Flaxseed: Go For It

Words: Dr Ryan N HARRISON What’s smaller than most prescription medication pills but powerful enough to relieve constipation, clear up digestive problems, banish joint pains, fight heart disease, help prevent cancer and heal inflammation? Why, that would be the seed of the Linum usitatissimum plant, much more commonly known as flaxseed. The origin of the

Go For Omega-3

Words: Dr Ryan N HARRISON There’s been quite a buzz about omega-3s and EFAs, and for good reason: omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to provide an amazing array of health benefits, literally from head to toe. Hundreds of studies have already investigated and confirmed a host of ways that omega-3s positively affect health. As

Dealing With Pollution

Words: Dr Ryan N HARRISON  Q: ‘Pollution, pollution everywhere,’ but what to do is a big question today. Please suggest a few simple, also useful, measures that could help us all best. — NM, New Delhi A: The most immediate effects from indoor air pollutants may show up after a single exposure, or repeated exposures

Brain Boosters

Words: Dr Ryan N HARRISON Much of your brain’s tissue is composed of fat, and as the cells that make up brain tissue are replaced, your body requires dietary fats to create new, healthy brain cells. About 20 percent of the human brain is comprised of docosahexaenoic acid [DHA], and eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA], an anti-inflammatory

Imagery Rules

Words: Dr Ryan N HARRISON Have you ever considered the power of your imagination? Some believe it is a person’s least utilised health resource. Dr Martin L Rossman, Co-Founder of the Academy for Guided Imagery, US, states that imagination “can be used to remember and recreate the past, develop insight into the present, influence physical

A Diet For Athletes

Words: Dr Ryan N HARRISON One of the best things about exercising regularly is that it literally helps to ‘grow’ a younger body, which is simply a body that has regenerated its cells more recently. When exercised routinely, the body must regenerate its cells more quickly than when idle. Depending on our activity level, 6-8

Metabolic Syndrome

Words: Dr Ryan N HARRISON A ‘syndrome’ is a pattern, or collection, of symptoms that together indicates a disease. You don’t actually ‘catch’ a syndrome like you do a virus. Rather, the word ‘syndrome’ is used to describe a concurrence of symptoms that act as hallmarks for a disease, or health condition. Metabolic syndrome —

10 Essential Oils

Words:  Dr Ryan N HARRISON  Aromatherapy is a unique branch of herbal medicine. It uses the medicinal and therapeutic properties of oils found in various plants. The special oils are called essential oils, and they are incredibly potent. The following ten essential oils are easy-to-find and easy-to-use.  Tea Tree Tea made from tea tree leaves

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