Possible Link Between Negative Thinking And Alzheimer’s

 

This news doesn’t really surprise me since it’s been proven that negative thinking adversely affects your health in a number of ways, including suppressing the immune system. It’s often said that you are what you eat, but research is showing it’s just as true that you are what you think!

(by Bryan Hubbard) Is your cup always half-empty? You may want to start seeing it as half-full because people who regularly have negative and depressive thoughts are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease in older age.

Researchers can even see the physical consequences of ‘repetitive negative thinking’ (RNT), as they call it, with ‘half-empty’ thinkers developing more harmful proteins in the brain that are linked to Alzheimer’s.

If that’s you, start meditating or doing mindfulness practices—becoming aware of your thoughts and surroundings—say researchers from University College London. Negative thinking is “an underlying reason” why some people suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, says researcher Natalie Marchant.

But it has to be a long-term, chronic view of the world. The occasional set-back when we suddenly have negative thoughts and feelings won’t cause any long-lasting damage to our cognitive abilities.

The researchers tracked the mental health of 292 people over the age of 55 for two years. The way they ruminated about the past and worried about the future was an important measure of their RNT score.

Those with high RNT scores suffered greater cognitive decline over a four-year period, including greater memory loss, and brain scans also revealed they had higher deposits of tau and amyloid proteins which are seen in dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.

RNT is a new risk factor, the researchers say, and so it’s important people who regularly have negative thoughts should counteract them by taking up meditation or mindfulness.

As they say, our thoughts do matter and can even change us physically.

Source: https://www.wddty.com/news/2020/06/negative-thinking-increases-our-risk-of-alzheimers.html

To help combat a tendency to think negatively,  you may want to learn and practice the easy and quick “joy circuits routine” presented in the 28-Day Joy Challenge recently featured here. Or start doing the 4-minute HIIT routine presented in this post that’s great for leaving you feeling upbeat and energized (PLUS it helps increase metabolism and build muscle….I’m lovin’ it so far!). Also search the archives for numerous posts that give other natural ways to reduce stress and increase positivity and well-being, as well as treat Alzheimer’s naturally.

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.

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!

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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.

Stress Relief & Immune Support On-line Seminar

 

Here’s another free resource you may want to check out. I have never been to Prama Wellness Center, but a friend of mine has been there several times and loves the staff and quality of information and expertise….

 

Are you STRESSED OUT??? Join us for this valuable on-line seminar with Dr. Sid Jordan and Ramesh Bjonnes of the Prama Wellness Center and co-hosted by Red Wing Enterprises, Saturday, 10 AM to 12:30 PM ET on a natural approach through diet, yoga, meditation, compassionate communication, and juice cleansing. Free or suggested donation!

In these days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hear the same message from MDs as well as natural health practitioners: Now is the time to prioritize preventive health, both physically and mentally.

In this one-day online program, we at the Prama Wellness Center will share some effective tools to help strengthen our physical and psychological immune systems so that we can build resiliency in dealing with the stress and uncertainty we now are facing.

This online seminar will cover the following topics:

Tools to strengthen our physical immune system
with Ramesh Bjonnes, Director of the Prama Wellness Center

Now is definitely not the time to burn the candle at both ends. Rather, now is the time to do our workouts, eat a nutrient dense diet, take preventive herbs and vitamins as well as practice yoga and meditation. We can do that by following a few simple guidelines at home.

Topics to be covered in this workshop include:

Meditation for better immunity
Diet to strengthen the immune system response
Herbs to strengthen nerves, improve digestion and boost the immune system
Intermittent fasting tips to build stamina and immunity

Tools for Psychological Immunity during the Coronavirus Crisis
with Dr. Sid Jordan, Psychologist and Co-founder of the Prama Institute

This workshop will focus on the social support and stress management we all need during this crisis.

Practicing “distant socializing” can ameliorate the social isolation induced by “social distancing”. In times of crisis, our efforts to observe sound physical care guidelines and strengthen social ties can be deepened during this social lock down.

We all have to hit the reset button to find a new normal for work (or unemployment) and a balance in self-care and care of others. Let’s seek this new balance together by building psychological immunity through positive thoughts, words and actions.

Self-Care tools to be covered in the workshop:

How to slow down and take deep breaths
How to meditate on and off the mat
How to define and confront obstacles and fears
How to care for Self and Others
How to stay in touch with family and friends
How to listen attentively with your heart to yourself and others
How to make loving requests to family and friends related to your needs

You can sign up on Prama’s Facebook page here. Just scroll down a couple of posts until you see the notice about the seminar.

 

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.

Tips For Strengthening The Immune System & Remaining Calm During These Challenging Times

 

For those who are looking for some natural ways to strengthen the immune system and remain balanced and as anxiety-free as possible during these times of challenging conditions in the world, here’s a short article from the Doctors Are Dangerous newsletter recommending that “miracle” multi-purpose health aid coconut oil, plus ginger, as well as a list of some Self-health Health posts you may find helpful…..

Fight Colds, Flu and Other Viruses with Coconut Oil and Ginger

Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called lauric acid, which has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has anti-viral properties, which make it perfect for fighting winter colds, viruses including Coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses. Studies have shown that coconut oil can bolster a weakened immune system by improving the white blood cell count, which helps the body directly fight viruses and infections.

To prevent colds, adults can consume 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil or more per day. This can be added to other foods or used in cooking. Some people like the flavor so well that they eat it directly from the container. Regular consumption can strengthen the immune system, so we have a better chance of fighting colds before they ever start.

Once cold symptoms manifest, however, coconut oil can help alleviate many symptoms and even shorten the duration of the cold. In order to help clear sinus passages, an ill person can rub organic, cold-pressed coconut oil with two drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil on his or her chest. It should be massaged into the upper back and the head as well. Being able to breathe more easily will allow the sufferer to sleep better, and a good night`s rest is important to the healing process.

When added to tea or broth, coconut oil can gently soothe a sore throat and ease coughing in addition to boosting immunity and fighting the virus directly. It can also be mixed with foods, or you can have coconut oil in a smoothie.

To further support your health through the winter months try incorporating ginger into your health routine. It can also be taken as a tea added to smoothies, juices, soups, broths or other meals. Ginger is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful health benefits. In particular, it has been demonstrated to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive, anti-ulcer, antioxidant, anticancer, anti-microbial, anti-hyperglycemic, anti-allergic, antioxidant, and anti-platelet activities at different doses/concentrations.

With the combined benefits of coconut oil and ginger you should be able to sail through winter and into spring vibrant and healthy.

Source: Doctors Are Dangerous newsletter

I also recommend having a high quality colloidal silver on hand; this can be used internally, as well as sprayed up the nose and/or used in a neti pot to keep viruses and bacteria from adhering to the mucus lining of the nasal passages. Also, liposomal vitamin C  (and see this article about using high doses of C),  the Master Tonic, and Wisdom of the Ages Advantage grapefruit seed extract are great DIY “first aid” products to help keep immunity strong and “bad bugs” at bay, regardless of what flu or virus is currently going around. And check out these past Self-help Health posts for more useful ideas:

Feeling Stressed?! Rub Your Ear!

Don’t Under-estimate The Power Of Vitamin C

A Kick-ass Remedy For the Flu

Master Tonic: Anti-bacterial, Anti-viral, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Everything

+40 Natural Cold & Flu Remedies

Jin Shin Jyutsu: One Of My Favorite Self-help Health Tools 

Jin Shin Jyutsu For Dealing With Fear, Plus Sign-up For Free Scalar Energy Sessions

Ascorbic Acid Flush & Lemon Routine

Anti-anxiety Music Track

Neti Your Nose

And from a more metaphysical perspective, you might reflect on this information from Abraham-Hicks. Not giving into fear, reducing stress and anxiety, and having an attitude of  gratitude are probably the most potent immunity boosters there are:

Your sophisticated physical body exists because of the intelligence of your cells. And the intelligence of your cells exists because of their Connection to Source Energy.

When doctors and scientists try to find cures for diseases without taking into consideration the Vibrational relationship between the physical Being and Source Energy, they are looking for cures in all the wrong places. If the resistance that disallowed the Well-Being to begin with is not released, it will show up in the form of another and another disease.

Your cells, because of their connection to the intelligence of Source Energy, know exactly what to do in order to become the incredible variety of functioning cells in your magnificent physical body. And in the absence of the hindrance that is caused by your resistant negative thought, that communication stays open to clear, up-to-the-moment interaction, keeping your physical body at peak and perfect performance.

In the absence of negative emotion—and therefore the allowance of complete alignment and communication with Source Energy—your physical body can reclaim its balance and recover from any imbalance. And once balance has resumed, it is easy to maintain with consistently good-feeling thoughts.

p. s. For “regular” vitamin C, ascorbic acid and ingredients for making your own liposomal version at discount prices, iHerb.com is a great place to shop (use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get money off). Plus, shipping is free on orders of $20 or more, and you get an extra 5% off on orders over $60.  

Vitacost.com is another one of my favorite on-line places to shop. Great discount prices, ever-expanding inventory, free shipping on $49 and up, and if you have an eBates/Rakuten account (free to set up using the link toward the bottom of my Resources webpage) you will earn cash back when you shop thru their portal at Vitacost (as well as at 100s of other stores!), plus get a $10 off coupon with your first order of $25 or more. Woo-hoo! 

 

Salud!

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

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

Jin Shin Jyutsu For Weight Loss And Restoring Energy + Interesting Research On The Keto Diet

 

Here are a couple of good Jin Shin Jyutsu holds/flows to know about from Astrid at FlowsForLife.com. Both of these are great ones to keep in mind, especially during and after the holiday season, since that’s a time we are prone to over-eat and over-do in general. How fascinating that you can hold one cheek to lose weight, the other if you want to gain, and both to allow the body to adjust to what it needs. How cool is that?!

 

Flows For Life How to Lose weight with Jin Shin Jyutsu

Every year when Spring is around the corner, I feel the need to shed those few extra pounds I put on in Winter. In this article, I share how to lose weight with some simple Jin Shin Jyutsu exercises.

Two ‘energy sites’ that help us lose weight

We have two different ‘energy sites’ on the body (four if you count the right and left sides) that help with weight loss. These energy sites are officially called Safety Energy Locks, or SELs for short. They are spheres of concentrated energy on the body about the size of a tennis ball.

SEL 21: Release mental and physical weight

Safety Energy Lock number 21 is found right under the cheekbone on the face. Place the right fingers on the RIGHT side of the face just under the cheekbone for weight LOSS. Place the left fingers on the LEFT side of face just under the cheekbone for weight GAIN. If you forget which side is which, hold both sides and the body will adjust itself to what it needs. It will! The body is very clever that way.

Placing the hands on either cheekbone helps weight balance, helps relieve MENTAL STRESS and ‘frees us from mental bondage’. So when I feel mentally stressed, I use this self help hold to calm my mind and calm me down.

This self help hold is also really good to relieve DIZZINESS.

SEL 25: Regenerate all body functions

Safety Energy Lock number 25 is found on the right and left sitting bones.

Sit on your hands (with the palms up against the body) at least 20 minutes a day to stay fit, to take lactic acid out of the muscles after exercising, and to lose volume from the hip and thigh area. Because SEL 25 is all about quietly regenerating all the body functions it is very helpful to keep the body fit and toned, as well as increasing alertness and mental clarity.

If you want more energy, sit on your hands!

Flows For Life how to lose weight with Jin Shin Jyutsu 2

Both these exercises are easy to do and can even be practiced while sitting watching TV, so there’s no excuse not to put them to use. 🙂 For a more meditative experience, sit or lie quietly with your eyes closed.

Source: https://www.flowsforlife.com/how-to-lose-weight-with-jin-shin-jyutsu/

See also: Self Help Hold for Fatigue and multiple Self-help Health posts on the topic of JSJ


 

And here’s a short article I found interesting. I’m not very knowledgeable about the Keto Diet, but I know many people are into it. And suddenly everything on the grocery shelves is being labeled keto-friendly, so I thought this research might be good for people to know about….

Keto diet reverses early signs of diabetes—but only for the first week image

Keto diet reverses early signs of diabetes—but only for the first week….

(by Bryan Hubbard ) The high-fats, low-carbs ketogenic diet could be good for you—but only for one week. After that, it starts to have negative health effects, a new study suggests.

The keto diet is a dramatic way to kick-start the immune system and reverse signs of diabetes and inflammation. And it delivers all those positive health effects in just seven days.

But continue the diet any longer than that and the body starts storing the fat it’s supposed to be burning, say researchers from Yale School of Medicine.

The diet tricks the body into thinking it’s in starvation mode by dramatically reducing carb consumption; as a consequence, it starts burning fats instead of carbs and this triggers the release of chemicals called ketone bodies as an alternative source of fuel. This process also releases immune T-cells, and these reverse signs of diabetes and inflammation, and also improve the body’s overall metabolism. After a week on the diet, blood sugar levels and general inflammation reduce.

But these health benefits go into reverse after around a week on the diet and the body begins to store the large amounts of fats we’re consuming.

With one in three Americans pre-diabetic—their blood sugar levels are already too high—anything that can reverse that should be welcome. And even better, it can be done on just a seven-day diet. “Who wants to be on a diet forever, anyway?” said researcher Vishwa Deep Dixit.

(Reference: Nature Metabolism, 2020; 2: 50)

Source: https://www.wddty.com/news/2020/02/keto-diet-reverses-early-signs-of-diabetes-but-only-for-the-first-week.html

 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.

New Season of Free YWR Series AND Bonus 963 Hz Download

 

Just a quick post to let you know about a new season of the free series You Wealth Revolution, where you’ll be introduced to a wide variety of presenters on alternative health, energy medicine and personal transformation. Sign up and receive a bonus of a download featuring 963 Hz solfeggio tones to help de-stress your life and bring in more joy.

 

Each day you’ll get to experience one of  40+ top teachers, healers, and scientists who will share never before tools and processes including how to:

– Let go of stress, discomfort and worry

Discover how to break-free of negative energy including, 5G, EMF, negative influences, geomagnetic stress and more…

– Experience more happiness and love no matter what’s happening around you

-Discover the ‘real truth’ about what’s happening on Earth, activate your DNA, and much more…

You can sign up here and also receive a link to your free 963 Hz download. And stay tuned for my upcoming post on Prime Mover, one of my favorite Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help tools!

 

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

Great Acupressure Resource For Colds, Flu, Sore Throat And MORE!

 

Here’s lots of good self-help information to have on hand from Michael Reed Gach, PhD for using acupressure points for a cold, flu, sore throat and MORE….

 

We’re well into the winter season when it is vital to protect yourself from the wind, cold and dampness. Boosting your immune system with Acupressure and keeping your energy flowing is an effective way to ward off many winter ills.

What you eat is also vital for staying healthy.  Eating too many sweets and cold foods can make your body receptive to catching colds and sore throats.

Tip for Colds & Sore Throats: A tea made from fresh Ginger Root (available in produce markets, not the candy) can provide your body with the warmth to counteract colds and sore throats.  Chop a small handful of ginger root and simmer it for 20 minutes or so.  Use this ginger water to gargle with to relieve a sore throat.  Sweeten with a little honey to drink as a medicinal tea for colds.

When a cold comes on your shoulders may ache. This is when Acupressure shoulder points, just above the tip of your shoulder blades can help. Firm pressure on TW 15 (shown below) is great for immune boosting, stress reduction, and can help to prevent a cold.

When you feel a cold brewing, place tennis balls on the points shown above.  Apply pressure with the weight of your body, whether you’re sitting or lying down.  Placing the balls on a soft pillow or on top of your bed can be helpful.

Breathe deeply as these points are pressed for 2 minutes or so. Let yourself deeply relax with your eyes closed for at least 5 minutes immediately afterward to gain the full benefits, and allow your body’s energy to balance.

Here’s more from Michael on using Acupressure for relieving not only colds, flu and a sore throat, but also headaches, neck pain, arthritis, mental stress and a number of other things….

Acupressure Points for
Colds and Flu
Side view of anatomical chart     Colds are caused by viruses that thrive in your nose and throat when the temperature, acidity, and moisture suit them. When you are run down and your resistance is low, your ability to adapt to environmental changes weakens, making it easier to catch a cold, and the mucous membranes become a perfect breeding ground for viruses. Cold symptoms are the body’s attempt to protect itself from these intruders. When a virus enters your nose, for instance, the body secretes more mucus to flush it away.

Because acupressure stimulates your body to expel the virus more quickly, it may seem at first that your cold is worsening. But your body is simply progressing through the symptoms faster than usual. Although acupressure cannot cure a cold, working on certain points can help you get better quicker and increase your resistance to future colds.

Acupressure Points
for Seasonal Changes

Potent point B 36, called Bearing Support, is especially good for stimulating the body’s natural resistance to colds and flu. It’s located near the spine, off the tips of the shoulder blades. According to traditional Chinese medicine, wind and cold enter the pores of the skin at this point.1 The muscles in this upper back area tend to get tense just before a cold or flu takes hold.2

Recently, one of my best friends, a realtor, was suffering from a bad cold with a stuffy nose, a hacking cough, puffiness around his eyes, and a pallid complexion. He hadn’t slept well the previous two nights because of these discomforts and was very tired. After I briefly massaged his upper back, shoulders, neck, and chest, I showed him how to press the decongestion points underneath the base of his skull and on his face. I also told him to drink ginger tea at least twice a day. When I saw John the next day, he told me he had slept soundly and felt much more refreshed. His eyes looked much clearer, and already he was no longer coughing and blowing his nose.

Potent Points for Relieving Colds and Flu 

Drilling Bamboo (B 2)

Location: In the indentations of the eye sockets, on either side of where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows.

Benefits: Relieves colds, sinus congestion, frontal headaches, and tired eyes.

Facial Beauty (St 3)

Location: At the bottom of the cheekbone, directly below the pupil.

Benefits: Relieves stuffy nose, head congestion, burning eyes, eye fatigue, and eye pressure.

Welcoming Perfume (LI 20)

Location: On either cheek, just outside each nostril.

Benefits: Relieves nasal congestion, sinus pain, facial paralysis, and facial swelling.

Crooked Pond (LI 11)

Location: At the outer end of the elbow crease.

Benefits: Relieves cold symptoms, fever, constipation, and elbow pain; strengthens the immune system.

Joining the Valley (Hoku) (LI 4)

Caution: This point is forbidden for pregnant women because its stimulation can cause premature contractions in the uterus.

Location: At the highest spot of the muscle on the back of the hand that protrudes when the thumb and index finger are close together.

Benefits: Relieves colds, flu, head congestion, constipation, and headaches.

Gates of Consciousness (GB 20)

Location: Below the base of the skull, in the hollows on both sides, two to three inches apart depending on the size of the head.

Benefits: Relieves headaches, head congestion, arthritis, neck pain, and irritability.

Wind Mansion (GV 16)

Location: In the center of the back of the head, in the large hollow under the base of the skull.

Benefits: Relieves head congestion, red eyes, mental stress, headaches, and stiff neck.

Third Eye Point (GV 24.5)

Location: Directly between the eyebrows, in the indentation where the bridge of the nose meets the center of your forehead.

Benefits: Relieves head congestion, stuffy nose, and headaches. 

Elegant Mansion (K 27)

Location: In the hollow below the collarbone next to the breastbone.

Benefits: Relieves chest congestion, breathing difficulties, coughing, and sore throats.

Potent Point Exercises 

You do not have to use all of these points. Using just one or two of them whenever you have a free hand can be effective.

Lie down on your back or sit comfortably.

Step 1

Press into B 2: Use your thumbs on the upper ridge of your eye socket to press into the slight hollow near the bridge of your nose for one minute. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, letting the weight of your head relax forward onto your thumbs.

Step 2

Press St 3 and LI 20: Place both of your middle fingers beside your nostrils and your index fingers next to them; gradually press up and underneath the cheekbones for one minute. You can easily teach this step to your child to help relieve nasal congestion.

Step 3

Press both LI 11: Bend your arm and place your thumb at the- end of the elbow crease on the outside of your forearm. Curve your fingers to press firmly into the elbow joint for one minute. Repeat on your opposite arm.

Step 4

Press LI 4 firmly: Spread your left thumb and index finger apart. Place your right thumb in the webbing on the back of your left hand and your fingertips on the palm directly behind your thumb. Firmly squeeze your thumb and index finger of your right hand together to press into the webbing. Angle the pressure toward the bone that connects with your left index finger, and hold for one minute. Then switch hands.

Step 5

Firmly press GB 20: Now close your eyes and place your thumbs underneath the base of your skull, two to three inches apart. Slowly tilt your head back and apply pressure gradually, holding the position for one minute to fully release these important cold-relief points.

Step 6

Firmly press GV 16: Place the tips of your middle fingers into the hollow in the center of the base of your skull. Keeping your fingers on the point, inhale as you tilt your head back and exhale as you relax your head forward. Continue to slowly rock your head back and forward, and breathe deeply while you hold this important point for relieving head congestion.

Step 7

Touch the GV 24.5: Bring your palms together and use your middle and index fingers to lightly touch the Third Eye Point located between your eyebrows. Breathe deeply as you hold this point for balancing your endocrine system.

Step 8

Firmly press K 27: Place your fingertips on the protrusions of your collarbone, then slide your fingers down and outward into the first indentation in between the bones. Press into this hollow as you breathe deeply and visualize the congestion clearing.

Potent Points for Relieving Coughing

A severe, repeated, or uncontrolled cough can be harmful and you should always consult a physician. Many illnesses such as influenza, pneumonia, and chronic bronchitis can become serious if the condition continues unattended. 

Sometimes, your physician will find it advisable to attempt to suppress a cough to prevent further irritation of the bronchial tubes. Cough medications may be used, but acupressure can be an effective adjunct therapy. During a coughing fit, many of the large muscle groups in the upper back area can go into a spasm. Specific points on the chest, throat, neck, and upper back benefit the respiratory system, relax your body, and relieve coughs.

 

Vital Diaphragm (B 38)

Location: Between the shoulder blade and the spine at the level of the heart.

Benefits: Relieves coughing, breathing difficulties, and respiratory problems. This calming point also helps balance the emotions.

Ding Chuan (Extra Point 17)

Location: To the side and a little above the vertebra that protrudes at the top of the spine when the head is tilted downward.

Benefits: Relieves throat problems, coughing, shoulder and neck pain, and thyroid imbalances.

Heavenly Pillar (13 10)

Location: One-half inch below the base of the skull on the ropy muscles one-half inch out from either side of the spine.

Benefits: Relieves sore throat, stress, burnout, overexertion, and heaviness in the head.

Heaven Rushing Out (CV 22)

Location: At the base of the throat in the large hollow directly below the Adam’s apple.

Benefits: Relieves dry cough, bronchitis, sore throat, chest congestion, and heartburn.

Elegant Mansion (K 27)

Location: In the hollow below the collarbone next to the breastbone.

Benefits: Relieves chest congestion, breathing difficulties, asthma, coughing, and anxiety. 

(You do not have to use all of these points. Using just one or two of them whenever you have a cough can be effective.)

Potent Point Exercises

Although many of the following points can be held while you are sitting, it is preferable to lie down comfortably on your back.

Step 1

Hold both K 27 points: Place your fingertips on your chest and firmly press into the indentations directly below the protrusions of the collarbone. This is another point that you can easily teach a child.

Step 2

Use tennis balls on B 38: Place two small rubber balls or tennis balls together on a clean carpet. Lie down, placing the balls between your shoulder blades at the level of your heart. Close your eyes and take three long, deep breaths as you continue to press the K 27 points on your upper chest. 

Step 3

Firmly press extra point 17: Slowly roll the tennis balls a few inches higher toward the base of your neck. If the tennis balls tend to slip, or you aren’t using them, Simply use both middle fingers to press this important acupressure point at the base of the neck.

Step 4

Hold both B 10 points and CV 22: Press B 10 on the upper neck with one hand, using the fingertips. Use your other hand to lightly hold CV 22, an inch below the base of the Adam’s apple, pressing lightly at a downward angle. Close your eyes and breathe deeply as you visualize healing energy soothing your throat.

For Sore Throats and Coughing 

A small piece of fresh ginger can be one of the most natural and effective ways for soothing a sore throat. Simply place a very thin slice of fresh ginger on the back of your tongue. If your throat is sensitive and the ginger feels hot, use a smaller, thinner piece and place it farther back toward your throat. Keep the ginger in the back of your throat for ten minutes. Repeat with a fresh piece several times a day as needed. A quarter cup of chopped ginger can also be simmered in a few cups of water and used as a tea for soothing coughs and sore throats. 

Source: https://acupressure.com/articles/colds_and_flu.htm

Check out Michael’s acupressure.com site for free articles and videos and information about his on-line trainings .

Also search the Self-help Health archives for more posts on preventing and treating colds, sinus congestion, sore throats and the flu. And check out this simple Jin Shin Jyutsu hold for alleviating a sore throat, boosting the immune system and balancing the whole side of your body all at the same time!

 

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

 

Two Minute Breath Exercise To Relax & Alleviate Pain + 21-Day Yoga Challenge

 

As someone who for years has been a shallow breather and doing the opposite of what’s recommended, i. e. I’ve been “chest breathing” and pulling my stomach in when inhaling and out when exhaling, I’m determined to be more mindful of doing things correctly. Practicing this routine and a couple of others I’ve come across is already helping proper breathing feel more natural and automatic. 🙂 And I just signed up for Wanderlust’s free 21-day yoga challenge mentioned at the end of this post that will include focusing on the breath, so that should help as well! 

 

This Two Minute Exercise Reduces Pain and Promotes Relaxation

Did you know that over 25 million adults suffer daily with pain? Are you one of them? It could be joint pain, muscle pain, headaches, pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia or nerve pain, to name a few. We are a nation full of pain sufferers, and relief for many is found in the form of over-the-counter and prescription pain medicine.

Dangers of painkillers

Many types of chronic pain are inflammatory in nature. To combat this, some people use anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS), both prescription and over the counter, to relieve it. While these drugs do not possess the addictive nature of opioids, they do carry some potentially dangerous risks.

In the case of all NSAID drugs, the most common side effect is gastrointestinal tract damage. According to Dr. Byron Cryer of the American Gastroenterological Association, over half of all bleeding ulcer instances can be traced back to NSAID use. Other side effects of NSAIDs include severe allergic reactions, kidney damage, and high blood pressure.

Many people who experience chronic pain are prescribed opioid painkillers by doctors. These are a popular option because this class of drug is very potent, and may temporarily eradicate many types of pain. However, these drugs come with a substantial cost in the form of some extremely nasty concerns and side effects.

The primary reason one may want to avoid opioids is their high potential for addiction. Opioid addiction is an epidemic in our nation. The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control reported that approximately 2.1 million people in the United States alone abused prescription opioid drugs in 2012.

Opioids also carry a high risk of overdose. The CDC reports that in 2010, just under 17,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. That’s more deaths than from heroin and cocaine put together.

Aside from the frightening risks of addiction and overdose, opioid drugs are accompanied by a lot of potential side effects. One includes slow, shallow breathing, which can lead to death in the case of overdose. Other side effects include irregular heart rhythms, drowsiness, sleep disorders, digestive issues, lowered sex drive, osteoporosis (when taken long term) and tooth decay. It can even cause hyperalgesia, an instance where taking opioids leads to more pain, not less.

Do you have six minutes a day to spare?

I hope that your answer to this question is an inequitable, yes! If you can manage to carve out just 2 minutes each morning, midday and evening, you may well be on your way to pain relief, and relaxation like you have never experienced before.

This is something most people don’t do well

Breathing sustains life, breathing correctly revitalizes and can improve the quality of life while minimizing pain and maximizing relaxation. Most people don’t take the time to think about breathing; it is just one of those things that happen, all on its own. While this is true – taking the time to breathe correctly, even for six short minutes each day, can make a world of difference to your health.

Belly breathing or “diaphragmatic breathing,” is the ancient practice of breathing in which we can actually control our mind and body. According to the London Pain Clinic, diaphragmatic breathing is known as the act of breathing deeply into the lungs by flexing the diaphragm, not the rib cage which results in shallow breathing. As noted in the name belly breathing, when you breathe deeply there is an expansion of the stomach, not the chest.

Even taking the time to breathe deeply for six minutes each day can make a tremendous difference in your health.

Here are just five reasons why we should all belly breathe daily.

Belly breathing alleviates pain

Do you notice that your pain increases when you are under stress? Belly breathing is the perfect answer to reducing the stress in your life that may be causing pain flare-ups. Deep breathing alters your psychological state and makes pain diminish in intensity. Did you know that your brain is capable of making its own morphinelike pain relievers that are called endorphins and enkephalins? These hormones promote happy and positive feelings that can transmit messages to “stop the pain” through the body. Breathing deeply also oxygenates the blood, triggers the release of endorphins and decreases stress hormones which slow the heart rate.

Belly breathing improves respiration

If you have ever watched an infant or a dog or cat breathe, you would notice something interesting. There is a tremendous amount of 3-dimensional expansive movements around the body – especially the abdomen. As we age, we become less likely to breathe expansively or efficiently. We grow stressed, wear tight-fitting clothing and live a lifestyle that pushes breathing to the bottom of the priority list because it “just happens.”

Our cells suffer when we breathe shallowly. They are not able to get the nutrients they need, and this can cause things like fatigue, brain fog, and even longterm illness and chronic pain.

On the other hand, deep breathing profits the entire body because of improved respiration and nutrient uptake.

Belly breathing promotes relaxation

When we are living in a hurried state, like most of us are, we are often in what is known as a “fight or flight” mode. In this gear, we are engaging the sympathetic nervous system.

The only way we can access the autonomic nervous system is through deep breathing. This automatically increases the efficiency of our heart and digestion.

When we choose the relaxation response over the stress response, we can keep anxiety at bay which reduces our risk of stress-related illnesses such as heart disease, depression, digestive disorders and more.

Belly breathing improves posture

Belly breathing encourages you to sit tall. This allows all of your organ systems to work efficiently. Food is easier to digest, your heart works more efficiently, your nerves and blood vessels are less likely to be pinched. This releases hormones that help you feel more confident, causing you to sit even taller.

Belly breathing stretches and strengthens core muscles

Core muscles include the abdominals, erector back muscles, diaphragm, and the pelvic floor. When we breathe from our belly, the three-dimensional movement keeps these core muscles in good shape.

How to belly breathe

The best way to begin proper breathing is to lie on your back. Take slow, relaxed breaths that fill your entire lungs and expand your belly. Place your hands on your belly to feel the rise and fall. When you can do this easily lying down, try it standing up, it is a lot more difficult! As you progress, a great exercise to strengthen the diaphragm muscle is panting with your tongue stuck out like a dog. Seriously, the rapid motion engages the diaphragm for a quick 10-second breath workout!
To make proper breathing a daily habit, take slow, relaxed breaths for 2–5 minutes several times a day.

Breathing correctly benefits your health in surprising ways. You not only feel more relaxed, but you will have better nutrient absorption, lower blood pressure, and feel more energized. You may even drop a few excess pounds since your body requires a considerable amount of excess oxygen to dispose of fat. With all the benefits of breathing properly, it’s time to make the practice a priority and get started today.

And here’s the intro video to the Wanderlust 21-Day Yoga Challenge I mentioned with a link to where you can sign up below…… 

 

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

Fascinating Info About Yoga And Stress, Plus Free Yoga Routines

 

I always feel better after doing some yoga, although, unfortunately, I don’t practice very often and I’m not really good at it (hmmm, maybe the two are related :-)). Fascinating to learn in this article about one of the mechanisms behind why yoga is good for us, and from now on I will definitely try to at least fit some forward and backward bends/poses in on a more regular basis. 

 

What does bending your body into yoga poses do to your brain chemistry and nerve connections?

The Science Behind Yoga and Stress

What does bending your body into yoga poses do to your brain chemistry and nerve connections?

There are two functional parts of the brain that play a key role in stress. These serve the functions of emotion and cognitive function. So I am calling them the ’emotional’ brain (amygdala and its connections and medial forebrain structures including the medial prefrontal cortex) and the ‘logical’ brain (the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, other parts of the prefrontal cortex, parts of the cingulate cortex and parts of the hippocampus).

The emotional brain is able to initiate a ‘stress response’ via the sympathetic nervous system which culminates in adrenaline and cortisol racing through our circulation.The logical brain is always trying to ‘turn-off’ this stress response and it is also trying to restrain the emotional brain. The stronger our logical brain, the better it becomes at doing these two things. When the stress response is ‘turned off’, our parasympathetic nervous system signal is ‘turned on’. This signal ‘relaxes’ the body. So a strong logical brain goes hand in hand with relaxation.

The stress response and ‘relaxing’ signals travel through the body along a particular route and parts of this route have little ‘switches’ which we can physically manipulate to turn the signals on or off. The neck is an example of where such switches are located (by the carotid arteries).

Everytime we are holding a posture our logical brain is being activated“Every time we are holding a posture our logical brain is being activated”

Training the stress circuit

Yoga is training this entire stress circuit at two levels. First, every time we are ‘holding’ a posture, staying very still to concentrate or trying to balance, our logical brain is being activated. When we are bending forwards, our ‘relaxation’ signal is being turned on through the ‘switches’ in the neck. So bending forwards and concentrating at the same time is triggering both the logical brain and the relaxation signal at the same time.

Bending backwards triggers the stress response signal through the switches in our neck. Contracting a muscle also triggers the stress response signal. So, when we bend backwards and contract our muscles while still having to stay still and concentrate on balancing, our logical brain is given an extra challenge. It has to overcome the stress response signal being triggered in these two ways before we can be still and concentrate during a posture. This ‘extra’ resistance the logical brain is having to work against, ‘trains’ it like a muscle.

New circuitry that enables you to find it easier to control your thoughts is formed“New circuitry that enables you to find it easier to control your thoughts is formed”

Rewiring the nerve connections

At the end of a series of yoga postures, the logical brain has had a ‘workout’. It is buzzing with activity. You feel mentally calm as it is keeping your emotional brain quiet. Training the logical brain in this way for a long time can result in a rewiring of the nerve connections within the logical brain. New circuitry that enables you to find it easier to control your thoughts is formed. You may find it easier to channel your thoughts in the direction you want and not ‘dwell’ on negative thoughts or experiences. This is partly why yoga seems to have a positive effect on depression and anxiety, where sufferers have a tendency to dwell on negative life events. Stronger connections within the logical brain keeps the lid down on the emotional brain and the stress response. This is why yoga can be so effective at battling stress.

The key thing to do is to attempt yoga postures which are structured in a well-formulated sequence where each posture involves a long hold. Then your yoga and stress will begin to be balanced.

By: Dr M Storoni, MD PhD 

Source: https://upliftconnect.com/yoga-and-stress/

And speaking of yoga and stress, this seems like a great free resource. It’s a post by Nutritious Life that features 5 yoga routines that build strength and reduce stress. There’s a 30 minute routine, but also there are four 10 minute routines that focus on specific areas of the body. Something for everyone, even if you don’t have much time to spend! 🙂

https://nutritiouslife.com/sweat-often/5-yoga-routines-build-strength-reduce-stress-30-minutes-or-less/

Related Self-help Health posts:

9 Yoga Poses + 10 Minutes = Better Sleep

Boost Your Brain Power With This Superbrain Yoga Exercise

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

The Music/Alzheimer’s Connection & More

 

I’ve featured a number of posts about the benefits of various forms of music, including a track that’s been proven to reduce anxiety and stress by up to 65%. And I’ve seen reports and videos of how reintroducing music into the lives of Alzheimer’s patients, especially if it has some connection with an earlier part of the person’s life, has brought about some amazing transformations. This article from a Brain Health Breakthroughs newsletter by Lee Euler says the same thing, plus brings out a couple of other very interesting points about the effect music can have on the foods we choose to eat, how competitive we are at playing games and more…..

 

UCLA study: Reverse memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s through diet and lifestyle changes!

This Simple Therapy Might Slow Alzheimer’s

(by Lee Euler) Researchers at the University of Utah think they may have found a way that might – just might – slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease – no drugs, foods or supplements required.

The non-invasive technique they’re studying stimulates parts of the brain that Alzheimer’s doesn’t touch. And the Utah scientists think that it could be useful for supporting brain areas linked to memory and mood that can still be revived.

The therapy they’re analyzing? Music. From what they’ve learned so far, it also helps people with Alzheimer’s feel more grounded and connected to reality. Here’s how to put it to work for yourself or someone you love. . .

Using Music to Physically Change the Brain

You may have heard that many long-term care facilities play music to their Alzheimer’s patients, and find it has a soothing effect. In many cases, music helps family members and staff communicate with patients whose memories are very nearly gone.

In the Utah study, researchers used brain imaging to show that, when Alzheimer’s patients listen to familiar music, it activates parts of the brain called the executive network and the salience network as well as the cerebellar and cortico-cerebellar network. At the same time, these brain regions displayed what the scientists call “higher functional connectivity.”

In other words, after weeks of listening to music, many of the neurons in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims formed stronger networks capable of exchanging nerve impulses.1

“This is objective evidence from brain imaging that shows personally meaningful music is an alternative route for communicating with patients who have Alzheimer’s disease,” says researcher Normal Foster who directs the Center for Alzheimer’s care at the University of Utah.

“Language and visual memory pathways are damaged early as the disease progresses, but personalized music programs can activate the brain, especially for patients who are losing contact with their environment.”

Now the researchers admit they need to further study these effects. They don’t really know if the benefits can be prolonged or if they’re only temporary. The improved connections among neurons may not last.

My guess is they don’t last, but that’s okay. It’s an easy therapy to continue. And from what is well-known about the brain’s “use it or lose it” character, we shouldn’t be surprised that benefits fade.

Helps Healthy People, Too

Aside from this research on Alzheimer’s patients, other investigations have shown how particular types of music can have an effect on our daily activities.

For example, a study in India shows that listening to meditative music – what the researchers call “yoga music” – at bedtime has important health benefits for the heart, reduces anxiety and helps bring on sleep.2

In this test, the yoga music increased what is called heart rate variability – a measure of how well the heart adapts to the body’s needs. Generally speaking, the greater your heart rate variability, the better your heart health.

Music also boasts many other benefits:

Enhances creativity: Research in the Netherlands shows that listening to happy music – defined by the researchers as classical music that is uplifting – helps people solve problems in more creative ways. This study found that listeners to this type of music enjoy more flexibility in their thinking that allows them to come up with innovative solutions that are “outside the box.”3

Influences what you eat: You should beware the music played at a restaurant. While soft, soothing music can be conducive to making healthy choices from the menu, a study at the University of South Florida shows that louder, raucous music can make you lean more toward junk food.4

You may have noticed that no matter what activity you take part in nowadays, it’s likely to be accompanied by music. Every retail outlet you go into has piped-in music. Sporting events are often bathed in sound. Even my doctor’s office has soft music playing in the waiting room.

So it’s a safe bet that all of these musical environments have been designed to try to make you spend more money or, in the case of the doctor’s office, keep you calm.

Oh, and one more bit of advice. If you’re a Dad and your family has a game night at home, don’t let the kids play rock music while you compete. A study in Australia shows that rock music distracts men – but not women – and makes them commit more mistakes while playing board games.5

References:

1 https://healthcare.utah.edu/publicaffairs/news/2018/04/alzheimer.php

2 https://esc365.escardio.org/Congress/ESC-Congress-2018/Poster-Session-5-Cardiovascular-rehabilitation/178793-evaluation-of-heart-rate-variability-and-cardiac-autonomic-control-on-exposure-to-indian-music-and-slow-music-yoga-asana-before-sleep-at-night

3 https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0182210

4 http://news.usf.edu/article/templates/?a=8421&z=220

5 https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2016/205/11/razors-edge-australian-rock-music-impairs-mens-performance-when-pretending-be

And here’s a short news clip about a music program that’s been introduced to Alzheimer’s patients….

Related Self Help Health posts:

More Encouraging News About Treating Alzheimer’s Naturally

Music Is A Multi-purpose Health Aid

Using Solfeggion Frequencies To Repair DNA And More

 

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