The 5 Big Benefits Of Avocado Oil for Hair Loss

Sarah Hayward, Vice President of Hair Loss Revolution  feels that  hair loss is horrible.. But contrary to mainstream beliefs, there is actually a lot you can do to beat hair loss and re-grow lost hair using just essential oils. In this ‘Ultimate guide to using avocado oil for hair loss’ you’ll learn:

  • The amazing benefits of using avocado oil
  • 3 home remedies you can try on your hair today
  • 4 points you must understand before choosing the right avocado oil

Massage the oil in to the scalp, deep into the roots

Why Use Avocado Oil?

Avocado oil has been used as a beauty treatment for hair, skin and nails for thousands of years. As a hair treatment, avocado oil strengthens and protects your hair like no other oil.

The reason avocado oil is beneficial for hair is because it contains an abundance of monounsaturated fats, proteins, copper, folic acid, magnesium and minerals that strengthens the building blocks of your hair.

In fact, avocado oil contains healthy doses of vitamin E and B.

Vitamin E is a good ingredient because it strengthens the hair follicles and repairs damage caused by harsh chemical treatments.

Vitamin B provides nourishment to your hair follicles and prevents a flaky scalp. This healthy oil is known as a superfood because of these essential ingredients.

Avocado oil can be taken internally as a nutritional supplement. It can also be used externally on your hair as a topical treatment. Read more

Staying Healthy during Cold and Flu Season

Jennifer McGrath, L.Ac., Dipl.OM shared that this year it is predicted that there will be 1 billion colds and 95 million cases of the flu in the United States alone. While the misery of cold and flu season might be inevitable, one thing is changing: where we look for relief.

The easiest way to protect against the flu is to have a healthy immune system. However, that doesn’t mean you still won’t come into contact with airborne virus particles. That’s why your first line of defense against the flu, or any other illness, is to strengthen your immune system.

When it comes to staying healthy during cold and flu season, acupuncture and Oriental medicine have a lot to offer. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help prevent colds and flu by strengthening the immune system with just a few needles inserted into key points along the body’s energy pathways.

In Oriental medicine, disease prevention begins by focusing on the protective layer around the exterior of the body called Wei Qi or defensive energy. The Wei Qi involves acupuncture points known for strengthening the circulation of blood and energy to boost your body’s defenses.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can also provide relief and faster healing if you have already come down with a cold or the flu by helping to relieve symptoms you are currently experiencing including chills, fever, body aches, runny nose, congestion, sore throat and cough. While bringing some immediate relief, treatments will also reduce the incidence of an upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the length of the illness.

Boost your Wei Qi and Stay Healthy

“To treat disease that has already developed is comparable to the behavior of those persons who begin to dig a well after they have become thirsty, and of those who begin to cast weapons after they have already engaged in battle. Would these actions not be too late?” – Huangdi Neijing

Seasonal changes affect the body’s environment. With wind, rain and snow come the colds, flu viruses and the aches and pains that accompany them.

If you catch colds easily, have low energy and require a long time recuperating from an illness your Wei Qi may be deficient. Through the process of evaluating subtle physical signs as well as the emotional condition of a person, practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine can detect health problems in their earliest stages, before a person becomes gravely ill.

Once the nature of an imbalance has been determined, a customized program can be created for you. Your treatment may include acupuncture, herbal therapy and Tui Na, as well as food, exercise and lifestyle recommendations.

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Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can prevent colds and flu by building up the immune system with just a few needles inserted into key points along the body’s energy pathways. These points are known for strengthening the circulation of blood and energy and for consolidating the outer defense layers of the skin and muscle (Wei Qi) so that germs and viruses cannot enter through them.

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What is Naturopathic Medicine ?

Julia Malkowski BSc, DC, ND Candidate, Brannick Clinic of Natural Medicine  at a a practicing DC who is completing her second doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine shared that  a common misconception about Naturopathic Doctors is that we are simply “Natural Doctors”. While this may be partly true, it is far from the whole truth. ND’s are much more than just natural doctors.

There are many significant distinctions between a Naturopathic Doctor and our allopathic counterparts. We do utilize natural therapies, yet we may utilize prescription drugs and surgery when necessary. Currently 20 states, plus the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico license ND’s and prescription rights vary by state. Prescription drugs are not all we are educated in, far from it. In fact, there are six other therapeutic steps we can utilize to restore health before utilizing prescriptions. Within these therapeutic steps, there are virtually infinite possibilities depending upon the individual, their lifestyle and their health concerns. This is quite extraordinary because it means we have many, many ways to address and support your health.

Naturopathic Doctors use our knowledge of physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, nutrition, immunology, histology, microbiology and disease processes to create a treatment plan as unique as the individual. We view the body as a synergistic holistic system, and not a collection of independent systems. We understand how lifestyle influences health. We do believe in supporting the body’s natural processes as opposed to interfering with them. We operate in healthcare, not sick care. We treat the person, not the disease. Lastly and quite possibly most significantly, we treat the cause of the disease, not the symptoms. Utilizing these principles, we can effectively cure many conditions, unbeknownst to our allopathic counterparts. Technically, the body does the curing, we simply provide the conditions for health.

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5 Ways To Make Your Coffee Healthier

Jennifer Dawson, the Content Manager for a small health and wellness site, shared with Healthy Lombard that coffee remains as America’s favorite beverage. According to a poll, about 83% of American adults are coffee drinkers, consuming an average of three cups a day per person. Indeed, people all over the nation are investing in sophisticated coffee machines to replicate the experience that one can get in any of the coffee shops in the country. For decades, there have been conflicting findings on whether drinking coffee can be beneficial to one’s health. While it’s true that drinking massive amounts of caffeine can have adverse effects on your health and body, there are ways to make your favorite beverage healthier and better for you. Here are 5 simple ways to make your coffee healthier.

Try sparkling coffee

This is a great alternative to your coffee that doesn’t require a coffee maker. To make sparkling coffee or Aqua Java, combine organic coffee, a bit of cane sugar and erythritol (sugar alcohol) in a glass jar or a mason jar. Not only does it have only 20 calories per serving, but it also has less caffeine than ordinary coffee.

Use stevia instead of sugar

Do you take your coffee with sugar? Too much sugar not only wreaks havoc with your blood sugar levels, but it can also cause obesity and certain skin conditions. Instead of sugar, try adding stevia to your cup of joe. Stevia is a natural sweetener that has no calories and it can aid in weight loss and lower blood pressure.

Skip the artificial creamer

Artificial creamer can make your coffee taste great, but it contains lots of extra calories. Instead of powdered creamers, make your coffee healthier by adding rice milk or almond milk to your coffee. Even whole milk is more nutritious than artificial creamer, so skip it the next time you prepare your beverage. If you want to do away with dairy altogether, then add a few drops of pure vanilla extra to your pot for a special, low-calorie drink. Read more

Second-hand smoking: Effects on children

College of DuPage Nursing Student Andrew Weber shared that a recent study indicates that second-hand smoke exposure in children contributes to childhood obesity as well as poor performance in school. This new study published in 2016 by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University states that children who are passively exposed to second-hand smoke are more prone to being overweight and poor school performance. The study’s lead author, Dr. Catherine Davis and her team of researchers evaluated 220 overweight children aged 7-11 and found body fat percentages were much higher in children who were passively exposed to cigarette smoke at home compared to those who were not exposed to smoke. The exposure amplified the child’s risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. Children who were exposed to smoke also scored poorer in school and had decreased attention spans and lower grades compared to their peers. The researchers found that the cause of increased weight in the children was primarily due to to smoke exposure and that smoke exposure was not directly tied to incidences of diabetes.

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4 Genius Hacks to Ease the Burdens of Aging

technology designed to ease the burdens of aging. While problems with motor skills may seem like minor inconveniences, when they affect your ability to maintain your health, eat, or use the bathroom, they attack not just your quality of life, but also your dignity, Hougan says.
“I’ve really started looking at an idea of designing for dignity,” he says. “It encompasses both the functional issue and the aesthetics.”

The problem with a lot of existing technology geared toward older adults is that, while attractive, it can seem too advanced and be left unused, says Leslie Kernisan, M.D., M.P.H., a geriatrician in San Francisco and founder of That’s what happened when she tried a Wi-Fi-enabled blood pressure cuff with her patients.

Lower-tech solutions that are well designed are often much more useful in addressing real needs, Dr. Kernisan says. For example, if you have any concerns about falls in the home, many people know that the ideal solution is to put up grab bars, especially near the tub.

“That’s great, but it can take a little effort to do,” she says. “It turns out there are these small grab handles that work with suction cups, and a lot of people say this has worked very well for them—they put it in the bathroom or take it when they travel,” she says. “One woman said she was also using it to lift up a window more easily.”

Simple products like these that solve everyday problems can be a big help. And they often involve off-label uses, like the window-opening trick. Experts call them product hacks. Here are four that can help ease some of the small burdens associated with aging.

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Who Should Avoid Coffee?

The largest study ever conducted on diet and health put that question to the test, examining the association between coffee drinking and subsequent mortality among hundreds of thousands of older men and women in the United States. Coffee drinkers won, though the effect was modest, a 10-15% lower risk of death for those drinking six or more cups a day. This was due specifically to lower risk of dying from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and infections.

However, in another study that amount of coffee was found to increase the death rate of younger people under age 55. It may be appropriate, then, to recommend that you avoid drinking more than four cups a day. But if you review all the studies, the bottom line is that coffee consumption is associated with no change or a small reduction in mortality starting around one or two cups a day, for both men and women. The risk of dying was 3% lower for each cup of coffee consumed daily, which provides reassurance for the concern that coffee drinking might adversely affect health, or at least longevity.

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Teen Stress

College of DuPage Nursing Student Heather Bhatia shared that a recent study in Psychology Today reports an estimated 8% of adolescents have an anxiety disorder. This alarming statistic cited by the study author, Raychelle Cassada Lohman MS, LPCS attributes the higher than normal levels stress levels as compared to adults due primarily to academic expectations and activities.

From a teenager, high schooler perspective, the current fast-paced, competitive world can quickly become overwhelming. Teens face pressures at school from teachers and coaches, and at home from parents and family members, in addition to the social pressures from friends and peers. Most of all, teens have a tendency to expect a lot from themselves, contributing to their stress. It is easy for teens to compare themselves to their peers, especially given the easily accessible information such as honor roll status, grade point average, and the extensive use of social media and advertised accomplishments. Comparing oneself to others increase the negative self-perception in a teen who is lacking self-confidence, even if untrue.

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Choosing to Have a Normal Blood Pressure

As I discuss in my video High Blood Pressure May Be a Choice, having a “normal” salt intake can lead to a “normal” blood pressure, which can help us to die from all the “normal” causes, like heart attacks and strokes.

Doctors used to be taught that a “normal” systolic blood pressure (the top number) is approximately 100 plus age. Babies start out with a blood pressure around 95 over 60, but then as we age that 95 can go to 120 by our 20s, then 140 in our 40s, and keep climbing as we age. (140 is the official cut-off above which one technically has high blood pressure.) That was considered normal, since everyone’s blood pressure creeps up as we get older. And if that’s normal, then heart attacks and strokes are normal too, since risk starts rising once we start getting above the 100 we had as a baby.

If blood pressures over 100 are associated with disease, maybe they should be considered abnormal. Were these elevated blood pressures caused by our abnormally high salt intake—ten times more than what our bodies were designed to handle? Maybe if we ate a natural amount of salt, our blood pressures would notgo up with age and we’d be protected. Of course, to test that theory you’d have to find a population in modern times that doesn’t use salt, eat processed food, or go out to eat. For that, you’d have to go deep into the Amazon rainforest.

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8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day

David Zinczenko, the New York Times best-selling author of Eat It to Beat It!, Eat This, Not That, The Abs Diet, and the Nutrition and Wellness Editor at ABC News, suggests the following 8 foods you should eat every day in his post in The Blog for Huffpost:

It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower, and you know from reading Eat This, Not That!. This noted muscle builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate also increases blood flow to the nether regions, helping to protect you against age-related sexual issues. And spinach is packed with lutein, a compound that fights macular degeneration (and may help your sex drive). Aim for 1 cup fresh spinach or 1/2 cup cooked per day.SUBSTITUTES: Kale, bok choy, romaine lettuce

Various cultures claim yogurt as their own creation, but the 2,000-year-old food’s health benefits are not disputed: Fermentation spawns hundreds of millions of probiotic organisms that serve as reinforcements to the battalions of beneficial bacteria in your body. That helps boost your immune system and helps provide protection against cancer. Not all yogurts are probiotic, though, so make sure the label says “live and active cultures.” Aim for 1 cup of the calcium and protein-rich goop a day. And choose wisely: Use our Best and Worst Yogurts.

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