use 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oils (adjust amount to your liking) and shake for 30 seconds. Be sure to shake before each use.

 


The Natural Way to Combat Depression

Depression is a debilitating problem for many people. But treating it with pharmaceuticals can sometimes cause more harm than good. Before resorting to chemical solutions, trying a natural approach can often help. Eat Well Diet alone may not cure depression, but a eating properly is the foundation of a healthy body. If you regularly consume highly processed foods you are contributing to the toxic buildup in your body. This buildup leads to a variety of problems, including depression. Eliminate sugars and high fructose corn syrup, controversial ingredients included in many processed foods and drinks these days. Eating too much sugar can cause highs immediately after eating, followed by a crash. This can make you feel worse than you did before you ate. It’s believed that adding more folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids can also help combat depression. You can find omega-3s in fatty fish such as sardines, salmon and tuna. Avocados, green leafy vegetables and seeds are good sources of folic acid. Exercise Moving your body can keep it healthy and can promote a chemical reaction in your brain that makes you feel good. Endorphins – the chemical responsible - are called the feel good chemical. Your body naturally produces endorphins when you exercise. You can start out small by just walking a for a little bit each day, even as much as 10 minutes will help boost your mood. The more you begin to move your body the better you will feel. In fact, you may find that you begin to crave the exercise for the feel good reaction. Sleep Getting proper sleep is important to a healthy mind and body, but depression makes it hard to get a good rest. Even though you may feel like you’ve slept, it doesn’t mean you are getting proper sleep. If you have trouble getting restful, deep sleep try some relaxation techniques, such as turning off all applications and TV at least one hour prior to your desired bedtime. This will help your mind to relax from those distractions before trying to sleep. Another would be reading a lighthearted book that promotes good feelings. You can also try warm milk as it can be mildly sedative for some people. Go Outside Sunlight is not only good for the soul it promotes the production of vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D helps boost your mood. Herbal Supplements St. John’s wort is an herbal supplement that comes from a flower of the same name. Proponents say it can be as effective as pharmaceutical anti-depressants for treating mild depression. You can make tea from dry St. John’s wort, but the most common way to take it is in pill or liquid form. You can find St. John’s wort in health food stores. Depression can be a debilitating disease, but the treatment is often expensive and carries its own unpleasant side effects. Before resorting to chemical cures, give these natural remedies a shot. Chances are you’ll feel better without the added cost and chemicals.

 




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