Raw honey

Raw Honey is often referred to as “liquid gold” due to its highly therapeutic antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-aging and anticancer properties. Raw honey is not filtered, strained, or heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit and provides far more benefits than regular honey as it is full of active enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that are vital for keeping the body health and for preventing illness and disease.
Raw honey contains vitamins such as B-complex and Vitamin C as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Raw honey has the power to strengthen the immune system, promote digestive health, reduce throat irritation, stabilize blood pressure, calm nerves, relieve morning sickness, balance blood sugar, heal ulcers, purify the blood, fight off colds and flu, soothe sore throats and laryngitis, and flush the kidneys.

Raw honey is also great for digestion as it contains probiotics that help to keep the beneficial bacteria in the gut healthy and strong. Raw honey also functions as a expectorant and is known to benefit respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma. Raw honey promotes restorative sleep and can aid in healing and rebuilding the body during the night.

Raw Honey is hygroscopic, which means it draws all the moisture out of germs which ultimately kills them. This is why raw honey is an excellent first aid cream and can be applied externally, like a natural neosporin, to cuts, abrasions, rashes, and sores to keep the wounds sterile and quicken the healing process.

Consider adding a teaspoon of raw honey to your lemon water and/or herbal tea everyday. It’s provides instant energy and great health benefits which can give you a much needed boost to your daily health routine.

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Turmeric Lemonade That Treats Depression Better Than Prozac! How To Prepare This?

Depression is a mood disorder characterised by low mood and a wide range of other possible symptoms, which will vary from person to person. Depression is common, and in its mildest form most people can lead a healthy and active life with the right treatment and support. On the more severe end, depression can be devastating and even life-threatening, so don’t go through it alone.

Signs and symptoms include:

Sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
Feelings of hopelessness
Feelings of guilt
Irritability, restlessness
Fatigue and decreased energy
Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
Insomnia or excessive sleeping
Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

The good thing is nature bless us with great spices turmeric which can fight most types of diseases. It can help prevent the breakdown of cells into cancerous cells. It can be beneficial if you have Alzheimer’s. It can fight skin cancer, and lower your LDL cholesterol levels and do much more. Turmeric has been used for stomach disorders and pains, acidity, arthritis, diarrhea, liver disorders, jaundice and much more.

It wouldn’t be wrong to claim that it has magical powers

– It is loaded with antioxidants
– It has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits
– It has amazing benefits for your brain
– It helps in lowering the chances of developing heart disease
– It can help in fighting depression

How Turmeric fights depression?

There are several methods and drugs to fight depression with one of the most common drug in the market being Prozac. The sad thing is that these drugs have been known to cause severe side effects most notably: difficulty in breathing, suicidal effects and bleeding in the stomach.

Researches conducted on turmeric and its uses found that the ingredient curcumin present in it is effective against major depressive disorder in the same way as fluoxetine (Prozac). But it doesn’t cause any side effects that come with the medication.

Turmeric Lemonade Recipe


4 cups cold filtered or sparkling water
2 tablespoons freshly grated or powdered turmeric
4 tablespoons 100% maple syrup, honey or Stevia if you are avoiding sugar
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons or limes

Optional: add the juice of 1 blood orange


Combine all ingredients into a small pitcher, stir and serve with a slice of lemon as a garnish.

Repost: NaturalNews

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How much sugar are you actually consuming?

​When you grab that soda or pick up a quickie meal at the store to reheat and eat later, most likely you’re thinking of convenience and not how much sugar is in what you just bought. But, if you stop to calculate it later, you may be shocked that almost every packaged product you buy is loaded with sugar. As reported by SaladPower, this sugar adds up to about 19.5 teaspoons a day!

In this hurry-up world, about 90 percent of what Americans spend on food goes to processed products with artificial fillers, fake fats and sugar. Incredibly, an astonishing 60 percent of the food Americans eat is ULTRA-processed, and these foods account for 90 percent of the added sugar consumption in the U.S.

That’s why it’s more important than ever to understand that decreasing sugar consumption is at the top of the list if you’re overweight, insulin resistant or struggle with any chronic disease. Sugar addiction happens due to intense cravings for sweet food. It’s triggered by the brain by sending signals to the receptors in our tongue that were not able to develop from the low-sugar diets of our ancestors.

Fighting these cravings may be difficult in the beginning, but once you cut down on added sugars and other net carbs (total carbs minus fiber), they WILL disappear. At that point, healthy eating becomes effortless. If you need help with this, a nutrition plan will guide you through learning to eat real, unprocessed foods, including fresh, organic vegetables, high-quality proteins and moderate fruits.

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Massage for Fibromyalgia

Massage therapy can improve chronic pain and fibromyalgia symptoms. Deep relaxation reduces stress, pain, and muscle tension.
The University Of Miami School of Medicine, Touch Research Institute, has conducted various studies regarding the benefits of massage therapy. In a study geared to fibromyalgia patients, it was concluded that massage therapy provided the following benefits: increased serotonin level, decreased circulating stress hormones, decreased levels of substance P (basically a pain messenger), decreased tender point pain, improved sleep patterns, and improved overall sense of well-being. The principal investigators stated that massage therapy is a clinically significant complimentary treatment for fibromyalgia.


I have seen the impact massage therapy has on my fibromyalgia clients. They often enter the session feeling stiffness and discomfort, and leave feeling lighter and in less pain. I have also seen first hand the mood-elevating effect massage therapy has on a person who is feeling down.
Based on what I have experienced in my practice, I view therapeutic massage as a tool that can help people take ownership of their fibromyalgia in a positive, healing way. Regular sessions can help people reconnect with themselves, and facilitate a deep state of relaxation through which they can release some of their pain. During massage the breathing slows down, as does the heart rate. This leads to a state of deep relaxation, kind of a pre-sleep state. Once you have received several sessions, your body can become more conditioned to reproduce this state of deep relaxation.
To learn more or to schedule a session, contact us at 813-695-2338 / http://www.ImpactWellness.com
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Sports massage and prevention to reduce injuries

​An athlete’s peak performance may be dependent upon the proper use and application of sports massage. More than a treatment for injuries, sports massage produces overwhelming benefits for athletes physically, physiologically, and psychologically.
Sports massage is designed to prepare the athlete for their best performance, reduce fatigue, and relieve muscle swelling and tension. During physical activity—especially strenuous—muscle tension builds up in the body’s soft tissues. Due to overextension or overuse, minor injuries and lesions occur in these tissues that can cause a great deal of pain and poor athletic performance. Sports massage helps alleviate pain and prevent such injuries that greatly affect flexibility, mobility, response time, and overall performance in athletic events.
One of the most common setbacks for athletes is delayed-onset muscle soreness, more commonly known as DOMS. This refers to muscle pain that typically develops several hours postexercise and consists of predominantly eccentric muscle actions—especially if the exercise in unfamiliar. Although DOMS is likely a symptom eccentric-exercise-induced muscle damage, it does not necessarily affect muscle damage. Recent studies have concluded that sports massage may help reduce and prevent the often-painful and debilitating effects of DOMS in athletes.
An Australian study involving 5 healthy men and women who performed a variety of new exercises, has concluded that massage played a key role in easing DOMS. “Massage was effective in alleviating DOMS by approximately 30% and reducing swelling.” Massage can reduce this though the improved blood and lymphatic system circulation that assists in the removal of metabolites and other toxins.
Heavily exercised muscles may also lose their capacity to relax. This causes chronically tight muscles, and loss of flexibility. Lack of flexibility is often linked to muscle soreness, and predisposes athletes to injuries– especially muscle pulls and tears. Blood flow through tight muscles is poor (ischemia), which also causes pain.  A regular routine of massage therapy is very effective in combating these effects of heavy exercised muscles.
“Muscular strain is a common sports-related injury with the potential to chronically impair performance when sound principles of injury recognition, immediate treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention are ignored.” When preventive techniques such as sports massage are applied, according to Glen A Halvorson, MD, severe muscular strain may be avoided.
Sports massage should be applied before and after athletic events, with many “maintenance” sessions in-between meets or competitions. Pre-event sports massage is focuses on warming-up the major muscles to be used and improves tissue pliability. It also helps get the athlete in a good mental state for competition and prepares them to reach their athletic performance potential.  Post-event sports massage is given following an athletic event and is mainly focused upon recovery. This type of sports massage is geared toward reducing muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with vigorous exercise.
Integrated into a weekly training regimen, athletes may avoid DOMS, relax and revitalize muscles, and feel calmer and more focused before and after events.
Zainuddin, Zainal et al. Effects of Massage on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness, Swelling, and Recovery of Muscle Function. Journal of Athletic Training. 2005 Jul-Sep; 40(3): 174-180.
Halvorson, Glen A. MD. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Western Journal of Medicine. 1986 June; 144(6): 734–735.
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​Massage vs. Medication: Relieving Pain Alternative

Chronic pain may be a reality for many individuals due to varying circumstances, such as diseases or health complications, underlying illnesses, accidents and more. Whatever the condition, chronic pain can severely impair a person’s ability to live life independently and on a day-to-day basis.

Dealing with pain may make it difficult for person to do to everyday tasks, such as getting dressed, cooking and eating, maintain hygiene and more.

Medication management can be an important part of coping with pain. However, as with all prescription and over the counter medications, unwanted side effects may be experienced. Perhaps one of the most dangerous aspects about using medication to manage pain is the tolerance that is built and the potential for depending or addiction to the drug that is taken. Prescription medications should always be taken with discretion under the supervision of a doctor, who is qualified to monitor use and potential side effects.

Finding Alternative Pain Relief

In some situations, it may be appropriate to explore possible alternative forms of pain relief to help manage symptoms before resorting to medication. Alternative forms of pain relief typically involve little to no risk or side effects and can help restore function and balance to the body In a more holistic manner.

Many forms of alternative pain relief exist, and it may be beneficial to explore a form of pain relief that is most appropriate for you.

Massage Therapy

One form of pain relief that can easily be integrated into a person’s life is massage therapy. Massage therapy involves work on the soft tissues of the body, which includes connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. The purpose of massage therapy is to promote physical and emotional health and well-being through muscle balancing and bodywork.

Massage therapy can be helpful in decreasing stress and any related symptoms, including:

– Insomnia
– Headaches
– Tension
– Muscle fatigue
– Joint pain

Your Experience at Your First Massage

You may initially experience some discomfort during your massage appointment, particularly as a therapist works through deeper muscle layers or areas or the body that are more painful. You may experience soreness after your massage appointment, but this typically improves one to two days after the massage.

Talk with your practitioner about the recommended amount of therapy that may be helpful for managing or relieving your pain. Your massage therapist may be able to recommend a care plan that can help you recover and effectively manage any pain you are experiencing.

Now is the time to stop masking the pain and identify the source of the problem to eliminate the symptoms naturally.

To learn more about massage therapy / bodywork or to schedule a session feel free to contact us at 813-695-2338 / Chris@ImpactWellness.com

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Self-Massage For Knee Pain

Millions of adults in the United States suffer from osteoarthritis (OA), a degenerative joint disease that has historically been described as “wear and tear” of weight-bearing joints of the body, causing changes in the joints’ cartilage, lining and underlying bone. The goals of treating this chronic, progressive disease of aging often include pain and stiffness management, as well as joint mobility improvement.

As the largest and most complex joint in the body, the knee is a common place for people to develop osteoarthritis. And, as more and more research is suggesting, massage therapy can be beneficial. But how can you help clients manage pain between regular massage therapy sessions?

Self-massage is one answer. Read on to learn more about the role self-massage can play in helping your clients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Knee OA is often diagnosed by the presence of osteophytes (bone spurs) and loss of joint space seen on x-rays.1 Although scientists are unsure of the specific cause of knee OA, some influential factors include genetics, obesity, previous knee injuries and overuse.

Additionally, researchers have investigated the possible causative role of the quadriceps muscle group. The quadriceps femoris, located on the anterior thigh, is made up of four distinct muscles that have different points of origin and a common insertion around the knee. These muscles work together to extend the leg, such as in the movement you make when kicking a ball, and also help stabilize the leg while climbing up and down stairs. Joint protection and shock absorption (when walking or running) are also common functions of these muscles.

Quadriceps weakness is commonly seen in adults with knee arthritis, and researchers often debate whether it is quadriceps muscle dysfunction or knee joint changes that precipitate OA of the knee. Dysfunction or weakness of this muscle may affect balance, as well as daily activities such as standing and walking. Additionally, studies have found a correlation between quadriceps muscle weakness and increased knee pain and altered walking patterns in those with knee osteoarthritis2.

Although this condition can occur in any of the weight-bearing joints, knee OA affects approximately 9 million American adults. Unfortunately, this condition does not have a cure, and researchers predict the prevalence of this type of OA will increase as the population ages. The current combination of treatments include exercise, physical therapy, weight control, supportive devices, medications and surgery. However, conventional treatments often don’t provide enough symptom relief, and so more and more people are turning to proven alternatives for pain relief, including massage therapy. Recent studies showing the efficacy are helping drive demand, and can also facilitate better discussions between you and your clients about the benefits of massage3.

How Self-Massage Helps

As previously discussed, studies indicate a correlation among quadriceps weakness, increased pain, and altered walking patterns in aging people with OA of the knee. And it appears self-massage of the quadriceps muscles may help improve function and correct dysfunctions.

Self-massage is the application of various massage strokes to the body’s soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. You might use selfmassage to soothe tired hands and feet, for example, or to ease tension headaches. 

Since self-massage research is in its infancy, there is little significant data to support its therapeutic value. Historically, however, selfmassage has been employed as an integral part of the treatment and management of chronic medical conditions. Lymphedema, for example, is a condition where chronic swelling is the result of a reduction in the transport capacity of the lymphatic system. Massage therapy and self-massage can be helpful in managing this condition.

Specific to self-massage for knee OA, a 2013 randomized, controlled trial by Atkins and Eichler examined the effects self-massage had on pain, stiffness and physical function in 40 adults diagnosed with knee OA. Participants assigned to the intervention group did a 20-minute self-massage protocol twice a week during 10 supervised and three unsupervised intervention sessions. The control group was a wait list. Between group analyses of WOMAC pain, stiffness and function subscales— and total WOMAC scores— showed significant difference between the intervention and control groups, though no difference was seen in range of motion4.

Additionally, self-massage for hand arthritis5 and carpal tunnel6 has been investigated by The Touch Research Institute at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine.

Equally important, of course, are regular exercise, proper diet and weight management. As a massage therapist, you need to keep in mind that selfmassage is not meant as a substitute for ongoing medical care or regular massage therapy. Rather, self-massage is a safe, therapeutic hands-on approach to self care that can benefit your clients between sessions and their work with other health care professionals.

If we follow the evidence, both massage and self-massage therapy can provide symptom relief to people suffering with osteoarthritis of the knee. What a hands-on gift to give our clients—both in the office and at home.
Self-Massage: A Step-by-Step Protocol

This knee self-massage protocol was founded on research linking the quadriceps muscle to knee osteoarthritis. The massage strokes chosen for this intervention are deep gliding (effleurage), tapping (tapotement), and friction.

Guidelnes for Practice

Use common sense when following directions and make adjustments when necessary. For example, if a person has difficulty using the suggested heel of hand, suggest they use a two-handed, one hand on top of the other approach.
Wear comfortable, loose clothing that allows easy access to the thigh.

Maintain good posture and balance. 

The technique can be done safely on the skin with or without lubrication, or on top of most clothing with the exception of jeans, wool or corduroy.

The Rocking: Forward and backward motion during each glide stroke done with the heel of hand uses the weight of the upper-body rather than the arm’s muscles. This protects the arm and wrist from overuse. This is achieved by holding the arm and hand, flexed at wrist, in position while applying deep pressure while rocking forward and backward with each gliding stroke to the quadriceps muscle of the thigh. Also, keep foot flat on floor for knee stabilization.

The first five steps include the warm-up phase to stretch the upper body in preparation to safely massage the quadriceps muscles.

The warm-up includes: Three deep breaths > Three alternate shoulder shrugs > Three alternate arm raises to shoulder > Three alternate arm raises to the ceiling > Three alternate knee raises

Massage strokes to use: Deep gliding massage strokes (effleurage)—performed with or without lubrication—work to soften and lengthen muscle fibers. The heel of the hand is ideal, but knuckles, forearm or elbow can be used according to the client’s needs or desired results.

Tapping (tapotement) is applied with loose fist to stimulate circulation and warm soft tissue.
Friction strokes are applied with no lubrication by pressing fingers firmly into the tissue and compressing a small area while moving the tissue back and forth using short strokes.

1. Thigh Tapping to Anterior Thigh
Tap both hands with a soft closed fist rhythmically at the same time on the upper, then middle, then lower thigh. Repeat 10 times.

Repeat sequence three times, taking three deep breaths.

2.Front Thigh Glide

Seated, move hips forward, extend right leg with foot flat on floor and place heel of right hand on top of right thigh. Glide down using heel of hand. End at the top of knee and release. Bring hand back to starting position. Repeat this sequence 5 times.
Now repeat the same sequence on the left leg, using left hand.

3. Outside Thigh Glide

Place heel of the right hand on top outside right thigh. Glide down outside thigh. End at the top of the knee and release. Repeat this sequence 5 times.

Now repeat the same sequence on the left leg, using your left hand. 

4. Inner Thigh Glide

Seated, place heel of the left hand on top inner right thigh. Glide down with heel of hand. End at top of knee and release. Repeat this sequence 5 times.

Now repeat the same sequence on the left leg, using your right hand.

5. Knee Friction

Without lubrication, strokes are applied around knees. Press four fingertips firmly into tissue, compressing small area while moving tissue up and down using five short strokes around knee—bottom, outside, top and inside.

6. Finishing Glide Stroke

Sit with both feet flat on floor. Place one hand palm down on each upper thigh. Glide down over knee caps across to outside thigh and up to starting position using light to medium pressure.

Repeat five times. End with three deep breaths.


1. Peter Layon et al., “Radiographic Assessment of Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis in the Community: Definitions and Normal Joint Space,” Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 57, no. 10 (October 1998): 600. 

2. Kim L. Bennell et al., “Role of Muscle in the Genesis and Management of Knee Osteoarthritis,” Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America 34 (2008):749. 

3. Adam Perlman et al., “Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis of the Knee,” Archives of

Internal Medicine 166 (2006): 2533-38. 

4. Atkins DV, Eichler DA. The Effects of Self-Massage on Osteoarthritis of the Knee: a randomized, controlled trial. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. 2013;6 (1):4–114. PMC3577640 

5. Tiffany Field et al., “Hand Arthritis Pain is Reduced by Massage Therapy,” Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 11 (2007) 33. 

6. Tiffany Field et al., “Carpal tunnel Syndrome Symptoms are Lessened Following Massage therapy,” Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 11 (2004): 13 

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