Earthing: Natures anti-inflammatory

What is Earthing?
Earthing (also know as grounding) is a practice that reconnects our body to the Earth to restore and maintain the body’s electrical state, which in turn promotes optimum health. It simply means living in contact with the Earths natural surface charge – in other words being grounded! There is a strong link between chronic inflammation and virtually all chronic diseases of ageing and the ageing process itself. The Earth provides amazing healing power and can reduce the effects of chronic pain, fatigue, jet lag, PMS, indigestion and autoimmune disorders. Other benefits include a reduction in stress, increased energy levels, improved sleep, anti ageing properties, accelerated healing from injuries and surgery, improved blood flow to better supply the cells and tissues of the body with oxygen and nutrition. Put simply its the ultimate natural anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory medicine.

How does Earthing work?
All things electrical must have a portion of their circuits connected to the earth – think about wiring a plug! If electrical cables aren’t grounded, static will interrupt the quality and stability of the signal; something with a loose connection may not work at all, or at best will work intermittently!

We are no different, the Earth’s electrical energy maintains the order of our bodily frequencies too. We are a collection of dynamic electrical circuits in which trillions of cells transmit and receive energy to produce programmed biochemical reactions. All our movements, behaviours anmd actions are energised by electricity. Our heart, brain, nervous system, muscles and immune system are all electrical sub systems operating in a bio-electrical body.

Our immune systems use white blood cells (neutrophils), to oxidise harmful reactive oxygen molecules, (free radicals) destroy pathogens and remove damaged cells. Free radicals have an electron imbalance that makes them electrically charged, making them unstable and liable to damage healthy cells. The damaged cells need to be removed and so the immune system continues to send out neutrophils, which is how chronic inflammation and pain sets in. It is this process that promotes many health disorders. When a person is grounded, electrons naturally flow between the body and the Earth which reduces free radicals and eliminates any static electrical charge which prevents inflammation and the related health disorders.

What can I do?
The simplest method of grounding is to walk, stand and sit barefoot on the ground outside (on grass and sand for best results, concrete and hardwood floors insulate us from the earths electric potential so doesn’t have the same affect) for half an hour minimum daily.

If you don’t have time or access to the outdoors there are an amazing range of grounding mats, sheets, pillow cases, bands, footwear and patches that would enable you to spend a large proportion of the day as you work, exercise or sleep fully grounded.

http://www.groundology.co.uk/?a=eovk

Liposomal Vitamin C? & Why You Need It!

What is Liposomal Vitamin C? How can it slow down Ageing and support our Immune Health?

The role of Vitamin C, besides being a cofactor in various biochemical reactions, is a powerful antioxidant, a process that minimizes the damage caused by oxidation; which increases inflammation and the risk of developing chronic degenerative diseases.

Vitamin C protects us against toxins that cause oxidation; from cigarettes, recreational and prescription drugs, alcohol, air pollution, and inflammation attributed to poor diets: low in nutrients, and high in trans fats, sugar and refined carbohydrates. Your immune system is also negatively impacted by toxins produced by viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.

Vitamin C can reduce tiredness, increase iron absorption, promote cartilage, blood vessels, bones and nervous system health. It also synthesises the most prevalent protein in the human body: collagen. (Collagen acts as the scaffolding that holds up the skin, preventing wrinkles & sagging, and also supports the proteins responsible for hair & nail growth).

Most mammals can produce Vitamin C, however as humans we no longer can, as we’re missing the enzyme L-gulonolactone oxidase (GLO) needed to do this for ourselves. We have the gene in our DNA that’s responsible to make the GLO enzyme and (by extension vitamin C), but it’s become mutated. Because of this, our liver cells can’t recognise this gene and are therefore unable to complete the final step of making vitamin C from glucose.

So, we need to consume this from our food (and or supplements) every day. Research shows the current guidelines of 45-90g daily massively underestimate our requirements for optimal health and immune support. There are numerous reports to suggest we actually need between 1000-3000g daily. (A small orange is around 50g; Vitamin C is in most fruit and veg, not limited to just citrus).

However, much of the vitamin C you take orally, either from food or supplements, isn’t absorbed by the gut, this takes a lot of energy, which isn’t always available when needed. In addition to this, as a water-soluble vitamin, there is only so much time before Vitamin C moves on to your digestive tract, once this happens it’s lost its chance to be absorbed. It is quickly distributed throughout the circulation and then eventually filtered an excreted by the kidneys.

Liposomal Vitamin C makes it easier for your cells to absorb Vitamin C. A liposome is a very tiny sphere with a membrane that is made of the same fat found in our cell membranes. This allows them to penetrate the membrane easily so that they can deliver its contents (nutrients) directly into the cells of your body.

Whenever our immune system goes into overdrive to deal with infection, it very quickly burns through all the Vitamin C we have circulating the body. Liposomal Vitamin C allows your immune system to continue to run at maximum capacity.

DM me if you’d like to find out about a great-tasting Liposomal Vitamin C, providing 1000mg of Liposomal Vitamin C per 15ml sachet to support Immune Health, Vitality & Anti-Ageing! Details also on my website.

Stress & Balancing Your Hormones

by aljrit23

Stress can bring about a host of medical conditions such as: high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, depression, skin issues, arthritis, anxiety and a compromised immune system. So it’s no wonder that we view stress in a totally negative way.

However stress is a normal bodily function, designed to keep us safe when we feel threatened, (perceived or real). Our ancient communication system can’t tell the difference, so responds to all stressful situations in the same way; by sending a message from the brain to tell the adrenal glands to start producing the stress hormones; cortisol and adrenaline. This response puts glucose into the muscles so that you can fight or flee, it also raises your blood pressure to ensure enough fresh oxygen gets to your brain to help you focus and problem solve.

Cortisol is also the key hormone to protect our overall health and wellbeing, by regulating metabolism, helping to reduce inflammation and assist with memory formulation. Put simply its fundamental role is to control our energy levels to get us through the day; more in the morning, less during the day and then very little at bedtime as part of the circadian rhythm, (your bio chemical and physiological sleep – wake cycle). At night when cortisol should be at its lowest, your cells perform their greatest repair and healing. If its too high at night, caused by excessive stress, your body cannot do the repair work needed for a healthy body and mind.

Characteristically stress is needed for us to grow and to function, as well as to build resistance to it, we build muscles through lifting heavy weights and become better at handling work deadlines with practice. But over time too many stressors can lead to dysfunctions. It contributes to speeding up cellular ageing, disrupting metabolism and putting us more at risk of developing diseases, mental health issues, hormonal imbalances and is directly linked to excess belly fat. Symptoms appear before diseases are diagnosed and could serve as a warning all is not well. These could include emotional stress, digestive issues, pain, inflammation, dark urine and toxicity, fatigue, sleep disruption, low muscle mass, frequent injuries, water retention, wrinkles and skin conditions, sexual dysfunction, addictions, cravings, weight gain, and allergies.

As we all can appreciate life doesn’t usually fit into perfect categories. More often than not, life is messy and disorganized. The same is true of our hormones. Women already face a largely unacknowledged scourge of hormonal imbalances without unremitting stress getting into the mix to exacerbate the issues. When we take on too many stressors both within and beyond our control, it can become overwhelming. Excess Cortisol is produced with continued stress and this reduces our levels of Progesterone, (our feel good hormone and sleep enhancer) leading to; fluid retention, low mood and sleep disturbances. Reduced levels of Progesterone then puts us at risk of Oestrogen dominance (more commonly associated with peri-menopause and menopause) which is linked to this frustrating list of symptoms; irregular or heavy periods, uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breasts, Thyroid dysfunction, weight gain, low libido, fatigue, depression, infertility and irritability.

How we deal with the symptoms of stress and stressful situations vary from person to person; we all make choices several times a day that will impact either negatively or positively on our health or how we feel. Yet do we always consider the consequences of our decisions? Are our choices making the most of our health or setting us up for more serious side affects and health issues down the line? The healthier we are the more resistant we can be to the cumulative effects of stress and hormonal balance, leading to feeling and looking good and being disease free. Of course we all have our weaknesses; our habits and attitudes that we believe help us to deal with uncertain times and frustrations in life. It can be difficult to let go of that daily chocolate bar or glasses of wine in the evening, not taking exercise or looking after our emotional health. Often we believe that by letting them go could somehow make life less fun or fulfilling.

When we have a desire to make a change we need to define them in a positive way; what you want to achieve rather than what you don’t want to do. Wishing for change is not a commitment and doesn’t achieve goals. It only reinforces the distance between where we are now and where we want to be. Becoming acquainted with our strengths and using their potential to drive away less helpful habits can be useful. For example if you want to have a healthier diet, focusing on the healthy foods you do like and considering portion sizes is better than looking at what you should eliminate from your diet. Moving away from our usual habits and not replacing them with something else is not particularly sustainable either. Consider what you will put in its place, rather than trying to exercise willpower day after day. Linking our values to our new habits is a helpful way to frame a new behaviour and give us purpose to change. Few of us write down our goals or objectives, yet evidence suggests that by doing so you are 40% more likely to achieve it.

Handling stress is key to good health but this isn’t the only consideration, the solutions to improve our health are nuanced; you maybe dealing with an individual (Cortisol) hormone imbalance caused by stress alone or having to deal with several hormonal issues through other health or age related concerns. The most effective approach is one that diagnoses the imbalances and then establishing why your hormones have gone awry. A process should follow that adjusts the behaviours that got you out of balance initially, along with realistic diet, exercise, supplements and BHRT if necessary, rather than succumbing to extreme diets, exercise regimes and medications.

Hormone-Balancing Beverages

These are my favorite hormone-balancing beverages

  1. Lemon water – Lemons are high in vitamin C, which has been shown to benefit the skin and boost immunity. Lemons have also been shown to help the liver detoxify the body and improve insulin resistance by regulating hormones like glucose and leptin.Instructions: start the day with a big glass of warm water and a few squeezes of lemon first thing in the morning.

 

  1. Golden Milk is an amazing hormone-balancing concoction, and it’s warming, soothing, and delicious. It has anti-inflammatory properties and improves circulation and oestrogen In Ayurveda, turmeric is considered an important tool in combating everything from amenorrhea and endometriosis to fibroids and cysts, and the other ingredients, including coconut milk, are wonderful sources of healthy fats.Instructions:  first cook a golden paste (turmeric needs to be heated to get the benefits) by blending 5 tablespoons vcoconut oil, 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder, 1 cup water, and 1.5 teaspoons black pepper in a pot and simmer for about 10 minutes. Once this cools, you can keep it in the refrigerator in a jar for about two weeks and just take a dollop every time you make the milk.

    To make the milk, warm 2 cups of coconut milk and 1 teaspoon of the golden paste in a pot, and whisk until fully mixed. Then add cinnamon, honey, and maple syrup to taste.