Reduce Stress (up to 65%!!) And Relax With This 8-minute Music Track

 

This is one of those self-help health aids I love finding out about because it’s so simple and enjoyable to use…… all you need to do is listen (it’s also mesmerizing to watch the video, if you’re not multi-tasking at the time). It’s a track titled Weightless by Marconi Union that was specifically created to have all sorts of harmonizing effects on the body and it’s been proven by neuro-science to reduce stress by an amazing 65%!! I first became aware of it a couple of years ago, but like that it happens to be featured in this particular article by Coert Engels because there are also some other music options listed you might like to check out.

I have included the 31-minute Weightless extended version at the beginning (no visual effects) and the 8-minute track is at the end of the post. The world can seem pretty frantic these days, so it’s great to have an easy way to de-stress and relax. Might be good to try if you’re having trouble sleeping, too. Enjoy!

Neuroscience says this one song reduces

anxiety by 65 percent

Thanks to modern research, we now know which piece of music to listen to in order to reduce our stress levels.

Check it out below and let us know what you think. We’ve also included 9 more songs that will increase your relaxation levels.

Neuroscientists discover a song that reduces anxiety

A team of UK neuroscientists conducted a study on sound therapy. Participants had to attempt to solve puzzles, which induced stress, while wearing sensors attached to their bodies. They then had to listen to different songs while researchers measured brain activity and recorded their heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure, reports Inc.com and Ideapod.

According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, which conducted the research, the top track to produce a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date was “Weightless” by Marconi Union, which you can listen to below.

It induced a 65 percent reduction in overall anxiety of participants and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.

The music track features guitar, piano and natural sounds generated electronically. The track also features Buddhist-like chants that can induce a trance-like state.

This magic didn’t happen by chance

The track was purposefully composed to induce a feeling of total relaxation. The group that created “Weightless”, Marconi Union, did so in collaboration with sound therapists. Its carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines help slow a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy told the Mail Online the song makes use of many musical principles that have been shown to individually have a calming effect. By combining these elements in the way Marconi Union has done, has created the perfect relaxing sound track.

What is the secret (or the science) behind the music’s ability to produce a state of increased relaxation?

Cooper explained that it contains a sustaining rhythm that starts at 60 beats per minute and gradually slows to around 50. While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat. The reason why the piece is eight minutes long is also carefully calculated as it takes about five minutes for this process, known as entrainment, to occur.

The fall in heart rate also leads to a fall in blood pressure

Even the harmonic intervals — or gaps between notes — have been chosen to create a feeling of euphoria and comfort, said Cooper.

“And there is no repeating melody, which allows your brain to completely switch off because you are no longer trying to predict what is coming next. Instead, there are random chimes, which helps to induce a deeper sense of relaxation.”

The final element is the low, whooshing sounds and hums similar to Buddhist chants. Which can put you in a trance-like state.

All beautifully orchestrated then to let you completely unwind.

Dr. Lewis-Hodgson told the Mail Online that brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain and stimulates the regions responsible for processing sound as well as ones associated with emotions.

In fact, he said, Weightless was so effective, many women became drowsy and he advised against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous.

This is sound advice (no pun intended :-)) at an opportune time.

The unforgiving pace and complexity of modern life has led to unprecedented stress levels. We really need to find a way to alleviate the effects of stress in our lives, not only because stress is unpleasant, but because it holds dire consequences for our health.

Scientific research has found time and again that stress is at the root of many health conditions including heart disease, obesity, depression, gastrointestinal problems, asthma, and more.

Music, as many of us have discovered, is a great stress buster and now we have the ultimate piece of music to help us fight it.

Listen now and let us know what you think

What did you think?

If you’re looking for something a little different, check out the following *9 songs we put together to reduce your feelings of anxiety.

“We Can Fly,” by Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)

“Canzonetta Sull’aria,” by Mozart

“Someone Like You,” by Adele

“Pure Shores,” by All Saints

“Please Don’t Go,” by Barcelona

“Strawberry Swing,” by Coldplay

“Watermark,” by Enya

“Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix),” by DJ Shah

“Electra,” by Airstream

*You can find links to all these songs by clicking the “Source” link below….. 
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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.

9 Yoga Poses + 10 Minutes = Better Sleep

 

As someone who is always in the market for natural ways to improve my quality of sleep. I have recently found several things that help, including tart cherry juice, and magnesium oil (more on these in future posts). And this looks like something worth checking out. I’m not adept at yoga or a super regular practitioner, but I always feel better and more relaxed whenever I fit some into my day, so I’m looking forward to giving this particular sequence of poses a try.

 

The 10-Minute Yoga Routine For Perfect Sleep

by DEANNA DORMAN

Do you ever have a hard time falling asleep? In today’s society, you’re probably not alone. With the constant feeling of “go, go, go,” it makes us anxious even as we are preparing for bed. It can be very challenging to fall asleep and get a restful night’s sleep with a constant feeling of anxiety and stress. Yoga can be a great way to de-stress and unwind as you get ready to hit the hay.

These yoga poses are all meant to help you clear your mind and feel relaxed. These poses can also stretch areas that may have tightened up through the day. Add this ten-minute sequence to your nightly routine to help you calm down and fall into a deep slumber.


Cat & Cow Pose

Start on all fours, with your hands under your shoulders and knees under hips. Inhale as your lengthen through your spine, arching your back, reaching the crown of your head and tailbone together, and drawing your shoulder blades down into a Cow pose.

Exhale as you bring your spine back to neutral and round your spine up towards the ceiling to curl your chin to your chest and pulling your belly button into your spine, coming into Cat pose. Work through Cat and Cow pose a few times, stretching and lengthening the spine.


Child’s Pose

Once you finish working through Cat and Cow pose a few times, sit your hips back onto your heels, bringing your toes together, but keeping your knees apart. Keep the arms reaching forward to stretch through the shoulders. Take a few breaths in this position, and if you’d like, walk both hands over to the right for a few breaths, and then over to the left for a few breaths to stretch out the obliques.


Seated Forward Fold

Start by sitting on your mat with your legs extended straight in front of you. Lengthen through your spine, sitting as tall as you can. Reach your arms in front of you to grab a hold of your feet or to place them in your shins.

Lengthen through your spine as much as possible — instead of just collapsing down towards your legs. Bend your knees as much as necessary to keep your back flat. This pose is a great hamstring stretch, but don’t make it deep and intense now; your ultimate goal is gentle relaxation.

Stay in the same seated position with your legs extended in front of you, and allow your back to stretch gently over your legs. Stay folded forward for a few deep breaths, feeling the stretch along your spine.


Wide Leg Forward Fold

Stand with your feet three to four feet apart, bringing your feet parallel to each other. Clasp your hands arms behind your back, pressing the heels of your palms together in a fist. Bend from your hips, folding forward, reaching the crown of your head and your hands toward the floor.

Relax your toes, and try to shift the weight into your toes. Stay here for a minute or two, allowing the crown of your head to keep reaching deeper to the floor.


Supine Bound Angle Pose

Start by laying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the mat. Open your arms out to the side at about 45 degrees away from the body. Let your knees drop out to the sides, bringing the bottoms of your feet together. Allow gravity to pull your knees wider, opening up the hips. Stay here for at least two minutes, breathing deeply, and sinking deeper into the pose.


Supine Spinal Twist

Laying on your back with your legs extended straight, pull your RIGHT knee in towards your chest. Hold the knee with your LEFT hand and guide it to cross over your body. Extend your RIGHT arm out to the side as if in a “T” position, and gaze out over your right hand. Hold for a minute or two, allowing the twist of your spine to increase with each exhale. Be sure to stretch the other side, as well.


Single Leg Happy Baby

Again, start by laying on your back with your legs extended, and pull the RIGHT knee back into your chest. Hugging the knee in towards the chest, grab a hold of the arch of your foot with your RIGHT hand. Bring the sole of the foot about parallel to the floor and pull the knee in close towards your armpit.

As you press into the sole of the foot with your hand, also press against the hand with your foot to increase the stretch. Keep the LEFT leg as straight as possible and you may also feel a stretch in the front of the left hip. Hold for 30-60 seconds taking deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.


Legs Up the Wall Pose

Sit next to a wall and lay on your side, keeping your hips as close to the wall as possible. As you turn to lay on your back, extend your top leg straight and slide it up the wall reaching towards the ceiling.

Follow with the other leg, bringing both legs up onto the wall, keeping the feet glued together. Bring the arms out into a “T” position and allow your hips to sink into your mat. This pose is great to get the blood flowing from your legs and feet back to your heart. It helps with circulation, and calms the body. Stay here for 2-5 minutes breathing deeply. To come out of this position, bend your knees in towards your chest and roll to one side.


Shavasana

Before falling asleep, take advantage of a peaceful moment for a brief meditation. Lay on your back with legs extended, slightly wider than hip distance apart, and your arms out at about 45 degrees. Breathe deeply and allow yourself to feel how relaxed you are after taking a few minutes to stretch and unwind after a long day. If you fall asleep in this pose, that’s alright, too!

Sweet dreams!

Author: Deanna Dorman, an ACE® certified personal trainer, Balanced Body® Pilates instructor, and NASM® Fitness Nutrition Specialist.

Source: http://blog.paleohacks.com/yoga-for-sleep

And be sure to check out the Self-help Health archive for more posts on yoga for weight loss, unkinking, a free yoga poses chart and more.

 

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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.

Inversion Therapy: Turn Your World Upside Down!

 

In a blog post at the beginning of the year about free health resources I included a video of David Wolfe and his “Health Tips for 2015.” One of the things he mentioned/recommended was getting inverted daily. I’m glad he brought it up because it’s something I haven’t been doing for awhile. I’d forgotten that Plow Pose and Supported Shoulder Stand, as well as other yoga poses involving inversion, are known for providing  a wealth of benefits. Since watching to Wolfe’s video I have tried to be more conscious of “turning my world upside down” on a regular basis. Have even made use of the inversion table at the chiropractor’s whenever I happen to have an appointment.

But I have been wanting to find out more about how and why inversion is so good for us, so I was pleased when the following article from Be Well Buzz recently came my way…..

 

 

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(photo: calvinchristian.mb.ca)

12 Health Benefit of Inversions

Can you believe that standing upside down could actually help your body and your mind? Yes, inversion represents the quiet side of fitness and can significantly help to relieve many forms of back and neck pain.

What Is Inversion Therapy?

Inversion is the pose in which you hold your heart higher than your head. Inversion therapy helps your body to recover from the compressive effects of gravity and daily activities. Scientifically, it has been proven to be quite advantageous for cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems. In fact, inversion is a perfect exercise for the body as a whole.

What Are The Health Benefits of Inversion Therapy?

Inversions are so effective that the US Army is planning to include it in its physical training. You can achieve a lot of benefits by inverting 3-5 mins every day. One of the most shocking facts about inversion is that bats and sloths are the only creatures on earth who will never suffer from osteoarthritis. This is because inversion is in their natural habitat. So, if you have a family history of osteoarthritis, then make sure you start inverting from today.

In case, you are not able to invert on your own, you should try leaning against the wall while inverting that will also give you the same advantages. An inversion table and/or gravity boots are amazing as they can help you easily alleviate debilitating back pain and other health issues without surgery or drugs.

  • Relieves Spinal Pain

One of the basic advantages of inversions is that it relieves spinal pain to a great extent. It enables a person to have a better posture. Since the spinal cord is the most important part of the body, which affects how the person sits and stands; inversion can help improve the outlook of a person.

  • Improves Blood Circulation

Inversions increase the blood flow to the brain, giving it more oxygen and nutrients and making the brain function faster and better. This improves concentration, memory, observation and boosts clear thinking. Standing inverted actually makes the brain work better. According to Dr. Robert Martin, the author of  The Gravity Guiding System, Turning the Aging Process Upside Down, the brain operates 14% more accurately when the brain is operating on an inverted, inclined plane. Inversion also helps move the stagnant blood in the body because you are standing against gravity when you are inverting. It forces the blood to move which would not do so standing in a straight position.

  • Controlling Indigestion 

Inversions are the yogic approach to control indigestion. Indigestion, which may cause anxiety and skin disorders, is considerably improved when one practices inversions.

  • Decreasing Mood Swings

Standing upside down can actually make you feel better! When blood circulation gets fine, this releases neurotransmitters and balances the hormones which make a person feel light-hearted and more happy than usual. So, if you are really sad, try doing inversions! It might make you feel a lot better! This is said to control depression, premenstrual symptoms and mood swings.

Inversions increase the ability of a person’s body to fight off diseases. Since it cleans the blood, an overall healthy feeling is maintained.

  • Countering Insomnia

Inversions also help to decrease insomnia. When your mind is all relaxed and in high spirits because of the healthy blood flow, you will be able to sleep better. When inverting, muscle tension decreases by 35%. This is one of the reasons why a person can sleep better after inverting.

  • Look Beautiful and Feel Beautiful

This is an amazing benefit of inversions. Inversions can actually make you beautiful. When a person’s posture is improved through inversion, it shows grace, poise and sophistication. Good circulation will automatically bring brightness to the skin, making the person look younger than he/she originally is. Acne and other skin conditions will also tend to decrease with performing inversions.

  • Flexibility

Inversion makes the body flexible and adaptable to changes. A flexible body remains healthy and strong, even when it reaches old age.

  • Maintaining Proper Posture

For athletes or workers who perform a lot of physical work, inversion is the best way to keep the spine in proper posture. It will also reduce tiredness and will gain back your strength after a workout. Inversion therapy works wonders for the lower back pain caused by this physical work. It also helps reduce muscle pain.

  • Strengthening Bones

Inversion helps to make ligaments strong which are one of the basic elements of your bones. Ligaments hold your bones together. When they’re strong, you will often be saved from a bone breaking accident.

  • Stress Therapy

Inversion is an amazing therapy to counter stress. When a person is under a lot of stress, his body tends to revolt with back pains, headaches and joint muscle pains. Physiotherapist LJ Nosse did a study titled ‘Inverted Spinal Traction’ published in Arch Phys. Medical Rehab 59: 367-370, Aug 78. The study confirmed that inverting decreased muscle tension by over 35% within the first 10 seconds! When muscle pain is gone, stress reduces. As a result, the person feels lighter and happier, ready to face the challenges in life.

  • Maintaining Height

A lot of people will shrink over time as old age approaches. Inversion can help stop that and retain your original height.

Inversion therapy is one of the “after yoga therapies” which carries immense benefits. Even when you do it the first time, the psychological feeling of turning your body against its natural position will be enough to lift you up both physically and mentally.

NOTE: Check with your yoga teacher and doctor if you have a chronic condition such as high blood pressure, glaucoma or epilepsy, which are contraindicated for yoga inversions.

 

 

Authors: Larry & Oksana Ostrovsky, founders of BeWellBuzz, are Life Upgrade Coaches committed to helping individuals navigate through the latest natural health and personal development information to a destination of optimal wellness.
Related posts you may want to read about various yoga poses involving inversion and the benefits they offer:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/377442-what-are-the-benefits-of-inversions-in-yoga/

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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.

All Things Pumpkin, Especially The SEEDS!

 

This is the perfect time of year for a post about all the great benefits of eating pumpkins, as well as their seeds. So nice that something so tasty is also so nutritious!

 

Pumpkin

With fall in the air, at least here in the eastern US, and Halloween just around the corner, pumpkins are turning up everywhere, so it seems like the perfect time to spotlight this low-calorie, super-nutritious vegetable. Pumpkins provide a variety of nutrients, including important minerals such as calcium, which helps build strong bones and teeth, and iron, which is important for blood cell function and many biochemical reactions in your cells. Pumpkins also contain magnesium, potassium, zinc and selenium, along with vitamins C and E and two B-complex vitamins, folate and niacin.

And their bright orange color is a sign that pumpkins are rich in carotenoids, which the body converts into vitamin A. Carotenoids are antioxidants and protect the body from free radicals and the by-products of metabolism and toxin breakdown. So a diet high in pumpkin may help prevent cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and some eye problems. And interestingly enough, canned pumpkin is actually more nutritious than fresh pumpkin because it has been cooked down and the water removed, so it’s nutrients are more concentrated than in fresh, plus they are easier for the body to absorb. Here’s a short video about how canned pumpkin is the top food when it comes to carotenoids:

http://videos.huffingtonpost.com/entertainment/the-health-benefits-of-canned-pumpkin-516925343

Pumpkins also provides a healthy dose of fiber. A 1-cup serving of canned pumpkin contains up to 5 grams of dietary fiber, which helps food move through the digestive tract, lessening the risk of constipation and intestinal inflammation conditions such as diverticulitis. Fiber also helps reduce your blood cholesterol level and slows glucose uptake after a meal, reducing the demand on your body to produce insulin, which can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

More about the benefits of pumpkin and a recipe for pumpkin hair conditioner:

http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/4-beauty-benefits-of-pumpkin-plus-diy-pumpkin-conditioner-recipe

Seven benefits to eating pumpkin, including healing the pancreas and helping stabilize insulin levels, as well as treating inflammation and reducing your risk of arthritis:

http://www.bewellbuzz.com/nutrition/7-health-reasons-eat-pumpkin-pumpkin-seeds/

And if you still have any doubt about how good pumpkin is, just watch this adorable porcupine chowing down on a mini pumpkin:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1391338621104147&set=vb.136336876521150&type=2&theater

So pumpkins are clearly a great all-natural health food, but the seeds they produce are real powerhouses in and of themselves….

 

pumpk sq-y

Pumpkin Seed Benefits

If you’re in the mood for a chewy snack that doubles as a phenomenal health food, look no further than pumpkin seeds. With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. They also contain plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, which can give your health an added boost.

Best of all, because pumpkin seeds are highly portable and require no refrigeration, they make an excellent snack whenever you’re on the go, or they can be used as a quick anytime snack at home, too.

9 Top Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds by Dr. Mercola

1.  Heart Healthy Magnesium

One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, which participates in a wide range of vitally important physiological functions, including the creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the energy molecules of your body), the synthesis of RNA and DNA, the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function.

Magnesium has been shown to benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke, yet an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this important mineral.

2.  Zinc for Immune Support

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc (one ounce contains more than 2 mg of this beneficial mineral). Zinc is important to your body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function.

Many are deficient in zinc due to mineral-depleted soils, drug effects, plant-based diets, and other diets high in grain. This deficiency is associated with increased colds and flu, chronic fatigue, depression, acne, low birth weight babies, learning problems and poor school performance in children.

3.  Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats

Raw nuts and seeds, including pumpkin seeds, are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3s (alpha-linolenic acid or ALA). We all need ALA, however, ALA has to be converted by your body into the far more essential omega-3 fats EPA and DHA — by an enzyme in which the vast majority of us have impaired by high insulin levels. So, while pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of ALA, I believe it is essential to get some of your omega-3 fats from animal sources, such as krill oil, as well.

4.  Prostate Health

Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as an important natural food for men’s health. This is in part because of their high zinc content, which is important for prostate health (where it is found in the highest concentrations in the body), and also because pumpkin seed extracts and oils may play a role in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate). Research suggests that both pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds may be particularly beneficial in supporting prostate health.

5.  Anti-Diabetic Effects

Animal studies suggest that pumpkin seeds may help improve insulin regulation and help prevent diabetic complications by decreasing oxidative stress.

6.  Benefits for Post-menopausal Women

Pumpkin seed oil is rich in natural phytoestrogens and studies suggest it may lead to a significant increase in good “HDL” cholesterol, along with decreases in blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms in post-menopausal women.

7.  Heart and Liver Health

Pumpkin seeds, rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, may provide benefits for heart and liver health, particularly when mixed with flax seeds.

8.  Tryptophan for Restful Sleep

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid (protein building block) that your body converts into serotonin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the “sleep hormone.” Eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed, along with a carbohydrate like a small piece of fruit, may be especially beneficial for providing your body the tryptophan needed for your melatonin and serotonin production to help promote a restful night’s sleep.

9.  Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Pumpkin seed oil has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. One animal study even found it worked as well as the anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin in treating arthritis, but without the side effects.

What’s the Best Way to Consume Pumpkin Seeds?

In order to preserve the healthy fats present in the seeds, pumpkin seeds should be eaten raw. If you choose to purchase seeds from a bulk bin, make sure they smell fresh – not musty, spoiled or stale, which could indicate rancidity or the presence of fungal mycotoxins. Organic pumpkin seeds are preferred, as they will not be contaminated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals.

However, most nuts and seeds have anti-nutrients like *phytic acid that can make all the previously discussed important nutrients less bioavailable when you consume them. So if you plan on consuming seeds or nuts on a regular basis, it would be wise to soak or sprout them. To make them more palatable, you can then dehydrate them in your oven, or better yet and more cost effectively in a dehydrator. There are many dehydrators on the market, but Excalibur is generally considered the best. I have used one for over 20 years. They are readily available on Amazon.

If you prefer to eat the seeds roasted, do so yourself so you can control the roasting temperature and time. Raw pumpkin seeds can be roasted on a low heat setting in your oven (no more than 170 degrees F or 75 degrees Celsius), sprinkled with Himalayan or other natural salt, for about 15-20 minutes.

*More on phytic acid at the end of this post. Also see this Self-help Health post.

And that’s not all pumpkin seeds are good for. Check out this article about the ability of pumpkin seeds to wage war on intestinal parasites….

(from NaturalHealth365 by Jonathan Landsman) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of the world’s population is infected with parasites. They can enter the body through food or water, mosquitoes, intimate contact and through the nose or mouth after touching an animal or any contaminated surface. The question is – how do we get rid of them.

Parasites find friendly environments and automatically settle in for the long haul. When our immunity is low and our digestive system is not in good working order they can take refuge in our body. But dietary changes can help improve this health problem.

These tiny critters are often difficult to get rid of, and also hard to diagnose. The symptoms of parasitic infestation are very general and may not be that different from other conditions. The intestinal symptoms are bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, allergies and poor immunity.

Pumpkin seeds are known for their nutritional content along with their ability to get rid of intestinal parasites. Roasted pumpkin seeds are not only a great snack, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends consuming pumpkin seeds, along with plenty of fluids to help both protect against and get rid of any parasites you may have. The seed doesn’t kill the worms but paralyzes them, which in turn prevents them from holding on to the wall of the intestine as they commonly do during a bowel movement.

Since pumpkin seeds are easy to eat with or without the shells, and make a delicious topping for salads, a garnish for casseroles, and can be used in breakfast cereals, it is easy to incorporate them in your meals or as a snack.

Want to know even more about the uses and benefits of pumpkin seeds? Here’s a good resource that has a number of articles about health issues pumpkin seeds can help with, including hair loss, acne, and prostate problems, plus there’s a tasty-sounding recipe for pumpkin seed pesto:

http://superfoodprofiles.com/category/nuts-seeds/pumpkin-seeds/

And in the article by Dr. Mercola it mentioned that pumpkin seeds, like grains, nuts and seeds, contain phytic acid that can cause a number of health problems and render nutrients less bio-available. That’s why whenever you eat any of these types of foods you should really soak and/or sprout them first to help lower phytic acid.

A great way to get around the phytic acid issue with pumpkin seeds is to buy Go Raw Organic Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds. That way the work is already done for you and they are the best tasting seeds I’ve ever had. The only problem is you may have a hard time stopping with just a handful! They aren’t cheap, but they are nutrient dense, so a little goes a long way. If you shop at Vitacost, you can get them at a discount price. 

And even though the seeds are better for you raw, they are awfully tasty toasted, especially if they are being used as a garnish on soups or salads. Check out this link for some “how to” tips on toasting. The only thing I wouldn’t do is use a microwave (as mentioned in the directions) to heat the water for soaking the seeds. Microwaves create “dead” water and a number of other changes in whatever is heated in them. My suggestion? Use structured water that’s been heated on the stove to give the seeds an extra infusion of vital energy during the soaking process.

http://www.flouronmyface.com/2012/10/how-to-clean-and-roast-pumpkin-seeds.html

And stay tuned for some recipes that will give you tasty ways to incorporate more pumpkin into your diet!

2/11/14 Update: Check out this post for an Abundance Bowl recipe that has a yummy pumpkin seed sauce you could use on lots of different foods:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/winter-detox-foods/

 

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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.