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Do You Use Your Body As A Garbage Can?

Do you clean off your plate even when you are already full? Do you finish the dinner scraps just because you can’t stand the thought of throwing out the food? Do you eat that last spoonful of chili in the pot just because nobody in your family wanted to finish it? To get rid of this extra food, do you choose to throw it right in your mouth?

If that sounds like you, you are not alone. This behavior is very common. Most of us have been taught not to be wasteful. When we were little, we were told to clean off our plates, so it is deeply ingrained in many people’s minds. We feel guilty about throwing out any food, especially since we know that there are so many starving people in this world.

In addition, since we paid money for the food, we perceive leaving food on our plates as wasting money. It is especially true in restaurants – if there are not enough leftovers to take home, most of us will clean off our plates because we feel we have to get our money’s worth.

Do we stop to consider that day after day, it really adds up. All this food that we eat after we are already full turns into tens of pounds of body fat not to mention whatever additives, preservatives, pesticides etc are in the food we’re eating. You avoid wasting the food, but instead, you might be wasting your health, your goals, and your weight loss efforts.

Next time you are about to eat because you feel guilty for the wasted food, tell yourself:

“I Am Not A Garbage Can!”

Instead of throwing the unwanted food in the trash, you are throwing it into your stomach. By doing that, you are treating your body as a garbage can on an energetic level. You are not the chosen medium to gather stuff that nobody wanted to eat!

To get over the guilt associated with wasted food, think of it from the perspective that this excess food is actually serving a better purpose when it’s fed to your compost or your dog, or just throw it out! Let go! If that food is thrown out, it might cause you to be mindful about how much food you cook or purchase for a meal, and that less might be sufficient so that you can fulfill your appetite and not allow any leftovers.

When you eat everything off your plate, it is completely fine. Just do ensure you’re maintaining a good exercise regime. Also, don’t think that you are wasting your money if you don’t finish all the food you paid for. The money is already spent – you are not going to gain more money by eating more than you can fit in your stomach!

Aim to only eat when you are hungry. Treat your body well. Say it with me, “I Am Not A Garbage Can!”


How The Environment Is Affecting Your Health

The effects of our polluted environment on our health can lead to illness and worse. There has been evidence in many parts of the world that soil conditions in agricultural landscapes have deteriorated significantly over the last 50 years, due to pesticides, heavy metals and air pollution. When people eat foods deficient in vital nutrients, specifically glyconutrients and vitamins it can begin to create malabsorption, due to the breakdown of the critical communication system within our body. This affects the body’s most powerful weapon, the immune system, and the body’s ability to heal itself.

A harsh environment of industrial pollutants, and chemicals, even in the products we use on our body, hair, face, our home, clothes, car… there are so many chemicals involved which can impair our digestive system, our liver, kidneys, our fertility and our brain leaving us wide open to diseases and infections.

Tap water, even plastic bottled water that we ingest contains chemicals, that pollute our bodies and also pollute our environment. The fine balance between all the mechanisms that help us digest our food and give our bodies the energy it needs to survive is being compromised every day by toxins all around us.

What can you do to help your body strengthen its own immune system?

You can aim to limit the number of toxins you ingest, consume, and use in your home. That includes the food you eat.

Choose local farmers, ideally organic fruit, herbs, and vegetables…grow your own organic produce where foods are pestacide-free, and have rich soil content due to mindful agricultural practices. Opt for a plant-based or Vegan lifestyle, where no animal by-products are used, specifically not in your food, as animals are fed growth hormones and other genetically modified supplementation and factory farming is of itself, a cruel and wasteful horror show of an industry that is contributing to the most pollution on the planet due to its carbon imprint.

You can counter much of the environmental pollution by supplementing your diet with Vitamin supplements from reputable sources, as well as mineral supplementation, pestacide-free and organically grown herbs either in tincture or oil form, and freshly grown and eaten in teas, salads and juices. In addition to ancient systems such as Chinese Medicine or African healing systems.

Exercise and oxygen; oxygenate your body daily; swimming, dancing, aerobics, running, walking, and deep yoga practice with pranayama focus to ensure a healthy immune system and blood flow.

Oxygen therapy tanks, cryo tanks, infrared saunas, chiropractory, acupuncture, Gua Sha, and cupping reduce inflammation and assist us with dis-ease even neurologically.

All these things and more can help us to maintain a healthy life in spite of the environmental pollutants all around us.

Regular detoxing is highly advised to support the liver and kidneys and the digestive system, flushing our organs of heavy metals, parasites, fungus and molds.

Our health is our most precious commodity. It is up to us to take care of our health when the industrialized world around us is ignoring the health of the planet, nature; animals and human life. We must take steps to improve our health ourselves, so we can enjoy a better life and have more energy to do the things that matter to us in life.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to give any medical advice. Consult a health professional.


The Power Of Cinnamon

More than 170 million people throughout the world suffer from diabetes and the number continues to climb. Could it be that many of these people could benefit from an easily accessible product such as cinnamon?

This spice, which most of us have in our kitchen, has been shown to have the power to cut blood sugar levels nearly as much as statin drugs!

The magic ingredient in cinnamon is believed to be a substance called MHCP. The MHCP is thought to be the reason cinnamon reignites the ability of fat cells in diabetics to respond to insulin and dramatically increase glucose removal.

In addition, two new studies reveal new evidence for the beneficial effects of cinnamon as an anti-inflammatory agent and support earlier research of its power as an anti-oxidant agent and an agent able to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose, and improve the functioning of insulin.

However, before you run out and buy a case of cinnamon, keep the following in mind. Eating mouthfuls of cinnamon straight from the bottle may not be the best solution. Table cinnamon is not water soluble, which means it can build up in the body with unknown consequences.

Also, some of the beneficial qualities of cinnamon, such as lowering total cholesterol, only occurred by taking the capsule form. It is believed that a person’s saliva may have some harmful effects on cinnamon.

Do not despair; there are still plenty of benefits if you don’t have time to get cinnamon capsules. It is my guess that most of us will just use the cinnamon we have sitting in the cupboard.

Just a half a teaspoon a day is all you need to get the blood sugar reducing benefits. You can also get the effect by simply soaking a cinnamon stick in your next cup of tea.

While many type II diabetics are finding a great improvement in their health with cinnamon supplementation, the good news does not end with help for diabetes. Many non-diabetics are discovering the energy boosting properties of this wonderful spice and use cinnamon as a daily energy tonic.

There is also speculation by researchers that cinnamon can help people with pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is a disease were unusual amounts of insulin are produced by the pancreas in response to a cancer tumor. This causes insulin resistance in the cells and prevents the cell from getting glucose. In theory, researchers think cinnamon might help overcome this resistance.

Insulin resistance may also be involved in diseases such as Alzheimer’s according to some scientists. Studies are ongoing to test this theory.

The powers of cinnamon cannot be denied and its help for some diabetics and pre-diabetics has been nothing short of miraculous.

Of course, this does not mean to rush out and gorge on cinnamon rolls and cinnamon flavored pie. There is too much sugar in that diet. The best options are taking capsules or sprinkling a half teaspoon of cinnamon on what you normally would eat.

Don’t forget to inform your doctor before taking cinnamon as it might have interactions with other medications.


Take A Break From The Game – Where Is Your Attention?

Life can be a stressful game if you believe it to be. While there are outside circumstances that are outside of our control, there are also many circumstances within our control. No matter what though, the game of life is played until the end. Like all games, players will inevitably have a moment or two of frustration at how the cards have been dealt. People grow frustrated with the rules and regulations of the game, feeling despondent at how some people are able to ‘bend’ the rules while others are incapable of doing so. Stress and anxiety ensue and we have individuals and even communities needing to find ways to alleviate the many problems. Some people are able to react well or have the ability to cope and thrive with the stress and anxiety of modern life, with all the trials and tribulations that playing ‘the game’ entails. However, some people cannot cope well with stress and anxiety, eventually making that person susceptible to dis-ease either physically and or mentally.

The question is, where is our focus? The average person copes with considerable day-to-day stress and anxiety, embracing it as just a part of life’s journey, but there are abundant ways to incorporate stress relief methods into your lifestyle, and depending on each person, choosing one or more methods or activities that will work to give you a reprieve from the stressor, is highly beneficial, rather than remain in apathy. Avoid unhealthy and temporary vices that take the ‘edge off’ temporarily, common methods that people use as stress relief, such as drinking and smoking are harmful in excess due to the habit-forming effects of nicotine and alcohol on the body and brain. Alcohol is rapidly metabolized by the body and can impair judgment fairly quickly, and in large quantities, it may also cause damage to a person’s liver. Smoking poses even more long-term health risks, in the form of lung cancer and various other respiratory problems, so you want to find healthier ways to co-exist with environmental stressors, without compromising your health.

Focus on beauty, joyfulness, love, peace, tranquility, quiet, stillness, and connection while you traverse the journey of life. Music helps us get into these states. No matter the genre if we like the music, then we attach meaning to it in our many moments; the score/accompaniment on our life’s journey. Classical or symphonic music in particular is a scientifically proven effective form of stress relief.

Psychiatrists believe that classical music is at a much higher standard compared to most contemporary music due to its frequency. The melodies have several beneficial effects on the human psyche, from soothing feelings of anxiety and tension to helping stimulate some areas of the brain. While there are some samples of more modern compositions that can achieve similar effects, most studies show that there is a lack of consistency in this. Popular myth holds that Mozart’s compositions tend to be the best stress relief music, with Bach, Vivaldi and Beethoven also having similar effects.

While navigating the game of life, experiencing nature is the most grounding. With so many facets of nature to explore, that are highly relaxing, and deeply inspirational, the connection to the Earth, Sea and Sky is unmatched. Remember, we create our reality, so make it great. Include time appreciating the planet you live on and how it functions to support your existence, as you chase your dreams, goals, and aspirations. Life is a game, each of us players and actors in a big production. If we choose to play survival and struggle, we will play that hand, if we choose to thrive and rise we will play that hand. We don’t necessarily need to be victims of circumstance; countless trials and tribulations we might encounter when playing the game of life, we do have the power to change things up, and turn things around by the simple act of changing what we focus on.


Aloe Vera and Its Natural Skin Care and Health Benefits

Aloe vera plants, particularly aloe barbadensis miller plants, have been used for centuries to help burns, cuts, and other skin ailments. It is known to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, which allow skin ailments to heal while reducing the risk of infection. Aloe gel can work as a natural anesthesia to reduce or alleviate pain caused by burns, cuts, and skin rashes. For severe sunburn, aloe vera gel cools the burning skin and helps speed up the healing process. The aloe gel inside the leaf is used as a natural healing salve.

Natural Aloe-Based Solutions for Skin Care and Health

As skin cells die, new skin cells must replace the old to promote healthy skin. Aloe creams and gels on the market can help enhance this process and to help with itching, burns, cuts, psoriasis, shingles, and other skin conditions. Commercial aloe products include everything from creams to lotions to nutritional supplements in pill or drink form. The products often combine aloe gel with other ingredients.

How to Buy Natural Aloe Products

Ideally growing your own aloe vera plants is the best most organic option, the next best thing is a natural aloe-based product. But before buying, be sure the products are all-natural with few or no added ingredients that could decrease the aloe’s beneficial properties. Read the ingredients on each product and learn why the ingredients were added. You’ll find some products, to have added natural ingredients to enhance the product’s skin care and health properties.

If you have psoriasis, for instance, aloe vera can assist you to soothe this condition in particular. If you work in the sun or are outdoors a great deal, aloe vera can protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays after exposure. Nature has everything we need to stay and maintain our health today and every day.


Depression and Weight Loss-Gain

Depression can be considered one of the most severe conditions of a person’s life. Anyone suffering from depression can experience a gain in weight or loss. A sudden weight change can be a symptom of depression, as well as a side effect of something else. Some people can experience a certain change in their body weight, but without significant details of your lifestyle; diet, workout habits, and previous medical history, it is hard to decide exactly what effect Cortisol levels are having on your body weight.

Cortisol is a hormone secreted by the body that regulates blood pressure and metabolism. It also plays a vital role in the stress response and has become known as the stress hormone. When a person experiences stress, the body is in a fight or flight state, and inflammation in the body and other issues can ensue, as a result.

Serotonin, the happy hormone, with a biological function that is linked to memory in addition to numerous other functions is produced by bacteria in the intestinal tract. Depression can lead people to reach for external solutions to acquire a joyful and happy state, and many people reach for eating carbohydrates and sugars, (fast processed foods) to get that ‘high’ serotonin level.

If you experience depression, try eating a small quantity of selenium which can be obtained by eating foods such as total wheat bread, bran, brazil nuts, onions, tomatoes, and broccoli. Including some of these foods on a regular basis as a maintenance plan. Also include adequate consumption of salads and vegetables in your meal plans. Fatty acids and antioxidants present in these nutrient-rich foods are very helpful for brain cognition.

A daily routine, time spent in nature, cooking, gardening, and engaging in a hobby or project can assist in maintaining a healthy and stable mental outlook, while also seeking professional therapy for tools to navigate the condition is advised. Keeping your metabolism and blood sugar levels normal, will stabilize your mood, and should ease depression symptoms. Exercise is highly encouraged and has been proven to boost mood and treat mild to moderate depression effectively. If it is not possible to exercise for 1 hour just start with 15-20 min daily; a quick walk, cycling, dance, yoga, or swimming are great ways to add movement to the body and allow the body to help in the healing process.


Emotional Eating

People commonly eat more whenever celebrations arise, such as birthdays and holidays. A new study found out that people who have the tendency to eat in response to external factors, such as holidays and celebrations, have lesser problems in dealing with their weight loss than those people who eat in response to their emotions (considering internal factors). The study also found out that emotional eating was associated with weight regain for people who lost weight.

Lead author Heather Niemeier of Miriam Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center states that they have findings that the more people report eating to respond to thoughts and feelings such as when one is lonely, the less weight they lose in a behavioral weight loss program. The findings also showed that among those who have successfully lost their weight, those who report emotional eating were more likely to regain it. The authors noted this as important since one of the greatest challenges in facing the field of overweight and obesity treatment remains the problem of weight regain following weight loss. According to Niemeier, participants in behavioral weight loss programs lose an average of ten percent of their body weight, and these losses are associated with significant health benefits. Unfortunately, the majority of participants return to their baseline weight within three to five years.

In this particular study, the researchers analyzed the individual’s responses to a questionnaire that is widely used in overweight and obesity research called the Eating Inventory. The Eating Inventory is a tool designed to evaluate three aspects of eating behaviors in an individual such as cognitive restraint, hunger, and disinhibition. For more specified research, Niemeier and her team only focused on the disinhibition aspect of the Eating Inventory. Although past studies have suggested that disinhibition as a whole is an accurate predictor of weight loss, the scale itself includes multiple factors that could separately forecast outcomes. Niemeier said that the disinhibition scale will evaluate the impulse eating in response to emotional, cognitive, or social cues. Their goal was to examine and isolate the factors that make up the disinhibition scale, and then determine if these factors have a specific relationship with weight loss and regain.

Those included in the study are divided into two groups. The first group was composed of 286 overweight men and women who are currently participating in a behavioral weight loss program. The second group on the other hand included 3,345 members of the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), an ongoing study of adults who have lost at least thirty pounds and kept it off for at least one year. According to the study, by examining these two different groups, they were able to evaluate the effect of disinhibition on individuals attempting to lose weight, as well as on those who are trying to maintain weight loss. Upon further examination, the researchers found that the components within the disinhibition scale were to be grouped in two distinct areas: external and internal disinhibition. External disinhibition describes experiences that are external to the individual, while internal refers to eating in response to thoughts and feelings, which includes emotional eating. Results showed that in both groups, internal disinhibition was a significant predictor of weight over time. For those people enrolled in weight loss programs, the higher level of internal disinhibition, the less weight is lost over time.

Their research has suggested that attention should be given to eating that is triggered by thoughts and feelings since they clearly play a significant role in weight loss. Internal disinhibition, however, predicted weight change over time above and beyond other psychological issues including depression, binge eating, and perceived stress. Further modification of treatments in order to address these triggers for unhealthy eating and at the same time help the patients learn alternative strategies could improve their ability to maintain weight loss behaviors, even in the face of affective and cognitive difficulties.


Aerobic Benefits and History

Aerobic Benefit:

The word “aerobic” means “with oxygen”. Researchers consistently recommend that regular physical activity with healthy eating habits is the most efficient way to keep yourself fit and control your body weight. Aerobic activity helps you to control or reduce your weight by using excess calories that otherwise would be stored as fat. Everything you do uses the calories including sleeping, digesting food and breathing. Any physical activity to what you normally do will use extra calories. So doing regular aerobic exercise gives you a sense of positive attitude that helps to counteract stress. Aerobic activity increases the bodyís production of endorphins.

Benefits of aerobics:

* The heart works more efficiently and becomes stronger.

* It helps to control your weight.

* Reduces the risk in developing diabetes, obesity and any heart disease.

* There is an increase in good cholesterol and decrease in bad cholesterol.

* It increases endorphins.

* Increases the body’s ability to take in oxygen and makes you breathe faster.

* It helps to reduce and control body fat.

* Improves the body muscle strength and flexibility.

* Improves the quality of sleep that freshens you early the next morning.

* Helps to avoid chronic diseases like heart disease and hypertension.

* Aerobics increases resistance to fatigue and gives you more energy.

* Improves your mood and reduces depression, stress and anxiety.

* It avoids overheating.

* Aerobics pumps the blood faster and more forcefully.

* Helps in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

* Builds muscular strength and makes your body more flexible.

* Helps to reduce blood pressure.

* Prevents certain types of cancer also.

In short, aerobics burns your fat. Aerobics makes you live longer and live healthier and happier.

It builds up a positive attitude in you and changes your perception of looking towards life.

Regular aerobic exercises will force the heart to gradually enlarge and it is important to always target your heart rate.

Here safety is first:

A vigorous aerobic routine can cause sprains and injuries if you don’t warm your body up first. If you have any medical concerns consult your doctor.

Aerobic history: ‘Origin of the way ending in a fit and healthy world’

Aerobics is nothing but a system of exercises to help prevent coronary artery diseases which were first put forward by a physician called Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper in San Antonio air force hospital in Texas. Shortly after the publishing of Cooper’s book about the exercise system, Aerobics in 1968, a person known as Jackie Sorenson developed a series of dance routines known as the aerobic dance to considerably improve cardiovascular fitness. In this way, aerobic dance became widely adopted in the United States and many other counties, for around two decades. The number of aerobics participants in the US alone was estimated at 6 million in 1978 to 19 million in 1987.

Aerobics since the day of its introduction is a fit and healthy exercise for a lean, toned body structure and has expanded from in-class Aerobics classes to water Aerobics, Dance Aerobics; Zumba, Afro, Latin…


Adrenal Fatigue And How To Beat It.

Your adrenal glands are two tiny pyramid-shaped pieces of tissue situated right above each kidney. Their job is to produce and release, when appropriate, certain regulatory hormones and chemical messengers.

Adrenaline is manufactured in the interior of the adrenal gland, called the adrenal medulla. Cortisol, the other chemical from the adrenal gland, is made in the exterior portion of the gland, called the adrenal cortex. The cortex also secretes androgens, estrogens, and progestins. Cortisol, commonly called hydrocortisone, is the most abundant — and one of the most important — of many adrenal cortex hormones. Cortisol helps you handle longer-term stress situations.

In addition to helping you handle stress, these two primary adrenal hormones, adrenaline, and cortisol, along with others similarly produced, help control body fluid balance, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other central metabolic functions.

In the heightened nervous state of adrenal burnout, the body overproduces adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress hormones. Constant stress and poor nutrition can weaken the adrenal glands. Eventually, this causes the adrenal glands, the front line in the stress reaction, to show wear and tear and become depleted. This frequently leads to impairment in the thyroid gland, which can cause a further decline in energy level and mood and is one of the reasons why many people have thyroid glands that donít work well.

When stress continues over prolonged periods of time, the adrenal glands can deplete the body’s hormonal and energy reserves, and the glands may either shrink in size or hypertrophy (enlarge). The overproduction of adrenal hormones caused by prolonged stress can weaken the immune system and inhibit the production of white blood cells that protect the body against foreign invaders (in particular lymphocytes and lymph node function).

Adrenal dysfunction can disrupt the body’s blood sugar metabolism, causing weakness, fatigue, and a feeling of being run down. It can also interfere with normal sleep rhythms and produce a wakeful, unrelaxing sleep state, making a person feel worn out even after a full night’s sleep.

Common Causes of Adrenal Stress

  • Anger
  • Fear / Worry /Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Guilt
  • Overwork/ physical or mental strain
  • Excessive exercise
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Light-cycle disruption
  • Going to sleep late
  • Surgery
  • Trauma/injury
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Chronic infection
  • Chronic pain
  • Temperature extremes
  • Toxic exposure
  • Malabsorption
  • Maldigestion
  • Chronic illness
  • Chronic-severe allergies
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Testing for Adrenal Health

In order to determine the health of your adrenal glands, you need to have simple blood, urine, or saliva test such as the Adrenal Stress Index performed by your practitioner. Cortisol levels can be checked by blood in the morning or throughout the day by a saliva test. DHEA, and Epinephrine, are some other indicators of adrenal function. The information provided by testing can help to determine the most appropriate type of treatment.

Associated Symptoms and Consequences of Impaired Adrenal Functioning

  • Low body temperature
  • Weakness
  • Unexplained hair loss
  • Nervousness
  • Difficulty building muscle
  • Irritability
  • Mental depression
  • Difficulty gaining weight
  • Apprehension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Excessive hunger
  • Tendency towards inflammation
  • Moments of confusion
  • Indigestion
  • Poor memory
  • Feelings of frustration
  • Alternating diarrhea and constipation
  • Osteoporosis
  • auto-immune diseases/hepatitis
  • Lightheadedness
  • Palpitations [heart fluttering]
  • Dizziness that occurs upon standing
  • Poor resistance to infections
  • Low blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Food and/or inhalant allergies
  • PMS
  • Craving for sweets
  • Dry and thin skin
  • Headaches
  • Scanty perspiration
  • Alcohol intolerance


Lifestyle changes such as:

Eating steadily, all day long. Skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do for your body. When you’re hungry, your blood sugar drops, stressing your adrenal glands and triggering your sympathetic nervous system. That causes light-headedness, cravings, anxiety, and fatigue. Another drawback to skipping meals: The resulting low blood sugar can affect your ability to think clearly and shorten your attention span.

Skipping breakfast is particularly bad, as it is a sure-fire way to gain, not lose, weight. If you start each morning with a good breakfast and “graze” healthfully every two to four hours, your blood sugar will remain steady throughout the day. You’ll feel more rested and energetic.

Eat protein with every meal. Eat Complex carbohydrates such as brown rice. Avoid sugar, junk food, white pasta, white rice, and white bread.

Absolutely NO Caffeine. Coffee/Sodas overstimulate your adrenals and they deplete important B vitamins.

Coffee does not give you energy; coffee gives you the illusion of energy. Coffee actually drains the body of energy and makes you more tired, because of vitamin and adrenal depletion.

Exercise to relax. Walking, Yoga, deep breathing, meditation, or stretching. No vigorous or aerobic exercise depletes the adrenals.

Avoid alcohol, processed foods, and tobacco. Nicotine in tobacco initially raises cortisol levels, but chronic use results in low DHEA, testosterone, and progesterone levels.

Reduce stress; learn relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, and progressive muscle relaxation.

Helpful Supplements

The use of small amounts of natural adrenal hormone (hydrocortisone) to bring slightly low adrenal function up to its proper normal daily range is often helpful.

Take a daily multivitamin to provide nutritional support to the adrenal gland.

Vitamin C 1,000-3,000 mg a day

L-Theanine 100-400 mg a day

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) 300 mg a day

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), no more than 1000 mg of glycyrrhizin


10 Ways to Manage Work Stress for Women

Women are more prone to the workplace because of the many roles they play in life: as a career woman, wife, mother, daughter, and friend. Women work way beyond the 9-5 shift, often having to rush home to cook dinner, help the kids with homework, and prepare the next day’s office attire for the hubby. The stress and anxiety caused by endless tasks and impossible deadlines in a high-speed, high-tech world have made women’s lives a living web of complexity.

The question is: How can women cope with stress and anxiety? The first step is to dissect the problem and understand how these psychological and emotional conditions make women’s lives more difficult.

Stress is a combination of fatigue, restlessness, depression, over-focusing, and over-all gloominess that is a consequence of overwork and other domestic or personal problems. The difficulty of trying to balance time between work and the home has caused many women to suffer from stress. Personal or relationship issues like divorce or separation have also been the cause of anxiety and panic attacks among women. Women who own and manage their own businesses are also prone to stress. Their high drive for business success cannot always protect them from times of depression and overwork. Career women, on the other hand, have to confront office politics, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and the fear of being laid off.

But there’s still hope for over-worked, stressed women. Here are some practical ways for women to reduce and manage work-related stress:

1. Put up relaxing scenes- It could be a poster or a small painting with beautiful scenery. You can even download screen savers of beaches, waterfalls, clear lakes, and other scenes that help create a serene mood.

2. The To-Do-List- Use that Post-Its or other stick-on note pads. Color-code your notes and even put up an ‘alarm’ on your computer to remind you of priority tasks. The key is to know what to do first.

3. Time out – As they say, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Take some time out to take a breather. Do way from reading emails the mostly junk. Do stimulating activities like sudoku or brainteaser. Reading some inspirational books like Chicken Soup for the Soul.

4. Rearrange your workstation – Add some “homey” look to your workstation… put up photo frames of your family or favorite pet. Whenever you feel stressed out just glance at their happy faces or cuteness and you’ll find yourself smiling back!

5. When a plant isn’t just a plant – Having a plant around your workplace is good stress relief. Studies show that looking at something green like a plant helps soothe your eyes after facing the computer monitor all day or after reading for a long time. Focusing on a green plant will have a soothing effect.

6. Exercise – Walking, climbing the stairs, or going out to run helps fight stress. Physical activity helps gets rid of tension. During a workout, your body releases endorphins which help your body to relax. Endorphins also act as natural pain killers. There are a lot of exercise videos that you can use ranging from the standard aerobics to pilates, tae-bo, and a host of other fitness programs.

7. De-clutter- A cluttered workstation like pens, pencils, notepads, and tons of papers spread around every inch of your workplace adds to your stress. Make your work environment more appealing by organizing your things and throwing away things you no longer need.

8. Set Boundaries- Communicate and assert yourself, and make your co-workers aware that you are not interested in THE TEA because workplace gossip leads to a very slippery slope that could lead to you being the target of bad juju. So tread carefully.

9. Go less in your caffeine intake- caffeine even is popularly known as a stimulant, too much of it adds to the stress and even leads to depression.

10. Eat a good breakfast- Don’t skip meals even if you are indeed in a hurry. Studies show that if you make it a practice to eat breakfast every day, your body gets more of the needed proteins to give you an energy boost to face the working day.

Beat work-related stress without beating yourself up. Learn how to relax. Sure…we have duties and responsibilities but if you don’t learn to relax— burnout is what you get! Make an effort to relax. Listen to good music. Try not to smoke. Because if you don’t watch out, the results would be hypertension…depression… and a plethora of other ailments that can sidetrack your career and home life. It’s time to regain a sense of balance if you want to stay alive for a long, long, long time.


Benefits of Guided Meditation

Guided meditation is used by many people not only to relax from a busy day but also to tune into their own bodies and minds. Since days have become more stressful, the world has become more crowded, and more worldly problems have risen, many people are finding comfort, safety, and bliss in a few minutes of guided meditation a day. With the help of a guiding voice, many people who are new to meditation have found it easy to achieve a much-needed quiet moment during the day.

Guided meditation can help the user to focus his or her thoughts and block out any distractions in order to experience the pleasure of silence for a moment during the day. The voice assists the user and keeps him or her on track. Guided meditation helps people to follow the stages of meditation, allowing a person to go as deep into the process as he or she decides they would like to go.

The benefits of properly guided meditation can span from relieving migraine headaches to relaxing cramped muscles to a simple moment of pleasure, satisfaction, and quiet. Over-stimulation and stress are both problems that many people deal with on a daily basis. These daily stressful situations and the exposure to too many over-stimulating activities can seem to be normal and accepted conditions that everyone takes for granted as standard. Although most people are dealing with these situations on a regular basis, it doesnít means that these situations do not still put stress and tension on the body and mind.

There are many people who may feel stressed and hopeless about their current home or work situation. Most people think that a vacation or a break from their daily lives is the way to relieve this stress. However, a retreat from basic stresses is only a temporary fix for the anxiety in many peopleís lives. In order to have the ability to deal with the tensions that life can put on their body and mind, many people are turning to guided meditation to teach them how to handle their daily lives with ease, patience and a clear mind.

By creating a moment in the day to connect the mind, body, and soul in a calm way, many people are finding their stressful days don’t seem as stressful anymore. Guided meditation can help a person to realize the many options he or she has when dealing with the daily tensions of the workplace or home environment. By possessing the foundations of guided meditation, the situations that can usually seem impossible to stay calm through can now seem easy to think through and figure out.

Guided meditation is a great way to help a person just beginning the process to concentrate better and easily achieve the full benefits of a meditative moment. Guided meditation can also help advanced meditation students to hold their concentration and learn new and more developed techniques to make their minds and bodies go deeper into the meditative state.


Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

Adrenal Fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands – 2 small glands that sit on top of your kidneys – become overworked and depleted. Your adrenal glands are responsible for handling the stresses of your daily life, whether that be physical stress, emotional stress, or psychological stress.

When your adrenal glands become overworked, they cannot keep up with the stresses of your everyday life. You then start to manifest the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

Note that just because you have one or two of the symptoms of adrenal insufficiency does not mean that you have adrenal fatigue. However, if you find you have the majority of these symptoms then you may want to investigate further.

You’ll want to learn some of the common causes of adrenal fatigue to see if you can identify with any of these causes in your own life. You’ll also want to see your doctor for a full medical workup and diagnosis of adrenal fatigue.

Here are the key symptoms of adrenal fatigue:

You’re Tired For No Explainable Reason

People with adrenal fatigue experience extreme physical exhaustion and they don’t have an explanation as to why (such as a strenuous workout). This isn’t just everyday tiredness it is extreme exhaustion.

You Gain Weight Easily – Especially Around the Middle

People with adrenal fatigue often notice they gain weight very easily. They especially notice the extra weight around the middle – and it’s very hard to lose it.

You Have Difficulty Rising In The Morning

Those with adrenal fatigue often find they feel tired when getting up in the morning – even with a full night’s sleep. They often need stimulants like caffeine and sugar to ‘get going’ both in the morning and throughout the day.

You’re More Susceptible To Flus and Colds

If you have adrenal fatigue, you may notice that you seem to be catching every flu and cold that comes within 10 feet of you. You’ll also notice that it seems harder for your body to bounce back from illness.

You Often Feel Overwhelmed and Run Down

People with adrenal insufficiency often feel run down and overwhelmed with the tasks they have to accomplish. They may feel as if they can’t keep up and do it all. (This can lead to other symptoms like depression and social withdrawal)

You May Crave Salty or Sweet Snacks

This may include high-protein snacks like meat or cheese. Some people with adrenal fatigue can have an increased craving for salt. You might also notice an intense craving for sweets and fast carbs like donuts, chocolate bars, pastries, ice cream, etc.

You Feel Better In A Less Stressful Environment

Many people with adrenal insufficiency feel better when on vacation. Their symptoms may even clear up entirely but then return when they go back to their normal lives.

You Are Troubled By ‘Brain Fog’ or Inability to Concentrate

This may include things like the inability to remember certain details, appointments, etc. This may also include a feeling of confusion or difficulty concentrating.

Increased PMS For Women

Women with adrenal disorder may find their periods become heavier and/or irregular. They may also notice increased PMS mood swings and/or food cravings.

Those are several key symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Other symptoms include:

Lightheadedness/Low Blood Pressure

Tendency to Tremble When Under Pressure

Reduced Sex Drive

Heart Palpitations

Nervousness/Raw Nerves

Poor Digestion

Feel Most Energetic in the Evening

Extremely Sensitive To Cold

If you can identify with the majority of these adrenal fatigue symptoms you may want to read about the causes of adrenal fatigue to see if you can identify with any of them in your own personal life. You’ll also want to see your doctor for more tests and a complete diagnosis.

Adrenal fatigue can be overcome and you can feel better. Listen to your body, cut back on stress and treat yourself well.


An African Bush Doctor’s Prescription For Better Health

By Christopher Scipio

Homeopath/Herbalist & African Bush Doctor.

Bush Medicine is traditional herbal medicine- the oldest system of healing in the world. Bush medicine started in Africa more than 80,000 years ago and in the diaspora specifically in African-Caribbean culture, plants are referred to as ‘Bush’ such as ‘fever bush’ or ‘toothache bush’ and are revered for their healing and spiritual properties. Many indigenous cultures in the world practice and still practice bush medicine to treat the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual problems of the people, it’s a primary source of health care.

For the past 75 years, the campaign to discredit traditional herbal medicine has been relentless, all the while large corporations have been sending ethnobotanists all around the world to acquire the knowledge of indigenous bush doctors about their native plants in order to make new pharmaceutical drugs. Often once a drug company has appropriated local plant knowledge- usually, without compensating the locals in any way, they patent the plants and pressure the governments into banning the local population from having access to the plants they have depended on for millennia. Fortunately, there is now a worldwide effort underway to protect local plant knowledge from unethical exploitation. People are returning to their traditional herbalists because of the failure of pharmaceutical drugs to treat chronic health problems safely and effectively.

I am from a long line of African bush doctors. My family has practiced traditional herbal medicine for many generations. My grandmother was a prominent bush doctor in Trinidad, the country of my birth. The African-Caribbean culture is a largely intact culture where we have retained much of the knowledge of our bush doctors. Here are some simple tips for improving your health from me, Christopher Scipio- your friendly neighborhood bush doctor.

1. Eat less. Unless you are very physically active you are probably eating a third more calories than you need. Excessive caloric intake is one of the biggest factors in reducing life expectancy.

2. Don’t eat alone. People eat too quickly, chew their food less, and tend to consume less nutritional meals when they are eating alone. Having a company provides many health benefits and is much better for your mental and emotional well-being.

2A. Pay attention to your eating environment. Loud noises, lack of a comfortable sitting position, too many distractions and a less than peaceful environment can all contribute to digestive problems and may cascade into other health issues. Eating in a relaxed quiet environment with good company is a great habit to get into.

3. Along the theme of eating less- use smaller plates and cutlery and consider using chopsticks or your fingers to eat with. The oversized cutlery just promotes the wolfing down of food. I love using chopsticks for lots of different kinds of meals and there is much sensual pleasure in eating with your fingers the way we Africans do.

4. Reduce your carbs, especially bread and pasta. Obesity and many of the health problems that go with it like diabetes were virtually unknown until we started consuming such large quantities of bread, pasta, and baked goods. I recommend not eating bread or pasta more than 3-4 times per week and substituting beans and dishes like hummus as a replacement.

5. Get and use a juicer. The juice you buy in a store is dead. Many juice enzymes die within an hour of extraction. Most juices have been pasteurized to further deplete their nutritional value. Making your own juice is a joy. I like starting the day with a blend of carrot, apple, Hawaiian ginger, and beet juice, but there are so many juices to discover.

6, Cook your own food. It is more than worth the time. I know you are busy but you can work cooking into any schedule. Consider getting a slow cooker. Consider cooking large batches on your days off and keeping them ready in the freezer. Cooking your own food is the only way of knowing what actually is put into your food, plus it sends the right message to your body that you care.

6A. Don’t assume restaurant food is healthy. Many restaurants are fond of using iceberg lettuce which is very cheap and is usually grown in high-tech hydroponic factories but has virtually no nutritional value and doesn’t even ask about the chemicals used to keep lettuce looking ‘fresh’. Most restaurants don’t use organic ingredients and many restaurants use microwaves to heat their meals. Just take a tour of the kitchen of your favorite restaurants and you may be horrified.

7. Bless your food and remember where it comes from. This modern life is very disconnected from reality kind of life. Often there is little thought given to where food comes from, how it was harvested and processed, and by whom? Do you know where your food came from? If not you better bless it and bless it well before you take it and all the vibes that go along with it into your sensitive body.

8. Balance yourself daily with yoga, tai-chi, or Qi- gong. 20 minutes a day in your own home of one of these practices. I can personally testify your health will improve your state of mind. You can go to classes as well but what I recommend is that you empower yourself by learning how to do simple routines at home so you are not dependent on a class.

9 Get a massage at least once per month. Weekly is even better. Give and receive this vital practice as often as possible. Even a nonprofessional massage from a partner or friend is better than none at all so recruit someone if you cannot access a professional and don’t be reluctant to lay your hands on others as well.

10. Love More. Love is the ultimate healing. Love your partner, love children, love your neighbors, love your community, love nature, love the Creator, love your life, and love yourself.

11. Don’t forget to laugh. Laughter is great medicine. Give yourself permission to be silly, don’t be so serious and youíll have a long and happy life.

12. Just say no to drugs. I see drugs having devastating effects on many of our community’s health; the most obvious are recreational drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes – in that order.

13. Eat like an adult, not a child. Don’t be a slave to cravings and food addictions. Eat for nutritional value and not strictly for taste or as an emotional panacea. On my hot list of non-nutritional foods to be avoided are chocolate, ice cream, sodas, white bread, white rice, and white pasta. These are manufactured food that does not metabolize very well with people of African descent.

14. Eat soft foods. Eat wet foods. Softer foods are much easier for your body to digest and are much more likely to have high water content. Wet foods are also easier to digest and help provide the water you need. Your body is mostly water, the earth is mostly water, so try to limit dry, hard, dead foods like crackers, bread, and cereals and embrace soft wet foods like soups, purees (I love hummus and baba ganoush), fruit, steamed vegetables, smoothies, organic plain plant-based yogurt, etc.

The human body is a wondrous miracle of engineering and grace. Neglect or abuse your body at your own peril. Treat your body well and it will reward you with many years of health and happiness.


Be Emotionally Healthy And Live A Colorful Life!

Life without emotions is like an empty canvass. Our life canvas should have color or else life would be completely dull and boring. Emotions are so important in daily life. For that reason, human emotions have been the object of research and study for thousands of years. What has changed over the years has been the general approach to this investigation. For many years, researchers in psychology focused on what seemed to be rational and what could be directly observed through physiology. Hence, emotion was neglected as it was seen as more part of the mind than the body.

All humans have basic emotional needs. These needs can be expressed as feelings, like the need to feel important, accepted, and respected. While all humans share these needs, each differs in the strength of the need, just as some of us need more water, more food, or more sleep. One person may need more freedom and independence, another may need more security and social connections. One may have a greater curiosity and greater need for understanding, while another is content to accept whatever he has been told.

Unlike physical health, many people including physicians have somehow neglected the importance of emotional stability. A person’s emotional stability is vital in achieving overall health. Emotional stability contributes to the individual’s sense of well-being. Without this, one can be prone to internal chaos, depression, despair, and isolation. In fact, emotional health influences other aspects of health such as physical, mental, and social health.

Stress leads to the release of certain chemicals to prepare us for action. When this is not required, these excessive chemical levels can cause damage to our bodies over time. Emotional issues may manifest themselves as illness. One very difficult form of stress to cope with and manage is emotional stress. It is often self-created, it can come out of nowhere and the stress caused by it only heightens the emotions felt. As the emotional stress increases, the emotions get worse, heightening the emotional stress. Thus, the problem recreates the cause and the problem only gets worse.

Emotional stress is often triggered by a dramatic event that puts a person’s nervous system under severe strain. This stress-inducing event could be losing a loved one, seeing someone die, ending a relationship, or being put into a life-threatening situation. These emotionally-charged occurrences put a severe strain on a person’s mind. The incredible strain can cause changes in the way that the brain works. In fact, a severe emotional strain could even cause someone to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Therefore, maintaining emotional health is necessary to achieve optimum health. It requires a multi-dimensional approach. The various aspects of this approach may include counseling, anger management, meditation, and physical exercise. People should not be haunted by emotional stress. Instead, they should look and try to understand where it is coming from. There are various support groups and solutions that are easily accessible to help someone cope with emotional stress and illnesses. One should not dwell on negative feelings and emotions, which can only hamper the beauty of life.


Benefits Of Full Body Massage

Full body massage can produce multiple benefits for your health. These benefits go far beyond an hour spent relaxing quietly, escaping the day. An increasing amount of evidence indicates that stress and tension form the root causes of many diseases and illnesses. If you are able to find ways to alleviate or relieve your stress, you are preventing health problems from emerging or becoming worse.

Going for a full-body massage on a regular basis is one excellent way to help you fight off tensions. Full body massage stimulates the production of endorphins that promotes relaxation and drowsiness.

When you go for a full body massage, your head to your toes and feet are massaged both front and back. A variety of strokes that includes kneading, pulling, wringing, hacking, and gliding are used on various parts of the body.

If you are already ill or suffering from constant fatigue or pain, then full body massage can play a big part in your treatment; improving blood circulation and blood becomes more easily transportable to the vital organs in your body. This is vital for the smooth functioning of your internal body parts. In addition, when blood is supplied to areas that have been injured before, repair and renewal of cells and tissues take place more easily. Combined with conventional medicine and other therapies, repeat sessions of full body massage can do much to accelerate your recovery.

Here are a few disorders that benefit from regular full body massage:

* Depression

* Infertility

* Eating disorders

* Post-operative recovery

* Autism

* Immune-suppressed systems

* Diabetes

* High blood pressure

* Sleep disorders

* Cancer-related fatigue

* Low back pain

* Spinal cord injuries

Full massage therapy is relatively safe and can be a complementary treatment to other medical treatments. Other than improved blood circulation, here are other benefits that you can expect to experience from a full body massage.

* Stimulated lymph system

* Stimulated immune system

* Relaxed muscles

* Reduced cramps

* Increased flexibility

* Reduced recovery time

* Released endorphins

* Reduced post-operative scar tissue and edema

* Reduced migraine pain

* Improved range of motion

* Reduced depression

* Shortened labor and delivery in expectant mothers

As helpful as full body massage can be, those with certain illnesses should avoid the treatment. These include phlebitis, certain cancers, certain heart conditions, certain skin problems, and contagious diseases.

To be absolutely sure, check with your doctor first if you are chronically ill. Otherwise, enjoy a full-body massage on a regular basis for optimum health!

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