Anxiety May Originate In Your Gut!

How many times have you followed your “gut instinct” as a method for determining what you should or shouldn’t do in a particular situation? Have you ever felt anxiety fluttering its relentless wings in the center of your stomach? It might not be simple nervousness. The human gut is often called the “second brain,” and for very good reason. Research has begun to understand the link between mood and behavior and how they are directly affected by the bacteria in the gut. The gut, and not just the brain, is one of the main originators of anxiety. Bacteria and Mood: What’s the Link? Gastrointestinal ailments are frequently associated with anxiety and imbalanced mood, and many researchers theorize that affected persons could alleviate symptoms simply by balancing the gut microbiota with more beneficial bacteria. [1] Speculation over other mental disorders, like autism, has also been strongly linked with imbalances in intestinal flora. [2] Bacteria in the gut are responsible for a number of metabolic and biological process within the body. Brain health and mood stabilization is something that is deeply affected by the balance of good bacteria in the intestinal flora. A study from McMaster University recently verified this notion, observing just how powerful the gut is at influencing brain chemistry and behavior. In the study, researchers disrupted normal gut bacteria count in healthy mice by administering antibiotics, bacteria-killing medicines that destroy all bacteria in its path — including good bacteria. Following disruption of the normal flora balance, mice became less cautious, and changes in the animals’ brain-derived neurotrophic factor — a protein associated with mood disorders — increased significantly. Upon discontinuing antibiotics, gut bacteria normalized and brain chemistry was restored to pre-study levels. Researchers in this study noted that, while many factors play a role in dictating mood and mental health, bacteria in the gut strongly influences behavior and can be noticeably disrupted during antibiotic administration. This conclusion leads many to believe that the use of probiotics, beneficial bacteria found to influence serotonin levels, the immune system, and digestion, may be a helpful therapeutic tool for behavioral disorders. [3] Serotonin: The Gut’s Mood-Boosting Neurotransmitter About 90% of serotonin is found in the intestinal tract, and roughly 5-10% in the brain. [4] In fact, a healthy intestinal tract may correlate with healthy levels of serotonin, a monoamine neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood. Around 1 trillion bacteria live in the gut and around 100 million neurons also reside in the intestines, blasting the myth that our neural health is influenced only by the brain. Really, when it comes down to it, keeping the entire body healthy is the only way to maintain a proper mood balance. Promoting Mental Health Through a Healthy Gut Maintaining digestive health by eating natural foods, especially those with probiotic qualities, and drinking plenty of purified water, may be helpful for promoting normal mental health. Exercise, daily sunlight exposure, and increasing probiotic intake may all be helpful ways to boost serotonin levels and [...]

2018-04-28T02:27:01+00:00 By |

How Do Laxatives Work for Constipation?

Laxative are usually the first thing people think about when contemplating a remedy for constipation relief. Laxatives, however, only address the symptoms and not the underlying factors that bring about constipation. Most people associate the term “laxative” with “a pill that makes you go” without giving much thought to exactly how it makes your body do something it seems to be so stubbornly fighting against. There are different types of laxatives and they all work differently. Laxatives usually fall into three categories: osmotic laxatives, stimulant laxatives, and bulk-forming laxatives. What are Osmotic Laxatives? Osmotic Laxatives pull fluid into the intestines in a process that may take days. This increases the fluid content of the stool, (hopefully) helping the blockage to pass… by turning it into diarrhea. As you may imagine, osmotic laxatives can cause dehydration, electrolyte depletion, and even cramping and bloating due to gas buildup. What are Stimulant Laxatives? Stimulant laxatives are made with harsh, possibly toxic chemicals or herbs that cause the intestinal muscles to spasm and contract. Stimulant laxatives are mildly redeeming in that they work quickly, usually a few hours, but can cause the same diarrhea, dehydration, and gas-related pain as osmotic laxatives. When overused, stimulant laxatives can cause long-term damage to sensitive intestinal linings. Also, because the intestines can quickly grow dependent on stimulant laxatives to even have a bowel movement, dependency is possible. A condition known as “lazy bowel syndrome,” can result from long term use. This is essentially chronic constipation due to loss of bowel muscle tone and strength. What are Bulk-Forming Laxatives? Bulk-forming laxatives use absorbent materials (usually dead fiber) to increase overall stool mass. As stool increases in size, the bowels force out the mass. Fiber and increased stool mass are both good things, but bulk-forming laxatives have the potential to further clog the bowels. Psyllium, used in most over-the-counter fiber laxatives, is a common herbal ingredient in OTC bulk laxatives. Reports of allergic reactions to psyllium have occurred. Long-term use of products containing psyllium may affect absorption of essential vitamins and minerals. What’s the Best Alternative? For dealing with constipation, I recommend oxygen based colon cleansers that use monatomic oxygen (O1) to safely and effectively clean and liquefy compaction from the small and large intestines. These can be used on a regular basis without harmful side effects. Oxy-Powder® is the most effective oxygen based colon cleanser available. After you’ve taken care of your constipation, take inventory of your life and habits and try to weed out the cause. If changes in your diet are necessary, take a look at my body cleansing diet, designed to not only provide a plan for healthy eating, it’s meant to help cleanse your body. If you’re looking for a supplement that can help cleanse your body internally, check out OXY-POWDER in the AlrightStore. †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does [...]

2018-04-28T03:42:35+00:00 By |

7 Interesting Facts About Essential Oils

1. Essential oils are not oils at all. Without having a fatty acid component, they aren’t actual oils. The emphasis should be applied on “essential,” for these oils or liquids carry the essence of the plants from which their health benefits derive. 2. Essential oils that come from wood help us go deep, they offer peace and clarity, and are often used for mediation and relaxation. i.g., Cedarwood, frankincense, rosewood, sandalwood. 3. The use of essential oils may seem trendy; however, their use can be traced back to ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Egyptian and Greek, along with recorded uses in the Bible. 4. Neroli oil (orange blossom), is one of the most expensive and precious essential oils on the market. The highest quality neroli is the sweetest. The best neroli comes from Tunisia (Africa). Neroli is a common floral base for perfume blending, found in more than 10 percent of scents sold in today’s beauty market. In her  guide for healthcare professionals  entitled “Aromatherapy Science,” author Maria Lis-Balchin calls neroli euphoric, hypnotic and an aphrodisiac. 5. Almost all essential oils are antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antispasmodic. That said, they can  be used for health, for cleaning, and when mixed with carrier oils essential oils are excellent in beauty care. 6. Tea tree oil has a strong smell, but all the qualities of this beneficial oil outweigh the aroma. There are close  to 300 varieties of Melaleuca alternifolia, but only one produces the medicinal oil. Tea tree can be used “neat” or if you have sensitive skin it should be used with a carrier oil. From skin issues to depression to cleaning your home, tea tree works. Tea tree is one of the best essential oils to always have in your home. 7. Our sense of smell is the only sense directly tied to the limbic area of the brain - the emotion and memory headquarters. So when essential oils are inhaled, they go directly to the brain. The four other senses must first travel through the thalamus before reaching the brain area.   Aromatherapy really brings all of nature to us in the best possible ways. If you take time to go eye level and inspect all botanicals you will truly see the beauty and what a benefit essentials oils are. References (3) - Aromatherapy Thymes, Introducing Tea Tree, Spring 2016 - Keville, K. Aromatherapy, A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, The Crossing press, USA, (1995). - Mojay G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Henry Holt and Company Inc., England, (1996). Safety Do not take any essential oils internally. Do not use essential oils undiluted on skin. Test diluted essential oils on skin area before general use. Use photosensitizing essential oils cautiously. (i.e. lemon, lime, grapefruit) Consult with a health practitioner before use if pregnant, nursing or suffering from any medical condition, or taking medication. Keep essential oils out of reach of children Do not use essential oils internally. Less is more [...]

2019-01-18T18:38:12+00:00 By |

The 6 Best Vegan Supplements

As a vegan, making sure you get adequate nutrition is very important. Since many vitamins and minerals are more readily available from animal sources, it’s important to know how taking certain supplements could affect your health. Fortunately, a vegan diet can be quite nutritious and contain most of the essential nutrients you need. Still, there are some minerals and vitamins you may be missing. Here are just a few of the best supplements every vegan (and non-vegan) should know about. Six Vegan Supplements You Should Have Being a vegan has its share of benefits, but there are also some drawbacks you should be aware of. Vegan diets are missing crucial nutrients, like vitamin B12 and even vitamin D, so supplementing should definitely be on every vegan’s mind. While plant foods do provide an assortment of nutrients, some of them may be on the low end. Here’s six supplements you should be considering taking if you’re following the vegan lifestyle: 1. B12 One of the essential B-complex nutrients, B12 maintains brain and nervous system health. But getting enough is crucial, since low levels could also lead to anemia or even pregnancy complications. [1] [2] Unfortunately for vegans, it can be difficult getting enough B12 from plant sources; however, a vegan B12 supplement could be a great option. I highly recommend supplementing with VeganSafe™ B-12, a vegan-friendly formula that contains two of the most bioactive forms of the vitamin. If you’re looking for a supplement that can improve B-12 deficiency, check out VEGANSAFE B-12. 2. Iron Since your red blood cells use iron to transport oxygen and nutrients, not getting enough could lead to anemia. Of the two types of iron, non-heme, found in plant sources, is harder for the body to absorb. What this means is that vegans and vegetarians can have lower iron stores in the blood. This is why supplementing with iron is so important. Also, keep in mind that eating non-heme iron foods with vitamin C foods can actually increase absorption! If you don’t get enough iron in your diet, a plant-based supplement like Iron Fuzion™ can help you meet your daily requirements. If you’re looking for a supplement to increase your iron levels, check out IRON FUZION at the AlrightStore. 3. Zinc Found in every cell in the body, zinc helps with everything from maintaining your immune system to aiding reproduction. [3] And, while zinc can be found in vegetable sources, phytates in plants can actually bind to the mineral and weaken absorption. Taking additional zinc is highly recommended for vegetarians and vegans because of this. Since the body lacks any kind of zinc storage system, zinc orotate is one form that passes quickly and easily through cell membranes, allowing the body to get the most of the mineral. 4. Enzymes No matter what your diet, supplementing with enzymes can provide your body a great deal of help. There are some studies that suggest proteolytic enzymes could reduce irritation in the body, [...]

2018-04-27T23:53:00+00:00 By |

13 Important Essential Oil Properties

1. Analgesic Effect Acts to relieve pain. Essential Oils Chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, juniper, lavender, sweet marjoram, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, thyme, tea tree, frankincense 2. Antibacterial Effect Agent used to disinfect surfaces and eliminate potentially harmful bacteria. Essential Oils Geranium, lavender, lemon, oregano, tea tree. Plus: bergamot, cassia, clove bud, marjoram, sweet, niaouli, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, ravensara, sandalwood, thyme 3. Antidepressant Effect Used to prevent or alleviate depression. Essential Oils German and roman chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, jasmine absolute, lavender lemon, melissa, neroli, patchouli rose absolute, spruce, vetiver, ylang ylang 4. Anti-inflammatory Effect The property of a substance that reduces inflammation or swelling. Essential Oils Basil, beragmot, eucalyptus, clary sage, coriander, roman chamomile, cinnamon, clove, fennel, ginger, geranium,  juniper, jasmine absolute, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, melissa, sweet orange, oregano, patchouli, peppermint, rose  absolute, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme,  wintergreen,  ylang ylang 5. Antiviral Effect Medication that reduces the ability of virus to multiply and suppresses its ability to replicate. Essential Oils Bergamot, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, melissa, neroli, rose, rosemary, tea tree, thyme 6. Aphrodisiac Effect A substance that increases libido, sexual response, and intimacy. Essential Oils Clary sage, neroli, patchouli, rosewood, sandalwood, ylang ylang Absolute Rose, jasmine 7. Astringent Effect A substance used that causes the contraction of skin cells and other body tissues. Essential Oils Cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, geranium, sandalwood, juniper, lemon, myrrh, patchouli, sandalwood 8. Digestive Effect Facilitation of the intestinal tract, reduction of gas. Essential Oils Anise, basil, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, neroli, orange, roman chamomile, peppermint, rosemary, sweet marjoram, tangerine 9. Diuretic Effect Causing increased passing of urine. Essential Oils Cedarwood, caraway, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, grapefruit, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, patchouli, rosemary, pine 10. Expectorant Effect Promotes the secretion of sputum by the air passages, mostly used to treat coughs. Essential Oils Eucalyptus, cedarwood, ginger, lavender, peppermint, tea tree 11. Sedative Effect Promotes calm, or induces sleep Essential Oils Bergamot, clary sage, cedarwood, frankincense, helichrysum, lavender, neroli, patchouli, ylang ylang 12. Stimulant Effect Raises levels of physiological or nervous activity (in the body or any biological system. Essential Oils Basil, bergamot, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, lemon, sweet orange, peppermint, rosemary 13. Vulnerary Effect A substance used to heal wounds and sores. Essential Oils Bergamot, chamomile, clove, frankincense, lemon, geranium, helichrysum, lavender, myrrh, peppermint, tea tree   It’s important to note that all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil prior to topical application. We are told lavender and tea tree can be used “neat,” meaning without a carrier oil. Long-term use of using essential oils neat can cause dermatitis and/or sensitivity. Always be wise when using essential oils. It is highly advisable that all essential oils be used according to appropriate dilution guidelines. General Dilution: Safe dilution is 5% (5% essential oil in 95% carrier)  that is about 30 drops of an essential oil in a 1 ounce bottle of carrier oil. For full body [...]

2019-01-18T18:34:50+00:00 By |

12 Ways to Support Your Immune System Naturally

Your immune system is your frontline defense against environmental toxins, viruses, bacteria, and other harmful microorganisms. Unfortunately, the toxins present in today’s world are weakening the human immune system at an ever-increasing rate and there’s only so much we can do to control what we’re exposed to. On the flip side, certain tools and supplements can help support your immune system. What Is the Immune System and Why Does It Need Support Your immune system is your body’s security system. It’s your natural defense against harmful organisms that cause sickness and contagious outbreaks. You come in contact with these agents every day and most are neutralized by your immune system without you even knowing it. However, if your immune system is weak, it may not win the battle against invading organisms, and that’s when you can get sick. The quality of your immune system relies on you — what you eat, what you’re exposed to, your physical health, and even your mental health. Suffice to say, you can support your immune system with nutrition, you can support it by bolstering your defenses and reducing the invading microorganisms it has to defend against, and you can support it by having good physical and mental health. 12 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally A healthy diet devoid of refined sugar and processed foods is one of the best ways to support your immune system and physical exercise is also important. While these methods are helpful, they aren’t always enough. In a world where toxins run rampant and exposure is difficult to avoid, we really need to take extra precautions. Here are 12 ways to support your immune system naturally. 1. Probiotics The good bacteria in your gut are known as probiotics and are responsible for supporting digestion, combating harmful organisms, and keeping your immune system in check. Considering that 70% majority of your immune system resides in your gut, maintaining a balance of probiotic bacteria is essential for nurturing your immune defenses.[1, 2] Probiotic-rich foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, and kefir, or a high-quality, probiotic supplement can help balance your ratio of good to bad bacteria. A probiotic supplement like Latero-Flora™ is another effective way to encourage good balance. If you’re looking for a supplement that can improve your gut health, check out LATERO-FLORA at the AlrightStore. 2. Intestinal Cleansing Whether you’re on the road, at your computer, eating, or sleeping on a toxic mattress, it’s a safe bet that you’re exposed to toxins 24 hours a day. Most toxins take up residence in your intestines to wreak havoc on your health by degrading your immune system and weakening your defenses. Regular intestinal cleansing with an oxygen based colon cleanser like Oxy-Powder® can support your immune system by providing a balanced, clean environment for probiotic bacteria to thrive. The positive benefits of intestinal cleansing with Oxy-Powder® are enhanced when it’s paired with a good probiotic supplement. If you’re looking for a supplement that can improve your intestinal [...]

2018-04-28T02:10:10+00:00 By |

Introducing Helichrysum

Common Names Everlasting, Immortelle, Helichrysum, Curry plant There are over 600 species of flowering plants in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). The type species is Helichrysum orientale. The name is derived from Greek words (helisso, to turn around) and (chrysos, gold). It should be noted over 244 different species reside in South Africa, Madagascar, Australasia, and Eurasia.   Plant Part Used and Aroma Helichrysum essential oil used in aromatherapy (commonly known as immortelle) is steam distilled from the helichrysum plant (flowering petals) growing often in the mountains of Corsica, France. The oil is pale yellow, with a rich aroma similar to maple, and a mild undertone resembling a cup of steeping tea.   My Introduction to Helichrysum With a little imagination and some stretched geography one would think Rivendell Aromatics in Ojai, California was in Provence, with all the rolling hills of lavender. Thankful and grateful for an invitation, my journey to Rivendell led me to my introduction to helichrysum. While showing me the lavender farm, her home, and amicable landscape, the owner Sandy Messori also picked some helichrysum and gave me some of the plant and essential oil for my travels back to Los Angeles. I always like to smell an essential oil before I read about it. That makes it organic. I remember being excited to read more about it, to touch it and to let it touch me, and to reminisce the sensation of movement much like the rhythm of my favorite black dress dancing in the evening wind. When I do workshops on essential oils, I always ask the attendees to open the bottle of essential oil, and write down their first impression of the oil that makes it more natural to the senses. Helichrysum is exquisite and powerful. The smell is redolent, somewhat like maple. After reading about it, the spirit of this oil certainly stands up to its meaning, “gold of the sun.”   Skin Care In aromatherapy, Helichrysum italicum is the preferred essential oil for its effectiveness in skin care. Helichrysum is often used to prevent signs of aging and referred to as “The Everlasting Flower” because of its rejuvenating benefits for the skin and ability to improve the complexion instantly. The oil contains components that fight germs on the surface; therefore it helps skin stay clear and smooth. My skin has never looked better, a few drops in my hand with jojoba oil and my skin feels amazing. A mask of helichrysum essential oil and myrrh powder is my secret instant facelift. When it comes to skin care there is nothing like helichrysum and rose absolute, and what I find so valuable about both of these oils, is they both have feminine energy; nurturing the spirit, promoting inner calm, and they bring out natural beauty inside and out.   Other Uses Research has found that helichrysum reduces muscle and joint pain by improving circulation and reduces inflammation and swelling. Its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties make it an effective [...]

2019-01-22T20:43:32+00:00 By |

Healing from Depression: It Begins With Asking for Help

“I speak of a clinical depression that is the background of your entire life, a background of anguish and anxiety, a sense that nothing goes well, that pleasure is unavailable and all your strategies collapse.” ~Leonard Cohen Right before my eighteenth birthday, when I was about to go to university, I was hit by a car and sustained multiple fractures to my right leg. This led to a couple of operations and the best part of ten months with me unable to walk. While all of my school friends and peers were having the time of their lives in school, I was silently suffering with depression and anxiety, both of which continued to increase. Whether it was the weed I smoked, the bottles of whiskey I drank, or the junk food I ate, I could not find comfort or relief from anywhere. Things just got worse, and I felt absorbed and consumed by the victim mentality that I had let penetrate my identity. I dropped out of university after re-doing my first year. Despite passing, I just couldn’t go back. I was so ashamed to be me. I didn’t even tell my future housemates that I wouldn’t be returning. About this time I realized there was a problem. In retrospect, it should have been glaringly obvious to me, with the self-medicating that was going on, but of course it’s harder to spot problems in ourselves. In two years I had gone from one of the most outgoing people I knew, someone who always liked to do things like play sports or party, to a recluse who needed some sort of alternate state of consciousness to function. I started working and going out again on the weekends with some of my old friends and people I had met through work. Naively I thought the problems were dissipating and I was returning to who I used to be. Now I look back on it and I know that the younger me had no idea who I was. Things leveled out for a few years until one day I had a breakdown on the way to work. There was now no denying the extent of the problem, but hell, if you are in denial you can dig your heels in pretty firmly, and that’s what I did. After a few more years of self-medicating, something happened, and to this day I can’t put my finger on the trigger, but something changed that made me realize enough was enough. A good friend recommended a therapist to me, and I was keen to see him and work through the issues that had been building up for seven years. So I met with Peter and it seemed like an expensive chat with a nice guy for the first five or six sessions. Around this time I also had had a regular meditation practice. One day whilst meditating I felt like I gave myself permission to open up at the next session [...]

2018-04-17T06:01:00+00:00 By |

What Is Coral Calcium?

Calcium supplements have become very popular and are generally thought to be an effective way to promote healthy bone density. Indeed, calcium does have benefits but it’s important to understand there are various forms of calcium and they all behave a little differently. Some supplements are worthwhile and some are merely the work of scoundrels trying to capitalize on false pretenses. Before you invest in a calcium supplement it’s wise to understand a few things about calcium. What is Coral Calcium? Calcium is available in many forms- calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, calcium orotate, and that just names a few. Coral calcium, a form of calcium carbonate, is exactly what the name implies. It is calcium sourced from fossilized coral sources and is the most common form of calcium on the planet. A small, invertebrate animal polyp secretes a limey substance that hardens into the coral structure. This substance is calcium carbonate. If that description creates questions in your head about the sustainability of coral calcium harvesting, you’re on the right track. Concerns have been raised as to the environmental harm from ravaging irreplaceable coral beds. Is it even worth it? Is Coral Calcium Effective? Calcium in the most simple form is rock, which the human body can’t process. To deal with this, the body has a natural method called “chelating” which simply means that the calcium is combined or “coated with” another material. This other material, which may be an amino acid, is a substance the body can use and process. Chelating calcium with such a substance is done in attempt to make the body use and process the calcium as well. Calcium citrate, for example, is simple calcium carbonate “chelated” with citric acid. The citric acid is considered food by the body, so calcium citrate is more easily absorbed into the body than calcium carbonate. The stomach can also chelate calcium, and does, but, the older we get the less the body can chelate minerals and make them useful. Some forms of calcium, such as calcium orotate, incorporate advanced absorption mechanisms into their structure and may be beneficial for such situations. False Claims of Coral Calcium How effective is coral calcium? Well, it’s hard to say. But, in January 2004, the Federal Trade Commission came down upon some calcium carbonate manufacturers for making improper claims about the abilities of calcium carbonate and making claims that a coral calcium dietary supplement was able to cure cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other serious diseases. The defendants were also reprimanded for claiming that the body absorbs coral calcium better than other calcium supplements. [1] This is exactly why it’s imperative for you to investigate nutritional supplements on purpose and through research, not commercials! To market coral calcium with the promise of it being able to cure cancer isn’t just incorrect and ludicrous it’s immoral. Shame on them. Coral Calcium Research Coral calcium hasn’t provided many mind-blowing advances for the research community. The Department [...]

2018-04-27T23:12:26+00:00 By |