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Scientific research—and common sense—tell us that a healthy sex life contributes to overall happiness. Unfortunately, some of us give so much energy to family, work, friendships, and community that our sexual vitality can take a hit. As with other areas in life, nature can lend a helping hand. Research shows that certain herbs, such as maca and ashwagandha, THIS MONTH’S FEATURE can turn up the heat in the bedroom. These herbs are known as Irwin Naturals “adaptogens.” They Steel-Libido for Women help the body function A specialized blend of botanicals optimally during times of and nutrients to support the sexual vitality and performance of stress and contribute to women of all ages. hormonal balance. If you haven’t been “feeling it” lately, you probably know stress is one of the top killers of libido. Female participants who took maca and ashwagandha in various studies reported greater sexual desire, arousal, lubrication, number of encounters, and orgasmic satisfaction. Does this catch your attention? If so, check out the sexual vitality products carried at the store, including Irwin Naturals Steel Libido, which contains the herbs mentioned earlier. Of course, sexual vitality is just one part of life. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue of Health & Happiness, which is dedicated to many aspects of women’s health! Wishing you Health and Happiness,
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The latest word from the world of natural health.
PROBIOTICS MAY EASE ANXIETY All of us have days when we’re overwhelmed. University of Missouri researchers recently determined that Lactobacillus plantarum—a common probiotic bacteria in yogurt and supplements—may decrease stress-related behavior and anxiety. Probiotics have become increasingly popular as a way to improve health and well-being, and there has been a direct correlation between these healthful gut microbes and the central nervous system. A recent study assessed the effects of various nutritional supplements on depression, anxiety, and other stress-related symptoms. The researchers concluded that probiotics (as well as omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and other nutraceuticals) “are promising avenues” for “significant clinical benefit.” SELECTED SOURCES “Common Probiotics Can Reduce Stress Levels, Lessen Anxiety,” University of Missouri-Columbia, 11/22/16 ½ “Nutritional Psychiatry: The Present State of the Evidence” by W. Marx et al., Proc Nutr Soc, 9/17
CANNABINOID CREAMS MAY EASE ITCHING Anti-inflammatory substances in cannabinoids may be useful for a wide range of skin diseases. That’s the conclusion of a 2017 study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, which noted that cannabinoids may be effective in treating eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. “Perhaps the most promising role for cannabinoids is in the treatment of itch,” said dermatologist Robert Dellavalle, MD, PhD, the senior author of the study. He pointed to a trial that found relief from severe itching in patients who applied a cannabinoid cream twice a day for three weeks. SELECTED SOURCES “Cannabinoids May Help Soothe Certain Skin Diseases, Study Shows,” https:// Scicasts.com, 4/18/17 ½ “The Role of Cannabinoids in Dermatology” by J.S. Mounessa et al., JAAD, 7/17
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The latest word from the world of natural health.
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30s, 40s & 50s Consider diet, lifestyle, and supplements Each age brings with it unique joys and challenges. No matter where you are in the life cycle, the following tips can help you look and feel your best.
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If you want to get pregnant during your 30s, it’s essential to get adequate
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½ If you smoke, stop.
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½ Get adequate sleep.
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Perimenopause is a natural transition to menopause, but that doesn’t mean it’s
easy. Diminishing production of estrogen and progesterone by the ovaries can lead to disconcerting symptoms, including turning beet red at the drop of a hat, battles with insomnia, a thickening waistline, thinning hair, and the sprouting of chin hairs. Menstrual cycles become increasingly unpredictable. Less noticeable symptoms include a loss of calcium in the bones and increasing risk for heart disease. Estrogen deficiency can cause long menstrual cycles and spotty, scant periods, explains Maria Noël Groves, RH. Estrogen dominance can cause heavy periods. Phytoestrogens can help in either scenario. “While soy is the most researched, phytoestrogens are present in all beans, red clover blossoms, flaxseeds (not the oil but the fiber), shatavari, and some mint-family herbs,” reports Groves. “Most studies show that phytoestrogens have a protective effect, although they remain controversial in estrogen-dependent cancers.” SUPPLEMENTS TO CONSIDER
DIET & LIFESTYLE TIPS
½ Black cohosh supports hormone balance,
½ If you smoke, stop.
reduces hot flashes, supports sleep,
½ Get adequate sleep.
reduces irritability, and shrinks uterine
½ Exercise 30 minutes most days. Build bones
fibroids. ½ Vitex, also called chaste tree berry, can improve perimenopause symptoms for some women. ½ Vitamin D supports mood and bone health. ½ Curcumin is an effective anti-inflammatory and can be useful against many cancers, including breast cancer. ½ Essential fatty acids in coldwater fish and flaxseed and black currant seed oils can help balance hormones and reduce hot flashes, as can fermented soy. ½ A multivitamin/mineral with B complex and vitamins C and E can help smooth out mood swings and lessen anxiety. ½ Digestive enzymes and probiotics can reduce the bloating common in perimenopause. ½ Melatonin, tart cherry juice, Pycnogenol, and magnesium support healthy sleep. ½ If you struggle with yeast infections— which can lead to fatigue and brain fog— consider garlic and oregano oil supplements. 14 MAY 2018
with regular weight-bearing exercise like walking, dancing, yoga, t’ai chi, and weight training. ½ Consume enough fiber—aim for 25 grams—to protect against breast cancer. ½ Avoid weight gain to help protect against breast cancer. ½ Limit alcohol intake. ½ Eat a heart-healthy diet like the Mediterranean diet to reduce the risk of heart disease.
SELECTED SOURCES “Association of Maternal Use of Folic Acid and Multivitamin Supplements in the Periods Before and During Pregnancy with the Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Offspring” by S.Z. Levine et al., JAMA Psychiatry, 2/1/18 ½ Body into Balance by Maria Noël Groves, RH ($24.95, Storey Publishing, 2016) ½ “Dietary Fiber Intake and Risk of Breast Cancer: A Meta-analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies” by Jia-Yi Dong et al., Am Journal Clin Nutr, 6/15/11 ½ “Effect of Isopropanolic Cimicifuga racemosa Extract on Uterine Fibroids . . .” by S. Xi et al., Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2014 ½ “Exercise Most Important Lifestyle Change to Help Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence,” Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2/21/17 ½ “Intake of Pesticide Residue from Fruits, Vegetables and Infertility Treatment Outcomes,” JAMA Network Journals, 10/30/17 ½ “Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Sources and Evaluation of Their Nutritional and Functional Properties” by E. Abedi and M.A. Sahari, Food Sci Nutr, 9/12 ½ “Mediterranean Diet Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Risk” by Amy Norton, Reuters Health, www.Reuters.com, 9/3/10 ½ “Midlife Women, Bone Health, Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit Study . . .” by C.A. Gunn et al., BMC Public Health, 2013 ½ “Nutraceutical Pill Containing Berberine Versus Ezetimibe on Plasma Lipid Pattern in Hypercholesterolemic Subjects . . .” by L. Pisciotta et al., 2012; “Olive Oil Intake Is Inversely Related to Cancer Prevalence” by T. Psaltopoulou et al., 7/30/11, Lipids Health Dis ½ “Omega-3 Fats: Good for Your Heart,” US National Library of Medicine, www.MedlinePlus.gov, 4/24/16 ½ “Oral Vitamin D Supplements Increase Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D in Postmenopausal Women and Reduce Bone Calcium Flux . . .” by A. Schild et al., Journal of Nutrition, 9/2/15 ½ “Vitamin K Supplement Along with Vitamin D and Calcium Reduced Serum Concentration of Undercarboxylated Osteocalcin . . .” by S.H. Je et al., Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2011 ½ “What Are the Health Benefits of Hawthorn Extract?” by Tracey Roizman, DC, http://healthyeating.SFGate.com ½ Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Tori Hudson, ND ($24.95, McGraw-Hill, 2008)
Many American women fear getting breast cancer, but cardiovascular
disease (CVD) is the number one killer of women over age 25 in the United States. One in 2.6 deaths in women are from CVD, compared with one in 30 from breast cancer. In fact, women are twice as likely to die from heart disease than from all cancers combined. After menopause, which typically occurs around age 50, women’s HDL (good) cholesterol levels tend to fall while their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels rise. The attendant results are an increase in the risk of arterial plaque and heart disease. Bone density can become an issue in this decade, due to drops in estrogen. Calcium is good
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to take “but is minimally effective (and dangerous) if taken by itself,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD. “It is much better to find a good bone health nutritional aid that includes other nutrients along with the calcium. Especially important are magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K, and boron.” SUPPLEMENTS TO CONSIDER ½ Omega 3s support heart health,
DIET & LIFESTYLE TIPS ½ If you smoke, stop.
lower inflammation, protect
½ Exercise 30 minutes most days.
against breast cancer, and in-
½ Eat a heart-healthy, anti-inflam-
crease bone mass. ½ Niacin and berberine can lower cholesterol. ½ The herb hawthorn can lower blood pressure.
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NATUR AL GLOW
by Eva Milotte
Read My Lips
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Lips take the brunt of harsh weather conditions. Since they have no oil glands and are constantly exposed to the elements, they tend to get dry and chapped easily. The skin on our lips is also thinner than anywhere else on the body. Follow these tips to keep them in tiptop shape, and then discover how to enhance their look. H E A LT H Y L I P S ½ L ook for lip balms with moisturizing and healing ingredients such as olive oil, almond oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E, and shea butter. ½ Stay ahead of the game by applying lip balm before your lips are chapped. Apply often!
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a shade of lip gloss or lipstick that’s two or three shades darker than your natural tone. ½ Select lighter colors for the day and darker for night. If you love your lips, bright colors will draw people’s attention to them. Paler hues are flattering on both small and large lips.
½ When applying lip gloss, first put down a layer of lip balm to moisturize the lips.
½ For an even application, use a lip brush to apply lipsticks, lip glosses, and lip stains. luckysmarket.com
SELECTED SOURCES “7 Tips for Beautiful Lips,” www.Shape.com, 2017 ½ Make Your Own Pure Mineral Makeup by Heather Anderson ($19.95, Storey, 2017) ½ Natural Beauty edited by Rebecca Warren and Shannon Beatty ($25, DK Publishing, 2015) ½ “Why Are My Lips Chapped?” www.WebMD.com, 7/17/17
HEALTH & HAPPINESS 19
by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
Bladder Infections How to prevent them
Bladder infections, also called cystitis, are common in females because the opening from the outside of the body to inside the bladder is short. This makes it easier for bacteria (usually the E. coli that come from the rectum/stool) to get into the bladder. While most bacterial infections get washed out each time you urinate, the E. coli have little Velcro-like sticky pads on them that allow them to stick to the bladder wall—so they don’t wash out. Although bladder infections can occur without symptoms, more often they trigger an intense urge to urinate, urinating frequently (even when there’s little urine), and burning on urination. Blood visible in the urine is less common and warrants an immediate trip to the doctor. Before beginning antibiotics, it is good to have the doctor get a urine sample to do a culture to test for bacteria. Often in women with recurrent bladder symptoms there is no infection, and the antibiotics make the problem worse in the long run.
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Consider seeing your doctor for a urine culture right away. If you have blood visible in the urine, a fever, or back pain with the infection, it is critical to see a doctor immediately. In addition, below are natural treatments for bladder infections. If the symptoms are not resolving by 24 hours into treatment, see your practitioner. 1 Drink plenty of water to wash out the infection. 2 Take the supplement D-mannose. If you are prone to bladder problems, this is a good supplement to keep in your medicine cabinet. It is a healthy sugar that is excreted in the urine. It coats the Velcro-like sticky fingers of the E. coli bacteria so that they can’t stick to the bladder. Then the bacteria wash out when you urinate. The dose is 1 teaspoon every three hours while awake until the infection is gone. To prevent recurrent bladder infections, take ½ to 1 teaspoon, two times daily (especially after sex). Higher dosing can be used if needed, and it can be used long term safely. It has no effect on healthy bacteria, and therefore has none of the toxicity of antibiotics. 3 Take 500 milligrams of vitamin C two to six times during the day.
HYGIENE HABITS Bacteria come from the anal area, so after a bowel movement, wipe in a direction toward your back and away from the bladder. Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is a board certified internist and author of the popular free iPhone application “Cures A-Z,” which was ranked in the top 10 of all health/wellness downloads on iTunes. Dr. Teitelbaum is the author of the perennial bestseller From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery Penguin), which has sold over half a million copies.
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FOOD AS MEDICINE
by Eva Milotte
Enjoy this superfood in a variety of ways
Avocado makes everything better. Try these nutritious recipes that make good use of this creamy, fleshy fruit that delivers the benefits of healthy fats and more.
Mango Guacamole dGnV From Skinny Dips by Diane Morgan ($18.95, Chronicle Books, 2010)
20 min prep time n Serves 12
1 large, ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped 1 large, ripe Haas avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and coarsely chopped O c roughly chopped red onion 3 Tbsp seeded and minced jalapeño chili K tsp minced garlic L c thinly sliced green onions, including green tops K Tbsp fresh lime juice 1K tsp Kosher or sea salt 1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse mango, avocado, red onion, jalapeño, and garlic until creamy and finely textured but not puréed. 2. Transfer to a bowl and stir in green onions, lime juice, and salt. Taste and adjust seasoning. 3. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately.
D Dairy Free G Gluten Free N Nut Free V Vegan V Vegetarian 22 MAY 2018
For a guide to nutrition breakdowns, see page 4.
Kitchen Note: This dip can be prepared up to 2 days in advance. (The mango prevents the guacamole from discoloring altogether.) Cover and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Per serving: 45 Calories, 1 g Protein, 6 g Carbohydrates, 2 g Fiber, 3 g Total fat (2 g mono), 99 mg Sodium, H Vitamin A, C
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Chocolate-Avocado Mousse dGv
Reprinted with permission from The Paleo Chef by Pete Evans, copyright 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. 10 min prep time + 20 min soak time n Serves 4
2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, and peeled L c unsweetened raw cacao powder or nonDutch processed cocoa powder 2 Tbsp raw honey 4 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for 20 minutes, then drained 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped 8 fresh cherries Pistachio nuts Toasted coconut shavings, to serve
1. Combine avocados, cacao powder, honey, dates, cinnamon, and vanilla bean seeds in a food processor. Blend until very smooth and fluffy. 2. Spoon mousse into four small glasses. Top each with two cherries, pistachio nuts, and toasted coconut. Kitchen Note: This is a divine dessert to serve on a hot day; its silky smooth texture and chilled temperature are reviving and comforting. Per serving: 345 Calories, 6 g Protein, 45 g Carbohydrates, 13 g Fiber, 21 g Total fat (5 g sat), 10 mg Sodium, HH Vitamn B6, C, K, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, H Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), E, Iron, Zinc
Grilled Fish Tacos with Blueberry-Avocado Salsa DGN
From Chia, Quinoa, Kale, Oh My! by Cassie Johnston ($21.95, The Countryman Press, 2015) | 20 minutes prep time + 30 minutes marinating time n Serves 4
For the marinade 1 Tbsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground paprika N c chopped fresh cilantro Zest and juice of 1 lime 1 tsp salt 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted 1 lb mild white fish (cod or tilapia both work) For the tacos 1 avocado, pitted, scooped from skin, and diced M c fresh blueberries, chopped roughly N c chopped fresh cilantro 1 jalapeño pepper, minced; discard seeds and membranes for a milder flavor Zest and juice of 1 lime Salt and black pepper 12 gluten-free corn tortillas Lime wedges
1. To prepare marinade, combine all marinade ingredients, except fish, in a large resealable plastic bag. Add fish fillets, seal bag, and gently turn to coat fish. Let marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight. 2. To prepare tacos, preheat the grill to medium-high heat. In a medium-size bowl, mix together avocado, blueberries, cilantro, jalapeño, lime zest and juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Wrap stack of tortillas in aluminum foil. Place tortilla packet on coolest part of grill to warm. 3. Grill marinated fish on well-oiled grill grates until opaque and flaky, 7 to 10 minutes, depending on thickness of fish. Remove fish and tortillas from grill. 4. To assemble tacos, place one-twelfth of fish in center of a tortilla, top with one-twelfth of blueberry mixture, and finish with a squeeze of lime juice. Kitchen Note: To make this a superfast weeknight dinner, prep the marinade in the morning. Not only does it streamline the process, but it also gives the fish maximum time to soak up all the yummy marinade flavor. Per serving: 422 Calories, 27 g Protein, 47 g Carbohydrates, 8 g Fiber, 18 g Total fat (7 g sat, 1 g mono, 1 g poly), 148 mg Sodium, HHHHH Phosphorus, Selenium, HHHH Vitamin B6, B12, HHH Vitamin C, Folate, HH Vitamin B3 (niacin), Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, H Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), K, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Zinc
HEALTH & HAPPINESS 23
HIGHWAY TO HE ALTH
by Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH
Natural Thyroid Health
Striking the right balance
The thyroid, a small, butterflyshaped gland below your Adam’s apple, serves as the body’s thermostat for regulating metabolism. Sometimes the thyroid pumps out high or inadequate amounts of hormones. In the case of an underactive thyroid, also called hypothyroidism, your body slows down. Because the thyroid doesn’t make enough thyroid hormones, everything from your pulse and temperature to the rate at which you burn calories starts to crawl. On the other hand, an overactive thyroid, called hyperthyroidism, sends the body’s systems into overdrive due to the overproduction of thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism is far more common, with up to 20 million Americans affected, most of them women. Symptoms include fatigue, forgetfulness, depression, heavier periods, dry hair and skin, mood swings, weight gain, intolerance to cold, hoarse voice, and constipation. Hormone therapy might be unavoidable to treat severe thyroid imbalances; however, the following three key nutrients support a healthy thyroid gland.
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intake increases the risk of thyroid disease.
“Every one of my patients with thyroid
Historically, much of the selenium in Ameri-
disease has been iodine deficient,” notes
can diets comes from animal-based foods,
Catherine Shanahan, MD, author of Deep
although another great source is Brazil nuts.
Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Natural
Research shows that those with celiac dis-
ease are often deficient in selenium.
She points out that this mineral is often a
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single ounce is enough for the week. You
thyroid hormones. It can lead to symptoms
can snack on it when you crave salt or snip
such as anxiety, depression, dry skin, cold
it with culinary shears and sprinkle over a
intolerance, puffy eyes, muscle cramps and
salad,” she adds.
fatigue, constipation, and slow thinking.
dized salt, seafood such as tuna and shrimp,
is treated with thyroid hormones. Supple-
dairy products, and breads and cereals. If
menting with selenium—since it supports
Weighing in on Thyroid Health
you eat a lot of food containing goitrogens,
the body’s manufacture and use of thyroid
The relationship between thyroid dis-
substances found in soy and crucifer-
hormone—can be beneficial for those with
ease and obesity is widely misunder-
ous veggies such as cabbage, broccoli,
this thyroid problem. Work with a healthcare
stood. “We used to think that thyroid
cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, this can
practitioner to get the green light on supple-
problems caused obesity, but we now
interfere with the way your body uses iodine,
know that they don’t,” explains Cath-
Other good sources of iodine include io-
Hashimoto’s disease, like hypothyroidism,
and supplementation may be useful. Those with unexplained fatigue or muscle
erine Shanahan, MD.
This is not to say that weight is
pain, especially if there is cold intolerance,
The mineral zinc plays a part in the produc-
off the hook. An unhealthy lifestyle
breast tenderness or cysts, weight gain,
tion of thyroid hormones. Without enough
can interfere with thyroid function.
or constipation, might benefit from iodine
zinc in your body, thyroid hormones are
“Snacking or eating too often, eating
supplements, says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD,
hard-pressed to do their job. Research
toxic doses of sugar and refined,
author of Real Cause, Real Cure.
shows when overweight women with hypo-
bleached, and deodorized oils, or
thyroidism take zinc and selenium supple-
other metabolism-disrupting com-
vate the thyroid and worsen existing thyroid
ments, their thyroid health improves. If
pounds, lack of nutrients in the diet,
conditions, so consult with a healthcare
you supplement with a zinc product, make
and putting off sleep and exercise
practitioner and consider getting tested for
sure it’s properly balanced with copper to
can send the delicate balance of the
iodine deficiency before you supplement.
counteract zinc’s action of blocking copper
thyroid out of kilter,” says Dr. Shana-
han. “I’ve seen many times that diet
Be aware that too much iodine can aggra-
SELENIUM This mineral plays a crucial role in the proper functioning of the thyroid gland, while research shows that too-low selenium
Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH, has been a health journalist for more than two decades. She is the author of Life After Baby: Rediscovering and Reclaiming Your Healthy Pizzazz (Basic Health Publications, 2012).
and lifestyle improvements alone can lead to the return of normal thyroid function.”
SELECTED SOURCES “Current Knowledge on the Importance of Selenium in Food for Living Organisms: A Review” by M. Kieliszek and S. Blazejak, Molecules, 5/16 ½ “Effects of Zinc and Selenium Supplementation on Thyroid Function in Overweight and Obese Hypothyroid Female Patients . . .” by S. Mahmoodianfard et al., J Am Coll Nutr, 2015 ½ “Iodine,” 2/17/16; “Selenium,” 2/11/16, National Institutes of Health, https://ods.od.nih.gov ½ “Low Population Selenium Status Is Associated with Increased Prevalence of Thyroid Disease” by Q. Wu et al., J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 11/15 ½ Personal communication: Catherine Shanahan; Jacob Teitelbaum ½ “The Role of Iodine and Selenium in Autoimmune Thyroiditis” by L.H. Duntas, Horm Metab Res, 9/15
HEALTH & HAPPINESS 25
HE ALING HERBS
By Maria Noël Groves
Decompress & Destress With herbal adaptogens
Somewhere between all that we need to get done and everything we want to do, we begin to shirk our basic needs for sleep, a healthy diet, regular exercise, getting outdoors, and chill time. We experience this as stress, but it’s more than just a mental state. Being in a constant state of alarm has potent physiological effects on the body. Stress hormones including adrenaline and cortisol rise and fall inappropriately. Running on the fumes of stress hormones comes at the expense of other hormones in the body (thyroid, reproductive, mood, metabolism), not to mention immune function, digestion and detoxification, wound healing, blood sugar balance, and cardiovascular health. When we start to get really cranky, we promise ourselves we’ll get to bed earlier— only to find we can’t sleep. Does this sound familiar?
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A small amount of transient stress is normal and healthy, but most Americans live in a reality where the nervous
enhance memory and brain function, and milky oat seed (Avena
sativa), a calming nervous system tonic.
and adrenal systems have been pushed out of whack for far too long. Returning to healthier habits is ideal, but a
THE IN-BET WEEN
group of herbs called adaptogens lends a hand regardless
Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera) and schisandra berries
of any other changes we make. Adaptogens assist our
can be gently energizing and calming, making them appropriate for almost anyone.
bodies by balancing the production of stress hormones using a continuum of energizing and calming effects.
Ashwagandha is often infused in milk (dairy
The advantages of adaptogens seem too good to be true;
or otherwise) with a pinch of cinnamon or
consider the widespread damage stress has on your body
nutmeg to improve overall vitality, libido,
and the positive impact that moderating these effects can
autoimmune disease, chronic pain, and low thyroid function.
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) has long been revered in ZEN HERBS —CALMING ADAPTOGENS
Asia as a longevity and vitality herb; it also has a
These plants produce a calm-alert state reminiscent of
reputation for liver support (both protecting
kung fu masters avoiding constant blows while
the detoxification organ from toxins and
maintaining a state of pure peace. Holy basil
enhancing its function), respiratory health,
(Ocimum sanctum, syn O. tenuiflorum),
immunity, libido, and the ability to calm or
also called tulsi, offers a wide range of
energize as needed. Schisandra’s potent fla-
benefits—from protecting the body against infections to balancing blood sugar and curbing cravings—but its almost immediate stress-busting effects have given it pop-star status. Holy basil is available in tea and supplement form. It’s also
vor enhances digestion but might upset sensitive stomachs or those with ulcers. Most adaptogens work best when taken in steady doses on a regular basis for several weeks or months. It’s traditional to take a break after a few months (think of them as training wheels for
easier to grow in the garden than any other adaptogen; treat
your adrenals to get back in balance), but they can be taken over a
it just like culinary basil, then brew into a lovely, aromatic tea
longer period of time if needed.
from the fresh or dried leaves.
All of these herbs can be enjoyed as tea, tincture, or capsule, but
Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) blends well with holy basil, though it’s bland tasting and slow acting. Research supports gotu kola’s ability to relieve anxiety, boost memory, improve circulation, and enhance
you can also play around with herb-infused honeys, cordials, powders mixed into energy bars, etc. Many companies incorporate a variety of these herbs into their stress-relief formulas. These herbs all have a high degree of safety, but you should still check with your
wound healing topically and internally. Gotu
healthcare provider or pharmacist before taking them and listen to
kola grows best in hot, sludgy conditions, so
your body to determine which herbs work best for you.
buy from an organic or reputable supplier to avoid microbial contamination. Both holy basil and gotu kola combine nicely
Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), is a registered clinical herbalist and freelance health journalist nestled in the pine forests of New Hampshire. Learn about herbs, distance consults, online classes, and more at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.
with bacopa (Bacopa monnieri), a calming herb known to SELECTED SOURCES Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston and Steven Maimes ($18.95, Healing Arts Press, 2007) ½ “Adaptogens: A Review of Their History, Biological Activity, and Clinical Benefits” by Alexander Panossian and Hildebert Wagner, HerbalGram, 2011 ½ “The Clinical Efficacy and Safety of Tulsi in Humans . . .” by N. Jamshidi and M.M. Cohen, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med, 2017 ½ The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs by Robert McCaleb et al. ($29.95, Prima Lifestyles, 2000)
HEALTH & HAPPINESS 27
LIFE IN BALANCE
By Rich Wallace
Natural v. Organic What’s the difference?
Product labels got your head spinning? Here’s some info to make sense of it all. N AT U R A L
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A label with this word on it means the product contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients or added color and was minimally processed. There must be a statement on the label explaining what the term natural means (i.e., no artificial ingredients; minimally processed).
ORGANIC The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates the labeling of organic products. Here’s what the labels mean: 100 Percent Organic: Products carrying the Certified USDA Organic seal
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have been inspected and certified to conform to organic practices. The label indicates the food was produced with no synthetic or persistent pesticides or fertilizers, irradiation, or sewage sludge. The use of genetic engineering, growth hormones, and antibiotics is prohibited in organic agriculture. Organic farming focuses on soil and water conservation and management practices that enhance ecological balance, according to the USDA. Organic: At least 95 percent of the ingredients must be organic for a product to earn this label. Made with Organic Ingredients: At least 70 percent of the ingredients must be organic.
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SELECTED SOURCES “Behind the Labels,” www. Humaneitarian.org ½ “Organic Production/Organic Food: Information Access Tools” by Mary V. Gold, United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library, www.nal.USDA.gov ½ “What Is the Meaning of ‘Natural’ on the Label of Food?” US Food and Drug Administration, www.FDA.gov, 4/28/17 ½ “The Word on Food Labels,” Healthy Years, UCLA Health, 2017
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Essential (or aromatherapy) oils offer fast and easy solutions for day-to-day ailments. Aromatherapy serves double duty by calming you with an assortment of mostly pleasant scents. Used for millennia by numerous cultures, fragrant plant oils foster health and balance.
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In the last half century, research has begun to validate some of these oils’ healing properties. Aromatherapy enters the body in several ways. When inhaled, essential oils pass directly from
½ Anxiety or stress: 7 geranium, 5 lavender, 4 lemon, 1 rose ½ Fatigue: 15 rosemary, 5 lemon ½ Hangover: 5 carrot seed, 5
the lungs into the bloodstream. When absorbed
rosemary, 3 peppermint, 2 rose,
through the skin in dilutions or natural beauty
5 helichrysum (massage over liver)
products, aromatherapy oils enter the circulatory system. If you carefully follow the guidelines for diluting and suggested uses, you’ll be amazed at what these plant-based remedies can do for you.
5 marjoram (add 8 drops of the blend to a full bath or use as massage oil along spine) ½ Menstrual cramps: 5 clary sage, 5 marjoram, 5 geranium, 2 rose,
5 lavender (massage abdomen,
Many of the following massage formulas combine
hips, and lower back)
rier oil (such as vegetable or olive oil). All these combinations are given in drops, and these formulas are suggested for external application only.
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