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What’s in your vitamins?

What’s in your vitamins?

Vitamins, vitamins, vitamins. Whether we get them from our daily diet, from sunshine, or from store-bought capsules or liquids, vitamins are vital to our health and to the proper functioning of our bodies.

Vitamin deficiencies lead to a wide range of problems spanning from anorexia to obesity, organ malfunction, confusion, depression, and fatigue.

However, whether or not your vitamins are hurting you is another story. What people are not aware of is all vitamins are not created equal, and most are actually synthetic.

What is a “Synthetic” Vitamin?

The type of vitamins that are the most beneficial is up for debate. A healthy, organic diet should provide a good amount of nutrients that the body needs, but supplements can help ensure that we are getting a healthy serving of specific vitamins.

The problem is that many vitamin and mineral supplements are manufactured synthetically with chemicals and do not come straight from their natural sources. They are made to mimic the way natural vitamins act in our bodies. Natural vitamins are derived directly from plant material containing the vitamin, not produced in a test tube.

Many synthetic vitamins lack the transporters and co-factors associated with naturally occurring vitamins because they have been “isolated.” The Organic Consumers Association emphasizes that isolated vitamins cannot be used or recognized by the body in the same way as the natural version.

The natural form comes in packages with other vitamins, enzymes, and minerals that control the way the body recognizes metabolize and uses them to make what it needs.

Isolated vitamins can’t always be used by the body, and are either stored until you obtain or create the nutrients required to use them effectively or are excreted. Synthetic vitamins are also devoid of necessary trace minerals and must use the body’s own mineral reserves which may lead to dangerous mineral deficiencies.

Did You Know? More than 95% of all the vitamin supplements sold today fall into the synthetic category.

How do I know if the vitamins I’m buying are synthetic or natural?

The Organic Consumers Association has published an ingredient chart to help consumers identify natural vs. synthetic vitamins. Many vitamin producers want you to believe that you are getting a “natural product” because it seems more wholesome to take “natural” vitamins. Unfortunately, vitamins can be labeled as natural if they contain as little as 10% of the natural form of the vitamin. This means that your “natural” vitamin could contain 90% of synthetically produced chemicals! B-Vitamins and Vitamin C are also usually synthetically produced.

Common Synthetic Vitamins to Avoid

Look for clues on your vitamin’s label that offer insight into the origin of the vitamin.

  • Vitamin A: Retinyl Palmitate
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin
  • Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B12: Cyanocobalamin
  • PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid
  • Folic Acid: Pteroylglutamic Acid
  • Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
  • Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
  • Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinate

NOTE: The “dl” form of any vitamin is synthetic.

Other Toxic Ingredients to Avoid In Supplements

  • Magnesium stearate (or stearic acid)
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) disguised as “natural flavors”
  • Carnauba wax is used in car wax and shoe polish
  • Titanium dioxide is a carcinogen

Have you visited our cafe/supplement shop here in Monroe? If not, stop by today!

 

Article from: https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/synthetic-vs-natural-vitamins/

For Neck Pain, Chiropractic and Exercise Are Better Than Drugs

Seeing a chiropractor or engaging in light exercise relieves neck pain more effectively than relying on pain medication, new research shows.

The new study is one of the few head-to-head comparisons of various treatments for neck pain, a problem that affects three-quarters of Americans at some point in their lives but has no proven, first-line treatment. While many people seek out spinal manipulation by chiropractors, the evidence supporting its usefulness has been limited at best.

But the new research, published in The Annals of Internal Medicine, found that chiropractic care or simple exercises are done at home were better at reducing pain than taking medications like aspirin, ibuprofen or narcotics.

“These changes were diminished over time, but they were still present,” said Dr. Gert Bronfort, an author of the study and research professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota. “Even a year later, there were differences between the spinal manipulation and medication groups.”

Moderate and acute neck pain is one of the most frequent reasons for trips to primary care doctors, prompting millions of visits every year. For patients, it can be a difficult problem to navigate. In some cases, the pain and stiffness crop up without explanation, and treatment options are varied. Physical therapy, pain medication, and spinal manipulation are popular options, but Dr. Bronfort was inspired to carry out an analysis because so little research exists.

“There was a void in the scientific literature in terms of what the most helpful treatments are,” he said.

To find out, Dr. Bronfort and his colleagues recruited a large group of adults with neck pain that had no known specific cause. The subjects, 272 in all, were mostly recruited from a large HMO and through advertisements. The researchers then split them into three groups and followed them for about three months.

One group was assigned to visit a chiropractor for roughly 20-minute sessions throughout the course of the study, making an average of 15 visits. A second group was assigned to take common pain relievers like acetaminophen and — in some cases, at the discretion of a doctor — stronger drugs like narcotics and muscle relaxants. The third group met on two occasions with physical therapists who gave them instructions on simple, gentle exercises for the neck that they could do at home. They were encouraged to do 5 to 10 repetitions of each exercise up to eight times a day. (A demonstration of the exercises can be found at www.annals.org).

After 12 weeks, the people in the non-medication groups did significantly better than those taking the drugs. About 57 percent of those who met with chiropractors and 48 percent who did the exercises reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group.

A year later, when the researchers checked back in, 53 percent of the subjects who had received spinal manipulation still reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, similar to the exercise group. That compared to just a 38 percent pain reduction among those who had been taking medication.

Dr. Bronfort said it was a “big surprise” to see that the home exercises were about as effective as the chiropractic sessions. “We hadn’t expected that they would be that close,” he said. “But I guess that’s good news for patients.”

In addition to their limited pain relief, the medications had at least one other downside: people kept taking them. “The people in the medication group kept on using a higher amount of medication more frequently throughout the follow-up period, up to a year later,” Dr. Bronfort said. “If you’re taking medication over a long time, then we’re running into more systemic side effects like gastrointestinal problems.”

He also expressed concern that those on medications were not as empowered or active in their own care as those in the other groups. “We think it’s important that patients are enabled to deal with as much control over their own condition as possible,” he said. “This study shows that they can play a large role in their own care.”

Article from: The New York Times

Original Photo credit: https://www.kineticedgept.com/the-hidden-culprit-behind-your-pain-in-the-neck/

For Neck Pain, Chiropractic and Exercise Are Better Than Drugs
Massage Therapy – Stress in the Workplace

Massage Therapy – Stress in the Workplace

After a chair massage — even a short one — people feel happier, more relaxed, and more focused. Breathing returns to normal, muscles loosen up and the mind becomes more clear. 

Technically what’s happening is that after a few minutes of relaxation, the body will start to release the feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. These hormones counteract stress hormones like cortisol.

While a little stress is actually good for us, too much is harmful. Too much cortisol in the body on a long-term basis causes cardiovascular problems down the line – including heart attacks and strokes.

When a massage therapist is working on a muscle knot, they’re applying pressure to an area of muscle fibers that have become jumbled up and stagnant.

Physical Effects of Stress

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Elevated stress hormones such as cortisol
  • Creates shallow, rapid breathing
  • Poor posture creates tight muscles
  • Muscle knots created from tension
  • Low back and hip pain from sitting long hours of the day
  • Decreased sleep quality
  • Decreased proper circulation

Mental Effects of Stress

  • Rapid, disorganized thinking
  • Emotionally “on-edge”
  • Difficulty being present
  • Increased forgetfulness
  • Poor memory recall

Protect Yourself From Negative People – Even From Yourself!

Learn how to stop the toxic spread of negativity!

We all have many types of friends, some make us laugh, others offer amazing advice, and then there are those we know we can count on no matter what the situation. There are also those who are constantly negative about anything and everything. Though these pessimistic friends completely drain our energy, for some reason we continue to maintain the friendships.

And if we are not careful, it is all too easy to allow ourselves to also fall into these negative states.

So whether these other people want to smell the smoke or not is irrelevant, because as a result of one person’s actions they now have to endure the smell of the smoke – and not just the smell, the toxic chemicals as well. This is much like how the negative energy of one person can spread to others in his or her path.

Though the smoke comes and goes, the harmful chemicals remain within the unsuspecting victim, much like negative energy is passed from one person to another – and that negative energy expresses within the body as stress! And this type of stress can lead to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Pain Syndromes
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Hormonal changes

…and eventually, it can lead to more serious illnesses.

Look at it this way, have you ever known a person to become sick as a result of being overly positive and optimistic? Have you ever said, “I laughed so hard it depressed me”?

And though this is no big surprise, there are many studies to prove that stress caused by negativity lowers your immune system.  Some of these studies were performed by Suzanne Segerstrom, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky, and Gregory Miller, Ph.D., of the University of British Columbia. As reported by the American Psychological Association:

“Their meta-analysis discerned intriguing patterns. Lab studies that stressed people for a few minutes found a burst of one type of “first responder” activity mixed with other signs of weakening. For stress of any significant duration – from a few days to a few months or years, as happens in real life – all aspects of immunity went downhill. Thus long-term or chronic stress, through too much wear and tear, can ravage the immune system.”

Have you ever finally let go of certain people in your life who are determined to spread their negativity and drama and then later feel the sense of relief that comes from freeing yourself from that destructive and life-draining energy? I am sure you have! Making this type of change in your life can be a positive game changer for sure! However…

There is an interesting obstacle that often appears. The realization that there is another source of the negativity.  You!

Have you ever paid attention to your own inner chatter? It is fascinating to learn just how many negative thoughts you may have even before getting out of bed in the morning. In fact, many of us have become so accustomed to it, that we hardly blink an eye when it occurs. Or perhaps we make excuses such as “we are protecting ourselves from getting hurt by events, especially those that have not yet occurred”.

When I realized this about myself, I have to admit that I was shocked! I always considered myself a positive person so learning that I had so many negative thoughts that I had apparently adapted to stopped me in my tracks. This was something that I needed to address immediately because after regaining my health from a diagnosis of MS and years of anxiety…it appeared that I still had to confront my own inner chatter before this would affect my health…again!  

I decided to carry a hand tally counter so I could easily keep track of any negative thoughts that crept into my mind. Every time I had a negative thought, I’d click the counter. Literately there were hundreds! Are you surprised there were so many? I was! How about you? Do you think you may have as many? Well before you answer that, there is an important thing to consider. Negative thoughts don’t always present themselves in an obvious manner such as, “I could never be good at that.” They are masters of deception and are often disguised. And three prominent favorite camouflages are in the form of assumptionsperceptions, and judgments. Make no mistake, we are all guilty of this.

We assume things about ourselves and others based on perceptions (often falsely) and then proceed to render our judgment.  All before knowing any actual facts! Or we may make assumptions simply based on past experiences, which of course does not allow room for a possible different and positive outcome.

Once I realized this, whenever a negative thought would appear (in any disguise), and before making a judgment based on that negative thought, I would ask myself a simple question:  Do I know this as a fact or is it an assumption? Above all, I needed to be 100% honest with myself, otherwise, I’d be opening the door to negative thoughts. Negative thoughts will never hesitate to enter your mind if allowed, and then once they are there – they will fester. 

This is why it can be so difficult to maintain positive energy. It’s difficult because it requires a bit more work since the vibrational frequency of positive energy is much higher than negative energy; just like it’s easier to walk downhill than it is to walk uphill or to become out of shape and unfit than to stay fit. Staying fit requires effort, and so does maintaining a positive mood and state of mind.

But there is good news! Once you realize that you can tame those negative thoughts (and thus negative energy) a new world will open up to you right before your eyes! Just by being aware of the negative thoughts that you have, and the fact that they can be disguised, you can begin the process of freeing yourself from them. There are now times when I am able to laugh at certain negative thoughts because, in reality, they are so completely ridiculous and out of character for me.  The ability to do this causes them to retreat instantly!

Another way to look at it is to imagine those thoughts as an actual person who is constantly talking this way all day and all night. What would you tell that person? You’d tell them to shut up and get lost! Right? So why put up with it within your own mind?

And it is easier to stop that inner chatter than you might think. Try this experiment right now. Likely your inner chatter has been going on all day. So take this moment to close your eyes and listen to your thoughts – focus on them, observe them. What do you hear?

I bet you were surprised that for a few seconds, all you heard was silence! This is because for a few seconds you were in complete control of your own thoughts.

 

Article from: https://www.onlineholistichealth.com/protect-negative-people/

Protect Yourself From Negative People – Even From Yourself!
Bach Flower Remedies – Form of Energy

Bach Flower Remedies – Form of Energy

Bach Flowers are known to gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting out negative emotions such as fear, worry, hatred, and indecision which interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. The Bach Flower Remedies allow peace and happiness to return to the sufferer so that the body is free to heal itself.

The Bach Flower Remedies are made from wildflowers and are safe for the whole family including pets.

Agrimony

“The jovial, cheerful, humorous people who love peace and are distressed by argument or quarrel, to avoid which they will agree to give up much. Though generally they have troubles and are tormented and restless and worried in mind or in the body, they hide their cares behind their humor and are considered very good friends to know. They often take alcohol or drugs in excess, to stimulate them and help themselves bear their trials with cheerfulness.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Addiction, unhappy, anxiety, insomnia
Human Indication: Mental torment behind a brave face. Appear care-free and humorous in order to mask anxieties and unhappiness.

Aspen

“Vague unknown fears for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. It is a terror that something awful is going to happen even though it is unclear what exactly. These vague inexplicable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers may often be afraid to tell their trouble to others.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Fear, worries, unknown fears
Human Indication:  Fears and worries of unknown origin.
Pet Indication:  Vague or unaccountable fears.  Appearing agitated for no apparent reason

Beech

“For those who feel the need to see more good and beauty in all that surrounds them. And, although much appears to be wrong, to have the ability to see the good growing within. So as to be able to be more tolerant, lenient and understanding of the different way each individual and all things are working to their own perfection.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Intolerance, critical, lack of compassion
Human 
Indication:  When you need more tolerance toward other people.
Animal/Pet indication:  Intolerance toward animals, people, events, and situations

Centaury

“Kind, quiet, gentle people who are over-anxious to serve others. They overtax their strength in their endeavors. Their wish so grows upon them that they become more servants than willing helpers. Their good nature leads them to do more than their own share of work, and in so doing they may neglect their own particular mission in life” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Weak-willed,  bullied, unable to say no, imposed on, lack energy, tired, timid, passive, quiet
Human indication:  When you have a hard time saying NO and therefore easily get imposed on.

Cerato

“Those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Confirmation, seeking advice, do not trust own wisdom or judgment
Human indication:  When you do not trust your own judgment in decision-making.

Cherry Plum

“Fear of mind being over-strained, of reason giving away, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Fear of losing control, temper tantrum, breakdown, abusive, rage, explode
Human indication:  When you are in deep despair and feel like you are going to “lose it.”
Animal/Pet indication:  A loss of self-control, violent scratching

Chestnut Bud

“For those who do not take full advantage of observation and experience, and who take a longer time than others to learn the lessons of daily life. Whereas one experience would be enough for some, such people find it necessary to have more, sometimes several, before the lesson is learned. Therefore, to their regret, they find themselves having to make the same error on different occasions when once would have been enough, or observation of others could have spared them even that one fault.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Learning, repeating mistakes
Human indication:  Keeps repeating the same mistake, doesn’t learn from past mistakes
Animal/Pet indication:  Repeated unsuccessful behavior patterns, doesn’t learn from past mistakes

Chicory

“Those who are very mindful of the needs of others they tend to be over-full of care for children, relatives, friends, always finding something that should be put right. They are continually correcting what they consider wrong, and enjoy doing so. They desire that those for whom they care should be near them” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Possessive, over-protective, self-centered, critical, nagging, self-pity, easily offended, manipulating, demanding
Human indication:  When you find yourself manipulating and controlling your loved ones.
Animal/Pet indication:  Possessive in nature, very territorial, manipulating, loving to be in control.

Clematis

“Those who are dreamy, drowsy, not fully awake, no great interest in life. Quiet people, not really happy in their present circumstances, living more in the future than in the present; living in hopes of happier times when their ideas may come true. In illness, some make little or no effort to get well, and in certain cases may even look forward to death, in the hope of better times; or maybe, meeting again some beloved one whom they have lost.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Daydreaming, dreaminess, withdrawing, lack of concentration
Human indication: When you have a tendency to live in your own dream world with little interest in the real world, accident-prone, daydreaming.
Animal/Pet indication: No apparent interest in the world around them; animals that sleep all the time, have trouble paying attention or seem to live more in a dream than in the present

Crab Apple

“This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they have something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance, in others, there may be a more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types, they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured. They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Cleansing, poor self-image, sense of not being clean, obsessive, poor self-image
Human indication:  When you feel unclean or have a hard time accepting your own self-image.
Cleansing: Use externally on ringworm, rashes, and warts.
Animal/Pet indication:  Obsessive cleanliness, fastidiousness; excessive grooming.  Pets with rashes

Elm

“Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Depression overwhelmed by responsibilities, despondent, exhausted
Human indication:  Feeling overwhelmed and depressed, there is too much to do and you don’t feel that you can do it all.
Animal/Pet indication:  Overwhelmed by a sense of responsibility from a temporary circumstance, abandoning their litter

Gentian

“Those who are easily discouraged. They may be progressing well in illness or in the affairs of their daily life, but any small delay or hindrance to progress causes doubt and soon disheartens them.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Discouraged, depressed
Human indication:  When you easily get discouraged when faced with difficulties.
Animal/Pet indication:  Despondency due to a setback; e.g.; not going for a walk, as usual, creates lethargy and sadness

Gorse

“Very great hopelessness, they have given up the belief that more can be done for them. Under persuasion or to please others they may try different treatments, at the same time assuring those around that there is so little hope of relief.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Hopelessness, despair, pessimism
Human indication:  When you have the feeling of extreme hopelessness and despair.
Animal/Pet indication: Feeling a hopeless despair

Heather
“Those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter who it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keywords: Talkative, demand attention, dislike being alone, lonely
Human indication:  Helps when you are preoccupied with own ailments and problems.
Animal/pet indication:  Overly concerned with companionship, very demanding for attention, constant barking.

Holly

“For those who are sometimes attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion. For the different forms of vexation. Within themselves, they may suffer much, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Envy, jealousy, hate, insecurity, suspicious, aggressive, needs compassion
Human indication:  When you need to overcome the feeling of hate, envy, and jealousy.
Animal/pet indication:  Jealousy of other animals or a new baby in the home. Angry growling, hissing, barking, snapping or unprovoked attacks

Honeysuckle
“Those who live much in the past, perhaps a time of great happiness, or memories of a lost friend, or ambitions which have not come true. They do not expect further happiness such as they have had.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keyword: Homesickness, nostalgia, bereavement
Human indication:  For over-attachment to past memories good or bad, can’t let go of the past, homesickness.
Animal/pet indication:  Homesickness or over-attachment to the past.  Loss of owner or home

Hornbeam
“For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeed in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfill their work.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Keyword: Weariness, bores, tired, needs strength, overworked, procrastination, doubting own abilities
Human indication: For weariness, mental rather than physical, the “Monday morning” feeling with a sense of staleness and lack of variety in life.
Animal/pet indication: Lethargy or lack of enthusiasm to go anywhere, but once engaged in an activity or game is fully involved

Impatiens
“Those who are quick in thought and action and who wish all things to be done without hesitation or delay. When ill they are anxious for a hasty recovery. They find it very difficult to be patient with people who are slow as they consider it wrong and a waste of time, and they will Endeavour to make such people quicker in all ways. They often prefer to work and think alone, so that they can do everything at their own speed.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Impatience, irritated, nervy, frustration, fidgety, accident-prone, hasty
Human indication: Suitable for people who are easily irritated and impatient. They speak and think quickly, and are energetic, but tense.
Animal/pet indication: Inpatient and seeming to have boundless energy, can’t wait to go for a walk or rushes ahead

Larch
“For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, an so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Lack of confidence, depressed, discouraged, feeling of inferiority
Human indication:  When you need more self-confidence.
Animal/pet indication:  Lack of self-confidence or avoiding situations where they have to perform.

Mimulus
“Fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. The fears of everyday life. These people quietly and secretly bear their dread; they do not freely speak of it to others.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Fear, blushing, stammering, shyness, timid, sensitive, lack of courage
Human indication:  Fear of known things such as fear of being alone, fear of spiders, fear of flying or fear of the dark.  Shyness is also a known fear.
Animal/pet indication:  For fears: afraid of lightening, visits to the vet. May shake or shiver when confronted. Shy and timid animals.

Mustard
“Those who are liable to times of gloom or even despair, as though a cold dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and the joy of life. It may not be possible to give any reason or explanation for such attacks. Under these conditions, it is almost impossible to appear happy or cheerful.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Depression, deep gloom for no reason
Human indication:  When you feel depressed for no reason. Like a dark cloud that destroys normal cheerfulness.
Animal/pet indication:  If your pet seems depressed for no reason

Oak
“For those who are struggling and fighting strongly to get well, or in connection with the affairs of their daily life. They will go on trying one thing after another, though their case may seem hopeless. They will fight on. They are discontented with themselves if illness interferes with their duties or helping others. They are brave people, fighting against great difficulties, without loss of hope of effort.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Exhaustion, overwork, workaholic, fatigued, over-achiever
Human Indication:  When you are exhausted, but keep struggling on.
Animal/Pet Indication:  If your pet keeps struggling although it is exhausted, never seem to quit.

Olive
“Those who have suffered much mentally or physically and are so exhausted and weary that they feel they have no more strength to make any effort. Daily life is hard work for them, without pleasure.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Lack of energy, fatigue, convalescence
Human indication:  When you are exhausted with no reserves of strength or energy.
Animal/pet indication:  Exhaustion, fatigue due to overwork: for working animals or those involved in racing, competitive events or shows.

Pine
“For those who blame themselves. Even when successful they think they could have done better, and are never satisfied with the decisions they make. Would this remedy help me to stop blaming myself for everything?” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Guilt, self-reproach, humble, apologetic, shame, unworthy, undeserving
Human indication:  When you feel guilt and self-reproach, not necessarily based on any actual wrong-doing but destroys the possibility of joy in living.
Animal/pet indication: If an animal feel shame or guilt for which something it cannot control

Red Chestnut
“For those who find it difficult not to be anxious for other people. Often they have ceased to worry about themselves, but for those of.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Worried, over-concern, fear
Human indication:  When you feel over-concerned and worried for others.

Rock Rose
“The remedy of emergency for cases where there even appears no hope. In accident serious or sudden illness, or when the patient is very frightened or terrified, or if the conditions is serious enough to cause great fear to those around. If the patient is not conscious the lips may be moistened with the remedy.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords: Frozen fear, terror
Human indication: When you feel terror, or after a nightmare. The feeling that you cannot react or move.
Animal/pet indication: Terror, panic-stricken: body trembling, cowers or runs away. Deer in the headlight.

Rock Water
“Those who are very strict in their way of living; they deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures of life because they consider it might interfere with their work. They are hard masters to themselves. They wish to be well and strong and active and will do anything which they believe will keep them so. They hope to be examples which will appeal to others who may then follow their ideas and be better as a result.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Self-repression, self-denial, self-perfection, overwork, self-sacrificing, opinionated
Human indication: Is indicated when you are too strict and set too-high standards for yourself, to the point of self-domination and self-martyrdom

Scleranthus
“Those who suffer much from being unable to decide between two things, the first one seeming right than the other. They are usually quiet people, and bear their difficulty alone, as they are not inclined to discuss it with others.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keyword:
 Indecision, imbalance, uncertainty, dizziness
Human indication:  When you suffer from indecision, particularly when faced with two choices.
Animal/pet indication: Animals who can’t make up their mind; any swinging behavior pattern (eats/doesn’t, sleeps a lot/no sleep).

Star of Bethlehem
“For those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. The shock of serious news, the loss of someone dear, the fright following an accident, and such like. For those who for a time refuse to be consoled, this remedy brings comfort.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Trauma, after effecting of shock, post-traumatic stress
Human indication: For after effects of trauma or traumatic experience.
Animal/pet indication:  Abused, mistreated in the past. Trauma or shock.

Sweet Chestnut
“For those moments which happen to some people when the anguish is so great as to seem to be unbearable. When the mind or body feels as if it had borne to the uttermost limit of its endurance, and that now it must give way. When it seems there is nothing but destruction and annihilation left to face.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Extreme mental anguish, hopeless despair, intense sorrow
Human indication:  When you feel hopeless despair, and you feel a feeling of intense sorrow and feel destroyed by it.

Vervain
“Those with fixed principles and ideas, which they are confident are right, and which they very rarely change. They have a great wish to convert all around them to their own views of life. They are strong of will and have much courage when they are convinced of those things that they wish to teach. In illness, they struggle on long after many would have given up their duties.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Over-enthusiasm, hyperactive, fanatical, highly strung
Human indication:  For people who are strong-willed and highly strung with minds that race ahead of events.
Animal/pet indication:  Enthusiastic, always want to be involved, high strung.

Vine
“Very Capable people, certain of their own ability, confident of success. Being so assured, they think that it would be for the benefit of others if they could be persuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right. Even in illness, they will direct their attendants. They may be of great value in an emergency.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Domineering, inflexible, very capable, gifted, bullying, aggressive
Human indication:  For those who dominate others. They know better than everyone else and put others down.
Animal/pet indication:  Authoritative, dominant even over their owners.

Walnut
“For those who have definite ideas and ambitions in life and are fulfilling them, but on rare occasions are tempted to be led away from their own ideas, aims and work by the enthusiasm convictions or strong opinions of others. The remedy gives constancy and protection from outside influences.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Change, link breaker, menopause, puberty, moving, let go of the past, protection
Human indication:  Protection from outside influences and energies. Helps you adjust to major changes.
Animal/pet indication:  For any period of change.

Water Violet
“For those who in health or illness like to be alone. Very quiet people, who move about without noise, they are aloof, leave people alone and go their own way. Often clever and talented. Their peace and calmness is a blessing to those around them.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Proud, aloof, lonely, anti-social, disdainful, condescending, self-reliant, private
Human indication:  People who feel lonely because they have a tendency to appear proud and anti-social.
Animal/pet indication:  Unfriendly, stand-offish, they do not invite or welcome cuddles, petting or obvious affection.

White Chestnut
“For those who cannot prevent thoughts, ideas, arguments which they do not desire from entering their minds. Usually at such times when the interest of the moment is not strong enough to keep the mind full. Thoughts which worry and still remain, or if for a time thrown out, will return. They seem to circle round and round and cause mental torture. The presence of such unpleasant thoughts drives out peace and interferes with being able to think only of the work or pleasure of the day.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
  Repeated unwanted thoughts, mental arguments, concentration, sleeplessness, insomnia.
Human Indication:  When your mind is cluttered with thoughts or mental arguments. You may be unable to sleep because of the thoughts.

Wild Oat
“Those who have ambitions to do something of prominence in life, who wish to have much experience, and to enjoy all that which is possible for them, to take life to the full. Their difficulty is to determine what occupation to follow; as although their ambitions are strong, they have no calling which appeals to them above all others. This may cause delay and dissatisfaction.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Cross-road in life, decision making, lack of clarity, drifting in life
Human indication:  When you are uncertain of the correct path in life.  Helpful when you need to make important decisions.
Animal/pet indication:   Loss of sense of direction or purpose; especially good for working or show animals who are being retired.

Wild Rose
“Those who without apparently sufficient reason become resigned to all that happens, and just glide through life, take it as it is, without any effort to improve things and find some joy. They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Apathy, resignation, lost motivation, lack of ambition
Human indication:  For anyone who is resigned to an unpleasant situation whether illness, a monotonous life or uncongenial work.
Animal/pet indication:  Lack of energy, enthusiasm, submissive and disinterested.

Willow
“For those who have suffered adversity or misfortune and find these difficult to accept, without complaint or resentment, as they judge life much by the success which it brings. They feel that they have not deserved so great a trial that it was unjust, and they become embittered. They often take less interest and are less active in those things of life which they had previously enjoyed.” – Dr. Edward Bach
Keywords:
 Self-pity, resentment, short-changed, poor me, sulky, irritable, grumbling, bitterness, blame, complain
Human indication:  When you feel resentment, self-pity, and bitterness.  You would like to regain a sense of humor and proportion.
Animal/pet indication: Sulky, self-pity

 

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Creating a Simple Holistic Daily Routine In 6 Steps

Some of these daily wellness steps you may already do, some may be new to you. Either way, this is a really good jump start to live your life with more holistic intentions.

And all of the steps are low maintenance with a high holistic yield for your body!

  • Start your day with a glass of lemon water! Lemon is full of vitamin C & helps boost your immune system. Adding lemon to your water also helps balance your pH by alkalizing your body. Fresh lemon speeds up digestion and can help to relieve constipation.
  • Don’t ever skip breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it sets the stage for the rest of the day. If you skip out on breakfast your body goes into starvation mode and you will find yourself craving carbs and sweets the rest of the day. Start your day with a protein smoothie, greens or a bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh fruit and nuts.
  • Move your body every single day! Exercise staves off weight gain to increase energy and lower depression. It also helps to reduce anxiety. Exercising increases blood flow and provides the body and blood with more oxygen leaving you feeling happy and vibrant.  Walk, bike, run, dance, anything that gets your feet moving and your heart pumping is crucial to your well-being.
  •  Alkalize your body. Things like coffee, sugar, soda, and alcohol can be acidifying to the body. Drink a fresh green juice or green smoothie regularly to alkalize your system.  Leafy greens are highly alkaline and help bring the body back to a pH balanced state. This is extremely helpful when the body is overly acidic from too much sugar or partying a little too hard.  Matcha green tea is a fantastic alternative to coffee. It is high in antioxidants, contains cancer-fighting catechins, boosts energy levels and contains high amounts of l-theanine which enhances your mood by increasing serotonin levels.
  • Relax & unwind. Take a detoxifying Epsom salt bath with 10 drops of pure lavender essential oil to relax the body, relieve muscle tension and reduce stress. Lavender oil triggers brain reactions that promote relaxation.
  • Sleep! Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Try your best to get to bed before midnight. That way, your body will go through a full rem sleep cycle and you will wake to feel rested and renewed!

Blog article from https://healinglifestyles.com/6-steps-to-daily-wellness/

Creating a Simple Holistic Daily Routine In 6 Steps
8 Benefits of Qigong

8 Benefits of Qigong

There are many benefits of Qigong and it’s practice. All of these health benefits have a hugely positive impact on both your mental and physical health, leading to a happier and more fulfilled life.

Where it is not as physically tiring as other exercises such as running or weight lifting etc, Qigong is suitable and easily sustainable for all ages, becoming more of a way of life for its growing number of practitioners all around the world. We have listed 8 benefits of Qigong for information below.

1. Qigong To Prevent Injuries To Joints, Bones, and Ligaments

As much of Qigong teaches better balance, it can also help people to move their joints without locking them and turn without straining any muscles. As ligaments can be overstretched quite easily, Qigong is a great practice to help you relax your muscles, especially if you fall.

It has been shown that people who practice Qigong can learn to avoid strain and improve circulation of fluids to help lessen the impact of injuries.

Qigong promotes better balance, so this can help with your joints and flexibility, this is what helps when preventing joint injury.

2. Qigong For The Seriously Ill

If someone has limited movement or is bedridden, this can sometimes weaken the muscles and organ systems after a certain period of time. However, Qigong has many techniques that the bedridden or weak can use.

A lot of Western exercises involve rapid or strenuous motion to strengthen the body, such as weight training or running. People who are bedridden or are seriously ill will unfortunately not be able to take part in this sort of exercise.

In Qigong, you can practice laying down, sitting or standing – everyone, no matter age or health, can use Qigong if they wish. In China, Qigong is prescribed to cancer patients, to build their strength up.

There has also been some research to support that Qigong can also promote healing in cancer patients.

3. Reduce Stress with Qigong

As Qigong is an exercise that can help your body and mind, the two can work together through the practice to promote relaxation. When you start to relax throughout your practice, any stress that you have should reduce.

Many of the movements that are involved in Qigong can also help to directly target certain problem areas, such as depression, frustration or stress.

Qigong is a positive release to help reduce stress and balance your life energy. There is also a clearing process in Qigong that can help with any repressed emotions (including stress).

4. Qigong Builds The Immune System

There have been studies to show that Qigong can help to build the immune system. A study that was conducted showed that Qigong helped to increase the 2 white blood cell types that mostly make up the lymphatic immune system.

The lymph system is energized when practicing Qigong, so this can also help to improve the immune system too.

When you practice Qigong and open your energy channels, it can help to enable your natural healing abilities to accelerate (this helps with recovery time).

5. Strengthen Nerves with Qigong

When you practice Qigong, the techniques can help to strengthen the mind and body connection. The Qi (or Chi) can also flow along the nerves too.

Your body awareness should also grow with the ongoing practice of Qigong. This can then put yourself in touch with your own nervous system.

Ultimately, this process should then help your nerves to grow stronger as your chi gets stronger. This can be of great benefit to people who have poor mobility or coordination.

Where it can help to strengthen the nervous system, this can also help people who have suffered from long-term stress and need to rebuild their bodies.

6. Qigong to Speed Recovery

For those who have had surgery or suffered an injury – Qigong can be a great practice to aid and speed up recovery.

As I have mentioned before, the exercises contribute to increased blood circulation in the body using gentle movements that all parts of the body can benefit from.

This can then help to speed up recovery as the circulation and energy flow will be sent to all parts of the body, including the injured parts.

This is a great benefit for people who are recovering from surgery or an injury.

7. Aid Your Digestion using Qigong

Another benefit of Qigong exercises is that it can be great practice for aiding your digestion. When you practice the movements that are involved, you will be massaging your digestive organs.

When the digestive organs are being massaged, it will increase the amount of oxygenated blood that is sent to them. Overall, this can then help and improve the function of the digestive system.

This can be particularly beneficial for anyone who has problems with this area as a natural remedy over medication.

8. Qigong Lowers Blood Pressure

Studies have shown that Qigong can help to lower blood pressure. A study that lasted 30 years showed that people who practiced regularly were able to get off or decrease their blood pressure drugs.

As exercise improves circulation, it increases the elasticity of the blood vessels also. As low and high blood pressures are both problems that involve vascular elasticity and strength – Qigong can help with both.

China prescribes Qigong practice for both blood pressure problems.

Article from: http://www.thelawofattraction.com/qigong-and-8-qigong-benefits/

Benefits of Herbal Medicine

1. More Affordable than Conventional Medicine

Modern medical science certainly comes with a high price tag, and pharmaceuticals are no exception. One reason why herbal medicine is becoming more popular recently is that people simply can’t afford to pay for their medication month after month.

A systematic review published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine evaluated whether or not natural health products provide a cost-effective choice in the treatment of disease. Researchers found that natural health products show evidence of cost-effectiveness in relation to postoperative surgery and complications. (4) More research is needed to determine the cost-effectiveness in other areas of modern medicine, but the preliminary data suggests that herbal products are more affordable than pharmaceuticals.

2. Easier to Obtain than Prescription Medications

Herbal products, such as herbal extracts, essential oils, and herbal teas, are available in most health food and even grocery stores, so you don’t have to see a doctor to get prescriptions before purchasing them. This certainly makes it easier to obtain herbal products and avoid additional health care costs.

Herbs are classified as dietary supplements, so they can be produced, sold and marketed without going through the FDA. Although this makes it easier to purchase and use these beneficial products, it’s our job as consumers to choose among the competitors. Make sure to read the ingredients and labels carefully before using any herbal supplement. Purchase from a reputable and trustworthy company that verifies the product is 100 percent pure-grade.

3. Hold Beneficial, Healing Properties

Herbs are used for the treatment of chronic and acute conditions and various ailments, including major health concerns like cardiovascular disease, prostate problems, depression, inflammation, and weakened immune system. Herbs are used around the world to treat conditions and diseases, and many studies prove their efficacy. In fact, of the 177 drugs approved worldwide for the treatment of cancer, more than 70 percent are based on natural products or chemical imitations of natural products.

Article from: https://draxe.com/herbal-medicine/

Benefits of Herbal Medicine
7 Tips For Choosing The Best Green Tea

7 Tips For Choosing The Best Green Tea

Green tea is a market that’s grown for a reason: it’s really good for you. Research has shown green tea benefits are huge–from reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease to revving up your metabolism and making your skin glow. But not all green teas are created equal–here’s how to choose the best green tea:

  1. Look for antioxidant content.

    The main antioxidant found in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) varies in amount from brand to brand.

  2. Choose loose leaf tea.

    The same Consumerlabs.com study also found that tea that came from loose leaves tended to be the most potent source of EGCG.

  3. Avoid added sugars.

    Many iced green tea varieties add sugar to their brew. This adds calories in a place where it’s totally unnecessary. If you want to add a bit of honey to hot tea, that’s just fine, but don’t let sugar take over your brew.

  4. Make sure it’s fresh.

    Green tea doesn’t stay fresh for long periods of time. It has a shelf life of about 6 months and then its freshness begins to diminish. You can extend its shelf life by refrigerating it for a few extra months.

  5. Brew your tea correctly.

    Generally, 1 teaspoon of loose green tea is enough for one 8 ounce cup.

  6. Choose first harvest tea.

    Green tea quality is separated into harvests, the first harvest is the best. The highest quality tea leaves are picked the earliest in the year between March and April. Kabusecha green tea, for example, comes from the first harvest. It has a grassy aroma and it tastes great.

  7. Choose organic green tea.

    Make sure your green tea is organic so you can avoid contamination with pesticides and chemicals. Make sure you’re getting simple, organic green tea leaves and nothing else.

Have you visited our cafe here at Restaura Health yet?

Article from: https://www.organicauthority.com/health/green-tea-benefits-7-tips-for-choosing-the-best-brew

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Bach Flower Remedies For Pregnancy Symptoms

  1. Beech – For irritability, can help us return to a state of joy and tolerance for those around us.
  2. Impatiens – Helpful in calming nervousness and impatience in an expecting mother.
  3. Elm – When a mother is feeling overwhelmed and responsibilities seem too great.
  4. Walnut – Helpful during transitions and adjusting to new situations. Great during labor and postpartum.
  5. Olive – Good for physical exhaustion in the last weeks of pregnancy, during labor, and postpartum.
  6. Carp Apple – Can help us accept how we look and feel confident in the way others see us.
  7. Mimulus – Great for normal specific fears such as the nervousness we feel as the birth is approaching.
  8. Star of Bethlehem – Good during times of shock and extreme changes. Could be helpful during trauma or fast labor.

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Bach Flower Remedies For Pregnancy Symptoms