The Benefits of Extra Hydrogen: Part I

Over the last couple of years devices that generate hydrogen water have given people an easy way to up their daily quotient of extra H(ydrogen), which seems to promote better health in a variety of ways.

Read about hydrogen and some of its many benefits below and you may just want to add it to your daily routine as well!

“Over 500 peer-reviewed articles demonstrate hydrogen to have therapeutic potential in essentially every organ of the human body and in 150 different human diseases.” – Molecular Hydrogen Foundation

Molecular hydrogen (H2) is a tasteless and odorless gas and has demonstrated various biological and therapeutic effects on many diseases, from acute illnesses, including ischemia–reperfusion injury, to chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, neurodegenerative, and metabolic diseases.

H2 is non-toxic even when used at high concentrations and rapidly crosses different tissue barriers, including blood–brain barriers, and penetrates various organelles4,5,6. H2 interferes with reactive oxygen species (ROS) in living systems, a characteristic that supports its well-established antioxidant functions that lead to its frequent use to treat diseases associated with oxidative stress3,7,8.

Molecular hydrogen is applied in therapeutics through various delivery routes, including hydrogen inhalation (HI), oral administration of hydrogen-rich water (HRW) or hydrogen tablets, and hydrogen-saturated saline injections. The concentration of H2 in tissues after exogenous supply depends on the type of organ4 and the H2 delivery route9. The liver is the organ that accumulates more exogenous H24,9, which appears to significantly affect its homeostasis10. H2 protected the liver against various acute and chronic injuries in animal models by suppressing excessive oxidative stress, inflammation, and cell death11,12. In addition to the liver, preventive and therapeutic effects were obtained for H2 in various animal experiments of disease models2,3 and clinical trials in humans13,14,15. The preventive aspect of H2 in disease models, its antioxidant effects7,8, its function in aging13,16, among many others17,18,19, are paving the way for the use of H2 in healthy people to improve body performance or as a preventive therapeutic strategy.

In a recent clinical trial that was evaluated in a cohort of young and healthy people, the effects of inhaling 4% H2 20 min per day for 7 days on exercise performance revealed ergogenic properties such as improved running performance and torso strength20. Although Sim M. and colleagues had reported the beneficial effect of H2 inhalation on the increase of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory response in healthy adults21, other groups found that H2 only reduced delayed-onset muscle soreness after running downhill22 or improved muscle function during exercise without any effect on blood oxidative markers23. These data suggest that still little is known about H2 performance under healthy conditions and therefore requires further research. As part of an effort to provide more data to help better understand the therapeutic functions attributed to the biological activities of H2 in health conditions, our laboratory has initiated a study that evaluated the effect of long-term (6 months) hydrogen intervention on the physiological function of healthy rats24. The study found that H2 induces a time-dependent alteration of different biochemical parameters, among which liver injury markers such as alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and total bile acid (TBA) were significantly reduced in the serum of H2-treated rats24, suggesting that liver physiology and functions could be positively affected by prolonged exposure to H2. In the present study, we used transcriptomic and metabolomic approaches coupled with biochemistry and micro-CT techniques to access the global effects of long-term H2 treatment on the liver and its relationship with body conditions.

Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-07710-6?fbclid=IwAR0dCuc3kMCjvbgGz5YBb3wF7lruybL4bAGp4Qtl1I7-atEPznVTngZIhDc#:~:text=Molecular%20hydrogen%20(H2)%20is,diseases1%2C2%2C3

MORE interesting and exciting information about the benefits of extra hydrogen….

By 2019 more than 1000 studies had been carried out on humans and animals in regard to the effects of hydrogen, and by 2021 over successful clinical tests on 170 diseases had been conducted. AND supposedly 40% of Japan’s population uses it on a daily basis!

*INHALED HYDROGEN

Inhaled hydrogen gas (H2) has been shown to have significant protective effects on ischemic organs. Clinical trials abroad have shown promise that treatment of patients suffering from stroke, cardiac arrest, or heart attacks may benefit from inhaling hydrogen gas during the early recovery period.

Source: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04046211

PERSONAL NOTE: I read somewhere where doing 30 minutes of inhaled hydrogen is as good as drinking 15L of hydrogen water. If so, then it would be great to do even 10 minutes and feel like you’ve gotten what you normally get by making a number of batches of water to drink!

*RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

In one pilot study, 20 patients with rheumatoid arthritis drank 0.5 L/day of hydrogen water for 4 weeks. By the end of the study, all patients with early rheumatoid arthritis achieved remission and 20% became symptom-free.

National Library of Medicine – Published Study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23031079/

*GUM HEALTH

Drinking hydrogen water 4-5 times daily improved gum health in 13 patients with inflamed gums after 8 weeks. It also seemed to increase blood antioxidants and the effects of non-surgical treatment. No conflicts of interest were declared. However, this study was small and its findings have not been replicated yet.

But it seems like extremely positive news for hydrogen water benefits!

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4665424

*LIPIDS & GLUCOSE METABOLISM

Supplementation of hydrogen-rich water improves lipid and glucose metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance. For more information, check out the following link:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19083400/

And that’s not all. I’m putting together a Part II blog post that has data about how hydrogen water improves antioxidants, is good for your skin, and could even help resolve hearing loss!

In the meantime, here’s some info about the device I recently started using….

As you can see from this post and the upcoming Part II, there are a number of ways to take in extra hydrogen and numerous positive effects on our health! And there are a number of companies offering various types of hydrogen generators these days, but that wasn’t the case several years ago when I bought my first device.

Recently I switched to the Ion Bottle Pro 3000 because it offered several features my old device didn’t have, including a nasal cannula inhaler attachment, a self-cleaning option, carry handle and lighter weight (for easier portability), and not only a 3 min. cycle, but also a 10 min. one for making super concentrated hydrogen water.

The Ion Bottles’ hydrogen generator ionizers are designed to produce pure molecular hydrogen, as well as help your water maintain premium neutral pH levels. They do this with the help of electrolysis and the Proton Exchange Membrane inside. There are two plates separated by this membrane; the bottom plate does not come into contact with the water, and pressure inside the membrane pushes oxygen O2 downward while allowing the light H2 gas to flow upwards. The bottles produce a negative ORP level down to negative -500 mV. Actually I’m not sure what that last part means, but I think it’s supposed to be a good thing. HA!

Ion offers several different devices, including the original 1600 model, which can produce up to 1600/1.6 ppb, while the Pro 3000 can produce up to 3000 ppb with its 10 minute cycle. Also, the Pro 3000 uses a new advanced membrane, it has a longer 1800 mAh battery, as well as the cannula attachment in the lid for inhalation therapy. The Pro model has a great built-in down vent that expels the oxygen and ozone, and if chlorine or other oxides are present in your water, it is designed to filter those, too, leaving your water with 99.9% hydrogen up to 3.0 PPM, along with the H2O present.

FYI, since hydrogen is the lightest molecule on earth, it will evaporate quickly. There’s many factors that influence evaporation rate, including water temperature, ambient air temperature, and if you are using ice or not. Ion’s tests show hydrogen in the original and pitcher models lasts anywhere between 10-15 minutes when opened. In the Pro 3000, since it has a more advanced membrane than the pitcher and original bottle, it will last upwards of 30 minutes in the water once the lid is opened. The beautiful part of a hydrogen generator is that you can always reinfuse more hydrogen if it’s been exposed to air too long, compared to single use pouch and canned hydrogen water competitors

FYI, there are also strict water ionizing machines on the market; these are larger units that require connection to your water outlet. While strict ionizer machines will slightly increase the molecular hydrogen, the goal of those machines is to increase or decrease the pH levels creating acidic or alkaline water, so it’s a whole different “ball game.” 🙂

If you would like to order one of the ION Bottles devices, use this link and the code BETTERHEALTH4U for 10% off. Adding hydrogen water to your daily routine could be an easy way to “up” your health quotient, AND could make a great health-promoting gift for friends and family!

Here’s to being healthy & free in 2023!

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Another Free Qigong Class!

Steven Washington is offering another one of his free Qigong classes and I love that he always provides a replay for those who can’t catch it live. PLUS, he breaks it out into sections where you can pick which part(s) you want to focus on….pilates, calming Qigong, Mindful Meditation, or “all of the above”…..

Join Steven for this upcoming FREE Class!

January 24th, 2023

at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm UK

Extraordinary change can start with one small step… and this fun, free class with Movement Master Steven Washington is an easy way to get started/stepping toward a happier and healthier 2023!

Here’s what’s included:

  • 30 minutes of Pilates strengthening and stretching exercises
  • 30 minutes of energy-igniting and calming Qigong movements
  • A peaceful Mindful Meditation
  • Replay of the full class plus short and Qigong-only versions.

Also, Steven recently shared a new short 5 minute video to start off the new year. In it he briefly and humbly talks about a part of his past when his life was run by addiction, and how he found recovery and was able to become grounded, peaceful and courageous. At the 2:05 minute mark he teaches an easy to do flowing Qigong exercise to circulate the energy within your body and bring about emotional balance,….. something we can all use more of these days!

Here’s to being healthy & free in 2023!

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Free Live Long Qigong On-line Event

I just received an e-mail about this workshop from The Shift Network and immediately signed up, Thought some of you might be interested in it, too…..

What if growing older didn’t have to be synonymous with a decline in physical health or mental acuity?

What if there was an ancient wisdom system that’s just as impactful today  — full of practices that provide the path to a meaningful, disease-free, graceful life?

During the recent Qigong Summit, celebrated master Robert Peng introduced Jieqi Qigong, which is associated with your vertebrae, and offered a simple movement and meditation practice to improve your spinal health.

On Saturday, April 16, you can join Robert for an energizing one-hour workshop, where he’ll share how Qigong’s 8 Cycles + 312 Meridian Healing Protocol can become your secret weapon…

… helping you age with energy, strength, clarity, and grace — and unlocking your own fountain of youth.

Qigong’s 8 Cycles Movement is a series of gentle Qigong exercises you can safely practice to energize your body, calm your mind, activate your energy centers…

… and massage your internal organs — leaving you feeling nourished and invigorated so you can live a healthier, more vibrant life.


In this free online video event, Live Long Qigong: Uncovering Hidden Connections Between Your Movement, Health & Longevity, you’ll:

  • Be guided in the movement practice of Playing the Tai Chi Ball (one of the 8 Cycles Movements), to improve balance between your brain and body, harmonize your yin and yang energy, ease inner emotional turmoil in times of crisis — and nourish your body, mind, and spirit
  • Explore the physical, mental, and energetic disconnections that result when the left and right brain hemispheres are out of balance — and how Qigong can empower you to restore this balance
  • Discover the Hegu acupressure, part of the 312 Meridian Healing Protocol — and explore how a simple acupressure exercise can ease pain in your head, face, neck, and shoulders
  • Learn Qigong’s secret for easing stress, cultivating inner joy, and experiencing contentment, calm, and peace
  • Discover how to cultivate and nourish your Qi to achieve balance in your 3 energy centers (or dantians) and your central meridian — the “Four Golden Wheels” that represent the wisdom, love, vitality, and harmony in your life


These modalities can help you feel more connected to others and the world around you, more content with yourself, and more hopeful for the future.

It’s free to attend when you RSVP — here.

Here’s to a happier, healthier you in 2022!

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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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Jin Shin Jyutsu to Relieve Fatigue, Restless Sleep, Allergies, Balance Your Energy and More

Boy, I sure wish I’d come across this particular Jin Shin Jyutsu article by Astrid from Flows For Life a few days ago! Recently I’ve had several middle of the night spells where I couldn’t get back to sleep, plus a sudden bout of extreme fatigue earlier this afternoon, so it would have really come in handy. I actually learned this routine several years ago when I was studying JSJ, but had forgotten about it. It’s so simple to do and helps with a number of things. AND with the world in its current state, it’s great to have something easy and quick as a way to help keep our energy balanced, so be sure and give it a try!

I remember the first time I really felt the power of this self help. It’s difficult to describe the kind of exhaustion I felt; I didn’t know what to do with myself. Unfortunately, I wasn’t at home where I could lie down either. I needed to come up with something to get me going again, and I had to do it fast!

A gem of a self help hold

When I placed my hands in the proper position, I immediately felt comforted. Forty minutes later, I was back to feeling myself again, only better. This self help hold really did beat my (temporary) fatigue!

Since then, I have used this hold to help with many projects.

If I wake up in the middle of night and can’t go back to sleep, I will get into this position and that’s the last I am aware of until morning. It’s like a lullaby that lulls you to sleep.

The self help exercise

To clear the right upper body and left lower body (shown):
Place the left hand on the right upper arm and place the right hand on the left inner thigh

To clear the left upper body and right lower body:
Place the right hand on the left upper arm and place the left hand on the right inner thigh

Use it to balance energy

You can also use this self help when there is too much energy (waking up at night) or not enough energy (finding it hard to get up).

Mary Burmeister says of this self help hold: “It is supremely powerful. Use with humility and awe.”

Use it to help so much

Use this Jin Shin Jyutsu self help hold if you have a tight chest, shortness of breath, allergies, hay fever, cough, heart discomforts, sudden fatigue, to clear congestion in the breast area…in short, this is what Mary Burmeister, who helped introduce JSJ to the US, calls ‘the most important self help.’

Furthermore, it is said that Mary never really preferred any one hold above another, but she did call this one ‘a little gem.’

Video of self help hold to beat fatigue

SOURCE: https://www.flowsforlife.com/self-help-hold-to-beat-fatigue-and-more/

Also check out the archives for a number of other Self-help Health posts featuring more useful Jin Shin Jyutsu routines, including this initial post: Jin Shin Jyutsu: One of My Favorite DIY Health Aids

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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Be Sure To Give Yourself A Hug Today!

I just finished reading part of yet another article about the devastating effect lockdowns and social distancing are having on the mental and emotional well-being of many people,….. sometimes more detrimental than the virus itself.

But great synchronicity was at work, because right after that article I received an e-mail with this Jin Shin Jyutsu hold/flow. I feel this could actually help alleviate feelings of disconnection and depression, plus what’s great about JSJ it’s so simple to practice and every hold has multiple benefits, so you always get more than you bargained for.

Hopefully you’re in a position to get real hugs on a regular basis, but if not, put this to work for you. As they say, a hug a day keeps the doctor away!

p. s. Do a search on this blog for more JSJ routines. 🙂

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwiUBe50_GI&feature=youtu.be

And try these easy JSJ finger holds to relieve stress, worries and a sense of insecurity and help relax the body:

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIe1DbtARgI

See this Self-help Health post to get a more in-depth understanding of JSJ and finger holds: Jin Shin Jyutsu: One of my favorite DIY health aids!

Salud, and have an inspired and inspiring holiday season!

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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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

The Main Central: Jin Shin Jyutsu Source of Life Flow

Oh, I was so glad to find this article from Astrid at FlowsforLife.com in my inbox recently. I used to do this particular Jin Shin Jyutsu routine/flow on a regular basis, but somehow got out of the habit somewhere along the way. It was always a favorite of mine,…. it helps with so many different things, plus is easy and comfortable to do. I usually did it while lying in bed first thing in the morning, or sometimes before going to sleep at night…or when I would wake up in the middle of night, because it helped me get back to sleep.

If you want to give yourself a little break during the day, try this routine and hold any or all positions that seem pertinent at the time. And as we head into winter, at least in my part of the country, this is a great one for tuning up the body and strengthening your life force energy. Circulation, heart health, thyroid and parathyroid, mental clarity, spine, stomach, metabolism and more….Main Central’s got you covered!

PERSONAL TIP: When doing this routine, make sure you are as comfortable as possible, so you can sink into the full relaxation response Main Central will trigger in your body. Usually my muscles begin to let go and my breathing slows and deepens within a minute or two of starting this “flow.” To make myself extra comfortable, I put a pillow under my right arm to help hold it in position w/ my hand on my head and pull the covers up over it to make sure that part of my body stays warm in the winter. And I use a small Vibes Up therapy teddy bear under my left arm/elbow/wrist, depending on the point being held by my left hand/fingers. What’s cool is the bear not only supports my arm position, but also just so happens to add additional balancing/harmonizing and grounding energies to the body! Good deal!

Jin Shin Jyutsu Main Central Exercise

In Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Main Central IS the Source of Life. This is the energy that goes DOWN the FRONT of our body and UP the BACK. Main Central feeds all of our 144,000 energy functions. I liken it to the trunk of the energetic tree.

Be comfortable

To practise Main Central get into a comfortable position. You can do the exercise sitting down, but I prefer to lie down and support my arms (especially my right arm as it’s going to be in the same position for a while) with pillows and cushions. Hold each position for a few minutes each, or as long as you like! Some positions will feel so comfortable, you might spend an hour just in one hold.

There aren’t any rules – just enjoy!

Jin Shin Jyutsu Main Central Exercise

In this exercise, the right hand will remain on top of the head until the last hold when it moves to the coccyx, and the left hand moves down the front of the body as explained.

Top Tip

You can do the whole exercise or just choose the position that feels right for you in the moment. For instance, you might want to clear the head, so you could practice just the first position for a few minutes.

Clear the head

Position 1: Place Right Hand/Fingers on Top of Head
Maintain the right hand in this position during the routine through Positions 1 to 7.
AND
Place Left Fingers between Eyebrows
The Vital Force of Total Being. Revitalizes the deep energy circulation, improves memory, dissipates senility, harmonizes the pituitary gland and the pineal gland, controls blood pressure.

Release the pelvic girdle

Position 2: Place Left Fingers on Tip of Nose
Revitalizes superficial body energy circulation, releases tension in the pelvic girdle and reproductive organs.

Prevent heart attack

Position 3: Place Left Fingers on Center of Chest on the Sternum
Look for the ‘bump’ on the sternum, and place your fingers there. Revitalizes the Thyroid and Parathyroid; helps with facial muscular problems, helps prevent heart attacks, strokes, etc. Regulates metabolism and maintains mental balance. Helps us adapt to our surroundings and situations.

Help the immune system

Position 4: Place Left Fingers between Breasts on Sternum
Revitalizes the immune system for the prevention of cancer, AIDS, etc. Assists in child growth and mental development. Governs reproduction, generative and regenerative functions. Relieves nausea and anxiety. Assists with breathing.

Support the adrenals

Position 5: Place Left Fingers at Base of Sternum
The Controller of Human Destiny. Revitalizes the energy path of the spleen and the adrenals, assists in the secretion of digestive juices and hormones. Gateway to the solar energy system revitalizing the nervous system. Prevents diabetes.

Tone the abdominal muscles

Position 6: Place Left Fingers about an Inch above the Belly Button
Revitalizes abdominal muscle tone and intestinal function.

Strengthen the spine

Position 7: Place Left Fingers on Pubic Bone
Revitalizes the descending energy (down the front). Helps strengthen the spine.

Aid circulation in the legs and feet

Position 8: Right Hand moves from Top of Head to Base of Spine (Coccyx). Revitalizes the ascending energy (up the back), helps circulation in the legs and feet, helps cold and clammy hands and feet. Alleviates menstrual cramps.

Source: https://www.flowsforlife.com/exercise-the-main-central-source-of-life/

Related Self-help Health posts: Prime Mover & Jin Shin Jyutsu

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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

DIY Vanilla Extract + Acupressure Video + Must See Documentary

 

Okay, full disclosure upfront…..this is one of those recipes I’m posting so I’ll always know where to find it, BUT I’m hoping there will be some of you out there who like to save money and are big fans, like me, of almost anything  vanilla flavored. If so, this should be right up your alley, plus, I found the article to be a very entertaining, insight-filled read and one of the best on DIY vanilla extract I’ve come across…..

Skip the store. Make your own!

You can make the ultimate, high-quality vanilla extract right in your kitchen. Yes, the gourmet stuff. Since you’ve made it yourself, you know it’s free of artificial colors, flavors, or other impurities. And it costs a tiny fraction of what you would pay at the store:

  • Vanilla extract = $18.19 per cup
  • Gourmet vanilla extract = $43.60 per cup
  • Homemade, gourmet vanilla extract = $8.74 per cup

Step #1: Gather Your Materials

You will need scissors (or a knife), a mason jar with a lid, alcohol (35%–50%), and vanilla beans.

Selecting the Right Vanilla Beans

Vanilla beans aren’t standard fare in most produce departments or farmer’s markets. You may need to get these online. Consider the following varieties of vanilla, to customize your gourmet creation:

  • Madagascar/Bourbon: This is the traditional vanilla you’re familiar with.
  • Tahitian: More floral and fruity
  • Mexican: Sweet and woody with a hint of spice
  • African/Ugandan: Smokier and bold

And these aren’t your only options. You can also explore Indian, Tonga, and Indonesia vanilla beans.

As you browse the selection, you may notice that vanilla beans are given an A, B, or C grade. Grade A beans are more expensive and are meant for cooking. They work fine in extracts, but the increased cost won’t yield much difference in your finished product. Grade B vanilla beans cost less and are intended for use in extracts.

You can often buy grade B beans for around $1.50 to $2.00 each, depending on how many you buy at once.

What Kind of Alcohol Should You Use?

Next, you’ll need to select an alcohol. Alcohol extracts the vanilla flavor and prevents spoilage. You’ll want something that’s between 35%–50% alcohol. Around 40% is ideal.

There’s no need to spend your money on a high-dollar alcohol. It’s the quality of the vanilla beans, not the alcohol, that makes great vanilla. So go ahead and get the cheap stuff. Most people choose an alcohol with a mild flavor, but you could also select one with a complementary flavor. Spiced rum, for example, could make your vanilla quite exotic.

Step #2: Assemble Your Ingredients

Use your scissors or knife to split the beans lengthwise and place them in the jar. If they’re too long, just cut them so that they fit. Then pour your alcohol over the vanilla beans.

For “better-than-supermarket” vanilla extract, use 2–3 beans for each cup of alcohol. For gourmet vanilla, use 5 beans per cup of alcohol. And for mind-blowing, legendary, sell-it-to-put-your-kid-through-college vanilla, use 7–8 beans per cup of alcohol. Any more than this and the FBI has to come and haul you away.

Cap it, shake it up, and put it away in the cupboard. Come back every few days to shake it up again. It really likes it when you do that. Tell it that it’s a good vanilla—a pretty vanilla. Sing it a little song. (You think I’m joking.)

Now comes the hardest part. Waiting.

How long do you have to wait? That depends. Do you want good vanilla, great vanilla, or life-altering vanilla?

  • For good vanilla, let it extract for 8 weeks. Go ahead and sniff if every so often. Maybe take a tiny sample. It’s okay. I won’t tell.
  • For great vanilla, let it extract for 6 months. Yes, 6 months. I know, I know. You want your vanilla now. But great vanilla takes time.
  • For mind-blowing, life-altering, legendary vanilla, let it extract for a full year. I’ll pause now, while you finish cursing your computer screen. ( … ) All done? Good, because I have a compromise for you. Make 2 batches of vanilla—each one being enough for an entire year.

Use the first batch as the year goes by. It will get better with time because it will keep extracting. Then when it’s used up, open your year-old vanilla and let the good times roll! Just remember to start a new batch for the next year.

Cheaters Never Win?

The 2 main factors in flavor extraction are time and surface area. (The alcohol-to-water ratio is important too, but we’ve already got that covered.) We could think of this as a formula:

Surface Area x Time = Great Vanilla

If we want to reduce the extraction time without diminishing the vanilla flavor, we need to increase the surface area.

To increase the surface area, we could cut our vanilla beans into smaller and smaller pieces with scissors. But who has time for that? Time is exactly the thing we’re trying to cut down on! Let’s just keep on cheating instead.

Toss those beans into your blender. Pour in your alcohol. Then blend it like you’re trying to destroy evidence! You’ll notice that the liquid turns darker right away.

Go ahead and cap it, and shake it up every few days, just as you would with the slower method. Open it up every week to sample it. You won’t get a year’s worth of flavor maturation in a week, but it will move along much faster.

This method does have a few downsides. For one, it’s less visually appealing in the jar. Your friends will be more impressed with a jar of vanilla beans than a jar of cloudy bean powder. Also, it’s hard to filter out the little bean pieces, and you may get them in your food. But that could also make it look more authentic, so that may actually be a bonus. Lastly, vanilla bean powder can’t easily be repurposed for vanilla sugar.

Repurposing Beans

Can you reuse vanilla beans? Yes, but the resulting extract won’t be as strong. Feel free to try it. You might like it just fine. If not, just toss in a fresh bean or two, and let it extract again.

Some people also like to use a sort of “perpetual vanilla” system. Any time they use a little vanilla extract, they’ll top the container back up with alcohol and let it continue extracting. Depending on how often you use your vanilla, this system works fine, though it does yield a diminishing quality of vanilla over time.

Alternately, you can create vanilla sugar. Take out the used vanilla beans and let them dry. Place them in an airtight container and fill it with sugar. Then, let it sit for a couple of weeks. Use the sugar in baking, coffee, tea, or anywhere else you’d like a sweet, vanilla flavor.

Gourmet Options

You now know how to make gourmet-quality vanilla. But it’s still just vanilla. What about fancy flavors? What about creativity? Let’s do it!

First of all, a flavored alcohol can really take your vanilla in a fun and unexpected direction. Another option is to add spices or herbs into the mix. How about adding a little cinnamon or clove? How does lavender vanilla or vanilla mint sound? Just put them right in the jar and let them extract together.

For a sweeter vanilla, add honey or maple syrup.

The only limit is your creativity and your bravery for experimenting with new flavor combinations.

Other Extracts

We’ve cracked the code for vanilla extract, but that’s not nearly the end of the story. You can make any of the extracts you find in the store, plus a whole lot more! The basic process is the same for all extracts, but I’ll give you a few tips for special cases.

Almond Extract

The skin on an almond can cause an extract to turn bitter. Before using them, drop them into boiling water. After 1 minute, remove them and let them cool. The skins should slide right off. Roughly chop the almonds (minus skins) and place them in the jar. About 15 almonds are enough for 2 cups of basic almond extract, but I like to use twice as much.

Fruit Extracts

Fruits usually have a high moisture content. This will dilute your alcohol content. Either slice and dehydrate your fruit first or use a slightly higher proof alcohol. If using fresh fruit, use a 1:1 ratio of fruit to alcohol (by volume). If using dehydrated fruit us a 1:2 ratio of fruit to alcohol. These ratios are just guidelines, not rules. Feel free to experiment.

Source: https://thegrownetwork.com/how-to-make-vanilla-extract/

 

I watched this a couple of days ago and wish it was required viewing for everyone!

This documentary is entertaining, enlightening, inspiring and informative, as well as depressing and disheartening at times when you see how the powers that be (including the Girl Scouts organization!) are so resistant to what will liberate humanity and provide a better, healthier, more abundant world for everyone. You’ll get to know a “No to GMOs” super cute little powerhouse w/ an angel of a mom, a visionary farmer on a mission, and a brilliant inventor, way-shower and humanitarian w/ soul-filled blue eyes who creates things you usually only encounter in sci-fi.😊

You can watch for free thru today, Sept 14th, BUT if you at least sign-up to watch by the end of today, you will  get an extra 3 days for viewing. OR get unlimited access for only $7 and help support the cause here.

And go here for video from Michael Reed Gach, PhD demonstrating DIY acupressure points for toning the face, increasing circulation, clearing sinuses, releasing toxins and more.

 

Salud!

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

Is Your Avocado Oil As Healthy As You Think? + Webinar On Increasing Your Energy

 

A number of years ago I started hearing about how much of the olive oil on the market was not as pure as advertised and often diluted with various inferior oils. Now, that sadly seems to be the same scenario with avocado oil, which is really disappointing since I have been using Primal Kitchen’s mayonnaise, both regular and garlic aioli versions, for several years. I made the switch because it had gotten to where almost every brand I checked was substituting canola for olive oil. 

I am hoping Primal Kitchen has enough integrity and quality control in place to be sure they are using pure, unadulterated avocado oil in their products, but there’s no way to know from the labeling. Extra virgin and/or organic would be an even bigger plus, but I would think if that was the case they would not miss the chance to mention that selling point in their marketing. I notice they sell bottles of unrefined extra virgin and organic avocado oils, but that’s not how the oil in their mayonnaise is listed in the ingredients, so I would be very pleasantly surprised if the higher quality oil is actually being used. 😦

 

Why can’t store bought avocado oil be trusted?

Whether served up solo in tasty slices, slathered on toast or used in dips and guacamole, avocados are riding a massive wave of popularity – and gaining nutritional popularity.  In addition to their buttery texture and appealing taste, avocados feature generous amounts of beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins and antioxidants.  But, what about avocado oil?  Is it good for us?

Avocado oil – which offers many of the same benefits – is surging in popularity as well. Yet, in an alarming new study of commercial avocado oil, researchers found that the majority of samples were low-quality, diluted and/or mislabeled.  Let’s take a closer look at the “bait and switch” game that manufacturers are playing with avocado oil.

First, the good news: Oleic acid in avocado oil provides anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering benefits

Avocado oil, which may be used as a cooking oil or added to recipes, is composed of 70 percent oleic acid. This monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid has been shown to reduce cholesterol and help to protect against cardiovascular disease and neuro-degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Avocado oil is available in both refined and unrefined varieties.  Refined avocado oil is deodorized or bleached after the extraction process. Unrefined oil is filtered for impurities after extraction, but is otherwise unaltered.

Other distinctions include virgin and extra virgin formulations.  According to the American Oil Chemists Society, only the highest-quality fruit may be used in “extra virgin” olive oil, which must be extracted mechanically at low temperatures. In addition, no chemical solvents may be used.

In “virgin” avocado oil, imperfections in the fruit are permitted – but the extraction methods must still be mechanical, and the oil must remain solvent-free.

Buyer beware: Study reveals that commercial avocado oils may be adulterated with inferior oils

In a study published recently in Food Control, researchers collected 22 avocado oil samples sourced from California, Mexico, Brazil and Spain – with an eye towards representing all the major brands and towards examining both refined and unrefined oils.

Fourteen of the samples were obtained from six grocery stores, and eight from online stores.

The researchers assessed the quality, purity and authenticity of the oils by measuring their levels of free fatty acids, plant sterols and tocopherols (natural vitamin E).  What they found was disturbing!

Most of the avocado oils – which were marketed as “pure,” “virgin” or “extra virgin” avocado oil – were found to be mixed with other oils.  Six of the samples were found to be adulterated with sunflower, safflower and soybean oils. (All three of these oils are believed to be nutritionally inferior to avocado oil – and pro-inflammatory to boot).

And, the degree of dilution was substantial.  In fact, three samples – labeled either “pure” or “extra virgin”- actually contained more soybean oil than avocado oil!

Alert: Study also found that oxidation was rampant

In addition, the team found that a shocking 82 percent of the oils had undergone oxidation (turned rancid) well before their printed expiration dates.

Oxidation, which causes a loss of antioxidant value and distortions in color and flavor, can result from improper or prolonged storage, damaged or rotten fruits and harsh processing methods. It can also occur due to exposure to light – with the scientists finding that the oils that oxidized most quickly were packaged in clear glass or plastic rather than dark-tinted materials.

By the way, high pricing was no guarantee of quality. The team reported that the most expensive oils had the highest peroxidation values, meaning they were most prone to becoming rancid.

Study leader Selina Wang, a cooperative extension specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis, reported that there are currently no standards to determine if an avocado oil is of the quality and purity advertised. She warned of the urgent need for standards to protect consumers.

Sowhat’s an avocado oil fan to do?

As it happens, three of the avocado oils – Chosen Foods, Marianne’s Avocado Oil and CalPure – were found to be pure and unadulterated, exactly as advertised. Obviously, these are superior choices.

Unfortunately, the scandal is not confined to avocado oil. Olive oil can be suspect as well.

Warning: Olive oil may be polluted with pesticides and potential carcinogens

Olive oil, beloved by nutritionists and natural health experts for its high levels of healthful oleic acid and antioxidants, plays a major role in the Mediterranean diet, which has been linked in studies with heart health and longer life.

But this worthy oil is also subject to dilution with inferior oils. Even worse, it may be affected by outright contamination.  As NaturalHealth365 reported in 2016, Italian authorities uncovered a criminal enterprise surrounding olive oil, with fraudulent labeling and false documentation leading to charges of food fraud and tax evasion.

In the investigation, Italy’s State Forestry Corps seized over 10 tons of olives that had been artificially colored with a copper chlorophyllin complex that is prohibited by both Italian and European law.

According to separate research performed by a consumer protection organization in Germany, 20 of 26 olive oil samples studied contained pesticides. Other toxic ingredients included plasticizers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene and styrene.  By the way, in 2018, styrene was classified by the World Health Organization as a probable carcinogen.

As with avocado oil, popularity and prestige is no guarantee of purity. Bertolli, the top-selling brand of olive oil in the United States, has been the subject of multiple class-actions lawsuits.  The brand’s “extra virgin” olive oil was allegedly found to be composed of low-quality oils.

How can I find high-quality olive oil?

The best bet for finding healthful olive oil is to forget about the imported brands and support domestic organic olive growers.  We, at NaturalHealth365, enjoy the olive oil from Apollo Olive Oil.  And, no, we do not receive any financial compensation to mention this to you.

To cut the odds of buying oxidized oils, bypass products sold in clear containers and look for dark-tinted bottles.  You can find quality olive oil through the California Olive Oil Council.

And, you can learn about a particularly healthful olive oil here.

It is truly an outrage that two of the most beneficial, nutrient-rich oils on the planet are subject to mislabeling and dilution by unscrupulous manufacturers.  But, seeking out pure, wholesome olive and avocado oils will be worth the effort.

Source: https://www.naturalhealth365.com/extra-virgin-avocado-oil-3484.html

 

And this webinar is something I just signed up for that you might be interested in. It’s a free presentation from Ari Whitten about how to increase your energy in just 5 minutes a day. Here’s what his e-mail said…

For the last few months, I’ve been working on a brand new presentation that compiles all of my top energy “hacks” to supercharge your brain and body — specifically, how to double your energy levels in less than 5 minutes a day.

I say “hacks” because this presentation is not about all of the foundational nutrition and lifestyle stuff (which I teach constantly in all my work), but is specifically about the ENERGY SECRETS that supercharge your energy levels with little to no effort, in just days.

Sound too good to be true?

Well, I plan on PROVING it to you!

I will literally show you the scientific evidence that within the next few weeks, you can literally DOUBLE or even TRIPLE your energy levels — in just a few MINUTES a day.

(Oh, and I will be showing you how to do this WITHOUT using stimulants or caffeine).

No joke. There is science to back it all up.

Here’s what you will learn:

  • 4 strategies that are each proven to reduce depression by over 30% or 40% within just days.
  • A special compound that supercharges your mitochondrial health (and a breakthrough in how to hack it).
  • Science-backed supplements that supercharge your brain function (decrease anxiety, balance neurotransmitters, eliminate brain fog, and protect against brain diseases).
  • A major hidden cause of fatigue that few people are aware of (this affects more than 9 out of 10 people).
  • A daily routine that can literally DOUBLE or even TRIPLE your energy levels (and dramatically improve your mood and brain function) in just 5 minutes a day.

And much more!

The webinar will happen on Thursday, August 13th, at 4:30 PM PST. Reserve your spot here.

 

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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

28-Day Joy Challenge to Benefit You & The Rest of the World

 

Here’s something you can do during this challenging time on the planet that will be of benefit not only to yourself, but to everyone around you. And it’s free….all it requires is a little of your time and the desire to create more joy in your life…

 

How Does It Work?

A new video will be released every day so you can follow a different person leading you through the Joy Challenge, which only takes a few minutes. (A few of the videos were created before social distancing, so you might see some of us unmasked and standing close together.)

There are 3 ways to follow along. Choose whichever one works for you:

1. Click here to get a daily email reminder about this FREE Challenge.
When you click the above link, we will automatically add you to our Joy Challenge Email list. We will email you the videos every day so you can create a new healthy habit. The challenge runs from June 9 – July 6, 2020. Be sure to check your spam/junk folders for your emails.

2. Click here to do the free Joy Challenge on Facebook
A video will be released every day, starting on June 9 at 5am Pacific Time on Facebook, so you can follow a different person leading you through the Challenge and you can join anytime throughout the day! Do not worry if you are not a member of Facebook — you can still join us, and no registration is required! Just visit our page every day or follow us to get the video in your feed.

3. Click here to do the free Joy Challenge on YouTube
A video will be released every day, starting on June 9 at 5am Pacific Time on YouTube, so you can follow a different person leading you through the Challenge and you can join anytime throughout the day! You can subscribe to our YouTube channel or just visit our channel for the daily videos.

We want you to know…

For decades, our motto has been, “Raising the Vibration of the Planet, One Person at a Time.” By raising your personal energies, you are also raising our collective energies. Racism is big now in our collective awareness, and it exists at many levels. As major brands like Nike, Adidas, and Ben & Jerry’s have spoken out against racism, and as protests were seen across the world – from the U.S. to places like New Zealand and Brazil – we want to make it very clear where we stand at Eden Method.

We are against racism.

We also believe that “raising the vibration of the person and of the planet” is a powerful antidote to the energetics of racism. A lot to think about there, but the more you think about it, the more sense it makes. And the Joy Challenge is all about raising your vibration and the vibration of all those you touch.

Now is the perfect time to join us in the Joy Challenge because it can help you get clear about where you stand, release worrisome thoughts, see the big picture, and help reduce the probability of future events making you feel helpless.

The Joy Challenge is a routine for resetting your energies, getting centered, and moving forward with a clear mindset of what you believe and how you want to live in a healthy and productive way.

We will be doing the Joy Challenge with you and we can all raise the vibration of the planet together during these trying times.

Your Friends at The Eden Method

 

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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Great 4-Minute Exercise Routine + A Facelift?! Yes, Please!

Several years ago I featured an article by Dr. Mercola on the Nitric Oxide Dump routine and it has become one of the more frequently viewed posts, so I thought it might be of interest to a number of you to know about this simplified version I just found out about recently that I’m really enjoying, because it’s so easy to learn and quick to do, plus gives your body a workout where you end up feeling pooped and energized at the same time. HA!

And while you’re catching your breath from one of your 4-minute workout sessions, you can do the JSJ routine for cleaning, tightening and rejuvenating the skin. So in less than half an hour you can really have a positive impact on your overall health and well-being. How does it get any better than that?!

4-MINUTE AT-HOME WORKOUT FOR WHEN YOU CAN’T GET TO THE GYM OR NEED A LIFT

For the past two months, I’ve been testing a four-minute workout routine that promised to give the same benefits as if I’d worked out in the gym for an hour. Created by Dr. Zach Bush, it’s a new version of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The three-to-four-minute workout consists of four basic exercises — squats, tin soldiers, snow angel and military press— which work all 16 major muscle groups. It takes about 4 minutes and I try to do it 3 times a day; on very busy “out-and-about” days, as little as once or twice.

It’s designed to stimulate the release of nitric oxide, which is actually a soluble gas and free radical stored in the lining or endothelium of your blood vessels that can catalyze and promote health.

The results have been impressive. I’ve gotten quite a bit leaner, developed muscle and strength, and lost about 5 pounds, which I’ve kept off easily (no mean feat for my aging self).  Normally, if I go a day without doing my usual 45-minute exercise routine, I start to gain weight;  if I can’t do my regular exercise, I can easily do this routine at home.

The simple routine is easy to do during my day and has proven an energizing break while working; I feel the effect immediately. It’s best to wait at least two hours between sessions, to allow the body to synthesize nitric oxide for subsequent release. ( I put a little sign up on my fridge, and sometimes set a timer, to remind myself to do a session). And for best results, I breath through the nose, not mouth. Over time, as the sequence has gotten easier to do, I’ve added more reps to keep myself challenged.

You can read all about how it works here at Mercola.com. I recommend following Zach Bush’s video at the top of the page as Dr. Mercola, whose info can be excellent, often take things to an extreme. I find his version pushes too hard.

Note: Wary of squats and of pushing too hard, too fast, I took the workout slowly the first few times, listening to how my body was handling it, and gradually increasing the intensity. Listen, listen, listen to your body…

Source: https://improvisedlife.com/2019/03/26/4-minute-at-home-workout-for-when-you-cant-get-to-the-gym-or-need-a-lift/

UPDATE 1/11/22: Need  further motivation to give the routine a try? Check out this 2 min. video of an interview where Dr Bush is asked about this quick, yet highly effective work-out…

Related Self-help Health post: Nitric Oxide Dump

BTW, Dr Zach Bush is one of the most knowledgeable, well-spoken natural health advocates I’ve come across and has given some great interviews on GMOs, and  glyphosate (among other things) and how they are tied to inflammation, leaky gut, autism and so much more. They’re actually worse for our health than I ever imagined. I highly recommend checking out his website and education resources. Here’s just one of the interviews I’ve watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=jWgnkgYtqnw&feature=emb_logo

And now on to the facelift! Here’s an easy to learn Jin Shin Jyutsu flow/hold from Astrid at FlowsForLife.com that has multiple benefits and uses, including rejuvenating the skin ….

Regenerating for the Deep Skin

Imagine if you had your own personal ‘plastic surgeon’?

Well, I am here to tell you that you have a special energy function that helps clean, rejuvenate and tighten the skin.

This is Jin Shin Jyutsu for a facelift!

There is a special energy function that helps regulate the temperature in your body. It also relaxes the muscles in the body, and circulates to clean, purify, and regenerate the deep skin.

All you have to ‘do’ is palm the backs of your calf muscles on the lower legs daily for a magic effect!

I have a friend who practices this hold every morning because she wakes up feeling a bit tight and stiff . She was delighted when I said to her: “No wonder you look so vibrant and so much younger than your age.”

Hold 20 minutes every day for two weeks, and you might find that your friends start wondering what you’ve been doing because you look so good.

Sunburn gone!

A few years ago, I went to the beach on a sunny day. I came home and realized I was quite sunburned. My skin felt tight and very uncomfortable. I decided to put this exercise to the test.

Instead of getting lots of lotions to put on my skin, I practiced the Jin Shin Jyutsu self help exercise below.

I was amazed that, after a few minutes, all the discomfort just melted away. There’s no other way to describe it. Also, the redness and heat dissipated, and I didn’t peel. It was quite extraordinary.

Hot hot hot!

This Jin Shin Jyutsu exercise is also great if your body gets really hot. Because this special energy travels up and down the whole body, it helps cool it! So we all have a natural built-in air-conditioning system. It’s so clever.

Jin Shin Jyutsu for a facelift

Cross your arms. Place the palm of your RIGHT hand (with fingers facing down towards your feet) on the LEFT calf (the fleshy part at the back of the  leg below the knee). Do the same for the palm of the LEFT hand on the RIGHT calf.

If you’re working on someone else, lie them face up and stand at their feet facing their head.

Then place your LEFT palm on their RIGHT calf muscles, fingers facing up towards their head, and your RIGHT palm on their LEFT calf, fingers facing up towards their head.

So when you work on yourself, you cross your arms. When you work on someone else, you don’t.

Note: if you find it difficult to hold this position for a while, try lying on your side. Or just shorten the sessions but do them more often. The time I share with you is a guide. However, the more you do, the more effective this exercise will be!

Simple and effective. But don’t take my word for it. As Mary Burmeister says, “Be your own testimony.”

Source: https://www.flowsforlife.com/magic-exercise-jin-shin-jyutsu-facelift/

See also: Self Help Hold for the Skin Surface

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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.