Archive for April, 2014

Drink Watermelon Juice To Ward Off Muscle Pain

Before hopping on the treadmill you might want to take a swig of watermelon juice. It’s rich in L-citrulline, an amino acid that may help ease post-exercise muscle soreness and improve recovery time.

Scientists in Spain gave volunteers about 2 cups of either watermelon juice, L-citrulline-enriched juice or a pink placebo drink, an hour before exercise. Those who drank the watermelon juice felt less sore the next day than either of the other two groups.

Researchers theorize that naturally-occurring L-citrulline may be used more easily by the body than the supplement.

Comments No Comments »

Resisting Change

There is no difference between destruction and creation. You cannot destroy energy. Nothing can really be destroyed. It can only be changed.

When you are in resistance and reaction to change, instead of being willing to change, you kill your body in the process. Please start listening to your body more. Everything will communicate with you if you are willing to be aware. Awareness is the key to changing everything.

Become aware of where you are NOT choosing the infinite space of you and acknowledge that; then you can change it. Embrace the space. Hard work is a point of view. It is an absence of joy in what you are doing.

This reality encourages left brain awareness; cognition, logic, calculation, computation, analysis, writing, etc as what’s valuable. It keeps you functioning in less than 10% of what is possible and reduces your capacity to receive with ease.

By contrast, animals receive very easily. They are not thinking about anything so they don’t get in their own way. With horses in particular, they do not have a corpus callosum which connects the right brain and left brain so they have no impediment to awareness. If we are willing to open up to more being and receiving – and less thinking and doing – then we can receive in the same way – with ease!

What have you misidentified and misapplied as ease?

Comments No Comments »

Valentine’s Day is a holiday of love; it can promote recognition that the highest positive emotion has potent liver-protective properties.

By Nicole Cutler L.Ac.

Modern day medicine separates emotional health from physical health, but many disciplines recognize an indestructible tie between the two. The liver represents the perfect example of how emotions impact the physical body. Negative emotions can encourage liver inflammation and positive emotions help shield the liver from inflammation-inflicted injury. This Valentine’s Day, don’t underestimate the power of positive emotions on the liver’s well-being, especially since love qualifies as the highest form of positive emotion.

Evidence suggesting that a positive emotional outlook can improve health has been documented in a variety of sources, including:

One study evaluated 309 people who were having heart surgery. The researchers found that people with a positive outlook were 50 percent less likely to return to the hospital in the six months following surgery.
Research by the Women’s Health Initiative followed 97,000 post-menopausal women for more than eight years. They found that those who scored highest in optimism had a significantly lower chance of developing heart disease.
An Iranian study evaluated the effect of emotional stimuli on 85 hypertensive patients. The researchers confirmed that stressful emotions worsened blood pressure while pleasant emotions improved blood pressure readings.
Another study followed over 6,000 students who attended the University of North Carolina in the 1960s. Of the 476 students who died over the following four decades, those who scored lowest in optimism had a 42 percent higher rate of death than those who were the most optimistic.
In a cross-sectional study of nearly 7,000 adults, researchers compared optimism and pessimism to markers of inflammation. They concluded that pessimism was associated with higher levels of markers for systemic inflammation.
The list of studies correlating emotions with physical health goes on and on, but the real value lies in learning to apply it. For those with a chronic liver ailment, finding strategies to tip the scales toward supporting the liver (as opposed to harming it) is vital for living a long and healthy life.

Love takes its rightful place as the highest possible point on the emotional scale, serving as a potent, non-pharmaceutical, anti-inflammatory. Liver inflammation is a reaction that occurs when liver cells are attacked by a virus, toxin, fat, free radical or other irritating substance. Because inflammation in the liver perpetuates liver damage, climbing higher up the emotional scale reduces inflammation – which provides greater liver protection.

Anyone can take advantage of Valentine’s Day to ride the coattails of love. It feels great to express love and feel loved. In addition to feeling great, celebrating love exerts a positive effect on quelling liver inflammation. To coax your emotions in the right direction, incorporate some of these thought processes into your Valentine’s Day plans.

If in a relationship:

Take turns listing all of the things you love about the other person.
Describe to your significant other what makes you feel most loved.
Do things together that you love.
Discuss how you can perpetuate and strengthen your love.
Being in a relationship is certainly not a pre-requisite to experiencing love. Even if you don’t have a significant other, consider these loving thoughts to reduce inflammation in your liver this Valentine’s Day:

List all of the things you love about your life.
Reflect on what characteristics you love about other people.
Think about all of the people you love, and who love you.
Do things that you love.
Imagine how to bring more love into your life.
Sometimes, love can be a buzz word that makes certain people uncomfortable. If this is the case, replace ‘love’ with ‘grateful for.’ On the emotional scale, gratefulness also ranks very high.

For some people, pessimism or reacting negatively to any given situation comes naturally. Thus, fostering a positive outlook – and focusing on gratefulness or love – may require extra effort.

Luckily, you can be single, married or anywhere on the relationship spectrum for your liver to benefit on Valentine’s Day. Even spending a measly 10 minutes to ruminate on feelings of love and gratefulness can exert a protective effect on your liver. The power of love is far greater than the western medical model recognizes. This mid-February celebration of emotion should remind us that when combating liver inflammation (and living a happy life), love is the ultimate healer.

Comments No Comments »

Please Note!

Self-Health Essentials LLC suggests a way of life for reaching and maintaining peak health. It is based on the best of the latest research and the best of the time-tested methods. Although the medical profession encourages us to take more responsibility for our health, seeking wellness should be done in cooperation with a doctor. More and more physicians are becoming aware of the benefits to be derived from preventive methods, among them optimal nutrition. Self-Health Essentials LLC and information on this site is not to be considered a prescription. You are unique. You have your own set of individual variations-physical, mental, and emotional. Only the doctor who knows, examines, and treats you can prescribe for you. For this reason, the authors, writers and researchers of Self-Health Essentials LLC cannot take medical or legal responsibility of having the contents of this website considered a prescription for anyone.