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. 🙂

 

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 – 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’s 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’t been effective. So your best bet to prevent low levels of serotonin is to actively stimulate its production with M. vaccae – 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.

 

Have A New You By Next Year…..Literally! Plus Free 2017 Events

 

I was aware that the body is always replacing/renewing itself, but I didn’t know the specific time periods for certain parts, …..like the stomach lining rebuilding in ONLY 5 DAYS and DNA renewing itself EVERY TWO MONTHS. Wow, pretty amazing! If you really let this sink in, it makes you realize we should never feel like some current condition or health issue is written in stone and can’t be changed for the better. Consider what might be possible between now and the end of the year if you really work with your body’s amazing ability to rebuild itself! 

 

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And while you’re building a whole new you, here are some upcoming events to help you support your body along the way……

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The Winter of Wellness starts January 11th!

Ready to discover medicinal plants for cooling inflammation and the cutting-edge science on autoimmunity and inflammation? Then mark your calendar for the kick-off on January 11th of the month long Winter of Wellness event, and prepare to be inspired by 40+ top experts who’ll reveal proven practices for whole-body health and wellness.

Some of the most esteemed doctors, teachers and healers will be presenting at this extraordinary on-line gathering — including David Wolfe, Donna Eden, David Crow, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Gregg Braden, Sue Morter, Alberto Villoldo, Reef Karim, Crystal Jones, Bernie Siegel, Anita Mckenzie, Mingtong Gu, Dawson Church, Ocean Robbins, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci — and many others.

By saying “YES” to this live event, you’re on your way to discovering secrets for becoming the best version of yourself in 2017 — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Access Details:
You’re invited to join Winter of Wellness on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Listen in via webcast to access the program sessions when they air and for 48 hours following their broadcast. You can access the FULL Program Schedule here.

You can sign up here for the series: http://winterofwellness.com/

Note: All sessions are in Pacific Time, and a Timezone Converter is also included for your convenience.

Access Your Bonus!
YOUR Uncompromised Commitment to Self-Care & Wellness in 2017 
Audio Recording with Dr. Robyn Benson
Listen in to discover the absolute roadmap for living healthy in today’s world — with our host of The Shift Network’s most popular annual summit, Winter of Wellness, Dr. Robyn Benson.

In this session Robyn explores the emerging self-care revolution and what’s happening in the world of wellness. Plus, she’ll share exciting previews of coming attractions — preparing you to reap ALL the benefits you’re about to receive in this incredible health series.

 


Want to get in better shape in 2017? Here’s a great resource that gives some top-notch work-out moves and each links up to a different free full-length exercise routine…..

The 15 Toughest Do-Anywhere Workout Moves

http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1009449-15-toughest-doanywhere-workout-moves/

 


For you yoga enthusiasts, here’s an invite to a free class from Lucas at Absolute Yoga Academy…..

We have a new LIVE format for our monthly online professional development series. This month’s “Applied Anatomy” class is hosted by senior trainer, Julie Sceeny, and it’ll allow you to ask questions, get answers, and learn in real time.


This is a 1 hr Yoga Alliance Continuing Education class on January 24th at 9:30 am EST, and everyone who attends will get a certificate. It’s free to join us live, and if you’d like access to this and all our previous classes (you can get certificates for all of them), you might consider our Online Yoga Academy. 

To join this free, live class, please register here: 
http://www.absoluteyogaacademy.com/trianglepose-halfmoon-toestand

 


And Dr Pedram Shojai has put together a free on-line training called The Urban Monk 7-Day Reboot. You can start as soon as you sign up and there are sections on food (including a nice recipe book that has a number of things I’m going to try), stretching/exercise, Qi Gong, sleep, dealing with stress, and more….

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You can sign up here:  https://go.theurbanmonk.com/umr/opt-in/ 

 

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.

Great Overall Health, Detox And Cleanse Resource!

 

Wow, I came across this the other day when someone posted it on Facebook. Such a good, in-depth article about ways and means to be healthier. Some of the items mentioned have been featured on this blog (oil pulling, rebounding, lemon water, dry brushing, etc.), but this is a nice compilation of a lot of helpful information for improved health and well-being all in one place. One reason I am featuring it here is so I will always know where to find all the information myself. 🙂

 

23 Great Ways To Painlessly Cleanse Your Whole Body

by DREW CANOLE

A lot of people hear the word “detox” or “cleanse” and immediately have images of starvation and painful detox symptoms. In reality, there are a lot of things you can do on a daily basis to gently cleanse and nourish your body! In the long run, these habits can be more effective than intense short-term detox plans and for many, much more realistic.

 

1) Water

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. It is vital to every cell, organ, system and function that goes on in your body. It is especially important for the lymphatic system because it is what flushes your body of toxins and unneeded substances. Without the consistent flow of water coming in and out, your body will become like a stagnant puddle of water – yuck!

Start off your morning with a warm glass of fresh squeezed lemon water and – if you’re daring – add some baking soda. Both lemon and baking soda will normalize the pH of your body, are anti-carcinogenic, anti fungal, antibacterial and will pull toxins from your bloodstream. What better way to start off your morning?

For more info on lemon water and using structured water: 

Lemon Water: Better Than Lemonade

Structured Water: H2OMG!

 

2) Meditation

Cleansing the mind is just as important – if not more so – than cleansing the body. Meditation gives you a space to breathe and let go of racing thoughts and emotions. You can take five minutes to meditate, or 60 – whatever you feel you need. There are a lot of meditation aids online such as Alpha Waves, which plays music specifically formulated to help the mind relax and focus

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3) Juicing with dandelion greens

Juicing is one of the most powerful ways to flood your tired body with micronutrients and flush out all the bad guys. Dandelions are a natural diuretic that help the kidneys filter through excess water and salt. They also cleanse the liver (one of your hardest working detox organs), are loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins and act as an anti-inflammatory. We highly recommend adding dandelion greens to your juice or smoothies! Don’t have time to juice? Try our superfood-packed green drink powder Organifi.

 

4) Your Lymph System, Using DRY BRUSHING AND REBOUNDING

The Lymphatic System is an intricate network of nodes, ducts and vessels throughout your body that moves lymph from the body tissue to the bloodstream. Since it’s circulating through your body and is key to cleaning out toxins and waste, it’s an important point of focus when it comes to detoxification. A popular way to smooth out the flow of your lymph system is called dry brushing, which is the process of running a brush in specific, continuous, circular motions across your skin, upwards towards your heart. To ensure cleansing, add in some rebounding (physical aerobic activity) to your days to make your brushing efforts worthwhile (plus rebounding is fun!).

 

 

5) Hydrotherapy

After dry brushing, hop in the shower and alternate between 1-2 minutes of hot water and 30 seconds of cold. You can do this 3-5 times during your shower. If the cold is too unbearable at first, try lukewarm and work your way to cold. This type of hydrotherapy increases circulation and lymphatic flow, as well as boosts your immune system and metabolism. Once you get used to it, these shower cycles should actually feel pretty good!

 

6) Workout (qi gong)

Qi = life force and vital energy. Gong = accomplishment or skill. Qi Gong = Cultivating energy. It is an ancient Chinese health care system that uses physical postures, specific breathing techniques and mental focus to help cleanse the body and stimulate energy flow. It is one of the best ways to find relief from anxiety and cultivate inner peace. Even taking 10 minutes out of your day to do qi gong or a similar exercise will boost your productivity and mental performance.

Try it for yourself! Here’s how.

 

7) Stretching

We are always so busy going about our days tending to our responsibilities and obligations, that it’s easy to forget to stop and stretch out our body. Taking the time to stretch gives you the chance to ease out your tensed up muscles and keep your body functioning at a top-notch level. I’m sure you’ve noticed on occasion that while you’re sitting at a table or desk, your shoulders are hunched up. This causes all sorts of problems. Stretching is also a great way to rejuvenate your body and cleanse it through slow, steady motions and movements. These movements help increase the circulation throughout your body and stimulate the release of toxins.

Related post: Unkink With These 12 Yoga Poses

 

8) Bone Broth In The AM

Bone broth is something your grandmother probably believed in (and she’s a smart lady!). This is an affordable, nutrient and mineral dense addition to anyone’s diet. It is particularly high in magnesium, calcium, amino acids and phosphorus and is believed to help reduce cellulite. You can use bones from beef, lamb, bison, fish, and birds. This is an immune boosting drink for when you’re sick and is also great for the digestive system.

 

9) Turn Off The News

CNN = Constant Negative News. The news is a money-making industry just like any other. Depressing and/or shocking news sells more than happy and uplifting news. Turn off the TV to cleanse your mind and clear your time for something more uplifting, like a walk outdoors or time with loved ones. If you are looking for drastic changes in your mental and physical health, try taking an entire week to do a media and electronics fast.

 

10) Sound Therapy

Because we are constantly surrounded by noise and disturbances, our ears start to become desensitized towards the higher pitched sound frequencies. This sort of therapy is designed to help restore that sensitivity again. When our sensitivity to sound frequencies grows dull, it also begins to decrease our energy, increases our irritability to sound and can be a contributor to other health issues. Here is an example of sound therapy for you to enjoy.

 

For the rest of the article, including information about oxygen therapy, reflexology, music therapy, steam therapy, intermittent fasting, foam rolling and more, go to:

23 Great Ways To Painlessly Cleanse Your Whole Body

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow, so you don’t miss out on future posts. And check out the To Your Health page of my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for 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, trained healthcare practitioner and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

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The Wheat/RoundUp Connection; Plus, Yoga Day And A Free Acupoints Webinar

 

Geez, I’ve featured several articles about why we should avoid wheat, but here’s a biggie with what may top the list of reasons. I know I’ve heard of a number of people who don’t have problems when they eat bread, pasta and other wheat products when traveling in France and other countries, so the information that follows definitely makes sense. AND, as the article mentions, unfortunately wheat is not the only mainstream crop to be doused in Roundup.

 

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THE REAL REASON WHEAT IS TOXIC (IT’S NOT THE GLUTEN)

The stories became far too frequent to ignore.

Emails from folks with allergic or digestive issues to wheat in the United States experienced no symptoms whatsoever when they tried eating pasta on vacation in Italy.

Confused parents wondering why wheat consumption sometimes triggered autoimmune reactions in their children, but not at other times.

In my own home, I’ve long pondered why my husband can eat the wheat I prepare at home, but he experiences negative digestive effects eating even a single roll in a restaurant.

There is clearly something going on with wheat that is not well known by the general public. It goes far and beyond organic versus non-organic, gluten or hybridization because even conventional wheat triggers no symptoms for some who eat wheat in other parts of the world.

What indeed is going on with wheat?

For quite some time, I secretly harbored the notion that wheat in the United States must, in fact, be genetically modified.  GMO wheat secretly invading the North American food supply seemed the only thing that made sense and could account for the varied experiences I was hearing about.

I reasoned that it couldn’t be the gluten or wheat hybridization. Gluten and wheat hybrids have been consumed for thousands of years. It just didn’t make sense that this could be the reason for so many people suddenly having problems with wheat and gluten in general in the past 5-10 years.

Finally, the answer came over dinner a couple of months ago with a friend who was well versed in the wheat production process. I started researching the issue for myself, and was, quite frankly, horrified at what I discovered.

The good news is that the reason wheat has become so toxic in the United States is not because it is secretly GMO as I had feared (thank goodness!).

The bad news is that the problem lies with the manner in which wheat is harvested by conventional wheat farmers.

You’re going to want to sit down for this one.  I’ve had some folks burst into tears in horror when I passed along this information before.

Wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as withered, dead wheat plants are less taxing on the farm equipment and allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.

Pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980.  It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.

wheat graph 2According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT who has studied the issue in depth and who I recently saw present on the subject at a nutritional Conference in Indianapolis, desiccating non-organic wheat crops with glyphosate just before harvest came into vogue late in the 1990′s with the result that most of the non-organic wheat in the United States is now contaminated with it.  Seneff explains that when you expose wheat to a toxic chemical like glyphosate, it actually releases more seeds resulting in a slightly greater yield:   “It ‘goes to seed’ as it dies. At its last gasp, it releases the seed” says Dr. Seneff.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, as of 2012, 99% of durum wheat, 97% of spring wheat, and 61% of winter wheat has been treated with herbicides. This is an increase from 88% for durum wheat, 91% for spring wheat and 47% for winter wheat since 1998.

Here’s what wheat farmer Keith Lewis has to say about the practice:

I have been a wheat farmer for 50 yrs and one wheat production practice that is very common is applying the herbicide Roundup (glyposate) just prior to harvest. Roundup is licensed for pre-harvest weed control. Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup claims that application to plants at over 30% kernel moisture result in roundup uptake by the plant into the kernels. Farmers like this practice because Roundup kills the wheat plant allowing an earlier harvest.

A wheat field often ripens unevenly, thus applying Roundup pre-harvest evens up the greener parts of the field with the more mature. The result is on the less mature areas Roundup is translocated into the kernels and eventually harvested as such.

This practice is not licensed. Farmers mistakenly call it “dessication.” Consumers eating products made from wheat flour are undoubtedly consuming minute amounts of Roundup. An interesting aside, malt barley which is made into beer is not acceptable in the marketplace if it has been sprayed with pre-harvest Roundup. Lentils and peas are not accepted in the market place if they were sprayed with pre-harvest Roundup….. but wheat is okay.. This farming practice greatly concerns me and it should further concern consumers of wheat products.

This practice is not just widespread in the United States either. The Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom reports that use of Roundup as a wheat desiccant results in glyphosate residues regularly showing up in bread samples. Other European countries are waking up to to the danger, however. In the Netherlands, use of Roundup is completely banned with France likely soon to follow.

Using Roundup as a dessicant on the wheat fields prior to harvest may save the farmer money and increase profits, but it is devastating to the health of the consumer who ultimately consumes those ground up wheat kernels which have absorbed a significant amount of Roundup!

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While the herbicide industry maintains that glyphosate is minimally toxic to humans, research published in the Journal Entropy strongly argues otherwise by shedding light on exactly how glyphosate disrupts mammalian physiology.

Authored by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff of MIT, the paper investigates glyphosate’s inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, an overlooked component of lethal toxicity to mammals.

The currently accepted view is that ghyphosate is not harmful to humans or any mammals.  This flawed view is so pervasive in the conventional farming community that Roundup salesmen have been known to foolishly drink it during presentations!

However, just because Roundup doesn’t kill you immediately doesn’t make it nontoxic.  In fact, the active ingredient in Roundup lethally disrupts the all important shikimate pathway found in beneficial gut microbes which is responsible for synthesis of critical amino acids.

Friendly gut bacteria, also called probiotics, play a critical role in human health. Gut bacteria aid digestion, prevent permeability of the gastrointestinal tract (which discourages the development of autoimmune disease), synthesize vitamins and provide the foundation for robust immunity.  In essence:

Roundup significantly disrupts the functioning of beneficial bacteria in the gut and contributes to permeability of the intestinal wall and consequent expression of autoimmune disease symptoms

In synergy with disruption of the biosynthesis of important amino acids via the shikimate pathway, glyphosate inhibits the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes produced by the gut microbiome.  CYP enzymes are critical to human biology because they detoxify the multitude of foreign chemical compounds, xenobiotics, that we are exposed to in our modern environment today.

As a result, humans exposed to glyphosate through use of Roundup in their community or through ingestion of its residues on industrialized food products become even more vulnerable to the damaging effects of other chemicals and environmental toxins they encounter!

What’s worse is that the negative impact of glyphosate exposure is slow and insidious over months and years as inflammation gradually gains a foothold in the cellular systems of the body.

The consequences of this systemic inflammation are most of the diseases and conditions associated with the Western lifestyle:

-Gastrointestinal disorders

-Obesity

-Diabetes

-Heart Disease

-Depression

-Autism

-Infertility

-Cancer

-Multiple Sclerosis

-Alzheimer’s disease

-And the list goes on and on and on …

In a nutshell, Dr. Seneff’s study of Roundup’s ghastly glyphosate which the wheat crop in the United States is doused with just days before harvest uncovers the manner in which this lethal toxin harms the human body by decimating beneficial gut microbes with the tragic end result of disease, degeneration, and widespread suffering

Got the picture yet?

Even if you think you have no trouble digesting wheat, it is still very wise to avoid conventional wheat as much as possible in your diet!

You Must Avoid Toxic Wheat No Matter What

The bottom line is that avoidance of conventional wheat in the United States is absolutely imperative even if you don’t currently have a gluten allergy or wheat sensitivity. The increase in the amount of glyphosate applied to wheat closely correlates with the rise of celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Dr. Seneff points out that the increases in these diseases are not just genetic in nature, but also have an environmental cause, as not all patient symptoms are alleviated by eliminating gluten from the diet.

The effects of deadly glyphosate on your biology are so insidious that lack of symptoms today means literally nothing.

If you don’t have problems with wheat now, you will in the future if you keep eating conventionally produced, toxic wheat!

How to Eat Wheat Safely

Obviously, if you’ve already developed a sensitivity or allergy to wheat, you must avoid it. Period.

But, if you aren’t celiac or gluten sensitive and would like to consume this ancestral food safely, you can do what we do in our home. We only source organic, preferably low gluten, unhybridized Einkorn wheat for bread making, pancakes, cookies etc.  But, when we eat out or are purchasing food from the store, conventional wheat products are rejected without exception. This despite the fact that we have no gluten allergies whatsoever in our home – yet.

I am firmly convinced that if we did nothing, our entire family at some point would develop sensitivity to wheat or autoimmune disease in some form due to the toxic manner in which it is processed and the glyphosate residues that are contained in conventional wheat products.

What Are You Going to Do About Toxic Wheat?

How did you react to the news that US wheat farmers are using Roundup, not just to kill weeds, but to dry out the wheat plants to allow for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest and that such a practice causes absorption of toxic glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides, right into the wheat kernels themselves?

Did you feel outraged and violated like I did? How will you implement a conventional wheat-avoidance strategy going forward even if you haven’t yet developed a problem with gluten or wheat sensitivity?

What about other crops where Roundup is used as a pre-harvest dessicant such as barley, sugar cane, rice, seeds, dried beans and peas, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets?  Will you only be buying these crops in organic form from now on to avoid this modern, man-made scourge?

Author: Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Source: http://www.realfarmacy.com/reason-toxic-wheat/

And a friend just shared this article on Facebook yesterday about how glyphosate is turning up in the urine of a high percentage of Americans:

http://livingmaxwell.com/93-percent-americans-glyphosate-urine

Related Self-help Health posts:

What You Should Know About Wheat

Glyphosate In Oatmeal

 

On a cheerier note, Cindy Black of Big Tree School of Natural Healing is offering a free on-line course on June 18th at 1 pm ET titled Unlocking The Healing Potential of Acupoints….

During this webinar you will learn::

  1. The use of acupoints as a primary method of health care has been done for over 5,000 years in China – find out why!
  2. How you can benefit from these same acupoints today.
  3. How gentle contact to specific acupoints can relieve headaches, anxiety, tension, and more.
  4. Hands-on practitioners – amplify your results by integrating acupoints into your practice…it does make a difference!

You can go here for more details and to sign up.

http://bigtreehealing.com/acupoints_june_2?

 

And Yoga Day, June 21st is coming up…….

World Yoga Day is happening in just a few days! Millions of yogis will unify on June 21st for a global wave of yoga, meditation, and omming. Go here to find an event in your region or to organize one of your own.

If you sign up here for the Yoga Day Journey, you’ll receive 3 free song downloads from the dynamic musical duo Aykanna to use in your yoga practice or class, or even as your wake-up alarm!

And on Thursday, June 23, Indian Temple Arts master Sofia Diaz will be offering a FREE live webinar to introduce you to her upcoming Real Yoga series. She’ll tell you about her new series and lead you through a powerful Real Yoga body awareness practice.

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

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.

 

Bounce And Bought! What The Heck?!

 

ReBounding: Get Your Bounce on!

As you know, your immune system is essential to keeping you healthy. Most of your white blood cells, which are part of your first line of defense against invading micro-organisms, are located in your lymph nodes and travel through your lymphatic system. The speed with which they go after unfriendly interlopers depends on the speed of your lymph-flow. So how do you keep your immune system strong and your lymph free-flowing? Exercise! Body movement is what moves your lymph because your lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump system of its own like the cardiovascular system has the heart. Exercise increases lymphatic flow as much as 10 to 30 times more than when you are at rest. It also increases the number of white blood cells themselves—after a single minute of exercise, the number of white blood cells increases two to three times that of normal. Yea!

But as far as the lymphatic system is concerned, it’s better to have several periods of physical activity spread throughout the day, so that it’s getting “pumped” on a regular basis. Rebounding, i.e. using a mini-trampoline, is one of the absolute best activities you can do to support the health of your lymph, and doing it 3 to 5 times a day for 5 to 10 minutes at a time is ideal. Unlike The Five Tibetans and planking, rebounding does require special equipment, but a mini-trampoline is not overly expensive, and you don’t need special clothing or training or much space to use it. And rebounding fulfills what are considered the 3 most important considerations in choosing an exercise:

1- All cells should be exercised – All 75 trillion cells in our body should be exercised, not just an isolated area of the body.

2- Stress on the joints should be minimal – Injury is the biggest problem that keeps people from continuing an exercise program; getting injured is unhealthy because healthy cells are being destroyed and added strain is put onto the immune system to repair the damage. Exercises that put undue stress on the joints (knees, ankles, lower back, shins, etc.) should be avoided.

3- Convenience – If an exercise isn’t convenient to do, then people usually don’t stick with it very long.

Rebounding is one of the few exercises that meets all three of these requirements, and it offers more than its share of other benefits, as well. It helps fight fatigue, strengthens and nourishes the heart, improves circulation, reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, boosts red blood cells, stimulates metabolism, builds strength and muscle tone, enhances digestion and elimination, aids lymphatic circulation, oxygenates the body, and supports detoxification. Wowza! Plus, it can be a fun activity for kids, adults and seniors. As the song lyrics go, “Who could ask for anything more?”

Still not convinced? You will be after you read Eva Xanthopoulos’ top 10 reasons to take up rebounding……

Top 10 Rebounding Benefits

Rebounding Benefits: Top 10 Reasons to Jump like Nobody’s Watching

And all you need is a workout trampoline and your inner child to get started. That’s right. Jumping on one of those things isn’t just for kids. It’s a beneficial activity for children and adults alike, so don’t let that photo above fool you.

But what’s the difference between jumping on trampoline and rebounding? To define rebound exercise… It’s a simple aerobic workout that’s low impact and is normally performed on a rebounder (also known as a mini trampoline). There’s also a methodical way to go about it. You don’t simply jump for the sake of jumping.

Bob and I actually have two small trampolines. One in the office and one in the living room. That’s why I just had to write an article for everybody! This is by far one of the most energizing and entertaining ways to work out.

Anyway, the top 10 trampoline benefits are listed below:

1. Lymphatic Drainage Thanks to The Force… The G-Force!

This buoyant up-and-down motion utilizes the amplified G-force from gravity which means that each and every cell in your body needs to respond to the speeding-up and the slowing-down.

And it’s that very act that makes your lymphatic system happy seeing as the body moves in a vertical direction and the entire system itself runs in the same direction.

Not to mention that increased G-force equals increased lymphocyte activity, which brings me to #2:

2. Detoxifying AND Immune Boostifying

The lymph system is a transporter of countless immune cells, thus making it your immune function’s number one supporter. Getting rid of all that invisible-to-the-naked-eye gunk helps your immune system function at full capacity.

3. Happy Bones and Joints. No Impact Damage Here!

Gravity is the primary reason why rebounding works so well. But what does lack of gravity do? Well, for one thing, it causes bone density loss. Luckily, we don’t live in some space station orbiting earth, but it’s definitely something NASA has to consider.

In fact, they have astronauts rebound in order to regain bone density. Furthermore, NASA conducted a study back in 1980 that ended up supporting this so-called rebounding “magic.” Their finding? It most definitely helps re-mineralize bones.

And there’s no way I could hit the publish button if I didn’t mention how joint-friendly this wonderful exercise really is. And it all has to do with the elasticity and low-impact nature of the activity. There are no hard surfaces involved. (Your knees will thank you.) This is why, now more than ever, people are opting for trampoline-jumping instead of running on the hard cement ground.

Not to get all anecdotal on you and speaking of knees, but my right knee was in pain for the longest time and I thought it would never go back to normal. Guess what made it better? My little rebounder.

4. HUGE Digestive Tract Boost

Doctors have said this time and time again: Avoid laying down the moment after eating a meal. That’s because digestion works best when gravity gives it a helping hand. At the same time, you shouldn’t be overly exerting yourself. Rebounding is best done on an empty stomach.

Empty stomach or not, your digestive tract, much like your lymphatic system gets an undeniable boost with that up-and-down motion.

And now to bring up the taboo topics: This aerobic exercise helps with your bowel movements and helps you release gas.

In more medical terms, your intestinal muscle movement (also referred to as peristalsis) is vastly improved.

5. Rebounding for Weight Loss. Goodbye Unwanted Pounds and Cellulite!

It’s a known fact: To rebound regularly is to build stronger muscle and reduce body fat.

Fortunately, you don’t have to take my word for it. Tons of studies and extensive research has been done to prove that this benefit as well as the others listed are legitimate.

6. Oxygenation to the Max

There have been studies done on Cystic Fibrosis patients and despite their severe lung issues, their oxygenation was still able to be increased by consistently rebounding.

Whether you have normal lung function or not, this cellular exercise supports the cells of the body for supremely efficient oxygenation. Rebounding really is one of the best ways to do just that.

7. Notable Drop in Blood Glucose Levels

A 2016 study published by The Journey of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that a consistent mini trampoline exercise program can reduce blood glucose levels.

In a world where high glucose levels is relatively common, it’s important to do everything you can to keep those levels optimal.

8. Matters of the Heart. And Matters of Your Blood Pressure Too!

Rebounding = stronger heart = more efficient blood-pumping.

In fact, consistent rebounding tends to decrease one’s resting heart rate.

To delve a bit deeper, the up and down motion I keep on mentioning causes many of the body’s large muscle groups to contract. This in turn causes a rhythmic compression of each vein and artery.

In conclusion? Overall circulation, blood flow, and oxygenation is drastically increased which directly correlates to lowered blood pressure and a whole lot less strain on the heart muscle.

9. Overall Improvement of Balance and Coordination

According to Dr. Craig A. Maxwell, rebounding actually improves your brain’s responsiveness to the vestibular apparatus in your inner ear, thus refining your coordination and balance.

In other words, you actively engage your mind and body connection by using the inner ear canal and ocular nerves, which stimulates not only your balance and coordination, but your reaction time as well.

10. Slower Aging. The Fountain of Youth of the Exercise World?

No, you won’t stay young forever, but it certainly helps with the aging process by slowing it down. In general, exercising consistently tends to have that sort of effect.

However, rebounding effects every cell in your body; there literally isn’t a part of your body that isn’t being stimulated.

Think of it this way: stagnation = rapid aging, total body movement = slow aging.

That’s it, folks. Well, only because this was a top 10 list of rebounder exercise benefits. There are definitely a TON more.

Do you own a mini-trampoline? If not, I highly suggest you go out and buy one! They’re not all that pricey and the value you get out of them will benefit you 100-fold.

Source: http://healthmasterymovement.com/rebounding-benefits/

Find out more about the author Eva Xanthopoulos on her blog Health Mastery Movement and at http://www.evapoetex.com

A video using a rebounder to do squats and lunges:

Source: http://easyhealthoptions.com/rebound-tone-legs-lower-body/

FYI, you can buy a mini-trampoline on-line or at any number of sporting goods stores in your area. Just be sure to do some research first, because some of the cheaper ones definitely don’t provide the stability, durability and spring that paying a little more will get you.

 


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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.

Lose Belly Fat With Coconut Oil? Yes Indeed-y!

 

I’ve known that coconut oil is supposed to help with losing weight for several years now, but this newsletter excerpt from Jeff Hayes was the first time I came across specific studies cited to prove how it helps with belly fat. And what’s nice is the oil has so many other benefits as well. It’s a real winner in my book, which is probably why I’ve featured it in so many of my previous posts.

So read on to find out more about how coconut oil can reduce “belly bulge,” and then check out the free alternative health resources listed at the end of the post…..

 

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I’ve run across some VERY interesting studies recently on the relationship between coconut oil (or any type of coconut fat, including coconut milk and cream) and how it can affect your body fat…

The findings may surprise you!

A 2009 study published in the Journal Lipids consisted of testing the effects of either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or 2 tablespoons of soybean oil on a group of 40 women over the span of 28 days.

Results showed that the group that ate the coconut oil had a decrease in abdominal fat, while the soybean oil group actually showed a slight increase in belly fat.  Additionally, the group that ate the coconut oil showed increased HDL ‘good’ cholesterol levels, while the soybean oil group had decreased HDL cholesterol and increased LDL ‘ bad’ cholesterol.

The Journal of Nutrition published a study where researchers investigated all studies relative to medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are abundant in coconut fat and weight management.

The studies showed that diets rich in fats such as those found in coconut oil prompted a boost in metabolism, increase in energy, decrease in food consumption, reduced body weight and lower body fat mass. The study authors highly recommend using oils that contain MCFAs, such as coconut oil, as a tool to drop extra abdominal fat, manage a healthy weight, and even as a way to treat obesity.

Yet another study that assessed body weight and fat storage relative to three different types of diets including a low-fat diet, high-fat diet with long chain fatty acids (LCFAs)  and a high fat diet with MCFAs.

In order to bring about weight gain, caloric intakes were adjusted for the diets. At the end of the research period (which lasted 44 days), the low-fat diet group stored an average of 0.47 grams of fat per day, the LCFA group stored 0.48 grams of fat per day, and the MCFA group only stored a mere 0.19 grams per day (despite purposely increasing calories).

Those in the MCFA group (coconut fat) had a 60 percent reduction in body fat stored compared to the other diets.

Another added bonus of consuming organic coconut oil (and coconut cream or milk) is that it tends to make us feel fuller for longer.

Studies indicate that MCFAs help increase feelings of fullness and lead to a reduction in calorie intake when compared to the same amount of calories from other fats. When MCFAs are metabolized, ketone bodies are created in the liver – these have been shown to have a strong appetite reducing effect helping you to lose fat faster.

Source: Newsletter from filmmaker Jeff Hays of Movies that Make Movements

Want a simple way to get more coconut oil into your diet? Just add the oil or full fat coconut milk to your breakfast smoothie or morning coffee!

Of course exercise is an important part of any “less flab, more flat” formula :-), and this post by Dr. Mercola is full of exercises and strategies for helping with that:

http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2016/04/22/standing-ab-exercises

And if you think using coconut oil daily for helping to reduce abdominal fat is pretty incredible, you’re going to be even more impressed by the other powerful health benefits of coconut oil discussed in these related Self-help Health posts:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/coconut-oil-one-of-the-yummiest-health-aids-ever/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/coconut-oil-cleanse/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/all-natural-suncreen-recipe-with-coconut-oil/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/coconut-milk-ice-cream-a-way-to-have-health-eat-it-too/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/more-on-the-coconut-oilalzheimers-connection/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/more-on-coconut-oil-reversing-alzheimers/

 

And here’s the free resources I mentioned…….

If you feel sluggish and slow, and you wish your days were fueled by more energy, mental clarity, and joy, here’s some good news!

Living with low vitality is a condition that the world-renowned Deepak Chopra, MD, attributes to “physical and emotional toxic overload.”

To help you eliminate harmful toxins and reset your body, mind and spirit for optimal well-being, Deepak is inviting you (free of charge) to an online event: Detox Now: Purify Your Mind, Body, and Soul from the Inside Out.

For one hour on Wednesday, April 20th, Deepak and his close associate Sheila Patel, M.D. will share their view of what leading edge science is telling us about detoxification, and its ability to help prevent chronic disease, improve immune function, slow premature aging, and much more.

Find out more and sign up here, for no charge.

 

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The epidemic rise in health issues like autism, ADD, diabetes, obesity plus countless mental/emotional issues can all be traced back to toxins in our food supply and nutritional deficiencies. That’s why it’s great news that another season of The Food Revolution is gearing up to begin on April 30th.

They are anticipating more than 200,000 participants for this summit and have an  unbelievable team of speakers this year, including Jane Goodall, Ph.D; Christiane Northrup, MD; Daniel Amen, MD; Neal Barnard, MD; Dean Ornish, MD; Mark Hyman, MD;  Andrew Kimbrell, Robyn O’Brien, Ritamarie Loscalzo, DC; Michael Greger, MD; Susan Pierce Thompson, Ph.D; Senator Cory Booker, Vani Hari, Joel Fuhrman, MD; Ronnie Cummins, Marion Nestle, Ph.D; Vandana Shiva, Ph.D; Michael Klaper, MD; Mimi Guarneri, MD; Gene Baur, Chris Wark, David Katz, MD; Michael Greger, MD; and Ron Finley – all personally interviewed by  John Robbins.

This year, in addition to the summit, they’re adding three quizzes. Each quiz feeds into a corresponding score and score explanation, a beautiful special report, and the summit as a free gift to quiz participants to help them learn more and take the next step in their journey.

 

You can find out more and sign up for the quizzes on my What’s New page. You’ll also find details there about the upcoming Natural Cancer Prevention and The Truth About Fat Loss Summits, plus news about a great product I just found out about called Homebiotic that helps keep your living and working environment healthier. 

 

Salud!

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

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.

Start Off 2016 With Side Planks And More!

 

A couple of years ago I did a post on a 30-day planking challenge as a way to get the new year off to a good start. I loved how simple (but not necessarily easy!) planking was for giving your core muscles a workout, even in just a couple of minutes. But after the challenge I wasn’t as regular in practicing the exercise and I notice I quickly lose strength when I get sporadic. So I’m planning on starting the challenge again this New Year’s Day and think I’ll also incorporate some side planks to keep things interesting and add more difficulty, if I get to the point of needing more of a challenge (wishful thinking? :-)). I thought this video from Easy Health Options about side planks was great, especially since it shows 3 different ways of doing them, depending on your fitness level. You can start with the beginner version and then progress as you get stronger. 

 

 

One of my all-time favorite exercises is the plank. It is simple, requires no space, no equipment, no gym, and no investment in time. Standard planks are great for core strength. But when you need to go to another level, and want to work the hips and core together, then side planks are the way to go. They are a super great for hip and core strength in addition to the shoulders which support your body weight.

I previously presented videos on a three-part standard plank routine here and on a mobile plank exercise here. And today, with the help of Tema Esberg of Potentia Personal Training, I’d like to share another version of this amazing isometric exercise known as the Side Plank.

The basics

You are going to be doing the side plank with your body weight on your forearm. Do it first on your right side and then again on your left side. So while the regular plank is done once with both arms holding you up, the side plank is done twice, once on each side.

It’s a great exercise and very challenging. We show three versions: beginner, intermediate and advanced for all levels and continued progressing.

Getting into position

Follow Tema as she assumes the side plank first on her right side. Sit on the floor and then lie down onto your right forearm. Be sure to keep your elbow in line with your shoulder; if not too much weight or strain may be placed on your rotator cuff. Make sure your hips are aligned and your body is not bent.

The remainder of the starting position from here will depend on which version you are doing: beginner, intermediate, advanced, as described below.

Beginner version

For the simplest method, bend your top leg (in this case it is the left leg) at the knee and place your left foot on the floor in front of your right thigh.

From here, you want to push your weight into the floor through your left foot. You can also use your left hand for support. Your foot will help lift your body up off the ground to assume the side plank position.

Once your hips are raised up off the ground, raise your left arm up as if trying to touch the ceiling with the fingers of your left hand. Do your best to hold this position from 10-to-30 seconds, and slowly return to the ground.

Intermediate version

For the intermediate version, keep your left leg on top of your right and flex both feet, stacked one on the other.

From this position, push your feet into the ground (still stacked) and raise your left hand up (as before). This is a more difficult side plank than the beginner version, as you do not have the support of your other foot and it is more difficult to remain balanced.

Advanced version

Begin the advanced version in the same manner as the intermediate version, but the left hand will be held up at the start. From here, you will do what is called “scooping under the bridge.”

You want to look up at your left hand and watch it as you bring it down and scoop it under your body and then raise it back up.

Try to do 10 scoops and then return to the starting position. If you can do more, great!

All three versions of the side plank shown here are a great method of progressively advancing your strength training and core development exercise routine. And they follow great from the standard plank. Don’t forget to do both sides!

Source: http://easyhealthoptions.com/side-planking-hip-core-shoulder-strength/

Related Self-help Health post: Have You Planked Today?

And here’s a unique exercise you may want to try in 2016 that you can use to help flatten your stomach….. while driving in the car. Nothing like multi-tasking. HA! It’s from Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist & Personal Trainer and author of The Fat-Burning Kitchen & The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging. Mike says:

 

This is a VERY simple exercise that you can do anytime, anywhere to help get a flatter stomach over time. It does NOT increase fat burning, but it CAN help to flatten your stomach by strengthening your deeper transversus abdominis muscles and “pulling in” a lazy stomach (aka beer belly or “pooch belly”).

It involves doing an exercise called “ab vacuums”…

I find it a good time to get in the habit of doing daily ab vacuums while driving on your daily commute or another time that would get you in the habit of doing them regularly.

(please make sure this doesn’t distract you from driving safely… I find that it doesn’t distract me at all, since you can keep your eyes on the road at all times and both hands still on the wheel…it’s certainly much safer than driving while on a cell phone!)

Of course, ab vacuums can be done anywhere and at anytime and don’t have to be just for driving, but I’ve found that it helps me to remember to do them if I do them at a specific time when driving regularly…. this could be while driving home from the gym every time (I do this 3-4x per week while driving home from the gym), or perhaps during your daily commute to work.

They even help to strengthen your core and support a healthy back!

Ab vacuums are simple (Instructions)

  • You can do them standing, seated (such as in a car), kneeling in a four-point position, or even lying flat on the floor.  I prefer them seated or standing.
  • The movement is as simple as pulling your belly button in as far as you can by imagining you’re trying to touch your belly button to your spine and holding for 10-20 seconds at a time.
  • Start by inhaling deeply. Then, as you exhale, start pulling the belly button in towards the spine and hold it there for 10-20 seconds while just taking short breaths. Repeat for several of these 10-20 second holds, perhaps 5-10 times if you have enough time while in the car.  But even just repeating 3-4 times whenever you’re driving somewhere can really add up over time and give you the benefit of a flatter stomach!
  • Get in the habit of doing this at least 4-5 days per week while driving somewhere and you may find that this helps to flatten your stomach more by strengthening the transversus abdominis muscle (the deep abdominal muscles beneath the rectus abdominis) if you previously had a “lazy belly”.

As mentioned before, this “ab vacuums” exercise does NOT increase fat burning… but it does help to flatten a round stomach that has lazy deep ab muscles, and it will strengthen your core and that’s important! 🙂

Source: http://www.truthaboutabs.com/flatten-stomach-exercise-trick.html

 

Salud and Happy 2016 Everyone!

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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.