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The Amazing Health Benefits Of Bee Pollen
The Amazing Health Benefits Of Bee Pollen
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Article Author : Editor (January 20, 2013)

Bee pollen is truly one of the most remarkable substances on the planet. More than just a complementary supplement, bee pollen actually possesses all the nutrients essential to sustaining human life. It contains 55% carbohydrates, 35% protein, 3% vitamins, 2% fatty acids, and 5% other components, which combined present a support to wellbeing that can rightly be termed a ‘super food’.

 

There is something very special about bee pollen that cannot be replicated by man-made versions. It is nature’s mini-miracle and we have only the bees to thank for it. Despite numerous attempts to synthesise pollen, science fails to identify the full chemical structure and has repeatedly failed in trying to mass-produce it. These unknown components could well be the ones that provide it which that extra-special something.

 

Among the many wellness benefits of bee pollen are its curative properties. A 1948 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed ground-breaking results in its effect at slowing tumour growth; a study that unfortunately was not followed through to its conclusion. Exceptional results have also been seen in its effect on athletic performance; bee pollen is widely used by athletes and bodybuilders to increase strength and endurance. This claim is fully supported by the British Sports Council, which accepts a gain in strength of 40-50% in people who take it as a daily supplement. The reason for this is that it contains an incredible number of amino acids, which provide a flawless support for the strains of physical exercise.

 

In bee pollen we find a supplement that gives too many benefits to count. It is effective against cancer, diabetes, arthritis and depression, to name just a few. It stimulates metabolism and increases energy. It has a known antibacterial and detoxifying effect, and is useful in fighting the aging process. It is high in vitamins B, C and E, and can even be used as a skin treatment. A small teaspoon a day is sure to give you all these benefits and more!

Age Old Remedies

Be a Savvy Shopper: How to Buy Natural Remedi...
  If you are shopping for complementary remedies, how do you know which ones will be the most beneficial for your wellness and wellbeing? There is such a plethora of products out there, especially when it comes to skin care and beauty products, that it can be really difficult to know which are the best ones to choose.   There are a few factors, however, which can help you to narrow it down to a few products which are best for your skin.   First of all, find out what kind of skin type you have. No matter how brilliant a product is, if it’s not right for your skin it’s not going to have the right effect. When you have ascertained what kind of skin type you have, choose a product that complements this.   Don’t necessarily trust the label, though; just because the product has the word ‘natural’ written on it does not mean that it is necessarily all natural. Natural is a word that can be used to refer to ingredients that are inspired by nature, such as scent. Similarly, a beauty product can be labelled as green or eco-friendly when in fact this purely refers to the packaging of the product rather than the ingredients.   Make sure that your product is chemical-free, too. If the ingredients are not natural, then they were not designed to be introduced into your body, and you should avoid them. Look out in particular for sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol and dibutyl phthalate, as these are all commonly used ingredients in beauty and skin products which are no good for the skin.   Finally, make sure that the products are cruelty free – the label should tell you that the product has not been tested on animals in any way.  
Water or Herbal Tea: Which is Better For You?...
  Herbal tea can be an important part of complementary wellness, but which is better for your wellbeing – herbal tea or just pure water?   Most experts recommend that you should consume around two litres of fluid every day. Not all of that has to be in the form of water, however, contrary to popular belief. You can take some of your fluids in the form of soups, fruits, vegetables, regular tea and, of course, herbals teas. These all contain water, but add a bit of variety to your daily fluid intake. In addition to this, herbal tea can have some great health benefits.   Chamomile tea is a popular one. It has a slightly sedative effect on the nervous system which means it can help to calm you down and can also contribute towards helping you get a good night’s sleep. It appeared in the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit book, where the little bunny’s mum used it to help soothe his sore tummy – and this is really the case, as the tea can reduce tummy aches, indigestion and spasms. Those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome often swear by this tea for reducing the severity of attacks.   Ginger tea is another good one – it has been used for centuries and can help to relieve nausea and vomiting in pregnant women in a safe way. It also has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and can be used to help reduce the pain of arthritis and to ease painful period pains. Ginger tea is also often used for treating colds and flu, as it helps to reduce mucous congestion.   Lemon balm tea has been shown to help reduce agitation in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. It can also be good for those who are prone to anxiety and can help to calm and soothe. It is often used to settle night time digestion and help with sleep, too.

Ayurveda

How Can Ayurveda Help You to Restore Your Emo...
  Is your emotional wellbeing affected by imbalance, depression and anxiety? It may be time to take control of your life. Ayurveda is a complementary wellness therapy that offers many solutions to emotional wellness issues, giving you a holistic approach to a happier life.   Today, depression and anxiety affect nearly everyone you know, as it has become an almost intrinsic part of modern life. Stress is there in your working week, your home life and even in your bed at night, which makes it hard for you to handle your emotions and consequently you end up entering an anxious or depressive state of mind. These psychological states have physiological repercussions, leading to such symptoms as excessive fatigue, muscle weakness, nausea, palpitations, headaches, sweating, tremors, shortness of breath, indigestion, stomach upset, interrupted sleep, nightmares, feelings of dread, easy irritation and nervous habits like foot tapping or walking up and down out of restlessness. The question is, then; could Ayurveda be the answer?   Ayurveda is an ancient Indian healing system, developed by yogis and vaids as a means for treating any and every ailment on earth. John Douillard, a famous professor of Ayurvedic medicine, explains that, according to Ayurveda, your self resides in your heart, which is the seat for the blissful sheath or Anandamaya Kosha. Your mind is another kosha that governs you strongly, which is the seat for the Manomaya Kosha. Shock or sad incidents cause you to use your mind to construct a protective barrier around yourself, which, in some cases, leads to a loss of access to the essential ‘self’ in the heart. In this circumstance, you also restrict your flow of energy or Prana Shakti, which means you gradually lose interest in life, and develop depression and anxiety.   In treating depression and anxiety, Ayurveda takes a different approach to Western medicine. Whereas your GP might prescribe you antidepressants, Ayurvedic practitioners take steps to strengthen the nerves instead of suppressing them. Through holistic herbs, minerals, massages and external therapy, Ayurveda aims to correct the imbalances created amid your doshas, taking both your physical and mental wellness into consideration while doing so. Gradually, you move into a state in which your doshas are balanced, known as your natural Prakriti, and the Mansikrog (anxiety & depression) vanishes. However, your progress will depend greatly on your willingness to abide by the guidance of the Ayurvedacharya (Ayurvedic teacher/healer) and to make the necessary lifestyle changes.   In Ayurveda, little lifestyle changes can make a huge difference – especially when it comes to depression or anxiety disorders. Therefore, aside from your depression or anxiety treatment, you also need to make sure that you follow these simple Dos and Don’ts to help alleviate your emotional problems further:   1. Exercise regularly: Even taking a brisk walk can do wonders to fight depression.   2. Expose yourself to bright sunlight: This promotes a life force in your system known as Prana.   3. Meditate or listen to soft music: This calms your mind.   4. Avoid bad foods: You should avoid alcohol, sugary foods and processed foods and limit your caffeine intake and calorie consumption.   5. Take a long hot bath: When stressed, immersing yourself in hot water relax your muscles and soothe your nerves   6. Try massages: These help to promote better blood circulation and the soothing scents and aromas of natural oils also bring relief if you’re suffering from emotional imbalances.   7. Fight constipation: If you’re not regular, this can cause headache, dullness, fatigue and depression. Regularise your motions by drinking two to four glasses of lukewarm water as soon as you wake up.
Benefit From An Ayurvedic Wake-Up Routine...

If the mantra ‘rise and shine’ seems to pass you each morning, you might benefit from an Ayurvedic morning routine. According to Ayurvedic philosophy, the choices you make regarding your daily routine either build-up or knock down your resistance to disease. Getting the body ready for the day is important in order to approach it with confidence and bountiful wellbeing. Adopting one or more of these practices can help to radically alter your experience for the day. You may even look forward to the mornings!

Beat the Sun

This might be the hardest of all the practices to adopt but it could offer some of the best benefits. Try rolling out of bed at least 20 minutes before sunrise - vata energy fills the atmosphere during these hours before dawn, and vata is known for movement. By waking up before sunrise, you’re exposing yourself to the special energy in the air. It’s the perfect time to wake up, get out of the house and enjoy the morning air. When the sunlight brightens up the sky, vata energy is replaced by kapha or muscle energy which is why sunrise is such a vital time to get up and moving.

Activate Your Insides

The philosophy believes the first item you ingest sets the mood for the remainder of the day, so if you start the day with a glass of lukewarm water flavoured with lemon or lime, you’re more inclined to eat fresh ingredients. The idea behind the water is that the warm water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and the citrus fruits are high in minerals and vitamins to loosen the toxins in the digestive tract. Begin your day with this simple beverage and you'll notice that you have a lot more energy throughout the day.

Face Value

Sleep is quite harsh on your face, so rinsing your face the moment you wake up is an easy way to disperse heat and prepare the skin for the day’s challenges - in particular, heat, stress and pollution. Mishra recommends splashing the face seven times with cold water. The face is the most exposed area of the body so rehydration in the morning is crucial. You'll be amazed at the difference this small but significant addition to your routine makes.

Be Sense Sensitive

An ear massage is helpful to the whole body, which many people don’t realise. Begin at the top of the ear and use the thumbs and index fingers to rub the rim of the ear, moving slowly to the lobe. You can then place a few drops of sesame oil just outside of the ear canal opening, to keep drying vata energy in check. Ayurveda considers the nose to be the pathway to the brain so you may find it helpful to add a few drops of sesame or olive oil just inside the nostril to clean the sinuses and ensure mental clarity.

Eat Wisely

It’s important that you eat breakfast each morning, but you shouldn’t overindulge. From sunrise to 10am is considered kapha time, which is the period during which you should be exercising and moving. A light meal won’t overload the digestive fire which doesn’t peak until noon - it’s recommended that you begin your day with something fresh and light, such as fruit, vegetable juice, non-fat yoghurt, or grains such as muesli and granola. A healthy diet is crucial for improved wellness and resistance against disease and infection, but how you start the day really makes an impact on how you feel for the remainder of it.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

The Medicine of Kings: Could Reishi Mushrooms...
  If you heard something was hailed in ancient Eastern medicine as the "mushroom of immortality" and the "medicine of kings," you'd expect it to benefit your wellbeing in a pretty monumental way, right? Luckily for you, this is an accurate assumption to make about reishi, the fungus prized for the role it plays in complementary wellness. According to wellness experts, reishi can help to to boost your immune system, fight cancer, ward off heart disease, calm your nerves and relieve both allergies and inflammation – mushroom of immortality indeed!   In her book New Whole Foods Encyclopaedia, Rebecca Wood writes, ‘Reishi indeed sounds like a cure-all…An immunostimulant, it is helpful for people with AIDS, leaky-gut syndrome, Epstein-Barr, chronic bronchitis and other infectious diseases. It is used as an aid to sleep, as a diuretic, as a laxative and to lower cholesterol.’ It almost seems too good to be true – but is it? According to Andrew Weil, MD, author of 8 Weeks To Optimum Health, ‘Reishi is a purely medicinal mushroom, not a culinary one, both because it is hard and woody and because it tastes very bitter. But it is non-toxic and has been the subject of a surprising amount of scientific research, both in Asia and the West…Like maitake and other related mushroom species, reishi improves immune function and inhibits the growth of some malignant tumours. Additionally, it shows significant anti-inflammatory effect, reduces allergic responsiveness, and protects the liver.’   So how does it work? Weil explains, ‘One key function, identified long ago by Eastern medical science, is defence — that is, the body has the need and ability to defend itself against threats to its equilibrium, whether they be physical, emotional, or energetic. Having noted and studied the body's defensive capabilities, Chinese doctors then explored the natural world to find ways of maintaining and enhancing them, and they discovered a number of ways to do so, including the administration of herbal remedies. Among these remedies are ginseng, astragalus, and several mushrooms that grow on trees, such as Ganoderma lucidum (known to the Chinese as ling chih and the Japanese as reishi).’   As well as enabling your cells to defend themselves against cancer, reishi helps immune cells bind to tumour cells and actually reduces the number of cancerous cells in your body, which makes it easier for T-cells and macrophages to get rid of them. However, there’s a fourth way in which reishi guards your wellbeing against cancer; through a substances called canthaxanthin. Phyllis A. Balch, author of Prescription for Dietary Wellness, comments, ‘Canthaxanthin acts as an antioxidant, boosts immunity, slows the growth of cancer cells, and may help to prevent skin and breast cancers. Food sources include mushrooms, particularly reishi, maitake, and shiitake.’   But it’s not only your body that can benefit from reishi; it’s also the mind. Dr. Ray Sahelia, author of Mind Boosters, asserts that the reishi mushroom can calm the mind, as well as improve memory, concentration and focus. It’s no wonder that, with all that reishi does, Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook author James Green calls it a ‘remarkably beneficial fungus for the human body.’ The question remains, however; how much reishi should you take? Vitamin expert Earl Mindell, author of the Vitamin Bible for the Twenty-first Century, advises an average dose of 100 milligrams of reishi extract daily to boost your immune system. The Herbal Drugstore author Dr. Linda B. White, on the other hand, recommends up to three 1,000-milligram tablets up to three times per day. Therefore, you should consult your physician before taking reishi supplements, especially if you’re pregnant or lactating.  
A Chinese Herb for Better Heart Health?...
  In traditional Chinese medicine, an herb called Coptis chinensis is sometimes used to boost cardiovascular health and fend off heart disease. Also used to ease gastrointestinal issues, Coptis chinensis contains such compounds as berberine (a chemical with anti-inflammatory effects).   While few studies have explored the potential health benefits of Coptis chinensis, some preliminary research shows that the herb may fight heart disease by curbing cholesterol and lowering blood sugar levels. What's more, preliminary research indicates that Coptis chinensis may help treat insulin resistance (a health problem closely linked to both heart disease and diabetes).   Your best bet for boosting your heart health is to follow such lifestyle practices as controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol, working out regularly, avoiding smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and following a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. There's also some evidence that getting your fill of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids may protect your heart health.