Meditation

Why the Mind Matters Most

Our lives are formed with the thoughts that we think. Life is a reflection of each thought, and with each thought (conscious, unconscious or subconscious), the physical structure of our brain changes. It actually does. The brain expands, grows, new neurological pathways are being created, synapse are firing and hormones (oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins) begin pour in. May it be thoughts of abundance or lack, poverty, wealth, safety, danger, bliss, trauma, love or hate, our thoughts form our feelings (expressed in life as what we experience), which then form our experience, and then turn into our beliefs. The more thoughts

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Health

DHEA Roles and Benefits

What is DHEA? -DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced by your body's adrenal glands. -DHEA is used for slowing or reversing aging, improving thinking skills in older people, and slowing the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. -DHEA functions as a precursor to male and female sex hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. Precursors are substances that are converted by the body into a hormone. -Testosterone and estrogen production also generally declines with age. DHEA supplements can increase the level of these hormones. (more…)

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Diets, Essential Oils, Health

Peace of Mind: Raising Serotonin Levels

Serotonin is a brain chemical responsible for regulating many of the functions in your body that contribute to your overall health and wellbeing, happiness, and  feeling of fulfillment. People who have a lot of stress or suffer from different types of anxiety disorders generally do not have enough of it. Tryptophan, is an amino acid that leaves people feeling relaxed and elevates moods in people. It is also a hormone found in foods that serves as a precursor for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps the body regulate appetite, sleep patterns, and mood. Because of its ability to raise serotonin levels,

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Essential Oils

Essential Oils For Addictions

Essential Oils For Addictions Addictions (as defined by ASAM) is a "primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations." When normal everyday functioning is disturbed because of extreme and harmful need/craving to engage in activities, then addiction problem may exist. Here is a list of great essential oils that may help in soothing and relaxing a busy mind. Perhaps behavioral changes cultivated by re-thinking the way we do mixed in with a more peaceful atmosphere will help alleviate addictive tendencies and obsessive or addictive thought associated

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Essential Oils, Health

Living with Lupus: Ways Healthy Lifestyle Changes Can Help

People who are living with Lupus are often on some type of medication to control debilitating symptoms related to Lupus. Lupus is a very hard autoimmune disease to live with, where antibodies mistake the body’s own tissues as a foreign pathogen, or enemy and begin fighting and attacking. This one sided battle causes adverse affects on the heart, skin, kidneys, lungs, joints, muscles, eyes, nervous system, intestines, and blood. It causes inflammation and chronic pain in the body, joints and muscles. It can also cause sun sensitivity, skin problems, weight loss, hair loss, and digestive problems. As Lupus gains popularity

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Health, Pregnancy

Benefits of Breastfeeding

  Most birthing centers and doulas do a great job discussing the benefits of breastfeeding and persuading new mamas and mothers to be to choose and stick with breastfeeding. Hospitals are reaching more toward breastfeeding encouragement as well, but still rely heavily on giving out free samples of formula and telling mothers to supplement their babies with it when complications (unexpected C Section or premature births) occur.  Below are good to know points on breastfeeding and perhaps little tidbits of information that was not talked about during Baby Delivery 101.  (more…)

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Health, Pregnancy, Skin

The Many Benefits of Massage and Physical Touch

There is no better therapy out there (for almost any ailment) than physical massage therapy. Let's take it more fundamental than massage therapy and call it physical connection, touch and energy exchange. On the most basic level, living things need touch to survive, thrive and feel connected and happy. Cut to professional massage: Okay, maybe there are a few other wonderful treatment alternatives to melt away the anxiety, relieve aches and pains and leave you feeling like floating on cloud 9 (like a piece of hot molten lava cake while sitting in a hammock over looking Bora Bora waters). Once

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Health

3 Health Checks Every Man Should Consider

There are theories out there that point to reasons why women on average outlive men in almost all cultures across time. One such theory says that men work (manually) harder than women. Another says that women have a stronger support system and wear more hats across the life span so they are better equipped at adapting to loss of partner and asking for help. Another one states that women get far more annual check ups and health screenings than men. A lot can happen between visits to the doctor—especially since more than half of men skip out on their annual

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Inspirational Quotes, Meditation

Highest Aims

I continue to learn about what exactly my “purpose”, “mission”, or “goal” is in this lifetime. The more I learn, the more it is clear to me that this all mighty purpose of my “self” is more and more fundamental and simple than I can ever expect or plan for it to be. This question is enigmatic and has crossed my mind throughout my adolescence, and young adult years, as I was conditioned to focus on making decisions that would bring me the biggest return on investment and provide the best “karmic” debt payment. As I work on exploring the

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Diets, Health

Do You Know About Moringa Oleifera?

Though used in many parts of the world for already many decades, the knowledge of this amazing Moringa Oleifera plant that originates in northern areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan is just now spreading to the Americas. This almost miracle-like plant's leaves, bark, flowers, fruits, seeds and roots are used to treat many diseases from asthma to thyroid diseases. Read more to learn why maybe looking into having Moringa Oleifera products in your house may be a beneficial step toward optimal health. (more…)

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