Wellness Tips & Hacks

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There’s More to it Than Just Melatonin

When it comes to sleep disorders most people first jump to thoughts around melatonin, and yes melatonin certainly plays a role, however, the body and the processes are complex than that.

Let’s breakdown the key players…

Good gut bacteria makes the precursors for serotonin and dopamine.

Serotonin is a ‘good feeling’ hormone and the bulk of your serotonin resides in the gut (a healthy gut).

Dopamine is a hormone and neurotransmitter a.k.a chemical messenger involved in reward, motivation, memory, attention and even regulating body movements.

5HTP, a byproduct of tryptophan increases the production of serotonin.

Pineal gland converts serotonin into melatonin.

Sleeping Izzee on a cliff’s edge

So….having trouble sleeping? Then one needs to look at a few different culprits BEFORE jumping to a melatonin supplement. You see, adding a supplement to your regime of something your body already makes can lead to a great level of deficiency down the road.

Plus, typically, a melatonin deficiency is a symptom of something else. We need to ask…

  • How’s your gut health? (more on that later)
  • What is your intake of tryptophan? and no, turkey is NOT the only source.
  • Is your pineal gland functioning optimally?

If there is a breakdown, deficiency or malfunction anywhere in that circle of actions, reactions, hormones and neurotransmitters, sleep disorders are just one of the possible side effects.

There’s also the possibility of mood disorders like depression/anxiety, migraines and headaches, binge eating disorders, learning disabilities like ADHD, PMS and menopasual symptoms, etc.

How this would manifest in each person is dependent on each person’s bio-individuality, differences in environmental toxin exposure, nutrition and genetics. Please don’t compare yourself to one another and know that the ‘fix’ will differ from person to person.

Have questions or concerns?? Reach out.

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Touching Nature

Now is the perfect time to tap into the natural world that surrounds you. Surrounds us – the living beings we call humans. Touching nature brings with is a heightened sense of awareness and awareness is the key seeing through the lies – our skewed perception of reality, of truth. Awareness is how we move away from the lies and towards the truth.

Taking time out of your day, ok maybe that’s asking too much. How about taking time out of your week, to touch – connect – observe nature? It is also taking the time to touch – connect – observe one’s self. You see nature is within as much as it’s outside of us. Nature moves, breaths, lives, dies and interweaves back on itself in the same manner humans move, breathe, live, die and interweave with all that is.

Touching nature is another way of saying… pause, get curious and learn about the cycles of life in and around you. Build a relationship with the non-human ‘things’ that live amongst you. Enhance your awareness of life, death and rebirth. The ever and always changing impermanence of this world.

Most people think they have to immerse themselves in the woods, out in the wilderness to touch nature but honestly, you can connect with nature by walking through your neighborhood with intentional and mindful awareness. Heck, you can even build a relationship with the nature – and all that is non-human – in your own backyard.

Walk, sit, breathe with no predetermined destination, agenda or goal. Only observe through curiosity and wonder. Opening all your senses with owl eyes (wide lense). Notice, feel, see the intricate movement and delicate dance at play.

Nature is energy. You are energy. Nature’s energy is healing to your energy. Here are just some of the benefits from spending more time in nature…

  • relieves stress
  • boosts immune system
  • grounding earthing when bare skin in on the Earth
  • strengthens eyesight
  • expands your senses
  • increases serotonin
  • improves mood
  • raises energy levels

Begin to SEE and FEEL nature – you and all the non-human living ‘things’ – as one. as connected to the same planet, the same energy field. Sharing the same space, the same air. the same everything.

Can you tell which photos were taken in my neighborhood and those taken in the depths of the forests? If I wasn’t the photographer, I would not know either.

Tell me how you bring nature into your life.

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In These Times

There are times when fear and uncertainty seems to be all there is. times when the recommended strategies change daily, even hourly. Times when social responsibility and self care – real self care not self indulgence moves to the top of everyone’s list.

Re-prioritizing our priorities. Finding compassion underneath the fear. Getting innovated in staying connected. 

Below are a few ways to boost your immune system, stay connected and reduce your level of stress/anxiety…

Supplement your diet

  • Herbs – Olive leaf, Thyme Oil, Oregano oil, Astragalus, etc
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Greens – powder mix, chlorella, spirulina, blue green algae, chlorophyll
  • A high quality multivitamin
  • Mushrooms – Chaga, Reishi, Turkey Tail, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, etc

Dry brushing – lymphatic support, exfoliates, boosts energy (article)

Reiki your thymus gland – place your hand over your thymus gland 

Movement

  • yoga – 5 – 10 *1/2 Sun Salutations will kickstart your lymphatic system, which is the key to your immune system, and will give you a boost of calming energy. 
  • Dance
  • Walk

*1/2 Sun Salutation how to: stand tall, inhale arms over head, exhale fold, inhale allow the torse to rise slightly, exhale fold a little more. Hang out in your fold for a 2, 3 or 3 even 5 breaths, then inhale rise bring arms over head and exhale back to standing. 

Get in nature – local park, sit by a creek, sit under a tree, go hiking, paddling, etc

Communicate – have open and honest conversations

  • talk about how this is making you feel
  • how is this affecting you – job/income, family, stress level, etc
  • journal
  • Facetime, Skype, Zoom video conferences class with friends/family. 

Find stillness / meditation /breathing exercises

Music

  • listen to uplifting high vibrational music
  • make music – play around / experiment

Standing strong in your humanity. Seeing the same humanity in others.

Remembering we are ALL connected.

Knowing we are ALL in this together.

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EMFs?? Salt Lamps??

We live in a world where everything is energy. A world full of natural occurring magnetic frequencies/vibrations…including ourselves.

A Magnetic Frequency could be characterized as a naturally occurring frequency that results from a natural process that is prompted by an attraction of magnetic energy. Magnetic frequencies occur throughout nature at all times; they are beneficial to nature by producing an unending variety of life supporting polarities and vibrations that connect systems through a universal network. (excerpt from article)

The problem with artificially-produced EMFs, however, when artificially produced through current technology, is that they create harmful polarities in the system and destroy delicate energetic bonds and ultimately tear apart the vibrational fabric that naturally exists between all things. (excerpt from article)

EMFs or electromagnetic fields (the artificial kind) have been probe to be associated with increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, depression, suicide, leukemia, and cancers in the blood, brain, colon, prostate, nervous system, lymph system, long, and breast.

Yes, we have evolved tremendously since Homo sapiens first began on this planet however our bodies are not evolved enough to process, assimilate, and get rid of all of these man-made / artificial chemicals, toxins, and EMFs.

A simple way to begin protecting yourself from EMF’s is having salt lamps in your home and office.

Himalayan Salt Lamp, Incense, Sage, Feathers, 528Hz Whistle

Salt lamps have been proven to:

  • air purification
  • reduces EMFs & airborne infections
  • eases asthma & allergy symptoms
  • sleep promoter
  • mood booster

… So for under $50 you can begin to protect and even improve your and your family’s health and wellness.