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Natural Remedies for Insomnia

By Drew – Wake Up World

 

Are you finding it difficult getting to sleep or staying asleep?

Are you waking up in the middle of the morning feeling wide awake?

What are the types of insomnia?

Insomnia can be classified as transient, acute, or chronic.

  1. Transient insomnia lasts for less than a week. It can be caused by another disorder, by changes in the sleep environment, by the timing of sleep, severe depression, or by stress. Its consequences – sleepiness and impaired psychomotor performance – are similar to those of sleep deprivation.
  2. Acute insomnia is the inability to consistently sleep well for a period of less than a month.
  3. Chronic insomnia lasts for longer than a month. It can be caused by another disorder, or it can be a primary disorder. Its effects can vary according to its causes. They might include muscular fatigue, hallucinations, and/or mental fatigue. Some people that live with this disorder see things as if they are happening in slow motion, wherein moving objects seem to blend together. Can cause double vision

What can be some causes of insomnia?

  • The world is in the midst of a massive spiritual awakening. Increasingly new high vibrational energies are pouring down onto earth and through our beings. Our bodies continually adjust to the new frequencies which can create a multitude of symptoms. One symptom being insomnia.
  • The use of psychoactive drugs (such as stimulants), including certain medications, herbs, caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, amphetamines, methylphenidate & MDMA
  • Pain An injury or condition that causes pain can preclude an individual from finding a comfortable position in which to fall asleep, and can in addition cause awakening.
  • Hormone shifts such as those that precede menstruation and those during menopause
  • Life events such as fear, stress, anxiety, emotional or mental tension, work problems, financial stress, birth of a child and bereavement.
  • Mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, dementia or excessive alcohol intake
  • Certain neurological disorders, brain lesions, or a history of traumatic brain injury
  • Medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Abuse of over-the counter or prescription sleep aids can produce rebound insomnia
  • Poor sleep hygiene, e.g., noise

Side Effects of Chronic Insomnia

Physical Lethargy – The effects of insomnia on the body are very noticeable. Usually people complain that they lack physical energy and are more physically tired than people who get a normal night’s sleep.

Psychological Changes – You may notice that you are not able to think with as much clarity as you used to. Insomniacs usually are not able to get adequate R.E.M. sleep (which helps refresh the brain). You may be more irritable than usual and could feel: stress, anxiety, and/or depression during the day.

Negative Personality – You may notice that as your insomnia becomes more severe, you become unhappy with your personality changes. A lot of people that are insomniacs are more irritable, angry, and have mood swings more often than people who sleep well during the night.

Behaviour Changes – You may develop less productive behavioural patterns and feel way less motivated to do simple tasks. Most people experience some shifts in their ability to get work done productively.

Natural Remedies For Insomnia

Have you ever tried any natural remedies for insomnia? Most of them work surprisingly well, and many are actually free. You don’t even need to go to the store to buy a supplement to help you sleep better. However, you will need to take the time to do some work on yourself by changing some old habits and integrating newer, healthier habits.

1. Visualization – Simply closing your eyes for at least 20 minutes and imagining yourself relaxing will help you physically relax. It may help you to play some relaxing, ambient music, nature sounds, or white noise during this process, but those details are up to you. I visualize daily and I always feel relaxed afterwards. It definitely will help you fall asleep quicker if you have insomnia.

2. Cardio Exercises – If you do a hard cardiovascular workout for at least 1 hour daily, you are going to burn off the energy that would normally be bottled up inside of you when you go to bed. Cardio exercise is among the elite natural remedies for insomnia in children as well as adults. Nearly everyone can do some form of cardio – whether it’s playing soccer, running, rollerblading, or doing a tough beach body workout. If you burn calories and tire yourself out, you will be too tired to stay awake.

3. Eliminating Things From Your Diet – Many natural remedies for insomnia in adults and children can be gotten right from a healthy diet. If you are eating healthy foods, they will provide your brain with vital nutrients and give it what is needed to help you fall asleep at night. If you are loading up on caffeine and drinking alcohol consistently, you are likely going to struggle with insomnia. Cut out the unhealthy foods, drinks, and drugs, and you will improve – but the improvement is not going to be overnight; it may take a few months, but it will be well worth it.

4. Stay away from drugs and alcohol – If you are able to stay away from things like cigarettes and alcohol; this is probably the best way to cure insomnia symptoms quickly. If you are in college and feel like you should be enjoying yourself with these substances, think about the damage that you are doing to your body. Then ask yourself whether you want to go ahead with the damage. Believe it or not, there are plenty of people that don’t drink or do drugs around campus if you look around.

5. Avoid caffeine – Many people drink caffeinated beverages like soda, coffee, and energy drinks late at night and wonder why they have insomnia. Use some common sense and stay away from things like this if you want to get a better night’s sleep. It is recommended to stay away from these products altogether; just cut them from your diet and see if it makes a difference after a couple weeks.

6. Try Melatonin – This is arguably the best home remedy for insomnia. Melatonin is a naturally occurring compound supplement that can help you cure your insomnia. When your sleep cycle gets thrown off of its natural course, you become melatonin-deficient when it’s time to go to bed – this results in insomniac tendencies. Try taking some melatonin supplements to see if they help you get more restful sleep.

7. Valerian Herb – This is a less common herbal solution for insomnia that people use to help them get sleep. Some people swear by taking this, while others don’t find it to be effective. The easiest way to find out whether it works is to give it a try for yourself.

For expert advise seek out a natural herbalist in your area. They will be able to tailor specific requirements to suit your circumstances. It is also important to understand any risks created from mixing herbs and medicines.

8. Hot baths/showers – Taking a hot bath and/or shower will allow your body to relax. Hot water relaxes muscles, joints, and this in turn will help calm down your racing thoughts that keep you awake and unable to sleep. Going into a hot tub and/or sauna would probably have a very similar effect.

9. Warm milk – If you drink warm milk before you got to bed, it could help you fall asleep. Scientists think that it may have something to do with the tryptophan that is naturally released in the body. Since most people have milk around, this is a very easy remedy to test out.

10. Read a Book Before Bedtime – Probably the easiest natural cure for insomnia is to simply open up a book and read. Not only will it make you smarter, but you will actually be changing your brainwaves to a slower pattern. As you get caught up in what you are reading, your mind shifts to a slower brainwave state. In comparison to surfing the internet or talking on your phone (which will keep you awake), reading helps many people start to feel sleepy.

11. Avoid the Computer – The best thing that you can do for yourself before bed is to shut off your computer if it is distracting. Do you commonly surf the internet before bedtime? If so, you are going to keep yourself up for a longer time.

12. Turn Off Your Mobile Phone – Mobile phones are nothing more than a distraction when you are trying to fall asleep. If you take the time to turn off your phone, you won’t be preoccupied with late night texts or messages. Don’t accept calls after a certain time so that you can actually take a break from all of the chatter.

13. Turn off the TV – A lot of people watch TV before they go to sleep. Based on my own experience, I know that watching an entertaining show or movie can keep me up for a much longer time than expected. Turning off the TV will help you minimize distractions so that you can get to sleep.

14. Listen to Relaxing Music – Calming music or self hypnosis tapes work great when you are trying to get some sleep. I personally listen to a self hypnosis or guided meditation tape so that I can calm down my thoughts and drift off into a nice peaceful sleep.

 

 

30 Simple Fat Loss Tip

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I put together some Simple Fat Loss Tips to help you lose body fat efficiently and lose weight effectively (and more importantly, keep it off).

Instead of a primary focus on losing weight or fat loss, focus on becoming as healthy as possible way down to the cellular level.

What matters is making smarter and healthier choices and finding what works best for you so you can experience your highest level of health not just physically, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Everything’s connected and integrated: spirit, mind, emotions and body. If there is a problem in one area, it will affect the other areas as well. The diet mentality is futile. You can only look as good on the outside as you are healthy on the inside. Make choices based on what will make you healthier today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life.

30 Simple Fat Loss Tips That Can Be Used Daily
By following these simple tips, you’ll drop body fat, boost your metabolism and ultimately change your body without counting calories, dieting or deprivation. And as an added bonus, you will increase vitality and longevity, prevent disease and live a healthy vibrant life.Foods and Beverages – What to include

1. Stabilize insulin and balance blood sugar with a balanced diet that includes nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich real foods using the PVFC method: Protein (organic grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, eggs, wild salmon, clean fish, quality protein powders), Veggies and leafy greens, Fat and Carbs (sweet potato, yams, quinoa, low sugar fruits such as berries)

2. Plenty of organic, pasture-raised protein to boost your metabolism, supply your body with amino acids to balance brain chemistry and reduce sugar cravings, healthy, healing fats, especially omega-3 sources to eliminate cravings, provide a sense of satiety and increase fat loss and plenty of fiber from leafy greens and colorful veggies.

3. Practice portion control with mindfulness during mealtime. Sit down during mealtime without distractions. No cell phones, computers, television. Chew every bite of food slowly and thoroughly.

4. Filtered water to stay hydrated. Start your day with a cup of water with the juice from a fresh lemon or lime plus a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to increase metabolism.

5. Unsweetened, organic green tea or coffee before your workout or after eating breakfast to encourage fat loss.

6. Eat a protein-rich breakfast. Include protein at every meal.

7. Prepare your environment at home and work with healthy options to minimize temptation.

8. Rotate the foods you eat every day.

Diet No-Nos: Avoid and Eliminate

9. Foods you’re intolerant or sensitive to reduce inflammation, cravings and bloating. The top culprits include wheat, gluten, sugar, artificial sweeteners, soy, corn and pasteurized dairy. However, even so-called healthy foods can be problematic for you if you eat the same thing day after day after day.

10. Super-sized portions, eating mindlessly and late night eating.

11. Chemically-laden processed, packaged and junk foods. Any product containing high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, which increase cravings and your waist line.

12. Processed carbohydrates, wheat and grains. Ditch the nutritionally-void bagels, breads, muffins, crackers and pasta, even if they are labeled as gluten-free.

13. Liquid calories from soda, energy and sports drinks, fruity smoothies and excess alcohol.

14. GMO fats: margarine, vegetable oils, soybean oil, cooking sprays, canola oil, hydrogenated and trans fats.

15. Low-fat and non-fat foods, which are full of chemicals, artificial sweeteners and sugar.

Exercise

16. Move your body every single day.

17. Walk outdoors in nature every day.

18. Metabolic resistance training with weights three times weekly to encourage greater fat loss. Follow the 12-Week exercise program found in Fat Loss Revolution

19. Shorter, more effective workouts – intensity trumps duration for fat loss. Instead of jogging for 30-40 minutes, opt for a 12-15 minute interval workout. Interval programs can be found in The Power of 4 and Fat Loss Revolution. Also check out this 10-5-5 Workout, Sprint the Stairs and the Smart Workout.

20. Balance more intense workouts with rest days and parasympathetic activities such as walking, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, restorative, yin or gentle yoga.

Lifestyle 

21. Prioritize 7-9 hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep every night. Lights out and in bed by 10:30 p.m. at the latest.

22. Practice daily de-stressors: Practice deep, full breathing, meditation or restorative yoga, read something spiritual, spend time in nature, garden, do something you love and enjoy. Indulge in a massage, Epsom salt bath or sauna for relaxation and detoxification.

23. Make time for yourself. Avoid non-stop busyness and endless commitments.

24. Wake up every single day with a grateful mindset and appreciative attitude. Keep a gratitude journal.

25. Minimize or avoid toxic situations and people who sabotage your fat loss lifestyle. Fat loss is contagious. If your friend or spouse overeat, there’s a 57% higher tendency that you’ll overeat as well. Surround yourself with like-minded people who support your healthy lifestyle.

26. Get your mindset on the right track. Priorities, values, thoughts, emotions and attitude are all factors in your personal success in losing weight.

27. Unplug! Less television, iPads, computer, social media.

28. Stand more and sit less.

29. Start with two healthy changes each week until they become a habit. Gradually add another healthy habit each week. This is the concept of my book, The Power of 4. Be willing to invest the time, energy, commitment and resources to succeed.

30. Take it one day at a time. Value and focus on the positive progress along your journey toward health. Realize that setbacks may occur during the process. Resume your intention and focus on getting right back on track. See your transformation as progressive – a journey vs. perfection. Believe in yourself! Love yourself!

 

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The American Cancer Society Exposed

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BY CHRISTINA SARICH

Does your insurance cover the latest cancer drug that costs $159 to make, but sells for $106,000? The cost of cancer drugs has skyrocketed lately by more than 5000%, and this is not the exception, but the rule. Despite this gob-smacking display of greed, we continue to finance not only the pharmaceutical industry, but ‘charitable organizations’ that are nothing more than wolves in sheep’s clothing. [1]

The American Cancer Society (ACS) which has a cure rate of about 2.1%, receives more money in contributions every 10 minutes than the Independent Cancer Research Foundation (ICRF) receives in a whole year. ICRF arguably has cure rates closer to 90%.

Why do we continue to fund a fraud? Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., Professor Emeritus for Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois, School of Public Health, has a few ideas about why we give our money to thieves who are more interested in their next private jet or private island than saving lives. He’s written a 100-page paper on the disgusting habits of the ACS.

The Wealthiest ‘Non-Profit’ in the World

Granted, half of the cancer charities that AIP rates in a Charity Rating Guide receive a D or F grade and only 37% receive an A or B, but the ACS should fall off the scale. The ACS is the world’s wealthiest ‘nonprofit’ institution. THE WEALTHIEST. [2]

According to James Bennett, professor of economics at George Mason University and recognized authority on charitable organizations, the ACS held a fund balance of over $400 million with about $69 million of holdings in land, buildings, and equipment in 1988. Of that money, the ACS spent only $90 million— 26% of its budget— on medical research and programs. [3]

The rest covered “operating expenses,” including about 60% for generous salaries, pensions, executive benefits, and overhead. By 1989, the cash reserves of the ACS were worth more than $700 million. This does not account for the sharply-climbing prices of cancer and other drugs in the past two decades. [4]

Despite having more money than any other charitable organization, the ACS bears a major responsibility for losing the winnable war against cancer. Hundreds of alternative methods for treating cancer are ignored. That ‘non-profit’ title should be stripped from them.

Who Funds the ACS?

The ACS is in bed with just about every major player in the cancer-is-money-scheme. Their ties to Big Pharma, Big Ag, Big Biotech, and Big Food are all apparent in Dr. Epstein’s paper:

  • The ACS has a committee which seeks to destroy all non-patentable, non-toxic, generally cheap therapies, in favor of expensive, toxic chemotherapy and drug remedies alone.
  • The ACS is also bedfellows with the mammography industry.
  • The ACS is supported handsomely by the biotech industry.
  • The ACS is also supported by the cosmetics industry.
  • Junk food companies donate heavily to the ACS.
  • Petrochemical companies donate to the ACS.
  • Pharmaceutical companies like Astra Zeneca are directly promoted through the ACS.

The ACS, along with the National Cancer Institute, almost exclusively focus on cancer research and the diagnosis and the chemical treatment of cancer. Preventive strategies, such as avoiding environmental toxins (found in products like cosmetics or cleaning products), changing one’s diet, and reducing exposure to pesticides receive virtually no consideration at all.

Epstein writes:

“Giant corporations, which profited handsomely while they polluted air, water, the workplace, and food with a wide range of carcinogens, remain greatly comforted by the silence of the ACS. This silence reflected a complex of mindsets fixated on diagnosis, treatment, and basic genetic research, together with ignorance, indifference, and even hostility to prevention. Not surprisingly, the incidence of cancer over past decades has escalated, approximately parallel to its increased funding.”

The next new cancer drug is just around the corner, and you can bet it won’t be cheap…or effective. After more than forty years mainstream medicine still offers less than a 3% cure rate over 5 years. Why? Well, the sad reality is that it’s too profitable for us to stay sick.

In 2014, there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the US. Approximately $6 billion of tax-payer funds are cycled through various federal agencies for cancer research, such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The NCI states that the medical costs of cancer care are $125 billion, with a projected 39% increase to $173 billion by 2020. The ACS is the ghost in the machine running this mayhem.

Ditch the ACS, and urge your company to stop donating to them. The wealthiest ‘charity’ on the planet doesn’t need another red cent from another cancer patient. Your health is priceless; don’t sell it to the corporate profiteers.

Sources:

[1] CommonHealth.wbur

[2] CharityWatch

[3] Bennett, J. T. Health research charities: Doing little in research but emphasizing politics. Union Leader, Manchester, N. H., September 20, 1990

[4] Bennett, J. T., and DiLorenzo, T. J. Unhealthy Charities: Hazardous to Your Health and Wealth. Basic Books, New York, 1994.

[5] Mercola

Having Low Cholesterol Can Harm Your Health

Low-CholesterolBy Sayer Ji

You’ve heard for decades about the dangers of high cholesterol, but did you know that LOW cholesterol can lead to violence towards self and other, and has been linked to premature aging, death and other adverse health effects?

In a world gone mad with anti-cholesterol anxiety, and where gobbling down pharmaceuticals designed to poison the body into no longer synthesizing it is somehow considered sane behavior, it is refreshing to look at some of the research on the health benefits of cholesterol, or conversely, the dangers of low cholesterol.

Benefits of Cholesterol

Cholesterol Is Needed To Prevent Aggression

It has been known for almost 30 years that low serum cholesterol levels are associated with habitually violent tendencies of homicidal offenders under the influence of alcohol.[i] Since then, there are at least 8 other studies that have either confirmed or explored the cholesterol-violence link, including both violence towards self and other. One of the possible explanations for this association was discussed in an article published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 1993: “One of the functions of serotonin in the central nervous system is the suppression of harmful behavior impulses…Low membrane cholesterol decreases the number of serotonin receptors. Since membrane cholesterol exchanges freely with cholesterol in the surrounding medium, a lowered serum cholesterol concentration may contribute to a decrease in brain serotonin, with poorer suppression of aggressive behavior”. Not surprisingly, several reports have now surfaced on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs contributing to irritability and/or aggression.

Cholesterol Is Needed To Fight Cancer

The inverse relationship between cholesterol levels and the risk for a variety of cancers, and mortality associated with cancer, has been known about since the late 80’s. Since then, the cholesterol-cancer connection has been confirmed over and over again. It is to be expected, therefore, that statin drug use would be linked with increased cancer incidence, which indeed it is.[iv] Even when you take so-called “bad” LDL-cholesterol and administer it to a culture of highly malignant, multi-drug resistant leukemia cells, the cells lose their resistance to chemotherapy. Not exactly what can be characterized as a “bad” substance now is it?

Cholesterol Is Needed To Prevent Hemorrhagic Stroke

There are two types of stroke:

1) Ischemic, associated with lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain

2) Hemorrhagic, associated with the rupture of a blood vessel in the brain, and bleeding.

The risk for the former, in theory, could be raised in the presence of excessive oxidized cholesterol. However, it is the risk for the second, hemorrhagic stroke, which is increased when cholesterol levels are low. Noted as far back as 1994 in the British Medical Journal, in an article titled, “Assessing possible hazards of reducing serum cholesterol,” researchers found “The only cause of death attributable to low serum cholesterol concentration was haemorrhagic stroke.” Other studies can be viewed that confirm this association on our stroke-cholesterol link page.

Cholesterol Is Needed for Memory

Low HDL cholesterol has been identified as a risk factor for deficit and decline in memory in midlife. Even in Parkinson’s disease, higher total serum cholesterol concentrations are associated with slower clinical progression of the disease. Statin drugs, which inhibit the production of cholesterol, hence severely affecting the brain, are now required by the FDA to display the black box warning that they may adversely affect the memory. We have indexed over 50 studies from the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database, Medline, on the neurotoxicity of statin drugs, with six of these specifically addressing statin-induced memory impairment.

Cholesterol is Needed for Longevity

In a fascinating study published in PLoS in 2011, telomere length – the shoestring cap-like ends of the chromosomes which prevent DNA damage associated with cellular aging – was linked to higher LDL and total cholesterol levels. The longer the length of these protective caps, the higher the cholesterol. Indeed, several studies indicate that lower cholesterol is associated with increased mortality.

Cholesterol Helps Us Fight Infection

It has been observed that a cholesterol-rich diet improves patients with tuberculosis, leading researchers to suggest “cholesterol should be used as a complementary measure in antitubercular treatment.” Cholesterol-lowering drugs, incidentally, exhibit immunosuppressive and potent immunotoxic properties, likely in part due to their cholesterol depleting effects.

Given that cholesterol is essential for all animal life and that each cell is capable of synthesizing it from simpler molecules, we should not be surprised by examples provided above of cholesterol’s significant health benefits. Nor should it be surprising that cholesterol-lowering drugs have over 300 adverse health effectsFor now, suffice it to say, that conventional medical practice would do well to receive instruction from basic principles of biology, rather than simply the drug-company marketing copy it increasingly falls prey to.

 

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About the Author

Sayer Ji is the founder and director of GreenMedInfo.com and co-author of the book The Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure with New York Times best-seller Dr. Ben Lerner and Dr. Charles Majors. His writings and research have been published in the Wellbeing Journal, the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and have been featured on Mercola.com, NaturalNews.com, Reuters.com, GaryNull.com, Infowars.com and Care2.com.

12 Tips Every Gardener Should Know

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We all love to have beautiful plants in our house. But it is not a childs play to maintain a garden, proper and regular care needs to be done in order to let the garden grow and flourish. Regular cutting, watering and pest control is required for a healthy garden. Following are some tips that should kept in mind in order to make your garden beautiful.

Here Are The 12 Tips Every Gardener Should Know:

1. Avoid Big Tress Near House

Make sure you never plant trees that grow too big in your house or close to it. Roots of the trees may grow into your house and damage it.

2. Plan Ahead

Different plants require different weather conditions. Some have to be planted an year earlier or so to flower later on.

3. Research

Research a lot. when you plan to use a plant in your garden, research about it thoroughly. Know about the amount of sunlight and water it requires.

4. Regular Check

Check your plants for pest once every week, so you can get rid of any insects that might spoil your plants.

5. Protect Hands

Wear rubber gloves if you do not want to get your nails dirty while doing garden work.

6. Fertilization

Do not put fertilizer after watering the plant as this may burn it. Always fertilize in dry soil. Also be careful with the fertilizer quantity as too much can burn the plant and less will have very little effect on the plant’s growth and health.

7. Air The Plants

Plow the soil in the pots and containers once a week to provide plants with air. Water the plants next day.

8. Cuttings

Some plants are very easy to grow through cutting, growing them through seeds can be a waste of time and energy. Some plants that can grow through cuttings are rose, bougainvillea, mint.

9. Clean Pots

If your clay pots become dirty, use pot paint available in the market. This will make them look brand new.

10. Toxic Plants

Some plants are toxic and may harm if comes in contact. Keep these plants away from children and pets if you want to use them in your garden.

11. Transplanting

If a pot plant grows too big, prefer to use cement pots instead of clay pot, as the roots might break through the clay pot.

12. Isolate Infected Plant

If a plant gets infected, isolated it from other plants and then treat it if possible.
Follow these tips and never shy away from trying new things in your garden. Do what you like and keep on experimenting and changing your garden decor. Use different styles for plants hanging baskets, creepers, pots. Use lot of seasonal plants, flowers. You can even try growing a herb or vegetable garden. Have fun gardening.

 

 

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