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How To Think Yourself Healthier

Social rules dictate we should be nice to other people. Yet how many of us are nice to ourselves?

I’m willing to bet that you wouldn’t dream of talking to others the way you talk to yourself. While we often make an effort to be kind, patient and compassionate with our friends and family, many of us spend most of our waking hours criticizing and mentally berating ourselves.

However, what we say to ourselves is really just as important as how we treat others. Discover how your thoughts can powerfully impact your health, and how you can wield the powerful weapon of your mind to achieve better health!

The Power Of Your Thoughts

The average human being thinks at a rate of 150 to 300 words per minute, which equates to roughly 50,000 thoughts every day!

Thinking occurs in the conscious part of our brain; the part that is under our volition (even if it doesn’t always feel like it).

Our internal thinking has a fascinating impact upon the subconscious area of our brain – the part that isn’t subject to conscious control. This subconscious zone isn’t capable of reasoning or resistance. Rather, it blindly follows the instructions it receives from our conscious mind.

Therefore, what we think about really and truly impacts the direction of our lives on both a conscious and subconscious level. If we want to steer our lives onto a more healthy, happy and fulfilling course, we must fundamentally change the way we think.

Where Do Our Thoughts Come From?

A young infant isn’t born with preconceived ideas about themselves or how the world should be. As we grow up, our experiences and role models shape our belief systems and self concept. Research shows that our self concept is established as young as six years of age, and this becomes the filter through which we view the entire world.

Think about that – do you really want your limited six-year-old psyche to dictate the course of your life? These limiting beliefs can hold us back in all areas, including our health.

It’s easy to think of your thoughts as merely white noise in the background. After all, they’re firing so fast and happening in conjunction with our daily lives, which makes it difficult to really capture and focus upon them. Yet they influence our self-esteem, decision making and level of wellbeing.

The Physiological Impact Of Thinking: How Do Thoughts Affect Your Health?

There’s a mountain of research to show the link between thinking and our physiology. But you don’t really need science to prove this, as it’s something you intuitively know already. Think about what your body does when you’re feeling…

NERVOUS (palms sweat, breath becomes shallow and butterflies dance in your belly)

STRESSED (blood pressure rises, heart races, breath becomes shallow, your immune system gets run down and you may develop tension headaches)

ANXIOUS AFTER A NIGHTMARE (you wake up drenched in sweat and poised to run a marathon – it’s as though your body has physically lived through the trauma in your dream)

ANGRY (you may clench your fists, grind your jaw and feel constriction through your chest)

On the other hand, positive thoughts trigger pleasant emotions that in turn radiate beneficial side-effects. Positive thinking has been shown to improve:

Anxiety disorders
Stress
Performance
Pain perception
Blood pressure
Relationships
Blood clotting – in fact, studies have shown that patients can reduce bleeding by 30% during surgery simply via visualization

So when you are thinking about an experience, your brain responds as if it were really happening. Research has shown that positive visualization can even modulate the immune system and increase our number of white blood cells.

In one incredible study from the Journal of Obesity, normal weight women who considered themselves to be ‘fat’, were significantly more likely to gain weight over time! This is extra proof that humans act according to how we think.

How To Think Your Way To Better Health

Your thoughts literally illuminate whatever path you want to take in life. As such, those 50,000 phrases flitting through your brain each day can make or break your health.

In fact, my good friend Jon Gabriel attributes his health transformation to the power of the mind. Jon used visualization to successfully lose over 220 pounds (100kg) – without even dieting!

So as we look ahead to the New Year and think about the health changes we’d like to manifest, don’t overlook the power of your thoughts. They can truly be your greatest asset! Here are my top tips to transform your thoughts into health boosting magnetizers:

Start With The End In Mind

Most of us have a rough vision of how we want to look and feel. Try to really build a strong, clear and more detailed picture in your mind of how your life will look once you’ve achieved your health goals. Really zoom into the details of how your entire life will be transformed by better health.

Once you’ve clarified this vision, meditate on it daily. It doesn’t have to be for long – even a minute in the morning and night is a great start – but it does need to be consistent. Come back to this vision when you feel your motivation flagging. Perhaps you’d even like to create a vision board or write affirmations that externally reinforce your health goals.

You Gotta Believe It
Thinking positively about your health is a great start but it’s not enough to really crack into your subconscious and instigate profound change.

To really influence your subconscious mind, behave differently and subsequently achieve better results, you’ve got to feel into your positive thoughts. Act as though they’re already true and convince yourself with every fiber of your being that what you’re thinking is truly your reality.

Plan For Setbacks

Like any type of change, you will encounter challenges. Some days, thinking positively will be harder than others. When we’re unprepared for obstacles, our knee-jerk reaction is typically to revert back to old behaviors or completely throw in the towel.

Alternatively, acknowledge that change won’t occur perfectly straight away. How will you deal with those days when you’re bogged down in pessimism? Will you beat yourself up and believe that you’re doomed for failure? Or can you accept that this is a natural part of the process and gently return to positive thinking as soon as you can.

Simplify Your Self Talk
It is easier and more effective to use simple positive language to affirm your health goals. In a similar vein, your mind will respond better to simple images to induce behavioral change.

Talk to yourself as though you were kindly explaining something to a small child. If possible, attach an emotion or sensory experience to your positive thoughts (such as smell or feeling) to really unlock your subconscious vault.

how-to-think-yourself-healthierUse Your Thoughts To Distinguish Hunger From Emotions
Humans are hardwired to seek comfort from food. From the moment we are born, our cries and distress are soothed by a bottle or breast milk. And as adults, eating ignites the pleasure centers in our brain to release endorphins and other feel-good chemicals. Is it really any wonder that many of us eat to feel better?

By becoming more aware of your thoughts and emotions, you are better placed to discern true hunger from emotional temptation. Next time you are hungry, give yourself some mental space to ask, ‘Am I really hungry?’ If the answer is a definitive ‘yes’ then by all means eat! If it’s a ‘no’ or you’re unsure, wait a little longer until you’re certain that your belly and not your brain is asking for food. In the meantime, choose another activity that will dispel any unpleasant emotions, such as meditation, exercise, listening to uplifting music or journaling.

What’s your positive thinking tip for better health and wellness? Share it in the comments below to make 2017 our healthiest, happiest and most vital year yet!


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The 5 Minute Mental Detox To Start Your Day Right!

Ever feel like your brain is swarming with bees and you can’t construct a clear thought? There’s nothing worse than the mental fog that comes from having a ‘wired and tired’ mind or a terrible night’s sleep.

Even while we sleep, our brains are busy working and sifting through mental clutter from the day before. So try this easy 5-day challenge: pick one of these simple, fast techniques to perform for five minutes first thing in the morning for five days straight, and notice how different you feel!

1. Reconnect With Nature
Our body’s natural circadian rhythms are kick-started by natural light. Plus, our brain loves to absorb natural scenery. First thing in the morning, take a five minute breather outside. Gaze upon the sky, listen to birdsong and feel the sunlight on your face. It’s amazing how this connection with nature can actually make you feel connected with yourself!

2. Practise Gratitude
When your heart is full of gratitude, there’s little room left for anger, fear or stress. For five minutes, write freely about all the things in your life that you feel grateful for. You may like to start with the simple things, like access to fresh food and water, but you may be surprised how richly blessed your life really is when you focus on how much good you have!

3. Do A Digi-Detox
How often do you wake up and reach for your phone? If you’re like many people, there’s a good chance that the first moments of your day are spent scrolling on Facebook or delving into emails. The trouble is, when you start your day with digital stimulation, you are starting your day on somebody else’s terms; your mood and thoughts are automatically influenced by the news, latest gossip or external demands in your inbox. Give yourself five minutes to start the day calmly on your terms, instead.

4. Read Something Positive
Opening your day with positive or inspiring words can have a powerful impact on how you filter your experiences for the rest of the day. Perhaps you could choose a quote that relates to an area of your life that you’d like to work on, or otherwise engage in reading that lifts your spirit and helps you to feel at ease.

5. Take 5 To Meditate
The benefits of meditation are profound. A daily practice of meditation can reduce anxiety and depression while simultaneously improving your focus and mood. There are no real rules for meditation and you can start by doing what feels best for you. Perhaps you’d like to simply breathe deeply for five minutes. Alternatively, you could practise clearing the mind and letting go of thought.


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Treating Chronic Fatigue and Adrenal Fatigue Naturally

The easy, relaxed lifestyle experienced by our ancestors no longer exists, and we’re not even aware of how much stress we’re under. The problem? “Our lifestyles have changed, but our bodies haven’t,” Dr. James Wilson said in his November lecture at the First Arizona Choices Exposition in Tucson, Ariz. A large portion of our population is feeling tired and stressed out, and we want to know why.

The adrenal glands sit over the kidneys, where they play a significant role in the body, secreting more than 50 hormones necessary for life, including epinephrine (adrenaline), cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), progesterone and testosterone. Since they produce so many essential hormones, the adrenal glands are responsible for many of the functions we need to stay alive and healthy, including:

Energy production – carbohydrate, protein and fat conversion to blood glucose for energy

Fluid and electrolyte balance

Fat storage

One hormone in particular, cortisol, is extremely important for keeping our body systems in balance, as well as protecting our cells. For example:

It controls the strength of the immune system: Too much cortisol weakens the immune system, setting the motions for increased susceptibility to infections and cancer, while too little leads to an overactive immune system and autoimmune disease.

It normalizes blood sugar.
It regulates blood pressure.

These small but mighty glands also work with other hormones and systems in what Dr. Wilson calls a “symphony.” As he points out, when one part of this symphony drops out, such as what happens after menopause for women and andropause for men, the adrenal glands have to pick up the slack by producing larger amounts of sex hormones. Because of this, Wilson claims, good adrenal gland function is linked to longevity.

Unfortunately, the adrenal glands’ health is paradoxical. As the manufacturer of adrenaline, they are the “glands of stress,” but are also the first glands to fail during prolonged or intense periods of stress. The problem with stressors is that they are “cumulative,” in the sense that their impact tends to add up in the body over time until your adrenal glands (and probably your mental state) just can’t take anymore. “One more stress is the stress that breaks the camel’s back,” Dr. Wilson says.

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Some people call the time when the “camel’s back” finally breaks a “nervous breakdown.” However, nerves really don’t break down; adrenal glands do. A “nervous breakdown” is actually adrenal fatigue, or when the adrenal glands can’t deal with the amount of stress they’re given. Adrenal fatigue used to be rare, but is now all too common because of our lack of relaxation and other lifestyle factors, such as smoking, sleep deprivation, poor eating habits and excessive caffeine intake, as well as allergies.

 

Diagnosing (And misdiagnosing) adrenal fatigue

treating-chronic-fatigue-and-adrenal-fatigue-naturally-chronic-fatigue-always-tired-not-enough-sleep-hormone-therapy-holistic-healthcare-natural-medicineTo make matters worse, doctors often don’t diagnose this problem. Dr. Wilson offers the example of a woman who has been to 37 doctors before finally receiving proper diagnosis and a renewed sense of hope. So, why don’t doctors recognize adrenal fatigue? In medical school, they are only taught to look for extreme adrenal malfunction (Addison’s Disease, which occurs when the glands produce far too little cortisol, and Cushing’s Syndrome, which stems from excessive cortisol production) and dont know how to measure cumulative adrenal fatigue.

Additionally the medical answer for adrenal problems are usually a drug. However the answer is not any drug, but elimination of all the drugs one has taken for one’s entire lifetime. Its important to remove any toxic metals, toxic chemicals, and renourish the entire body. Then the adrenals begin to function normally and one’s energy returns.

Fortunately, there are ways you can test yourself for adrenal fatigue. To start off, go ahead and “check off” the symptoms you have been experiencing.

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue:

Morning fatigue — You don’t really seem to “wake up” until 10 a.m., even if you’ve been awake since 7 a.m.

Afternoon “low” (feelings of sleepiness or clouded thinking) from 2 to 4 p.m.

Burst of energy at 6 p.m. — You finally feel better from your afternoon lull.

Sleepiness at 9 to 10 p.m. — However, you resist going to sleep

“Second wind” at 11 p.m. that lasts until about 1 a.m., when you finally go to sleep.

Cravings for foods high in salt and fat

Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms

Mild depression

Lack of energy

Decreased ability to handle stress

Muscular weakness

Increased allergies

Lightheadedness when getting up from a sitting or laying down position

Decreased sex drive

Frequent sighing

Inability to handle foods high in potassium or carbohydrates unless they’re combined with fats and protein

In addition to noticing these symptoms in yourself, you can objectively check for adrenal fatigue by using the following three tests:

1. Ragland’s sign (blood pressure test) — (Equipment required: Home blood pressure kit) Take your blood pressure while sitting down. Then, stand up and immediately take your blood pressure again. Your systolic (first) number should have raised 8 to 10 mm. If it dropped, you probably have adrenal fatigue

2. Pupil dilation exam — (Equipment required: Flashlight and a mirror) Look into the mirror and shine the flashlight into the pupil of one eye. It should contract. If after 30 seconds, it stays the same or, even worse, dilates, you most likely have adrenal fatigue.

3. Pain when pressing on adrenal glands (located over kidneys)

Causes Of Adrenal Fatigue

treating-chronic-fatigue-and-adrenal-fatigue-naturally-chronic-fatigue-always-tired-not-enough-sleep-hormone-therapy-holistic-healthcare-natural-medicineExcessive stress, an important cause of burnout, can be from many sources. Chemical toxicity and nutritional depletion are among the physical causes. Mental, emotional or spiritual stress may be a major factor. Financial, family or other stress may also contribute to burnout.

Any excessive stress can deplete the adrenals, especially when weakened by poor nutrition. Working too much or emotional stress are two common causes. Excessive stimulation, especially for children, is another cause. Fast-paced, high-stress, fear-based lifestyles are a sure prescription for adrenal burnout. Other stressors in cities are noise and electromagnetic pollution. Cell phones, microwave towers and appliances like televisions, microwave ovens and computers give off strong electrical fields.

Nutritional Deficiencies are a common cause. When under stress, the need for nutrients is much greater. Carbohydrates, when excessive in the diet, stress the adrenals. Diets low in protein may also create deficiencies. Inadequate or poor quality water affects oxygenation of the tissues. Most diets are low in nutrients required by the adrenals. These include B-complex vitamins, vitamins A, C and E, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium and other trace elements. The reasons for this begin with how food is grown. Most food is grown on depleted soils. Processing and refining further deplete nutrients. Habits such as eating in the car or while on the run further diminish the value derived from food. Also, allergic reactions to foods such as wheat and dairy products can damage the intestines and reduce the absorption of nutrients.

Toxic metals and chemicals often play a large role in adrenal burnout. Everyone is exposed to thousands of chemicals in the air, the water and the food. Other sources are dental materials and skin contact with chemicals. Over-the-counter and prescribed medications add to the body’s toxic load. Most people do not realize that antibiotics and many other drugs accumulate to some extent in the liver and other organs. Toxins may also be generated within the body due to impaired digestion. When food is not properly digested, it either ferments or rots in the intestines, producing many harmful substances that are absorbed into the body. A healthy body has the ability to eliminate many toxins on a daily basis. However, as adrenal weakness develops, the body’s ability to eliminate all toxins decreases. This produces a vicious cycle in which weaker adrenals impairs the elimination of all poisons, which then further weakens the adrenals.

Chronic infections play a critical role in some cases of adrenal exhaustion. Chronic infections may originate in infected teeth or gums, though they can be located anywhere in the body. They contribute greatly to the toxic load of the body. Infections also cause inflammation and stress that must be countered using the adrenal hormones such as cortisol and cortisone.

Stimulants damage the adrenal glands. They whip the adrenals. Caffeine, sugar and alcohol are among the most common stimulants.

Less obvious but no less important stimulants may include anger, rage, arguing, hatred, loud music, fearful news and even movies full of suspense or violence. Other activities that may act as stimulants and must not be overlooked include vigorous exercise, sexual preoccupations, recreational drug use or other thrills. These often provide a temporary “high”, which is caused in part by the secretion of high amounts of adrenal hormones. However, over time, this weakens the adrenals and can eventually lead to adrenal depletion and insufficiency.

Stimulant use, however, can also be a result of adrenal burnout. While stimulants can cause or contribute to adrenal weakness, some who use stimulants do so because they are in adrenal burnout already. Stimulants are attractive to one in burnout to provide temporary energy. This is an important appeal of the drug culture, both legal and recreational. It is also the appeal of loud music, sexual addiction, and even anger.

Unhealthy responses to stress are another cause of adrenal burnout. These include habits of worrying, or becoming angry or afraid. Don’t worry, be happy is a great prescription for adrenal burnout. This applies particularly to high strung, nervous individuals and those with very active minds, as they are especially prone to adrenal burnout.

treating-chronic-fatigue-and-adrenal-fatigue-naturally-chronic-fatigue-always-tired-not-enough-sleep-hormone-therapy-holistic-healthcare-natural-medicineCongenital Weak adrenals. Many children today are born with weak adrenals due to their parents’ nutritional deficiencies. This is not a genetic problem. Instead, it is due to the nutritional imbalances of the mother, in particular. These are passed through the placenta to the unborn child. For example, if the mother is zinc-deficient, as most are, the baby is born low in zinc and often high in copper, cadmium or other minerals that substitute for zinc to a degree. Fortunately, this means the problem can be corrected, though it is better to prevent it, of course. By age three or four, these children are in burnout. They are often sick, depressed and have difficulty in school. Some of these children react to the situation by becoming hyperactive, compulsive, obsessive or by developing various other behavior problems. On their hair mineral analyses, these children are often in a state of burnout at this early age, a relatively new phenomenon, in my experience. By gently rebuilding their body chemistry, however, their behavioral and other disorders generally vanish in a few months to a few years.

Treatment Of Adrenal Fatigue

“Optimal adrenal health is one of the major keys to the enjoyment of life,” according to Dr. Wilson. If you have adrenal fatigue, you can fully live life again by making the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to treat your disorder.

Treating adrenal fatigue is as easy as:

Adopting a natural whole-foods diet
Avoiding junk food
Drinking high quality water, not from the tap. Distilled or spring waters are best
Eating five to six servings of vegetables each day through juicing or adding them to meals
Avoiding white flour and other processed grains
Adding sea salt to your diet, replacing your table salt
Taking 2,000 to 5,000 milligrams of vitamin C each day
Taking a high strength B-complex supplement
Taking high quality fish oils
Adding licorice root extract and kelp to your diet
Doing a detox and using an infra red sauna
Replacing toxic chemical products used around the house with non-toxic alternatives
Spending some time in the sun each day
Doing something fun each day
Getting lots of rest
Laughing
Exercising
Minimizing stress
Taking negative people out of your life
Taking back your life

If you take your treatment plan seriously, you can expect your adrenal fatigue to heal in:

6 to 9 months for minor adrenal fatigue
12 to 18 months for moderate fatigue
Up to 24 months for severe adrenal fatigue


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