You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather. Pema Chodron
Research on the processes and effects of Mindfulness Meditation is a growing subfield of neurological research. Modern scientific techniques and instruments, such as fMRI and EEG, have been used to see what happens in the body of people when they meditate and its effects in the long run. Meditation changes the brain. These studies have shown substantial bodily changes as a consequence of regular meditative practice, including growth in regions of the brain activated according to the style of meditation, regions involved with compassion and understanding others, being mindfully aware, sustaining focus on a single object for a long period, and others. Meditation is similar to learning other skills like how to ride a bike or play the piano.
BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
- Alleviate stress and anxiety, frustration, fear, anger, restlessness
- Help treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADD or ADHD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Anxiety disorder
CLINICAL RESEARCH ON BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Hundreds of studies have been conducted on meditation and its beneficial effects on heart disease, cholesterol, high blood pressure, insomnia, chronic pain, cancer, and immunity. Studies have also shown significant improvements in mental health, memory, concentration, and productivity.
YOGA WITH MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CLASS BENEFITS ADULTS
Yoga with meditation is a physical and mindful discipline practiced in India for over 5,000 years. Known to be the most powerful type of yoga for creating change. Yoga with Meditation class consists of physical sets and breath work that target specific energy blockages in the bodies.
This kind of discipline will help you to identify issues and behavioral patterns that are keeping you from achieving the life you want. The process creates clarity around these issues, giving you a platform to connect to what is most important to you and make the necessary changes. Group or one-on-one classes are commonly offered in communities. What you will need: Yoga mat,?meditation pillow (optional) and water.
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CLASSES FOR CHILDREN
Meditation classes allow children to get calm and by connecting to their highest selves, they can discover the power within them to be more creative and focused. Classes include a candle ceremony, music, breathing techniques, visualization/guided imagery exercises, creative expression through writing/drawing and sharing. Group or one-on-one classes are offered by Soul 2 Soul Healing.
Contact us for assistance in creating a mindfulness event or curriculum.
CLINICAL STUDIES ON MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
- Middle school students exposed to relaxation and meditation techniques over a three year period scored higher on work habits, cooperation, attendance and had significantly higher GPA’s than non-meditating students. Benson, Journal of Research and Development in Education 33 (3) (2000)
- Forty-eight children who participated in a 6-week meditation program showed significant improvements in behavior, self-esteem, and relationship quality, with an average 35% improvement in ADHD symptoms. Of 31 children taking medication for their ADHD. 11 were able to reduce their medications. Harrison, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 9 (4) (October, 2004)
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Who hasn’t heard of the marvels of soy? The marketing bandwagon has touted soy as the perfect health food for decades. But could something that sounds so healthful actually be dangerous?
If you take the time to look into the actual science,then the answer is yes.
Thousands of studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility –even cancer and heart disease.
One of the primary reasons it would be wise for you to avoid soy is that more than 90 percent of soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified. Since the introduction of genetically engineered foods in 1996, we’ve had an upsurge in low birth weight babies, infertility, and other problems in the U.S., and animal studies have shown devastating effects from genetically engineered soyincluding allergies, sterility, birth defects, and offspring death rates up to five times higher than normal.
Soybean crops are also heavily sprayed with chemical herbicides, such glyphosate, which a French team of researchers have found to be carcinogenic. Soybeans — even organically grown soybeans — naturally contain “antinutrients” such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, trypsin inhibitors, goitrogens and phytoestrogens. Traditional fermentation destroys these antinutrients, which allows your body to enjoy soy’s nutritional benefits. ?However, most Westerners do not consume fermented soy, but rather
unfermented soy, mostly in the form of soymilk, tofu, TVP, and soy infant formula.
Unfermented soy has the following 10 adverse affects on your body:
1. High Phytic Acid (Phytates):
Reduces assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking, but only with long fermentation. High-phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.
2. Trypsin inhibitors:
Interferes with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals, trypsin inhibitors in
soy caused stunted growth.
Potent agents that block your synthesis of thyroid
hormones and can cause hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer.
In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked with auto immune thyroid
disease. Goitrogens interfere with iodine metabolism.
Plant compounds resembling human estrogen can block your normal estrogen and disrupt endocrine function, cause infertility, and increase your risk for breast cancer.
A clot-promoting substance that causes your red
blood cells to clump, making them unable to properly absorb and distribute oxygen to your tissues.
6. Synthetic Vitamin D:
Soy foods increase your body’s vitamin D
requirement, which is why companies add synthetic vitamin D2 to soymilk (a toxic form of vitamin D).
7. Vitamin B12:
Soy contains a compound resembling vitamin B12 that
cannot be used by your body, so soy foods can actually contribute to B12 deficiency, especially among vegans.
8. Protein Denaturing:
Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein (TVP). Chemical processing of soy protein results in the
formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
Free glutamic acid, or MSG, is a potent neurotoxin.
MSG is formed during soy food processing, plus additional MSG is often added to mask soy’s unpleasant taste.
10. Aluminum and Manganese:
Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum, which is toxic to your nervous system and kidneys, and manganese, which wreaks havoc on your baby’s immature metabolic system.
Soy’s antinutrients are quite potent. Drinking just two glasses of soymilk
daily provides enough of these compounds to alter a woman’s menstrual cycle. But if you feed soy to your infant or child, these effects are magnified a thousand-fold. Infants fed soy formula may have up to
20,000 times more estrogen circulating through their bodies as those fed other formulas. You should NEVER feed your infant a soy-based formula!
In fact, infants fed soy formula take in an estimated five birth control pills’ worth of estrogen every day. As dangerous as unfermented soy is, fermented soy from organic soybeans is a different story altogether and can be a beneficial part of your diet. Fermented soy is a great source of vitamin K2, and K2 (combined
with vitamin D) is essential in preventing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and various types of cancer. Note that tofu is NOT on this list and is among the soy foods I do not recommend.
Traditionally fermented soy products include:
– Soy sauce (as long as it’s fermented in the traditional way, and not all are)
Contrary to what you may have heard, Asians do not consume large amounts of soy. They use small amounts as a condiment (about two teaspoons daily), but not as a primary protein source. And the type of soy they consume is traditionally fermented soy.
Source: Dr. Mercola
What are the negative effects of the 5 Hour Energy drink on your body.
Watch Lisa Blume on CBS LA help viewers discern the?negative effects of 5 Hour Energy drink on your body.
? ?Are you tired of feeling unhappy with little energy to do anything about it?
? ?Do you turn to food every time you feel sad, stressed, unworthiness, or laden with anxiety?
? ?Tired of overeating and never feeling full?
? ?Do feelings of depression keep you from eating healthy and getting the exercise you need?
? ?Is Diabetes preventing you from living the life you want?
? ?Do you want to boost your energy with a healthier diet?
You don?t have to live this way any longer. It?s time to get the tools you need to live a happy and well-balanced life. ? To acquire the skills and new habits to choose healthy meals when you?re sad or depressed. Or when you need a boost in your mood, finding the motivation to get to the gym. And to learn your body and the emotional triggers that affect your food and lifestyle choices. Achieving this level of awareness will dramatically affect not just your blood sugar and weight but ultimately how you look and feel. Wouldn?t it be nice to wake up feeling energized without needing 3 cups of coffee or an afternoon pick-me-up? How about getting comfortable with smaller food portions? Finding sizeable amounts that are right for you to end the bloat and the need to unbutton your pants after every meal? And my favorite, watching the weight fall off…effortlessly! Now let?s get to work!
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More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed. It is also estimated that as much as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. Could you be one of them?
If you have any of the following symptoms it could be a sign that you have gluten intolerance:
1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and even constipation. I see constipation particularly in children after eating gluten.
2.Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as “chicken skin” on the back of your arms). This tends to be a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.
3. Fatigue, brain fog, or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.
4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma, or Multiple sclerosis.
5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off-balance.
6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS, or unexplained infertility.
7. Migraine headaches.
8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pinpoint the cause of your fatigue or pain.
9. Inflammation, swelling, or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees, or hips.
10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.
How to test for gluten intolerance?
I have found the single best ways to determine if you have an issue with gluten is to do an elimination diet and take it out of your diet for at least 2 to 3 weeks and then reintroduce it. Please note that gluten is a very large protein and it can take months and even years to clear from your system so the longer you can eliminate it from your diet before reintroducing it, the better.
The best advice that I share with my patients is that if they feel significantly better off of gluten or feel worse when they reintroduce it, then gluten is likely a problem for them. In order to get accurate results from this testing method you must eliminate 100% of the gluten from your diet.
How to treat gluten intolerance?
Eliminating gluten 100% from your diet means 100%. Even trace amounts of gluten from cross-contamination or medications or supplements can be enough to cause an immune reaction in your body.
The 80/20 rule or we don’t eat it in our house, just when we eat out? is a
complete misconception. An article published in 2001 states that for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity eating gluten just once a month increased the relative risk of death by 600%.