I’m not one for herbal therapy or essential oils, actually. But it seems to me that both are really big out there. I had one woman who was having a headache, use a mint roller natural herb essential oil as I was talking to her. She said that she found that it did work because it redirected her attention from the headache behind her eyes to the rolling sensation on her skin. Then pretty much the next person I talked to said they had given it a try and it did nothing for them.
So, I am not sure whether natural medicine or organic foods are actually really additionally helpful, or just something to spend money on. It seems that people who do use herbal therapy are mostly female, educated, and have a high rate of income. I think the media is mostly a driving force, and I’m not sure if the essential oils are more of a fad.
Something else that has been popular, that I am not sure about too, is to do with supplements especially in regards to weight loss. After Ephedra was banned there was an increase in the use of Bitter Orange and a major ingredient in popular all supplements is that of caffein. What I find is really funny, is that weight loss products all seem to have labels that say that the diet product, is suggested as what will provide a moderate success in addition to diet control and exercise.
Something else that has been found effective in regards to weight loss is that of medications used to manage mild to moderate depression. St. Johns Wort, a herbal product, is such a product.
Some people like to eat organic. Organic food is also quite expensive. The term organic also describes the way food is cultivated and processed, no antibiotics, growth hormones, free range, humanly slaughtered, reduction of pollution, and minimal pesticides. Organic foods have fewer nitrates, lower potassium, can have fewer omega-6, may contain more vitamin C, essential amino acids, sugars, and polyphenolic compounds.
For people that are concerned with pesticides on or in their food, and whether that is to do with a worry with cancer or skin disease or ADHD, then perhaps that is what might drive you to buy organic. Foods that contain the most residual pesticides are peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, grapes, spinach, lettuce, and potatoes. Scrubbing all fruits and vegetables with water for at least thirty seconds is an effective strategy to remove residual pesticides.
Foods that contain the least amount of pesticides are papaya, broccoli, cabbage, kiwi, mangoes, pineapple, avocados, and onions. Mainly because you don't generally eat the outer layer. There has been no conclusive evidence that organic foods are beneficial in the prevention of diseases or common health concerns. It is good to have fresh produce when it is in season, read your labels, thoroughly wash your produce whether it is organic or not and if you have a concern, make sure you peel your fruits and vegetables. And as for herbal therapy it’s really good to pay attention to possible drug interactions and the fact that some may contain undeclared substances.
I think bottom lining it, if you believe in it, then it will most probably work for you. And if you don't believe in it, it most probably won't.
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