Natural diuretics are herbs or other plants used for their effect on the urinary tract and fluid balance. Diuretics are primarily used to eliminate excess fluid from body tissues, to flush the urinary tract in the treatment of urinary infections, and in detoxification of the body via increased excretion of
Let’s be honest: Hemorrhoids are not an easy topic of conversation for most people. However, they’re very common. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, about 75 percent of us experience hemorrhoids sometime during our lives.
If you have ever suffered the pain, itching, burning, or
Eat a “Rainbow” for Maximum Nutrition
Much of what we said in the previous chapter about vegetables also applies to fruits, including the importance of eating a “rainbow” to get a variety of beneficial phytonutrients. According to the USDA’s MyPlate, women over age 50 should get one and a half
World’s Diets Still Have a Long Way to Go
In a first-of-its-kind analysis of worldwide dietary patterns, researchers from Tufts and the University of Cambridge found overall diet quality worsened even as consumption of healthier foods increased in many countries. The study, published in The Lancet Global Health, compared trends in
In the United States, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon (large intestine) and rectum—is the third-most common type of cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death. The vast majority of these cancers are adenocarcinomas, which usually develop from growths of tissue (polyps) known as adenomas on the inner lining of
Bananas didn’t arrive in the Americas until the 16th century, by way of Portuguese sailors, but they’re one of our favorite fruits. Americans eat, on average, about 30 pounds annually. Bananas originate in Southeast Asia, but their name comes from the Arab word banan, meaning “finger.” The banana’s botanical
People could be putting their lives at risk by dismissing potential warning signs of cancer as less serious symptoms, according to a 2014 study (PLOS ONE, Dec. 2). More than half of the study’s 1,724 respondents said they had experienced at least one red-flag cancer “alarm” symptom during the previous
Q. I recently saw an advertisement for a supplement called colloidal silver, which apparently boosts the immune system. Is it worth trying?
A. This dietary supplement consists of microscopic silver particles suspended in water, and also comes in topical and spray form. It is marketed as a treatment for anything from chronic