Balancing Mind and Body

Although we refer to the mind and body and soul as separate things, they are truly all part of the same organism and cannot operate successfully without each other. It is important to remember to give attention to each of these individually and combined to achieve a healthier overall state. It also has the added benefit of assisting with age related problems.

Many older adults are turning to complementary and integrative health approaches to promote health and well-being. Mind and body practices, in particular, including relaxation techniques and meditative exercise forms such as yoga, tai chi, and qi gong are being used by older Americans, both for fitness and relaxation, and because of perceived health benefits. A number of reviews of the scientific literature point to the potential benefit of mind and body approaches for symptom management, particularly for pain. Check out what the science says about mind and body practices for these 4 common aging-related conditions:

  1. Osteoarthritis. Practicing tai chi-a traditional Chinese form of exercise-may be helpful for managing osteoarthritis of the knee. Guidelines issued by the American College of Rheumatology conditionally recommend tai chi, along with other non-drug approaches, for this condition.
  2. Menopausal symptoms. Overall, there is scientific evidence suggesting that some mind and body approaches, such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation may provide some relief from common menopausal symptoms.
  3. Sleep problems. Using relaxation techniques, (e.g., progressive relaxation, guided imagery, biofeedback, self-hypnosis, and deep breathing exercises) before bedtime can be helpful components of a successful sleep regimen.
  4. Shingles. Tai chi may help older adults avoid getting shingles by increasing immunity to varicella-zoster virus and boosting the immune response to varicella vaccine in older people. While there have only been a few studies on the effects of tai chi on immunity to varicella, the results so far have been promising.

These mind and body practices are generally considered safe for healthy people when they’re performed appropriately. If you have any health problems, talk with both your health care provider and the complementary health practitioner/instructor before starting to use a mind and body practice. For information about natural products for common aging-related conditions, check out these tips.


Bring Out Your Inner Genius

At Optimal Wellness, we are all about finding personalized and alternative ways to heal that actually solve the problem. This article is particularly intriguing as it discusses some ways to bring out the full potential of your mind using a few simple techniques. The human brain is a fascinating thing, most likely because we only have the human brain to understand it with but slowly we are finding ways to open up its true potential. Click the link at the bottom to watch the videos associated with the text below.

  • We are all naturally geniuses
  • Early poisoning with heavy metals damages cognitive function
  • Which minerals can boost cognitive function?
  • Why this is exclusive information: no one else has looked so closely at links between elements and brain function
  • Details about our ICP-MS laboratory and analysis of elemental composition of foods, herbs and superfoods
  • Our research into blocking harmful elements: patents, ion-exchange technologies and more
  • My own experience in enhanced learning and brain function
  • Analyzing my own diet and finding widespread heavy metals contamination
  • How I identified and removed toxic heavy metals from my own diet
  • How you can “awaken” your brain with this protocol
  • You will be able to learn more rapidly, understand high-level concepts, experience improved memory and other benefits
  • Summary of the blueprint: Stop poisoning your brain, start feeding it supportive nutrients
  • Understanding brain plasticity, neural networks, brain healing and cognitive adaptation
  • Why a materialist compartmentalization model of the brain is not accurate
  • Why a full physical brain is not necessary for high levels of intelligence
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Naturally Avoid Cancer

With close to half of people above the age of 40 in the United States getting diagnosed with cancer, there has been extensive research into what could possibly be causing this insidious illness. Cancer just keeps presenting in new ways and a cure is not going to be happening anytime soon. Here are some simple tips and tricks that have been proven to naturally help avoid developing cancer.
The biggest contributing lifestyle factors according to research are obesity and smoking. And as many as one-third of the most common cancer cases could be prevented through clean eating, exercise and good weight management.
A new guide released by the World Cancer Research Fund gives tips for small changes that could dramatically decrease the incidence of this disease. There is strong evidence that being overweight increases the risk of 10 cancers: bowel, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, womb, breast, ovary, gallbladder, prostate (advanced) and liver. We could prevent about one in six of these cancer cases by maintaining a healthy weight.
Six simple ways to reduce the risk of cancer by healthy weight management:
1. Find your starting point and see where you really stand. One of the easiest ways to find out if you’re at a healthy weight is to check your Body Mass Index (BMI). This tells you whether you’re in the healthy weight range for your height, so it’s a useful guide for most adults. A healthy BMI for men and women is between 18.5 and 24.9.
2. Take control of your snacking, as just reducing your daily calorie intake by 100 calories can make a big difference. Swap sweets, potato chips or fried foods for alternatives like a piece of fruit or veggie sticks. Vegetables and fruits are the foundation of a healthy diet, and it is still recommended that we eat at least five portions of each every day. Try something new and delicious like cucumber hummus with dill.
3. Change up portions of the foods on your plate. Try making the larger part be vegetables and the smaller portion be meat, fish or a vegetable-based protein. Most diets make the meat portions the biggest part of the meal. The benefit of less calories consumed is great, but you will also save money implementing this strategy.
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New Alternative for Pesticides!

Recently, pesticides and GMO’s have become a huge topic of debate. There are large protests against the efforts of the Monsanto company for their food alterations. Many have linked their food treatment processes to the decimation of bumble bees that will have hugely negative effects on ecosystems necessary for food production. There is now a fungi pesticide that offers a non-toxic alternative to the chemical approach that Monsanto and many others have been taking in recent years. 
(NaturalNews) A patent for a pesticide made from mushrooms was granted in 2006. This pesticide is safe, nontoxic and can control over two-hundred thousand types of insects. Fungi are known to cause insect diseases and the use of spores from fungi has been known for over 100 years. Previous patents were granted as far back as 1992 for fungal ant killers and termite control. In 2014, pesticides were a $16 million dollar business. A fungi-based pesticide is safer to use, safer for the planet, and has no lasting effect on the plants or planet.

Current situation with insects and pesticides

Over 1 million types of insects populate our planet, but only 1 percent are harmful and considered to be “pests.” They are considered to be pests because they eat the foods we grow, or harm the livestock we need, or destroy our homes. The cost of the destruction caused by pests is high, as is the effects of chemical pesticides used to eradicate them. Many insects are now becoming resistant to pesticides. In addition, use of pesticides has been linked to causing many problems including human infertility, birth defects and the demise of the honeybee population. Pesticide use also harms natural insect predators, such as rabbits and other beneficial insects.

How the mushroom pesticide works

The fungi pesticide works by attracting the insect, who then eats it and dies. A fungus is grown on grain or wood, or agricultural waste products. Insects are attracted to the fungus. When the insects eat the fungus, they become infected with the fungi, which kills them. Depending on the insect population, a variety of fungi, or a combination of different fungi can be used. Some of the fungi have what is called “phagostimulatory effect” which means that they cause the insects to want to feed. Basically, they increase the insects’ hunger, then lead them to eat the poisonous mushrooms.

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