How Being ICH Can Improve Your Brain, Memory And More

 

Okay, first, you’re probably wondering “What the heck is ICH?” right? Well, it stands for inconsistent handedness and it turns out using your non-dominant hand a certain percentage of time actually comes with some nice benefits. I am left-handed myself, but grew up knitting and batting a softball right-handed, because that was how I was taught. This article by Lee Euler makes me think it would be worth my while to start using my right hand a lot more often. Maybe it’s not too late after all for me to grow my brain?! :-)…..

 

On the One Hand This Trait Will
Give You a Superior Memory,
But on the Other Hand….

Nearly all Americans (87%) are right-handed, while only 13% are left-handed.

Researchers have been studying this difference and conducting studies to see what it may mean for some time, but results have been conflicting.

It now seems that whether a person is right- or left-handed is not important when it comes to memory.

What is important is the degree to which a person is right or left handed. If you use your non-dominant hand at least some of the time, you may find your memory will benefit as a result.

This is what researchers have discovered.

The Edinburgh Handedness inventory

Some people use their dominant hand almost exclusively for everyday tasks while others use their less dominant hand part of the time. 55% of Americans are considered to be strongly right-handed. They almost never use their left hand. From one to three percent are strongly left handed.

A score has been devised according to the degree to which a person uses one hand or the other. It’s called the Edinburgh Handedness Inventory.

Pure left- or right-handedness scores 100. On average, people score 80. A score below 80 is called inconsistent handedness (ICH). It means that at least one in ten activities is performed with the non-dominant hand. A score above 80 is termed consistent handedness (CH).

CH has been found to be more prevalent among right-handers and women. Left-handers are largely ICH.

Now where all this becomes interesting is the effect handedness has on the brain.

Inconsistent Handers have Bigger Brains

The corpus callosum connects both sides of the brain and facilitates communication between them. People who are ICH have a larger corpus callosum and increased activation of the right hemisphere. This in turn leads to a better episodic memory.

This is the kind of memory involved with learning, storing, and retrieving information — the ability to describe the details of a recent vacation, for instance.

A number of studies show people with ICH have better recall of words and paragraphs, events from their own life, early childhood memories, everyday memories, dream recall and memory for faces.

This has also been shown to extend beyond the lab into real life, where ICH people report fewer memory problems, particularly those involving conversations and conducting everyday tasks. This is true whether they are left- or right-handed. The relevant trait is whether they make extensive use of both hands.

Connectivity between both hemispheres of the brain is also concerned with the capacity to update beliefs. This is considered to be a broad example of our ability to be flexible in our thinking.

Studies have shown that ICH people are more likely to be open to persuasion and are better at taking other people’s perspectives. People who are CH (consistent handed) are more resistant to updating beliefs and are less likely to alter their existing viewpoint.

Perhaps also relevant, people who switch back and forth between both hands are less likely to suffer from rumination or other eating disorders, and less likely to suffer from dysmorphia — a distorted view about the way they look.

Form New Neural Pathways with Neurobics

If you are strongly left- or right-handed, there’s a very simple way to improve your episodic memory and increase cognitive flexibility.

And that is to practice neurobics. These are brain exercises that involve unexpected stimuli.

One of the simplest exercises to strengthen connectivity between both hemispheres of the brain is to use your non-dominant hand more often by incorporating it into everyday life.

This might include eating, stirring drinks, writing, texting, drawing, dialing phone numbers, brushing teeth, opening doors and hoovering. Virtually anything that’s safe to do will help. Do this consistently over time and you should notice a difference.

Dr. P. Murali Doraiswarmy, head of biological psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, says of these activities: “It’s like having more cell towers in your brain to send messages along. The more cell towers you have, the fewer missed calls.”

Personal Note: Did you know that alternate nostril breathing and meditating are other ways to strengthen and grow your corpus callosum? Yep, studies have actually shown this to be true. Also, binaural beat technology increases activity across the corpus callosum.

 

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Is Your Clothing Safe For You And The Planet? Probably NOT!!

 

Hmmm, it seems there are toxins lurking everywhere these days….not only in our food, air and water supply, but also in what we wear. Fortunately, here’s a good  infographic from Underground Health Reporter and some articles about fleece and cotton to help us know what to avoid when shopping for clothing (hint: AVOID fleece like the plague!) and laundry detergent…..

 

 

And speaking of clothing causing health problems, I’ve also been reading lately how fleece microfibers are turning out to be a real hazard to our food supply, the environment, and the animals and aquatic life around us. That’s more than unfortunate news, since we are a nation of fleece-wearing fanatics. 😦 Here is just one of the articles I’ve come across…..

New studies indicate that the fibers in our clothes could be poisoning our waterways and food chain on a massive scale. Microfibers – tiny threads shed from fabric – have been found in abundance on shorelines where waste water is released.

Now researchers are trying to pinpoint where these plastic fibers are coming from.

In an alarming study released Monday, researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara found that, on average, synthetic fleece jackets release 1.7 grams of microfibers each wash. It also found that older jackets shed almost twice as many fibers as new jackets. The study was funded by outdoor clothing manufacturer Patagonia, a certified B Corp that also offers grants for environmental work.

“These microfibers then travel to your local wastewater treatment plant, where up to 40% of them enter rivers, lakes and oceans,” according to findings published on the researchers’ website.

Synthetic microfibers are particularly dangerous because they have the potential to poison the food chain. The fibers’ size also allows them to be readily consumed by fish and other wildlife. These plastic fibers have the potential to bioaccumulate, concentrating toxins in the bodies of larger animals, higher up the food chain.

Microbeads, recently banned in the US, are a better-known variety of microplastic, but recent studies have found microfibers to be even more pervasive.

In a groundbreaking 2011 paper, Mark Browne, now a senior research associate at the University of New South Wales, Australia, found that microfibers made up 85% of human-made debris on shorelines around the world.

While Patagonia and other outdoor companies, like Polartec, use recycled plastic bottles as a way to conserve and reduce waste, this latest research indicates that the plastic might ultimately end up in the oceans anyway – and in a form that’s even more likely to cause problems.

Breaking a plastic bottle into millions of fibrous bits of plastic might prove to be worse than doing nothing at all.

Barrows lobsterboat

Scary science

While the UCSB study is sure to make waves, researchers are consistently finding more and more evidence that microfibers are in many marine environments and in large quantities.

What’s more, the fibers are being found in fresh water as well. “This is not just a coastal or marine problem,” said Abigail Barrows, principal investigator of the Global Microplastics Initiative, part of the research group Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.

Of the almost 2,000 aquatic samples Barrows has processed, about 90% of the debris was microfibers – both in freshwater and the ocean.

Microfibers are also the second most common type of debris in Lake Michigan, according to Sherri Mason’s research.

Finishing up research into tributaries of the Great Lakes, she’s finding that microfibers are the most common type of debris in those smaller bodies of water. “The majority [71%] of what we’re finding in the tributaries are actually fibers,” Mason said by email. “They exceed fragments and pellets.”

Mason is finding that the wildlife is indeed being affected.

A study out of the University of Exeter, in which crabs were given food contaminated with microfibers, found that they altered animals’ behavior. The crabs ate less food overall, suggesting stunted growth over time. The polypropylene was also broken down and transformed into smaller pieces, creating a greater surface area for chemical transmission. (Plastics leach chemicals such as Bisphenol A – BPA – as they degrade.)

Mason said her concern is not necessarily with the plastic fibers themselves, but with their ability to absorb persistent organic pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and to concentrate them in animals’ tissues.

An increasingly toxic problem

Gregg Treinish, founder and executive director of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, which oversees Barrows’s microfibers work, said studies have led him to stop eating anything from the water.

“I don’t want to have eaten fish for 50 years and then say, ‘Oh, whoops’,” Treinish said.

His organization received $9,000 from Patagonia to research microfibers in 2016.

“It absolutely has the potential to move up the food chain,” said Chelsea Rochman, a postdoctoral fellow in conservation biology at the University of California at Davis and the University of Toronto. She cautioned, however, against a rush to avoid fish: “I think no one’s really asked questions directly about that yet.”

Rochman’s own recent study of seafood from California and Indonesia indicates that plastic fibers contaminate the food we eat.

Testing fish and shellfish from markets in both locations, Rochman determined that “all [human-made] debris recovered from fish in Indonesia was plastic, whereas [human-made] debris recovered from fish in the US was primarily fibers”.

Rochman said she can’t yet explain why fish in the US are filled with microfibers. She speculates that washing machines are less pervasive in Indonesia and synthetic, high performance fabrics, such as fleece, which are known to shed a lot of fibers, are not as common in Indonesia.

Tiny plastic fibers taken from a water sample in Blue Hill Bay in the gulf of Maine.
(Tiny plastic fibers taken from a water sample in Blue Hill Bay in the gulf of Maine. Photograph: Marine Environmental Research Institute)

Industry reacts … slowly

Companies that have built their businesses on the environment have been some of the first to pay attention to the growing microfiber issue. Patagonia proposed the Bren School study in 2015, after polyester, the primary component of outdoor fabrics like fleece, showed up as a major ocean pollutant.

Patagonia is part of a working group, as is Columbia Sportswear and 18 others, studying the issue through the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), a trade group consisting of about 1,300 companies around the world.

“We believe the outdoor industry is likely one of those [industries that contribute to the microfiber issue], but we just don’t know the breadth,” said Beth Jenson, OIA’s director of corporate responsibility.

In an email, Patagonia spokesperson Tessa Byars wrote: “Patagonia is concerned about this issue and we’re taking concerted steps to figure out the impacts that our materials and products – at every step in their lifecycle – may have on the marine environment.”

Miriam Diamond, an earth sciences professor who runs the University of Toronto lab where Rochman now works, said she believes so-called fast fashion could play a larger role than the comparatively smaller outdoor apparel industry. “What I suspect is that some of the cheaper fabrics will more easily shed fibers. It’s probably that the fibers aren’t as long or that they aren’t spun as well,” Diamond said.

Inditex, which owns Zara and Massimo Duti among others, said microfibers fall into the category of issues covered by its Global Water Strategy, which includes ongoing plans to evaluate and improve wastewater management at its mills.

H&M declined to comment on the microfiber issue, as did Topshop , which responded by email “we are not quite ready to make an official statement on this issue”.

Time to take action

Mark Browne, the researcher responsible for first bringing microfibers to public attention, said that the grace period is over.

“We know that these are the most abundant forms of debris – that they are in the environment,” Brown said. He added that government and industry must be asked to explain “what they are going to be doing about it”.

The Amsterdam-based Plastic Soup Foundation, an ocean conservation project co-funded by the European Union, said better quality clothing or fabrics coated with an anti-shed treatment could help.

The foundation’s director, Maria Westerbos, said a nanoball that could be thrown into a washing machine to attract and capture plastic fibers also seems promising.

Another solution may lie with waterless washing machines, one of which is being developed by Colorado-based Tersus Solutions. Tersus, with funding from Patagonia, has developed a completely waterless washing machine in which textiles are washed in pressurized carbon dioxide.

Others suggest a filter on home washing machines. More than 4,500 fibers can be released per gram of clothing per wash, according to preliminary data from the Plastic Soup Foundation.

But the washing machine industry is not yet ready to act. Jill Notini, vice president of communications and marketing for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, said the washing machine could very well be a source of microfiber debris, but that the proposed solutions are impractical.

She added that the industry still has trouble getting people to clean lint from the filters in their dryers.

For Plastic Soup’s Westerbos, the reluctance of the industries that operate in that crucial place between the consumer and the world’s waterways can no longer be tolerated.

“It’s really insulting that they say it’s not their problem,” Westerbos said. “It’s their problem, too. It’s everybody’s problem.”

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/20/microfibers-plastic-pollution-oceans-patagonia-synthetic-clothes-microbeads

 

 

And if that’s not enough to have you wondering what IS safe to wear, here’s an article from Dr Mercola about, not only the threat of fleece microfibers, but also the problems with polyester, non-organic cotton and more. He mentions some ways to help mitigate certain issues, but, as he puts it, “Perhaps the simplest way to circumvent all of these problems is also the most biologically elegant, and that is to avoid buying synthetic fiber clothing in the first place, and opt for organic cotton, hemp, silk, wool or bamboo fabrics instead.”

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/03/29/microfibers-yoga-pants-athletic-wear.aspx

And here’s more from Dr Mercola on the subject of clothing….fascinating and scary stuff about the cotton industry that will hopefully have you looking for organic cotton more than ever:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/04/04/non-organic-cotton-clothing.aspx

 

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 Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Free HealthType Test™ And Report, Natural Appetite Suppressants, Plus 15 Healthy Dessert Recipes

 

Here’s what I think is a great free health resource from the folks at ph360. It’s an easy, 3 minute quiz you take to determine your health type, which then generates a 15 page report with information, insights and tips about how to work with your particular type to be happier, healthier and more self-aware. I found it fascinating that, based on my answers to the short quiz, the report was “right on” in so many ways. AND it provided me with a number of “a-ha moments” and tips about when to eat, sleep, exercise and more. It also validated certain things I’ve been drawn to do, even though they may not match what most healthcare practitioners advocate. Just proves that everybody and every body is different, and doing what’s right for YOU isn’t necessarily what’s good/right for others …..

 

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The HealthType Test™ is a 3 minute online quiz that calculates your Health Type and then gives you a 15 page report on how you can eat, socialize, be active and live your life in a way that comes naturally to you!

 

Watch the HealthType webinar replay in the private ph360 FB group. Not a member yet? No worries, request to join for free here.

Go here to take the test: https://healthtype.ph360.me/test


 

A great little (well, actually rather large :-)) infographic by PlantBasedVillage.com I got from a newsletter from Underground Health Reporter…. 


 

And here’s what looks to be a good resource if you’re a dessert lover like me, but also want to be as healthy as possible. I checked out a number of the recipes from this post and they look and sound good, plus reasonably healthy. Anyone for salted caramel tahini cups? Yes, please! :-)…….

clean dessert tahinicups

Go here for 15 recipes: http://www.purewow.com/food/clean-eating-dessert-recipes

 

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 Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Fat-burning Chicken Salad, Avocado Chocolate Pudding And More…Yum!

 

Wondering what to eat this weekend? Here are some healthy and yummy sounding recipes to try….

 

Fire Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Instead of opening up some canned soup, make a soup with raw organic vegetables in the blender, instead. The blades of a blender (especially a Vitamix) move so quickly they heat the soup. You can have a piping hot, one-dish meal ready in less time than it takes to find the can opener! Here’s one of my favorites:

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 large organic tomatoes, halved
4 fire-roasted red peppers
1 cup coconut milk
4 leaves fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

Blend tomatoes, red peppers, coconut milk, fresh basil and garlic powder in a hi-speed blender. If using a Vitamix, blend until hot (about 5-6 minutes). Top with pepitas, fresh basil, and a splash of coconut cream, if desired.

FYI, the page where I found this soup also had several other interesting sounding recipes, including one for sweet curry noodles (using “zoodles,” aka spiralized zucchini noodles) and sweet potato black bean wraps.

Check them all out at: http://alldayenergydiet.com/vegetables-fb/


 

And how about this chicken salad recipe from danettemay.com that supposedly helps you burn fat, rather than pack it on?

 

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Fat-Burning Chicken Salad

If you love chicken salad, you know there’s one ingredient you must AVOID if you’re on a weight loss plan…

MAYONNAISE

This ingredient is killer for your waistline and your overall health. And the “low fat” or “no fat” options for mayonnaise are also a no-go.

So you’ll be happy to know that I created a fat-burning chicken salad recipe that is absolutely delicious! Give it a try and I promise you’ll never use mayonnaise again.

INGREDIENTS:

6 oz. cubed chicken breast

1 c. plain greek yogurt (I love Fage)

1/2 c. sliced celery

1/2 c. small cubed apple pieces

1/4 c. sliced, small cubed onion

2 tbsp. raisins or craisins (optional)

2 tsp. cumin spice

salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all together and it’s ready to eat.

This is fast, easy to make and so yummy!  You can top it on a bed of greens or eat it plain.

Want more deliciously simple and fat-burning recipes like this? Check out the source below and there will be a place at the end of the post where you can sign up for over 150 popular fat-burning recipes that you can make in 15 minutes or less.

Source: http://danettemay.com/fat-burning-chicken-salad/


 

And after you’ve burned some fat with the chicken salad, reward yourself with this chocolate avocado pudding recipe from Activation Products that you can literally whip up in a minute or two 🙂

 

This is our favorite kind of sweet treat. Equal parts creamy deliciousness and healthy nutrition!

It’s quick and easy to whip up, but even the time it takes to blend will have you drooling with anticipation.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ripe California avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/3 cup quality organic cocoa powder (made from 100% pure cacao)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp flax oil
  • Raspberries and mint leaves for garnish

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Garnish with raspberries and mint before serving.

A few benefits of these delicious ingredients:

  • Avocados: These creamy, satisfying fruits are very high in healthy fats, including oleic acid (a.k.a. omega-9), which can reduce inflammation. They also contain significant amounts of vitamins B5, B6, C, E and K and are high in potassium, which can balance blood pressure levels, reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, and improve kidney health.
  • Cocoa powder: Calcium and potassium are among the nutrients present in cocoa powder, in addition to plenty of antioxidants. Cocoa can help to lower bad cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of clogged arteries and balance blood pressure.
  • Raw honey: This “liquid gold” is used in many natural healing solutions, such as cough suppressants and sleep aids as it has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It also supports your immune system.
  • Coconut milk: Wholesome and delicious, coconut milk is high in fiber, and contains vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, C and E, in addition to minerals such as selenium, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
  • Flaxseeds are one of nature’s most powerful sources of nutrition and contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to health. The oil supports the cardiovascular system and the digestive system, as well as eye health and blood sugar balance. It even maintains healthy hormonal balance.
  • Raspberries: Always a favorite, these tart and tasty berries possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making them great for weight loss, immune system support and even pain relief. They are also high in potassium and other minerals, making them great for controlling heart rate and managing blood pressure.
  • Mint: Mint can offer relief from indigestion and inflammation as well as nausea and headaches. It can also stimulate digestive enzymes that can help you to lose weight.

Source: http://www.activationproducts.com/marine-phytoplankton-supplement/chocolate-avocado-pudding/


 

Or try these tasting looking key lime cheesecake bites from Paleo Hacks…..

 

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These Key Lime Cheesecake Bites make for the perfect cool dessert.

Ingredients:

  •  1/2 cup raw almonds
  •  2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  •  1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in water overnight & drained
  •  1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk (well shaken)
  •  3-4 tablespoons raw honey
  • 4 limes, juiced & zested

Instructions:

  • Line a muffin tin with 6 cupcake liners and set aside.
    •  Place the almonds and melted coconut in a blender or food processor and blend until the mixture is crumbly and sticks together when pinched between you fingers.
    •  Place one heaping tablespoon in each lined muffin cavity, and press the mixture down using the back of a spoon to make a mini “crust”.
    •  Place the muffin tin in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, while you prepare the filling.
    •  In the food processor add the drained cashews, coconut milk, honey, and lime juice. Puree until smooth and transfer to a measuring cup.
    •  Remove the muffin tin from the freezer when the crusts have hardened a bit and pour the filling mixture over the crusts. Top with lime zest and place back into the freezer for at least 4-6 hours to harden.
    • Store in the freezer until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Source: http://blog.paleohacks.com/key-lime-cheesecake-bites/ 

 

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Extend Your Life Expectancy? Take A Hint From South Korea!

 

Did you know the life expectancy for people living in the US is declining and the level of health here lags behind that of most other countries? Plus, according to a recent study, we have the highest infant and maternal mortality rates of any of the countries in study, AND the highest obesity rate.

If you are concerned about these statistics, you may want to start mirroring some of the habits of the South Korean people, including having a diet rich in probiotics and fermented foods…..

 


 Life Expectancy Projected to Soar — Except

in the US

By Dr. Mercola

For the first time in 20 years, life expectancy has actually declined in the U.S.,1,2,3,4 dropping from 76.5 years in 2014 to 76.3 in 2015 for men, and from 81.3 to 81.2 for women. This means American women now die, on average, about one month earlier than they did in 2014, and men lost about two months of lifespan.5

In all, there were 86,212 more deaths in 2015 compared to 2014, and as of 2015, the U.S. ranks 29th out of 43 countries for life expectancy,6 lagging behind countries like Chile, Costa Rica, Slovenia, Korea and the Czech Republic. In 2014, the U.S. ranked 28th.7

Moreover, according to Dr. Peter Muennig, a professor of health policy and management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, this decline in life expectancy is a “uniquely American phenomenon.” No other developed countries experienced this decline.

Dr. Jiaquan Xu, the report’s lead author, noted the decline in life expectancy is primarily caused by a rise in several categories of preventable deaths,8 again highlighting the failure of the American health care system to properly address the root causes of chronic disease.

Meanwhile, both dietary patterns and health care availability in South Korea — which has made some of the greatest life expectancy gains — offer valuable hints at what Americans need to do to change course.

Analysis Suggests South Koreans May Soon Outlive the Rest of the World

Another extensive analysis9 of longevity patterns in 35 industrialized nations projects life expectancy at birth in the U.S. will continue to lag, such that by 2030, it will be on par with the Czech Republic, Croatia and Mexico.10,11,12

Meanwhile, South Koreans of both sexes and Hungarian men and have made the greatest life expectancy gains. By 2030, South Korean women are projected to have an average lifespan of 90.8, making it the first nation to break the 90-year life expectancy barrier.

This is a significant feat, considering South Korea ranked 29th for women’s life expectancy in 1985.13 As for the cause of the U.S.’ failure to keep pace, The Washington Post notes:14

“The reasons for the United States’ lag are well known. It has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates of any of the countries in the study, and the highest obesity rate.

It is the only one without universal health insurance coverage and has the ‘largest share of unmet health care needs due to financial costs,’ the researchers wrote …

In contrast to the United States, South Korea ‘has a remarkable investment in early childhood nutrition,’ has been taking advantage of medical advances and technology across its population and has some of the world’s lowest obesity and hypertension rates …

‘They seem to be getting a lot of things right at the same time, and getting them right for almost everyone,’ [lead author Majid Ezzati] said.”

Differences in Diet Offer Valuable Clues

Japan has long been noted for its longevity, but that’s starting to change as Western dietary influences have crept in. Again and again, we see health outcomes decline when countries adopt a Western style diet with processed foods as a staple.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s use of nutritional supplements, especially probiotics for both adults and infants has risen, and their fermented food and omega-3 intake is among the highest in the world. In my view, this is what you would call a major clue.

Research15 published last year showed South Korea, along with Japan, the Primorskry region of Russia, Denmark, Norway and Greenland and a few other indigenous regions had the highest blood levels of the animal-based omega-3 fats eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — the latter of which is a primary structural component of every cell in your body.

Americans and Canadians both have “very low” levels, which may increase the risk of chronic disease. Use of vitamins and dietary supplements in South Korea also rose by 4 percent in 2016, and probiotic sales rose by 7 percent.

According to Euromonitor, “these products are increasingly seen as essential consumer health items among South Koreans.”16 South Koreans also consume 2 million tons of kimchi each year — a traditional dish of fermented cabbage. As noted in a previous Food First article:17

“[K]imchi is the one food that most Koreans simply ‘cannot live without.’18 … [It] seems to make its way into every meal of the day. In autumn, South Korean employers even give their workers a customary ‘kimchi bonus,’ helping to subsidize the ingredients for their annual kimchi supply.19

Considering that most Americans eat a primarily processed food diet, high in sugars and low in healthy fats, fiber and fermented foods, it shouldn’t come as a major shock that life expectancy might suffer.

Advertisements might lead you to believe this processed fare will give you all the nutrition you need for a long and happy life, but your body cannot be fooled.

Chronic Illness and Opioid Addiction Take Toll on Americans

The cost of health care in the U.S. is also the highest in the world, and continues to rise. Health care now accounts for 17 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).20 But even though the U.S. spends more than $3 trillion on health care each year, it is the worst performing system ranked by multiple aspects of care.21

Recent research also reveals HALF of all Americans live with chronic illness,22 and in my view, this has everything to do with diet. According to study authors Elizabeth Reisinger Walker, Ph.D., an assistant research professor, and Dr. Benjamin Druss, professor at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University:23

“The health of individuals in the [USA] is increasingly being defined by complexity and multi-morbidity, the co-occurrence of two or more chronic medical conditions.”

Addiction to opioid painkillers appears to be another significant contributor to declining life expectancy in the U.S.24,25 Deaths from synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, rose by a whopping 73 percent between 2014 and 2015. Prescription pain killers alone killed 17,536 people last year.

According to Robert Anderson, who oversees death statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this. Certainly not in modern times.”

For the rest of the article:http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/03/08/us-life-expectancy-declines

Related Self-help Health posts:

Should You Be Taking Probiotics?

Probiotics: The Good For You Bacteria

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

Free Cleanse And Detox Workshop, Plus Video Series On Heart Health And Acupressure

 

Have been so active with other projects I haven’t had much time for posting lately, but did want to let everyone know of these free resources. First is an invite to an upcoming on-line workshop on cleansing and detoxification from the people at Food Matters…..

 

Wellness Summit 2016

Do you ever have those mornings where you feel a bit low on energy and would just rather lay in bed for a few more hours instead of getting up to face the day?

Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Those days happen for all of us. But your body is actually trying to communicate something more… it may be time to eliminate toxins from your body and get a total body reset.

This month we’re hosting a FREE Online Cleanse & Detox Workshop and we want to give you a complimentary pass to join us!

There’s no better way to reset your body than through the ancient practice of cleansing and detoxifying your entire body.

During this workshop you’ll learn how to:

  • Feel energized and alive
  • Lose weight and keep it off
  • Remove toxins from your body safely
  • Boost your immune system
  • Heal your body from the inside out
  • Reset your metabolism and kick the cravings
  • Sharpen your mind and remove the fog

When you sign up for the free workshop, you’ll have access to 5 expert interviews, 5 health and wellness documentaries, a private Q&A webinar with us, and a downloadable cleanse and detox workbook.

The workshop begins on March 20th but you will need to save your free spot now.

Important Note: This workshop is not an actual cleanse – although no doubt you’ll be wanting to do one after! This workshop is going to enlighten you with all the latest information you need before choosing to do a detox or cleanse.

If you’re ready to discover the powers of cleansing and detoxing, you can secure your FREE pass here.

Here’s to feeling refreshed and energized!

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Filmmaker ‘Food Matters’ & ‘Hungry For Change’


 

And a notice from Dr. Steven Masley about his free video series…..

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Don’t forget; I’m giving away free, access to my three-part video series: “30 Days to a Younger Heart”.

Sign up here to access your videos, available for a limited-time only.

The information featured is so easy to incorporate into your daily life—and so well worth the effort.

And with all of the amazing benefits at stake—such as heart disease prevention, weight loss, increased energy, better mental clarity and improved sexual functioning—you’ll want to start immediately.

It’s invaluable information that can quite possibly save your life. So don’t miss out. Click here to access the series right now.


 

And finally, details about a free video training series from Michael Reed Gach at Acupressue.com that will be released on Tuesday, March 7th….

Gach is going to reopen and share with you a video series that is packed with a ton of free practical acupressure info. Each of the videos covers the foundations of acupressure and specific points that you can use right away.

  • Learn points to relieve pain and stress
  • Discover connections between Acupressure, Acupuncture, Trigger Points, and Tapping
  • Learn his personal Daily Healing Routine

BONUS HEADACHE WEBINAR: 9 Acupressure Points to Relieve Headaches

You can get on the early-bird list for the series by signing up here:

Early-Bird: Acupressure Video Series Signup

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

Hugs = Good Medicine, Plus A Sweet Idea In Honor of Valentine’s Day

 

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would pass along some results from a study on hugs, plus information on the “hug acupressure point” from Michael Reed Gach of Acupressure.com. What could be easier to do and more fun to give or receive than a hug?! Please use this self-help health tool often and with abandon.

And check out Cooking Without Limit’s sweet breakfast idea for your honey at the end of the post. If you don’t have a honey at the moment, I say fix these heart-shaped waffles for yourself! 🙂

 

 

Hug Your Way to Health

Did you know that the more hugs you get, the better your immune system?

In a new study more than 400 healthy adults were exposed to a cold virus and quarantined. The findings? Those who reported getting the fewest hugs in their daily lives were more likely to suffer from severe cold symptoms.

While greater conflict was also linked to a greater likelihood of infection for those getting few hugs, those who were hugged the most were protected from infection even when they had conflicts. So theory suggests that hugs boost immunity by buffering stress.

Source: Sheldon Cohen, PhD, director, Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity and Disease, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

And here’s a fascinating story and a testament to the power of the human touch and cuddling:

http://www.pakalertpress.com/2013/05/20/mother-brings-baby-back-to-life-with-two-hours-of-loving-cuddles-after-doctors-pronounce-him-dead/


 

Acupressure is an effective way for me to give and serve others. If I am not giving, I begin to feel depressed and experience a lack of purpose in life.  However, when I give Acupressure to myself or others – I feel released and fulfilled.

Love, Serve & Heal. This month is a great time to focus on giving because Valentine’s Day is approaching soon.  I much rather give a person Acupressure than send a Valentine’s card. Better yet, when it’s appropriate I love to give hugs.

Hugs stimulate all kinds of Acupressure points like CV17, the Sea of Tranquility located in the center of the breastbone. CV17 is an emotional healing point which opens the chest and relieves, difficulty breathing, chest tightness and anxiety.

Full embraces are so healing. Hugs press points that open your heart, expand your breath and transmit healing energy.

Source: Michael Reed Gach, Acupressure.com


And to end on,  a sweet idea from Cooking Without Limits…..

 

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This post is for men or women that don’t cook a lot or at all, but they want to do something special for their loved ones. For some, Valentine’s Day is a challenge. Buying something nice, flowers, presents, something to prove their love, but when you don’t have a lot of money, it is difficult. My advice is go simple. You never cook or maybe just usually do something simple like coffee, tea or toast. Don’t despair.

Try something easy. Start the morning with a beautiful surprise. Make her/him waffles the way you like it: gluten-free, sugar-free, eggs-free or full sugar, gluten and eggs. If you don’t know how to make it, just buy them. Use a cookie cutter in the shape of a heart and make small hearts.

Use blueberries or other fruits. Add a cup of coffee or tea and a flower. Yes, one flower. Bring the breakfast to them in bed and you have won her/his heart early in the morning.

So easy! So simple! But, so beautiful!

Repeat this every day! 😉

Source: https://cooking-without-limits.com/2017/02/02/february-love-is-in-the-air/

 

Salud and Happy Valentine’s Day!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.