Unique Ways To Use Water To Boost Your Health Today

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

What Does Dehydration Feel Like?

 

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

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

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

 

 1.  Dry Mouth

 

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

 

2.  Dry Skin:

 

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

 

3.  Pain

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

4. Constipation

 

Having sluggish bowels is another classic symptom of chronic dehydration.

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

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

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

 

5.  High Blood Pressure

 

 

Another classic sign of chronic dehydration?

High blood pressure.

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

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

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

 

6.  Digestive Issues

 

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

 

7.  Dry Cough

 

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

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

 

8.  Urinary Tract Infections

 

Getting more UTI’s than usual?

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

 

9.  Weight Gain

 

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

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

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

 

10.  Bad Mood & Foggy Brain

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Prevent dehydration before you even get thirsty.

Here are 5 ways to help:

 

 

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

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

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

…do it daily so it becomes an automatic routine!

 

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

 

Use hunger as a reminder to hydrate!

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

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

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

 

3.  Include fruits and vegetables at every single meal.

 

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

Processed foods like packaged snacks actually dehydrate you.

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

5.  Switch from soda to sparkling water.

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

1. Allow tears… always.

 

Never hold them back.

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

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

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

 

2.  Sweat it out!

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

moisture + you + earth = expedited healing

 

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

 

4.  Combine water with heat

 

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

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

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

 

5.  Make sure your air contains moisture!

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Uh… NO.

 

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

So all in all?

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

 

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

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

xoxo, Laura

 

 

 

 

8 Ways To Naturally Defeat Spring Allergies

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

Seasonal allergies, hands down.

 

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

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

Well that stinks.

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

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

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

 

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

to decrease allergy symptoms this spring without the Rx:

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2.  Keep your sinuses open.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

3.  Local honey.

 

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

Who needs that?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

4.  Burn beeswax candles.

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

5.  Grounding.

 

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

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

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

 

 

6.  Anti-inflammatory supplements.

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

8.  Consider your seasonal allergies a blessing.

 

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

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

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

People with allergic rhinitis had a:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The bottom line?

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

 

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

Here’s to a beautiful spring…

xoxox, Laura

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

I need help so I can help others even more.

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

 

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

and I need your support. 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

And did I tell you,

that today just happens to be my birthday?

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Vote to support this mission right here.

 

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

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

 

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

xoxoxox, Laura

Tired All The Time? Can’t Lose Weight? How Background Noise Impacts Your Health

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This weekend I took my daughter out shopping for a bridesmaids dress to wear to her dear friend’s wedding.

 

And even though it was so wonderful to spend that special time with her, I left the crowded store feeling completely exhausted, and so did she.

As we were driving home I realized that I felt exhausted specifically by being around the constant, unending noise that was in the store…

…background music overlapping with customer conversations overlapping with advice from store personnel overlapping with the intercom system, all while I was trying to focus on communicating with my own child.

It reminded me of this post I wrote last year on noise pollution, so I thought this was the perfect blog post to share with you all today.

Because chronic background noise doesn’t just irritate you… it’s actually impacting your long term health.  By more than you think!

 

Chronic levels of noise found frequently in modern society has been shown to significantly increase your risk of heart attack, heart disease, heart failure, stroke, even atrial fibrillation.  Not to mention upping your risk for insomnia, a huge health crisis in-and-of itself!   And it doesn’t stop there.  Not only is chronic noise increasing your blood pressure, increasing inflammation in your arteries leading to heart attack and stroke, but it’s also increasing your risk of metabolic diseases and type two diabetes!

 

That’s right, if you have stubborn abdominal fat that just isn’t falling away, on top of considering what your diet is and what your exercise goals are, you should also be considering what chronic noise pollution you are exposed to!

Chronic noise is absolutely part of the reason you have stress induced metabolic change.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Environmental Noise and the Cardiovascular System

(free printable medical study)

 

What is interesting about this study is that it’s not just loud sounds that affect your health, it’s the small chronic ones that do too.  So it’s not just an airplane passing by or the occasional sound of construction, but the level of normal talking, phones ringing, and sounds of cars on the street all impact your heart attack and stroke risk, and they all up your risk for metabolic disease too.  Look at the table below (taken directly out of  the medical study above) to see that even normal conversation is above the area now considered safe in terms of affecting your health.  55 dBA and above is now considered a health risk factor by the World Health Organization (WHO):

 

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

 

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

 

 

Clearly, working in a high noise industry (like on an aircraft or in construction) is very hard on the body — this we already knew.

What we didn’t know is having a job where you answer telephones, or working at a busy restaurant, or working a the mall, or any other environment with constant conversation and music playing adds to your cardiovascular risk as well.

And now we do.

 

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

Think about your day:

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

 

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

 

 

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

…so the first thing to think about is where you lay your head to catch sleep.

 

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

10 Easy Ways To Protect Your Body From Harmful Noise:

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

 

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

10 Actionable Ways To Decrease Noise Stress

(free printable handout)

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

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

PureGround EMF Filtering & Shielding Cord: Your FAQs, Answered

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You all know how crucial I believe it is for our body’s to be

connected to the earth outside, grounded.

 

And you also know how much I want to protect our bodies from EMFs

and the harm done to our tissues from radiation exposures,

which is now a medical fact.

 

Wanting to maintain the robust innate health of the human body through grounding while still shielding it from exposures to resonant EMFs and dirty electricity is what lead me to partner up with an electrical engineer (who graduated with his PhD from MIT) to develop the PureGround EMF filtering and shielding ground cord.

Today, he answers some of your most pressing questions on how and why the PureGround cord is the safest way to get grounded indoors.

 

1.  What is the PureGround cord?

 

The PureGround cord is the only grounding cord in the world which has a patented filter at the ground pin that filters out dirty electricity from entering the cord, and also prevents any current from traveling up the line.

On top of that, the entire cord is shielded so that it blocks EMFs in the local environment from impacting the cord, from one end all the way to the other.

This enables healing electrons from the earth to flow to body but does not allow EMF or other currents on the ground wires to reach you.

 

 

2.  How does it work?

 

The PureGround cord contains components that act like one-way valves that only allow healing electrons from the earth to reach your body.

The PureGround cord protects you in three ways:

1) it doesn’t allow any stray current on grounding wires and circuits to reach you

2) it doesn’t allow EMF induced AC current on the user from forcing electrons off your body, and

3) it shields the cord to reduce EMFs induced on the PureGround cord itself.

 

3.  Does it help with EMFs?

 

The PureGround filter helps with EMFs because it reduces alternating current on the cord; this means it will not allow EMFs to remove electrons from your body.

Further, it doesn’t allow any current that exists on ground wires and circuits, such as in your house or apartment, to reach your body.

Lastly, the shielding that wraps the entire length of the cord prevents EMFs from inducing current on the ground cord itself, all the way up to your grounding tool.

 

4.  I thought grounding was to reduce voltages on the body, will this drop voltage?

 

Cellular processes on your body are direct current (DC) voltages while man-made voltages from power lines and other electronics are alternating current (AC) voltages.

The PureGround cord will reduce direct current voltages on your body but will not show significant alternating current voltage drops.  This is because the cord prevents alternating current on the wire and keeps those electrons on your body.

 

5.  If we are exposed to EMFs in the environment while grounded, what should I do about EMFs?

 

You can do two things to support the resiliency of your health: reduce EMF exposures and ground your body to restore it’s connection to the earth.

To reduce EMFs, you want to:

  • Remove unnecessary EMF exposures, I talk about that in this blog post.
  • Reduce the strength of exposures you can not remove
  • Shield your body from the remaining exposures
  • Ground your body safely, using the PureGround filtering and shielding cord with ec0-friendly, organic grounding tools.

 

Protecting your conductive health (by shielding and buffering EMF exposures) while boosting your conductive health (by grounding) is a completely compatible combination and absolutely the best thing you can do to support you body’s long term well being.

We recommend reducing exposure to EMF sources by moving appliances away from humans and consider turning off circuits to rooms not in use or while sleeping.  Then, use EMF shielding to block what you can’t reduce.

Here is an article with a free print out of 25 easy, actionable ways you can reduce your EMF exposures:

 

 

 

6.  How can I test if there are any voltages on the ground circuit in my house?

 

There are several ways to measure voltages on the ground circuit in your house or apartment.

  • The easiest step is to take a voltmeter set to alternating current (VAC) and place one probe into the grounding pin of a wall socket and the other into the neutral pin on the socket (a slightly longer slot, usually on the right in North American plugs).
  • A second approach is to install an independent ground rod into the earth outside your house, then put one probe of the voltmeter on the rod and the other into the grounding pin of the wall socket.

 

If you’re not using a PureGround filter your body will be exposed to these additional voltages.  These voltages can be even higher than the DC voltage you’re trying to remove in the first place!

Voltmeters have both DC and AC settings (V- and V~).  To measure voltages generated by your body’s cellular processes make sure the meter is placed on DC (V-).  To measure EMF exposure or stray voltages in your house set your voltmeter on AC (V~).

Be sure to use a multimeter capable of measuring down to milli-volts (mV).

 

7.  How do I make sure I’m grounded through the PureGround cord?

 

Many ground test meters try to run a current up a ground cord to test the connection, and the PureGround cord is so good at preventing current from reaching your body that it will protect you from this current by blocking it, and the meter will not work.   To verify ground, you’ll need to use a test meter that sends the signal down the line, away from the body, to test continuity to ground.

Here is an article for you explaining this in more detail:

 

Why Some Meters Don’t Properly Test The PureGround Cord

 

 

The easiest way to demonstrate the PureGround cord is properly grounded is to simply use a compatible ground tester, like this one:

 

PureGround Grounding Test Meter

 

If you own a multimeter, you can also test the PureGround cord with your current tester.

You have to double check your settings, as many voltmeters have a closed circuit testing function that will not emit enough power to go through the PureGround filter and thus may not indicate the PureGround cord is grounded.  Furthermore, the resistance measure on the multimeter may not show the 100k Ohm resistor because of other components in the filter.

So if you want to use your multimeter to verify ground, follow the steps in this document:

 

PureGround Verification by Multimeter

 

 

I hope this Q&A was helpful!

If you want more resources, here are some previous blog posts I’ve written for you already on ways to support your conductive health and decrease your radiation exposures:

 

 

I’m proud to offer eco-friendly, ethically crafted, organic grounding tools alongside the patented PureGround EMF filtering and shielding cord… all waiting for you in The Grounding Boutique right here:

 

 

You can also find all my favorite EMF shielding tools in The Shielding Boutique on my website, right here:

 

 

Do you want to make sure you are informed of the latest grounding breakthroughs?

 

To stay posted on the newest developments in EMF safety and the latest medical literature on grounding, join the Safe Grounding Coalition.

By joining this community, you’ll be the first to know the latest medical literature on grounding and the newest developments in grounding and shielding health tools!

 

 

To your vibrant, resilient, conductive health!

xoxoxo, Laura

 

Find Out If You Are Going Barefoot Enough With This Simple Test

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Are you getting excited for Spring to arrive?

I sure am!

 

I just ordered all of my organic heirloom seeds to start my garden seedlings, and for me this means tons of barefoot time outdoors is just around the corner.

So today’s question is… are your feet ready for spring?

 

To find out, I made a quick, fun, hands-on video for you to help you answer these questions:

  • Are you getting enough barefoot time?

  • Are your feet properly aligned?

  • Is the alignment of your foot giving you knee, hip and back pain?

  • Are the shoes you are wearing causing foot issues?

  • How can you reverse damage shoes have caused your feet?

 

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

 

A Quick Way To Know If You Are Going Barefoot Enough

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

If you are interested in grabbing some foot alignment socks that allow you to ground and correct your toe spacing all at the same time…

…you can find the exact socks I am wearing in this video right here.

 

To your foot health, and a spring and summer full of barefoot grounding!  It’s blessedly just around the corner, so now is the time to get your feet ready!

xoxoxo, Laura

 

 

 

Childhood Trauma Affects Your Adult Health. But It Doesn’t Have To.

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A new study shows what we can already *feel*…

…that trauma in childhood affects our physical health as an adult.

 

Our cells, organs, tissues, physical body holds on to the effects of emotional trauma and this energetic tension literally changes how our body is able to function.

I’ve written previous blog posts highlighting this, how our body’s health is an expression of our emotional well being, in articles such as:

 

 

 

Today’s medical study shows an association between trauma in childhood resulting in an increased risk of having surgery to remove the reproductive organs as an adult.

In other words, earlier trauma significantly impacts the sexual health and reproductive health of a woman and culminates later in life to increase their risk of having major surgery.

 

The Study (published June 7 in the British Medical Journal):

 

  • 256 patients were studied: 128 women who underwent ovarian and uterine removal operations before age 50 and before entering menopause were paired with 128 age-matched controls.
  • Patients had to have medical records that dated back to at least age 15 and researchers used epidemiological studies to access medical records with direct documentation of events that gook place up to 40 years prior to the ovary/uterine removal surgery.
  • Using data on reports of abuse, violence, neglect, verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse that occurred  between birth and age 19… these childhood traumatic experiences were then stratified and validated with the patients directly.

 

The Results:

 

  • Researchers found a statistically significant correlation between women who had ovarian and uterine removal surgery as an adult and verbal abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, substance abuse in the household as a child, and suicidal ideation or suicide attempts.
  • Women who had considered or attempted suicide were more than twice as likely to have their reproductive organs surgically removed as an adult than their matched controls.
  • The highest rate of statistical significance was childhood physical abuse, with patients who had the surgery being almost ***6 TIMES AS LIKELY*** to have had physical abuse as a child.

 

The Bottom Line:

Traumatic experiences in childhood causes epigenetic changes that increase the chances of having the reproductive organs removed as an adult.

 

More studies are needed to determine whether bringing an awareness to the fact that the pelvic pain, fibroid growths, excessive bleeding, etc… leading to surgery may stem from experiences in childhood and young adulthood, and to see if getting support to deal with prior traumas can help mitigate symptoms and decrease the need for pelvic surgery entirely.

 

This study is a very vivid reminder that what happens to us affects our physical body.

 

What happens to us emotionally, what happens to us when we are under stress, what happens to us when we are betrayed, neglected, sexually abused, or mistreated shows up in painful ways that you can’t ignore as an adult.

If there is one thing I know after working with patients on both a physical and an energetic level for all of these years, it’s that there is a heck of a lot more to a physical illness than just what is physically going on in the cells and tissues of the body.

 

Health is an expression of who we are and what we have gone through over our entire lifetime.

 

This example… of how childhood trauma can make it much more likely that you might have your reproductive organs surgically removed later on… is just one example of the many ways that the body processes life events and modifies our physical body in order to release it.

Trauma literally changes how your DNA is read and expressed.

As a result, trauma can and does give rise to physical health issues in many different areas of the body.  Even just prolonged stress, without an overtly traumatic incident, can cause major health issues down the line.

 

 

 

This is literally why I spent years creating my Trauma Resiliency & Recovery Class.

 

In this class, I go through what the medical literature tells us about how the body handles and processes (and heals and releases!) trauma so that you can understand and make sense of what your body is trying to tell you.

Everyone experiences trauma… but what makes some people recover?  What allows some folks to not only survive, but actually thrive despite deeply traumatic events and circumstances?  How do you get over something that is unforgivable, unfair, or life altering?

When trying to forget it, trying to forgive it, and trying to move on don’t work, the only thing left is to actually fix it.  Stop ignoring what is asking to be healed.

The more we try to muscle through and endure trauma, the more havoc it wrecks on our body… because on a cellular level, stress absolutely changes our energy, our health, our epigenetics and even our immune system.

Let’s move through trauma in order to gain some perspective and recover a sense of resiliency.

 

Symptoms and illnesses are the body’s way of speaking to us.

I’m listening.

 

I want to invite you to this very special, very personal, deeply healing two week class where we will dive deep into the science, medicine and energy behind healing, resilience, recovery and health.

Class runs February 25th through March 8th, 2019 (the perfect Valentine’s gift of love and comfort and nurturing you can give to yourself!). It’s two weeks of daily uplifting healing videos, medical studies that show us how we can recover more easily and optimize our health along the way, healing activities, exercises and more.

This is the last week to sign up.

Even old, very old, deeply wounding traumas can be released.

You absolutely can feel better than you do right now, and recover a fresh start.

 

The medical literature is very clear on this: you can actually be healthier after trauma than you would have been without experiencing any trauma at all!

And I’m here to help you do exactly that.

Moving onwards and upwards right along with you…

xoxoxo, Laura