One of the most common (and unpleasant) side effects many patients complain about when using prescription antibiotic drugs is antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD).  One possible countermeasure to this longstanding and potentially serious problem may lie in the use of probiotics. While this may sound like a commonsense solution to natural and holistic healthcare experts, many of whom have been generally aware of the ability of probiotics to reverse the side effects of antibiotic drugs,  much of the mainstream medical community is just now catching on to the idea.
Life has its ups and its downs, and unfortunately no one is immune from the mental effects of challenging times. Fortunately, whether you’re feeling down, anxious, or just wish to maintain a steady mood, natural approaches do exist. Getting adequate sleep and a balanced diet are fundamental, and exercise also offers dramatic results.   Meditation, another stress-relieving and mind-balancing tool, can hone focus and may even slow age-related thinning of the frontal cortex.  Additionally, some plants and herbs, like Rhodiola rosea, offer bioactive chemicals that support the nutritional [...]
The cold and flu season is coming as we approach the autumn and winter months, bringing with it a host of chills, ills, and other problems. Highly contagious and annoyingly persistent, a cold is caused by more than 200 viruses present in our environment.  Although there’s no cure for the cold, there are many natural ways to soothe the symptoms it causes. Here are a few simple recommendations for making yourself more comfortable during cold and flu season.
A quiet and unassuming mineral, magnesium — one of the least talked about nutrients — holds vital importance for human health. A catalyst in the bod, over 300 enzymatic reactions rely on magnesium to happen. Magnesium can relax the muscles and some claim it helps with symptoms associated with restless leg syndrome. Orotate, a type of magnesium salt from orotic acid, is common in many mineral supplements. Its function is the same as other types of magnesium, and research shows that it holds specific benefits for the heart.
More than likely, you are probably familiar with oats and may also be slightly aware of their many health benefits. Something you may not have heard of, however, is oat straw, or the green stem of the oat plant. Deriving itself from the Avena sativa plant, oat straw has been passed down from generation to generation as a natural herbal supporter for women’s health. The available literature hints to its health benefits, including female reproductive health, lifting mood, and supporting skeletal health.
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