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Heart Attacks and Costochondritis

According to the World Health Organization, most of the deaths in progressive and modern countries such as the United States are caused by cardiovascular diseases. This article will overview two conditions dealing with chest pains that may symbolize heart problems: costochondritis and heart attacks. Though there are many other reasons people may experience pressure and pain in the upper and middle chest cavity, the following shines light into symptoms, possible causes and essential oils to use to prevent and treat such conditions. 

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10 Ways to Kick Start a Change

Take a positive attitude and try to ingrain some short and simple habits into your daily routine:

1. Buy the ‘healthiest’ foods at the grocery store: I don’t mean buy the most expensive food. Buy the healthiest. Don’t look at the price. You won’t notice at the check-out counter. All the stress happens at the point of decision. Know that your body will feel better in the long run.

2. Try a healthy smoothie for breakfast: Kick the day off right with healthy raw veggies, quality proteins and natural fats. Check out our Ikkuma Smoothie. You won’t die without that coffee. Save your coffee for pre-workout.

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Meditation and the Mantra

There are many forms of meditation out there and certainly giving yourself time to engage in relaxation and meditation (no matter what form) is better than nothing. Specifically, for people who practice Transcendental or Vedic Meditation, a mantra is used, along with effortless breathing, to fully “transcend” and reach “bliss”, where anxiety and stress melt away and the body begins to release. The mantra, a simple collection of sounds or words is used as a focus for the person meditating, but is essentially a forgetting device. Based on sound quality alone, a Vedic Meditation mantra is a forgettable thought. In fact, one of its properties is to cause the mind to forget what it is doing.

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Emotional Eating: Causes and Tips

Do you find yourself constantly headed to the snack machine, kitchen pantry, refrigerator or digging in your children’s “snack/junk” drawer (even when you are not really hungry?) Perhaps you are just bored, or out of habit you walk by your the employee’s lounge to see what goodies are left by others. Maybe you are feeling extremely excited, happy, nervous, sad, or even mad at times and reach for something to soothe the nerves. In fact, experts say that more than 75% of over eating and eating disorders are caused by emotions. We are almost pre-programmed and culturally conditioned to combine food with emotions. It is no wonder emotional eating has become such a mainstream term to describe reasons why people are overweight, have body-dismorphic issues as well as spend more than any other nation on weight loss and diet pills and programs, but remain one of the most unhealthy and overweight. Below is an overview of causes of emotional eating and tips to refrain from falling into the habit.

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Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

 Pow-Pow-Power Walks: Exercise helps the heart use oxygen more efficiently, so it doesn’t work as hard to pump blood. Get a vigorous cardio workout of at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Pump those arms (all the way up to your ears!) Try increasing speed or distance and tackle some hills to give your heart a better workout. Plug in some energizing music to help motivate you!

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Meditation: Spending Wisely

The most valuable asset each of us owns is our attention.  It is like currency.  Our attention funds and provides growth to all that we are attending.  So it is important to take care with how it flows. Whenever a demand or a change of expectations is made upon us, as meditators, we are able to make a choice and ask ourselves the question: where will I place my attention right now? We can focus on the worst possible interpretation of the event or circumstances and construct an assumption-laden story-line to support that viewpoint. 

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Bursting Your Bubble. Chewing Gum Dangers

Some experts argue that this is the most toxic substance in the supermarkets today. Most everyone has tried it and many even have an addiction to it. I am referring to chewing gum. And since its commercial sale debut in 1848 by John Curtis in the state of Maine, its popularity has exploded, and with that, the way the chewing gum was manufactured. The ancient Greeks and Mayans chewed resin and sap gums made from trees, which were very natural. Cut to modern day flavors which are made from synthetic materials that are not so great for the mouth, digestive system and body, such as, aspartame, BHT (to maintain freshness and increase shelf life), titanium dioxide, calcium casein peptone-calcium phosphate, plastics, elastics and fillers (which are part of the gum base) and other preservatives and artificial colors/flavors. Let’s learn a few reasons why some may say chewing gum, even the ones “4 out of 5 dentists recommend chewing to prevent cavities,” is not so healthy for the us.

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11 of the Most Popular Alternative Medicine Therapies

The trend toward alternative, natural, holistic and complementary alternative medicine (CAM) is growing. Perhaps it is because the western world and modern society has seen such a drastic paradigm shift in what health and wellness is and described today. Perhaps the practice of treating symptoms of chronic diseases in a loophole filled healthcare system is one of top reasons why alternative medicine is becoming many people’s “last resort.” Bambi Turner, a writer for Discovery.com shared his opinion regarding the most popular alternative medicine therapies. He reports that 4 out of 10 individuals in the progressive worlds are opting to use complementary and alternative medicines as a supplement to their regular healthcare options. One of the reasons why this trend is growing is the small risk factors and almost zero side effects, when compared to the pharmaceutical laden modern and western approach to illness and wellness (even when most alternative medicine treatments is paid out of pocket by the patient).

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Natural Remedies for Migraines and Headaches

When people have headaches, western medicine and modern habit suggests that we reach for the over the counter headache reliever (Advil, Excedrin or Tylenol to list some of the popular name brands). “Go take something for it,” is the common phrase said to people who complain of a headache or migraine. I like to challenge headache and migraine sufferers to think beyond the small plastic bottles of pharmaceutical drugs and aim for natural and better-for-you cures.

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14 Different Ways to Meditate and How You Benefit from Meditation

Standing Meditation: Standing instead of sitting to meditate, the action of standing can actually help people suffering from lower back pain and promotes a greater sense of internal stability.  Stand in a comfortable, straight posture with the feet pointing straight forward, about shoulder width apart. After settling into the position, do a quick scan of the body and mindfully release tension from the body and bring awareness to each part when doing so. Begin with five minutes and lengthen as your practice deepens.

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