5 Ways Curcumin Heals the Whole Body

Guest post from our friends at PuraThrive

It’s safe to say that turmeric has become one of the “superstars” of the superfood world—and for good reason. Literally thousands of studies have attested to its remarkable and far-ranging benefits, and researchers have still barely scratched the surface of its potential.

It’s one thing to say that superfoods are “good for you,” but mainstream medicine is extremely hesitant to admit that mere foods and spices can actually prevent or treat illness. The tide is turning, though—a new research movement has grown up around “functional foods,” which are defined as foods (or therapeutic components within food) that can be used to treat acute diseases and conditions.

Unsurprisingly, curcumin (the most well-studied beneficial component within turmeric) excels as a functional food. There seems to be no end to what this miraculous spice can tackle. Let’s take a look at some of the proven, ailment-specific benefits born out by research. While this list barely scratches the surface of curcumin’s healing potential, it effectively illustrates its promising future as a natural medicine.

Pain Relief and Inflammation

Curcumin is perhaps best known for its potent anti-inflammatory activity. A wealth of research has demonstrated that it relieves inflammation at its roots by inhibiting the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals, all without any of the damaging side effects of NSAIDs and prescription painkillers.

Because it works to quell inflammation at the source, curcumin is helpful for nearly all types of pain. Studies show that oral supplementation helps calm delayed onset muscle soreness after physical exertion, reduces postoperative pain, and relieves the painful symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

It also reduces the pain associated with a wide range of inflammatory diseases—such as arthritis, dyspepsia, and ulcerative colitis—all while treating the underlying condition (rather than simply masking symptoms).

Skin Health

One unintended consequence of internally consuming curcumin is radiantly healthy skin because of it’s full-spectrum anti-inflammatory activity. Researchers have found that targeting inflammation is a highly effective way to treat a variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis.

Mental and Emotional Health

As nice as radiant skin is, it’s worth noting that curcumin’s benefits are much more than skin deep—researchers have found that it also works wonders for mental and emotional health.

One landmark study demonstrated that eating curcumin is as effective as Prozac for treating major depressive disorder. Subsequent studies have found that it also exhibits remarkable efficacy in cases of atypical depression, and in conjunction with conventional antidepressants (in which case it decreases neurological inflammation and attenuates depressive symptoms rapidly).

Curcumin also supports overall brain and nervous system health, boosts cognitive performance, and protects against the neurodegeneration that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease and similar conditions.

Blood Sugar Management and Metabolism

Curcumin offers great promise as an ally for those struggling with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. A study published in Diabetes Care that daily supplementation can prevent prediabetes from progressing into type 2 diabetes (participants took curcumin for nine months). Other studies demonstrate that curcumin also aids those who already have type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar, reducing insulin resistance, improving beta cell function, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular complications often associated with diabetes.

Curcumin has even been shown to promote weight loss in individuals with or without metabolic syndrome. It accomplishes this feat by optimizing fat metabolism, reducing adipose tissue concentration, and aiding the transformation of white fat (the “bad” fat) into brown fat (the “good fat”).

Gastrointestinal Health and Microbiome Support

By working as a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant, curcumin effectively works on two of the greatest underlying causes of stomach disorders (inflammation and free radical proliferation). Additionally, its antimicrobial activity targets harmful bacteria while leaving beneficial bacteria intact, thus helping to balance the gut microbiome—which is essential not only for stomach health but also a staggering number of modulatory processes throughout the body.

Studies have demonstrated that curcumin is an effective treatment for ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers, and more.

Sold on Adding Curcumin to You Day?

Try adding PuraThrive’s Curcumin Gold to your daily regimen!

It’s a delicious liquid so it’s easy to add a tablespoon to your tea, drink it with water, or even just take it straight off the spoon.

Their patented Micelle Liposomal Technology offers 185x absorption than just eating turmeric or taking a typical supplement. They use all natural ingredients like curcumin extract, ginger oil, and DHA, to create their powerful blend and deliver the maximum anti-inflammatory results to your body.

Click here to read more about Curcumin Gold

Do you use curcumin in your routine? Tell us how it makes you feel in the comments below!
For full reference list read the original article here

The following post 5 Ways Curcumin Heals the Whole Body was first published on Annmarie Skin Care.

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The Benefits and How-Tos of Continuing Education for Adults

This guest post is contributed by our friend Amanda Wilks

While returning to postsecondary education (or applying for the first time) as an older adult this may not be the typical path laid out in our society, it has a surprising number of benefits—plus if you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you know that we’re not the type to follow the “typical path.”

We’re supporters of the forever student, the learning teacher, and the wise women that seek knowledge wherever they can—hey, most of us fall into one or more of these categories.

When it comes to college it doesn’t matter whether you choose to obtain a second degree for a career boost, or are returning to college or vocational school after dropping out years ago, or attending for the first time, we’re encouraging you to follow your dreams and step into that classroom.

Below, we’ll consider why continuing your education as an older adult can be beneficial and offer poignant, inspirational advice for going back to school.

The Benefits of Continuing Your Education

For adults, and especially older adults, continuous education can be beneficial in terms of both career advancement and general well-being. While it may seem unusual compared to the typical college age to return to school, the National Center for Education Statistics reports that, in 2013, 8.2 million adults over 25 attended college.

Learning New Skills Can Make You More Competitive

Some adults returning to school are retired, but others seek additional classes in hopes of being able to earn more money or to learn more skills in order to become more competitive. If you are someone in a technology-related field, returning to school is the best way to stay up to date with the ever-growing technological field. 

In some cases, adults who apply for and attend college for the first time do it so they can get access to a higher paycheck.

Theresa Cardamone, who was 55 when she attended college for the first time, explains that she found herself unable to get a minimum-wage job despite having extensive life and work experience. This motivated her to return to school, where she is vice president of the undergraduate student council and holds a 4.0 GPA!

The Cognitive Benefits

Some adults who continue their education are looking to improve their career options, while others are returning in retirement for the sake of learning itself.

Especially in old age, actively using your memory can help guard against cognitive decline, and the challenges posed by college classes offer an excellent way for older adults to continue exercising brainpower.

When a Career Change is in Order

Going back to school after a break may help you advance in your current career. But for some, returning to school is the start of a career change. It is certainly challenging to make a dramatic shift like this one as an older adult, but some studies have shown that people who change careers later in life are happier and make more money.

For  Dr. Christiane Northrup, it simply took a little encouragement from her college adviser and her father to convince her to leave a job she hated and go to medical school. Now, she is an ob/gyn and a New York Times bestselling author. Essentially, while returning to school after a break or deciding on a career change may seem risky, for many older adults, the end result is a happier and more fulfilling life.

The How-tos of Continuing Your Education

If you are considering continuing your education, you may be unsure of where to begin. The exact process you take will depend on a variety of factors, including your age, your location, and the type of education you’re looking to pursue.

You May Qualify for a Tuition Waiver

Few states offer completely free tuition across the board, but most states have options for free or reduced tuition for older adults, whether they are returning to university or community college or applying for the first time.

According to School Choices, “The state of California has the largest public post-secondary education system of all 50 US states. It is one of the strongest systems of public education in the world.”

If you do not meet the age requirements for tuition waivers, you can still fill out a FAFSA and apply for scholarships to help offset the cost of college. Tuition prices have risen astronomically in the past few years but there are options to help those who hope to return to school.

Find a Support Network

Depending on where you are applying, your college or university may have an office to support nontraditional students. If your school has one of these, use it—an office like this can be very valuable in helping you acclimate to life as an older student.

If your chosen school doesn’t have a dedicated office like this, reaching out to other nontraditional students is another way to develop a support network. 

If you have not yet chosen a school, online forums can also provide a helpful support network. These networks are often full of people who have been where you are, and while they are informal, they can be an excellent source of advice and guidance.

Essentially, whether you want to develop in your career or learn for the sake of learning, returning to postsecondary education or applying to college for the first time as a older adult is admirable. When you have a clear plan and a support network, you will be more likely to have a positive, successful experience with continuous education.

Have you gone back to school in your adult years? Share your best tips in the comments below!

Author bio: Amanda Wilks is a regular guest blogger interested in the education field and social activism. For more of her work go to Twitter @AmandaWilks01.

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6 Benefits of Tongue Scraping (Plus How to Choose the Right Scraper for You)

We’re excited by all of the holistic practices that are being studied, tried, and routinely utilized in our society. While massage, acupuncture, meditation are all very common natural remedies that are increasing in popularity, we are interested in delving deeply into those ancient practices that are a little more obscure, like tongue scraping. Have you heard about it?

The History

Whether you’re a tongue scraping expert or this is the first time you’ve even thought of the concept, the idea has been around for a long, long time. Tongue scraping is actually part of an ancient Ayurvedic text called the Charaka Samhita, where it is considered one way to remove Ama, or toxic debris, from your mouth.

Although Eastern civilizations have historically placed significant value on tongue scraping, the Western civilization is slower to accept this as a beneficial addition to your health regimen. Between the 15th and 19th century, tongue cleaning, like many other less rudimentary hygiene habits, was reserved for the affluent. It wasn’t until the 20th century that tongue scraping became popularized and a commercial market rose for the sell of the scrapers.

Even more recently, the benefits are becoming more well-known, widespread and thus, the practice is generally growing in popularity.

The Benefits of Tongue Scraping

In Ayurveda, the oral cavity is considered to be one of the main passages between your body and the environment so maintaining proper oral hygiene helps create balance and an overall general wellness. Because the tongue is a conducive environment for bacteria to thrive, particularly the region towards the back of your mouth, it’s less than ideal for your tongue to serve as a five-star accommodation for bacteria.

Tongue scraping helps manage the balance between a healthy mouth and healthy you because of these benefits:

  1. Cleans toxins and bacteria from the tongue
  2. Helps remove coating on the tongue that leads to embarrassing halitosis (bad breath)
  3. Helps eliminate undigested food particles from the tongue
  4. Cleans the taste buds to enhance the sense of taste
  5. Promotes overall oral and digestive physical well-being
  6. Gently stimulates the internal organs

That’s a significant list of benefits for a minute of your morning time!

What Type of Tongue Scraper Should I Buy?

The purchase of a tongue scraper is largely going to come down to individual preference so there are a couple of things to consider. Though tongue scrapers have been made out of everything from whalebone to plastic, in the traditional Ayurvedic practice, they are made from copper, silver, gold, tin or brass. Stainless steel tends to be a popular metal choice because it contains less allergens, is easy to clean and very durable.

Picking a size that is right for your mouth will obviously improve comfort. They are most beneficial if they are the width of your tongue and not too narrow. Ideally you should be able to scrape the entire tongue in one motion. Additionally, like a keyboard or nice pen, you’re going to want to find one that is a comfortable fit for your hands. For example, you might prefer a handle that is grasped in one hand while someone else may favor the two-handled, two-handed type.

They tend to be pretty inexpensive so you can experiment until you find one that meets your needs.

How to Use It

You’ve scoured local stores and searched the Interwebs… Success! You found your perfect tongue scraper. Great job! Now what?

Begin working your tongue scraping into your daily AM routine. Might I suggest a morning time oral hygiene playlist to set the mood? It’s largely agreed that you should do your tongue scraping early in the morning on an empty stomach. However, there is some debate over order of operations; should you brush your teeth or scrape your tongue first? With no clear answer or consensus, the choice is yours!

Extend your tongue as far as it will go—really channel your inner Gene Simmons here—then place the scraper as far back on your tongue as is comfortable. Gently pull the tongue scraper across the entire surface of the tongue in one forward motion. Rinse the tongue scraper and repeat until you no longer remove unwanted coating (usually around 5-10 times). Be careful not to scrape your tongue overzealously as this can temporarily damage your taste buds! And then what good is that chocolate cake you’ve been saving?

We want to hear from you! Have you tried tongue scraping? Tell us in the comments below!

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The Annmarie Skin Care Team is Hiring a Full-Time Content Coordinator

 

We’re looking for someone who has experience in creative writing and content strategizing, and who has an interest in natural skin care, organics, the healthcare industry, herbs & remedies, etc. (Guy or gal, both are equally welcome!)

If you apply, you must be a hard worker, have high energy, be caring, supportive and willing to be an ambassador for our company. We are looking for someone who has an interest in the issues around the topics of skin care — toxic ingredients, natural herbs, lack of regulations, why choose natural and organic, etc…

Additionally, we’re looking for someone who is proactive in this position, and is a self motivator to see things through. We are excited to bring someone on board who can be trained in the systems in place, but also has enthusiasm and creativity.

Job Requirements

  • Grow and manage our content strategy. We’re talking blog, email, social media, video, etc
  • Create unique content that you can repurpose on multiple channels (an article that you can make into a video script and tease on social media, for example).
    • Collect data on how our content is doing (analytics); use it as it comes to evolve our strategy.
  • Go over our existing content to make sure it jives with the new, comprehensive content strategy you develop.
    • Update existing blog posts for better reader engagement and experience, SEO, and calls to action.
  • Edit and provide feedback to ensure all content is on brand and consistent in terms of quality, style guide, and messaging.
  • Work with our marketing team to create an editorial calendar and strategy to engage our current audience and bring in new readers.
    • Make sure our content calendar supports marketing, product, and other parts of the company, when needed
  • Manage and edit work from a small team of writers.
    • Outreach to potential (non-paid) contributors/ find and manage affiliate relationships to get high-quality content for the blog.
    • Find new collaborations with cool, like-minded companies.
    • Build and manage relationships with affiliate contributors and part-time writers.
    • Assign and manage graphic design and video projects.

Other Requirements

  • Experience with WordPress is a must!
  • Deep knowledge and passion for the health/natural beauty industry.
  • Work with cross-functional teams including marketing, PR, and social media on an ongoing basis to provide support on content-related projects.
  • Exceptionally detail oriented.
  • Experience with content + video strategy and production (editing, shooting etc) is a plus.

How to Apply

  1. Please take a free typing test here, we’re looking for at least 60wpm
  2. If you pass, record a video of yourself telling us why you think you’re a good fit for this job—please also include your past experience or interest in skin care or the health industry.
  3. Upload the video to a video website like YouTube.com and copy the direct link.
  4.  Send an email to apply@annmariegianni.com with the following:
    1. Your resume
    2. 4-5 samples of your previous work (specific to health and beauty preferred)
    3. WPM score—a screenshot of your result is fine.
    4. The link to your video
Thanks! We look forward to meeting you!

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Beautiful Voices: Jane Kuntz

Beautiful Voices is our ongoing blog series that highlights inspiring, empowering women. Our most recent Beautiful Voice is Jane Kuntz. See what she says when Annmarie asks her some questions about her own personal beauty.

 

Jane grew up in post World War 2 England. She had a special love for the surrounding Yorkshire moors. She and her friends rode ponies and had lots of horseback adventures there. In her late teens, she began doing Peace Corps every summer and developed a fascination for other cultures. She came to America in 1980, where she met and married her husband Rick. They have three living children—Carlos and Roque, adopted from Guatemala, and Hannah, born to them. Jane’s professional training includes degrees in education and theology. She is a certified Consulting Herbalist and Life Style Coach. She has worked in several mission fields and currently volunteers for Border Collie Rescue and Feral Cat Rescue. She now lives in Maine where she treasures the ocean and islands, lakes and rivers, and mountains which come down to the sea.

Who do you feel you are today?

I am a 71-year-old wife, mother, and grandmother. I have a hard time accepting my age because I am active and adventurous. My concept of a seventy-year old woman is a grandma in a rocking chair, knitting, with a contented kitty at her feet.  I have a young border collie and we romp through the woods together—rain, snow, or shine. I am an herbalist, I grow a lot of herbs and wildcraft others, I make remedies to help family and friends. I also teach herbal healing and do a few consultations.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

At age sixteen I became a Christian. From that day the word of God and my relationship with Jesus have been my biggest inspiration. I am also inspired daily by my patient, wise, and caring husband whose huge heart ministers to all he comes in contact with. I am inspired in a different way by our daughter. She is a courageous world traveling activist, working to help women and children in disadvantaged countries.

What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge was the death of our infant son Elisha. Losing Elisha, totally unexpectedly, was the worst experience I have ever gone through, I did not sail through it quickly or easily. It took me years, and even now, it is a big pain in my heart.

If money was no object what would you be doing?

If money were no object I would buy an old characterful cottage on one of the Maine islands and would spend a good portion of the summer there. I grew up in England with a seafaring heritage—my mother’s father and uncles were fishermen and manned the lifeboat, so I am always happiest close to the ocean. There is something extra romantic and magical about an island.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

I worked for a couple of years with troubled teens and asked a pastor how I could best influence their lives for good. His answer was, “Never have to put it into words! LIVE life, LIVE love, LIVE peace, LIVE joy, LIVE hope.”

Where and when do you feel most at peace?

I feel most at ease at home on an evening that my husband is home, and we can just relax, our dog and cats snuggled happily beside us. Oh dear, I am beginning to sound like that 70-year-old woman!

What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty to me must come from the inside. I am not impressed by the heavy make-up Hollywood brand of beauty. Yes a simple becoming hairstyle and a glowing complexion help, but without the beauty of character, it is just nice hair and skin, not real beauty!

What makes you feel beautiful?

I feel beautiful when I do little nurturing things to take care of my health and appearance—an herbal soak, a facial steam or pack, a skincare routine with lovely products.

What are your words of wisdom to other beauties out there?

As I look around I see women copying a look. I am not into fashion or movies so I don’t know who it is they are copying, but I see a lot of women with these painted on looks, and they are not themselves. I would like to encourage each woman, young or old, to believe in her own personal beauty, to seek for inner beauty, and nurture her outward beauty. Do not think for one moment that you need to cultivate an image of some famous person, each woman is precious and unique just as she is!

Isn’t she beautiful?

Much Love,
Annmarie Skin Care

(If you’re interested in being featured as one of our Beautiful Voices, please email us at newyou@annmariegianni.com.)

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6 Herbs That Calm PMS (Bloating, Tiredness, Mood Swings)

This article is contributed by our dear friend, Magdelena with Herbs for Balance

For the 75% of women experiencing some symptom of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome and feel there is no relief in sight, get ready to find out how the world of herbal medicine can help.

PMS can kick start symptoms that often occur for up to two weeks before the onset of your menstrual flow. These include issues like breast tenderness, bloating, fluid retention, tiredness and headaches. Many women also complain that their hormonal fluctuations also cause emotional PMS symptoms including mood swings, irritability, anxiety and depression.

In one study at Cornell University, brain scans of women during peak PMS time showed much greater activity in the frontal lobes – the area that controls our emotions. However, once menstruation began that high-level of activity in the frontal lobe was no longer visible. TL;DR The changes that occur in PMS are not just in a woman’s imagination. They are a response to a complex set of reactions and chain reactions involving neurotransmitters and hormones that affect a woman’s energy, feelings, and responses to life.

Here’s Roughly How Your Hormones Should Track

1—Weeks 1 – 2 (after your period). In the first two weeks after you menstruate you should have higher estrogen levels. By mid-cycle, they have often increased 10-fold before falling steeply again.

2—Weeks 3 – 4 (after ovulation). In the second two weeks of your period cycle, as ovulation occurs and your body releases an egg, your levels of progesterone should be higher (this prepares your uterus for possible implantation).

Unfortunately, many women have high levels of estrogen throughout their menstrual cycle and insufficient progesterone production – leading to a progesterone deficit in the second half of their menstrual cycle. A condition, called estrogen dominance (ED) is a common cause of PMS symptoms in women.

Also, low progesterone levels can cause endorphin levels to nose-dive. Endorphins are the chemicals associated with a “runner’s high”because they elevate mood, so lower levels can also ramp up PMS-related feelings of depression or moody blues. For information on nutrients to help boost your progesterone, take a look at my post:

These herbs can used in easy to make salves, tinctures and infusions. Learn how to use herbs in your everyday routine in my FREE online workshop “How To Use Herbs To Rebalance Your Hormones

How Herbs Can Help

Though lifestyle factors including exercise and yoga can help balance hormones, many women need more help from Mother Nature’s remedies, to alleviate PMS.

The right herbs and spices can address both the symptoms of PMS and estrogen dominance. Try using these potent plant allies for common PMS hormonal issues:

Anxiety and Low Mood

Lavender. German research comparing the internal use of lavender to sedating benzodiazepine medication for anxiety, has found it provides equal benefit, minus the side effects of the meds, which may include tiredness, trembling, dry mouth, nausea, and addiction. Lavender can also help promote skin healing and better quality of sleep. To make fresh lavender tea, add lavender flower bulbs to a tea ball and infuse for 10 minutes or longer in hot water.

Clary Sage. The essential oil extracted from this flowering herb is often used in aromatherapy to help calm, relax and induce a sense of well being.

Research has shown that women who inhaled clary sage vapors from essential oil experienced calming effects, confirming that the clary sage quickly prompted a relaxation response.

Fluid retention

Chasteberry. This powerful little brown berry can be a woman’s best friend if she suffers PMS. Research shows that after using it internally as a tea or a tincture for three consecutive menstrual cycles, 93% of women enjoyed a decrease in PMS symptoms, such as fluid retention and cravings.

The chasteberry also helped reduce hormonal symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Traditionally this herb is used through days 14-21 of your menstrual cycle, but many people find benefits using it all month long.

Dandelion Root and Leaves. This common weed found in the yard has been found to help with fluid retention. Research shows promise using dandelion internally as a diuretic with increased urination. Dandelion has the added benefit of supplying the body with minerals like potassium, that are often depleted when using prescription diuretics. Dandelion root is also used traditionally to stimulate and detoxify the liver which can help promote estrogen metabolism during PMS. Be mindful that dandelion root is high in polysaccharides, so it should be avoided if you are sensitive to FODMAPs (carbohydrates that can cause digestive problems).

Concentration

Lemon Balm. Though often used as a mild sedative, calming sleep aid, and anxiety combatant, lemon balm has other hidden talents. It is also a powerful memory booster and can improve concentration. Many practitioners believe this is due in part to the actions of the rosmarinic acid in the plant, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory responses.

Research from the University of Northumbria has shown that lemon balm can boost cognitive performance as well as your mood. Great news for women who find they suffer from brain fog or mood blahs due to PMS. In this FREE online workshop you will:

  • Learn about 20 healing herbs and spices to help support and heal your thyroid, adrenals, menopause, weight, hair loss, cellulite, PCOS, hot flashes (and more).
  • 5 simple and delicious herbal recipes to restore and rebalance your hormones
    • Ashwaganda Latte
    • Matcha Morning Kickstarter
    • Protein Balls
    • Women’s Health Infusion (Drink)
    • Anti-wrinkle Oil (a chemical free and affordable recipe)
  • How to avoid common chemicals found in everyday skincare, personal care and house cleaning products that disrupt your hormones
  • Discover which herbs are best for your individual needs

Click here to join the free workshop now

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How Meditation Can Help You Feel and Look Amazing

Guest Post By Emily Fletcher, Founder of Ziva Meditation

In the West we have a habit of putting band-aids on our problems. Didn’t get enough sleep last night? Grab an extra coffee on the way into the office. Had an intense day at work? Stop on the corner for a bottle of wine on the way home. Have a migraine? Take an extra strength Advil, hoping this one keeps the pain at bay.

In a perfect world we would be able to be like Sabrina from Bewitched, zapping our problems away with a quick wiggle of the nose. And while she looked adorable in her crop top and pony tail, I’m going to tell you the truth: lots of people are are sick and tired, and the solution isn’t coffee or wine.

The Problem is Stress.

We all know that stress is bad for us, but doctors are calling stress the “black plague” of our century. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that chronic stress is responsible for 80% of all doctors visits and can lead to a number of psychological and physical problems, from high blood pressure to depression.

The Solution? Meditation

Seems too simple to be true, but if stress can mess this many things up in our bodies and minds then it stands to reason that the most powerful stress relieving tool out there may be able to help. Here’s how it works. At Ziva Meditation I teach a powerful type of meditation that gets rid of old stresses we have been storing in our cellular memory by giving the body deep healing rest aka de-exciting the nervous system. When you de-excite something you create order. When you create order in your cells, the stress can start to come up and out. This frees up your brain to use more of its computing power for the task at hand. This is why meditators report performing and feeling so much better.

How Will that Help You Sleep?

Everything in the body has a domino effect. When you take the time to meditate you use that time to get rid of stress in the body. This allows you to use your sleep as a time for sleep. When your body is fully rested, and isn’t being flooded with acidic stress chemicals, it is able to function at the top of its game. Harvard recently reported on a study that involved 49 adults. At the conclusion of six meditation sessions they showed significant improvement in insomnia, fatigue and depression. This is no surprise to me, as I slept through the night for the first time in eighteen months after my very first meditation class!

And What About Sickness?

We know that stress can overwhelm our bodies, but did you know that this can prevent immune function? When the body is stressed, it is basically preparing for a predatory attack, so there isn’t much energy left to run maintenance functions. By meditating twice a day every day like I teach in my online training zivaMIND (your affiliate link here), you decrease the stress in your body and therefore decrease your susceptibility to sickness.

Rudolph Tanzi, who holds positions both at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, reports on this in a statement following a study of almost one hundred people. “The benefit we experience from meditation isn’t strictly psychological; there is a clear and quantifiable change in how our bodies function,” said. “Meditation is one of the ways to engage in restorative activities that may provide relief for our immune systems, easing the day-to-day stress of a body constantly trying to protect itself. The prediction is that this would then lead to healthier aging.”

And Yes, That Includes Chronic Illness.

Just last week I heard from a student who came to me in 2015 with a deep and painful history of chronic illness and migraines. She thanked me profusely not only because her migraines have disappeared, but because her body has been able to heal from chronic illness so gracefully with the help of meditation. While she still has moments of pain, her anxiety has calmed so drastically that she is able to more elegantly deal with the mental frustrations that chronic illness inevitably brings up, flooding herself with deep understanding and compassion instead of guilt and frustration.

Less Stress = Younger Looking Skin.

Meditation is not a joke. Not only does it have profound affects on your mental health, but also on physical appearance. There’s an entirely new, cutting-edge field called psychodermatology that focuses solely on the connection between human emotions and the health of our skin. When we get stressed out, the body produces acid to shut down digestion. That same acid seeps onto your skin, which accelerates aging and breaks down skin elasticity—there is a reason why your yoga teacher looks so much younger than her age!

I personally believe nature didn’t intend for us to feel sick, tired, and stressed. I believe that nature gave us a toolbox filled with everything we need. And meditation? It’s the key that unlocks so many of these internal pharmaceuticals. If you feel moved to join me on this journey I would love to teach you how from anywhere in the world with a comprehensive eight day online training called zivaMIND. You will graduate with less stress, more energy and a powerful daily meditation practice that you actually look forward to. What do you have to lose, besides stress?

Let us know how much you love zivaMIND in the comments!

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