The Hidden Dangers of Yogurt

light yogurtYogurt is healthy for us right? 

Most of us have come to believe so.  Yogurt has become so synonymous with healthy food and dieting that when we see somebody eating it we automatically assume that they’re on some kind of diet or health routine – and most likely they are.

Many of these people would be surprised to learn that the yogurt they’re eating is probably not healthy for them, especially if it’s processed yogurt.

In recent years yogurt makers have had great success in making their product more attractive to the mainstream market by packaging it in convenient containers, and adding flavoring, coloring, preservatives and other “unnatural” additives.

Some people indulge their sweet tooth by enjoying frozen yogurt as an ice cream substitute thinking that it’s healthier and lower calorie than ice cream.

It seems like frozen yogurt “parlors” have popped up everywhere.  There, yogurt is available in a flavorful soft-serve consistency, and customers can add toppings like candy sprinkles and M&M’s.  Many do, figuring they’ve saved a lot of calories by eating yogurt instead of ice cream.

The truth is that many of the top brands of yogurt are unhealthier for us than eating a bowl of ice cream.  Continue reading The Hidden Dangers of Yogurt

What Do We Do If The Drugs We’re Counting On Don’t Work?

Drug-resistant super germsSuper Germs – You can pick them up at the office, at the gym and even in your home.  These germs have developed a resistance to more and more medicines.

Swine flu, when it appeared, was resistant to a group of drugs often used to fight flu in the past. This drug resistance occurs when a virus mutates in such a way that makes drugs ineffective.  The primary cause of drug-resistant bacteria is our overuse and misuse of antibiotics, but mutations can also crop up spontaneously even when drugs aren’t over prescribed.

It’s frightening to think that the drugs we’re depending on are ineffective against these “bugs”.  There are even germs today that are resistant to all antibiotics. As more and more bugs, including some really nasty bacteria become resistant to our best drugs, concerns are rising.  Continue reading What Do We Do If The Drugs We’re Counting On Don’t Work?

Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections

Diagram of the urinary tractA urinary tract infection begins in your urinary system and research has shown that any part of the urinary system can become infected; however, most infections occur in the lower urinary tract, which is known as the bladder. It has been found that women, more than men, have a higher risk of developing a urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection that is focused on the bladder can be quite painful. It is important to get treatment for a urinary infection because if left unchecked, can spread into the kidneys and cause further infection.

The most common solution to a urinary tract infection is to take doctor prescribed antibiotics, but there are some natural alternatives for those who do not wish to go that route. One common way to treat a bladder infection naturally is cranberry juice. Cranberry juice is high in acidity, which can help restore the natural pH balance found in the bladder and help fight off those nasty germs that caused the problem in the first place. You need to be careful though when using cranberry juice for a bladder infection because the high acidity of the juice can in some cases cause more irritation and inflammation.

Homeopathic remedies may be used to treat UTI infections and the resulting symptoms. The specific homeopathic remedy chosen will depend on the symptoms being addressed. Belladonna is often used to treat UTI infections in which the urge to urinate is frequent and intense. Those who fail to pass a normal amount of urine can benefit from Clematis. Sarsaparilla is a good choice for those who have not had success in treating the UTI infection with other remedies. However, homeopathic remedies can be confusing and difficult to choose from without the help of a qualified homeopathic practitioner.  Continue reading Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections