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  • 安眠的天然補充劑 Some natural sleep-aid supplements
    都市生活緊張,處理各種事項使人精神長期處於繃緊狀態,若再不幸碰上失眠,身體就會缺乏休養生息的機會,很多慢性疾病也由此而生。

    因此很多人希望尋覓一些助眠的草藥以解不眠之憂,特別是那些想戒掉安眠藥的人對這方面的需求甚殷。其實幫助睡眠的天然補充劑的選擇也不少,這裡介紹一些常用的給大家。

    纈草根是一種天然鎮靜劑,其用途可以追溯至古希臘時代。近年來,它的有效性得到了臨床研究的支持。

    除了纈草根之外,許多其他營養素也可以改善睡眠,包括γ-氨基丁酸或簡稱GABA(一種能抑制大腦活動的天然自然化學物質)和L-茶氨酸(在綠茶葉中發現的一種氨基酸,能誘導腦電波令身體放鬆)。

    薰衣草也是最受歡迎的睡眠草藥之一,歷來一直用於舒緩緊張情緒、讓心情放鬆。現時已有很多科學研究成果印證了古人的智慧。泰國的一項研究發現,熏薰衣草能夠幫助我們放慢心率、降低血壓和降低皮膚溫度。其他研究發現,當你處於薰衣草香味的房間或將薰衣草油灑在睡衣或枕頭上,睡眠質量都有所提升。而德國的藥物管理局更已批准薰衣草用於治療失眠症。

    安眠小提示
    睡前,用瀉鹽開熱水泡浴。更換睡衣或其他舒適的棉質鬆身衣服。睡前喝一杯洋甘菊或薰衣草茶。這些都會讓你睡得溫暖舒適。

    Those who want to explore herbal sleep aids—and especially those who want to wean themselves off sleeping pills—have many options to consider. Valerian root, for example, is a natural sedative whose use dates back to ancient Greece. In recent years, its effectiveness has been supported by research. In addition to valerian root, many other nutrients can also improve sleep, including gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA (a naturally occurring chemical that dampens brain activity), and L-theanine (an amino acid found in green tea leaves that induces brain waves connected to relaxation).

    One of the most popular herbs for sleep is lavender, which has been used throughout history for healing and relaxation. There is scientific evidence to support what the ancients knew. A Thai study found that smelling lavender helps us relax by slowing down our heart rate, decreasing our blood pressure, and lowering skin temperature. Other studies have found sleep quality improved in a room scented with lavender or when lavender oil was sprinkled on pajamas or pillows. And in Germany, lavender tea has been approved by their equivalent of the FDA as a treatment for insomnia.

    Some tips
    Before bed, take a hot bath with Epsom salts. Have pajamas, nightdresses, even T-shirts dedicated to sleep. Sometimes a cup of chamomile or lavender tea is warm and comforting before going to bed. 


  • 白血病先兆 Leukemia Symptoms: Know the Signs
    經常發燒、疲憊不堪,甚或有關節疼痛和淋巴腫賬等不適。 這些症狀表面上看有些似流感或其他感染的跡像,但這些也是白血病患者常見的症狀。白血病的其他症狀包括容易出血或瘀傷、反复流鼻血和皮膚出現小紅點等。

    一般而言,白血病屬於人體血液組織的癌症(骨髓是其中一種血液組織)。 白血病的體徵因癌症類型而異, 在某些情況下,白血病早期可能沒有明顯症狀。

    由於許多白血病症狀比較模糊,可能由其他疾病(癌變或非癌變)引起,所以必須盡快讓醫生對其進行評估。 一個及時而準確的診斷意味著更早可以開始治療,挽回一命。

    You’re feverish and fatigued. Your joints ache, and your lymph glands have swollen. Sounds like you have signs of the flu or any number of infections. But they’re also common leukemia symptoms.  Other symptoms of leukemia are easy bleeding or bruising, recurrent nosebleeds and tiny red spots in your skin.

    In general terms, leukemia is cancer of your body’s blood-forming tissues, such as the bone marrow. Signs of leukemia vary, depending on the type of cancer you have; in some cases, leukemia causes no symptoms early on.

    Since many leukemia symptoms are vague and may be caused by other conditions—cancerous and non-cancerous—it’s important to have them evaluated by your physician. A prompt, accurate diagnosis means an earlier start to treatment that may save your life.


  • 舒緩耳鳴的補充劑 Supplements for Tinnitus
    耳鳴是指耳朵聽到嘶嘶聲或振鈴聲,這些聲音可以持續性或間歇性發生。有時發生於一邊耳朵,也可能兩邊同時發生。

    耳鳴有很多成因,或者與年齡漸長聽力減退有關,或由於耳部損傷或感染、身處高噪音環境或高海拔地區、上呼吸道感染、耳垢堵塞、身體缺乏某些維他命和礦物質、耳骨改變、甚或高血壓或低血壓、糖尿病或血液循環障礙等因素所造成。

    耳鳴情況如果未能得到改善,會嚴重干擾日常生活,影響聽力,不能集中精神去工作,甚至睡眠困難。

    這裡提供一些天然補充劑,或有助減少耳鳴發生,天然而有效。

    1.銀杏葉

    銀杏葉被認為是針對耳鳴最有效的草藥。它有助改善血液循環,因此能改善耳部功能,減少聽到振鈴等聲音。

    此外,銀杏葉具有抗菌和抗真菌特性,可以針對潛在感染,有利於改善症狀。

    建議每天服用120至240毫克標準化銀杏葉提取物,持續服用六週效果更為理想。


    2. 聖羅勒

    聖羅勒是一種印度草藥,也是針對耳鳴很有效的自然療法草本成分。它的抗菌特性能消除導致耳鳴的細菌。另外,這種草藥可以減輕耳痛情況。

    3. 生薑

    生薑也有助改善耳鳴情況。薑的藥用和治療作用有助改善血液循環、消除病原體和對抗自由基。此外,它具有類似阿司匹林的止痛特性,幫助減輕耳鳴引起的疼痛感覺。



    Tinnitus means sizzling or ringing sounds in the ears, which can be constant or intermittent. It can occur in one or both ears.

    It may be caused by age-related hearing loss, an ear injury or infection, exposure to loud noise, high altitudes, upper respiratory infections, earwax blockage, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, ear bone changes, or diseases like high or low blood pressure, diabetes or a circulatory system disorder.

    This annoying condition can interfere with daily activities and cause difficulty hearing, working, concentrating and sleeping. There are a number of natural supplements to reduce ringing in the ears that are very effective.

    1. Ginkgo Biloba

    Ginkgo biloba is considered the best herbal remedy for tinnitus. It plays a key role in improving blood circulation, which in turn improves the ear functioning and reduces ringing sensations.

    Plus, this herb has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can treat any underlying infection that may be contributing to the condition.

    Take 120 to 240 mg of standardized extract daily for six weeks to get positive results.

    2. Tulasi (Holy Basil)

    Tulasi is another good natural remedy for treating tinnitus. Its antibacterial properties can kill the bacteria that may be causing the problem. Plus, this herb can give you relief from ear pain.

    3. Ginger

    Ginger is also used as a cure for tinnitus. The medicinal and healing properties in ginger help improve blood circulation, get rid of pathogens, and fight free radicals. Plus, it has aspirin-like properties that can help reduce pain accompanying tinnitus.



  • 鼻竇炎 Sinusitis
    根據最新研究指出,鼻竇炎與真菌感染關係密切。真菌感染會引起鼻塞,造成鼻腔和鼻竇腫脹閉合,最終導致鼻竇炎。人體內,無論任何管道被阻塞(如闌尾、膽囊等),都會導致繼發性細菌感染 - 鼻竇也不例外。病發時,鼻腔粘液會變成黃綠色,多數人這時候會去看醫生。醫生很多時會處方抗生素以消除細菌感染,這樣你短期內會感覺好了一些。不幸的是,抗生素會導致鼻腔內的真菌(酵母菌)感染惡化,誘發更多的腫脹和堵塞,再導致更多的細菌感染。這就是為什麼鼻竇炎通常會變成慢性鼻炎。 Mayo Clinic Proceedings報導的一項有趣的研究指出,以前“真菌過敏被認為只涉及少於10%的病例......然而我們的研究表明,真菌可能是幾乎所有這些問題的原因,它不是過敏反應,而是免疫反應。”

    天然療法
    膠性銀鼻腔噴霧
    膠性銀是一種非常有用的治療鼻竇炎的天然成分。它具有抗病毒和細菌感染特性。每個鼻孔每天使用1-2次,持續使用6-12週,效果最為理想。

    針對念珠菌感染
    為了剷除鼻竇感染的根源,治療真菌/念珠菌感染至關重要。鼻竇炎(甚至慢性鼻炎)通常在接受治療6-12週情況會明顯改善。大蒜(Allium sativum)具有抗真菌特性。益生菌如嗜酸乳桿菌和雙歧桿菌也有助於恢復鼻粘膜細菌的正常平衡。一些研究表明黑接骨木果中的化學物質或有助於減少包括鼻竇在內的粘膜腫脹,並有助於緩解鼻塞。

    桉樹油(尤加利油)
    桉樹油能產生一種奇妙的帶滲透性的揮發物,不會像薄荷油那樣具有刺激性。桉樹油芬香,幾個世紀以來一直用於擴張呼吸道、縮小鼻腔腫脹和減少粘液分泌 - 效果快速也不會令人昏昏欲睡。

    勤洗鼻
    用一杯溫水、1/4至半茶匙的食用鹽開鹽水洗鼻,能將數以十億計的細菌清除,這樣你的身體就不必與之搏鬥了。

    盡量避免使用抗生素
    鼻竇感染可能存於所謂的“生物膜”中。服用抗生素很可能會將短期鼻竇感染轉變為慢性鼻竇炎。


    Fungal infections cause a stuffy nose, eventually causing the nasal passages and sinuses to swell shut. In the body, any time something gets blocked (e.g., appendix, gallbladder, etc.), it results in a secondary bacterial infection — and the sinuses are no exception. When this happens, your nasal mucus turns yellow-green, and you go to the doctor in pain. They give you an antibiotic, which knocks out the bacterial infection and sometimes leaves you feeling better. Unfortunately, the antibiotic worsens the underlying yeast infection in your nose, causing more swelling and blockages and, therefore, more attacks of bacterial infections. This is why sinusitis in the U.S. usually becomes chronic. An interesting study reported in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings noted that previously “fungus allergy was thought to be involved in less than 10% of cases... our studies indicate, in fact, fungus is likely the cause of nearly all of these problems and that it is not an allergic reaction but an immune reaction.”

    Treatment
    Colloidal Silver Nose Spray
    Another very helpful over the counter treatment for sinusitis is colloidal silver. It is an anti-infectious agent against both viral and bacterial infections.  Use 1 to 2 sprays in each nostril twice a day for 6-12 weeks.

    Check for candida
    To get to the root of sinus infections, and eliminate them, treat the underlying fungal/Candida infections. Sinusitis, even chronic, usually responds dramatically to yeast treatment for 6-12 weeks.  Garlic (Allium sativum) has antifungal properties. Probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium may help restore normal balance of bacteria in the nasal mucous membranes. Some evidence suggests that chemicals in elderberry may help reduce swelling in mucous membranes, including the sinuses, and help relieve nasal congestion.

    Eucalyptus oil
    Eucalyptus oil provides a wonderful penetrating vapor that does not have the tendency to irritate like menthol. Eucalyptus smells great, and has been used for centuries to clear stuffy airways, shrink nasal swelling and reduce secretion of mucus — fast and without causing sedation.

    Nasal rinses
    Nasal rinses using 1/4-1/2 tsp of salt per cup of lukewarm water will wash billions of bacteria down the sink so your body doesn’t have to fight them.

    Avoid antibiotics
    Sinus infections likely exist in what are called “Biofilms.” Antibiotics turn short term sinus infections into chronic ones.


  • 草藥排毒:牛蒡與沒藥 Herbal detox: Burdock and Myrrh
    牛蒡的使用歷史悠久,用於排清肝臟毒素和滋養血液。 服用後,它有發汗的特性,也會增加小便次數。 牛蒡是其中一種最有效的排毒藥草。

    用處:舒緩痤瘡、糖尿病、濕疹、牛皮癬,它並具有抗癌特性。


    沒藥也是非常有效的排毒草藥,它具有抗真菌和殺菌功效。

    用處:香氛療法、香港腳、念珠菌、感冒、傷口、口腔護理、痔瘡和喉嚨痛。

    主要成分是樹脂(粘性物質)。


    Burdock (Arctium lappa) has been an important ancient herb used for cleaning the liver and building the blood. If taken internally, it could get you sweaty and urinating. Think of burdock as a toxic elimination herb.

    Helps with: acne, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis and it has anti-cancer properties.


    Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) has long been used as a cleansing agent due to its effective antifungal and antiseptic properties.

    Helps with: aromatherapy, athlete’s foot, yeast, colds, cuts, oral care, hemorrhoids and sore throats.

    The resin (the sticky substance) is used.



  • 降糖之星:肉桂與丁香 Spices for Diabetes: Cinnamon and Cloves
    隨著糖尿病發病率不斷上升,而且西藥治療比較難根治,許多患者轉而傾向使用自然療法幫助控制病情。在一眾天然補充劑之中,肉桂和丁香在降糖作用的研究中有非常詳細的記載。

    肉桂

    肉桂來自原產於斯里蘭卡的一種濃密綠色樹木。其樹皮的內層被烘乾後,就是我們常見的香料————肉桂。根據美國營養學會2007年發表的研究,肉桂具有與胰島素類似的生物學性質,因此具有降低餐後血糖的能力。另外,根據美國營養學會2009年的報告,在餐中使用肉桂可降低胰島素抵抗性並增強胃腸激素的作用,造成飽腹感和減慢胃部排空率,對控制飯後血糖飆升非常有效。

    丁香

    丁香是來自一種熱帶常綠喬木的花蕾。研究表明,糖尿病患者每日服用丁香,有助減少血液中葡萄糖水平。根據Alam Khan博士2006年發表的研究,當食用超過30天,丁香具有將平均血清葡萄糖從12.5度降低至8.3度的潛力。

    有益心臟健康

    經常服用肉桂和丁香除了幫助降低血糖,對心臟健康也有額外益處。根據美國糖尿病協會2003年發表的研究,使用肉桂和丁香超過40天可以降低2型糖尿病患者的甘油三酯、低密度膽固醇和總膽固醇水平。


    With rates of diabetes rising and no cure in sight, many patients are turning to natural remedies for support in managing their condition. Amoung these, cinnamon and cloves have been well-documented in research for their glucose-lowering effects.

    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon originates from bushy green trees native to Sri Lanka. The inner layers of the tree bark are dried to cultivate cinnamon. With biological properties similar to the hormone insulin, cinnamon has the ability to lower post-meal blood sugars, according to research published by the American Society of Nutrition in 2007. In addition, the use of cinnamon at meals decreases insulin resistance and enhances the effects of gastrointestinal hormones responsible for satiety and decreased gastric emptying rates, according to the American Society of Nutrition in 2009.

    Cloves

    Cloves come from a flower bud of a tropical evergreen tree. Research promotes the use of cloves for patients with diabetes for the glucose-lowering impacts experienced when consuming cloves on a daily basis. When consumed for more than 30 days, according to research published by Dr. Alam Khan in 2006, cloves have the potential to lower an average serum glucose from 12.5 mmol/L to 8.3 mmol/L.

    Heart Health Benefits

    For people seeking to use cinnamon and cloves for their glucose-lowering impacts, an additional heart health benefit exists. The use of cinnamon and cloves for more than 40 days leads to a reduction in triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to research published by the American Diabetes Association in 2003.



  • 何謂鼻炎? What Is Rhinitis?
    顧名思義,就是鼻子發炎的症狀,並導致大量粘液產生。常見的症狀包括鼻塞、流鼻水和打噴嚏。這些粘液可以從鼻孔流出,它也可以通過鼻後管道經食道排出,即俗稱的鼻水倒流。

    鼻炎可以分為多種,而最常見的是過敏性鼻炎,這是一種受空氣中過敏原影響而引起的過敏發炎症狀。過敏性鼻炎可導致不同症狀,包括打噴嚏和鼻癢、咳嗽、頭痛、疲勞不適,長遠而言甚至會影響大腦運作。

    引起鼻炎的原因有哪些?
    這裡列出其中一些因素,包括:

    鼻敏感引致流鼻水。在這種情況下,分泌物通常是透明或有時是白色的。
    鼻腔受感染引致大量分泌物產生。分泌物呈現膿水狀,通常是黃色或綠色。
    鼻子受外來刺激物影響導致分泌物產生。分泌物最常見是透明或白色的;許多人在暴露於強酸等化學刺激物時常會發生這種情況。
    鼻子受寒冷的空氣或煙霧影響也會產生過量分泌物。這通常被稱為刺激性鼻炎。

    蠶蟲酵素 Serrapeptase 是有效對付鼻炎的天然補充劑,能徹底消除發炎症狀和收乾粘液分泌。這大大舒緩了炎症反應和細胞組織的各種不適,讓身體的自身免疫系統能正常地應對和處理外來刺激。


    It is an inflammation of the nose, resulting in the generation of large amounts of mucus. Its common symptoms are stuffy nose, runny nose, and sneezing. The discharge from the nose can come through the front of the nose. It can also drain through the back of the nose, a condition called post-nasal drip.

    The most common kind  is allergic rhinitis, which is usually triggered by airborne allergens. In addition, allergic rhinitis may cause other symptoms, such as sneezing and nasal itching, coughing, headache, fatigue, malaise, and cognitive impairment.


    What Causes This Condition?
    Various factors include:

    Allergies frequently produce a runny nose. In these cases, the discharge will be clear or occasionally white.
    Infection causes nasal discharge. This will be a purulent discharge most commonly colored yellow or green.
    Irritation to the nose can cause discharge. This discharge is most commonly clear or white; many people experience it when exposed to nasal irritants.
    Many individuals exposed to cold air or smoke will have nasal discharge. This is known as Irritative Rhinitis.

    Serrapeptase helps immensely as it clears out all of the inflammation and mucus. In addition, by clearing away this problem inflammation and tissue, it enables the body’s own immune system to deal more easily with irritation.


  • 擊退流感 Fight the Flu
    天氣陰晴不定,出入冷氣場所溫差大,缺乏足夠休息,抵抗力稍差就很容易患上流感。想知道是否已經中招?看看有否以下不適症狀:
    沾寒沾凍、發高燒、喉嚨痛、咳嗽、打噴嚏、疲倦乏力、肌肉和關節疼痛、頭痛鼻塞等等。

    如果有其中一些症狀,你可能已經患上了流感。

    這時候,一些天然植物補充劑或者能幫到你:

    黃芪 Astragalus: 增強免疫力。

    紫錐花 Echinacea: 在流感開始時最有用。免疫力提升劑,也能抗病毒和抗炎。

    黑接骨木 Elderberry: 含有抗病毒蛋白質;可用於治療流感和其他病毒性呼吸系統疾病。

    尤加利油 Eucalyptus: 具有抗病毒和免疫力提升作用,有效舒緩鼻塞。

    大蒜 Garlic: 可減少鼻塞,緩解上呼吸道症狀。

    薑 Ginger: 在印度草藥學(阿育吠陀)和中醫藥中非常重要的草本用藥;促進發汗,舒緩流感引起的寒戰感、發燒和頭痛等。

    蜂蜜 Honey:有效舒緩呼吸道感染症狀。喝一杯熱檸蜜,迅速緩解咳嗽和發燒不適。

    檸檬 Lemon:具抗病毒特性;富含維他命B和C;檸檬汁可以殺死細菌並防止病毒傳播。

    甘草 Licorice: 緩解喉嚨痛和咳嗽不適;也能提升免疫力。

    橄欖葉 Olive leaf: 提取物具有抗流感病毒的活性。

    牛至油 Oregano oil: 用於咳嗽和其他上呼吸道症狀,味道辛辣但效果奇佳。

    茶樹油 Tea tree oil: 用於香熏療法,可減少流感症狀、抵抗感染、減少發燒;也強化身體免疫系統。

    Do you have the flu? If your symptoms include chills, high fever, sore throat, dry cough, sneezing, runny nose, weakness, body aches, muscle pain, nausea, and headache . . . the answer is yes.

    A number of botanical remedies as below can offer relief.


    Astragalus: Strengthens immune system.


    Echinacea: Useful at onset of flu. An immune stimulant, it’s also antiviral and anti-inflammatory.

    Elderberry: Contains antiviral proteins; useful for treating flu and other viral respiratory disorders.

    Eucalyptus: A strong decongestant with antiviral and immune-stimulating properties.

    Garlic: Can reduce nasal congestion and ease upper respiratory symptoms.

    Ginger: Important in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine; promotes sweating; ginger preparations are useful for chills, fever, and headaches that accompany flu.

    Honey: Effective for treating respiratory flu symptoms. In a cup of hot water with lemon, honey eases cough and fever.

    Lemon: Antiviral properties; rich in vitamins B and C; lemon juice can kill germs and keep viruses from spreading.

    Licorice: To soothe sore throats and coughs; also stimulates the immune system.

    Olive leaf: Extract exhibits antiviral activity against flu.

    Oregano oil: Useful for coughs and other upper respiratory symptoms.

    Tea tree oil: Used in aromatherapy, tea tree oil may reduce flu symptoms, fight infection, and reduce fever; also stimulates immune system.


  • 消滅暗瘡!Stop the Spots!
    暗瘡是一種皮膚疾病,通常毛孔被堵塞後發生,終導致稱為青春痘、白頭、黑頭或囊腫等皮膚感染。 暗瘡常見於青春期開始時,但許多成年人也發生這情況,尤其婦女在月經期間問題特別顯著。研究發現暗瘡也與遺傳因素有關。

    利用天然成分對付暗瘡
    多種天然成分皆可幫助控制暗瘡爆發。 茶樹油已被證明是非常有效的天然抗痤瘡劑,試試稀釋一滴茶樹油在面霜裡,或直接用棉花棒將茶樹油塗於患處,效果明顯。具抗菌特性的茶樹油能有效減輕皮膚發炎的情況。

    金盞花乳霜對舒緩暗瘡也有幫助,對那些油性皮膚和經常受黑頭困擾的人士特別有效。

    草藥成分如薰衣草和洋甘菊也可以幫助減少炎症和皮膚紅腫,並有效預防暗瘡爆發。

    有些人更會將甜杏仁油塗於患處。雖然塗油於暗瘡患處聽起來有點奇怪,但甜杏仁油可以幫助皮膚保持水分的天然平衡,預防暗瘡爆發。


    Acne is a skin disorder that occurs when pores get clogged. This eventually causes small infections known as pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, or cysts. Acne usually begins during adolescence but many adults experience it too—especially women during their menstrual cycle. Heredity also may play a part.

    Spots Be Gone
    Fortunately, there are natural ingredients that can help control acne outbreaks. Tea tree oil has been shown to be very effective natural anti-acne agent. Try diluting one drop in your facial cream or oil, or apply it straight to a pimple with a cotton swab. The antibacterial tea tree oil can help reduce inflammation.

    Calendula can help if skin is oily and plagued with blackheads.

    Herbal ingredients like lavender, and chamomile can help reduce inflammation and redness and may prevent future breakouts.

    And while it may seem strange to apply oil to blemished skin, sweet almond oils can help maintain a natural moisture balance.



  • 時刻保持頭腦清晰 Keep your mind sharp
    人體的大腦相當於電腦的中央處理器,身體需要提供源源不絕的營養和能量以維持腦部正常運作。選擇正確的食物可以幫助修復腦細胞,並提供足夠營養以製造神經遞質,這些神經遞質便是控制學習能力和記憶力的基石。 營養學家建議飲食中包含“大腦食物”,這些包括深海魚類、莓果類、羽衣甘藍、雞蛋、牛油果和海藻類食物。相反,如果僅進食不良食物 - 糖、反式脂肪等 - 會令你感到虛弱、焦慮和沮喪。

    很多食物都未必含有足夠的胞二磷膽鹼(Citicoline)這種對大腦非常有益的營養素。胞二磷膽鹼天然存在於腦部,有助大腦發號司令。這種腦部中發現的營養物質已被臨床研究證實能發揮正能量、精神更集中、注意力和記憶力都有所提升。如有需要,補充胞二磷膽鹼實乃明智之選。

    The brain is the body’s equivalent of a computer’s central processing unit. It needs an endless supply of power to run properly. Eating the right types of foods can help repair brain cells, supply the building blocks of neurotransmitters that control how you learn and remember. Consume the bad stuff—sugars, trans fats, etc.—and you can be left feeling groggy, anxious and depressed. Nutritionists recommend a diet high in “brain foods” such as fatty fish, berries, kale, eggs, avocado and sea vegetables.

    Many of the foods we eat don’t adequately supply key nutrients, such as citicoline, it may be wise to add a supplement to your everyday routine.    Citicoline is nature’s way of keeping the brain’s energy-producing centers firing.  Citicoline is a naturally occurring nutrient found in the brain. It has been clinically studied to support mental energy, focus, attention, and recall.


  • 冬蟲夏草 Cordyceps
    冬蟲夏草(Cordyceps)有助於抗衰老。如能配合適量運動和採用有益於心臟的飲食習慣,冬蟲夏草更有助降低低密度膽固醇並同時提高高密度膽固醇(健康膽固醇)水平。 此外這種真菌也能有效降低血糖水平,對糖尿病人尤為有益,並減少患心血管疾病的危險因素。 蟲草對心律不正、乙型肝炎、肝硬化和慢性疲勞等都有明顯功效。美國著名自然草藥醫師 David Winston 推薦這種適應性草藥作為改善免疫功能,改善慢性支氣管炎症狀增強肺功能,也對退行性腎臟疾病有保健功效。

    其實,不一定患病才需要使用冬蟲夏草。 1993年,中國運動員在服用這種藥用真菌後,打破了多項游泳和田徑世界紀錄。

    Cordyceps (C. sinensis) helps fight aging. Combined with rigorous exercise and a heart-healthy diet, cordyceps can help lower LDL (lousy) cholesterol while boosting HDL (healthy) cholesterol. This fungus also appears to lower blood sugar levels, making it useful in diabetes, a risk factor in cardiovascular disease. Cordyceps also appears helpful for people with arrhythmia, hepatitis B, cirrhosis, and chronic fatigue. Herbalist David Winston recommends this adaptogen herb to normalize immune function, improve lung function in chronic bronchitis, and as a kidney tonic in degenerative kidney disease.

    You don’t need to be sick to use cordyceps, though. In 1993, Chinese athletes broke world records in swimming and track after taking this medicinal fungi.


  • 學童營養所需 Nutrition Basics For School-Aged Kids
    小朋友剛開學便需要應付各種新挑戰,身體抵抗力最為重要。除了從飲食中攝取營養,每日補充多種維他命和礦物質也非常重要,並有助於快高長大。

    美國的艾爾森˙漢恩(Elson M.Haas M.D)醫生認為“服用補充劑就等於為防止營養不足買了保險” ,這些營養也有助學習和改善心情。

    其他有用的營養補充:

    Omega 3魚油:蘊含必需脂肪酸,能改善注意力和幫助集中精神,並能舒緩過敏、哮喘和降低受感染的風險。 建議選用含有DHA和EPA配方的魚油補充劑。

    黃芪:這傳統草藥能對抗病毒感染,增強身體免疫力,效果非常持久。

    鎂:可以舒緩因營養不足而引致的注意力缺乏、壓力過大和暴力傾向等問題。 身體需要足夠的鎂以製造去甲腎上腺素,去甲腎上腺素是重要的神經遞質,負責過濾不必要的外來刺激。

    益生菌:幫助恢復胃腸道菌類平衡,服用抗生素療程後補充益生菌尤為有用,更有助增強免疫力。

    In addition to a diet of whole foods, a daily multivitamin/mineral supports your child's growth and development.

    It's "insurance to prevent nutritional deficiencies," says Elson M. Hass, MD, and it supports learning and mood too.

    Other supplements to consider:

    Omega 3s: These essential fatty acids support focus and concentration and may reduce the risks for allergies, asthma, and infections. Look for omega-3 supplements in a formula that contains both DHA and EPA.

    Astragalus: This herb is useful both as an antiviral and for its long-term immune-boosting effects.

    Magnesium: Can help with attention, stress, and aggression issues related to low nutrient status. Magnesium plays a key role in the production of noradrenaline, a neurotransmitter that may be responsible for filtering out unimportant stimuli.

    Probiotics: Help restore balance to the gastrointestinal tract, especially following a round of antibiotics. Aids immunity.



  • 小紅莓預防尿道感染 Cranberries do prevent infections
    加拿大的新研究項目再一次印證小紅莓產品可以預防尿道感染(UTI)。

    研究發現小紅莓漿果中的物質或能抑制那些經常引起尿道感染的細菌,並減少細菌產生對身體具有毒性的酶素,從而抑制細菌繁殖。

    研究結果還指出,小紅莓衍生物能用於消毒醫療設備,例如輸尿導管的消毒作用。

    New research from Canada adds weight to the belief that cranberry products can prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs).

    Substances in the berries appear to inhibit bacteria that are frequently implicated in complicated UTIs, and to reduce the bacteria’s production of an enzyme that contributes to the virulence of infections.

    The findings also point to the potential for cranberry derivatives to be used to prevent bacterial colonization on medical devices such as catheters.

    參考資料 Sources:
    “How Cranberries Impact Infection-Causing Bacteria,” McGill University, 7/15/13


  • 天然鼻敏感救星 Natural Allergy Relief
    使用天然的抗過敏草本藥物預防過敏非常有用。 最近有一項關於黑茴香籽(Nigella sativa)舒緩鼻敏感的研究值得和大家分享。 研究結果表明,經過兩週的使用,黑茴香籽有助減少鼻粘液充血和瘙癢、流鼻涕和打噴嚏等過敏症狀。我們仍然需要更多的研究,但這研究結果對使用植物性物質對抗過敏有非常鼓舞的作用。

    Natural interventions for allergies can be very useful. Recent research has looked at the use of Nigella sativa (black seed). The results showed that by two weeks of use, N. sativa could reduce the presence of the nasal mucous congestion and itching, runny nose, and sneezing attacks. More research is needed, but this could be a promising botanical for allergies.


    參考資料 Reference:
    “Herbal Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis: The Use of Nigella sativa” by S. Nikakhlagh et al., Am J Otolaryngol, 9-10/11


  • 戰勝疲勞 Fight Fatigue
    工作繁忙讀書緊張,我們的生活往往被設定在戰鬥模式中,不停戰鬥換來的可能是體能下降,精神和肉體均有虛脫感覺。在你拿起另一杯咖啡之前,深思一下,其實有些草本補充劑一樣能幫到你,而且不含咖啡因,用最天然的方式幫你提升能量。

    當你感到心神遲鈍時,人參(Panax spp)是草藥好幫手。中國人參使用了數千年,不僅能提高能量,還能改善性慾,調節血糖水平,保護肝臟免受毒素侵害。花旗參(P. cinquefolius)也有類似功效。

    刺五加 Eleuthero(Eleutherococcus senticosus)是人參的近親植物,臨床研究證明可以提高能量水平。長時間工作或需要輪班工作的人士補充刺五加能迅速讓身體更有活力和體質得到平衡。這草藥更可以幫助喜歡運動提升耐力、增強體力,同時也能幫助身體在劇烈運動後能恢復得更快。

    紅景天(Rhodiola rosea)已被證明能提升身體能量和活力。由於服用後很快便能感受藥效,對那些需要快速補充能量的人來說,紅景天特別有用。紅景天也有助持久提升身心能量。

    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.

    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).

    Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is a close relative of ginseng and has been shown to boost energy levels. 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.

    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.


  • 風濕性關節炎 Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
    風濕性關節炎(RA)是一種慢性發炎症狀,並導致關節腫脹疼痛。RA屬於自身免疫疾病,誘發身體免疫系統攻擊自身關節所致。研究顯示細菌感染可能是其中一種常見的觸發因素。

    病症診斷
    美國風濕病學會對風濕性關節炎有以下定義標準(需要滿足這些標準中的至少四項):

    晨僵(早晨起床後身體僵硬行動不便)​​持續1小時以上
    14個關節或關節組織中有3個或以上發生關節炎症和軟組織腫脹
    手關節關節炎
    對稱性關節炎(左右肢同時發生症狀)
    皮下結節
    類風濕因子高於百分之95
    放射變化驗測試顯示關節被侵蝕


    西藥治療
    以下藥物常用於治療RA:
    - 非甾體抗炎藥(NSAIDs)
    - 類固醇 Corticosteroids
    - 改善抗風濕藥物(DMARDs)
    - 免疫抑製劑
    - 生物製劑

    由於以上大部分屬於處方藥物,建議您進行上述任何藥物治療之前,諮詢醫生和藥劑師的意見。

    除了西藥治療,我們推薦以下這些天然營養補充:

    多種維他命礦物質綜合配方 
    目前已有很多研究發現風濕性關節炎患者體內缺乏某些營養素,包括泛酸、維他命A、維他命C、維他命E、硼、銅、鋅和硒。補充這些營養或有助改善風濕性關節炎症狀。

    魚油
    魚油:建議每日服用最多16粒魚油軟膠囊,或2-3茶匙純魚油。

    柳樹皮和乳香提取物
    每日3次,每次服1-2粒。

    薑黃素
    每日3次,每次服1粒。

    MSM
    每日服用3,000mg或以上。


    運動的重要性
    定時運動可以幫助維持關節靈活性和力量。運動也幫您緩解疼痛并保持適當體重,減少肥胖對關節造成的壓力。



    Background
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is inflammatory and results in hot swollen joints. It is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack the joints. Infections are likely common triggers for this attack.

    Diagnosing
    The American College of Rheumatology has defined the following criteria for rheumatoid arthritis:

    Morning stiffness lasting over 1 hour
    Arthritis and soft-tissue swelling in over 3 of 14 joints or joint groups
    Arthritis of hand joints
    Symmetric arthritis
    Subcutaneous nodules
    Rheumatoid factor at a level above the 95th percentile
    Radiological changes suggestive of joint erosion

    At least four of these criteria need to be met for a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

    Treatment
    The following drugs are used to treat RA:
    -Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    -Corticosteroids
    -Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
    -Immune suppressants
    -Biologic agents

    As most of them are prescription drugs we will recommend you to seek the advice of your doctor and pharmacist before starting any of the medication above.

    In addition to those, add the following recommended supplements:

    Multi-nutrient pills/powder
    Many other nutrients, including pantothenic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, boron, copper, zinc, and selenium have been found to be deficient in those with rheumatoid arthritis, and supplementation with these can be helpful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

    Fish oil
    Fish oil: Up to 16 fish oil capsules, or 2-3 tsp of fish oil daily.

    Willow Bark and Boswellia
    Willow Bark and Boswellia 1-2 tabs 3 times a day.

    Curcumin
    Take Curcumin 1 tablet 3 times a day

    MSM
    MSM 3,000+ mg a day.


    The importance of exercise:
    Regular exercise, consisting of aerobic exercise, strengthening exercises, and flexibility or range-of-motion exercises, can help to maintain joint motion and strength. Exercise also helps you relieve pain and maintain a proper weight, which takes pressure off your joints.



  • 認識乳癌(乳腺癌) Learn about breast cancer
    乳腺癌是肺癌後第二大癌症殺手。有幸天然補充劑或對病症有改善作用,也能降低西藥治療後產生的毒性。

    飲食營養和乳腺癌的關係
    礦物質碘 Iodine
    飲食中碘攝入量較高的國家和地區(例如日本),乳腺癌發病率比低碘攝入量的國家低70%。

    維他命D
    婦女如果能攝取較高維他命D的話,乳腺癌死亡率相對低於其他女性。

    治療期營養補充劑
    一些臨床研究的早期結果表明,以下這些營養物質或會降低乳腺癌的生長或風險:


    碘/含豐富礦物碘的補充劑(例如巨藻)(每天服用1-4次)。

    維他命D
    每天攝取2,000單位維他命D。

    輔酶Q10
    每天攝取200-400毫克輔酶Q10。在一項研究中,它有助於縮小乳腺癌轉移。

    黑升麻 Black Cohosh
    那些需要服用雌激素阻滯劑(如他莫昔芬)治療的病人,有機會產生潮熱等副作用。黑升麻補充劑有助舒緩症狀,而它也不會增加雌激素水平。

    十字花科蔬菜補充劑
    營養豐富的十字花科蔬菜,例如白菜、西蘭花、羽衣甘藍和花椰菜等提供了稱為DIM(二吲哚甲烷)的天然化合物,有助減少炎症並提高免疫力。 DIM也可以優化激素代謝,男女均適合服用。

    Background
    Breast cancer is the 2nd most common cancer killer after lung cancer. Fortunately, natural remedies may improve outcomes and decrease the toxicity of treatment.

    Influence of nutrition
    Iodine
    High iodine intake cultures (e.g., Japan) have 70% lower rates of breast cancer than low iodine countries like the U.S.

    Vitamin D
    Women with a higher vitamin D intake may be a quarter less likely to die from breast cancer than women with lower levels.

    Treatment
    Recommended Supplements
    Though larger studies are needed, early experience showed these nutrients may decrease breast cancer growth or risk.

    Iodine
    Iodine (Tri-Iodine has 12.5 mg tablet. Take 1-4 tabs a day — if taking more than 1, do so under a holistic physician’s supervision as it may block thyroid function).

    Vitamin D
    2,000 units a day (unless you have high blood calcium from bone metastases).

    Coenzyme Q10
    Coenzyme Q10 chewables 200-400 mg a day. In 1 study, it helped shrink breast cancer metastases.

    Black cohosh
    For hot flashes from estrogen blockers (e.g., Tamoxifen), use black cohosh. It does NOT raise estrogen levels.

    Cruciferous vegetables
    Supplements deriving from nutritionally dense cabbage, broccoli, kale, and cauliflower provides a compound called DIM (diindolylmethane), which reduces inflammation and boosts immunity. DIM also optimizes hormone metabolism, especially helpful as people age.


  • 解決痔瘡煩惱 Natural ways to relieve hemorrhoids
    在Google 的關鍵字搜尋裡,有關“痔瘡”這字眼的查詢名列前茅,可想而知痔瘡多麼困擾我們的生活。

    如何才能避免痔瘡發生? 天然的方法比西藥治療更為有效。 以下幾點可作為參考:

    多吃高纖維食物(水果、蔬菜、全穀類與及洋車前子)。
    喝大量水。
    經常做運動。
    源自印度的三果實Triphala是三種水果複合配方,在印度草藥學中是著名的“腸道補品”,可緩解便秘而不帶刺激性,有效預防和舒緩痔瘡症狀。
    服用一些帶生物類黃酮的補充劑或能減少炎症發生。
    假葉樹butcher’s broom有助舒緩靜脈曲張和痔瘡腫痛,改善靜脈細胞彈性。

    希望以上這些建議能為被痔瘡長久困擾的你帶來新生!

    According to Google Zeitgeist, which tracks and analyzes more than 1 trillion online queries, “hemorrhoids” topped the list of health complaints.

    How do you avoid hemorrhoids altogether? It turns out that natural remedies are the most effective. Follow these steps for relief.

    Eat high-fiber foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, psyllium in water).
    Drink plenty of fluids.
    Exercise regularly.
    Take bioflavonoids which are thought to decrease inflammation.
    Try butcher’s broom. It has a long history of treating hemorrhoids and varicose veins by toning the integrity of veins and shrinking swollen tissue.
    Triphala, which is an Ayurvedic compound of three fruits, is a well-known “bowel tonic." It relieves constipation without being a harsh stimulant.  


  • 放暑假去旅行去得健康的秘訣 Traveling Naturally: Tips to Keep Your Trip Healthy
    夏日炎炎去旅遊有什麼必備的東西?

    水:帶備一個水壺必不可少! 在整個旅程中盡可能灌滿水壺,不時舌尖感受一下嘴唇,感覺有點乾就盡快飲水。保持水分充足,玩得開心又放心。

    免疫補充劑:出外旅遊能品嚐各地美食,一樂也。但最好謹記幾點:避免食太多多糖、多鹽或乳製品和小麥。帶備少量免疫補充劑也很重要,例如多種維他命。 維他命B雜有助平靜心情,維他命C和E都具有很高抗氧化和增強免疫力的作用,而益生菌有助於消化食物,並有助提升免疫功能。

    時差困擾:褪黑激素是100%天然而不含西藥的幫助睡眠補充劑,對舒緩時差非常有效,讓你睡得更甜,醒來感覺喚然一新。

    放假充足電!回來一樣充滿拼勁,再準備下次行程!!!

    What are the products no traveler should leave home without? 

    Water: A water container of some type is essential!  Refill it as much as possible throughout your journey. This will keep you hydrated.

    Immune Support/ Supplements: Stay healthy by avoiding excess sugar, salt, dairy, and wheat. Pack immune support specific supplements such as a multivitamin. Vitamin B is great for calming, vitamin C, and E are both high in antioxidants and boost immune support, and probiotics help with food digestion and support your natural immune system. 

    Dealing with jet lag: Melatonin is the 100% drug-free way to get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer so you can wake up feeling refreshed.


  • 護肝排毒最重要 Cleanse Your Body
    讓身體排清毒素能有效強化體質,給予你更多精力,擁有煥發的膚色、更健康的頭髮和指甲,並提升整體健康。
    排毒療程可以從選擇一種綠色超級食物補充劑開始,這些配方通常蘊含葉綠素、解毒抗氧化劑和其他豐富營養。
    排毒計劃還應包括高纖維補充劑,以確保身體有能力掃除堵塞腸道的污染物。 洋車前子富含可溶性和不溶性纖維,沒有依賴性,是最好的選擇。
    蒲公英根茶也是首屈一指的排毒藥茶,人們飲用的歷史悠久,性質溫和,有效排清肝毒和幫助消脂。
    其他保肝營養補充劑包括:
    奶薊
    牛蒡
    朝鮮薊
    蛋氨酸
    NAC(正乙酰半胱氨酸)
    維他命 B6

    Body cleansing can help fortify your body, giving you more energy, a radiant complexion, healthier hair and nails, and improving your overall health.

    Start with a green superfood that’s rich in chlorophyll, detoxifying antioxidants, and other nutrients.

    Your detox plan should also include a high-fiber supplement to make sure your body is sweeping away the debris that’s clogging your intestinal tract. Look for both soluble and insoluble fiber from psyllium.

    Dandelion root tea is the premier herbal tea because it has a long history of gentle, effective liver cleansing and decongesting.

    Other liver-protecting supplements include the following:
    milk thistle
    burdock
    artichoke
    methionine
    NAC (n-acetyl-cysteine)
    vitamin B6


  • 認識黑升麻 Black Cohosh
    黑升麻是一種北美洲草本植物,很多婦女以此草本療法舒緩更年期或月經不適。

    最初的研究相信黑升麻對婦女的主要作用可能與它含有植物類雌激素化合物有關; 然而,現今更多研究顯示,其作用在很大程度上歸因於草藥中含有大量血清素受體激活劑(serotonin receptor activators)。

    兩項早期評估總結了黑升麻的有效性和安全性,幫助減輕停經前後症狀,例如潮熱、大量出汗、失眠和抑鬱症等。(1,2)

    黑升麻不僅適用於停經前後的婦女,曾經接受卵巢切除手術和經歷月經失調的年輕女性同樣適合服用。(3)

    有趣的是,黑升麻具有減輕疼痛的作用,男性有需要都可以服用!

    Black cohosh is a native American herb used primarily by women seeking relief from menopausal or menstrual disorders.

    Its effects in women were initially thought to be due to the presence of estrogenic compounds; however, they may be due in greater part to the herb's serotonin receptor activators.

    Two early reviews concluded effectiveness and safety for black cohosh for the alleviation of menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, profuse perspiration, sleep disturbances and depression.(1,2)

    Black cohosh is not just for perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. It can be used by younger women who have undergone surgical removal of their ovaries, and by those experiencing menstrual disorders. (3) Its general ability to help relieve pain makes it useful for men as well.

    References:
    1 Liske E. Adv Ther. 1998 Jan-Feb;15(1):45-53.
    2 Lieberman S. J Womens Health. 1998 Jun;7(5):525-9.
    3 McKenna DJ et al. Altern Ther Health Med. 2001 May-Jun;7(3):93-100.


  • 長時間使用電腦或智能手機對眼睛不利 Adverse effects to your eyes of prolonged use of computer or smartphone
    電腦或智能手機顯示屏會發出強烈藍光。藍光誘導眼部光化學疲勞,損傷眼部視網膜細胞,越來越多人因此而視力受損,眼乾疲勞。

    視網膜色素上皮(RPE)是在視網膜週邊和外圍的色素細胞層,其有助滋養視網膜神經組織。 RPE含有大量的類胡蘿蔔素葉黃素、玉米黃質和內消旋玉米黃質。這些天然色素能形成一副“專門吸收藍光的生物太陽眼鏡”!

    另外,類胡蘿蔔素中,只有葉黃素、玉米黃質和內消旋玉米黃質能聚於眼部黃斑部分,黃斑部是視網膜中心位置負責視力的主要區域。這些天然色素除能提供過濾藍光的特性之外,同時具有抗氧化和抗炎活性,有效預防與年齡相關的眼部黃斑病變(AMD),AMD是年長人士喪失視力的主要原因。

    雖然雙眼無法逃避藍光,懂得保護眼睛同樣重要。每日服用葉黃素、玉米黃質和內消旋玉米黃素等補充劑防患於未然,簡單而有效。

    Computer or smartphone monitors emit strong blue light.  Blue light induces photochemical stress that damages cells in the eyes’ retina which can lead to their destruction.

    The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a layer of pigmented cells next to and outside of the retina that nourishes retinal nerve tissue. The RPE contains a high amount of the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin. These pigments have been characterized as forming “a kind of biological sunglasses that absorb blue light

    Of all the carotenoids that are absorbed by the human body, only lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin accumulate in the macula, an area at the center of the retina responsible for central vision. In addition to their blue-light filtering property, these pigments have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, all of which help protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in older men and women.

    While one can’t avoid exposure to blue light these days, protecting oneself may be as simple as adding lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin to one’s supplemental regimen. 


  • 如何面對精神壓力 How to Manage Stressful Thoughts
    壓力往往是消極或非現實的想法所導致。我們的思想很容易被扭曲,往往感受到不必要和不成比例的精神壓力。

    所以,下次遇到壓力的時候,最好先問自己幾個問題:

    可以等待嗎?
    當我們覺得必須快速完成工作時,我們會產生壓力。事實上,很多事情並非一定要馬上完成,它可以等待。

    五年後,還會有這“問題”嗎?
    這個“問題”真的會在幾年後繼續存在嗎?它與你未來的生活真有這麼大關係?這個“問題”如果你認真考慮一下,可能實際上是相當小的問題。

    可以每日解決一部分嗎?
    有時候,我們對未來過於憂慮,因此造成不必要的壓力。未來可以等待你去計劃。活在當下,感受生活,一些事情只要能逐步去解決,生活壓力便會降低。

    生活方式改變

    均衡飲食,充足睡眠和運動鍛煉都是對抗壓力的工具,雖然老生常談,但如果能做到一些,你一定獲得滿意回報。

    幫助舒緩壓力的營養補充劑:

    一些補充劑可以幫助減少壓力:

    -鎂 (Magnesium)
    -L-茶氨酸 (L-theanine)
    -香蜂葉 (Lemon Balm ; Melissa)
    -B雜維他命 (Vitamin B Complex)

    腎上腺是調節應激激素皮質醇的器官,腎上腺保健也能幫助身體面對壓力。

    以下是改善腎上腺健康的補充劑:

    -聖羅勒 (Holy Basil ; Tulasi)
    -睡茄 (Ashwagandha)
    -維他命 C
    -磷脂酰絲氨酸 (Phosphatidylserine)



    Stress is often the result of negative or overblown thoughts. Our minds can effortlessly warp situations and make them seem way more stressful than they actually are.

    So, next time you’re faced with a stressful situation, ask yourself these questions.

    Can this wait?
    We create stress when we feel we have to get things done quickly. Chances are, whatever it is, it CAN wait. Stress = urgency.

    Five years from now, will this matter?
    Is this “important matter” really going to make a difference in a few years? How does it relate to the bigger picture in your life? This “problem” might actually be rather small, if you really think about it.

    Am I living one day at a time?
    Sometimes we get stressed out because we’re thinking too far into the future. The future can wait and so can your plans. It’s actually MUCH less stressful to live in the moment.

    Life style changes

    Eating right, sleeping right, and exercising are the basics against stress.

    Supplements to Help Manage Stress

    A number of supplements can have a big impact on minimizing stress. Taking them regularly can really make a difference in how your body responds to circumstances:

    Magnesium
    L-theanine
    Lemon balm
    B vitamins

    Our adrenal glands modulate the stress hormone cortisol and the “flight or fight” response in our body.

    Here are a few supplements that support healthy adrenal activity:

    Holy Basil
    Ashwagandha
    Vitamin C
    Phosphatidylserine


  • 工作疲勞頸梗膊痛有辦法 Important Supplements to Take for Shoulder and Neck Pain
    建議補充泛酸、維他命D、鈣質和維他命C。

    根據馬里蘭大學醫學中心的資料顯示,維他命B-5(泛酸)被稱為抗壓維他命,幫助身體分泌激素有效舒緩工作壓力。泛酸對製備紅工作疲勞頸梗膊痛有辦法
    建議補充泛酸、維他命D、鈣質和維他命C。
    根據馬里蘭大學醫學中心的資料顯示,維他命B-5(泛酸)被稱為抗壓維他命,幫助身體分泌激素有效舒緩工作壓力。泛酸對製備紅細胞和輔佐神經功能方面也是必需的。保持這兩個身體系統健康可以確保頸部和肩部肌肉酸痛能更快痊癒。建議每日服用500毫克。
    由於不良姿勢導致的骨缺損可能是頸肩部疼痛的原因。缺乏維他命D能引致骨軟化症,嚴重影響骨礦化作用導致骨質疏鬆,是常見的代謝疾病。研究結論表明,補充維他命D可以緩解病情。配合維他命D與鈣質能產生強健骨骼,這有助於保持姿勢正確,減輕肩膀和頸部肌肉疼痛。
    保持強健的頸部和肩部肌肉能預防該部位疼痛。維他命C有助合成膠原蛋白,對肌肉、肌腱和韌帶健康起重要作用作用。
    當然,每日抽一點時間做運動也是不可或缺的,練瑜伽、太極或其他伸展運動最有效。


    Vitamin B-5, or pantothenic acid, is called an anti-stress vitamin, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Vitamin B-5 plays a part in the manufacturing of stress-related hormones. These hormones are produced in the adrenal glands that sit above your kidneys. Pantothenic acid is also necessary in making red blood cells and nerve functioning. Maintaining both of these systems may insure faster healing of sore neck and shoulder muscles.

    Poor posture due to bone deficiencies may be a cause of pain in the neck and shoulder region. The journal "Spine" states that vitamin D deficiency is a major cause of osteomalacia, a common metabolic condition affecting bone mineralization. Adequate supplementation of vitamin D in the diet appears to alleviate the condition, the study concludes. Vitamin D works with calcium in your body to produce strong bones; that may help correct posture and lessen the strain on aching shoulder and neck muscles.

    Maintaining strong neck and shoulder muscles may help in preventing pain in that area. Vitamin C plays a role in synthesizing collagen, the framework for muscles, tendons and ligaments.

    Regular exercise such as yoga, taichi and etc may also improve your neck and shoulder strength.


  • 褪黑激素真的有助睡眠 Melatonin Really Helps You Fall Asleep
    服用褪黑激素片(或液體褪黑激素),在很短時間便能令人有一種愉快無誤的嗜睡感覺。

    褪黑激素的作用可讓人輕鬆而平靜地沉睡,但它的作用溫和,服用後你改變主意想保持清醒,或者選擇安睡都可以,而不用擔心在緊急情況下未能自己醒來。

    褪黑激素也不會成癮,不會像安眠藥、鎮靜劑等導致任何其他危險的副作用。

    褪黑激素讓睡眠寧靜和清爽。但由於激素在體內的半衰期短,因此那些容易醒來的人在服用後三到四小時內可能需要服用另外一劑,又或者選購延緩釋放的藥劑。


    Take a melatonin tablet (or liquid melatonin) and a pleasant and unmistakable drowsiness makes its presence known in a matter of minutes.

    And while one can easily fall into a deep and peaceful slumber, melatonin's effects are mild enough to allow one to change one's mind and stay awake, or choose to sleep without worry of being unable to rouse oneself in the event of an emergency.

    Nor is melatonin addictive or have any of the other potentially dangerous side effects attributed to sleeping pills, tranquilizers and sedatives.

    Sleep with melatonin is restful and refreshing.  It may be necessary to consume another dose if one wakes three to four hours after taking it, due to the hormone's short half-life in the body. Delayed release tablets are suggested in these situations. 


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