- BETA CAROTENE is found in orange-colored and dark green leafy vegetables. Beta-carotene is critical for eye health and also plays a key role in maintaining a healthy and strong immune system.
- LYCOPENE is the red pigment found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon, raspberries, and strawberries. It’s a powerful antioxidant and is linked to reduced prostate cancer risk. Lycopene is better absorbed after it’s been cooked, such as in tomato sauce.
- LUTEIN is found in green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach, as well as in cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussel sprouts and broccoli. Like beta-carotene, lutein is critical for eye health and may help prevent macular degeneration.
- RESVERATROL has been making the news with its antioxidant properties for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and decreasing overall systemic inflammation. Have you heard how dark chocolate and red wine are healthy? That’s because they’re good sources of resveratrol.
- ISOFLAVONES block estrogen from entering cells, possibly lowering the risk of ovarian and breast cancer, as well as protecting against heart disease by reducing blood clotting and cholesterol levels. Soy foods are high in isoflavones, but they’re also found in other legumes.
- ANTHOCYANIDINS are the deep red and blue-purple pigments in blueberries, blackberries, red onions, and radishes, to name just a few. Anthocyanidins help maintain a healthy circulatory system.
The correlation between mental health and a meat-based diet makes sense due to the fact that certain nutrients – B12, long chain omega 3 fatty acids, choline and zinc – that are particularly important for the brain and nervous system are mostly low in vegetarian diets. Fishes are a major source of omega-3 fatty acids that suppress mental illness, while a vegetarian diet may not contain essential amino acid precursors to the “feel good” neurotransmitters known as serotonin and catecholamines. It seems like the Paleo diet – which promotes eating meat and vegetables but discourages processed food, alcohol and sugar – is the most preferred choice of experts.
According to a previous study, “Vegetarian diet and mental disorders: results from a representative community survey,” published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity in 2012, vegetarians displayed higher prevalence rates for depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and somatoform disorders.
For the study, researchers used data from the German National Health Interview and Examination Survey and its Mental Health Supplement (GHS-MHS) and assessed the participants by a standardized individual face-to-face diagnostic interview for mental disorders. They also analyzed the consumption of various food products (meats, vegetables and fruits, fish, etc.) in individuals with different mental disorders. The findings revealed elevated prevalence rates in vegetarians for depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders and syndromes, as well as for eating disorders. On the whole, the study said that avoiding meat in the diet was linked to mental disorders.
Are those who are more likely to select vegetarianism also more vulnerable to depression and anxiety? Or maybe those with mental troubles particularly try to avoid meat. One must not quit meat cold turkey. Instead, the person should consult a doctor beforehand, especially if he is prone to mood disorders.
For those fighting depression, talk therapy can help in understanding and changing thoughts and behaviors that contribute to how you feel. Treatment of depression requires qualified medical supervision. Most people are usually unable to get over depression without professional help. Fortunately, it is a highly treatable condition and more than 80 percent of people get better with help.
This powerful oil is effective in treating ADHD. It soothes the mind and improves focus. Moreover, the rosemary enhances alertness and enhances performance for overall quality of memory. Rosemary essential oil blends well with Lavender and Lemon. In this cases forming a formidable memory booster. For effective results, one can inhale the oil directly.
Common oil among spiritual people, frankincense essential oil, alleviates anxiety and depression. Moreover, it increases intuition. By lowering anxiety, it acts as an excellent sleep aid. The oil reduces heart rate and high blood pressure without any adverse side effects. Massaging or a warm shower of Frankincense essential oil is an effective way of using it. Still, the oil a room diffuser works perfectly!
With most of its use in perfumes and fragrances, the yellowish-orange oil has a viscous consistency and is vital in calming and balancing the body. The myrrh balances the most critical hormones in the body. Balancing hormones, in turn, gives a feeling of calm and concentration. Blending it with Lavender works perfectly in room diffusers while mixing Myrrh with jojoba, makes it an effective massaging oil.
Ylang ylang oil
Ylang ylang essential oil is an extract of fresh flowers of Ylang ylang tree. The oil has extensive uses in aromatherapy, treatment of hypertension, memory, and perfumes. It eliminates anxiety, inducing a relaxing and joyous feeling. Besides, the oil strengthens the nervous system, and repairs damaged parts of the nerve. As a sedative, it induces sleep and improves concentration. Due to its volatile nature, it works well in a room diffuser.
Its everyday use is as a breath freshener. However, peppermint essential oil has extensive application in the field of health practices, culinary arts, and cosmetic practices. Peppermint promotes energy levels, increasing concentration, alleviating mental fatigues and restlessness. These aspects make it efficient in dealing with ADD and ADHD. The concentration of Peppermint is naturally high, thus mixing it with carrier oils such as almond, makes it highly effective. For use, either, apply the oil topically on the skin or inhale it directly from a bottle.
Carenen, limonene, and alpha-pinene are active compounds of cypress essential oil. The oil is a perfect antibacterial, stimulating, antispasmodic and antiseptic. In dealing with ADHD, Cypress essential oil induces a feeling of calmness due to its sedative effect. Also, it eliminates anxiety, anxiousness, insomnia, emotional stress and difficulty in concentrating. Among the various ways to use the oil, the most effective are either massaging it on the skin or inhaling directly from a bottle.
Roman chamomile oil
With great soothing abilities, Roman chamomile essential oil calms the mind and the whole body, in turn, increasing concentration, a need for people with ADHD. Moreover, Roman chamomile treats insomnia efficiently. Among ways to use this essential oil, is either adding 4-5 drops to a glass of water or hot beverage or applying on the skin directly.
Eat two or three squares a day of a high-quality chocolate for glowing skin. Any chocolate rich in cocoa helps to hydrate the skin, leaving it supple and firm. Plus, the dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants known as flavonols. The most beneficial bars have at least 70% cacao, which is the purest form of chocolate. Also, there is the option to apply chocolate topically; the caffeine content is helpful for reducing the appearance of skin puffiness.
Add yogurt to your diet to improve the skin’s firmness and make it more resilient to lines and wrinkles. The most effective option is Greek yogurt because of the high protein content. This is nearly double that found in normal yogurt. A single daily serving is enough to benefit from a smoother complexion.
Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants known as polyphenol. They are useful for regulating the skin’s blood flow and fighting free radicals. This can leave a rosy glow to the skin. Simply add a glass of juice to the daily diet, or eat a single pomegranate. Alternatively, the fruit can be applied to the skin topically, which is useful to soften the skin and help smooth lines.
Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fats, which are essential to help maintain the skin’s elasticity. Also, walnuts contain a useful amount of the mineral copper, which gives a boost to the production of collagen. Simply eat 1 or 2 walnuts daily to prevent tough calluses and improve your complexion’s texture.
Eating yellow, orange and green peppers can help to slow the appearance of wrinkles, especially near the eyes. Also, the yellow and orange vegetables are rich in carotenoids which are useful for decreasing the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Try to eat up to 2 cups of peppers per day.
Nutritional value of mustard
Mustard is very rich in phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. No wonder then that mustard is called a magic spice. Let’s take a look at the nutritional value of mustard seeds in detail.
- Mustard seeds contain vitamins such as folates, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, Vitamin B-6 and pantothenic acid which positively impact the nervous system function and body’s metabolism.
- Vitamin B-3 found in mustard helps in lowering blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Mustard seeds also boast of Vitamin-E which is a soluble antioxidant and is responsible for protecting the skin from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
- Mustard seeds are rich in flavonoid and carotenoid antioxidants.
- Small traces of vitamin antioxidants are also present in mustard.
- Various minerals such as Calcium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Selenium and Zinc are also found in mustard.
Health benefits of Mustard
- Provides relief from the respiratory issues: Mustard readily cures sinus issues.
- Cures migraine problem: Due to the presence of a good amount of magnesium in mustard seeds, it cures the migraine problem.
- Cures Asthma: Mustard provides relief to Asthma patients as the various minerals present in this spice help in preventing Asthma attacks.
- Relieves joint pain: Selenium and magnesium found in mustard provide relief from joint pain.
- Reduces constipation: The seeds contain mucilage which helps in reducing constipation.
- Reduces hypertension: It regulates blood flow and thus, prevents the incidents of hypertension.
- Prevents piles and fissures development: Being a good source of dietary fibre, it improves the bowel movement and metabolism of the body. This also results in prevention of piles and fissures.
- Treats cancer: The seeds contain glucosinolates and myrosinase which help in fighting different tumours and prohibit the growth of cancer cells.
- Provides menopausal relief: Presence of magnesium and calcium provides menopausal relief too.
Other benefits of mustard
Apart from the above, mustard is beneficial for the skin. It slows the ageing process and fights various skin infections. This is due to the presence of Sulphur which has anti-fungal properties. Mustard strengthens hair too and limits hair fall.
Organic mustard from Terragreens
Well, when the normal mustard seeds are so good, one cannot imagine how good the organic mustard seeds could be. In fact, Terragreens’ Organic Mustard can offer much more benefits because it is certified under NPOP and NOP standards of organic certification.
A lot of essential oils that are being used these days have only mild level of toxicity and are considered safe for adults. However, they still may not be safe for your children because their immunity system is still young and not yet fully developed. Therefore, you should make sure that you are using the safe ones. Babies and small young children have a huge possibility of being allergic to different kinds of foods. Some volatile oils are likely to cause unpleasant effects. This is why parents should be extra careful when choosing essential oils in aromatherapy for their children. Some of the safer essential oils are tea tree and lavender, but you will still need some intense care before using them. If you notice that your child feels uncomfortable or irritated with the smell of a certain volatile oil, stop using that oil at once and do not use it again because you baby might be allergic to it. If your child does not like the smell of a certain essential oil, it also has a great potential to be not the right oil for him or her. Therefore, parents should find time to try searching for a safer alternative for that essential oil.
If you are using aromatherapy while your baby is still bread feeding, make sure that you do not apply any amount of essential oil on or near your nipples. If you do, your baby has a huge tendency to ingest it and can cause him harm.
There are certain volatile oil that should not be applied, or to be used even with a diffuser to children who are sick or recently had illness, because some of them are very strong oils and are known to be extremely dangerous for both adults and children. There are certain oils that should never be used in aromatherapy. It is therefore very important to check on the warnings and precautions on the labels before using them. Volatile oil that should never be used anytime by adults and children alike are the essential oils from the following: Acorus calamus, American wormseed and mugwort, Amygdalus communis amara or bitter almond, Anise, Bay laurel, Birch, Basil, Black pepper, Bay, Cedarwood, Clary sage, Clove, Cinnamon, Citronella, Dwarf juniper, Horseradish root, Lovage, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ruta graveolens or rue, Sassafras oil, Scented fern, Sweet fennel, Sage, Thyme, Wormwood.
To understand mental illness we must appreciate the fact that every one of us is a conditioned individual. This is inevitable because no matter which society one grows up in one receives a powerful conditioning effect from the cultural value system, the language and traditions of that society. It means that every one of us is brainwashed by the society we live in as we grow up. It also means that every one of us will have acquired values, traditions and beliefs of that group and have some distorted perception of reality to start with. Our perceptions then change as time and experience forces us to move on. It is up to the individual to wake up and clear up those perceptions during one’s lifetime or die becoming a copy of the people around them.
Normally we all go about our daily activities despite our somewhat distorted perceptions. This is because society conditions us to think in a particular way. However this normality is relative to the society we live in. Since not all societies have the same value system, what is considered right in one society may be considered totally wrong in another society. That is our behaviour may be acceptable in one set of circumstances but may be totally unacceptable or inappropriate in another set of circumstances.
So it is the degree of distortion that determines the level at which a clinical disorder of behaviour and action will manifest itself in the individual as mental illness.
As perceptions produce physiological and biochemical changes in the individual is it not important to understand how they influence our subconscious mind and our body?
Do you know that almost 96% of the human body weight consists of only four elements, oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen? And most this is in the form of water.
And do you know that our mind can be divided into two parts, the conscious and the subconscious? The conscious mind which most people are aware of only represents a fraction of our daily activities. Like our body weight which is mostly made up of the above four elements, over 90% of our activities are subconscious. That is all our vital organs such as our brain, heart, liver, kidneys and lungs which keep us alive are under subconscious control. Yet no one seems to be interested in learning about how our subconscious mind works and how negatively or positively it is being influenced by our perceptions.
The fact is we live in a hypnotic world. While our conscious mind is discriminatory with our like and dislikes, our subconscious mind is like a sponge which absorbs everything in its path and will be open to all sorts of influences. It is non-discriminatory. Negative stimuli will make us feel negative and positive stimuli will make us feel positive.
Our perceptions and how they affect our subconscious mind are therefore most important in the way we feel. This is why in a consumer society the ego is being constantly exploited and pandered to by businesses, the media and the politicians so they can enhance their own interests. Yes it is a self-centred world we have created where individuals carry distorted perceptions and where responsibility for one’s actions is never foremost in one’s mind.
Can we therefore depend on the politicians to improve our mental health? Now politics is a game of distorting people’s perceptions, not correcting them. Politicians will be the last people you turn to, to improve your mental health.
Can we depend on the media to improve our mental health? The media depends on news, gossip and sensationalism etc. to sell their product. How can these mischief makers help you improve your mental health?
The only people we can turn to, to improve our mental health are the doctors. But alas the medical profession appears to have been seduced by our consumer society and have abandoned their role of being our guardian of physical and mental health. They have turned the profession into a political bureaucratic structure where they operate closed shops and indulge in restricted trade practices in collusion with the government. Like the politicians they are trying to convince themselves and the public that medicine is an exact science and can be treated as a consumer item with the same standards of measurements that apply to any consumer item. Clearly our medical leaders are misguided. These pseudo-scientists should not be playing politics and they should not be playing the sick role of Porky Pig selling pork chops and pork sausages on behalf of the government. This is not self-regulation they are practicing. That is a misnomer. In my book that is the path to self-enslavement.
But just because our medical leaders are twisted in their perceptions, it does not mean the rest of the profession thinks in the same way. Doctors as a breed are mostly independent thinkers. Most of us in the profession do not follow any leader or leaders blindly and are not academically inclined. We retain healthy amount of skepticism in whatever we do. Most of us enter the profession meaning to improve the physical and mental health of people around us.
So in this day and age where there is a lot of confused thinking, anxiety and depression going on in society and if you wish to improve your mental health, I would suggest you find a good general medical practitioner you can talk to. I say General Practitioner and not a Specialist because it is the GP who has the special interest in your welfare. The Specialist does not have the time or inclination to listen to your private matters. This GP should have a common sense approach to life and must look happy and healthy. Be wary of any doctor who looks sick and unhealthy. If he cannot cure himself he cannot help you either.
Quite clearly the outside world is constantly causing our perceptions to be distorted and our sanity is being tested. Thus if you are stressed out, anxious, depressed and miserable, it means that you are suffering from distorted perceptions. It means the world is making you sick and what you need is a change in your perceptions.
Remember that if you look at a problem in the right way, there is no such thing as a problem. If you look at it in the wrong way, everything becomes a problem. So why not straighten out your perceptions and start enjoying life? You have only yourself to blame if you have not done anything about it.
Once you have identified the fact that you are stressed out through the most part of your day, it makes more sense to try to eliminate some of the sources that might be behind the stress. One way is to list down all the activities during a normal workday (and separately for a holiday), and to identify those activities that you think might have caused you the most stress. Some events might be easier to identify than others, for example, when your manager at work suddenly dumps extra work on you with a stringent deadline. Other scenarios might seem subtle, but might be responsible or high stress, too, for example, chopping vegetables early in the morning. One way to identify high stress moments is to ask others how they perceive your behavior during certain events of the day. Another way is to invest in a stress monitoring device that categorizes your stress patterns into high, medium, and low throughout the day.
When you have the list ready, take some time to go through it thoroughly, and mark out those high-stress activities that might be possible to eliminate. In the above examples, if your manager gives you extra work once in a while, there might be no cause for panic. If it happens regularly though, evaluate if it is possible to move on to a different kind of job. If chopping vegetables early in the morning stresses you out every single day, because morning hours are full of rush, and there is already so much to do before you head out of that door, try a different approach. Check if you can do the chopping the previous night, and store them in the refrigerator, or, maybe invest in a good quality chopping machine that drastically cuts down your chopping time in the morning. Finding suitable alternatives is the primary goal behind stress elimination.
While going through the list of activities that stress you out, you might identify several events that cause you high stress, but have absolutely no alternatives. A good example is when you get stressed about getting your child ready for school early in the morning. You cannot eliminate this activity because your child must go to the school at the exact same hour every day. This is where efficient stress handling comes into the picture. Monitoring your all-day stress levels help you take the step towards taking a two-minute deep breathing break between a rush-hour chore. It is easy to say, “I don’t have two minutes!”, but the fact is, no one is that busy, and it is not an impossible task to take two minutes out of a 30-minute activity. If you are still hard pressed for time, keep a minimum of ten minutes aside each day (any time of the day is fine) to practice some form of mind-body-medicine technique, such as meditation. With stress handling, there is no magic pill, and you only get better with practice.
When you check into an alcohol rehab center the first thing that occurs immediately is the detoxification process. This is the process of stripping your body of poisons, addictive substances, and built-up waste. These things can sap your body of energy, stimulate allergies or inflammation, or cause illness. You will not be allowed any alcohol. If you are doing this as an outpatient, you will have to try to refrain from alcohol. If you do not think you can do this on your own, then you should opt for residential treatment. Because your body is used to having the alcohol you will most likely experience during the first three days physical withdrawal symptoms like: Chills, Depression, Sweating, Blackouts, Mood swings.
It could take one to two weeks to cleanse your system completely but it all depends on how extensive your alcohol addiction is.
Once you have finished with the detoxification process you will work on the psychological aspects of your addiction to alcohol. You will work with an addiction treatment counselor for private sessions. During these sessions, you will discuss any choices or life events that could have contributed to your alcohol addiction. The counselor will work you to offer some solutions if you have any behavioral or mental issues. Under the supervision of a counselor, during alcohol rehab you may meet with other recovering alcoholics in a group session. During these group sessions, you can share common experiences with each other. This type of therapy may be able to help you feel supported and understood by others that have the same problem.
At this step, you are usually done with the main part of alcohol rehab. Once you leave treatment you may also attend Alcoholics Anonymous or an aftercare program to help you learn how coping strategies so you do not backtrack into alcohol. In these programs, it is a group therapy where you can get advice on how to deal with temptation and stay sober.
Whenever we get sick in some way, our emotions usually contain all the information we need to work out why that may be happening.
For example, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that eating bad food makes a person ill. But we’re interested in finding out why the person is drawn to the bad food in the first place. What emotion are they repressing, or reacting to unconsciously, when they’re reaching for the chips? And that’s where the meridians can help us.
If you already know that you have a physical problem, or a physical weakness in a particular area of your body, you can go straight to the relevant meridian, and see what emotions may be hidden underneath. For example, one-sided migraine headaches, sciatica or gallbladder issues all suggest there is a problem blocking the gallbladder meridian. The emotions that are connected to the gallbladder meridian include anger, harsh judgement and rage.
Once you get that crucial piece of the puzzle, you can start working on releasing the negative emotional state that’s causing your physical illness. Deal with the underlying emotion, and nine times out of ten, the physical problem will resolve without any further intervention.
All this stuff can sound so strange to us Western-types, who are used to thinking that germs and genes are the prime movers behind all our illnesses and health issues. But until the advent of modern medicine, holistic health principles were the foundation of nearly every historical healing tradition around the globe.
So next time you get a cold, or a headache, don’t just reach for the pills; pause and ask yourself what emotional stimulus might have caused it. The answers we get to these questions don’t just improve our health, they can also transform our lives.