When a good rhythm strikes and the mood is right, it’s hard not to start tapping a foot along with the music. There’s something natural and instinctive about dancing—it’s fun, expressive, and just plain feels good! Dance leaves behind no physical trace, so its documentation in history is blurred. Did it begin as a call to battle? Was dancing a spiritual practice used to reach some entranced state? Were rain dances the first of their kind? Every culture and every person has their own distinct way of moving. Whether you have slick salsa moves hiding up your sleeve or the “Jitterbug” is more your thing, good joint health will keep you dancing smoothly for years to come! [Read more →]
August 21st, 2013 · Healthy Living, Joint Pain
August 16th, 2013 · Hanna Kroeger, Herbs for, home remedy
Daily cellular life chugs along on a typical day. Daily tasks include absorbing nutrients, creating ATP, working with other cells, and multiplying. Cellular life is easy, until it goes wrong. Viruses can break through the cellular membrane at any moment, and when they do, a cell faces destruction. Quietly waiting for the action to begin, interferon proteins sit deep within cells, preparing for this moment. Interferons serve as a news alert system in your body. When a virus breaks in, interferon proteins go to work warning every other cell in the surrounding area so that they can prepare. Interferons are a vital part of your immune system. [Read more →]
August 14th, 2013 · Hanna Kroeger, Herbs for, home remedy
Summer is marked with the taste of watermelon, peaches, and fresh greens. This is it—the time when home gardens are bursting through the fence and the farmer’s markets are brightly colored with all kinds of fruits and vegetables! Whether you have a home garden and are now overwhelmed by a large ripening crop or you simply jumped on a seasonal deal at your local market for produce, chances are your kitchen is now the home of a few season items. Make the most out of your summer veggies! Fresh picked produce not only tastes better, but is richer in vitamins and minerals. Fresh produce makes up a large section in the booklet 111 Healthiest Foods. Your garden likely holds a number of healing foods to give your body a healthy boost. [Read more →]
August 13th, 2013 · Healthy Living, Herbs for
The Autumnal Equinox is approaching and that means saying goodbye to summer sandals and hello to long layers and cooler temperatures. As the seasons change, our bodies also do. Fall and winter bring drier air and harsh winds that can dry skin and sinuses and usher in the onset of cold and flu season.
Rather than waiting until a bug hits your home or office and you’re addressing the symptoms and discomfort of sickness, why not prepare your immune system now to increase your chance of avoiding illness altogether? Having natural remedies at your fingertips will help you ward off illness, even when those around you sniffle and sneeze. Get your herbal arsenal ready with these immune boosting picks! [Read more →]
August 12th, 2013 · Hanna Kroeger, Herbs for, sleep
Are you a part of the majority? A poll run by the Sleep Foundation found that 60% of the population attests to having a problem with sleep every night, and even more people say their sleep needs go unmet during the week. Missing only an hour of sleep a night (getting 7 hours instead of 8) adds up- 365 hours of missed sleep a year is a lot, and impacts your health in a big way!
Is more sleep always the answer? Extra hours of sleep barely seem to cut it when those hours are spent tossing and turning. At the same time, even a short night of sleep can revitalize the body if it was truly restful. More than high quantity, high quality sleep is related to good health, higher satisfaction with life, and lower levels of tension, depression, and fatigue. One well known natural sleep aid is Passionflower. Used as a tea or extract, Passionflower was used by Native Americans in the Southern US before being brought back to Europe by traders. [Read more →]
August 9th, 2013 · Herbs for, home remedy
The shift from the lazy days of summer into the go, go, go of another school year can present all of us with a change in our skin. Poor diet, lack of sleep, dehydration, and stress are only a handful of triggers for acne but for every cause there are several natural and herbal solutions. Whether you’re a teen or a senior, these remedies can help clear your skin and help you put your healthiest face forward. [Read more →]
August 8th, 2013 · Hanna Kroeger, Healthy Living, Herbs for
How fast do you think your last blink was? Did you even notice you were doing it? Are you blinking even more now that we’re talking about it? As insignificant as your last blink seems, the rapid closing and opening of the eyelid is an essential function of the eye and your vision. The average blink lasts about a tenth of a second, but serves as a cleaning mechanism for the cornea and conjunctiva of the eye. By adding tears to your eyes’ surface, blinking keeps the eyes moist. The muscles that control the eye lid are stimulated by the central nervous system. They body blinks automatically; you don’t need to add it to your to do list. This is why staring contests can be so difficult!
Blinking is only one of numerous essential eye functions. An extremely complex system, the human eye needs to be constantly nourished to maintain proper function. Nourishment is carried to the eye by blood; good nutrition is vital to eye function. [Read more →]
August 6th, 2013 · Hanna Kroeger, Healthy Living, Herbs for
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As the second most consumed beverage in the world, tea has quite the following. I am a full-fledged member of the Tea Fan Club. Groggily, I roll out of bed each morning and reach into my box of teas, searching for the right way to start my day. The word “incomplete” does not even begin to describe how my mornings feel without that cup of tea. The good news is, that morning fix can be beneficial! Tea contains a number of bioactive compounds that are beneficial to your health. Herbal teas—actually tisanes- carry other bonuses that can help you stay healthy in a natural way. [Read more →]
August 5th, 2013 · Herbs for, Homeopathy
Back-to-school specials on supplies, new tennis shoes, “Meet the Teacher” night, and being reunited with friends you’ve not seen all summer is on the minds of children and teens headed back to the classroom soon. The excitement of a new school year is buzzing through the air but for some, that excitement translates into anxiety and nervousness in their thoughts and stress in their systems. Have a new kindergartner who is leaving the comforts of daycare? A new first grader who is switching from a half day of school to a full day? How about a preteen entering middle school or your teenager (begrudgingly) heading to the halls of high school? With change comes anxiety and there’s no doubt that your student(s), no matter how adaptable and excited, are dealing with back-to-school anxiety on some level. Here are some tips and things to look out for to help ease them in to the school year. [Read more →]