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Chasteberry: Facts About ‘The Women’s Herb’

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Chasteberry: Facts About ‘The Women’s Herb’

Table of Contents What Is Chasteberry? Chasteberry’s Uses Are Mostly Related to Reproductive Health 5 Health Benefits of Chasteberry How to Grow and Harvest Your Own Chasteberry Chasteberry Recipe: Take a Sip of Chasteberry Tea Chasteberry Oil May Have Health-Promoting Effects Potential Side Effects of Chasteberry Sometimes called monk’s pepper, lilac chastetree or simply vitex, 1 chasteberry is an herb with a long history of use. It’s specifically believed to benefit female fertility and hormone health, hence its moniker...

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Top 7 Foods to Help Fight Depression

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Top 7 Foods to Help Fight Depression

While there are hundreds of articles, dietary strategies, government agencies and food manufacturers designed to offer information on how to fight disease and optimize your health, you may be surprised to find that before the featured study, none concentrated on brain health or mental disorders as recently as 2007.1 In September 2018, researchers reported the results of a study focused on finding the best foods to eat to help fight depression. Dr. Laura R. LaChance and a team from the University of Toronto, and Drew Ramsey from the department...

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Lemon Verbena Oil: The Oldie but Goodie Culinary Herb

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Lemon Verbena Oil: The Oldie but Goodie Culinary Herb

Table of Contents What Is Lemon Verbena Oil? Uses of Lemon Verbena Oil Composition of Lemon Verbena Oil 4 Benefits of Lemon Verbena Oil How to Make Lemon Verbena Oil How Does Lemon Verbena Oil Work? Is Lemon Verbena Oil Safe? Side Effects of Lemon Verbena Because of its trademark citrusy flavor and aroma, lemon verbena oil has gained popularity since ancient times. Did you know that this was Virgil’s favorite oil? He mentioned it frequently in his works, describing it as “rich” and “holy.”1 Read on to learn more...

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Want a Good Night’s Sleep? Optimize Your Sleep Routine and Sanctuary

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Want a Good Night’s Sleep? Optimize Your Sleep Routine and Sanctuary

30 Tips in 30 Days Designed to Help You Take Control of Your Health This article is included in Dr. Mercola’s All-Time Top 30 Health Tips series. Every day during the month of January, a new tip will be added that will help you take control of your health. Sleep is one of the great mysteries of life. For a long time, it was widely thought that sleep was little more than a waste of time. Modern research, however, has shed much-needed light on the matter, showing sleep is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle, and that lack of sleep...

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How to Become an Expert at Recycling

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on How to Become an Expert at Recycling

Do you recycle? If you do, the tips in this article will help you do it better, and if you don’t, why not make it a point to start this year, armed with the essential do’s and don’ts? It’s worth remembering that mankind had a zero-waste lifestyle up until about 100 years ago. There were no plastic wraps around the foods and items you bought, and virtually every scrap — be it fabric, paper, wood or metal — was repeatedly reused and creatively repurposed into new products. Today, we’re figuratively drowning in...

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More Pets, Fewer Allergies

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on More Pets, Fewer Allergies

True allergies are mediated by exposure to foreign proteins in the environment, triggering immunoglobulin-e (IgE) antibodies. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology,1 up to 40 percent of the global population are sensitized to some type of foreign protein. According to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America,2 more than 50 million Americans experience some type of allergic reaction each year, and it is the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. Allergic conditions, seasonal allergies and food...

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Dental Fillings Linked to Pregnancy Risk

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Dental Fillings Linked to Pregnancy Risk

Mercury is a toxic heavy metal, one that can cause harmful effects to your nervous, digestive, respiratory and immune systems. It’s known to damage both the kidneys and the lungs in humans, and the World Health Organization (WHO) notes that health effects from mercury exposure include tremors, impaired vision and hearing, emotional instability, paralysis, insomnia and developmental deficits during fetal development.1 Mercury exposure has also been linked to attention deficit and developmental delays during childhood, with WHO noting,...

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CAFO California — One of the Most Polluted Places on Earth

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on CAFO California — One of the Most Polluted Places on Earth

California’s San Joaquin Valley is an agricultural powerhouse in the U.S., producing more than $17 billion a year in crops on some 7 million acres of fields.1 The region is also home to CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) animals, including cattle. At the valley’s largest feedlot, Harris Ranch, 100,000 cattle are packed in over a stretch of 800 acres. While it’s no secret that California is saddled with a sizable problem of air pollution, many people picture urban traffic as the source of the area’s ever-present smog. Lesser known is...

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Can Beavers Clean Our Water and Restore Wild Salmon Populations?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Can Beavers Clean Our Water and Restore Wild Salmon Populations?

Beavers are intriguing animals found throughout North America. The largest living rodents in the region, beavers were hunted for their pelts to near extinction in the 1800s, but have made a comeback and are now relatively common along rivers, streams, lakes and marshes. Beavers have an ingenious ability to change the landscape to suit their needs, building dams in order to create deep, calm water, or ponds, in which to build their homes, known as lodges. It’s their natural inclination to build dams that has led to conflicts with humans, as...

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Top 5 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Top 5 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

Last year’s 30-day new year’s resolution guide was a big hit. This year, for the month of January, we will revisit this tip-a-day format by looking back at 30 of the most-read Mercola.com articles of all time, reviewing the topics readers have found most valuable over the years. First on the list, and the topic of this article, is vitamin D deficiency. What are the risks? How can you determine if you’re deficient? And what are the benefits of raising your vitamin D level? Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common around the world, but many...

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Damaged Skin Can Be Prevented With Moringa Extract

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Damaged Skin Can Be Prevented With Moringa Extract

Your skin, the largest organ in your body, is exposed to environmental toxins and pollutants every day. What you eat has a lot to do with the appearance of your complexion, but you also have options to protect your skin from the outside. Although your skin may seem relatively impenetrable, it has an incredible capacity to absorb small molecules from your personal care products and even air pollution. In a society that values youth, many work hard to retain a youthful complexion, using personal care products filled with toxic chemicals...

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10 Potential Benefits of Echinacea

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on 10 Potential Benefits of Echinacea

Echinacea, also known as the American coneflower, is a brightly colored medicinal plant named for the prickly spines in its large cone-shaped seed head. Based on those spines, its name is derived from the Greek word ekhînos, meaning hedgehog. Although used widely to treat all kinds of diseases and infections prior to the introduction of antibiotics in the U.S., this popular herb is now prized for its ability to shorten the duration of colds and flu. Echinacea is available in many forms — capsules, dried, essential oil and tea, to name a few —...

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Why so Many Cancer Drugs Are Made From Periwinkle

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Why so Many Cancer Drugs Are Made From Periwinkle

Many modern drugs are derived from purified and concentrated plant compounds (although compared to 20 years ago, few drug companies expend time and money looking at medicinal plant chemistry these days). Rosy periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), for example, a perennial plant native to Madagascar, is the basis for a number of commonly used cancer drugs that have been in use since the 1960s.1 Of the 70 different alkaloids found in periwinkle, the two primary compounds used in anticancer drugs are the powerful vinca alkaloids2 vinblastine and...

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The Complete Guide to Fasting: A Special Interview With Dr. Jason Fung

Posted by on Dec 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on The Complete Guide to Fasting: A Special Interview With Dr. Jason Fung

Fasting is one of the oldest dietary interventions in the world, and modern science confirms it can have a profoundly beneficial influence on your health. Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist (kidney specialist) with a practice in Canada, has written an important landmark book on this topic. “The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting,” co-authored with Jimmy Moore, details how to implement fasting and overcome some of the most common challenges that might arise, including...

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Keto Cinnamon Blueberry Fritters

Posted by on Dec 30, 2018 in Dr. Mercola | Comments Off on Keto Cinnamon Blueberry Fritters

Recipe by Megan Patiry of Paleohacks Cooking fritters is an easy and convenient way of incorporating fruits, vegetables and meat into your diet. You can prepare your own version with the help of basic ingredients such as herbs, spices and a binding agent, to serve as a light appetizer or snack. Instead of veggies, why not try and make a simple but appetizing dessert out of fritters? Check out this keto-friendly recipe by Megan Patiry of Paleohacks: Keto Cinnamon Blueberry Fritters Makes: 4 servings Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes...

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