3 Causes of Memory Loss

3 Causes of Memory Loss

Memory loss. For many of us, it seems to be a natural consequence of growing older. However, there are many other reasons why you may not remember as well as you did when you were younger. While there are several factors that can contribute to a faulty memory, such as substance abuse, stroke, sleep deprivation, depression, and stress, there are a variety of other reasons and lifestyle choices that can impair your cognitive functioning, as well.

Here are three common causes of memory loss that may surprise you.

Smoking. If you smoke – even if you consider yourself only a “social smoker”— you may experience smoking-related memory loss. It’s true. In fact, when compared to non-smokers, individuals who light up daily – or just occasionally – can lose up to one-third of their “everyday” memory. This includes tasks that require “familiar” recall, such as matching names to faces or remembering the words to a song. Because smoking decreases the amount of oxygen that reaches your brain, it impairs cognitive functioning, even in younger people.

Medications. Certain medications are often instrumental in memory loss; however, if you’ve been taking your medicine over a long period of time, you may not attribute your memory lapses with your prescriptions.

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Natural Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

Natural Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

Approximately one million individuals develop kidney stones each year. If you’ve had them, you know just how excruciating the experience can be.

The symptoms may begin as a pain in your back or side – just below the ribs – and often radiates with variations in intensity. Eventually, the pain becomes worse and gravitates toward your groin. Regardless of whether they are as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball, kidney stones can be very painful.

Other symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, frequent and painful urination, foul-smelling urine, and urine that is pink, red, or brown.

Kidney stones form from soluble salts in the urine, such as calcium-oxalate, calcium phosphate, and struvite. These substances form crystals and can bind with other crystals, forming a stone. Although they do not usually cause pain while in the kidneys, stones can become very painful as they pass through the bladder and out the urethra.

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5 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Vitamin D

5 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Vitamin D

We’ve touted the benefits of vitamin D and for good reason. Vitamin D is necessary for optimal wellness. You can drink milk fortified with vitamin D; you can take a vitamin D supplement; and if you spend a few minutes in the sun each day without sunscreen, your body will naturally produce enough vitamin D to keep you healthy.

On the other hand, it’s possible to mistake vitamin D deficiency for unrelated health issues. Here are five warning signs that your body may be deficient in this essential nutriment:

Vitamin D deficiency is linked to chronic infections. Vitamin D is often used for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. When you’re supplementing your diet with vitamin C during the autumn and winter months, consider adding vitamin D as well. Research shows that infections – such as influenza and other respiratory infections – rise during the winter months when we are not exposed to the sun; therefore, it’s essential that we add the daily recommended allowance of vitamin D to our diets to stay healthy.

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3 Weight Loss Myths

3 Weight Loss Myths

There’s no shortage of information available for individuals who want to lose weight. For some, the weight seems to melt away with a few dietary modifications and moderate exercise. Others, however, seem to struggle to lose just a few pounds.

The confusion lies in the conflicting information that is available today. Conduct an Internet search or walk down the health section in any bookstore, and you’ll see a multitude of claims made by “experts” who promise to give you the secret to remarkable results.

Unfortunately, many of these claims tout immense weight loss in just a few days or a few weeks. To the contrary, any eating plan that promises a quick fix will probably not lead to long-term success. That’s why it’s essential to change your lifestyle by eating healthier and exercising more frequently instead of embarking on a “diet” that will make you miserable and lead to nowhere.

Let’s lay to rest three of the most common myths that could be sabotaging your weight loss goals.

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10 Reasons Why You Need Vitamin D

10 Reasons Why You Need Vitamin D

Vitamin D is hailed in medical communities as one of the darlings of our nutritional supplements. While many of us understand that vitamin D is necessary to promote calcium and phosphorous absorption in our bodies, there are a lot of benefits that vitamin D provides that you may not be aware of.

For instance, did you know that vitamin D deficiency is linked to an increased risk of developing the following conditions?

• Multiple sclerosis
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Type 1 diabetes
• Muscle pain
• Bone pain (including soft or fragile bones)
• Heart attacks

This is just the beginning. Since vitamin D is instrumental to overall health and wellness, you’ll want to take steps to ensure that you get plenty of D in your diet.

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5 Everyday Causes of Generalized Pain

5 Everyday Causes of Generalized Pain

Pain. It can be an unwelcome guest in our daily lives. Sometimes we can immediately attribute the cause of it to an injury or some other medical condition. However, generalized pain can also arise from influences that you may not even consider. Read on to discover five causes of pain that can be found in our diets.

Alcohol. Excessive use of alcohol can lead to a disorder called alcohol neuropathy, which may result in muscle spasms and cramps, prickly sensations, and difficulty swallowing. It is estimated that approximately half of all long-term, heavy drinkers will develop this condition over time. On the other hand, studies have shown that drinking as few as two beers a week can also increase your chances of developing another painful condition by 25 percent: gout – a form of arthritis caused by uric acid buildup in the joints.

Food Allergies. When you have a food allergy and consume that allergen, your intestinal lining can become inflamed, can cause you pain, and compromise your digestive system. Unfortunately, a compromised digestive system will not allow your body to absorb the nutrients it needs to thrive. Food allergies are a common source of discomfort and can lead to joint pain, gas, and bloating.

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How Diet Can Reduce Symptoms of Lightheadedness

How Diet Can Reduce Symptoms of Lightheadedness

If you’ve ever tried to stand up, only to fall back down in your seat, you know how lightheadedness can take us by surprise and knock us right back to where we started. This condition can be caused by hypoadrenia, also known as adrenal fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is the result of underperforming adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are actually quite small – the size of a walnut – but they can contribute to some bothersome health issues, which may affect us in our day-to-day lives.

Here’s why. When we experience chronic stress, the adrenal glands react to this stress as a perceived threat and, in essence, initiate the fight-or-flight response. The adrenals – in response to stress – cause a rise in blood pressure, increase the body’s ability to clot blood, suppress the immune system, and transfer blood to your extremities. These processes serve a vital purpose; they enhance our ability to fight or flee during a challenging situation

This fight-or-flight response is meant to be short lived, but this isn’t always the case. Why? Quite simply, the adrenal glands cannot distinguish between perceived danger and real danger, and that’s why they can become compromised when we encounter long-term stressors. When the adrenal glands are compromised over a long period of time, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

• Decreased Sex Drive
• Irritation and Anxiety
• Lethargy
• Arthritis
• Depression
• Frequent influenza
• Reduced concentration
• Serious injury or illness
• Reduced memory function
• Insomnia
• Difficulty losing weight with extensive effort

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Should I Worry About GMOs In The Whole Grains I Consume For Natural Home Remedies?

It’s a well-known fact that whole grains are an essential component to a balanced diet and optimal health.

But there’s been a lot made in the media lately about GMOs – or Genetically Modified Organisms – and for good reason.

Some staple grains and vegetables are now being genetically altered to enable resistance to pesticides and herbicides, extend shelf life – even alter the nutritional content and value of the crops.

Studies are inconclusive as to the long term impact on human health.

So should you be concerned about these “hybrid” grains, or GMO products for natural home remedies?

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Should You Use Fish Oil as Your Source for Essential Fatty Acids?

Fish Oils Versus Parent Oils: Which Is The Best Source For The Essential Fatty Acids We Use In Natural Home Remedies?

You may have recently heard a new buzzword in the discussion of our body’s ability to best absorb the essential fatty acids (EFAs) we need – such as Omega 6 and alpha linolenic acids...

Parent Essential Oils – or PEOs for short.

Is it true that PEOs are a more beneficial source of EFAs rather than traditional sources of Omega 3 such as fish oils?

The reality is most of what you’ve heard about PEOs is simply marketing hype – yet another “latest and greatest” product touted as a more “proper” way to benefit the body.

The whole issue with essential fatty acids boils down to one thing - the quality, reliability, and safety of the processing.

What’s important here is not so much where the EFAs come from – it’s how they are handled and processed.

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