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.

 

Let’s Make This A “Less Trashy” Holiday Season :-)

 

Fortunately the county where I live made recycling much easier a number of years ago when Waste Management changed its guidelines to where we didn’t have to sort out recyclables into different bins, plus expanded the list of what we could put in…..anything from “1s” to “7s,” which really made a big difference. Plus, we have GreenWorks here, a wonderful agency that has brought a number of services and businesses together that host quarterly drop-offs for hard to recycle things that can’t be put in the regular bins. 

Anyway, this  is a good article from The Alternative Daily to  feature right now, especially since we are heading into a time of year when holiday gift-giving and social gatherings are likely to be generating extra amounts of trash. I learned several things that I wasn’t already aware of,  like shredded paper not being good (I always thought the opposite was true!), so please read and share, and let’s all make sure our stockings are stuffed, but not our landfills. 🙂 Here’s to a “less trashy,” more environmentally-friendly holiday season!

 

(image from whyfiles.org)

Never Recycle These 11 Things

While recycling programs vary in different areas, most curbside programs follow a similar system; the recycling is picked up and taken to a sorting facility where materials are separated, then those materials are sold to various companies that make products out of recycled materials.

When people place non-recyclable items into their recycling bins, it keeps this system from being as efficient as it can be. Non-recyclable items can contaminate other recyclables, slow down the process and even damage machines. In order to keep the system running efficiently, sorting facilities may deem entire bins of recycling as trash if there are non-recyclables in with them.This means that all of the plastic, glass and paper you assumed was going to be used to make recycled products is really just sitting in a landfill, releasing toxic chemicals into the ecosystem and finding its way into the digestive systems of birds and other wildlife.

In order to make it easier to avoid this, we’ve put together a list of 11 items you should never recycle.

1. Paper towels and tissues

While these products are made of paper and technically recyclable, they are too small to be sorted at recycling facilities. Paper towels and tissues are also often covered in grease, food or things that you coughed into them. Since that can contaminate other recyclables, your whole bin could get sent a landfill instead.

2. Plastic bags

Plastic bags are technically recyclable, but it’s unlikely they are accepted through your curbside recycling program. You know how you always see plastic bags stuck in trees? There is something about how a plastic bag is shaped that makes it easy for them to get stuck places, and they wreak havoc on machinery at sorting stations.

Sorting stations will also not open plastic bags that have recyclable materials inside. So every time you’ve wrapped up recyclable items and put them into a recycling bin, you’ve actually just tossed them into a landfill. Remember: these bags are recyclable, they just require a different system. A list of plastic bag drop-off locations can be found here.

3. Shredded paper

Like paper towels and tissues, this type of paper is too small to be handled at sorting stations. When the paper is shredded it lowers the grade and quality, meaning many facilities won’t accept it. The best way to avoid shredded paper going into a landfill is to simply not to shred it. Nowadays shredding documents doesn’t serve much of a purpose anyway; whatever shady bookkeeping or money-laundering scheme you have going on is probably discoverable online, so might as well keep the documents intact. Kidding, but please don’t shred paper.

4. Pizza boxes (sometimes)

Sometimes pizza boxes are fine to put in the recycling bin, but other times they can contaminate other recyclables and send everything to a landfill. If there is food still stuck to any part of the pizza box it could be labeled as trash at the sorting facility. Be sure to suck all that processed cheese and grease off the cardboard before throwing it into the bin.

5. Styrofoam

Styrofoam is actually a Greek word that means “terrible idea.” Okay, that’s not true, but it might as well be. Experts believe Styrofoam could take a million years to decompose (if it ever does at all). Very rarely is it accepted through curbside programs, but a list of drop-off locations can be found here.

6. Clothing hangers

Most recycling programs do not accept clothing hangers, but you know who does? Dry cleaners! Hangers are like an oddly shaped type of currency to them. Estimates are that only 15 percent of clothing hangers are ever recycled, leading to more unnecessary plastic and metal ending up in landfills.

7. Food containers

Your food container is most likely recyclable, depending on the material, but only if there is no food in it. The containers do not need to be sparkling clean when you throw them in the bin, but all of the food does need to be removed, including those globs of almond butter that never want to leave the side of the jar.

8. Different types of glass 

Not all glass is equal and different types require different processing. Glass that is used to make windows, drinking glasses and mirrors is treated with chemicals that change their melting temperature. This kind of glass can cause damage to machines at recycling facilities, and unfortunately, very few options exist for recycling them. A good option would be to try and reuse them as best as possible. Broken glass is not accepted at recycling facilities as it could injure workers.

9. Energy efficient light bulbs

The energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, so special care needs to be taken to ensure that they do not end up in a landfill. Mercury can pose a health hazard to people and wildlife. The growing amount of CFL bulbs finding their way into landfills is alarming many people; seven states have now made it illegal to discard these bulbs into a landfill.

The safest way to ensure your old CFLs don’t end up in a landfill is to bring them to any major home improvement store, such as Lowe’s or Home Depot, as they often have CFL recycling programs.

Related post: CFLs: Should The C Stand For Cancer?

10. Plastic toys

Kid’s plastic toys often contain so many different materials that separating and recycling them is often impossible. Luckily, in most cases, there’s no need to recycle these toys as they can be reused for multiple generations, provided future generations are still super into the Ninja Turtles. The Salvation Army and Goodwill accept toy donations and normally toy stores will have a donation bin located on site, as well.

11. Coffee cups

Many of you are going to be shocked to learn that in most cases your disposable coffee cup is not recyclable. Most coffee cups contain a layer of wax that prevents the cup from getting soggy but this makes it very difficult for the paper to be extracted from the wax. Starbucks is currently going through trials of using 100 percent recyclable coffee cups.

Source: http://www.thealternativedaily.com/never-recycle-11-things-paper-towels-plastic-bags-shredded-paper-pizza-boxes-styrofoam/

Recycle rules in your area may be different. Make sure you’re up to date on what the guidelines are for where you live and make this a low trash/no trash holiday season. 

 

And fyi, an upcoming free event that starts Nov 30th and runs through Dec 4th…..

The upcoming 2016 Personal Health Summit features an incredible line up of speakers that will ensure that the event is intriguing, enlightening and entertaining – all in one!

The summit is all about making your health and wellness personal. The most important thing for humanity moving forward is to address our health and wellness as an individualized journey, rather than undertaking generic protocols and advice that work for some people, some of the time. The way that the health of humanity will change is when it becomes personalized.

Matt Riemann, the host of the summit, is a well-renowned scientist, entrepreneur and educator, who is on a mission to evoke personalized health as the norm throughout the world. From education to tools and practices, right down to making health super simple to accomplish, Matt’s mission is to revolutionize the way we think about our health in the future.
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Watch Matt’s TED talk to learn more about how the choices you make every day affect who you are – right down to your genes! 

You can sign up for the event here: www.onlinehealthsummit.com 

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.

 

 

Who Knew Beeswax Has So Many Uses?!

 

I’ve been fortunate enough to take some beekeeping classes recently at the neighborhood community center, and I find that the more I learn about bees and beekeeping, the more fascinated and in awe I am of these winged creatures and the complexity of what’s involved in tending to their needs.

Most of us are familiar with all the health benefits of honey, but that’s just one of the by-products these industrious little creatures create that add to our lives and well-being. Propolis, bee pollen and royal jelly are considered energizing superfoods. and apparently beeswax is no slouch either when it comes to what it can do and the many uses it has…..

 

21 Ways To Use Beeswax That May Surprise You

When we think of uses for beeswax, for many of us, items like candles come to mind. But there are all kinds of handy, helpful ways to use beeswax, and this can help you to maintain a lifestyle in which you’re using as many natural, non-toxic products as possible. Beeswax has many household uses, as well as health benefits. Here are a few ways to make the most of beeswax that you may not have thought of.

Moisturizer

You probably know about Burt’s Bees lip balm. Indeed, one of the most common ways to use beeswax is in these kinds of products. The reason many people enjoy it is because it includes beeswax, which helps to moisturize the lips. But it doesn’t have to stop there.

Itchiness

Some people use beeswax to treat rashes from poison ivy and poison oak, as well as other conditions that cause itchiness. One of the most effective ways to use beeswax for itch treatment is to make a salve. 

Pain relief

Beeswax salves can also be used for pain relief. Recipes will be similar to those for itch relief, but there will likely be some variation with particular ingredients. A 2014 study published in the Korean Journal of Internal Medicine shows that beeswax helped relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis.

Rust prevention

You can coat hand tools, cast iron items and other similar products with beeswax to help prevent rust. If you’re a gardener, for example, this can be particularly helpful during winter, when tools aren’t being used regularly.

Waxing thread

If you’re someone who uses thread to make jewelry or hand-sewn items, you know how frustrating threading a needle can be. But one of the ways to use beeswax is to wax your thread. It can come in handy, and it can make sewing and threading a needle easier. Just rub your thread over a block of beeswax.

Nails and screws

If you’re doing any home improvement work, coating your nails and screws with beeswax can be helpful. This will help to prevent splintering of the wood as you’re hammering. It’s a quick, simple fix that will save you some frustration.

Acne

Beeswax is often recommended as a home treatment for acne, and it can be quite effective. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and it contains Vitamin A — all of which makes it an effective acne treatment. And, as discussed above, beeswax makes a good moisturizer, meaning that it is a good choice if you’re looking to improve the health of your skin overall.

Stretch marks

Because it has the ability to protect skin and hold in moisture, beeswax can be an effective treatment for stretch marks. Stretch marks are composed of scars and a thinning of the skin that result from reduced collagen. And since beeswax contains vitamin A, which helps to promote collagen production, it can help to reduce stretch marks.

Combine beeswax with royal jelly, shea or cocoa butter, grapeseed oil and coconut oil for a natural treatment that will help both to diminish and prevent stretch marks. In some individuals, an allergic reaction can actually cause skin symptoms, so be sure you’re not allergic before using more than a very small amount.

Diaper dermatitis

Of course, we want to treat our infants with the healthiest, gentlest, most natural remedies possible. A study by the Dubai Specialized Medical Center and Medical Research Labs Islamic Establishment for Education investigated the effects of a honey, beeswax and olive oil mixture on Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans. The study concluded that the mixture could inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause skin conditions like diaper dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.

Liver health

In 2013, a study published in the Korean Journal of Internal Medicine looked at the alcohols found in honeycomb, and whether their antioxidant effects could help protect the liver. Over the course of 24 weeks, the researchers found that it did, in fact, help normalize liver function in participants with fatty liver disease.

Cholesterol

There’s a lot of talk these days about what really increases “bad” cholesterol, and what we can do to reduce it. Plant waxes contain long-chain fatty acids that can help to reduce lower cholesterol. Indeed, they have been shown to decrease LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by up to 21 percent and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol by eight to 15 percent.

Furniture joints

We’ve all experienced the annoyance of squeaky doors and furniture joints. Beeswax makes a great lubricant — and it’s much healthier than the commercial products available.

Furniture polish

In addition to its usefulness when it comes to furniture joints, beeswax can also be used as a furniture polish. Melt together beeswax and coconut oil. When it cools, use a rag and apply it to the furniture. Then, with a clean cloth, buff it until there is no more reside. Again, this is much healthier than commercial products like Old English.

Baking pans

If you’re trying to watch your fat intake, you can try “greasing” your baking pans and cooking sheets with beeswax. Because beeswax is edible, this is safe to do. If you keep waxing them over time, they’ll eventually build up a permanent coat of beeswax, and you won’t need to use as much grease — you may not even need to grease your pans at all.

Grilling

Who doesn’t love barbecuing? It’s the quintessential summer dining experience — and for those of us who are more intrepid, grilling may continue into the colder months as well. But cleaning a dirty grill can be a nasty mess. Coating the grill with beeswax before using it can make cleanup significantly easier.

Hair styling

Waxes are often used in hair products, but many of these products contain less-than-ideal ingredients that you may not want to use every day. You can make a natural pomade by melting together beeswax, shea butter and jojoba oil. Of course, the effect may not be exactly the same as the products you’d buy in the store, so you might need to play around with the ratios of ingredients to find the effect you’re looking for.

Envelope seal

Think about all the movies and historical dramas where characters send letters to one another sealed with wax. If you’re sending invitations to a wedding or other formal event, creating your own beeswax seal is a fun and classy extra touch.

Waterproof shoes

To waterproof your shoes, coat them in beeswax. Next, melt the beeswax with a hair dryer and let the shoes rest for about five minutes. Of course, this isn’t something you’ll want to do with your fancy stilettoes or dress shoes. But if you have a pair of sneakers that you slip on when you take the dog out, this can be a helpful trick for those damp days.

Granite countertops

In addition to its effectiveness as a furniture polish, beeswax can also be used to polish granite countertops. It will help to keep them shiny, and may also help prevent staining. Run warmed beeswax into the granite, then wipe it off to get rid of any excess.

Wooden utensils

Just like wooden furniture, wooden spoons, cutting boards, bowls and other utensils need care. Combine beeswax and mineral oil and rub it into the wooden items. Let them rest for several hours, then wipe them off with a clean cloth and put them away.

Canelés

If you’re a baker, you may enjoy making canelés. It’s a French pastry that has a caramelized crust and a custard center, with a bit of a honey flavor. When making them, you create molds with butter and beeswax and freeze them ahead of time. This creates a skin that will prevent the pastries from losing their shape in the oven.

As you can see, there are many helpful ways to use beeswax, and it can be applied to a wide range of purposes. It has health benefits and it can be used to make homemade household products, which will allow you to cut down on the number of toxic, commercial products that you use on a regular basis. And luckily, it is relatively easy to find, and it is readily available online.

However, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects of beeswax. While it is non-toxic, it can have some undesirable health effects (like intestinal blockage) when consumed in large quantities. And, as is the case with many bee products, some people are allergic to beeswax, and this can lead to severe symptoms. If you are allergic to honey or bee pollen, it is advisable to stay away from beeswax as well.

If you have any questions about the use of beeswax for health purposes, or if there is a particular condition you are hoping to treat, it is recommended that you consult with a medical professional. — (by

Source: http://www.thealternativedaily.com/ways-to-use-beeswax/

Related Self-help Health post:

Bee Propolis: Help With Canker Sores, Cavities And More

“Bee” Health Smart With Honey

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.

“God’s Pharmacy” + Upcoming Events + A Great Vibes Up Deal!!

 

I’ve heard before about how you can tell what certain foods were good for just by their shape or appearance…..like a walnut looking much like the brain and actually being good for brain function. But recently I came across a list (thanks to Diannah Benson!) that included more items than I was aware of, so I thought it would be fun and helpful to post it here……

 

“God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body!” It is the Sacred Geometry of everything!

A sliced carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Avocados, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them)..

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries

Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.”

So when these foods are on your list of things your body wants and needs, know they are not just taste and smell and texture. They are talking to your cells and supporting your overall health. Enjoy and have fun!

A great infographic by David Bjerkle from Time Magazine with the “God’s Pharmacy” info: 

Plus two more would be bamboo, which looks like and is good for bones, and ginseng, which looks like bulging stimulated eyes. I love Nature’s magic and natural wisdom! And I’m sure there are more. Any you can add to the list? 

 

And here’s a reminder of two free events that are just starting or will be soon…..

 

The theme of this inaugural summit is Medical Marijuana: Everything You Always Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask. Learn from top experts in the cannabis and holistic health communities who explain how this ancient plant works in concert with a multitude of healing modalities and can help with such things a leaky gut,l autism, cancer, seizures, stress, anxiety and depression.

The event includes 20+ presentations that will take you to the next level of hemp, CBD cannabidiol and cannabis competency, AND you get 13 great bonuses when you sign up.

 

Also, the great The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest docu-series is coming back for a repeat performance starting April 12th….

 

cancer

If you missed it before, this is your one chance to see the entire series online and free of charge.

This controversial documentary treks around the world interviewing people like me and many other doctors, scientists and survivors to reveal a growing body of evidence about the real state of cancer treatment in the world.

Never before have this many experts of this caliber (over 133!) from across the globe came together in one place to share their findings.

In this 9-part series, you’ll see the amazing findings and emerging new treatments that come from the unlikeliest of places.

You can find out more about both of these free events and sign up on my What’s New page. While you’re there, be sure to check out the section on the great 4 for 1 energy mat sale Vibes Up is having. This is the best deal that’s ever been featured for these multi-purpose (over 100 uses!) wonders. If you order 1, you get 3 more of the same size….order 2 and you get 8, and so on. Wowie! The mats and the VU Therapy Bears are two of my all-time favorite products!

 

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.

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit GreenMedInfo’s cumin research page.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salud!

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

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

 

 

 

Free Resources: ScalarWave Healing Revolution, Detox Tips Webinar And 3 E-books!

 

Just a quick post to let you know of some free health resources. First up is an event on July 21st and 22nd at 4 pm PST presented by Jennifer McLean and Masterworks Healing……

 

If you’re ready to take back your life by reaching higher states of health, clarity, consciousness and overall well-being…

ScalarWave Laser developers, Lillie and Paul Weisbart, are bringing us a BRAND NEW, INNOVATIVE and FREE TWO-DAY workshop, which starts TOMORROW…

ScalarWave Healing Revolution: Cellular Transformation is a profoundly healing event designed to help you achieve enhanced health, increased longevity and fully expanded consciousness.

REGISTER HERE: SCALARWAVE HEALING REVOLUTION

You’ll discover AND play with the life-transforming power of ScalarWave, which combines the masculinity of technology and the femininity of eternal, non-linear, stillpoint energy to unravel and dissolve everything from injury and emotion to trauma and cellular programming.

THOUSANDS around the world have already activated their body’s natural healing intelligence by moving into the miraculous state of neutrality, where creativity, brilliance and inspiration shine through.

And now, through this astonishing, interactive, FREE, TWO-DAY healing event, YOU will be guided to transmute all your limiting cell memories into a pain-free, expansive experience of boundless joy, grace, ease and true vibrance.

Can you feel the beautiful energy of powerful possibility that awaits you?

Register NOW and get ready to completely change and improve your life at the cellular level.

And a free webinar on detox tips……

Listen To Interview: Body & Soul Detox Tips
Join host Dr. Deanna Minich tomorrow in a free webinar where she will be interviewing Medical Medium Anthony William on his top secrets to effectively detox your body, mind and soul.Anthony William will be sharing information direct from Spirit that he has used over his decades of experience working with tens of thousands of people to fully recover their physical and spiritual health, including:

  • Top detox foods
  • Top detox herbs
  • Top spiritual techniques to detox your mind and soul

There is only a set amount of spaces, so now is the time to register and reserve your place for this LIVE webinar interview happening tomorrow,  Tuesday, July 21st at 4 PM PDT.

There will also be a few free health readings offered to a few lucky callers who join live!

If you are unable to make the call live, make sure you still register and you will be sent the recorded webinar the next day.

Register Today

Next, a free e-book being offered on Amazon.com for a limited time. I’ve downloaded it myself to my Kindle for PC, but haven’t had a chance to look through it yet. It’s titled DIY Pantry: The Ultimate Guide to Hydrogen Peroxide, Essential Oils, Baking Soda and Lemon.Should be full of useful information and recipes…..

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011PVYFDK/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B011PVYFDK&linkCode=as2&tag=essewellread-20&linkId=64MJMK752OOOXLCR

And finally, another free e-book on Amazon titled Essential Oils for Allergies. After doing some research and trainings, I have come to believe that essential oils can play a key role in achieving health and well-being, so I think it’s great that there are a number of free resources, such as this one, available these days ……

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011HLAFWI/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B011HLAFWI&linkCode=as2&tag=keyword_giftcopy-20&linkId=YWBPFFEFGO4FDJOH

p.s. Ooops, just came across another free book on Amazon….this one has tips for using essential oils and coconut oil and info about reflexology….

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010INIRQC/ref=pe_385040_117923520_TE_M1T1DP

Salud!

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

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

Yoga Day Summit, Medicinal Plants, Brain E-books And More

 

Okay, I’ve got a number of free resources for you to check out this weekend, including 2 e-books about the brain, so as someone used to say when I was growing up….”chop, chop, hop to” and take advantage of these while you can :-)……

 

If yoga’s your thing, or you’d like for it to be your thing, then this event is for you!

 

THE YOGA DAY SUMMIT

On Sunday, June 21st , tune in for the first-ever, free  on-line global event United Nations International Day of Yoga. This event, produced by The Shift Network & Uplift, in partnership with Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India (Swami Chidanand Sarwasatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Sarwasati) will celebrate the global impact of yoga and demonstrate ways for teachers, practitioners and enthusiasts to deepen their practice and be a part of achieving the vision set forth by Prime Minister Modi and the United Nations. The event offers a number of different presenters and topics, and will also include practice videos from some of the leading teachers of yoga.

During the summit, you’ll discover:

  • What’s revolutionary at the leading edge of yoga – and where it’s headed
  • Ways yoga is contributing to resiliency, health and healing for ALL
  • How you can best contribute to yoga’s potential to bring positive change
  • The physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga in modern times
  • And much more!

You can learn more and sign up here.

The Shift Network is also hosting How Medicinal Plants Can Transform Your Life’s Journey on Wednesday, June 24th….. 

Did you know that plants — yes, plants — hold the key to rebuilding your immunity, detoxifying and optimizing the function of your organs and tissues, mitigating the effects of aging and awakening your spirituality?

This fascinating subject is the passion of Floracopeia founder David Crow, who possesses in-depth wisdom about plants as agents for the advancement of health and consciousness.

During this free virtual event, you’ll learn:

•    How rejuvenation and detoxification therapies can support your life’s journey, particularly in addressing the effects of aging.
•    Herbs with special powers that can support meditation practice and improve memory and cognitive functions.
•    Culinary herbs that provide high levels of natural antioxidants and strong immune support.

For more than 30 years, David Crow has pioneered a path for harnessing the power of plants to navigate the many challenges of life. He unifies wisdom from many streams of healing practices into a coherent understanding that will show you how to relate more deeply with the botanical world for rejuvenation, awakening and health.

You can find out more and register here.

This next resource is a report about the brain and contains some fascinating research and facts, and also includes a couple of simple things you can do to improve the way yours operates….

10 MIND BLOWING DISCOVERIES ABOUT THE HUMAN BRAIN E-BOOK

NeuroScience is at the forefront of human development and what we now understand about the brain is helping to change the fields of psychology, education and even medicine and healing. Get the newest discoveries about the brain with Mark Waldman’s free ebook 10 Mind Blowing Discoveries About the Human Brain.

Mark Waldman is one of the worlds leading experts on communication, spirituality, and the brain. He is a revered faculty member at Loyola Marymount Universitys College of Business and the Holmes Institute. Mark has authored 12 books, including the national bestseller, How God Changes Your Brain, an Oprah pick for 2012.

Click Here To Get The eBook

Here’s another free brain-related book that you don’t even have to sign up for to receive. Just visit the link and read about the book and download from there….

Neurobics Cover

Did you know that we don’t have a set number of brain cells that die off as we get older? Developing new neural pathways and connections is not limited to childhood, but can be developed throughout our lives —even in old age. Neurobics can help you activate these new pathways and connections!

http://www.evolutionezine.net/neurobics-free-e-book/

And Ross Bridgeford at Energise For Life has come up with a new definitive Acid/Alkaline Food Chart you can download here.  Download his free one-page, quick reference chart here. Just remember that where foods are ranked on charts can vary to some degree, depending not only on who compiled the data, but also  whether the foods’ acidity/alkalinity is based on their natural state or the effect they have in/on the body when consumed. I glanced over the reference chart and some of the items were listed quite differently than what I’ve seen elsewhere, so it’s probably good to check several sources when it comes to where foods rank. And if you are unfamiliar with the importance of having an alkaline pH, read this Self-help Heath post.

And don’t forget the upcoming Future of Healing  event starting on June 22nd that I mentioned in a previous post, and Springforest QiGong Healing Fest, also starting on the 22nd and mentioned in this post.

 

Salud!

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

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