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We tackle sugar topics like what is a carb, what is sugar addiction, the problem with flours, how sugar compares to cocaine and heroin in the brain, tips for feeding your kids or grandkids, and much more!
Join us today as we take a deeper dive into fasting, our personal experiences with fasting, six solid reasons to consider fasting, things to look out for to ensure you fast safely, and some other good tips and tricks to help you on your journey to health.   * * *   What Is Fasting? Fasting is the abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast or dry fasting is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period. See our previous episode, Fasting: Healthy or Harmful? – Episode 40, on fasting for more information.   Jonathan’s Experience with Fasting Tried different fasts. NOMAD – No Meals A Day OMAD – One Meal A Day Extended water fasts Intermittent fasting Initially motivated by wanting to lose weight. Didn’t initially know all the benefits of fasting. First extended water fast was early 2019. “I ran the most miles I’d ever ran in a week the same time that I did that water fast, and kind of pushed my body to some new limits.”   Words of Caution Women may want to start with short fasts as extended fasting may wreak havoc on female hormones. Listen to your body. If you have health issues, or you’re concerned about fasting or what it will do to your body, consult your physician. Each person is unique, and you need to do what works best for you, and that’s going to look a little different from the person sitting next to you, or maybe it will look a lot different than the person sitting next to you. You really have to get in tune with your own body. Women who are pregnant or people who have diabetes, hypertension or other serious medical conditions, should be very cautious and careful when considering a fast. Always consult with your doctor or your health practitioner first.   Fasting Is Also Psychological/Mental Psychologically, I’m hungry. Psychologically, I need food. Psychologically, you’re getting “hangry.” Consider just drinking some water. It may will fix all of that. It’s being present in your mind.   Benefits of Fasting Reset the internal clocks. We have clocks in our bodies, and originally, we knew of the circadian rhythm clock that controls our wake/sleep cycles. Each of the trillions of cells in our bodies have a tiny internal clock as well. Fortunately, there may be a simple way to reset those clocks if they get off rhythm: fasting.  Fasting increases gene expression for longevity and health span. Research has found that short bouts of fasting increased lifespan up to 100% across multiple organisms (bacteria, yeast, worms, mice).  Fasting flips a lot of switches, and this can affect aging and longevity pretty drastically It’s an efficient way to lose weight. Research has found that in almost every organism, short bouts of fasting increases the life span. Studies show restricting calories increases life span. We have an insulin response every time we eat. As that happens, it does slow down our base metabolic rate over time. It’s a great way to lower insulin. * Diabetics should consult their physician before fasting. If there’s no food coming in, there is no need for insulin to rise. Insulin will stay at its low, steady basal rate, and there will be no elevations or spikes. Purges cancerous and pre-cancerous cells. Cancer cells get their energy from lactic acid, essentially from a breakdown of carbohydrate into glucose into pyruvate into lactic acid, also known as sugar. They are starving little monsters that need to eat and divide constantly. If you take away their food supply, they die. It promotes autophagy. Definition: the cellular self-cleansing process that breaks down and recycles damaged molecules and cellular organelles During the fasted state, as insulin drops, autophagy increases dramatically, perhaps 5-fold. A high rate of autophagy is characteristic of young organisms; with aging, autophagy decreases, and this allows cellular damage to accumulate. By fasting intermittently, autophagy rates can be reset to that of a younger person. The decline of autophagy may be an important factor in the rise of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders that become common in old age. Unable to clear away the cellular garbage, our bodies start to fail.   TeriAnn’s Advice “To complement fasting, if you’re going to make this part of your way of life and your health journey, do yourself a favor and eat healthy food, too. That’s really what’s going to get you the best bang for your buck, is the fasting coupled with living a really healthy lifestyle.”   Types of Fasts Intermittent fasting 18/6 – fast for 18 hours per day, feed for 6 hours per day 16/8 – fast for 16 hours per day, feed for 8 hours per day If you do intermittent fasting, you do a 16/8 or 20/4, something like that, plan your one meal to be with your family. Make it easy. A lot of research shows that you should stop eating a significant amount of time before you go to bed, and then let your body go all night without food. You may just choose to do that one week every month. You may choose to do it every other day. Dinner-to-dinner fast You don’t eat Saturday night—or you eat dinner Saturday night and you don’t eat again until Sunday night, and you do that once a month. Dry fasting With dry fasting, we start going a little down the path that may not be the place to go all by yourself without some sort of supervision. Fasting-mimicking diet A five-day fast, where it’s a calorie restriction. I think day one, you have about 700-800 calories, and then day two through five, you keep it under 500 calories. I think it’s safer for women in terms of hormones staying balanced and staying in check, and things like that.   Jonathan’s Advice Do it. Try it. See how your body responds. Get your electrolytes in. Make sure you’re getting your magnesium, your potassium and your sodium. You can get salt pills from Amazon.com. Or you can just add some pink Himalayan salt in your water.   Deeper Dive Resources   Empowering You Organically Podcast on Fasting https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/fasting-healthy-or-harmful-episode-40/   NOMAD Diet https://roamstrong.com/the-nomad-diet/   OMAD Diet https://www.health.com/weight-loss/omad-diet   Our Internal Clocks https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/basics/clockgenes/   The Complete Guide to Fasting with Jason Fong https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MF8SC2X/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1   Berkey Water Filter https://www.berkeywaterfilter.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIv8GGyviW4wIVy8DICh3qUwr3EAAYASAAEgJODfD_BwE   Ketogenic Diet https://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-ketogenic-diet   Research on Eating Before Bed https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4425165/   Research on Fasting and Increased Lifespan https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5988561/   Longo, Valter D., and Mark P. Mattson. “Fasting: Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Applications.” Cell metabolism 19.2 (2014): 181–192. PMC. Web. 25 Jan. 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24440038   Fasting Imparts a Switch to Alternative Daily Pathways in Liver and Muscle https://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247(18)31868-0?_returnURL=https%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS2211124718318680%3Fshowall%3Dtrue   Self-Destructive Behavior in Cells May Hold Key to a Longer Life https://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/06/science/06cell.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1   Diet Review: Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-weight/diet-reviews/intermittent-fasting/
 Are you wondering why we’re so excited about our new vitamin C serum, Restore? Aside from the purity of this amazing elixir for your face we’re diving into the top 10 reasons you want, really really want, a vitamin c serum in your daily skincare regimen. And just wait until you hear the BONUS reason.   * * *  Featured Product RESTORE - Vitamin C Serum * * * Ready for a little vocabulary lesson? senescence  -  / suh·neh·sns/ [link to pronunciation] noun Used in: BIOLOGY the condition or process of deterioration with age. loss of a cell's power of division and growth.   When it comes to our skin, we spend an inordinate amount of money battling – because it feels like a battle sometimes – the telltale signs of aging, but how effective are the products?   This is something we’ve been curious about and we researched. Boy, did we research. In episodes 55 and 56 we discussed the Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid in your personal care products. This week we do a deep dive into the anti-aging of our skin and shine the spotlight on Vitamin C Serums.   What’s a vitamin C serum? If you are over 30 and actively trying to combat the signs of aging, you’ve likely heard of vitamin C serum.   Essentially, vitamin C serum is an oil- and water-based liquid that contains highly concentrated amounts of vitamin C.   Serums are different from cremes and other products with vitamin C because of the significantly higher concentrations, which allow people to get the most out of the product and see more noticeable results.    Vitamin C is touted as one of the best anti-aging ingredients on the market — and the key to maintaining a smooth, even, and glowy complexion.   Although you’re probably getting vitamin C in your diet, there’s no way to guarantee that it’s going straight to your skin. Using serums and other topical products is the most direct way to reap these benefits.   Not All Serums Are Alike First, let's take a look at what basic characteristics an ideal Vitamin C serum should have: It needs to have 15% to 20% Vitamin C. Has to be Paraben-free and contain no colorants or fragrances in order to protect the efficacy of the Vitamin C. Be combined with Vitamin E to achieve the best results. Contain Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, or preferably both to make the serum super effective. Be manufactured in protective packaging in order to delay the oxidization of the serum. Another point that we’d like to make has to do with the size of the Vitamin C serum bottle. Most common sizes are at 1oz. Based on personal experience, usually one can go through 75% of the 1 oz bottle before it starts to oxidize. Purchasing a 2oz or a 3oz bottle means you’re throwing your money down the drain!   Top 10 Reasons Your Skin Wants a Vitamin C Serum It’s safe for most skin types Many people opt for topical vitamin C as opposed to other chemical serums and skin care products because vitamin C serum is completely natural. There is no concern about how your skin is going to react because there are no harsh chemicals or other questionable ingredients. As a result, vitamin C serums are formulated and infused to be gentle enough for everyday use. The same simply cannot be said of many other skin care products on the market. Promotes collagen production We did an episode on collagens, Episode #15, and it’s been extremely popular. We think it’s partly due to the fact that the bane of any woman’s existence are fine lines and wrinkles. But rather than give into the abyss of aging, the regular use of vitamin C products can combat their very appearance because of their concentrated levels of antioxidant-rich vitamin C, which helps boost collagen production, filling in fine lines and wrinkles. As a result, you may find that you have more youthful looking skin without the need for any expensive and potentially risky cosmetic work! Top that by adding our Clean Sourced Collagens into your daily diet and you have a one-two punch! Protects skin from sun damage In addition to its anti-aging benefits, topical vitamin C is also great for protecting your skin from damage—especially from the sun's UVA and UVB rays. That's because vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it naturally helps to strengthen your skin and repel things that could damage it. Of course, topical vitamin C should not be considered an alternative to wearing sunscreen, but when combined with regular sunscreen application, it can really work wonders for your skin. Reduces under-eye circles Vitamin C has also been found to help even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of under-eye circles. This is great for those who are tired of trying to conceal the dark circles under their eyes and want to enjoy a more youthful, bright, and vibrant appearance. Speeds up healing Studies have also found that high levels of Vitamin C can help to speed up the body's natural healing processes. This makes it ideal for use on the face and other areas of skin, as it can help to heal small cuts, acne scars, and other blemishes more quickly and effectively. Reduces skin discoloration If you suffer from skin redness or other discoloration of the skin, then a quality vitamin C serum may also be able to help you achieve a more uniform skin tone and better complexion. Specifically, vitamin C is great for reducing embarrassing redness. With just a few uses, you may find that you have a more even skin tone. Keeps skin looking and feeling younger No matter what your age, it's always a good idea to be preemptive about avoiding wrinkles, sagging skin, fine lines, and other signs of aging. Vitamin C can help your skin look younger for longer, not only by stimulating collagen production, but by evening out your skin tone and brightening your complexion as well. Improves hydration and moisture If you suffer from dry skin, vitamin C is a must. This is especially true if you have tried using moisturizers and cremes in the past, only to find that your skin is still dry and flaky. With topical vitamin C products, you can enjoy the high concentration of vitamins that your body truly needs to improve moisture content and overall hydration. Creates brighter, healthier skin In addition to improving your skin's overall complexion, vitamin C can brighten otherwise dull skin, allowing it to look healthier and more vibrant. Strong concentrations of this vitamin leave the skin looking and feeling replenished and revitalized. Reduces Inflammation It has also been found that vitamin C, in high enough concentrations, has inflammation-reducing qualities. This is ideal for people who tend to wake up in the morning with unsightly puffiness around the eyes or other areas of the skin/face. A little bit of vitamin C serum can go a long way here. BONUS Benefit! Because who doesn’t like a bonus?! Speeds Up Healing of Sunburns in addition to protecting your skin from sun damage, vitamin C can also be effective in helping to speed up healing of sunburns. Apply some after you have been sun burned, and the vitamins will help to promote faster healing so you can get rid of redness and find relief from itching, burning, and other symptoms associated with sunburn. These are just some of the many benefits of vitamin C as it pertains to your skin and face. And while it's easy to go out and find lotions, cremes, and other moisturizers at your local drug store that claim to contain vitamin C, it's important to realize that your skin needs a very high concentration of this vitamin in order to see results. This is why you're encouraged to use concentrated serums rather than a basic creme or lotion.   Where Can You Get A Good Vitamin C Serum? The reason that we went down this rabbit hole is because we got a lot of emails asking about skincare, and just like supplements, once we started investigating, the truth was disturbing. And so, we felt inspired to go down that rabbit hole as far as we could and actually create our own vitamin C serum that followed all of our guidelines.  We made sure that it had zero preservatives, has more vitamin C, and a clean, organic vitamin C than anything else out on the market.  Hyaluronic acid.  It has amazing ingredients inside of our vitamin C serum that you’re not going to find anywhere else.    * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Hyaluronic Acid https://www.verywellhealth.com/hyaluronic-acid-supplements-89465   Ferulic Acid https://www.healthline.com/health/ferulic-acid   Vitamin E https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002406.htm   Collagen https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262881.php   Empowering You Organically Podcast on Collagen https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/collagens-hype-or-healthy-episode-15/   Empowering You Organically Podcast on Skincare Part 1 – Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You Part 2 – Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You   Organixx Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0     Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!    APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS  
Does everyone need a multi-vitamin? The Standard American Diet only provides 17 of the between 73 to 90 nutrients we need on a daily basis. Whole food, plant-based diet eaters would still need to eat between 15-20 pounds, not servings, of fruits and vegetables a day to get their daily amount of nutrients. Even organically grown fruits and vegetables don’t have the nutrient punch they did in the past due to our soil deficiencies. Tune in to learn how to source the best multi vitamin for you and your family! What are the main ingredients we want to see in a daily multivitamin? Organic plant-sourced ingredients of vitamins and minerals Make sure it’s a whole food supplement Well balanced in nutrients B-complex Vitamins - B1, B2, B3, B6, folics, folate, B12, biotin Vitamin C Minerals - vitamins and minerals occur naturally together in foods About Absorption and Dosing Your body absorbs more nutrition in small doses throughout the day than it will one dose, one big dose at a time during the day. So, smaller doses, more frequent, will correct deficiencies way faster than one massive dose on a daily basis, or weekly basis.  An analogy would be just like mastering something in your life. It takes time and practice. So does your body. It takes that time and practice, and repetition, really training your body to recognize this nutrition, recognize the things going into your body, and be able to regulate it over time.  RDA - The FDA’s recommended daily allowance Men: the scale is set for a man that is 5’8”, weighs 158 pounds, in his 20s to 30s. Women: the scale is set for a woman that is 5’5”, which is 120 pounds in her 20s to 35. The bar is set very low. Nutritional Deficiency Diseases The FDA’s recommended daily allowance is the ​minimal ​amount of those particular nutrients that you have to consume on a daily basis in order to avoid developing nutritional deficiency diseases. Scurvy is a Vitamin C deficiency Berry-berry is a Vitamin B deficiency Rickets is a Vitamin D deficiency Advanced Dosage Some doctors use a process clinically with his patients with chronic issues; Stabilization, Detoxification, Fortification. Go see your local naturopath and come up with a plan, if you feel like you’re depleted if you feel like you’re in a place where you need to get healthier. Go see somebody rather than just listen to us and assume that you can triple-dose whatever you’re taking now. What Makes an Effective and Powerful Multi-Vitamin (Bang for the Buck!) Organic Whole Food - Plant-based - sprouted Juice concentrates Diversity of nutrients What to Avoid in Multi-Vitamins Fillers - labeled as salts Synthetic vitamins Mineral Salts - oxides, chlorides, carbonates What’s Unique about Organixx’s Multi-Vita-Maxx Folic Acid Typically a synthetic version of folate, a B vitamin You can extract folate from yeast and it is called folic acid Organixx’s mushroom mix is fed a fruit and vegetable mix and a yeast extracted folic acid with the rest of our B vitamins. The mushrooms consume the folic acid and convert it into folate. The mushrooms methylate them into methylated, usable forms of these nutrients. Fermentation MTHFR Gene Considerations Those with MTHFR have genetics mutated to a point that they don’t metabolize unmethylated B vitamins. Because of the process Organixx uses to feed the mushrooms these B vitamins, the mushrooms methylate the B vitamins for us. So, it’s a wholly natural process, different than anyone else is doing. The mushrooms ferment and predigest the stuff for us. And they’re methylating it. And so, what comes out, what the mushrooms have themselves, and what we have in our supplement then, are methylated versions of all of these things, which those with MTHFR do very well with.
There is no way to avoid aging. We are all destined to grow old, get sick, and die… Or are we? Although we can’t completely avoid the aging process, we sure can slow it down quite a bit. And disease? Even though it may be the “norm” for an increasing number of older Americans to succumb to chronic diseases as they age, this doesn’t have to be the case for you. There is a new normal when it comes to how we age — and following these six simple steps to reverse aging naturally can help you get there. 6 Ways You Can Help Reverse the Aging Process   #1: Take key supplements. Nobel Prize-winning chemist, author, and health advocate Linus Pauling said, “By the proper intakes of vitamins and other nutrients and by following a few other healthful practices from youth or middle age on, you can, I believe, extend your life and years of well-being by twenty-five or even thirty-five years.” He might have added: “And you can live those extra years with excellent and vibrant health!” Supplements (and foods, which we will talk about next) that are best for keeping your body and mind sharp must contain antioxidants. Some essential vitamins to add to your anti-aging arsenal include vitamin C and E as well as Glucosamine and Coenzyme Q10. Polyphenol-rich matcha tea, resveratrol, and collagen are three other supplements that can be age-busters as well. #2:  Use the immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory support power of medicinal mushrooms. In addition, if you are serious about your anti-aging regime, you must also consider adding a medicinal mushroom supplement to your daily routine. Have you ever heard of the Japanese island of Okinawa? For generations, the population there was teeming with centenarians (people in their 100s) who were bright eyed and in great physical health. What was their secret? Eating fresh foods, spending lots of time out in nature and in their gardens, and surrounding themselves with family and friends. And, according to research conducted by the Okinawa Centenarian Study, the population also ate a large amount of various kinds of mushrooms, including shiitake and reishi mushrooms. These mushrooms have been proven to have a profound effect on the immune system and help to curb inflammatory responses. The study researchers, as well as many other studies, have linked consuming medicinal mushrooms with relief from inflammatory disease, osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders and digestive problems, just to name a few. #3: Eat Antioxidant Rich, Anti-Aging Foods. Besides mushrooms (which can be consumed in tea, in food form, or as a supplement), fill your plate with foods that are rich in omega-3 fats such as wild caught salmon, green leafy organic vegetables that contain high numbers of phytonutrients, berries such as raspberries and blueberries that have antioxidants called anthocyanins (which have been shown to slow tumor growth as well), and healing herbs like turmeric, basil, and ginger. Want to improve your odds of living longer and living pain-free? Make it a point to also avoid all processed and GMO foods (including GMO produce), refined sugar, wheat products (especially commercially-produced breads, pastas, and baked goods), trans fats and artificial ingredients, and keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. The best diet for staying vibrant into your 70s, 80s, and beyond is the simplest kind of diet. Eat real, recognizable food and plenty of (preferably raw or lightly steamed) vegetables in a relaxed setting and drink plenty of clean, filtered water. Even when we are older, our bodies are still primarily made of water so the key is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! #4: Get Plenty of Sleep. Older people often have trouble sleeping, especially women in their post-menopausal years. The reasons for this are plentiful: stress and anxiety as well as hormonal imbalances can play a part. Making rest a priority can do wonders for your daily energy levels and clarity of mind. Studies have shown that individuals with sleep disorders such as “sleep apnea” and insomnia have an increased risk of cancer. Insufficient sleep has been associated with cell damage, neurological impairment, a compromised immune system, inflammation, and accelerated aging. When you get consistent, quality sleep, however, these conditions can sometimes reverse as the body is allowed to repair and restore during sleep. #5: Exercise Your Mind. You may think of activities such as doing crosswords or sudoku, learning a language or musical instrument or reading a book as ways that you can keep your mind active in later years. But these activities are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how you can boost your brain power. Stress-relieving and focusing activities such as meditation (and movement meditations like qi gong and forest bathing) have been proven to improve the strength and length of telomeres, stretches of DNA at the end of chromosomes which protect our genes. Telomeres keep chromosomes from fraying and clumping. Shortened telomeres are associated with aging as well as cancer and higher risk of death. A 2015 Canadian study linked evidence of longer telomere strands to meditation (when compared to those who did not meditate). In addition, activities like creative visualization, repeating affirmations, and doing something like Emotional Freedom Technique (which also clears energy channels for physical healing, according to the principles of Chinese medicine) can keep you in a positive state of mind which can aid in the slowing down of the aging process. Famed actress Sophia Lauren had it right when she said, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” #6: Keep Moving! Hundreds of studies have correlated even moderate amounts of exercise with lower blood pressure, lower incidents of diabetes, lower cancer rates (sometimes up to 80 percent reduction), lower rates of heart disease, increased longevity and happiness overall. Take a walk (especially in nature), swim, do some yoga or tai chi, or dance to your favorite tune. The most important thing is that you move your body at least 3 to 4 times a week for at least 30 minutes, according to experts. In addition, if your lifestyle or profession dictates that you sit for long periods of time, make sure that you get up to stretch and move every hour at least. Your Reverse Aging “Recipe” Taking key supplements (including mushrooms for supporting your immune system), eating healthy, organic foods and drinking fresh, filtered water, getting plenty of sleep, exercising the mind, and moving the body regularly. These six actions really are the “recipe” for not only a long life, but a vibrant one as well. Slowing down the aging process and staying sharp into your hundreds like the centenarians of Okinawa is possible. It simply takes discipline and a vision of a strong and healthy you, no matter what your physical age!
TeriAnn shares her Inspired Health Journey with us today. From literally dragging herself throughout the day to feeling better than she has in 10 years. What was her secret? Tune in to find out  how severe mono and irate lymph nodes had TeriAnn fearing a cancer diagnosis and how she turned it all around. You don’t want to miss TeriAnn’s Big 3 Tips for a Healthy Life.  She helps us all understand how to find the mental, emotional, and physical health secrets for ourselves.   * * *   TeriAnn Trevenen As CEO of Organixx, TeriAnn ensures the supplements sold are of the highest and purest quality and leads the Organixx team on a daily basis. Single Mom of two. First step into a healthier life was to move to organic foods. Cut way back on gluten, dairy, and sugar. 2017 marked a year of  hard emotional changes. Increased workload and personal stress led to a weakened immune system. Lymph nodes started to swell and become reactive. Diagnosed with a very severe case of mono in 2017. It took her a year to get healthy again. Thermography showed dental and food allergy issues. Natural protocols and an elimination diet to find food allergies causing inflammation brought her to vibrant health.   TeriAnn Became the CEO of Her Own Body Organic Food High Quality, Whole Food Based Supplements Elimination Diet Whole Food Diet Juicing Exercise Non-Toxic Home Environment Non-Toxic Personal Care Products Constant research and awareness of natural health advancements.   TeriAnn’s Big 3 Tips for a Healthy Life Put yourself first. You can’t serve others unless you serve (take care of) yourself. Be open minded about the concept of natural health. Know your choices. Reach out to like-minded people. Find you community.   Deeper Dive Resources Tony Robbins’ Gratitude Practice on Tim Ferriss Podcast https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/tim-ferriss-show/the-tim-ferriss-show/e/46641520?autoplay=true   Tony Robbins’ Daily Priming  Exercise https://www.tonyrobbins.com/ask-tony/priming/   Thermography https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermography   Mononucleosis https://www.cdc.gov/epstein-barr/about-mono.html   PX90 Workouts https://amzn.to/2YNcKOe   Beach Body Workouts https://www.beachbody.com/category/fitness_programs/best_sellers.do   Clean Sourced Collagens https://shop.organixx.com/collections/anti-aging/products/clean-sourced-collagens   Organic Bone Broth Protein https://shop.organixx.com/collections/digestive-gut-health/products/organic-bone-broth-protein   Multi-Vita-Maxx https://shop.organixx.com/collections/daily-nutrition/products/liquid-multi-vita-maxx   Yogi Chai Rooibos https://amzn.to/2FKa4s1   Thermography https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermography   Food Allergy Research & Education https://www.foodallergy.org/life-with-food-allergies/food-allergy-101/diagnosis-testing/food-elimination-diet
Let's strengthen and support our immune systems. This week we dive into mushrooms and their impact on our immunity and anti-aging crusade. You may be surprised at the healing and restorative benefits of mushrooms. Mushrooms are magical! We’ve talked about the amazing benefits of mushrooms before but today we dive deeper into the top 7 mushrooms that support our health. Listen in to learn how chaga, turkey tail, shitake, maitake, cordyceps, lion’s mane, and reishi mushrooms work hard to keep us healthy and our immune systems strong. What Mushrooms Are In 7M+? Turkey tail, chaga, shiitake, maitake, cordyceps, lion’s mane, and reishi.   Chaga Chaga has been used for centuries, primarily in the East. It’s known for its immune support and soothing properties. Many traditional healers have used it as a soothing tea for a powerful and natural digestive support. It’s also shown the potential to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range. Chaga also has very powerful antioxidant properties that make it a powerhouse on its own.   Cordyceps Cordyceps have been shown to help regulate a healthy immune system. They’re also strong inflammation fighters. Cordyceps were at one time so highly-valued that it was only allowed to be consumed by the Emperor of China, who lived 100+ years, and still fathered children into his 100s. Also known for the ability to support sexual health and athletic ability, Cordyceps have been the most sought-after nutritional mushroom in the Orient.   Lion’s Mane Lion’s Mane is known to support brain health, boost cognitive function, and aid against age-related memory loss. It also helps maintain mental focus and function, as well as promoting healthy digestive function through its powerful regulation of bacteria.   Turkey Tail It’s considered one of the best-researched mushrooms on Earth. Its benefits are just as strong as other nutritional mushrooms, such as Reishi, Cordyceps, and Maitake. It contains powerful antioxidant nutrients and high levels of selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B3, which are crucial for boosting and maintaining immunity. Turkey Tail is so effective, we’ve put it in several of our supplements.   Shiitake The benefits of Shiitake mushrooms for your immune system are some of the most well-documented for any type of nutritional mushroom. Perhaps its greatest influence is in the activity of the tiny cells responsible for protecting your immune system from inflammation. A recent four-week study showed that daily use of Shiitake mushrooms boosted the immune response in young adults. They have the potential to keep your immune cells protected from inflammation and the signs of aging. Lentinan Lentinan is a polysaccharide extracted from the fruit body of the Shiitake. So, deep within the Shiitake mushroom is Lentinan. Lab studies show that not only is Lentinan effective at supporting a healthy immune system, but it also has cholesterol-lowering properties. Maitake Lab studies show that this nutrient-rich wild mushroom is not only effective at supporting a healthy immune system. It can also help regulate blood pressure Support healthy blood sugar Fight off abnormal cell growth Maintain healthy inflammation… and much more! It’s no wonder many cultures around the world use the magical maitake mushroom as a powerful healing tonic and medicinal food.   Reishi Nicknamed the “Mushroom of Immortality.” It’s not hard to see why Reishi mushrooms have been used in natural health remedies for hundreds of years. It seems every year, science uncovers new uses for this wonder nutrient. It may be thanks to the complex compounds found in Reishi mushrooms that help regulate and support an aging immune system, reduce inflammation, and assist in healthy heart function.   Why Take 7M+? You’re going to have a hard time going to the grocery store and picking out all these mushrooms and getting them into your diet. And not only that, but you can buy a lot of these different mushroom products individually, in their own capsule form, in a bottle, and pay $50 for each one in a bottle, or you can get all of these wrapped into one product, a blend of all of these mushrooms that work synergistically together. The reason why I think this product is so powerful and mushrooms are so powerful, our immune system, and we also talked a lot about the gut and the bacteria and the gut health, all of it supports our overall health, not only from the physical perspective, but our emotional perspective.   What Is the Aging Process? It’s all of the functions and systems in our body slowing down, shutting down in a sense, going slower, slower, slower, slower, to the point where you’re just not as healthy as you once were. But we’re seeing through the research, we’ve talked about today in this podcast, in a previous podcast, that we actually can do things to keep ourselves healthier longer.   Supplements Jonathan Recommends Everyone Take Multi-Vita-Maxx Turmeric 3D 7M+
We love sharing the real-life health journeys of our followers. This week Suzie was kind enough to share with you her family’s journey to health after a life-threatening heart condition in her newborn daughter, battling Postpartum PTSD, an endocrine disorder diagnosis for her young son, a celiac diagnosis for her young daughter with Down Syndrome, and a life-threatening blood pressure scare for her husband. All in a very short time span. Wow. You want to hear how this fearless and determined mother turned it all around holistically for herself, and her entire family, without breaking the bank or budget. Truly inspiring!   * * *   About Suzie Suzie is a vegan health coach and blogger as well as a volunteer Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line.  She owns a gluten free/vegan bakery just outside of Lansing, Michigan – Carly Cakes – and they operate under a mission to employ adults with developmental disabilities and pay them a living wage.   * * *   What Inspired My Journey? It was inspired by my youngest, who has Celiac.  So, she also has Down's Syndrome, and it was kind of wanting to find a way that she could be included in birthday treats and celebrations.    Family Health Issues Youngest daughter born with Down Syndrome and a life-threatening heart condition that required open heart surgery at 4 months old. After youngest was born Suzie experienced Postpartum PTSD and a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare. Son diagnosed with endocrine disorder. Daughter diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Husband hospitalized for extremely high blood pressure.   What Changes Did Suzie Make for Her Family? Before husband even got home from the hospital, I cleared out all the alcohol and high-salt foods from our house. But the doctors gave very little other direction for us to follow.  But I knew I needed to started cooking more.  And I didn’t totally understand what the best options for us were then, nutritionally, but looking back, I see that I still established that routine of daily cooking and meal prep, and we were able to cut-out fast food and restaurant meals.  I started doing daily yoga, first at home using Yoga by Adrienne free videos on YouTube, and then once I was comfortable enough, I found a studio and a gym. I also began heavily relying on Buddhist philosophy to unscramble the PTSD, which led me to a new understanding about the nature of suffering. So, the rest of the journey grew from my desire to reduce the pervasive suffering that I was putting out into the world and to free my mind from it.  The day I woke up and began a different life for our family, I didn’t wake up with any less depression or anxiety than I had the day before. I didn’t wake up with less swollen, or achy joints than I had the day before.  I didn’t wake up with more money, or less on my plate.  We were all extremely sick.  There was nothing good that changed to lead us in that direction.  Nothing about our situation really changed, but the way that I looked at it did.   It's A Process It really did come down to just baby steps. Like you know how everybody is into Marie Kondo and “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up?” Well, I started “Marie Kondo-ing” my brain.  All our routines, everything that we ate, I would examine everything we did objectively.  So, my focus was progress not perfection, and those little daily choices led us to the point where we could start making big changes overall.   What Are Some Of The Changes Suzie Made In the Family Diet? Getting rid of soda was a huge one for me. I was a massive diet Coke drinker.  There was a day that I drank 24 cans of Diet Coke.  I knew that that was one of the ones that had to go right away. And then we started making the shift to sustainable living, and it was that environmental avenue that lead me to Veganism.  I watched a few vegan documentaries on Netflix, and from the reduce the suffering angle, I knew 100 percent that it was the next big step we needed to make.  There are unhealthy vegans, and I didn't want to end up in just a new way to be unhealthy. So, I really started researching the vegan diet for evidence-based improvements.  And through that, I found the Whole Foods Plant Based lifestyle. Eating Whole Foods Plant Based has been linked to a number of health benefits, including reducing and even reversing heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline.  We do supplement our B-vitamins, but we also use a lot of a Nutritional Yeast so we get some in through our food. I also make sure the kids get plenty of fats for their developing brains, but they get it from things like avocado, or flax milk, so that they don’t have that saturated fat and hormones that dairy milk has.  Flax Milk actually is a better source of calcium, protein and omega-3 than dairy.  Cutting out processed foods also made it easier for our whole household to keep gluten at bay for my Celiac daughter, drastically cutting her risk of cross-contamination, improved her health dramatically. Her skin got better, her stomach bloat went away, and leading me to find that gluten was also making my Rheumatoid Arthritis worse, it was contributing to inflammation.  I started a daily routine of celery juice, amla, turmeric and ginger, that I toss everything in all together and drink it every morning, and I have never felt better.    What Was The Biggest Obstacle I Faced On My Journey? Everybody always asks me if it's about us getting protein. Broccoli has a higher protein per calorie ratio than steak.  Obviously, you have to eat a lot of broccoli to get that, but it still has a higher protein per calorie ratio than steak. And when you're eating nothing but a lot of different types of veggies and a lot of different types of nuts and grains, it's really easy to make it up. It was actually a lot easier getting the kids to adopt the changes than I expected it to be. My son was an incredibly picky eater.  But they adapted quite quickly because we created a whole routine around it, and they could help.  Even the youngest one could still find something to do, whether it was just helping prepare the salads. If there's no junk to really choose from in the cupboards, they aren't going to pick it. It's just not there.  If they have a choice between, "Okay, I have an apple or a banana," they still feel like they're making a decision.  Their  palates then changed over time, and now they prefer healthier foods, saying other foods, processed foods, when we go to a birthday or party or something, I do let them have whatever cupcakes are served, but they'll usually opt not to, saying that it's too sweet.   What About The Cost? Everyone thinks that it is so much more expensive to eat this way, but really, it's only buying the Organic/Gluten Free processed foods that carry that real heavy price tag. I feed our family of 6 a gluten free, vegan diet full of color and vitamins, 3 meals a day for about 100.00 a week.  And we were probably spending that on Starbucks, soda, beer and wine alone before the change.  The only real challenge is that it does require a lot of prep, whether meal planning, or prepping ahead of time   My Three Biggest Tips You don’t have to make a sudden shift. You don’t need to throw out everything processed in one go.  Just maybe the next time you go to pick up burger meat, don’t, and grill a portobello cap instead and see how you like it.  Instead of milk, try a plant-based alternative and then go from there.  I would also say turmeric and ginger. Add them to everything.   And drink a ton of water.  I drink over a gallon of water a day.  I even have one sitting right next to me right now.  And then, the very last one would be to Marie Kondo your brain. Don’t mindlessly snack, pause and reflect before you eat, consider what that food is bringing into your life.  If you don’t need what it has to offer, if you don't want that contributing to your overall wellbeing, then just thank it, and let it go.    Suzie’s Advice To Others I'd want them to know that there is no finish line on the path to wellness, the continued journey is the goal. So, you can't fail at this.  Obviously, someone could say, if you aren’t their perceived picture of healthy, then you failed, but you have to be able to give yourself some grace.  No one starts their journey to wellness in the same place.  We all have different experiences that have led us to where we are and have led us to different decisions. We were exposed to different food, and to different people.  So, if you take a look at me, and you look at Simone Biles, I'm not going to come close to *that* image of health ever in my life. But for where I started just a few short years ago, and for where I am now, the amount of change I have adapted to, I am doing quite well, substantially better than where I was when I started. Every day that you wake up and commit yourselves to being on a journey, you are changing. You are becoming. And if things are in a continual state of change, motion, and becoming, then there is never really an end. Every day presents a new opportunity to get better, to learn something new, to show compassion to ourselves, others, animals and our planet. And kind of like with that Marie Kondo-ing our brain, every second really is a new chance to make a new choice.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Carly Cakes Instagram https://www.instagram.com/carlycakesgfv/   Carly Cakes Facebook https://www.facebook.com/carlycakesgfv/      Carly Cakes Website https://swskougard.wixsite.com/carlycakesgfv/about_us   Postpartum PTSD https://www.postpartum.net/learn-more/postpartum-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/ https://www.postpartumdepression.org/postpartum-depression/types/ptsd/ https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/home/topics/anxiety/postpartum-ptsd-beyond-postpartum-depression-in-maternal-mental-health/   Crisis Text Line https://www.crisistextline.org/   Celiac Disease Foundation https://celiac.org/about-celiac-disease/what-is-celiac-disease/   Beyond Celiac https://www.beyondceliac.org/celiac-disease/   Down Syndrome https://www.ndss.org/about-down-syndrome/down-syndrome/ https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/down-syndrome   Pervasive Suffering https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/the-five-aggregates/all-pervasive-suffering   Yoga with Adriene https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene   Marie Kondo https://konmari.com/   The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing https://amzn.to/2PQl2nO   Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) https://amzn.to/2PSG1GJ   Whole-Foods Plant Based Diet https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/plant-based-diet-guide   https://www.forksoverknives.com/plant-based-primer-beginners-guide-starting-plant-based-diet/#gs.1cf0zj   How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger https://amzn.to/2ZY5wq4   Amla (Indian Gooseberry) https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/indian-gooseberry-amla.html
We are replaying one of the most popular shows for you this week!    * * *   Today, we’re talking about Jon McMahon’s docuseries and his journey to conquer obesity and reverse diabetes. Imagine being over 357 pounds with triglycerides topping out at 2170 and making the decision to turn it all around. That is exactly what Jon did. We couldn’t wait to share his personal story and applaud his bravery in sharing his journey with the world in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.   * * *   About Jon At 312 pounds with advanced type 2 diabetes and all of its complications, Jon’s future looked bleak and he knew it. The question that remained for him was this: “Do I want to live?” His answer was yes. And in 2017, Jon embarked out on a quest to get to the heart of the problem underlying the epidemic of diabetes and how people are successfully reversing it without medication.   The result was a nine-part documentary series, iThrive: Rising from The Depths of Diabetes and Obesity. The series has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to transform their lives and has given Jon his life’s mission of helping others rise from the death, from the depths, and reclaim their health.   * * *   How Bad is the Diabetes Problem? In a paper written by Dr. David Matthews, in 2010, he says, “What is coming is the black plague.” Neil Barnard, from the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine, says, “It’s going to be worse than the black plague. Millions and millions and millions of people are going to suffer long, and then they’re going to die in a lot of pain.” Google search results “Diabetes in Mexico” - “Diabetes in Mexico, an epidemic and the number-one killer.” “Diabetes in China,” China’s the most populous country with the most diabetics in the world, 109 million, and that’s not even pre-diabetes. “Diabetes in India,” oh, India and China are in competition for the “Diabetes capitol of the world.” “Diabetes in America,” over 100 million people in America with diabetes. Pre-diabetes - 86 million in the United States with pre-diabetes. 90 percent of them, says the Centers for Disease Control, don’t even know it. Wes Youngberg said even the standards for measuring pre-diabetes are too lax. Just between three countries, 300-400 million people. And that’s not counting all the ones with pre-diabetes, another 200-300 million people.   Myths Around Type-2 Diabetes You have to be fat. Obesity is highly correlated with it. Wes Youngberg says, “If you think you’re skinny and you’re off the hook, think again.” 20 or 30 percent of those with diabetes are in their healthy BMI range. You have to be old, in your 40s or 50s to get diabetes. Young people are getting diabetes now in college, in their teens, now in high school. Epigenetics - gene expression can be turned on by your environment and what you do. If you take one parent that is obese, one parent out of two that’s obese, their child is four times more likely to be obese. If both parents are obese, this obesity risk factor increases the child’s risk factor for diabetes, not by 1 ½ times, or 1 ¾ or 2 times, by 30 times. If both parents are obese during the conception, the birth, and the raising of the child, the child is 15 times the likelihood to be obese.   Jon’s Mission Wake people up. When they’re awake, inspire them. If people ever wanted to change the world, it would be by changing ourselves from the inside out.   We Are All Individuals We have individualized needs, and our genes are different. In large ways, we’re similar, but in small ways, we have a lot of variance.   Jon’s Journey A friend said to Jon, “Jon, I’m not going to bug you anymore. I’m not going to ask you what you ate. I’m not going to ask you how you’re doing, what your weight is, how you’re—if you’re following—you’re reaching your goals, or whatever. Because I care more about you than you care about yourself. Jon, you’ve got to decide whether you want to live.” Jon was intentional about his decision. “I want to live.” Educated himself on type 2 diabetes and obesity. Interviewed people on nutrition and the psychology of food addiction. Susan Pierce-Thompson, and Dr. Doug Lyle and Allen Goldhamer Our drives Wanting the richest food and seeking out the richest food in the environment. Foods are manufactured to stimulate the dopamine pathway exactly like cocaine, heroin or nicotine. Law of the conservation of energy - whatever’s more convenient for us, that’s what we’re going to do. Manage our environment, and make it work for us He took time to learn about his personality traits about how he can navigate through to his goal. Movement matters - walking an hour a day, or half hour a day, or some simple exercises. Once the body gets a little free of some of the toxins, free of some of the weight, it wants to move. Ask for help. Connection and community are key.   Outcome Jon lost 100 pounds Jon reversed, reversed his diabetes and obesity. He is not obese, and he is not diabetic. Jon’s A1C, I the words of his doctor, is better than most kids in college that come through his office. It’s 4.6.   One Last Bit of Advice from Jon “You are not alone, you are not broken, and you are not bad and wrong. You are okay. You can actually do it. If I can do it, anybody can do it.”     Deeper Dive Resources   iThrive! Rising from The Depths of Diabetes and Obesity https://go.ithriveseries.com/report?ref=202839&a_bid=9ee07978&chan=Report20190722A   Dr. David Matthews Paper on Diabetes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21166840   Dr. Barnard and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine https://www.pcrm.org/health-topics/diabetes   Comparisons of Diabetes and Black Death https://southcoastherald.co.za/290964/turning-tide-lifestyle-diseases-diabetes-modern-plague-part-1/   Google search results https://lmgtfy.com/?q=diabetes+in+Mexico https://lmgtfy.com/?q=diabetes+in+China https://lmgtfy.com/?q=diabetes+in+America   CDC report on pre-diabetes https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html   Dr. Wes Youngberg http://dryoungberg.com/   Epigenetics https://www.whatisepigenetics.com/what-is-epigenetics/   Empowering You Organically podcasts with Dr. Susan Pierce-Thompson https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast/episode-10-effective-goal-setting-in-the-new-year/ https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast/episode-9-coping-with-the-holiday-hangover/ https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast/episode-12-sugar-addiction-its-a-real-thing/
Did you know that the nervous system is intimately connected with our immune system and our endocrine system? Any stressor that we introduce into the system, the body doesn’t really tell the difference. It reacts the same way to whatever stressor we’re talking about. That obviously affects the nervous system immediately, but that will have a knock-off effect on the immune function and the gut, and also, the endocrine, the hormonal function. When you’re thinking about hormonal imbalances, this has the obvious potential to just throw everything off. Tune in today and let Dr. Eva Detko educate us on how we can manage our autonomic nervous system for better health. About Dr. Eva Detko   Dr Eva Detko is a natural healthcare practitioner, author, and speaker. She has studied natural medicine and the human mind for over 20 years.   Dr Eva successfully recovered from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, and reversed Hashimoto's thyroiditis. She now helps others recover their health.   Dr Eva has an extensive knowledge and experience in the field of human physiology, biochemistry, nutritional sciences, and bioenergetics. She also uses a wide range of mind-transforming modalities, including: Havening Techniques®, BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®, psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, NLP, and applied psychoneuroimmunology.    Working with Dr. Eva  “I just want to be able to work with a wide range of people, not just on the chronic illness side, from the physical point of view, because I do that also, but actually have that more rounded, complete approach and address the emotional factors as well. And the more tools I have, the more I’m able to tackle, and whatever people throw at me, I have some tool in my toolbox to be able to help them and direct them, and help them get through whatever they’re experiencing, get them through to the other side and teach them enough for them to be able to do their own work as well, because that’s how I like to work.”    Dr. Eva’s Journey  My trauma started already in-utero, because my mom, when she was three months pregnant with me, had a trauma herself, and what happened was her sister died, her younger sister died as a result of a vaccine injury.   This was obviously extremely traumatic for the entire family, but what that did to my mom, she wasn’t coping with that trauma particularly well. She just didn’t have the right tools. And she went into this complete state of shock. She was in such distress that her pregnancy became toxic.  And as a result of that, obviously, it had a knock-on effect on myself and on my sibling. And I was the one who survived, but my baby brother or sister, in fact, we will never know, because when she came to give birth, the baby was decomposed to the point where they were not even able to tell.   The birth was extremely traumatic, because she was so sick that she nearly died. In fact, there was a bit of a debate whether to focus on saving her or whether to focus on saving me. At some point, they were not sure whether they were able to save us both.  As a result of this, I was actually quite a weak child. I would get a lot of infections.  And I was also emotionally quite weak. So, I was bullied at school.   And I also suffered sexual abuse when I was young as well.  When I got sick, it was no longer an option. I knew there was just so much there that there was no way that I was going to recover, if I had any doubt with all of this, and I needed to dissect it.  Tools  Hypnotherapy  Neurolinguistic programming  Havening techniques  It’s literally a psychosensory technique, so it’s about stimulating receptors on the skin to, like I said before, remodel the neurology.  Brain working recursive therapy  Mindfulness   Meditation    Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)  Autonomic nervous system is part of the nervous system that supplies our internal organs.   the blood vessels, stomach, in fact, the whole of the digestive system, kidneys, bladder, genital, and so on.   And we used to describe the autonomic nervous system as the system that is just the fight or flight, the sympathetic, and then there is this parasympathetic relaxation response.   As a result of the work of Stephen Porges and the polyvagal theory, we understand there are two branches of the ANS  the sympathetic branch, which is the fight and flight response, the stress response  the parasympathetic branch, which is basically synonymous with the vagus nerve However, the vagus nerve is not just one thing.  If you activate your vagus nerve, that means you obviously are more relaxed, and your gut works better, and everything works better.  But the vagus nerve has actually two branches as well.   We’ve got the ventral vagus complex, which we know and refer to as the vagus nerve.  We also have the other side of the vagus nerve, which is also the parasympathetic nervous system response, which is the freeze response.  The nervous system is intimately connected with our immune system and our endocrine system.  Any stressor that we introduce into the system, the body doesn’t really tell the difference. It reacts the same way to whatever stressor we’re talking about.   That obviously affects the nervous system immediately, but that will have a knock-on effect on the immune function and the gut, and also, the endocrine, the hormonal function.   When you’re thinking about the hormonal imbalances, that obviously just throws everything off.  As humans, we’re supposed to operate in a relaxed state 90 percent of our days. What actually tends to happen for a lot of people is the other way around, 90 percent of the time, they will operate in the stress response, in that sympathetic nervous system mode.  Because most people live in this what we call a sympathetic dominant state, they burn this system out.   Back in the 90s, the ACEs study, when they looked at the relationship between early exposure to stress and chronic illness later in life, we have correlation with just about every illness that we can think of.     Polyvagal Theory   The ventral vagus complex is the relaxation, it’s the relax, heal, detoxify response.   We don’t heal unless that is activated. We do not heal in sympathetic or freeze mode. We can only heal, the body can only heal if we activate the rest, digest, detoxify, and heal response, which is basically the vagus nerve.  What Stephen Porges actually talks about is he actually named the ventral vagus complex, so the vagus nerve as we know it, he called it the social nervous system.   If we have healthy vagus function, we can read other people’s expressions and we get it right.   When we have poor vagal function, we will completely misinterpret the cues from other people.  When that vagus nerve function is compromised, we just lose that ability to really tell what is what in our social connections. We actually also have difficulty self-regulating.  How can a parent understand if they’re giving their child enough nurturing without crossing the line of giving too much?   You will screw your kids up. You will. You cannot possibly, no matter how wonderful a parent you are, how self-aware, how aware of your kids’ needs and everything else you are, you cannot satisfy those needs 24/7, constantly, constantly, constantly.  There will be moments where the kid will just feel like they’re just not getting enough nurturing.   Look a little bit more into the different stages of child development. You have your infancy stage, you’ve got your toddler stage, you’ve got your preschooler and so on, and then school stage. And at all of those stages, the needs of the child are different, and they will be learning different things.  The first stage, the infancy stage, you cannot give them enough. You can’t give them too much in terms of cuddles and kisses.  One of the things that I would recommend, John Bradshaw wrote a number of books. The book Homecoming explains actually, in a very simple way, the different stages of child development.   Be aware of the personality type of your child. So, personality styles are really strategies, and a lot of it is as a result of what we experienced in childhood, but there will be certain tendencies already from the word “Go.”  Perhaps you can then help them with some of the things that maybe still need to be developed but don’t come so naturally to them.   
When Should You Start Using Anti-Aging Skin Care Products? The wealth of products available these days to target visible signs of aging such as fine lines, crow’s feet, dark under-eye circles and dull skin are a gift and a curse. The options are so extensive that it can actually feel quite overwhelming figuring out a skin care regimen that works best. So when and where does one begin?   Experts agree that skin starts to age around 20 years old and recommend that you start the road to prevention early. “I recommend my patients to start incorporating anti-aging skin care products in their 20s and 30s, when our skin slowly starts to lose collagen,” says Y. Claire Chang, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City.   Face Serum Benefits for All Ages Just like it’s never too soon to start being physically active or eating mindfully, this fundamental aspect of life also applies to skin care. Using serums loaded with incredibly important ingredients before you start seeing signs of aging and environmental assault means you'll be on track for getting (and keeping) the beautiful skin you want now and in the long term.   Keep in mind that just like your body never "gets used" to eating nutrient-dense foods, nor does your skin get used to great ingredients. Your skin craves and needs generous amounts of beneficial ingredients like antioxidants, skin-replenishing, and skin-restoring ingredients because each group helps skin be healthy and stay young-looking. Using them now does not mean they won’t work "when you really need them"; rather, they will be working for you every day of your life.   Of course, these ingredients also work after signs of aging appear, but without question, sooner is better than later!     Roots of The Aging Concept Referring to Greek mythology, the quest for immortality is embodied in the story of Eos, the immortal goddess of dawn. She falls madly in love with Tithon, a mortal human. Not supporting the idea of seeing him die, she claims for him eternity. Zeus agrees, but poor Eos realizes her mistake too late, as what she wanted for Tithon was not eternity but eternal youth. She will therefore be condemned to see him eternally grow old. This myth of ancient Greece refers directly to the current perception of aging: accept the temporary nature of life, while differing as long as possible the appearance of the signs of aging.   Today, in industrialized countries, this quest seems strongly motivated by the fear of social exclusion. Indeed, a study conducted on a cohort of 1,713 American women, over 50 years old and mostly of Caucasian type, highlights a great psychological suffering based both on the image that these women have of themselves but also on the degrading image that the rest of society sends back to them.   More than 50% of these women reported the perception of physical changes that occur during aging, notably sagging skin and wrinkles. Their cognitive adaptations to the physical experience of aging and the psychological experience of body image altered in parallel. This point is extremely important because it shows how much women correlate the initiation of their aging-related psychological malaise with the appearance of visible signs revealing their age.    Let’s get scientific for a minute…   With age, our tissues lose their function and capacity to regenerate after being damaged. A study published today in Cell by scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico of the Center for Genomic Regulation (CNAG-CRG) explains how dermal fibroblasts age.   The main conclusion drawn is that these fibroblasts lose their cell identity, as if they had "forgotten" what they are, and consequently their activity is altered, thus affecting tissue. The study reveals the cellular and molecular pathways affected by aging and proposes that they could be manipulated to delay or even reverse the skin aging process.   The skin is the most exposed organ of the body, and it functions as a barrier against external aggressions. It frequently experiences the direct effects of environmental exposure, including UV radiation and air pollution. Alterations in skin structure and physiology occur as natural consequences of aging and contribute to diminished skin health. These damages can be aggravated by external factors and, combined with lifestyle, result in significant biological alterations, characteristic of premature aging.   A fibroblast is a type of cell that is responsible for making the extracellular matrix and collagen.   Fibroblasts are large, flat, elongated (spindle-shaped) cells possessing processes extending out from the ends of the cell body. ... Fibroblasts produce tropocollagen, which is the forerunner of collagen, and ground substance, an amorphous gel-like matrix that fills the spaces between cells and fibres in connective tissue.   Together, this extracellular matrix and collagen form the structural framework of tissues in animals and plays an important role in tissue repair. Fibroblasts are the main connective tissue cells present in the body.   Dermal fibroblasts create long fibrous bands of connective tissue which anchor the skin to the fascia of the body. Therefore, without dermal fibroblasts, the largest and heaviest organ would not tightly adhere to body's frame.     Why the Science Lesson? Organixx Skin has released REVERSE our anti-aging serum! When we were experimenting with formulations and ingredients, we did our science homework. We wanted to provide you with a clean, healthy, and effective product that helps turn back the hands of time.   The synergy of the fresh, clean, and pure ingredients in REVERSE address the root cause of skin aging in the 21st century – the inside factors like diminished collagen production and aging dermal cells - as well as the outside factors like UV damage and environmental factors.   Let’s dive into each ingredient…   Croda Juvinity™  Visibly reduces the signs of aging on the face and décolleté. Smoothes wrinkles, restructures and densifies the dermis. Juvinity™ delays cell senescence. It limits oxidative stress and telomere shortening to ensure optimal metabolism and replication rate as a young cell. Protects the cells from oxidative damage and ensures optimal mitochondrial activity. Reactivates the synthesis of major dermal constituents, preserves the cytoskeleton functionality and prolongs cell lifespan by maintaining telomere length.     ARGAN STEM CELLS Referred to as “liquid gold”, argan oil is fast-absorbing and known for increasing cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Argan oil is also rich in phenols and carotenes, antioxidants that protect the skin from aging free-radical damage.   Argan stem cells are well known for their anti-aging properties. They are regenerative and work to strengthen skin's elasticity.  Argan stem cells also penetrate the skin at a deeper level, so are able to help fight the signs of aging.   Argan stem cells are the only proven stem cells with the ability to penetrate the skin's dermis, meaning they can help protect and revitalize human dermal stem cells!     RASPBERRY SEED OIL Raspberry seed oil is rich in EFAs (essential fatty acids), primarily linoleic and linolenic acids. It contains very high levels of tocopherols (Vitamin E), which act as antioxidants, and carotenoids (Vitamin A).       Because of its composition, raspberry seed oil possesses superior anti-inflammatory qualities which makes it a nice addition to face, lip and sunscreen products.    Absorbs UV rays (Oomah et al., 2000) although its efficacy as a sunscreen has not yet been confirmed. Anti-inflammatory due to high content of alpha linolenic acid (the highest in any fruit seed oil) and phytosterols, therefore helpful for eczema and psoriasis. Very high in Vitamin E – an antioxidant. Antioxidants in skin care are important to prevent oxidative damage, which can lead to premature skin aging and skin cancer. Very high levels of phytosterols that can help reduce trans-epidermal water loss, thereby helping to keep skin moisturized. Phytosterols also help to repair skin damaged by environmental factors including sun damage. It’s a great source of alpha linolenic acid – an essential fatty acid that has regenerative and anti-aging skin benefits. Red raspberry seed oil also has a low comedogenic rating of 0-1, meaning it’s not likely to clog pores.   CRANBERRY SEED OIL Cranberry Seed Oil, cold pressed from the seed of the super fruit, is unique among the fixed oils because it contains a very high essential fatty acid profile, along with a good mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E) content, high phytosterols, and a 1:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids which gives it excellent anti-oxidant activity and skin nurturing benefits.   Cranberry Seed Oil contains one of the highest antioxidants and phytosterols content of any of the vegetable / fruit oils, making it an excellent addition to your natural sun protection products where it will help to prevent photo damage.   Anti-oxidants that are consumed can reach the skin but, with free radical damage being the heaviest assault on the skin, and the cause of almost all of the signs of aging and unhealthy skin, it is beneficial to apply them topically where their protection can go to work immediately.   Antioxidant Protection Skin Conditioning and Restructuring Vitamins A, C, E, and K Enhanced Cellular Function Aids in the Skin's Absorption, and Utilization, of Essential Fatty Acids Cranberry seed oil has the perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, meaning it will absorb into your skin very well. Exceptional Skin Moisturizer Skin Tightening Activity Natural brightener. If your face is looking a little on the dull side, use this oil for a natural glow.   TREMELLA MUSHROOM Tremella fuciformis is one of the great superfood mushrooms and longevity tonic herbs in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It’s use dates back as far as 200 A.D. when it was including in one of the earliest TCM classics- the materia medica by "Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing”, the father of Chinese medicine. In ancient times, like many of the other revered medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi and Cordyceps sinensis, Tremella was only reserved for royalty, ruling family members or for rich people who could afford this highly valued superfood.   For centuries, Chinese women have been consuming Tremella in its whole mushroom form and as a mushroom extract to make their skin more moist, soft and pliable. Its recognized as one of the best tonic herbs to help maintain the health of the skin as the body ages.   Tremella mushroom belongs to the jelly fungus family and has many different names. In Chinese, it's called silver ear mushroom (pinyin: yín ěr), white wood-ear mushroom (pinyin: yín ěr), and in Japanese, it's called shiro kikurage which translates to “white tree jellyfish”. It's also commonly known as “snow fungus” and the “beauty mushroom”.   Dermatologist Dendy Engelman, the director of dermatologic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, says the fungus acts similar to that of hydration powerhouse hyaluronic acid by pulling moisture to the skin. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, so finding an all-natural match for its hydrating power is pretty major. And snow mushroom has an extra edge. "The particles are smaller than hyaluronic acid so it penetrates the skin more easily," says Engelman.   Tremella mushroom has many restorative benefits but it's most famous for its beauty and skin enhancing properties:   Nourishes Skin Naturally Moisturizes When applied topically, Tremella generates a natural hydration film on the skin that can help relieve dryness, support overall skin health by balancing optimal hydration and enabling the skin to develop elasticity and appear more supple and full.  Improves Elasticity Tremella’s ability to absorb into the deeper layers of the skin works to enhance skin elasticity and helps plump & smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Even better, Tremella also has an incredible ability to break down free radicals - which prevents fine lines and wrinkles from forming in the first place!  Slows Skin Aging Brightens Complexion Deeply Hydrates Inside and Out Boasts High Concentration of Vitamin D This mushroom also happens to be high in Vitamin D. When eaten, Tremella mushroom is the highest food source of the Vitamin D precursor, pro-vitamin D. When topically applied, Vitamin D has also shown impressive skin healing abilities. It helps cell growth, wound healing, and maintaining the barrier function of the skin. Basically, it’s like nature’s Band-Aid.  And now for a less-fun fact?Between the ages of 20-70, the skin’s natural ability to create Vitamin D decreases by 75%. This is why it's essential to support your skin with extra, high quality sources of Vitamin D such as Tremella.  The nutritional profile for Tremella includes: ∙ Protein and amino acids ∙ Enzymes ∙ Vitamins ∙ Minerals ∙ Polysaccharides ∙ Beta-Glucans ∙ Flavonoids ∙ Carotenoids ∙ Beta-Glucans ∙ Phenols and polyphenols ∙ Alkaloids ∙ Organic acids In addition to being a potent immune stimulant, one of nature’s richest sources of vitamin D and containing high levels of antioxidants, Tremella is brimming with medicinal properties, as you can see!   Celery Seed Extract The essential oil of celery seed is derived from the celery plant, scientifically known as Apium graveolens from the Umbelliferae plant family. Celery is not just a vegetable used for salads and stir-fries, but it is a revered herb to the Chinese as early as in the 5th century and is even widely used in the Indian Ayurvedic medicinal area.   Not only that, celery was held in high and sacred regard during the Greek era. In fact, it was believed that celery was used in the tomb of the famous Pharaoh Tutankhamun and mentioned in the works of the great and famous Roman encyclopaedist, Aulus Cornelius Celsus!   All these examples mentioned attest to the high medicinal value of celery and the essential oil derived from its plant, so let’s find out more about what celery seed essential oil can do to benefit our SKIN! Containing vitamins A, C, and K, celery extract is an antioxidant-rich ingredient that can help repel free radicals, ward off photoaging, and ensure continual cell turnover. Antioxidants are true powerhouses, both in skincare and in our diets – so suffice to say, we’re thrilled to introduce this potent ingredient in REVERSE!     Linseed Extract You've probably already heard of linseed oil which is often used in manufacturing paints and varnishes as well as inks for printing purposes. These days, it's being utilized in a lot of various products.   Did you know that the linseed extract which is expressed from the oil-rich seeds of the flax flower is also highly employed in the production of cosmetics and skincare items? This is because it's also been proven valuable for enhancing the skin's appearance and health.   Protects the cells from oxidative damage and ensures optimal mitochondrial activity. Linseed extract is extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein and zinc, which gives it strong anti-aging capabilities to reduce wrinkles and increase firmness. Three of the skin-altering conditions you can avoid if protected with linseed extract topically include; Inflammation, Aging, and Allergies     ROSE GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL A rose geranium is a type of geranium plant with leaves that smell strongly like roses. This species of geranium is native to certain parts of Africa.   It’s also called rose-scented geranium, sweet-scented geranium, or old-fashioned rose geranium. The plant has velvety, plush leaves and flowers that bloom pale pink or almost white.   A 2017 review of studies demonstrated that antioxidant properties in rose geranium oil may help reduce the signs of aging. The anti-inflammatory properties of rose geranium oil have been demonstrated in animal studies. In fact, one 2013 study showed rose geranium oil had a strong impact on reducing swelling in mice paws and ears. It suggested that rose geranium oil could be the basis of new anti-inflammatory drugs that may have less harmful side effects than current medications. Rose geranium oil has strong antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. The food service industry even uses rose geranium oil as a natural preservative in some food products. In one 2017 review of studies, rose geranium was shown to reduce bacterial, fungi, and viruses that cause skin disease and infections.     RESOURCES   NEW! 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If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your digestive system except when you’re experiencing a tummy ache or other issues such as gas, constipation, and diarrhea. In this episode, we’ll delve into ways to keep your digestion humming along including using essential oils for digestion when things aren’t running smoothly. Tummy Troubles? The Best Essential Oils for Digestive Problems If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your digestive system except when you’re experiencing a tummy ache or other issues such as gas, constipation, and diarrhea. In this article, we’ll delve into ways to keep your digestion humming along including using essential oils for digestion when things aren’t running smoothly. Why a Healthy Digestive System Matters Did you know that not only is your digestive tract important for breaking down food for nourishment, it also plays an important role in immunity, brain health, and cognition! The Link Between Digestive Health and the Brain There is an increasing number of scientific studies that have identified a direct link between digestive health and the brain and emotions. Studies consistently show that gut health (or lack thereof) can have an enormous effect on mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and even autism [1-4]. Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine (460-370 BC) believed that all disease processes began in the gut. Although the digestive system is often thought to comprise only the stomach and intestines, it is actually much more inclusive than that. In order to function at optimally, the digestive system requires peak performance from the stomach and intestines, as well as the liver, kidneys, and gallbladder. 7 Ways to Improve Gut Health There are many steps we can take to better care for our digestion. These include: eating lots of fresh, organic, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables focusing on the consumption of nutrient-dense foods taking probiotics and/or enzymes reducing stress (which has an enormous impact on the gut) getting better sleep exercising using essential oils Millions of American Suffer from Gut Issues When the digestive tract is compromised, it can make you feel over-tired, suffer from lowered immunity, gain weight, and experience gastrointestinal discomfort. Sometimes you experience stomach pain or cramping, as well as belching, gas, and bad breath. At other times you may feel bloated, nauseous, or have other issues. In the United States alone, the National Institutes of Health advise that 60 to 70 million people are affected by digestive diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) [5]. The Problem with Over-the-Counter Medications For years, people have relied upon over-the-counter medications for digestive complaints. These products often contain bismuth subsalicylate, which comes from the aspirin family and has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and acid-reducing action. The potential problem with these sorts of medications is that they are only recommended for use for a couple of days. This means people who have problems that last longer than that (e.g., IBS, chronic heartburn, or acid reflux from GERD) aren’t supposed to use these products for more than two days. It’s also not advisable for children to take them, nor anyone with the flu, because bismuth subsalicylate is contraindicated on the label for anyone with the flu, a virus, or chickenpox. Taking this medication increases the risk for the development of Reye’s syndrome, a potentially life-threatening illness. Are Essential Oils for Digestion a Good Alternative? Certain essential oils and blends can greatly benefit digestive health due to their anti-inflammatory, calming, anti-spasmodic, and cell-protective benefits. For example, Organixx Digest Essential Oil Blend was specifically designed to provide relief for a wide range of digestive issues. The four oils in Digest Blend work together in a beautiful synergy and all are backed by research indicating their method of action. The next time digestive distress strikes try the ready-made Digest Blend or use any or all of the following four essential oils for digestion and create your own blend. The simplest recipe is just to use equal parts of each or try different ratios and see what works best for you. 4 Key Essential Oils for Digestive Problems 1. Ginger Essential Oil A 2014 meta-analysis [6] of medical studies investigated the efficacy of ginger for early pregnancy nausea and vomiting. Researchers found that at least four days of taking ginger was associated with a five-fold likelihood of improvement in morning sickness symptoms. A small 2016 study [7] with post-surgical patients found that inhalation of ginger essential oil significantly decreased nausea and vomiting during the first six hours after inhalation of ginger. Ginger has also been found to be beneficial for travel/motion sickness. A small 1988 double-blind randomized placebo trial [8] found ginger to be helpful for vomiting, nausea, cold sweats, and vertigo for Danish naval cadets not accustomed to sailing on heavy seas. Another small 2013 clinical trial [9] of 13 volunteers with a history of motion sickness found that pre-treating with ginger reduced nausea, quieted stomach activity, and prolonged the period between attacks of nausea. A 2005 study [10] investigated how ginger actually works on the digestive tract. Researchers found that ginger helped relieve intestinal spasms, and also had direct effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, which is active during the digestive process. They found that ginger assisted with hyperactive states of the gut as is found with diarrhea and colic. A 2015 animal study [11] found that ginger essential oil inhibited the formation of gastric ulcers by 85%. Ginger also increased antioxidant enzymes and reduced the erosion, hemorrhaging, and necrosis (untimely cell death) of cells of the stomach wall, thus providing a protective effect. Ginger may also be beneficial in cases of ulcerative colitis, a painful inflammatory condition that can cause rectal bleeding, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. A 2018 animal study [12] found that 6-gingerol, an ingredient in ginger, increased important antioxidants and inhibited the inflammatory pathways that contribute to this disease. 2. Peppermint Essential Oil Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is well known for the assistance it can provide for our tummies. If you have over-indulged in your favorite food, are feeling nauseous with a virus, or suffer with more chronic problems of the digestive tract, peppermint can be incredibly soothing. It is a beautifully cooling aromatic oil that is also: • anti-inflammatory • anti-spasmodic • analgesic (pain relieving) There are many studies that reflect the benefits of peppermint oil for the digestive system. For instance, a 2007 study [13] found a 50% reduction in the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in 75% of patients who tried peppermint oil for their symptoms. Indeed, a 2019 review [14] of a dozen randomized trials including over 800 patients using peppermint oil for IBS symptoms found that peppermint oil was safe and effective. 2013 research [15] found that both peppermint and spearmint reduced the intensity and frequency of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. An older 2008 study [16] investigated the use of peppermint for dyspepsia (pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen, also known as indigestion). Researchers found that peppermint oil was safe and effective for dyspepsia, and also for reducing the abdominal pain, flatulence, and diarrhea for those with IBS. Studies have found that peppermint oil is good for children, too. In a 2014 review [17] of 14 clinical trials involving nearly 2,000 children, peppermint oil was found to reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of abdominal pain. [Caution: only use essential oil with children under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner.] 3. Lemon Essential Oil Lemon (Citrus limon) has an uplifting fresh citrus aroma. Lemons have a long history of use by traditional Ayurvedic doctors as an aid for many ailments, including digestion. Modern research is starting to catch up, and it shows that lemon oil relieves nausea and vomiting and is: • anti-inflammatory • antimicrobial • anti-parasitic • anti-fungal A 2014 clinical trial [18] found that inhaling lemon oil significantly relieved nausea and vomiting in 100 pregnant women. A 2020 study [19] investigated the phytochemicals in lemons with regard to their potential therapeutic benefits. Researchers found that lemons had anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, and anti-cancer benefits. All of these properties combined have benefits for overall digestive health. A difficult-to-eradicate yeast known as Candida albicans can cause major trouble for the digestive tract. When C. albicans invades the digestive tract, it can cause oral thrush (a burning sensation in the gut after eating certain foods), recurring genital and urinary tract infections, even ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. Candida overgrowth is especially rampant among immunocompromised people, the elderly, those on broad-spectrum antibiotics, overstressed people with a high intake of sugar, carbs, and alcohol, and individuals hospitalized in intensive care units. A 2019 study [20] found that lemon oil (among other essential oils tested) had strong anti-Candida activity against several lines of Candida species. 4. Fennel Essential Oil Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) has a long history of use as a medicine and especially for digestive difficulties. Studies [14] indicate fennel is: antioxidative • anti-inflammatory • anti-ulcer • anti-viral • anti-spasmodic • antimicrobial • DNA protective • has blood-sugar-lowering and cholesterol-lowering properties A 2018 animal study [22] found that administering fennel oil significantly improved antioxidative status, reduced inflammation, and reduced blood sugar levels in rats with dyslipidemia (an abnormal amount of fats such as triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood). A 2011 study [23] investigated the effects of the phytochemicals in fennel on rats with gastric ulcers. Researchers found fennel to have significant anti-ulcer activity and may help to prevent ulcers. 3 Ways to Use Digest Essential Oil Blend for Digestive Problems #1. Apply a few drops of Organixx Digest blend across the abdomen and/or low back, massaging it in gently but thoroughly. To improve absorption, place a warm compress across the belly and/or low back after applying Digest. Dilute first with an organic carrier oil such as almond, coconut, hemp, or avocado oil. Try using 3-5 drops of Digest per teaspoon of carrier oil. #2. Place a couple drops of Digest blend into your palms, rub them together, and tent hands over your nose and mouth, being cautious to avoid eyes. Breathe the oils in deeply for a few moments, holding the essential oil vapor in your lungs for 5-10 seconds (or for as long as you can). This helps get the essential oils into your lungs and bloodstream and working quickly to relieve digestive difficulties. #3. If you are suffering from nausea or motion sickness, using Digest blend on an acupressure point known as “Heavenly Appearance” (aka SI 17) can be quite beneficial. To locate this acupressure point, place a fingertip on the outside of the face, just below the earlobe in the indentation between the earlobe and the upper tip of the jawbone (on both sides of the face). Place a drop or two of Digest on your fingertips and gently massage this point. It can be tender, so go gently. Considerations When Using Essential Oils for Digestive Problems While the four essential oils in Organixx Digest Blend are all derived from plants that are also foods/spices, essential oils are highly concentrated and should only be ingested under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider. For any persistent pain or digestive difficulties, be sure to consult your doctor. Essential oils should not be used as replacements for medicine but to support overall health. Never apply essential oils anywhere near eyes, the inside of the ears, or to other sensitive regions of the body. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children should always seek their doctor’s advice prior to using essential oils. Be aware that essential oil products vary greatly between makers in purity, strength, and quality. Only purchase pure, organic essential oils from companies you trust.   RESOURCES Organixx’s Daily Detoxx https://shop.organixx.com/products/organic-daily-detox?gl=5ebaaf588ebf585f704f8dca Organixx’s USDA Certified Organic Essential Oils https://shop.organixx.com/?gl=5d88ecbd02e26bdc48380837#essential-oils EPISODE: Enzymes 101: The Mirco Miracles You're Missing https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/enzymes-101-the-mirco-miracles-missing/ EPISODE: Enzymes 201: P3E The NEW Powerful Proteolytic Enzyme https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/enzymes-201-p3e-the-new-powerful-proteolytic-enzyme/ EPISODE: TeriAnn’s Health Journey https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast-episode-24/ EPISODE: Top Essential Oils Do’s and Don’ts https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-essential-oils-dos-and-donts/ 16 Uses & Benefits for Ginger Essential Oil (+ Application Tips) https://organixx.com/ginger-essential-oil-uses/ [1] Can Microbiology Affect Psychiatry? A Link Between Gut Microbiota and Psychiatric Disorders. [2] Melancholic Microbes: a Link Between Gut Microbiota and Depression? [3] Meta-analysis of Alcohol Induced Gut Dysbiosis and the Resulting Behavioral Impact [4] The Possible Role of the Microbiota-Gut-Brain-Axis in Autism Spectrum Disorder [5] Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States [6] Effects of Ginger for Nausea and Vomiting in Early Pregnancy: a Meta-analysis [7] Effectiveness of Ginger Essential Oil on Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting in Abdominal Surgery Patients [8] Ginger Root Against Seasickness. A Controlled Trial on the Open Sea [9] Effects of Ginger on Motion Sickness and Gastric Slow-wave Dysrhythmias Induced by Circular Vection [10] Pharmacological Basis for the Medicinal Use of Ginger in Gastrointestinal Disorders [11] Gastroprotective Activity of Essential Oils from Turmeric and Ginger [12] Protective Mechanisms of 6-gingerol in Dextran Sulfate Sodium-induced Chronic Ulcerative Colitis in Mice [13] Peppermint Oil (Mintoil) in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a Prospective Double Blind Placebo-controlled Randomized Trial [14] The Impact of Peppermint Oil on the Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a Meta-analysis of the Pooled Clinical Data [15] Antiemetic Activity of Volatile Oil from Mentha Spicata and Mentha × Piperita in Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting [16] Herbal Remedies for Dyspepsia: Peppermint Seems Effective [17] Herbal Medicines for Gastrointestinal Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review [18] The Effect of Lemon Inhalation Aromatherapy on Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy: A Double-Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial [19] Citrus limon (Lemon) Phenomenon-A Review of the Chemistry, Pharmacological Properties, Applications in the Modern Pharmaceutical, Food, and Cosmetics Industries, and Biotechnological Studies [20] In Vitro and In Vivo Anti-Candida spp. Activity of Plant-Derived Products [21] Foeniculum vulgare Mill: A Review of Its Botany, Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, Contemporary Application, and Toxicology [22] Health Benefits of Fennel, Rosemary Volatile Oils and their Nano-Forms in Dyslipidemic Rat Model [23] Role of Phenolic Compounds in Peptic Ulcer: an Overview    
Digital Addiction is back in the spotlight this week. Tune in as Jonathan and TeriAnn share more statistics on this building epidemic. Children and teens are especially negatively affected by our increasing digital addictions. Don’t despair! We have sensible tips to help us finally break the digital addiction and reconnect in a healthy way.   * * *   Featured Product Turmeric 3D* The ultimate support for healthy inflammation levels. Pure, powerful, organic fermented turmeric. Fermentation maximizes your body’s intake of nutrients. Also provides you fermented vitamin D3! Supports healthy inflammation levels ONE-Year 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.     * * *   Understanding Behavioral Addiction Behavioral addiction affects a vast number of individuals and occurs when people find themselves unable to control the frequency, or amount of, a previously harmless behavior such as love, sex, gambling, work, internet and chatroom usage, shopping or exercise. Behavioral addictions are considered impulse‐control disorders and share many underlying similarities to substance addictions, including aspects of tolerance, withdrawal, repeated unsuccessful attempts to cut back or quit and impairment in everyday life functioning.   What Statistics Show Teens who spend 5 hours a day on electronic devices are 71% more likely to have suicide risk factors than those with 1 hour of use. Teens that spend 5 hours a day on electronic devices ate 51% more likely to get under 7 hours of sleep when compared to 1 hour of use. (Long-term issues linking to high blood pressure and weight gain) 8th graders who are heavy users of social media have a 27% higher risk of depression 67% of surveyed teachers observed students being negatively distracted by mobile devices. 90% of teachers stated the number of students with emotional challenges INCREASED. 50% of parents are concerned for the impact on their mental health   How to stop kids being addicted to their phone: When looking to resolve teen phone addiction, the obvious option of taking your child’s phone away often doesn’t work. This can just result in the withdrawal symptoms of the internet and technology addiction. Your child or teenager will lack the maturity to realize the bigger picture, so you’re going to have to try some other tactics to evoke healthier usage.   Use apps to monitor use: Smartphone manufacturers have been criticized for the addictive nature of their devices. Both Android and now Apple have released software that will help people curb their addition and monitor usage. The new iOS Digital Health and Android’s usage tracking can help you to know how much you or your child are actually using the device as well as the nature of the use, e.g. apps, emails, messaging.   Manage your own use: You need to be the role model in this situation, if you spend hours looking at your phone, check it during conversations and let it come between you and family interactions then you’re setting a poor example.   Create rules around the house: By restricting the use of smartphones in certain areas of the house or certain times you can create a much healthier environment. For example, no phones at the dinner table or after a certain time at night, perhaps even ban children/teens from having phones in their rooms at night.   Nurture other interests: Another way to reduce how kids are addicted to phones is to involve them in more social and physical activities (sports/hobbies) to help them develop real interactions and reduce stress through exercise.   Communicate: Spend time as a family without mobile devices, communicate and be close enough with your child to know if there are underlying problems that the overuse of smartphones is masking issues such as depression or stress relating to issues at home or school.   Self-Help Tips We recommend using the new iOS Digital Health and Androids usage reports to keep track of the time you’re spending on your phone. The best place to start is by understanding exactly how much time you’re using your device and what apps you’re using the most. Realize what the triggers are that make you addicted to your phone, find better uses for your time to reduce your daily stress and boredom. Make conscious efforts to interact with people in person rather than via your phone. Our bodies and minds are built to thrive and develop off of human interactions, isolation with technology will impact you negatively.  Recognize when you’re using a smartphone as a wall. If you find it easier to communicate with others through messaging or social media or vent online, work on those skills rather than hiding behind technology. If you’re wondering how to break cell phone addiction, the best way is to think of it as physical addiction such as smoking, drinking or eating. It’s about recognizing habits and working on slowly reducing the time to manageable amounts.  Limit times that you can use your device. Try checking your phone after meals, don’t take it with you to the bathroom and ban it from the bedroom. Turn off your phone or put it out of sight. Placing your phone in a drawer at work or leaving it in another room to charge can help reduce the anxiety of wanting to check it. Don’t let your phone interrupt your sleeping patterns. Looking at your tablet, phone or laptop before bed can impact the quality of sleep you get. Try turning it off. Focus your boredom on other activities. If you’ve just sat there with the TV on in the background and scrolling aimlessly on your phone, try putting that time into the gym, a hobby or going to meet friends and catch up. Limit times you play games or look on social media. Perhaps only use a game at certain times of the day, or try deleting social media apps you’re spending too much time on (social media being one of the primary causes of phone addiction) Checking your phone every 5 minutes? Wait for an hour or more, you’re probably getting an underlying feeling you’re missing out, but you can wait for your fix.     * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Organixx – Supplements You Trust   Carpe diem instead of losing your social mind: Beyond digital addiction and why we all suffer from digital overuse https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23311908.2016.1157281   Is it meaningful to distinguish between generalized and specific Internet addiction? Evidence from a cross‐cultural study from Germany, Sweden, Taiwan and China https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/appy.12122   The Emerging Requirement for Digital Addiction Labels https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-16101-3_13   Internet Addiction Prevalence and Quality of (Real) Life: A Meta-Analysis of 31 Nations Across Seven World Regions https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cyber.2014.0317   KIMBERLY S. YOUNG.CyberPsychology & Behavior. Jan 1998. http://doi.org/10.1089/cpb.1998.1.237   Prevalence of digital addiction and use of digital devices by students http://www.indianjournals.com/ijor.aspx?target=ijor:xijmms&volume=3&issue=7&article=012   Online Peer Groups as a Persuasive Tool to Combat Digital Addiction https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-31510-2_25   The Challenges of Defining and Studying “Digital Addiction” in Children https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2734210   Hicks, Tyler M., "Digital Detox - Addressing the Issue of Screen Addiction in Millennials" (2019). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 513. https://dc.etsu.edu/honors/513/   BankMyCell https://www.bankmycell.com/blog/smartphone-addiction/   Should DSM-V Designate “Internet Addiction” a Mental Disorder? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2719452/   Internet addiction update: diagnostic criteria, assessment and prevalence http://www.jneuropsychiatry.org/peer-review/internet-addiction-update-diagnostic-criteria-assessment-and-prevalence.pdf   Internet Gaming https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/internet-gaming
What is “green medicine”? Tune in this week as the incredible Nick Polizzi shares his knowledge on herbal remedies. Nick shares his wounded healer story and then we dive into the history of herbalism, some of Nick’s go-to herbs for calming the mind chatter and easing stress, as well as what to expect when visiting an herbalist. And you don’t want to miss his #1 tip for all of us!    * * *   About Nick Polizzi Nick Polizzi has been making documentary films for the past ten years. The titles he has been a part of include Remedy: Ancient Medicines for Modern Illness, The Sacred Science‚ Simply Raw – Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days‚ and The Tapping Solution. His work is guided by a fascination with the healing remedies of civilizations around the world and how they can be used to heal the diseases of today. Nick is driven by a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of our ancestors.   Documentary: Remedy: Ancient Medicines for Modern Illness All about herbs! The green medicines that have been used for thousands of years. And it goes into the specific diseases that they can treat. “I think that people are really surprised to hear that you don’t need to turn to conventional medicine to treat just about any illness. There are all kinds of alternatives that you don’t tend to hear about from your doctor.” ~ Nick It’s a nine-part series. Each episode goes after a specific health condition. It covers anything from autoimmune disorders, depression, stress, all the way to bacterial infections like Lyme Disease, all the way to heart disease, cancer, sexual health, reproductive health, and fertility. Each one of those areas of health, or systems of the body, are covered and then into the specific herbs that can be used to alleviate a lot of the symptoms that are commonly associated with it. You can watch it here at https://lw255.isrefer.com/go/remedy/org/20190523   What led Nick to this path? He’s a “wounded healer”. In his late 20s he began experiencing debilitating ocular migraines. Went to the number one neurologist in Connecticut tried various medications that didn’t help. The last prescription offer was one that would change his mood and emotions. He came to the realization that modern medicine wasn’t going to help. Nick tried EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), acupuncture, acupressure. Finally he determined by exploring with an elimination diet that coffee was a trigger.   Why herbs? Before this documentary he was immersed in Native medicings and Native healings. This led to a fascination of the healing potential in plants and herbs. There’s over 80,000 species of medicinal plants in the Amazon alone, less than 3 percent of them have been studied for their medicinal value. Of those 3 percent, some 15-20 percent of our cancer treatments are synthesized from compounds in those plants. For Nick, herbal medicine is one of the lowest-hanging fruits in terms of potential cures out there and he decided to shine a light on them.   History of Herbalism? Herbs will used up until the early 1900s. And was respected on par with surgery or drugs. The Flexner Report came out in 1910 and was funded by the Carnegie Foundation. This made it very hard to practice natural medicine in the United States. Natural medicine schools were closed and only those schools focusing on chemical-based medicine received funding or accredidation.   Plant Can’t Be Patented This makes it difficult to receive funding on research of natural, plant based medicines. Women have been burned at the stake for thousands of years for practicing just basic herbalism because of how effective it is.   Some of Nick’s Go-To Herbs Skullcap & Ashwagandha tincture for taming the mind chatter and easing stress. Reishi mushrooms are a powerful adaptogen. Increases creativity and reduces stress.   Herbalist Approaches They look for root cause and not just mask symptoms. They can spend up to two hours at the first visit to really pinpoint lifestyle and symptoms. Much more intimate experience and helps you get intune with your body and mind.   Nick’s Big Takeaway Be careful about book learning and learning secondhand. It’s a great starting point, but as we’ve been discussing today, experience is going to teach you more than any book could, any podcast could, any documentary could. These are great leaping-off points, let’s call them, so that you can start experiencing things yourself. You can talk about herbs all day long. Until you start ingesting that first herb and experiencing it yourself, you’re not going to fully understand the potential that your body has to heal itself, and also, what you might have been missing in terms of connecting to yourself and the world around you.     Deeper Dive Resources   The Remedy: Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness https://lw255.isrefer.com/go/remedy/org/20190523   Documentary: Sacred Science https://www.thesacredscience.com/author/nicpol3/   BOOK: Sacred Science https://amzn.to/2VD1xS9   BOOK: Sacred Science Cookbook https://amzn.to/2VYee9K   Save the Amazon https://www.savetheamazon.org/rainforeststats.htm   Susan Raven - Raven Crest Botanicals https://ravencrestbotanicals.com/   Ron Teegarden - Dragon Herbs https://www.dragonherbs.com/ron-teeguarden-s-bio
Did you know individuals under constant stress have a 50% higher mortality rate? Stress proves to be one of the most significant issues among the population. In the case of stress in America, the statistics show frightening results. Stress-related illnesses include depression, anxiety, acne, high blood pressure, constipation, insomnia, and so on. Tune in today as we hear from Amy Leigh Mercree. She offers us great tips to help keep our stress levels manageable. To better health and less stress! About Amy - Amy is a bestselling author, holistic health expert, and medical intuitive. Amy teaches internationally, sharing Next-Level Healing, Meet Your Guides, Mindfulness Meditation, and bestseller Boot Camp Classes. Amy is the author of The Spiritual Girls Guide To Dating, A Little Bit of Chakras, Joyful Living, 101 Ways To Transform Your Spirit And Revitalize Your Life, The Chakras And Crystals Cookbook, The Compassion Revolution: 30 Days Of Living From The Heart, A Little Bit Of Meditation, Essential Oils Handbook, Apple Cider Vinegar Handbook, A Little Bit Of Mindfulness, The Mood Book, Crystals, Oils, And Rituals To Elevate Your Spirit, and her latest book, A Little Bit of Goddess: An Introduction To The Divine Feminine. Amy has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Women’s Health Inc. Magazine, Shape, The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Your Tango, Soul And Spirit Magazine, Mind, Body, Green, CVS, NBS, Hello Giggles, Reader’s Digest, The Oprah Magazine, Forbes, CBS, First For Women, Country Living, Fox, Bustle, and many more.   * * *   Amy’s History “I have been a medical intuitive since I was 23, so it’s been 19 years. So, that’s how it all started was working with clients on their holistic health questions. So, as a holistic health expert and medical intuitive, I started to write books based upon the questions my clients had. So, it started with dating, because everyone wanted to know about their love lives, but then it really progressed to all these meditation topics, and health topics, because those are the things that I am passionate about, and I teach meditation and things like that. So, it was really fun to just keep bringing everything together, and now, here we are much later, with all those books for you to read.”   Amy’s Favorite Things to Talk About I love talking about the divine feminine because I think it’s really timely and helpful as far as social change. I do love talking about health in general, and essential oils and plants, and the ways that we can create recipes and combine those.   Amy’s Best Tips for Turning Worry into Peace and Improving Our Overall Mood Having a news fast every week - spending at least a few days just staying off of anything that’s going to give you news, and as an extension of that, really limiting screen time, because I think that’s one of the chief things that does eat away at people’s sense of peace and makes people really anxious. How often are we on social media? Be mindful of what you consume!  Rituals for More Restful Sleep Getting off screens at least an hour, if not more, before bed. The hour before sleep is the time for minimal to no electronics. It’s a time to read a book or draw or something relaxing. You can make some really easy essential oil sprays, linen sprays. You can use spring water and essential oils that are clean and pure. You can throw some essential oils in a bottle with some spring water, spritz your bed, spritz your linens, lightly spritz your lampshade, not on the bulb. Lavender Vetiver Roman chamomile You can do the legs up the wall yoga pose. You can do that right in bed if your bed’s like up against a wall or you have a headboard. here’s the wall, and then you’re sitting next to the wall. And then, you stretch your legs out. You’re sitting straight up in a V. You turn your body and flip your legs up, so your legs are up the wall. You can push your backside as close in as you can to the headboard. If you can get it all the way, that’s great. Some people feel more comfortable if they have a couple inches. And then, you just put your arms out in whatever position’s comfortable, palms up. Perhaps you’ve had your spray. You can spritz your linen spray, since it’s therapeutic grade oils, over your own head, or kind of over your body. And just take a few minutes and close your eyes and relax. So then, after you’ve done that for 5-20 minutes, whatever’s comfortable, even if you fall asleep like that it’s fine, you bend your knees, bring them down the wall. If you want, you can sit in a butterfly pose, open your knees for a bit, then roll to your right side, stretch out your legs and come out of it. Then, you can go to sleep. How do you recommend people use oils to soothe anxiety? If you’re doing a yoga pose like that, or just throughout your day, you can use specific oils that are great for relaxation. Lavender Vetiver Chamomile Jasmine Ylang-ylang You can make a blend, or just to take some vetiver, some lavender, some ylang-ylang, put it on your fingertips, you can put it on your temples, you can put it on your wrists, you can put it on your earlobes, just to give yourself that aromatherapy all day.  Worry Less Bath – Creating a Ritual It’s a whole ritual in the book, but you do an activity where you’re writing some intentions down. You can use crystals in your bath if you choose. You can use moonstone, you can use clear quartz, you can use rose quartz, if you’re into crystals. You use lavender essential oil, preferably organic, valerian essential oil, and then you use a candle that’s pastel-colored. You brew yourself chamomile tea and you put dried lavender in your bath. You make a ritual out of it. You prepare your tea, you run your bath, you go through the exercise and you write down your intentions, and you do a little bit of journaling. You light your candle, and then you step in and you’ve sat an intention for your bath. You’ve invigorated, invoked your sense of smell, your tea, the kinesthetic sense of being in the warm water and having the dried lavender in there. It gives you a chance to go into a meditative state.   Crystals and The Sense of Calm and Boosting Tranquility Everybody loves crystals, because they’re so pretty, and in this age of social media, where we’ve become so visual, they really lend themselves to that. But they’re also lovely tools. Crystals are people too. Crystals are alive, just like a plant is alive, an animal is alive. And so, we want to treat our crystals with care, so when we do bring them into our environment, they’re going to raise this vibration. I prefer it in a raw state, that the crystal wasn’t busted up and pushed around. The crystal should live outside, or on your patio, or on your windowsill if you live in an urban environment, so it gets sunlight, so it gets moonlight, so perhaps it gets rainwater as long as it’s not a crystal that can’t get wet, so it’s happy, so its vibration is high. You may bring the crystal in, put it in your bath, put it next to your bed. Perhaps, keep it on a sunlit windowsill where it gets plenty of sunlight and moonlight and is away from electronics. Rose quartz crystal are great for this idea of bringing calm. You can use crystals by bringing them in the environment. Some people like to put a crystal in their pocket if it’s little. I’m a fan of gentle crystals, rose quartz, moonstone, larimar. Some people are more like let’s power it out, and they just bring in a ton of really powerful crystals. Crystals are incredibly healing. For healing, for example, moving energy, labradorite is a very, very helpful crystal. How Herbs and Plants Can Impact Your Life That’s probably my most effective tool in our toolbox is the power of plants, whether you’re using them through herbal infusions, which people call tea, or we’re using them in tinctures, or we’re wildcrafting, or they’re dried, they’re fresh, whatever they are. Plants are medicine. We have so many options for plants that can calm us. Chamomile, everybody’s heard of chamomile tea. An organic, really pure chamomile tea without natural flavors, there are studies that talk about it can serve as a sedative. If you’d like to go deeper, passionflower is a deeply relaxing tea. Kava-kava is an extra-sedative tea. If you’re sensitive, you really only want to drink kava-kava right before bed, and really be aware, it’s powerful stuff. If you could leave one statement with the world, one message with the world, what would you say? You matter, that you’re a critical piece of the puzzle here on earth here on earth, and what you do and the impact you make, no matter how large or small, matters.
What is fasting? Is it harmful? Does it really improve your health? Tune in this week as we explain the types of fasting, the common misconceptions around fasting, and things to look out for when entering into a fast.   * * *   Fasting The willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or broth for a period of time.   Absolute Fasting (Dry Fasting) Abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period.   Apophagy Your body processing the weaker cells, the damaged cells in your body for fuel Insulin response is important. Eating multiple times a day causes your body to be constantly releasing insulin. Therefore, it cannot go into apophagy. Fasting is mental. Your body may be telling you it needs food, but you may just be dehydrated. It typically becomes easier after day three.   Ketones The more ketones that are in your bloodstream, the more ketones get into your brain, the more alert you get and the less distracted you are.   Caloric Restriction A person’s daily caloric intake is reduced by 20-40 percent.   Benefits of Fasting Weight loss   Types of Fasting Juice Fast Intermittent Fasting (Time-Restricted Eating)- You only eat for a certain period of time during the day. You do not need to eat ketogenic to do intermittent fasting. Water Fasting A type of fasting in which you consume only water for a set period of time. Long-period water fasting may not be as beneficial for women. There have been studies where the efficacy starts dropping off after day five. Breaking a water fast - just eat like a light snack, and then eat a meal later. It’s been said that if you’re doing a long, extended water fast, like they actually say to rest a lot and get really hydrated. Your inflammation levels go way down, so you’re not holding as much water.   Intermittent Fasting Patterns 5/2 Eat 5 days a week, restrict calorie intake for 2 days. Under 500 calories for women, 600 calories for men. Fill those calories with healthy fats. Mimicking diet Under 800 calories day one, under 400 calories next 4 days. 6/1 Eat 6 days a week, restrict calorie intake for 1 day. Eat/Stop/Eat 24-hour complete fast, one to two times per week. Daily 16/8 – most common pattern – fasting for 16 hours and eating for 8. 18/6 – fasting for 18 hours and eating for 6. 20/4 – fasting for 20 hours, eating for 4.   Things to Look Out For Know what works for you and your body! Know what your body responds to. Make sure you are being monitored by a medical professional. Hunger pains – drink some water and wait for 15 minutes. Individuals with the following conditions should abstain from intermittent fasting. Diabetes Eating disorders Use of medications that require food intake Individuals in active growth stages, such as adolescence Pregnancy and breastfeeding Dehydration “Keto Flu” Your body’s not holding onto water weight the way that it did. When it’s releasing all of this water weight, it’s no longer able to hold onto the electrolytes that it needs as well. Make sure you’re getting electrolytes! Headache – get electrolytes. Make sure to get plenty of sleep!   A Common Misconception About Fasting Your body is going to start burning muscle for fuel, and that you’re going to lose a lot of muscle as you get into doing fasting, water fasts. It’s simply not true. Your body can actually burn fat much easier, and your body’s going to go into ketosis and burn fat. And even if you were to lose a little bit of muscle mass, what actually happens is your body releases a lot more human growth hormone while you’re doing a water fast, and especially coming out of that fast.   Ways to Get Electrolytes Potassium supplement Magnesium supplement Pink Himalayan salt in water   Deeper Dive Resources Fasting Articles in Organixx’s INSPIRED Health Library https://organixx.com/?s=fasting   Fasting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasting   Ketosis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketosis   Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead https://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/   The Bulletproof Diet https://blog.bulletproof.com/what-is-bulletproof-diet/   Calorie Restriction and Fasting Diets (National Institute on Aging) https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/calorie-restriction-and-fasting-diets-what-do-we-know   The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended https://amzn.to/2IUOQcs   Body for Life https://www.transformation.com/   iThrive: Overcoming Diabetes and Obesity https://go.ithriveseries.com/
Sweet slumber! Sleep is something we all do. More importantly, sleep is something we all need for vibrant health. Listen in this week as we discuss theories of sleep, stages of sleep, and the science of why we sleep. You’ll want to listen to the end! We wrap up by giving you 10 Tips for Improving Your Sleep Hygiene.   * * *   Notes on Sleep Different levels of sleep are different for different people. It’s recommended that you get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is really important physiologically, and the biologically, it’s a necessity in our body. You cannot get your sleep back. You cannot correct for missing sleep.   Theories on Sleep Inactivity Theory One of the earliest theories of sleep, sometimes called the adaptive or evolutionary theory. Suggests inactivity at night is an adaptation that served a survival function by keeping organisms out of harm’s way at times when they would be particularly vulnerable. Energy Conservation Theory Research has shown that energy metabolism is significantly reduced during sleep by as much as 10 percent in humans, and even more in other species. For example, both body temperature and caloric demand decrease during sleep, as compared to wakefulness. Many scientists consider this theory to be related to and part of the inactivity theory. Restorative Theory Sleep provides an opportunity for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself. Science shows animals deprived entirely of sleep lose all immune function and die in just a matter of weeks. This is further supported by findings that many of the major restorative functions in the body, like muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis, and growth hormone release, occur mostly, or in some cases, only during sleep. Other rejuvenating aspects of sleep are specific to the brain and cognitive function. For example, while we are awake, neurons in the brain produce adenosine, a byproduct of the cell’s activities. The buildup of adenosine in the brain is thought to be one factor that leads to our perception of being tired. Scientists think that this buildup of adenosine during wakefulness may promote the drive to sleep. As long as we are awake, adenosine accumulates and remains high. During sleep, the body has a chance to clear adenosine from the system, and as a result, we feel more alert when we’re awake. Brain Plasticity Theory One of the most recent and compelling explanations for why we sleep is based on findings that sleep is correlated to changes in the structure and organization of the brain. This phenomenon, known as brain plasticity, is not entirely understood, but its connection to sleep has several critical implications. It’s becoming clear, for example, that sleep plays a critical role in brain development in infants and young children. Infants spend about 13-14 hours per day sleeping, and about half of that time is spent in REM sleep, the stage in which most dreams occur. A link between sleep and brain plasticity is becoming clear in adults as well. This is seen in the effect that sleep and sleep deprivation have on people’s ability to learn and perform a variety of tasks.   Stages of Sleep Stage 1 – Non-REM sleep. The changeover from wakefulness to sleep. During this short period of relatively light sleep, your heartbeat, breathing, and eye movements slow, and your muscles relax, with occasional twitches. Stage 2 – Non-REM sleep. A period of light sleep before you enter deep sleep. Your heartbeat and breathing slow, and muscles relax even further. Your body temperature drops, and eye movement stops. Stage 3 – Non-REM sleep. The period of deep sleep that you need to feel refreshed in the morning. It occurs in longer periods during the first half of the night. Your heartbeat and breathing slow to their lowest levels during sleep. Your muscles are relaxed, and it may be difficult to awaken. REM Sleep First occurs about 90 minutes after falling asleep. Your eyes move more rapidly, mixed-frequency brainwave activity becomes closer to that seen in wakefulness, your breathing becomes faster and irregular, and your heart rate and blood pressure increase to near waking levels. Most of your dreaming occurs during REM sleep, although some can also occur in non-REM sleep. As you age, you sleep less of your time in REM sleep.   Why We Sleep Matthew Walker, an expert in sleep at UC Berkley, and author of the bestselling book, Why We Sleep, said, “The decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our wellness, even the safety and education of our children. It’s a silent sleep loss epidemic. It’s fast becoming one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st Century.” “It makes you dumber.” Cognitive function. More forgetful. Unable to learn new things. More vulnerable to dementia. More likely to die of a heart attack. Less able to fend off sickness with a strong immune system. More likely to get cancer. Makes your body literally hurt more. Lack of sleep distorts your genes and increases your risk of death generally, disrupts the creation of sex hormones, like estrogen and testosterone, and leads to premature aging.   10 Tips for Improving Your Sleep Hygiene Try to keep the same sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends. Limit the difference to no more than about an hour. Staying up late and sleeping in late on weekends can disrupt your body’s clock and sleep-wake rhythm, which is going to impact your pattern of being able to fall asleep. For children, have a set bedtime and a bedtime routine. Don’t use the child’s bedroom for time-outs of punishments. Create a quiet, comfortable sleep environment. Set your bedroom thermostat at a comfortable temperature, turn off the TV and other things that may disrupt sleep. If your pet wakes you up, keep them outside the bedroom. Your bedroom should be dark. Turn off bright lights and have a comfortable mattress. Essentia mattress Light-blocking film White noise machine Keeping your room cool An hour before bedtime, dim the lights and turn off all screens. Turn off blue light sources. If you can’t sleep, get out of bed and do something quiet and relaxing until the urge to sleep returns. Then, go back to bed. Never go to bed tipsy. Alcohol is a sedative, and sedation is not sleep. It also blocks your REM dream sleep, an important part of the sleep cycle. Your heart rate doesn’t get low enough, so you’re not getting that restorative sleep, you’re not able to really slow things down. Avoid heavy and/or large meals within a couple hours of bedtime. Having a light snack is okay. Avoid nicotine and caffeine. Nicotine and caffeine are stimulants, and both substances can interfere with sleep. The effects of caffeine can last as long as eight hours. Spend time outside every day when possible. Be physically active. Exercise before 2:00 pm every day. Exercise promotes continuous sleep. Avoid rigorous exercise before bedtime. Rigorous exercise circulates endorphins into the body, which may cause difficulty initiating sleep. If you’re a clock watcher, remove it from the line of sight. Have a comfortable pre-bedtime routine. Warm bath Meditation Quiet time Reading Connected to #4 - Stay in bed and focus on your breathing for a little while before you get up out of bed.   Naps Napping during the day may provide a boost in alertness and performance. However, if you have trouble falling asleep at night, limit naps or take them earlier in the afternoon. Adults should nap for no more than 20 minutes. Napping in preschool-age children is normal and promotes healthy growth and development. It’s the 20-minute power nap that really rejuvenates you the most and has you wake up and being alert, whereas the 30-40-minute nap can almost get you into that deep sleep again, and then you wake up out of that and you’re more groggy, and your body’s confused. It’s not sure if it should be going into deep sleep or not.     Deeper Dive Resources   TeriAnn’s Health Journey Podcast https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast/inspired-health-journey-teriann-trevenen/   Organixx Articles on Sleep https://organixx.com/?s=sleep   How Much Sleep Do We Really Need? https://www.sleepfoundation.org/excessive-sleepiness/support/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need   Consequences of Insufficient Sleep http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences   Energy Conservation and Sleep https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7546319   Alzheimer’s Disease and Sleep https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/alzheimers-disease-and-sleep   Garmin Fitness Trackers https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/health-fitness/cIntoSports-c571-p1.html   Oura Ring https://ouraring.com/   Why We Sleep Book https://amzn.to/2MVSjwy   Essentia Mattresses https://amzn.to/2ZouMps   Blue Light and Sleep: What’s the Connection? https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/block-blue-light-to-sleep-better   How Long Is an Ideal Nap? https://www.sleep.org/articles/how-long-to-nap/
Is juicing the fountain of youth hiding in plain sight?!? We continue the top 10 reasons you, not should, but want to be consuming green juice every day. Jonathan and TeriAnn also tell us what we should look for in a green superfood as a replacement for the days you just can’t get the juicer running. What are the differences between juices and smoothies? We weigh in on the topic this week. You really want to listen to this episode and hear the #1 reason to drink your green juice. It will surprise you, guaranteed!   * * *   What is Juicing? process of extracting juice from plant tissues such as fruit or vegetables generally, the preferred method of consuming large amounts of produce quickly often practiced for dietary reasons or as a form of alternative medicine   Top 5 Countdown on Juicing 5. Less Digestive Work When you drink juice, you save your body energy; it doesn't have to do as much digesting. It also helps maintain your supply of digestive enzymes... you do not use as many.   4. Healthy Sugar Juices contain simple sugars that we need for energy; however, because they are combined with other healthful nutrients, they are not harmful, as are refined sugars.   3. The Complete Package When you juice, you get the whole package...all the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. this means natural nutrients in natural proportions, not added sugars, like those found in juices on supermarket shelves.   2. Juicing Prevents Disease Many studies point out that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can prevent disease. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2001.00513.x Some of the most exciting research in the last decade has been the discovery of a group of nutrients, which have protective effects against cell oxidation. These naturally occurring compounds impart bright colour to fruits and vegetables and act as antioxidants in the body by scavenging harmful free radicals, which are implicated in most degenerative diseases. Epidemiological studies have established a positive correlation between the intake of fruits and vegetables and prevention of diseases like atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and also ageing. So pronounced has been their effect on ageing that they have been called ‘fountains of youth’. Fruits and vegetables have thus had conferred on them the status of ‘functional foods’, capable of promoting good health and preventing or alleviating diseases. Phenolic flavonoids, lycopene, carotenoids and glucosinolates are among the most thoroughly studied antioxidants.   1. Enzymes! Fruit and vegetable juices provide a convenient source of enzymes. They spark the essential chemical reactions we need to live. They are necessary for digesting food, for stimulating the brain, for providing cellular energy, and for repairing all tissue.   Tips for Juicing Get a good juicer that is easy to clean Make juice for a couple days at a time Only use organic fruits and vegetables    What is a Green Superfood Powder and Why Do I Want One? A green superfood powder contain many servings of vegetables and superfoods in a scoop of water-soluble powder. In addition to veggies and superfoods, the powder may also contain other health-supporting ingredients like probiotics and immune-supporting herbs. Depleted soil with less minerals and good bacteria Reduced food diversity and wild varieties Reduced nutrient density in vegetables Modern lifestyle depletes vitamins and minerals   What to Look For in a Green Superfood https://organixx.com/organic-organigreens/ USDA Certified Organic Must have at least 50 ingredients A green drink with at least 50 ingredients will do a better job of filling those “nutritional gaps” than a green drink that has only 20 ingredients. Use advanced processing techniques: Pulp Powder vs Juice Powder Whereas “pulp powders” require 5-6 lbs of greens to create 1 lb of green drink powder, “juice powders” require as much as 33 lbs! Must contain all 5 “Nutritional Boosters” Fruit, Vegetables (including GREENS), Mushrooms, Herbs, Spices MUST taste good! If it tastes good you will stick with the habit!   Deeper Dive Resources Impact of mild dehydration on wellness and on exercise performance: https://www.nature.com/articles/1601897   Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables – the millennium’s health: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2001.00513.x   Juicers on Amazon https://amzn.to/2Eiklfs   Fat, Sick, And Nearly Dead Documentary: https://amzn.to/2EkPijf   Organixx’s OrganiGreens: https://shop.organixx.com/collections/daily-nutrition/products/organic-organigreens
We’re continuing our L.O.V.E. theme! Listen as we deep dive into self-care. Once you understand why it matters you will view self-care in a new light. What is self-care exactly? It’s not just a trip to the spa! Learn how to slow down and really connect with yourself is a healthy way and tap into your inner healing. We share a list of 10 Ways To Implement Self-Care Daily on this episode. We also discuss the myths we all tell ourselves to avoid self-care. Drop the guilt and learn what other myths keep you from providing yourself the self-care you need.   * * * What is Self-Care? self-care /ˌselfˈker/ noun: self-care; noun: selfcare 1. the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health 2. the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress   ● Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. ● Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. ● Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. ● It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.   What Self-Care Is Not ● Knowing what self-care is not might be even more important. It is not something that we force ourselves to do, or something we don’t enjoy doing. ● Self-care is “something that refuels us, rather than takes from us.”   Why Self-Care Matters ● Stress is a toxin to your body. Science has now proven “chronic stress may also cause disease, either because of changes in your body or the overeating, smoking and other bad habits people use to cope with stress. Job strain — high demands coupled with low decision-making latitude — is associated with increased risk of coronary disease, for example”. ● Chronic stress adds to the Cortisol overload in your body as well. If your Cortisol levels are off the charts it’s difficult release excess weight. Plus, elevated Cortisol levels have negative effects on your other hormones swimming around inside making it hard to get proper rest or even relax. ● Remember that self-care is not optional, it's essential.   Bust Your Myths Around Self-Care ● You feel guilty taking time for you. – This one is huge for people, especially women. You cannot serve from an empty well. If you don’t fill the well there is nothing to give, which of course leads to more stress and guilt. ● You don’t have time. – This is an overused line, isn’t it? I tell people ‘there’s no such thing as Time, it is a figment of your imagination.’ While not necessarily true in the literal sense, it does hold truth. We are the Master of our time not the other way around. ● You don’t know how. – Ok, now this one should be a huge red flag if you tell yourself this. Why? Because it is a strong indicator that you aren’t in touch with You. You’ve lost sight of your deepest wants, needs and desires. It’s time to get reacquainted with You. Start digging deep to uncover You again. ● Fear. Fear of doing something you truly love. Allowing other people’s thoughts and feelings and criticisms to affect us, and to affect the decisions that we make in life.   10 Ways To Implement Self-Care Daily 1. Create a “no” list, with things you know you don’t like, or you no longer want to do. Examples might include: Not checking emails at night, not attending gatherings you don’t like, not answering your phone during lunch/dinner. 2. Promote a nutritious, healthy diet. 3. Get enough sleep. Adults usually need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. 4. Exercise. In contrast to what many people think, exercise is as good for our emotional health as it is for our physical health. It increases serotonin levels, leading to improved mood and energy. In line with the self-care conditions, what’s important is that you choose a form of exercise that you like 5. Follow-up with medical care. It is not unusual to put off checkups or visits to the doctor. 6. Use relaxation exercises and/or practice meditation. You can do these exercises at any time of the day. 7. Spend enough time with your loved ones. 8. Do at least one relaxing activity every day, whether it’s taking a walk or spending 30 minutes unwinding. 9. Do at least one pleasurable activity every day; from going to the cinema, to cooking or meeting with friends. 10. Look for opportunities to laugh!   Other Ideas to Spark Inspiration…. ● Take time to identify the activities and actions that make you feel good. ● Find somewhere quiet and meditate as needed. ● Reread one of your favorite books. ● Avoid triggers. ● Watch shows that are funny or comforting. ● Take time to yourself, away from others. ● Get a full night's sleep regularly. ● Check in with yourself. ● Put on fresh, comfortable clothing. ● Light a candle and fill your home with your favorite scent. ● Take a hot bath. ● Visit your favorite spot in the city you live in. ● Don't feel guilty turning down invitations or canceling plans. ● Take a day off of work if you need to. ● Write down a list of things you are thankful for. ● Remind yourself that this too shall pass. ● Read inspiring quotes. ● Spend time outside. ● Listen to your favorite band or song on repeat. ● Ask for help if you need it. ● Do not force yourself to do anything you don't want to do. ● Eat a balanced diet, but treat yourself to your favorite guilty pleasure. ● Write down what you're thinking and feeling. ● Breathe in and out. ● Unplug from social media. ● Exercise. ● Listen to a calming playlist. ● Pet an animal. ● Do yoga. ● Turn off your phone for a day. ● Splurge a little. ● Schedule an appointment with a therapist. ● Watch your favorite movie or TV show from childhood. ● Take a nap. ● Do something that inspires and motivates you. ● Make future plans for a trip or event you're excited about. ● Spend time with a close friend or family member.   Deeper Dive Resources American Psychological Association study abstract: Self-compassion, affect, and health promoting behaviors: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2014-38834-001   Krantz, D.S. & McCeney, M.K. (2002). “Effects of psychological and social factors on organic disease: A critical assessment of research on coronary heart disease.” Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 341-369. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11752489   Central effects of stress hormones in health and disease: understanding the protective and damaging effects of stress and stress mediators. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2474765/   Unihertz Atom, The Smallest 4G Rugged Smartphone in The World https://amzn.to/2WQFnc8   MeetUp.com https://www.meetup.com/
We are replaying one of the most popular shows for you this week!    * * *   Mushrooms are magical! We’ve talked about the amazing benefits of mushrooms before but today we dive deeper into the top 7 mushrooms that support our health. Listen in to learn how chaga, turkey tail, shitake, maitake, cordyceps, lion’s mane, and reishi mushrooms work hard to keep us healthy and our immune systems strong.   * * *   What Mushrooms Are In 7M+? Turkey tail, chaga, shiitake, maitake, cordyceps, lion’s mane, and reishi.   Chaga Chaga has been used for centuries, primarily in the East. It’s known for its immune support and soothing properties. Many traditional healers have used it as a soothing tea for a powerful and natural digestive support. It’s also shown the potential to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range. Chaga also has very powerful antioxidant properties that make it a powerhouse on its own.   Cordyceps Cordyceps have been shown to help regulate a healthy immune system. They’re also strong inflammation fighters. Cordyceps were at one time so highly-valued that it was only allowed to be consumed by the Emperor of China, who lived 100+ years, and still fathered children into his 100s. Also known for the ability to support sexual health and athletic ability, Cordyceps have been the most sought-after nutritional mushroom in the Orient.   Lion’s Mane Lion’s Mane is known to support brain health, boost cognitive function, and aid against age-related memory loss. It also helps maintain mental focus and function, as well as promoting healthy digestive function through its powerful regulation of bacteria.   Turkey Tail It’s considered one of the best-researched mushrooms on Earth. Its benefits are just as strong as other nutritional mushrooms, such as Reishi, Cordyceps, and Maitake. It contains powerful antioxidant nutrients and high levels of selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B3, which are crucial for boosting and maintaining immunity. Turkey Tail is so effective, we’ve put it in several of our supplements.   Shiitake The benefits of Shiitake mushrooms for your immune system are some of the most well-documented for any type of nutritional mushroom. Perhaps its greatest influence is in the activity of the tiny cells responsible for protecting your immune system from inflammation. A recent four-week study showed that daily use of Shiitake mushrooms boosted the immune response in young adults. They have the potential to keep your immune cells protected from inflammation and the signs of aging. Lentinan Lentinan is a polysaccharide extracted from the fruit body of the Shiitake. So, deep within the Shiitake mushroom is Lentinan. Lab studies show that not only is Lentinan effective at supporting a healthy immune system, but it also has cholesterol-lowering properties.   Maitake Lab studies show that this nutrient-rich wild mushroom is not only effective at supporting a healthy immune system. It can also help regulate blood pressure Support healthy blood sugar Fight off abnormal cell growth Maintain healthy inflammation… and much more! It’s no wonder many cultures around the world use the magical maitake mushroom as a powerful healing tonic and medicinal food.   Reishi Nicknamed the “Mushroom of Immortality.” It’s not hard to see why Reishi mushrooms have been used in natural health remedies for hundreds of years. It seems every year, science uncovers new uses for this wonder nutrient. It may be thanks to the complex compounds found in Reishi mushrooms that help regulate and support an aging immune system, reduce inflammation, and assist in healthy heart function.   Why Take 7M+? You’re going to have a hard time going to the grocery store and picking out all these mushrooms and getting them into your diet. And not only that, but you can buy a lot of these different mushroom products individually, in their own capsule form, in a bottle, and pay $50 for each one in a bottle, or you can get all of these wrapped into one product, a blend of all of these mushrooms that work synergistically together. The reason why I think this product is so powerful and mushrooms are so powerful, our immune system, and we also talked a lot about the gut and the bacteria and the gut health, all of it supports our overall health, not only from the physical perspective, but our emotional perspective.   What Is the Aging Process? It’s all of the functions and systems in our body slowing down, shutting down in a sense, going slower, slower, slower, slower, to the point where you’re just not as healthy as you once were. But we’re seeing through the research, we’ve talked about today in this podcast, in the last podcast, that we actually can do things to keep ourselves healthier longer.   Supplements Jonathan Recommends Everyone Take Multi-Vita-Maxx Turmeric 3D 7M+     Deeper Dive Resources Empowering You Organically Podcast on Telomeres https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/telomeres-and-slowing-down-aging-episode-46/   Antioxidant properties of several specialty mushrooms https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0963996901001508?via%3Dihub   Chaga https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inonotus_obliquus   Chaga mushroom extract inhibits oxidative DNA damage in human lymphocytes as assessed by comet assay https://content.iospress.com/articles/biofactors/bio00676   Ergosterol peroxide from Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) exhibits anti-cancer activity by down-regulation of the β-catenin pathway in colorectal cancer https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874115300477   Cordyceps https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordyceps   Lion’s Make https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hericium_erinaceus   Chemistry, Nutrition, and Health-Promoting Properties of Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s Mane) Mushroom Fruiting Bodies and Mycelia and Their Bioactive Compounds https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jafc.5b02914   Gastroprotective Effects of Lion’s Mane Mushroom Hericium erinaceus (Bull.:Fr.) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae) Extract against Ethanol-Induced Ulcer in Rats https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/492976/abs/   Turkey Tail https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trametes_versicolor   FDA Approves Bastyr Turkey Tail Trial for Cancer Patients https://bastyr.edu/news/general-news/2012/11/fda-approves-bastyr-turkey-tail-trial-cancer-patients   Medicinal Mushrooms (PDQ®) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK424937/   Shiitake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiitake   Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25866155   Effects of shiitake (Lentinus edodes) extract on human neutrophils and the U937 monocytic cell line. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10190187   Lentinan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lentinan   Gordon M, Guralnik M, Kaneko Y, et al. A phase II controlled study of a combination of the immune modulator, lentinan, with didanosine (ddI) in HIV patients with CD4 cells of 200-500/mm3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10503166   Combination therapy with lentinan improves outcomes in patients with esophageal carcinoma. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22200763   Reishi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingzhi_mushroom   Ganoderma lucidum ("Lingzhi"), a Chinese medicinal mushroom: biomarker responses in a controlled human supplementation study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14756912   Randomized clinical trial of an ethanol extract of Ganoderma lucidum in men with lower urinary tract symptoms. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18097505 Study of potential cardioprotective effects of Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi): results of a controlled human intervention trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21801467   Maitake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grifola_frondosa   Anti-diabetic activity present in the fruit body of Grifola frondosa (Maitake). I. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7820117   Organixx 7M+ https://shop.organixx.com/collections/immune-support/products/7m-plus   Organixx Multi-Vita-Maxx https://shop.organixx.com/collections/daily-nutrition-multivitamins/products/multi-vita-maxx   Organixx Turmeric 3D https://shop.organixx.com/products/turmeric-3d?_pos=1&_sid=985c8e583&_ss=r
The History of Supplements - with Doc Nuzum.  Topics include: The History of Supplements How Trade Routes opened the possibilities Eclectics and the role they played Native American remedies When the medical landscape changed The Flexner Report Dr. Royal Lee, Dr. Hoxsey and Modern-day supplements Capsules vs Tablets Why people take supplements Bio-Individuality Synthetic VS Whole food vitamin C And much, much more…  
Ingredients to look for, absorption and dosing, RDA recommendations, nutritional deficiency diseases, what makes an effective multi, what to avoid, MTHFR mutation and much more! With Doc Nuzum.
Once we started down the skincare rabbit hole it made sense to offer a product you could feel comfortable with putting near your eyes and brought amazing results. RENEW was formulated with exacting standards and our mission is to ALWAYS provide you the cleanest, most effective product to enhance your life. The ingredient list is a star-studded list. It’s full of timeless treasures and a new clean ingredient that really gives our luxurious eye cream and YOU an unfair advantage when battling the signs of aging.  Let’s dive into them one by one….   * * * Featured Product Organixx Skin:  Renew Eye Cream   * * *   Once we started down the skincare rabbit hole it made sense to offer a product you could feel comfortable with putting near your eyes and brought amazing results. RENEW was formulated with exacting standards and our mission is to ALWAYS provide you the cleanest, most effective product to enhance your life. The ingredient list is a star-studded list. It’s full of timeless treasures and a new clean ingredient that really gives our luxurious eye cream and YOU an unfair advantage when battling the signs of aging. Let’s dive into them one by one….   Jojoba – anti-inflammatory properties which help to tame chaffing and chapping, reduce redness caused by drying, ease the effects of eczema and rosacea, and keep skin calm and comfortable. The Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins in the Jojoba oil help in skin repair and damage control. Soothes dry skin.   Olive Oil – Antioxidant content. Olive oil may help prevent premature signs of aging on the skin. Vitamin content. Antibacterial effects. Moisturizing effects. Moisturizer and after-sun treatment.   Purified Water – Softer skin. Chemicals and minerals can make the skin dry. Quite the opposite, purified water has no harsh effects on skin, leaving it soft and moisturized. Add glow. Soft water doesn't remove the natural oils from your skin and makes it look moisturized.   Avocado Oil – The beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E found in avocado oil help moisturize and protect your skin from damaging UV rays and also increase collagen metabolism.   Apricot kernel oil – anti-aging benefits. It's recommended for dry and mature skin types due to its mild, highly moisturizing nature and rich antioxidant content. Daily use of apricot kernel oil can be used to help diminish the look of wrinkles and other signs of aging. It is readily absorbed by the skin leaving no oily residue. Great choice for an under eye cream as it helps to reduce dark circles, puffiness and to strengthen the skin around the eye area.   Beeswax – antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that are essential in fighting chapped skin and bacterial infections that tend to affect us most in the dry, winter months. It forms a protective wall by sealing in moisture in our skin without smothering and clogging up the pores.   Witch hazel – acts as astringent to help shrink your pores, soothe your skin and reduce inflammation. Soothes puffy eyes.    Manuka Honey – it occupies of position of choice in cosmetics as a true skin delicacy, thanks to its gentle and sweet smell, as well as its moisturizing, purifying, healing and soothing properties. Calming. Soothing. Redness.   Matrixyl Morphomics – constitutes an unprecedented way of combating wrinkles, especially vertical lines that give the face a sad expression. Repair. Smoothing.    Testing Results We had our new Organixx Skin: Renew Eye Cream 3rd party tested, and it came back squeaky clean. No pesticides, herbicides, GMOs or heavy metals to worry about with your new eye cream! * * *   Deeper Dive Resources Organixx Skin:  Renew Eye Cream https://organixx.com/skin-renew/?gl=5de7dd8802e26b3166323750   Organixx Skin: Restore Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0   Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Empowering You Organically Podcasts on Skincare Ingredients Part 1: 55 Part 2: 56
Setting goals and your New Year Resolution by discussing the difference between goals, rituals, and schedules, benefits of goals, statistics around the world, their #1 tip for setting yourself up for success in attaining your goals, and much much more!  With Jonathan and TeriAnn.
We asked and our customers responded! Tune in this week to learn about hidden food allergies and the toll they take on your health. Cyndi from Long Island is sharing her story with all of us this week. Will Cyndi's story resonate with you?   *****   Fact: Researchers estimate that 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million children under age 18. That's one in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom. About 40 percent of children with food allergies are allergic to more than one food.   What Is a Food Allergy? A food allergy is a medical condition in which exposure to a food triggers a harmful immune response. The immune response, called an allergic reaction, occurs because the immune system attacks proteins in the food that are normally harmless. The proteins that trigger the reaction are called allergens. The symptoms of an allergic reaction to food can range from mild (itchy mouth, a few hives) to severe (throat tightening, difficulty breathing). Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is sudden in onset and can cause death.   To Which Foods Are People Allergic? More than 170 foods have been reported to cause allergic reactions. Eight major food allergens – milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and crustacean shellfish – are responsible for most of the serious food allergy reactions in the United States. Allergy to sesame is an emerging concern.   How Many People Have Food Allergies? Researchers estimate that 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million children under age 18. That’s one in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom. About 40 percent of children with food allergies are allergic to more than one food.   Food Allergies Are on the Rise The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reports that the prevalence of food allergy in children increased by 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. Between 1997 and 2008, the prevalence of peanut or tree nut allergy appears to have more than tripled in U.S. children.   Food Allergy Reactions Are Serious and Can Be Life-Threatening. Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. Each year in the U.S., 200,000 people require emergency medical care for allergic reactions to food. Childhood hospitalizations for food allergy tripled between the late 1990s and the mid-2000s. More than 40 percent of children with food allergies have experienced a severe allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis. Medical procedures to treat anaphylaxis resulting from food allergy increased by 380 percent between 2007 and 2016.   Serious Allergic Reactions Require Immediate Treatment Once a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) starts, the drug epinephrine is the only effective treatment. Epinephrine (also called adrenaline) should be injected within minutes of the onset of symptoms. More than one dose may be needed. Easy-to-use, spring-loaded syringes of epinephrine, called epinephrine auto-injectors, are available by prescription. Not treating anaphylaxis promptly with epinephrine increases the risk of a fatal reaction.   Food Allergy Impacts Quality of Life Food allergy limits a major life activity and may qualify an individual for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Caring for children with food allergies costs U.S. families nearly $25 billion annually. About one in three children with food allergy reports being bullied as a result. Compared to children who do not have a medical condition, children with food allergy are twice as likely to be bullied.   Who Is at Greatest Risk? Compared to children who don’t have food allergy, children with food allergy are two to four times as likely to have other allergic conditions, such as asthma or eczema. Compared to non-Hispanic white children, African American children are at significantly greater risk of developing food allergy. Delaying introduction of allergenic foods does not provide protection against food allergy. In fact, feeding peanut foods early and often to babies with egg allergy or eczema dramatically reduces their risk of developing peanut allergy. While most food allergies arise in childhood, at least 15 percent of patients with food allergies are first diagnosed in adulthood. More than one in four adults with food allergies report that all of their food allergies developed during adulthood, and nearly half of adults with food allergy report having developed at least one food allergy during adulthood. Approximately 20-25 percent of epinephrine administrations in schools involve individuals whose allergy was unknown at the time of the reaction. Severe or fatal reactions can happen at any age, but teenagers and young adults with food allergies are at the highest risk of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis. Individuals with food allergies who also have asthma may be at increased risk for severe or fatal food allergy reactions. Most fatal food allergy reactions are triggered by food consumed outside the home. More than 15 percent of school-aged children with food allergies have had a reaction in school.   Can Food Allergies Be Outgrown? Although allergies to milk, egg, wheat and soy often resolve in childhood, children appear to be outgrowing some of these allergies more slowly than in previous decades, with many children still allergic beyond age 5. Allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish are generally lifelong.   Is There a Cure? There is no cure for food allergy. Food allergies are managed by avoiding the problem food(s) and learning to recognize and treat reactions symptoms. Food allergy therapies are under study in clinical trials, but none has been approved yet for general use.   Elimination Diet An elimination diet, also known as exclusion diet is a diagnostic procedure used to identify foods that an individual cannot consume without adverse effects. Adverse effects may be due to food allergy, food intolerance, other physiological mechanisms, or a combination of these. 4 Step Process Planning – Work with practitioner to learn which foods might be causing problems. Avoiding – For two weeks (at least), follow the elimination diet without any exceptions. Challenging – Start challenging your body with the eliminated foods, one food group at a time. Create – Based on your finding create a new eating plan for improved health and vitality.   Foods that are commonly removed during the elimination phase include: Citrus fruits: Avoid citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits. Nightshade vegetables: Avoid nightshades, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, white potatoes, cayenne pepper and paprika. Nuts and seeds: Eliminate all nuts and seeds. Legumes: Eliminate all legumes, such as beans, lentils, peas and soy-based products. Starchy foods: Avoid wheat, barley, corn, spelt, rye, oats and bread. Also avoid any other gluten- containing foods. Meat and fish: Avoid processed meats, cold cuts, beef, chicken, pork, eggs and shellfish. Dairy products: Eliminate all dairy, including milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream. Fats: Avoid butter, margarine, hydrogenated oils, mayonnaise and spreads. Beverages: Avoid alcohol, coffee, black tea, soda and other sources of caffeine. Spices and condiments: Avoid sauces, relish and mustard. Sugar and sweets: Avoid sugar (white and brown), honey, maple syrup, corn syrup and high- fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, desserts and chocolate.   If you suspect that other foods not on this list make you feel uncomfortable, it is highly recommended to remove them as well.     Deeper Dive Resources Food Allergy Statistics & Resources: https://www.foodallergy.org/life-with-food-allergies/food-allergy-101/facts-and-statistics   What kinds of allergy tests are there? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK367583/   Elimination Diet PDF – Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine: https://integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/file/11270/handout_elimination_diet_patient.pdf   Cushing Disease https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000348.htm
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