How Alkalizing Your Body Can Improve Your Health

Alkalising can be a powerful way for us to support our cells so they can work at their best. A powerful way to accelerate healing in your body is to eat alkaline inducing whole foods. Alkalising foods can help to regulate our energy intake, assist our cardiovascular system and even how we metabolise proteins.

 

If you have a weight issue and/or suspect you may have a thyroid issue try having protein for breakfast instead of in the evening, this can make a huge difference.

 

What to Eliminate from Your Diet:

  • Additive loaded processed and fast foods.

 

  • Remove all foods containing refined flour and gluten including bread and other wheat products such as breakfast cereals and pasta. Gluten can cause gut problems like malabsorption syndrome and leaky gut syndrome.

 

  • Remove all dairy products from your diet. Try unsweetened almond, macadamia or coconut milk instead.

 

  • Avoid sugar, particularly refined sugars. Now I know this is a hard one because we are addicted to sugar but it is really important.

 

  • Avoid alcohol because it is loaded with sugar too. If you cannot live without it then cut it down to one or two glasses, once or twice a week.

 

What to add to your diet:

  • Eat whole foods… not processed or fast foods which are loaded with additives.

 

  • Try going to your local health food store and creating your own breakfast power mix with non-wheat, no-GMO cereals, nuts and fresh fruits.

 

  • Eat only pasture-raised, grass-fed animal meats that contain no hormones boosters and antibiotics.

 

  • Fish like wild-caught salmon and sardines.

 

  • Try unsweetened almond, macadamia or coconut milk instead of dairy milk especially if you suspect you maybe lactose intolerant. Actually you not lactose intolerant… you are an adult… milk is for infants (and preferably mother’s milk).

 

  • Organic cold-pressed coconut oil (anti-inflammatory) or pure organic extra virgin olive oil (not for cooking on high heat as it breaks down into carcinogens, use coconut oil instead as it has the highest heat threshold).

 

  • Eat lots of coniferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.

 

  • Add beans (not baked beans as they have sugar in them) and eggs into your diet.

 

  • Introduce garlic and red onions to your evening meal.

 

  • Eat lots of watermelon (richest source of L-Citrulline) and other melons, cucumbers, onions, garlic and chick peas which also contain L-Citrulline. (Your kidneys change L-Citrulline into another amino acid called L-Arginine and a chemical called nitric oxide. These compounds are important to your heart and blood vessel health. They can also boost your immune system.

 

  • Natural food sources containing L-Arginine which include turkey (richest source), chicken, pork, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, spirulina (seaweed) and quinoa.

 

  • Include a high-quality pre and probiotic formula

 

  • Add an alkalizing booster powder containing Magnesium Carbonate, Citric Acid, Potassium Bicarbonate and bicarbonate of soda.

 

  • Supplement with high-quality nutritional supplements, they are more expensive but have a better absorption rate and less additives, and preferably look for the highest grade pharmaceutical-grade rather than the lower medical-grade or the lowest grade cosmetic or nutritional grade supplements (most commonly found on chemist and supermarket shelves).

 

  • Have protein smoothie for breakfast (PEA protein powder, chia seeds, mixed berries, bananas, strawberries, mangoes (skin and all) and other fresh seasonal fruits).

 

A Warning about Whey Protein Powders

Whey Protein

Dr. Art Ayers, a former professor at Harvard University with a Ph. D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, had this to say about whey shakes:

“Avoid whey protein (a by-product of the dairy industry) as it may destabilize the gut microbiota by disrupting the gut flora. This is why it can facilitate weight gain or loss, since gut flora are involved in weight stability but at what cost. But whey shakes also have proteins that are partially digested to produce antimicrobial peptides and other factors that disrupt adult gut flora. I think that the whey shakes work temporarily, because they destabilize the gut microbiota that are providing part of the metabolic set point that helps the body to resist weight change from excess or insufficient dietary calories. Whey protein supplements contain peptides and hormones that may negatively impact human health.”

 

Calcium Caseinate

Dietary supplement ‘calcium caseinate’ is a protein that is obtained from casein present in skim and milk. Calcium caseinate, micellar casein, and milk casein isolate are the three types of casein proteins, out of which calcium caseinate is the lowest quality casein.

Calcium Caseinate does not contain pure casein but a highly processed variant of casein, called calcium caseinate. It cannot offer similar health benefits as offered by casein. Proteins that undergo heating (processing involves exposure to high heat) and various other chemical processes often lose many of the functional benefits. They are said to be denatured (different from their original, natural structure). Such proteins can prove to be harmful to your health.

 

Possible Side effects

 

  • Those that are lactose-intolerant may experience stomach pain and bloating (excess gas and pressure in stomach). They are at a higher risk for developing gastrointestinal problems. Excessive consumption of this supplement may result in heartburn, indigestion, etc.

 

  • Acid casein is treated with the chemical calcium hydroxide (alkali) to get calcium caseinate. Such chemical alkalies may curb and damage the nutrient-absorbing capacity of your digestive system.

 

  • Because it is exposed to high heat during processing, the caseinate becomes an ultra thermolyzed protein combined with MSG (a by-product of protein thermolyzation). Consumption of this protein may lead to headaches, chest pain, nausea, weakness, heart palpitations, etc. It is true that more research is needed to prove these facts. Most people experience short-term reactions to MSG that don’t require any treatment, but possibility of long-term effects cannot be completely denied. Dangers of MSG include brain damage, weight gain, obesity, liver inflammation, type 2 diabetes, etc. The MSG in disguise can trigger your allergies too.

 

  • It is difficult for the human stomach to digest the denatured protein completely. So, some undigested protein enters the colon. There, it is fermented by colonic bacteria. This results in formation of highly carcinogenic phenolic compounds that contribute to the growth of colonic tumours. Thus, ultra thermalised casein can increase the risk of colon cancer.

 

  • Researchers and doctors are of the opinion that casein peptides can seriously affect blood pressure levels during and after surgery.

 

  • It has been observed that casein products interfere with the adsorption of certain drugs which can eventually result in serious health issues.

 

  • Some people are allergic to casein and may have a life-threatening reaction.

 

Dr. Russell Blaylock M.D., has described in his book “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills” that calcium and sodium caseinates as food additives always contain free glutamate. The review of this book is available on the American Nutrition Association’s Nutrition Digest, Volume 36, No. 4. Although MSG is not added to the supplement as an ingredient, it is formed during processing, and therefore, it may not be mentioned on the label. To be on the safe side, pregnant and breastfeeding women and those who are about to undergo a surgery should avoid taking calcium caseinate supplement.

Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/side-effects-of-calcium-caseinate.html

 

Fructose Excess in your Protein Powders

It’s good to keep in mind though that fructose, in small amounts, has been in our diet for a very long time as a species and that we usually handle small amounts very well. The real damage is when the high sugar habit becomes chronic and is repeated day after day like consuming protein powders with a large Fructose component.

 

Here are a few known possible health issues:

Fructose can only be metabolized by the liver and can’t be used for energy by your body’s cells. It’s therefore not only completely useless for the body, but is also a toxin in high enough amount because the job of the liver is to get rid of it, mainly by transforming it into fat and sending that fat to our fat cells. Excess fructose damages the liver and leads to insulin resistance in the liver as well as fatty liver disease.

 

Fructose reacts with proteins and polyunsaturated fats in our bodies 7 times more than glucose. This reaction creates AGEs (advanced glycation end-products), which are compounds that create oxidative damage in our cells and ultimately lead or contribute to inflammation and a host of chronic diseases.

 

Fructose increases uric acid production, which, in excess, can cause gout, kidney stones and precipitate or aggravate hypertension.

 

While most of your body’s cells can’t use fructose as a source of energy, the bacteria in your gut can and excess fructose can create gut flora imbalances, promote bacterial overgrowth and promote the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

 

In part because of the damage done to the liver, chronic excess fructose causes dyslipidemia, which means that your blood lipid markers tend to shift towards numbers that indicate a risk for heart disease.

 

Fructose rapidly causes leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that controls appetite and metabolism to maintain a normal weight. Leptin resistant people tend to gain fat and become obese really easily.

 

Excess fructose alone can cause all the problems associated with the metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity, heart disease).

 

Cancer cells thrive and proliferate very well with fructose as their energy source.

 

Excess fructose also affects brain functioning, especially as it relates to appetite regulation. It has also been shown to impair memory in rats.

-Source: https://paleoleap.com/10-reasons-why-fructose-is-bad/

The Dark Side of Your Emotional Needs – Mind and Body

“The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient’s hopes are the physician’s secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.” – Norman Cousins

 

Your body matters, and so does your mind, because they’re the same matter. Your emotions directly affect your body, and it goes the other way too. Mental and physical health cannot be disentangled.

 

Each and every one of us has a natural current running through us called the ultradian rhythm. Every 90 to 120 minutes we shift from left-brain dominance to right-brain. The shift takes about 20 minutes, and it usually makes us feel a little entranced or day-dreamy.

 

It’s during this shift that the immune system does its upkeep, the brain incorporates new learning, and the gut digests and absorbs nutrients. It’s little wonder that when we continue to swim against the tides of this natural rhythm we start to feel broken and emotional.

 

Sure, you can refuse to listen to your physical needs for a while, override them for a bit… but do it for long enough and you’ll come to feel depleted on every level.

 

Hypnotizing someone is often a case of just letting the sails catch the breeze of this warm and wonderful natural shift in physical and mental focus.

People increasingly treat themselves as machines. We work through lunch, sleep too little, eat junk on the run, skip the gym, and prop up our flagging bodies with ‘energy drinks’.

 

But neglecting proper nutrition, sleep, rest, and exercise long term leads to psychological problems and stress-induced illness, and not just on the individual level. In unhealthy populations, collective emotions run riot. And that can lead us down some dark paths.

 

With too little exposure to natural light, poor nutrition, and scant exercise we start to feel second-rate… we become weak and sick in mind and body.

 

And what is good for the body is good for the mind. Having a terrible diet (or eating foods your body is intolerant of) can make you feel depressed and anxious. Conversely, physical exercise, even a 30 minute walk is protective against anxiety and a wonderful mood enhancer, especially when done outdoors in nature.

 

It’s a cliché to talk about ‘self-medicating’. But people do. Whether through comfort eating, smoking, alcohol, or barbiturates, or cannabis, it’s a common way to ‘switch off’, forget about the day and absorb oneself in the moment.

 

But self-medication is always accompanied by self-delusion – convincing ourselves, consciously or unconsciously, that the ‘medication’ has few side effects, or that somehow we can cheat the future.

 

Cliché it may be, but ‘self-medication’ is a fine analogy. Indeed, it’s the side effects that are the problem. Side effects that can make it harder for people to meet their actual physical and emotional needs.

 

When we seek in the long term to provide ourselves with energy through coffee instead of rest, to distract ourselves from problems through the oblivion of drugs, or to resort to any form of self-harm rather than actually working to solve our problems, then the attempted ‘solution’ becomes the enemy – not the comforting or encouraging ‘friend’ it might masquerade as.

 

Listen and you will hear…

 

We all need to work at being attuned to our bodies. If we don’t, we can lose the capacity to interpret the signals from our bodies. We need to listen to our bodies – always. What is it you actually need?

From the desk of Mark Tyrrell http://www.hypnosisdownloads.com/?6660

 

 

 

Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders such as insomnia, circadian rhythm disorder, sleep apnea, and hypersomnia can be caused by a number of different events including:

  • Substance abuse (alcohol, smoking, illicit drugs and medications).
  • Physical disturbances like ulcers or acute pain in the body.
  • Medical issues like asthma.
  • Psychiatric disorders (depression and anxiety disorders including anxiety about not being able to sleep).
  • Extreme temperature fluctuations.
  • Environmental noise or changes.
  • Medication side effects.
  • Hormone Imbalance.
  • Disruption to the regular sleep pattern (shift work and jet lag).

By far the biggest culprit for sleeping disorders however is stress in all its forms:

  • Family stress
  • Relationship stress
  • Workplace stress
  • Environmental stress

 

Lifestyle can also affect insomnia: studies have shown that consuming alcohol or caffeine and smoking cigarettes before bedtime acts as a stimulant and disrupts sleep, as can excessive napping in the afternoon or evening.

 

Other types of sleep disorders include:

Sleep Apnea: You wake up in the morning feeling tired or and drained of energy even though you have had a full night of sleep. During the day, you may feel fatigued, have difficulty concentrating or you may even unintentionally fall asleep. This is because your body is waking up numerous times throughout the night, even though you might not be conscious of each awakening.

The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.

 

Hypersomnia: A group of sleep disorders that causes a person to be excessively sleepy. People with a hypersomnia may fall asleep at times that are inconvenient or even dangerous, such as at work or while driving.

 

Circadian Rhythm Disorder: Conditions in which the sleep times are out of alignment. A patient with one of these disorders does not follow the normal sleep times at night.

 

Here are some suggest steps that may provide relief:

  • Establish a consistent bedtime routine. Take a warm bath, go for a relaxing stroll, or practice meditation/relaxation exercises as part of your regular nighttime routine.
  • Try to go to bed at the same time every night, and get up at the same time each morning, including on weekends.
  • Get plenty of exercise during the day. Studies have shown people who are physically active sleep better than those who are sedentary. The more energy you expend during the day (preferable earlier in the day) the sleepier you will feel at bedtime.
  • Reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol, particularly in the evening.
  • Avoid large meals late in the evening.
  • Learn and use a relaxation technique regularly. Breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga are good examples.
  • Use “white noise” devices to block out surrounding environmental noise.
  • Don’t obsess about not sleeping. Not surprisingly, studies have shown that individuals who worry about falling asleep have greater trouble dropping off. It may help to remind yourself that while sleeplessness is troublesome, it isn’t life-threatening.
  • Short naps are good. Try to get into the habit of napping: nap for no longer than 10 to 20 minutes in the afternoon, preferably lying down in a darkened room.
  • Spend some time outdoors as often as you can to get exposure to bright, natural light. If you are concerned about harmful effects of solar radiation, do it before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m. and use sunscreen.
  • Try to give yourself some time (up to an hour) in dim light before you go to sleep at night. Lower the lighting in your house and bedroom and if other members of the household object, wear sunglasses.
  • Supplement with powerful nutrients of the highest quality and purity (preferably pharmaceutical-grade supplements).

 

Best Supplements for Better Sleep

Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin B-6, Eleuthero Root Extract, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), 5-HTP, GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid), GABA + 5-HTP together, L-Tryptophan, Skullcap Extract, Ashwagandha Extract, Bacopa Monnieri Extract, Valerian Root Extract, Passion Flower Extract, Hops Extract, Chamomile Extract, Melatonin, and L-Theanine.

 

The Most Effective Natural Herbs and Supplements to Help You Sleep through the Night

Natural sleep supplements, such as vitamins, minerals, and healthy herbs can help us to stimulate the calming and drowsy sleep receptors in the brain—helping to prepare us for a night of deep rejuvenating sleep that restores energy and enhances mental and physical performance, not inhibit it the following day.

 

These kinds of supplements can actually help you get your circadian rhythms regulated; allowing you to maximize your daytime energy levels and enhance performance in all you do. Let’s talk about the best, proven sleep supplements…

 

5-HTTP: Why 5-HTP is one of the Best Sleep Supplements

In humans, 5-HTP is the immediate nutrient precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT) and it converts into serotonin in the brain. Your body uses tryptophan to manufacture 5-HTP, which is part of the reason for all the mythology about turkey making you sleepy from all the tryptophan. Serotonin is, of course, profoundly important for sleep and mood, as well as learning, sexual behavior, and hormone regulation among its many other roles in the human body.

 

One reason 5-HTP is such a good supplement for sleep is that it helps replenish the serotonin we naturally lose as we age. So, 5 HTP can help alleviate serotonin deficiencies as we age and help manufacture new serotonin as well.

 

Serotonin also helps us to manufacture melatonin, which is vitally important for sleep and is the chief hormone that controls our wake-sleep cycle. In several studies, 5-HTP has been shown to be beneficial in treating insomnia, especially in improving sleep quality by increasing REM sleep. [19][20][21] The research is clear that 5-HTP is one of the best sleep supplements.

 

GABA  (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid): Why GABA is one of the best sleep supplements

GABA (gamma butyric acid) is a naturally occurring chemical compound produced in the brain that helps to calm the excitability of neurons. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain which has suppressive effects upon the excitatory neurotransmitters norepinephrine and glutamate. And it’s one the top sleep supplements.

 

GABA is also intimately tied to the parasympathetic nerve system, which is our “rest and digest” system – the polar opposite of our sympathetic nervous system’s fight or flight mechanisms in the body.

 

People who have chronic sleep problems typically have GABA levels that are 30% below normal, as do people with mood disorders, like depression, which are tied to insomnia as well. [22]

 

GABA helps to activate calming neurotransmitters in the brain helping us to get naturally sleepy. As an added bonus, GABA can also help relieve anxiety and relax the body and muscles as well. Users say taking GABA at night helps them feel very calm, drowsy, and ready for a good, long night of sleep.

 

In a study at UCLA School of Medicine of 18 people with sleep disorders, individuals who were given a GABA supplement were able to fall asleep in almost half the time it took those taking placebos and increased their time spent sleeping by approximately 73%. Before supplementation, the duration of their sleep was about 5 hours, and after supplementation, it increased to about 6.83 hours. There was virtually no change in the placebo group. [23]

 

Recently, researchers found that natural GABA has various sleep-improving effects. The researchers measured brain waves using electroencephalography (EEG) after participants took 100 milligrams (mg) of natural GABA or placebo. [24] Those who took GABA fell asleep faster and had longer quality sleep time. They also experienced enhanced periods of REM sleep and reported feeling more energized in the morning.

In a 2013 study on elderly men with frequent night urination, GABA proved to enhance sleep length, quality, while helping them wake up feeling less groggy in the mornings and greatly curbing nighttime urination. [25]

GABA is one of the best natural sleep supplements around for helping you get truly restorative sleep.

 

GABA + 5-HTP Together

When combined with 5-HTP GABA has proven effects of improving sleep quality and sleep duration as well. In fact, a new paper published in Life Sciences reports that a combination of GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) and 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) improved sleep and sleep duration more than the use of either of the two amino acids alone.

 

Although this study was conducted upon fruit flies, the results are significant as these flies are often used in scientific studies because, as these researchers note, “Homeostatic and circadian regulation in Drosophila are comparable to findings from mammalian sleep research.”

 

The reasons why these supplements work so well synergistically is because insomnia is a product of both low GABA and low serotonin levels in the brain, and when combined, these supplements boost both, greatly enhancing serotonin, GABA, and tryptophan production in the brain, helping you to get to sleep fast and deeply. [26]

 

L-Theanine: Why L-theanine is one of the best sleep supplements.

L-theanine is one of the most amazing sleep supplements. L-theanine is an amino acid that is found in abundance in some teas, especially green tea. What L-theanine does is to increase alpha wave activity in the brain, mimicking brain waves during deep sleep phases. Because of this, L-theanine increases the production of dopamine, serotonin, and GABA, which all promote sleep and elevate mood.

 

In a recent study of young males with ADHD, L-theanine improved sleep quality and length of time spent sleeping, and typically, all children with ADHD have much trouble sleeping. They also reported feeling more refreshed after sleep, that they had fewer nightmares, decreased anxiety and more relaxation at bedtime, and more energy throughout the following day as well. [27]

 

One great asset of L-theanine is that it does not cause grogginess or become addictive over time, as most sleep aids do. L-theanine has also been found to counteract the effects of caffeine (in studies with rats, to note) and promote sleep even when excessive caffeine is in the system. [28]

In another recent study, l-theanine helped subjects with major depressive disorder to get more restful sleep, and also produced positive effects like reducing anxiety and elevating mood. [29]

 

Vitamin B-6: Why B-6 is one of the best sleep supplements

Vitamin B-6 converts a small amount of the tryptophan in your body to niacin, or vitamin B-3, and serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep patterns. By failing to obtain an adequate amount of vitamin B-6 in your diet, your body’s metabolism of tryptophan may be disturbed. This may limit the amount of serotonin in your body, potentially leading to disturbed sleep patterns and insomnia. A deficiency in B6 will cause insomnia and difficulty sleeping. [30]

 

B6 has proven to stimulate the brain during sleep phases of REM, and individuals often say it gives them more vivid dreams. [31]

 

Melatonin: Why melatonin is one of the best sleep supplements

Melatonin is best known as a natural cure for jet lag. However, many studies have shown it to be very effective for insomnia — it is one of the absolute most effective sleep supplements. In a 1996 study on 15 healthy, middle aged men and women, just 1.0 mg of melatonin proved to enhance many aspects of sleep including:

  • Actual total sleep time
  • Sleep efficiency
  • Non-REM Sleep
  • REM Sleep Latency (how fast you get into deep sleep) [32]

 

In a 2005 meta-analysis of 17 studies on the efficacy of melatonin supplementation on individuals with insomnia and other sleep disorders, researchers found overwhelming that melatonin is a highly effective sleep supplement. As the researchers explain…

 

“A meta-analysis essentially tells ‘yes’ or ‘no’–that a treatment does or does not have a significant effect,” Wurtman said. “When a meta-analysis says ‘yes,’ there should no longer be any controversy about whether the treatment works.” The melatonin meta-analysis delivered a definitive “yes.” [33]

 

In a more recent 2008 study, 5 mg of melatonin taken daily helped shift-work nurses fall asleep more easily as well. In fact, melatonin is particularly effective helping people to fall asleep who typically have trouble falling asleep. [34]

 

But if you take melatonin, it’s important to be mindful of the dose, as it’s important to not overdo it.

 

Passion Flower: Why passion flower is one of the best sleep supplements.

Passion flower is a popular supplement and tea that has been found very effective for helping to relieve both anxiety and insomnia. What passion flower does is to boost the level of sleep promoting GABA in the brain. Passion flower also helps to quiet brain activity, helping individuals relax, quiet the mind, and sleep better. In a 2004 study of 40 individuals with insomnia, passion flower proved to enhance sleep significantly more than the placebo. [35]

 

It has also been found to be highly effective for relieving anxiety, depression, and insomnia in women going through menopause. [36]

 

Magnesium: Why magnesium is one of the best sleep supplements

Magnesium is involved in more than 300 metabolic reactions. It is essential for bone strength, a strong immune system, muscle contractions and a healthy nervous system, and it’s one of the best sleep supplements.

 

Magnesium deficiency can result in neural over-excitation causing anxiety and restlessness and excess physical tension, insulin resistance, increased blood pressure, fatigue, irritability, poor cognitive function, lethargy, and sleep problems.

 

It’s important to note that magnesium deficiency is very common in the U.S. and the many other developed countries. And there is indeed research showing that magnesium supplementation can improve sleep significantly.

 

One study published in the journal of Pharmacopsychiatry measured hormonal and electrical changes in the brain of older persons during sleep and found that magnesium supplementation improved both hormonal and electrical patterns in the brain during sleep. [57][58]

 

Chamomile: Why chamomile is one of the best sleep supplements.

Chamomile has long been revered for enhancing relaxation and promoting sleep. Chamomile is rich in a flavonoid called apigenin that binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain.

 

In a recent 2016 study, women with postpartum depression who supplemented with chamomile experienced improved sleep and alleviated depression as well. [59]

Another double-blind study revealed that chamomile can help users moderately improve many aspects of sleep latency, night time awakenings, daytime functioning, and fatigue severity. [60]

 

Valerian: Why valerian is one of the best sleep supplements

Valerian root has been found to be a highly effective sleep aid supplement for persons with insomnia and other sleep disorders.

 

In one recent double-blind study, valerian was found to yield nights of perfect sleep for 44% of participants and improved sleep for 89% of participants. [55]

-Source: https://www.theenergyblueprint.com/sleep-supplements/

 

Valerian Root to Induce Sleep

Valerian root is a plant with roots that contain many healing properties, in particular for a relaxation and sedative effects. It’s often found in combination with chamomile in a tea. By increasing the amount of gamma aminobutryic acid (GABA), it helps calm the nerve cells in the brain, resulting in a calming effect. GABA works by blocking brain signals that cause anxiety and that ongoing trickle effect that can come from it. This calming effect has made it a favorite natural remedy for anxiety too. (9)

 

Passion Flower for Calming and Restful Sleep

There are numerous benefits in Passion Flower including calming and anti-anxiety effects. When we have anxiety, it can greatly affect how we sleep because you just cannot seem to turn the brain off… especially while you’re trying to rest. Passion flower can provide the calming effect needed to help stop that vicious circle of thought.

 

Clinical trials have shown that passion flower can reduce anxiety as effectively as the prescribed drug known as benzodiazepine oxazepam. A four-week, double-blind study of patients with generalized anxiety disorder compared passion flower to the common anti-anxiety drug. While the oxazepam worked a little faster, both were the same in terms of effectiveness — however, the passion flower did not cause problems with job performance, such drowsiness while on the job, unlike the oxazepam. (8)

 

This shows that passion flower is one of the most powerful anti-anxiety natural sleep aids that don’t cause lingering tiredness the next day.

-Source: https://draxe.com/natural-sleep-aids/

 

Want to know how to get these powerful nutrients into your body each day? Ask me how…

When to Stop Being a Patient and Escape the Victim Cage!

Louise had really been through some serious life trials – a history of disordered eating, multiple psychiatric hospitalizations, 5 psychotropic’s for 15 years, and an extremely challenging taper process. We had resolved any diagnostic trace of Grave’s Disease, moved her through a beautiful pregnancy, and homebirth, breastfeeding, and yet, it was hard for her to feel – truly feel – the magnitude of healing that had taken place. To embrace what it means to no longer be a patient – not an endocrine patient, not a psychiatric patient, not an obstetrical patient… to simply be herself.

 

 

Surrendering the status of patient

One would think that being released from the patient role would feel like getting out of jail. But what if when the jail cell is open, you don’t want to leave? In psychology, this is called learned helplessness: a kind of beating down of any sense of personal power that creates incapacity to change one’s circumstances.

 

This learned helplessness is what the conventional medical system can do to an unsuspecting consumer. It can give you a label – one that actually feels good to receive because it seemingly validates your felt experience of suffering and struggle – and then you become that label. I suffer from general anxiety disorder, I have ADD, ADHD, I’m bipolar, I am on the Asperger’s Spectrum, I am a diabetic, etc.

 

 

And you don’t know who you are without this label, without the routine of appointments and prescriptions, without the social currency of your health complaints, and without worrying about your wellbeing. Sometimes, this state of being just feels too familiar to imagine moving beyond… like an itchy wool sweater that you’ve gotten used to and would rather not brave the cold without.

 

What does it mean to no longer be sick?

What it means is that suffering has taken on personal meaning. Almost the moment that it does, it paradoxically ceases to be suffering. Symptoms stop being a problem and start being an opportunity to learn more about this wondrous vessel your consciousness inhabits… Your Body!

 

But is it really your body? Did you make it? As Michael Singer would say, “Go ahead – make an eyeball…I’m waiting!” Or as Alan Watts would say, “You don’t have to think about how to work your thyroid gland, it just happens.” And you are there simply to be with this happening. .. to support it and allow for it?

 

It is your body’s process; the depth, timing, and mystery of it is not for you to command.

And like a child having a tantrum, it’s only when you make a practice of really seeing them, hearing them, and honouring them that the tantrums stop and the harmonious dance of mother-child begins. Similarly, it’s only when you stop fighting, domineering, and dictating the conditional terms of acceptance to your body – when you finally stop and you make a truce – then the deep healing begins.

 

Is your inner control freak at the wheel?

Having been on both the patient and the clinician end, I now find that a lot of the testing, supplementation, and general high-level management of integrative and functional medicine can keep patients stuck in the fighting and commanding posture, lording over their body machine.

 

How about a new probiotic for the less-than-perfect poops, or more pau d’arco to kill the yeast, or perhaps extra l-theanine for the possibility that I might not fall immediately asleep tonight. Do your thoughts ever sound like that? Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with supplements or natural approaches – the point is that the intentionality and the mindset matter. Are you looking to fight a symptom or support the response that it represents?

 

Stopping this fight entails relinquishing the need to micromanage your body’s expressions, getting to a point where you say – wow, I hear you Body…I’m finally listening. I promise to honour you every day and to trust that you know exactly what you’re doing.

 

This receptive energetic posture is how you create the conditions for healing. This is how your Body shows you, in the present, that there is something that has yet to be resolved. And only when we listen with curiosity will we be intuitively led to exactly what that is – from a toxic exposure to a buried traumatic memory. No fancy testing required.

 

First things first – the reunion with the Body

Saying no and setting boundaries is hard. In a people-pleasing social fabric, we are very uncomfortable with the possibility that someone might not like us if we do. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that boundaries set us free.

 

That lines create the empty spaces that we release into. So, before letting go of the Body steering wheel, before understanding that it’s not really your Body to manage, and before bowing to it every day – you have to reunite with this Body. You have to learn what it is to care for your Body even when your mind is trying to tell you that you don’t have time, that it’s not necessary, and that self-care is a precious fad.

 

I believe in fierce grace.

And the fierce part comes first, in the form of commitment to a higher level of care – Body, mind and spirit – than most of us are comfortable with. Through this ritual – in the case of my patients and Vital Mind Reset participants, a month-long ritual – you send your body a very different signal… a signal that informs a truce. You say, I will prioritize caring for you – nourishing, cleansing, and generally honouring you. And this gesture – even if you don’t even feel it authentically from the start – incites a response.

 

 

The Body responds with the dissolution of symptoms and early indications that it is, in fact, listening, and that a conversation has begun. But there is a point at which you understand the cosmic hierarchy, and then you bow down to its wisdom and give your Body permission to do its thing, its way. And then your Body shows you where the journey is taking you. A clear Body feels intuitively what is right and what is wrong. And as long as the mind is receptive and not reactive, then there are no longer any mental decisions to make. It all becomes a happening.

 

The tyranny of perfect health and happiness

The goal cannot and should not be perfect health and happiness. Why not? Because these goals imply that the process of Body truce and honour is simply a means to an outcome that is ever receding into the future. But we are here, right now, having a real embodied experience of this lifetime. It is rich with strangeness and wonder, and if you are courageous enough, it will be peppered with mystical opportunities to grow and to look deeper into the hurt places that need attention, love, and care…and you won’t call them problem symptoms any longer. You’ll call them invitations to finally, truly be yourself.

From the Desk of Mark Tyrrell http://www.hypnosisdownloads.com/?6660

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