How To Protect Yourself From 5G

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Here are some pictures from the 5G summit I recently spoke at:

 

(thank you for taking them Melissa, you are the best!)

 

 

While I am still waiting for the recording from that event, I had a quick moment while I was between presentations at a medical conference to run up to my hotel room and record some quick thoughts for you about 5G exposures and what you can do to feel more empowered.

In the video below, I summarize what I presented at the 5G summit and I give lots of actionable, easy things you can do to protect your health and decrease your own radiation exposures:

 

 

 

 

The point is this: you can take charge of your own health.

You are innately resilient and you can protect that.

Even if the government doesn’t.

Even if your own family physician doesn’t.

 

You don’t have to be scared and you don’t have to give up hope, you can simply start thinking of radiation exposures in the same way that we think of ultraviolet exposures — now it’s just a matter of habit to wear sunglasses or sunscreen or limit your time out in peak sunlight hours.

Eventually we will begin to think of the EMFs that bombard us day and night in a similar way.   Not exactly good for our health, but manageable with the right protection.

Here are some of the tools I reference in the video above… hopefully you will find them helpful in boosting your own innate health!

 

 

  • This router cover, to dramatically decrease the radiation coming from your router while still being able to use your internet throughout your home.
  • Shielding lotion, this silver based gel cuts radiation exposures roughly in half… and I’m currently in development of a stronger cream that will block even more RF from reaching you.  (Sign up for my weekly newsletter right here if you would like to be notified when my new, patent-pending RF blocking lotion is available!)  Meanwhile this one will definitely decrease your exposures to help you feel your best and function your best!
  • Organic shielding throw blankets, in several different styles.
  • Organic shielding sleeping bags, 100% hand made to surround your entire body in a cocoon of protective shielding.
  • Shielding clothing… I have a wide range of shielding protective clothing whether you want a nice shielding jacket to walk around in as you are out and about in urban settings, or (new to my shop!) you want to snuggle in at home with a shielding robe wrapped protectively around you, or something in between (my new shielding sweatshirts, for example!)

 

 

 

All of these healing tools (and so much more, including organic grounding tools and EMF shielding ground cords) are all waiting for you in my

Shielding Boutique right here.

 

You absolutely can take your own health into your own hands!

I hope this information helps someone out there feel more optimistic about the future and more empowered at how incredibly resilient the human body is!

xoxox, Laura

 

 

Are IV Drips, Cryotherapy and Other Alternative Healing Options Worth It? I’ll Show You…

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Lately I’ve noticed that elective IV drips at medical spas have taken off.

So… just in time for halloween… can a nutritional IV decrease your sugar cravings?

 

Today I’m going to take you on a trip to a MedSpa and tell you if it was powerful enough to make a difference in my sugar cravings or any other boosts to my energy level and well being.  Plus… if you hate needles, read on for some non-IV alternatives.

Although I am one of those who truly hate needles, I went for a nutritional IV to find out if they are worth the hype.  I take you along to get an IV and tell you my thoughts before, during, and after.

Was it worth the high price tag?  Here was my experience:

 

 

 

 

So all in all… for spending over a hundred dollars to try to temporarily boost certain nutrients for a few days, I could have purchased several months worth of the highest quality, pharmaceutical grade supplements that would have supported me for an entire season.  With a bonus of no needle punctures required, plus a much longer window of support, all for less cost.

Below is a list of common ingredients you can select in these nutritional IVs (including the vitamins that Stacey and I tried) and as I scan through them all, every single one of them is available as an oral supplement. 

 

  • B-12:  helps boost energy
  • Glutathione (Stacey had this one): super powerful antioxidant, decreases inflammation
  • Vitamin B complex (I had this): B vitamins are supportive to many metabolic processes in the cells of your nerves, digestive tract, skin and more
  • L-Carnitine: boosts energy and mitochondrial function, fat burning, a favorite of athletes
  • Taurine: essential for brain, eye and red blood cell function, may aid muscle function too
  • Vit D: essential for bone health, immunity, hormone balance and so much more
  • Vit C (Stacey had this one too): powerful antioxidant that boosts immune function, promotes wound healing and tissue repair
  • Glutamine (I had this one — this one was responsible for my decreased sugar tolerance): Boosts digestive health, repairs leaky gut, decreases sugar cravings
  • Lysine:  An essential amino acid helpful for tissue growth as well as having anti-viral properties
  • Magnesium (I had this one too): essential for hundreds of enzymatic reactions in the body, essential for proper nerve & muscle function, promotes relaxation
  • Trace Minerals: helps electrolyte balance, boost energy levels and immune function, enhances conductivity

 

Many MedSpas will combine the above supplements to create their own nutritional cocktails, for example the popular Myers Cocktail is simple a combo of B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Trace Minerals (usually calcium and magnesium.)

I have all of these nutritional supplements (and many, many more) hand selected for you — the same supplements I take and that I give to my own children — in my trusty online dispensary right here.  I’ve applied an automatic discount for you as a reader of my blog.

Head over here to order oral glutamine supplements to effectively decrease your own sugar cravings without an IV.  Enjoy skipping the needle and getting the same support for  less right here:

 

 

 

Next up?

 

Stacey and I are headed to give cryotherapy a go, then sauna, then acupuncture, then a 3 day fast, then a yoni steam (I mean… should we do that last one?  I’m on the fence…)

But no matter what holistic therapies intrigue you, keep moving forward with your health and healing.

If you feel that your healing journey has reached a plateau, know that there is always a fun new way to approach wellness with fresh forward moving energy.

Here are some additional ideas for unusual alternative healing modalities that you might want to consider, plus some tips on how to try an at-home versions of each as well!

 

 

 

 

  1. Float Therapy: which I try out and review for you in a video right here.

 

There are tons of studies that show that floating in a sensory deprivation tank — a body temperature tank of ultra-concentrated magnesium salts that allow the body to float effortlessly — is helpful in decreasing chronic tension headaches, significantly decreasing anxiety, and treating insomnia.  A study published in Biological Psychiatry: Neuroscience and Neuroimaging in June 2018 found that muscle tension was significantly decreased and blood pressure was measurably reduced after float therapy.   Another study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal in March of 2016 found that anxiety symptoms were significantly reduced to the point that almost 40% of patients with generalized anxiety disorder reached full remission post-treatment.

 

Want to try it at home? Take an epsom salt bath.

 

If you don’t live near a floatation therapy center or want to experience an inexpensive at-home version of float therapy, draw a warm bath just before bedtime, making it close to body temperature (98 degrees) and add several cups of epsom salts to make a hypertonic magnesium solution.

Darken the room or place a warm washcloth over the eyes and soak for at least 15 minutes… up to 60 minutes… adding warm water when needed to maintain body temperature.

See if you feel more calm, with less muscle tension, and get a better night’s sleep!

 

 

 

 

  1. Halotherapy: which I try out and review for you in a video right here.

 

Halotherapy is simply the inhalation of aerosolized dry salts… a very popular new therapy added to many spas. These salt therapy lounges can be very beautiful, with gorgeous Himalayan salt wall features and flowing loose salt over the floors to give the appearance of a salt cave, while sodium chloride crystals are aerosolized into the room’s air for inhalation.

These spas claim that halotherapy can improve respiratory allergies, fix chronic dermatologic skin issues like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, and even decrease the frequency of upper respiratory infections.  There are some studies that back this up, one notable study published in the journal Meditsina Truda I Promyshlennaia Ekologiia in 2016 which showed that mild cases of chronic obstructive lung disease was clinically improved in about 40% of cases.  Another study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology showed that halo therapy decreased the size of tonsillar hypertrophy in almost half of the patients studied, and was particularly well tolerated by children compared to medical-surgical treatment for sub-obstructive hypertrophy. Lastly, a study published in Pediatric Pulmonology in 2017 showed that asthmatic children had less bronchial hyper-responsiveness, although lung function tests did not show measurable improvement following treatment.

 

Want to try this at home? Use a personal Himalayan Salt Inhaler.

 

An economical alternative to inhale microparticles of salts is a personal inhaler made from ceramic, used with Himalayan sea salts.  Simply hold up to your mouth, breath in through the mouth and out through the nose for 10 minutes daily.  But with the mixed reviews on inhaling salt — some studies found it triggered cough and irritated breathing tubes — plus with my own dismal experience with going to a salt cave, I recommend you consult your physician before use.

 

Another alternative?  Plug in a Himalayan Salt Lamp.

 

Although there are no medical studies directly proving a salt lamp is therapeutic, there are lots of general claims that a Himalayan salt lamp provides negative ions to the living space — and negative ion therapy actually has been studied and shown to slightly reduce depression symptoms, decrease headaches, and marginally help normalize circadian rhythms.  So theoretically there may be a slight health benefit to introducing a salt lamp into your home and it’s certainly much cheaper than halotherapy at a therapy center… if you are even lucky enough to have a therapeutic salt cave in your area.

 

 

 

 

  1. Cryotherapy:  which I try out for you and review in a video right here.

 

Just like a football player taking an ice bath after a big game, exercise enthusiasts swear by intensely cooling down the body with cryotherapy after strenuous exertion as a way to reduce inflammation and expedite recovery.

Cryotherapy centers are gaining in popularity, but do they work?   One study, recently published in Wiadomosci Lekarskie in 2018, found that cryotherapy treatments decreased back pain and increased the range of motion of the lower back in patients with degenerative spine disease.  Another study published in PLOS One in June 2011 showed cryotherapy after exercise reduced blood markers of inflammation.

I tried it on my left knee, which has hurt me since I injured it playing soccer as a teenager decades and decades ago, and I loved it!  Definitely felt less knee pain for about 48 hours.  My friend did whole body cryotherapy and found it not only invigorating but had less aches and pains as well for at least two days.  This one I give a two thumbs up to!

 

 

 

Want to try this at home?  An ice bath may be just as effective.

 

A study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology Performance in March 2017 showed that a 10 minute ice bath (50 degrees Fahrenheit) was actually more effective than whole body cryotherapy (3 minutes at -110 degrees Celsius) in reducing muscle soreness and accelerating muscle recovery after exertion.

Can’t tolerate an ice bath?  Simply use an ice pack (for no longer than 10 minutes) placed directly on areas of pain and soreness to decrease inflammation in targeted joints and muscles.  Better yet, use a grounded ice pack to synergistically combine therapies for better results.

 

 

 

  1. Acupuncture: this one is next up for me — I’ll share a new video with you on this in December!

 

Acupuncture isn’t a new therapy, but a longstanding ancient healing modality that has proven benefits in the medical literature.  In a study published in Headache in March of 2015, acupuncture was shown to decrease migraine occurrence as well as any conventional drug therapy, with less side effects and no prescription necessary.

Acupuncture was also shown to reduce chronic back pain (recently published Jan 2019 in Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP) and significantly decrease pain and increase functionality in fibromyalgia patients (published Jan 2019 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.)

 

Want to try this at home?  Acupressure.

 

Several studies have shown that acupressure — holding pressure over pressure points — is equally effective to professional acupuncture with needles.  Pre-surgical patients ranked similar relief with acupressure as with acupuncture in alleviating pre-surgery anxiety, and psoriasis patients actually improved more with short term acupressure therapy over traditional acupuncture therapy.

At home it’s super easy to hold or massage acupressure points — many important acupressure points are found in the hand and the feet, on the external ear, the scalp, neck, back, wrist and more.  In fact, many of the benefits of traditional massage are thought to be from stimulation of acupressure points, along with increased circulation by mobilizing muscle and fascial tissue.  So even if you don’t know specific acupressure points, even a simple foot or hand massage can relax your whole body, from head to toe.

And for a no-brainer way to apply acupressure, there are lots of inexpensive tools like Aculief (for headache therapy,) acupressure wrist bands for nausea relief, acupressure foot massagers, acupressure clips to use on ears, hands and feet, even whole body acupressure mats.

 

 

 

  1. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: I’m not trying this one out… ever.  Sorry!

 

One of the most new exciting areas of research, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment that increases oxygen to the tissues of the body, theoretically improving tissue survival and recovery.  Classically used to treat resistant infections and non-healing wounds, fascinating newer research is showing that hyperbaric oxygen treatments can actually make a marked improvement in older brain injuries such as prolonged concussion syndrome.

Research published in the Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews in July 2005 showed that brain injuries that were 1 to 5 years old significantly improved cognitive function, increased quality of life, and induced neuroplasticity after hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

Even more recent research (published 2015 in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience) showed that brain injuries that were over 10 years old responded to hyperbaric oxygen therapy by increased cerebral blood flow and blood volume.  These changes increased perfusion of the brain and resulted in significant improvements in global cognitive scores, which is unheard of in decade old traumatic brain injuries.

More recently (published in Frontiers in Psychology in December 2018) researchers were able to measure significantly increased brain activity in the prefrontal cortex, orbital frontal cortex and subgenus areas of the brain on brain imaging studies.   Hyperbaric oxygen chambers are popping up all over in a more accessible, lower cost version called Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

However, I never plan to ever try this, because vascular malformations in the brain run in my family, and I just don’t want to have any external pressure applied to my cardiovascular system lest I encourage an unwanted bleed.  So my advice — only give hyperbaric oxygen therapy a try if you have been cleared by your own personal physician.

 

Want to try this at home?  Intentional Deep Breathing

 

Deep breathing is incredibly effective at boosting cognition, reducing blood pressure, calming heart rate, and improving heart rate variability, and it only takes 3 slow deep breaths to boost vagal tone and feel the immediate benefits.

Taking slow, measured breaths is one reason that mantra — repeating a word or short phrase — has been shown to treat PTSD and improve insomnia better than traditional talk therapy (published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, June 2018.).

In fact, published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine in Feb 2019, researchers found that study participants who practiced slow mindful breathing for 15 minutes nightly improved cardiac vagal activity and improved quality of sleep.  Not bad for a completely free, totally accessible healing modality that you can try right now.

 

Never let healing get dry, boring or mindless.

Interjecting something new to once in a while can stimulate your body to recover in all new ways.

As I mentioned above, even brain injuries that are over ten years old can show significant improvement by treatments that are considered alternative.

There is a first time for everything, so breathe new life into your health and healing by trying something you’ve never tried before!

xoxox, Laura

 

You Know All That Stress Ain’t Good For You… Here’s How To Fix It

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Today I want to give you a round-up of my 12 favorite ways to decrease stress.

 Because if you can can decrease your stress levels, you can protect your longevity.

 

 

1.  The easiest way to become stress-proof:  take probiotics.

 

I’ve blogged in the past about how probiotics are so powerful in stabilizing the mind that they are actually a treatment for depression.  In a new study, researchers show that taking probiotics for only one month reduces stress, decreases anxiety and even improves memory!

Researchers looked at the strain of Bifidobacterium longum and followed what effect this probiotic had when used as a “psychobiotic” — looking at mood, stress, and even cognitive performance.

Turns out, not only does the gut play an essential role in your ability to absorb and utilize nutrients… and not only does the gut play an enormous role in our immune function… and not only does the gut play a clearly defined role in mood… but it is now shown to play a role in cognition, memory, and the ability to retain healthy thought function under stress.

Research presented Oct 18, 2015 at the Society For Neuroscience annual meeting showed that after only one month, B. Longum statistically and significantly:

  • reduced the cumulative output of the stress hormone cortisol
  • decreased subjective reports of anxiety in response to acute stress
  • improved memory and improved EEG output

 

It’s exciting to focus on treating stress, anxiety, depression and memory disturbances through enhancing the gut biome, because this is a low cost, easily accessible all natural non-prescription, healthy and fabulous intervention that we can all be taking to become resilient to stress.

We can’t change the stress that life brings, but one thing we do have the power to modify is that we can support our gut microbiome better so that we can boost mood and support brain function.

Consider:

  • Adding probiotic containing foods such as fermented foods, kefir, komubcha and organic whole fat yogurt to your diet routinely (one study showed that eating yogurt completely resolved irritable bowel symptoms and gave patients full remission within 6 months)
  • Taking a high quality probiotic supplement that includes strains (such as b. longum and b. bifidum) that have been medically proven to affect brain function and support the gut/mind axis.
  • Other supplements to consider:

Magnesium: being mineral deficient can trigger anxiety symptoms… magnesium deficiency can cause shakiness, muscle tension and irregular heartbeat.  Your muscles (including your heart!) and your central nervous system absolutely need minerals to stabilize and function.  I highly recommend magnesium replacement if you tend to feel anxious,  stressed or have areas of muscle tension.  Nightly magnesium bath soaks, topical applications of magnesium lotion, or trace mineral drops in water throughout the day can do wonders to settle a hyper-irritable central nervous system and soothe a tension.

Omega 3 fatty acids: Omega 3 fatty acids offer a calming effect on the brain.  In fact, a medical study published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity in November 2011 showed that taking Omega 3 fatty acid supplements dropped anxiety rates by 20%!  Eating fish several times a week or taking krill oil daily is an easy way to boost your intake of Omega 3s.

 

 

 

Find my very favorite probiotics, mineral drops, omega 3 formulas and more in my pharmacy grade, online dispensary right here!  That way, you can be sure that you are taking a medical grade product that WORKS.  Not paying for an empty promise with weak or ineffective probiotic strains, or probiotics that have lost efficacy because of the way they were manufactured and stored.

Find medical grade probiotics,  fish oils that are pure and tested, and minerals that are in the right dosages for optimum health right here.

 

 

 

 

2.  Reconnect with nature.

 

When you get stressed out, all you have to do is walk out your front door, step out of your office, or stop driving and step out of your car.

To reconnect with nature is to find an instant sense of spaciousness, a calm centered experience as you take a single deep breath.

Reconnecting with the wonder of being a human being standing on a rock that spirals through space and seeing the earth for the vast support network it iscan’t help but lift your spirits for the better.

The power of nature can hold even your worst of days and remain an immovable source of strength.

Don’t believe me?

The next time you are having a panic attack, or a pounding headache, or a knot of worry grow in your stomach, just go outside.  Get out there.  Don’t force anything, just start walking and let nature work its magic.

 

 

3. Focus on Spirit.

 

This is something shown over and over again in the medical literature — the power of prayer to affect clinical outcome is a beautiful fact.  Prayer (and meditation, if prayer does not appeal to you) both connect you to the bigger picture and remind you, you are not alone here.

 

 “Life is too short to be taken seriously.” — Oscar Wilde

 

It’s not all on your shoulders alone… and it’s not as serious as you think it is.  The surest way I know to alleviate stress and suffering is to find meaning in it.  Whether it’s through mediation, personal prayer, asking friends and family to pray for you, cultivating your own sense of spirit surrounding and supporting you — these are all such important ways to alleviate stress.

The divine support system is around you, surrounding you, whether you are able to feel it or not.  Calling on the power of prayer or connecting with that reservoir of love through meditation is an instant boost that strengthens you and changes outcome, no doubt about it.

Need some more inspiration?  Read Man’s Search For Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl.

He is a concentration camp survivor who writes beautifully about how the people who survived these horrific conditions were not the strongest, or youngest, or even the healthiest… they were the ones who found meaning in what they were going through.

Finding a deeper, spiritual meaning in what you are going through — focusing on the why behind the stress season instead of the demand of stress itself — is in and of itself enough to sustain you.

Consider developing a meditation practice or a prayer practice to get into a daily habit of reframing your outlook around the things that are stressing you out today… and as protection against the things that will stress you out tomorrow.

Literally even just repeating one word over and over for a few minutes (known as mantra therapy) has been shown to be so powerful it treats PTSD as good as psychotherapy!  I review that medical study for you right here.

 

 

 

4. Music.

 

My kids will tell you that if I am really grumpy, all we have to do is hop in the car and turn on the radio and within a few songs, all of a sudden I don’t feel so hopeless.  In fact, I feel optimistic and grateful and filled with the same sense of wonder and possibility that I feel when I spend time in nature.

My son funnels all his energy into his piano whenever he feels stressed out… and the music pouring through our home is as healing a presence as any I could possibly create even with my 26+ years of medical experience as a physician.  Music is just. That. Good.

The power of music to wash through you and lift you is amazing.  In fact, as I blog about here, music has the ability to lift dementia — it is that uplifting!

If you are feeling stressed or depressed, especially if you can not leave your current surroundings (perhaps you are in the hospital or your office or your car…) slip on some music and allow it to sweep through your soul and lift you higher.

 

 

5. Consider changing jobs.

 

No, I’m not joking.  Stress on the job is such a real threat to your health that I think you should take it into account when figuring out your future.

Hop over here where I talk more about a medical study that shows that stress on the job can literally drive you crazy, and 4 ways to counterbalance it.

And if you can’t change jobs, take the time to invest in developing a good support system at your work.  There IS a support system around you, even if you don’t think you have a friend in the world… yes even at work.

If you are suffering and over-taxed, ask for help.  Ask your coworkers, your boss, the person you say hi to every day.  If you have none of the above, go out into the world asking for help to show up — go to the park, go to your bank, go to the grocery store, go to the thrift shop.

Angels are out there waiting to embrace and help you.

 

 

 

6. Decrease Your Background Noise

 

As I talk about in my blog post here, noise pollution is not just a bunch of loud noises causing long term hearing issues.  We are now aware that even 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.
Recent medical studies have found that:
  • 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.
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.  Hop over to my blog post here for 10 ways to decrease your background noise — there is even a free printable list you can print out — which will truly decrease your stress levels over all.

 

7.  Breathe.

 

Use the centering power of your breath to provide calming bio-feedback immediately to your body.

Did you know it only takes 3 deep breaths to measurably decrease anxiety?  That’s because deep breathing decreases your heart rate, decreases your blood pressure, stimulates digestion, lifts mood, and helps you relax more easily into sleep.

Deep breathing stimulates the vagus nerve, which that runs through your chest and abdomen and helps to regulate many different organs, including the heart, lungs, and the gastrointestinal tract.  By stimulating the vagus nerve you support the parasympathetic nervous system into calming you down.

Try deep belly breathing (not shallow chest breathing) and slow your breathing to half the normal rate (from about 12 breaths per minute down to about 6.).

Thwarting stress can be as simple as breathing in while counting to 5, holding your breath for 3 counts, then releasing slowly while counting to 7.  Repeat!

Breathe your way through it and usher in the feeling of peace and calm with each breath.

Need some guidance on taking 3 deep breaths?  In this blog post, I give you my favorite 3 techniques for focusing on the breath… it’s truly one of my favorite ways to decrease stress and I passionately believe we all need to learn these techniques to navigate life more easily.

Click over here to watch a short video where I personally walk you through it, right as you watch it. 

 

8. Gratitude and compassion.

 

This is a no-brainer — one of the gifts of suffering through stressful times is that you can witness and hold other people’s suffering so much more fully.

Compassion and gratitude for the journey and knowing that others have made it through ordeals much even worse than your own can really help instill hope to your own journey.

As contrary as it sounds, topics that would have felt dark or depressing to the kids in their homeschool studies in earlier years felt powerful and empowering to them during our own times of stress.  For example, during a particularly hard year when we lost our home and had to relocate, we dove deeply into WWI and WWII studies, reading Anne Frank’s diary and having long, meaningful discussions about suffering and triumph… those felt incredibly moving and fortifying to us.

Knowing the darker side, leaning into it, persevering through it, witnessing with compassion what others have gone through… all of these things make traveling your own dark night feel less lonely.  It’s not just that suffering has meaning but it goes one step further to say that you are strong enough to bear it and your heart is big enough to hold it.

Focus on witnessing suffering in others around you and holding compassion for the entire yin and yang of it all, the darkness and light of the world… the richness here is a different twist on helping to find meaning in suffering and the gift here is being able to open your heart even wider then you thought possible before.

Keep your eye open for flyers and ads in local businesses and libraries, church bulletins and neighborhood drives, for ways that you can give of your time and energy in a way that uplifts you instead of adds to your to-do list.

Others have done the hard work for you of arranging ways to donate — sign up for something as little or big as you like!  There are tons of community outreach programs, from donating time or resources to a charity or foundation that you believe in is probably the easiest way to express gratitude and compassion during your own challenging times.

 

9. Sleep.

 

Studies have shown that sleep deprivation is even harder to bear during times of anxiety or stress.  So if you are going through a time of stress, it is more important than ever before in your entire life that you sleep well.

You MUST SLEEP in order to recover from the stress of the day and prepare for the next day ahead.  In fact, sleep is so powerful that it is totally possible to treat anxiety and stress solely through increasing the quality of your sleep.

In this blog post, I review a medical study for you that shows going to bed a little earlier can literally prolong your life.  And I share with you my 10 favorite ways to help you get to sleep.

The time is perfect for this idea, because you can use the fact that the days are getting shorter and night is getting longer to enter a time of restorative hibernation.  Your natural desire for earlier sleep onset in the winter can help you shift your routine from staying up late at night to grabbing an earlier bedtime.   Literally shifting your bedtime forward by just one hour — just one hour! — is enough to make a measurable improvement in how your body functions the very next day.

Again, here are the best 10 ideas on how to do it.

For more articles I’ve written on sleep health, click over to read:

 

 

10. Body work.

 

The feeling of worry and stress and anxiety is often the stress of energy that is accumulating in the body without release.  I know I personally feel this as a ball of pressure right in my solar plexus, as well and incredibly painful tension in my shoulders and neck… but where stress shows up for you in your body is different for everyone.

Irritability, crying, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, tension, muscle stiffness, decreased or increased appetite, weight loss or gain, insomnia… often these all represent energy that just needs to be released to make room for the natural healing process and optimism and energy to return.

If you are feeling stuck and in need of physical release, do any or ALL of the following to help assist your body in letting go of stress — doctor’s orders:

 

 

11. Light Therapy.

 

The fact that the days get shorter in fall and winter, yet life does not slow down at all during winter holidays and certainly work hours are never shorter… is very very stressful.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a very real and natural consequence of getting less light.  Less light means less mood boosting serotonin in our brains.  Which can equal anxiety, depression, even trouble sleeping for many of us.

But the flip side of that, though, can give us a very simple, very effective treatment:  light therapy!

Light therapy has been clinically proven to boost mood, reduce anxiety, deepen sleep and more.

Published August 2015 in Biological Psychiatry, researchers found that after only 30 minutes of daily light therapy in the mornings, fear and anxiety levels were significantly reduced and stimuli that used to trigger panic did not trigger an anxiety response in the way that it did before the light therapy.

You can use a lightbox to boost morning light exposure, or simply make a habit of going out every morning immediately after waking up and grabbing 30 minutes of daylight.  I personally do both — I go outside daily but I also use a lightbox for about 30 minutes every single day.

Light therapy can be used safely in conjunction with medical treatments (including Rx medications) so if you are on an anxiety or depression medication, augment your treatment with light therapy and it’s highly possible you can work with your physician to decrease dose!

 

 

 

12.  Repair your adrenals.

 

If you have been through any kind of stressful situation or big life transition or change (even fun, positive ones like marriage, a new job, a new baby!) chances are your adrenals could use some TLC.

 

In this healing online class I’m going to share with you exactly what causes adrenal fatigue and all the absolutely critical ways to address it.

 

I run this class every fall because fall is the perfect time to finally go inwards and address your burn out.

 

If you start to take care of your adrenal rhythm now, in just a few short months from now you can be fully recovered from Adrenal Fatigue and emerge this spring feeling better than you have felt in many many years!  Ready to eat lighter, sleep in a healthier pattern, lose weight, and move your body more.

Did you know that you can actually be in adrenal fatigue from birth?  It’s true.

But did you also know it’s fully reversible, no matter how long you’ve been living on fumes?  That’s also true, and I will help you get there.

Grab one of the last spots in this class (as of writing this I have 4 goodie bags left!) because it starts in just a few weeks and I want to send your goodie bag out to you today!  This week is the very last week to sign up.

 

Let’s repair your adrenals together

(this short and sweet 5 day class starts next Monday, Nov 4th!)

 

 

 

I hope this list of 12 things you can do to release stress and support your health… even in the middle of great personal stress or anxiety… is helpful to you and a blessing of some ideas to consider.

To a stress free fall and winter, my friends!

xoxo, Laura

 

What Grounding Does To Your Muscles

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Our musculoskeletal system is the perfect conduit for grounding.

 

Your entire skeleton and all your muscles — as well as the connective tissues that hold all your organs and soft tissues in place — is a conductive conduit for healing is the basis for how and why grounding works.

 

When you touch the earth outside, your entire body is instantaneously grounded precisely because your entire musculoskeletal system is conductive — think of it as a conductive fiberoptic system that runs grounding instantly throughout your entire body, as easy as flipping a switch.

 

The musculoskeletal system is what makes you conductive, and what makes grounding instantaneous throughout your whole body.

 

 

In this video, I run through all of the medical literature on grounding your muscles and why it is so powerfully helpful in reducing muscle tension, relieving and even preventing muscle soreness, and much much more:

 

 

I recorded that video many years ago, so I decided to deliver this healing information in an entirely new way, by painting it for you!

 

Let me walk you through what I came up with:

1 . First I started by sketching out a body in movement, and outlining all the muscles that are being powerfully supported by the earth through grounding.  I also started painting in the background and the energy that pulses from the earth:

 

 

2.  Then I started really putting some more energy pulsing into the atmophere around us from the earth, painted in the grass, and then decided to do a cross section of earth under the foot to show the energy from the ground up into the human body:

 

 

3.  Then I filled in the muscles and connective tissues that run along the body, making it a fully conductive conduit for healing… as well as starting to show the inflammation and stress and strain from the body draining into the earth… ahhhhhh…. this is my favorite part of grounding, just feeling it all drain away beneath me:

 

 

 

4.  Then I started painting the reciprocal flow — the healing pulse of the earth running immediately up from the point of contact in the foot throughout the muscles and body of the person grounding.  This would happen at any point of contact — I could easily have painted a fingertip touching the earth and it would ground your body the exact same way, as would any body part touching the earth in any way!

 

 

 

5.   I used gold to make the grounded energy stand out a little more and symbolized this with sacred geometry spirals flowing both up and down, symbolizing the wonderful healing support we get from the earth at the first moment of contact:

 

 

 

Anyway, voila!  My latest addition to my original healing paintings… you can find more uplifting original artwork that I’ve painted over the years right here.  

 

 

 

Back to how grounding can and will help your muscle tension and soreness…

whether it’s from stress, poor sleep, an injury, strain from exercise or for any other reason, you can count on the earth to help.

 

But you can’t count on your physician to remind you to get grounded, because most medical professionals just aren’t aware yet that the entire structure of your body (all of your ligaments, tendons, muscles, skin and bones) are all conductors. 

And it goes further than that.  Because it’s not just your muscles, skin, bones, ligaments and joints that are conductors.  And it’s not just the fluids, it’s the actual cytoskeleton of every single cell.

Your cells are made up of their own structural system that maintains their three-dimensional shape that is conductive and the fluids that our cells are filled with are conductive as well.  I think of it as an electrically conductive gel. 

So because each cell in our body is primed to receive conductive healing, you can have an instant response that’s not dependent on digesting something or circulating something or absorbing something (like a medication or supplement or food. )  It’s not dependent on absorbing a prescribed medication. It’s not dependent even on the food you’re eating. Those things can be very helpful and adjunctive. But nothing is as direct as the immediate result of grounding.

Even for chronic old issues, because now the earth can speed relief and repair right to an area that may be walled off and encapsulated by scar tissue and is not accessible any other way than electrically. So that is the incredible power of grounding your musculoskeletal system.

 

 

 

Grounding one cell is all that it takes.

 

Grounding just one cell will electrically conduct this healing flow through your entire body. Releasing muscle tension, supporting your joints, strengthening your bones.

You can use the power of this healing support to dramatically improve your performance the next time you are pushing your muscles.  See if you can feel the difference between exercising grounded or not:

  • Notice if you can swim grounded in an in-ground pool much longer than you can run ungrounded with sneakers on
  • Notice if you take your yoga or physical therapy stretches outside whether you can hold poses longer and stretch further
  • Notice if you ground whenever you stop for water breaks during hikes and bike rides (just touch a tree, a rock, the ground) that you are much less sore afterwards
  • Or, notice if you sleep grounded after a hard workout that the next day you are not nearly as beat as you thought you would be!

Be open to noticing the healing support to your muscles that grounding can provide.

If you have trouble noticing a difference between exercising grounded or not, try following your results for a few months using this grounding tracker to help you reassess your improvement over time.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

PS — need more ideas for getting grounded outside to support your health?

My new grounding book is now available for pre-order, woot!    Take a look at the cover and you’ll see where I got my inspiration for the painting design!

Reserve your copy here:

 

How To Tell If You Are Electrosensitive And What To Do About It

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At the recent 5G conference I spoke at, it became really clear to me that most people are not quite sure if the are electrosensitive or not.

And unfortunately for most, their physician had not asked about EMF exposures or taken EMF exposures into account when addressing health issues.

So… when will physicians become serious about the diagnosis and treatment of electrosensitivity?

Soon.

 

There is a huge movement of physicians who are becoming aware and clear on how the non-stop onslaught of EMF exposures are affecting the physiology of the human body.

Many physicians feel that autoimmune disorders, inflammatory disorders of all kinds, insomnia, nausea, chronic fatigue, pain, dizziness, headache, food allergies, chemical sensitivities, anxiety, depression and psychiatric disorders are all on the rise secondary to around-the-clock saturation of our bodies with radiation.

Myself included.

 

But until then, it might be up to you to pick up on your electrosensitivity and how this might be impacting your healing, and bring it up to your physician directly.

So today, I wanted to give you some resource to share with your physician in order to help spread awareness.

Here are some things you can do before your next doctor’s appointment to sharing with your health care professional.

 

 

 1.  Print out this medical guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of electrosensitivity to hand to your doctor:

 

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) has been recognized as a diagnosable disorder since 2012 in Austria, where they have very specific guidelines for diagnosis and treatment.

This may be a helpful guideline to print out and hand to your physician, just click the link below:

 

Austrian Medical Association Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treating EHS

 

 

 

 

2.  Fill out this electrosensitivity questionnaire and bring it to your next appointment:

 

You can pre-fill out the exact same questionnaire that is used for the evaluation of EHS by the Austrian Medical Association and bring this with you to your next appointment to share with your physician.

Just click the link below to print out and take it for yourself:

 

EHS Intake Questionnaire

 

 

 

3.  Consider taking a EMF vacation to help rule out other causes:

 

You never want to ignore other, more easily treatable sources of illness and disease.  Doing a non-EHS full work up for any symptoms you are having is always appropriate.

But similar to an elimination diet to figure out what foods are causing gut inflammation, you can consider an EMF vacation to see what symptoms resolve in the absence of persistent EMF exposures.

Camping in a remote location with no electronics for several days to weeks whenever possible, grounding your body to the earth in this natural setting to help expedite recovery, and then seeing what symptoms return when normal living arrangements are resumed can help really clarify what is EMF related and what is not.

 

 

 

 

4.  Ground the human body to help increase resiliency, but use an EMF filtering & shielding ground cord for all indoor grounding applications:

 

 

Grounding the body is a natural healing state for all living things to be in, but for those with EHS you want to be sure you are not introducing any electrical currents into the body via your ground cord.

Be sure all grounding tools are grounded with a PureGround filtering and shielding cord to preserve the purest ground connection possible without resonance to manmade EMF fields in the area or allowing current to run up the line while grounded.

And join the Safe Grounding Coalition to stay updated on the latest ways to safely ground in an increasingly EMF toxic world.

 

 

 

Here is a video I created for you showing you how a PureGround cord stops the AC current from traveling up the line to your indoor grounding tool, something that can explain why electrohypersensitive folks sometimes struggle with grounding indoors.

Many EHS patients first get a clue that they are electrosensitive because grounding indoors makes them feel anxious, irritable, headachey or worsens insomnia.

If this sounds like you, the PureGround cord could be your solution to peacefully grounding in your home (click here to watch on my YouTube channel):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Ask your doc for laboratory evaluation of EMF mediated inflammatory markers:

 

These markers can include blood levels of high-sensitivity C reactive protein (hs-CRP), immunoglobulin E (IgE), histamine.

Salivary melatonin levels and salivary cortisol levels can also be tested.

Print out this article to give to your physician for them to consider these markers and others when evaluating patients with possible electrohypersensitivity… just click the link below:

Reliable Biomarkers Identifying EHS

 

 

 

 

6.  Decrease EMF Exposures On Your Own:

 

 

You don’t need a physician to formally diagnose you with EHS before reducing your exposures and symptoms.

Click over here for a printable checklist with 25 easy things to do to reduce your EMF exposures as a starting point.  You can go further with this by hiring a building biologist to evaluate your home if desired.

At the very least, start with these 5 steps:

 

  1.  Turn your cell phone onto airplane mode whenever not in use, when charging, and while sleeping at night.  Don’t bring your phone into your bedroom but if you must, put it on airplane mode and place it behind a Bedside Shield.  Never hold cell phone up to the head, use speakerphone or text instead.  Carry your cell phone in a shielding case when you need to carry it on your person, in a pocket, in your purse, in a bookbag, etc…
  2. Remove cordless phones from your home and change to a corded phone, as well as remove any LED or CFL light bulbs in favor of traditional incandescent bulbs.
  3. Cover your wifi router with a router guard to decrease radiation throughout your entire home while in use during the day, and turn off the wifi all together when not in use at night.
  4. Ask to have your smart meter turned off or shielded (best to have a building biologist shield your meter for you.)
  5. Sleep under an EMF shielding blanket at night, and consider shielding clothing for daytime use.

 

The exciting thing about EMFs is that they are easily shielded.

Metal blocks Wifi signals and other sources of radiation, so it’s just a simple mindframe switch to include protecting from environmental EMF exposures as you go out and about in your day.

Just like most of us have gotten used to the idea of putting sunscreen on and/or wearing hats and sunglasses before spending a day outside exposed to the sun’s UV radiation, we can similarly block radiation exposures from other sources like Wifi, cell towers, microwaves, laptops, cell phones, lighting, electrical appliances and more with clothing and topical preparations.

 

 

You can totally block the radiation from reaching your body simply by using shielding tools — clothing, hats, sleeping under shielding blankets, even simply applying this EMF blocking silver lotion can cut radiation exposures in half.

I have all of these supplies and many more waiting for you right here in the shielding section of my shop.  

 

 

 

 

7.  Decrease Your Other Toxic Exposures:

 

There are lots of other ways you can boost your health and keep your body less burdened with toxic exposures, which is particularly crucial if there are EMF exposures you can’t modify.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • 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 to boost longevity.
  • Get a pet.
  • Sauna routinely to boost health.
  • Increase your sleep by just one hour to increase your lifespan.
  • 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!!!
  • Embrace a positive, uplifting health mantra.

 

Help spread awareness not only on the actionable things you can to help boost awareness of electrohypersensitivity in the medical community, but also all of the actionable things you can do to reduce your own toxic exposures to boost your innate resilient health… even without a physician’s recommendation!

Sharing this article with all of your loved ones will help them do the same.

Health is your birthright.  Claim it!

xoxoxo, Laura

 

It’s Never Too Late To Extend Your Life Just By Getting Active

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Dammit.

Now none of us have any excuse to not exercise.

 

 

All my life I hated exercising in the traditional sense — I loved playing soccer in school and I loved chasing after my kids as a mom and I love going on long walks after dinner as a middle aged adult…  it’s not that I mind being active… but as far as an exercise program, I never could stick to it.

Yoga classes, pilates classes, step aerobics classes, running, biking, even trying out a personal trainer… I could just never stick with it because I didn’t truly enjoy it.

Seeing people running in my neighborhood every day leaves me with party envy and part awe.

How. Do. They. Do. It.????

I started telling myself I’m just not one of “those” people… you know, the kind who can stick with an exercise routine.

 

 

 

Well after crafting today’s medical literature review, I can’t let myself off the hook quite so easily.

New research published March 8, 2019 in JAMA Network Open shows that introducing physical activity later in life, even in your 60s (and as you’ll see in other studies below, in your 70’s and beyond as well) has a similar benefit of increasing lifespan as you would enjoy if you had been exercising since young adulthood.

Researchers looked at over 300,000 patients and found that exercising for an average of 2 hours a week was enough to protect longevity, significantly dropping their risk of dying from heart attack, stroke, cancer, and all causes of death combined.

 

But here is the interesting part:

Folks who were inactive but started to exercise in mid-life had every bit the protection to their lifespan as folks who were active from adolescence on.

  • Participants who reported routinely exercising from adolescence had a 33% decreased risk of dying for any reason

  • And participants who reported being inactive during young adulthood but increasing activity in midlife enjoyed a similar benefit, at a 34% decreased risk of dying for any reason.

 

 

 

 

This echoes what researchers found in a study published April 2017 in the Journal Of Geriatric Cardiology, where researchers looked at almost 3,000 adults, with an average age of 71, and evaluated their mortality rates in relationship to how much they exercise.

What they found is that adults who exercised routinely dropped their risk of dying from heart attack or stroke by almost 60%.

 

But again, the interesting part is how you are never too old to boost your health with exercise.

Because even though the average study participant was in their 70s, if during the study they increased the amount they exercised even more, their risk of dying from a cardiovascular dropped by an additional 25%!

 

So truly, I mean it, it’s never too late to start exercising routinely, because even if you up your activity level starting when you are in your 70s you are significantly, measurably protecting your health and prolonging your life.

 

 

 

 

Then, in another exciting medical study published May 30, 2019 in Neurology Clinical Practiceresearchers found that not only does getting active extend your life, it keeps your brain sharper.

After conducting a meta-analysis of 98 different randomized controlled trials looking at older adults (average age of study participants was 73) researchers found that adults who exercised, even with low impact activities such as yoga and tai chi, enjoyed statistically significant improvements to brain function.

And this included adults who already had mild cognitive impairment and even adults who had outright dementia — all were found to improve their mental processing speed, attention span, executive function and global cognition in functional brain studies.

 

Why am I saying it’s never too late to start?

Because the key to this study was not to have exercised your entire life or to exercise for long periods of time or to exercise more strenuously or even more frequently… it was only to exercise at all.

 

In fact, this study showed that you can begin to see these brain boosting results from exercising after only 6 months.

It didn’t take years and years to see benefit (statistically significant benefits began to accrue after only 6 months) and it didn’t take hours and hours of exercising (statistically significant benefits began to accrue after only 2 hours of exercise a week — that’s roughly 17 minutes a day.)

After analysis of the data, the only thing researchers found that made a difference in whether or not the exercise provided brain benefits, was that the total time accumulated exercise time (in a 6 month span) was 52 hours or more.  Again, that works out to roughly 17 minutes a day.

So you can start to exercise (for example, at 72 years of age) and reap the cognitive benefits that very same year.

The simple fact is, it’s just never too late.

 

 

 

 

Lastly, a study published May 2019 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that replacing just 30 minutes of sitting time a day with even light physical activity decreased mortality rates significantly.

And again, here’s the clincher:

The benefit of replacing sedentary time was actually increased even more if you were older than 75 years old.

 

So light activity decreased mortality rates in adults older than 75 years old more than it decreased mortality rates in younger age groups.

In other words, the older you are, the more that activity of any kind increases your lifespan.

So even at 75?  You’ve got no excuses not to put off that activity you’ve always kind of been curious about.  It’s never too late to lengthen your lifespan through exercise.

 

Let me say that again:

It’s NEVER too late to live longer by being active today.

 

 

Researchers are recommending physicians put a dosage on exercise, the same way we set a dosage on a medication or supplement.  This study showed that it didn’t matter if you split the amount of time exercising into 5 times a week, 2 times a week, longer sessions, shorter sessions, more strenuous sessions, less strenuous sessions… all that mattered was that in a 6 month period of time, they clocked in at 52 hours or more of total of exercise to see benefit.  What I like about this is, it doesn’t matter if you don’t feel any different after a month, or if you take a trip and skip a week of your exercise routine, or get the flu and just can’t make yourself work out vigorously for a few days.

All that mattered wasn’t how many minutes the patients spent each day or each week or even each month exercising… it was just that it accumulated to 52 hours or more in a 6 month period of time.

 

 

 

I think of it now as similar advice to watching the stock market.

Don’t check your stocks for day-to-day fluctuations, instead see trends develop over months and years.  With exercise, don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results (or don’t even exercise at all) for days or weeks at a time, instead look at exercise as a cumulative benefit over half a year or more.

Therefore, no matter how long you’ve been sedentary or how old you are, it’s not too late to say that you are going to get moving today so that 6 months from now, your brain is working better and your lifespan is protected and increased.

 

 

In the end, I finally found an exercise that really feels right to me.

A Barre 3 studio opened up a few miles from my house and I can’t get enough.  I happily go to class 2 and 3 times a week now because exercising in this particular studio feels good to me.  So even if you’ve hated all other forms of exercise, keep trying new ones.

Middle age or older age and beyond… it’s never too late to introduce activity in order to increase your lifespan. As this studies show, it’s literally never too late to make a dramatic difference in your own longevity by getting more active.

xoxox, Laura

 

PS — if you truly have mobility issues or serious medical issues that prevent you from exercising, one alternative to exercising that has been shown to similarly increase lifespan is routine sauna.  Hop over to this article I wrote for you explaining more on why sauna is one of the loveliest ways to protect your health for a lifetime.

 

 

 

Eat This Today To Decrease Your Feelings Of Depression Tomorrow

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My two favorite vices are:

coffee and chocolate.

 

Coffee gets me through my mornings and chocolate gets me through my evenings!

I’ve blogged quite a bit about how coffee gets a bad wrap, since it actually does have some health benefits (I have all of these free health articles waiting for you, just click the links below to read them):

 

 

 

 

But today let’s focus on chocolate.

 

Years ago I wrote to you about a medical article, published in the British Medical Journal in May 2011, showing that folks who consume chocolate often… every single day or even multiple times a day… have an almost 40% reduced risk of heart attack and an almost 30% reduced risk of stroke.

 

In fact, the patients who consumed the most chocolate had the most cardio and neurologic protection.

 

The outcome was a significant finding which showed that increased chocolate consumption correlated to a third less risk of cardiometabolic events, such as heart attack and stroke.

This was a huge, meta analysis looking at over 4,500 different published articles in the medical literature and a whopping 114,000 patients.  This large study population makes these results very impressive and very reliable.

The effects are suggested to be attributed to high polyphenols in chocolate, which increase the bioavailability of nitric oxide… this in turn improves endothelial function, reduces platelet aggregation, and over all has a positive effect on blood pressure, blood lipids, and insulin resistance.

The study included any and all forms of chocolate, whether dark, milk or white chocolate.

 

 

 

 

Now, an even newer study has just been released that back up these findings further, showing the positive effects of eating chocolate on health in a different way — in protecting mood and guarding against mood disorders.

Published on July 29, 2019 in Depression and Anxiety, researchers found that dark chocolate consumption significantly reduced a patients chance of feeling depressive symptoms for a 24 hour period of time.

 

Looking at over 13,000 patients, researchers found that eating any amount of dark chocolate decreased depressive symptoms by 70% over patients who did not consume chocolate in the previous 24 hours.

 

OMG why is this not front page news?!?!  Uh… hello!   Chocolate effectively and dramatically prevents you from feeling depressed the next day.  If I could give you a Rx drug that was 70% effective in completely taking away depressive symptoms for 24 hours, we’d literally all be fighting to get it, some might even advocate for putting it in our water supply.

Now imagine if this miracle drug tasted just like chocolate.

Now imagine it wasn’t a drug at all and it was just simply chocolate itself.

Wish come true, that’s what they found.

 

 

 

 

To explain this mood lifting effect, researchers point out that chocolate contains several psychoactive ingredients, including anandamide analogs (which work similar to cannabinoids) as well as phenylethylamine, a mood regulating neuromodulator.

Getting a mood lifting high from chocolate?  Heck yes.  Make mine a double.

Chocolate also contains flavonoids, which decreases inflammation.  As I’ve already blogged for you right here, we know that inflammation depresses mood.  And I’d like to add to these findings the fact that you are also releasing endorphins from the happiness of eating chocolate (or… um… at least I am!)

Now, didn’t that just brighten your day?

Now all I need is for them to release chocolate directly in an IV infusion and I am all set to go!!!!

I’ve always been a big fan of eating what brings you joy (as I blog about here) but this just makes me all the happier as I reach for my nightly chocolate.  And after this medical study, I’m switching over to dark chocolate — will you join me?

Eat some dark chocolate today and feel happier today AND tomorrow…

…doctor’s orders!

xoxo, Laura