Published on Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Yoga and meditation can do more than help you feel relaxed in the moment. New research published in the journal Frontiers of Immunology shows that they can actually reverse stress-related changes in genes linked to poor health and depression. After analyzing 18 published studies on the biological effects of meditation, yoga, breathing exercises and tai chi, researchers found that these mind-body exercises appear to quiet the activity of genes that promote Inflammation.
Too much psychological stress can cause inflammation in the body, and when stress goes unchecked, the inflammatory response can become chronic and impair both physical and mental health. People who experienced stress but practiced these mind-body activities regurakly had fewer biological signs of inflammation, signaling a reversal of the effects of chronic stress. More research is needed, but this may translate into a reduced risk of inflammation-related diseases and conditions.
Inherited genes are not static, and DNA activity can depend on things within people's control. ''By choosing healthy habits every day, we can create a gene activity pattern that is more beneficial for ur health,'' says the study's lead author, Ivana Buric of Coventry Universityin England. ''Even just 15 minutes of practicing mindfulness seems to do the trick.''
Published on Tuesday, 23 May 2017
FLUORIDE ALERT !!
The World's oldest and prestigious medical journal ''The Lancet'' has officially classified Fluoride as a neurotoxin !
Are the chemicals in toothpaste making you sick? It is one of the most common, yet overlooked daily essentials to our hygiene routine.
Commercial toothpaste is loaded with chemicals, which can make those sensitive amongest us....sick. Artificial flavours, artificial colours, artificial sweeteners, plus numerous toxic chemicals such as Sodium Lauryal Sulphate, Salicylate and Fluoride can place a heavy burden of the Immune System.
If you think that because you don't swallow your toothpaste it is safe...think again. It is a fact that Sublingual absorption is one of the most direct and effective routes that can fast track chemicals into your blood stream. Toothpaste stays in your mouth for 2-3 minutes - more than enough time for chemicals and additives to find their way into your systemic system.
Now, I don't make of habit of advertising on my website but I found something I want to pass on to you to increase your future health potential. It's called Alfree plain toothpaste. Alfree is 100% flavour, sweetener and colour free, and is also free from other toxic chemicals found in other toothpastes, making it suitable for those with salicylate allergy, chemical sensitivities, mint allergy or anyone wanting to reduce their exposure to fluoride, one of the worst neurotoxins next to mercury (which is found in many vaccines).
Alfree is now available at Priceline Pharmacy, Terry White Amcal, Chemist Warehouse.com.au check out (www.alfree.com.au)
Published on Thursday, 27 April 2017
If I could tell you ONE thing that you could do each morning right as you wake up to help youbody eliminate some toxins, improve your digestion, stimulate your metabolism, and boost your energy, would you do it? Of course you would.....and it takes less than 2 minutes.
Here's the trick...... Squeeze about half to a full lemon (depending on size) into a glass of room temperature purified water. Then add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey. The honey makes this gentler on your stomach . Drink this at least 10 minutes before eating any food.
5 Major Benefits of this Morning Drink.
For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powwerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components. Lemons are even great as a digestive aid and liver cleanser.
1) Supports the Immune System: Lemon enhances the body's ability to absorb iron, an important nutrient for a healthy immune system.
2) Aids Digestion: As lemon juice is similar in atomic structure to the stomach's digestive juices it can relieve indigestion, heartburn and bloating.
3) Balances pH levels: Lemons are one of the most alkalising foods for the body and a good pH level is essential as too much acidity in the body can e inflammatory.
4) Detoxifies the liver: As mentioned previously, the liver benefits as lemon juice and apple cider vinegar stimulates the liver by encouraging the production of bile. This drink can also help in assisting detoxification.
5) Freshens Breath: The antiseptic qualities of the lemon juice apple cider combination help kill off bad bacteria in the mouth by acting as a disinfectant. Most health professionls agree room temperature is closer to your own body's temperature and seems to calm the digestive system. You'll see that a glass of this ''pep water'' (as I call it) is also a healthier morning wake-you-up than coffee. Give it try !
Published on Monday, 20 March 2017
It's always easier said than done, but we all need to do whatever we can to minimize the number of things that cause us stress. As the poet Sara Teasdale wrote, ''.....make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.'' In addition to that advice, there are supplements that can help you deal with the everyday pressures of your life.
Magnesium reduces stress and protects the brain against its harmful effects. Plant flavonoids such as Hespeidin (from oranges), Luteolin (parsley and celery), and Quercetin (teas and onions) have all been shown to calm the brain. L-thenine lowers stress by reducing excitotoxicity, and Melatonon (taken 30 minutes before sleep) protects the brain by stimulating antioxidant enzymes.
In fact, one new study found that a combination of gren tea extract and L-thenine significantly improved memory and other cognitive functions, as well as the EEG (brain wave test) in patients with mild cognitive impairment, better known as MCI.
Humans are social beings and the more pleasant social interactions we have, the richer and fuller our lives become. One study found that people who were social and enjoyed spending time with others were less likely to develop progressive MCI.
In addition, people who worship regularly have been shown to experience significantly less incidence of conditions such as MCI. Therefore, we should take time to thank our creator for all that He does for us.
Published on Friday, 30 December 2016
Our mood can vary depending on a lot of different components. Stress, diet, exercise, toxicity, sleep and even spinal misalignment can impact how we feel, think and behave. (see ''Exciting Research Results for Chiropractic'' article in News page's ''Office Updates'')
Our emotional state can be very powerful and can even make us sick if not dealt with appropriately. It is often very difficult to separate the mind from the body, even if we are not consciously aware of this connection. Your body constantly responds to your thoughts and feelings. This is often referred to as the ''mind/body connection.''
When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn't right. Many of us have experienced the onset of a headache, nausea or abdominal cramps after a stressful or upsetting event. In turn, we can also recall the euphoric sensation that comes from a rush of adrenaline or even just after having a really good laugh. Suddenly, our bodies feel ten years younger and full of energy!
Likewise, the opposite can also be true; that the way we physically feel can greatly affect our mood. Chronic pain or dysfunction can often lower one's mood significantly and at times leads to depression. The good news is, because of this immensely strong mind/body connection it is therefore possible that when you correct one, you can also correct the other.
Published on Friday, 08 July 2016
The mobile phone industry has now targeted children ages 5 and under -- even toddlers -- with their promotional campaigns. One advertisement shows a picture (above) of a product called a Baby iPhone Rattle Ring. There's also a colourful ''Rattle Case'' that fits over an iPhone for babies to play with.
Another advertisement promotes an app that makes ''White Noise.'' It is meant to be placed under the child's head to encourage sleep. Young children's skulls are much thinner than adults' skulls. Electro-Magnetic radiation have been shown to penetrate the entire brains of children when their heads are placed near such devices.
To be exposed to this radiation for hours is extremely hazardous. Yet I now see very small children using theses devices everywhere I go. Such gadgets have become the modern pacifiers for babies and small children. It's worth noting that your cell phone emits microwave radiation even when not in use so don't keep it tucked into any areas near your reproductive organs..
The frightening thing is that studies have shown that exposure to mobile phones before the age of 20 TRIPLES the risk of developing brain tumors like acoustic neuromas, meningomas, and malignant glioblastomas, all brain tumors that were relatively rare beore the advent of mobile phone use.
In my opinion, the people who created this campaign knowing of the many studies now warning of how EMFs (Electromagnetic Fields) can affect children, much less all of us, should be put in prison.
Published on Sunday, 22 May 2016
Feeling frazzled? Try these short easy ways to take the edge off and embrace a life of calm.
''The Smiling Mind'' is a free web and app-based program designed to help cultivate calm and contentment by learning mindfulness meditation, I mentioned this previously that in recent years mindfulness meditation has surged in popularity for use in the treatment of stress, resilience, anxiety, depression and other physical and mental illnesses. Visit smilingmind.com.au.
I've also mentioned this in a previous posting but it pays to repeat that research suggests lack of sleep may trigger anxiety. Make getting a good night's sleep a priority. Read my article: ''The Secret to a Good Day? A Good Night to Start!'' (January, 2016)
EXERCISE & BE REGULAR
Working out a few times a week combats stress by increasing feel-good endorphins, lowering the so-called stress hormone cortisol, plus it improves mood and aids sleep. As model Gisele Bundchen has said, ''In order to be your best, you have to honour your own needs first.''
BE SERIOUS ABOUT POSTURE
Think about all the hours you spend each day sitting at work or school, commuting, on your computer or other mobile device and watching television. Poor posture used during these activities increases pressure on your spine which causing stress and tension on your low back and neck pain and headaches. Download the Chiropractors'Association Back App and improve your postural habits for a stress-free life. Visit www.backyourinnerathlete.com.au and it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a spinal check-up to see if damage has already been done.
LAST, BUT NOT LEAST.....
Do a Digital Detox ! Studies have shown the average user checks their mobile phone 220 times a day !!! So...start detoxing with a phone-free Sunday to really unwind and be in the now.
Published on Thursday, 25 February 2016
''By changing our minds, we may be able to change our health'' , says Becca Levy, lead author of a study and an associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. Levy's study adds weight to the evidence that a more positive mind-set could make us more resilient in measurable ways. Also, Eric Loucks, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Brown University, has shown that with more ''mindful dispositions'' -- which might be be best defined as having an awareness of what you're thinking and feeling in the moment -- have significantly less body fat and also score higher on markers of heart health, compared to their peers.
It's now known that even at the cellular level, stress seems to affect health; chronic stress has been shown to harm DNA by shortening its Telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of the chromosomes. In another study last year, Louck discovered that people with higher mindfulness scores were 86% more likely to have good overall cardiovascular health. His team also plans to study whether mindfulness interventions will help people stick to doctor-recommended health regimes to get better outcomes.
It is now clear that stress accelerates biological aging......while the opposite seems to be true. Studies by Elissa Epel, a professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, have shown that mindfulness meditation can reduce stress and prevent people from ruminating in negative emotions, and some forms of meditation practice can even slow the biological signs of aging by stabilizing those Telomeres. Turns out your parents were right when they told you not to sweat-the-small-stuff.
If meditation continues to be a practice that eludes you, it may be more valuable to incorporate the lessons of the practices -- like trying one's best to focus on the present moment -- into daily life. ''What matters most is having you viewing stressful events as ephemeral, rather than reflecting weaknesses and failures in us, and having the ability to recover quickly from stressful things when they happen,'' Epel says. A little mindfulness can go a long way indeed. NOTE: (Please refer to a previous Health Tip of mine in June last year on a very good course on Mindfulness.)
Published on Tuesday, 26 January 2016
I'm not talking about tearing yourself away from a Netflix binge to get enough sleep. Recent research has pointed out a common evening habit that could be bad for our physical and mental health......it's the giving in to the midnight munchies!
We're no strangers to waking up in the middle of the night and finding ourselves in the kitchen, digging around for a snack. There's a reason the fridge seems to beckon when we should be in bed. In May 2015, researchers at Brigham Young University found that while images of high calorie foods generated spikes of brain activity in the morning, the neural response is lower in the evening. Those foods aren't as visually rewarding at night, making us more likely to consume more of them to get the feeling of satisfaction.
Actually, eating when we should be sleeping might not be good for our brains, the research In December, 2015 from the University of California, Los Angeles found. When one group of mice -- who are nocturnal animals usually eat throughout the night -- was fed between 9pm and 3am and another group was fed between 9am and 3pm, the snackers who ate when they should have been sleeping (during the day) had shorter bouts of sleep and performed worse on memory tests.
It's still too soon to tell whether humans, not mice, will definitely experience the same negative effects from eating when they should be sleeping, but some research already supports it. Also, nighttime eating predicted weight gain in one 2008 study, while another published in 2013 found overweight and obese people who ate their major meal after 4pm lost less weight than those who ate their main meal before 4pm -- even when they ate and exercised the same amount. If you have a light meal, not less than 2 hours, before bedtime should carry you over till breakfast very nicely.
Published on Friday, 04 December 2015
Patients who suffer from Sciatica are at risk for developing muscle weakness. A recent British study found that patients with Sciatica had decreased muscle mass, also known as muscle atrophy.
Muscle atrophy occurs in people that have a restricted range of motion due to an injury or medical condition. A developing atrophy can further reduce muscle strength and mobility. In patients with low-pain, weakened muscles can cause patients to compensate in other ways leading to further injury.
That's why it's important to seek treatment for Sciatica before it worsens. Chiropractic treatment addresses the cause of Sciatica - like disc herniation or trauma that misaligns spinal bones pinching the sciatic nerve. Chiropractors adjust and realign the spine to reduce the pressure on the Sciatic nerve, and in doing so, significantly relieve the pain.
This also applies to the elderly. Many studies have found that chiropractic care is an effective treatment method when dealing with a number of spine-related issues. The American Chiropractic Association even lists a number of research studies on their website that show that it is a valuable treatment method for easing (not only Sciatica but also sometimes completely resolving) back pain, neck pain, headaches, and more.