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Natural ways to get rid of back pain

As a person with scoliosis this article definitely hit home for me. I’m going to try some of their suggestions and see if they help. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Regardless of whether you suffer from chronic back pain or just feel it sometimes, a change in lifestyle could help you to strengthen your back, prevent injuries and leave the pain behind.

Back pain is among the most common health problems. U.S. National Institute of Health reports that about 80 percent of Americans at some time  in their life suffer from back pain , and many of them have resorted to OTC medications to relieve pain . But a better approach to these troubles involves allowing the body to recover in a natural way, such as a healthy diet and exercise.

Causes of back pain

Back pain can occur due to a number of reasons, for example, bio-mechanical, degenerative changes in the spine, injuries due to falls or careless lifting of objects, and some medical conditions.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher for healthylocsblog.com

Diabetes, obesity and heart disease are not a part of African-American heritage

I’m so happy that they have started this program to address these issues.  So many people believe that a lot of diseases are just going to happen to them because of heritage never realizing that the heritage is bad eating habits and not genetic.  You are what you eat is so real.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Oldways is cooking up something totally new: cooking classes designed for African-American communities that showcase the rich and healthy roots of African culture and traditional cuisine.

The traditional diet experts at Oldways, the Boston-based nonprofit, have launched a national cooking and wellness program, “A Taste of African Heritage” to help communities and individuals reconnect with the vibrant ways of eating and living that supported the health and wellbeing of African-American ancestors.

This nutritional, cultural cooking program, which follows a successful pilot in 15 locations last year, debuts in 50 locations throughout the country in 2013, with 100 class sites planned for 2014.

“Diabetes, obesity and heart disease are not a part of African-American heritage, said Sara Baer-Sinnott president, Oldways. “Our ‘A Taste of African Heritage’ cooking program addresses these issues and is a springboard to the wonderful old ways of eating and living, creating new healthy traditions by introducing participants to the cultural and culinary roots of their ancestors.”

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Nyesha Samuel, Master Loctician/Publisher for healthylocsblog.com

Top 10 Natural Health Remedies of Coconut Oil

The popularity of coconut oil has skyrocketed in the Western world over the last several years. However, its many health benefits have been known in other regions of the world as part of their ancient history. Better late than never!  Coconut oil is finally taking center stage, and is much needed in our modern world which contains more environmental and food toxins than ever before.

Coconut oil is being hailed as a super ingredient, superfood, and, lately, a super beauty aid. Add to this that it can be consumed or applied to all ages and it becomes a must-have in anyone’s natural health kit.

Let’s take a look at a mere snapshot of the solutions to common and chronic ailments that can be provided by coconut oil.

10. Oral Health – Many natural health practitioners believe that oral health is the very foundation of overall health. Coconut oil has been used as a healthy alternative from toxic commercial toothpastes that contain fluoride. This oil also has been demonstrated to harden enamel, thus reducing the chance of serious dental events. Lastly, due to its antibacterial properties, it serves as a boost toward reducing sores and other infections. Oil pulling with coconut oil is an all-around insurance against tooth decay and debilitating oral health issues.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Healthy Lifestyle and Natural Detoxification Therapies

This is the time of year when most tend to go all wrong when it comes to diet.  Here is a good article on naturally detoxing the body.  You don’t have to be chronically ill to do these.  Sometimes they are good just to give you body a fresh start no matter what time of the year it is. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂


What are some of the natural detoxification therapies that chronically ill people use to feel better and get better? Just a short list are coffee enemas that detoxify the liver by the stimulating effect of the caffeine absorbed into the liver via the portal vein system. Liver flushes and gallbladder flushes that help purge toxic bile, bile sludge, and stones out the liver’s biliary tree, common bile duct, and gallbladder (bile is the green fluid that the liver secretes onto food exiting the stomach. It is also the primary avenue for the excretion of toxic metals, chemical, and other fat soluble toxins that can make you feel sick if they accumulate to excess).

Other detox methods include bowel cleanses and probiotic and beneficial bacteria supplementation, sauna, especially ozone sauna. As well as a wide variety of homeopathic,  nutritional, and herbal detox protocols.

When people with many of the modern illnesses like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and the numerous other “syndromes” or inflammatory and immune system problems do these and other natural therapies, they often time notice very significant improvement in their well being. Such that they may want to do these therapies over and over again or daily. At that point friends and family may start to label the behavior “neurotic” or maybe just make some other observation of concern that something is amiss. It may not be meant in a negative or derogatory way, it may be genuine love and concern. After all, they want’ there family member or loved on to have a good life and don’t understand why they have to keep “detoxing” all the time.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Health benefits of eating pumpkin seeds

Healthy hair and skin starts from the inside out.  Here is a good article on the benefits of adding pumpkin seeds to your diet.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

If you are acidic, or even somewhat acidic, in your stomach, you’d probably be thankful that pumpkin seeds exist.  Everywhere, people are preparing dangerously acidic meals. To counteract the negative effects of acidic foods and meals, take not of studying and incorporating pumpkin seeds into your diet.

Pumpkin historical facts and trivia

  • Pumpkin was originally discovered in Mexican caves dating back to about 7,000 BC
  • The North Americans were the first people to use pumpkins as food and as herbal medicine.
  • Today, pumpkin seeds, called pepitas by the Mexicans, are a basic ingredient in Mexican dishes.
  • People of ancient Greece also make use of pumpkin seeds
  • For every 100 grams of pumpkin seeds, one can get 559 calories.
These seeds increase in nutritive value as they age. According to research done in the Experimental Station in Massachusetts, squash and seeds of pumpkin that have been stored for a long, long time increase in their protein content.

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Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs
Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com


10 Dairy-Free, Calcium-Rich Foods

A big part of having healthy hair is what you feed your body.  As a vegetarian who is trying to lean more towards vegan, I loved this article on dairy free options for calcium.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

It’s never too late—or too early—to adopt simple lifestyle changes that will strengthen your skeleton and help delay bone breakdown.
Almond Milk
Official recommendations encourage women between the ages of 19 and 50 to get 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day and women older than 50 to get 1,200 milligrams. Amy J. Lanou, Ph.D., senior nutrition scientist for the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and coauthor of Building Bone Vitality (McGraw Hill), suggests lowering that to 500 to 800 milligrams, preferably from dairy-free food sources. Lanou explains that a higher calcium intake is unnecessary and, if it comes from supplemental sources, may cause constipation and negatively impact the absorption, production or metabolism of other nutrients.

Dairy foods—cheese and ice cream in particular—are highly acidic, but the body prefers a slightly alkaline pH; to neutralize the acidity from dairy, your body pulls calcium from the bones. Hip fracture rates are highest where calcium intake from dairy foods is highest, including in the U.S. and Northern European countries.

Almond milk, with 300 mg of calcium per 8 oz, can be used in recipes and smoothies in lieu of cow’s milk.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher for healthylocsblog.com

Natural Health: Coconut water is great for health

Sugar is one of the major reasons Americans are getting fatter and fatter. Each year, the average American drinks 52.4 gallons of soda, which equates to 52 pounds of sugar — and that’s just from soda.

These numbers are actually higher when you factor in infants and people who do not consume soda. For those who are still consuming drinks with artificial sweeteners, it is old news that you will struggle in your weight loss efforts as well.

Many people say they just can’t drink water — they don’t like it. These flavor (chemical) addicted people are depriving their bodies of the majority of what they are made up of. The human body is 70 percent water, not Pepsi or diet iced tea.  I pity the poor kidneys of individuals that drink very little water.

For those who are trying to become a healthier specimen, I may have an option as you transition from a soda swiller to a water lover. Coconut water is a viable option that is readily available to almost everyone. For young children that are bringing those unhealthy juice boxes to school, consider this a much healthier choice.

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African American Women’s Health Issues Missing From Magazines

Magazines have long been a primary source for entertainment and news. But as KU assistant professor Crystal Lumpkins points out, magazines are also crucial in providing women with tips and awareness on health issues.

Lumpkins was part of a team of journalism professors that examined four women’s magazines (Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Ms. and Essence) and their attention paid to health concerns among African American women. More than 130 articles were used in the study, and what Lumpkins found was that many of today’s popular women magazines routinely failed to discuss issues concerning African American women.

Spirituality and AIDS issues are two of several topics Lumpkins believes need more attention in general readership magazines. She talked with Susan Wilson about the critical role magazines play in driving the discussion of health issues.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Soul Food Junkies – Film Trailer

I’m really looking forward to seeing the full length version of this film Soul Food Junkies.  So much sickness in the world, especially the African American community, is directly linked to the foods we eat everyday.  I’m happy to see this topic challenged so that more eyes can be opened to healthier lifestyle choices.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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“Soul Food Junkies” Official Teaser (2011) from Byron Hurt on Vimeo.

Fresh Healthy Vending Cafe !

I love this idea ! Since vending machines have been shoved down our throats for years, they might as well make them healthy. It bothers me immensely when i visit someone in a hospital and the place is full of junk food vending machines and a McDonald’s as the cafeteria. It’s like a blatant “screw you, we want you to stay sick”. So hopefully these new healthy vending machines will be the option everywhere in the future 🙂 Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Fresh Healthy Vending Cafe aims to become Starbucks’ biggest competitor within the next five years. While some may have a difficult time with the concept, their high-tech vending machines serve up fresh brewed organic coffee within seconds, and for a fraction of the cost. It just so happens that these innovative machines also offer a range of delicious natural, organic and healthy snacks. For consumers, it comes as a delicious way to save money. For entrepreneurs, it provides a rock-solid way to gain an edge in the business market, as the trend gains momentum and machines are placed around the country.

“Our strategy is to bring great coffee to new and unexpected locations as well as healthy snacks and drinks where it’s traditionally been hard to find these high quality products,” said Dan Negroni, CEO of Fresh Healthy Vending. “We believe our Fresh Healthy Vending Cafe will definitely change the way people think about coffee as the specialty coffee products coming out of our machines are on par with what people expect from a barista at their local coffee shop and to top that off they can purchase a healthy snack or cold drink from the refrigerated section of our machines by just putting in cash or a credit card.”

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