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Home and Personal Care Products are Killing Our Children, Seniors and Chronically Ill – Natural Alternatives As Part of the Solution

 Home and Personal Care Products are Killing Our Children, Seniors and Chronically Ill – Natural Alternatives As Part of the Solution

How many of these products are in your home?

  

                     

Here’s WHY thousands of people every month are SWITCHING Brands…and becoming loyal customers of products and companies that value customer safety over profits…….. Here is why people are looking for natural solutions.

Environmental Protection Agency
studies have shown that indoor air pollutants are 3 to 70 times higher than outdoors.

The following information came from a conference call with Kay Heizer, Director of “Healthy Choices” (a non-profit organization comprised of doctors, nurses, environmental scientists and educators committed to teaching the public about the hazards of chemicals in our home and how we can avoid or minimize the risks):

50% of all illness is due to poor indoor air quality [Source: 1989 State of Massachusetts Study]

Since 1950, at least 70,000 new chemical compounds have been invented and dispersed into our environment. Only a fraction of these have been tested for human toxicity. We are, by default, conducting a massive clinical toxicology trial, and our children and their children are the experimental animals. [Source: Herbert L. Needleman, M.D., Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., Raising Children Toxic Free]

150 chemicals found in the home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders. [Source: Consumer Protection Agency (CPA)]

The United States of America Federal Code of Regulations exempts manufacturers from full labeling of products if used for personal, family or household care. [Source USA FCR: Section 1910.1200C, Title 29, Section 1500.82 2Q1A]

3 groups of people are primarily affected by indoor chemical concentrations because they spend more time indoors and their immune systems are weaker. The 3 groups are: Infants and Toddlers, Chronically ill and the elderly. [Source: 1988 EPA, 5-year study]

In 1901, cancer was rare: 1 out of 8,000. Since the Industrial Revolution, the cancer rate today has risen to 1 in 3 and by the year 2002, it will be 1 in 2.[Source: The American Cancer Society]

The top 6 cancer-causing products in the average home include the following:

1. Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder w/talc,

2. Crest tartar Control Toothpaste

3. V05 Hair Conditioner

4. Clairol Nice-n-Easy Hair Color

5. Ajax Cleanser

6. Lysol Disinfectant

[Source: The National Cancer Prevention Coalition]

Liquid dish soap is the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of six (over 2.1 million accidental poisonings per year). Most brands of liquid dish soap contain formaldehyde and ammonia

Of the chemicals found in personal care products: 884 are toxic, 146 cause tumors, 218 cause reproductive complications, 778 cause acute toxicity, 314 cause biological mutations, 376 cause skin and eye irritations [Source: United States House of Representatives Report, 1989]

Out of 2,435 pesticide poisonings in a one-year period, over 40% were due to exposure to disinfectants and similar cleaning products in the home. [Source: State of California Study]

Just by reducing (not eliminating) environmental carcinogens alone, we would save at least 50,000 lives taken by cancer annually. [Source: Dr. Lee Davis, former advisor to the Secretary of Health]

Most laundry detergent contains a form of NTA. NTA is a substance we may reasonably anticipate to be a carcinogen [Source: The Merck Index]

Household bleaches which claim to disinfect are classified as pesticides under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. Inadvertently mixing bleach with other cleaners that contain ammonia produces a toxic chloramines gas. These toxic gases can cause coughing, loss of voice, a feeling of burning or suffocation, and even death. Chlorine bleach has been banned in Germany. [Source: Guide to Hazardous Products Around the Home, Household Hazardous Waste Project, 1989]

Women who work in the home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than women who work outside of the home [Source: 17- year EPA study]

150 chemicals found in the home have been connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders. [Source: The Consumer Protection Agency)

As more toxic chemicals have been introduced to our everyday environment in greater amounts over the last 20 to 30 years, the level of toxins stored in adipose tissues (fat cells) of our bodies have risen. Bioaccumulation studies have shown that some toxins store in our bodies for life. Greater and greater amounts are being stored at younger ages. One study showed that in the fat of 100% of the people tested was 1,4-Dichlorobenzene, a chemical found in most household deodorizers and room fresheners.

Diseases that used to occur later in life are now appearing at younger ages. Diseases that used to be rare are more frequent. For example:

There has been a 28% increase in childhood cancer since the addition of pesticides into household products.

– Cancer is now the #2 killer of children – second only to accidental poisonings. Since 1977 the rate of cancer among American children has been steadily rising at a rate of nearly 1% each year. [Source: National Cancer Institute]

– There is an increased risk for leukemia in children where parents have used pesticides in the home or garden before the child’s birth. [Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute]

Some products release contaminants into the air right away, others do so gradually over a period of time. Some stay in the air up to a year. These contaminants, found in many household and personal care products can cause dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions, eye/skin/respiratory tract irritations and some cause cancer.[American Lung Association]

Asthma was once a very rare disease. Now the condition is extremely common – the asthma rate has tripled in the last 20 years with nearly 30 million Americans currently afflicted. [Source: Consumer Federation of America, 1997]

In one decade, there has been a 42% increase in asthma (29% for men, 82% for women). The higher rate for women is believed to be due to women’s longer exposure times to household chemicals. [Source: Center for Disease Control]

Childhood asthma has increased by more than 40% since 1980. [Source: Environmental Health Perspectives, June 1997; 105 (6)]

Asthma death in children and young people increased by a dramatic 118% between 1980 and 1993.[Source: Environmental Health Threats to Children, Environmental Protection Agency 175-F-96-001, September 1996]

The average child visits the doctor 23 times in the 1st 4 years of life, with the most common complaint being respiratory ailment.[Source: National Center for Health Statistics, 1997]

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in adults and children is also rising – in 1993, 4.5 million children took the drug Ritalin so they could sit still long enough to learn. By 1998, 11.4 million children were being drugged with this powerful Class-2 narcotic.[Source: Your Children and Ritalin, The Detroit news (March 8. 1998)]

Even small doses of neurotoxins, which would be harmless to an adult, can alter a child’s nervous system development. [Source: Environmental Health Perspectives 106 Supplement 3:787-794 (June 1998)]

Developing cells in children’s bodies are more susceptible to damage than adult cells that have completed development, especially for the central nervous system. During the development of a child, from conception through adolescence, there are particular windows of vulnerability to environmental hazards. Most disturbing – until a child is approximately 13 months of age, they are virtually no ability to fight the biological and neurological effects of toxic chemicals. [Source: Herbert L. Needleman, M.D., Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., Raising Children Toxic Free]

Today, children have chemical exposures from birth that their parents didn’t have until they were adults. Because children are exposed to toxics at an earlier age than adults, they have more time to develop environmentally triggered diseases, with long latency periods, such as cancer. [Source: Environmental Policy and Children’s Health, Future of Children, Summer/Fall 1995; 5(2): 34-52]

Formaldehyde is a highly toxic substance. It is a known cancer-causing agent. It damages the neurological connectors in the body. It is an irritant to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and may cause:

Skin reactions, ear infections, headaches, depression asthma, joint pain, dizziness, mental confusion, nausea, disorientation, phlebitis, fatigue, vomiting, sleep disturbances and laryngitis.

One in five people are sensitive to formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is commonly found in:

drugs, mouthwash, hairspray, cosmetics, cleaning products, perfumes, waxes, hair setting lotions, shampoo, air fresheners, fungicides, fingernail polish, floor polishes, dry cleaning solvents, toothpaste, laundry starch spray and antiperspirants……just to name a few

DO YOU STILL WANT TO USE PRODUCTS IN YOUR HOME THAT CONTAIN FORMALDEHYDE?

Due to the increase in toxic buildup in our bodies, including the toxic buildup of formaldehyde, dead bodies are not decomposing as fast as they used to.

Bodies now start to decompose within 7 to 10 days after death.

During the Vietnam War, Vietnamese bodies started to decompose within 24 to 48 hours. However, Americans didn’t start to decompose for 4 to 5 days.

Twice as much formaldehyde was needed to embalm a person 20 years ago compared to today.

How many of these names would you have recognized as formaldehyde?

Formalin, Methanal, Methyl Aldehyde, Methylene Oxide, Oxymethylene, Bfv, Fannoform, Formol, Fyde, Karsan, Methaldehyde, Formalith, Methylene Glycol, Ivalon, Oxomethane, Formalin 40, Formalin, Formic Aldehyde, Hoch, Paraform, Lysoform, Morbocid, Trioxane, Polyoxmethylene.

The following products are just a few that are so toxic that they should be disposed of in a toxic waste dump:

Floor care products, furniture polish, window cleaners, bug spray and nail polish remover. [Source: Water Pollution Control Federation]

Warning labels on containers refer only to toxic hazards from ingestion; however, only 10% of health problems from chemicals are caused by ingestion. 90% are caused by the inhalation of vapors and absorption of particles.

Government regulations require that only the most EXTREMELY toxic substances must contain a warning label. Labels that say the following should be removed from your house immediately:

“Do not induce vomiting”

“Corrosive – rinse from skin immediately”

“Harmful or fatal if swallowed”

“Call physician immediately”

“Warning!” (may mean that as little as 1 teaspoon of product can harm or kill adult)

“Danger!” (means that as little as 5 drops can harm or kill an adult)

Phenol is an extremely caustic chemical that burns the skin. Absorption of phenol through the lungs or skin can cause:

central nervous system damage, pneumonia, respiratory tract infection, heart rate irregularities, skin irritation, kidney and liver damage, numbness, vomiting and can be fatal.

Phenol is a very common chemical and is regularly found in the following common products:

air fresheners, aftershave, bronchial mists, chloroseptic throat spray, deodorants, feminine powders and sprays, hair spray, decongestants, mouthwash, aspirin, solvents, acne medications, antiseptics, calamine lotions, detergents, furniture polish, lice shampoo, polishes, cold capsules, all purpose cleaners, aerosol disinfectants, anti-itching lotions, cosmetics, disinfectant cleaners, hand lotions, lip balms, sunscreen and lotions, insecticides, cough syrups … just to name a few

DO YOU STILL WANT TO USE PRODUCTS IN YOUR HOME THAT CONTAIN PHENOL?

***Reposter’s Note

This is an old article but the information is still very pertinent.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Vinegar, Baking Soda and Coconut Oil can replace most Home and Personal Care Products. Here are some natural solutions that are useful. I have linked them to the original posts.

Unusual Uses for Lemon Juice

80 Awesome Uses For COCONUT OIL, In Your Home and Your Health

Cleaning Fruit & Berries – Fruit Lasts Longer

8 Natural Herbicides, Pest Control & Fertilizers courtesy of Your Kitchen

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE MAGIC! Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide

SALT – 62 Surprising Uses

24 Surprisingly Helpful Uses For Sugar

50 Handy DIY Money/Time Saving – Health and Home Tips

Homemade Ice Pak For Injuries – Simple, Affordable, Effective, Convenient.

The Dangers of Febreze – A real eye-opener.

9 All-Natural Tummy Ache Remedies

Homemade Toothpaste With Coconut Oil – Health & Heart Smart

7 Natural Remedies For Bad Breath

Homemade Natural Wrinkle Removers

6 HOMEMADE FACE MASKS TO LOOK YOUNGER BY REMOVING DEAD SKIN CELLS

Natural Hair Repair and Maintenance – 5 All Natural Homemade Hair Masks

Tonic To Prevent Cold and Flu + Natural Sinus Relief

NATURE’S FLU SHOTS

Prevent Flu Naturally – 8 Natural Solutions

Honey and Lemon Cough Syrup with Coconut Oil

20 Tasty Home-Made Remedies – Colds & Flu

God’s Pharmacy ~ & ~ 1 Ounce Powehouse!

Circulatory Problems, Lessened Naturally

Coconut Oil Pulling Therapy – Excellent Detox & Wellness Rejuvenator

Basic Detox Guide & How to Tell if Your Body Needs a Natural Detox

12 Amazing Natural Beauty Remedies

Colloidal Silver cures MRSA infections, purifies water, destroys candida and fights the flu – In spite of FDA ban

A Little Something For That Urinary Tract Infection

Raw Potato Poultice – Excellent to Draw Infection from Wound or Abscess.

Top 20 Things Most Dangerous to Children

My absolute favorite solution that I will never be without is my Oxygen Spa. After using it, my body has had a gentle detox and massage and my home smells like after a soft summer rain.  My brain is clearer, my body relaxed, and my skin feels like a baby’s bottom.

I have had mine for 5 years and it has paid for itself many times over because my daily headaches are gone, I haven’t needed a chiropractor, my adult acne is a thing of the past, my pain from carpal tunnel, rotator cuff, and 3 crushed vertebra  is gone. It has been a true Godsend for us. I can’t say enough so I won’t even try.

Best of all, we can use it whenever we want in the privacy of our home. It is one of those things I frequently Thank the universe for bringing into my life.

My husband thought I was crazy when I first got the Oxygen Spa but now he uses it even more than I do. He has 3 back injuries and it ha helped immensely with pain, muscle spasms and flexibility. On top of that bowel problems that led to major surgery have all disappeared.

I now am a Canadian Distributor of the Oxygen Spa because of what it has done for us. Just today I got a call from a client who bought the spa 2 years ago shortly after being diagnosed with Leukemia and Type 2 Diabetes. Her doctors are thrilled as they tell her, her blood work is better than normal. She tries to use it twice a week  but says she feels so good she forgets to use it sometimes.  Like us, she says she needs it because of what it does for her health and well-being.

Here is a short video and a link to my website – You can e-mail me Deb, for more information or to help with getting one for you or your family, wherever you call home, at allaboutwellness@mail.com 

http://www.homespaedmonton.com/

Tonic To Prevent Cold and Flu + Natural Sinus Relief

Excellent Daily Tonic Recipe to prevent colds and flu if taken daily. Always use fresh Lemons to get the full benefit. Each Ingredient is a powerhouse individually but when combined are an even more formidable Immune Booster. Add a good Vitamin D3 in significant dosages and you are setting yourself up to cruise through the winter cold and flu season.

This is really easy to prepare. I put every thing but the fresh lemon and warm water in a large cup in the evening. In the morning, while my water is heating I juice hafl a lemon. Always use Local Raw Honey.

If you do get sinus symptoms, cold or flu taking this tonic a few times a day will shorten the duration quite substantially. Thank You to Healthy Homemakers for this excellent poster.

FYI, a couple of links on the benefits of Local Raw Honey.

http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2012/07/03/10-benefits-uses-for-raw-honey/#

http://www.modernalternativehealth.com/2013/05/10/the-amazing-benefits-of-local-raw-honey/#.UmVawRCA7IU

How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

Thank You to Higher Perspectives and LifeHacker for this information.

Reposter’s Note

*** Sleep Deprivation is at epidemic proportions and it is having a huge impact on health, productivity, quality and quantity of life. If you can not find time to get enough sleep, learn to meditate and incorporate short meditation breaks into your day – it does not replace sleep but it does refresh and relax the nervous system and the brain. Having at one time, suffered severe adrenal exhaustion due to sleep deprivation, taught me the value of sleep. My body forced me to sleep 20+ hours a day for close to 5 months – I could not force myself to stay awake. The upside was, I lost all my excess weight (approx 40 lbs). Get creative and get the sleep you need for optimal functioning or you will pay the piper and it won’t be at your convenience. I missed 5 months of my life, my husband and children’s lives, because I chose  to behave stupidly and ignore the basic human need for sleep. ***

Taking a nap, we’ve seen time and again, is like rebooting your brain. But napping may be as much of an art as it is a science. Scientists offer recommendations for planning your perfect nap, including how long to nap and when.P
The sleep experts in the article say a 10-to-20-minute power nap gives you the best “bang for your buck,” but depending on what you want the nap to do for you, other durations might be ideal:
For a quick boost of alertness, experts say a 10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work in a pinch.
For cognitive memory processing, however, a 60-minute nap may do more good, Dr. Mednick said. Including slow-wave sleep helps with remembering facts, places and faces. The downside: some grogginess upon waking.
Finally, the 90-minute nap will likely involve a full cycle of sleep, which aids creativity and emotional and procedural memory, such as learning how to ride a bike. Waking up after REM sleep usually means a minimal amount of sleep inertia, Dr. Mednick said.P
In addition to those recommendations, one surprising suggestion is to sit slightly upright during your nap, because it will help you avoid a deep sleep. And if you find yourself dreaming during your power naps, it may be a sign you’re sleep deprived. While you’re planning your nap, don’t forget to time it during the right time of day as well.
Source: LifeHacker.

Calculate the Best Time to Nap with This Interactive Nap Wheel

There’s nothing like a power nap to restore energy and improve productivity. Now you can get the “ultimate” power nap by timing it precisely for when your body and mind may most need it, using this Take a Nap Nap Wheel.

According to Dr. Sara Mednick, a sleep researcher and author of the Take a Nap! book, the ideal napping time is the point in the day when REM and slow-wave sleep (a.k.a. deep sleep) cross. In the moveable nap wheel, drag the wake up time dial to when you woke up and find where the blue and yellow circles intersect to see what time to hit the sack. In this example, if you wake at 7am aim for a 2pm nap.

Previously mentioned cheat sheet for power naps also gave an approximation for the best time to nap, but based on if you were a night owl or a lark. This nap wheel is more precise—though, of course, you don’t have to nap at exactly that time. Getting a nap in any time around that sleepy period is like rebooting your brain.

RAPESEED AKA CANOLA OIL – MOST TOXIC FOOD OIL PLANT

Canola oil used to be called RAPESEED oil but the name was changed for marketing reasons

Did you know?
The real problem with the name “rapeseed oil” is that the oil was so toxic that the FDA banned it for human consumption in 1956?

➳ Canola oil used to be called RAPESEED oil but the name was changed for marketing reasons.

(NaturalNews) Olive oil comes from olive, grapeseed oil comes from grape seeds, peanut oil comes from peanuts and canola oil comes from… rapeseed. The plant known as “rape,” from a Latin word for “turnip,” is a domesticated crop in the widely cultivated Brassicaceae family (also known as the mustard family, the cabbage family, or the cruciferous vegetables). Although the word has disturbing connotations today, during World War II people thought nothing of referring to “rapeseed,” and the oil from those seeds was used for industrial purposes.

The real problem with the name “rapeseed oil” is that the oil was so toxic that the FDA banned it for human consumption in 1956. So when Canadian growers bred a new variety of rapeseed in the 1970s with a lower content of the toxic erucic acid, they decided they needed a new name for it.

The term canola was coined from “Canadian oil, low acid” to convince consumers that this oil was safe to eat. And while “canola” was originally a registered trademark, the term became so widely known that the trademark was eventually abandoned, and “canola” became the default term in many countries for any low-erucic rapeseed oil.

Canola oil is a very effective insecticide, and it is the primary ingredient in many “organic” (non-chemical) pesticide control products sprayed on vegetables to kill bugs. I covered this in my “canola oil pesticide” video:
http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=AEE77E1636E977…

Source: 25 Amazing Facts About Food, authored by Mike Adams and David Guiterrez. This report reveals surprising things about where your food comes from and what’s really in it! Download the full report (FREE) by clicking here. Inside, you’ll learn 24 more amazing but true facts about foods, beverages and food ingredients. Instant download of the complete PDF. All 25 facts are documented and true.

Additional Sources:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rape
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/SoybeansOilcrops/Canola.htm
http://www.canola-council.org/chapter2.aspx
http://www.foodista.com/food/KLDGDS5L/canola-oil

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Read more: http://www.naturalnews.com/034733_canola_oil_rapeseed_food_labels.html

9 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Stop Worrying Plus More

9 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Stop Worrying

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 10/01/2013 8:47 am EDT  |  Updated: 10/01/2013 8:53 am EDT

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Corrie ten Boom once said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”

Indeed, numerous studies have shown that worry not only puts a strain on our mental health, but on our physical health, too. While worry in and of itself is not bad — it spurs us into action, after all — too much of it can lead to anxiety, which can have a lasting impact on health and happiness. For instance, research has shown that anxiety can take a toll on sleep, tax your immune system, raise your risk of post-traumatic stress disorder, and even affect your risk of dying from disease.

The problem with worrying is that it becomes a cycle of self-perpetuating negative thoughts. In a new review, University of Surrey researchers described worry as “a chain of thoughts and images that are affectively negative and relatively uncontrollable.”

So what’s the best way to stop the cycle? We rounded up some research-backed ways:

Set aside a designated “worry time.”
Instead of worrying all day, every day, designate a 30-minute period of time where you can think about your problems. Penn State researchers found in a 2011 study that a four-step stimulus control program could help seriously stressed people take control of their anxieties, LiveScience reported. Step one: Identify the object of worry. Step two: Come up with a time and place to think about said worry. Step three: If you catch yourself worrying at a time other than your designated worry time, you must make a point to think of something else. Step four: Use your “worry time” productively by thinking of solutions to the worries.

Kick your online addiction.
unplug technology
All that time you spend perusing your Facebook newsfeed probably isn’t doing your mental health any favors. A recent study from Anxiety UK showed that nearly half of people feel “worried or uncomfortable” being away from email or Facebook. “These findings suggest that some may need to re-establish control over the technology they use, rather than being controlled by it,” Anxiety UK CEO Nicky Lidbetter said in a statement. Need some ideas for things to do away from your computer or cell phone? We’ve got you covered.

Be mindful.
The most effective strategies to stop worrying and rumination may be ones based in mindfulness, which involves nonjudgmental awareness of present thoughts and emotions, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy strategies, according to the University of Surrey review of 19 studies. Particularly, the review noted that “treatments in which participants are encouraged to change their thinking style, or to disengage from emotional response to rumination or worry,” as well as “treatments which enable participants to adopt more concrete and specific thinking or which cognitively restructure thinking in a more positive and constructive way” seem especially effective.

Accept the worry — and then move on.
Worrying about worrying is a dangerous cycle to fall into. A 2005 study in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy showed that people who naturally try to suppress their unwanted thoughts end up being more distressed by said thoughts. Meanwhile, “those who are naturally more accepting of their intrusive thoughts are less obsessional, have lower levels of depression, and are less anxious,” the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researchers wrote. Therefore, people who get caught up in worry when they try to force themselves to stop worrying may want to try a different strategy — acceptance.

Write your worries down.
journal
Letting all your emotions out on paper before a big exam could help decrease test-taking worry, according to a 2011 study in Science. “It might be counterintuitive, but it’s almost as if you empty the fears out of your mind,” study researcher Sian Beilock, an associate professor in psychology at the University of Chicago, told U.S. News. “You reassess that situation so that you’re not as likely to worry about those situations because you’ve slain that beast.” While exams are no longer a threat to many of us, Beilock noted that the approach could work for people facing anxieties for other things.

Cut yourself some slack.
Dr. Susan M. Love, a professor at the David Geffen School of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, told The New York Times that the perceived need to follow all the rules when it comes to health can be a source of stress and worry in itself. Love, who wrote the book “Live a Little! Breaking the Rules Won’t Break Your Health” told The Times that at the end of the day, it’s impossible to have perfect health, and you’re probably a lot healthier than you realize. “Is the goal to live forever?” she said to The Times. “I would contend it’s not. It’s really to live as long as you can with the best quality of life you can. The problem was all of these women I kept meeting who were scared to death if they didn’t eat a cup of blueberries a day they would drop dead.”

Keep your hands busy.
Engaging in activities that keep your hands busy and mind distracted could help prevent flashbacks from traumatic experiences, according to research from the Medical Research Council in England. While the study didn’t examine how this strategy impacts everyday worry, the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Bob Hirshon pointed out that “keeping your hands and mind busy interferes with storing and encoding visual images.”

Make time for meditation.
meditation
Taking some time to find some zen can really help anxiety in your brain — even brain scans say so. A study published earlier this year in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience showed that meditation training not only lower anxiety levels in people, but it also had effects on the anterior cingulate cortex and ventromedial prefrontal cortex brain regions (the former region controls emotions and thinking, the latter controls worrying).

Get your heart pumping.
Exercise may be a predictable way to beat stress, but it’s only predictable because it’s so effective. Research in animals, for instance, shows that exercise can affect brain activity of serotonin (a so-called “happy” brain chemical) as well as reduce the effects of oxidative stress, The New York Times reported. And Well and Good points out studies showing that exercise interventions can result in lower anxiety levels than people who stay tied to the couch. “Several studies have found the effects of aerobic exercise to be initially similar to those of medication,” Jeff Dolgan, an exercise physiologist at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, told Well and Good. “However, in the long term, exercise seems to work better.

***Reposter’s Note

Excellent Article I really wish this information had been around when I was younger.

I went white at a very early age as I was a compulsive worrier to the point, it caused me worry when I realized I wasn’t worrying. It wasted so much of my energy and stopped me from enjoying life to it’s fullest.

Every single one of the above suggestions are part of the solutions but there are a few more things that made the difference for me.

Nutrition.

Nutrition plays a huge role in mental as well as physical health.

Vitamin Mineral supplementt, I found that when I was consistent in taking a really good Vitamin Mineral Supplement I was significantly less prone to worry. After trying many multivitamins and minerals,  we finally found one in liquid form  that tastes good, that is all natural, comes from whole foods, gives us more energy and more good nutrition than anything else we have ever found. We have been extremely satisfied with Daily Complete. The taste and the nutrition are phenomenal, It has 194 vitamins, minerals, organic fruits, organic vegetables, antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, Mediterranean herbs, pure phytoplankton. If you want to check it out here is the link. http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=complete

Magnesium , We as a society are now magnesium deficient, it is a natural relaxant that works to relax the body and the mind. It is used by the body in every cell. Minerals are very synergistic so when we are deficient in a mineral that is as significant to the functioning of the body and mind as Magnesium we feel much more on edge and are far less able to manage stress. Below is the link to a post that provides more information but is just the tip of the iceberg. Magnesium applied transdermally has a better absorption rate than by mouth. so consider magnesium salts in a bath or a foot bath or in a body spray form.

For a bit more info: https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/magnesium-deficiency-symptoms-and-diagnosis-magnesium-the-wonder-mineral-that-we-all-need-more-of/

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is so much more than a vitamin and plays a huge role in overall health and wellness. It is called the sunshine vitamin as our body is able to make it when our skin is exposed to sunshine. Interestingly it is also effective in improving our outlook on life as going out in the sunshine. There are varied opinions as to how much we need. As we are in Canada, in the winter we personally take 5000 – 10,000 IUs every day and find that we feel happier but also don’t pick up the colds and flu that are floating around.

https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/benefits-of-vitamin-d-vitamin-d3-supplements/

https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/17/

Omega Fatty Acids

Excerpts from Fighting Depression and Improving Cognition with Omega-3 Fatty Acids – By Laurie Barclay, MD

“The human brain is 60% fat, and omega-3 fatty acids are the fatty acid of choice for the structure of certain parts of brain cell membranes and brain intercellular nerve connections,” Douglas London, MD

“The [evidence] is becoming quite compelling that increasing omega-3 fatty intake enhances many aspects of brain function, including the control of mood and aspects of personality,” Brian M. Ross, MD

***Getting sufficient Omega 3 is also a crucial part of the nutrition component. We use various things like  coconut oil,  hemp hearts and Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil  as part of our diet. Hemp hearts and cold pressed hemp oil have virtually the highest concentrated balance of proteins, fats, vitamins and enzymes.  They are, in essence, a super food and the health benefits of hemp hearts are amazing!

Exercise

We live very busy lives. Exercising is not something we do as a specific but we do get a fair amount of physical movement due to lifestyle. Exercise is needed but often is not a priority for many people even though it is one of the most important components of true mental and physical health. When you feel good, the worry monster has a much harder time disrupting our lives. .

We hedge our bets with our Oxygen Spa. A 15 minute Oxygen Hydrotherapy Session gives us the same benefits as a 1-3 km jog plus a 1 hour massage. It is a huge stress reliever just like good exercise. The benefits of getting more oxygen into the body and a good cardiovascular workout always reduce anxiety and worry. The Oxygen Spa is one of the the cornerstones that has had the largest positive effect on us in quality of life. We have replaced showering with spaing so it does not have a time impact of something more to be fit into already busy lives. If you want to learn more check out this link.

Preventive Healthcare maintenance is investing in your health today. Try it soon!

In Asia, the Oxygen Spa is found in Emergency Rooms, Rehab Facilities, Salons, Spas and homes. It is enjoyable, reduces stress, oxygenate the body, detoxifies, massages, gets the heart pumping and the blood moving.  While taking a bath in millions of bubbles that massage  all of the acupuncture points, one also receives the benefits of hydrotherapy, massage therapy, oxygen therapy, Far-Infrared therapy, ultrasound, Detox and Hydration.

You can contact me Deb via e-mail at allaboutwellness@mail.com or at 780-363-2492 for more info. I have tons. I would love to see these as common in homes as microwaves.

As worry and stress have played a large role in my life, I am grateful to be able to offer some solutions that may benefit others. There is life beyond worry but it does require doing something different. But doing something different also leads to a different outcome that is more than worth the effort for receiving the freedom from worry that is truly liberating and life enhancing.