Amazing Health Benefits of Biofeedback

952Just as a scale informs you if you’ve gained weight and a thermometer lets you know if you’re running a fever, biofeedback allows people to gain insight into their internal stats. Through the use of a biofeedback machine, patients can monitor readings for blood pressure, heart rate, and even muscle tension. Studies show that when people are empowered with this type of information, they are able to improve their symptoms through efforts like relaxation techniques and modified behavior.*

Biofeedback has helped people battle anxiety, asthma, nausea, stress and epilepsy because it helps people control their body’s natural fight or flight instinct. If you think you could benefit from biofeedback therapy, discuss options with your doctor.

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*http://www.flowenergetics.com/biofeedback.html
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Let’s Get Nutty

949Raw nuts are a fantastic source of healthy fat. In a 30-year long study, results proved that people who ate one ounce of nuts at least seven times a week (when compared to people who didn’t eat nuts) decreased their mortality risk by 20%. Eating nuts reduces the death risk associated with cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease.*

Provide your body with the healthy fat it needs by incorporating more nuts into your diet. Almonds, walnuts and pistachio nuts are some of the healthiest (and tastiest) varieties!

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*http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/11/eating-nuts-reduces-risk-of-death/
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Nutritious Bone Broth

948Bone broth not only provides great culinary flavor, but it is also great for your immune system. Bone broth provides your body with easy-to-absorb minerals like magnesium and calcium. Also, being high in amino acids, it also promotes healthy connective tissues in ligaments and joints.

Promote your immune and digestive health with homemade bone broth. Simply save leftover bones from your next dinner (like poultry, turkey or beef) and add enough water into a pot to cover the bones. Add some celery, carrots and chopped onion for flavor, bring to a boil and then simmer for about three hours.

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Eat the Whole Cucumber

You may not think twice about peeling your cucumbers before you eat them, but maybe you wouldn’t if you realized the health benefits of eating the whole cucumber. A cucumber’s skin is filled with minerals (like magnesium and potassium) and it is also rich in fiber. Cucumbers also provide your body with much needed vitamin A, C and folic acid.*

To make your own hummus for a healthy accompaniment to your cucumber slices, use a 15 oz. can of garbanzo beans, three garlic cloves, two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and a half a teaspoon of cumin. Smooth these ingredients in a food processor or blender, slice a whole cucumber, dip and enjoy!

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*http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/natural-benefits-fresh-cucumber-4905.html
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Oregano for Prostate Cancer

942If you want cancer cells to kill themselves, incorporate some more oregano into your diet. Oregano contains a compound (known as carvacrol) that causes apoptosis in prostate cancer cells. Apoptosis means that when cancerous cells come into contact with oregano, they actually commit cell suicide.

For a healthy cancer-fighting side dish, try this recipe out for your next dinner. Chop up a vegetable of your choice (for example, zucchini, squash or cauliflower) toss with equal parts 1 tablespoon of olive oil, fresh oregano and garlic. Roast in your oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for fifteen minutes. Yum!

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*http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/24/oregano-shown-to-effectively-destroy-prostate-cancer-cells/
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Magnesium Prevents Colorectal Cancer

937Are you getting enough magnesium? Results of a recent study showed that participants who added 100 mg of magnesium to their daily diet lowered their risk for developing a colorectal growth by 13%! In addition to supporting nerve function, energy production and controlling blood pressure and blood sugar, magnesium supports over 300 of the body’s enzyme systems.*

Strive to get 400-500 mg of magnesium a day. In addition to supplement form, you can also find magnesium in almonds, cashews, avocados, salmon, spinach, bananas and even dark chocolate!

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*http://institutefornaturalhealing.com/2013/11/this-mineral-prevents-colorectal-cancer/
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Bananas for Stomach Health

932If you suffer from painful indigestion or stomach ulcers, it may be time to reach for a banana. Not only do bananas provide your body with necessary potassium, they also can protect your stomach lining from damaging acids and ulcer formation. Thanks to a prebiotic known as fructooligosaccharide (FOS), bananas provide your gut with healthy bacteria.*

It’s safe to have a banana a day. One way to keep your bananas fresh longer is by separating individual bananas from the bunch. If you want to keep your bunch intact, cover the collective tip with plastic wrap (keeping oxidizing air out).

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*http://www.naturalnews.com/031828_bananas_digestion.html
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Avoid Chronic Stress

930“A stress response is created in the body from any situation or thought that causes you to feel angry, frustrated, nervous or anxious. When you’re chronically stressed, those physiological changes, over time, can lead to health problems.”
– Jay Winner, M.D.

Let’s start working on reducing chronic stress today by getting enough sleep and moderating both exercising and time-off from your daily activities.

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Moringa for Youthful Skin

929The leaves of the moringa tree contain more of the powerful nutrient zeatin than any other plant. Zeatin causes new skins cells to grow at a rate even faster than old skin cells die. Skin appears more youthful and lessens wrinkles thanks to the zeatin in moringa leaves.*

With antioxidants, nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties, moringa extracts work hard to help you maintain a youthful appearance. Reap the benefits of zeatin by drinking moringa tea or taking moringa leaf capsules.

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*https://naturesmoringa.com/moringa-oil-revitalizes-your-skin-hair-and-makes-you-look-younger/
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Get Some Ginger

927Ginger’s potent anti-inflammatory abilities can help control diabetes, promote heart health, aid in weight management, and provide pain relief. Ginger also works wonders on your gastrointestinal tract and can ease nausea, motion sickness, and morning sickness. A new study also shows that when paired with isoproterenol (a form of asthma medication), ginger can also help open airways.*

You can easily incorporate ginger into your next meal by peeling the root and thinly slicing it. Because of its distinct flavor, many people also like to boil ginger and drink it separately as a hot, soothing tea.

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*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72
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