Medical Studies On 10 Immune Boosting Supplements You Should Know About

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There is a lot of information, and unfortunately a lot of misinformation, about using natural supplements to boost your immunity.  Many supplements have anti-viral properties and are being extensively studied this very moment for their effectiveness in the face of our current pandemic, and I am going to link you directly to these studies below.

I wanted to give you direct links to the studies in the medical literature so that you can read it for yourself, as well as look at all the current clinical trials being conducted for each supplement.

Here are the top 10 most medically studied immune boosting supplements, in order of most studied to least studied.

 

Here we go:

10 Most Studied Supplements

To Support Your Health During This Pandemic:

 


 

 

1.  Vitamin D

 

By far the most studied supplement, with the clearest benefit, is Vitamin D.

Here’s a list of medical studies that show why:

There are currently 18 ongoing clinical trials testing Vitamin D out for it’s therapeutic value in covid19 infections… you can take a look at those clinical trials right here.

 


 

 

2.  Vitamin C

 

Coming in as the second most studied supplement is Vitamin C.  Easily available in fresh citrus fruits, boosting your intake of Vitamin C can boost your resiliency.

Here’s why:

There are now at least 24 ongoing clinical trials looking into Vitamin C’s role in coronavirus infection — you can read those here.

 


 

 

3.  Probiotics

 

Medical research is looking into the possible role of using probiotics as well… here’s more:

And right now, there are 5 ongoing clinical trials testing to see if taking probiotics has a clinically beneficial effect in covid19 patients… you can read those here.

 


 

4.  Melatonin

 

The next most studied supplement to help protect your health is melatonin.  Melatonin may play a role in the cytokine storm cascade during viral infection, here are some studies looking into this further:

Right now there is one ongoing clinical trail, looking at melatonin supplementation to protect front line healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus infection — you can read about that here.

 


 

5.  Zinc

 

Much publicity has been made about the possible role of zinc in boosting immunity.  Several medical studies have been published looking at zinc and immune function, and showing positive results:

There are currently 13 ongoing clinical trials looking at the efficacy of zinc in preventing or treating Covid19 infections — you can read those here along with this interesting study testing IV zinc for coronavirus infection treatment.

 


 

6.  Black Cumin Seed Oil

 

Here is a lesser known but incredibly interesting supplement that has been shown in several medical studies to effectively decrease Covid19 replication: black cumin seed oil, also known as Nigella sativa.  

Here are some new medical studies looking into the antiviral properties of Black Cumin Seed oil:

There is enough encouraging results from black cumin seed oil that there are now two ongoing clinical trials testing the use of Nigella sativa against coronavirus infection — you can read those here.

 


 

7. Quercetin

 

Quercetin is a sort of “natural antihistamine” that I’ve long recommended to my patients who have seasonal allergies, as it helps decrease reactivity to allergens.  So it makes sense that quercetin may play a role in decreasing the hyper-reactivty that lungs have in response to infection.

Medical studies looking at quercetin include:

Currently there is one ongoing clinical trial looking at quercetin’s role on preventing and treating covi19 cases — which you can read about right here.

 


 

8.  Curcumin

 

Curcumin is one of my favorite anti-inflammatories of all time.  So it makes me so happy to see that curcumin is now being investigated as a therapeutic agent to keep the hyper-inflammatory response to of the body at bay.

Here are some great medical studies you can read:

Unfortunately there is currently only one single ongoing clinical trial looking at a combination treatment (that includes curcumin) to treat patients with active covid19 infections — you can read that here.

 


9.  Echinacea

 

There are a few medical studies looking at the anti-viral properties of echinacea… but no current clinical trail as of yet.  Studies that may interested you include:

No current Covid19 clinical trials.

 


 

10. Glutathione

 

Ever since news that this New Yorker seems to have massively improved after taking large does of glutathione during her illness, there have been a lot of talk over glutathione’s role, if any, in preventive care.

Unfortunately, the medical studies on this supplement are slim and there are currently no ongoing clinical trials investigating it’s role in covid19 therapy.

No current Covid19 clinical trials.

 


On The Radar:

Recent Medical Studies On Silver:

 

 

 

 

There have been many medical studies over the years that show the antimicrobial properties of silver, like these:
More recent studies have tested silver’s antimicrobial effects on live coronavirus.
  • This article, published in 2005, showed that live coronavirus dropped to levels that that were undetectable after exposure to silver.
And the latest study (pre-print submitted) shows silver embedded fabric resulted in “quick and efficient” eradication of coronavirus.  This one is so new that it is still a preliminary report — submitted for peer-review — but should not be regarded as conclusive:
I’ll directly quote the authors of the medical study, as they advocate that silver embedded fabric become the “material of choice for the development of PPE in the fight against COVID-19.”  This means these researchers are suggesting that face masks, gowns and other protective gear be embedded with antimicrobial metals and tested for use in healthcare workers.   That’s a topic to keep a watch on in the medical literature as more tests are conducted on the role of silver and other antimicrobials in fabrics.

To boosting your resilient and innate health… naturally!

xoxox, Laura

 

It’s Summer: Decrease Your Skin Cancer & Photoaging Risk, Naturally

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Well it’s finally summer, and we can capitalize on the fact that outdoors is the safest place to be (even the CDC has published recommendations that all windows in homes, offices, and schools be kept open to increase venhilation) you can take advantage of the fact that sunlight is naturally germicidal and the Vitamin D boost you get is naturally immune boosting and move all of your indoor activities outside!

So this brings up concerns about skin cancer and photo aging effects from sun exposure — but don’t let that stop you from going outside.  Here’s why.

A large 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.

 

 

 

 

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 even 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 after 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.  Yuck.
  • 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 study (presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting on Nov 19, 2016) shows that sunscreen did not have the ability to reduce melanoma risk.

 

466 children (enrolled in the study at age 6) were followed for almost a decade (through age 15) 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 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.
  • Physically blocking sunscreens is the type of sun protection you want, and this is the only type of sunscreen I will carry in my online shop for you.
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 (since it doesn’t anyway…) today I’ve compiled a list of 6 ways to stay protected in the sun in ways that will truly protect you:

 

Top 6 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 wasthird 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:

 


As talked about above, a non-nanosized, non-chemical based sunscreen is the only thing I will 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 absolute favorite.  It is the ultimate in portability (won’t spill in your purse or bag!) and is so easy to apply.

If you like a spray, this one is my absolute favorite.  It sprays on clear and is perfect for easily covering large areas of the body… or kids that can’t stand being smeared with lotion, lol!

 

 


 

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 (Vit B3, also known as Niacinamide) 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.

 


 

6.  Eat fruits and veggies daily, especially during the summer:

 

Medical studies have shown that eating foods rich in carotenoids (like ) and lycopene (like tomatoes) have a photo protective effect in human skin, and have even been shown to cut the number of tumors from UV light exposure on mice significantly… actually slashing the tumor count in half!  

Foods to eat daily that not only provide this photoprotection to decrease skin cancer risk, but also to protect against premature aging as well, include:

  • squash
  • carrots
  • grapefruit
  • oranges
  • apricots
  • asparagus
  • cantaloupe
  • mangoes
  • nectarines
  • peaches
  • sweet potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • watermelon
  • and sweet red peppers

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, going out in morning and evening hours when possible

  • Wear a hat and sunglasses

  • Avoid yucky chemical sunscreens and use physical sunscreens instead

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

  • Eat fruits and veggies high in antioxidants routinely to nourish your skin from the inside out

  • & while you are at it, stay well hydrated too, drinking water before, during and after sun exposure.

 

Next week I’ll be blogging for you how to naturally trouble shoot when summer skin woes have got you down… you won’t want to miss that one.

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Here’s to happy & safe summer days ahead…

xoxox, Laura

10 Ways Grounding Can Directly Support Your Health During This Pandemic

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I’ve gotten lots of emails asking if grounding is a good idea as a way to boost health during this pandemic.

The medical literature suggests the answer to this is a resounding “Yes!” for many reasons, probably more than you think.

As you might know, most patients who suffer serious illness during Covid19 infection do so because of the body’s inflammatory response (the often referred to “cytokine storm” in the lung adds to this), subsequent hypoxia from lung inflammation, and hypercoagulation of the blood, leading to blood clots.

These three reactions the body creates as a response to coronavirus (inflammation, hypoxia, and hypercoagulation) infection is usually the cause of death… not the virus itself.

Which is why although anti-viral therapies may help play a role in decreasing infection severity, another way to support the body is by decreasing inflammation, boosting oxygenation, and keeping the blood flowing smoothly, to decrease the risk of a deadly clot.

It is the body’s reaction to the virus (instead of the virus itself) that is thought to be responsible for the high the mobility and mortality rates in Covid19 infections.

So today I want to walk you through exactly how grounding might just prep the body to be more resilient in the face of this pandemic, and why you definitely don’t want to be cut off from the healing support of the earth — right now more than ever:

 


 

 

 

Issue #1:  Inflammation

 

1.  Grounding decreases whole body inflammation:

 

In a study published in 2009 in The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, researchers found that grounded subjects had statistically significant decreases in blood markers of inflammation, as well as lowered white blood cell counts, neutrophils and lymphocytes, compared to non-grounded subjects.

In addition, decreases in inflammation as a result of grounding are well documented using medical thermography imaging in this study.

An overview of how grounding decreases whole body inflammation was published June 2014 in the Journal of Inflammation Research

In April, 2011, a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine found that grounding enhanced the immune response after vaccination, which might be of interest as scientists all over the world are trying to develop a coronavirus vaccine.  Grounding may be an important compliment to vaccinations, increasing the effectiveness of future covid19 immunization therapies.

 

2. Grounding decreases cytokines:

 

In this important study, published January 2019 in Frontiers in Physiology, researchers found that cytokines such as such as IP-10, MIP-1α, and sP-Selectin, all decreased in grounded subjects, compared to non-grounded controls.  The average drop induced by grounding a patient was a 10 – 20% drop in cytokine concentration.

In fact, right this very minute doctors are testing drugs that decrease cytokines (targeting the cytokine interferon) for use as a possible treatment for severe covid19 infections.

 


 


Issue #2: Hypoxia

 

3.  Grounding improves lung function and stabilizes blood oxygenation:

 

In this study, published in 2010 in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, researchers showed that grounding for as little as 40 minutes boosted respiratory rate and stabilized blood oxygenation.

This study, published in 2011 in Integrative Medicine, shows that grounding is able to boost vagal tone and directly impact autonomic nervous system function, which has a direct impact on lung function.  The vagal nerve not only impacts airway perfusion and secretion, it also directly impacts breathing pattern and even lung inflammation.

Grounding may be the easiest holistic therapy to directly support lung function and blood oxygenation that we know of.

In fact, this study, published in 2017 in Neonatology, found that grounding premature infants in the NICU boosted their vagal tone by almost 70%.  If grounding can support the autonomic nervous system function of high risk infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, it’s probable that grounding can have a similar supportive effect on adults in ICU who could benefit from a boost to their autonomic function as well.

 


 

 

Issue #3: Blood clotting

 

4.  Grounding boosts circulation:

 

This study, published August 2015 in Health, was a double blinded placebo study that showed clear evidence of dramatically boosted circulation throughout the body after only one hour of grounding.

Published 2014 in the Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications, researchers showed that grounding through the soles of the feet boosted blood circulation all the way up in facial skin tissues, suggesting the positive effects of increased circulation are available even in distant sites of the body that are far away from the grounding point of contact.

Grounding is likely to increase blood flow throughout the body, by improving blood velocity and decreasing red blood cell aggregation, as described below.  In addition, published in 2018 in Alternative Therapies, grounding was found to normalize high blood pressure, with an average decrease in high blood pressure measurements by 14%.

 

5. Grounding decreases risk of blood clots:

 

This very important medical study, published in 2013 in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, shows that grounding for only 2 hours significantly reduced clotting risk, by decreasing the zeta potential on red blood cells and making them flow through the circulatory system or the body more smoothly.

The zeta potential of the red blood cells were boosted, on average, by 270%.  This in turn increased the average blood velocity of the patients by 260%.

In addition, grounding significantly decreased red blood cell aggregation, dramatically dropping the number of red blood cells that clumped together in groups of 4 or more by more than half.  This suggests that the risk of developing a serious blood clot might be decreased dramatically with routine grounding practices.

 


 

 

 

As if that wasn’t impressive enough,

Grounding provides many additional benefits:

 


 

6.  Grounding decreases stress on the body:

 

In this study, published in 2004 in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, subjects who slept grounded had a complete normalization of their cortisol patterns, suggesting deep recovery from stress.

This study, published 2006 in European Biology and Bioelectricmagnetics monitored patient’s brain waves on EEG and noted an immediate shift of the central nervous system upon grounding.

And this article, published in 2011 in Medical Hypotheses, noted that EEG studies on grounded subjects suggest that grounding significantly influences the electrical activity of the brain.

 


 

 

7.  Grounding improves sleep, which in turn improves immune system function:

 

These same patients from the sleep study above had such a dramatic improvement in their sleep that their sleep improved or completely normalized, and they subjectively felt less stress and experienced less pain once grounded.

Optimizing sleep is so incredibly important, particularly during pandemics or other times of increased infectious exposures, because sleep is directly and intimately tied with our immune system.

This fantastic medical study on identical twins (published 2017 in Sleep) clearly showed that the twin with decreases sleep had depressed immune function compared to their twin sibling that had longer sleep times.

Why?  Sleep appears to increase immune system memory and enhances our immune system’s T cell response. 

 


 

 

 

8.  Grounding outside in fresh air increases ventilation:

 

This awesome study, published 2009 in the American Journal of Public Health, showed that open air hospitals treating patients during the 1918 pandemic actually had lower mortality rates than closed air hospitals, citing fresh air, direct sunlight, and use of respiratory masks in substantially reduced deaths over indoor hospital facilities.

Breathing and re-breathing the same indoor, recirculated air is a bad idea.  Especially if you share your home with anyone else, or if you live in an apartment or multifamily unit that has central air.

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 and ventilation when designing architecture for healthcare facilities like hospitals and clinics.

 


 

 

9.  Grounding outside under sunlight decreases viral exposures:

 

Did you know that sunlight is directly 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.

And this study, published 2004 in the Journal of Virological Methods, shows that UV light in activates coronavirus.

In fact, UV light is so helpful in decreasing transmission of viral illnesses that the New York Transit System is using UV light to disinfect thier public transportation vehicles. 

 

 


 

 

 

10.  Grounding outside naturally boosts Vit D levels:

 

We’ve long known that Vitamin D directly supports immune function, through complex metabolic signaling to immune cells, anti-inflammatory effects,  and modulating the cytokine response.

It’s so beneficial to our immune function that Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to directly prevent respiratory tract infections. 

Many scientists believe that blood levels of Vitamin D are a major factor in the morbidity and mortality of covid19.  Vitamin D is so promising as a therapy that there are 20 ongoing clinical trials using Vitamin D supplementation in treating covid19 patients right this very minute.

Click here to review them all.

Unless you have had your vitamin D serum levels tested and they are above 60 ng/mL, I highly recommend you begin to supplement Vitamin D with a high quality, pharmaceutical grade supplement.  I have these waiting for you in my online dispenary, so that you know you are getting a potent, bioavailable form of Vitamin D that has optimal absorption and has been stored in a medical facility under optimum conditions.

 

 


 

Bottom line: the earth is your best friend right now.

 

If you want to know exactly how to stay in touch with the earth, not just to support your health during this pandemic but forever more… I wrote a book that will explain exactly how and why the earth will boost the function of every single cell in your body, and give you hundreds of ideas on what to do when you go outside.

More surfaces than you think will ground you — you can get grounded on a city sidewalk just as easily as at the beach.  You can get grounded in your garage or basement just as easily as outside camping.  It’s true.  This book will show you how.

Grounding can decrease your whole body inflammation, improve circulation, decrease clotting risk, support healthy respiration, and strengthen your immune system.

Know the feeling of spending a morning in your garden or an afternoon walking along the beach and how calm, centered, and supported you feel?

 

 

 

Grounding your body is at work here, decreasing the stress hormones (like cortisol) in your bloodstream and decreasing blood inflammatory markers (like C-reactive protein and Creatinine Kinase) as it completely naturally reduces inflammation in your body… no drugs necessary!

Excited to try grounding but not sure exactly where to go, what to do, or how long to do it for?

I wrote an uplifting, inspiring guide filled it with hundreds of ways to get that support from nature, no matter where you live (even if you live a city, it’s actually super easy to get grounded outside!) and no matter what the weather is like:

 

 

You can grab a digital book, like Kindle or Nook, or a paperback book anywhere books are sold, like: Amazon, Barnes&Noble, IndieBound: Independant Local Bookstores, New Harbinger’s website, and more!

As featured on New Harbinger’s blog last week, grounding is the perfect healing tools to reach for during times of uncertainty.  Grab your copy of The Earth Prescription to inspire you to start a healing practice of grounding simply, effortlessly, from your own home, and boost your health for a lifetime.

 

 

Recommend this healing practice to everyone you care about, and let’s spread awareness of grounding’s impressive health benefits.

Please share.

Next week I will be back with a detailed article on 6 healing routines to get into to keep your innate health boosted now and no matter what we face in the future.  You know grounding will be one of them — woot! — but are you doing the other 5?

Be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter on my homepage right here if you’d like to receive the latest health care information from the medical literature, always with an uplifting attitude (never fear based like the rest of the medical world) and packed with lots of actionable things you can do to support your own innate health, directly into your email inbox.

Because I believe that innate health is natural and that we are designed to be resilient.  See you next week!

 

With much love and faith in your Well Being…

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

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

Aquila the Porcupine

Lennox the Lynx

Garrett the Pine Martin

Banff the Wolverine

Isis the Wolf

Karen the Moose

 

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.

 

 

Uplifting and incredibly hands-on practical, this book quickly became a #1 best selling new release in Holistic Medicine and has received enthusiastic reviews from readers, is being featured in Spirituality & Health magazine, was featured at the 2019 Science and Non-Duality (SAND) Conference and is even being translated into Japanese right now for a new edition!  Woot!

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:

Posted

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

 

 

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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.

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