Phytochemicals Found in Food

  • 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

Vegetarian Diets May Up Mental Health Risks

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.…

Essential Oils for ADHD and ADD

Rosemary oil

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.

Frankincense oil

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!

Myrrh oil

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 …

Useful Foods for Healthier Skin

Chocolate

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.

Yogurt

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

Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants known as polyphenol. They are useful for regulating the skin’s blood flow …

Magical Mustard Seeds

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Vitamin B-3 found in mustard helps in lowering blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  3. Mustard seeds also boast of Vitamin-E which is a soluble antioxidant and is responsible for protecting the skin from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
  4. Mustard seeds are rich in flavonoid and carotenoid antioxidants.
  5. Small traces of vitamin antioxidants are also present in mustard.
  6. Various minerals such as Calcium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Selenium and Zinc are also found in mustard.

Health benefits of Mustard

  1. Provides relief from the respiratory issues: Mustard readily cures sinus issues.
  2. Cures migraine problem:

Essential Oils for Children

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 …

About Mental Illness and Perceptions

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 …

Stress Handling vs Stress Elimination

Stress Elimination

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 …

Alcohol Rehab

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 …

About Energy Meridians and Emotions

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 …