Constant Noise Impacts Your Health More Than You Think. 10 Ways To Fix It

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Chronic background noise doesn’t just irritate you, and it doesn’t just prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep…

…it’s actually impacting your long term health.

By more than you think!

 

Chronic levels of noise found frequently in modern society has been shown to significantly increase your risk of heart attack, heart disease, heart failure, stroke, even atrial fibrillation.  Not to mention upping your risk for insomnia, a huge health crisis in-and-of itself!

And it doesn’t stop there.

 

Not only is chronic noise increasing your blood pressure, increasing inflammation in your arteries leading to heart attack and stroke, but it’s also increasing your risk of metabolic diseases and type two diabetes!

 

 

That’s right, if you have stubborn abdominal fat that just isn’t falling away — on top of considering what your diet is and what your exercise goals are, you also should be considering what chronic noise pollution are you being exposed to!  Chronic noise is absolutely part of the reason you have stress induced metabolic change.

 

(Another thing to ask yourself is how deep your sleep really is, if you are having trouble losing weight!  In my medical experience, it is almost impossible for a person to lose weight in a healthy way unless they are sleeping well.)

 

 

Because the disease burden of chronic noise is so directly linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and increased inflammation of the arteries, it’s important for clinicians to start treating noise pollution as a cardiac risk factor on par with smoking history, family history of heart disease, age, blood pressure, and weight.

Has your physician asked you about noise pollution when talking with you about heart health?

 

 

If not, you may want to print this study out and take them into your next appointment so they can get up to speed on this incredibly pervasive health threat:

Environmental Noise and the Cardiovascular System

(free printable medical study)

 

What is interesting about this study is that it’s not just loud sounds that affect your health, it’s the small chronic ones that do too …

…so it’s not just an airplane passing by or the occasional sound of construction, but the level of normal talking, phones ringing, and sounds of cars on the street all impact your heart attack and stroke risk, as well as ups your risk for metabolic disease.

 

Look at the table below (taken directly out of  the medical study above) to see that even normal conversation is above the area now considered safe in terms of affecting your health.  55 dBA and above is now considered a health risk factor by the World Health Organization (WHO):

Every 10 dBA increase in noise increases your heart attack risk by 6%, arterial calcification by 8%, and stroke risk by 14%… starting at only 50 dBA!

 

This is why the World Health Organization has now lowered the noise pollution level to only 55 dBA (formerly, 65 dBA was recognized as unhealthy.)
  • So normal conversation (at 60 dBA) can, over time, contribute negatively to health issues… increasing both heart attack and stroke risk by 6% and 14% respectively.
  • The normal sound of cars driving/traffic, doubles that — increasing heart attack and stroke risk by 12% and 28% respectively.
  • Listening to a telephone ring repeatedly increases risk of heart attack and stroke by 18% and 42% respectively, and on and on.

 

Clearly, working in the aircraft industry or the construction industry is very hard on the body — this we already knew.

What we didn’t know is having a job where you answer telephones, or working at a busy restaurant with omnipresent background chatter, adds to cardiovascular risk as well.

And now we do.

The Bottom Line:

 

Noise pollution is no longer about loud noises causing long term hearing issues.  It’s not even about loud noises at all any more.  We are now aware that normal volumes of speaking and car sounds result in much more insidious health risks over time — compromising the health of your heart, of your brain, of your body.  The new term is Noise Annoyance — which is all that is needed to produce these increased rates of chronic, life threatening health issue.

Think about your day:

  • Do you hear traffic constantly (especially consider if you hear traffic where you sleep at night?)
  • Do you work in an area where there is chronic talking (such as a hospital, a hotel, a store or a restaurant?)
  • Do you work in an area where there are phones constantly ringing (such as at an office?)
  • Do you work in an area that has music playing constantly?
  • Do you sleep with music or a television on?

 

If so, your risk for diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart attack, stroke, cognitive impairment and more is much greater than it has to be.

 

 

What to do?

The worst damage to your health occurs when noise levels are chronically present while you are sleeping at night…

…so think about where you lay your head to catch sleep.

 

If you live in an area where you can hear cars driving by every night, or other constant sounds, you may ultimately want to consider moving.  Short of moving, it can help to follow these simple guidelines to help improve your sleep hygiene:

10 Easy Ways To Protect Your Body From Harmful Noise:

 

  1. Install noise blocking and light blocking curtains on your windows.  This alone can lower your disease risk.
  2. Consider investing in a noise blocking and light blocking canopy in addition to curtains on the windows to further block out sound and light and completely encase your bed.
  3. Do not sleep with windows open if you live in an area with nighttime traffic, and try to sleep in a room that is not facing a road if you have an option of which bedroom to take.  If you already have a high cardiovascular risk or history of heart disease or stroke, consider switching bedrooms with another family member in order to get away from a busy street.
  4. If you can’t move your bedroom, plant a row of trees to help block noise coming to your home.
  5. Turn off appliances when not in use… don’t sleep with the TV or music running, don’t sleep with a sound machine on, give your brain a break from the constant onslaught of noise whenever possible.
  6. Reduce EMF exposures in your sleeping area to decrease the over all environmental toxicity of your bedroom (click here for a free printable 25 point checklist on reducing EMF exposures.)
  7. Ground while you sleep at night to dramatically deepen sleep, improve your brain’s sleep patterns and give your body some restorative down time before facing another full, noisy, busy day.
  8. Wear noise cancelling earplugs during commutes and traveling, especially on airplanes and trains.  Make sure you wear them when using power tools, shooting guns, mowing the lawn, at concerts, etc…  They are very discrete (looks like you are wearing normal earbuds so people think you are just listening to music!  I prefer this style over earplugs that don’t have a cord, those tend to look like hearing aids to me.  And the cord means you can take them out and drape them around your neck, then put them back in when you need them!)   I would even suggest wearing these to work — the cool thing about this model is that you can uncap them and still hear normal conversation, music, co-workers, etc… at much safer volumes.  Therefore, you can wear them while at work to protect not only your ears but your heart and brain and metabolism!  Tell your co-workers who ask about how wearing earbuds can actually decrease their heart attack and stroke risk — they will be amazed.
  9. Decrease other stressors in your life to help decrease the total amount of stress burden placed on your body.  Consider stress when choosing occupation, living location, commute, relationships, friendships, coworkers, etc… Toxicity from these ubiquitous sources are every bit as important to consider as it is to reduce more obvious toxins like the ones found in the food you eat, the water you drink, choosing non-toxic household and personal care items, etc…
  10. Increase and optimize positive health measures to help buffer other stressors (such as noise pollution) that you may not be able to do anything about.  Optimize the quality of the foods, nutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and supplements you put into your body, optimize the purity of the water you drink, increase your physical activity, and get your body grounded as often as possible.

 

You can print this easy checklist out right here and share it with everyone in your life who has any sort of cardiac, neurologic, or metabolic risk factor (which is basically all of us!)

10 Actionable Ways To Decrease Noise Stress

(free printable handout)

To your resilient, constantly re-setting and improving health…

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

Why You Still Have Chronic Pain & 5 Ways To Truly Fix It

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I just finished attending a national medical conference on the latest updates on Pain Management.

 

It was awesome, but there was a huge gap in what doctors could offer and how much pain would resolve.

In fact, in the conference the top pain specialists — physicians who are the highest trained out of the entire community to treat pain —  flat out stated that they can only take about 30% of pain away, at most.

WHAT?!?!  You are left with about 70% of pain untreated?

Uh… No way.

There are tons of things you can do to address pain.

Things that were overlooked at this medical conference.

So in my hotel room, I sat down and made this video for you to give you all the tools that you could ever need to finally resolve your tough chronic pain issues.

And tell you exactly why they work.

And why surgery and Rx pain medications will only ever be able to take about 30% of your pain away.

And exactly what you can do to address the other 70% of your pain.

I hope you enjoy:

 

 

 

(for newsletter readers, click here to watch the video)

 

 

Blog Posts I reference in the video:

 

  1.  Sleep help:

Good Sleep Increases Your Recovery From Depression

 

2.  EMF help:

Largest Study On EMFs Ever: Here’s What You Need To Know To Protect Yourself

 

3.  Video on Chronic Pain & Grounding:

Why Grounding Specifically Helps With Chronic Pain

 

4.  A link to the very best grounding and shielding tools in the world:

 

 

5.  And a link to the very highest quality, pharmaceutical grade supplements you can trust:

 

Offered with much much love…

xoxox, Laura

 

 

Largest Study On Cell Phone Radiation, Here’s What You Need To Know

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The largest ever, to date, live animal study on the effects of cell phone radiation was just released by the National Institutes of Health this past March, and you absolutely must be aware of the results.

 

In today’s article, I’m going to outline what researchers found in vivo studies, and I’m also going to list for you some actionable things you can do to reduce your exposure.

I’ve also created a printable checklist that you can freely share with all of your loved ones, so that they can easily print out the recommendations and have them in hand as they go through their living environments reducing as much of the EMF exposures as possible.

I’ve made sure the items on the checklist are things that are realistic, actionable, and easy to do.

I’m not going to give up my cell phone (after all, I’m a mother of teens who drive and I want them to have emergency access to call for help no matter where they go, and I also run a business 24/7 and need constant accessibility with my patients and shop.)

So I don’t have things like “go live off the grid” as a realistic way to reduce exposures.  It’s awesome if you can do that, but for the rest of us I have a very realistic, actionable 25 point checklist to reduce our risk, immediately.

 

And if you want to read this entire study in full directly,

here is where you can find it.

 

The rodents in this study received whole body radiation while in utero, during nursing, and for up to 2 years after weaning.

The rodents were pulsed for 10 minutes of radiation on, 10 minutes off, for 9 hours each day.  They used 2G and 3G radiation, the same frequencies and modulations currently in use for texts and voice calls in the United States.

 

The study findings:

  • Tumors found in rodent’s who were exposed to whole body radio-frequency radiation included: malignant schwannoma of the heart, malignant gliomas of the brain, pituitary adenomas, and adrenal gland pheochromocytomas.
  • It didn’t take long… for example, after only 14 weeks, the researchers found that the right ventricles of the hearts of male rats was already starting to increase abnormally, developing cardiomyopathy.
  • After two years of high exposures to cell phone radiation, exposures were found to affected male rodents more than female rodents: increasing the incidence of malignant schwannoma in the hearts of male rates… while female rats did not have an increased risk of this cancerous tumor.  Male rats also had abnormal changes in the prostate gland, liver, pancreas islet cells (the cells responsible for producing insulin) and granular tumors of the brain, and glial cell hyperplasia of the brain.  These changes were not seen in female rats.
  • Both male and female rats had abnormal heart growth (in the right side of the heart, called right ventricular cardiomyopathy.)
  • There were changes in body weight (lowered birth weight in babies born with radiation in utero exposure) as well as genetic damage in both male and female rodents.
  • No changes in sperm mobility or count were found in this study
  • There was an interesting side effect of the whole body radiation in that the male rats that were exposed to radiation had a longer life span on average than the non-exposed male rats.  Life span did not change for the female rats.

 

These changes reflect tumors that have already been reported in humans after prolonged cell phone use, most notably the cancerous gliomas of the brain.  Other changes, like liver, pancreas, and heart abnormalities as well as DNA damage and low birth weight of infants, suggest that long term it is reasonable to expect that rampant cell phone radiation will give rise to heart disease, diabetes, genetic birth defects, and cancers globally.  Because cell phones have been around for longer than 20 years now, we are probably already seeing these effects.

It’s unknown how much of our current global cancer and diabetes and heart disease burdens are a result of cell phone radiation, but these findings are not ones that we want to ignore.  Instead, let’s take action to at least decrease exposures when we can’t eliminate them.

 

What to do?

 

Most of the people on this planet have a cell phone, and it only took about two decades for this widespread exposure to happen.  There are approximately 6.8 billion cell phones for the 7 billion people on this planet.

But radiation doesn’t stop with cell phones either.

WiFi, routers, tablets, smart phones, cordless phones, bluetooth… even very low electrical frequencies and magnetic fields emitted from electrical wiring, fluorescent lamps, and other electronic devices effect our health.

And on top of that, there is a wide variation (as with every other health condition) about the threshold for feeling the effects of these exposure in human beings.

There are certainly individuals who are EMF hypersensitive and are more dramatically impacted by EMF exposures than others.

But there absolutely are things you can do, things that literally will protect your health.

While you can’t control circumstances outside of your home, you absolutely can make sure that what you live with in your own home, during down time, sleep through during your nighttime hours, and live with on your days off are healthy and restorative.

To me, health is all about being resilient and making sure your body has time to recover between stressors.

I don’t feel that you need to eradicate all toxins and stressors from your life in order to be healthy, because I know that the human body is an incredibly resilient force of nature and that we naturally go back to vibrant health when we allow our bodies to bounce back by giving the body time to heal between insults.

Basically, if we can give our body some down time to recover, it is an incredibly resilient thing.  The basis of life is a natural ability to repair and recover and a natural adaptability as well.  But the body needs time and space, away from constant toxic onslaught, to do so.

So in much the same way that I feel okay with drinking an occasional soda and having candy when I go out to see a movie a few times a year, but I don’t bring the soda home in my house and drink it every day… same with the radiation exposures.

We are going to get them if we do anything outside in any urban setting… but at home, we can make sure our bodies have time and space to hit the reset button.

Part of creating this healing oasis for your body in between exposures and stressors is to decrease radiation in the home as much as possible, and the other part is to ground the body to expedite healing and boost resiliency.

As the 2016 EUROPAEM EMF exposure guidelines state:

“Anything that supports homeostasis will increase a person’s resilience against disease and thus against the adverse effects of EMF exposure.”

 To that I say AMEN.

And I would add that there is no better way to support homeostasis than to get grounded and stay grounded as much as possible throughout your day and your night.

 

In my home, we all sleep grounded all night long.

In addition to that, my sweet husband has dramatically reduced our EMF exposures just by several easy steps that you can absolutely do as well.

First thing he did was toss my corded phone into the garbage.   Yep, I said corded phone — turns out even though there was a cord on my phone it still had a wireless antenna that was emitting alarmingly high levels of radiation throughout my entire home.  Removing that one thing alone made an immediate difference.

 

Any phone that looks like this might as well be a super powered jacked up cell phone that is on, pulsing radiation throughout your entire home, day and night.  It’s worse than a cell phone because it doesn’t even have an airplane mode you can stick it on.  Get rid of it.

 

Here are other 27 things you can do to protect yourself in your home environment:

  •  Use your cell phone on speaker phone always — never ever hold the phone up to your ear to talk on it.  If you can’t speak out loud on speaker phone, let the call go to voicemail and return the call when you are able to put the call on speaker phone.  I am pretty militant about this one.
  • Avoid carrying your cell phone in your pockets or (as I see women do all the time and it makes me so sad) putting it in your bra.  Remember — heart hypertrophy happened in those rats after only 14 weeks!!!!  Do not put that cell phone anywhere near your head, heart, chest, abdomen, or gonads!!!  Women — putting your phone in your purse is infinitely better than in your bra strap when you need your hands free.  Men, get a cell phone cover that blocks radiation if you are going to put that in your pockets, but better yet, slip it into your book bag, briefcase, or day pack.
  • If you must put your cell phone in your pocket or slip it into your bra (or, as I use it, on an armband when I am going for a run) then put it on airplane mode first!  Or slip it into the world’s best cell phone pouch to decrease the radiation that comes out on the side held against your body while still allowing calls and messages to come through on the other side.
  • Use airplane mode liberally — any time you are not actively using your phone, it should go on airplane mode, and at night absolutely — airplane mode or turned all the way off as it charges.
  • Unplug the power supply to all cordless phone base stations.  Use traditionally corded phones that do not have the DECT style base.
  • Decrease the strength of your router by covering it with shielding material around the clock (my husband shielded our router and I did not notice any change in the connection strength or internet speed, so the router we had before being covered was total overkill.)  It’s so easy to slip a router cover on one time and forget about it forever, this one is a no brainer!  If you want, in addition you can unplug your router altogether at night.
  • Absolutely without question make sure your router is installed in an area of the home that is as far away from all bedrooms as possible.  If this is not possible, unplug it completely at night when the bedroom is being used!
  • If possible, use hardwired Ethernet connections over wireless internet connections
  • If you use a laptop on your lap when sitting at an airport or train station while you travel, or put it on your lap in bed or on the sofa, you absolutely must have a shielding blanket over your lap to protect your organs (especially the reproductive organs!!!)  Your heart, liver, adrenals, pancreas and more sit right inside your abdomen, and are getting mega doses of radiation as you type away on your computer.  Putting a shielding blanket over your lap first protects you and gives you peace of mind.  I feel naked now if I use my laptop without my shielding blanket!
  • Or, if you stand all day long around computers (or microwaves!) keeping a shielding apron at your work space to throw on over your outfit each day is a must.  For pregnancy, I would recommend wearing this 24/7.  If not pregnant or ever planning to become pregnant, I would still recommend this if you stand nears sources of radiation like in front of a computer or microwave at work (it won’t fall off like a shielding blanket would when you stand up) and it will protect your heart and other internal organs… and because I use the highest quality blocking material made out of stainless steel, this apron is ground able too!!!  Click over here to see!
  • Decrease the quantity of other radiation exposures in your home — like home entertainment systems, headsets, baby monitors, computers printers, home surveillance systems, etc…  Examine the absolute necessity of each.  For example, I find it infinitely preferable to cosleep with a baby — I never ever used a baby monitor with my children ever.  If the child is not old enough to get up and come in your room if they need you, you are better off cosleeping as a family until older (I feel so passionately about this one that I wrote and illustrated a picture book about cosleeping called Together We Sleep — did you know that?  I published it long before there was even any heightened concern about EMFs from monitors!)
  • If possible, keep gaming and entertainments systems in the main living space instead of a bedroom.
  • If possible, only install home surveillance systems outside of the home, or if you have a multi-level home, keep home monitoring to the first floor and not near any bedrooms.
  • Stick with incandescent light bulbs instead of fluorescent or LED lighting.
  • If at all possible, move your main seating and sleeping spots away from wiring in the walls.  Positioning your sofa in the middle of the room instead of against a wall, for example.  Seating is usually easy to do this way — putting your kitchen table and chairs in the middle of your eating space instead of in the corner — but the bed can be a little harder to have floating in the middle of the room.
  • If possible, use a headboard to create a little distance between the wall and your pillow.  Two feet is ideal, but any space put between the wall and your body is helpful.  If this is not possible, you can paint your wall with shielding paint.
  • Do not use an electric blanket or electric bed.
  • Use shielding bedding if at all possible — it’s super expensive I know this first hand because it’s been very hard to create a high quality, hand sewn grounding mattress panel at an accessible price point.  My mattress panels use shielding materials and they ground you at the same time.
  • Reduce total body toxic burden by eating less processed and artificial foods, and more antioxidant rich natural healthy foods.  Reducing environmental toxins like artificial fragrances and toxic household cleaners and toxic body, beauty and oral care products also goes a long way to reducing the total burden you put on your body each day.  And absolute STOP using those fake toxic chemicals on your lawn as well!!!
  • Wash your hands before eating anything to remove all the chemicals we pick up as we go about our day so you don’t get traces of them into your mouth with each meal.
  • Supplement with antioxidants that can help alleviate free radicals and oxidative damage.  N-aceytl cysteine (NAC), glutathione, Vit C, Vit D, CoQ10, Apha-lipoic acid (ALA), Curcumin, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Resveratrol, even melatonin are all powerful antioxidants and help slow or even reverse the aging process.  The very best, highest quality supplements in the world are all waiting for you (at a discount!) in my trusty online dispensary here.
  • Drink filtered water in large quantities daily
  • Get plenty of natural sunlight daily
  • Sauna for detox as well as a spring and fall detox plan.
  • Exercise daily to help deliver much needed fresh oxygen and nutrients to all organ systems as well as aid in the removal of toxins and waste by-products.  Exercise absolutely boosts your body’s health and resiliency!!!
  • Decrease your exposure to blue light — from laptops, screens, CFL lamps, and protect your eye’s macula as well as your own circadian rhythm by decreasing blue light exposures in the evening and taking antioxidants as well as melatonin nightly (also available in my online dispensary.)  Blue screen filters can be used if screen time in the evenings is mandatory… blue light filtering glasses are super easy to keep by your bedside for late night TV watching.
  • Ground your body.  Sleep grounded all night long if at all possible.  Grounding is hands down the best way to give your body a break from the constant toxic onslaughts we face day in and day out when we travel around our world.

 

Watch the video below for my take on why grounding, in the face of relentless EMF exposures, is not only a good idea… I feel it’s mandatory if you want to have sustained health:

 

 

 

And watch this video (on a study that was released after I made that first video) which further echoes exactly what I said before.

In the study I talk about below, premature infants in the NICU (who were literally bathed in intents EMFS from their incubators and medical electrical equipment around the clock) immediately did better the very second they became grounded.  Let me tell you more:

 

 

 

 

For all my very favorite resources on the highest quality shielding and grounding materials on the planet, head over to my Grounding Boutique where I have grounding mattress panels, router shields, cell phone covers and much much more waiting to help heal and protect your precious body.

 

 

xoxoxox, Laura

PS — here is my free printable for you — very do-able, 25 realistic steps:

 

Free Printable EMF Reduction Checklist

 

 

 

More Sunshine = Longer Life

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Thank goodness summer is on the way.

I am so happy to finally feel sunshine on my face again.

Picnics, gardening, bare feet, after dinner strolls… they all become so much easier with a little sunshine!

 

 

But that means more sun exposure… typically something we read a lot of negative things about. 

And as usual, each time the weather turns warmer I get tons of emails flooding me asking for my recommendation on a good sunscreen (I give you a link to the one I use below!)

So today, I thought it would be important to share with you something not often talked about — something more uplifting about the healing power of spending time in the sun… and that is:

 

…medical proof that time spent in the sun actually lengths your lifespan! 

 

It’s really important to be outside in the fresh air and sunshine, and now a major medical study backs that up. 

Published in the Journal of Internal Medicine on March 16, 2016, researchers found that folks who avoided sun exposure had a decreased life expectancy, worse than even heavy smokers who bathed in the sun. 

This study looked at almost 30,000 participants (females ages 25 – 64 year old with no history of malignancy) over a span of 20 years, tracking health outcomes and life span.

What did they find?

 

Researchers found that even when smoking was factored in, the life span of those who avoided the sun was  over 2 years shorter than heavy smokers who got the highest amount of sun exposure!!! 

So even heavy smokers who soaked in the sun their whole life outlived non-smokers who avoided sun exposure… by several years.

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.

 

And yes, though risk of skin cancer did increase with increased sun exposure, the patients that had skin cancer occur in relation to sun exposure actually had a better long-term prognosis!

This on top of recent research revealing that melanomas that occur in patients with low Vitamin D actually have more malignantly aggressive melanoma and their prognosis is worse than those with adequate Vit D from sun exposure. 

And even further than that, there are plenty of holistic things we can do to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays (see below) so that’s not a good reason to avoid ever heading outside. 

Because these results show that avoiding the sun is a “risk factor for death of a similar magnitude as smoking” — directly quoting the medical report.

 

To safely get some sunshine on your pineal gland daily

(but dramatically reduce your risk of skin cancer)

just follow these 5 simple holistic steps:

 

Step 1: Go outside the early AM or later PM hours

 

Simply avoid the sun during the peak UV hours in mid-day — this is the easiest thing you can do to decrease skin cancer risk.  Peak sun hours (10AM – 4PM) have the most UV radiation.  You want to get some incidental sun exposure (10 minutes or more) on some exposed skin daily, but to decrease the UV intensity ideally you want that exposure to be in the earlier AM or later PM hours!   I highly recommend getting early morning sun exposure every single day — it’s an easy, instant way to boost mood, cure insomnia, even boost your libido.  In fact, if you can’t get outside into the sunshine before 10 AM each day, invest in a light box and watch your health improve.

 

Step Two: Wear a hat, wear sunglasses

 

The second best way to protect from the sun is uv protective clothing.  Wearing hats, sunglasses and even sun protective clothing like rash guards if you are going to be outside all day.  Just throwing on a hat is a major step towards protecting vulnerable scalp, ears, neck and nose skin.  And be certain to protect your eyes by wearing UV protective sunglasses daily!  UV exposure is one of the leading causes of lens opacity (cataracts) as you age.  You can prevent this by diligently protecting your eyes for your entire lifetime with sunglasses.

 

Step Three: Use Mineral Sunscreens

 

The third best way to protect routinely exposed skin (most important on the face, scalp, forearms, etc…) is to have a non-nanosized, non-chemical based sunscreen on hand. 

Sunscreens that include chemicals like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate should be immediately ruled out (here’s a blog post I wrote for you outlining exactly why this is so important!)

Use mineral based sunscreens only — zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide — and even those should not be nano-sized, please!

Here is a link to the one I use.

 

 

Did you know that Curcumin actually kills cancer cells in laboratory studies and has been specifically shown to target and kill melanoma cancer cells?

Read this study published in the International Journal of Cancer in October 2016 for a good overview on what we know about curcumin and melanoma so far.

If you want to add the anti-cancer benefits of curcumin to your health regime (which I highly recommend if you have any personal or family history of melanoma or even if you just have a history of intense sun exposure) I recommend taking a pharmacy grade supplement like Pure Encapsulations Curcumin  that couples curcumin with bioperine to help increase the bioavailablility and absorption of the curcumin.

I have this waiting for you at an automatically reduced price right here, just for being a reader of my blog.

 

  •  Step Five: Use Vitamin B3 to decrease all other forms of skin cancer

 

Clear evidence that a simple vitamin can be cancer preventive:  Vitamin B3 dramatically reduces skin cancer rates.

Presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2015 Annual Meeting in May 2014, Vitamin B3 has been shown to be a safe, effective way to reduce your risk of recurrent skin cancer.

Researchers looked at over 380 patients with a prior history of non-melanoma skin cancers, giving half nicotinamide supplements and half a placebo, and followed them for a year.  They found the patients in the Vitamin B3 group had a quarter less skin cancers total (a 23% decrease) than control patients:

  • Basal cell occurrence decreased by 20%
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma decreased by 30%
  • Actinic Keratosis decreased by 13%

Nicotinamide enhances DNA repair in skin cells damaged by UV light, as well as boosts the immune system and prevents the suppression of immunity by ultraviolet radiation.  (Nicotinamide has other benefits as well, including preliminary studies showing a boost in cognition… helping to restore cognition in Alzheimers!)

 

So… if you have a history of serious sun exposure?

Or a history of previous skin cancers?

Or you just want less unsightly actinic keretosis popping up in the future?

Vitamin B 3  offers 100% all natural holistic chemo-prevention!

But unlike chemo, Vitamin B3 is safe, natural and inexpensive.

I like Allergy Research Group’s Vitamin B3.  Again, just like all of my supplements in my pharmacy-grade, totally trusted and safe online dispensary, it’s waiting for you at an automatic discount right here.

 

The bottom line?

 

Under-exposure to the sun is actually dangerous. 

Avoiding the sun is comparable to smoking in terms of decreasing life expectancy.  Worse, actually… by several years.

Smoking and inactivity have long been known to be two lifestyle indicators of poor long term health… and now we can add a third:  avoiding sun exposure.

 

Our skin naturally makes Vit D when exposed to the sun — it takes about 10 minutes or longer (depending on skin type) to get a significant boost of Vitamin D from the sun. 

I believe this link between Vit D and being in the sun is one of the major reasons that being outside and getting sun exposure boosts longevity.

 

I’ve long advocated for the importance of Vit D — how it:

 

  1. Is necessary for brain health:

Low vitamin D levels are associated with a substantial acceleration of memory loss and cognitive decline. 

Published Sept 14, 2015 in JAMA Neurology, researchers looked at baseline vitamin D levels and mental status change in over 380 adults (average age 75 years old.).  Vit D deficient adults with serum concentrations of vit D lower than 20 ng/mL declined 3 times faster in cognitive function and in memory impairment compared to those with serum vit D levels of greater than 20 ng/mL. 

Another study, published in Neurology on August 9, 2014 found that patients with low levels of Vit D have a 122% increased risk of dementia compared to those with higher levels of vit D.  Their findings showed that the critical level to prevent dementia is greater than 50 nmol/L.

 

2.  Is necessary for bone health:

 

A study published in the January issue of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery found that at over half of the patients that present with stress factors of the bone have vit D insufficiency. 

Vit D concentrations are linked to the absorption of dietary calcium and phosphorus… … in fact, if you are vitamin D deficient, you are only absorbing approximately 10 – 15% of your dietary calcium and only roughly half of the dietary phosphorus you consume.

So it’s easy to see how Vit D deficiency can lead quickly to a decrease in bone mineralization… and allow for more fractures to occur.

 

3.  Decreases diabetes risk:

 

There are multiple studies showing that a deficit in Vit D levels increases your risk of developing diabetes… especially type 2 diabetes.  In some studies, the risk of developing diabetes actually doubles in the face of low vitamin D levels!

 

4.  Helps with weight loss:

 

By simply adding Vit D supplementation to your weight loss plan, you reduce your whole-body inflammation and blood markers of inflammation, shows a study published April 23m 2015 in Cancer Prevention Research.

 

5.  Decreases depression risk:

 

Yet another amazing study has come out showing a positive correlation between Vitamin D and mood. 

Published in the November 2011 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers followed 12,594 participants and found that higher Vitamin D levels are associated with a significantly decreased risk of depression.

 

6.  Predicts better cancer recovery: 

 

A huge meta-analysis looking at 25 different studies and 17,700+ cancer patients found definitively, yet again, that higher levels of circulating Vit D at time of diagnosis was associated with significantly better survival and remission rates in the future. 

Published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism on April 29, 2014, researchers found that colorectal cancer, breast cancer and lymphoma patients all had impressive, significantly higher survival rates in patients who had the highest Vit D serum levels. 

They also had increased disease free rates afterwards (longer remission periods after cancer treatment) so it makes sense that Vit D may be the protective mechanism of action in prolonging life expectancy.

If you are unsure of what your vitamin D levels are (even folks who are outside daily can have vit D deficiency!) simply ask your physician to check your Vit D level and consider Vit D supplementation, if necessary.

 

In the meanwhile, enjoy your picnics on these gorgeous sunny days. 

At least 10 minutes in the sun every single morning… more if you can! 

Enjoy that life giving, mood boosting, beautifully warm radiant sunshine… just do it in a way that you protect your skin from too much exposure:  try to avoid peak hours of sun exposure, avoid yucky chemical sunscreens and use mineral sunscreens instead, and consider using curcumin and vit B3 to decrease your future skin cancer risk.

xoxox, Laura

 

 PS — just in time for summer…

…pre-order my new Earth Lovers Beach Towel!

Find out more here.  xoxoxo 

 

 

 

 

Stunning Results: Complete Resolution Of Irritable Bowel By Eating This

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Eating this one thing:

homemade yogurt

can result in complete resolution of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.

 

This is type of overwhelmingly complete response to a treatment is unheard of, and quite honestly, I’m surprised it’s something that the medical community will publish…

… since there is absolutely no Rx medication or over-the-counter pharmacy remedy that comes anywhere close to providing the 100% complete remission results seen with homemade yogurt.

Not only did eating homemade yogurt daily make a full remission possible — it actually made a full remission PROBABLE — as over 89% of IBS patients (some who had been suffering without improvement despite medical treatment for IBS for over a decade!) experienced COMPLETE RESOLUTION of their symptoms within just 6 months.

 

The study (reported at The World Congress of Gastroenterology: Abstract P1152, on October 16, 2017):

  • 189 patients with irritable bowel syndrome were enrolled
  • Patients had been suffering with IBS for up to 10 years or more
  • Patients consumed 2 – 3 cups of yogurt daily
  • They were clinically evaluated every 2 months for a 6 month period of time

 

The Results:

  • 169 out of 189 patients in the study (89.4%) had full remission within 6 months

 

The Bottom Line:

The vast majority of patients who consumed homemade yogurt daily

became ***completely free of IBS*** within 6 months.

 

How To:

 

The authors of this study offer this simple, cheap, and mind-blowingly effective recipe for curing your gastrointestinal woes with easy to make, inexpensive homemade yogurt:

  • First, boil a gallon of milk for 5 minutes and let it cool to lukewarm.
  • Next, mix in 1 cup of plain yogurt (use your favorite organic plain yogurt) as a source of Lactobacilli.
  • Place in an oven with the light on overnight (do not turn the oven on)
  • Refrigerate the next morning.
  • This results in enough yogurt to last you all week!
  • Save 1 cup from each batch to use as a starter for the next batch next week.
  • Each day, mix fruit and/or honey into the yogurt to sweeten it as you eat it, or put yogurt generously into a morning smoothie!

 

 

To me, this is basically the medical community proving that IBS is 100% related to gut flora.  So all of their IBS medications (like anti-diarrheals, bile acid binding agents, anti-spasmodics, muscle relaxants, laxatives, anti-depressants and more) all completely miss the mark… and come with side effects as scary as ischemic bowel disease.

All of this, back to back with the study I told you about last year that proved that yogurt lowered body fat and increased bone density!!  Presented at the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research’s Annual Meeting (September 18, 2016) researchers showed that all it takes is consuming yogurt to positively impact bone density and decrease body mass index.

Man flexing bicep, skeleton visible, close-up (Digital Composite)

 

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 each year by up to 0.6%.

 

So just yogurt… rich with probiotics… helps to 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!

 

And, as I blogged about over four years ago, probiotics have positive mind and mood enhancing effects as well (which is a big deal since about one in every ten Americans now takes an antidepressant, and antidepressants are the third most prescribed form of medication.)

The natural flora of the gut is diminished in depression, and restoring the natural vitality and variety of healthy organisms in the digestive tract is a very powerful way to improve outcome in depression (and other mood disorders, such as anxiety.)

Improved mood was shown in several different clinical studies:

  • one study showed decreased depression when participants received probiotic supplements for 30 days
  • another study reported clinically significant improvement in mood when participants ate probiotic-containing yogurt for 3 weeks.
  • and yet another study showed that participants with chronic fatigue syndrome who consumed probiotics three times a day reported significantly less anxiety compared to those who did not.

 

Probiotics lift your mood, help digestion, alleviate constipation, boost your immune system, control yeast and fungal overgrowth, promote healthy skin, and even lower blood pressure!

Hands using blood pressure cuff

Yep, you read that right, probiotics (like those found in yogurt) lowered blood pressure by an average of 5.8 mmHg systolic pressure.  

This is a very clinically significant improvement in blood pressure, as previous studies have shown that changes as small as a 3.3 mmHg reduction in systolic blood pressure is enough to create a 22% decreased risk of cardiovascular mortality, heart attack and stroke

So these results have huge implications on a massive scale, decreasing health care costs and burden and imparting important widespread public health benefits.

All from simply consuming probiotic foods… something you can do right now to support the health of your body from the inside out, head to toe.

 

 

No time for making homemade yogurt?

 

At least give your gut, mind and body the support of a high quality probiotic.

Find my very favorite, most clinically tested and effective supplements in my online dispensary here:

 

 

 

Everything… everything… from your outer skin to your inner intestines, from your mental state to your heart attack risk, can be positively impacted by consuming probiotics.

To your gut health and beyond!

xoxo, Laura

 

P.S.  What are some other awesome things that eating yogurt daily can do for you?

Hop over here to check out these articles I’ve written for you:

 

Holistic Prevention Of Lyme (+ what to do if you find a tick on you!)

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The weather is warming up, and this always means my inbox is full of emails from patients asking how they can reduce their chance of tick bites while still connecting to the earth outside.

 

 

Ticks carrying the Lyme disease bacteria (Borrelia Burgdorferi) have been found in all 50 states, so don’t be fooled into thinking its only something that folks in the northeast have to be concerned with.

But I really *really* don’t want you to limit or stop your healing practice of connecting to Mother Earth outside daily.  This healing practice is, to me, as crucial as eating or hydrating or breathing to staying healthy over a lifetime.  The earth has food, air, water, and electrical support all waiting to restore you back to full health.

So instead of staying indoors, let’s dive into all of the things you can do proactively each time you go outside to prevent lyme disease.

Preventing a tick bite is the single most important thing you can do to avoid Lyme disease.

This is the area where you can really empower yourself to be completely aware and diligent so that you never ever need to fear being outside or let fear of ticks keep you from enjoying Mother Nature.

 

8 Ways To Prevent A Tick Bite:

1.  Mow:

 

 

The easiest thing you can do is to keep your yard and outdoor living space trimmed, mowed low (don’t let grass grow long, ticks love long grass) and remove piles of leaves and other debris — this will automatically reduce your chances of having ticks in your yard.

 

 

  1. Chickens:

Add a few free roaming chickens to your yard space and you will have a tick monitoring and disposal system that is practically self running!

Woot!

Chickens eat ticks and constantly scavenge for ticks and other pests that are harmful to humans… and you get to enjoy some delicious organic free range eggs to boost!

 

  1. Add a fence:

Likewise, it’s important to ensure pets don’t bring ticks into your yard and home (which are one of the most common ways that humans get tick bites!)   The best thing to do is ensure pets that live in the home with you do not roam in wooded areas.

Installing a fence or keeping pets confined only to yard areas that are mowed short is one of the single most important things you can do to decrease human exposure to Lyme.

 

  1. Groom pets:

Daily brushing and inspecting the pet for ticks after time spent outside, !(before bringing your pets in to the home!) will help prevent ticks from catching a ride into your living space.

Keeping pets out of bedrooms and off of furniture during tick season (late spring, all summer & early fall) will decrease the chance that you or your family members will get a tick bite after a tick has dropped off a pet.

Talk to your veterinarian for more strategies on keeping ticks off of your family pet.

 

  1. Use Cedar Oil as a natural tick deterrent:

Topically it’s so easy to holistically and naturally repel ticks — no toxic chemical required.

Simply spray exposed skin with cedar oil… cedar oil is safe, all natural and no nasty DEET or other toxic chemicals that cause neuronal cell death.  Repels ticks as well as flying insects.

I use this so often that my daughter tells me that this cedar oil spray is — and I quote her here:  “the smell of my childhood.”  She says that every time I spray it and she catches the scent.  I just love that!

Spray directly on skin, pets, around doorways and porches and windows — safe to use directly on the skin.

I even carry a little 1 oz. bottle of it in my purse and car as part of my travel Lyme prevention kit, to use while outside on hikes, at sporting events, parks, road trips, picnics, etc…

 

  1. Tick check:

Even with doing the first 5 tips, you still need to physically double check your body for ticks every time you are outside.

Throughout the day and prior to bathing, double check your body, groin, armpits, scalp, hair and clothing for ticks.

Going directly into a shower after spending time outside is the best way to make sure ticks don’t drop off into your home or stay attached to you long enough to transmit Lyme.

If you can detect a tick before it anchors on, you’ve just prevented transmission entirely.  It’s worth it.  I recommend you strip off clothing and place directly into the wash after working outside, then hop in a shower to wash up.

 

  1. Tuck in, Pony up:

Wear long sleeves and pants whenever possible to help keep ticks from reaching your skin… tucking in your shirt at the waist and if possible tucking pants legs into your socks.

Put long hair into a ponytail, bun, or even better — tucking it all up under a hat is a very easy way to cut your risk of tick bites dramatically because ticks love to grab onto long hair when walking through long grasses and wooded areas.

 

  1. Use Your Dryer:

Simply running your clothes, bedding, towels, garden gloves, hiking boots, etc… through your dryer will kill any ticks you don’t see.  All it takes is one hour tumbling on high heat (or 90 min on low heat) and even fabrics or shoes that you can’t wash or get wet can still have all the ticks removed and killed just by a spin through your dryer.

And if you are on a vacation, especially vacations with hiking or lots of time spent outdoors or to wooded areas, try to stay in hotels or cabins with dryers — simply strip down and run your clothing and shoes through the dryer every time you return from exploring outside and you slash your risk of Lyme disease greatly.

Let your clothes take a tumble while you do a tick check and grab a shower and you have gone a long way to preventing Lyme disease entirely!

 

 

If prevention fails and you do have a tick bite from an infected tick, getting treated for Lyme disease immediately is the best thing you can do to prevent long term sequelae from becoming an issue.

 

So what do you do if you are bitten by a tick?  It’s okay!  

Just follow these 3 Steps

to decrease your chance of contracting Lyme:

 

 

  1.  Remove the tick

Simply gently and firmly remove the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible (not squeezing the body of the tick, which may help enable the bacteria to squirt into your bloodstream!) and most importantly: save the tick!

 

2.  Test the tick so you know if it carried Lyme or not — this can give you instant peace of mind!

 

It is infinitely easier to get a tick tested than wait and see if you become infected with Lyme.  First of all, human Lyme tests can be inaccurate and delay prompt treatment.

Second, the myriad of symptoms for Lyme disease (as we will discuss next) is a great mimicker for hundreds of other illnesses and there is no one reliable way to diagnose Lyme through symptoms.

And lastly, Lyme treatments become much less effective as time goes on.

So submitting a tick for testing (just place it in a plastic ziplock bag with a moist paper towel — provided for you in my Lyme Prevention Kit) by giving it to your local physician is the best way to know if you need Lyme prevention treatment or not.

Or you can simply head over to tick report.com to have a tick directly tested.

This is a service that allows you to send a tick in directly to a lab and have results emailed back to you within three days — awesome for getting quick answers without any delay for treatment and doesn’t even need to involve a visit to your family doctor…

(…although you may prefer to go directly to your family physician, who can give you an antibiotic to have on hand to take immediately if the results do come back positive for Lyme.)

 

It’s important to note that less than half of folks who contract Lyme disease actually have the classic bulls eye rash reaction at the bite site.

Of course if you see a bullseye rash, report this immediately to your physician.

But other symptoms of Lyme are more insidious and actually more common… symptoms like:

fever, joint pain or swelling, muscle pain and weakness, irritability, headache, mood changes, increased susceptibility to other infections (as your immune system compromises over time) and most common: fatigue.

So testing a tick and getting immediate antibiotic treatment for Lyme is the best thing you can do to prevent chasing vague symptoms like fatigue and headache for years to come.

 

3.  Boost Your Immune System

 

 

What can you do while you wait for tick test results?

Starting some immune boosting supplements is always a good idea after a tick bite while you are waiting for tick test results.

My favorite is Vit D, Vit C, Probiotics, and a Immune Boosting Supplement called Quick Defense by Innate Resources (included in my Lyme Prevention Kit, or right here in my online dispensary.)

Go ahead and boost your immunity with supplements right after any suspected exposure and you will have given yourself a head start in treating Lyme before it’s even had time to express symptoms.

Now that you are armed with a ton of very effective holistic tips on avoiding tick bites and decreasing your chance of developing Lyme disease (plus a few tips to help speed recovery if you do get a tick bite!)… it’s time to wish you a very very happy upcoming summer!!!

Keep going outside and enjoy the beautiful display that Mother Earth brings us each spring without fear!

xoxo, Laura

 

 

P.S.  Want to have all of these tools ready to go, in one place, in a travel friendly eco-friendly canvas pouch?

 

I pulled it all together into a Lyme Prevention Kit, waiting for you right here.

It includes everything you need to ground outdoors with confidence:

  • cedar oil to deter ticks from the start
  • travel sized soap and shampoo to have on hand after being outside in possible tick infested areas
  • tweezers and a plastic bag with a cotton pad to save and test any ticks you do find
  • immune boosting supplements to take immediately after suspected tick bites
  • all in a reusable canvas travel tote!

 

Use The Healing Power Of Water In These Unique Ways

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Well known as the Elixir of Life, water is absolutely critical to our well being in every way.

 

Not only are we primarily made up of water (over 70% of our body is pure water!) but water has a healing property that goes way beyond simple hydration.

Today, I want to share with you all the different ways that dehydration affects our health (you might be surprised at some of these!) and also how we can use the power of water to support our Well Being from the inside out.

 

What Does Dehydration Feel Like?

 

Dehydration is life threatening.  Severe dehydration means our organs absolutely can not function normally and leads to seizure, organ failure, and death.

But did you know even very mild levels of dehydration might be affecting you on a daily basis?

Dehydration can lead to or exacerbate common conditions such as constipation, dry skin, bad breath, headache, and high blood pressure.

 

 1.  Dry Mouth 

 

One of the first symptoms of dehydration is dry mouth, which leads to bacteria overgrowth and bad breath.  If you notice bad breath, you might consider: are you chronically dehydrated?

 

2.  Dry Skin:

 

Your skin turgor is another indicator of dehydration.  If you’ve been concerned about your skin feeling dry or more wrinkled, double check that you are drinking enough fluid each day.

 

3.  Pain

 

Pain is actually a symptom of dehydration as well, often starting with a headache.

And low fluid status can lead to headaches and brain fog as well, as the fluid volume of the brain gets depleted from dehydration.

I’ve literally had patients with a raging headache drink a glass of water and have the headache clear completely.

The next time you have a headache or any type of pain, make sure you drink a glass of water and then re-evaluate your pain levels before reaching for a pain reliever or medication.

Dehydration makes all pain worse, as the volume of the organs and joints deplete, dehydrated ligaments and cartilage get injured more easily and dehydrated discs in the spine allow increased pinching of nerves and muscle cramps increase as electrolytes deplete.

 

4. Constipation

 

Having sluggish bowels is another classic symptom of chronic dehydration.

Recent studies have shown that water status is the NUMBER ONE factor impacting regularity.  More important than walking and more important that even fiber intake, water intake can turn constipation issues around completely.

Drinking water has more of an impact on encouraging  healthy bowel movements than fiber supplement or exercise… in fact, I’d go as far as to say fiber supplements clog people up more often than they help.

In general, a constipated person is a dehydrated person.  You can fix that right now — go grab a glass of water.

 

5.  High Blood Pressure

 

 

Another classic sign of chronic dehydration?

High blood pressure.

When we decrease our water intake, our blood gets thicker, harder to pump, our blood volume decreases and our heart rate increases and our blood vessels constrict.

All together, this means your blood pressure raises and stays raised.

If you are having blood pressure issues, it is more important than EVER to be extremely vigilant about your hydration status!

 

6.  Digestive Issues

 

Dehydration also impacts your entire gut lining, and chronic dehydration can give rise to stomach ulcers and absorption issues as the mucosal layer stops secreting it’s protective film.

 

7.  Dry Cough

 

Not only does the gut lining need to be well hydrated to function, but also our entire respiratory lining does too. Our lungs absolutely require a moist mucous membrane to function.

In chronic dehydration, the mucus membranes in our respiratory system dry out and become more vulnerable to dust, pollen and other irritants.

 

8.  Urinary Tract Infections

 

Getting more UTI’s than usual?

Our entire urinary system (and therefore the health of our kidneys) depends on having enough volume to use liquids to flush toxins from our body.  When we can’t do that, we set ourselves up for issues with kidney function and a higher rate of infections.

 

9.  Weight Gain

 

Another little known side effect of chronic dehydration is weight gain.

As we become volume depleted, we begin to feel thirst, which is often confused with hunger because the body is craving intake of any kind (knowing that most foods will provide some form of hydration, your body sends out the message that it is hungry when it is volume depleted in any way.)

As a result, we eat when what we really need to be doing for our true health is rehydrating.

 

10.  Bad Mood & Foggy Brain

 

Did you know that even mild dehydration affects our mood?

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition showed that study participants reported decreased motivation and increased feelings of anxiety when mildly dehydrated.

On top of that, headache, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and decreased physical activity all were increased during dehydration. And the effect of dehydration on mood was even more pronounced in women than in men!

And this medical review published in the Journal Of the American College of Nutrition showed that our attention spans and even our short term memory fizzles when we are dehydrated.

 

So the next time you have a headache, or feel anxious, or notice your blood pressure or weight creeping up… drink a glass of water and re-evaluate.

It could be that chronic dehydration has been a key factor contributing to your symptoms all along.

And don’t rely on thirst to remind you to drink!

 

Dehydration begins when we are just 1% volume depleted, but thirst doesn’t set in until our body is about 2% volume depleted.

By then we have already had effects on our mood, energy level, ability to think clearly, and pain levels.

Instead of waiting for thirst or darkened urine to remind us to drink, let’s utilize these preventative strategies for staying well hydrated, instead of treating dehydration!  The goal of this article isn’t to teach you how to address dehydration but to have you protecting your hydration levels by preventing dehydration in the first place.

 

How to prevent dehydration? 

Here are 5 ways to help:

 

1. Begin and end every single day drinking a big glass of water. 

 

Drink water each AM before you even think about reaching for orange juice or coffee.

Replenishing the fluids you lost overnight every as well as the fluids you may have overlooked drinking all day long is a great lifelong habit to get into…

…do it daily so it becomes an automatic routine!

 

2.  Drink a glass of water whenever you feel hungry. 

 

Use hunger as a reminder to hydrate!

We feel hunger on and off all day long, and so we can remember to drink water on and off all day long too.

Thirst is often confused with hunger, because your body is craving INTAKE of any kind!

Drink a glass of water before each meal and whenever you feel thirst *or* hunger, and you will stay well hydrated all day long.

 

3.  Include fruits and vegetables at every single meal. 

 

 

Fruits and veggies are full of water (many being more than 90% water!) and minerals that help you maintain essential fluid volume.

Processed foods like packaged snacks actually dehydrate you.

Fruits and veggies are a great way to hydrate *while* you eat!

The most hydrating ones include:

melons, berries, cucumber, celery, leafy greens, tomatoes and bell peppers.

 

4.  Use an unrefined sea salt when you cook, instead of table salt.

 

It’s truly important to make sure you have enough minerals in your diet so that you can absorb and retain the right hydration balance.

Trace minerals, found in sea salts, are essential to the body’s function.

I talk a little more about why minerals are so essential for health in this video I made for you here!

Even if you don’t think hydration is an issue for you, most of us are mineral depleted whether we hydrate well or not.

You might want to consider a daily mineral supplement that you have to put into water, which will further encourage you to drink drink drink throughout the day.

My favorite is Concentrace Mineral Drops, which I have waiting for you in my trusty online dispensary here.

 

 

5.  Switch from soda to sparkling water. 

 

The sugar and chemicals found in soda (even diet soda!) mess with your metabolism and should not *count* towards your 8 cups of water a day.

Get your carbonation fix from sparkling water instead and reap the hydration rewards!

 

 

 

Use The Power Of Water In These Unique Ways

To Help Catapult Your Health:

 

Beyond staying hydrated, the healing power of water can work magic for helping to support our entire well being, from clearing our mind frame to easing pain.

Let’s go beyond staying hydrated and really tap into the broader healing properties of water… here’s 6 ways that water can boost your whole body well being:

 

 

1. Allow tears… always.

 

 

Never hold them back.

Let the water of your tears release your emotions and lift them from your body.

Water is the ultimate medium of flow and healing… in fact, water is the body’s natural choice of release as well, as you can see in the fact that the body uses tears to facilitate an emotional release.

Tears help encourage the flow of emotions through the body (both tears of joy and tears of sorrow!) and allows us to release tension more easily.

 

2.  Sweat it out!

 

The other way that the body uses water as a form of energetic and physical release is through sweat.

Heat uses the energy and flow of water (the blood in your circulatory system) by increasing flushing — fluid in, sweat out.

Exercise is an essential, wonderful, medically proven treatment plan for so many different health conditions, shown to be effective in treating everything from insomnia, to depression and anxiety to fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions… even preventing dementia and extending our lifespan!

Make sure you find some physical activity that you can routinely do that allows you to sweat… whether you like hiking, yoga, kickboxing, jogging, or even, in a pinch a more passive form of sweating like a sauna (which has been recently shown to decrease dementia rates!) — find a way to embrace sweating and be sure to replace that fluid flow with tons of fresh filtered water both before, during, and after sweating!!!

 

3.  Use the cleansing properties of water to detox and release. 

 

Take a long hot epsom salt bath soak (add some baking soda and apple cider vinegar to turn it into a detoxing experience) to soothe muscles, calm and relax you before bedtime…

…or simply relax in a warm shower and envision the water carrying the tensions of the day down the drain for you.

Another great way to use water to heal is to ground by the ocean or river or lake (or even the morning dew on a blade of grass!).

 

There is a reason that doctor’s routinely gave out prescriptions for spending time by the sea when they had no idea what else to do to help an ailment!

That’s because the earth has healing energy to give you, and if you add moisture to that you increase your own conductivity and healing accelerates.

Ground outside (daily if at all possible) and add water –sweaty feet, making a puddle with your hose, heading to the beach for a healing weekend retreat, or any other way to add moisture:

 

moisture + you + earth = expedited healing

 

For more on using the healing power of the earth to feel better, you can download my free Grounding Idea Book here.

 

4.  Combine water with heat  

 

My favorite way to combine the healing power of water with the healing power of heat (beyond the sauna, bath and shower I’ve already mentioned!) is to fill a hot water bottle full of warm water and hold it on your body where you are feeling any tension, pain, or stuck emotion, for example on your chest, abdomen, neck, back, etc…

Adding the element of heat enhances the healing release all the more.

I love using my grounding hot water bottles for releasing energy in stuck, sore muscle cramps, relieving nausea and abdominal cramps during my period, to ease growing pains for my children, and countless other applications!

 

5.  Make sure your air contains moisture! 

 

As I mentioned above, your mucosal membranes absolutely require moisture to function… did you know you lose over two cups (or a half liter) of water just from breathing each day?

Use steam/humidifiers to help hydrate your air and support the hydration of your mucosal membranes.

 

6.  Intentionally drink water as a way to energetically reset the body from the inside out

 

You lose up to 2 liters (8 cups) of water each day just through urination and bowel movements and skin surface evaporation.

You can utilize this high turn over of fluids to your advantage and hydrate hydrate hydrate during times of worry or sorrow or stress more than any other time of your life.

Look at every glass of water you drink as a way to add a healing intention into your body, infusing every single cell of every single tissue of every single organ system you have with healing support.

You can simply say a prayer, say an intention, even just *think* an intention as you hold your cup of water and silently bless it before you drink it.  You can even take a sharpie marker and write an intention or uplifting word or phrase onto your water bottle or onto a piece of tape and tape it to your cup or mug.

Let your body be flushed out inside and out and with every urination or bowel movement or tear or droplet of sweat you shed, recognize you are flushing the old energy down the drain and making way for new healing.

 

The beautiful, life affirming, healing properties of water can not be matched with anything else we put into our bodies.

 

Today, try to use the healing flow of water to support your Well Being in many many different ways, and be sure to be protective about your hydration status at all times.

xoxo, Laura

 

P.S.  Recently I was asked:

 

“Dr. Laura, a friend told me to get a water filter that removes fluoride… do I really need to?”  – S.K.

 

 

After hundreds of studies have shown fluoride affects everything from cognitive function in humans to diabetes, fertility and more in animals, I recommend avoiding fluoride in water and never use fluoridated toothpastes.

Fluoride is an enzyme inhibitor, point-blank.

But what’s the problem with the miniscule amounts of fluoride added to the public water supply?

The old problem that is widely recognised (even by the National Institutes of Health) is that it accumulates in bone.  It is estimated about 50% of the fluoride we consume is eliminated, and 50% is stored.

Miniscule amounts of fluoride adding to our bodies sip after sip after sip equals a not-so-minimal exposure.  Over a lifetime, these levels can reach high proportions… decreasing bone density and causing brittleness.

For a nation whose women have epidemic proportions of osteopenia and osteoporosis, it would be counter productive to continue to drink fluoride on a daily basis… and then use even more Rx to combat the osteoporosis that develops later in life.  Studies have shown that the rate of hip fracture in elderly is directly increased in areas that fluoridate their water.

The truth is, even if you feel that you *need* fluoride to help reduce the incidence of cavities… you are getting plenty of fluoride through your foods.

Plants store fluoride found naturally in the earth AND from the water used to irrigate crops.  Yep, even organic crops have fluoride in them from the irrigation water.

Statements from reps of the National Institutes of Health recommend that people who drink large quantities of water should not drink tap water, but instead switch to bottled water.  We are just getting so much exposure to fluoride, to intentionally consume extra fluoride, whether through drinking water or toothpaste, is way too much.

Your skin absorbs fluoride as well, so even when you are showering or taking a bath, you are absorbing fluoride.

And now?   In addition to bone uptake?  Now the new problem is we know fluoride is being taken up by our cardiovascular system as well.

A study published in the journal Nuclear Medicine Communications definitively proved that fluoride is absorbed into your vascular system. Researchers followed 61 patients after administering fluoride and found that 96% of them had fluoride uptake in their cardiovascular walls.

In a nation with heart disease steeply rising, this doesn’t sit well with me.  Direct absorption to of fluoride into our cardiovascular walls (and a significant correlation between cardiovascular events and fluoride uptake) makes it all the more urgent for us to avoid fluoride all together.

And now new reports are revealing something even more disturbing, if you can believe it — fluoride lowers IQ.

I am routinely asked at the dentist’s office if I would like to give my children a concentrated fluoride treatment.  And affect their still-developing brain?

Uh… NO.

I use the Berkey water filtration system in my home (I have the small travel Berkey system and it works perfectly well, so don’t feel like you need to get the biggest or most expensive filter out there!) and keep mine out on my kitchen counter space and not only am I drinking pure, clean, fluoride free water, but the visual reminder to DRINK every single time I walk by the water filter or am standing in the kitchen preparing a meal.  This has really helped me to remember to maintain my hydration status.

Need a more inexpensive solution?

One that it travel friendly too?

I’ve got you.

For a small fraction of the cost of a home water filter, when you are on the go, at work, at the gym, or just dining out at a restaurant for a meal, you can still filter fluoride out of your glass of water totally discreetly using this fluoride water filter in a straw!

Or, if you prefer, a fluoride filtering sports bottle to take your own water with you.

So all in all?

Yes, absolutely I feel that a fluoride filter to remove fluoride from your drinking water (as well as not using fluoridated toothpaste) is worth the it for the long term health of your heart, your bones, and all the organs in between!