Acts Of Kindness = Win-win-win Health Benefits!

 

Wow, we all know we feel good when we do something nice for someone else, but I didn’t know the health benefits were so tangible, no only for the giver, but also for the receiver AND any by-standers. Plus, who knew the effect could be more profound health-wise than exercising 4 times a week?!

 

Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love.
Which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing. 

~ Rumi

The Act of Kindness and it’s Positive Health Benefits

 Did you know…that whether you are the giver, the receiver or the observer of an act of kindness — you reap tremendous benefits to your health?

Yes, this is a phenomenon that has been discovered not too long ago. Numerous scientific studies have shown that the act of kindness has a positive effect on the immune system and on the increased production of serotonin in the brain.

Serotonin is a naturally occurring neuro-chemical that has a calming, mood regulating, and anti-anxiety effect … and it’s regarded as a “feel good” substance because it serves as a pathway for pleasure in the brain.

The mechanism of action in most anti-depressant drugs is that they stimulate the production of serotonin chemically, which helps alleviate depression.

One of the most fascinating research findings to come out in recent years is that whenever a simple act of kindness is extended by a human being towards another, it results in a significant improvement in the functioning of the immune system and increased production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness as well as in the person extending the kindness.

What’s even more amazing is that persons observing the act of kindness also experience a similar strengthening of the immune system and increased production of serotonin! Kindness is a win-win-win scenario which produces beneficial effects in the giver, the recipient and the observer.

People naturally feel good when they give, help or serve others because they experience something called “helper’s high,” which authors Allan Luks and Peggy Payne (The Healing Power of Doing Good) describe as a feeling of exhilaration and burst of energy similar to the endorphin-based euphoria experienced after intense exercise … followed by a period of calmness and serenity.

The benefits of kindness are not limited to immune system strengthening and serotonin production. Research has shown that those who routinely engage in acts of kindness, such as volunteers, experience alleviation of stress, chronic pain, and even insomnia.

An article in Psychology Today titled “What We Get When We Give” (by Christine Carter, PhD., 2/18/10) states: “People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains. Giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying — and that’s after sifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status, and many more. This is a stronger effect than exercising four times a week or going to church.”

A study conducted at Harvard University, called this phenomenon the “Mother Teresa Effect.” Researchers showed a film to 132 Harvard students about Mother Teresa’s work among the poor people of Calcutta. They then measured the level of Immunoglobin A present in their saliva. [Note: Immunoglobin A is an antibody that plays a critical role in immunity.]

The test revealed markedly increased levels of Immunoglobin A in all the test subjects — this, after simply witnessing somebody else involved in charity work.

Considering the abundance of proof that acts of kindness increase one’s sense of self-worth … enhance feelings of joyfulness … boost one’s sense of physical and emotional well-being … increase sense of happiness, optimism and self-worth … decrease feelings of depression … and diminish the effect of diseases and disorders … one of the best things we can do is find opportunities to extend kindness, and teach children to do the same.

Here are a few suggestions to extend the act of kindness to other:

  • Smile at strangers … especially those who are having a bad day
  • Volunteer your time to do charity work or help wherever there’s need
  • Watch movies that display kindness
  • Write a note to let someone know they are loved
  • Give compliments often
  • Give up your place in line to another person
  • Donate blood
  • Write a thank-you note, especially to someone who’s not expecting thanks

In his book, The Healing Power of Doing Good, Allan Luks states that volunteering, entertaining, regular club attendance, or faith group attendance is “the equivalent of getting a college degree or more than doubling your income.”

Source: http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/act-of-kindness/

(Image: Timeline Photos)

PERSONAL NOTE: Speaking of giving, Raw Food World is not only offering their biggest discount (17.5%!!!) of the year between now and the end of June, but also giving away free Vitamin D-3 patches and a chance to win an all expenses paid retreat getaway! You can find out more on my What’s New page.

Related Self-help Health posts:

Gratitude And The DNA Connection

Get Healthier With Gratitude

 

Salud!

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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.

Meridian Tapping For Depression, Anxiety And More

 

For those of you who are not familiar with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and other forms of meridian tapping, this is a good introduction to an easy to learn type of self-help tool that can be used for any number of issues, including depression and anxiety, which is what this article by Katherine Marko focuses on…….

 

Tapping can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

How To Use Tapping For Depression And Anxiety

 (By Tapping, also known as TFT (thought field therapy) or EFT (emotional freedom technique), is a method that combines ancient Chinese acupressure with modern day psychology. It’s called tapping because you literally tap on points of the body while making certain statements. Advocates of this method further claim that tapping can successfully treat any disorder — even banish depression and anxiety.

What does tapping do? 

Tapping is thought to be extremely powerful and may be used to treat a wide variety of physical and psychological conditions, including pain relief, weight loss, addiction, self-sabotage or financial stress. By tapping end points on meridians — a network of channels that transport energy — energy flow is unblocked and releases the phobia.i

By further focusing on the stressful issue or challenge, you send a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain. This is the part of the brain that sends out the “fight or flight” response. Tapping desensitizes that stress signal. So, in a sense, it alters your brain, energy system and body, and how you react to stress.

How can tapping help with depression and anxiety?

Depression is a common mental disorder that, according to the World Health Organization, affects as many as 350 million people of all ages around the world. It’s characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness and poor concentration. It can last a long time or it can be sporadic, substantially impairing your ability to function at work, school or even in your daily life. When it’s at its worst, depression can lead to suicide.

So how can tapping help? For starters, tapping is like acupuncture, except it uses no needles. Both tapping and acupuncture heal through stimulating the body’s meridians and energy flow. So, when we consider the benefits of tapping for depression we can also look at the benefits acupuncture has on depression. According to HealthCMI, research from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine found that acupuncture is an effective treatment for depression and generalized anxiety disorder. It also enhanced the effects Paxil, a commonly prescribed anxiety med.

Tapping can reduce symptoms of depression

Similar studies involving tapping and depression also show promising results. A study published in the journal Integrative Medicine, set out to evaluate the effectiveness of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and EFT in the treatment of depression and anxiety. CBT treats depression with a hands-on approach and a goal to change patterns of thinking or behavior.

The study, which took place in Queensland, Australia recruited 10 local participants. Researchers found that both treatment approaches produced significant reductions in depressive symptoms. The CBT group reported significantly less depression after the treatment, but was not maintained with time. The EFT group reported a significant reduction in symptoms with a delayed effect after three and six-month follow-ups.

So, overall, the study provided evidence to suggest that EFT might be an effective treatment strategy worthy of further investigation. In another study research involving post-traumatic stress disorder and veterans, researchers found that anxiety and depression were both reduced significantly, as was psychological symptoms and pain after EFT.

Here’s how to tap away depression or anxiety

Remember tapping can be used for everything, but for the purpose of this article we’ll focus on depression and anxiety. Here are the tapping guidelines according to The Tapping Solution. Before you begin, identify the problem you want to focus on, and create a statement. EFT Universe suggests that the following phrase works well to clear depression, in particular. “Even though I am depressed, I am a happy person because I deeply and completely accept myself.”

1. Karate chop point

With four fingers on one hand, tap the “karate chop point” on your other hand. The karate chop point is on the outer edge of the hand. Now repeat your statement three times out loud, while continuing to tap the karate chop point five to seven times. Say out loud, “Even though I am depressed, I am a happy person because I deeply and completely accept myself.”

2. Eyebrows

With firm but gentle pressure, as if you were drumming on the side of your desk, tap with two fingers on the inside of the inner edges of the eyebrows (closest to the bridge of the nose) five to seven times. Repeat the statement, “I am such a happy person. I am so happy.”

3. Sides of the eyes

Then, with both hands tap on the side of both eyes with two fingers, five to seven times while repeating the same statement: “I am such a happy person. I am so happy.”

4. Cheekbones

Then, with two fingers on each hand, tap on top of the cheekbones, under the eyes. Tap five to seven times while repeating again, “I am such a happy person. I am so happy.”

5. Above the lips

Then, with one hand, tap under the nose in the crease above the lip with two fingers, five to seven times and repeat, “I am such a happy person. I am so happy.”

6. Under the mouth

Tap under the mouth, below your lower lip with two fingers, five to seven times and repeat: “I am such a happy person. I am so happy.”

7. Collar bone

Tap with both hands on either side of the collar bone (under the hard ridge) with four fingers, five to seven times, repeating, “I am such a happy person. I am so happy.”

8. Beneath the armpit

iNow tap under the armpit (bra level for women) with two fingers, five to seven times and repeat: “I am such a happy person. I am so happy.”

9. Top of the head

Finally, tap on top of the head (center of the crown) with four fingers, five to seven times, repeating: “I am such a happy person. I am so happy.” Take a deep breath and relax.

The tapping order begins at the top, works its way down, and ends by returning to the top of the head to complete the loop. Once you’ve completed the sequence, focus on your depression again. How intense is it on a scale of one to 10? If your depression is higher than “two,” you can do another round of tapping. Keep tapping until your symptoms have subsided.

Depression is treatable

When you’re depressed, for example, it can feel like you’ll never get out from under that dark cloud. But, it’s important to understand that even the most severe depression is treatable. So, if depression is keeping you from living the life you want, then don’t hesitate to seek help.

Learning about your treatment options will help you decide what approach is best for you. No two people are affected in the exact same way by depression. So, treatments may vary from therapy to medication to healthy lifestyle changes. According to HelpGuide.org you shouldn’t rely on medications alone. While medication can relieve the symptoms of depression, it is not usually suitable for long-term use.

Consider natural remedies instead of antidepressants

Research published in the BMJ asked the question: “Does long-term use of psychiatric drugs cause more harm than good?” Researcher Peter C. Gotzsche from Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark believes that taking antidepressants could increase your risk of dying prematurely. Furthermore, he suggests drugs do little for patients over a placebo and that the medicines should be scrapped altogether.

Prescribed meds are generally a Band-Aid solution for an underlying problem. In fact, according to Gotzsche, psychiatric drugs are responsible for the deaths of more than half a million people — aged 65 and older — each year in the Western world. Yet, the debate rages on; many doctors agree that for those who suffer from severe depression drugs could make a critical difference. But there is no “one size fits all” approach to treating depression, which is why meds won’t work for everyone.

Tapping is an alternative therapy treatment that may help you avoid taking potentially dangerous drugs. Even if you are on prescribed meds, you can certainly try tapping as a means for speeding up recovery.

— Katherine Marko

Source: http://www.thealternativedaily.com/how-to-use-tapping-for-depression-anxiety/

Related Self-help Health posts:

Feeling Stressed? Rub Your Ears

Use Acupressure Points To Alleviate Stress

Spirit Gate: Heart 7 For Anxiety, Insomnia And More

 

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

Make Every Day Thanksgiving Day!

 

There are numerous studies that show that gratitude and thanks giving are good for the mind, body and spirit. So if you want to be healthier and happier, make EVERY day Thanksgiving!

 

By Dr. Mercola

Each year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather together with friends and family for a Thanksgiving feast — a ritual that many psychologists believe actually fosters greater happiness and health.

And, while the ritual of giving thanks once a year is beneficial, doing it more often could be life changing. At least that’s what science suggests.

The Benefits of Ritual Get-Togethers at Mealtime

As noted by Barbara Fiese, a psychologist and author of “Family Routines and Rituals”:

“Through direct observation of family mealtimes at home, we’ve found that how families communicate with one another during meals is related to the children’s health.

For example, when families show genuine concern about their child’s daily activities … teachers report these children are less likely to show acting-out behaviors in school.

What’s more, these interactions make children with chronic health conditions such as asthma feel more secure, and they’re more likely to report that they feel better throughout the day.”

Bill Doherty, a family therapist and researcher added:

The classic outcomes of regular rituals for families are coherence (a sense of identity) and connection (a sense of closeness) …

[But] barriers to good interaction — such as cellphone use, people getting up from the table and arguments — were even more strongly related (in a negative direction) to children’s psychological well-being and academic performance.

The implication is that we have to pay attention to doing some things well during meals — such as staying at the table and laughing together — but also avoid negative interactions.”

Gratitude Increases Happiness — and Health

As suggested in the video above, research shows that gratitude is a cornerstone of happiness. Moreover, actually expressing your gratitude publicly or openly yields greater results than keeping it to yourself.

If you typically cringe when it’s time to go around the table and share what you’re grateful for, remembering the benefits you reap may ease your discomfort. As noted in a previous CNN report on gratitude and Thanksgiving:2

“… there are some very practical reasons to get into the spirit of things, by taking a minute to remember the reasons you’re blessed. These are lessons that can be applied year-round.”

According to studies, the benefits of gratitude rituals — be it giving thanks at mealtime, keeping a gratitude journal, or sending thank-you notes — include:3,4,5

  • Improved sleep, especially if your mind has a tendency to go into overdrive with negative thoughts and worries at bedtime
  • Higher levels of happiness and a more optimistic outlook on life
  • Greater likelihood to engage in healthy activities such as exercise
  • Higher relationship satisfaction
  • Higher work performance (in one study, managers who expressed gratitude saw a 50 percent increase in the employees’ performance)

Studies have also shown that gratitude can produce a number of measurable effects on a number of systems in your body, all of which can translate into improved health. Biological systems beneficially affected by gratitude include:6

Mood neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine) Inflammatory and immune systems (cytokines)
Reproductive hormones (testosterone) Stress hormones (cortisol)
Social bonding hormones (oxytocin) Blood pressure, cardiac and EEG rhythms
Cognitive and pleasure related neurotransmitters (dopamine) Blood sugar

Read the rest of the article: here.

Other recommended reading:

Gratitude And The DNA Connection

Get Healthier With Gratitude

Thanksgiving 2015

Salud and Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

Dealing With The Time Change, Plus Free Health Resources

 

 

HA! Well, it’s that time of year again in the US (unless you live in AZ), when we gain an extra hour on Sunday, which I love. But it takes my body at least  2 weeks to start acclimating to the new routine, so I’m not a big fan overall of the springing forward/falling back and think the country should just pick one and stick with it. I  even featured a post last year about the ill effects going thru springing forward can have on us.

Anyway, as daylight decreases and the time change makes darkness seem to come even earlier, I have a natural urge to almost hibernate or start spinning a cocoon :-), and for some people it can even trigger mild to severe depression.  Aside from seeking anti-depressant pharmaceuticals from a doctor, there are other ways — without side effects — to boost mood and alleviate some SAD symptoms.

Here are some things from Easy Health Options that can help someone deal with or counteract the winter blues:

Light therapy

Light therapy involves exposure to artificial light that mimics the natural outdoor light that is sorely lacking during the winter months.

The devices are called light boxes and are made by a number of manufacturers. They can range in price from around $40 on up. Some light boxes use white light, while others use blue light. There is more research supporting the use of bright white light than blue light to help with SAD symptoms.

If you decide to try light therapy, it’s important to look for a light box designed to filter out most UV light.

The effectiveness of light therapy depends on daily use. You’d want to situate your light box in an area where you can be within two feet of it for at least 30 minutes each day, preferably in the morning. If you have an office job, you could consider keeping it on your desk and using it for the first half hour you work. At home maybe you’d prefer to put in on a coffee table or side table while you read a book.

Get plenty of vitamin D

Did you know scientists believe there is a link between vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, and depression? It makes perfect sense when you consider the amount of natural vitamin D you get from sun changes with the seasons.

An Oregon study showed that young adult women with lower levels of vitamin D had greater incidences of depression over the course of a five-week study.  The researchers concluded that some women could simply get more vitamin D and prevent depressive mood states.

The National Institutes of Health‘s recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D is 600 IUs a day. But most alternative health practitioners will tell you that is woefully not enough, and that 4,000 IUs will do you better.

Eat mood-boosting foods

One 2013 study, published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, examined the relationship between diet and mood in 281 young adults. In this study, participants who ate more fruits and vegetables felt calmer, happier and more energetic.

Junk and processed food can have the opposite effect. They stimulate short-term reward centers in the central nervous system. But over time, they can lead to dependency and mood imbalances, along with all-too-common long-term health consequences.

For a list of mood-boosting foods from Dr. Isaac Eliaz, click here.

Consider mood-boosting supplements and exercise

Dr. Michael Cutler recommends:

  • Exercise and yoga. Exercise can work wonders against depressive symptoms. A study at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, shows that exercise can drag people out of major depression.
  • Taking Hypericum extract (St. John’s wort) at 300mg three times daily.
  • Taking fenugreek to enhance the effects of St John’s Wort.
  • Supplementing with L-Tryptophan 1,500 mg to 3,000 mg twice daily between meals.
  • Taking 5-HTP (hydroxyl tryptophane): 100-250 mg twice daily.
  • Taking SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine) 400 to 800 mg twice daily, starting at low dose.

Source: http://easyhealthoptions.com/getting-wintertime-blues/

For more on how time change can affect our health and mood, read the Self-help Health post about “jumping forward,” if you haven’t already:

Is The Time Change  A Good Thing?


 

And here are a number of free resources for you to consider taking advantage of….

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Do you have someone in your life that is suffering with rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, celiac disease, thyroid disease such as Hashimoto’s, dementia or alzheimer’s? Or are you yourself facing a life-debilitating disease?

In just a few days Dr. Tom O’Bryan invites you to begin a deeply personal journey with his free 7-Part documentary series “Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They’re Not Telling You About.”

This documentary is important to watch, if you know someone with autoimmune disease, have it yourself, or simply want to be proactive and prevent it.This project leaves Dr. Tom’s hands after 30 years of clinical research, patient care and relationships and it goes out to the world at large to change the face of autoimmunity.

Register here for access to the series.

Lloyd Burrell of ElectricSense.com will be interviewing expert Michael Neuert, who is going to talk about EMF shielding solutions, smart meter shielding, low cost shielding, how to shield your home electricity box, and more…..

http://www.electricsense.com/11948/emf-shielding-protection/


And with all the tension and stress many people are feeling these days due to busy personal lives, the presidential election, Standing Rock, and multiple other situations, it’s nice to know this resource is available. It’s a short meditation by Mark Romero, whose music has been shown to provide healing benefits, to connect you to your breath and help you de-stress. You can also sign up for a free guided MP3 meditation to reduce stress and improve your state of mind. I really like the music in the background of the MP3 meditation. 

http://markromeromusic.com/2016/11/04/breathe-in-this-moment/


Also, be sure to check out the Fat Summit, starting on Nov 7th, that I mentioned in a previous post. You can get all the details and sign up on my What’s New page.

 

 

Salud and enjoy that extra hour!

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.

Healing Illness By Transforming Your Behavior

 

Here’s a stimulating, thought-provoking article a friend shared with me earlier today that I thought I would feature here. Hope you find it insightful and helpful in some way; I know I did…

 

Ditch the Suffering⏤How to Heal Illness by Transforming Your Behavior

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As a Naturopathic Doctor, I take a holistic approach to health—no conventional drugs, no surgeries, no injections, nada.

Over the course of my career, I have gradually abandoned all types of alternative therapies, from herbal medicine to homeopathy to acupuncture. This may seem counter-intuitive, like a surgeon operating without any tools. Yet this approach has led me to discover some extraordinary things about how human beings heal that I’d like to share with you.

By skillfully performing the ordinary activities of our daily lives, we can experience healing that is worthy of the term miraculous. By “ordinary activities” I mean the four activities that all human beings can and must perform for themselves: eating, moving, thinking and relating. These four actions are the most powerful, reliable and rapid forms of healing available to us.

Let’s take eating, for example. If we choose to impulsively indulge in a pint of ice cream every night after dinner, we are not acting with true kindness and intelligence. Sugar and dairy destabilizes our endocrine system, which can lead to a night of tossing and turning, bloating, headaches, and dehydration. Sugar causes inflammation in the body, which causes many of our common diseases and ailments. The pint of ice cream is only one aspect of eating, but it’s easy to see how simply changing one activity in our daily routine can have a dramatic effect on our emotional, mental and physical health.

To consider what re-calibrating all four areas of our lives would be like, imagine if you could purchase the following medicines:

A medicine that gives you the power to eat impeccably, exactly in accord with the wisdom of your mind and body. When taken, you will develop a beautiful, youthful body free from almost every illness.

A medicine that gives you the motivation and skill to perform a daily 90-minute workout, dramatically increasing your strength, flexibility and endurance.

A medicine that enables you to direct your internal dialogue as an unbroken stream of positive, life-affirming, self-esteeming thoughts. This medicine frees you from collapsing into negative emotions and infuses your mental/emotional body with unshakable faith, hope and love.

The medicine of loving kindness and compassion, which would heal your relationships of arguments, misunderstandings, conflicts and violence.

What would you do or pay in order to get your hands on these medicines? Thankfully, you can forget whatever scheme first came to mind, because we don’t need those medicines—they already exist. Unfortunately, we haven’t realized this because most of us eat, move, think and relate in a way that is incongruous with the four ordinary human activities. Instead, many of our actions are untrained, unskilled, and produce suffering in our physical, mental and emotional bodies.

We cannot abstain from eating, moving, thinking and relating. But we can choose whether our actions will be expressions of our wisdom and love, or expressions of our ignorance and indifference. Choosing love and wisdom is as rock solid and practical as it gets, because healing occurs consistently when we accept responsibility for our behavior, thoughts, words and deeds—when we develop self-control, when we master our appetites and passions, desires and fears. This is the path of the wise.

By mastering our behavior, we honor the foundational principle that all world religions uphold—virtue, or, right action in thought, word and deed. Our mind’s job is to protect our body. The most destructive enemy our body faces is none other than ourselves. Habitually performing actions that harm the body makes our mind anxious. This anxiety is healthy and necessary—when we are addicted to what injures us, no medicine can assuage our anxiety.

Through right action we cease harming ourselves (and others). As we become less dangerous and harmful to ourselves, our mind becomes markedly less anxious. We can then relax and concentrate our attention in prayer and meditation, enabling us to further discover and express in our mundane activities the divinity that we are. This is why I consider the healing of our behavior to be true healing.

We all long for the blessings of health and happiness; without them our lives seem filled with suffering. We seek them through medicine, religion or politics. Yet, look! They are right here for the taking. Nearer than our breath and thoughts; they are inescapably available right now. Our lives are whispering, shouting: “Love me! Give me your all. Now!” Our bodies, minds and relationships faithfully reflect back to us the caring and thoughtfulness behind our actions. Our every act obeys the one universal law: “As you give so shall you receive.” If we want quality from our bodies, minds or spouses we must give it. There is no other way.

The art of living is the art of healing. All of our actions are sacred. All of our mundane activities: breathing, walking, eating, thinking, reading, talking and working are all sacred healing rituals and therapies. Through our actions we make kindness and wisdom manifest in our human body. This is my medicine. And this is yours.

A Simple Three-Step Healing Exercise:

Pick out one self-destructive activity that you want to overcome and one wholesome activity that you want to instill. For example, you want to reduce your sweets, coffee or alcohol; on the other hand, maybe you want to eat two large servings of vegetables daily, exercise three times this week or listen empathetically to your spouse or child’s concerns (especially if it’s you). To make your good intention real, commit to one action, no matter how tiny, that you can and will do.

List at least three benefits of doing this, and three consequences of not doing this. Example: what will be the results in your energy, mood, self-esteem, confidence, income, relationships, health, tension, anxiety and mental clarity?

Tell at least one person the change that you are committed to making and why you have decided to do this. Ask them to check in each day for a week about how you are doing with your commitment. Accountability ensures results—it’s easier to not reach for the pint of ice cream if a friend is there to remind us to pull our hand back.

The kicker? Only thinking about doing this exercise while not actually doing it will bring you about as much benefit as thinking about taking a vacation and not actually going.

Take that vacation and do this exercise to get back to a reality where this epithet rings true:

You heal your body by healing your actions.
You heal your actions with the medicine of kindness.

In health and happiness,
Charley Cropley, N.D.

Source: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/09/ditch-the-suffering%E2%8F%A4how-to-heal-illness-by-transforming-your-behavior/

Image: courtesy of the author, flickr/Karsten Bitter

 

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.

More Acupressure Points, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit, Health Coaching Webinar AND A Beauty Tip!

 

Recently I did a post that featured some acupressure points from Michael Reed Gach (of Acupressure.com) that are good for dealing with jaw pain, TMJ, headaches and sinus congestion. Well, here’s more useful information from a newsletter of Gach’s…..

 

(by Michael R Gach) Here are several healing thoughts, suggestions and points to support you to continue to learn, heal and grow. I hope my input empowers you to use acupressure on yourself and others. My intention is to cultivate your interest in hands-on healing. I also want to share with you even deeper levels for learning how to heal, using the points to enhance your life.

HOW LONG DO YOU HOLD A POINT?

Hold for 1 to 3 minutes as you breathe slowly & deeply. Be sure to apply the pressure gradually. If you feel a connection with the point, hold for a full 3 minutes. For instance, if your client’s sinuses are blocked, hold St3 underneath the cheekbone for a few minutes until you feel a pulse in your fingertips to open the sinuses.

DOUBTS ABOUT HEALING:

When you practice Acupressure (whether on yourself or others), and doubts arise, whether it’s worrying if you’re doing the right thing, or if you’re on the right point, remember — the purpose of your life and the purpose of doing Acupressure is not to sit around and worry. Doubts distract you from healing and can strangle your body’s vital life force. Instead, whenever you find yourself worrying or doubting, let it be a clue to take several slow, deep breaths. Just 4 or 5 super deep breaths can counteract worry and doubt to allow your healing energy to flow again.

TO RELIEVE GROIN PAIN, MENSTRUAL, ABDOMINAL CRAMPING, or SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE PROBLEMS

Use the “Rushing Door Points” Sp12 and Sp13. Bend your leg. In the center of your groin crease is where energy tends to block-up. Gradually apply pressure slowly with your fingertips or use your knuckles to gradually press into the inguinal ligament, the big ropey cord there. You’ll feel a muscular cord in the crease where your leg joins the trunk of your body. Hold Sp12 and Sp13 points while laying down for 2 to 3 minutes, taking long slow deep breaths to discover the benefits.

TONE & CLEANSE YOUR COLON + RELIEVE CONSTIPATION & IBS:
Use CV6, which is two fingers width below your navel. Lying on your back, apply pressure gradually toward your lower spine until it “hurts good”.  Hold for 10 to 12 super slow deep breaths. Do this routine 2 or 3 times daily. Pressing CV6 daily strengthens the colon for cultivating longevity. I press it on myself every day.  For colon problems, use it for several months, daily —  it takes time to strengthen your colon and cleanse it, but it’s so worth it.
No drugs or side effects; it’s natural, and all you need is your hands.
 Since Alzheimer’s and dementia continue to rise at an alarming rate and are responsible for more deaths annually than prostate and breast cancers combined, this is upcoming summit is very timely and sure to be a great resource for those wanting to know more about controlling and preventing these conditions……

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit is coming up!

Are you concerned about brain health? Or of one day not recognizing your closest friend? If so, or if you care about friends and family members dealing with poor brain function, then don’t miss The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit.

Brain disorders, including memory loss, are fast becoming the single biggest health problem in the world, and this summit starting July 25th and running through August 1st represents a unique opportunity to discover hot to prevent, slow down, and even reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

So be sure to check out this free on-line summit to find out what you can, and should, do before memory loss is irreversible–because taking action now is the key to protecting your brain health and overall well-being. And when you sign up you gain access to 3 great bonuses….one on dealing with heavy metal toxicity, another on stopping memory loss, and one on natural ways to treat depression! How nice!

 

And for those of you interested in possibly having a career as a healthcare professional, check out this free online workshop hosted by Marc David and Emily Rosen at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating……

It’s called The Ultimate Health Coach: The 3 Keys to Turning Your Passion for Healing into Professional Success.The field of Health Coaching is exploding, and it’s an exciting career opportunity. But even more to the point, Marc and Emily will be sharing about the unique
Training they offer through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Here’s just some of what they’ll cover:

  • NEW strategies for breaking free from problems with food, body & health
  • The 3 Keys to being a successful health coach
  • How to make a great living while truly helping others in a meaningful way
  • Real case studies about the impact of this work
  • How you can be part of this powerful new movement
  • And a special opportunity you won’t want to miss!

If you’re at all curious about a new career opportunity OR you’re an already practicing healthcare professional looking to expand your skills, this webinar will show you how it’s possible to make an excellent living helping people finally find freedom with food and live the life they’re truly meant to live.

You can learn more about the summit and the webinar, and sign up for either or both through my What’s New page.

 

And to end on, a beauty tip from David Wolfe, using just cacao butter and coconut oil….

 

Salud!

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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, trained healthcare practitioner and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

“Beanie Brownies,” Great Raw Food World Deal, The Soul Of Healing Summit And MORE!

 

Today’s offering has something for everyone…..a yummy looking treat that’s full of healthy ingredients, spicy sweet potato fries with chipotle mayonnaise, a great deal from RFW, an interesting sounding free on-line event, and a presentation on dealing with auto-immune disorders.

BTW, I have actually tried several chocolate and bean recipes before and was pleasantly surprised with their taste and look, so I am anxious to see how this one turns out. I think it will be a winner!

 

Oh my goodness, these black bean brownies taste just like those Little Debbie snacck fudge brownies I had when I was a kid! I love that these have no sugar, are packed with nutrition and passed the taste test of SEVEN people who couldn't even guess they had beans. My kids are hooked - these black bean brownies are the healthiest dessert ever! :: DontWastetheCrumbs.com

While developing this recipe for black bean brownies, I had flash backs to my childhood when I would have snack fudge brownies from Little Debbie in my lunchbox. You know, those little thick, fudgy ones with nuts on top?

I couldn’t believe that something so healthy, could taste so sinfully delicious!

Now you’re probably thinking there’s no way that something WITH beans and WITHOUT sugar could even remotely possibly be good. Hear me out. I went through rigorous testing to ensure my taste buds weren’t wacked out when I made these:

The first time I made these, they were for the kids and I. Aside from my serving, they ate the whole pan in 2 days.

When I told the kids they had beans in them, they laughed and asked for more.

The second time I made them, they were for the kids and the husband, who ruined dinner two nights in a row by grabbing more than a few of these when he got home from work.

When I told him they had beans in them, he looked at me like I had a third eye.

“Really?” he asked. “Yes, really,” I replied.

“Are you sure?” he asked again.

(Ha! As if I’d be joking about BEANS in BROWNIES!)

I told him, “Yes honey, for real. They really have beans in them. Can you taste them?”

“Nope, not at all. These are really good. You can put these in my lunches,” he told me.

Which by the way, “you can put these in my lunches” is one of the highest compliments you can get in our house.

The third time I made these, they were for company. Two of our three guests had one brownie, another had two and not a single one of them batted an eye.

After I told our guests the brownies had beans in them, the bean-hater (who had two) didn’t even believe me. Like Mr. Crumbs, he kept asking “Really?” and I reassured him repeatedly that yes, there were really beans in these brownies and yes, it is possible to make brownies with brownies taste amazing!

If four batches of brownies and 7 taste testers hasn’t convinced you that these black bean brownies are quite possibly the best thing that will happen to you this year, consider this:

These homemade black bean brownies are made with 9 ingredients that are all 100% real food. Compare to this list of ingredients off the box of Little Debbie snack fudge brownies:

Enriched bleached flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil with TBHQ to preserve flavor, sugar, dextrose, water, cocoa, walnuts, high fructose corn syrup, whey (milk), eggs, soy lecithin (emulsifier), corn starch, salt, leavening (sodium aluminum phosphate, baking soda), colors (caramel color, red 40), natural and artificial flavors, egg whites, citric acid, sorbic acid (to retain freshness), almonds.

Not only does the homemade version have LESS ingredients, but we’re avoiding the especially harmful ones like hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup.

This recipe is also VERY allergy friendly – no gluten, dairy or eggs. Just double check your chocolate chips and you’re good to go.

As if it can’t get any better than this, let me reiterate the obvious: there are BEANS in these brownies! I don’t know if that means they’re a dessert or breakfast or what, so let’s make a double batch and just eat them all day, okay?

Serves: 12 brownies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ cups cooked black beans (how to make them homemade)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 2-3 Tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)

(Personal Note: I highly recommend using all organic ingredients, if possible.)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish or line with parchment paper.
  3. In a high powdered blender OR in a food processor, combine the ingredients in the order listed.
  4. Process the ingredients until the batter is ultra smooth, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  5. Fold in ¼ cup of the chocolate chips.
  6. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and nuts (if using) on top of the batter.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until the brownies are cooked through and set.
  8. Allow to cool thoroughly before cutting.

NOTES:

This recipe is easy to double. Use a 9 x 13 pan and bake for 17-18 minutes so that the center is thoroughly cooked through.
* If you don’t want to go through the trouble of folding in the chocolate chips (and dirtying another bowl), you can sprinkle them all on top. Alternatively, you can fold all the chocolate chips in too. My kids liked having the small bits of chocolate on top.
** I’ve made these with canned beans and dry beans cooked from scratch and we preferred the tasted of dried beans from scratch, although the canned beans came in a close second. If you use canned beans, be sure to rinse them thoroughly (until the water runs clear) before using.

Source:  http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2016/04/black-bean-brownies/

The last time I ordered from Thrive Market I got some of Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil Chipotle Lime Mayonnaise and I was hooked from the get-go, so I can’t wait to try it with these fries……

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries With Chipotle Mayonnaise Recipe

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries With Chipotle Mayonnaise

Sugar and spice and everything nice—that’s the secret to our take on sweet potato fries. Cumin and cayenne add just enough heat to bring out the natural sweetness of the potatoes—a little coconut sugar sprinkled on top adds even more complexity. Dunk them in zesty Primal Kitchen’s Chipotle-Lime Mayonnaise for even more zing.

Yield: 2 to 3 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Large pinch sea salt
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar (optional)
Chipotle mayonnaise, for serving

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.Cut sweet potatoes into evenly sized sticks and place in a large bowl. Toss with cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, coconut oil, and sugar, if using.

Arrange in a single layer  on two baking sheets. Bake 25 minutes, flipping the fries once after 12 minutes. Serve with chipotle mayonnaise on the side.

Source:  Merce Muse for Thrive Market

 

And this summit has a long list of expert presenters on what it takes to heal…..

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The Soul of Healing Summit is coming July 11th thru 18th!

Many struggle with pain and illness despite years of treatment. Could healing involve more than physical/medical interventions? Learn how to harness the power of your mind, emotions and spirit to create radical self-healing!

While diet, exercise and supplements may produce remarkable results, if the vital role of the mind, emotions and soul are not taken into account, lasting health may not be possible. Body, mind and soul cannot be separated; they work together. When operating in a unified and optimized way, they have the power to create perpetual health, wellness, wholeness and long-term fulfillment.

 

AND to end on, Raw Food World is now offering their famous 17.5% discount not only at year’s end, but mid-year, too. Woo-hoo!


 

 

 

RFW offers raw, organic superfoods and exotic gourmet treats for the health conscious consumer that are hard to find elsewhere, such as Dragon’s Blood extract (read about this amazing product in this very popular Self-help Health blog post), Pine Nut Flakes and a super healthy version of Liquid Smoke.

And now is a doubly good time to order because you not only have the huge discount on your whole order, but also the benefit of both June AND July At-Cost-Specials being active right now!Dragon’s Blood is at-cost and so is Yacon Syrup (along with lots of other items!).

Clinical trials have actually shown that Yacon Syrup produces a significant decrease in body we!ght, waist circumference and body mass index when simply taking 1 teaspoon, three times a day. Dr. Oz even did an experiment on his show where he got the same results. Furthermore, other clinical studies have shown Yacon to increase bowel regularity and improve food transit time and satiety sensation. It also has high quantities of FOS, which is a prebiotic. Prebiotics feed the beneficial flora in our gut and may be one of the main reasons why Yacon Syrup offers so many benefits. Other clinical studies show that Yacon has the potential to offer positive results with diabetes, by reducing blood glucose levels, glycemia, cholesterol and so much more. You can see all of the clinical studies and information on all of this in the description of Yacon Syrup on the RFW site.

Just use the coupon code when you check out for 17.5% off any size order until June 30th at midnight Pacific time. This discount has zero restrictions, except for on a few appliances!

Additionally, they are having a huge Raw Food and Appliance Giveaway, where they will be giving away over 100 items! The grand prize will once again be a stone grinder for nut butters. Some of the other top prizes will include a Needak Rebounder, Excalibur Dehydrator, Orange Juice Press, Reishi Spore Products, Quintessential and other superfoods, and much more!

Simply order anytime from now until June 30th and you will automatically be entered into the giveaway!

To take advantage of this great deal and find out about the free samples RFW is giving away, just go to my What’s New page for the coupon code and info about some of my favorite RFW products. While you’re there you can also get the code for 20% off Earthie Mama products (maker of the great Master Tonic!), learn about other specials and sign up for the Soul of Healing Summit series. Just do it! 🙂

 

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.