Dr Akilah El – Celestial Healing Wellness Center

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Take a Cold Shower & Improve Your Health this Summer

 

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It’s the summer and what better way to beat the heat this season than by replacing your scolding hot showers with a cold one? But lowering your water temperature can do far more than just cut utility costs and cool you down—there are an enormous amount of other benefits that can help you improve your overall health.

Helps With Blood Circulation

If your blood does not properly circulate throughout your veins and arteries, your tissues and organs will not be able to absorb the necessary amount of oxygen and nutrients. As an end result, you can get high blood pressure, ugly varicose veins in your legs, puffy bags under the eyes and heart disease—one of the leading causes for death among Americans. While there several different ways to improve circulation throughout your body such as via exercising, experts say that hydrotherapy (switching from warm water to cold water midway through your shower) can actually do the trick as well. This is because warm water makes the blood come to the surface, while cold water makes the blood shift to your tissue and organs. Cold water can also help with inflammation.

Flushes out Toxins

Cold water can also help you fight against contracting certain illnesses and viruses in more ways than one. The first is the fact that cold water encourages your muscles to contract—this alone (with the added addition of improved circulation) helps flush out unwanted toxins that make you sick. But according to some experts, cold showers can also help your body build virus-fighting white blood cells. This is because cold water forces your body to go into “shock”—this in turn causes your immune system to work in over drive as it attempts to warm back up

Fights Mental Disorders

Some experts also say that not only can cold showers help boost your body’s defenses and help with circulation, but it can also help prevent depression. This is because according to research, cold water helps stimulate natural endorphins (chemical that make you happy) and helps activate a part of the brain that produces norepinephrine (sometimes referred to as noradrenaline) – an ingredient found in most anti-depression medication.

Gives Skin and Hair a Healthy Glow/Shine

Cold water can even help you improve acne prone skin and make your hair glossy. The reason is simple—cold water closes your pores and seals hair cuticles so that dirt and dull-causing agents cannot seep into your skin or hair. Do note that you should in fact use warm water to open your pores to first remove dirt and oil, but then splash cold water on your face and hair to seal your pores and cuticles back up.

Boosts Energy

As you may have guessed, cold showers can also help you shake off any lethargy and is the perfect solution if you are ever dragging your feet in the morning. This is because the same cold shock that helps your body wash away toxins also sets your nervous central system to ignite and make your heart race—this feeling will perk you up in a moment’s notice and unlike when drinking a cup of coffee, the feeling is not short lived.

 

 

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Foods That Can Help Save Your Life

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By Anthony Gucciardi

Chances are that a number of food-based and environmental stressors are adversely affecting your health, putting pressure on your biological function and taxing you away from your optimum health potential. If you eat junk food, live in a polluted city, drink alcohol, smoke, or take pharmaceutical drugs, you could be unintentionally loading your body with toxic substances. Thankfully, a mixture of great tasting and powerful food products can help heal this damage in addition to boosting your overall health condition.

Turmeric & Cayenne Pepper Nutrient Drink

For starters, Turmeric is one nutritional powerhouse that you should be consuming on a daily basis. Before purchasing any old Turmeric spice product, however, it is important that you buy the right kind. Look for pure Turmeric powder, as opposed to commercial curry powders that contain less concentrations of pure Turmeric. It is also highly preferable that you purchase 100% organic Turmeric to avoid fillers and lower quality ingredients. One great recipe involves Cayenne Pepper and Turmeric combined together in a health-enhancing recipe.

Take 1 teaspoon Turmeric & the smallest pinch of Cayenne Pepper and mix them with some olive oil in a glass shooter. This makes for a great start to the day, nourishing your body with vital nutrients. Alternatively, you can powder your breakfast meal choice with high quality Turmeric or purchase a whole food Turmeric supplement if that is not an option. Next up, it is time to discover the benefits of green superfoods.

Chlorophyll, The Green Nutrient Powerhouse

As you may know, Chlorophyll is actually responsible for the green pigmentation in plants. The biomolecule is what absorbs energy from the sun to facilitate photosynthesis in plants. Vital to metabolic functions such as growth and respiration, chlorophyll acts as the ‘blood’ of the plant, and it also provides powerful benefits to human health. Amazingly, research has found that chlorophyll can actually help to expel toxic mercury from your body — a truly potent quality in modern society, where mercury has run rampant. Even high-fructose corn syrup, a ubiquitous ingredient that populates supermarkets worldwide, has been found to contain mercury.

Beyond removing mercury from your body, chlorophyll has a whole host of other benefits.

Overall Health Benefits of Chlorophyll

According to peer-reviewed research, chlorophyll has been found to:

  • Help prevent cancer: Studies published in the journals Carcinogenesis and Food and Chemical Toxicology highlight the ability of chlorophyll to actually inhibit carcinogenesis.
  • Provide antioxidants & anti-inflammatory benefits: Carrying high levels of the vitamins A, C and E, chlorophyll has strong antioxidant capacity and has also been found to help reduce inflammation.
  • Rapid delivery of magnesium: A highly alkalizing effect, chlorophyll is a powerful source of readily available magnesium.
  • Contain protein, calcium, and folic acid: These nutrients are essential in  red blood cells and boosting your immune system.

Altogether, this powerful string of healing foods will be reinforcing your immune system, removing waste, and much more — but where’s the true flavor? You may be pleased to learn that chocolate is the next top food, though it is important to choose the right kind.

Consume Dark Chocolate with 70-80% Cacao Content

Chocolate is full of nutrients, such as vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E. Of course it is important to first look at the quality of the chocolate before biting in. It is important that the chocolate is organic, and contains at least 70% cacao content. The higher percentage of cacao, the better the chocolate is. This means that the chocolate will be darker, but not dark to the point of bitterness.

Oftentimes brand name chocolate found in grocery stores contains high fructose corn syrup and other harmful additives, making it a poor decision to eat or feed to your children. Make sure to check the ingredients list of your chocolate product to ensure it is free of these additives.

Epidemiologic investigations have found through numerous studies that chocolate consumption reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is due to flavonoids that are present in cacao, which promote heart health. The April, 2008 Journal of Nutrition published a double-blind controlled study that evaluated the effects of flavanol-containing dark chocolate. 49 adults participated in the study, who ate a diet set by the American Heart Association.

Participants consumed 1 cocoa dark chocolate bars 2 times daily, while keeping activity levels the same. The results were very interesting. Chocolate consumption reduced systolic blood pressure after 8 weeks, and reduced bad cholesterol by 5.3%. You can stay healthy and enjoy a treat at the same time with high quality organic chocolate. Organic dark chocolate can often be found at your local grocery store for a reasonable price. Reward yourself and your children with a treat that both tastes great and improves overall health.

Seaweed: Kelp, Dulse

Various forms of seaweed, particularly kelp, are beneficial to your overall health as well as protecting you from harmful radiation. A natural source of iodine, kelp is a great food to consume and stockpile in the event of a nuclear catastrophe such as the Fukushima disaster. Choked full of vital minerals, these ocean superfoods will help to regain optimum levels of essential minerals within your body. It is important to ensure that you are purchasing these products from a high quality source, as ocean life is particularly prone to mercury contamination.

Mushrooms

Shiitake, Matsutake, Chantrel — mushrooms are a great source of riboflavin, niacin, and selenium. Selenium, of course,  is an antioxidant that works with vitamin E to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Oftentimes, many individuals may not be taking full advantage of selenium, or other nutrients that mushrooms often contain such as potassium.  In the Baltimore study on Aging, men with the lowest blood selenium levels were 4 to 5 times more likely to have prostate cancer compared to those with the highest selenium levels. One medium portabella mushroom has even more potassium than a banana or a glass of orange juice (remember to always juice your own oranges, don’t buy the chemical filled commercial junk).

Utilizing these powerful healing feeds in your diet can not only boost your overall health and mental clarity, but it can help defend against potentially life-threatening diseases. Remember to always purchase 100% high quality organic whenever possible, and avoid toxic additives like high-fructose corn syrup.

About the Author

Anthony Gucciardi is an accomplished investigative journalist with a passion for natural health. Anthony’s articles have been featured on top alternative news websites such as Infowars, NaturalNews, Rense, and many others. Anthony is the co-founder of Natural Society, a website dedicated to sharing life-saving natural health techniques. Stay in touch with Natural Society via the following sites Facebook – Twitter – Web

Why Children Get Ear Infections

Child_ear_infectionBy Dr. Marcu McMillian

What is one of the biggest reasons why parents take their children to
see a pediatrician? Most pediatricians and parents will agree that it
is otitis media (commonly known as an ear infection. Otitis media
occurs when there is bacterial growth in the internal ear that leads
to inflammation which produces fluid build-up, local pain, fever, and
other symptoms. Conventional medicine considers bacteria to be at
the root of the problem and therefore directs the treatment to kill
the bacteria with antibiotics. This “logical solution fails more
often that it works.

Naturopathic medicine agrees that bacteria are overgrowing. But in
order for bacteria to grow it requires a certain temperature,
moisture, and sugar content of the medic for it to survive and
multiply. In other words children get ear infections because their
bodies provide a “nourishing environment” for the bacteria not
because they have an antibiotic deficiency.

The real question is, “How do our children become ‘bacteria-friendly’
media?” Candy, sodas, hamburgers, cookies, and other common foods
have little nutritional value and provide excessive ‘empty calories’
in the form of simple carbohydrates and sugars. Bacteria feeds on
sugar. Logically, reducing the amount of sugar intake in the body
will make bacteria harder to grow and infect.

Another important factor is that allowing pathological bacteria to
overgrow in our bodies causes a weak immune system. Long-term
overuse of antibiotics suppresses the immune system. And the immune
system is what is supposed to protect us from infections in the first
place.

From the naturopathic prospective the single most important thing to
understand is that an infection itself is a consequence and not the
cause. For treatment to be successful over the long run it should
address and remove the underlying causes of the problem not removing
the symptoms.
 

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Water and Weight Loss

Water_weightLOSSSome people trying to control their weight drink bottles of diet sodas
each day. Often these beverages contain caffeine, which is a diuretic
causing the body to excrete water. In fact the net result may be
dehydration. So if you are a heavy diet-soda drinker, and you
recognise these symptoms of dehyration, you may be able to improve
your health by simply drinking 6 to 8 glasses of pure, fresh water a day!

1. Headache.
The most common symptom is headaches. A major function of water is to
flush toxins from the body. Your brain is 75% water, so even being
slightly dehydrated can cause headaches.

2. Poor concentration/fatigue.
If you body can’t get rid of the toxins it will struggle and you will
feel less energetic as your body diverts energy to deal with the toxins.

3. Constipation.
Your body will divert water to more essential functions and as a
result your stools will be harder and more difficult to expel.

4. Reduced urine output or dark urine.
Did you know that up to 200 litres of water is passed through your
kidneys daily? Without a fresh supply of water for the kidneys to
filter waste products out of the blood, your urine will become darker.

5. Furry tongue or bad breath.
If you don’t have enough water passing through the mouth to wash away
food particles, bacteria can proliferate and result in that furry
feeling or bad breath.

6. Skin.
Your skin should feel elastic. When you pinch the skin on the back of
your hand it should snap back instantly.
 

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The Benefits of Power Napping

nappingby: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT

It never feels good when you simply cannot keep your eyes open any longer and it is only 2 o’clock in the afternoon. What is happening? You require a pick-me-up – but how?

Power napping is the newest thing in the area of office productivity. The concept has been around for years but now it’s more widely accepted as a practice.

Power napping is among the most effective ways to help you get a 2nd wind on a busy day. It does not take as much time as you believe and you are able to do it on your lunch hour.

Causes of Sleeplessness

So, why are you feeling so wore out? The human body requires around 8 hours of sleep each night. Most folks do not get that much, usually between 6 and 8. When you do not get adequate sleep, the body does not have time to repair itself in good order at night. This may contribute to irritability, increased stress and decreased productivity. It can likewise lower your life expectancy.

On the flip side, when you get too much rest, you accomplish the same thing. 9 or more hours of rest can leave you feeling exhausted even though you have just slept all night.

Benefits of a Nap

It’s widely accepted for kids but not for adults. We’re talking of a nap in the midst of the day. The fact is that after 8 hours of moving around, the body needs a pit stop. Adult bodies need one also. That’s where the power nap comes in.

Here are just a couple of benefits of taking a midday break:

* Increased productivity – When your body begins to wind down, your brain starts to shut down. It’s hard to keep working at your previous pace. Once energized after a nap, you will be able to perform just as well as you did when you 1st arrived at the office.

* Increased focus – we have discoursed the brain shutting down. It starts wandering around when we become tired. The words you need to finish that report are floating about in the aether just beyond your reach, particularly after lunch. That may change with a power nap.

* Less stress – When we’re tired, our fuses become shorter. We’re more likely to lash out at other people or overreact to a simple situation. To regain your composure and your level of wellbeing, a brief respite might be what you need.

The Ideal Power Nap

The ideal power nap is between fifteen and thirty minutes. Find a quiet place like your automobile or your office if you have a door. Turn the light down low to induce a sleep cycle. Close your eyes and unwind.

The best time to power nap is when you start to feel sleepy headed. You’re already relaxing. If you need to, set an alarm so that you do not oversleep.

Power napping is one way to re-energize your body halfway through your day. Maybe you cannot take a long nap like you did when you were a child, but you will be able to still catch some worthy Zs.

 

About The Author

DeeDee is an Adv. Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Adv. Color/Crystal Therapist, Herbalist, Dr. of Reflexology and single mom who is dedicated to helping others any way she can. One way she chooses to help is by offering information on the benefits and uses of natural health and healing methods for the well-being of both people and pets. Dee also teaches Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Color/Crystal Therapy at the Alternative Healing Academy

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