Signs Indicating a Spiritual Awakening

There have been times when I questioned my sanity as I walked the path of spiritual purification, feeling very alone. There were times when I fought to repress my intuition as it tried to lead me into truth that my mind could not accept and of which my church would not approve. I lost many friends who began to think of me as too far removed from the traditional teachings of the Christian faith in which I was raised. There was no one to tell me how to regain my emotional health so I could keep going forward. Without information or a guidebook or guru, it took me years to realize that physical and emotional pain comes from resisting the ascension process.

Having said that, I will give a few signs, which indicate that we as individuals and a collective society are going through a spiritual awakening. While none of these should be confused with serious conditions, which require medical attention, here are some other signs indicating that a spiritual awakening is occurring for you:

• Change of relationships, careers, dietary preferences, sleep patterns vision and perception, and libido level

• Creativity and energy surges that include decluttering, detoxing, and simplifying your life

• Desire for freedom

• Depression and loss of interest

• Electronic disturbances

• Fatigue , headaches, heart palpitations, hot flashes, and ringing in the ears

• Synchronicities, intuition, and psychic gifts increased

• Keen awareness of thoughts (your own and of those around you) and more emotional responses (energetic sensitivities)

• Miraculous healing of body, mind, or emotions

This list is by no means complete, but these are a few of the more common symptoms that people have reported in regards to spiritual growth. Let’s look at a couple of these in more detail.

Anxiety or Panic Attacks

As things change within the body, it affects the emotions and vice versa. Most people fear unsolicited change and may resist the Spirit’s attempt to rid the mind of fear-based patterns of thinking. This can manifest as anxiety, nervousness, or panic attacks.

Anxiety is a sign that you are resisting a clearing process. Simply acknowledge this emotion that has come up for healing. This fragmented part of your soul is asking to be integrated and aligned with the purer vibration of your soul. Breathe and bring it into the flow of life-anxiety is just another form of energy. When you feel nervous, remind yourself that this is only energy moving through. Say something like: “I allow dense/dark energy to be transmuted and integrated into love/light energy as I enjoy my peaceful, prosperous, easy life.”

Use the tools you have discovered and keep repeating the mantras, prayers, and affirmations. By the time you memorize them they will have started shifting your response mechanism and you will begin to address anxiety in a new way.

Panic attacks can be “talked down” by tapping into the Sacred Heart center. Reading a passage in A Course in Miracles gets my mind calmed down and into better perspective rather quickly. Certain herbs have been found useful for treating nervousness. Talk with an herbalist or alternative health practitioner about using valerian root, passion flower, kava kava, St. John’s wort, or other herbal supplements.

Sometimes the intense energy one feels as anxiety is actually a buildup of faster-vibrating frequencies that need to be released. The best way to do this is to get into the Sacred Heart space for five minutes. Do some deep breathing and then envision a ray of light beaming from your heart center toward anyone you feel needs a boost of God-Goddess love and light. If you don’t have a particular person in mind, send that beam into the collective consciousness of humanity.

Body Sensations

As the biological body shifts into the light body, the old cellular structure is dissolving, giving birth to a new crystalline structure. For some who are sensitive, this can be an uncomfortable experience until enough of the form has been transmuted to allow for a purer vibration to take hold. The detoxification process can bring about body aches and pains (flu-like symptoms) or fatigue that our current medical doctors cannot explain or treat. It is not uncommon to experience unusual sensations in your body or chakras. There could be pressure on top of your head, tingling on your scalp or forehead (especially between your eyebrows), or energy surges in your body. Pain, hot flashes, and chills are also reported.

Body aches and pains may be directly related to regions in the subtle bodies that are blocked or stuck. Headaches may indicate that the third eye is opening. Stomachaches could indicate that you are stuffing your feelings/emotions. Chronic cough and sore throat may indicate a blocked fifth chakra. These symptoms should subside once the energetic condition is cleared and the body has acclimated to the new vibration. Until then, take advantage of energy therapy, acupuncture, aromatherapy, exercise, herbs, homeopathic remedies, mineral and vitamin supplements, salt baths, massage, or other holistic methods necessary to handle the discomfort.

Because organs and glands within the body are changing to accommodate the light body, your arms, hands, feet, or legs may tingle when you are meditating or doing conscious breathing. For more than ten years, I have experienced the sensation that someone is lightly touching or playing with my hair. I’ve also felt that I’m half in and half out of my body or that my spirit is too large to fit inside my skin.

If you are having ascension symptoms, be aware of your thoughts because what we think is what creates our reality. Our bodies are a mirror that shows us what beliefs we hold either in our conscious or unconscious mind. Be careful to think and say only positive things about yourself and your body; we are manifesting more quickly than ever.

As we enter these intense years of the shift into purer consciousness, there are spiritually-minded folks all over the world willing and able to help. A Google or Facebook search will help you find a group where you can chat and find community.

Treating Glandular Fever – The Top 5 Remedies

Treating glandular fever with natural remedies is showing promising results in relieving uncomfortable symptoms without the side effects of dangerous drugs.

Lets have a look at the top 5 remedies:

1) Anti-viral herbs

Herbs play a central role in boosting immunity and quelling pain and inflammation. Some of the most popular herbs for treating glandular fever are echinacea (especially for children), olive leaf and astragalus.

2) Healing nutrients

Nutrients like vitamin C and zinc are potent antioxidants and immune boosters that should be considered when fighting any infection.

For the stress and fatigue associated with this infection, nutrients like magnesium and the B complex are useful. They help to repair exhausted adrenal glands and boost energy levels.

3) Immune-boosting diet

A healthy diet based on fresh vegetables and low carb fruits is a critical step in treating glandular fever. Quality protein foods like fish, free range chicken, eggs and legumes should also be included to help immunity and re-build muscle mass. The essential fats found in foods like deep sea fish and flaxseed oil are vital for healthy cell function.

Excess carbohydrate like sugar, bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta, rice and cereal need to be minimised as they can worsen inflammation like a sore throat, aching muscles or an enlarged liver.

4) Aromatherapy oils

Aromatherapy oils are a pleasant way of treating glandular fever. Essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and thyme are excellent de-congestants which can help clear stuffy noses and coughs. They can be added to a steam inhalation or used in a throat gargle. For headaches and painful muscles, lavender oil is very beneficial. A few drops can be added to a warm bath or used in a massage oil.

5) Liver cleansing remedies

When treating glandular fever, liver function must be addressed. Powerful remedies that cleanse the liver include freshly squeezed lemon juice, dandelion tea and herbs like artichoke.

These 5 remedies are a great starting point when treating glandular fever. There are many more therapies like homeopathics, stress management techniques, graded exercise, meditation and visualisation that can help.

Fanconi Syndrome – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Fanconi syndrome is a disorder – seen mostly in children – with a group of symptoms related to dysfunction of the kidneys, and may be either inherited or acquired. Common signs and symptoms include frequency of urine, frequent thirst, dehydration, bone deformities and impaired growth. Characteristic laboratory investigations for this condition include proteinurea, hypokalemia, hypophosphatemia and hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis. Cystinosis – the accumulation of cystine in renal tubule cells – is one of the most common causes of this condition.

The Ayurvedic treatment of Fanconi syndrome is aimed at normalizing kidney function, treating symptoms and preventing long term complications like stunted growth in children. Medicines like Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Gokshuradi-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Gomutra-Haritaki and Chandraprabha-Vati are used to help normalize kidney function. Medicines like Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Saarivadi-Churna, Guduchyadi-Qadha, Arogya-Vardhini and Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu are used to improve the blood flow to the kidneys and help repair the existing damage. Herbal medicines which can be used in Fanconi syndrome include Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Ikshumool (Saceharum officinarum), Apamarga (Achyranthus aspera) and Sahinjan (Moringa pterygosperma).

Medicines which act on the ‘Rakta’ and ‘Meda’ dhatus (tissues) of the body are useful in treating disorders of the kidneys and are hence used in the treatment of Fanconi syndrome. These medicines include Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Patha (Cissampelos pareira), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Chirayta (Swertia chirata), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Rakta-Chandan (Pterocarpus santalinus) and Vishwa (Zinziber officinalis).

This condition may be associated with Wilson disease, glycogen storage diseases and another disease called tyrosinemia. Each of these conditions needs to be treated separately. It is important to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in patients affected with Fanconi syndrome. All such patients should be under the regular care and supervision of an Urologist. Dietary advice for affected children and genetic counseling for the parents is recommended.

Type 2 Diabetes – Maintain Stable Blood Sugar With These Thai Food Classics

Thai food is one of the fastest growing cuisines in the West. And with dishes more flavorful and rich than most other countries can offer, it’s no wonder more and more Type 2 diabetics are turning to Thai food to eat healthy without needing to choke down bland salads and sandwiches.

However, not every Thai dish on your local Thai restaurant menu is appropriate for diabetics. A meal with papaya salad, fried noodles and sweetened sticky rice will likely push your blood sugar higher than a kite. Lucky for you there are a few mouth-watering Thai dishes that are ideal for keeping diabetic blood sugar in check.

Spicy Shrimp Soup: Spicy shrimp soup (also known as “tom yom goong”) contains fresh shrimp, Thai spices and coconut milk. Although not as healthy as salmon, shrimp is rich in omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats combat the inflammation that underlies insulin resistance. Research published in the 2009 “FASEB Journal” found that supplementing with omega-3’s from seafood reduced insulin resistance stemming from obesity.

Coconut Curry: Coconut curries such as panang curry are bursting with foods like vegetables and lean meats, which should form the basis of your diabetic diet. Coconut oil is rich in a unique type of fat known as medium chain triglycerides. A paper in the February 2009 “Diabetes Metabolism Research Review” concluded that medium chain triglyceride-rich foods help diabetes manage their blood sugar.

Morning Glory: Stir-fried morning glory is the perfect Thai side dish. Morning glory is a green vegetable that can help you lose weight. Studies show that diabetics that gorge themselves on vegetables tend to weigh less than those that avoid vegetables.

Grilled Chicken: Many Thai restaurants offer grilled or baked chicken. Once you remove the skin, this dish becomes quite low in saturated fat and calories. Research suggests increasing your protein intake from healthy sources like grilled chicken can keep appetite at bay and may even boost your metabolism.

Steamed Vegetables: It doesn’t get much healthier than steamed vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, onions and carrots. However, Thai people wouldn’t accept a bland dish like steamed vegetables on their own. By adding a dash of salt and a generous amount of coconut milk, a dieting classic turns from boring to mouth-watering.

Fresh Fruit: Thailand offers fruits like pineapple, dragon fruit and mango that are not only flavorful but chock full of important vitamins and minerals. Ask your local Thai restaurants to make a fruit plate consisting of traditional Thai fruits for your dessert. Be sure to limit your fruit intake as certain Thai fruits like mango and pineapple are sugar-rich.

Lower Body Obesity – The New Epidemic

The average female in the UK weighs around 68kg (150 pounds – 10 Stone 9oz). She is a size 10-12 top, 14-16 bottom. Her weight loss goal is 10 pounds. To be below 10 Stone is the number 1 goal for most women in London.

How do I know this?

I have consulted with many women on their weight loss and fitness goals over the past 10 years and 90% have all said the same thing, “I want to drop 2 jeans sizes and at least 10 pounds in weight!”

How is it so many females struggle to lose weight from the lower body in particular the bum and thighs, despite many of them exercising regularly as advised, being on a strict diet etc?

I have seen many women in the gym exercising as much as twice a day yet never losing any “Lower body” fat.

Is it really possible to lose weight from the Bum, Hips and Thighs?

Well firstly it’s important to note that the problem is at a deep level, a fundamental problem locked in the hormonal and lymphatic system. To put it simply women with “Lower Body” Obesity have too much of the wrong type of estrogen, are full of toxins and more than likely have a less than optimally functioning liver.

“Wow” you might say “that’s a bit heavy”

Heavy it may be but it’s a fact. It doesn’t matter how much exercise a woman does or how strict with her diet she is, they won’t shift that fat unless they sort out their insides first. As Stephen Covey said “You must sharpen the saw before you attempt to cut the tree down!”

The facts that you need to understand:

* We all have 30 billion fat cells capable of storing 150 pounds of fat. The number is genetically set at birth and can not be altered.

* You can not remove fat cells without further repercussions from the body, that’s why its very common, for women who have liposuction, to require further treatments because they gain fat elsewhere in the body after the first procedure. Mother Nature allows the body to reproduce those missing fat cells.

* There are 2 types of enzymes that control these cells, Lipogenic (increases the size) and Lipolytic enzymes (reduces the size).

* Women need more fat to keep fertile and have more Lipogenic and Less Lipolytic enzymes.

* The female hormone Estrogen activates and multiplies Lipogenic enzymes.

* It’s a well known fact that female body fat increases during puberty and pregnancy; excess estrogens mimic this phase of life.

* Female lower body fat cells are larger than the upper body, they also have more Lipogenic and less Lipolytic enzymes

* Fat storage is increased by toxins.

Incidents of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and even uterine cancer are on the rise. In fact, all estrogen related cancers are increasing as well as symptoms related to estrogen dominance like endometriosis, PMS, uterine fibroids and benign breast tumors…and estrogen is at the root of all these conditions.

How can estrogen be dangerous? Don’t we all make estrogen? Yes, we all do-but what really matters is what happens to it once you make it as well as how much your cells and organs are exposed to it. Obviously, as a woman, you are going to automatically have a much higher exposure rate from estrogens produced inside your body, but the environment we live in has so dramatically changed in the last 30 years that you are also subject to extraordinary amounts of estrogen coming from outside your body. Many man-made chemicals mimic estrogen in our bodies (these are called Xenoestrogens) and these act like the most potent and dangerous estrogens.

Understanding Estrogen

Estrogens are the dominant hormones for most of a woman’s reproductive life. Starting at puberty, the ovaries produce estrogen until menopause. Estrone (E1) and estradiol (E2) are considered “strong” estrogens; where as estriol (E3) (Pregnancy Estrogen) is a “weak” or “protective” estrogen. High levels of E1 and E2 are associated with increased breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer risk; whereas, E3 is associated with a decreased risk.

So what happens to estrogens in your body? The body treats estrogen as a toxin and tries to eliminate it. In the process of the liver trying to detoxify it, estrogen can be converted into some very dangerous metabolites, which research shows may be responsible for the damage to the DNA that can cause tumors and even cancer! Xenoestrogens are more easily converted down this carcinogenic pathway. These potent and damaging metabolites are also responsible for many of the hormone-related symptoms and conditions mentioned above: PMS, fibroids, etc. Pharmaceutical companies are trying to create drugs to block the action of these estrogens to prevent cancer and reduce estrogen-related symptoms, but the side-effects can often make things worse.

Estrogen Metabolites

Estrogen is broken down by enzymes in the liver and eventually excreted through the intestines by our stool. During the breakdown process, several metabolites are formed. C2 (good) estrogens are harmless. However, C16 (bad) and C4 (ugly) estrogen metabolites are harmful and carcinogenic. The C4 pathway is activated by pesticides, car exhaust, paint fumes, alcohol, caffeine, pharmaceuticals, sugar, a high fat diet and environmental estrogens such as

Xenoestrogens (usually petrochemicals) that have a very potent estrogen-like activity and can be considered very toxic. Sources of Xeno estrogens are commercial meats grown with hormones, pesticides, herbicides, plastic bottles, carpet fibers and Teflon coated cooking utensils.

Phytoestrogens – refers to plant compounds and botanical products that have estrogen-like activity. Plants rich in phytoestrogens include soy and red clover

Synthetic estrogens are those produced by pharmaceutical companies and have their molecular structure altered so they can be patented. Like the xenoestrogens, they tend to be more potent than the body’s own estrogens and more toxic.Examples are birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy drugs.

While this all sounds like bad news, the good news is that once the C4 estrogens are made, they can be inactivated in the liver. However if the liver is not functioning optimally then this won’t happen.

Certain vegetables, the cruciferous family (cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and kale), contain anti estrogenic compounds known as I3C (Indole-3-Carbinol) that decreases the production of C4 and C16 metabolites unfortunately these compounds are not absorbed in the human gut without being first broken down.

They are broken down into another compound known as DIM (Di-indol-ylmethane). This is only possible if the digestive system is working optimally.

This phytochemical is also sensitive to heat, so these foods should be eaten raw or lightly steamed to get their beneficial effect. Boiling the vegetables destroys around 40% of the nutrients, microwaving destroys 97% of these powerful ant-estrogen compounds.

NB: Watercress is the Gold Standard of anti-estrogen foods.

Testing for Metabolites

A simple urine test, done through a private lab can tell the ratio of C2:C16 metabolites, since they are excreted through our urine. Women with a personal or family history of breast or uterine cancer may wish to look into this. This is a useful test to use when monitoring estrogen dominant conditions as well.

Here’s what the research says:

According to Charles Poliquin, the world renowned Strength and Conditioning Coach, whether you get estrogens from your environment or from yourself; you MUST get rid of them and you MUST protect yourself from them. Different nutrients can influence what type of metabolites of estrogen the liver creates. Certain nutrients can also protect your organs from the potent and dangerous metabolites. Some nutrients have even been shown to reverse damage that has been done and shrink tumors. According to the science, four of the most powerful nutrients that work together are Green Tea, Curcumin, Lycopene, and D-Limonene.

Green tea-acts to inhibit breast tumor growth, improves liver detoxification of estrogen, reduces aromatase and lowers levels of damaging estrogens, protects against estrogen-specific free radicals and carcinogens. Green tea can also help balance your blood sugar, increase your metabolism, and help you burn fat.

Curcumin-improves detoxification of estrogen by supporting safe, tissue-protective estrogen metabolites reducing oxidative damage and inhibition of the growth of breast cancer cells.

Lycopene-powerful antioxidant, inhibition of cancer cell proliferation, reduction of DNA damage from estrogen.

D-limonene-suppresses tumors, reduces tumor size, prevention of mammary, liver, lung and other cancers, carcinogen removal, reduction in breast tumor growth, inhibition of mammary carcinomas, breast carcinoma regression in both early and late stage development.

These nutrients in combination help the liver eliminate, or detoxify, the Xenoestrogens and the worst of the estrogen metabolites. Now you don’t have to take dozens of different nutrients, hoping that they might be helping-instead.

Additional nutrients that help to detoxify and lower body fat from the lower body:

Grapeseed Extract – has been shown to do the following:

* Compete with estrogen at the estrogen receptor.

* Inhibit the aromatase enzyme that converts intra-cellular testosterone into estrogen.

From a health standpoint, grape seed extract has been linked to reduced risks for breast/uterine and prostate cancer. It protects the DNA against mutagens, and reduces cancer cell proliferation. It has also been shown to protect the brain from strokes, neurotoxins and aging. For those with high cardiovascular risks, this supplement reduces LDL oxidation and plaque formation, reduces platelet aggregation, supports vessel elasticity, and reduces inflammation. This supplement also protects from glycation by reduced Advanced Glycation Entities. Grape seed extract is also a valuable adjunct in wound healing as it promotes healthy collagen formation.

DIM (Di-indol-ylmethane)

Plant indoles are found in cruciferous vegetables and provide a host of health benefits to humans. Cruciferous vegetables are known for their many roles in cancer protection.

DIM is not naturally present in these plants. It is released with the help of enzymes upon crushing of the broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage or brussel sprouts during human digestion. Stomach acid, or HCl, can also aid the joining of two Indole 3 carbinols to make Di-indol-ylmethane. Lack of HCl will hinder one’s ability to make DIM from I3C. Basically, DIM is two molecules of I3C combined together. If you are deficient in stomach acid, getting rid of lower body fat may be an issue.

It has been suggested that a low level of the C2 metabolite and a high level of C16 is associated with an enhanced risk of breast cancer. DIM increases C2 and therefore improves the C2/C16 ratio, making it very protective for women at high risk for this condition.

Research also says that DIM reduces the aromatisation of 4-androstenedione to estrogen and that DIM is more potent than I3C at protecting against mammary carcinoma due to decreased formation of C16 from Estrone.

If your store higher fat around the thighs, DIM helps reduce this fat. It is common for female weightlifters to reduce their lower body fat significantly by adding DIM to their supplement protocol. DIM is a favorite of female physique competitors to help get their legs shredded.

Males who have elevated fat on their chest (manboobs) will also benefit from the use of DIM.

Flax Lignans – powerful anti-estrogen nutrient. Pulls bad estrogens out of the body

Calcium-d-glucarate – promotes the proper elimination of excess estrogens

So How Exactly Do You Reduce your “Lower Body” Fat?

Step 1 – Improve your digestive system;

* Clean out you gastrointestinal tract, seek advice from a Certified Nutritional Practitioner about an Epsom Salt Colon Cleanse. Once done then move onto the next step.

* Use HCl supplementation as needed to ensure you are able to break down the nutrients from your food.

* Then use good probiotics to ensure you have enough good gut bacteria. Important for ensuring a good elimination system.

Step 2 – Detoxify your Liver.

The Liver does a lot of work especially in modern day environments with high levels of toxins everywhere. If your Liver doesn’t work effectively you will continue to metabolite the Bad estrogens C4 and c16. The Liver is also responsible for metabolising fats and carbohydrates.

Having a daily sauna also helps to remove toxins from the body via sweat.

Step 3 – Consume a net alkaline diet comprised of lean meats and fish, plenty of fibrous vegetables, nuts, fruits and seeds. Also consume a green vegetable drink every day.

Step 4 – Use nutriceuticals such as Dim, Green Tea, Curcumin and Grapeseed Extract as mentioned before to prevent any aromisation of estrogens. Use flax Hulls and Calcium-d-glucarate to pull out and excrete bad estrogens.

Step 5 – Keep hydrated. Drink 0.04 x your bodyweight (kg) in litres of water every day. If you weigh 68kg, then drink 2.7 litres of water.

Step 6 – Get 8 hours sleep every night. This helps to keep the liver working properly, allows the production of Growth Hormone in women so they can increase lean muscle mass and become a fat burning furnace,

Step 7 – Avoid cardio exercise such as jogging and spinning. This only increases the fat storage in the legs due to the increase of intra-cellular triglycerides. Do High Intensity Interval Training instead.

Step 8 – Pump some iron. For every 10 pounds of muscle you gain, you will burn 1 pound of fat.

Your jeans will start falling off your bum and hips if you follow these guidelines!

5 Shopping Tips For Buying a Rash Guard

Are you on the market for a rash guard? If you’re shopping for rash guards there are some very important factors you need to consider before you make a purchase. Maybe you need a rashguard for surfing, sports, martial arts, grappling, or just spf sun protection. Whatever your reasons for buying this type of garment, you need to make sure you’re shopping decisions are smart ones because this purchase is sensitive to your health. There are very important things to evaluate before spending any money on a rashguard, such as the fabrics used, the comfort and protection guarantees, pricing considerations, the origin of the manufacturer and several other important variables. Read on and this short buying guide will help you become an expert rash guard shopper in just a minute or two.

1. Materials and Fabric

The best rash guards are made with Lycra and Nylon, which are two fabrics that when blended together provide the optimum rash protection and flexibility. The proper composition of fabrics is about 80% Nylon and 20% Lycra, which has been scientifically tested by various rash guard manufacturers. Some companies create a garment made of spandex, or blend of spandex and cotton because those materials are cheaper than good quality Lycra. These “knock offs” of real rash guards are often poorly crafted and fall apart easily. Not to mention the limitations in SPF protection!

2. Comfort, Sizing, and Satisfaction Guarantee

Clothing items are probably the most challenging products to shop for on the internet, especially form fitting rash guards. If you order a rash guard online, or any clothing for that matter, you’d be wise to make sure the company you’re dealing with offers and exchange program. When you receive your rash guard, try it on and check for any bothersome areas, scratchy surfaces, and any areas that might cause irritation. After all, we want to prevent rash not create it.

3. Rash and SPF Sun Protection

Quality rash guards offer both rash protection and a strong SPF protection. “SPF” stands for “Sun Protection Factor” which is commonly measured as a percentage of how much of the harmful UV/UVA sunlight rays are blocked. You want a rash guard with at least 95% SPF rating because this allows you to wear it without having to worry about sunscreen. The company promoting the garment should be able to guarantee the SPF rating with certification from a radiation testing laboratory.

4. Affordable Price and High Quality

Rash guard prices on the internet generally range from about $20 to about $40 in most cases. Well known brands try to charge the higher amounts because they print their logos all over them and make them look more appealing to shoppers. However, these bigger surf brands are not offering any better materials, protection, or comfort guarantees than the smaller companies who focus on quality rashguards rather than branding. If you want to pay $10-15 more for a ‘logo’ that’s okay, but if you are just interested in a high quality rash guard with a nice color, optimal comfort, and total protection, there are companies who offer that value without the big price tag.

5. Origin – Is It “Made in USA”?

If you buy a rash guard that was manufactured overseas in places like China, you are likely signing yourself up for disappointment. Specialty Lycra fabrics and professional “flat lock” stitching is required for achieving the sun protection, durability and flexibility you want, especially if your shopping for surf rashguards. Most overseas operations have goals to mass produce rather than use careful quality control in their manufacturing. Make sure the company you buy your rash guards from displays a “Made In USA” promise.

Now that you know what to look for in a rash guard and the company selling the rash guards, feel free to begin shopping. There are many good companies out there, so how do you know where to start? Well, like any online shopping experience you can start with any references that friends have provided you, and follow the resources provided by people offering quality information around the product. Shopping for a rash guard can be fairly easy if you’re using the guidelines I’ve just provided you, so keep your eyes open and shop smart.

Dry Penis Skin – What’s Normal What’s Not and When to Worry

Dry penis skin can be a serious source of discomfort, which is only to be expected with irritation on the only part of the body that changes size on a regular basis. Dry skin on the penis is a common occurrence with a wide range of possible causes; while guys are naturally worried about anything out of the ordinary when it comes to their favorite body part, the answer is usually fairly straightforward. Keeping the penis healthy and supple can be as simple as treating it at home with a formula containing penis-specific moisturizing vitamins and minerals that protect against dryness, rash and other unpleasant skin conditions. However, it is important to understand what causes penis dryness and when it is necessary to seek help.

The most common causes of dry penis skin:

Dry masturbation and aggressive sex

Rough handling is by far the most common cause of dry skin on the penis, as the friction of masturbation or intercourse without the benefit of lubrication wears the skin and may lead to drying and flaking; this can in turn cause soreness or even the development of small lacerations if it is left untreated. In order to prevent dry penis problems as a result of masturbation or other sexual activity, it is important to use an effective lube; and to heal already-dry or irritated skin, a rejuvenating crème containing moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter and vitamin E is recommended.

Skin allergies or sensitivity

Certain personal hygiene products and detergents can cause irritation that leads to dryness, especially for men with sensitive skin. Deodorizers, soaps, laundry detergents, and the spermicides found in condoms and other types of birth control can leech the natural moisturizers from the skin. Keeping the penile skin well-nourished with moisturizing and healing ingredients such as shea butter, vitamin D and vitamin C can help keep skin smooth and supple and help it to heal after minor irritation or injury.

When penis dryness is a problem:

Most men will experience dry penis skin at one time or another; while dry skin can lead to soreness or discomfort, there is usually no cause for concern. However, dry skin that spreads, does not heal, or becomes inflamed or sore may be an indication of an STD; in more serious cases, these symptoms can indicate skin cancer. If treatment with a moisturizing penis crème does not improve the condition of the skin, it is best to seek professional medical advice.

Complications from dry penis skin:

While dry skin on the penis is usually nothing to worry about, if it is left untreated, it can result in more serious issues. Dry skin may develop small lacerations that allow bacteria to enter the outer dermal layer, leading to infection; in addition, dry skin that is not treated may lead to loss of penis sensation.

Treating and preventing dry penis skin:

Like any other part of the body, the penis requires proper nutrition and care. Certain vitamins, amino acids and minerals have been shown to provide important penis benefits, preventing drying and other skin conditions; protecting against disease; and promoting optimum healing. However, many of the moisturizing crèmes and lotions that are formulated for other parts of the body contain fragrances, dyes and other harsh chemicals that can actually increase irritation, dryness and discomfort. Instead, it is best to treat the penis skin with a specialized penis health creme (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) that contains specific penis vitamins, minerals and moisturizers. By doing so, men of all ages can promote a healthy penis and enjoy a vigorous and satisfying sex life.

Treating Psoriasis With Hypnosis

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition in which skin cells on certain parts of the body are produced much more rapidly than normal, up to ten times faster, causing a build up on the surface of ugly scaly patches, most commonly on the elbows or knees. These can be unsightly and painful. There may be itching, cracking and bleeding even keeping the sufferer awake with discomfort. It is known to be triggered by a number of factors, including trauma, infections, injury, drug reactions, smoking, alcohol and most notably emotional stress. Sufferers normally want to cover up their unsightly rashes during the summer months.

Psoriasis is non-contagious. Its most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white build-up of dead skin cells, called scale. In 10- 30% of sufferers the psoriasis can also present as psoriatic arthritis, which causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the joints. Severe bowel problems can also develop.

There are several different types of psoriasis, but discoid or “plaque” psoriasis is far and away the most common form. It is distinguished by patches of inflamed, scaly skin on the trunk and limbs, appearing particularly on the elbows, knees and scalp. Additionally, a sufferer’s nails may become pitted, thickened or separated from the nail beds. Gutate psoriasis is the form most frequently found in children: small patches appear rapidly over a wide area, often after the child has had a sore throat.

When psoriasis occurs the cycle of cell growth is accelerated. In healthy skin the cycle of cell creation to the cell being shed is about 1 month; in skin affected with psoriasis the cycle is reduced to 3-4 days. The skin becomes thickened and red due to an increased blood supply required to support the increased activity and the dead skin cells appear as a white flaky build up. It is believed that it is the immune system that is causing the effect by sending faulty signals.

A genetic link has been suggested. Around 2% of Europeans and Americans contract the disease and it is less common in black and Asian communities. Symptoms usually appear for the first time in those in the 10-30 year old age bracket.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. We have no conscious control over what happens in our skin. Embarrassment or exercise may make our skin become redder and fear or illness may make it go pale. Our unconscious mind controls our skin, as such, hypnosis is also effective for treating wide variety of skin complaints eg acne, eczema, warts, hives, rosacea, pruritis and embarrassing problems such as blushing and sweaty palms.

The Orthodox Treatment of Psoriasis

Orthodox treatment advises exposure to the sun or to an ultra-violet lamp (light therapy) but only in small doses. An emollient (moisturizing cream) can also help. If an attack worsens, it is usually treated with an ointment containing coal tar or dithranol. Other options include P.U.V.A. (a type of phototherapy), corticosteroids and other drugs such as methotrexate. Psoriasis sufferers who experience accompanying arthritis may be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (N.S.A.I.D.’s), anti-rheumatic drugs or methotrexate and tranquillizer or antidepressant medication in severe cases.

Other forms of treatment include nutrition, detoxification, trichology, homeopathy, Ayurveda, acupuncture, healing and stress management.

The power of hypnosis with Psoriasis

This may be explained by the science of Psychoneuroimmunology which explores the correlation between how good one feels mentally and the strength of the immune system.

The unconscious learnt how to respond to a trigger to cause excessive cell growth. By reprogramming the unconscious to deal with similar triggers in a different way, the symptoms of psoriasis should subside.

Many health conditions where emotional factors play a significant role may be relieved by hypnosis. Why is this? Our emotional states may appear to arise autonomously, in a way that is outside our control. However, while it is true that emotional response is not a conscious behavior, it has been clearly demonstrated that the nature, intensity and duration of such responses can be modified with hypnosis. The skin has been called the “mirror of the mind” and may well be the external manifestation of an internal conflict. Possible emotions may be anger, aggression, frustration or guilt.

Just as blood pressure can be raised or lowered, healing can be sped up, immune response can be strengthened and pain can be reduced or eliminated. Hypnosis is an extremely effective way to bring about such changes by reprogramming the so-called instinctive responses controlled by the unconscious mind.

In some cases, uncovering early memories and removing the association with the memory have lead to a significant improvement in the condition.

The National Psoriasis Foundation, the American charitable body, states that hypnotherapy can be useful in the treatment of psoriasis. They highlighted that hypnosis is a relaxation technique and stress is a well known as a trigger for psoriasis.

It is also believed that psoriasis may be caused by trapped emotion or an inappropriate release mechanism for emotion. The discovery of the emotional cause and development of an alternative method to release that emotion can control the psoriasis. The sufferer may not be aware of the cause. Even those who have suffered from birth can benefit from hypnosis.

A download hypnosis mp3 Psoriasis treatment allows you to attain a much greater level of control over your condition through the use of powerful metaphor and hypnotic visualization. You will soon find yourself not only feeling much calmer, but noticing increasing improvements in your skin and general health. A transformative metaphor is utilized to help the person activate their own unconscious healing processes and relieve the psoriasis.

Scientific Study on the Effect of Hypnosis on Psoriasis

One study, conducted by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., former professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts, which was published in the September/October 1999 issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, examined the use of meditation-based relaxation tapes in psoriasis patients undergoing ultraviolet light (UV) treatments. Patients who listened to the tapes during the treatments cleared their skin more quickly (in some cases, twice as fast) than patients who had the light treatment alone.

Hypnotherapy can be of great help to psoriasis patients, according to a new report. Researchers at the Department of Dermatology, The John Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA carried out a three month study into the use of hypnotherapy in adults suffering with stable, chronic, plaque-type psoriasis.

Five patients were given specific positive suggestions about their skin. Six were given neutral suggestions. All the patients showed some benefit, but those who were given hypnotic suggestions specifically directed at their psoriasis enjoyed much better healing. The researchers found that the highly hypnotizable patients received far greater benefit than those who were only moderately hypnotizable.

Although only a small scale study, it suggests that hypnotherapy may be a useful therapeutic treatment for psoriasis Tausk F, Whitmore SE: ‘A Pilot Study of Hypnosis in the Treatment of Patients with Psoriasis.’ Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics 1999;68:221-225 (DOI: 10.1159/000012336)

Further information:

Book: Hartland’s Medical & Dental Hypnosis” by David Waxman

How to Treat Tinnitus – Permanently Eliminate the Ringing in Your Ears Fast

When you have ringing in your ears, or a swishing sound… then you have tinnitus. Although tinnitus isn’t a serious ailment, it can certainly be annoying if you experience it. If you need to know how to treat tinnitus, I’ll tell you.

If you are looking for how to treat tinnitus, you’ve come to the right place. You should always protect your ears. Listening to loud music can cause nerve damage.

When you’re hearing strange noises in your ears, you want those noises to stop. If the problem doesn’t occur very often, it might just be a medication that you’ve taken such as aspirin that is causing your tinnitus.

If you’re interested in how to treat tinnitus, I’ll tell you. First, you will need to get what is called a ‘white noise’ CD. This is a CD which has sounds of bubbling brooks, sounds of rain, and sounds of a waterfall. This will help you get to sleep.

You must first try cleaning out the earwax from your ears. Ear wax can cause all sorts of strange sounds to occur in your ears. The way to get a tinnitus treatment is to eliminate all the possibilities of the things you can do something about.

If you go to a Walgreens, or equivalent store, they have ear cleaning kits. This will include a blue syringe, a kind of peroxide ear drops which you drip into each ear and let bubble away with your head tipped to the side so the drops don’t run out.

Know that diet can definitely help. Allergic reactions to food can cause tinnitus. Stop eating wheat in all forms, stop eating peanuts and sugar.

Make sure that any exposure you might have to fungi are eliminated. Fungi have been shown to cause or exacerbate tinnitus, particularly a ground fungus called aspergillus which can be found on peanuts, corn, potatoes or wheat.

Natural remedies can also help; vitamins are another avenue you should take. It has been shown that a Vitamin-B12 deficiency can cause tinnitus. You shouldn’t’ just take Vitamin-B12 all by itself. Get a ‘Stress Level’ B-Vitamin which supplies at least a thousand percent of B12 in it.

Low levels of Magnesium have been linked to Tinnitus. You should take Magnesium along with Calcium and Zinc. Make sure that you take as many capsules as they say will give you 100%. Generally it’s three capsules, not just one.

Know that most doctors will tell you that there’s nothing you can do about Tinnitus. Don’t believe them. If you do just these four things, if your tinnitus can be repaired, this might do it.

So, how to treat tinnitus? Well, the proper vitamins and minerals, coupled with a good diet mixed with white noise at night so you can get to sleep is the way you can get tinnitus relief, over time.

Natural Hemorrhoids Treatment – 5 Common Mistakes in Your Diet Affecting Hemorrhoids Cure – Part 2

In the first part of this article, we have discovered the major mistakes connected with constipation management and the increased fiber intake. In this second part will continue to go deeper in the subject of common mistakes in hemorrhoids diet.

Here we will learn about the hemorrhoids and their relation to alcohol drinks, caffeine and food allergy.

The application of this knowledge will accelerate your natural hemorrhoids treatment.

The third common mistake in hemorrhoids diet is the excessive consumption of alcohol.

Alcohol and hemorrhoids are two incompatible things!

On the one hand, alcohol adversely affects the liver. The connection between liver problems and hemorrhoids development is a scientific fact.

On the other hand, alcohol shows diuretic action, which increases the flow of urine. This diuretic action may worsen an existing constipation or may lead to constipation.

So, don’t include alcohol and other low alcoholic drinks like beer, wine and so forth in your recommended healthy liquid daily intake.

About the recommended liquid intake you may refer to part one of this article.

Additionally, alcohol irritates hemorrhoids causing itching and inflammation.

If you want your natural hemorrhoids treatment and hemorrhoids diet to be successful, you should stop or reduce alcohol consumption, especially during the hemorrhoids crisis.

The fourth major mistake in hemorrhoids diet is the excessive consumption of products rich in caffeine, namely, coke, coffee, chocolate, and energetic drinks.

Caffeine affects negatively your hemorrhoids in two directions. Caffeine shows diuretic action, thus decreasing water in your body and perpetuating your constipation.

The second negative impact is connected with caffeine’s ability to increase the blood flow in your hemorrhoids. This increased blood flow may engorge your hemorrhoids and cause the next hemorrhoids inflammation.

The fifth major mistake in hemorrhoids diet is the lack of observation on body reaction towards given foods. The food allergy is very common and the intolerance to certain foods provokes hemorrhoids crisis.

Therefore, the exclusion of these foods may substantially improve hemorrhoidal condition and shorten hemorrhoids treatment time.

The most common food allergies are listed in descending order of their occurrence:

  • Milk allergy
  • Egg allergy
  • Peanut allergy
  • Tree nut allergy
  • Seafood allergy
  • Shellfish allergy
  • Soy allergy
  • Wheat allergy

The most insidious form of food allergy for every hemorrhoids sufferer is a milk allergy. This allergy is triggered by intolerance to lactic acid. The latter stems from milk sugar fermentation.

If you find a connection between hemorrhoids crisis and the consumption of diary products, you should exclude or reduce the intake of milk, cheese and other diary products.

Since lactic acid is widely used as a preservative, you should be careful about its presence in the foods you consume or buy.

The lactic acid can be found in sour milk, molasses, various fruits, and wines as well.

Many other mistakes in the natural treatment of hemorrhoids related or not related to hemorrhoids diet should be avoided. These mistakes include the right selection of effective natural hemorrhoids cure, the proper combination of several hemorrhoids cures aimed at boosting the natural treatment for hemorrhoids and much more.

The knowledge of these mistakes and their avoidance will ensure you fast and complete recovery from hemorrhoids suffering.

Eliminate PMS Symptoms

PMS has been defined by more than 150 symptoms, ranging from mood swings; weight gain to acne. The symptoms vary from woman to woman and cycle to cycle. The symptoms may be mild, moderate, or so severe as to be incapacitating. The mental causes for PMS are created through thought patterns allowing confusion to reign—Not feeling good enough and giving power to outside influences and/or rejection of the feminine processes. PMS includes both physical and emotional symptoms. Common symptoms are:

• Nervous system symptoms: insomnia (sleeplessness), hypersomnia (sleeping for abnormally long periods of time), fatigue, lethargy, agitation, a change in sex drive, clumsiness, dizziness or vertigo, paresthesia (prickling or tingling sensation)

• Gastrointestinal symptoms: upset stomach, constipation, nausea, diarrhea,

• Cardio vascular symptoms: Heart palpitations (rapid fluttering of the heart), sweating, red flushing in face, neck and upper chest

• Fluid and electrolyte symptoms: bloating, weight gain, oliguria (reduced urination), appetite changes or food cravings, anorexia,

• Skin symptoms: acne, oily skin, greasy or dry hair

• Physical symptoms: headache/migraine, joint or muscle pain

• Mood-related (“affective”) symptoms: sadness, crying, anxiety, anger, irritability, tension, frequent and severe mood swings, lack of enthusiasm, low self-esteem

• Mental process (“cognitive”) symptoms: decreased concentration, difficulty remembering, indecision

The metaphysical way to eliminate PMS requires one to change thought processes about oneself in the scheme of life, replacing those thoughts with positive affirmations—

• I now take charge of my mind and my life. I am a powerful, dynamic woman! Every part of my body functions perfectly. I love me. I am balanced and peaceful in all changes of cycles, and I bless my body with love.

In addition to changing self-defeating thoughts, dietary changes provide significant relief for PMS, peri- and menopausal symptoms.

It is a known fact that Japanese women tend to suffer with menstrual symptoms or hot flashes only about 1/3 as often as American women. Women on vegetarian diets also complain of hot flashes far less than women who eat meat. Of course, you don’t have to give up those steaks–but doctors and nutritional professionals suspect that the difference is largely due to the use of soy products in the diets of these women, and many women have realized that by incorporating some soy in their diets, their menstrual symptoms and menopausal symptoms have abated considerably.

Other important supplements are:

Flaxseed: High in phytoestrogens (especially lignans), flaxseed also is high in omega-3 fatty acids — a key helper in fighting heart disease. And, like soy, it’s a good all-round helper in your body. It’s high in phytoestrogens, flaxseed can help minimize symptoms like hot flashes. Studies have shown that it can help lower LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol. Studies have shown that it helps fight breast cancer and other cancers. It can help prevent heavy bleeding — a common symptom when you’re first beginning to enter premature menopause and going through erratic periods. Because it’s high in omega-3 acids, it help ease symptoms like breast tenderness, cramping, and other PMS-like discomfort.

Red Clover (available under the brand name Promensil) is another phytoestrogen high in bioflavonoids. Like other phytoestrogens, red clover has been shown to reduce hot flashes, help fight osteoporosis, and generally minimize other menopausal symptoms. But there have recently been other studies that found that it wasn’t as helpful as initially believed. As with so many other supplements, the jury is still out.

Vitamin E and Citrus Bioflavonoids: This combination is a hot-flash buster — with studies showing that taking these two supplements together helps combat hot flashes. 400 IUs of Vitamin E along with 1200 mg of bioflavonoids taken in the morning and again before bedtime has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes. (One note: Vitamin E isn’t safe for everyone. If you have rheumatic heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, or take digitalis drugs, Vitamin E can be harmful. So be sure to check with your naturopath about the appropriate dosage.)

One study (conducted in the 1960s. . . unfortunately there have been few more recent studies) found that, after only one month, over 50 percent of the 94 participating women taking 1200 milligrams of bioflavonoids along with 1200 milligrams of Vitamin C stopped having hot flashes completely and another 34 percent had a drop in hot flash frequency and intensity. Studies have also shown that bioflavonoids also appear to help relieve moodiness, anxiety, irritability and other emotional side effects of menopause — and can help fight vaginal dryness. Vitamin E helps with vaginal dryness (you can even use it as a vaginal suppository — just putting the capsule in your vagina.)

Vitamin A or Beta Carotene: If you’re suffering from vaginal dryness — or if you’ve noticed a change in your skin texture, a drying or loss of elasticity, Vitamin A or beta carotene can help. Vitamin A (which is what beta carotene converts to in your body) helps maintain tissues, skin, and mucous membranes—help fight against vaginal dryness and skin changes that often come with low estrogen levels.

B-Vitamins: This family of vitamins helps in coping with premature menopause, both in terms of helping combat symptoms and fighting negative long-term risks. B vitamins can keep your energy levels up; support your liver function ( a definite plus if you’re on HRT, as oral estrogen is broken down by your liver); prevent vaginal dryness; increase your resistance to infection; help maintain your adrenal gland function — which is where the precursor to estrone (the form of estrogen still produced by your body after menopause) is produced. B vitamins are considered stress fighters — so can help you to deal with the emotional symptoms that crop up during premature menopause such as: anxiety, irritability, mood swings, even insomnia.

In addition, if you’re on HRT, it’s a good idea to be sure you’re getting B-vitamins either through your diet (whole grains, beans and brewer’s yeast are all good sources of B vitamins) or in a multi-vitamin or B-complex supplement, since studies have shown that HRT may cause a deficiency in B2, B12, B6 and Biotin.

Calcium: A definite must to help prevent osteoporosis, calcium can also help lower blood pressure, reduce triglyceride levels (that sometimes rise in women on some forms of HRT.) Magnesium: Magnesium is a very important calcium helper — and also helps fight the crashing fatigue that often comes at the beginning of premature or early menopause by boosting energy levels.

Potassium: helps boost energy. It regularizes your heart beat, which can help if you get palpitations — a fairly common symptom of menopause. In addition, it can help you cope with water retention and bloating, both of which are side effects with certain forms of HRT, particularly progestins such as Provera.

Black Cohosh: helps cut down on hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, it help with cramps, heavy periods and other menstrual irregularities. Studies conducted using black cohosh have shown that it appears to be quite effective, especially for hot flashes. And some researchers believe it may help prevent osteoporosis and reduce bone resorption, although no long-term studies conducted on humans have substantiated this.

Chasteberry (Vitex agnus castus): This (like black cohosh) appears to act like a progesterone and has been used in Europe for many years to alleviate PMS symptoms as well as menopausal symptoms. It may help diminish both LH and FSH and appears to affect your pituitary function. Different studies have found that it reduced menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flashes and irregular bleeding. It is helpful for breast tenderness, primarily because chasteberry suppresses prolactin production. Typically, it takes about three to four weeks to notice results. One note, however: While chasteberry is widely used in Europe, there have been no double-blind placebo studies conducted on it.

Evening Primrose Oil: A good source of GLA (gamma linoleic acid), evening primrose oil has been used by many women to help fight PMS symptoms — many of which are the same as menopausal symptoms. It’s a good bet to help prevent bloating, water retention, breast tenderness, cramps and vaginal dryness.

St. Johns Wort or Sam-E: If you’re finding yourself more easily depressed, St. Johns Wort or Sam-E may help. Widely touted as a natural tranquilizer, this herb helps relieve irritability, depression, and fatigue. Over 23 different studies have found that it’s effective in fighting depression — when hormone levels plunge suddenly.

Kava Kava: Helps in reducing anxiety, fighting depression, and leveling mood swings, kava kava has been shown to be quite effective. One recent study found that women with menopausal symptoms taking 100 mg of kava kava three times a day reported a difference after only one week.

Valerian: If you’re suffering from insomnia, a common symptom, valerian may help. It’s used widely in Europe to treat sleep disturbances, as well as for nervousness and menstrual problems. It’s also known as an anxiety reliever — so may help with mood swings and tension.

Altering your diet in small ways can have the greatest positive effect on your body. For instance, by staying away from hot drinks, you’re not giving your body reason to “heat up” and produce a hot flash. At the same time, reducing your caffeine intake (which often comes in the form of hot drinks, including coffee and tea) will naturally help you sleep better at night, which will keep your mood and mental state healthy.

Lastly, replacing these drinks with water and juice will keep your bones and muscles well-lubricated, prevent osteoporosis from settling in, and temper your general aches and pains. We know it’s no easy task to give up coffee, but think of the endless benefits of this one relatively minor change to your diet.

One of the most commonly complained about symptoms of menopause is the weight gain that seems to come along with it. Put simply, your body isn’t burning calories in the same way it once was, so if you don’t change your diet–even if it’s already a healthy one – you’re bound to gain a few pounds around the waist.

Changing your diet now, simply by avoiding a few foods that are bound to make other symptoms worse, while increasing the foods high in certain vitamins while remaining low in calories, will help you to maintain your figure while giving your body the nutrients it needs to fight off the worst symptoms of menstruation or menopause.

For instance, foods high in potassium, including most fruits, will help you keep your mind sharp while promoting healthy water flushing throughout your body (which will reduce cramps and bloating), while keeping your muscles and bones lubricated and strong – including your needy joints and your thinning vaginal walls. In short, this is the time in your life when “an apple a day” couldn’t ring more true!

Oily fish–including salmon, tuna, and vegetable oils, are often recommended by nutritionists for anyone wanting to keep their minds sharp. But these oils are also useful in helping keep your muscles from drying, while helping your digestive system.

Everything from Vitamins C and E to herbal remedies such as Dong Quai and Wild Yam Root are superior to abating the menstrual and menopausal symptoms than any pharmaceutical. You can explore the countless ways in which these small changes or additions to your diet will not only combat the unique symptoms you’re going through, but the ways in which you can identify these symptoms quickly to lead a healthy life during your menstrual years and long after menopause.

Soy is a mystery to most Americans. Many of us would buy a chunk of tofu, which, let’s face it, is somewhat tasteless. However, you don’t need to move to Japan to figure out how to add it to your diet. You don’t need to give up eating cheeseburgers to enjoy the occasional veggie burger, but adding some soy to your diet has abated the negative symptoms of menstruation and menopause for millions of women. If you’ve not eaten many soy products, don’t turn up your nose yet–in addition to abating your negative menstrual, peri- or menopause symptoms, you may find that you actually like it! Not to mention soy is a lot less expensive compared to prescriptions, surgery and negative aftereffects.

Using a TENS Machine to Fight the Negative Feelings of Depression

First of all, I’m not a doctor or therapist. I just have spent most of my life learning from them, to undo the effects of major depression that I’ve had from childhood. If you suffer from depression, first talk to your medical professional to see what approach is best for you. That is what I’ve done, but I add to what I’ve learned by trying a few other things on my own. Don’t do anything to yourself that is potentially self-injurious, it pays to research any new technique or approach thoroughly, just to be safe. Whatever works for me may not work for you, we all have our own ways of responding to different treatments. I just know that not all my recovery has come from what was learned at the doctor’s office. Being exceptionally strong-willed, my mission has mainly been to boost self-esteem, and fight those inner feelings of sadness that never go away (effects of depression.) Here are some ways that have helped me live a productive and successful life, despite mental challenges.

Six months ago, it was necessary for me to go for physical therapy for a slipped disk in my back. The therapist hooked me up to a small machine called a TENS unit, for one of my treatments. They put small, non-invasive sticky circles (electrodes) on the part of my body needing therapy and then turned the machine on. It felt really good, sort of like a massage. Depending upon how the therapist adjusted the dials, the machine would make knocking or pinging sensations on my back. There are also knobs to adjust the intensity of each sensation. After researching the TENS unit on the internet, I ordered a small one, about the size of a deck of playing cards.

According to what I read about them, TENS machines are not only good for distracting your body into feeling good sensations rather than pain, but they can make your body produce endorphins, or feel-good chemicals, too. This intrigued me, since having depression, I’ll take all the feel-good anything I can get (as long as it is both moral and legal.) So, I set up to test this on myself and see if there was any merit to the theory. After years of taking various anti-depressants, some work more than others but none completely take away depression, in my experience. Not being a scientist or doctor, I read up on everything about the TENS machine. There are rules that come along with the machine, like not putting the electrodes on the head, neck or the heart areas. Make sure to follow all of them thoroughly. People with pacemakers should not use TENS units, because it can interfere with the way they work. As with medicines, ask your doctor before using one.

By placing the electrodes along my spine, and setting the TENS settings to the recommended low frequency (pulse) levels. You want low muscle contraction, and to use the TENS for approximately 20 to 40 minutes. If you set it for higher muscle contractions, your muscles may ache later, so I rely on what the experts say, to use it at low settings. For more detailed information, I found these sites helpful:

http://www.bootsmaternityrentalproducts.co.uk/abouttens.php
http://www.medcareservice.com/Pain-Control-Mechanism-Article.cfm

Using the TENS unit has helped my overall mood, it seems, as after using it, my demeanor is calm and relaxed. Though I don’t know if this is due to the machine itself or not, but I believe that using it has helped me. Combined with other treatments, this TENS therapy is assisting me (along with other techniques for reducing depression) in making a more enjoyable life. Go ahead and research TENS units online, and see if this is something suitable for you. In my point of view, it is a viable way to help combat depression.

Understanding the Differences Between OCD and Phobias

Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between OCD and a phobia. There is a sense in which most anxiety sufferers have an obsession – if you spend all your time worrying about having a panic attack, or finding a spider, or meeting someone in the street, then you are obsessed to a certain extent. And you could say that behaviors such as constantly checking a room for spiders, or crossing the road to avoid a meeting, have an element of compulsion to them.

But there is an extra dimension to OCD, which is the link between the obsessions and the compulsions. A person with OCD usually has a strong feeling that they need to carry out their compulsions or else some dreadful consequence will ensue, and almost always they also feel that they must do their compulsions in a certain way, like a ritual.

So, if you are afraid of spiders and you need to check each room for them, then you have a phobia. If you feel that letting a spider be in the room is likely to bring bad luck, or harm to yourself or your family, and if you also check the room in the same way each time, then you have OCD. Similarly, someone who is anxious about the security of their home might double check that they have locked the door, whereas someone with OCD might check repeatedly, locking and unlocking.

OCD can exist alongside other Anxiety disorders, for example social and health phobias, and also depression.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

This is caused by exposure to danger or abuse. It is classified as an Anxiety disorder although it relates to events that have happened in the past rather than fears about what may happen in the future. Most people who experience traumatic events such as road/rail/air accidents or incidents involving violence can expect to have at least some disturbing physical and emotional reactions associated with shock and horror.

Usually these are short-lived. Support from family and friends, with possible short-term professional help is usually enough to help them through it. A very few people go on to develop PTSD, where they continue to have strong reactions over a long period, usually feeling that they are re-living the trauma and unable to resume their normal lives.

PTSD needs professional treatment so we don’t recommend attempting self-help.

Children and young people

Where children are concerned, although they may be having problems which show many of the same features as adult Anxiety disorders, it is not recommend trying to adapt a self-help approach without getting advice.

Most children go through phases when they are frightened of particular things – these are part of their normal development and are usually outgrown. If problems do persist way beyond the expected age or cause severe disruption to the child’s everyday life and forming of relationships, some professional help and guidance may be needed.

It is advisable to get a proper assessment which takes into account the child’s general health, overall development and any factors within the family or environment which might be contributing.

Keeping an anxiety diary

It’s time to get out your notebook and start keeping a diary. An Anxiety diary is a simple record of your anxious feelings day by day. It’s important that you write down your Anxiety scores at least twice a day, but there is no need for you to try to account for every minute of the day. But don’t leave it till the end of the week and then try to remember everything, because you won’t remember accurately enough.

Even doing it every day you will find that you tend to record the bad times, and ignore the comparatively good times. The important thing is to learn to assess your Anxiety by scoring it. Be honest, only you will ever see the diary.

Anxiety Disorder Symptoms – How To Stop That Tight Throat Feeling

Anxiety disorder symptoms can present themselves in many ways depending on the kind of disorder. There are five kinds of anxiety disorders and they are generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, and social phobia. These are separate entities but may have a good number of symptoms in common.

Tightness in the throat is among the symptoms that these disorders can have. Like other anxiety disorder symptoms, this may present itself and can last for days if exposed to enough stress. It is very bothersome and sometimes accompanied by tightness of the chest. It makes eating unpleasant. You swallow every second. And your breathing can also be affected.

You don’t have to fret any longer if you are going through this. You can stop it. The concept is simple but the application can be difficult. Stop thinking about it. It’s as straightforward but paradoxically as challenging as that. If you can’t stop thinking about it, you’ll only make it worse. Try to do something else, like play video games or go outside and play ball. Distract yourself. This will get your mind off it. Not only will this work for tightness of the throat, it will also help other anxiety disorder symptoms.

Another trick is to drop your head to your chest. This works for some people with this symptom and can probably work for you too. Just give it some time. Remember to relax your body and regulate your breathing. You can also get a heating pad and put it on your neck. The heat will dilate the muscles and blood vessels and reverse any constrictions. Just make sure it’s not too hot to cause another problem, namely burn.

You can also try putting your head up and stroke your Adam’s apple with two fingers. Ask someone to massage your neck down to your shoulders. This should help you relax. Meditation can also help if you’re into it. By clearing your mind, you clear your throat. If this fails, try to pray. Praying helps. It does, greatly. Not only does it take your mind off the symptom but you also have God as your therapist assuring you that the devil in your throat will soon be exorcised. Even if you have no faith in Him, trying to put that in a vivid picture in your mind alone can help.

If you are the type of person that requires medication for every symptom you feel, try Vick’s. Others find that Valium and the antidepressants work too. However, it will take a month or so before the antidepressants will get rid of your lumpy throat. It takes time to see the results.

But if you’re not really a fan of these medications and their side-effects, you can try natural ways. There are trusted and effective all-natural treatment available for anxiety disorder symptoms which can work to push anxiety levels down. And more importantly, it works without using drugs.

The Natural Treatment of Insomnia – By Raising Your Immune System

The best natural treatment of insomnia deals with the cause of the insomnia, rather than by drugging you into oblivion.

Insomnia can be a huge problem, as getting your optimum amount of sleep is one of the critical areas to maintaing your good health. However, being drugged doesn’t provide you with the refreshing sleep you gain with natural sleep. You tend to still feel drugged in the morning.

And the drugs do nothing for your liver.

However, you do need your sleep.

What other alternatives are there?

Everything happens as a knock on effect from something else. Foe example children can become so excited before their birthday or on Christmas Eve, they can’t sleep. New mothers often become such light sleepers, they get into the habit even when. later, there is no need. Others find it hard to sleep in a noisy part of town, if they are used to country living.

I’m sure you can see the logic in the above causes.

But there are deeper causes, too. These are the emotional causes. Someone who has suffered a shock or a fright may not be able to sleep. And someone who has not been able to recover from a grief may develop chronic insomnia.

These emotional causes of insomnia create blockages in your immune system, so it can’t work as it should.

By far the fastest and most natural treatment of insomnia is to remove the cause, such as the emotional blockage. Then the insomnia evaporates. How much more efficient is that?

Homeopathy is par excellence at raising your immune system by matching your symptoms to those of an appropriate medicine.

Natrum muriaticum, or Nat mur, is one of the most common homeopathic medicines for insomnia which developed from an unresolved grief. It is by no means the only one. In fact there are thousands. But it is available in every comprehensive home prescribing kit.

The insomnia of Nat mur is when you just can’t fall asleep.from thoughts. This holding on to the grief is not the only holding on Nat murs do. They also tend to hold on to disagreeable past events. It’s not necessarily unforgiving thoughts of the past, as unforgetting.

Because Nat murs can’t let go of the past, they tend to be quite introverted. It’s a defense mechanism so as not to get hurt again. And it works quite well, as it tends to keep people away.