During a Migraine attack, it's sometimes the small things in life that give me a bit of pleasure and some symptomatic relief. Such little things may not be able to truly stop a Migraine, but at that point, any relief and comfort goes a long way.
When I think about some of the small things that are most helpful to me during a Migraine, hot teas come to mind. There are so many types of tea. Some have caffeine; some don't. For those who can use it, caffeine potentiates our medications - helps them work more quickly and effectively. When I want caffeine, I generally choose a black tea. These can be plain or flavored. Peppermint tea is very helpful for nausea, as long as the nausea isn't so severe that I can't keep it down. Chamomile tea is very relaxing, so it's helpful when trying to get some rest. Neither peppermint nor chamomile contain any caffeine.
When I'm having facial pain along the sinuses, hot teas help reduce that pain for me. Any of these teas are also good cold ...
The December holidays are always challenging! Between the increase in demand at my office, gift purchases of massage, yoga and product and the personal gift giving, card-sending hurdles, etc., it’s no wonder that Christmas day rolls around I don’t want to get out from under the covers! I love teaching stress management, and most of the year I’m doing exactly what I need to do for my health. December stress is a reminder that I need to be more diligent in treating myself well! While standing in one of my favorite stores for self-care, I realized it was a perfect gift to give my friends, family and clients as well. My gift was to give a cup of tea! Tea is a great gift to be given to and from someone who lives with diabetes. My opinion is that what we consume affects us, and for people living with chronic illness sometimes with more punch. Education gives us choices and therefore I like to study everything that invo...
Does Green Tea Lower Cholesterol?
All right, this green tea article has been hanging over my head for at least a month now. I just couldn't get motivated to wade through all the research to determine if yes, this is an effective way to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease , or no, it's just a lot of hype.
Well, I sat down and sorted it all out today and here's what I found.
The proposed health claim for green tea is that drinking at least 5 fluid ounces as a source of catechins may reduce risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease .
What are catchins?
Green tea contains catechins, which are a type of flavenoid with antioxidant properties. Antioxidants slow the oxidation process. The oxidation of LDL molecules is what results in plaque formation. Therefore, increasing antioxidant intake should slow oxidation of LDL , resulting in less arterial plaque formation.
Also, when molecules ...
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