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11 Must-Follow Natural Health Blogs for 2017

11 Must-Follow Natural Health Blogs for 2017

Blogs can be a great source of information. There are so many different topics covered that you’re likely to find one to relate to and follow. There are several popular ones that provide tips about health. Of the multitude of health blogs, some are backed and written by medical professionals. Other health blogs are written by everyday people who have survived (or are surviving) difficult circumstances and want to share that with the world. Here are eleven natural health blogs that you have to follow in 2017.

1. Earth Clinic

Consistently ranked as one of the best sources for natural and holistic medicine, Earth Clinic is a great choice. It was founded by Deidre Layne, an expert in natural medicine, who is also a specialized professional in the field of energy medicine. What makes this blog so awesome is its wide selection of information regarding ailments as well as information for more than just individual adult health, but also for children and pets.

2. Natural News

Based out of Tucson, Arizona, Natural News is centered on making better decisions to improve your personal life. There are insightful tips that are meant to empower you through positive health and lifestyle changes. This is also an independent news source, meaning that they don’t follow the same rules for censorship as other major news outlets. Because of this, they also provide more realistic opinions on healthier consumer buys.

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3. Vox Nature

This blog is about more than wellness of the body but also other aspects of life. For example, along with detox recipes and alternative remedies, they offer gardening tips on how to produce your own organic food. There are several natural healthy suggestions on using nature (plants, herbs, etc.) and not pharmaceutical medicine to better your illnesses. There are also DIY tips for beauty products so you can still feel pretty without all the chemicals.

4. Mercola

This is the official blog of the well-renowned natural health and wellness advocate, Dr. Joseph Mercola. It is an all-encompassing blog that covers a broad range of topics. On the site you’ll find information on subjects ranging from vaccinations to GMOs and even gluten-free lifestyle choices. There are also a variety of media, with the information is presented in an engaging way. There are health guides for navigating your options toward healthy living as well as infographics and videos.

5. Natural Holistic Health

While some blogs are focused on individual health, this one is meant for your entire family. This blog shares natural health remedies using herbs, homeopathy, acupressure and aromatherapy as more natural alternatives to traditional medicines. There are also a high number of weekly posts, which means you’ll always be informed.

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6. Chris Beat Cancer

Following the life of Chris Wark, this blog describes his incredible journey from being diagnosed with cancer before 30 and his steps to recovery. What’s remarkable about his story is that he chose to not get the traditional chemotherapy suggested for cancer treatment. Instead, he changed his diet and opted for healthier lifestyle choices. His blog also features guest appearances from medical doctors who share more tips on how to live a healthy life.

7. MindBodyGreen

Focusing on a complete lifestyle overhaul, this blog features fantastic tips for restructuring daily eating, living and non-sedentary aspects of our lives. This site also has information for the proper maintenance of emotional health, not just the physical. While some blogs try to target only one area, this one speaks about making better, healthier choices in all steps of life.

8. Global Healing Center

The Global Healing Center was founded by Dr. Edward F. Group III. For more than two decades, he has studied natural healing methods and now shares that information via this blog. This is also a unique choice to follow because they offer more than information. They share their knowledge of alternative therapy and healing in an easy and practical way for many people across the globe to understand.

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9. Fitlife

Unlike some other blogs, FitLife has a heavy focus on providing content through videos. Their motto revolves around sharing health and fitness information as well as entertainment. They offer free guides to help jumpstart your health journey and have a theme for each day of the week.

10. Wellness Mama

With a frequency of about four posts per week, Wellness Mama is a great source for natural remedies and healthy lifestyles. This one also features great tips for busy moms and families regarding better nutrition and organization.

11. The Truth About Cancer

Aimed at educating the general population about preventative care to stop the development of cancer, this blog is full of useful information. They use testimonials from doctors, researchers and actual cancer survivors to help spread information on what to do to lower your risk of cancer. Along with preventative care, they also offer insights on how to naturally cure cancer.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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