Health Notes

December's Health Genie: Holiday Stress Relief

Nettles

Note:This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

I am a fan of the holiday season and hosting holiday parties, however, my wife stresses easily this time of year.  We prepare together, but even with my help she is frantic and tense- especially if we are hosting her family.  Do you have any advice that could help make this season more relaxed and harmonious?  

Thanks,

Rudolph R.

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Start a New American Tradition: Bring Bitters to the Table

Urban Moonshine Bitters

By Guido Masé, RH (AHG), Chief Herbalist at Urban Moonshine

Come early evening, around six o’clock, when the sun is still strong but a cool breeze begins to lift the heat of the day, Italians gather at the local bar for aperitivi. Sitting under striped awnings, they sip from wine glasses full of a light, sparkling drink made from seltzer water and mild bitter preparations. The glasses vary in color from dark brown, through red, and into an almost electric orange, reflecting the ingredients they contain. These drinks are preferred over strong cocktails, and are really the beginning of the evening meal as they support digestion and can help prevent indigestion and heartburn. After the aperitivi, a short walk through narrow streets leads to the main restaurant, where the real eating begins: three, often four courses featuring rich cream and meat sauces, lots of prosciutto and thin cuts of beef, plenty of seafood and crisp vegetables. Visitors are often encouraged try aperitivi, as the rich (and abundant) combinations of food can be too much for the digestion, and the bitter drinks before meals really help.

November's Health Genie: Coconut Oil

Coconuts

Note:This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Hello Health Genie,

I know this is a common complaint, but nothing I’ve tried seems to really help.  I typically have pretty dry skin, but with the colder drier weather approaching, I just can’t seem to keep my skin hydrated.  I’ve heard that coconut oil can be effective, but I’ve never used it outside of the kitchen.  Can you tell me more about its medicinal properties?

Thank you,

Debbie Dry

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Fiber: The Fourth Macronutrient?

By Robert Luby, MD

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

“Fiber” may be the most underappreciated “nutrient”.  The trio of fat, carbohydrate, and protein are traditionally considered to be the three “macronutrients”.  However, it could easily be argued that fiber is so important for human health that it might be considered the fourth macronutrient.  There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, and they both impart a variety of health benefits.

Food Allergy, Sensitivity, and Intolerance

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By Robert Luby, MD

It’s easy to get confused when it comes to adverse reactions to foods as the medical community itself is laden with controversy in this area. The terms “allergy”, “sensitivity”, and “intolerance” are too often used interchangeably or without precision. This article will attempt to clarify what has become a very perplexing situation.

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