Mindfulness – Part 3

Mindfulness is a tool that we can use to help us make a difference in not only our life but in the life of others as well.  Over the past few weeks we learned how to begin a mindfulness practice and how it can affect our physiology.  This week I would like to teach you another way to use the mindfulness tool. The loving kindness meditation is a great way to begin to practice cultivating the feelings of love and ...
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Mindfulness – Part 1

Life is much different today then it was even a generation ago. We are being constantly advertised and marketed to, there is always something else we should be doing, whether it is for our health, a tv series, ( when does the final season of Game of Thrones start?) or someone else is needing something. In other words there is a lot of noise, especially if you live in the city, and if we are not careful that noise can ...
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Ways To Stimulate The Vagus Nerve: Part 1

1) Cold Showers Start with dipping your face in cold water. Progress to a scottish shower where you finish with a cold shower.  You can work yourself up to taking complete cold showers. 2) Singing or Chanting Humming, mantra chanting, hymn singing, and upbeat energetic singing all increase Heart Rate Variability.  Singing has been found to increase oxytocin. 3) Yoga Yoga increases vagus nerve and parasympathetic system activity in general 4) Meditation There are two types of meditation that can ...
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Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system, referred to as the rest-and-digest system. The word vagus means “wanderer,” because it wanders all over the body to various important organs. The vagus nerve is largely responsible for the mind-body connection since the vagus nerve reaches the brain, gut (intestines, stomach), heart, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidney, ureter, spleen, lungs, reproductive organs (female), neck (pharynx, larynx, and esophagus), ears, and tongue. Basic Functions: Brain: control anxiety and depression. Gut: It ...
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Right Brain versus Left Brain

Last week we talked about the lobes of the brain. This week lets focus on what each side of the brain does. Right Brain Artistic Holistic thinking Rhythm Intuition Creativity & Imagination Visualization Non-verbal communication Tune of songs Daydreaming Digital Symbolic Order Rational Random Big picture Sees color Left handed control Emotional Spatial awareness Gross motor skills Large muscle control EQ Comprehension Math Reasoning Negative emotions Low-frequency sound High Frequency Light Understanding abstract concepts Cautious and safe actions Suppresses immunity ...
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Merits of a Cold Water Plunge

Taking a cold water plunge has many health benefits. Chief among these benefits is improved lymphatic circulation.  Given that your lymph fluid doesn’t have a central pump, your lymphatic system relies primarily on muscle contraction.  If you don’t adequately exercise, your lymph fluid stagnates and toxins build up.  Cold water immersion causes your lymph vessels to also contract and flush waste.  So, cold water can serve as effective adjunct to exercise in this regard. In addition to lymph circulation, your ...
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Pau d’arco Tea

Pau d’arco hails from South America specifically the rainforest of brazil where it is known as the divine tree. It has been used to treat a wide range of conditions. There are reports of medicinal uses of pau d’arco tea dating back to 1873. Pau d’arco tea contains several compounds, including quinoids, benzenoids and flavonoids. These compounds have shown biological activity against harmful organisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi. Pau d’arco also has a significant amount of lapachol, ...
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Managing Diabetes vs Reversing Diabetes

Blue Light Spectrum What is the fuss over artificial light? Modern technology is our Achilles heel. Our current lifestyle is surrounded by computers, TVs, iPhones, Ipads, tablets, LED and halogen lights etc. Research shows an average human spends 6-7 hours using electronics and even longer in artificial light. Artificial light is still a relatively new invention and has only been around since 1924. Our paleo ancestors rose with sunlight and slept during sundown and the sun and moon controlled our ...
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Managing Diabetes vs Reversing Diabetes

The statistics on type 2 diabetes are staggering and unfortunately getting worse instead of better. From 1980 to 2012, diabetes has quadrupled. According to the CDC’s Diabetes Report Card, “If this trend continues, as many as one out of every three adults in the United States could have diabetes by 2050”. All of this is nothing short of alarming and should elicit a massive effort to get to the bottom of the crisis. Conventional approaches look at type 2 diabetes ...
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Avoid Feeling Guilty after the Holidays with these Victorious tips

Avoid the holiday and new year’s guilt-trip this year by focusing on success rather than failure. Below we give you a different perspective on getting through the holidays so you can maintain a healthy lifestyle and not feel like you have to set yourself up to fail. Set Yourself up for Success Living a healthy lifestyle is meant to happen year-round but many people struggle with it during the holidays and end up with a major case of guilt come January ...
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