Mycobacterium vaccae: Bacteria That’s GOOD For Your Brain!!

 

Reading this article will give you yet one more reason for spending plenty of time outdoors, whether walking through the woods, working in the garden, or making mud pies with the neighborhood kids. ūüôā

 

Get Outdoors and Try to Get “Infected”
With These Brain-Healthy Bacteria

We know that eating a variety of organic fruits and vegetables promotes good health…

We also know spending time in nature, whether it’s walking through green spaces or spending time in the garden, can increase feelings of well-being and reduce cortisol, the stress hormone.

Now researchers have discovered another reason why spending time outside makes us feel so much better: Soil contains a beneficial strain of bacteria that can improve cognition and lower some risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease…

Read on to learn more about this friendly microbe and how it can keep your brain strong…

The helpful bacterium is known as Mycobacterium vaccae (or M. vaccae). It’s abundant in soil. When we’re outdoors we breathe it in the open air…

As you may know, science is homing in on the connection between our microbiome ‚Äď the beneficial microbes in our gut — and brain function. Some researchers even go so far as to call the gut the second brain. (For more information on gut and brain health, see Issue #205.)

A 2013 study published in the journal Behavioral Processes provided more evidence for this theory when researchers Dorothy Matthews and Susan Jenks fed a group of mice live M. vaccae bacteria and then had them run a maze. A control group ran the maze without the benefit of the microbe.

The results were stunning. Mice that ate the bacteria before and during the trials “completed the maze twice as fast as controls and with reduced anxiety-related behaviors.”

M. vaccae acts like an “old friend”

The “old friends” or “hygiene” hypothesis of stress-related diseases states that, because we spend less time in nature and overuse antibacterial soaps and other germ-killing aids, our bodies no longer reap the benefits of microbes like M. vaccae, which have helped humans survive and thrive for thousands of years.

The hypothesis gets its name from the strategy of ‘reintroducing’ humans to their old friends [beneficial bacteria] to promote optimal health and wellness.

Without them our bodies fall prey to the negative effects of stress and chronic inflammation, and this adversely affects our bodies’ own ability to prevent diseases.

Chronic inflammation also contributes to depression, which is not only a danger in its own right, but is also a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (see Issue #117).

In a 2016 study published in the journal Trends in Immunology, researchers “immunized” mice with M. vaccae and found that their exposure to the microbe (or infection, if you will) prevented stress-induced colitis and reduced fear, anxiety, symptoms of inflammation and poor stress management.

The Connection Between M. Vaccae,
Serotonin and Alzheimer’s Disease

The reason for the animals’ decreased anxiety in the above studies is that ingestion of M. vaccae stimulates the release of serotonin in the brain. Higher levels of this neurotransmitter elevate mood and decrease anxiety.

Serotonin is the “feel good” neurotransmitter that‚Äôs also essential to synaptic functioning. Your neurons need serotonin to communicate with each other. This molecule also plays a crucial role in memory and learning.

Serotonin production naturally slows as we age. Research suggests that this decrease could be linked to depression, decreased cognition, memory problems and Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

Studies of autopsied brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease have shown serious serotonin deficiencies. Being low on serotonin doesn’t necessarily cause cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, but it is an indicator that overall brain health and functioning has been compromised.

Big Pharma has been trying to create drugs that boost serotonin, but so far they haven‚Äôt been effective.¬†So your best bet to prevent low levels of serotonin is to actively stimulate its production with M. vaccae ‚Äď and by other means.

How to Increase Your Intake of M. vaccae

Spending time in green places, city parks and uninhabited woods alike, increases your exposure to M. vaccae. Get outside and breathe the fresh air as often as you can.

Eating fruits and vegetables directly from the tree, shrub or vine also helps you to ingest beneficial quantities of this microbe. As long as they’re grown without pesticides and herbicides, you’ll be pretty safe to eat them without washing. (I’d be wary of vegetables grown in or near the ground, especially in manure-rich soil. Those I’d wash.)

Dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that gardening or otherwise closely interacting with the earth gives you even more M. vaccae.

Long-time gardeners swear that spending time among their plants is therapeutic. Now we have a new reason to think so.

Spend some time playing in the dirt with your kids or grandkids. Try planting a small flower garden that you all can tend together. Grow one or two vegetable plants and eat the produce right off the plant. Or visit a local farm and sample their wares.

As long as you’re outside, eating organic fruits and veggies and getting dirty once in a while, you’ll be doing your brain a favor.

 Source: Brain Health Breakthroughs Newsletter by Lee Euler

Related Self-help Health posts:

Walking: Just Do It (In Nature!)

Natural Ways To Treat Alzheimer’s

Trees: They’re Not Just For Hugging

FYI, there’s a free on-line series starting on the 12th that ties in nicely with the idea of spending more time digging in the dirt. It’s the 3rd Annual Home Grown Summit. which will feature 38+ presenters sharing their best “secrets” about growing food, living sustainably, creating community, and more….

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You can go to my “What’s New” page to find out more about the summit, plus see the list of e-books and reports the Grow Network offers for free.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Salud!

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

Multiple Health Tips: Round 6

 

Here we go with another post where I give you multiple short self-help tips, rather than feature information on one particular topic….Hope you find these informative and useful!

 

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# 1 – This first tip from the Floracopeia blog is actually multiple tips in one, but then it has to do with coconut oil, so that’s not surprising. I’ve done a number of posts about this wonderful health aid, but this tip does a good job of reminding us of some of its main uses and benefits….

  • Health and Beauty Food:¬†There are well documented advantages for including coconut and coconut oil in your diet. It supports a healthy inflammatory response, purifies the digestive tract, works to balance the microflora in the intestinal tract, nourishes the connective tissue, and lubricates the joints to name a small few. It‚Äôs a great addition to smoothies, healthy treats and is superior for baking, frying and saut√©ing.
  • Best Coconut, Turmeric Golden Milk:¬†In a blender, combine 2 cups of warm to hot (but not boiling) water, 1 TBSP of our coconut oil, 3/4 cup of coconut milk powder, 1 heaping TBSP of organic turmeric powder (or 1 inch peeled fresh), 1 inch peeled fresh ginger root, and pinch of sea salt. Blend for approximately 2 minutes on high. Pour into a mug. Add raw honey or stevia powder as desired. You can strain the ‚Äėmilk‚Äô for increased creaminess and smooth texture.
  • Hair Masque:¬†The good fats in coconut oil are hydrating and protective against damage. It can increase the overall health of the hair, contributing to enhanced shine and luster. One study shows it has some minor benefits as a sunscreen, blocking approximately 15% of the sun‚Äôs ultraviolet rays (great for color treated hair).¬†Restorative Overnight Hair Masque:¬†Apply 1-2 TBPS of coconut oil onto dry hair, making sure to totally saturate the ends. Lay a hand towel over the pillow to protect it from the oil.¬† Wash out in the morning with a hydrating, gentle shampoo.¬† A very small amount (size of a pencil eraser) can be used on dry ends to defrizz, hydrate and boost luster.
  • Superior Gum Serum and Oil Pulling Agent:¬†Coconut oil is purifying and nourishing for the teeth and gums, wonderful for tackling existing challenges and preventing future problems.¬† To soothe angry gums and purify the entire mouth, apply to gums as needed. It can be used as an oil pulling agent. Use 1 TBPS (or more) of coconut oil to ‚Äėpull‚Äô through the teeth to mechanically remove debris and pathogenic factors from hard to reach places between the teeth.

Source: http://blog.floracopeia.com/top-7-uses-of-the-surprisingly-talented-coconut-oil-by-sara-crow-l-ac/

Related Self-help Health posts: Oil Pulling: Can You Say Go Swish?, Coconut Oil: Multi-purpose Health Aid and Holiday Toddy For Terrific Health

# 2 –¬†It‚Äôs important to understand what the sticker on your favorite fruit or
veggie means.  Here’s a breakdown: 9 is organic, 8 is GMO, 4 is conventional, and 3 is irradiated.

# 3 – An easy and natural way to clean your oven using two of the most popular self-help aids baking soda and vinegar…..

https://www.facebook.com/cleverly.me/videos/525714507632328/?fref=nf

# 4 – ¬†Here’s a trick for ripening an avocado pronto from Pure Wow!

How to Ripen an Avocado in 10 Minutes

Don‚Äôt settle for the store-bought stuff–here‚Äôs a foolproof trick to making avocados soft and creamy in minutes.

What you need: A baking sheet, tinfoil and that hard-as-a-rock avocado

What you do: Wrap the whole fruit in tinfoil and set it on the baking sheet. Pop it in the oven at 200¬įF for ten minutes, or until the avocado is soft (depending on how hard it is, it could take up to an hour to soften). Remove it from the oven, then put your soft, ripe avocado into the fridge until it cools.

Why this works: Avocados produce ethylene gas, which is typically released slowly, causing the fruit to ripen. But as the avocado bakes in tinfoil, the gas surrounds it, putting the ripening process into hyper-drive. Guac and avocado toast for all!

 

# 5 – Got a canker sore? Try this remedy from a Natural News article about using that wonderful, multi-purpose health aid baking soda…..

A simple way to use baking soda for canker sores is gargling with a mixture of baking soda and tepid water. Do it twice per day for a relief. Baking soda treats canker sores in several ways:

  • It helps reduce the acid level that irritates the pain caused by canker sore;
  • It helps reduce the swelling and inflammation because of its anti-inflammatory properties;
  • It helps kill the bacteria and cure infections thanks to the anti-bacteria, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties;
  • It also helps balance the pH levels of the mouth and get rid of the infections away from the mouth

Related Self-help Health Post: Baking Soda: Multi-purpose Health, Home & Beauty Aid

Propolis For Canker Sores

 

# 6 – A quick tip from WellnessMama.com using witch hazel as a hair treatment…..

Witch hazel can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment to add shine and diminish the appearance of frizz. Add some to a spray bottle, spray all over dry hair and then hop in the shower.

 

# 7 – According to an article from Easy Health Options along with turmeric, red grapes, green tea, and acai berries, onions are one of the top 5 inflammation fighting foods….

It turns out that, due to their polyphenol content, onions are more effective inflammation fighters than a lot of other vegetables, including broccoli, spinach, asparagus and red lettuce. However, red onions contain more polyphenols than yellow onions, so keep that in mind next time you’re picking out your produce. And speaking of red onions, try this easy recipe from Wellness Mama:

Simple Pickled Red Onions Recipe (In Less Than 5 Minutes)

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These simple but sophisticated pickled red onions add incredible flavor to any dish. Take 5 minutes and make them right now!
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium size red onion
  • ¬Ĺ cup (plus a little extra) white wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: Other seasonings like 1 teaspoon chili powder or garlic powder for flavor
Instructions:
  1. Thinly slice the onions, leaving them in rings for easy use.
  2. Carefully place the rings into a pint size jar and sprinkle with the salt and other seasonings.
  3. Pour the vinegar over the rings to fill the jar and put the lid on.
  4. Leave at room temperature for two hours so flavors can meld.
  5. Transfer to the refrigerator for up to two weeks (though ours are usually gone in a couple of days!)

Personal Note: This has become one of my favorite things to have on hand. Love that it is so easy and quick to make and the pickled onions add a zip of flavor to so many different things….salads, sandwiches, entrees, stir-fries, etc. In fact, I just finished making a new batch; I usually use part organic ACV and part organic red wine vinegar, plus add some sprigs of whatever fresh herbs I happen to have on hand….parsley, cilantro, rosemary, basil and/or thyme. You could also make in decorative jars and give away as nice little surprises to your foodie friends!

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# 8 –¬†Want to know if your body is more acidic or more alkaline? Here‚Äôs a simple experiment from The Alternative Daily you can do to find out….

Are You Acidic or Alkaline? Take the Sour Lemon Test

Squeeze the juice from one-half of a fresh, organic lemon into eight ounces of purified, lukewarm water and drink it on an empty stomach.While you’re drinking it, notice the taste of the lemon water. If it has a strong sour taste, your body is very acidic. If it’s not sour at all, or even tastes like lemonade to you (without the sugar), your body is in a healthier, more alkaline state.

Now, depending on a) your ratio of lemon juice to water; b) body‚Äôs level of acidity; and c) consistency in daily intake, the ‚Äútaste‚ÄĚ of lemon water should eventually not be sour at all.

Related Self-help Health post: The All-important pH Factor

# 9 -How to keep basil fresh for 2 weeks……

The Secret to Keeping Basil Fresh for Two Weeks

From homemade pesto to caprese salad to infused water, basil is a quintessential culinary accoutrement. But as wonderful as this¬†herb is, it‚Äôs also a pain in the butt. After a day or two in the fridge, it’s usually brown and wilted. Luckily, we discovered a trick for prolonging its shelf life. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have¬†fresh basil for up to two weeks.¬†

What you need: Kitchen shears, a glass or mason jar and a plastic bag (Ziploc or grocery bags work fine).

What you do: Trim the bottoms of the basil stems under running water (just like you would with flowers). Put the bunch in a glass of water, then drape a plastic bag loosely over the leaves. Leave it out on your countertop.

Why you do it: It‚Äôs not exactly as chic as a bouquet of peonies, but this arrangement allows the basil to breathe (it enables the plant to release the ethylene gas that usually causes the leaves to shrivel and brown) while keeping a humid¬†environment inside the plastic bag. It’s almost like a mini greenhouse. Oh, and an extra bonus‚ÄĒit makes your kitchen smell amazing.

Source: http://www.purewow.com/food/how-to-keep-basil-fresh

 

 

# 10 – The Awakening from Alzheimer‚Äôs event recently started and you can still catch many of the presentations…..

Wednesday, September 21st ‚Äď World Alzheimer‚Äôs Day ‚Äď with the premiere of the groundbreaking new video series, Awakening from Alzheimer‚Äôs!

Over 12 days, 14 expert doctors will share groundbreaking medical and nutritional information on how to reverse Alzheimer’s and dementia and prevent it from ever happening to you.

These experts are on the cutting edge of Alzheimer’s breakthroughs and are blazing the trail to stop this terrible and costly disease in its tracks, and it’s totally free!

Click here to watch the trailer and register.

Here’s what you can expect to discover during this video series:

  • How medications can create FALSE Alzheimer‚Äôs symptoms
  • The superfood that can reverse Alzheimer‚Äôs
  • How a ketogenic diet can help your brain function again
  • How one protocol can reverse your Alzheimer‚Äôs
  • How to spot Alzheimer‚Äôs risk before symptoms even occur
  • The link between sleep and Alzheimer‚Äôs
  • And much more!

Related Self-help Health post: Natural Ways To Treat Alzheimer’s

 

# 11 – And today’s last tip is another free resource that’s coming up soon…..

Dr. Tom O’Bryan has been traveling the world interviewing over 75 autoimmunity experts for his upcoming 7-part documentary movie event, The Betrayal Series.

SEVEN movies in fact, co-starring familiar faces like Drs. Sara Gottfried, Mark Hyman, Datis Kharrazian, Dan Kalish, Hyla Cass, and Jill Carnahan, as well as JJ Virgin, Jeffrey Smith, and Joel Salatin.

Not only does The Betrayal Series include the scientists, experts, and doctors researching and treating autoimmunity, but it also features real patients who have recovered from autoimmune conditions.¬†You can see it for yourself beginning next Tuesday, September 27th and it’s free!. Click below to the watch the trailer and get signed up.

  www.thebetrayalseries.com

 

Some of the previous Self-help Health Tips posts:

Health Tips: Round 4

Multiple Health Tips: Round 3

It’s Multiple Health Tips Day Again!

 

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.

 

What’s Not To Love About Cherries?!

 

I was reading an article about 4 of the best foods for flushing fat from your system and it named turmeric (cleans the liver, your fat-burning “filter”), lemon juice (purges toxins from the blood), cruciferous vegetables (destroy fat-storing estrogen), and tart cherries. I knew cherries were good for inflammation and gout and helping people sleep better, but didn’t know they had a number of other nice benefits. How great, because I LOVE cherries!

 

(photo: doortodoororganics.com)

(NaturalNews) For those of you who love cherries, this ruby sweet fruit is much more than a tasty summer treat. Shown to combat cancer, improve sleep, balance blood pressure and ease gout, you really cannot lose. Compounds found within cherries also relieve pain as well as aspirin. Possessing potent anti-inflammatory properties, these delicious gems are an excellent way to ward off disease. Rich in vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, cherries are a powerhouse of nutrition and should be enjoyed often.

Relish the bounty of the season along with improved health

With the cherry season upon us, now is a great time for basking in all the pleasurable, health promoting benefits of the fruit. Here are a few examples of how cherries can enhance your well-being:

Cancer protection –¬†Overflowing with beta carotene, vitamin C, boron and a class of powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, cherries offer a formidable defense against cancer. As reported by Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., in¬†Eating Well, “… preliminary studies suggest the anthocyanin cyanidin may prevent genetic mutations that can lead to cancer and keep cancer cells from growing out of control. While tart cherries contain some anthocyanins, sweet cherries pack nearly three times as many (two-thirds are found in the skins). The riper the better: As cherries darken, they produce more antioxidants.”

Better sleep –¬†Cherries provide one of the few naturally occurring sources of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep/wake cycles. According to a study published in the¬†European Journal of Nutrition, “These data suggest that consumption of a¬†tart cherry juice¬†concentrate provides an increase in exogenous melatonin that is beneficial in improving sleep duration and quality in healthy men and women and might be of benefit in managing disturbed sleep.”

Pain relief –¬†Research at¬†Michigan State University¬†discovered anthocyanins in¬†cherries¬†relieve pain as effectively as aspirin. Lead researcher Muralee G. Nair, Ph.D., observes, “It is as good as ibuprofen and some of the non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs.” The lab results indicate consumption of 20 tart cherries can significantly reduce¬†inflammation¬†and discomfort.

Regulate blood pressure –¬†Loaded with potassium, cherries are an exceptional food for easing high blood pressure. A balancing mineral, potassium helps to maintain fluid equilibrium within the body by offsetting the bloating effect of sodium. Cherries are also a good source of quercetin, an antioxidant that maintains¬†blood¬†vessel integrity.

Tame gout –¬†A study conducted by the¬†U.S. Department of Agriculture¬†found that women, aged 22 to 40, who consumed approximately 45 sweet cherries after fasting had improved urinary uric acid levels and lowered C-reactive protein. Further¬†research¬†demonstrated anti-inflammatory characteristics of the fruit. When rats were fed 2 ounces of cherries, joint swelling was significantly reduced. Both findings indicate cherries are an exceptional food for painful gout flare-ups.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/041145_cherries_tart_cherry_juice_inflammation.html#ixzz2YkDpK9oe

Author: Carolanne is a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness  coach. Her website is  www.Thrive-Living.net

Here’s a little more I found at Truth About Fat Burning Foods about using tart cherries to combat pain and inflammation, flush fat from your system and improve sleep…….

Over 111 million prescriptions are issued yearly for anti-inflammatory drugs. These meds have been shown to wreak havoc on your digestive system, while causing damage to your heart, your liver, and your kidneys.

But the anthocyanins and phenols found in tart cherries have been shown to provide STRONGER protection against muscle injury and damage than these dangerous drugs. In other words, this tiny fruit has been proven BETTER than things like Ibuprofen for reducing inflammation and muscle soreness.

In fact, over 74 published studies indicate tart cherries deliver a high level of protection against cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and can even fight against Alzheimer’s. Many of them also validate tart cherries and tart cherry beverages speed up recovery time from exercise and reduce inflammatory markers significantly.

But there‚Äôs MORE…tart cherries also contain a hefty dose of naturally occurring melatonin (improves sleep) and they have one of the highest anti-oxidant scores of all fruits and they score amazingly low on the glycemic index (~20). So they‚Äôre one the best fruits to eat for fat loss.

So by eating a hefty dose of tart cherries (or organic, flash pasteurized tart cherry juice) you can help your body recover faster, reduce joint pain through the anti-inflammatory response, sleep better, and fight inflammation to “flush out” more trapped fat from your body.

Related Self-help Health posts:

21 Foods That Fight Inflammation

FYI, you can get tart cherry juice and dried Montmorency tart cherries (love ’em!) ¬†at a discount at one of my favorite places to shop¬†¬†iHerb.com; use¬†code¬†CJG192¬†if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $10 off, plus can take advantage of their wonderful Specials and Trial Offers section. Shipping is free on orders of $20 and up, and there’s no sales tax. There’s an extra 5% off on orders over $60 and you can earn customer loyalty rewards cash each time you order.

Vitacost.com¬†is another on-line favorite of mine and also has a huge selection of cherry-related products. ¬†If you are new to Vitacost¬†and make your first purchase of $25 or more through the¬†link on my webpage¬†you will receive a $10 off coupon. And if you plan on shopping again after that, be sure to sign up for a free acct. at¬†eBates.com, if you don’t already have one. That way you can use the eBates portal to shop at Vitacost (and 100s of other popular stores) and earn cash back on future purchases. Plus, eBates usually offers some reward–I got a $10 gift card–when you place your first $25 order at a store through them. How does it get any better than that?!

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website Evolution Made Easier (and its To Your Health page) and my blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

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

 

Readers’ Choice, Plus A Free Copy Of The Green Body Cleanse

 

Today I want to do something a little different. Usually I focus on one particular topic or article I think readers will find informative and helpful. But I thought it would be nice to give you the choice of what to read today. So I’ve included links to several articles I’ve found that were interesting to ME, but this way YOU get to pick what you spend time reading.¬†

I hope you enjoy the selection and end up reading more than just one. After all, variety is supposedly the spice of life. ūüôā And be sure to take advantage of the free e-book offer mentioned at the end of the post.

 

# 1 – This first article is about what seems to be a strong link between polio and the pesticide DDT. This is the kind of data that could very well turn the way we’ve thought about this disease upside down…..

Pesticides and Polio

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/everything-you-learned-about-cause-polio-wrong

 

# 2 – Find out how resonant frequencies are being used to combat cancer cells:

http://tv.greenmedinfo.com/shattering-cancer-with-resonant-frequencies/

 

# 3 – For those watching their weight, find out about 5 proven tricks that studies have shown help you eat less calories:

http://www.truthaboutabs.com/tricks-to-eat-less-food.html

 

# 4 – There is now a test for early detection of Alzheimer’s that also shows promise in detecting Parkinson’s, MS and breast cancer:

Alzheimer's Disease

http://news.therawfoodworld.com/detection-test-for-alzheimers/

 

# 5 – I knew using a sauna offered health benefits, but I didn’t realize it could have such a big impact on heart health:

“The researchers found that compared with those who went to the sauna only once a week or less, those who went two to three times per week were 24 percent less likely to die from all causes, 22 percent less likely from sudden cardiac death, 23 percent less likely from coronary heart disease and 27 percent less likely from cardiovascular disease.

The risk reductions among those who made four to seven visits per week were dramatically higher: 40 percent (all causes), 66 percent (sudden cardiac death), 48 percent (coronary heart disease) and 50 percent (cardiovascular disease).

Length of sauna visit also had a striking impact. Compared with those with an average visit shorter than 11 minutes, those whose visits were 11 to 19 minutes long were 7 percent less likely to die from sudden cardiac death. Spending more than 19 minutes per visit reduced sudden cardiac death risk by a whopping 52 percent. Similar benefits were seen for death from cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.”

http://www.naturalnews.com/051781_sauna_heart_health_disease_prevention.html

 

# 6 – And if you’ve ever used detox foot pads, you know that some of them can be a bit pricey, but here’s an article with a recipe for making your own!

Here’s How to Make Homemade Detox Foot Pads to Cleanse Your Body from Toxins Overnight:

http://www.naturalhealingmagazine.com/heres-how-to-make-homemade-detox-foot-pads-to-cleanse-your-body-from-toxins-overnight/

 

# 7 – Two fascinating posts with information and insights about why certain foods are addictive that bring up points ( e. g. how some of them contain opiates) I’d never considered before….

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/top-20-addictive-foods-are-you-hooked

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/do-hidden-opiates-our-food-explain-food-addictions1

 

And if you weren’t fortunate enough to snag a copy of The Green Body Cleanse e-book last year when Dr. Edward Group of Global Healing Center offered it for free, here’s another opportunity….

What Will You Learn from this e-Book?

  • How to reduce and eliminate toxins from your home, workplace, and body

  • How to restore your body’s natural healing powers

  • How to detoxify your air and drinking water

  • How to choose and maintain an organic diet and lifestyle

  • How to maintain health without harmful drugs or surgery

  • How to perform the best cleansing methods, including: Oxygen Colon Cleansing, Liver and Gallbladder Cleansing, Harmful Organism Cleansing, and Toxic Metal Cleansing

  • How to live a happy, rewarding, healthy life

  • How to do it all efficiently to save money and time!

Here’s what one customer had to say about the book:

5 out of 5 starsStraightforward and Information packed “This is very straightforward and understandable. To switch to green living can be difficult. Major changes may be needed for most people reading this. The best part is how to do it: one step at a time and be patient. As Dr. Group says, it could take 3 to 6 months or longer. My favorite part was how to combine foods. I love the lists of alkaline and non-alkaline foods. The examples are very helpful.” ~ Calvi74

Just visit GHC and use the coupon code ‘Free2015’ at check-out when you are ordering the book and it should bring the price down to zero. You should also check out some of Dr. Group’s other best-selling products while you’re there, like Detoxadine (here’s a blog post about the importance of iodine), O2-Zap, and Oxy-powder, all of which I use personally and highly recommend.

 

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 Evolution Made Easier website and my other blogfor more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

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

For Thanksgiving Over-indulging Try This Yoga Routine & Ginger Tea, Plus A Free Tea Brewer AND Qigong Healing Session!

 

It’s hard not to overdo at Thanksgiving…. and during the holidays in general, so this seemed like a great time to feature this yoga series geared specifically to help with digestion “post-feast. “There’s also a recipe for ginger tea, which can be used to calm the effects of too much food. AND an offer for a free brewing system my friend told me about yesterday for making the tea. Not sure how long it will be available, but she has one of the devices and loves it, and you only pay the $4.95 for shipping. So I ordered one myself. It would also make a neat present for a tea lover on your gift list. And finally, there’s a free qigong healing session coming up this weekend, so Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy!

 

 Supta Baddha Konasana

6 Post-Feast Yoga Poses to Help Your Digestion

(by Jenna Saunders) It can be tempting to curl up on couch after a large, decadent holiday meal. However, doing mindful movement after you eat sets up your body to move food along and keep you comfortable. Try these six yoga poses to help stimulate digestion and detoxification.
Twists

Why Twists? Twists are great nourishing and detoxifying poses to help aid digestion. Twists help massage abdominal organs and stimulate Agni, or digestive fire. Your body’s Agni allows you to digest food efficiently, and absorb essential nutrients from your food, according to Ayurveda. By gently twisting your body after a large meal, you encourage fresh blood to flow to your digestive organs. Twists can feel slightly uncomfortable right after eating, so be sure to twist slowly and gently.

How to do them: There are many yoga poses that are considered twists. Below are examples of a seated and supine variation.

Ardha Matysendrasana

Ardha Matysendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose): Sit comfortably with your legs extended straight in front of you. Bend your right knee into your chest and place your right foot on the outer edge of your left thigh. Wrap your left arm around your right knee as you slowly begin to open your torso toward your right. Place your right hand at the base of your spine with your fingers facing the back of your mat. The twist should occur within your thoracic spine, which is the upper area of your spine. Ensure you draw your right shoulder blade down your back as you slowly twist your torso. Eventually, gently gaze over your right shoulder. While in this twist, press your sit bones into the ground and draw the crown of your head to the sky. Repeat on the left side.

Supta Matsyendrasana

Supta Matsyendrasana (Supine Spinal Twist): Lie down on your back with your legs extended straight. Open your arms perpendicular to your body so your body makes an uppercase ‚ÄúT.‚ÄĚ Draw your right knee into your chest; then gently draw your right knee over your body and release it down on the left side of your body. Gently turn your head to the right. Ensure both shoulders stay rooted to the ground. Hold for a few deep breaths. Repeat on the left side.

Uttanasana ‚Äď Standing Forward Fold

Uttanasana

Why Uttanasana? Uttanasana is one of the most therapeutic yoga poses for the body. This pose boasts a full list of benefits, one of the main ones being that this pose helps to improve digestion. This deep forward fold is a great pose to compress the abdominal area while stimulating circulation to your digestive organs. Uttanasana is also calming to your nervous system and provides your upper body an opportunity to fully relax.

How to do it: Start standing with your feet about hips distance apart and both feet firmly pressing into the ground. Ensure your weight is distributed evenly between both feet. Inhale your arms to the sky and slowly exhale as you forward fold. You can rest your hands on the floor if they can reach comfortably. You can also reach for the backs of your thighs or for opposite elbows with your hands. Release all tension in your neck and allow your head, neck, and upper torso to completely relax. Close your eyes and hold for a few deep breaths. Place your hands on your hips and slowly inhale as you rise to a standing position while engaging your abdominals as you rise.

See more of the series at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/6-post-feast-yoga-poses-to-help-your-digestion

 

Making some ginger tea is another way to help when you have over-eaten and need some digestive support. It’s also good for lots of other health issues….

 

The Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

Researchers say the active volatile oils and pungent phenol compounds, such as gingerols and shogaols, are what give ginger its power, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Tea made from ginger has high levels of vitamin C and amino acids, as well as various trace elements such as calcium, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, and many others.

Drinking ginger tea can:

  • Help the body absorb nutrients
  • Help alleviate the stomach pain
  • Help with irritable bowl syndrome
  • Help with weight loss
  • Help fight cancer
  • Help manage glucose levels
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve the food digestion
  • Increases the production of gastric juice
  • Protect against Alzheimer‚Äôs Disease
  • Open inflamed airways
  • Reduce arthritic inflammation
  • Relieve menstrual discomfort
  • Relieve stress
  • Stimulate appetite
How to Make Ginger Tea

To make 1 quart of ginger tea, chop an unpeeled 2-inch piece of whole ginger into coarse pieces and place in a 2- to 3-quart pot with one quart of purified water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, allowing the tea to simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the tea and store in a thermos bottle or glass jar.

To make 1 cup of ginger tea, take a piece of whole, unpeeled ginger root and grate 1 heaping teaspoon. Stir the ginger into a cup of hot water and let steep for 2 minutes. Strain or let the ginger settle at the bottom of the cup.

Read more: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/the-health-benefits-of-ginger-tea

 

And here’s a freebie from Immortalitea one of my friends told me about that would come in handy for making an individual cup of ginger tea. She has one of these brewers and loves it. All you pay is the $4.95 shipping, but it’s a limited time offer……

https://immortalitea.leadpages.co/free-tea-brewer/

 

And if you need more help than yoga poses and ginger tea can provide with Thanksgiving over-indulgence :-), here’s a free resource I’ve mentioned before. It’s a free qigong distance healing session on the 28th offered by Qigong Master Michael Mohoric,¬†former Secretary of the International Tibetan Qigong Assn, who was blessed with a gift for distant energy healing after recovering from a spinal cord injury……

There will be another free distant energy healing for everyone who wants to join and all their friends, families and anyone else who reads this.

The main healing session is SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28th from 6 – 7 pm Pacific Time or 9 -10 pm Eastern Time.

You can join this no-cost distant energy healing session by using your intention to be included. To join, just close your eyes for a minute when you read this and mentally say that you intend to join the session and want to be included. That’s all you have to do to connect with the energy; healing energy can begin to flow to you once you do this .

There will be unscheduled daily energy adjustments leading up to the main session. For those who want to know more about this work, you can go to the website

This is not a telephone or Internet session. All you do is just relax and sit or lie down during the session and notice what is happening in your body. Even if you are busy, you can still get good results. Because there are many people in the session, please do not email to join. There would be too much email to handle unless it is done this way.

You join simply by using your intention after reading this email. Because this is a big group I won’t be able to answer questions before the session and you’ll get the details you need in this email. Please feel free to email your experiences afterwards.

 

And one last tip, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) has come out with its updated version of the ‘Dirty Dozen (it’s actually 15 now :-() and Clean Fifteen.” You can access the lists here.

p.s. Ty Bollinger of The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest has decided to offer a free replay marathon of the acclaimed docu-series over the Thanksgiving weekend, plus a Black Friday sale on the series. I caught all the episodes and two Q & As the first time, but will probably re-watch some parts again. So enlightening and informative about health in general and cancer in particular. Two thumbs up from me! If you didn’t catch it the first time around (what were you thinking?!), now’s your chance. See my previous post with details about the episodes and where to sign up.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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

 

 

Use The Power Of Cumin For Weight Loss, Plus The Unleash Your Greatness Summit

 

Wow, I’ve always liked the taste cumin adds to soups, eggs, salad dressings and more, but never realized it was so good for you in so many ways until reading this article. I love finding out that something I’m already eating is doing me more good than I thought and even outperforms a number of prescription drugs. ¬†Yep! And if you are trying to lose weight, you’re going to love what you find out about this amazing little spice…..

 

Just One Teaspoon of This Spice Boosts Weight Loss by 50%

Could a few shakes of this yellow powder dissolve stubborn weight and TRIPLE your loss of body fat?

(by Margie King) The peppery spice cumin appeared in the Bible as a seasoning for soup and breads.  The seeds were paid to priests.  And in ancient Egypt, cumin was used to preserve the mummies of pharaohs.

Now a new study shows cumin may also help you finally burn off those extra pounds.

Researchers in Iran wanted to know the effect of this ancient spice on body composition as well as blood fat levels.

They randomly assigned 88 overweight or obese women to one of two groups.  Both groups followed a reduced calorie diet and received nutrition counseling.  But one group ate yogurt with three grams of cumin twice a day.  The other group ate plain yogurt.

The results were published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

After just three months, the cumin group members on average lost almost 50% more weight than the control group.¬† They also decreased their body fat percentage by 14.64% or almost three times the control group’s loss.

The cumin group also lowered their body mass index and waist circumference significantly more than the control group.

The authors speculated that cumin’s weight loss benefits may come from its heat.¬† It may temporarily increase metabolic rate.

Cumin also significantly reduced blood lipid levels.  Triglycerides dropped 23 points compared to only five points in the control group.  And LDL cholesterol dropped an average of 10 points compared to less than one point for the controls.

Cumin contains more than 100 different chemicals, including essential fatty acids and volatile oils.  The researchers believe the cholesterol lowering effect of the spice can be partly attributed to its glycoside saponins.  These compounds prevent cholesterol absorption and increase its excretion.  Cumin also contains a substantial amount of phytosterols that may positively modulate lipids by reducing cholesterol absorption.

The authors suggested that supplementing with cumin could effectively reduce triglycerides and cholesterol as well as reduce risk factors for metabolic syndrome.  [Note: we do not believe that low cholesterol is necessarily a good thing; to the contrary,  cholesterol deficiency may damage your health].

Cumin is native to Egypt.  For thousands of years it has been cultivated in the Middle East, India, China and Mediterranean countries.

It belongs to the same plant family as caraway, parsley, and dill.  In fact, the cumin seed resembles caraway, but the taste is quite nutty and peppery.

You’ll often find cumin as an ingredient in curry powder blends.¬† It’s popular around the world and is found in Mexican chili as well as Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines.

Like most spices, cumin has a long list of potential health benefits.

A 2008 animal study in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine showed that cumin seeds inhibited loss of bone density and strength as effectively as estrogen.  But unlike estrogen, cumin did not promote weight gain or uterine cancer.

Traditional medicine used cumin seeds to support the digestive system. Modern research shows that cumin may stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, acids, and bile necessary for proper digestion.  The essential oil of the cumin plant also contains a compound called cuminaldehyde that activates salivary glands to help predigest food. It also relieves gas and improves appetite.  And it offers relief for IBS symptoms.

Research published in 2010 in the journal Food Chemistry and Toxicology showed that cumin could lower blood sugar on a par with the drug glibenclamide (known in the US as glyburide).  It also lowered oxidative stress and inhibited the advanced glycated end products (AGE) which are implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic vascular complications.

An earlier animal study found that cumin was more effective than the drug glibenclamide to reduce inflammation, cholesterol, triglycerides, free fatty acids, and blood glucose.

Cumin may also have anti-cancer effects.  Pre-clinical research shows the spice inhibits cervical cancer and colon cancer.

Other studies show that cumin may enhance memory function.  It also has a broad range of antimicrobial powers.

Here’s how to get more cumin into your diet.

  • Add cumin to the pot when you’re cooking soups, stews, chili, rice, beans, or lentils.
  • Sprinkle cumin on vegetable saut√©s.¬† It goes well with sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, and cauliflower.
  • Add to marinades, salad dressings and mayonnaise.
  • Sprinkle on roasted nuts or chickpeas.
  • Add to the meat mixture when making meatloaf, meatballs, or hamburgers.
  • Beat into scrambled eggs before cooking.
  • Buy some cumin seed tea or brew your own by boiling the seeds in water and letting them steep for 10 minutes.

For more information visit GreenMedInfo’s cumin research¬†page.

Source: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/just-one-teaspoon-spice-boosts-weight-loss

Author: Margie King, author of Nourishing Menopause: The Whole Food Guide to Balancing Your Hormones Naturally.

And, there’s a free event that starts on Nov. 16th called Unleash Your Greatness, where 28 expert speakers reveal the secrets of how they have used certain principles in their own lives with amazing results for more health, happiness and wholeness.

Plus, you’ll have access to the following free gifts as soon as you register!

  • Free Talk # 1: The Secret, Hidden Source of Energy and Value by Adam Braun
  • Free Talk # 2: Discover Your Freedom by Changing Your Worldview by Gabrielle Bernstein
  • Free Talk # 3: How to Be a Conscious Leader by Danielle LaPorte
  • Plus, the following 3 free gifts: Wellness Journal pdf by Rodale Wellness, Super Food,Super You pdf by Dr. Josh Axe, and Vitality Resource Guide pdf by Well.org

You can find out more and register for the summit on my What’s New page.

FYI, you can get cumin seed, powder and black cumin seed oil at one of my favorite places to shop¬†¬†iHerb.com; use¬†code¬†CJG192¬†if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $10 off, plus can take advantage of their wonderful Specials and Trial Offers section. Shipping is free on orders of $20 and up, and there’s no sales tax. There’s an extra 5% off on orders over $60.

Vitacost.com¬†is another on-line favorite of mine and also has a huge selection of products. ¬†If you are new to Vitacost¬†and make your first purchase of $25 or more through the¬†link on my webpage¬†you will receive a $10 off coupon. And if you plan on shopping again after that, be sure to sign up for a free acct. at¬†eBates.com, if you don’t already have one. That way you can use the eBates portal to shop at Vitacost (and 100s of other popular stores) and earn cash back on your purchases. Plus, eBates also offers some reward–I got a $10 gift card–when you place your first $25 order at a store through them. How does it get any better than that?!

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any 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 note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.