Increase Bone Density, Drop Body Fat With Yogurt

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A new study, presented at the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research’s Annual Meeting (September 18, 201) showed that all it takes is consuming yogurt to make an impact on bone density and body mass index.

 

The Study:

  • Researchers looked at over 700 post-menopausal women who underwent bone density assessment at baseline and again 3 years later
  • Food intake and physical activity were also assessed
  • Yogurt consumption was categorized as never consumed, consumed less than once a day, or consumed once a day or more.

 

The Results:

  • Patients who consume yogurt had greater bone density and less cortical bone loss over time than patients who never ate yogurt.
  • On top of this, the percentage of body fat and the body mass index of patients who consumed yogurt were lower than patients who did not consume yogurt.
  • These results were completely independent of dietary calcium intake and physical activity… the bone strength and BMI differences were statistically significant just from the yogurt alone.

 

 

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Patients consuming yogurt had 6.5% leaner bodies, 4.4% greater bone density and about at 10% less fracture rate over time.

And this boost helped protect against bone loss over time.

At the three year bone mineral density follow up, the patients who never consumed yogurt had an average bone mineral density loss of 0.1% each year, whereas the patients who consumed yogurt increased their bone strength…

…up to a 0.6% increase in bone density each year

 

So the fermented dairy product, rich with probiotics, helped increase bone strength, protect bones over time, keep body fat lower and lower BMI measurements totally independently of any other factor that could account for these differences, such as exercise or total calcium intake.

This study comes on another study which revealed that consuming dairy actually helps decrease diabetes risk!

 

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Want more tips on preventing and even reversing osteoporosis?

Hop over here to watch a quick video that I recorded moments after attending an annual symposium on osteoporosis…

…in it, I tell you how to holistically protect your bones for a lifetime.

 

To your body’s inner strength and resilience…

xoxoxox, Laura

 

Light Therapy Quickly Improves Libido

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so today’s medical study reveals a simple tip for boosting libido!

Woot!

 

New research (presented at the 29th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress on September 19, 2016) shows that the same light therapy recommendation to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can significantly improve sexual satisfaction in people with low desire after only 2 weeks of treatment!

While this study was on men, because light therapy is incredibly effective for females too, I truly believe that this would work for women with low sex drive and should be first line therapy for anyone with sexual dysfunction or low sex drive.

The Study:

  • Researchers studied 38 patients with a diagnosis of primary hypoactive sexual desire or sexual arousal disorder.
  • Patients were randomly assigned to receive either active light treatment or placebo light treatment.
  • Active treatment was a daily 30 minute exposure to a light box with UV filter upon waking each morning.
  • Placebo light treatment was the same exposure but with a neutral density filter to reduce the light exposure to .01% strength of the active therapy.
  • Patients were assessed clinically at baseline and after 2 weeks of daily AM light exposure, as well as through self assessments and blood samples to test any hormone response to light therapy.

 

The Results:

  • After only two weeks of light therapy, patients with the active light treatment had hugely significant improvements in sexual satisfaction compared to placebo.
  • After just two weeks, sexual satisfaction for active light therapy patients increased more than 3X over baseline (from a rating of 2 out of 10 to 6.7 out of 10)
  • Placebo light therapy users had no statistically significant improvement at all (from baseline of 2 out of 10 to 2.7 out of 10)
  • In addition, the testosterone levels of the patients receiving active light therapy rose by over 50% in just two weeks (from an average testosterone level of 2.1 ng/mL to an average of 3.6 ng/mL!)
  • In contrast, there was no change at all to testosterone levels in the placebo group.

 

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Why?

The lightbox is really just

mimicking mother nature.

 

Testosterone levels naturally decrease in the Northern Hemisphere from November through April, when they begin to rise again throughout the summer.   Pregnancy rates reflect that, with the highest conception in the summer months (peaking in June.)
  • In fact, as I recently blogged about here, getting some extra Vitamin D from sun exposure actually boosts fertility — doubling the rate of implantation of an embryo and boosting the pregnancy rate from 20% up to 31%.

 

I feel convinced that light therapy should be first line of treatment, before using Rx medications, in the treatment of all forms of depressive disorders and sexual dysfunction.

 

Light therapy can be used safely in conjunction with medical treatments (including Rx medications) so if you are on an anti-depressant or a drug to treat sexual dysfunction, augment your treatment with light therapy and it’s possible you can work with your physician to decrease the dose!

 

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Why mimic mother nature when you can

just go outside and join her?

 

As I recently reported to you, exposure to light outdoors actually lengthens life span and is one of the healthiest things you can do each day

— in fact, did you know that avoiding the sun has been medically proven to actually be more deadly than heavy smoking?  It’s true!

And that is not even counting the health benefits if you are actually grounded outside and touching the earth, which is  the other healthiest thing you can do!

 

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Want to learn more about that?

 

This week is the last week to sign up for my Earth Rx Online Healing Class, where I will answer every single thing you’ve ever wanted to know about grounding to the earth outside, and how you can use it to precisely address your specific health issue.

Sign up here and save your seat today!

 

When you get morning light exposure daily, your pineal gland benefits from exposure to natural light even when that light is cloudy or dim outside.

Make a habit of going out every morning immediately after waking up and grabbing a few minutes of daylight.

Better yet, take a warm cup of tea, hot water with lemon, or your AM coffee and sit on the earth grounded for 30 minutes (or take a nice AM walk!) and you will do more to prevent or treat mood disorders than taking drugs each day.

And now you know!

Light isn’t just for treating the winter blues — it’s our natural rhythm and something our body craves to help us feel our best (and our most romantic!) no matter what the season.

 

Forward this article to your lover and have a happy happy Valentines Day…

xoxxo, Laura

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ADHD Raises Suicide Risk More Than Depression Does

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A new study (published Sept 19, 2016 in Pediatrics) found that children who die by suicide are more likely to have been diagnosed with ADHD than with depression.

 

The Study:

  • A national database tracked violent deaths from 2003 to 2012 in 17 different states
  • During the study period, there were 693 early childhood suicides

 

The results:

  • Children aged 5 to 11 years old who died by suicide were more likely to have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD than with depression.
  • Almost 60% of suicide victims were diagnosed with ADHD, compared to only 33% having been diagnosed with depression.
  • Researchers feel that it’s possible that although suicide in early childhood is rare, those with ADD or ADHD may be more vulnerable to reacting impulsively (in this case, following through on suicidal thoughts) during interpersonal challenges.

 

While there has been a large drive to promote awareness about the link between suicide and depression, there so far has been no real push to illuminate awareness around an even bigger risk, and that is the link between suicide and ADHD.

So that’s why I bring it up here.  Knowledge is power.

Even though I generally only review medical literature topics that are uplifting, this is an important study for me to highlight.

 

And here’s why I’m discussing it: because there are lots of holistic ways to treat ADHD, which means there are lots of ways we can be preventing childhood suicide if we are brave enough to talk about it.

 

And I’m not talking about ADHD prescription medications.  In truth, there is very little data left that actually supports the use of these prescriptions, especially in light of the serious side effects they can cause.
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After looking at over 185 randomized control trials that evaluated the use of ADHD meds in over 12,000 children in the USA, Canada and Europe, the resounding answer was that the side effects are too severe and too common, and the benefits too minimal, to warrant prescribing these medications in childhood.

 

In fact, children on the ADHD medications had a 60% higher risk of trouble sleeping and a 266% greater risk for decreased appetite.

 

Even more alarming, another study published in the British Medical Journal (May 31, 2016) found that the stimulant methylphenidate (commonly prescribed for children to treat ADHD: Ritalin, Daytrana, Concerta) increases the risk of cardiac arrhythmias.

The increased risk for cardiac arrhythmia remained statistically significant no matter how long the child was on the medication… rising steeply to a 100% increased risk during the first 1 – 3 days after the start of the Rx.

 

There was also an increased risk of hypertension during the first week of being on the Rx and an increased risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction) starting a week after introduction of the Rx.

 

Bottom line: 

 

The minimal benefits were so incredibly inadequate to risk the very high rate of side effects that physicians are now being urged to curb use of these medications — a very surprising admission from the world of conventional medicine that maybe drugs are not the answer here!

So are there are other answers?  Things you can do holistically to support your child instead of medication?

Plenty:

 

1.  Good sleep helps with ADHD:

 

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Sleep problems have long been considered a hallmark of ADHD…

…leading to reduced quality of life, reduced level of functioning and reduced school attendance.

A study published on January 20, 2015 in the British Medical Journal, has found that even a simple, brief sleep intervention with ADHD children provides lasting benefits that lead to improved sleep and decreased ADHD symptoms.

 

The Details:

    244 families of children (aged 5 – 12 years old) with ADHD were given sleep hygiene counseling (setting a routine bedtime, removing electronics from the bedroom, avoiding caffeine, etc…) during two different consultations.
    The control group had the same aged children and the same diagnosis but control families received only routine clinical care and no sleep counseling.
    After only two sessions focused on supporting sleep, not only did the sleep problems improve, but the actual ADHD symptoms, quality of life, and even memory improved as well!
    There was a significant decrease in sleep problems, an increased average sleep duration time, a marked and significant decrease in ADHD symptoms, improved assessed working memory and recall, and parents and teachers both reporting improved behavior and improved daily functioning.

These improvements were sustained at both the 3 month assessment AND the 6 month assessment, showing that addressing sleep problems can lead to substantial and sustained benefits for children with ADHD, over and above the effects of any medical interventions or medications.

Want help getting your child deep restorative sleep tonight and every night?

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The answer is to sleep grounded.

Every single child (especially children with ADD, ADHD, or any sleep disturbances at all) should sleep grounded all night long to help prepare them to be resilient to whatever they may face the next day.

Here is the absolute best way to ensure your child sleeps grounded all night long, even through bed sheets and pajamas.

No other way even comes close.

Click here to find out more.

2.  Allow room for spontaneous activity in your children!

 

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Wondering if sitting still at a school desk all day long is actually healthy for your child?

It’s not.

Wondering why this is still the mold we are trying to fit children into?

Me too.

Hop over here to read more about why prolonged sitting is so deadly and how to prolong your life (and your child’s life!) by getting up, moving about more and allowing them to get up and fidget more too!

 

3.  Use Omega 3 supplements instead of the Rx meds.

 

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We’ve known for quite a while that Omega 3 fatty acids are absolutely fabulous for the body… especially the brain.

Fish oil (specifically Omega 3 fatty acids) literally calms the body from head to toe.

Everything, and I mean everything, works more smoothly in our bodies with fish oil… skin is calmer, hair is shiner and softer, our cardiovascular system is more resilient, our joints are more protected, our muscles get less sore and recover from stress and injury faster, our chances of senile dementia lessen… incidences of stroke and heart attack decrease… it’s just fabulous, whole-body-anti-inflammatory stuff.

The Journal of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recently published the results that Omega 3’s were effective in treating ADHD.

 

The details:

Researchers studied over 700 children on Omega 3 supplementation and found a significant improvement in both measured inattentiveness and hyperactivity… as measured by clinicians and as reported by the parents of the children in the studies.

Previous research has shown that there is a difference in Omega 3’s in both plasma membranes and erythrocyte membranes of ADHD patients as compared with their healthy peers.   So supplementation would make sense, based on the fact that it would help rebalance and stabilize those membrane imbalances… as well as act as a general anti-inflammatory to the central nervous system at large.

Not only is this large meta-analysis study great news for families who have failed “conventional” medical approaches (meaning medicating them with Rx hasn’t worked) but also to families who are hesitant to risk the crazy toxic side effects offered from prescription meds.

And the side effect profile is a nice bonus:  Side effects like decreasing your child’s lifetime risk of heart attack and stroke… side effects like softer skin and hair and less inflammation throughout the entire body, including the brain. Possibly softer stools and burping, depending on dose.   If your child experiences softer stools from fish oil, you can just cut back on the dose.   For some of us more constipated souls, more regular, normal stools from fish oil are just another welcome side effect.

The prescription meds used to treat ADHD, both the stimulant drugs and non-stimulant drugs, have side effect profiles like hypotension, bradycardia, heart block, syncope, sedation, and somnolence.

These results are so exciting, because the effects seen from Omega 3 supplementation (and in particular, eicosapentaenoic acid) were seen to be effective in studies that were as short as 7 weeks long, which means Omega 3 supplements work quite quickly in helping treat ADHD.

You may notice a supportive difference as early as two months on fish oil supplements!

 

Good children’s Omega 3 supplements I recommend include:

 

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or

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or

proomega-lemon-180-soft-gels-by-nordic-naturalsProOmega Junior Soft Gels

 

 

4.  Serve broccoli.

 

A small but important study showed that a component of broccoli and broccoli sprouts (sulforaphane) can help give autistic patients a significant boost to social skills and verbal communication… naturally!

Published Oct 13, 2014, researchers studied 40 males between the ages of 13 and 27… all who had moderate to severe autism.  26 received broccoli sprout extract (50 to 150 umol daily) and 14 received placebo and measured the results after 18 weeks.

 

The results were impressive — almost half showed measurable improvement in several different areas including social and verbal skills.

 

46 % of participants had measurably improved social and verbal skills after taking broccoli-sprout extract for over 4 months, compared to only 3% of the placebo group.  Benefits included: improved social interactions, improved eye contact, improved verbal communication, decreased repetitive movements, decreased irritability and decreased hyperactivity

Dietary sulforaphane (found in both broccoli and broccoli sprouts) is healthy and has a recognized low toxicity profile, so it appears to be very safe to recommend a broccoli rich diet to patients with Autism.  Hopefully this positive and encouraging but small study will be repeated on a larger scale, for a longer period of time, and with female autistic patients as well!

 

5.  Or… for adults, consider broccoli sprout supplements.

 

If you can’t routinely get broccoli into your diet but you want to increase your intake of sulforaphane, consider broccoli sprout supplements like these.  Ask your doctor before use in children.

 

 

To naturally supporting your child’s amazingly VIBRANT energy flow, and helping them navigate ADHD in childhood with loving support.

xoxoxox, Laura

 

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P.S.  Another great all natural treatment idea includes homeschooling!!!

 

I’m personally a big fan of homeschooling in general… and in particular, for children diagnosed with ADHD.

Boxing these bright and multi-focused children into a square isn’t the answer.  Removing the child from the square would remove the need to “medicate” in the first place.

Learning to live with and even thrive with each child’s own learning style and see it as a strength in the long run will help these unique children thrive in life.

Not all kids can learn sitting down.

Not all kids can learn straight from a textbook.

For years, my son ate most of his meals standing up.

Would I medicate him so he would sit to eat?

That would be insane.

Would I likewise medicate him so he would sit to learn?

Equal insanity.

My recommendation for ADHD children is to homeschool them, supplement with a child formulation of fish oil or other Omega 3 supplement, have them sleep grounded for the absolute highest quality sleep, and lots of healthy physical activity daily.

 

 

OCD May Stem From Birth Trauma

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A new study (published in JAMA Psychiatry Oct 5, 2016) reveals that the more stressful the birth is on the baby, the higher the risk that baby has for developing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) decades later.

 

Children who were born prematurely and children who experienced stress during delivery both had statistically significant increases in the rates of developing OCD during adolescence and young adulthood.  Stressful birth circumstances included: maternal smoking during pregnancy, cesarean section delivery, preterm birth, low APGAR scores, unusually low or high birth weight, breech presentation at labor and more.

 

The Study:

  • Researchers looked at a 2.4 million population of births from 1973 to 1996 and followed these children through 2013.
  • About 17,000 participants were diagnosed with OCD (average age of diagnosis: 23 years old)
  • Cohort included 11,500 families with siblings that had one OCD child and one non-OCD child, so researchers could compare children with similar genetics and family dynamics to help explain the development of OCD later in life.

 

The Results:

  • The more stress during pregnancy and delivery, the higher the rate of OCD.
  • For example, when mothers smoked 10 cigarettes or more during pregnancy, the child had a 27% higher risk of OCD later in life.
  • Low APGAR scores increased the risk of OCD by 50%.
  • Breech babies had a 35% higher risk of OCD.
  • Cesarean deliveries had a 17% higher risk of subsequent OCD.
  • The more stress inducing risk factors a patient had during pregnancy and birth, the higher their risk of OCD.

 

The bottom line:

Birth stress is felt and absorbed by the infant,

and increases their risk of OCD diagnosis later in life.

 

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Because of the results of this study, I now see OCD as a form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

It’s a coping mechanism, a way to attempt to deal with birth trauma.

The infant endures stress during delivery, and the greater the stress, the more likely it is that the child experiences the stress as a traumatic event.

OCD is an attempt to regain control of a situation in which the infant was very out of control.

As an adult, attempting to control the environment around you by performing repetitive behaviors and managing intrusive, stressful thoughts is simply a way to try to regain control after an intense experience where, as an infant you were traumatized by being out of control in a very scary situation.

Holding on to birth stress and trying to relieve it years later through OCD thought patterns and behaviors is yet another way that proves to me that our body holds on to stress on a cellular level, and it needs to be released.

I talk about the fact that the body holds on to stress on a cellular level in this video I made about our body’s need to release traumatic experiences, which you may find helpful.

And hop over to this blog post where I talk about treating anxiety to reduce tension in your body today.

 

Bottom line: 

 

Providing high quality prenatal care and positive birth experiences will support not only the well-being of the mother but of the baby being delivered, who is experiencing everything that happens to them during birth and is holding on to subsequent tension and trauma.

 

Did you know that stressful birth experiences can even cause adrenal fatigue in babies?

A study on infants who had high cortisol levels after birth showed that by providing increased comfort and care, responding to the infants needs and helping parents develop improved parenting skills, the babies cortisol levels came back down to normal.

So all of these reactions the body has to stress… from PTSD to adrenal fatigue… are all reversible.  That means you can over come your experiences and feel better than you’ve ever felt before, maybe better than you’ve felt since birth!

You can reverse adrenal fatigue, you can release trauma, you can let go of PTSD (and other coping mechanisms like OCD) and heal.

One of the most important ways to do that is to reduce inflammation to support the function of the entire body as well as the brain (inflammation in the brain over time leads to all sorts of disturbances such as dementia and depression) to recover from birth trauma and heal adrenal fatigue.

Grounding is the way to do that.

Join me in my upcoming Earth Rx online class where I will show you exactly why grounding your body is THE KEY in healing trauma, recovering from stress, and supporting the health of your body from head to toe, inside and out, for your entire lifetime.

Find out more today.

And let’s get healing.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

This supplement decreases diabetic pain (and decreases asthma flares too!)

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I’ve already told you about a recent study that shows low Vit D is a risk factor for developing diabetes.

Today’s medical literature review further confirms the role of Vitamin D in not just preventing diabetes, but actually treating diabetic pain once it has already developed….

…after just ONE DOSE!

 

Which is huge.

Because not only does Vit D increase insulin sensitivity and prevent diabetes, but it actually gives you a tool to help treat issues such as diabetic nerve pain once it has developed.

 

The Study:

  • Researchers studied over 140 participants with Type 2 Diabetes who suffered from painful diabetic neuropathy
  • The average baseline serum Vit D level was 31 ng/mL
  • Participants received one single intramuscular dose of 600,000 IU vitamin D
  • The effects on metabolic parameters and neuropathic pain was followed for over 20 weeks

 

The Results:

  • One single dose of Vit D significantly raised average serum Vit D levels to 46.2 ng/mL
  • Participants had a statistically significant reduction in pain levels assessed by three different pain assessment tools (DV4 scores, total McGill pain scores, and SFMPQ assessment questionnaire)
  • Participants also had statistically significant reductions in their HbA1c levels and increases in their HDL levels

How?

 

In medical studies Vit D has been shown to increase Nerve Growth Factor, induce axonal regeneration (nerve regeneration) and reduce demylenization — and all three pathways may be in play to account for the reduction of pain we see in diabetic patients.

 

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Want other impressive benefits from Vit D supplementation?

How about decreased asthma attacks.

 

 

Adding Vit D to the current treatment protocol of asthmatic patients can significantly reduce the number of severe asthma attacks in patients with mild to moderate asthma.

Researchers pooled data from nine different double-blind, placebo-controlled trials that involved 435 children and 658 adults, and found that adding Vit D for 4 or more months cut the average number of severe asthma attacks in half.   It also decreased the risk of hospitalizations and ER visits in half.

Why?  Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory effects in the lungs, which is probably at least one of the reason that asthma attacks and the need for medical treatment as a result of serious asthma flares is slashed in half.

Meanwhile… want even more reasons to be sure you are not Vit D deficient?

 

Here are other reports I’ve blogged about recently:

1.  Vit D increases the health benefits of weight loss by decreasing whole body inflammation

2.  Vit D decreases risk of depression

3.  Higher Vitamin D levels predicts better cancer recovery and outcome

4.  Prevent dementia and boost brain health with Vitamin D

5.  Vitamin D even boosts fertility!

 

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Maybe all of these incredible benefits of having great Vitamin D levels is one reason that a recent study found that avoiding the sun is actually more deadly than smoking!

 

In this study, researchers found that even heavy smokers who soaked in the sun their whole life outlived non-smokers who avoided sun exposure… by several years.

The participants who avoided the sun had higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and pulmonary disease.

And the results were dose-specific… meaning that the benefits of increased life expectancy with sun exposure went up directly in correlation to the amount of sun exposure.

 

Longer time in the sun = longer life span.  That simple.

 

Bottom line is that avoiding the sun is a “risk factor for death of a similar magnitude as smoking” — directly quoting the medical report.

Click over here to find out the details of that study.

And meanwhile, consider having your Vitamin D levels checked to be sure the are adequate, and then be sure if you decided to supplement your Vit D levels, that it is with a fat emulsion so that it is well absorbed (not a dry pill or powder).

Emulsified drops tend to work best, like this one.

Once daily Biotics Vit D drops.

 

xoxoxoxo, Laura

 

 

 

2017 Healthy Goals Checklist

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Let’s start 2017 off right!

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I’ve got all the best anti-aging tips from the world of holistic medicine for you right here in one place.

So, let’s go through some things you can do to look and feel better, inside and out:

 

1.  Healthy Skin

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(yes it’s superficial, but healthy skin means you feel covered in a luxurious healthy glow from head to toe!)

My main philosophy is to stop accelerated aging.

If we just stopped the accelerated aging  brought on by UV exposure, environmental toxins, make up, stress, smoking, air pollution, etc… we’d look decades younger then societal norms by the time we were into old age.

 

So, here are some things to consider:

– support the intuitive function of your skin

– no smoking

– good hydration, to help the skin naturally protect and repair

– UV (midday exposure) avoidance and use of sunglasses and a hat

non-nano, non-chemical block UV protection for prolonged exposure

– all natural make up (I like 100% Pure)

baking soda for exfoliation to increase skin turnover

coconut oil for moisturization that penetrates deep and isn’t full of skin irritating and aging chemicals

– discontinue all “anti-aging” products that are mainstream (here is why…)

– and for more tips, join my Skin Happiness Online Class (it starts in just a few weeks & I would love to work directly with you in the class to solve all of your specific skin care concerns!)

 

2.  Healthy Body

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The goal here is to decrease the inflammatory damage on your body over a lifetime.

Everything we *thought* was normal aging (dementia, arthritis, increase risk of heart disease and stroke, increased cancer incidence) is actually NOT normal aging but instead is a result of a lifetime of inflammatory damage!

 

So… things to consider are:

decrease sugar and gluten in your diet (irritants known to cause whole body and neurologic inflammation)

– hydrate fully and often

– antioxidants daily — fresh fruits and veggies, raw juices, supplements like CoQ10 and turmeric/curcumin are very anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-aging

–  fast nightly to reduce cancer risk (and read this article for 7 other easy steps to decrease your lifetime cancer risk)

– increase healthy fats — fresh organic eggs, grassfed red meat, organic butter, whole fat yogurt, nuts, avocado, coconut oil, fish oil or Omega 3 supplements to protect cardiac health

– daily movement… the very best is simply walking daily

grounding daily to decrease inflammation from head-to-toe and prevent age-related weight gain

– deep restorative sleep routinely — this keeps your entire body functioning as youthfully as possible and even wards off dementia… I recommend 9+ hours a night… here is a list of ways to sleep better tonight!

– Vit D supplementation — for cancer prevention, to support healthy cardiovasculature and much much more

– probiotics for gut, skin, and mental health

 

 

3.  Healthy Brain

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Mental health falls under the “use it or lose it” category…

…much like our body we need to keep going or we stagnate.

So, be sure to focus on:

– constant re-evaluation of mindframe

– support of friends, family, social network

– downtime and saying no to activities and obligations that drain you

– letting go of that which no longer serves you to make room for the new (how to do that, you ask?  Click over to watch the 2nd step of my FREE Healing Vortex video class here…)

– Fish oil/omega 3 supplementation (shown to actually increase brain volume!) resveratrol supplements, Vit E, zinc, and Vit D all are brain protective

probiotics to boost mood

– healthy fats in the diet, as mentioned above

– decrease or eliminate gluten as I mention in this blog post

– eat organically to decrease pesticide exposure, as I explain in this blog post

grounding daily to help uplift mood

– declutter routinely, keeping your environment fresh and releasing the old

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daily morning light exposure to do everything from treat depression to boost sex drive!

– ongoing mental stimulation like reading, continuing adult education classes, playing a musical instrument, even simply a weekly card game with friends!

 

So a simple plan for 2017 is to look at all three categories, the skin, body and mind… and ask yourself, what area do you intuitively feel right now you need to focus on?

 

Which category would most help balance out your life right now?

 

Once you know that, just skim the list and pick two or three things that jump out at you as do-able, things you can easily add to your daily routine.

Just two or three things can make all the difference in the world and will not only be healing but will help preserve that beautiful body of yours for many years to come.

To your healthy and vibrant future…

xoxox, Laura

 

The Easiest Way I Know To Fall Asleep Faster

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Insomnia is a huge problem, one that begs to be resolved during the winter months.

Mother Nature offers you shorter days, longer nights, cooler temperatures… all in an effort to get you hibernating each winter and prepared for the year ahead.

 

If a little winter hibernation is eluding you, today’s medical study can help.

It’s long been known that cooler temperatures help deepen sleep.  Typical advice is to make the bedroom a little cooler at nighttime (68 – 70 degrees is ideal) and never sleep with socks on (one study cites that sleeping with socks on increases the incidence of nightmares!)

Today’s study shows this on a different level.  Turns out, cooling your forehead for 5 minutes or more while going to sleep actually allows the body to release more melatonin and help brings sleep on faster.

 

 

The Study:

  • Researchers followed 24 patients (12 with insomnia and 12 with normal sleep patterns, gender and aged matched controls) in a sleep study lab, to determine the effects of cooling the head to induce sleep.
  • All patients participated in sleep studies under several conditions:  no cooling cap, a cooling cap on but no cooling setting activated, a cooling cap on at a moderate cooling setting, and a cooling cap on at a maximum setting.
  • The cooling cap (a soft plastic cap with cold water circulating through tubes in it) induced cerebral hypothermia… basically, the frontal cerebral cortex of the brain.

 

The Results:

  • When the patients with insomnia wore the cooling cap at the maximum setting, they shifted their sleep patterns to match the parameters of the normal patients without insomnia!
  • The insomnia patients fell asleep just as quickly as non-insomnia patients when their foreheads were cooled (and actually feel asleep a little more quickly… 13 minutes to reach sleep stage 1 compared to 16 minutes by non-insomnia control patients)
  • The insomnia patients with cooled foreheads also were able to stay asleep the exact same length of time (89 % of the night in both groups) as the patients without insomnia.

 

As a result, big pharma has now created a new (read: expensive!) prescription sleep device that helps reduce the time it takes to get into stage 1 and stage 2 sleep by keeping the forehead cooler longer… called the Cereve Sleep System.

Larger studies (funded by Cereve of course) looking at over 230 patients over almost 4,000 research nights of sleep confirm that patients with insomnia have a highly active frontal cortex, preventing patients from relaxing into deeper, more restorative sleep.   These patients statistically reduced amount of time to drop into stage 1 sleep when using the Cereve device to help cool the forehead, and they continued to improve their quality of sleep over 30 consecutive days of use.

Another study confirms the opposite is true as well, that taking melatonin supplements (in the range of 1 mg to 5 mg) drops core body temperature and allows for deeper sleep.

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But want a natural, holistic way to fall asleep more easily, tonight?

One that you probably have already, right in your own home?

 

All it takes is grabbing a washcloth, wetting it and cooling it down in your freezer.

 

  • Simply place a cold damp washcloth over your forehead as you lay in bed going to sleep.
  • The washcloth will cool your forehead and allow you to fall asleep more easily, and you can place it gently over your eyes (as well as your forehead) to help block out any light in your bedroom.
  • You can boost this cooling effect by taking 1 mg – 5 mg of melatonin.

 

The cooling action will allow you to fall asleep faster, and the grounding action will synergistically allow your sleep to be deeper and more restorative, staying in deeper phases of sleep longer.

Another important way to normalize sleep is to sleep grounded.

Sleeping grounded helps the brain to relax and for sleep to be deeper and more restorative.  Looking at EEG brain studies and sleep studies, researchers have found that sleeping grounded helps lower cortisol in the evening and boost it in the morning, which means you fall asleep faster and wake up more energized.  It also helps the brain relax into deeper phases of sleep and stay in those restorative sleep phases longer.

 

Want some more ideas on getting a good night’s sleep?

Watch my sleep video right here:

 

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xoxoxoxo, Laura

 

 

P.S. — Wish I had a super convenient kit pulled together for you that included my grounded mattress panel, my favorite melatonin supplement, delicious organic sleepy-time tea, and a soothing cold pack to place over your forehead at night to help you fall asleep quickly…

… all at incredible savings?

 

gift-certificateOh wait!  I just created that for you right here!

 

Hop on over here today and order your Insomnia Relief Right Now kit and capture better sleep right now, in the middle of winter, when your body craves it the most!

I’d love to send a kit your way!