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For 75 years Harvard researchers followed the same 600+ people to determine what contributes to a long, healthy, and happy life. The Harvard Happiness Study is the longest study on health and happiness ever conducted and continues to this day. The Harvard Happiness study has two components: The Grant study, and The Gluek Study. The Grant Study follows 268 physically- and mentally-healthy Harvard college sophomores from the classes of 1939-1944. The second component The Glueck Study, includes 456 disadvantaged non-delinquent inner-city youths who grew up in Boston neighbourhoods between 1940 and 1945. All Subjects were male and of American nationality.

What insights did the 75 year old study reveal? Below are the seven key factors identified.

1. Keep Learning

The Gluek study shows mortality rates of the inner-city participants at ages 68 to 70 whilst the Harvard participants (Grant) lived longer – 78 to 80. The exceptions? Glueck participants who graduated from college (only about 6%) were just as healthy as the Grant participants, even in old age. The studies suggest a lack of education could shorten someone’s life by as much as 10 years.

Multiple studies have confirmed the protective health benefits of education. And if you’re beyond your college years, continued intellectual stimulation at any age can prevent your mind and body from deteriorating.

2. Don’t Abuse Alcohol

Not surprisingly, alcohol abuse is the No. 1 contributor to disease and early death among all participants in both study groups.

The Harvard Happiness study lead investigator, Dr. George Vaillant, even concluded that, “alcohol is a cause, rather than a result, of life’s problems.” Just a few of these problems being depression and neurosis, which tended to follow alcohol abuse, rather than precede it.

3. Don’t Smoke

Aside from alcohol abuse, smoking cigarettes was the next greatest contributor to disease and early death for all participants.

Interestingly, America’s No. 1 tobacco company Phillip Morris was a major funder for the Grant Study. During those years, the participant questionnaires contained questions like, “If you never smoked, why didn’t you?” Despite the subliminal undertones, the study’s major funder couldn’t ignore the consequences and fatalities of smoking. Needless to say, Philip Morris isn’t a sponsor anymore…

4. Exercise and Maintain a Healthy Weight

In his book about the Harvard Happiness Study, entitled Triumphs of Experience, Dr. Vaillant challenges one of our most commonly held conceptions: exercise causes good health. He questions, “Might it not be the other way around? Healthy people exercise, but not necessarily that exercise makes people healthy.”

The study shows regular exercise in college predicted late-life mental health better than it did physical health.

Dr Valliant concludes that exercise and healthy weight are two of the major factors for long life and happiness. While the researchers may not know exactly why exercise and maintaining a healthy weight helps people live longer, the longitudinal study simply shows that it does! Just do it.

5. Relationships Rule.

When asked what he learned from over 40 years leading the Harvard Happiness Study, Dr. Valiiant says “The only things that really matter in life are your relationships to other people.” When asked again for a key takeaway from the study, Vaillant simply said: “Happiness is love. Full stop.”

In a recent TED Talk, Dr. Waldinger concluded, “Good relationships keep us happier and healthier”. After 75 years and $25 million spent, the result of the findings is that good relationships are important.

Not only did participants of both studies who reported having close relationships tend to be happier and healthier, but they also lived longer. Positive relationships are found to have a protective benefit, both physically and mentally, while bad relationships led to earlier physical and mental decline. Positive relationships can actually fend off perceived physical pain, whilst nightmarish relationships have a way of magnifying the pain.

While studying 75 years of records on over 600 people, Dr. Waldinger concludes, “people who fared the best are those who invest in relationships with family, friends and the community. On the other hand, investing in your career and striving for more success has little relevance in the longevity stakes.

6. The Key to Financial Success

According to the longitudinal study, the key to financial success above a certain level does not depend on intelligence, but rather on the warmth of relationships. Those who scored highest on the “warm relationships” measurements in the questionnaire earned an average of $141,000 a year more. Conversely there is no significant difference in maximum income earned by men with IQs in the 110-115 range and men with IQs higher than 150.

7. Develop Great Coping Strategies.

In the Glueck Study, childhood industriousness predicted adult mental health better than any other factor including family cohesion and warm maternal relationships. Childhood industriousness is indicated by whether the boys engaged in activities including part-time jobs, chores, and involvement with school clubs and sports teams

While the study confirms that recovery from a lousy childhood is possible, memories of a happy childhood are a lifelong source of strength.

Harvard Happiness Study Results

The Harvard Study results reveal seven key factors necessary to live a happy, long and healthy life. Participants who only had three of the seven factors at age 50 were three times more likely to be dead by 80. The research shows you need more than 3 of the seven factors to live a long life of health and vitality.

Whilst being fit and healthy are key factors, reading books and keeping your mind active is also important. So too, is the development of good coping strategies to help deal with the curve balls life throws at you. However, the most important factor of all is building and maintaining relationships. So get involved in the community, call your siblings, read books and laugh. Science Says!

Have you been looking for the best natural treatment for Rosacea?

If you answered Yes, then keep reading. Below you will find easy,simple and PROVEN everyday things you can do which will naturally allow you to reduce your Rosacea.

As a sufferer of Rosacea you will know that it is very difficult to treat this disease with conventional medicine as the options available are not satisfactory. Antibiotics long term can effect your immune system and laser and light therapy are expensive and not totally effective. Steroid treatment can cause dependency and is NOT recommended

There has been more success with Natural treatment for Rosacea when followed correctly as it is not riddled with nasty side effects and harmful to the body.

Rosacea in most people is characterised by flare ups that come and go. These flare ups or aggravated Rosacea is caused by certain “triggers”

The most effective start for natural treatment is to LIMIT and avoid these triggers.

So before you know what to limit, you need to find out what causes your flare ups. Keep a diary which records what you have eaten or done that day and how your rosacea is. After a few weeks you will see patterns appearing and be able to pinpoint what is causing your Rosacea to get worse.

Triggers of Rosacea are different for different people. This is because everybody is built differently

There are some triggers which are more common in people With Rosacea. You can look out for these and see if they are your triggers. If they are, there are some tips below you can follow to avoid them

#1 Natural treatment or Rosacea

Reducing YOUR Triggers

Weather

Sun Exposure, Hot Weather, Humidity,cold and wind have all been identified as causing flare up in some people who suffer from Rosacea.

Here are some coping Strategies you can use if this effects you

  1. Always protect your face from the Sun – wear a Hat and Sunscreen. The higher the SPF the better, but at least wear 15. And wear this year round. As sunscreen can also irritate the skin, It is better to use one for Children or ones found in the natural health shop. It is also wise to avoid mid day sun when it is most intense ( 10 am till 2pm). If you are in the heat, make sure you keep your body temperature as low as possible by drinking water with Ice and staying in shaded locations with fans or air conditioning.
  2. Another great idea is to get yourself a hand held fan which you can direct to your face.
  3. In the cold you can protect your face by covering it with a scarf and hat.

Stress

Stress and stressful situations are a very common reason for flare ups. The good thing about this, is that if you recognize that this is one of your triggers, you can use stress management to reduce your Rosacea like

  1. Eating healthy and doing moderate exercise. When your body is fitter, you are more easily able to deal with stress. So give your body the nutrients you need.
  2. Sleep well for at least 7 – 8 hours. When you have sleep deprivation, your body releases stress hormones which cause you to feel stress even with minor things
  3. Meditate if you can. Learn how to still your mind so that your body can repair and rejuvenate. In these days where noise is everywhere, your mind never gets any peace. In fact most people in the modern world feel uncomfortable when it is quiet and look for some ways ( TV, Radio, telephone etc) to fill it. This never allows the mind to be still and relax. It is in these times of stillness that your mind rejuvenates and repairs. This used to happen when we were asleep but now that there are sounds everywhere, the brain is processing all these sounds and not allowing you to be as relaxed as possible. If you are serious about naturally treating your Rosacea, you will take this seriously.
  4. Use this visualization technique – sit in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and think of a very relaxing time or scene that you remember. If you do not have one then make one up. Think of this and actually imagine you are there in the scene feeling its peace and tranquility
  5. Say the word “tranquility” and “serenity” throughout the day to allow the feeling of these words to go through you. Your mind will think of the meaning of these words and give you these feelings.
  6. When you are in a times of stress or situations where it is not possible to stay relaxed, take in some deep breaths and count to 10. Realize that you have probably been through worse and survived. Therefore you will survive again.

Exercise

Now this is quite a paradox. As every one says exercise is great for the body and your health. Yes it is but when you overdo it or do it quite intensely, you can create lactic acid in the body and also heats your face up.

The Good news is that you can reduce the acid and irritation by managing your work out

  1. Work out when it is cooler in the day ( so early mornings or early evening are good)
  2. Work out for shorter intervals more frequently during the day. It has been found that 2 fifteen minute workouts are just as good as a half an hour work out
  3. If you are working out indoors put a fan or open the window to cool the room
  4. Keep a damp towel or a water spray so you can keep cooling your face and neck
  5. Choose low intensity exercises like walking or swimming and aqua aerobics as long as the chlorine does not irritate your skin
  6. Drink cold water to keep your body temperature low by drinking cold water and chewing ice chips

Certain Foods and Drink

Certain foods have been reported by people who have Rosacea to cause irritation and aggravated flare ups. Check if these are your triggers…

  1. Steaming hot tea, coffee and beverages – if you must drink them, do so at a lower temperature and less often. Coffee also causes your body stress and dehydration, both really bad for people with
  2. Alcohol – try to reduce or totally cut out
  3. Food which are high in Histamine or cause your body to create Histamine. Histamine causes an allergic reaction which effects the face and the eyes, so for Rosacea sufferers, this can be quite a problem. This does not mean that you have to avoid these foods forever, but just until your body balances and your body can cope with some extra stress. Here is the list

Histamine-Rich Foods:

• Alcoholic beverages, especially beer and wine.

• Anchovies

• Avocados

• Cheeses, especially aged or fermented cheese, such as parmesan, blue and Roquefort.

• Cider and home-made root beer.

• Dried fruits such as apricots, dates, prunes, figs and raisins (you may be able to eat these fruits – without reaction – if the fruit is thoroughly washed).

• Eggplant

• Fermented foods, such as pickled or smoked meats, sauerkraut, etc.

• Mackerel

• Mushrooms

• Processed meats – sausage, hot dogs, salami, etc.

• Sardines

• Smoked fish – herring, sardines, etc.

• Sour cream, sour milk, buttermilk, yogurt – especially if not fresh.

• Soured breads, such as pumpernickel, coffee cakes and other foods made with large amounts of yeast.

• Spinach, tomatoes

• Vinegar or vinegar-containing foods, such as mayonnaise, salad dressing, ketchup, chili sauce, pickles, pickled beets, relishes, olives.

• Yogurt

Histamine-Releasing Foods:

• Alcohol

• Bananas

• Chocolate

• Eggs

• Fish

• Milk

• Papayas

• Pineapple

• Shellfish

• Strawberries

• Tomatoes

If you need to eat food containing Histamine, you can occasionally take an anti-histamine 2 hours before a meal can reduce the effects

Your skin care and bathing routine

Your skincare and bathing routine can really trigger your Rosacea

  1. Monitor your Skin care products such as astringents,soaps,perfume, moisturizer,shaving cream, hairsprays and sunscreen
  2. Steer clear of ingredients that sting or burn like witch hazel, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil or clove oil
  3. Avoid hot water, hot tubs and sauna Take a shower that is warm.
  4. Change your towels daily. Wash your towels ( preferably with Clorox) to avoid adult acne causing bacteria to grow and spread.
  5. Use natural mild soap. You can get these from natural health shops. Always blot your face dry, never scrub your face.
  6. Do not use razors on your face. Men should use an electric shaver as it is more gentle

The most popular methods of vision improvement includes glasses, contacts and laser surgery. However, very few people know that there is a natural alternative called a program of eye exercises that can help you improve your vision naturally without glasses. Therefore, many people are wondering why their eye doctor never told them about eye exercises as an alternative natural treatment for various vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

This article is certainly not intended to condemn the traditional medical eye care industry. There are many well-meaning wonderful optometrists out there who are doing some good by prescribing glasses to many people helping them to see clearly. However, the fact of the matter is that traditional optometrists in the traditional eye care industry are not trained in the field of nutrition, natural healing and various aspects of health care associated with alternative medicine. They are trained to diagnose eye conditions and prescribe drugs, glasses and contacts as a treatment for vision problems and eye diseases. Often, there are cases whereby it’s simply a case whereby they are not aware of natural techniques such as eye exercises due to the limited focus of their education.

Another explanation is the fact that the traditional eye care industry only focuses on treating the symptoms of eye conditions and eye diseases but really does not focus on correcting the underlying problems that caused your vision conditions and eye diseases in the first place.

Some other reasons are also related to economics. There is a specialized field of natural eye care professionals and practitioners that deal with the field of natural vision improvement. This particular field of eye care is called behavioral optometry. Instead of prescribing glasses the behavioral optometrist looks at the various underlying causes and factors that relate to vision problems. Some of these relate to poor nutrition, lack of eye exercises, the need for eye relaxation techniques and stress reduction, to help the patient to develop, improve, train and upgrade the visual system so that it functions more efficiently. The average mean annual salary of a traditional optometrist in the United States varies from state to state. However, it ranges anywhere from $114,000 a year to $180,000 a year. On the other hand, the salary of behavioral optometrists is about $35,610 a year. There are less behavioral optometrists than there are traditional optometrists simply due to the fact that it is not a profitable industry. Therefore, very few people are aware that these natural eye care practitioners exist.

There are a variety of reasons why doctors don’t tell you about eye exercises as an alternative vision improvement option to glasses, contacts and laser surgery. Some of these relate to the fact that traditional eye care practitioners are not trained in the field of alternative medicine but receive an education that focuses on correcting the symptoms of your eye condition rather than correcting the underlying causes. The natural equivalent to traditional optometry is called behavioral optometry. Behavioral optometrists are fewer in number in the eye care industry due to the fact that this particular field is not a booming and profitable industry. Ultimately, in most cases, your traditional optometrist will tell you that eye exercises don’t work and that there is no scientific evidence to prove that such natural techniques are effective. However, in spite of the fact that they have debunked the science of eye exercises, according to the American Vision institute, the truth about eye exercises is that more than 10,000 patients have been treated successfully with these effective natural vision improvement techniques.

Herbs are making their mark, many of us believe in the power of herbs and their benefits for health and wellbeing. Modern medicine has not been so keen to look at herbal medicine and prefer to prescribe manufactured medications that are clinically researched and trialled.

Organic herbal remedies are making their presence felt nevertheless, even though modern medicine does not acknowledge it or give it any credence. Of course we can agree that modern medicine has been very effective in the prevention and treatment of many diseases. There are so many ailments and conditions that were fatal hundreds of years ago and can now be treated with modern medicine. This has helps increase the life span of many individuals today.

So many of us opt for herbal remedies and although new laws and regulations are often passed to regress the growth of herbal medicine there are those of us who stull choose to treat themselves using natural and complementary remedies.

Disadvantage Of Modern Medicine

However there is a side of modern medicine that also must a acknowledged and this is that these medicines are made in labs using synthetic ingredients and often there are side effects to contend with. Some side effects can be quite harsh while some may be milder. These negative side effects are the price to pay, while with herbal medicine there is much less chance of this happening if at all. There have been cases where in modern medicine the side effects supersede the actual benefits of the drug and can be quite dangerous. Herbal supplements medicine works on a more holistic level or targeting the cause and treating perhaps more mildly but over long term use has shown to offer good results for many.

Statistics in the USA reveal that one of the other disadvantages of modern medicine is that many patients often experience complications die to various medicines and these can often lead to death. The other disadvantage is the price tag, for most people in the developing world the price of these medicines would be unaffordable. Millions of people cannot afford medical treatment and therefore often lose their lives as they are unable to seek treatment.

One of the most debilitating facts about modern medicine over herbal medicine is that that it emphasizes the cure rather than prevention. This has led to the pharmaceutical industry become a multi-billion dollar market where profits become more important than anything else. Herbal and alternative medicine believes in prevention and treating the cause rather than the symptoms.

While herbal supplements seem to become popular, even the beauty industry is steering that way. These days many brands are looking into herbs as their ingredients for their ethical beauty products and skin care products. Even hair care has gone herbal with so many new brands offering natural hair care products.

What do you think the definition of holistic medicine is? I believe many people would ask because the vast majority of people understand medicines as a remedy to illness and diseases. The holistic remedies in short are outlined by the CHMA (Canadian Holistic Medical Association) as a health care unit, which cooperates in relation to all involved, and directives towards optimization of attainment that covers mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social health. Emphasis is also placed on the testing of physiological, nutrients, ecological, lifestyle values ​​and includes spiritual and emotional health. To put it simply, it is a system of drugs that encourage or inspires intellect, spirituality, emotional and mental health and overall sound body and mind.

There are actually three type of medication systems currently. From a holistic view, they are:

  • Alternative Medicine,
  • Complementary Medicine,
  • Natural Healing

In the perspective of medical practitioners as well as the general public, alternative medicine exemplifies health care techniques or methods that are generally not well received and frequently doubted. Some examples of holistic treatments include, Herbs, Acupuncture, or treatment with needles, Homeopathy, (Contemporary disease treatment system) Reiki and many more.

Techniques that are not conventionally received and perceived will be considered to be in this category. Although, it is perceived by some that conventional western medicine is the most effective of all, but it may not be entirely true. Because herbs and acupuncture origin from China where these techniques and medicines have been applied as their conventional medicine for many years, It is really hard to define which is conventional and which is alternative, it all actually depends on the cultural and historical background of the people In that region or country. However, the classification of alternative medicine can be changed to conventional medicine when the vast majority of the general public accept and no longer doubt this techniques or medicines any more.

Traditional medicinal practitioners often used complementary medicine as an aid, which are non-pharmaceutical and non-invasive methods to complement their traditional medicinal treatments. Some examples of such complementary medicine are Imaging, Biofeedback, Change of Lifestyle Program, hobbies and many more. It is concluded that such medication techniques are safer as compared to the conventional invasive and pharmaceutical techniques as it does not involve surgery which is a consist of certain level of risks and drugs which may lead to temporary side effects. In a Holistic Healing Plan, conventional techniques may not be needed at all but in some of such plans, it's a chief segment of the process. It is situational and based on a number of medical considerations.

Last, is natural healing. A technique similar to complementary medicine which does not entail use of invasive, non-invasive and pharmaceutical methods to help the patients. Physical touch has been used in medicine or similar process since the early days of medical care. Healing by touch is primarily based on the idea that the illness, affected area or particular injury located in one area of ​​the human body can negatively affect the rest of the body. With appropriate manual manipulation, it can be cured and brought back to optimum health. Examples of natural healing techniques are: Massage, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Laying of the Hands. Such physical techniques require strict discipline in order to follow through the healing process. The process can be longer long and tiring but it has been proven that it is a safe way to recover from injury or illness as compared to surgery and drugs which involve high levels of risks.

Therefore, it has been proven that illness or injury can be effectively cured using natural methods and not only surgery and drugs. There are other techniques and medication that are able to improve physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social, spiritual and lifestyle values ​​which ultimately attain total cure and attain optimum health.

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If you are currently experiencing impotence problems, your erections are not as hard as they used to be, or you wish to have bigger erections that last as long as your partner needs, then you need to start taking natural herbs erection pills.

Prescription drugs won’t do near as much for you as herbal penis pills. When you take synthetic erection drugs, your penis will get harder. But, it won’t get longer, it won’t boost your sexual stamina, and it won’t increase the intensity of your ejaculations like all natural pills will.

So, how do penis pills work anyways? Well, it begins with the nitric oxide levels in your body. This chemical is what allows your system to open up the blood vessels in your penis. Natural herbs are available that will boost your nitric oxide levels so you can get rock hard erections.

The best natural erection pills will have Cnidium, Ginseng, ad Horny Goat Weed as part of their ingredients. All three of these natural herbs will boost your nitric oxide levels allowing you to get rock hard erections.

In addition to nitric oxide, your body needs testosterone. This is vital to getting hard erections that will last a long time. It’s also vital for having a strong sex drive, high energy levels, and overall good health.

As you probably have guessed, there are herbs that will increase your testosterone levels. A powerful penis pill ingredient is Mucuna Pruriens Extract. This herb will not only increase the production of testosterone in your body but will also increase your sperm count. A high sperm count is important to having intense and longer lasting ejaculations. Make sure your natural herbs erection pill has this ingredient!

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Common reasons why men do not get hard enough erections or lack stamina in bed are.

They have low testosterone and for peak sexual performance and stamina you need plenty of this crucial male hormone. You also need strong blood flow to and into the penal, when you become aroused. Any man with erection problems or lack of staying power will have sluggish blood circulation and low nitric oxide levels.

The Key to a Long Hard Erection – Nitric Oxide

You need to get blood to the penis but it MUST be let in when it gets there!

For this you need to secret nitric oxide which relaxes and expands the blood vessels that lead into the penis which allows a larger volume of blood to enter quickly and this increased volume of blood forms a hard erection.

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Your mind also plays a role in your performance. If you are stressed, worried or anxious, your performance will suffer, so you need lots of body energy and a calm focused mind.

The herbs below will cure all the above problems.

While there is no one herb to cure all problems, the best herbal sex pills will blend 15 or more herbs in one super strength pill, to give you better performance quickly.

The best herbal sex pills will have these herbs in them.

The best Herbs to increase testosterone are:

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The best herbs to help increase blood circulation to the penal are:

Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba and Cistanche Bark.

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L'arginine, Cnidium and Horny Goat Weed.

The best herbs to increase energy and reduce stress are:

Maca, Ashwagandha and Jujube Fruit.

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We may start with descriptions, where both turn out to be substances that are known to help us combat bacteria which may try to harm us. The difference between the natural antibiotics and the synthetic antibiotics is, however, in the fact that the former are products of nature (directly harnessed from the fields, being typically plant parts), whereas the latter are products of laboratory-based chemical synthesis. To get a synthetic antibiotic, you need to know which chemical combinations have an antibiotic effect (that is, a bacteria-killing effect), obtain the ingredient chemicals and mix them in the right proportions to end up with the antibiotic. To get a natural antibiotic, on the other hand, you need to know which plants (and which specific parts of them) have an antibiotic effect, and then go out into the fields to obtain those said plant parts, use them in the right way, and benefit from the said antibiotic effect.

The difference between natural antibiotics and synthetic supplements is not just in terms of definitions, of course.

Natural antibiotics differ from synthetic supplements in terms of (typical) working speeds. We tend to see the synthetic antibiotics working faster than the natural supplements. But note has to be taken of the fact that we are talking of typical cases here: for there are natural antibiotics that are known to work faster than some synthetic supplements. All the same, the typically faster working speed associated with synthetic antibiotics is the main reason as to why the synthetic supplements are commonly used in medical emergencies: where a person is already afflicted of an illness emanating from the bacterial infection, and where speedy decimation of the bacteria is essential. What is notable here is that the efficiency of synthetic antibiotics tends to be their undoing too: as most of them end up inadvertently killing the useful symbiotic bacteria as well.

Natural supplements also differ from synthetic antibiotics in terms of safety profiles. The natural supplements are seen as being, on the whole and in many respects, safer than the synthetic antibiotics. Noteworthy here is the fact that use of supplements is not always on a transient basis (although that is ideally how it is supposed to be). Rather, there are people who find themselves with conditions that force them to use them on a long term or very frequent basis. Such people, if they were to use the synthetic antibiotics, would almost certainly end up with very nasty side effects of such long-term antibiotic use. But where the milder natural supplements are used, the long term outlook may be much better.

Natural antibiotics differ from synthetic supplements in terms of (typical) working mechanisms. We are looking at a situation where the typical synthetic antibiotic works by directly cutting down (killing) the harmful as well as, inevitably, some useful bacteria. This is against a situation where the typical natural antibiotic works by not simply killing the bacteria, but also enhancing the body’s natural capacity to fight off such bacterial infections in the future.

As Oprah Winfrey says, “there is one irrefutable law of the universe: We are each responsible for our own life.” If you are young and if you have great health, you cannot assume that this will continue for ever. Remember that age can take a toll on your health. No amount of sugar-coating can hide the harsh reality that aged people with poor heath may have to lead a hellish life. If you want to avoid such a situation in your life, you should first study the lives of those old people who have been leading a fulfilled and healthy life. This will help you realize that these successful and old people possess great life skills. This means that even while you are young, you must make all possible efforts for acquiring life skills so you can also lead a fulfilled and healthy life during your old age.

But what are these life skills? Though various experts have come out with their own versions, skills like determination, emotional stability, control, conscientiousness and optimism cover most of them. Those who practice and acquire these skills are almost likely to enjoy the health benefits as well as all the good social outcomes during their golden years.

Thanks to these skills, they will have financial stability, there will be no affliction by chronic ailments or by mental depression and most importantly, they need not fear social isolation. Since they will have overall general health, they may lead a smooth life. Andrew Steptoe, a Professor working for the University College London, who conducted a study on a number of aged and healthy people, also corroborates with this fact. He says, “No single attribute was more important than others. Rather, the effects depended on the accumulation of life skills.”

The findings of the study that were published in the PNAS journal, clearly reveal that those who possess these life skills have favorable biomarkers in their blood. Their cholesterol levels are perfect and the C-reactive protein in their system amazingly stands at the right level. It is a known fact that the level of C-reactive protein is a near-perfect marker indicating inflammation that can cause several diseases.

Similarly, those with these life skills have smaller waistlines compared to those who have fewer life skills. Accumulation of fat around the waist is another clear indicator of cardiovascular as well as metabolic diseases. The study also reveals that those with better life skills walk faster and more briskly than others. Researchers involved in the study point out that the walking speed is certainly an objective factor that helps in predicting the future mortality of aged people.

According to Steptoe, “We were surprised by the range of processes — economic, social, psychological, biological, and health and disability related — that seem to be related to these life skills. Our research suggests that fostering and maintaining these skills in adult life may be relevant to health and well-being at older ages.”

Herbal remedies are fast becoming popular even in our generation where everything seems to be governed by science. Herbal remedies or herbal medicine can be the first thing we try whenever we notice something wrong with our system, such as cough and colds. There are also times when we use herbs as our last resort, for example after we haven taken too many fat-burning pills.

We also use different herbal remedies for more serious ailments from ulcer and kidney stones to reproductive problems and even as a cure for cancer. Some doctors even encourage the use of herbal medicines – medically tested herbal medicines that is. Not all herbal remedies are advantageous and beneficial to our health. Some have no effect at all, while some may even cause greater damage.

It is better if you consult your doctor first before you randomly pluck leaves out of your backyard and brew it into tea. As I have said, some may not help you improve your health and may even get you sick. There are also a lot of herbal plants which are not safe for human beings to use. Anyway, in this article, we will list down the advantages and disadvantages of using herbal medicines or remedies.

Advantages

They have all-natural ingredients

Not all herbal remedies you pluck outside your backyard yes, but most herbal products, even those sold commercially, are made with all natural ingredients. These herbal medicines in the form of pills or tablets are guaranteed to contain ingredients which are extracted from the plant itself, or from any of its parts which contain the most essential components.

Since an herbal medicine is made from nature, it is very likely that it will not cause any drastic negative effects on your body. There might be a few pharmaceutical companies though that will mix some synthetic chemicals in the herbal pills but they are added to increase the effect. Otherwise, research before you buy an herbal medicine and make sure it has been approved by the government health agencies.

They give minimal side effects

Most herbal medicines do not give off unwanted side effects because they do not contain harmful chemicals. Instead, as what is stated above, they mostly contain harmless compounds found in nature. Herbal medicines are also less strong as compared to chemical drugs.

There is also less chance that you would develop an allergy reaction to an herbal medicine. Just make sure the herbal medicine you are using is made of one hundred percent natural ingredients and you are safe. However, if allergies have always been a problem no matter what you take in, it is wiser to consult your doctor first before going to the health store.

They cost significantly lower

This is one of the most obvious advantage of using herbal remedies. They are a lot cheaper (and I mean, a lot!) compared to their synthetic and man-made counterparts. The reason why they cost lower is because herbal medicines use natural ingredients and do not have to incorporate chemicals which cost higher than herbs.

Herbal remedies are also very readily available. You can plant a particular medicinal plant in your own garden and backyard so in case you will have to use it, you just have to prepare it in your kitchen. Why, you even saved yourself a trip to the health store!

Disadvantages

Their effects may take a while for you to see and feel

However, just like everything else we have in this world, herbal medicines also come with some negative aspects. Regular users of herbal remedies and medicines may have to agree with me on this, that most herbal treatments need a longer time for them to take effect fully. A person who is waiting for an herbal medicine to take its effect must possess great patience!

Then again, this is not because the herb or any of its ingredients are ineffective. They are just as effective but, especially if you bought a hundred percent natural medicine, they do not contain synthetic chemicals that are sometimes added to hasten the effect of the herb.

Some are not safe to use

Just as what I have said earlier, some herbs are not as safe to be taken and used by humans. Some herbs may not have any effect on our health while some may even cause diseases and sickness due to their poison content. Some of the herbs that are toxic and should be taken under professional supervision are borage, calamus, comfrey, chaparral and even the relatively innocent licorice.