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  1. Chronic stress triggers allergies

    Chronic strees the part of allergies that's within your control

    Spring is in the air, and with it comes everything else -- and not just baseball and barbecues. Pollen and other allergens are also out in force, turning spring into allergy season for tens of millions of Americans.

    But it's not just what's floating around in the air that's making you miserable.

    No, there's another factor that could be contributing to your sniffles, sneezes, coughs and wheezes -- and it's something that could be inside you right now.

    It's stress, as new research finds that chronic stress can worsen allergy symptoms and lead to more flare-ups. And along with stress, being in a lousy mood will also boost the number of flare-ups, according to the study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

    So if you want to get control of your allergies, you can start by getting a handle on your chronic stress and improving your mood.

    But don't stop there.

    Tell your doc about your allergies, and he'll almost certainly recommend allergy meds -- drugs that can leave you feeling sleepy and loopy. And in many cases, you can build a tolerance to them, so even when they work, they don't work for long.

    There are much better ways to fight off allergies, including safe, effective and completely natural remedies that can ease or even eliminate the symptoms.

    Start with butterbur supplements, which have been proven in studies to work about as well as common allergy drugs, but without side effects such as sleepiness.

    Then, work with a holistic medical doctor on a natural program to desensitize you to the very allergens causing your misery.

    You own cure will depend on finding that cause.

    Here at my clinic for example, I treat classic hay fever symptoms such as sneezing and runny nose with the homeopathic remedies allium cepa and/or nux vomica. And for symptoms more in the eyes, try euphrasia, a homeopathic remedy made from the eyebright plant.

    There's also one more up-and-coming solution and you're not going to believe how simple it is. I'll have the full story on this encouraging allergy cure in an upcoming issue of my subscription newsletter, Health Revelations.

    Subscribers, watch for it in your mailbox soon. Not a subscriber? It's not too late -- sign up today, and never suffer through another miserable allergy season again.

  2. Omega-3 fatty acid adds years to your life

    Slash your risk of death with this safe and natural supplement

    There are plenty of nutrients that fight disease -- but you won't find too many that can take on death itself and win.

    But omega-3 fatty acid in fish oil can do just that, and do it so well it could literally add years to your life -- 2.2 years, to be exact, according to a new study from Harvard and the University of Washington.

    It's not just a lower risk of one disease or another. The study of 2,700 American seniors tracked for up to 16 years finds that people with the highest blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil have a 27 percent lower risk of death from all causes.

    And if you think that's impressive, you should see how well fish oil protects your heart -- because high blood levels of omega-3 fatty acid may be able to slash your risk of death from heart disease by 35 percent and death from arrhythmia by 45 percent.

    Believe it or not, I'm still not done.

    One omega-3 fatty acid, DHA, could cut your risk of death from coronary heart disease by 40 percent and CHD death due to arrhythmia by 45 percent. In addition, the omega-3 fatty acid DPA may slash your risk of stroke, while EPA could cut your risk of nonfatal heart attacks.

    Of course, the study in the Annals of Internal Medicine may be new -- but the results aren't.

    We've seen numbers like these before, and you can bet we'll see them again, because omega-3 fatty acids are proven to help the heart in a number of very specific ways. They can improve blood pressure, lower levels of deadly triglycerides, and help keep your heart rate steady -- and that last benefit has been proven again by another new study.

    This one, an analysis of 15 clinical trials, finds that fish oil supplements can literally help keep your heart beating at a steady rate.

    If those were the only benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, I'd recommend supplements to absolutely everyone -- men, women, children and even pets.

    But that's only the beginning of a very long list of benefits.

    Omega-3 fatty acids can support the immune system, reduce inflammation, fight depression, and more. They can even protect the brain in general and help to preserve memory in particular.

    In one new placebo-controlled study of young and middle-aged adults, daily supplements of fish oil boosted episodic memory in women and improved the reaction times of working memory in men by 20 percent.

    But you don't have to be young or middle-aged to get the brain boost that comes from regular fish oil supplementation. Omega-3 fatty acids have shown to help improve mood, memory, and overall cognition in older adults and seniors.

    They may even turn out to be one of the most important weapons we have in the fight against dementia.

    A steady fish habit used to be the best way to arm yourself with this powerful weapon. But these days, too many fish are packed with dangerously high levels of mercury.

    To learn which are safe and which you should never let pass your lips, read this.

    For now, however, the safest and most reliable way to get the omega-3 fatty acids you need for all these benefits and more is with a quality fish oil supplement.

  3. Foods that will ruin your mood

    When I get a patient facing depression, one of the first things I do -- before I run a single test -- is ask what they've been eating. And most of the time, the answer to that question tells me everything I need to know -- because people who eat garbage usually end up with a mood down in the dumps.
  4. Get a whiff of concentration

    I always get a kick out of the fridge in my local 7-11. It's loaded with drinks that make all kinds of promises. It's a laugh, because no matter what promise they make, most of these drinks have the same basic ingredients: sugar, water, and artificial flavors combined with small amounts of vitamins or large amounts of caffeine.
  5. Soaking up the benefits of water

    It almost sounds like the benefits of some promising new blockbuster drug: Just a little bit can help lift mood, concentration and energy levels -- with virtually no side effects. Well, there is one side effect: You might need to pee a little more.
  6. Cognitive decline begins in middle age

    Senior moments aren't just for seniors anymore. Anyone can have a brain hiccup no matter how old or young they are -- but the latest research shows that the cognitive slide we usually associate with aging actually begins earlier than anyone would have thought.
  7. When it comes to exercise, less is more

    Everyone should make sure they get moving during the day -- but no one needs to turn into a treadmill-racing workout fiend to get the benefits of exercise.

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