There’s nothing like a warm shower when we want to relax or even warm up on a cold winter day. The idea of subjecting ourselves to cold showers can actually seem crazy at times given how luxurious it has become to enjoy hot showers. But the truth is a cold shower can provide a lot of benefits that you may want to consider.
1. Improves Immunity & Circulation
Running cold water over your body at the end of a shower can improve circulation as blood is sent throughout your arteries to surround your organs. It can be viewed in the same way we run certain systems at high performance every so often to keep it maintained and well oiled. Increased blood flow can also help certain skin and heart issues as well as lower blood pressure, help clear blocked arteries and improve our immune system.
2. Improves Hair and Skin Condition
Hot water can dry out your skin and hair. Of course, it doesn’t help that there are high levels of chlorine coming out of our showers which has a drying-out effect on skin and hair as well. If you can run your shower colder or finish cold at the end, it’s a natural way to keep your skin and hair from drying out as cold water tightens cuticles and pores. This helps to prevent natural oils on the scalp and skin to be stripped away so easily. By keeping a proper oil balance you will have soft, shiny natural looking hair. This also helps to keep the skin and scalp cleaner as well.
3. Increase Alertness
Have you ever woken up early in the morning and felt tired hopping in the shower and as you feel the warm water running over your body you want to jump right back into bed? This is where cold showers can come in handy. As cold water hits your neck it causes you to do that almost slightly shocked deep breath. This increases oxygen intake and also gets the heart rate up which pumps blood through the body faster giving the body a nice natural surge of energy.
4. Eases Stress & Depression
Cold showers have also been shown to help decrease stress levels. One study found that exposure to cold helped decrease uric acid levels and increase glutathione, an antioxidant considered to be one of the most important for a healthy body. The participants swam regularly in ice-cold water during the winter months and it was found that they adapted to repeated oxidative stress.
Another study found that cold hydrotherapy (i.e. cold showers) helped to improve moods and had an anti-depressive effect with no bad side effects or creation of dependency. Subjects were tested with one to two cold showers at 38 degrees Fahrenheit that were two to three minutes long. These were followed by a five-minute gradual adaptation to make the procedure less shocking.
5. Speeds Up Muscle Soreness and Recovery
A study conducted in 2009 found that people who rested or immersed themselves in cold water after their exercise saw a decrease in onset muscle soreness caused by resistance training, cycling or running. It was found that a 24 minute bath in water with temperatures around 10 – 15 degrees celsius (50F – 59F) was most effective. Taking a cold shower after your workouts would still have a positive effect on muscle soreness as well. The longer you go the greater the benefit. Research also believe that alternating hot and cold at the end of a shower after a workout may help reduce pain and speed recovery by decreasing blood lactate concentration.
So how do you do it? Well you turn on the water cold and hop in.. sort of. There’s actually some differing ideas on exactly how to take a cold shower and one of the ways that I’ve used most is listed below from blog.iamgary.com.
- Turn the water on, set to cold. Some people will tell you to start warm and decrease the temperature slowly each time you shower, then start a little colder each day. Yes, that method will eventually result in taking a cold shower but you’re going to miss out on the heart-pounding exhilaration that you only experience fully the first couple times you take a cold shower. It doesn’t have to be ice cold, just cold.
- Feet first. Your feet will adjust to the temperature fastest so get them under the spray and work your lower body under the water as quickly as you can. By the time the water is splashing your stomach you’ll be looking for a distraction so…
- Hands second. Get your hands and arms wet, then splash water over your torso. By now your legs and front should be thoroughly wet.
- Head under! You’re going to be be breathing heavily and involuntarily so be careful not to inhale any water through your nose or mouth. You’re going to feel alright, like hey I can do this, but you’ve forgotten part of your body…
- Back last. Millions of nerve fibres are routed through your spine so getting your back wet is the hardest part. You’re going to feel a lot of sensations, almost an electrical charge crackling up and down your back. Get this wet last then finish washing and scrubbing. Good job, you’ve taken a cold shower.
Will Cryptocurrencies Disrupt Central Banking? US Congress Meets To Discuss
- The Facts:
Witnesses are testifying at a House Financiancial Services subcommittee on whether the government should consider cryptocurrencies as money and their uses. This could be a monumental moment in central banking disruption.
- Reflect On:
Are you aware of how fiat currency currently works? Are you aware of what the central banking system is? Cryptocurrency has the potential to be a bridge that disrupts these enslaving systems and brings power back to people.
The buzz about cryptocurrencies seems to be as volatile as cryptocurrencies themselves, there is always a ‘war for our perception’ when it comes to something so threatening to the current financial system, and the way we’ve been doing things for years with regards to finance. Everybody from billionaires like tech investor Tim Draper, to ex-Facebook executive Chamath Palipitaya, to entertainers like Akon and more, have all urged the masses to look into Bitcoin, the current dominant cryptocurrency.
What makes cryptocurrencies so popular is not their potential to make a lot of money, but, from a financial perspective, it’s simply another option from “autocratic regimes and baking infrastructure that we know is corrosive to how the world needs to work properly.” Said Palipitaya about cryptocurrency a couple of years ago. “You cannot have Central Banks infinitely printing currency, you cannot have folks with misguided and misdirected monetary and fiscal policy…It’s a con game.”
Anything that can disrupt modern day banking is huge, given that this is the control hub of the Deep State and the ‘Cabal’ that seems to have its tentacles spread over all aspects of humanity, preventing solutions from being implemented quicker. Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund has even cautioned that cryptocurrencies could displace central banks and conventional banking in the long term.
Clearly a good thing for us, but not the financial elite who continue to benefit from a system that only serves a select few.
Cryptocurrencies can change this.
It’s About Disrupting Old Outdated Ways
Whether you know much about cryptocurrencies, and Bitcoin or not, know that it threatens something so central, and something that has been holding humanity back in many ways for a long time. Banking.
Any disruption to our current banking system is a great leap forward, in any form, but ultimately, any type of currency with any type of value is not really needed here on planet Earth. But that’s a transition to take place over a period of multiple years if we choose to head the right direction as a collective.
This is why it would not be a surprise to see some big-time restrictions and regulation put on cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, in the United States and other parts of the world. There already has been, but at this point, Bitcoin doesn’t really seem like it can be stopped and looks like something that has a bright future, according to many. That being said, a lot of mainstream media and some big-time popular financial figures have constantly bashed and criticized it.
“Bitcoin is money outside of government, controlled by the people who become their own sovereignty. Bitcoin will do the nation-state what the printing press did to the church…The use-case as stateless money drives adoption because it’s universally appealing and fills a void every human being feels in their soul: to be free.” – Max Kieser (source)
The thing is, can the government really do anything about cryptocurrency? The story goes that it was created without their permission, it went past the gatekeepers, are they really needed anymore? Is cryptocurrency beyond their reach? Do they have no choice but to perhaps join in and participate somehow?
Important questions… While some feel there can be a backdoor into some popular cryptocurrencies, it’s important to note that either way, people are beginning to learn about central banking and how enslaving the current system truly is.
Could It Be Used Worldwide Soon?
Right now, witnesses are testifying at a House Financiancial Services subcommittee on whether the government should consider cryptocurrencies as money and their uses.
Rodney Garratt, a professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, claimed that the banks have to decide whether they want “to withdraw completely from providing a payment device for the general public,” or whether they prefer to adopt a digital alternative. Which, in turn, could be “some form of crypto.”
This seems to suggest some are pushing for the mainstream world to create a competitor to Bitcoin? If they wanted to make a cryptocurrency popular, the ‘gatekeepers’ and the Deep State no doubt could.
An article written for Cointelegraph explains:
Alex Pollock, senior fellow at the R Street Institute, argued that “to have a central bank digital currency is one of the worst financial ideas of recent times, but still it’s quite conceivable…” Pollock said that central bank digital currencies would only increase the size, role, and power of the bank, adding that the Federal Reserve adopting a CBDC would result in it become the “overwhelming credit allocator of the U.S. economic and financial system.”
The hearing includes a lot of people, not just academics, but engineers, entrepreneurs and more from the industry, one that seems to be growing rapidly with more adoption of cryptocurrencies.
Again, this is great that the financial world is being shaken up, and there is a big discussion to be had, but nothing can justify what we have today remains the same. Things are changing, and as always, heavy criticism and harsh resistance follow.
The Need For A Use Case
You hear a lot about new coins popping up, with ICO’s that reach within the millions. People buy in banking on the rise of the coin based on emotion alone. But what use does the new coin truly have? Or simply, is the coin tied to service, value or commodity of sorts that may suggest a greater value than simply emotion?
For example, Bitcoin is an old outdated version of cryptocurrencies already. What?! Yes. It’s payment processing times are slow, making it very difficult to be used as a means for everyday payment. It’s blockchain simply can’t scale to manage this sort of task. It also does not have any use case or service tied to it that makes it useful beyond being held as an investment. In other words, the only thing holding up Bitcoin’s value is emotion.
Whereas, if you look at a new crypto and new blockchain called TimiCoin (also TimiHealth and TimiDNA), you would find that not only is their blockchain robust enough to service many transactions at a time, but there is a powerful ‘use-case’ tied to the token that creates a ton of value. The use-case is simple: the Timi ecosystem allows people to access their health records instantly – and monetize their own data! This, instead of having corporations keep hold of your records, and having them sold to third parties to be monetized, where you get nothing, with your records, your data, you should be able to monetize it.
Timicoin is a cryptocurrency for the people. It allows them to take power back from corporations on something important and gives you the power to monetize.
Cryptocurrency, in general, has the potential to empower the people by keeping control out of the hands of government and corporations.
We recognize there have been doubts, and that crypto is simply part of an ‘elite‘ plan, but ultimately, we need a change in how we deal in currency, and this has the makings of it. There are both positive and negative tones coming out of this hearing, and that’s to be expected.
8 Incredible Reasons Witch Hazel Should Be Added To Your Medicine Cabinet
- The Facts:
There are many harmful chemicals lurking in most personal care products. There are enough natural alternatives out there, such as witch hazel that could eliminate your need to use these chemical-containing products at all.
- Reflect On:
How important is it for you to limit the number of harmful chemicals that you, your family and the environment are exposed to?
Witch Hazel is an ancient Native American remedy for a wide variety of ailments and people are starting to see why. Generally, in stores, we see witch hazel available in a clear liquid form in a bottle, but prior to that, it starts off as a shrub with yellow flowers.
There are two ways of getting the extract from the witch hazel bark, one as a distillation, this is commonly found in stores and generally has alcohol added to act as a preservative, or as a decoction. Many herbalists agree that the decoction method is superior because it makes a more concentrated version which means higher levels of tannins, which is the component that gives witch hazel its superior astringent properties. The distilled version is more shelf-stable, but just be aware of the alcohol that’s added, as some are sensitive to this.
Witch hazel can typically be used in the place of alcohol for treatment of many different skin irritations. It is recognized worldwide as a natural cleanser and toner, it’s clear that this product is absolutely great for the skin, so what benefits does it provide?
1. Clear Up Acne
A study, which was published in the Journal of Aesthetic and Clinical Dermatology showed that Witch Hazel was one of the most effective acne treatments out of 52 tested products.
This liquid can slow bacterial growth, speed up healing of scabs and reduce inflammation, redness, oil production and even the development of blackheads and whiteheads.
2. Protect From Skin Cancer
A study that was published in Chemical Research in Toxicology found that the polyphenols and tannins found naturally in witch hazel reduced the number of free radicals and stopped the growth of melanoma cells.
3. Cleanse Hair & Hydrate Dry Scalp
Witch Hazel is a common ingredient in many homemade, all-natural shampoos. It can reduce oil build up on the hair, which could leave your hair clean, shiny and potentially add more volume.
According to this study, witch hazel was able to reduce symptoms of a dry, itchy and irritated scalp.
4. Reduce Degenerative Effects Of The Skin
Because of the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of witch hazel, it can help to protect collagen and the skin’s elasticity. This provides a super cheap alternative to many of the expensive wrinkle creams, cleansers and toners out there. Try mixing Witch Hazel with vitamin E oil and some herbs or flowers such as rose or lavender for your very own home-made anti-aging serum.
5. A Useful Addition To Homemade Baby Wipes
If you are someone who is crafty, economical and practical then the idea of homemade baby wipes might be exciting for you. Witch Hazel is a perfectly safe ingredient to use in homemade wipes to wipe your babies bum clean. This is a great alternative to whatever chemicals may be lurking in those store-bought wipes. Making your own is also much better for the environment as homemade wipes don’t come packed in plastic.
6. Heal Stretch Marks?
Some claim that a witch hazel spray applied directly onto stretch marks once a day can help to eliminate the appearance of stretch marks. It’s so simple so at least it’s worth a try, considering it assists with inflammation and scarring this only makes sense.
7. Itch Remedy
Witch Hazel can be an excellent remedy for anything from bug bites, to eczema to chickenpox and poison ivy. You can put some in a spray bottle and add a few drops of lavender essential oil and find relief next time you or your children have an itch that scratching won’t help.
8. Heal Mouth Sores & Freshen Breath
Canker sores, bit lip or cheek? Simply swish some witch hazel around your mouth to help reduce irritation. This is also a great natural mouthwash that can help freshen breath. You can add a drop or peppermint essential oil for a more powerful fresh feeling, just be careful not to swallow.
All Natural Products, All The Way
With so many all-natural alternatives to our everyday products, one might begin to wonder why we even use mainstream store-bought products that are laden with chemicals and preservatives in the first place? It seems that the plant kingdom has a remedy for almost anything that ails us; it’s just that a lot of this knowledge has been lost and unfortunately it’s not a focal point for most manufacturers. Aside from countless recipes for natural homemade personal care and cleaning products online, some retailers are starting to understand our desire to eliminate chemicals from our lives and offer many alternatives, which are generally found at health food stores.
Study Reveals Popular Vaccine “May Kill More Children From Other Causes Than It Saves”
- The Facts:
Multiple studies have shown and emphasized that the DTP vaccine may actually kill more children than it protects from DTP. This is one of the latest to show it, known as the Mogensen study.
- Reflect On:
Reflect on the fact that this information is never really brought up within the mainstream medical community. All it takes is one CDC study to "debunk" several studies that show opposite results. What's really going on here? Is our health a priority?
There are numerous vaccine safety issues. It can boggle your mind how health authorities and pharmaceutical companies can deem them to be completely safe, necessary, and responsible for saving millions of lives. When people hear this, they usually just believe it without ever looking into it and doing their research, and don’t realize they are only presented with one side of the story. If you have 100 studies raising an issue with a vaccine, all it takes is one study from the CDC to say it’s safe, and that’s the research medical associations dish out to doctors as well as medical schools. After all, the pharmaceutical companies are the ones paying for the whole shebang; what they say, goes.
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.” – Richard Horton, current Editor-in-chief of The Lancet
One example would be the vaccine ingredients themselves. Heavy metals, like aluminum and mercury, have been added to vaccines for approximately 100 years without any appropriate safety testing. Numerous studies point this out. You can access some of those studies and see some examples here.
Fast forward to 2017: researchers have now identified, in animal models, that the aluminum from a vaccine does not exit the body like aluminum from, let’s say, our food; it actually stays in the body, travels to distant organs and eventually ends up in the brain. Not only that, researchers also found some of the highest brain aluminum content ever measured in autopsies of the brains of people who were autistic.
You can read more about that and access those studies in the articles linked below:
It is simply no longer possible to believe…or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine. – Dr. Marcia Angell
Questioning Vaccine Safety Is Suppressed
With all of these issues, why is there such a harsh reaction to questioning vaccine safety? Why can’t a doctor or professor keep their job if they question vaccine safety? Isn’t science about openly questioning? The day we stop questioning, when there are clearly multiple concerns and questions to be asked and addressed, is the day we abandon the possibility of doing real science.
“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” – Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard professor of medicine and former Editor in Chief of The New England Medical Journal (source)
The issue here is, vaccines are marketed as completely safe, and anybody who questions vaccines is made out to look crazy, dumb, or unscientific. This couldn’t’ be further from the truth, and there are a number of valid reasons why parents should not be forced to vaccinate their child.
The DTP Vaccine
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has long been a vocal critic of the lack of scientifically-based vaccine testing:
The public in both poor and rich countries has a right to scientifically-based evidence that international vaccine programs are as safe as possible and that they have been thoroughly safety-tested. The best metrics for measuring safety are studies comparing health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated cohorts. Yet, both the CDC and the WHO have aggressively discouraged the pursuit of such studies. – RFK Jr.
He wrote an article that goes into more detail about the DTP vaccine, it’s history, and what the current research suggests. It is becoming difficult to avoid the conclusion that the DTP vaccine is causing more harm than good.
In the video below, I go into more detail about the DTP vaccine. HERE is the study I reference in the video.
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