• Diet and Diabetes

    Diet and Diabetes

    Eating several small meals throughout the day rather than two or three big ones can help keep your blood sugar stable.

  • Diet and Headaches

    Diet and Headaches

    Is my diet triggering my headaches? It could be. Cold drinks, alcohol, caffeine withdrawal, hunger, and certain food additives — all these things can cause the blood vessels in your brain to swell and press on the surrounding nerves. (This is the same way migraines cause head pain.) You sip a frozen drink too fast,

  • Diet and Osteoporosis: How to Strengthen Weak Bones

    Diet and Osteoporosis: How to Strengthen Weak Bones

    There’s nothing in your refrigerator or cupboard that can cure osteoporosis. And no matter what vitamins or supplements you take, there are also no guarantees against broken bones. But if your bones have lost some of their strength, you’ll need to pay extra attention to nutrition. Along with prescription medications and regular exercise, proper nutrition

  • Diet and PMS

    Diet and PMS

    How can my diet affect my premenstrual symptoms? What you eat and drink can have a big influence on both the physical and emotional symptoms you may have each month during the week or two leading up to your period. Most experts recommend that women with premenstrual syndrome start by avoiding caffeine and alcohol, which

  • Diet for a Healthy Heart

    Diet for a Healthy Heart

    Do I have to give up fat to protect my heart? No. But you probably do have to cut back on saturated fat, the kind that comes primarily from animal foods. The goal is to reduce your level of LDL or bad cholesterol, which can cause a sticky plaque to build up in your arteries,

  • Dong Quai

    Dong Quai

    Dong quai (Angelica sinensis ), or Chinese angelica, is a member of a plant family that includes parsley, carrots, and poison hemlock. Asian women have traditionally used its bittersweet root to relieve menstrual cramps and regulate periods. In this country it often shows up as the principal ingredient in “women’s supplements,” commercial mixtures of herbs

  • Eating to Ward Off Heart Disease

    Eating to Ward Off Heart Disease

    Could the right diet help prevent heart disease? It certainly could. Ask a doctor or a dietitian about the value of good nutrition, and you’re bound to get a lesson on the heart. Indeed, nutrition experts seem to be fixated on the organ. “This is good for the heart,” they’ll say, usually followed with, “And

  • Echinacea FAQ

    Echinacea FAQ

    Echinacea (Echinacea purpura ) is a medicinal herb originally used by North American Plains Indians. In the 1870s, an enterprising Nebraska doctor began touting it as a blood purifier capable of curing everything from headache and rheumatism to syphilis and hemorrhoids. Commonly known as the purple coneflower after the large purple blossom that crowns its

  • Feverfew


    Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium ) is a relative of the daisy, marigold, and dandelion. The name is derived from the Latin word febrifugia, or fever reducer, and feverfew has been used for that purpose since the first century. Historically, the herb has also been used to treat headache, arthritis, menstrual irregularity, and stomachache. What is it

  • Fiber: An All-Natural “Medicine” for Type 2 Diabetes?

    Fiber: An All-Natural “Medicine” for Type 2 Diabetes?

    Not only did the patients see striking improvement in their blood sugar levels, they found their cholesterol levels improved as well.


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