Meditation and Music May Be the Ideal Combo to Fend Off Depression

Can Listening to Your Favorite Song Boost Your Mood?   The combination of meditation and music may be one of the simplest ways to fend off depression. The two have no unpleasant side-effects. Nearly everyone can enjoy them, and the cost is negligible. They can be used together or stand-alone to reduce stress, regulate mood and reconnect with one’s soul. They are an easy way to actively nurture our mood. As well, they can help mitigate the stressed-out and overwhelmed human condition that has become all too common. Forces of Modern Life that Lead to Depression It’s truly no surprise that depression is so prevalent in our society. There are so many expectations, responsibilities, and pressures. As a result, we often find ourselves in pursuit of something seemingly better or greater. Every little hiccup along these pursuits leaves us frustrated, unsatisfied, and even fearful that we will fail. Failures are treated with criticism, especially from the inner voice that lives inside the mind. This voice affects our feelings more than anything else, yet we spend little time nurturing it from within. Instead, we allow this voice to be fed by outside influences such as media, pop culture, colleagues and friends. Even when we think we’ve got a handle on life, our inner judge easily fills us with doubt and anxiety. When we’re not in pursuit of something greater, we’re often withdrawing, hesitating or hiding. The comparative lifestyle of today’s humanity easily leaves us feeling inadequate or lacking. Our withdrawal is further accentuated by fear and trauma, which are like scars on our psyche, created by experiences of deception, violence and malice. These scars leave us fearful of facing new challenges and scared of experiencing life. Moreover, they can trap us in a permanent state of withdrawal. Feeling fearful, deficient and lacking, even in the most minuscule way, can make you recoil from life. When you experience this enough, you start to feel empty. You create a disconnect from your true, authentic self. This emptiness, this disconnect, can be called depression. Pursuit and withdrawal – these are prevalent forces in modern life. Nearly everyone experiences them. Some know how to overcome the internal struggles these forces create. Only few are born or raised in a way so they can ignore them. As such, most of us have to learn to overcome the fallout of these forces or fall victim. Imbalance of the Mind and Soul Depression is not just a simple chemical imbalance, not for many people who experience it. Depression is an imbalance of the mind and soul, brought on by outside experience and our inner reaction to this experience. Thus, it can arise even if our physical body is functioning properly. Therefore, it’s impractical to always treat it with pharmaceutical drugs. If depression was a chemical defect in the brain, then drugs would easily solve it. But they do not. They only mask the problem or root cause and allow it to fester. This [...]

2018-08-17T16:02:40+00:00 By |

Can Iodine Help With Hair Loss?

It is clear that the micro-nutrient iodine (And iron, magnesium and zinc) is a key essential element for the normal growth and development in all of the body’s organ and tissue systems. Iodine in combination with the aforementioned minerals is often considered the best “hair growth minerals” you can take for healthy hair. If you are currently experiencing hair loss, it may be a good idea to supplement with these, as hair loss can be one of the most common signs of a deficiency in iodine. Iodine and Hair Loss The thyroid gland relies on iodine to make the hormones necessary for the growth of healthy hair, teeth and bones. When we are deficient in this nutrient, the health of our hair can suffer, leading to hair weakness or total hair loss. Taking a safe nascent iodine supplement may boost hair health and growth, and may event prevent or reverse hair loss. Historically, farmers understood the relationship between iodine and the health of an animals coat. Sheep farmers noticed that iodine-poor soils produced iodine-deficient plants, which produced iodine-deficient sheep. These sheep, consequently, produced the least amount (and poorest quality) of wool. It stands to reason that human beings are just as effected by iodine-poor soil and plants as animals are. And hair loss may be related to this decline. Iodine is a key element for hair strength and growth. While we may get some synthetic iodine in table salt, our body has a hard time assimilating it. Taking a nascent, vegetarian form of iodine may prevent or reverse hair loss. There are even a few studies that support this evidence. One 2001 study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, & Leprology desrcribed the use of iodine as a treatment for patients with alopecia (hair loss), and found hair re-growth in a number of patients [1]. Taking an Iodine Supplement for Hair Loss Supplement with a high-quality, nascent iodine supplement, such as Detoxadine®. This form of nascent iodine provides you with the recommended daily allowance of iodine in a bio-elemental nanocolloidal state. Have you thought about taking iodine for hair loss? If so, how did it work out for you? Share your experience in the comments below. If you’re looking for a supplement to combat hair loss, check out at the AlrightStore. References (1) Thappa D M, Vijayikumar M. Alopecia areata. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2001. †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 not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

2018-04-25T06:55:57+00:00 By |

3 Reasons Healthy Gut Flora Is Important

Your gut should be home to over 100 billion bacteria, but antibiotics, pesticides, stress, and genetically-modified foods are just a few of the things that can weaken that diversity. [1] Your gut’s bacteria needs to stay healthy or problems like irritable bowel syndrome, gluten allergies, and even obesity can be more likely. Some even think the recent rise in autism, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis could even be connected to an unhealthy gut! [2] [3] [4] Let’s look at just 3 reasons why healthy gut flora are so important. 1. Discourages Crohn’s Disease Crohn’s disease is often difficult to diagnose from stool samples, but the key to the disease could be found inside the gut. Researchers looked at tissue samples from the intestinal walls of “447 newly affected and 221 non-affected people” and found an overabundance of certain bacteria types was linked to inflammation levels. [5] That’s just more reason to encourage healthy gut flora! 2. Promotes Digestion and Digestive Health This is the big one most people are aware of and it probably comes as no surprise that bacteria levels inside your gut can help with digestion. Recent evidence suggests a healthy and diverse microbiome could even help with intestinal integrity. [6] Basically, that’s how the body separates the good from the bad. A healthy gut only allows what’s useful to pass through to the body. 3. Supports Mental Health When you eat a big meal, you stop when you’re full, right? Well, a healthy gut could even help your brain know when you’ve had enough by releasing specific satiety hormones. [7] It could also play a role in depression and anxiety. [8] Recent evidence even suggests a link between gut health and autism, with researching showing that probiotic treatments could help autistic children by improving bacteria levels. [9] [10] Scientists are finding more and more about this gut-brain connection all the time! How Can You Support Healthy Gut Flora? Recent evidence suggests a good diet and exercise could influence gut flora, so why not start a new fitness habit? [11] Of course, you could always just turn to probiotic-rich foods like fermented vegetables and yogurt. A high quality probiotic supplement is another surefire way to bridge the gaps in your diet. I recommend and use these two supplements: Latero-Flora™,which is the B.O.D. Bacillus Laterosporus strain and Floratrex™, which contains 23 probiotic strains as well as prebiotics. Either of these two supplements would be a great choice to support a healthy gut. What would you do to encourage healthy gut flora? Tell us in the comments! If you’re looking for a supplement that can improve your gut health, check out FLORATREX at the AlrightStore. References (11) Johnston, K. Endangered Species: Your Gut Flora. Epoch Times. Bhattacharjee, S. & Walter, W. J. Alzheimer's disease and the microbiome. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. 7 (153). Moyer, M. W. Gut Bacteria May Play a Role in Autism. Scientific American. 25 (5). Bhargava P. & Mowry, E. M. Gut microbiome [...]

2018-04-27T19:44:15+00:00 By |

9 Things You Don’t Know About Yourself

How Well Do You Know Yourself?   Your “self” lies before you like an open book. Just peer inside and read: who you are, your likes and dislikes, your hopes and fears; they are all there, ready to be understood. This notion is popular but is probably completely false! Psychological research shows that we do not have privileged access to who we are. When we try to assess ourselves accurately, we are really poking around in a fog. Princeton University psychologist Emily Pronin, who specializes in human self-perception and decision making, calls the mistaken belief in privileged access the “introspection illusion.” The way we view ourselves is distorted, but we do not realize it. As a result, our self-image has surprisingly little to do with our actions. For example, we may be absolutely convinced that we are empathetic and generous but still walk right past a homeless person on a cold day. The reason for this distorted view is quite simple, according to Pronin. Because we do not want to be stingy, arrogant, or self-righteous, we assume that we are not any of those things. As evidence, she points to our divergent views of ourselves and others. We have no trouble recognizing how prejudiced or unfair our office colleague acts toward another person. But we do not consider that we could behave in much the same way: Because we intend to be morally good, it never occurs to us that we, too, might be prejudiced. Pronin assessed her thesis in a number of experiments. Among other things, she had her study participants complete a test involving matching faces with personal statements that would supposedly assess their social intelligence. Afterward, some of them were told that they had failed and were asked to name weaknesses in the testing procedure. Although the opinions of the subjects were almost certainly biased (not only had they supposedly failed the test, they were also being asked to critique it), most of the participants said their evaluations were completely objective. It was much the same in judging works of art, although subjects who used a biased strategy for assessing the quality of paintings nonetheless believed that their own judgment was balanced. Pronin argues that we are primed to mask our own biases. Is the word “introspection” merely a nice metaphor? Could it be that we are not really looking into ourselves, as the Latin root of the word suggests, but producing a flattering self-image that denies the failings that we all have? The research on self-knowledge has yielded much evidence for this conclusion. Although we think we are observing ourselves clearly, our self-image is affected by processes that remain unconscious. 1. Your motives are often a complete mystery to you How well do people know themselves? In answering this question, researchers encounter the following problem: to assess a person’s self-image, one would have to know who that person really is. Investigators use a variety of techniques to tackle such questions. For example, they compare the self-assessments of [...]

2018-08-16T15:06:23+00:00 By |

7 Natural Beauty Solutions That Slash Your Cosmetics Budget

How to Get Wallet Friendly Luxurious Beauty Treatments at Home with Items in Your Cupboard!   Every woman wants to look her best. The problem is that commercial beauty products can be incredibly expensive and can also contain ingredients that you do not want to be exposed to. One great way to solve this problem is to learn how to make homemade, natural beauty products at home that save you money but also keeping your hair, skin and nails strong, healthy and beautiful. Here are 7 examples of what kinds of treatments you can do in the comfort of your own home. Baking Soda Facial Scrub Many women are aware of the number of uses that baking soda has around the home. Fewer realize its potential for beauty treatment. An excellent facial scrub can be made simply by combining baking soda and water into a paste, spreading it onto your face like you would a mask, and letting it sit while you shower. Rinse it off after your shower and you will be amazed at how soft and clean your skin feels. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner Wetting a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and simply applying it as a toner is an excellent way to achieve healthy-looking skin. Its vitamins and minerals give your skin the nutrients it needs and it also acts to tighten and tone, leaving the face younger-looking and healthy. Baking Soda Dandruff Shampoo A dry, flaking scalp can be a real beauty problem, especially in the summer heat. However, washing frequently with the harsh chemicals in many shampoos may just make the problem worse. One solution is to rub baking soda into wet hair in place of a shampoo treatment, making sure to work it into the scalp, then rinsing and conditioning like normal. This will quickly treat the dandruff. Honey Facial Mask Applying honey to your face as you would a regular mask, leaving it in place for approximately half an hour, then rinsing gently is rather sticky work. The pay-off, however, is soft, smooth, acne-free skin: the natural antimicrobial properties of honey help to kill off the bacteria that causes acne in the first place. Coconut Oil. This versatile oil has many uses as a beauty treatment. It can serve as a once-weekly conditioning treatment when applied to the hair, but can also be applied to the face as a moisturizer and also to the legs as a shaving oil to keep the skin soft and smooth after a shave. In addition, it makes a great cuticle cream as well. Spirulina Tablets Not all beauty treatments are topical. If you feel like you need extra treatment for your skin through supplementation, try spirulina tablets. They are rich in Vitamin A which will help prevent acne, wrinkles and aging of the skin. You will notice that your hair and nails look better when you take this, too! Black Soap Black soap is made from all-natural ingredients. It is meant [...]

2018-08-15T16:51:47+00:00 By |

Natural Remedies for Colic in Infants

Colic is a frustrating and exhausting condition for both infants and parents. The time spent raising a colicky child is fraught with sleepless nights and nearly endless screaming. You may think it will never end, but here are some colic remedies that may help. The exact causes of colic in infants is controversial and the condition is thought to be aggravated by a variety of things, including: Food allergies (especially to dairy and soy formulas) Underdeveloped gastrointestinal tract Emotional stress General fussiness Vaccinations The best way to figure out if your child’s discomfort is caused by a food allergy is to use an elimination diet. If the baby is switching to solid food for the first time this can be rather simple, if you are breastfeeding it may take some more effort. In order to use the elimination diet you have to remove all dairy and wheat products, some vegetables (legumes) and fruits, and all sugars. Once you have removed all of these foods for 30 days you can slowly start adding foods back in to see if the symptoms come back. Of course if you believe that the colic is being caused by an inability to digest lactose or another particular group, then the obvious solution is to reduce your infant’s intake of foods in that group (or yours, if you are breastfeeding). The elimination diet is inconvenient and can be expensive if you end up throwing out 90% of your pantry, but it is the most effective way of eliminating discomfort that comes from a food allergy. Luckily, this is only one of many colic remedies you can try for your infant or toddler. Infants that display symptoms of colic often have difficulties feeding, including painful reflux and lack of “zest” for feeding (PubMed PDF) [1]. While the exact cause of colic, in any case, is likely specific to the child in question, the tried and true ways to calm the symptoms are the same. Comforting your child by bouncing, holding, cuddling and reducing your own stress levels can reduce the symptoms of colic because the baby can sense your tension and will respond to it. Relieving Colic With Massage and Aromatherapy If your child’s discomfort is followed by a bowel movement, then help your child process the stool when he starts to get uncomfortable. Lay your baby flat on their back on a firm but soft surface and begin to slowly and gently massage the belly in a clockwise circular motion. Before you do this make sure that your hands are warm and soft by rubbing some organic olive oil quickly between your palms. For extra comfort use aromatherapy with essential oils, such as chamomile and lavender (5 drops of chamomile combined with 10 drops of lavender). You can also try acupressure, which targets particular parts of the body to receive pressure. Gently pulling or tugging the earlobes is said to help relieve infant colic, or you can look for professional acupressurists [...]

2018-04-27T03:26:43+00:00 By |

Why We All Need Time Unplugged

“Life is what happens while we’re busy worrying about everything we need to change or accomplish. Slow down, get mindful, and try to enjoy the moment. This moment is your life.” ~Lori Deschene Technology is everywhere today, integrated into our lives from the moment we wake up and check our email to the twenty minutes we spend checking our Twitter feed before falling asleep. From smartphones and tablets to Fitbits and multi-display work computers, it’s hard to use technology mindfully, and most of us spend a great deal of time throughout the day looking at screens. Choosing to unplug, disconnect, and put down our devices is a deliberate decision. For me, the decision to unplug came as I was preparing to set off for a year and a half of traveling around New Zealand. The Problem I had just left a job where I spent most of my day emailing, updating social media, and scouring the Internet for websites that would be useful contacts for my company. I would get home from the office and eat something while simultaneously scrolling through my personal Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and email accounts. The barrage of information was endless. I would often end the day red-eyed and battling a headache. I realized I didn’t actually know how to relax and unplug, and I also realized I didn’t know what a huge toll the excessive screen time was taking on me until I stopped the flow. It took a few weeks, but slowly the constant need to check feeds and update statuses faded, and I spent a great deal more time actually, well, doing things in the world—without posting about it. Deciding to Unplug Since I was embarking on a new chapter in my life, it seemed like a good time to try something new and try to not let technology take over my life. I was afraid of missing out on the experiences I would have while traveling because I was too busy trying to take the perfect photo or craft the perfect post instead of just being there and enjoying the moment. I sold my smartphone, cancelled my cell phone service, deleted my social media accounts, and asked all my friends and family for their mailing addresses so I could send postcards and letters instead of emails and tweets. I went cold turkey and all-in. While resistant at first, most people close to me were supportive of this change in the long run, although I did get the occasional, “How will I ever contact you if you’re not on Facebook?!” I figured the people who mattered would find a way to stay in touch, Facebook or no Facebook. My partner and I decided that while traveling, we would share one iPad mini we’d use to post monthly blog posts about our travels, and all other devices would stay at home. No phones, no nothing. Technology’s Impact on Behavior The effects of technology on our thought patterns and behaviors [...]

2018-08-15T13:41:26+00:00 By |

How Parents Can Ruin their Children’s Health

Research is showing that most preschool children develop a taste for salt, sugar and fat at their homes. In an experiment, researchers looked at the association between the taste preferences of more than 100 preschool children and their emerging awareness of brands of fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages. All of the children were able to pair at least some products with the companies that made them. The results suggest that fast food and soda brand knowledge is linked to the development of a preference for sugar, fat and salt in food. According to USA Today: "Parents need to carefully consider the types of foods they give to young children at home and in restaurants ... Repeated exposure builds taste preferences." A separate study also found that diets high in processed foods, fat and sugar are lowering children's IQ. Researchers found that a predominantly processed-food diet at the age of 3 is directly associated with a lower IQ at age 8.5. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals, on the other hand, helped boost kids' mental performance. As The Guardian reported: "Every one-point increase in the study's dietary pattern score – a record of processed fat intake – was associated with a 1.67-point fall in IQ … The brain grows at its fastest rate during the first three years of life. "It is possible that good nutrition during this period may encourage optimal brain growth," the report added." Dr. Mercola's Comments: As a parent, one of the best gifts you can give your child is a strong nutritional start. The first years of life represent a time of rapid development, during which your child's language, cognitive, social and motor skills are developed. During the first three years of life, the brain also grows at its fastest rate, and this represents a crucial window of development during which proper nutrition is essential. If your child does not get healthy foods (and ideally first breast milk) during this time, his future intelligence could be impacted. Your Child's Intelligence and Future Food Choices Depend on You A new study from British researchers revealed just how big an impact a poor nutritional start can have on your kids. Those who ate a predominantly processed food diet at age 3 had lower IQ scores at age 8.5. For each measured increase in processed foods, participants had a 1.67-point decrease in IQ. As you might suspect, the opposite also held true, with those eating healthier diets experiencing higher IQ levels. For each measured increase in dietary score, which meant the child was eating more fruits and vegetables for instance, there was a 1.2-point increase in IQ. Separate research also highlighted just how quickly kids pick up on, and learn to prefer, a junk-food diet. When parents fed their preschool-aged children junk foods high in sugar, salt and unhealthy fats, it had a lasting impact on their taste preferences. All of the children tested showed preferences for junk foods, and all (even those who [...]

2018-08-14T16:01:20+00:00 By |

3 Ways to Reduce and Neutralize Flatulence

Have you ever heard of a rectal catheter? It’s exactly what you imagine it to be. Did you know that several years ago, researchers at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield England used rectal catheters to measure and evaluate the flatulence released by ten volunteers? (I appreciate the thrill of discovery but I’m not sure I’d want to be a technician for that program.) Over a 24-hour period of observation, several facts about flatulence were determined. [1] Women and men produce relatively equal amounts of gas More gas is produced after meals On average, people produce around 700ml of gas per day Reducing fiber intake can reduce gas production A flatulence fact not recorded in the study is that not every time is a good time to be flatulent. Certain social situations and environments are appropriate, others are not appropriate. Some people, however, are more flatulent than others and regularly experience, or inflict, the misery, horror, and distress associated with excessive flatulence. If this a problem that affects you, you will be happy to discover that methods do exist that can help you neutralize flatulence. 1. Take a Probiotic Supplement There are a lot of advertising dollars being spent right now to stress (sell) the importance of maintaining healthy intestinal flora. Healthy probiotic colonies in the gut encourage and support healthy digestion. Unhealthy bacterial overgrowth hinders digestion and increases flatulence. This is especially true for persons with intestinal disorders like IBS or Crohn’s disease. If you believe or have been told that you’re too flatulent, try incorporating more probiotic foods into your diet and add a solid probiotic supplement to your nutritional regime. [2] [3] Due to the recent surge in interest, the probiotic market is currently saturated with products of varying quality. Be sure to read reviews and look for a product from a trusted company with a stellar reputation. I recommend Floratrex™, a superior blend of 23 probiotic species that work to optimize digestion and intestinal function. The formula includes 50 billion colony-forming units (CFUs), the ultimate in probiotic support. 2. Herbal Remedies For hundreds of years, herbal remedies have been used to support an endless list of ailments.  In France alone, nearly forty plants have been identified as traditional remedies for indigestion. Peppermint and ginger are two of the most popular. Multiple clinical studies have confirmed that taking peppermint after a meal can help reduce a number of intestinal maladies, including flatulence. [4] If you need a solution that’s doubly effective, add some ginger to the mix. A randomized clinical trial conducted at Thailand’s Siriraj Hospital found that consuming a ginger and water solution produced an anti-flatulent effect. [5] 3. Charcoal Filters Let’s face it, we’ve all been in closed quarters with mixed company and felt the very identifiable pressure of flatulent gases.  The polite, socially acceptable response is to wait until you’re in a private or designated area before unleashing the beast.  Sometimes, however, the pressure is strong and the wait [...]

2018-04-04T21:34:16+00:00 By |