Is Your Brain Being Plasticized?

Category : BPA , Diseases , News , Sleep

Every year, companies in the US produce 100 billion pounds of plastic for the packaging of the food products The toxic substance–bisphenol A (BPA) is called the “plasticizer”,  is included in the plastic, making it flexible and less brittle. BPA is used in plastic bottles containing drinks, sodas, fruit juices and most frequently bottled waters, but also is found in many types of food containers. This chemical does make its way into the drink or food the container holds, and from there, into our bodies.

BPA has been a concern for those who worry about cancer risk; but it appears it may increase the risk of dementia as well. The bad new is, there is a steady stream of research showing that the BPA we are consuming makes problematic changes on the cellular level that can alter the brain operation. It’s best to avoid this chemical wherever possible. We are practically saturated by BPA because it is so widely used, lining the cans of soups, beer and soft drinks. It is also used in the receipts we receive at the grocery store checkout. Also, polycarbonate water pipes, some medical devices, eyeglasses, compact discs and dental sealants. The CDC says that more than 90 percent of us have BPA in our bodies. The highest level has been found in children. There are tests you can get to show what the levels are.

The chemical BPA shrinks the brain’s prefrontal cortex, creating damage to these neurons and synapses resulting in shorter attention span; making it harder to do mental work which constitutes switching one’s focus from one task to another. It also interferes with the communication and language areas of the brain, ruining spatial memory which affects the ability to remember where things are. Causing oxidative stress to the hippocampus, an important center for memory. Also expanding harmful brain inflammation by causing microglia immune cells to wander within the brain, which will harm neurons.Let’s not be deceived by the “BPA-Free” logo. Many companies will use BPS and BPF as substitutes, which researchers have found can be just as harmful to the body and brain–and maybe even worse.
mariexray@webtv.net Marie


WHAT! Give Up Meat? But Why?

There is truth in the saying “You are what you eat”. In the development of disease, many factors are involved. What you consume can be for your health and healing or for your suffering and early death.

The greatest threat to your health is the overconsumption and intake of animal products.  Basically, animal products include not only meat, but chicken, fish, eggs, and dairy as well. Overconsuming of these foods is the leading cause of excess weight, pain, ill health, disease, suffering, and death.

Now I am not saying everyone should become a vegetarian or vegan; that’s a personal choice. There is something that everyone can do, especially to take advantage of the intense research on this subject. Cut back! The overconsumption of animal products is killing us!

Fact: Animal foods including chicken and fish contains cholesterol, saturated fats and excess protein. Cooking these foods alters the protein composition which the body cannot break down for absorption. The saturated fats burden the circulatory and lymph systems, which will damage the vessels and will cause clog the arteries thus creating heart damage and atherosclerosis.

Fact: Heart disease has been the number one killer for over 100 years…it even outnumbers cancer.

Fact: When animal proteins are eaten daily; people are more likely to die of disease of cancers, diabetes, breast, prostate, and large bowel (colon and rectal cancers).

Fact: Osteoporosis is caused by an acid overload in the body; caused from excess dietary protein. In order for the kidneys to excrete this acid from the body it will pull calcium from the bones to complete this transfer. Of course, bones become very weak and brittle. Now this transfer of calcium to the soft tissues (arteries, skin, joints, internal organs and eyes) results in bone fractures, wrinkling of the skin, the formation of stones, cataracts, high blood pressure, degeneration of internal organs, loss of hearing, senility, and cancer. Meat also causes an increase in the urinary excretion of calcium.

Always caring,
Marie


Proper Breathing Posture and Techniques

Category : Allergies , Arthritis , Diseases , News , Sleep

 

Breathing Postures

*Sedentary Lifestyle and  Shallow Breathing— Although breathing shallowly  can be caused by a sedentary lifestyle, it also has other reasons. Poor posture may also attribute to shallow breathing. In proper posture, the rib cage sits directly over the hips and forms one column. This closes the rib cage and compresses the lungs. The above diagram can  offer the proper and improper illustrations.

*Breathing Exercises — Most people do not understand how to breathe properly. You can help yourself by doing breathing exercises designed to stimulate proper breathing technique and thus increase your blood oxygen levels.
One of these exercises is as followed: Sit upright on the edge of a hard chair. Do not allow your arms or back to slump against anything. Place one hand on your upper abdomen and one hand on your lower abdomen. Begin slowly breathing in and focus on filling up with air from the bottom up. Your lower hand should start expanding first, followed by your upper hand then; you should feel the middle of your chest open and finally the top. Your shoulder should not move at all. Breathe in slowly and smoothly. Hold for a couple of seconds and breath out slowly. This releases tension  and promotes healthy lung tissue. Repeat this exercise three times. Every day, add one more repetition. In time, you may do this a few times a day as your lungs handle the increased oxygen load to the cells. Eventually, as your lungs are able to handle this; adding an ‘mechanical aid’ to help slowly increase your oxygen intake to your lungs, using a ‘spirometer’, Healthy lungs will become a beacon of health to your body.

To Your Healthy Lungs,
Marie


Are Organic Foods Really Worth It?

Category : Allergies , Diseases , News , Nitrites , Sulfites

When buying healthy foods, are the organic foods really important for your health? What makes organic foods so-called superior? Under USDA guidelines, organic means the food has not been contaminated with any man-made chemicals. The organic farmers are also conservative in their growing methods, thus diligent in their watering and conserving the soil for future generations.

The organic farmers also avoid ionizing radiation—the process of applying radiation to raw meat, poultry and produce. Conventional farming uses radiation in meats to kill pathogenic bacteria and other microorganisms. In produce, it is used to kill spoilage-causing bacteria, thus giving it a longer shelf-life. The organic farmers abstain from the radiation usage, instead following very strict sanitation and hygiene practices as well as climate control, which is also providing refrigeration.

What is the difference between organic and non-organic you may ask? There are many; flavor, taste, nutrients and even the way the produce looks and smells. We do know it is pricier and that is due to the fact of expensive farming practices and is more labor intensive.

So, what are the advantages? The biggest; in my opinion, are the health benefits. The chemicals and pesticides used on non-organic are to boost production; but have been proven to cause a number of diseases and create greater health risks. Pesticides and herbicides are hormone disruptors as well as toxic to the nervous and immune systems. Consuming naturally grown organics, boosts your immune system and prevents premature aging.

The nutrients, organics are a grade higher than conventional foods. The organics has more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients because of the sustainable farming practice. For example: 21% more iron, 27% more Vitamin C, 29% more magnesium, 13% more phosphorus than conventional vegetables. Also there is an important factor, organic foods, on the average contain 25% less mercury and 29% less lead than conventional foods—both of these metals are toxic to the nervous and immune systems.

The taste as well as the smell of the organic produce is far superior, because they have a more concentrated retained flavor. which explodes in your mouth wonderful flavors which enhance the taste buds. Test it out yourself, buy one of each …Experiment!
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I am concerned about children who consume pesticides and other toxins in food. So, feeding them healthy chemical-free food is best for them and all future generations. While organic cost more, your body’s health is worth the expense.

Pamper your health,
Marie


The Perfect Gift…A Hug!

Category : Diseases , News , Sleep

​Why are hugs so powerful?  Hugs release the hormone ‘Oxytocin’. This can be called the “love hormone”, it is released when you bond, hug or cuddle. This hormone surges when you really connect with those we love; partners, close friends and children. It is the reason being hugged feels so good!  So, when you are feeling down give someone you love a hug and you will feel your mood lift.The hug is called reassuring, comforting, and calming. Believe it or not, there have been many legitimate studies conducted about the incredible powers of hugging.
First, hugs ward off illness. Frequent hugs, studies have shown actually protect people from increased stress which lowers one’s immunity in combating infections within the body. Participants in the study exhibited fewer symptoms when sick when they were hugged more often.

Secondly, hugs just make you feel like everything is going to be okay. You instinctively reach out to hug those who are struggling and hurting. When you receive a hug from someone that you care about or who really makes you happy, it can generally give you that feeling of safety and reassurance.

Thirdly, hugs cut down on stress. Cortisol, which is called the stress hormone, is actually reduced and vanquished when oxytocin from hugs enters the picture. Hmmm! The science behind the studies can sound complicated, but fundamentally hugs do lower cortisol levels and counteract the physiological consequences which contribute to diseases induced by stress.

You may often hesitate to touch or reach out to another, especially in these times. You may back down because of fear, possibly overstepping personal boundaries, or making someone feel uncomfortable; but sometimes it’s worth the risk to hug it out!  It’s okay to ask to hug if you are uncertain whether a hug would be accepted or not. Sometimes a hug can change someone’s day and it only takes seconds. Hug your loved ones and friends more often.  Show them you care and you’ll also reap the benefits. You are not being weird for needing hugs; everybody needs them  they are so good for you!

mariexray@webtv.net 
Marie


The Freedom of Forgiveness

When you are hurt by someone you care about, do you hold on to anger, bitterness, resentments or even thoughts of revenge–or do you embrace forgiveness and move forward?

Everyone has been hurt by another’s actions or words at one time or another. After all we are all infallible human beings, but we also will have to plead guilty to the pain we may have caused to others. Some of us carry deep wounds from our past that get triggered and infected by present circumstances. These wounds can open up and one may bleed emotionally. The expectations we had for someone have failed, we are then stumped and look at the present with eyes of the past. So, it may be a time to embrace the situation, look at it, reevaluate it as it is now, as well as what it was. It’s time to learn from this, healing your heart and soul with forgiveness for yourself as well as the person who failed you. If you don’t practice…I say that again PRACTICE forgiveness or your wounds may never heal, and you may be the one who pays dearly for it. By embracing forgiveness, you can also embrace joy, peace, love, hope, and gratitude. Forgiveness can lead you down an enriching path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Holding onto a grudge allows you to be swallowed up in the negativity and crowding out any of the positive feelings, thus you can’t enjoy the present moments. Depression and anger results, life loses its meaning or purpose, and you become at odds with your connection with others and your spiritual beliefs.

Forgiveness is a commitment to an individualized process of change. To move from suffering to forgiveness you might recognize the value of forgiving, its freedom, and how it may improve your life. Identify what needs healing and who needs to be forgiven and for what. Choose to forgive the person who has offended you. Move from the role of victim to overcomer. It is all a process, sometimes short, other times not. But keep on practicing forgiveness it will set you free!

Remember the story of the Hatfields and the McCoys? It went on for years as the bloodiest family feud in history. Many people died and the unforgiveness was traumatic for all. God entered into this picture and family, stopping the insanity and granting restoration, salvation and healing to all involved and to future generations. The story of the feuding Hatfields and McCoys ends with a treaty, a handshake, and a newly forged kinship between both families. Where one story of vengeance and unforgiveness ends, a new story of forgiveness and brotherhood begins.
https://tourpikecounty.com/hatfields-and-mccoys-a-story-of-forgiveness/

Compassionately,
Marie


Relationships Are Sacred

Category : News

Relationships are learned and nurtured at the beginning of life…from the womb to the cradle. As we grow, we begin to make our own decisions about how to form relationships based from our life’s patterns and learned behaviors. We all have unloaded issues that were filtered through our childish thinking and emotions. We all carry this baggage from generations past into our present ones. This “baggage” interferes with the emotional communication and deep connection of some of our relationships.

Relationships are a dance, do we “catch” the rhythm or not? We cannot choose some of our relationships, but those we can; choose wisely. Since we all live in a broken world, we are taking our brokenness into our relationships. We need to become brave enough to share that brokenness and heal the emotional distance that sometimes develops.

The greatest gift you can ever give is your honest self. not to hurt others, but to help heal with our love. You bring all you ever were and are to any relationship you have today. Oftentimes we expect others to heal our brokenness and make us happy. How can they? When one doesn’t work, we move on to the next…we keep looking in the wrong places. We need to take responsibility for our own part in all relationships. We must give up blaming others for our unhappiness and look within and to our God to heal our heart and soul. What are the obstacles that interfere with the closeness? Our “stinking “thinking and faulty emotions may facilitate our problems.

We all have personal differences, that is what makes us human. Stop comparing! We then need to learn from these differences to enhance the connection. Let us develop the attitude of curiosity instead of judging others for their faults, and deal with the “walls” that have to be broken down, in order to connect to develop trust, truth, and emotional change that enhances growth.

It’s time to face the reality of who we are, bottom line “GUT LEVEL HONESTY”; first with our God, ourself, and then with others with LOVE. Listen with our heart, step into the other person’s shoes, that is caring, And think before speaking, especially if you are angry. What is your part in the emotion impact as you attempt to tear someone else down? It’s not what happens to us that matters, it’s how we deal with it…Rise above it.

The relationships we have are our gifts from God and all of them make us who we are. Think about that. We can learn something about ourselves from all of them.

With love from a caring heart,
Marie


The Big, Bad and The Ugly…Killer Fats!

Category : Allergies , Arthritis , Diseases , News , Sleep

Hydrogenation is a process that turns polyunsaturates, which are normally liquid oils at room temperature, into fats that are solid or semi-solid at room temperature. This is a chemical process; the oils are altered under pressure with a metal catalyst for about six to eight hours. This process will break the double bond which is naturally occurring in the oil by adding hydrogen to make it into solid or semi-solid product. The really big problem here is that through this processing the chemical and metal catalysts remain in the oil, when the processed foods are eaten these toxins enter into our body will therefore contaminate us. These metal catalysts are nickel, aluminum, platinum, or cobalt. If the unsaturated fat chain is fully saturated by this chemical process, it becomes hard and stable, but completely dead. What that means it becomes pure fat, without its health benefits. The difference between partially hydrogenated and fully hydrogenated fats is that the partially hydrogenated fat creates trans-fat, because the fully hydrogenated returns to “zero-trans-fat” level.

So, you ask, what makes them killer fats? These laboratory altered fats are considered an inflammatory ingredient that get stuck inside the body; there isn’t any way for the body to metabolize them or excrete them out. Since your body can’t metabolize them, they sit in the fat tissues of the body hindering its ability to efficiently break down and use other proteins or fats which can keep the body in a healthy state. The blood becomes sticky and hard and can create cardio vascular issues. Triglycerides increase, LDL cholesterol (bad) also increases, while the HDL cholesterol (good) decreases. There is an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke, disruption of hormones function, also interfering with the enzyme structure which the body needs to eliminate certain toxins. Also, these toxins create massive amounts of inflammation within the body, thus hindering the body’s healing process.

So, it is so important to not just look at the front label but to investigate and read the INGREDIENT label instead. Toxic fats are hydrogenated and trans fats. Margarine, shortening, and other man-made oils are particularly harmful. Some of these toxic fats are canola, corn, vegetable, soybean, cottonseed, safflower, grapeseed and peanut oil. These oils are highly processed and oxidize easily. Beware of these!

Very concerned,
Marie


Our Kitchens Hold The Power Of Healing!

Category : Allergies , Arthritis , Diseases , News

Do you know how much healing power we hold in the kitchen spice cabinet? Let’s look to this for our gems of healing. Throughout history many cultures turned to the herbs and spices alone for their medicinal purposes. People were actually healthier, healed quicker and less likely to even develop chronic diseases which runs so rampant today. When you grill or fry with spices it does decrease its antioxidants…but stewing or simmering heightens them.
Let’s check out a few:

In fact, did you know that there are some herbs that combat sugar cravings?
One herb is: Fenugreek seeds. Tasting like maple syrup, they makes a great sugar replacement; and are loaded with antioxidants and trace minerals. Cinnamon is another; lending a sweet taste to food without adding sugar… provides healthy heart benefits, offers reduction of high blood cholestrol and triglyceride levels… not to be used as a replacement for your medications, but is a helpful addition to a healthy lifestyle.

Turmeric reduces inflammation which is a common cause of discomfort and illness. Turmeric’s component called cucumin, researchers has shown may reduce brain inflammation which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and depression…also reduces pain of arthritis.

Ginger reduces stomach upset and travel sickness; even helps with chemotherapy nausea and vomiting when taken along with anti-nausea medication. (check with your doctor first, as some drugs may be conflicting.)

Garlic…Researchers have linked garlic intake with keeping blood vessels flexible, also reducing cholestrol and triglycerides.

Cayenne helps to ease pain. It contains the substance, capsaicin, which makes it spicey. It reduces the number of pain signals sent to your brain, so you don’t register as much discomfort. Also works on pain caused by arthritis and diabetes-nerve damage. Helps with reducing the ulcer-causing bacteria (H-pylori), reducing stomach acid and increasing blood flow.

Rosemary works for blood circuation, digestion and asthma, promotes alertness.

Sage may help with memory enhancement and functioning of the brain, possibly aiding those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Sage tea eases sore throats and stomach discomfort as well.

Oregano…you will get the same amount of powerful antioxidants from three cups of spinach comparing to one teaspoon of oregano. It is a great deliverer of Vitamin K, the nutrient for strong bones.

Keeping you informed,
Marie


Not All Fats Are Created Equal

Fat digestion begins mechanically in the mouth, but only a small amount actually breaks down there. On the way down the digestive tract the stomach grabs about 10%, with the help of the enzymes and stomach acids. Most of the metablism of fats though comes during the digestion in the small intestine.

An important and interesting fact is how fat reacts in the body with excess sugars. The body will turn these sugars into sticky and degenerative fats. Excess glucose, not used by the body for enegy will be stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver. The excess amounts of glycogen not used by the liver are then released as triglicerides and dumped into the blood system and stored as fat. Fat is a carrier of toxins, the body stores them. So it is very important to choose your fats wisely.

Healthy fats feed the brain (the brain is made of 60% fat) and the body’s cells, The roles fatty acids accomplish are; promoting energy, carrying nutrients throughout the body, helping the body to maintain its temperatures, and helping in the many roles of metabolism. Fatty acids are one of the outstanding ways the body achieves its cell integrity and permeability. What that means is fats have a premier role in your body’y abilities to absorb and use the good foods that you eat, right down to the cellular level. Wow!

Fats taste good, I won’t deny that. God made those taste buds for a good reason; enhancing the taste buds on the tongue to allow the flavors to spread around the palate so we can fully savor our foods. He wants us to enjoy our foods and stay healthy at the same time.

Good healthy fats are: saturated fats, monosaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. This category consists of healing fats; and also hydrogenated fats and trans fats, the latter two are the killer fats. And believe it or not cholestrol is an important ingredient that our body needs to maintain optimal health. Actually cholestrol is refered to as a fat but a alcohol molecule that behaves like a fat. But it is needed by the body for its metabolic processes.

Most people think that saturated fats are “bad” and unsaturated are “good” fats. Saturated fats usually come from animal products, but coconut is actually a saturated fat. Unsaturated fats comes from plant sources, which doesn’t always mean that it is good for your health. Certian types of plant seeds such as corn, peanut, safflower and sunflower are highly inflammatory oils because of their processing. These are best avoided for health reasons.

Listing of good fats: butter, ghee, tallow, coconut milk and coconut oil, avocados and avocado oil, olive oil, fish oil and MCT oil (medium chain triglyerides), Omega 3 fatty acids.

Listing of bad fats: canola oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, safflower oil, grapeseed oil, margarine, cottonseed oil, and peanut oil. Most of these are considered as trans fats due to their processing practices. (I will do a future article just on hydrogenated and trans fats, their processing, what makes them killer fats and what they do to the body).
Stay tuned!