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Creating A Healthy, Non Toxic Bedroom



By Elisha McFarland;

Many of us understand the importance of consuming organic foods and making detoxification a regular part of our health routine. Creating a healthy home environment is also part of the detoxification /clean living process. After learning about the health hazards of dryer sheets and toxic cleaning products you may have already eliminated these items from your home, but what about the bedroom? What toxins may be lurking there?

We spend one third of our lives in a bedroom sleeping and many times this room contains products that are detrimental to our health. So if you want to create a healthy living environment, your bedroom may be a great place to start.



Start Small


Creating a clean (non-toxic) bedroom may be a financial challenge, so starting small is the easiest solution. Every change you can make will have a positive impact on your health. How you begin is a personal decision based on your budget and your own health issues. Some people begin with replacing their mattress, while others may choose to begin with something smaller such as an air cleaner or new bedding.



Some Changes to Ponder


1. Replace your pillows and pillow cases with organic materials, gradually working your way through the sheets, bedding , mattress and bed frame (if the frame is made from artificial products such as particle board or MDF, see #4 below). Many people make the mistake of assuming that cotton is a safer choice than synthetics, according to the Pesticide Action Network nearly $2.6 billion worth of pesticides are sprayed on cotton fields each year — accounting for more than 10% of total pesticide use and nearly 25% of insecticides use worldwide. (1)  As your finances allow, replace your bedding with organic materials.


2. Replace or remove all artificial fabrics from your bedding, bedroom and closet. The reality is that synthetic materials such as acrylic, nylon, and polyester are made from thermoplastics. These fabrics out gas plastic molecules whenever they are heated, whether by a dryer or your own body heat. (2)  If you wear wrinkle free clothes you're breathing in plastic and formaldehyde. Remember that you also absorb these chemicals directly through your skin. The base for most synthetic fabrics is a liquid made from coal, oil, or natural gas. (3) The liquid is forced through the fine holes of a nozzle, called a spinneret. As the liquid emerges from the holes, it is cooled so that it solidifies to form tiny threads. These threads are woven together to make fabric, so the chemicals cannot be washed out. To make these clothes more durable Perfluorochemicals (PFCs), including Teflon are added to fabric to offer wrinkle and stain resistant qualities. (4) Look for clothing made of natural or organic materials. To learn more about synthetic clothes click here: http://www.myhealthmaven.com/articles/general-health/are-your-clothes-making-you-sick/


3. Remove faux /fabric furniture.
If you have any furniture in your bedroom, such as a chair that is covered with artificial leather, it shouldn't be in your bedroom or any room in your house for that matter. You may be surprised to learn that polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is often used in synthetic leather. PVC is widely regarded as the most dangerous of all plastics. It is made more flexible with the use of toxic plasticizers—typically phthalates, which are known endocrine disruptors, phthalates also increase the risk of allergy and asthma and have an adverse impact on children's neurodevelopment (5) Throw pillows and seating cushions that are stain and water resistant have been sprayed with chemicals that are toxic. If the fabric is a cotton/polyester blend it was most likely treated with formaldehyde, and softened with ammonia. (6) Replace these when you can with organic or natural material. Don't forget furniture made with particle board or MDF.


4. Remove particle board and MDF. If you have any furniture that is made of particle board, MDF or melamine, it shouldn't be in your house, especially your bedroom. MDF is made with shredded wood that has been softened and powdered. The powder is combined with resins and other bonding agents and compacted into solid boards. The chemical that causes the most concern is formaldehyde, which can aggravate asthma and other lung conditions, irritate mucous membranes, and cause contact dermatitis. (7,9)
 

Like MDF, particle board contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that has been directly linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma . The chemical can also cause headaches, allergies, nausea and a burning sensation in the throat. (8)
 

According to TLC, How Stuff Works, within two months, particle board decreases its toxicity by about 25%. By the end of the first year, particle board is only half as potent as it was new. It levels off from there and can take up to ten years to run completely out gas. (7, 9)
 

Look for solid wood furniture at furniture stores, flea markets and yard sales. Glass and metal end tables and desks generally work well as they don't outgas and are easily wiped down.
 

5. Remove accent / throw rugs. Wood or tile floors are easiest to clean and better options for allergy/asthma and MCS sufferers. While small accent or area rugs may look nice in your bedroom, they hold onto dirt, dust mites and other allergens. If you can, omit rugs and carpet. Almost all polyester is manufactured with antimony, a carcinogen that is toxic to the heart, lungs, liver, and skin.(10) Many carpets are also made of olefin (polypropylene) or nylon, which is petroleum based synthetic fiber invented in the 1930's by Dupont and is also commonly used in rugs.

6. Use No VOC Paint. If you decide to paint a room, use No VOC paint. VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that easily vaporize into the air. When they enter the air, they react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a host of health issues including respiratory problems, headache, burning, watery eyes and nausea. (11)


7. Shoe Free Zone. Consider making your home a shoe free zone. Have indoor and outdoor shoes to avoid tracking in pollen, dirt and chemicals from the outdoors in. You can also purchase a shoe or boot tray to keep by your door. When you come in from outdoors simply place your shoes in the tray to minimize dirt, pollen, dust and chemicals from being tracked into your house.


8. Minimize electrical devices. If you have a computer, TV or other electronic devices in your bedroom, you may consider moving them into another room. Electronic devices can disturb a peaceful night of sleep by disrupting sleep patterns. (12) Switch out your digital alarm clock to a battery operated alarm clock.


9. Replace or Cover Your Mattress. Replacing your conventional mattress can be a financially challenging step as the cost of organic mattress can be cost prohibitive. The reality is that conventional mattresses are sprayed with flame retardant and stain resistant chemicals. Many mattresses are made of foam that can outgas for years. There are many sources for organic mattresses at local stores and online. Wherever you shop be aware of green washing. If you can't afford to replace your mattress, you may consider an organic barrier cloth to encase your mattress and foundation.


10. Buy an air cleaner. If you can afford a whole house air cleaner, they are a wonderful investment. Do your research; there are a lot to choose from. For many people with a limited budget, a portable air cleaner that can be moved from room to room is a wonderful option. Look for one with HEPA filtration, and be sure that whatever you buy does not produce ozone. Some air cleaning companies will even custom blend their charcoal filters for specific needs such as allergy/asthma, smoke and MCS.


11. Remove chemically treated drapes or shades. Drapes and shades hold dust, pollen, and other allergens. If you can, remove drapes and shades and replace them with organic fabric drapes and shades. If the cost is prohibitive, consider bartering with a friend who can sew curtains or drapes for you. Wood blinds may also be an option for some individuals. If you are building a new home or remodeling you may consider blinds that are set in between the glass, no out gassing, and no weekly cleaning!


While this list may seem extensive, many of these changes are easily made over a period of time, rather than all at once. The options are worth considering if you or someone you know suffers with respiratory illness or environmental challenges. Keep in mind that any changes you can make will improve the air quality in your home. In time it will also improve your health, as you reduce your daily exposure to the many toxins used in everyday products.



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About the Author: After sixteen years of struggling with MCS, Elisha McFarland recovered her health through alternative and natural healing methods. It was this experience that encouraged her to pursue an education in natural health.  She has received the following designations:  Doctor of Naturopathy, Master Herbalist, Diploma in Clinical Homeopathy, Bachelor of Science in Holistic Nutrition, Certified Wholistic Rejuvenist and EFT-ADV. You can visit her website at: http://www.myhealthmaven.com

Roasted Potato Leek Soup



By Kyla Miller, R.H.N;

This week started getting colder in Canada. We’ve hit November and there is no going back. Winter is on its way. So what else to do but make an awesome hearty soup. We weren’t sure what kind of soup we wanted, so we looked in the fridge to see what we had. Potatoes, leeks, onions. Perfect!

Leeks, like garlic and onions, belong to a vegetable family called the Allium vegetables, which are full of antioxidants and are known for their health-promoting compounds. Leeks are especially high in folate which supports our cardiovascular system by keeping our levels of homocysteine in proper balance. When preparing leeks, cut off the green tops and the root. Remove the outer tough leaves if desired.


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Roasted Potato Leek Soup

Ingredients:

3 large leeks, cut lengthwise, separate, clean. Use only the white and pale green parts. Chop.
2 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 lbs potatoes, peeled and diced into half inch pieces, roasted
1 tsp fresh sage, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste


Directions

1. Cook leeks, onions and garlic in butter in a large sized sauce pot. Cover pan, cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Check often. Do not brown the leeks.

2. Meanwhile, roast potatoes in a cast iron skillet until cooked.

3. Add stock and potatoes. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Add sage, salt and pepper and simmer for another 5 mins.

4. Scoop soup mixture into a blender, puree and return to pot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

5. Optional: Only puree half of the soup mixture for a chunkier version.

    Your question: Do you have any favourite soups? (post your comments below)
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    About the Author : Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com and founder of nutritionalinstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.

    Therapeutic Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage



    By Dr. Tonya Cremin;

    Most people are familiar with deep tissue, hot stone, or sports massage and the therapeutic benefits they have on the mind and body. But many aren't aware of another type of therapeutic massage that helps to release toxins in your body - manual lymphatic drainage.

    Lymphatic drainage is a gentle form of massage that stimulates the lymphatic system to promote the removal of bodily toxins and waste and encourages a healthy immune system. To fully understand the benefits of lymphatic drainage, it helps to learn more about the lymphatic system.

    The lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network that helps keep bodily fluid levels in balance and defends the body against infections. It is made up of lymphatic vessels that carry lymph - a clear, watery fluid that contains nutrients - throughout the body.

    Lymph fluid flows through the lymph nodes, which act as filters trapping anything harmful that the body doesn't need. This includes bacteria, viruses, damaged cells, or cancer cells. When bacteria or other immune threats are present in lymph, lymph nodes increase production of infection-fighting white blood cells, which can cause the nodes to swell. The human body has between 400-700 lymph nodes depending on the person.

    The lymphatic system has no "pump" of its own to move lymph through the system. Rather, regular body movement and breathing function to move liquid lymph through the vessels and filters of the lymph nodes. For people who get too little exercise and eat too much processed food, the lymphatic system can easily be overtaxed and not function efficiently - leaving your body susceptible to infection and disease. By stimulating the lymph nodes through massage, it helps to clear any blockages and gives the lymphatic system a boost keeping it running healthy and strong.

    What to expect

    Lymphatic drainage is a specialized hand technique that consists of very gentle and rhythmic movements, administered by a highly trained therapist. Each stroke slightly moves the skin in the direction of the lymphatic flow to encourage the drainage of fluid and waste.

    Depending what your complaints are, the focus of a lymph massage for general immune stimulation is typically on the upper body, including the face, neck, and arms. After your lymph massage, it's important to drink plenty of water, reduce your salt intake and avoid alcohol.

    Benefits

    Lymphatic drainage massage can benefit just about everyone. The benefits are many and include:

    Detox: At the end of winter the body benefits from lymphatic drainage to reduce the sluggishness brought on by consuming too many starchy, high fat foods and getting too little exercise.

    Headache: Most headaches including those resulting from sinusitis have a component of congestion that responds well to lymphatic drainage. Once tissue is decongested, blocked fluid and blood flow improve, reducing pain and discomfort.

    Promote healing: After surgery or injury, tissues may be swollen and sore. Lymphatic drainage will help drain the tissues, reduce inflammation and improve healing.

    Pregnancy and after: There is often fluid retention in pregnant women and lymphatic drainage can improve comfort especially in the legs and feet.

    Reduce swelling: After long periods of immobility such as air travel, fluid tends to stagnate in the tissues making them puffy and tender. This condition responds well when fluid is reduced with lymphatic drainage.

    Reduces scar tissue: lymph drainage regenerates tissues to reduce scarring at surgical incision sites.


    Your question: Have you ever tried a lymphatic drainage massage? (post your comments below)
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    About the Author: Tonya Cremin, Physician of Osteopathic Medicine and founder of Fairfield County Integrative Family Medicine and Healing Therapies, provides a whole-life approach to preventive healthcare and care of chronic and acute conditions. Dr. Cremin treats patients with osteopathic manipulation (OMT or OMM), to help with pain or other medical conditions. Additionally, her specialized training allows her to confidently advise patients regarding use of a wide variety of complementary and alternative modalities, including, but not limited to, nutrition advice, use of herbs and supplements, acupuncture, yoga, and hypnosis. To learn more, visit http://www.integrativefamilypracticect.com.

    10 Tips to Successfully Quit Your Caffeine Addiction



    By Kyla Miller, R.H.N;

    There are many opinions on whether or not caffeine is good for us. I personally feel that the risks and negative side effects of caffeine far out way any of the apparent advantages that come from its consumption. These side effects can include increased heart rate and blood pressure, weakened bones, tooth decay, anxiety, dehydration, insomnia, addiction and the list goes on. Of particular concern is the consumption of caffeine while pregnant.

    If you are pregnant or simply trying to kick the habit, here are 10 tips to get you started:
     

    1. Write down your reason(s) for quitting and display your list where you will see it everyday.
    2.
    Calculate the money that you spend on your caffeine addiction and think of ways those funds could be better spent.

    3. If you are not the “quit cold turkey” kind of person, reduce your caffeine consumption gradually.shaking
    4. Switch to green tea as a way to transition away from caffeine. Green tea contains mild traces of caffeine, but will not feed your caffeine addiction in the same way as a cup of coffee. Eventually, you may be able to switch completely to herbal tea, which contains no caffeine at all.
    5. Increase your water intake. A common side effect of quitting caffeine is headaches. 
    Increasing your hydration will help with your withdrawal symptoms. Add fresh squeezed lemon juice to the water for added flavor and detoxing properties.
    6. Find someone to quit with you. Whether you support each other or compete with each other, you will find that having someone go through the same experience will help you stick to your goal.
    7. Avoid all major forms of caffeine, including soft drinks, chocolate and foods containing cocoa.
    8. Allow yourself plenty of time for rest and recuperation. As your body goes through this withdrawal, it will need as much rest and nutrition as possible. Snack on fresh, raw veggies when you have a craving.
    9. Turn on the lights and use your favorite up-tempo music to wake you up and get your blood moving.
    10. If you give in, don’t give up. Know that we all stumble at times, but it is getting back on tract that counts.

    If you have had success in ditching your caffeine addiction, please post below and tell us how you did it.

    Maintaining your commitment to healthier living isn’t always easy. Book a nutritional consultation today for added support, encouragement and guidance.


    Your question: Have you had success in breaking the habit? (post your comments below)

    Sources:
    www.wikihow.com
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    About the Author : Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com and founder of nutritionalinstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.

    Caffeine Intake During Pregnancy Associated with Low Birth Weight Babies



    By Kyla Miller, R.H.N;

    Do you love your coffee? How about tea, soda, chocolate and/or other caffeinated beverages and foods? Are you breastfeeding, pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant? It’s important to know that during pregnancy, caffeine can not only raise your heart rate and blood pressure, and increase insomnia, but it can also affect your growing baby.

    Caffeine is able to freely pass the placental barrier in the same way that nutrients and oxygen do. Since a fetus does not possess the enzymes needed to process caffeine sufficiently, caffeine metabolites have been found to accumulate in the fetal brain and potential cause developmental problems. For this reason, limited caffeine consumption of 200-300mg/day during pregnancy is generally advised by most practitioners. However, a recent Norwegian study published in 2013 has found that even this limited amount (approximately 1-2 cups of medium strength coffee), might not be enough to prevent lower birth weight babies. The study also concludes that caffeine from coffee has the potential to increase the length of pregnancy.

    The study included close to 60,000 pregnancies, in which information about the mother’s diets and birth details were collected over a 10-year period. The amount of caffeine and its sources (such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, and other foods containing cocoa) were also monitored. What was found, was an association between caffeine consumption and the baby being small for gestational age at birth. This link was found regardless of whether the mother was a smoker, indicating that it was definitely solely due to caffeine consumption.
     

    For every 100mg of caffeine consumed, the birth weight went down by about 21-28 grams and the gestation period lengthened by 5 hours. Interestingly, caffeine consumed from coffee, increased the gestational period by 8 hours. Therefore, given the finding of this study, it looks as though the recommended limit of 200-300mg of caffeine per day may need to be revised.

    The one major issue that I have with this study is that it relies exclusively on self-reported data without a biological marker to confirm the accuracy of estimated caffeine exposure. It is possible that some women may have had difficulties reporting the frequency and amount of caffeine consumption for the whole period correctly. This being said, this study is by far the largest study performed so far on the association between caffeine intake and pregnancy outcome and it is supported by many other smaller studies that have had similar conclusions. It is clear to me that caffeine does have a negative effect on fetal growth and development and should be avoided as much as possible during this stage of life.


    Your question: Have you ever drank coffee while pregnant? (post your comments below)

    Sources:
    http://www.nutritionalinstincts.com
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    About the Author : Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com and founder of nutritionalinstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.

    5 Nutrients Your Body Needs Besides Food



    By Melody Larson;

    If you're like me and care about your body, you probably spend a lot of your energy and focus on eating a healthy diet. There are endless diet books and nutrition guides that are aimed at helping you figure out how to give your body the nourishment it needs. Yet just as important as food are the other key nutrients your body needs to truly thrive. It can be easy to overlook these nutrients, but some of them are even more essential to our health than food!

    Here are five nutrients besides healthy food that your body needs to be truly "well-fed," along with some simple tips for how to easily get these five needs met:

    NUTRIENT ONE: CLEAN AIR - What is more essential than breathing? We can go weeks without food and days without water, but not more than a few minutes without air. Fresh air is essential for our wellbeing. Yet most of us spend all day indoors, breathing recycled air. When we do get outside, much of our air is polluted. It can be difficult with our busy urban lifestyles to get out into nature, where air is freshest. At best, we might get a little park action when we take the dog for a walk. At worst, the only time we really experience fresh air is once a year on vacation!

    Solution: Nourish yourself with negative ions. Negative ions are at their max in pure places, like the tops of mountains or the depths of forests. Thanks to technology, you can do a lot to purify your indoor air by simply getting a negative ionizer for both your home and your office. You can buy desktop or standup units, but I prefer the plug-ins that go right into your wall outlets since they don't take up any space. For my home, I use both the plug-ins and a more "natural" (and beautiful) solution: Himalayan Salt Lamps. For a high-end plug-in, try the GT50. For a more affordable option, I love the Purely Products plug-in.

    NUTRIENT TWO: PURE WATER
    - We are made of water. We are meant to drink water in its natural state: mineralized water from springs & rivers. Yet just like the air we breathe, the water we drink today is anything but pure. It's stripped of minerals and polluted with chemicals, prescription drug residues, and other waste products. Although the pollution is bad enough for our bodies due to creating a permanent toxicity that our cells are constantly battling, it's the absence of minerals in our water that's even more critical. Why? Where minerals go, water goes. Minerals carry water into our cells. We could be drinking 12 glasses a day and literally still be dehydrated if we don't have any minerals helping that water get absorbed at the cellular level. They are meant to go together.

    Solution: If you own your home, you can invest in a house-wide water filtration system. This is pricey, but guarantees you're getting the purest water for both drinking and bathing. For an affordable option, be sure you're using a Brita filter for your drinking water at the very least. You can also by screw-in filters for your shower head. Then, to get those vital minerals, try simply adding ionic trace minerals. One bottle will last you about 6 months and is under $20. Not a bad investment! You can add a few drops per glass to re-mineralize your water, or place 20-40 drops right into your filled Brita pitcher.

    NUTRIENT THREE: SUNLIGHT - We are literally beings of light! At the quantum level we are made of light. The sun not only carries light to us, it also carries quantum information. All living things need the sun to survive and to evolve, and so do we. Yet modern medicine warns us that the sun is dangerous. It's not dangerous; it's vital to our physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual wellbeing. Do not be afraid of the sun. Recent studies are now showing that the sun is beneficial rather than harmful. Sunlight helps us make vital vitamin D, reduces heart disease, nourishes our skin, uplifts our mood, boosts mental clarity, and can even help prevent cavities. Not only that, studies also point out that sunlight actually helps prevent cancer rather than causing it. The list of benefits far exceeds the few I've mentioned here, so don't hide under your umbrella, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

    Solution: Spend at least 20 minutes a day getting sunlight, which you can absorb even on a cloudy day. If you are sensitive to the sun, you'll find that moving to a mostly raw food diet almost always takes this away and can even prevent burning. Give up your sunscreens, especially any that aren't made of natural ingredients. Recent studies have shown that many of the chemicals in sunscreens are carcinogenic, increase cancer risk, and disrupt hormone levels. For days when you will be in strong sun for long periods, go for a natural, mineral-based sunscreen like All Terrain and only put it where you need it (nose & cheeks, neck & shoulders). For an even easier solution, use sesame oil (the non-toasted kind), which has a UV resistance of about 30%.

    NUTRIENT FOUR: TOUCH - Yep, touch is essential to your wellbeing! Think about a baby who is deprived of touch. It suffers stunted physical growth, a decreased immune system, and mental and emotional dysfunction. As adults, we still need this touch nourishment. Therapist Virgina Satir is famous for her quote that, "human beings need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 for maintenance, and 12 for growth." Yet most of us live in a touch-phobic society where we spend the majority of our days avoiding giving or receiving hugs, rubs, hand-holding and other forms of touch. Touch has become taboo except for intimate partnerships or family relationships, yet touch is a necessary form of communication. It lifts our spirits, boosts our immune systems, and fills our deepest spiritual need for connection and unity. What if you aren't in a relationship and don't have family near? How can you get your daily touch nutrients?

    Solution: There are many ways you can reach out and get touched, but sadly, it often costs you! Massage therapy is the most popular and obvious treatment. I think that one of the reasons massage has become so popular is because as a society we are touch-deprived. If you are daring, you can organize a hug-a-thon or a hand -holding-thon at your work, church, or other communal place. This "sanctions" hugging as okay and can be a lot of fun. Plus, it's free! Everyone simply gathers and spends 10 minutes hugging or holding hands with as many people as they wish. Another fun and free way to get touch nourishment is to invite your friends over for a "cuddle party." Finally, there is even a new field of therapy called, unsurprisingly, Touch Therapy. This includes alternative healing methods such as Reiki, Mahi Kari, Therapeutic Touch, and others.

    NUTRIENT FIVE: INNER PEACE - The effects of a stressed-out mind upon the body are staggering. They are so staggering, in fact, that I've made inner peace one of the 5 essential nutrients that our bodies need for health. When you are stressed mentally and emotionally, you literally place your body in a continual state of flight-or-fight response. This means that it is constantly in a state of high-level physical stress and toxicity. This stress is the root cause of nearly all disease, as well as premature aging. According to WebMD, 75 to 90% of all US doctor visits are stress-related. Yet we live in a society that encourages stress! We must keep up with the Joneses, do more, be more, and have more. Relaxing is seen as laziness. Meditation is seen as "woo-woo." Sleeping too much means you are slothful. Working less than 40 hours a week is unproductive. Having empty days on your calendar means you aren't a successful human being. How can you overcome the constant mental stress that our modern lifestyle promotes?

    Solution: One very practical way to reduce mental stress is to unplug. Turn off your T.V. so you aren't bombarded by constant negativity, violence, and commercialism. Let go of delving deeply into the news and feeding on world drama. Stop reading all those magazines and popular internet sites. Just this one simple change can do wonders to transform your outlook on life and get you "deprogrammed" from desiring and suffering. Another strategy is meditation. You don't have to get into strange poses and hum strange noises. Simply sit still for 10-20 minutes each day and focus on breathing in and out to bring your mind and heart some peace. Finally, you can consciously work to gain power over your negative mental chatter and your emotional reactions. Here's how that works:

    It's easy to think that you have no control over your thoughts & feelings and that life just happens to you and you can only react to it. But in truth, this happens because we think that our thoughts are us. "I am a failure!" is a great example. See the 'I' in there? The belief becomes who we are rather than just a thought we're having at that particular moment. Practice "watching" your thoughts and allowing them to flow past you like a cloud passing by rather than identifying with them as "me" or "my truth." Respond to stressful or unhappy thoughts with "That's interesting," and see where this non-attached, curious approach takes you. For a more active approach, consciously make an effort to choose the feelings you wish to experience: "I want to feel ease, I want to feel peace, I want to feel safe, I want to feel good, I want to feel strong, I want to feel joyful, I want to feel... " The more you practice just saying or thinking these words, the more you actually activate their vibration within you. When you have a reaction to something and experience negative emotions, know that you don't have to accept these emotions as truth. You can let them go. You can choose to feel differently.

    These are all such simple, yet vital, ways to nourish your body. You will also nourish your heart and soul, cultivating states of stable wellbeing, vitality, and joy within you. So eat well for sure, but also get your clean water, your pure air, your life-giving sunlight, your healing touch, and your calming inner peace.

    Your question: Do you practice any of these? (post your comments below)





















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    About the Author: Melody Larson is a natural weight loss and spiritual wellness coach, law of attraction teacher, published author, and successful entrepreneur offering ebooks, an online self-study course, free media, a blog and healthy vegan and raw food recipes on her site, http://wellandawake.com.

    Healing the 7 Major Chakras and Why



    By Shakeenah Kedem;

    People everywhere are learning the importance and effectiveness of energy healing, whether they accept that everything is energy or not, because with the rising of people's vibration as a whole, we are moving into a period of heightened awareness, sensitivity and capabilities.

    My dream is to see a world where every being is aware, and knows the value of a healthy energetic body, and daily chakra exercises become the norm. These metaphysical chakras help to regulate the physical organs and glands; therefore keeping you healthier physically. They also help to regulate one's emotions, therefore helping you stay healthier mentally and emotionally. Therefore, the chakras being in a balanced state of being helps bring harmony to your entire being, supporting a truly holistic state of health.

    We as a race of people nowadays MUST learn to:

    #1 be aware of their chakras existing

    #2 begin keeping the 7 major chakras healthy

    Keeping the 7 major centers healthy is important because we are actually moving gradually into another dimension of reality and in order to do so, our bodies must reach a higher vibration and frequency~ and this includes awakening 5 other major chakras that we have dormant right now; besides the 7 major chakras we know now.

    In order for these five to awaken; the seven that we now are using, must be in a healthy state of being.

    A brief summary of the seven major chakras is as follows:

    ROOT CHAKRA

    1st center, between the legs, around sex organs. Gland: Adrenals. Suprarenal glands (cortisone, adrenaline, noradrenaline) Its primary color is red and secondary is black. Key focus: SURVIVAL, GROUNDEDNESS, PHYSICAL NEEDS. "To Be, To Have" are the keywords here. Scents are Sandalwood and Vetiver. An open and balanced root chakra allows necessary grounding (support from the earth and nature) strong structural elements of the physical body; spinal column, adrenals, kidneys, legs, bones, teeth, feet, knees, lower back, nails, large intestine, pelvic area and smooth operations of the eliminatory system. The root chakra connects all to the earth, taking care of the legs and feet, sciatic nerve, quality of blood. Allergic reactions also connect to the root chakra.

    When one has strong root chakra one stands with both feet firmly on the ground. It relates to one's will to live, sense of security, instincts and basic communication, concerns associated with food, clothing, shelter - practical things, self-preservation, endurance, rhythm and connection to nature...

    SACRAL CHAKRA


    2nd center; lower abdomen to navel. Gland: Gonads. Testicles and ovaries (testosterone and estrogen) Represented by the color orange. Key focus: VITALITY, DESIRE, CREATIVITY, SELF-WORTH. "To Feel, To Want". Scents: Ylang Ylang, Patchouly. A well developed sacral chakra ensures the health of the reproductive system; testicles, prostate, ovaries and uterus, duodenum, ileum, cecum, lower verterbrae, small intestine, pelvis, urinary tract, bladder. It also prevents impotence and reduces menstrual pain. A strong sacral chakra helps in assimilation of food, detoxifying the body, strengthens the immune system. Potency, procreation, fertility, and healthy sexual activity, creativity, a joy of living, vitality, harmonious relationships and work with others, tolerance, surrender, movement, giving and receiving, all depend upon a healthy sacral chakra...

    SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

    3rd center; about 4" above the navel. Gland: Pancreas (insulin, digestive enzymes) its color is yellow. Key focus: WILLFULNESS, JOY, ENERGY. "To Do, To Act". Scents are Grapefruit, Fennel. Also known as the Navel Chakra, those with an open and balanced solar plexus chakra may have good appetites and make optimum use of nourishment taken in, have good regulation of body temperatures, are radiant, seldom complain of problems with stomach, liver, or any other digestive organs, have steady nerves, sleep deeply, and handle stress well, can master their desires, have healthy sense of humor and laughter. Its function is to help take care of the small intestine, liver, autonomic nervous system, help one to open up to sensitivity, spontaneity and positive emotions. On a psychic level the solar plexus chakra is linked to one's emotions... thus the reason for feeling effects of emotional disturbances in the stomach. Problems with the third chakra result in eating disorders such as obesity or anorexia- center around psychic problems related to the navel chakra, and many other problems rooted in the stomach or digestive system, such as heartburn, diseases of the liver, spleen or gall bladder, backache, nervous disorders, obesity, anorexia...

    HEART CHAKRA


    4th center; center of chest at heart level. Gland: Thymus (immune system) representing color is green and secondary is pink. Key focus: LOVE, COMPASSION, TRUST. "To Love, To Be Loved". Scents: Rose Geranium, Rose Otto. Beings with strong heart chakras, have much love, may have empathy for all of humanity, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, group consciousness, acceptance, peace, contentment, usually breathe deeply with a regular rhythm, have a healthy heart, strong lungs and good blood circulation, rarely experiencing bronchial or respiratory ailments; as the lungs being of the air element this suggests an automatic relationship with the respiratory system. Removing blockages to the spiritual heart (heart chakra), one also helps prevent coronary problems. The heart chakra also governs the upper back, shoulders, arms, hands, and rib cage. The sense of touch is governed by the heart chakra...

    THROAT CHAKRA

    5th center; larynx, throat area. Gland: Thyroid and Parathyroids (thyroxin) its' representing color is sky blue. Key focus: COMMUNICATIONS, LISTENING, VIBRATIONS. "To Speak, To Hear and Be Heard". Scents are Bergamot, Spruce. This is the hearing and speaking center. A rich sound of one's voice is a sound of a healthy throat chakra. One breathes freely, will not ordinarily experience tonsillitis or any throat inflammations. In addition to its influence on the larynx and vocal cords, the throat chakra also may affect the vertebrae in the neck, arms, hands, mouth, teeth, gums, skin, tongue, throat, esophagus, & windpipe, the shoulders and jaw, and to a lesser extent the hearing faculties. It controls the thyroid glands, the parathyroids - which together control proper metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, minerals, calcium, and the nervous system. It rules communication, truth perceptions, inspiration, righteous (right-use-of-will) discrimination, musical abilities, creative expression in speech, writing and the arts in general, peace, truths, knowledge, wisdom, loyalty, honesty, reliability, kindness. Other emotional connections to this chakra relate to creativity, dynamic will, self-support and acknowledgement, ability to follow one's aspiration. When the throat chakra has blockages or is not balanced one may suffer from nervousness or lassitude, throat pain, tonsillitis, speech defects (stuttering... ), dental, periodontal problems, trouble with the neck vertebrae, neck and shoulder pains, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, overactive or under-active thyroids, shyness, inability to express oneself...

    THIRD EYE CHAKRA

    6th center; middle of forehead. Gland: Pituitary (vasopressin) representative color is indigo / dark blue. Key focus: INTUITION, PSYCHIC ABILITIES, CONNECTING TO HIGHER SELF. "To See, Self Awareness". Lavender, Basil; holy or sweet. Also known as the forehead chakra. Those with well developed 3rd Eye chakras may have expanded reasoning faculties, unblocked intuitive capabilities, clairvoyance, peace of mind, wisdom, perception beyond duality, great imagination and visualization skills, mental clarity, great intelligence, remarkable powers of concentration, healing energy, self-confidence, vision and hearing are sharp even into older age. The forehead chakra closely relates to the pituitary gland which is the control center of the entire endocrine system, regulating activity of all endocrine glands, the cerebellum, hormonal system, eye, ears, nose, sinuses, inner ears/eyes, mental / neurological abilities, hearing/sight, hypothalamus,

    influencing the immune system & nervous systems and ultimately one's psychological constitution. Emotional connections to this chakra also involve self-awareness, sureness, cognitive intelligence, mental balance...

    CROWN CHAKRA

    7th center; top of the head. Gland: Pineal (serotonin, melatonin) symbolic color is violet. The secondary color is white. Key focus: UNITY, WISDOM, THE GATEWAY. "To Know, Cosmic Awareness". Neroli, Frankincense. A strong crown chakra ensures good health by promoting the body's own natural healing processes, however, when blocked it can result in serious illness. The crown chakra corresponds to the brain, pineal gland and the entire nervous system. The pineal gland responds to light and regulates the sleep rhythms. This center of awareness is for cosmic consciousness, unification of the higher self with the personality, oneness with the Source, spiritual will, inspiration, Divine wisdom and understanding, idealism, selfless service, perception beyond space and time, spirituality, enlightenment, self-realization.

    Blockages/weakness in the crown chakra can result in headaches, weak immune system, nervous conditions, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, mental confusion, forgetfulness, mental illness, depression, sleep disorders, chronic illness, lack of inspiration, confusion, depression, alienation, hesitation to serve, senility...

    So, as you can see the chakras have vital functions and should be kept in harmonious balance. Healing of your Chakras can be done by yourself, by another in person or by another remotely, when they are trained and/or experienced in this skill. Whichever way you choose, it is important because of the ever increasing urgency of maintaining the health of our chakras.

    You do not even have to be the type that can feel the energy moving in order to reap the benefits of the adjustments that will be made. Don't let your dis-belief stop you from making this important step in improved healing of your mental, physical and spiritual self.


    Your question: How do you keep your chakras healthy? (post your comments below)


















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    About the Author: Shakeenah Kedem is a service oriented entrepreneur, and an Alternative Health Entrepreneur and Akashic Researcher living in the Northwest region of Arkansas, USA. Studying and practicing alternative healing methods for over 25 years and pendulum divining for over 5 years. Learn more about keeping healthy chakras here; http://www.YourAkashikReader.com/?page_id=362
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