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Earthing and barefoot walking improves overall health

Earthing and barefoot hiking

Earthing

It’s time to get back to nature by taking off your shoes and walking on the earth: grass, sand, dirt, on the beach, etc. Barefoot walking is making a come back and for good reasons. It’s called Earthing! It means living in contact with the Earth’s natural surface charge. You are grounded when you are Earthing. By barefoot walking or by just placing your bare-feet on the ground while sitting, you will receive negative electrons from the Earth and your body will feel more relaxed. Inflammation and sore muscles will decrease and your state of mind will be more joyful. There is something magical about barefoot walking on Mother Earth.

Earthing is both a timeless practice and a modern discovery. When you are grounded to the Earth, you receive healing powers from Mother Earth. Our Mother is here to help us heal.

As a kid, I remember going barefoot in the back yard and when I was at the beach. It felt good, but I did not know of the benefits and neither did anyone else. I discovered the re-born aspects of Earthing from a book, called, “Earthing: The most important health discovery ever!” The authors are Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra, MD and Martin Zucker. Clinton and thousands of other people, many who are documented in the book, have seen their health rebound from Earthing. It makes sense as humans for millions of years were connected to the Earth by being barefoot or by wearing shoes that connected to the Earth. Shoes of the past were made from natural plant fibers or animal hides and these shoes had the Earthing connection. Since the invention of plastic shoes, and high-heeled shoes, narrow toe box shoes, etc., the health of humans has declined with aching  joints, bad posture, back pain, foot pain, muscle soreness and overall inflammation. Inflammation is a driving component in illness and disease.

When you start to do some Earthing, take your time and just stand on the Earth’s natural surfaces. Later on, you can walk and before long, you might even go barefoot hiking. The more you do it, the better you will feel from being grounded to the Earth. Even when the weather gets cooler and eventually, cold, you can still do some Earthing. I know as I Earth in all types of weather. Your body will adapt to the ever-changing weather of Mother Earth. I have found when it’s chilly or cold, just stand in place and your bare feet will slowly warm up the ground. Strive to Earth for about 20 minutes or longer if you can. I have felt the best benefits when I Earth for at least 20 minutes, but any amount of Earthing has healing benefits.

Many people who Earth have experienced many awesome healing benefits. Here is a list of some of the health improvements that people have reported: Improved Posture, reduction and sometimes, elimination of back pain and foot pain, better sleep, increase in mental focus and power, healthier immune system, reduction in arthritis, reduction in blood pressure, reduction is stress levels, including a reduction in cortisol, increase in libido, increase in energy, healthier skin, healthier metabolism, and much more.

What are negative electrons and why does the Earth contain them? According to science, atoms are made of extremely tiny particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons and neutrons are in the center of the atom, making up the nucleus. Electrons surround the nucleus. Protons have a positive charge. Electrons have a negative charge. The natural frequencies of the Earth are made up of waves of energy and the motions of subatomic particles called free electrons cause these waves. Electrons have a negative charge. These electrons give the Earth’s surface a natural, negative charge. There is a constant flow of electrons to the Earth’s surface from rain and lightning strikes. By grounding, we receive and absorb these negative electrons into our bodies. These free negative electrons reduce free radicals in our bodies and reduce chronic inflammation and bring a state of homeostasis to our bodies. Our body’s natural electric state is restored.

Here is some more wonderful information about Earthing. Information!

Mother Nature is healing!

Mother Nature is just outside waiting for you to embrace her healing benefits. Too many people have lost their way with connecting with Mother Nature. Getting outside and moving your body has many health benefits such as vitamin D production from the Sunlight, improved cardiovascular health, improved mental health and improved joint and muscle health. Spending time with Mother Nature triggers a good balance in various hormones and neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin and cortisol. When your hormones and neurotransmitters are in balance, you feel wonderful, in body and mind.

The following article goes into more detail about the benefits of spending time with Mother Nature. Here is the link to the article. Get Outdoors! Here is the link to the Author, Amy Whitley. 

Here is the full article about getting outside and spending time with Mother Nature.

The mental health benefits of exercise are well documented, known to reduce stress and increase “feel good” hormones like dopamine. But many of us seeking better mind-body heath overlook the benefits found in simply spending time outdoors. It turns out the age-old adage is correct: fresh air is good for you! While outdoor physical activities such as jogging, trail running, and hiking combine both physical exercise and the outdoors for a mental health boost jackpot, according to both the National Institutes of Health and Harvard Medical School, simply spending time in nature in any form can improve your mental outlook, in addition to providing physical benefits. How refreshing!

Ways in Which the Outdoors Boosts Mental Health

Getting outside and taking a stroll truly can clear your head while also boosting your immune system and elevating your sense of well-being. If you can get outdoors regularly, you can trade seasonal light therapy boxes and artificial indoor lighting for natural light, which floods your body with vitamin D and immediately improves your mood. Just 15 minutes of natural sunlight per day is known to reduce depression and anxiety levels. Perhaps even more importantly, vitamin D and all that natural sunlight helps you sleep better at night. A study out of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine noted that natural sunlight helps set our body’s internal clocks. And the better rested we are, the better our mood and mental state.

But stepping outside does more than offer sunshine. Studies show that those living in urban environments have to contend with sensory overload on a daily basis, causing what researchers call cognitive fatigue. Finding green space or stepping into a park or garden can give the brain a break from urban stimuli. A recent epidemiological study has shown that people who move to greener urban areas benefit from sustained improvements in their mental health, according to Frontiers in Psychology. In fact, a recent Scandinavian study found that office workers with even views of trees or nature had lower stress levels than those who had city views.

Nature improves concentration as well, helping both children with attention deficit disorders as well as elderly citizens combating dementia or Alzheimer’s. Without the rush of man-made stimuli, the human mind is freed up to be more creative, and having lower stress levels allows us to focus on the task at hand better. This is why you might get your best ideas during a day fishing on the lake, or make that breakthrough on a work-related problem while on a walk in the woods.

How to Make it Happen: Getting into Nature

Getting your daily dose of nature doesn’t have to involve traveling long distances or taking up extreme outdoor sports like backpacking or kayaking. While a daily walk or bike ride is ideal, any green space can boost your mood and lower your stress and anxiety levels. Even sitting outside on a patio or balcony can give you access to sunshine and, at the very least, a skylight over your work or living space can provide natural light. Consider walking or biking to work each day, taking a new route through a green space or park instead of along city streets, or opting for the scenic commute instead of the freeway.

While outdoor sports such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, and skiing successfully combine exercise with outdoor stimulation, any form of outdoor living will elevate your mental health. Simply walking through a forest has been proven to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol and reduce blood pressure and heart rate. So take a daily walk, try your hand at fishing, or simply sit and read in a garden to see benefits.

Attention Restoration Theory

Capitalizing on the restorative properties of peaceful outdoor settings doesn’t mean city life is all bad. Living in an urban environment is a happy reality for many who have chosen to live and work in urban centers, and has many upsides. This is where Attention Restoration Theory (ART) comes in.

The thinking behind ART is that urban settings can have an excess of stimuli (car horns, sirens, people) that demand our attention whether we are consciously paying attention to them or not, whereas natural settings require our attention but also reward us with feelings of pleasure and help restore our attention. For urban dwellers, visiting a setting such as a park can feel like an oasis, in that it provides the feeling of “getting away” even though you may only be minutes away from your office.

Getting outdoors to feel happier and healthier is both intuitive and backed by medical science! Make yourself a promise to spend just 15 minutes or more in a natural environment per day to reap the rewards.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting is becoming quite popular these days, and for good reason. What is Intermittent Fasting? For starters, it’s not true fasting, when you abstain from all food and beverages, except water, for a day or two or longer. Intermittent Fasting is when you abstain from all food and beverages, except water, for a period of 16 hours of the 24 hours that make up a day. 

It may sound crazy or impossible to do, but when you are able to do it, Intermittent Fasting will do wonders for your body and mind. It will enhance brain power and focus, decrease any inflammation in the body, allow the digestive system to relax and repair and allow the endocrine system to relax and repair. Other benefits will be experienced based on each individual’s lifestyle. 

Most folks graze all day long, putting a lot of pressure and burden on the digestive system and on the endocrine system. When these systems are tired, inflammation, digestive upsets and hormonal imbalances will occur. 

The best way to ease into Intermittent Fasting is to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you consume and increase the amount of fat and protein, especially fat. This is the only way you will be able to fast for 16 hours as your body and mind will have enough calories from fat and protein to sustain your body and mind. When you eat too many carbohydrates, blood sugar greatly increases and in turn, insulin and cortisol greatly increase causing blood sugar to drop. With this cycle being repeated, you end up eating every 2-3 hours and causing too much work for the digestive and endocrine systems.

For Intermittent Fasting, choose the best 8 hours for you to consume your food for the day. For example: 9am-5pm; 10am-6pm, 11am-7pm or 12-8pm. On your first attempt, if you can’t make the full 16 hours of fasting, it’s okay. Do not force yourself to fast the entire 16 hours if your blood sugar drops. Eat something and attempt it again, another day. 

Some folks see huge benefits from Intermittent Fasting and they do it every day. For other folks, 2-3 days a week is perfect. Experiment and discover what the best plan of Intermittent Fasting is for you.

For more information, watch this video.

 

Circadian rhythm

Circadian rhythm is becoming more popular and for great reasons. When you strive to follow circadian rhythm you will begin to feel better. You will have more energy, a stronger immune system, a better working mind, a better sex life and a happier outlook on life. 

By following Circadian rhythm your hormones, especially leptin and melatonin, will become more effective in helping you feel amazing. Most folks are bathed in artificial lights too much and for too many hours after the sun sets. This throws off the production, timing and effectiveness of leptin and melatonin and a host of other hormones and neurotransmitters such as insulin, cortisol, dopamine and serotonin.

A huge health issue in the world is the lack of quality sleep. With staying up way past dark in artificial lights, melatonin will be greatly affected and it will not be sufficiently produced. The blue light from the cell phone, computer screen and light bulbs blocks the enzyme that converts serotonin to melatonin. Insomnia sets in and major immune problems can come into play because melatonin is the body’s main anti-oxidant and the body needs sleep to repair and to rebuild. Another hormone, that is a major anti-oxidant, is prolactin. Prolactin will only turn on if there has been sufficient production of melatonin. No wonder so many people have compromised immune systems. 

Strive to do your best in following the sun and circadian rhythm around the year and the four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn. 

Here is a video of mine on the benefits of wearing blue light blocking glasses

Blue Blockers

Here is another article from the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Weston A. Price

Following Circadian Rhythm will truly improve your health: physically, mentally and emotionally.

Cure for Cancer

Everyone has been touched by cancer, by knowing a relative or friend who had or has cancer or by having cancer, yourself, in the past or currently. Most all of us know someone that has died from cancer. Why is cancer such an epidemic in our society? Will there ever be a cure for cancer? Will modern medicine ever discover the cure for cancer or does the cure for cancer lie within the power of Mother Nature?

From my research and investigation, the War on Cancer from modern medicine is not working and the real cure for cancer lies within the natural world. 

The cure for cancer is a combination of several aspects of life, beginning with eating organic and truly healthy food, with a good amount of raw foods, including raw animal protein and raw animal fat. Other natural health aspects to cure cancer include using healthy body care products and cleaning products, following the circadian rhythm of the Sun as best as you can, walking barefoot (Earthing) on natural surfaces, sleeping well as sleeping dictates a healthy or unhealthy immune system, a healthy or unhealthy hormonal system and a healthy or unhealthy bacteria balance, drinking pure and filtered water, avoiding GMO foods, avoiding heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, fluoride and lead, avoiding negative people and negative thoughts as best as you can, eating with the seasons, moving your body, engaging in some sort of strength training, breathing deeply throughout the day and engaging in a daily meditation and prayer practice. 

I could write much more on these natural health aspects that, when combined, make up the best and real cure for cancer, but instead, I will leave you with a 30 minute audio on The Real Cure for Cancer. 

The Real Cure for Cancer

 

Energy!

Would you like more energy? Would you like to wake up refreshed and have all the energy needed to achieve what you need and want to do for the day? Of course, you do! Why are most people struggling with a lack of energy and vitality?

Stress is probably the biggest factor in zapping your energy. Modern society is stressful. Too much stress can raise cortisol levels, which causes a host of issues, such as weight gain, insomnia, high blood sugar and a compromised immune system. Too much stress can put you in the sympathetic nervous system, which puts your body and mind in a heightened alert state, known as the flight or fight response. This can cause the production of too much of the excitatory neurotransmitters and hormones such as Dopamine, Epinephrine, and Norepinephrine; leading to increased heart rate and blood pressure and poor digestion. Over time, this can lead to what is known as “Tired, but Wired.” After the Tired but Wired state has run its course, major fatigue will set in as the majority of your hormones and neurotransmitters will be in a very low productive state and your energy will be zapped. 

The big key to stress management is to find that proper balance for yourself.  We need some stress in our lives in order to reach goals and to continue to learn and move forward in life. What we don’t need is chronic stress that brings us down and our energy down. Chronic stress consists of the following: unhealthy relationships and jobs, unhealthy eating, lack of or too much exercise, lack of connections and friendships, working too much, lack of sleep and too much blue light after the sun sets.

The goal to sustained energy is to have the proper balance in being in your parasympathetic nervous and in your sympathetic nervous system. This balance will bring about a balance in hormone and neurotransmitter production. The calming and good feel effect of GABA, Serotonin and Endorphins will be in proper balance and the focus and energizing effect of Dopamine, Epinephrine, and Norepinephrine will be in proper balance. Cortisol will also be in proper balance and your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and immune response will be humming along happily. 

Here is a list of the best things to do to ensure heathy energy levels.

  1. Eat a high fat, cholesterol rich diet with moderate protein and moderate to low carbohydrates.
  2. Meditate every day for 10-30 minutes. Focus on relaxing your body and mind and breath deeply.
  3. Do some strength training such as weight lifting, body weight exercises or yoga.
  4. Do some interval training such as sprint for 30 seconds, rest for 90 seconds, and repeat for a total of 15-20 minutes.
  5. Do not over do the cardio workouts. Concentrate on walking 3-4 miles or running at a slow to moderate pace for 2-3 miles. Monitor how you feel after exercising. You should feel slightly energized. If not, reduce that type of exercise or stop doing it. 
  6. Sleep for 8-9 hours a night and sleep in a dark room. Wear a sleep mask if needed. 
  7. Get off the computer and cell phone and stop watching TV, at least on hour before bed. If you are unable to do this, buy some blue light blocking glasses. 
  8. Express yourself emotionally and set safe boundaries for yourself. This may take some time, but it’s worth it. 
  9. Find an activity that brings you joy such as dancing, hiking, singing, writing, painting, poetry, frisbee golf, stand up paddle boarding, etc. 
  10. Strive to eat when you are actually hungry and stop when you are full. The key is to get into the rhythm of hunger and satiety. Overeating zaps your energy, while following the signs of hunger and satiety boosts your energy.
  11. Strive to Let Go of everything you cannot control.
  12. Laugh as laughter is good medicine

Oysters for Health!

One of the most nutritious and powerful foods are oysters. Oysters for health! Growing up near the coast in Virginia, I ate a lot of seafood, including oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. Back then, I had no idea how heathy oysters were. I do now. 

Oysters are known as an aphrodisiac in some cultures. Perhaps it’s the shape and texture that make them an aphrodisiac, but the real reason is the powerful nutritional value of oysters. Oysters are packed with healthy protein and fat, both of which are needed for hormonal and neurotransmitter production and assimilation. Oysters for health! Oysters contain the most zinc of any food and zinc is the most important mineral for the immune system. White blood cells need zinc to be produced and to work properly. Zinc is needed for a healthy prostate and many men need a boost in their prostate health. Zinc is also needed for healthy muscles and healthy bones. Besides zinc, oysters contain the following nutrients: vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, copper, manganese, and selenium. Oysters also contain high levels of niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin C, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Finally, oysters are a huge source of beneficial cholesterol, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and water. Oysters even contain a small amount of vitamin A and vitamin B6. Oysters for health!

Another awesome benefit of zinc is its ability to keep testosterone levels at healthy levels. Men have much more testosterone than women, but women need that small amount of testosterone at healthy levels or women will see a decrease in muscle tone, energy and libido. Oysters for health!

The best way to obtain all the nutrition from oysters is to eat them raw, like I do. Squeeze some lime or lemon juice on the oysters and add some good cocktail sauce, preferably organic and homemade. If raw is not your style, roast, sauté, bake or grill the oysters. You will still obtain a huge benefit from the oysters if they are cooked. 

One last note of the benefit of oysters is their ability to absorb toxins and to assist in ushering the toxins out of your body. Your liver, which does most of your body’s detoxing through its phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways, will love it if you start consuming some oysters. Oysters for health!

Here is some more fantastic information about oysters from the Weston A. Price foundation. Oysters

 

Meditation!

Does meditation leave you with a perplexed feeling? What comes to your mind when you think of meditation?
Speaking from experience, meditation is definitely another health aspect to incorporate into your life. It brings a bigger sense of meaning to your life and to the health of your body and mind; and soul and spirit if you believe in a spiritual world.
The biggest health improvements I have experienced are the lowering of stress levels, the improvement of mental clarity and focus and an overall increase in positivity and intuition. On a physical and emotional level, your hormones and neurotransmitters become balanced and alive!
Meditation is worth the effort, but it’s a challenge, one of the biggest challenges you may encounter. Why is this so?
It is so because meditation involves going within, facing your thoughts, the light and dark and the ups and downs of your life. With our over stimulating and busy society, most folks are unwilling or it never crosses their mind to sit still and observe their life, without judgement. That is the key. Meditation, to be effective, has to be done with non-judgment towards yourself. Most of us are our own worse enemy. With your journey with meditation, your judgment of yourself and of others, slowly recedes and a new sense of clarity, love, inspiration, gratitude and intuition slowly unfold.
Meditation, like eating healthy and exercise, is a journey, not a destination. With our busy lives, start with meditating each day for just 5-10 minutes. As a beginner, your mind will be all over the place, so it’s best to focus on your breath or a mantra. If doing a mantra, ask yourself what you need in your life, right now. Stick with higher feelings or aspects of life for your mantra, such as love, gratitude, joy, guidance, passion, abundance, etc. For example: If you need more joy in your life, then focus on joy during your meditation. Your mantra could be: “I am feeling and experiencing more joy in my life” or “Joy is radiating through my body and mind.”
Look to meditation like food for your soul or higher self. Feed your soul with good thoughts and feelings and by asking for help and guidance for your life. Here is a link to some wonderful, simple, and powerful meditative exercises. Go Within!
May peace, joy, love, gratitude and passion be with you!

Seasonal Eating

Follow circadian rhythm and eat in season. Seasonal eating is the way to eat. This is the way we are designed to eat. With seasonal eating you eat more fat and protein in the late fall and winter and more carbohydrates in the late spring and summer.

Bt following seasonal eating, your hormones and neurotransmitters will be more in balance, especially if you couple seasonal eating with circadian rhythm; and sleep and rise with the sun.

More information on seasonal eating in the video below.

Hormones!

Do you know what your hormones do for your body and mind? Hormones are chemicals made by the glands that act to control certain actions of cells and organs. They are the messengers and they work in a lock and key mechanism.

Your hormones have a huge effect on many of the bio-chemical actions that take place in your body and brain, on a daily basis. Some of the actions that depend on hormones include: sugar metabolism, brain function, sexual health, cellular communication, immune response, bone health, muscular health, energy levels, sleep patterns and emotional health.

When your hormones are in a healthy balance, you feel wonderful, but when they are out of balance, you can feel down right lousy and experience many unhealthy side effects.

Most adults, and even some children, have hormones that are way out of balance. What is the reason? The main reasons for out of balanced hormones are an unhealthy diet, chronic stress, too little or too much exercise and emotional problems and or trauma.

In addition to correcting the reasons I started in the above paragraph, a very important action to take is to take a blood test and salvia test to see how healthy or unhealthy your hormones are. I offer a salvia test through Alcat Labs to test the adrenal glands and two of the main hormones that the adrenal glands make: Cortisol and DHEA. I offer a blood test through SpectraCell Labs to test the male hormones, the female hormones and the thyroid hormones.

These tests are very affordable and very important. By knowing the results of your test, I can more affectively set a course of action to guide you to better health and healthier hormones. I can have the test kits shipped to you at no extra cost.

Be sure to search my blog for other articles on healthy hormone health!