It’s hard to believe it’s Christmas Eve and the New Year is only a week away. This was a big year for alternative health news and a lot of important discoveries caught my eye—discoveries that can potentially help you live a healthier, more fulfilling life in 2016.
My Favorite 2015 Natural Health New Stories
Hopefully you had a healthy year and your good fortune will continue in the New Year, but for now, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite—and most exciting—Doctors Health Press stories from the natural health news world in 2015:
Top 2015 Alternative Health News Story #1
Corruption in the supplement industry was big news in 2015. Some major retailers were exposed for selling phony supplements to customers, prompting further investigation in the industry as a whole. This could result in the emergence of a central regulatory body to ensure quality control and safety standards in the supplement industry, which is something I think is truly essential to ensure our health and safety.
Top 2015 Alternative Health News Story #2
I also noticed a lot of positive data on the health impacts of tai chi. Far from a typical fitness industry trend, tai chi repeatedly proved it can provide natural treatment for a number of conditions. There have been studies showing it can be effective in treating conditions like stress, arthritis, mobility issues, depression, chronic inflammation, and COPD, and even improve bone strength and sleep. It’s practically a miracle therapy! If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution, tai chi is something worth considering.
Top 2015 Alternative Health News Story #3
Something else that caught my eye is a new alternative treatment for blood pressure. High blood pressure is a huge problem in America and it’s known as the “silent killer.” Olive leaf extract can help lower blood pressure by battling inflammation and removing “bad” LDL cholesterol arterial deposits, while relaxing your blood vessels so they expand and allow blood to flow through much easier.
Top 2015 Alternative Health News Story #4
Another interesting finding could be crucial to people battling diabetes. An important study indicated that increased potassium intake may decrease the risk of heart and kidney disease for people living with diabetes. Typically lower sugar intake and a balanced diet are factors associated with diabetes control, so learning about the benefits of potassium is another breakthrough. Because diabetes can lead to so many other health conditions, finding ways to limit them is key. You can include more potassium in your diet by eating sweet potato, beet greens, beans, and yogurt and by using tomato paste as an ingredient.
There are a bunch of things I’ll be keeping my eye on in 2016 and can’t wait to report to you. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the rest of 2015 and have a happy, healthy holiday!
Sources for Today’s Article:
“Tai-Chi linked to improved physical capacity in certain long term conditions,” Science Daily web site, September 18, 2015; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150918080616.htm.
“Better sleep and tai chi reduce inflammation and promote health,” Science Daily web site, November 5, 2015; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151105103039.htm.
“Tai chi found to be as effective for as physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis,” Science Daily web site, November 7, 2015; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151107172939.htm.
“Dietary potassium may help prevent kidney, heart problems in diabetics,” ScienceDaily web site, November 13, 2015; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151113050942.htm.
Araki, S.-i., et al., “Urinary potassium excretion and renal and cardiovascular complications in patients with type 2 diabetes and normal renal function,” Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 2015; doi: 10.2215/CJN.00980115.
Newman, T., “Potassium-rich diets could protect diabetic patients’ kidneys,” Medical News Today web site, November 13, 2015; http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/302530.