No Time To Meditate? 3 Ways To Reap All The Benefits In 1 Minute Flat

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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 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 a break 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

 

Taking a mental break throughout your day when facing increased stress is simple, it’s convenient — and it’s free.  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… support your recovery and release by simply focusing on a mantra and by grounding.

 

 

 

So here is my recommendation to 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 in your work space to use throughout the day whenever stress hits
  • get grounded outside, touching the earth for at least a few minutes each day during daylight hours
  • 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
  • and sleep grounded all night long.

 

Feeling better?

 

Yep, it only takes a few weeks 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 few months, and I would love to have you join in.

 

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

 

 

 

Your Most Asked Grounding Questions, Answered

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Today is Earth Day!

 

In celebration of this, I thought I would answer all of the grounding questions I am asked the most!

Have you ever wondered about any of these questions?

 

 

1.  Is there anything I can do to enhance grounding?

 

Yes!  There are several things you can do to make your body even more conductive and ready to ground:

  • stay well hydrated
  • correct any mineral deficiencies
  • remove dead skin from your body
  • and have well moisturized skin. 

In the human body, conductivity requires two things: water and electrolytes.  This creates an electrolytic solution that can pass the flow of an electric potential from cell to cell to cell, spreading instantly throughout your entire body.  If you are dehydrated or mineral depleted, you decrease your body’s conductivity. 

So drink a big glass of water before and after all grounding sessions, and make sure you are eating mineral rich foods (like nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, chlorella, spirulina, kvelpand other sea vegetables, bone broth, darkly leafy greens, avocado, wild caught fish, fermented foods, free range eggs, grass fed beef, grass fed cheese and grass fed butter) and/or taking a trace mineral supplement that will supply plenty of magnesium and calcium and potassium to your cells. 

Dry brush your body to encourage removal of dead skin cells, and treat yourself to routine pedicures to remove callouses on feet.  Thick layers of dead skin will block grounding, similar to a thick layer of bark on a tree — you want to remove dead skin so that your fresh hydrated skin is easily accessible by the earth’s energy.   

Lastly, moisturize that fresh soft glowing skin with an organic moisturizer, my favorite is organic coconut oil.  Get into a habit of rubbing organic coconut oil (or your favorite skin lotion) over your body daily, particularly after every bath or shower, to be sure that your body is hydrated inside and out and primed for grounding.

 

 

 

 

2.  Is it okay to ground if the lawn is treated with chemicals?

 

Although you will still be grounded outside even when pesticides have just been sprayed, I don’t recommend it.  Pesticides have been linked with many harmful long term effects on our body from dementia to autism and even cancers such as lymphoma. 

Do not to use home, garden and yard care products that include pesticides, insecticides and chemical fertilizers, and if you use a public space that has been treated with chemicals that you can’t do anything about, the best idea is to ground immediately after a nice ground-soaking rain, or wait at least 48 hours after any chemical application. 

 

 

 

 

3.  How do I prevent sun damage when grounding outside?  

 

There are lots of things you can do to protect yourself from too much sun exposure, so don’t let fear of sun damage keep you indoors.  Hop over here to read my blog post on protecting your skin naturally.

 

 

 

 

4.  How can I keep bugs from biting me while grounding outside?

 

You can keep bugs away from you naturally with the use of cedar oil.  Cedar oil can be sprayed directly on skin, on pets, around doorways and porches and windows and anywhere inside or outside of your home that bugs tend to congregate — safe to use directly on the skin — when sprayed on exposed skin it helps deter them from landing on you at all.   I use this so often that my daughter tells me that this cedar oil spray is — and I quote her here:  “the smell of my childhood.”  She says that every time I spray it and she catches the scent.  I just love that! 

 

 

5.  What can I do to prevent a tick bite?

 

Cedar oil will also deter ticks, so use this liberally on all exposed areas of skin to deter tick bites.  In addition, there are lots of other ways to dramatically decrease your risk of a tick bite, including:

  • keeping your yard and outdoor living space trimmed
  • removing piles of leaves and other debris
  • adding a few free roaming chickens to your yard space (chickens eat ticks and constantly scavenge for ticks and other pests that are harmful to humans)
  • installing a fence or keeping pets confined only to yard areas that are mowed short
  • daily brushing pets and keeping pets out of bedrooms and off of furniture during tick season (late spring, all summer & early fall.)

How else can you deter ticks and what should you do if you find a tick on you?  Hop over here to read my blog post on treating tick bites holistically.

 

 

 

 

6.  How can I introduce grounding to my children?

 

Incorporating grounding routines into childhood is truly one of the very best things you can do to instill in your child a lifetime of Well Being and infuse in them a healthy lifestyle that includes plentiful connection with the earth.  

Childhood is a dangerous time of disconnection in this modern electronic age when smart screens, computers and television shows vie for their attention.  It’s super important to instill in them the habit of touching the earth every single day. 

Your job as a parent is to be very clear that it’s okay to get dirty and that in fact we want to get dirty enough each day to warrant taking a bath or shower that night.  I am so passionate about this that I wrote and illustrated a children’s book on introducing your child to the earth… you can find that here.

 

 

7.  Is it better to have more surface area touching the earth?  

 

This is probably the most common question I am asked.  Because every single cell in your body is conductive — skin, bone, nerves, GI tract, kidney, cerebrospinal fluid, connective tissue, muscles, everything — if one cell is grounded, your entire body becomes immediately grounded.  Therefore, touching the earth with one foot or one fingertip is every bit as grounding as burying yourself up to your neck in sand at the beach!  

 

 

 

 

8.  Is a longer amount of time in contact with the earth better?  

 

This is a fantastic question.  I like to tell people that while there are cumulative benefits over time to prolonged grounding, your body is instantly supported at first contact, so there is really no time too little or too long for grounding.  I never want you to miss an opportunity to be grounded just because it’s might only be for 30 seconds while you walk barefoot to your mailbox, or lean against a tree while you take a break on a hike. 

Within seconds your skin surface conductance has changes throughout your entire body, and your muscle tension has decreased.  As seconds turn to minutes, your brain and vagal tone have gotten a calming boost from grounding, and you might notice pain decreases and mood lifts.  Over time, as minutes turn to hours, your metabolic processes get a boost and your circulation (which supports every single organ system in your body) is running more smoothly.  Grounding day after day means nighttime sleep is more restorative, stress hormones normalize, inflammation decreases, and health benefits begin to accumulate, often resulting in noticeable health benefits on a large scale.

 

 

9.  Is it still working if I don’t feel anything when I touch the earth?  

 

As a natural sequel to the question above, the next question I get is folks wondering if there are still health benefits if you don’t feel different while grounding.  Yes, absolutely.  Whether you can feel the shift or not doesn’t matter to the cells in your body, which are reaping the benefits of touching the earth.  On a macroscopic level, you may not feel any change occur but on a microscopic level, your blood is flowing more freely, your central nervous system has been soothed, your inflammation is being reduced as electrons wash all over your body, removing some of the wear and tear your body has weathered since your last grounding session.  Don’t get frustrated and stop grounding if you don’t feel immediate benefits.  Your body will thank you for the consistent support over time. 

 

 

 

 

10.  Are trees grounded?  

 

Yes.  Anything rooted, living and growing out of the earth’s crust is grounded.  So that means every blade of grass, every bush, every vine, every tree, every flower, every leaf, every bud, every crop, every shrub is fully grounded and has the ability to ground you from head to toe with one touch.  All you have to do is touch a living rooted plant and you are instantly grounded.  If you remove a plant from the earth, such as a potted plant growing inside, it will no longer be grounded, so unless you run a ground stake in to it it will not ground you.  When touching a tree, the most conductive thing to touch is the most moist part of the plant, which is generally the leaves or flowers.  Grounding needs moisture to work, which is why dried and treated wood lumbar will not ground you.  So reach for the green parts of any plant for a sure way to get grounded.

 

 

 

 

11.  Is water grounded?  

 

Yes!  I love grounding through water, especially in the warmer months!  Not only does water enhance grounding, but the water itself becomes grounded when it is on the earth, so you don’t have to touch the ground below the water to be grounded.  Skimming your fingertips across the top of a lake will ground you every bit as much as if you were totally immersed in the water with your feet on the lake floor.  Floating on top of the ocean waves will ground you even if you are not touching the sand beneath the water at all.  The water itself grounds you every bit as much as the solid earth below the water.  

 

 

 

12.  Are rocks grounded?  

 

Yes!  Just like cement and concrete, rock is conductive.  So even with all of your best hiking gear on and thickest most protective hiking boots covering your feet, the moment you stop at the top of your trail and sit on a rock to grab a drink of water, if you have any skin touching that rock (for example on your leg or your hand) then you are entirely grounded.  Same goes for river rocks, gravel, decorative patio stones, you name it, it’s all conductive and will ground you if you will only touch it.

 

 

 

 

13.  Are sidewalks grounded?  

 

Absolutely.  Every inch of any sidewalk that is poured directly on the earth is grounded and waiting for your touch.  So are cement parking lot and road curbs,  cement stairs and all other concrete paths and walkways that lay on the earth… all outline a beautiful healing grounded journey for you to step onto any time.   One thing to note is that while asphalt is made from cement and crushed rock (both conductive) it is held together with bitumen, a petroleum by-product which helps weatherproof the road, extending longevity… but sadly it is not conductive  and because it coats the rock and cement, it will block you from grounding.  Stick with concrete sidewalks for grounding instead of asphalt roads.

 

 

 

 

14.  Are pets and other animals grounded when they are outside?  Am I grounded if I touch my pet while outside?

 

Yes and yes.  Your pets and other animals are all grounded outside when they touch the earth.  Give your beloved pets as much time as you can outside on lovely walks, or at dog parks, or if you are lucky enough to have a yard, give them lots of yard time and while you are at it, join in with them!   When it is too cold for bare feet outside in the colder months you can simply touch your pet and be grounded while they stand or lie on the earth for you.  Look for areas with thinner fur or no fur, such as belly, ear, and nose.  Dense fur is the same as thick dead skin — it keeps animals warm because it is insulating, and that means it blocks conductive flow from your pet to you if you simply pat on top of thick dry fur.  So instead, give their ears a rub, kiss their nose, give them a great long tummy rub, or massage their fur so that you are reaching into the fur to touch their skin underneath.  

 

 

15.  Are electrical therapies such as PEMF, TENS and other therapies the same thing as grounding?

 

Because modern medicine is finally beginning to understand the depth and breadth of how very conductive the human body is, there are many new healing modalities that utilize magnetic and electric pulses and frequencies that simulate the earth’s frequency, to try to encourage healing.  Although these therapies have their own merit, without direct contact from the earth there are no electrons flowing into the body to neutralize inflammation and stabilize the entire body the way grounding does. 

No battery, crystal, manmade electrical impulse, or vibrational healing tool can connect you directly to the earth without you physically touching the earth.  No manmade tool can approximate the healing reservoir that is the earth.  Getting grounded is totally natural,  with no batteries or wires or artificial products necessary.  Our bodies have literally evolved to benefit from the direct support of Mother Earth, with no comparable substitute.  So be sure to include grounding as part of your balanced healing plan.

 

 

 

 

16.  Is it better to ground through feet than other body parts?  

 

No, absolutely not, this is a myth.  Grounding does not have to be through your feet by any means.  Because your entire body is conductive, any body part can ground your entire body immediately.  Resting your face against a tree, running your hands through a garden bed, sitting with bare legs touching the sidewalk, holding hands with someone else who is grounded, all of these ways and more are equally effective as standing outside barefoot.  The easiest way for you to get grounded, whether it is through your feet, hands, face, legs, arms, neck, back, etc.. is the best way, because whatever way makes grounding most accessible to you is the one you are most likely to do! 

 

 

17. I can’t always get outside to ground directly to the earth.  Which indoor grounding tool is best for me?

 

Here are my top 5 favorite indoor grounding tools and why I love them so:

 

 

Because this product uses stainless steel fibers for conductivity, it lasts dramatically longer than inferior products made from silver fibers that break or erode easily in the wash.  With other grounding products, one wash in non-distilled water is enough to make it stop working.

Not so with this mattress panel.  Hand made from stainless steel fabric and organic cotton and organic hemp, this bed roll is also eco friendly and supports local artisans.

If you are going to be laying in bed for hours each night sleeping, let’s make those hours as deeply restorative and healing as they can possibly be by sleeping grounded!

Also good for: Stressful Lifestyles.

Grounding your body all night long is perfect for folks who have incredibly demanding jobs (to make the most of the healing nighttime hours,) athletes who push their body during the day (so they can recover faster at night) and people going through tough transitions and trauma who could use the extra resiliency.  Grounding has been proven in medical studies to enhance muscle recovery, decrease delayed onset muscle soreness, protect and strengthen bones, decrease stress hormone output, increase the time the brain spends in healing alpha wave patterns during sleep and more.

 

 

So easy to wear all day long — just walk out the door with this soft fabric band on your wrist or ankle, and whenever you want to ground, simply clip the grounding cord to it and enjoy discrete grounding anywhere.

As always, I have all of my products hand sewn using only the very highest quality materials, and this band is no different.  Stainless steel conductive fabric means this band will not lose conductivity from normal wear, oils, lotions or washing.

Also good for: Gifting.

Have a friend who lives far away and you need a light weight gift to send overseas?  Have a loved one you want to tuck a small grounding tool into a their pocket as a surprise?  A grounding band is the easiest, most fool proof way to go, as there is no sizing required… velcro adjustable band is one-size-fits-all!

 

 

 

For those that sit at work, you can place this right on your seat and sit directly on it, or use discretely under your desk with your feet, or standing occupations can stand directly on this pad for grounded healing.

You can use it at home, on any chair, under any table, under your head while you lay down and watch TV on the sofa, under your legs at night while you sleep.  A removable and 100% machine washable conductive cover with a conductive interior foam core means this grounding mat not only provides comfortable padding, but you can wash it so easily that it’s a great choice for use over and over again.

Also good for: Pets.

Because this grounding mat has a fully machine washable cover, you can use it in situations where you are going to want to wash it multiple times, like with your pets.  No synthetic vinyl “leatherette” toxic plastic that will sit in landfills for hundreds of years, all of my products are made with fabric and are breathable, non-toxic, and eco friendly.  If we are going to be connecting to the earth, don’t we want to use earth friendly materials?  I think so too.

 

 

 

A unique grounding tool only available here, this grounding pouch is made from stainless steel conductive fabric and comes with two hot & cold packs that slip inside to stay hot or cold for the perfect treatment length of 10 – 15 minutes… ideal to prevent over-treating the areas of injury.

Simply rest grounded ice packs over eyes to reduce puffiness, relieve migraine pain by placing cold pack over forehead or use warm for stiff neck muscles to reduce pain during a tension headache, place over sinus area to relieve sinus pressure, apply to abdomen to sooth cramping and nausea, ideal as a first aid treatment for injuries… the applications are endless.

Also good for: Care Packages.

Because of the small size and how versatile of a healing tool it is, it’s the perfect healing tool to include in care packages.  Use as a mini grounding pad without the hot & cold pack in it, or add the additional therapeutic element of heat or cold to exponentially support the body’s healing.

 

 

For those of us concerned about the ever increasing strength of the electromagnetic fields on the horizon, and for those of us who are particularly electrosensitive (you’ll know if you are or not if you feel worse when you are grounded then when you are ungrounded… this means you are feeling the AC current from your indoor wiring reaching your body.)

By supporting your conductive health (with grounding) and protecting your conductive health (with shielding) we can get these two powerfully healing approached united, so that they can both ultimately work together to support your innate, robust health.

You can clip this cord onto any grounding tool that is conductive and it will work!  Compatible with all of the grounding tools I carry, simply clip to the edge of the conductive part of any grounding tool and it will be powerfully grounded!

All of my grounding cords are proudly made right here in the USA and not bulk manufactured overseas like most other grounding cords, ensure that your grounding experience is the most pure ground connection possible by upgrading your standard grounding cord with the new PureGround filter grounding cord.  

 

 

 

 

18.  What special way can I celebrate Earth Day today?

 

I hope by now you are inspired to head outside today on Earth Day 2019 and touch our planet directly.  Here are a few ideas to get you excited to grab a friend and get grounded!

 

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

 

Intuitive Medical Consultation PlansYou can use the healing power of connecting directly to the Earth for as long as possible today and finish the day feeling better than you ever 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 literally feel the relief washing over me.  My headache soaks down into the ground or my shoulder tension melts away while I sit on a rock or my nausea vanishes while I lay in the grass 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 permission 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 to double-check the label 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.  The one thing in our entire universe that supports life and exists to allow life to blossom all over it’s entire being is our 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.

 

Don’t know exactly what to do?  Download my Earthing-Ebook1Free Grounding Idea Book right now!

Ready to see what grounding can do for your own health?  In this free ebook I will outline how just 10 minutes can make a big impact in your state of well being… nothing to buy, no time to wait for supplements to kick in, no barriers to access.  Earthing is for EVERYBODY.  Just enter your email address in the sign up box on my homepage to get instant access to this fun Idea Book and healthcare guide!

 

 

 

 

  •  Idea #2:  Host an Earth Day Film Screening!

 

Movie nights are always fun, and you can up the meaning behind our connection to Mother Earth by hosting a film screening to share the healing practice of grounding with your family and friends.

You can grab your own copy of Heal For Free right here, or if you want instant gratification, you can watch the original documentary that started it all, The Grounded, right here, and if you want to own your own copy of the film that led the entire movement, you can grab that here.

Pop some popcorn and click play… and share this truth with the people that you love:

 

The only thing limiting Mother Earth’s support of us is our willingness to connect or our willingness to disconnect.

To the extent that we seek out a connection to our Mother Earth, that’s the exact extent that we receive that healing from her.

 

She is always, always, ever available to us. Always.  And this Earth Day, let’s turn this celebration of our planet into one that acknowledges the deep connection we all have — one that goes beyond recognizing the existence of this planet to recognizing the divine interconnection we have with her.

 

  • Idea #3: Go outside and go heart spotting!!!

 

Nature is sending you love notes every single day.  Take your camera and grab some pics of them… I love finding hearts in nature, here are some of my favs that I’ve captured:

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Earth Day my friends!!!  That was a lot of information, but the most important thing is to have direct experience and try it.  So now that you’ve read this far… go outside!

xoxoxo, Laura

 

Time In the Sun Actually Increases Your Life Span… Here’s How To Do It Safely

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A recent medical study, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, found that folks who avoided sun exposure actually had a shorter life span…

…with a decreased life expectancy that was shorter than even heavy smokers who bathed in the sun.

What?!?!  Yes.

 

This was a huge study looked at almost 30,000 participants over a span of 20 years. Researchers tracked health outcomes and life span over two decades and found that even when smoking was factored in, the life span of those who avoided the sun was over 2 years shorter than heavy smokers who got the highest amount of sun exposure!!!

So even heavy smokers who soaked in the sun their whole life outlived non-smokers who avoided sun exposure… by years!  Participants who avoided the sun had higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and pulmonary disease.  And the results were dose-specific… meaning that the benefits of increased life expectancy with sun exposure went up directly in correlation to the amount of sun exposure.

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

So the verdict: under-exposure to the sun is actually dangerous.

 

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

You know that I never ever ever present negative medical information without giving you tons of positive solutions!!

So you know if I am bringing it up on my blog here, then there are TONS of things you can do to make your time out in the sunshine safer for your skin, while boosting your whole-body disease prevention and prolonging your life span!

 

 

 

I’ll just tell you upfront that sunscreen is not my number one recommendation for prevention of skin cancer.

Nor is it my second recommendation either.

I prefer to avoid peak sun hours and use sun protective clothing like rashguards, hats and sunglasses.  Why?

 

  • Some chemicals in sunscreen (like the oils, petroleum products, and retinyl palmitate found in most sunscreens) have been shown to actually increase the rates of skin cancer lesions, when directly applied to the skin.
  • On top of that, many of the chemicals in chemical blocking sunscreens are shown to disrupt our natural hormone pathways. In fact, oxybenzone, the most common chemical sunscreen used, has been shown to disrupt hormones and is *not* (repeat not) recommended for use in children. That’s right… look at all the “kid’s formula” sunscreens out there… they generally contain oxybenzone.  This chemical not only is a hormone-disruptor, but it is particularly well absorbed (which is why it is so commonly used) so applying to your skin it becomes internally absorbed within minutes. Which means children, who are still growing, are getting systemic doses of hormone-disrupting oxybenzone circulating through their bodies on a daily basis all summer long.
  • More bad news… mineral based sunscreens are increasingly being made in nano-sized particles so that they blend into the skin better… and unfortunately, this means they can potentially be absorbed systemically as well.  Even mineral based sunscreens like zinc or titanium dioxide are potentially toxic if they enter your body, so you want to be sure your product does not use nanoparticles.

 

 

And in fact, a new study (presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on Nov 19, 2016) shows that sunscreen did not have the ability to reduce future melanoma risk.

 

466 children (enrolled in the study at age 6) were followed for almost a decade (through age 15) and with a detailed report of annual sun exposure and sunscreen use as well as annual skin exams, which identified and documented skin lesions.

This is the longest term study on new mole development ever conducted.  And unfortunately, the results reveal that there was no association between sunscreen use and subsequent development of new pigmented lesions.

Meaning sunscreen use did not protect from or decrease the likelihood of developing pigmented moles (a marker of melanoma risk) at all.

While sunscreen may be protective against other forms of skin cancer, this news is upsetting because over 75,000 cases of melanoma are diagnosed every year just in the United States alone, and melanoma is a particularly aggressive form of cancer.

But I’m not surprised.  To understand why the most common sunscreens (which is are all chemical based) are not preventing new pigmented lesions from arising, you have to understand how chemical sunscreens work:
  • Chemical sunscreens (such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone) are absorbed into your skin and attempt to neutralize the UV rays once they penetrate your cells, by chemically reacting to the UV radiation.
  • This means that the UV exposure is already reaching into your living tissues, and as a physician I don’t see how this can be cancer preventive.
  • Your cells are already exposed to the UV radiation (including your cell’s DNA) by the time it is being neutralized.

 

Physically blocking sunscreens, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are different.  These physically sit on top of the skin and literally block UV radiation from even reaching your skin.  This is the type of sun protection you want.
  • You do NOT want it to be nano-sized — as then it is just as harmful as the chemically based sunscreens.  It will go on more clear but that is only because it is now small enough to be directly absorbed into the skin and will meet the UV radiation inside of your skin cells, where we do not want it, exactly like chemical sunscreens do.
  • On top of the fact that chemical sunscreens allow the UV radiation to penetrate your skin, some of the chemicals in sunscreen (like the oils, petroleum products, and retinyl palmitate found in most sunscreens) have been shown to actually increase the rates of skin cancer lesions when directly applied to the skin.
  • And on top of that, many of the chemicals in chemical blocking sunscreens are shown to disrupt our natural hormone pathways.
  • In fact, oxybenzone, the most common chemical sunscreen used, has been shown to disrupt hormones and is *not* (repeat NOT) recommended for use in children. That’s right… look at all the “kid’s formula” sunscreens out there… they generally contain oxybenzone.  This chemical not only is a hormone-disruptor, but it is particularly well absorbed (which is why it is so commonly used) so applying to your skin it becomes internally absorbed within minutes.
  • Which means children, who are still growing, are getting systemic doses of hormone-disrupting oxybenzone circulating through their bodies on a daily basis all summer long.

 

Because you don’t want to avoid sun exposure (which decreases your life span) and you don’t want to rely solely on sunscreen to reduce your cancer risk…

Today I give you 5 ways to stay protected in the sun in a way that will truly protect you:

 

 

Top 5 Things You Can Do To Decrease Your Skin Cancer Risk:

 

1.  Avoid Peak Sun Hours:

 

The most important #1 way to protect from ultraviolet exposure is to avoid the sun during the peak UV hours in mid-day.

There was a huge medical study that backs this up… Sunscreen was third in order of most effective ways to protect yourself from sun damage and skin cancers.

The ultimate solution, when possible, is sun avoidance during peak sun hours (10AM – 4PM) — this is infinitely better than any sun protection.

You want to get some incidental sun exposure on some exposed skin daily, but to decrease the UV intensity you want that exposure to be in the earlier AM or later PM hours!

 

2.  Wear UV Protective Clothing, Hats and Sunglasses:

 

The second best way to protect from the sun, if you are going out in the peak hours, is UV protective clothing.  Rash guards, hats, sunglasses.

Be certain to protect your eyes by wearing UV protective sunglasses, dear reader! UV exposure is one of the leading causes of lens opacity (cataracts) as you age.  You can prevent this by diligently protecting your eyes.

 

 

3.   Use Only Physically Blocking, Non-Nano Sized Sunscreens:

 


A non-nanosized, non-chemical based sunscreen is what I put on my own face every single day.

If you like a lotion, this one is my absolute favorite.  It goes on easily and with less white residue than any other physically blocking sunscreen I’ve tried that is not nanosized.

If you like a powder, this one is my absolutely favorite.  It is the ultimate in portability (won’t spill in your purse or bag!) and is so easy to apply.

 

 

4.  Take Curcumin To Protect Against Melanoma

 

 

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

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

If you want to add the anti-cancer benefits of curcumin to your health regime (which I highly recommend if you have any personal or family history of melanoma or even if you just have a history of intense sun exposure) I recommend taking a pharmacy grade supplement that couples a 500 mg dose of curcumin with bioperine to help increase the bioavailablility and absorption of the curcumin.

 

5.  Use Vitamin B3 to decrease all other forms of skin cancer

 

 

Clear evidence that a simple vitamin can be cancer preventive:

Vitamin B3 dramatically reduces skin cancer rates.

 

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

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

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

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

So… if you have a history of serious sun exposure?  Or a history of previous skin cancers?  Or you just want less unsightly actinic keretosis popping up in the future?  Vitamin B 3  offers 100% all natural holistic chemo-prevention!  Vitamin B is safe, inexpensive, proven.

Find my favorite Vitamin B3 and Curcumin supplements in the Skin Health section of my online dispensary right here:

 

 

 

Enjoy that life giving, mood boosting, beautifully warm radiant sunshine this summer, but do it in a way that protects your skin from too much exposure:

  • try to avoid peak hours of sun exposure

  • wear a hat and sunglasses

  • avoid yucky chemical sunscreens and use physical sunscreens instead

  • and consider using curcumin and vit B3 to decrease your future skin cancer risk.

 

Here’s to happy days ahead, watching summer approach…

xoxox, Laura

Check Your Pits & Your Feet: 2 Easy Ways To Prep For A Healthy Spring

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Is it heating up where you live?

It’s warming up here, and as I got sweaty doing some spring gardening this weekend, it reminded me to put out my annual blog post urging you not to use antiperspirants.

 

Many of my readers don’t use anti-perspirant, but they do use a deodorant.  So today I want to urge you to also double check that your deodorant is paraben free too, or it’s not much better than an anti-perspirant.

Here’s why:

 

 

 

Our armpits are not only covered in fully absorptive skin just like the rest of our body, but absorption in this area is basically a direct line into our lymphatic system.

So whatever you put on your pits not only enters your skin and your blood circulatory system, but also your lymphatic system.

With our breast tissue extending up into our arm pit (axillary) area and the lymphatic system highly active there as well, we want to make sure we don’t put anything carcinogenic or duct clogging anywhere near our pits.

I’ll be honest, last month I got some disturbing results from my breast thermography and while I figure out exactly what is going on there, I was incredibly glad to remind myself that I never use antiperspirants, I never ever wear underwire bras, and I nursed for many many years, all good things in terms of breast health.

I’ll focus more on the topic of breast health for you guys soon!  But today I wanted to start with making sure you nix your antiperspirant and don’t be tempted to ever use it again.

Parabens are not something you want in your system. 

Parabens are extremely inexpensive preservatives, with antimicrobial properties.  And because they are so cheap and so good at preventing molds and yeasts from growing, they are widely used in cosmetics, body care products, and most notably, in deodorants.

 

 

 

 

But parabens are shown to have hormonal activity… and are also found sequestered into breast tumors.  Parabens not only show estrogenic activity (mimicking estrogen and thus encouraging breast tumor growth) they also have anti-spermatogenic activity, interfering with the excretion of testosterone and disrupting the male reproductive system.

Particularly disturbing is the findings from a major study of parabens and children… showing that young children and pre-pubescent children have measurable quantities of parabens in their bodies as well.  Paraben exposure has been linked to brain changes, thyroid issues, metabolic changes & obesity, behavioral issues, increased allergy and asthma risk, decrease in fertility, and so much more.

I find the use of parabens in deodorant particularly horrifying (worse than in sunscreens even) because of exactly where we are smearing the product — our lymph dense armpit areas.  It is as if we are directly absorbing estrogenic chemicals into our skin, lymphatic system and breast tissue when we apply antiperspirants and deodorants to the armpit skin.

Antiperspirants have their own added horrors of aluminum… which we should definitely avoid… but many deodorants still use parabens as a preservative, even though they are not antiperspirants.

 

  • Antiperspirants work by clogging up your sweat glands with a physical block of aluminum or aluminum salt.  This prevents sweating (and thus odor) by physically making it impossible for your pits to sweat.
  • This also makes it physically impossible for your pits to release toxins from your body through the sweat glands in your armpits… and to add insult to injury, you are not only preventing the release of toxins, but you are adding in two extra toxins (on top of the fake fragrances and countless other chemicals) — aluminum and parabens.
  • Not only are you loading aluminum and parabens into your armpit, not only are you blocking the excretion of said toxins, but you are also applying them to the one area that has direct access to your breast and lymphatic tissue, your armpit.
  • As a result, breast cancers and breast tumors are becoming saturated with concentrations of parabens.
  • Tumors are now being found to directly sequester and store these compounds that will directly promote quicker growth through its estrogenic properties.

 

Something is wrong here.

 

The problem with switching from an antiperspirant to a deodorant is that folks think they are being safer.

But with almost every single mainstream product on the market shelves containing parabens as a preservative, you are no safer from a breast cancer stand point.

For example, in a recent study examining random urine samples from a very large cross-section of the population, parabens were found in detectable quantities in over 97% of the samples.

 

 

 

So give up your antiperspirant for good, and only use paraben free deodorants.  And you don’t have to resign to having smelly pits this summer, I promise!

 

Right now my favorite deodorant is Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium deodorant.  And to wipe out every last trace of pit smell, even in the hottest summer conditions?

No need to ever think twice about switching back to the toxic antiperspirant for those special occasions when you simply can’t stink!!!!

All you’ve got to do is take a deep breath… and wax your armpits!

 

 

 

That’s because the bacteria responsible for the odor thrives in the stubble in the hair follicle just under the skin.  So remove the hair at the hair bulb, and no more smell.

I was absolutely astounded at how removing hair at the roots completely took away any last trace of pit smell.

I have waxed for several years now and I can say for sure the discomfort gets exponentially less the more you do it… the first one did hurt but I was still able to do it completely on my own and in a very inexpensive and eco-friendly way.   And if I can do it, so can you.

 

One more tip for you today, this time to get your feet ready for barefoot grounding outside.

And that is this, a medically justified expense:  splurge and get a pedicure

(or save your money and DIY!)

 

Did you know that thick dead skin, like the callouses you develop in winter thanks to dry indoor heated air, can block your grounding contact?

It’s true.  A thick layer of dead skin on your feet can delay or even prevent you from being grounded.  So make time for a pedicure ASAP — doctor’s orders!

 

Get ready for barefoot season, as the best way to get grounded is still to just go outside and stand directly on the earth.  

 

  • Want to know if you are getting enough barefoot time?
  • If your feet properly aligned?
  • If the alignment of your foot is giving you knee, hip and back pain?
  • If the shoes you are wearing causing foot issues?
  • And how can you reverse damage shoes have caused your feet?

 

With the two very simple tests that I demonstrate for you in this video, you can test your own feet right now and you’ll know the answer to all of these questions!

 

A Quick Way To Know If You Are Going Barefoot Enough

 

 

(newsletter readers click here to watch this video on YouTube)

 

 

This video can be very motivating to get your loved ones to kick of their shoes and get grounded!

So if you have friends or family who you’ve been encouraging to get barefoot and grounding outside but they’ve been resisting… forward them this video and at least let them determine for themselves if they getting enough time barefoot!

If you are interested in grabbing some foot alignment socks that allow you to ground and correct your toe spacing all at the same time, you can find the exact socks I am wearing in this video right here.

 

To a healthy spring and summer full of barefoot grounding!

It’s blessedly just around the corner, so now is the time to get your feet and pits ready!

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

 

 

 

Unique Ways To Use Water To Boost Your Health Today

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Well before we head into the hotter days of spring and summer, I wanted to take a minute to talk to you about the importance of staying well hydrated.

 

Known as the “Elixir of Life” for good reason, water is absolutely critical to our well being in every way.

 

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

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

 

 

What Does Dehydration Feel Like?

 

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

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

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

 

 1.  Dry Mouth

 

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

 

2.  Dry Skin:

 

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

 

3.  Pain

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

4. Constipation

 

Having sluggish bowels is another classic symptom of chronic dehydration.

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

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

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

 

5.  High Blood Pressure

 

 

Another classic sign of chronic dehydration?

High blood pressure.

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

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

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

 

6.  Digestive Issues

 

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

 

7.  Dry Cough

 

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

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

 

8.  Urinary Tract Infections

 

Getting more UTI’s than usual?

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

 

9.  Weight Gain

 

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

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

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

 

10.  Bad Mood & Foggy Brain

 

Did you know that even mild dehydration affects our mood?   A study published in The Journal of Nutrition showed that study participants reported decreased motivation and increased feelings of anxiety when mildly dehydrated.

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

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

 

 

 

So the next time you have a headache, or feel anxious, or notice your blood pressure or weight creeping up… drink a glass of water and re-evaluate.  It could be that chronic dehydration has been a key factor contributing to your symptoms all along.

 

And don’t rely on thirst to remind you to drink!  Dehydration begins when we are just 1% volume depleted, but thirst doesn’t set in until our body is about 2% volume depleted.

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

Instead of waiting for thirst or darkened urine to remind us to drink, let’s utilize these preventative strategies for staying well hydrated, instead of treating dehydration!

The goal of this article isn’t to teach you how to address dehydration but to have you protecting your hydration levels by preventing dehydration in the first place.

 

 

 

Prevent dehydration before you even get thirsty.

Here are 5 ways to help:

 

 

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

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

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

…do it daily so it becomes an automatic routine!

 

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

 

Use hunger as a reminder to hydrate!

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

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

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

 

3.  Include fruits and vegetables at every single meal.

 

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

Processed foods like packaged snacks actually dehydrate you.

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

The most hydrating ones include:  melons, berries, cucumber, celery, leafy greens, tomatoes and bell peppers.

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

5.  Switch from soda to sparkling water.

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

Beyond staying hydrated, you can use the power of water to boost your health in these 6 unique ways.

 

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

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

 

1. Allow tears… always.

 

Never hold them back.

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

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

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

 

2.  Sweat it out!

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

moisture + you + earth = expedited healing

 

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

 

4.  Combine water with heat

 

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

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

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

 

5.  Make sure your air contains moisture!

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

And one last note: I recommend you filter your water before drinking it, especially from the tap.

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

Fluoride is an enzyme inhibitor, point-blank.  But what’s the problem with the minuscule amounts of fluoride added to the public water supply?  The old problem that is widely recognised (even by the National Institutes of Health) is that it accumulates in bone.  It is estimated about 50% of the fluoride we consume is eliminated, and 50% is stored.

Miniscule amounts of fluoride adding to our bodies sip after sip after sip equals a not-so-minimal exposure.  Over a lifetime, these levels can reach high proportions… decreasing bone density and causing brittleness.  For a nation whose women have epidemic proportions of osteopenia and osteoporosis, it would be counter productive to continue to drink fluoride on a daily basis… and then use even more Rx to combat the osteoporosis that develops later in life.  Studies have shown that the rate of hip fracture in elderly is directly increased in areas that fluoridate their water.

The truth is, even if you feel that you *need* fluoride to help reduce the incidence of cavities… you are getting plenty of fluoride through your foods.  Plants store fluoride found naturally in the earth AND from the water used to irrigate crops.  Yep, even organic crops have fluoride in them from the irrigation water.

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

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

And now?   In addition to bone uptake?  Now the new problem is we know fluoride is being taken up by our cardiovascular system as well.  A study published in the journal Nuclear Medicine Communications definitively proved that fluoride is absorbed into your vascular system. Researchers followed 61 patients after administering fluoride and found that 96% of them had fluoride uptake in their cardiovascular walls.

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

And now new reports are revealing something even more disturbing, if you can believe it — fluoride lowers IQ  I am routinely asked at the dentist’s office if I would like to give my children a concentrated fluoride treatment.  And affect their still-developing brain?

Uh… NO.

 

I keep a water filtration system out on my kitchen counter space and not only am I drinking pure, clean, fluoride free water, but the visual reminder to DRINK every single time I walk by the water filter or am standing in the kitchen preparing a meal.  This has really helped me to remember to maintain my hydration status.

So all in all?

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

 

Today, try to use the healing flow of water to support your Well Being in many many different ways…

…knowing you are doing more than just avoiding dehydration, you are boosting your long term health!

xoxo, Laura

 

 

 

 

8 Ways To Naturally Defeat Spring Allergies

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What is the number one health reason that patients dread spring?

Seasonal allergies, hands down.

 

For many folks, the first thing that comes to their mind during spring isn’t pedicures and bare feet, picking fresh strawberries and blueberries,  gardening and sunshine…

…it’s allergies: puffy eyes, sneezing attacks, runny noses and difficulty breathing.

Well that stinks.

But I’ve got your back!  Because I don’t want you to drug up on antihistamines and watch your lovely spring season go by in a blur of grogginess.

(And, did you know that long-term antihistamine use isn’t that great for you anyway?  It’s been correlated to increased risk of dementia in the elderly, among other long term hazards.)

This season I am not letting allergies bring you down, because spring is such an exciting time of renewal and awakening and I want you outside enjoying this spring time every single day, not hiding from it.

 

So instead, here are 8 things you can do RIGHT NOW

to decrease allergy symptoms this spring without the Rx:

 

 

 1.  Wash your hands like it’s going out of style.

 

Every single time you touch a door knob, your car door, your shoes, and hand railing… well, in the spring time, you can be sure you just loaded your hands up with pollen.

Innocently scratch your nose or rub your eyes and you just inoculated yourself with it.  Without meaning to, you have just made sure that the rest of your day is going to be spent dealing with your seasonal allergy symptoms.

Wash your hand every single time you can, and especially when you come in from being outside, even if it was only to walk from your car to your front door.

And while you are at it, be sure to shower at night to rinse every speck of pollen off of you as well, even if you prefer morning showers.  Crawling into bed without showering (even if you change your clothes and have fresh sheets on the bed) means you are in contact with pollen for hours on end, all night long, because there is just no way to get all of the pollen from the outside air and surfaces (and your car, and doorknobs, and stair railings, and shopping carts, etc…) without washing it off with soap and shampoo.

If you don’t wash your hair nightly, you probably should, at least during allergy season if allergies are bothering you.  Start by putting fresh sheets so your bed so your bed is pollen free and switch to showering at night all spring long.

Combined with frequent hand washing, I promise from this one switch alone you will notice a huge difference.  You may even want to consider sleeping with a hepa-filter air purifier running by your bed for additional benefits.

 

2.  Keep your sinuses open.

 

Many many folks swear by flushing their sinuses out with saline.

Even just misting your nasal membranes with a sterile saline nasal mist will keep them hydrated and cleansed… just mist thoroughly and then blow your nose to blow it all out!  (You can find a sterile saline nasal spray at any drug store as well as in my online dispensary here.)

If you feel the congestion and pressure building, you may want to go one step further and use a colloidal silver nasal spray.  Use for a two week period of time to help boost your immune response and prevent any sinus irritation from progressing into a full blown sinus infection.

Once your sinus inflammation has calmed down, go back to just gently irrigating your sinus cavity with sterile saline spray and enjoy less sinus congestion and reactivity all season long!

Or better yet, consider adding the world’s most comfortable nasal irrigation system to your nightly routine.

After showering nightly (as discussed above) rinse out your nasal cavity too so you are truly pollen and particulate free before crawling into bed.  This system is infinitely superior to a Neti pot – even young children are able to enjoy this nasal irrigation, which tells you how easy and comfortable it is!

 

3.  Local honey.

 

honey is a natural anti-viral remedy!Consuming local honey is the holistic equivalent of getting allergy shots — micro exposure to local pollen producing flowering plants but without going to the doctor, without the expense, and without sticking metal into your skin.

Who needs that?

By taking some locally produced honey each day, you are giving yourself a very small exposure to the local flowering plants that grow in your area and give you your seasonal allergies.

It’s the same principle that allergy shots use, but you are letting the honey bees do the work of gathering pollen from around your area and creating delicious honey out of it for you to enjoy.

I’ve got a great way for you to take your honey, if you like hard candy.

Just boil a cup of honey over medium heat until it reaches the hard crack stage (375 degrees F — you’ll need a candy thermometer to measure this) and then pour into a cookie tray that has been lightly sprayed with cooking oil.

Once the honey hardens, you can flip the sheet over and remove the hard candy, and break it into small bite sized pieces.

Suck on a honey candy a day and you’ll not only be in heaven taste-wise, but you’ll be reducing the severity of your seasonal allergies naturally.

 

 

4.  Burn beeswax candles.

 

Every evening at dinnertime, I light beeswax candles and let the natural scent of beeswax fill the air.

Not only is this an amazing, calming, lovely evening ritual, but breathing in the beeswax candle scent is another simple way to expose yourself to local seasonal pollen and become more resistant and less allergic to them.  Just like with the honey, the bees have done all the work of finding pollen sources from all around the area in your part of the world and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the glow!

If you are crafty, you may enjoy creating your own candles from local beeswax, but any pure beeswax candles will do.

Burning a locally sourced beeswax candle by your beside (extinguish before going to sleep!) and sleeping all night in that room is a very simple way to desensitize yourself to seasonal allergies.

 

 

5.  Grounding.

 

Grounding directly reduces the inflammation in your body, yep, even in your sinuses.  Direct contact with the earth can reduce your nasal congestion and inflammation, and is an important way to combat your seasonal allergies.

During spring, a time when you want to stay indoors to get away from outdoor triggers the most, it’s important to have an indoor way to stay connected to the earth and continue to reap the anti-inflammatory benefits of grounding.

There are lots of options for indoor grounding, including grounding wrist straps, grounding mats, grounding hot water bottles, grounding mattress panels to sleep on, and much more.  Find a complete selection of the grounding products that I have personally developed and tested right here:

 

 

6.  Anti-inflammatory supplements.

 

The thing with allergies is that they are worse when your entire body is hyper-stimulated and over worked.  When a  cup is already full, it only takes a few drops of water to get it to overflow and spill!  That’s how it is when your mast cells are already destabilized and on a hair-trigger to release histamine at the tiniest pollen exposure.

When your body is full of toxins from the environment, diet, and lifestyle, it only takes a few specks of pollen to kick your immune system into over-reacting.

 

 

You can take holistic, all natural supplements that keep your mast cells more stabile and less reactive.  That means less over all histamine release and less allergic symptoms.  Additionally, you can take supplements that help decrease whole-body inflammation.  My favorite three anti-inflammatory supplements are:

 

  • Omega 3 fatty acids, well known to decrease whole body inflammation.
  • Quercetin, a natural anti-histamine, this supplement stabilizes your mast cells and keeps your body from being so reactive to environmental triggers
  • Bromelain, made from pineapples, reduces allergic sensitization
  • Curcumin, which is a powerfully anti-inflammatory and made from the spice turmeric
  • Diamine Oxidase, which is an anti-histamine supplement that blocks histamine release in the gut (from food triggers) which can be an important piece of the puzzle in keeping the entire body in a less reactive state.  If you have tried some of the other natural anti-hitstamine supplements without success, add on Diamine Oxidase and see the difference it can make.

 

You can get Quercitin, Bromelain, Curcumin all in one pharmacy grade supplement — my favorite introductory ant-allergy supplement:  A.I. Formula from Pure Encapsulations.

You can also add on Diamine Oxidase by taking Histamine Block by Seeking Health.

Both of these supplements, plus sterile saline nasal sprays and my favorite nasal irrigation system (Nasopure) and many more anti-inflammatory supplements are all waiting for you at a discount to my readers in my online dispensary here:

 

 

7.  Address the underlying energy of allergies… safety issues.

 

Allergies are your body’s way of being hyper-vigilant and on alert.

Your body feels like it’s doing it’s best for you… reacting to foreign stimulus and trying to get rid of it through sneezing and mucous and watery eyes.

The problem is that your body is reacting to something that isn’t a danger… it is “over” reacting… being triggered by something that is natural, not a threat to our well being, and not worth reacting to.

So the bottom line for your body is that it is in hyper-vigilant mode… patrolling and on alert when it doesn’t need to be.  It is overly concerned for your safety.

If you can address your fears and safety concerns appropriately, your body will not need to be in hypersensitive mode and will not feel the need to over-patrol.

 

 

Whatever keeps you from feeling safe — in relationships, at work, in your home — address it.  Living in fear for prolonged period of time is very stressful and many people who have been under stress or through a trauma start to develop food sensitivities and allergies (including drug allergies and even seasonal allergies) that they never had before.

In fact, the incidence of allergies of all types is increasing world wide. And this is exactly why.  Because if we are living in a hyperviligant state — emotionally or energetically — our body responds physically by increasing it’s sensitivity and hyper-vigilance.  The result is that new allergies begin to pop up, and current allergies worsen.

Whether you have to quit a job, leave an abusive relationship, install a security system at home, or simply get a dog to feel safe… do it.  You can further your healing work by addressing trauma with a therapist or counsellor, or with me directly in my next Trauma Recovery & Resiliency Online Class.

 

 

 

8.  Consider your seasonal allergies a blessing.

 

Medical studies suggest that folks with allergic rhinitis are actually more likely to outlive the rest of us.  Allergic rhinitis patients have a decreased risk of heart attack, a decreased risk of stroke and over all a significantly decreased risk of all-cause mortality!

They were basically half as likely to die during the study period,” says Dr. Crans Yoon, after following over 200,000 allergic rhinitis patients for a 7 year period.

Presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2014 conference, Dr. Yoon found that people who tested positive for allergies were less likely to suffer cardiovascular events.  In fact, allergy sufferers had half the mortality rate of non-allergic folks.  Half!

People with allergic rhinitis had a:

  • 25% decreased rate of heart attack (acute myocardial infarction)
  • 19% decreased rate of stroke (cerebrovascular event)
  • 49% decreased over all mortality risk

I have a very dear friend whose family suffers from a hypersensitive allergic response to the environment and to certain foods.  I’ve often reminded her to view this hyper-vigilant state as a positive thing… as studies in the past have shown that the immune system of patients with hyper-vigilant immune systems aggressively fight off disease and even have lower rates of some forms of cancer.

And this study just confirms this further… a strong immune response keeps us healthy and living longer.  There is a very clear correlation between allergic rhinitis and decreased heart attack, stroke, and risk of death.

This is GOOD NEWS!  I don’t know why we don’t hear more about all of the good news that the medical community unearths.  But this blog is dedicated to providing only positive, uplifting and wondrous health information.

I literally scour the medical literature each week to find these kinds of gems and give them to you here, on my blog.

(So if you haven’t yet signed up for my weekly newsletter, simply enter your email in the box on the homepage of my website and you’ll get articles like this one directly into your email once a week on a variety of uplifting health topics!)

The bottom line?

  • If you can view your seasonal allergies as a positive adaptation, you’ll struggle against them less.
  • If you struggle against them less, they will have less of a negative impact in your daily life.
  • In addition, there are so many things you can do to lessen their impact on your life: increased hand washing, nightly showers, hepa-air filtration in the bedroom, natural supplements that decrease reactivity, consuming local honey, burning beeswax candles, indoor grounding, addressing stress and healing trauma.

 

Instead of viewing your immune response to seasonal allergens as a burden, feel the power and strength of your immune system as it goes into action on your behalf.

Here’s to a beautiful spring…

xoxox, Laura

 

How To Get Grounding Tools Into The Hands Of Those Who Need It Most

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It’s so simple, it will only take 2 seconds of your time, and it might be a game changer for someone who really needs some extra support to make it through.

 

 

Every day I get asked for donations of grounding tools to help under-served, under-staffed, under-supported organizations that work in crisis support in communities all around our country and the world.

And as I know first hand, the comfort of connecting to the earth can truly be instrumental in getting through hard times.  Grounding can be a game changer for someone who is in pain, someone who is scared, someone who is displaced from their home, someone who has been through a traumatic event, someone who is feeling hopeless.

I try to support as many people as I possibly can but I can’t do it all alone.  There are orphanages, crisis centers, abuse and domestic violence shelters, rehabilitation houses, public health centers that are underserved and understaffed and rely on donations to survive… and I can’t possibly keep up with the requests, but I try.

I need help so I can help others even more.

So, I’ve decided that I am going to try to get a grant to help me in having grounding tools sewn and distributed to at-need populations.  Grounding first aid kits, grounding blankets, and other grounding tools that can change and maybe even save the life of someone in crisis.

 

I’ve entered the Fed Ex Small Business Grant Competition to request funding for this goal,

and I need your support. 

 

 

 

 

They are awarding 10 grants for small businesses to help them grow.  I truly would love not just to grow, but to serve.

 

 

And did I tell you,

that today just happens to be my birthday?

 

I’m turning 45 and of course this mid-life milestone has me introspectively re-assessing exactly what I am doing with my time on this precious earth and if I am working from a soul centered, spiritual place.

Turning 45 has me wanting to be as proactive as possible about giving back and advocating for the health of this planet and all the people on it while I am still strong and healthy and able to do so.

To that end, I’m feverishly writing a book to help readers everywhere re-discover how to connect to this planet of ours, and I am applying for as many grants and scholarships as possible to further this mission: connect as many people as possible to our planet and we will all treat the earth better, and we will feel better as we do it.

There aren’t any other companies that offer organic, eco-friendly, hand sewn, USA made grounding tools.  But I strongly feel that tools that connect us to this planet should not harm the very planet we are reaching out to… agreed?

So I use organic fabric, eco-friendly packaging, and sustainable business practices.  Because of this my products cost more to make and take more time to have hand crafted.  But it’s worth it.  They last indefinitely.  They are the kind of healing tools you can pass around to all of your loved ones and they still work when you get them back.  They are kind to the environment.  And I wish I could make more of them and hand them out to everyone.

So I’m starting with the folks who really need it the most — those in crisis.  So my birthday wish?

Can you please vote for me to win this grant so I can use the funds to have enough emergency grounding supplies on hand, and an intern to help me package and distribute them to the most in-need organizations and centers that rely on donations to exist?

If you can please just click here and vote, even just once, that would be huge.

And if you can give me an even bigger gift, please send this link to your family members, post it on your facebook page, post it on your blog, and email it out to your friends.

 

Vote to support this mission right here.

 

You can vote once every day from now until April 1st… will you please?

That’s my birthday wish as I blow out my candles today.

 

Thank you, thank you and thank you!!!!!!

xoxoxox, Laura