Trying To Shed Your Quarantine Weight Gain? 8 Unusual Tips That Will Ensure Success

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Most people have gained a bit of weight as a result of social distancing for the past month or two.  With gyms, YMCAs, and most indoor exercise facilities shut down, and even outdoor public spaces like hiking trails, bike paths, beaches, pools, and more shut down, it’s likely that your activity level decreased and your weight increased.

It’s okay.  Me too.

But not only is it actually a good idea to gain a few pounds during a pandemic (see #3 on the list below if you need proof) I’ve got a fantastic list of actionable tips taken directly from the medical literature that are proven to help jumpstart your metabolism and get you back to your goal weight with less stress, less struggle, and zero dieting.

The first step is to absolutely eliminate any negative self talk you might be having with your food choices. A recent study, published in Lancet in May 2019, offers an amazing insight that will help you release your dieting challenges, eliminate your negative self talk, and allow you to eat in a more fulfilling way.

And that is, don’t diet.

 

This fantastic, impressive study is a global analysis of diet and health outcomes, looking at 195 different countries over an almost 30 year span of time.  Never before has such a large scale investigation of the relationship between dietary intake and disease ever been conducted. This one study can replace everything we’ve based our current understanding of the correlation between diet and disease, because all other studies to date have been much smaller and isolated to smaller regions of the world.

Here is the one, overriding conclusion from that study:

It’s not about what you are eating,

it’s about what you aren’t eating.

 

In other words, what makes the most impact on your disease risk isn’t so much what unhealthy foods you are eating, it’s what healthy foods you aren’t eating enough of.

 

 

Over the past several decades, the medical literature and most diet plans have focused on restricting “bad” foods such as sodium, sugar, processed meats and fats.

But in this largest-study-to-date meta analysis, researchers found that it is actually inadequate intake of essential nutritional components (like nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables) that accounts for more disease and death than overconsumption of  any “bad” foods such as red meat, processed meats, fat, sugar, sodas or sweetened beverages.

In fact, inadequate nutrition causes more deaths worldwide than smoking does.

One of the authors of this study, Christopher Murray, MD, states that “poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world.”  That means that inadequate intake of nutrients cause the body more illness, disease and death than consumption of sugar or processed meats or trans fats ever do.

The researchers found that inadequate consumption of nutritional building blocks led to more heart disease, cancer, diabetes and death worldwide than did consumption of unhealthy foods.

 

Do you see the positives out of this realization?

 

You can stop beating yourself up for the cravings, snacks, and “cheat meals” you eat, and instead simply focus on making sure that you are getting an adequate intake of the absolutely mandatory good nutrients that our bodies need to function optimally for a lifetime.

Here are the study details and a list of the nutritional foods to be sure you eat:

  • Looking at 195 countries for 28 years (1990 – 2017,) researchers analyzed diet and health outcomes.  Correlating nutritional intake with chronic disease (conditions like diabetes, heart disease and cancer) and death rates, researchers found that lack of nutrition was far more deadly than consuming foods typically considered “disease causing” like fats and sugars.
  • For example, when researchers evaluated whole grains intake, they found that a diet low in whole grains led to 3 million deaths and 82 million diseases world wide annually.
  • When researchers evaluated low fruit intake, they found that a diet with inadequate fruit consumption led to 2 million deaths and 65 million diseases world wide annually.
  • If you do want to restrict one thing from your diet, the results suggest focusing on sodium.  High sodium consumption was associated with 3 million deaths and 70 million diseases world wide annually.

These three dietary culprits (low whole grains, low fruits, and high sodium) were the top three causes of morbidity and mortality world wide… causing far higher disease rates and death than consuming sugar, fats, processed meats and sugary drinks.

 

The results suggest that it might be more important

to be sure we are consuming adequate amounts of “the good stuff”

instead of restricting “the bad stuff.”

 

What’s the good stuff?

 

Be sure you are getting plenty of servings of:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fiber
  • Calcium &
  • Seafood-derived omega-3 fatty acids.

Researchers suggest that focusing on increasing nutrient intake

would prevent about 1 in every 5 deaths!

 

The bottom line: Of the 11 million deaths each year that are related to diet, more deaths are associated with inadequate intakes of healthy foods than with superfluous consumption of unhealthy ones.

Today, try to shift your thinking from negative dietary restrictions to positively consuming healthy foods.

 

8 Take Home Messages From This Study:


 

 

1.  Stop dieting and start eating instead.

 

Instead of restricting your food (a typical diet) plan your meals around being sure you are consuming enough healthy food… what a difference in mindframe!

Obviously a good diet is important, but this study tells me that even if you just can’t seem to get control over a sweet tooth, or a fatty snack is your go-to stress relief, or you splurge and eat a processed meat product, the things you do eat are not as damaging to your health as the things you don’t eat.

In other words, if you have a bowl of ice cream after dinner tonight, instead of going to bed feeling horrible and berating yourself for your food choices, let the ice cream dessert go and instead consider if you ate 2 – 3 servings of fruits and vegetables today.

 


 

 

2.  Take a very high quality multivitamin to fill in the gaps.

 

Another important thing to consider is that if getting a baseline amount of healthy foods is more important than banishing non-healthy foods, then a really high quality multivitamin makes a lot of sense.

So one idea, beside upping your fruit and veggie and nut and seed intake, is to add on a multivitamin and mineral supplement (especially one that has a whole food certified organic blend of fruit and vegetables right in the supplement) to help cover any bases that your intake that day might have missed.

My favorite multivitamins are the MyKind Organics daily vitamin line and Pure Encapsulations multivitamin lin

Both of these “best-of-the-best” lines of nutritional supportive supplements are waiting for you in my online dispensary under the “General Wellness,” tab, at a discount to my readers.

Click over here to browse multivitamins now, so that you can round out your diet with the nutrients your body truly needs.

 


 

 

3.  Allow a few pounds of extra weight… at least during pandemics.

 

It’s medical fact: overweight and obese patients survive life threatening infections better than normal or underweight patient do.

Published June 2016 in Critical Care Medicine, the results of this study suggest that heavier weight allows the body to survive overwhelming bacterial infections, even at advanced age, something good to know as this pandemic continues.

Researchers looked at the data of over 1,400 elderly people hospitalized with severe sepsis (requiring ICU care) and compared their body mass index (BMI) with clinical outcome 1 year after discharge. The results revealed a 25% improved mortality rate in severely obese, obese and overweight patients compared to normal weight patients.

Obesity has helped us for millions of years to survive starvation and hardship. When those conditions happened to mankind, people who could store fat survived,” researcher Dr. Kalantar-Zadeh points out. “Obese people have enough stored reserves to survive hardship conditions such as sepsis.

In fact, as I blogged about here, only when a person’s BMI exceeds 35 is there an increase in mortality rates.

So… if losing those last 10 pounds isn’t actually going to help you live longer… what defines your “ideal weight”?

What defines your ideal weight is how you *feel* wearing the body you wear each day: your energy level, your flexibility, your capacity to get around, to get outside, and to enjoy the things you want to enjoy each day.

The real focus should ALWAYS BE on feeling as healthy and vibrant as possible.

This means focusing on muscle tone.

On heart strength.

On endurance.

On lung capacity.

On bone mass.

On energy levels.

On restorative sleep at night.

On happiness.

On quality time with loved ones.

On meaningful relationships.

On spiritual strength.

The only patients that should even be at all *thinking* about losing weight are patients with a Body Mass Index of over 35 kg/m2 or higher.  And even if you are at 35 BMI or higher?  Focusing on energy levels, bone mass, restorative sleep and such will create a path of natural weight loss anyway.

 


 

 

4.  Fast instead of diet.

 

You’ve probably heard of fasting for weight loss, but most people are not aware of the decades of medical research that show just how profoundly intermittent fasting can boost health in ways that go way beyond weight management.  

From reducing diabetes risk to reducing dementia to reducing cancer rates, fasting has head-to-toe benefits… and doesn’t have to be difficult.

It can be intimidating to think about trying fasting, as images of going without food for days on end run through our minds and hunger pangs set in quickly.  But fasting can be as simple as increasing the amount of time you are not eating at night by just 2 hours.  Medical research shows that simply not eating after 8 PM can actually be measurably beneficial to your health.  

Fasting has been shown to:

  • Decrease inflammation: Published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism in 2007, researchers found that fasting for 12 hours daily decreased all measured markers of inflammation by a statistically significant amount, including interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein… even risk factors for cardiac disease (in this case, homocysteine levels) were reduced.
  • Decrease heart disease: A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology in 2009, showed that fasting just one day a month (one day a month!) was enough to significantly decrease risk of heart attack risk by reducing coronary artery disease. In addition to that, a study published in Nutritional Research in 2012 showed that fasting for 12 hours a day decreased blood pressure, and when fasting was increased to every other day for just four weeks, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides were reduced by more than 25%.
  • Decrease asthma attacks: Published in Free Radical Biology & Medicine in 2007, reducing calorie intake every other day by just 20% allowed asthma suffers to lose 8% of their body weight in only two months, decrease their blood markers of stress and inflammation, and decrease asthma symptoms while improving quality of life.  Just by that small of a reduction of calorie intake every other day…  equivalent to simply fasting for just one meal every other day!
  • Protect your brain: Improved memory, improved mood, decreased Alzheimer rates, and decreased Parkinson’s rates… all from fasting?  Yep.  Published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research in 1999, the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience in 2000, the Neurobiology of Disease in 2007 (as well as many other studies) researchers have found that intermittent fasting can improve neuronal connections, increase the proliferation of neurons, and even protect against amyloid plaques.
  • Decrease cancer recurrence rates: Prolonging the amount of time spent fasting — skipping evening snacks all together and fasting for 13+ hours each night significantly reduced the risk of breast cancer… according to a study that spanned thousands of patients followed for over a decade. Published on March 31, 2016 in JAMA Oncology, researchers found that fasting at night for 13 hours or more was found to significantly reduce the risk of cancer recurrence by one-third, as well as drop HbA1C levels and increase sleep length at night.  And another study (published in Teteratgenesis, Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis in 2002) found that alternate day fasting helped decrease tumor formation, while yet another study (published in Science Translational Medicine in 2012) found that a wide range of cancer cells exposed to fasting showed increased responsiveness and sensitivity to chemotherapy treatments as well as directly decreased tumor growth.  So fasting for 13+ hours each night is an effective, drug free, holistic, all natural way to decrease cancer recurrence and help boost cancer treatment.
  • Decrease diabetes: Because researchers found that not only did cancer recurrence rates drop with nighttime fasting, but HbA1C levels fell as well, so researchers studied fasting in Type 2 Diabetics. They found that fasting allowed patients to use significantly lower insulin amounts than the daily dieting, and the intermittent fasters actually lost more weight than the daily dieting group.   Participants who dieted every day lost an average of 11 pounds during the study and the group who intermittently fasted lost an average of 15 pounds during the study.
  • Boost longevity: With all of these significant health benefits, ranging from reduced cancer rates to decreased diabetes and heart attack rates, it’s no surprise that several studies have found that fasting boosts longevity.  So far, these studies are still in the animal testing stages, but several important studies have found that fasting intermittently results in a life span that is significantly longer.  One study (published in the Journals of Gerontology in 1983) showed that fasting had a greater impact in improving longevity than even exercise did!  And a more recent study, published in 2000 in the Mechanisms of Aging and Development, showed short term repeated fasting throughout life resulted in a lifespan that was 75% longer.  In fact, a study published in Nature in 2009 stated that intermittent fasting is “the most effective and reproducible intervention to extend lifespan” that we know of… capable of significantly extending lifespan by reducing age-related disorders.
  • Encourage long-term weight loss: Published in Nutrition Reviews in 2015, researchers looked at all forms of fasting… including alternate day fasting, whole day fasting, and even simply time restricted fasting (like a 13 hour nightly fast) and all of these techniques resulted in significantly reduced body fat, significantly reduced body weight, and reduced blood lipid levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.

If you want to try fasting, take care to stay very well hydrated, get plenty of rest, and when you do eat, make sure the foods you choose are nutrient dense, chock full of protein and healthy fats.  And of course, run your fasting plan by your doctor if you have any chronic health conditions or are planning to fast for more than a 24 hour period of time.  

I recommend trying a nightly fast as an easy-to-implement lifestyle change that can totally transform your health.  This simply means not eating solid foods for 13 hours a night or more.  It’s as simple as eating an early dinner and not eating again until breakfast.  For example, fasting after a 6 PM dinner until a 7 AM breakfast… that’s all it takes to see health benefits like reduced risk of cancer recurrence, reducing heart disease, lowering blood lipids and weight loss.

As long as you are fasting for 13 hours or more, you are doing it right! 

So if you eat dinner at 7 PM, simply hold off on eating breakfast until 8 AM or later.  If you eat dinner at 8 PM, hold off until 9 AM before eating the next day.   Of course you can and should stay well hydrated throughout the night and continue to drink clear liquids (like water and herbal teas) as often as you like.

 


 

 

5.  Sleep more.

 

I always ask patients who are having trouble loosing weight about their sleep, first and foremost, before we tackle any other lifestyle change.  That’s because a medical study (that I shared with you back in August of 2013) showed that poor sleep caused study participants to gain weight 9 times faster than participants who slept well.  Nine times faster weight gain!

Previous studies have shown a link between poor sleep and weight gain, but this was the first study where participants slept in-house in a sleep facility and the actual weight gain was measurably significant after only a handful of 4 hour nights in a row.  If healthy individuals who experienced a short period of sleep deprivation gained 9 times as much weight as healthy individuals who get a full night of sleep, what does this predict for folks who are chronically sleep deprived?

Many of us live and function daily in a state of catching only a few hours of sleep a night… not just for 4 days but for weeks, months, even years at a time.  This has a huge impact on your weight. Imagine gaining 9 times as much weight over the course of a year of poor sleep as you normally would had you slept well.

If you are feeling exhausted from not sleeping well, than your body is going to urge you to reach for food as a way to sustain your energy. This is your body’s way of ensuring your survival!

So if you are watching your weight or struggling to understand why your best efforts are not good enough to prevent you from gaining weight, examine your sleep.  Hop over here for some tips on deepening your sleep at night, naturally.

 


 

6.  Trust the resiliency of your body.

 

Your body functions on the basis of resiliency.   It resets again and again and again and again.  Adapting, recalibrating, adjusting, and realigning to health over and over again.

The human body is incredibly resilient, and the basis of our existence is that your body is adaptable.  Your health is forgiving and intuitive.  Your body can return to wellness despite challenges (like that chocolate bar I just ate while typing up this blog post.  You might think I’m joking but I am absolutely not.)

Your body can handle you eating unhealthy foods (as long as you have a good nutritional intake otherwise) so much better than it can handle not eating enough healthy foods in the first place.

So instead of beating yourself up over having a cheat meal or a decedent dessert or that midnight snack, focus on making sure you are eating all of the nutritional building blocks your body needs to maintain health in the first place.

Stick with making sure you are eating the nutritional building blocks, and your body can handle the extra not-so-healthy things you might consume alongside that.  Trust in your body’s resiliency.


 

 

7.  Ground your body while you eat.

 

Grounding has a profound impact on your digestion, boosting your vagal tone (which supports the function of your entire digestive tract, from your esophagus to your colon and everything in between!) while meanwhile directly impacting your ability to feel full and satiated, even enhancing absorption by decreasing inflammation, which also helps with recovery after a meal.

From every single angle, eating grounded helps:  putting you more deeply in touch with your hunger and satiation, helping you digest and absorb your nutrients better, boosting your metabolism and keeping weight gain at bay, even decreasing discomfort after eating.

Even if you eat completely organic, fresh, dairy-free, gluten-free, best-diet-in-the-world you can easily still have irritable bowel issues, or indigestion, or bloating, or pain.

That’s because you can’t fully resolve bowel inflammation without being grounded.

Hop over here to watch a video I created for you to explain why adding grounding to your daily routine is the quickest way to heal your digestion.  At the end of this free article I wrote for you, I share tons of ideas on how to eat grounded outside — pick one each day and watch your weight self correct effortlessly.

 

For more tips on how grounding profoundly supports your health from head to toe, and how to easily incorporate grounding into your daily life to see instant results, grab my new book:

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8.  Recognize your emotional eating style

 

What I’ve noticed as a physician examining health outcomes for the past 20 years, is that most people eat emotionally instead of nutritionally.

To help you focus on what matters most (which is consuming nutrient dense foods) I have developed a list of the top 7 emotional eating patterns I see over and over again.  If you can develop insight into why you eat the way you do, you can reframe your mind away from eating emotionally and instead eat intellectually, based on what supports your health best.

Stop worrying so much about what treats and indulgences you crave and instead figure out why you crave them.

Look over this list to see if you can identify which emotional eating pattern describes you best and get some tips on working with your eating patterns in a healthier way:

 

 

  • FOOD IS SECURITY   For some folks, food represents safety and security.   So when they are not eating, deep fears of safety and panic may arise.  There may be worries about food scarcity and needing to know when and what your next meal will be. If you notice you overeat, it may be an attempt to feel secure and reassured that all is well. You may crave comfort foods such as casseroles and home cooking and baked goods, or foods that remind you of childhood. If you tend to eat in this way, it is perfectly reasonable to feed your body foods that comfort it, but the goal is to have reasonable portion sizes.  One way to provide comfort and a deep contentment to security-type eaters is to include lots and lots and lots of fiber, so that you feel full, satiated, safe and grounded for longer.

 

 

  • FOOD IS PLEASURE   For some folks, food isn’t just about the nutrition, food is about the entire experience… the smell, the feel, the texture, the flavor, the delight in chewing it. Food is pleasurable and even sensual.  If this is your style of eating, you may find you are eating because you want the feel of food in your mouth, not because you are hungry. You may also find a love/hate relationship with food… often pleasure-seeking eaters have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or lactose intolerance or celiac disease and need to find a balance between the foods they love and the foods their body hates.  One great idea for pleasure eaters is to enjoy drinking (coffees, teas, water, fresh squeezed juices…) or chewing gum throughout the day to experience that sensual pleasure of having sensations in the mouth without necessarily reaching for food.

 

 

  • FOOD IS POWER For some folks, eating food is an issue of control or power. These control-based eaters are the ones most likely to try to strictly monitor what they eat and submit to horrible restrictive diets that they absolutely hate!  And as you read about in today’s medical study, healthy eating is not about what you restrict but rather what you eat. So for people who see food as power, diets are particularly offensive because restricting food intake feels like a loss of power or a loss of control… two things these types of eaters hate!  One great idea for control-based eaters is to drop the diets and instead focus on choosing easily digestible foods like soups and pureed foods that are easier on your digestive organs (liver, pancreas, stomach) and eating frequent, smaller meals, grazing all throughout the day instead of a few large meals. Focusing on high quality foods and eating them more often, instead of restricting quantity, tends to be kinder than dieting and allows your body to feel healthier.

 

 

  • FOOD IS LOVE   Some folks enjoy food that releases endorphins and provides a rush, similar to falling in love. Any of my blog readers who know how often I blog about eating chocolate will recognize… yep, I’m this type of eater.  Romantic foods like oysters, red wine, chocolate… it’s not so much that these eaters care about food, they care about the way the food makes them feel. Dieting feels atrocious for love-seeking eaters and restricting food is equivalent to being dumped by a lover.  One great idea for love-seeking eaters is to focus on enjoying the people you are eating with more than the food — if possible, avoid eating alone (which typically leads to over-eating) and instead really focus on making eye contact with the people you are enjoying a meal with, the conversation.  This will allow you to enjoy what foods you do eat — for example, appreciating a lovely glass of wine and a small piece of dark chocolate instead of three plates full of food you do not actually love or even enjoy. Or, focus just as much on creating a lovely place to eat as you do what foods you are eating.  Add a fresh flower to your kitchen table, bring your lunch outside to eat in sunshine the middle of a work day, or browse thrift stores for beautiful, vintage glasses and plates to mix and match, or hand sew some beautiful cloth napkins to use as a treat.

 

 

  • FOOD IS JOY   Some people just love to enjoy a wide variety of foods and this is one of their wonderful strengths with eating.  My son is a joy-based eater and he is amazing at trying foods most children wouldn’t even think of… exotic foods, spicy foods, unusual vegetables that kids traditionally hate.  He is open to trying it all and gets so excited as he watches me prepare an interesting meal from scratch.  Because joyful eaters are so open to food, dieting or any type of food restriction at all feels like a huge loss and may even bring deep sorrow.  My favorite recommendation for joy-based eaters is to focus on trying new and unusual foods to satisfy their cravings, instead of over-eating a large quantity of boring foods.  Keep a stash of different spices, hot sauces and healthy seasonings to make each bite taste exciting and invigorating instead of needing larger portions to bring joy.  Joy eaters also tend to actually enjoy preparing food, so if you are a joy eater build time into your day to focus on trying new recipes, browsing new cookbooks, and preparing healthy meals from scratch. Joy-based eaters can feel guilty that food brings them joy — but I say this is a strength!  Food brings joy!  So choose your food selection based on how much joy it brings you and do not waste your time (or calories) on food that does not bring joy.

 

 

  • FOOD IS ENERGY   People that eat for energy may need lots more fats and more protein than other eaters. These people have so much energy output that each bite needs to be calorie dense and their body knows this.  Although they get the message to feel bad about eating fats and eating dense protein (after all, eating a light salad seems so much more social acceptable) this leaves them feeling depleted and desperate for a pick-me-up later.  They may even feel a sense of shame about eating something that their vegetarian friend (who is not an energy-eater) would not touch. Instead of feeling guilty, energy eaters need to know that they are honoring their bodies by feeding their brain lots of healthy fats (organic whole fat dairy/butter/yogurt or coconut, avocado, fish oil…) and protein (organic, ethically produced meats, organic eggs,  organic nuts and nut butters.). My daughter is an energy eater, and I can honestly say that she is one of the healthiest people I know.  Glowing skin.  Gorgeous hair.  Beautiful radiant soul.  People who are energy eaters need to feel good about their intuitive food choices that make them crave protein. Not everyone can feel their best on a strictly vegetarian diet, so please be non-judgmental towards yourself or your friends who need to eat ethically sourced meat routinely.

 

 

  • FOOD IS OPTIONAL   Does this sounds familiar: forgetting to eat, not making the time to eat, feeling dizzy because you skipped lunch, reaching for a quick snack and then getting right back to work, forgetting to hydrate?  Some folks find it easy to ignore their bodies needs or lose track of time.  While sporadic eaters are usually not so bothered by going on a diet, the danger here is that they often don’t take the time to eat healthily so that when they do eat, they are ravenous and don’t make smart food choices, or they don’t even get the needed nutritional building blocks at all.  The best thing these eaters can do is to schedule in their eating so that they eat at regular intervals, stay hydrated, and make great food choices… instead of not eating all day long and then binging in a drive through on the way home. Another great tip is to carry water with you at all times, so that even if they you not taking the time to properly eat, you stay well hydrated.  This goes for everyone, but to sporadic eaters most of all.

 

 

I hope this insight helps give you an idea of how to work with your own unique energy flow, cravings and health goals.

And I hope you will use this one mainframe shift — stop dieting and start eating! — to stop the constant struggling with your diet and instead focus on feeding  your body the foods it needs.

Remember, try to shift your thinking from negative dietary restrictions to positively consuming healthy foods.

 


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To your resilient health!

xoxox, Laura

A World Of Difference To An Animal, A Free Giveaway For You

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While we figure out new ways to support our innate health, to survive and thrive despite new dynamics in our daily life, and to prioritize health and wellness during this pandemic, many small businesses are dramatically impacted, even closing permanently.

Animals don’t understand this.

 

 

Especially endangered animals that are in the midst of rehabilitation from being injured or orphaned.

The Kroschel wildlife park rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned Alaskan animals and is the only place in the world that provides a unique hands on experience to visitors, providing a one-in-a-lifetime, unprecedented peek into arctic animal behavior for park guests.

 

 

People from all over the world come to interact with disappearing species of animals, getting not only an educational show but a live interaction with animals indigenous to the arctic circle.  Grizzly bears, snowy owls, arctic foxes, ermines, wolverines and many other animals depend on the Kroschel Wildlife Park for their survival.

Normally, the park depends on funding from visitors to care for and rehabilitate these endangered animals, but with the pandemic bringing the travel industry to a halt, no visitors means the wildlife park must depend entirely on donations for support.

 

 

 

Caring for these innocent animals is an enormous undertaking that requires around the clock diligence to provide veterinary care, food, bedding, habitat maintenance, loving interactions and more to each animal, to ensure their well being.

Please consider a donation to support the care of your favorite animal:

 

Kitty the Bear

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Every penny supports wildlife immediately and directly through the Kroschel Wildlife Center (instead of large mega-corporations that spends most of their money on advertising to get more money!)  Please consider gifting what you can to support the species of animal that touches your heart most.

Simply click here to donate.

As a thank you, I’m giving away 10 autographed book sets of the The Earth Prescription, coupled with  my children’s book From The Ground Up, selected at random to gift as a thank you for supporting the wellness of these innocent animals.

And whether you can or can’t enter this giveaway, please consider adding grounding to your daily health care routine.  Just as important as drinking water, eating fresh foods, and getting restorative sleep at night, grounding daily support every cell in your body to function optimally.

Now is the perfect time to make space in your life to introduce grounding.  A simple practice to help you thrive, feel your best, release stress, sleep deeply, relieve tension, lift mood… all from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Not sure how?

I’ll explain exactly how and why grounding works instantly to protect your health — even boosting your immune system — in my new book The Earth Prescription, which released just this month.

 

 

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If you are not interested or able to make a donation to support animal care but would like to check out how The Earth Prescription can support your family’s wellness in an instant, hop over here to check it out on:

 

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And thank you so much for considering any amount of support for these animals that are totally dependent on the kindness of humans… to help them not just survive, but thrive! 

xoxo, Laura

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Need To Boost Your Hopefulness? I’ve Got You

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Yesterday I was talking with my husband and he was expressing how down he has been feeling lately about the current state of events in the world.  I know he’s not alone.  So today I thought I’d dedicate a blog post on how to immediately boost a sense of resiliency and remain hopeful even during times of immense stress and darkness.

There have been several major medical studies released in the past few months that show the major, physical, measurable impact that poor outlook has on our brain function and brain chemistry.   Like this one, published in Neurology on May 28, 2014, that found that a high level of cynical distrust — for example, believing that no one cares about you or that it’s not safe to trust others — is associated with a three times higher risk for dementia and a 40% increased risk of death over those with the lowest levels of cynical distrust.  Or this one, published in Neurology on Oct 1, 2014 which found that being easily worried, anxious and stressed in midlife was found to double the incidence of late-life Alzheimer’s disease.

Hope, it turns out, is actually brain protective.  

 

The problem is, just when you need hope most is just when your life is crashing in all around you.  It’s much easier to remain positive and have positive expectations during times of relative peace and happiness in life.  It’s damn hard to have a consistent basis of hope when an unexpected life change, diagnosis, world event or traumatic incident shakes your very foundation.

But you can do it.

 

Here are 10 things can you do today

to restore your sense of hope:


 

1. Reconnect with nature outside:

 

If you are feeling utterly overwhelmed, 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 reconnect with the bigger picture and instantly release pent up frustration, tension, anger, anxiety and fear.

Whether it’s just a few deep breaths as you sit on a patch of grass, taking a walk through a local park, or standing outside at night looking up at the stars… 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 is can’t help but lift your spirits for the better.

Taking even one minute to surround yourself with the power of nature has a way of creating a perspective in life that is real, is powerful, is strong.

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.

I wrote an uplifting, inspiring guide detailing for you exactly how grounding supports your inner resiliency, strengthens your physical health, and even boosts positive mindframe and spiritual wellness.  Then I filled it with thousands of ways to get that support from nature, no matter where you live (even in a city it’s super easy to get grounded outside!) and no matter what the weather is like:

 

 

It just released on Friday so you can grab a digital book, Kindle, Nook, or paperback anywhere books are sold, like Amazon, Barnes&Noble, IndieBound: Independant Local Bookstores and more!

I’m very heart-warmed to see so many families where I live going on after dinner walks, riding their bikes, jogging in the early hours of the morning, shooting basketballs in driveway hoops, jump roping, etc…  Whether you do it alone or with those you are voluntarily quarantining with, be sure to find some way to get your circulation up daily, and push yourself to make that an outdoor activity.

Go outside even if you don’t want to exercise.

If you have limited mobility due to medical conditions or just want to relax when you are outside, still do it.

Even taking a hot cup of tea outside at night and looking up at the stars and moon, when the rest of the world is shut up tight at bedtime, is wonderful for clearing the mind and grabbing a few minutes of beautiful fresh air.


 

 

2.  Increase ventilation indoors too:

 

Increase the number of houseplants you have in your home, open windows whenever possible, consider sleeping with open windows at night, open doors when you can (I have an upstairs balcony door that I love to keep open all day, every day and I’m so grateful for it) and never let the opportunity pass you by to open windows, like when you need to drive — keep car windows open at least a crack.

When you have no control over ventilation (like at the grocery story) you can still make deliberate changes to your behavior to decrease viral transmission:

      • wash hands repeatedly throughout the day, especially before eating or food preparation, and use re-usable, washable silver hand wipes when you don’t have access to hot soapy water for hand washing
      • use the same silver cloth as an antimicrobial barrier when touching easily contaminated surfaces like doorknobs, gas pumps, key pads, etc… as I show you in this video here:
      • don’t touch your face and wear glasses instead of contacts
      • change clothes right when you get home from being outside, I also like to spray colloidal silver up my nose and in my mouth after I’ve been inside any store or anywhere I need to breath re-circulated air
      • get into the habit of putting on fresh clothes before touching surfaces in your home that are less easily washed, like your sofa
      • switch from morning showers to nightly showers to keep bedding decontaminated, or do both
      • use disinfectants on indoor surfaces, my favorite are colloidal silver sprays like this one
      • wear a face mask made out of silver over your nose and mouth if you must be out and about in highly populated areas… consider keeping a reusable, washable face mask made from antimicrobial silver (like this one) in your purse or car so you are never caught without one when you need it
      • similarly, wear disposable gloves if you must be out and about (grocery shopping for example) or working in field where you touch potentially contaminated surfaces

 


 

 

3. Focus on Spirit:

 

This is something shown over and over again in the medical literature — the power of prayer to  improve clinical outcome (like reducing pain, enhancing recovery after cardiac surgery, even helping substance abuse recovery) and the power of spirituality to support general wellness (like boosting physical well being, increasing functional well being, and decreasing physical symptoms in cancer patients) is well documented.

The surest way I know to alleviate stress and suffering is to find a deeper spiritual meaning in it.

Whether it’s through mediation or mantra (read my blog post here on how to do this — it’s so easy!) personal prayer, asking friends and family to pray for you, joining online spiritual groups (especially right now with many spiritual centers being closed for social distancing reasons, online groups are a fantastic option,) downloading spirituality apps that will send reminders to your phone, or reading books that align with and strengthen your sense of spiritual presence… cultivating a deeper sense of spirit surrounding and supporting you is such an important way to alleviate stress.

The divine support system is around you, whether you are able to feel it or not.  I’ve painted many paintings over the years to help reminds us:

 

 

Calling on the power of prayer and connecting with a universal reservoir of love is an instant boost that strengthens your resiliency and changes outcome, no doubt about it.  Need some more inspiration?  I really loved the book

Man's Search For MeaningMan’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, even in the pain itself.

Finding a deeper, spiritual meaning in what you are going through is — in and of itself — enough to sustain you.

 


 

4. Leverage the power of music throughout the day:

 

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.

The power of music to wash through you and lift you is amazing.

This is how powerful music is: if you play music that holds special meaning to a patient experiencing memory loss, they can recover context and depth and recognition in the form of long term memory recall while the music is being played. (watch this fascinating trailer for Alive Inside to see this happen!)

Playing music that is personally relevant to a patient has been shown to:

  • increase communication skills
  • increase long term recall
  • increase activity level and energy level
  • increase social function and engagement
  • decrease high blood pressure
  • improve mood
  • reduce pain levels
  • enhance sleep

So if you are feeling stressed or depressed, especially if you can not leave your current surroundings to a new change of scenery,  slip on some music and allow it to sweep through your soul and lift you higher.

Music is an invaluable tool for self-soothing and decreasing anxiety and depression rates.  So play music out loud and use it to connect with everyone in your family — seniors through the youngest children — everyone can benefit!  Take turns playing your favorite music, having a family dance battle, or creating playlists for different times of the day.

Music is universal and can meet you wherever you are.


 

 

5. Ask for help:

 

I know, I know, nobody wants to do this and especially at a time when everyone is facing huge challenges, it can be tough to ask someone to help you out.  But bonding together, even — and perhaps especially — during the bad times is a game changer.

Of course the typical advice to ask family and friends for simple, actionable things that will help you stands (for example, ask your neighbor to pick up some cereal for you at the store, ask your sister to meet up with to sit outside, drinking some tea or coffee together, and share what your worries and concerns are, asking your old friend to text you every morning when you wake up so you don’t feel so alone, etc…) but people are also willing to help you out even if they don’t know you yet.

Do a search to find contact information and call your local support groups, local food banks, local ministries, local disaster relief and emergency financial assistance (to help pay bills,) join online support groups or enroll in private online counseling, all from the comfort of your own home.

I know I didn’t fully realize how many people I had, providing back up support in my life, until I went through a personal crisis. Some of my most meaningful sources of support during a very overwhelming time in my life were from people I had never ever met before, like the manager at my local bank and the complete stranger who came to pick up the furniture I got rid of as I downsized everything.

If you are having a stressful crisis, ask for help.  Ask your neighbor, ask your family, ask your friends.  And even if you have none of the above, go out into the world asking for help to show up — find online support, go to your bank and ask to speak to the manager, go to the grocery store and ask to speak to the manager, contact your local utility companies and ask for help, go to the thrift shop or the park and simply make friends.  Yes, you can wear your face mask and stand far apart and still make new friends or simply ask for help.

Angels are out there waiting to embrace and help you every single day.

 


 

 

 

6. Create a symbolic fresh start:

 

A symbolic fresh start during times of stress can help you move on towards healing and help usher in new, positive and hopeful energy instead of feeling stuck.  For me, this meant that I literally moved and relocated my life.

But even if it is impossible to literally move, you can go through your entire home with the idea of bringing in fresh energy:

  • freshen up the plants in each room, repot and water them, add new plants if you don’t have any
  • rearranging whatever furniture you can
  • clean your living space, room by room, and declutter along the way
  • adding a mirror or two to help reflect light around the space
  • burning candles of light in the evenings to help create a new warm glow in old, dark and depressing spaces
  • go outside to take a deep breath of air
  • lighting a smudge stick or burn incense or run a aromatherapy diffuser in your home
  • ring a bell or strike a chime while setting a new intention for the space you are in
  • move your body to increase circulation and flexibility — find a yoga or stretch video (countless free ones are waiting for you on YouTube right now) to get your body unstuck.

No matter what you do, do something to break the illusion that you are stuck.  You are not stuck.  You are a new person every single day and every moment within that day.

When our physical surroundings don’t change, especially in the midst of great turmoil, you can get caught up in the illusion that your situation is permanent and hopeless. This is not so… there is always an ebb and a flow of energy through every situation no matter how unchanging it appears on the surface.

The illusion that things never change can mentally hold you in a place of worry.  Release this by making small changes to your living space, changing the energy of the room you are in, physically leaving the space you are in for a breath or two, or using candles/incense/smudging/bells/chimes/lighting/a new plant… or simply move your own body in a new way, through new yoga sequences or stretches… whatever it takes to feel the energy shift in your space and remind you that nothing… NOTHING… stays the same forever.  Not even pandemics.

 


7.  Get sunlight daily:

 

Even while we practice social distancing, it’s important to get sunlight every single day.  If you are going outside grounding daily (see tip #1, above) this will be a win-win situation!  But for those that are not drawn to grounding for their health, at least be sure to get some form of sunlights.

The first reason to do this is that sunlight is germicidal.  This medical study (recently published in 2020 in the Journal of Infectious Disease) found that sunlight exposure decreased the survival of aerosolized influenza virus by 93% — decreasing viral lifespan from 32 min (with no sunlight exposure) to 2.4 min in full sunlight.

This medical literature review, published in 2013 in the Journal of Hospital Infection) suggests that infections caught indoors is a major contributor to worldwide morbidity and mortality rates and urges medicine to consider optimizing sunlight when designing architecture for healthcare facilities like hospitals and clinics.

While an infected person will always be able to spread the virus to another (no way for sunlight to kill the virus inside of living tissues) so social distancing is still going to be absolutely necessary to stop the spread of any viral illness, at least you can be comforted to know that on outdoor surfaces, the virus has a much shorter lifespan.  Meaning, if you are going to be out of your home — make sure you stay outside instead of in indoor venues, where sunlight can not work it’s magic.

The second is that sunlight actually prolongs life span, in a dose dependent way (meaning more time in the sun = longer life span.)  I blog about this extensively in this article I wrote for you last year, right here.

And the third is that sunlight allows our body to naturally make vitamin D, which is crucial to our immune system.  As this medical literature review discusses (published in 2018 in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences) Vitamin D not only directly boosts our immune adaptive response (meaning our bodies are better able to fight off new, novel, mutating and never-before-seen pathogens) but it also decreases inflammation, a leading cause of mortality during viral infection.

So get direct sun exposure whenever possible, for at least 10 minutes or more daily, ideally in non-peak hours (before 10 AM or after 4 PM) even during times of social distancing.  I’m not saying to gather in big groups, I’m saying seek your own sunlight exposures in a way that honors social distancing such as:

    • sitting on a porch, balcony or front door stoop every morning and every evening
    • eating picnic lunches outside mid-day
    • observing which of the windows in your home are sunny and at what time of the day there is a sunbeam and sitting in those precious light rays while drinking your morning coffee, your evening tea, while working on your computer like I am doing right now, or while reading a good book, etc… (the glass will stop the majority of UVB waves needed for making Vit D, so open the window if you can)
    • even going for a drive or sitting in your car even without driving it if you have your own car and it’s a sunny day — be sure to roll the windows down and enjoy!

And even if you get direct sunshine outside or through a window daily, I highly recommend that you supplement with Vitamin D as well.  Some of the other supplements I feel are crucial in times of increased infection rates include Vit C, Vit D, Probiotics, Melatonin (more on this below) and Colloidal Silver Nasal and Oral sprays.  Also washing with Colloidal Silver Shampoo and Soap.  I have every single one of these supplements and personal hygiene products available to you in my online dispensary right here, at a nice discount just because you are a reader of mine!

I’ve put them all in my online catalog under the “immune support” category:

 

Lastly, along with these tips to get direct sunlight and supplement with Vitamin D, take advantage of the fact that viruses can be heat-inactivated and bath daily in comfortably hot water, drink hot beverages often, wash clothes on the hottest water setting possible or run them through the dryer on highest heat setting available, and use the heated dry cycle on your dishwasher to sanitize dishes.


 

 

 

8. Increase Gratitude & Compassion:

 

This is a no-brainer — one of the gifts of going through suffering 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 similar, and even worse, ordeals can really help instill hope to your own journey.

As contrary as it sounds, topics that would have felt dark or depressing during easier times can somehow feel powerful and empowering now. For example, during our own harsh life changes, the kids and I 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 and more optimistic in the sense that you know you will reach the other side.  And you WILL reach the other side.

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.

One of the simplest ways to increase gratitude is also one of my favorite, and as a bonus it helps me fall asleep, the topic that’s coming up next!  All you do is, as you close your eyes to fall asleep for the night, run through the day in your mind’s eye.  Specifically look for moments you had — even if it’s just one — that you were glad happened.  And when you find that moment in the day, pause mentally and just say to yourself  “I’m grateful for that.”

That’s it.  Even on a really horrible, tough, gut wrenching, miserable day, there are singular moments that happened in your favor or helped strengthen you to get you through.  Something as simple as eye contact with someone who smiled at you.  Or chancing into a food that was previously out of stock in the store.  Or hearing a bird outside your window singing to remind you that all is well in the world.  Or finally carving out time to take a warm bath.  I go chronologically through my day and pause here and there to say “I am grateful for that.”

I generally find I have fallen asleep before I’ve gotten to the end of my day and caught up with my own self, laying in bed that night in my “daily rewind.”  Please try it and see if you enjoy this nightly practice too.

 


 

 

9. Deepen Sleep:

 

Studies have shown that sleep deprivation is even harder to bear on folks with anxiety or stress.  If you are going through a time of great 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 the stress of the situation.  Everything living on this earth has a unique circadian rhythm — even microbes and pathogens if you can believe it — as discussed in this 2019 article published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology.  Another article, published 2019 in Nature Communications, specifically shows the incredible impact of circadian rhythm on the inflammatory reaction of the human body — circadian rhythm has even been shown to play a role in lung inflammation during influenza infection.

The two ways we maintain a good, vibrant, healthy circadian rhythm is through exposure to sunlight and direct contact with the earth, both of which we talked about above (#1 & #7).   So decreasing proximity to others and practicing social distancing likely has been having a dramatic impact on your ability to sleep at night, because it keeps you out of the sunlight and off of the earth outside.

Add to that the increased exposure day and night to artificial light, blue light input to the eye, and artificial electronic EMF exposures, and your body becomes easily confused as to what is day and what is night.  Melatonin production goes down and cortisol (your stress hormone) goes up during times of forced isolation, decreased activity, decreased natural exposure to daylight, increased exposure to artificial lights, and of course increased times of fear, anxiety and depression.

The typical advice, to get morning sun to help reset your internal clock, still holds true.  But actually there are two ways your internal clock is set, and both are crucial: it takes both sunlight exposure and direct earth contact.  Sunlight exposure will be taken care of by tip #7 above. Let’s also proactively seek direct earth contact (tip #1 above) as it will also help to reset our circadian rhythm as well!

Scientists have known for decades that the earth is equally responsible for our day night rhythm after extensive experiments in isolating subjects from the earth in shielded isolation chambers, a unique study published in 1970 in Life Sciences and Space Research.  Because it is actually the frequency of the earth (along with with exposure to light) that regulates our natural biorhythms, it’s easy to understand how grounding our body with our planet can help enhance restorative sleep at night and boost daytime wakefulness.  It’s also easy to see why staying indoors, ungrounded, eventually leads to daytime sleepiness, nighttime wakefulness, and decreased quality of sleep at night, which is incredibly stressful to the body and ultimately decreases lifespan.

Although I strongly feel that grounding directly outside is best, during pandemics or for my patients with mobility issues or other health concerns that keep them indoors, there are fabulous indoor grounding options that will allow you to ground your body for hours each day, even sleeping grounded all night long if you want.

You can also support a healthy circadian rhythm in other ways — using natural sunlight to light rooms during the day, using a light box if there is not good natural light in your living area, wear blue light blocking glasses if you watch tv or use electronics after dinnertime, have a goal of 9 hours of quality sleep a night if possible, and read this blog post I wrote for you with my 14 favorite holistic ways to boost your sleep, naturally.

Lastly, I urge you to take melatonin supplements.  Interestingly, melatonin is emerging as a possible treatment against lung complications from coronavirus infection, as melatonin directly decreases lung inflammatory cytokines.  Melatonin has even been proven to significantly decrease lung inflammation in patients who are on ventilators.  This article, just published March 2020 in Respiratory Research, found that a melatonin receptor agonist not only significantly reduced lung inflammation for patients on a ventilator, it also significantly reduced their inflammatory concentrations of cytokines in the lung.

Because melatonin naturally decreases with age, it may be a unique factor contributing to the “agism” that the coronavirus is displaying.  Infants and young children have the highest natural melatonin concentrations of all, which might provide natural lung protection that steadily decreases throughout the human life span.

Melatonin concentrations peak at age 6, are cut in half by age 45, and are almost non-existent in the elderly 80+.  Maybe this is why lung complications and death increases in coronavirus infections at age 40 and dramatically spikes from there.  My favorite melatonin supplements, along with all the other supplements I’ve recommended in this article, are all waiting for you at a discount in my online pharmacy right here. 

The key with melatonin is to take it at sunset — not 1 hour before bedtime as typically instructed on the bottle.  Take it whenever the sun starts to dip low — even if that is 3 and 4 hours before you think you will actually be able to sleep.  This is how your body naturally works and so if you’ve taken melatonin before, right before bedtime, and thought that it did not work for you — try again, taking it as the sun sets.  It will make a huge difference!


 

 

10.  Add 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, but it’s 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 health/hope 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 old traumas… these are all ways to do body work right in the comfort of your own home:

  • deep stretches
  • yoga
  • guided meditation
  • long walks
  • massage — foot, neck and hand massages are all massages you can do on your own body to release tension
  • heat (hot water bottles are the best!) over tense areas
  • water (in the form of showers or baths, as well as increasing hydration by drinking lots of water!)
  • orgasm

 

And in the future, if you feel safe heading out to a local practitioner, include

  • acupuncture
  • qigong
  • tai chi
  • reiki
  • deep tissue massage
  • physical therapy

 

I really hope this list of 10 things you can do to improve your state of mind, boost your hopefulness and increase your feeling of health — even in the middle of great personal and global stress — is helpful to you and a blessing of some new ideas to consider.

Offered with much love…

xoxox, Laura

Want To Bring Healing Touch Indoors To Those You Are Quarantined With? Here’s How:

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I was recently asked:

“If a sick person is lacking the earth’s electrons,

can you donate your electrons to them by touching them?”

The short answer to this is: yes.

 

When you were a kid, did you ever walk around in your socks, rubbing them on a carpet repeatedly so you could sneak up to your sibling and shock them?  (Or was that just me, LOL?). If you’ve ever shocked someone when touching them, you know this on a large scale — it was a large quantity of electrons passing between the two of you that caused the shock.

On a smaller scale, this is happening with every interaction, all day long.

Because no two bodies are 100% completely balanced and neutral in respect to each other, electrons are always flowing one way or another when you touch someone else, or they touch you.

Although the amount of electrons transferring is such a small amount relative to the amount of electrons in a human body, I believe this is in part why healing touch is so powerful.  When you “donate” some of your electrons to someone who is in worse physical condition than you (such as someone in pain, with an inflammatory process going on) you are supporting them in many ways.

I think this is part of what massage therapists, physical therapists, acupuncturists and other healers are doing when they touch you.  Even your pet can donate electrons to you when it snuggles up with you while you are sick or have a chronic condition bringing you down.

Medical studies are just starting to reveal the healing power of physical touch:

And all of these studies are just from touch alone!

They do not include all of the wonderful studies that show the healing power of therapeutic touch, such as massage therapy and physical therapy.  Just simple skin-to-skin contact.

Do these results sound familiar?  What other healing modality do you know that can decrease pain, calm brain waves, lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, and calm respiratory rate?

 

 

 

Grounding.

 

Yep, grounding does all of that in the exact same way, with direct physical contact and the transfer of electrons between the human body and the earth.

 

So the first take home point today is:

when you touch others,

you might be donating electrons to someone who needs them.

 

In short, you are grounding them.  So remember to get grounded yourself.

If you ground your body routinely, this can be a very kind thing to do — with every hug or hand squeeze or touch, you are literally helping to neutralize their depleted body, which is one reason why touch is so healing.

And while you may be very willing to be an electron donor to those you love, you should be aware that even brief casual contact with strangers is enough to donate electrons — when getting handed a receipt at checkout, for example, or shaking hands after introductions at work or at a party.

During this time of social distancing, these interactions don’t typically happen, but if you are quarantining with someone who is not feeling good right now — maybe they are having a stressful day, a panic attack, feeling depressed, have a stomach ache, a headache, seasonal allergy attacks, you name it… you can use the power of grounded touch to help.

Especially if your loved one is not on board with or does not routinely practice grounding themselves… no matter.  The earth will still heal them, with you as the conduit.

 

 

 

 

You may want to ask yourself, in the past, before this social isolation period, did you notice you ever feel depleted at work?

Or after going out and about to shopping malls, restaurants, crowded places?

Did you feel depleted after group meetings, after introductions that include handshakes, or after social functions where you spent time embracing large numbers of friends or family members that are not routinely grounded?

Or maybe you notice feeling depleted after public transit, in crowded shopping areas, or while eating out?

With every touch, you likely donated some electrons to someone who needs them.

 

The solution to this is so simple: just take a break and touch the earth.

 

 

The ground outside has an ever available supply of electrons, and it will never run out of electrons to tank you back up… just reach for earth to restore you.

Make it your new policy to get outside before, after, and particularly during, events that drain you.

For example:

  1.  At work: When you are back at work you can make it a routine to go outside during a lunch break and touch the earth.  It’s super easy to do if you wear open toed socks that allow you to slip off your shoe for a moment and touch the earth.  Although grounding for longer periods of time can have cumulative benefits, even a single second is never too short to get grounded, as you are grounded immediately and a single second is enough to have a flow of electrons wash over you.
  2. Waiting for bus or other forms of commuting:  I have a practice of touching the cement curb beside where I am parked and always take a minute to connect before getting into my car.  On long car rides, I take time to break up the drive with a grounding moment on the earth.  Especially after getting off public transit, cement sidewalks and curbs are always your friend.
  3. Socializing out with friends: Feel exhausted while hanging out with friends?  Or maybe your socialization comes in the form of getting your kids together at playdates with other parents and there are tons of children running around a playground.  Either way, if you feel your energy draining after contact with others, you can always discretely touch a tree as you walk around outside, getting grounded in an instant without ever having to take your shoes off.  No one has to know why you want to stop and lean down to smell a flower (hold onto a leaf as you do to get a grounding fix) or stop and touch a leaf on a tree or touch the grass with your fingertips.  Any contact with the earth will restore your electrons, it absolutely does not need to be through your feet.  And it does not need to be the ground directly — any living rooted tree will be fully grounded as will rocks resting on the earth — so sit on a rock, touch a leaf, caress a flower — and tank up on those electrons directly.
  4. Ultimately, consider sleeping grounded: if you find you are routinely exhausted from daily life, which is super common in this ungrounded world around you, consider sleeping grounded each night.  That way, your sleep is more restorative and you are all set, flush with electrons to face another day, interacting with people all day long who more than likely do not sleep grounded and are in need of their own electron fix.

 

 

 

The second take home point is this:

You can absolutely use this principle of electron sharing to

intentionally care for others!

It can be a good thing!

Because when you are grounded, you can touch someone else and ground them as well, even if they were ungrounded before your contact.  You act as a grounding cord, tethering them to the ground.

There are many many applications where this can be helpful.  For example:

  1.  Holding hands = when one is grounded, you both are grounded.  For me, as someone who is always cold, I love love love to hold my husband’s warm hands while we are on a nice walk outside in the winter.  He never gets as cold as I do, so he very much enjoys touching a rock or holding a tree branch as we explore the neighborhood, even sometimes going barefoot while I stay toasty in my boots.  As long as I have his warm hand slipped into my pocket holding mine, I’m grounded every bit as powerfully as he is.  Want to bring your relationship to new heights?  Make sure one of you is grounded outside and share a kiss, knowing the entire time the kiss is grounding both partners instantly!
  2. Sleep sharing = one person sleeping grounded means both people are sleeping grounded.  If you sleep with a partner that isn’t too into the whole grounding movement, as long as you are grounded, every time you reach over to touch your partner, have the comfort of knowing you ground them as well.  For example, if your side of the bed has a grounding bed roll running down it, as you cuddle your partner, they are every bit as grounded as if they had a full grounded bed roll under them as well!
  3. Pets outside = let them stand directly on the earth so you don’t have to!  Every time you pet your pup as they play outside on the earth, it’s as good as you grounding directly to the earth without you having to get dirty, muddy, or cold (or hot, depending on the season!). So if the sidewalk is too hot for your own bare feet, or the rain is too muddy and wet for you to want to go barefoot, or you are simply too cold to have direct skin contact with the earth, let your warm furry friend do the grounding for you. Thick fur is insulating and can prevent grounding contact, so try to pat their tummy, rub their ears, kiss their snout, or massage down under the fur or in areas that are less fur covered.  Every time you do, you are tanking up on the earth’s electrons without depleting your pet’s supply.

 

 

Because in each of these examples, one of the two living bodies is grounded to the earth, they are continuously tanked up with electrons and you never have to feel they are taking them away from you directly, instead you are an earth donor while they themselves are simultaneously getting tanked up too!

I’m sure you can think of many more scenarios where you can either be proactive about restoring your own electrons after interacting with others in this ungrounded society we live in, or situations where you can use this principle of grounded contact to double the benefits of grounding to more than one person at a time.

 

 

 

 

So my challenge to you is to simply be aware of getting grounded multiple times throughout your day, each and every day, and see if you feel less drained all day long.  Then use this boosted reservoir of electrons to spread healing touch to those you are quarantined with, to help boost their wellness too.

And of course, don’t limit yourself to the examples I shared in today’s blog post… there are infinite ways that you touch others all day long and infinite ways you can use the healing power of touch to restore both you and those you love.

With much love…  xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

P.S.  Do you have a question about grounding that you can’t find answered anywhere else?

 

I’m absolutely sure I’ve got it answered for you in my new book on grounding that releases this Friday!  Woot!

Going way past other grounding books that dryly review the medical literature or give you story after story on anecdotal reports on grounding, this book will fill your mind, heart and spirit with exciting ideas on how to get grounded to support your health goals best, whether you want to sleep better, get more energy, feel more spiritually connected or even boost your creativity.

My goal in writing this book is to get you aching to go outside and to inspire you with hundreds of ideas on what to do once you get there.

You can order a signed book that I will personally ship direct to you, right here. 

Bu tf you get free shipping on Amazon (or want the kindle version) or prefer to order off B&N (or want the Nook version) or you want to support IndieBound or other independent retailers (I’m all for that) please do!

Here are some helpful links:

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We Need This Earth Day More Than We’ve Ever Needed One Before

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This Wednesday is Earth Day!

 

And like I wrote about in my last blog post, the earth is literally begging — begging — us for a reset.

To me, the most positive thing that has come out of this pandemic is how this “forced pause” has been allowed everyone, all over the globe, to come together in an absolute, unified, world wide, eye opening moment to truly see that our wellness depends on the wellness of the planet.

And when we stop and pause, the planet heals.  People are hearing birds singing again, noticing that springtime trees and flowers are waking up more vibrantly than ever before, the air is clearing as traffic decreases, global emissions are dropping dramatically, the water in rivers and bays are clearer, and consumerism and competition becomes obsolete as health and wellness become our deepest treasure.

The earth has been gently asking for us to slow down and connect with her for a long, long time now.

It took a worldwide pandemic for us to all hit a much needed pause button on environmental destruction and over-consumption of resources and the spiraling-out-of-control 24/7 workaholic daily routine to see it.

Let’s not let this global crisis be for nothing.  Let’s give the earth the reset she desperately needs… because we need it too.

Are you ready to take healing the earth seriously?

Are you ready to take your own health seriously?

They are more intimately connected than you could ever have dreamed possible.  Our health reflects our planet’s health, and vice versa. There is no getting around it.  And there is no better time to connect to our planet to support our collective healing than right now.

So this week, all week long — and especially this Wednesday on Earth Day — let’s connect with our planet and boost our own health at the same time.

Today I give you 4 ways to celebrate Earth Day, even while social distancing:

 

Idea #1:  Make Earth Day into a Personal Healing Retreat

 

 

This is me, taking a few moments to release a tension headache.  However you are feeling right now, whether it is anxious, sad, frustrated, annoyed, tense, overwhelmed, bored, tired… the earth is waiting to give you a boost.

You can use the healing power of connecting directly to the Earth today and actually finish the day feeling better than you did when the day started.

Imaging studies and blood tests and common sense and ancient wisdom all agree… the earth is ever there for you, ever supporting you, ever washing away the inflammation from your day and the damage done to your body, ever renewing you and ever ready.

Some days within 1 second of touching the earth I can feel the relief washing over me. My headache soaks down into the grass or my shoulder tension melts away while I sit on a rock or my nausea vanishes while stand on a sidewalk or whatever stress I am holding onto that day subsides as I lean against a tree.

There is nothing that the earth can’t hold. From the tallest skyscraper to the smallest blade of grass. From your joyful dancing under the sun to your sacred whispered secrets into the ground to your tears soaking in under the nighttime sky.

You don’t need instructions from the government and you don’t need to know the latest medical news and you don’t need to read the scary headlines and you don’t need a pharmacy to hand it to you and you don’t need a doctor to recommend it… although I’m doing just that!

The one thing you can always turn to is the earth.

The one thing that reaches every organ system and every cell in your body is the earth. When you are out of contact with the earth your body feels the build up of inflammation and free radical damage and feels stressed and out of sorts. 

When you come back in contact with the earth your body feels intense relief — and there is no better day to gift that to yourself than on Earth Day.

  • So start the day with a cup of tea or coffee standing outside watching the sunrise.
  • Or end the day looking up at the moon and stars for a minute before heading up to bed.
  • Take a midday break and do some stretches outside — a few neck rolls would feel amazing.
  • Stand on a sidewalk, or brick, or cement — it will all ground you.
  • Or simply find a leaf on a tree to touch and take three deep breaths.  It will ground you too.

 

 

Want more ideas?

 

It’s not too late to join into my 2 week online Earth Day Relief class — it just started today!

Sign up here and I’ll get you added to the class ASAP and personally send you the first email that went out this morning.

 

 Idea #2:  Make Tonight An Earth Day Movie Night!

 

 

Movie nights are always fun when you are staying home.  Pop some popcorn and click play… and share these film recommendations with the people that you love!

Free grounding films you can watch:

 

 

 

Idea #3: Get Outside and Go Heart Spotting!

 

I love hearts, as you can tell by the fact that I choose a heart to be my business logo!

All of my life I’ve delighted in finding hearts in nature while I’ve been out and about… nature is sending us love notes every single day, the trick is to notice them.

Today, take your phone or camera and walk around your neighborhood, grabbing pics of any hearts you find.

I love finding hearts in nature, here are some of my favs I’ve collected along the way:

 

Idea #4:  Win A Free Copy of My New Grounding Book

 

If you are not sure how you can get grounded with stay-at-home orders in place, I wrote this book for you, because you absolutely can still ground daily for your health.

If you are not sure how to get grounded when the weather gets extreme, when the seasons change, how long you should ground for, or how to use grounding for specific health results, I wrote this book for you.  I’ve got answers that will get you grounding in no time.

If you are curious about grounding but not sure what to do once you get outside, if you live in a city and don’t have any access to a safe greenspace, if you are not sure what earth surfaces will actually ground you, then oh my goodness I wrote this book for you.

If you want to know how the practice of grounding, one person at a time, on minute at a time, can help save the entire planet and put it on a different trajectory than the doom-and-gloom path it’s been on, than I wrote this book for you.

Exploring grounding and setting up a grounding practice for yourself is so life changing, that if you use this stay-at-home time to get in touch with the earth beneath you, than it will not have been in vain.

If I could rename my book right now to be called: The Earth Reset: Protecting Your Innate Health During A Pandemic I totally would.

But instead, it’s called:  The Earth Prescription  and it’s waiting for you right here, right now:

 

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And this week, in celebration of Earth Day, I’m giving away 3 brand new, signed copies.

Anyone can enter — I’ll ship it free, anywhere in the world!

 

All you need to do is post it on either Facebook or Instagram or Pinterest and tag me — each post is an entry — and I will randomly select one person from of each platform to send a free autographed book to!

Woot!  Happy Earth Day my friends!!!

Get out there and go feel better… doctor’s orders.

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

Do You Get The Feeling That Mother Earth Is Asking For A Reset?

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Me too.

 

And I know how we can do it.

 

I just happen to have spent the past several years writing a book that New Harbinger is publishing right now… and in it I literally talk about exactly how our health, and the health of our planet, are intimately interconnected.

At first I have to admit that I was really sad about the timing of this book being release right now — as my book tour, book signings, and speaking events for the next two months have all been cancelled.

 

But then I realized that humanity is being primed to receive this deep inner truth

in a way that it would not have been truly heard at any other time.

 

 

 

The reality is that our wellness depends on the wellness of the planet… and we can boost and protect our own innate health and longevity by fostering this connection.

 

The proof is everywhere.

 

People are hearing birds singing again, noticing that springtime trees and flowers are waking up more vibrantly than ever before, the air is clearing as traffic decreases, global emissions are dropping dramatically, the water in rivers and bays are clearer, and consumerism and competition becomes obsolete as health and wellness become our deepest treasure.

 

 

 

The earth has been gently asking for us to slow down and connect with her for a long, long time now.

It took a worldwide pandemic for us to all hit a much needed pause button on environmental destruction and over-consumption of resources and the spiraling-out-of-control 24/7 workaholic daily routine to see it.

Let’s not let this global crisis be for nothing.  Let’s give the earth the reset she desperately needs… because we need it too.

Are you ready to take healing the earth seriously?

Are you ready to take your own health seriously?

They are more intimately connected than you could ever have dreamed possible.

 

 

 

 

I poured everything I know — all the research and patient experiences and medical studies, along with my heart-centered, optimistic approach to how resilient the human body is — into this book.

In it, I lay out for you exactly how, exactly why, and exactly when to use grounding to boost your own health instantly — the benefits are immediate — and yes grounding not only decreases inflammation throughout your body but it also boosts your immune system.

 

Perfect at-home therapy for the health challenges we are all currently facing.

 

 

 

If you are not sure how you can get grounded with stay-at-home orders in place, or if you live in a city and don’t have any access to a safe greenspace, this book is for you, because you absolutely can still ground daily for your health.

If you are not sure how to get grounded when the weather gets extreme, when the seasons change, what earth surfaces will actually ground you, how long you should ground for, or how to use grounding for specific health results, I wrote this book for you.

If you are curious about grounding but not sure what to do once you get outside, oh my goodness is this book for you.  It is an idea book filled with thousands of ideas to inspire and guide you, and help you troubleshoot to get the results you deeply crave.

If you want to know how the practice of grounding, one person at a time, on minute at a time, can help save the entire planet and put it on a different trajectory than the doom-and-gloom path it’s been on, than this book is for you.

 

 

If I could rename it right now to be called:

The Earth Reset: Protecting Your Innate Health During A Pandemic 

I totally would.

 

But instead, it’s called:  The Earth Prescription

and it’s waiting for you right here, right now:

 

 

Order On Amazon

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Order Signed Copies On My Website Here

 

Our health reflects our planet’s health, and vice versa.

There is no getting around it.

And there is no better time to connect to our planet to support our collective healing than right now.

Let’s do this.

xoxox, Laura

 

PS — if any of my healing articles that I’ve been sharing every single week on my website — for free — for over a decade now has ever helped you in any way, I would truly appreciate you giving this book a shout out for me during this time.

A cancelled book tour means that this book is 100% dependent on you posting it to social media, sharing it with your friends and family, forwarding it to your email lists, and ordering it online.

Please help me spread the word about this much needed, incredibly uplifting resource for our global healing!

Forward this blog post to your own email list, forward the direct link to order the book to your loved ones, post on social media, post a review of the book on Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble… and if you have an online platform to interview me about the book and would like to, please email me directly at koniverMD@gmail.com and let’s set it up!

Gratefully, xoxo, Laura

 


 

 

 

Reduce Your Overwhelm In 3 Breaths, Right Now With Me

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Meditation is a wonderful healing tool you can reach for any time, anywhere — making it the perfect practice to cultivate when you are practicing social distancing and stuck at home, under very stressful conditions, during this pandemic.

 

But the truth is, I just can’t get the hang of a meditation practice.

But luckily, I really don’t have to.

 

New research shows that simply by taking a few deep breaths, you can shift your body and brain chemistry enough to lower stress levels and increase focus and productivity.

In the 15 minute video below, I share with you 3 easy ways to remember to take a few deep breaths throughout your day… come on and do it with me!

Click now and let’s breathe together:

 

 

 

 

(newsletter subscribers can watch the video

on YouTube by clicking here)

 

 

 

As I mention in the above video, the work of Dr. Herbert Benson, M.D. paved the way for understanding how the brain actually improves performance when you take breaks during stressful tasks.

I also mention the study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on June 20, 2018,  that found that short sessions of repeating a mantra actually helped resolve PTSD symptoms in veterans even better than traditional talk therapy did.  Wow!  Read more about that here.

If you are like me and feel it would benefit you to incorporate a tool that makes taking 3 deep breaths easy, or if you are a physical,  somatic person or an auditory person that could benefit from adding sound therapy to your breaths, or if you just want a tangible reminder to take a break by having a chime out on your desk or a tuning fork on the dash of your car, here is where you can find my favorites:

 

 

 

Mental Clarity: Bar Chime

 

Calming Vibration: Tuning Fork

 

Therapeutic Harmony: Wind Chime

 

Take a minute long break to recite a mantra or take 3 deep breaths throughout your day when you feel your stress increase sharply — it’s simple, it’s convenient, and it’s free.    You don’t even need a chime, but if you find it helpful, feel free to simply replay my video above as often as you like, to listen to the chime and breath right along with me!

As a huge advocate for grounding therapy, you know I am a big fan of free therapies that allow patients to take control over their own health.

So knowing that just repeating a single word has literally been clinically shown to make a significant difference in improving quality of life and treating insomnia, anxiety, fear, anger, depression and other PTSD symptoms is such a relief.

You can slow your breathing down and take just a few mindful breaths, or repeat a healing mantra, any time, anywhere.

It’s very private and very powerful.

In medicine, we know it only takes three deep breaths to significantly support your vagal nerve tone, which helps modulate your autonomic nervous system.  Meaning your heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and brain all get calmed and centered and soothed… and pain actually significantly decreases as well.

Take 3 deep breaths gives your body a mini-break and your brain a mega-boost.  If you would like to incorporate mantra work into your breathing, here are some ideas for you…

 

breathing in:  I am lovable

breathing out:  I am loved

or

breathing in:  I am safe

breathing out:  I am taken care of by God

or

breathing in:  I am protected

breathing out:  I am healing

 

 

 

 

You can also take this work further by grounding.

 

Grounding immediately boosts vagal tone, calms heart rate, lowers blood pressure, slows respiratory rate, and decreases pain.

Grounding supports your vagal tone so well that it actually helped premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to improve outcome.  Read this article on my blog right here to find out more about that important study.

If you are suffering from trauma, from insomnia, from anxiety, from depression, from anger, or any other stress (and who isn’t?) support your recovery and release by simply focusing on a mantra and by grounding.

 

 

 

So here are some ways you can implement these tools today:

 

  • start the day with a few deep breaths while you breathe a self selected, calming mantra in and out
  • have a tuning fork or a bar chime or in your work or living space to use throughout the day whenever stress hits, or simply re-play the video I share with you above where I hit the chime for you and breathe right along with me
  • get grounded outside, touching the earth for at least a few minutes each day during daylight hours, and be sure to take three grounded deep breaths in and out while you are touching the earth (or a plant or cement or a rock or any of these 15 surfaces on the earth that will ground you!)
  • release tension from your body at the end of your day with a therapeutic wind chime washing over you
  • breathe your mantra in and out for a few deep breaths each evening as you lay in bed before sleep
  • sleep grounded all night long… or simply stand outside before bedtime each night, looking up at the moon and stars and taking 3 more grounded deep breaths in and out, slowly.

 

Feeling better?

 

It only takes a few days to start to reap the benefits of these all natural healing practices and the results can be maintained sustainably for the rest of your life.

 

Want more advice on how to naturally heal from stress and trauma?

 

 

 

I am teaching my trauma healing class in just a fews weeks, and I would love to have you join in.

Class runs May 11th – May 22nd.

 

It has sold out every single time I have run it, so I highly recommend you reserve your spot right now.   No matter what you have gone through, you absolutely do have the ability to rebound from from it and create a new normal and a new health set point.  Every body does.

Your body naturally want’s to trend back to full and complete wellness… mind, body and spirit.  I’ll give you the tools to get there.

Save your spot in this by-reservation-only course by clicking right here today.

 

 

 

Moving onwards and upwards…

xoxoxo, Laura