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Vitamin D may aid sleep, reduce pain • Omega 3s linked to longevity • Probiotic may relieve depression and IBS • More
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Doggy Update Back in April I wrote about our “new” dog, who’d given birth in a Michigan snowstorm and kept her puppies safe and warm on the coldest night of 2016. The shelter staff who rescued her estimated that she was about 11, but she seemed older. She’d had a hard outdoor life. When we picked her up to take her to her new home in New Hampshire, she was very sweet but worn out. We helped her up the steps to our house, and coaxed her to eat a bit of her food. She slept a lot, but we were determined to make her golden years as comfortable as possible. Our local veterinarian/chiropractor treated her and prescribed a daily supplement for joint and muscle support, a probiotic formula for digestive health, and a homeopathic tincture to treat any insectShadow related maladies. We took her for many short walks. She was timid at first and a little rough. Four months later, she’s a model of rejuvenation. She leaps onto the couch for belly rubs and wolfs down every meal. She’s “regular” and incredibly affectionate. We still think she’s around 11, but she seems much younger now. Her tail is always wagging, and her daily walks are much longer. You’ll find plenty in this issue of remedies to help you on the road to better health too. Read about the power of omega-3 fatty acids on page 8, stress-reducing adaptogenic herbs (page 12), and probiotics for weight loss (page 28). Here’s to rejuvenation!
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Chronic pain can disrupt anyone’s sleep cycle, but vitamin D may help with both problems. A new study found that “the supplementation of vitamin D associated with good sleep hygiene may have a therapeutic role, not only in sleep disorders but also in the prevention and treatment of chronic pain conditions.” “The Interface Between Vitamin D, Sleep, and Pain” by D.L. de Oliveira et al., J Endocrinol, 5/23/17
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Children are more likely to develop allergic asthma if their mother has been heavily exposed to phthalates while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Phthalates are chemicals that are used to make plastics more ﬂexible. They are also found in cosmetics, deodorants, hairsprays, cleaning products, and many other items. Be sure to read labels to avoid them as much as possible. “Phthalates Increase the Risk of Allergies Among Children,” Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, 5/3/17
acupuncture shows asthma promise
Patients with allergic asthma showed signiﬁcant improvements during a threemonth trial with acupuncture. The treatments were made in conjunction with routine care. More than 1,400 people participated, with most receiving ﬁve to 10 treatments during the study. About 30 percent of the patients were treated 15 times. Participants reported improvements in quality of life and physical and mental health. “Acupuncture in Patients with Allergic Asthma . . .” by B. Brinkhaus et al., J Altern Complement Med, 4/17
probiotic eases IBS, depression
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By Kelli Ann Wilson
the calming power of adaptogens
these herbs boost cognition, energy, immunity, and mood Our bodies face stressors every day—biological, emotional, environmental, and physical. Staying balanced is a key factor in overall health and well-being. We can ﬁnd equilibrium with a category of herbs called adaptogens, known to improve the body’s ability to function under stress. Adaptogens have been used for centuries in China and India, but their efficacy was not explored scientifically until the mid-twentieth century when scientists from the Soviet Union began to study their positive effects on energy, immunity, and stress response.
A delicate balance
When the body experiences stress—from heightened emotions, lack of exercise or sleep, poor diet, or general “busy-ness”—hormones including adrenaline and cortisol may get out of whack. This causes a negative effect on the bodily processes that depend on hormones, including blood sugar regu-
lation, cardiovascular function, and digestion. While some stress is normal, the nervous and adrenal systems of many Americans are perpetually out of balance. Reining in tension with lifestyle changes is a great place to start (diet, exercise, relaxation), and adaptogens can give our efforts a boost by helping to regulate stress hormones.
Being in constant battle mode can result in reduced energy levels that leave us feeling burned out. Before you reach for another cup of coffee, consider stimulating plant-root adaptogens that can give you an energy boost without the caffeine.
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Ginseng (Panax spp.) is the go-to herb when you feel sluggish. Used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, Asian ginseng (P. ginseng) not only boosts energy but can also improve libido, regulate blood sugar levels, and protect the liver from toxins. The same is true for American ginseng (P. cinquefolius). Unfortunately, due to the host of benefits they offer, both types of ginseng are in high demand and most wild stands have been overharvested. Shop for brands that have been sustainably harvested. Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is a close relative of ginseng and has been shown to boost energy levels. The subject of a large-scale study with more than 5,000 participants, eleuthero has been shown to significantly improve the body’s response to mental and physical stress. Participants who took eleuthero demonstrated better health, performance, and vitality in a stressful environment compared to a control group who did not receive the herb. People who work long hours or atypical shifts may feel more energized and balanced when supplementing with eleuthero. This herb can be helpful for athletes, as it boosts endurance and increases stamina while also helping the body recover faster after strenuous activity. Codonopsis (Codonopsis spp.) is not as well documented as ginseng and eleuthero but may still be an effective energy booster. Called “poor man’s ginseng,” it can be used as an affordable alternative to ginseng to fight fatigue and aid recovery.
Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) has demonstrated its ability to boost energy and vitality. Because of its fast action, it is especially helpful for those who need a quick pick-me-up. It also provides long-term physical and mental energy.
Sometimes stress calls for a more subtle, relaxed response. These adaptogens are up to the task. In contrast to stimulating root-based herbs, these stems and leaves provide more peaceful energy.
Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum, syn O. tenuiflorum), also known as tulsi, induces calm and can help relieve anxiety while working to balance stress hormones like cortisol. Fast-acting holy basil can also improve immune function and inflammation response, both of which can take a hit when we’re stressed. Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) is similar to holy basil, and the two work well together, but its calming properties are slower to take effect. Studies have shown that gotu kola can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, improve memory, and boost circulation. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a multipurpose adaptogen that has become popular for its ability to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s also considered an effective treatment for nervous exhaustion and stress-induced insomnia. In a study of patients with anxiety neurosis, treatment with ashwagandha resulted in reduction of a host of symptoms including fatigue, headaches, and irritability, with 25 percent of participants experiencing complete remission of the disorder.
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Boost brain function
Modern life can leave us drained both physically and mentally. If you’re not feeling as sharp as you used to, these adaptogenic herbs may be just what you need to improve memory and attention by normalizing neurotransmitter levels and increasing mental stamina. Gotu kola is known as a calm-energy adaptogen, but it shines for its ability to improve mental function. Studies have demonstrated its beneficial effect on working memory.
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) offers a host of benefits, including supporting concentration. It acts as a mild stimulant for the nervous system, boosting mental activity and improving work performance. It also serves as a calming agent by relieving symptoms of anxiety and stress, thus making way for better mental clarity.
Stress can put a damper on immune function, making us more susceptible to viruses and infections. Adaptogens can strengthen our immune response and make it easier to fight pathogens.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) has antibacterial and immunity-enhanc-
ing properties. It contains polysaccharides that improve immune system function and help ward off viruses, including the common cold and influenza.
Medicinal mushrooms including chaga, maitake, reishi, and shiitake, while technically not plants, are adaptogens that strengthen immune response by providing a healthy challenge that makes the system more effective at fighting off pathogens. By training immune cells to be less reactive to the “small stuff”—the causes of allergies and autoimmune disease—they may be more effective when it really counts.
Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston and Steven Maimes ($18.95, Healing Arts Press, 2007) ● Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism: Elite Herbs and Natural Compounds for Mastering Stress, Aging, and Chronic Disease by Donald Yance ($50, Healing Arts Press, 2013) ● “Adaptogens: A Review of Their History, Biological Activity, and Clinical Benefits” by Alexander Panossian and Hildebert Wagner, American Botanical Council, http://cms.HerbalGram.org ● Body Into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care by Maria Noël Groves ($24.95, Storey, 2016) ● “Understanding Nervines & Adaptogens,” Mountain Rose Herbs, http://blog.mountainroseherbs.com
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attention! help for ADHD The number of children diagnosed with Attention DeďŹ cit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has risen steadily over the years, fueled by more doctors and parents identifying the condition as well as increased prevalence. Even though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends behavioral therapies before resorting to medication, children are more likely to receive medical interventions. Children receive the most attention because the disorder may interfere with their ability to perform academically and behaviorally in school. But ADHD issues continue into adulthood with symptoms like disorganization, impulsiveness, poor time management and planning skills, mood swings, and difficulty coping with stress. Fortunately, herbs and other nutritional therapies can help improve focus and reduce hyperactivity, making ADHD easier to manage.
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Omega-3 fatty acids
People with ADHD tend to have lower blood levels of omega 3s, which are important for brain function and development. Although results are mixed, a critical review of 25 studies concluded that omega-3 supplements can improve ADHD symptoms, particularly in milder cases, and they may help patients reduce their medication dose. Studies that achieved more positive results used products with a relatively high EPA content alongside DHA—from 500 daily milligrams (mg) EPA/175 mg DHA up to several thousand mg each—for three months or longer.
Gotu kola (Centella asiatica)
Children with ADHD who took gotu kola in a formula with other herbs including lemon balm, bacopa, and ashwagandha for four months showed improved attention, cognition, focus, and impulse control compared to those who took a placebo. Ayurvedic medicine has turned to gotu kola to improve focus and memory and to reduce anxiety and stress in all ages for millennia. Preliminary studies strongly support the herb’s ability to enhance brain function and repair in a variety of ways. Elders who took 750 mg of gotu kola extract daily showed improved working memory and mood, as well as improved physical abilities, vigor, and quality of life. It also reduces the startle response. Gotu kola is generally quite safe—it’s even eaten as a fresh, cooked, or juiced leafy green—and can be taken as a tea, tincture, powder, or capsule. Seek organic gotu kola, as quality on the market can be poor, and expect it to take several weeks or months for the effects to gradually build. Note that both gotu kola and bacopa may be called “brahmi” in commerce.
Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri)
This Ayurvedic herb also has a long history of use supported by modern evidence. It promotes a calm-alert state of mind with brain tonic effects, improving neurotransmitter and brain function in all ages. Studies show the greatest benefit for free-recall memory, speed of attention, and decreased choice reaction time. Several studies also find it useful for school-aged children, including those with ADHD. It’s a bit bitter as a tea but the aerial parts of this water-loving plant can be taken as a tincture or capsule. continued on page 21 18
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Lemon balm (Melissa oﬃcinalis)
This is one of several mint-family herbs with potential cognitive benefits—others include spearmint, peppermint, and rosemary—and it may be the most promising in ADHD because it simultaneously calms and improves focus. Unlike the previously mentioned remedies that are best taken for several months to assess their benefit, lemon balm’s effects are often noticeable within an hour. Some studies achieved the best results with the highest doses, while others found that students got sleepy as the dose went up, so you may need to tinker to find the right dose for you or your child. Interestingly, in elders with severe dementia, lemon balm essential oil added to cream rubbed into the arms and legs decreased agitation and social withdrawal and improved quality of life. Lemon balm is quite safe and can be taken in a capsule: Adult doses range from 300 to 1,000 mg; children’s doses are generally one fourth to half that. Or take it as a fresh plant tincture, or in tea made from fresh or dried herb.
The above herbs are often combined in formulas with others that support mood and calm energy, including milky oat seed, ashwagandha, and holy basil. B vitamins, iron, and vitamin D may also be beneficial for cognition and mood, particularly for people who are deficient. Iron should not be given as a supplement except where deficiency has been confirmed. Insomnia, pesticide exposure, and stress can all exacerbate ADHD prevalence and symptoms. Food sensitivities (particularly gluten and dairy, food preservatives, MSG, and artificial food dyes) as well as a low-quality, high-carbohydrate/sugar diet may also worsen ADHD, mood, and behavior. Behavioral therapy, including cognitive behavior therapy, can be incredibly beneficial for children and adults with ADHD. To learn more and find a practitioner near you, visit https://www.CDC.gov/ncbddd/ adhd/behavior-therapy.html. Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), is a registered clinical herbalist and freelance health journalist nestled in the pine forests of New Hampshire. She is the author of the book Body into Balance. Learn about herbs, distance consults, online classes, and more at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.
ADHD Alternatives: A Natural Approach to Treating Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by Aviva Romm and Tracy Romm ($12.95, Storey, 2000) ● “ADHD Throughout the Years,” www.CDC.gov, 2/7/17 ● “Attenuation of LaboratoryInduced Stress in Humans After Acute Administration of Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm)” by D.O. Kennedy et al., Psychosom Med, 7-8/04 ● “Critical Appraisal of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment” by A. Königs and A.J. Kiliaan, Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat, 6/16 ● “Modulation of Mood and Cognitive Performance Following Acute Administration of Single Doses of Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) . . .” by D.O. Kennedy et al., Neuropsychopharmacology, 7/03 ● “An Open-Label Study to Elucidate the Effects of Standardized Bacopa monnieri Extract in the Management of Symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children” by U.P. Dave et al., Adv Mind Body Med, 3-6/14 ● “Positive Modulation of Cognition and Mood in the Healthy Elderly Volunteer Following the Administration of Centella asiatica” by J. Wattanathorn et al., J Ethnopharmacol, 3/08 ● “Restriction and Elimination Diets in ADHD Treatment” by Joel T. Nigg and Kathleen Holton, Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am, 10/14
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Herbs take a bite out of tooth and gum problems Toothaches, gingivitis, and other oral ailments can be a real pain . . . literally. Common herbs—and the essential oils derived from them—are surprisingly eﬀective for treating some of our stickiest tooth and gum complaints. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) has antibacterial properties and reduces oral inflammation associated with gingivitis. Mouthwash made with calendula helps heal wounds and trauma to gums following tooth extractions. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is helpful for treating infections in the mucous membranes and for reducing bacteria that cause everything from gingivitis to strep throat. When used as a mouthwash it can help treat periodontal disease and thrush. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a strongly scented shrub of the mint family. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It promotes wound healing, so it may be helpful following oral surgery. Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) is resin from trees native to Northern Africa. It has pain-relieving and antimicrobial properties. It’s especially useful for treating gum disease, mouth ulcers, and sore throats, and is often found in natural mouthwashes.
A refreshing, minty mouthwash can be made by combining mineral water with one drop each of peppermint, tea tree, and myrrh essential oils. Use it twice daily and don’t swallow.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is particularly helpful as a topical anesthetic for the treatment of toothache. Menthol—a volatile oil—and peppermint essential oil, both derived from the peppermint plant, have antibacterial properties. Peppermint adds a pleasant, refreshing taste to mouthwashes. Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is one of various species that share the name tea tree. A member of the myrtle family, tea tree is known for its antimicrobial activity and is especially powerful against drug-resistant fungal and yeast infections in the mouth. It’s also useful for treating gingivitis and mouth ulcers. Natural remedies can go a long way toward providing relief for minor discomfort, but serious pain and infections should be treated by a dental health professional. Unless otherwise indicated, essential oils shouldn’t be swallowed. — Kelli Ann Wilson Herbal Therapy & Supplements by Merrily A. Kuhn and David Winston ($46.95, Wolters Kluwer, 2008) ● Natural Beauty edited by Rebecca Warren ($25, DK Publishing, 2015)
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cataract strategies ideas for prevention & treatment
The lens of the eye, which is what allows us to focus, is ﬁlled with a clear proteincontaining liquid. If the proteins in the liquid start to denature, they become cloudy. This can cause vision to get blurred. Cataracts can be small and present at birth, occur (rarely) after eye injuries, and most often occur as people age, being hastened sometimes by diabetes or high blood pressure. The radiation/ultraviolet light increase seen at high altitudes can also increase risk. Cataracts are not dangerous, but can impair vision.
Avoiding excess sugar can help protect the lens by preventing the denaturing of the proteins in it. Optimizing antioxidant, zinc, and vitamin B2 intake via a good multivitamin powder can also help prevent the denaturing of the proteins in your eye lens. Vitamin A (25,000-50,000 units a day). Use actual vitamin A and not beta carotene for this. Caution: This is a high dose, and should not be used in children, people with severe liver disease, or
women who might get pregnant (it can cause birth defects). N-acetyl carnosine eye drops can be helpful. Bilberry (80 to 160 milligrams of a standardized 25 percent extract). Use three times daily. Consider using hachimijiogan, a Chinese herbal mix.
If you have cataracts, wear UV-blocking sunglasses on sunny days to slow their progression. If the cataracts are still problematic after six to 12 months of these treatments, surgery is reasonable. Unlike most surgery, if the cataracts are bothering you to the point where you think you eventually will need surgery (after using the above treatments), you should do the surgery sooner rather than waiting. It is simple surgery and can markedly improve vision. So if you are going to eventually do the surgery anyway, why put up with poor vision while waiting?
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“Dietary Supplementation with Bilberry Extract Prevents Macular Degeneration and Cataracts . . . ” by AZh Fursova et al., Adv Gerontol, 2005 ● “Effects of Hachimijiogan on Blood Flow in the Human Central Retinal Artery” by H. Isobe et al., Am J Chin Med, 2003 ● “N-acetylcarnosine Lubricant Eyedrops Possess All-In-One Universal Antioxidant Protective Effects of L-Carnosine . . .” by M.A. Babizhayev et al., Am J Ther, 11-12/09
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What is it? Nausea, vomiting, headache, sweating— generally feeling ill—while traveling by car, boat, or plane. What causes it? One part of the balance-sensing system (inner ear, eyes, and sensory nerves) experiences motion, while the others don’t.
Homeopathy: Bryonia, Cocculus, Nux vomica,
Lifestyle: Get fresh air; lie down, if possible;
keep head still; sit in the front seat of car; don’t read or use media.
Food: Dry soda crackers; clear, carbonated drinks like real ginger ale; avoid alcohol and spicy foods.
Alternative Therapies: Acupressure; cognitive behavioral therapy; breathing techniques.
Herbal Therapy: Black horehound, fennel seed,
Body Into Balance by Maria Noël Groves ($24.95, Storey, 2016) l The Complete Homeopathic Resource for Common Illnesses by Dennis Chernin, MD, MPH ($29.95, North Atlantic Books, 2006) l “Motion Sickness” by Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, University of Maryland Medical Center, www.umm.edu, 12/9/14 l “Motion Sickness— Topic Overview,” www.WebMD.com, 11/14/14 l Prescription for Herbal Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC ($23.95, Avery, 2002)
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inner balance probiotics in your gut promote healthier weight Most Americans could stand to lose a few pounds. In fact, more than twothirds of us are either overweight or obese. In addition to the tried-and-true combination of dietary changes and exercise, it might be a good idea to consider probiotic bacteria. A growing body of research indicates that “gut health is important when it comes to weight loss,” says nutritionist and chiropractor Linda Berry, DC. This is where probiotic bacteria enter the picture, since restoring a better balance of healthy “bugs” contributes to a happier intestinal tract.
The interaction between gut bacteria and weight first came to light when scientists noticed that destroying gut bacteria leads to weight gain. “Taking antibiotics longterm can increase obesity, especially if given as a child, as a result of the antibiotics killing off the beneficial bacteria in the gut and thus altering energy and fat metabolism,” explains Jacqueline Blakely, ND. People who consume fermented dairy products like yogurt and kefir lose more weight than those who do not, thanks to beneficial bacteria, Dr. Blakely says. When researchers grouped all the prior studies that tracked the effect of probiotics on weight loss—which included
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nearly 2,000 participants—they confirmed a trend toward lower body weight from the use of probiotic supplements. The weightloss effect of probiotics grew stronger when people started out overweight, when the supplementation continued for more than two months, and when a combination product that included several species of healthful bacteria was ingested. In other words, probiotics won’t cause a person of normal weight to become underweight; if you are trying probiotics to support weight-loss efforts you should stick with the supplementation regimen for at least eight weeks. You should also select a product containing more than one type of bacteria.
How do these healthy bacteria make a change to your waistline? The answer is complex and not completely understood. Scientists have learned that gut bacteria affect how the body absorbs and uses nutrients from food, including whether dietary fat is stored in body fat cells, and even when a person feels full. The type and number of bacteria in your gut can influence food cravings, such as those for carbs and sugar, according to Dr. Blakely. Considering all of the other upsides to including probiotic bacteria in your supplement regimen—from healthier digestion and stronger immunity to better blood pressure—there’s little to lose by giving them a try (aside from a few extra pounds). Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH, a health journalist for more than two decades, is the author of Life After Baby: Rediscovering and Reclaiming Your Healthy Pizzazz (Basic Health Publications, 2012).
“Effect of Probiotics on Body Weight and Body-Mass Index: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized, Controlled Trials” by Q. Zhang et al., Int J Food Sci Nutr, 8/15 ● “Gut Microbiota Modulation and its Relationship with Obesity Using Prebiotic Fibers and Probiotics: A Review” by D.K. Dahiya et al., Front Microbiol, 4/17
Don’t forget prebiotics Prebiotics are the food for good “bugs” in your GI tract, and they can indirectly support weight loss by supporting healthy colonies of gut bacteria, says nutritionist and chiropractor Linda Berry, DC. You can ﬁnd prebiotics in foods rich in soluble and insoluble ﬁbers, such as fermented foods, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, leeks, and onions. Don’t worry if you don’t have these foods in common rotation; there are many prebiotic supplements available. Dr. Berry suggests looking for one that contains the prebiotic called maltosyl-isomalto-oligosaccharides.
consider this Flora Probiotic Daily from Nordic Naturals is your go-to probiotic formula for everyday wellness, oﬀering an original blend of four probiotic strains, plus prebiotic FOS.
Wakunaga of America’s Kyo-Dophilus Probiotics plus Enzymes contains four key digestive enzymes and three beneﬁcial human strain probiotics, to support healthy digestive function, and help alleviate occasional gas and bloating.
NOW Women’s Probiotic from NOW Foods is formulated with three clinically tested probiotic strains to support women’s health through every stage of life, including immune system function.
Flora Udo’s Choice Adult’s Probiotic helps support healthy microﬂora in the small and large intestine, promotes proper digestion, provides relief from occasional intestinal discomfort, and is ideal for travelers.
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top tips for strong, healthy nails Summer sports, gardening, and other warmweather activities can do a number on the hands, especially the ﬁngernails. A little TLC will have your nails looking their best in no time. Get in shape
Give your fingernails a well-deserved 10-minute soak. Weak nails will benefit from soaking in warm water with horsetail or rosemary essential oil. Soak in evening primrose or calendula if you need to soften nails, and myrrh will help to prevent breakage. Gently push back cuticles with an orange stick: Do not cut cuticles, as this can lead to infection. Dry nails with cotton cloth. File your nails in one direction to the shape you prefer. If your cuticle is oval shaped, go with an oval-shaped nail tip. Squared cuticles look best with squared tips. Nails start to break easily when they are longer than a quarter inch past the fingertip. Use a buffer to shine the tops of nails on your fingers and toes. You’ll be amazed at the glow you can achieve without polish!
Go “five-free” Nail polish is pretty, but it also has an ugly side: toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive problems. Dozens of potentially harmful chemicals, many of them unregulated, may be present in a single bottle of nail polish. Look for the newest generation of polishes that are free of the top ﬁve harmful toxins: Camphor, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and toluene. “Do You Know What’s in Your Nail Polish?” http://articles.Mercola.com, 11/22/14
Dehydrated cuticles cause tiny pieces of skin to break near the side of your nail and, because they’re attached to living skin, can be painful if they catch on fabric. For prevention, keep cuticles properly moisturized by massaging them nightly with jojoba or vitamin E oil. Use nail scissors to snip off dead skin, being careful not to cut too close. —Lisa Petty Living Beauty: Feel Great, Look Fabulous & Live Well by Lisa Petty ($17.95, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2005)
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