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Are You Allergic? Common Allergy Symptoms and Triggers

13 Natural Ways to Defeat Allergies

In this article, you'll learn and discover 13 natural ways to defeat allergies. Allergies & the Environment Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies or year-round allergy symptoms, allergies can take a real toll on your body, and get in the way of everyday quality living. Allergies affect an estimated 50 million people in the United States. The rate has been increasing every year. In fact, allergies are the fifth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. for people of all ages. It is also the third most common chronic illness in children under 18 years old. Is it a cold or allergies? If you’ve been sneezing and suffering from a runny nose, coughing, or congestion, your first thought might be that you have a cold. However, sometimes...

Celiac Disease: Symptoms and How to Get Diagnosed

Celiac Disease: Symptoms and How to Get Diagnosed

Consuming gluten and wheat has become a controversial hot topic. In a recent article, we discussed the reasons for you to be mindful of your wheat consumption and discussed non-celiac wheat sensitivity. Wheat has become integral in the American diet, but many people have started questioning its impact on their health. We all love bread, bagels, pasta, cereal, pizza, baked goods, and many things that often contain wheat. For some of us, however, wheat can cause serious health reactions. Celiac disease is an inflammatory condition of the digestive tract where the immune system believes gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, is the enemy. The intense inflammatory reaction caused by ingesting gluten harms the gut lining leading to poor absorption of essential nutrients....

5 Integrative Medicine Techniques for Treating Anxiety

5 Integrative Medicine Techniques for Treating Anxiety

Everybody knows what anxiety feels like. It’s a normal emotion that you feel when you’re under pressure, having problems, or experiencing something new and unfamiliar. However, for some of us, anxiety levels can become too high and take over. Over 19 million adults in America suffer high levels of anxiety that dramatically affects their daily life. Anxiety may be aggravated by certain chemicals, toxins, environmental stresses, nutritional deficiencies, and/or hormonal imbalances. Common symptoms of an anxiety disorder include: Nightmares Palpitations Ritualistic behaviors Feeling panicked Scared Uneasy Uncontrollable obsessive thoughts Muscle tension Dizziness Nausea Inability to stay still or be calm Treating anxiety depends on what type of anxiety the person is experiencing and the underlying root cause of the anxiety. Integrative medicine strives to achieve balance in all...

Top Reasons You Should Be Careful With Wheat

Top Reasons You Should Be Careful With Wheat

Wheat and grain-based foods are a staple in American diets. We love bread, bagels, pasta, cereal, pizza, baked goods, and many things that often have wheat hiding in it. Wheat has become so integral to our diets, that we can barely imagine living without them! However, many people have started switching to gluten-free diets recently to avoid wheat because of wheat’s negative effect on their health and how they feel physically and mentally. Consuming wheat has become a controversial hot topic. One thing is for certain: there are reasons for you to be mindful of your wheat consumption. What’s Wrong with Wheat? Many people claim to be sensitive to gluten, knowing that they don’t have celiac disease, but nonetheless experience symptoms when they consume wheat. People with celiac disease...

An Apple a Day: Debunking Common Health Myths

An Apple a Day: Debunking Common Health Myths

Understanding Popular Health Myths We’ve all heard the expression, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” along with a slew of other common health myths that often sound like good advice. Repeated as fact, many people just take these expressions to be true. Nowadays, click-bait articles have also made it easier for these medical myths and misinformation to spread. So we’re here to set the record straight about some of the most common health myths you’ve heard. "An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” Most people will tell you that an apple a day doesn’t technically keep the doctor away, so why does this common expression still exist? The answer is the phrase actually means eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables each day has lasting...