Week Ending March 28, 2022

Gut health 101: 3 simple ways to promote a healthy gut
“Gut health is vital to our overall health. But many of us don’t pay it much attention until it causes us uncomfortable digestive issues like gas, bloating and constipation.”

It’s National Nutrition Month!
“March is recognized as National Nutrition Month, encouraging individuals to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits.

13 Teas You Should Drink For Your Health
“An ancestral drink that, according to legend, has been around since 2700 BCE, tea is only surpassed by water when it comes to worldwide consumption. Based on Statistica data, more than 6 billion kilograms of tea was consumed in 2020 alone.”

How to Heal When the Doctor Says There’s Nothing Left to Try
“Teresa, a fit and healthy mother of four, showed up at her spinning class with some bad news. Her forehead had broken out in blemishes and her muscles had turned soft after missing months of classes. Teresa wasn’t ill, but she was sick with worry over her sister, who lived across the country.”

Seven Healthy Eating Myths That Aren’t Serving You Well
“For years, the weight loss industry has marketed the idea that eating 1,200 calories or less is ideal for most adult women who are looking to slim down. But as Caitlin Mudd, RD, LDN, explains, that’s not only a dangerous myth perpetuated by diet culture—it’s factually incorrect. “1,200 calories per day is the recommended calorie requirement for a toddler,” Mudd notes.”

Can Frog Pose Really Help With Pain, Circulation, Digestion, Stress, and Better Sex?
“If you’ve never heard of Frog pose, TikTokers think you should learn the classic yoga pose. Videos claiming it’s a cure all for everything from pain to digestion to mental health to better sex are going viral.”

The Power Of Postbiotics: What They Are & How They Support Our Overall Health
“The link between the gut microbiome and overall human health is a hot area of scientific research, which is why you’re likely familiar with prebiotics and probiotics. But I’d be willing to wager you haven’t paid much attention to the “biotics” that may matter the most: postbiotics.”

Research on the Efficacy of Energy Work
“The term “energy work” elicits a wide array of responses and interpretations within the massage and bodywork field. Having taught energy work subjects such as Reiki, Acupressure and Chakra Alignment, I have heard the gambit on opinions of these subjects. I have learned a lot from students from their perspectives of the work shared in class.”

A Guide to Healthy Portion Control
“Many people assume some personal failing when they find it challenging to stick to a healthy diet. What we often forget, however, is that some of the most easily available, affordable foods are made with craveability in mind rather than nutrition.”

10 Foods That Are High in Zinc to Add to Your Diet
“It’s true that zinc is an essential mineral that may help support immune function and eye health. But rather than worrying about rushing to the pharmacy to pick up a supplement, try incorporating more foods with zinc into your routine.”

6 Ways to Improve Mental Health Without Therapy
“Mental illness is common in the U.S., with nearly 1 in 5 adults living with a mental illness in 2020.1 But only about 20% of people living with mental illness are being actively treated for their condition.”

On Nutrition: Signals to listen to for better health
“We have signals all around us. Some that protect us, like traffic lights. Others point us in the right direction, like road signs. Life runs smoother when we obey them. And when we don’t, we suffer consequences.”

Integrative Medicine: What It Is and If It Can Help You
“Integrative medicine combines conventional and complementary approaches to healthcare treatment to provide optimal health for the whole person. It coordinates conventional medicine with nutritional, psychological, and physical approaches to improve the overall health of the mind and body and address all effects of illness.”

SUPPORT YOUR BONES AND THEY’LL SUPPORT YOU
“You’re never too young or too old to be concerned about bone health. Your skeleton is composed of 206 bones that provide structure to enable you to move. Your bones protect your brain, heart, and other organs from injury and store minerals such as calcium and phosphorus, which help keep your bones strong.”

Improving Breast Surgery Outcomes Through Alternative Therapy: A Systematic Review
“Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols are the current standard of care when it comes to improving post-surgical outcomes in breast cancer patients. Compliance with all protocol items is required in order for patients to experience significant benefits. Given that the ERAS protocols involve numerous medications which each have unique side effect profiles and medication interactions, this is often difficult to accomplish. Additionally, breast cancer patients are often left with a large psychological burden, which ERAS protocols fail to address.”

Everything to know about apitherapy
“Apitherapy is an alternative therapy that uses products made by honeybees for medicinal purposes. These products include honey, beeswax, royal jelly, pollen, propolis, and bee venom. Apitherapists may use a combination of these products, depending on the condition they are treating.”

What doctors wish patients knew about increasing physical activity
“Staying active is one of the best ways to keep your body healthy. It can also improve your overall well-being and quality of life by relieving stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. Maintaining or increasing physical activity is also a key lifestyle change that can help reverse prediabetes and lower blood pressure. But knowing what type of activity to choose—whether it is moderate or vigorous physical activity—and how to start can be confusing.”

Music Is Just as Powerful at Improving Mental Health as Exercise, Review Suggests
“The next time you’re not able to get out to the gym, maybe spin some records instead: new research suggests the positive impact on mental health from singing, playing, or listening to music is around the same impact experienced with exercise or weight loss.”