Homeopathy & Depression: study shows better efficacy than Fluoxetine

“A recent randomized placebo-controlled trial assessed the efficacy of individualized homeopathic treatment, and the efficacy of Fluoxetine (a.k.a Prozac), for moderate to severe depression in menopausal women.
Both treatments were found to be safe and to have an effect significantly different from placebo. Homeopathy caused greater clinical improvement in symptoms of depression than fluoxetine and also improved the patients’ menopausal symptoms, whereas fluoxetine did not.

This study, carried out in a public research hospital in Mexico City, involved 133 women. In addition to comparing homeopathy to placebo, they also compared fluoxetine (a.k.a. Prozac) to placebo.

In this Mexican study, after a 6-week course of treatment, homeopathy was more effective than placebo by 5 points in the Hamilton Scale; Fluoxetine was more effective than placebo by 3.2 points.

N.B. Analysis of data previously submitted the FDA has found that SSRI antidepressants perform no better than placebo for mild to moderate depression, but they do have a greater effect than placebo in severely depressed patients.”

Source:

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/asset?id=info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0118440.PDF

 

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In need of a brain boost? Add Cauliflower Soup to your meals

Warm, light and packed with nutrients this soup goes well in many occasions:

  • It goes well as a starter, snack or even breakfast option
  • When you are in a rush and need something easy to prepare
  • When you want a simple and light side dish
  • Perfect for detox days

Cauliflowers are known for its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, also providing at least 77% of your daily recommended amounts of vitamin C.

Did you know it is also good for your brain? It can help cognitive function and memory because it contains choline, one of the B vitamins important for brain function.

Here is how I prepare my cauliflower soup:

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Wash and then chop one cauliflower head. Reserve. Saute some minced garlic in olive oil until golden, add the cauliflower pieces and water just enough to cover it, bring to boil. Let it cook for about 20 min until it is soften, remove from heat and with a hand mixer or blender, puree until all is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste and is ready to serve.

Alternatively, you can steam the cauliflower florets and just add warm water and blend. Although I end up with a couple more pots to wash, I try to maximize nutrition value as much as I can, that’s why I often prefer steaming over boiling, preserving better flavor and nutrients.

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To boost anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, you might add one tablespoon of turmeric to the recipe, which also adds flavor. You may also add on hemp or pumpkin seeds, or even some shredded chicken to add more protein and make an easy complete meal. Enjoy!

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Overripe? No, just perfect for a cake!

Those bananas that are now too mushy to eat are perfect to become that treat you – or your kids – are craving right now, and the best part: sweet, but with no flour or refined sugar, this banana cake recipe is my to go alternative to overripe bananas.

Easy and quick to make, you just need this list of whole ingredients:

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  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup + of bananas
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of honey

Blend all ingredients together and add to a small (about 8 in) greased oven proof dish. The dough will be slightly rough and runny. Slice the remaining bananas and spread on the top of the batter, sprinkle with a bit more ground cinnamon and bake at 350oF for about 30  minutes.

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You can be playful with ingredients by adding other spices too such as cardamon, nutmeg and cloves.

What I like the most about this recipe, is that, besides avoiding food waste, it makes a fiber rich nutritious treat without refined sugar or flour added.  Enjoy it!

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Pumpkin Wonders for your Health

It’s pumpkin season! Besides decoration, taste and recipes, here are little wonder about this vegetable that benefits your health:

The beautiful orange color is given by carotene, which fights cancer, asthma and heart disease.

Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A and potassium, it actually has more potassium than a banana – how could you guess? Why not get more seasonal and in tune with the rhythms of nature: instead of a banana around workout time, try a bowl of pumpkin soup. In addition, potassium plays a positive effect on blood pressure.

Rich in fiber, supports good gut health and aids weight loss and elimination of toxins.

But wait! Don’t waste the seeds! They are high in protein, complementing the pumpkin itself that is more on the starchy side, and contains phytosterols that help to reduce “bad” cholesterol. They are tasty and easy to carry, so the seeds make a great nutrient dense snack option.

Tryptophan, an aminoacid that helps with depression and is a precursor of serotonin, one of the “feel good” neurotransmitters, is also present in pumpkin seeds.

With so many goodness, we need to make sure not to use them only for those beautiful fall decorations, but bring them right to the table! I feel like trying some new recipes this week do you have a favorite recipe to share with me?

Happy Fall!

Big Feast & Small Doses – After party Homeopathy for hangover and indigestion.

Let’s say that despite all good intentions of eating & drinking sensibly during the party didn’t go exactly how you predicted, or perhaps you didn’t have intentions at all to behave that way to begin with, and in fact you indulged with your full heart – and tummy! Either way we all know that feeling after awhile or next morning when our body cries – “please take it easy!” Well, homeopathy is on the way to help!

The two remedies I consider most useful for these situations are Nux Vomica and Pulsatila. Nux Vomica is a classic hangover remedy, in addition has affinity to digestive symptoms. Pulsatilla follows well after greasy food, here is how identify:

 

  • Nux Vomica: is one of the major remedies for hangover and indigestion. It covers symptoms such headaches, aversion to light and noise, and digestive issues after overeating or overindulging spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. Nux vomica is often indicated when you have the feeling that if you could only vomit you would be so much better.
  • Pulsatilla: For the digestive issues occurring after too much rich food, cakes, pastry and fatty meat (especially pork), Pulsatilla is indicated. Unlike Nux Vomica that feels full and bloated, wishing that could vomit, Pusatilla feels an “all-gone” sensation on the stomach, and prone to have loose yellow-greenish stools after overeating.

When we talk about taking easy on the day after, we think of slowing down on alcohol and maybe eating something lighter, but because of the unpleasant symptoms of hangover and indigestion, we often take conventional medication such as pain killers for headaches, forgetting that these remedies and mild but not harmless to our health. For example, most of pain killers aggravate digestive issues as a side effect, and might interfere with your gut microbiome balance, demanding more from our body to recover at the end. As an alternative, Homeopathy is a gentle and natural approach to these issues, supporting your body own ability to recover and heal.

Get ready for the party and have these couple of homeopathic remedies before hand just in case you might need. Remember when taking homeopathic remedies: avoid handling; drop pill on the lid of the bottle and then tip into the mouth; let it melt, do not swallow; do not take with food and drinks; avoid menthol and camphor scents and keep it away from electromagnetic waves.

Besides homeopathy, what should we eat on the day after? Coming next some ideas for a one-day after party mini detox.

Happy Holidays

November smells cinnamon – and benefits your health!

Ahhhh … I love the smell and taste of cinnamon, do you? It has this warming aroma that nourishes my body & soul while the days are getting cold. It seems to be everywhere: from food recipes to candles, fall calls for cinnamon. But what you perhaps you don’t know, is how cinnamon affects your health. Its benefits are so interesting that this spice was used by ancient civilizations as a medicine – the Chinese used cinnamon for joint pain for example, while European herbalists used it for digestive issues.

With all the stress and overindulging that goes around at this time of the year, we are likely more prone to inflammation. Cinnamon helps to protect your body, counter balancing this inflammation, because it is very rich in antioxidants, so you are less prone to the consequences of free radicals such as diseases and aging.

Cinnamon is also a natural antimicrobial agent. Many of us tend to be more vulnerable to colds and flu with winter approaching, but here comes cinnamon to the rescue again, protecting against bacteria, viruses and fungus.

The list o benefits can go on, but these are the ones I find most interesting for this time of the year, considering seasonal celebrations and colds & flu that happen so often during this time.

Take advantage of this warm & sweet spice, and tell me: what is your favorite recipe or use of cinnamon?

Happy November!

Wait! Before you feast …

You might try to be mindful about what and how much you eat during the Holidays celebrations, but the truth is, very often we overindulge. To be honest, one sporadic event is not what really will make a difference in your health and wellness, but instead what you do consistently. So if you if you are on the top of your healthy lifestyle and have the mindset of a free pass during one party or another through the season, go ahead and enjoy. However not everybody feels like that. Some of you might be trying hard to engage in a healthier lifestyle and are already thinking: ok, it is likely I might overindulge, but how can I minimize or dribble all temptations? Today I share here a couple of hints for the day of the party: two natural supplements that can help you to stay on track.

Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit that acts as a natural appetite suppressant. You can take it just about one hour before the meal,  and it can help you to slow down on the food. This small fruit grows mainly in Asia, and is also known as tamarind. Rich in HCA (hydroxycitric acid), boosts serotonin naturally, the “feel good” neurotransmitter, and as a consequence you are likely less driven to eat. In addition to the appetite suppressant effect, HCA also interferes on the process of your body transforming carbs in fats, by blocking and enzyme (citrate lyase) necessary for such conversion.

White Kidney Bean Extract is another natural supplement that acts as a carb blocker. Yes, that’s it, a carb blocker – it blocks carbohydrate absorption by inhibiting and enzyme (amylase) necessary to breakdown carbs in molecules small enough that your body can absorb. You can take it 15 minutes prior your meal and combined with Garcinia, reduce your excess of carb absorption.

These supplements are considered very safe, however should be avoided by anyone with liver or digestive issues, during pregnancy and lactation, and of course is always wise to check with your physician.

Garcinia and White Kidney been extract have been in vogue for few years now as an weight loss aid. If you liked the tips and are now wondering if you should take them regularly, here is my thought: I honestly do not recommend the continuous use of these supplements targeting weight management. I strongly believe that effective and long lasting weight loss should be achieved by appropriate diet and adequate lifestyle, not promising pills that often lead to a yo-yo effect. Carb blocker helps on one hand not to absorb excess of carbs, but you also won’t absorb important nutrients that might come with them, in a long run it is not the best choice for your health. Instead, I like to take advantage of these supplements strategically, on special occasions as mentioned above.

Keep in mind that the stress relive techniques I mentioned on the previous post such as breathing exercises also have a calming and soothing effect, that might help you to slow down on overindulging. More you practice, better results! Make this a habit: breathe.

Now that you are covered for before and during the party time, stay tuned for what comes next!

Happy Holidays!