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Tips To Naturally Cure The Stomach Flu

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Stomach pains accompanied by diarrhoea and vomiting: often referred to as a tummy bug, or by its medical name, gastroenteritis, can make you feel like the end is nearer than near. It is usually brought on by viral infections and sometimes bad bacteria. We become more vulnerable to these bad bacterias/viruses in unfamiliar environments (when travelling) and when our own microbial balance is out of whack (antibiotics kill our good bacteria, which are vital for immune defence).
The worst of it usually lasts from 48-72 hours but it can take up to 10 days for your body to fully heal. Symptoms in the worst part of these days can include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, sore muscles, aches, pains, stomach cramps, and shivering.
These symptoms are your body’s reaction to expelling the virus, so it is best to assist your body through this period with natural remedies that work in harmony with your body, giving it a helping hand.

Tips To Cure It Naturally

1. Hydrate – The biggest danger of gastroenteritis is dehydration. Your body loses more fluids than it takes in, so it is vital that you keep hydrated with not just water but essential minerals and salts which are lost during this period as well. Store-bought hydration sachets are usually full of sugar, colourings, and artificial flavours, all of which are detrimental to our health. For a more natural approach to hydration, adding Himalayan salt to your water can be extremely beneficial. Himalayan salt provides an incredible: 84 trace minerals, plus a unique ionic energy that is released when the salt is mixed with water. This helps improve hydration, detoxifies the body by balancing systemic pH, improves sleep, and reduces muscle cramps, as well as providing many other benefits.
Add 1/4 teaspoon to every 1.5 Litres of water. You can also add a pinch to some warm water in the morning. Alternatively, you can also find some brands such as Elete electrolytes, which offer a 100% natural source of minerals and salts. Add 1/2 a tsp or 2.5ml to every Litre of water.
2. Probiotics – Start taking a good probiotic if you don’t already! Probiotics are great for everyday use. They are made up of good bacteria which help keep the bad bacteria and yeasts in our gut at bay. One round of antibiotics is enough to completely disrupt our gut’s microbial balance, so replenishment during this time is essential. Antibiotics are not just prescribed to us by our doctors but are also unfortunately found in our food chain through farmed animals and fish. If you’re not a vegetarian or vegan, always opt for wild fish, grass fed organic meat, and free range chicken.
Probiotics help keep our immune systems healthy, making us less vulnerable to infections. They are also great for assisting with digestion, urinary health, and allergies. Look for a brand that provides a minimum of 10 billion live microorganisms, such as Renew Life Ultimate Flora. Take 1 tablet first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
3. Natural Antibacterials – As well as putting the good bacteria in, it’s worth killing the bad bacteria too. Natural antibacterials are found in foods and herbs such as: garlic, coconut oil, oregano oil, thyme, clove, raw apple cider vinegar, and colloidal silver. Specific brands have also created antibacterial blends that work like a natural antibiotic without building resistance, such as Biocare Oregano Complex, which is made from freeze-dried garlic, grape seed, borage, clove, and ginger grass. Take 1 capsule twice daily with food. This supplement is not suitable for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, or children.
4. Natural Anti-Inflammatories – Turmeric has been getting a lot of coverage in the media lately, and rightly so. Turmeric works as a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory. The suffix ‘-itis’ indicates inflammation. Inflammation is the cause of pain, and is your body’s way of triggering an immune response. Using a natural anti-inflammatory can help reduce the pain and speed the healing time. Conventional anti-inflammatories unfortunately can irritate the lining of the stomach, making your symptoms worse. You can add 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of water or 1/2 a teaspoon to 2 teaspoons of honey to make a paste and consume for best results.
Slippery elm is also renowned for healing upset stomachs; for medicinal use, it is made into a powder from the bark of Slippery Elm trees. It helps coat the stomach with a soothing, protective layer and also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory for instant pain relief. You can find it in a lot of health stores or online. A favourite brand of mine is Slippery Elm Plus by Herbs Hands Healing. Simply add 1 teaspoon in a glass of water 2 x a day, morning and night.

Nutrition

Day 1 – For the first 24 hours keeping anything in may seem like a tricky task. Assist your body in flushing out the toxins by keeping hydrated. It is best to stick to only drinking water with electrolytes for the first day. Aim for at least 4 Litres.
Day 2 – On the second day your body may feel weak and will need energy so it is important to introduce foods at this point, but stick to foods that are plain and easy to digest. The ‘BRAT’ diet is often used at this stage, which stands for: Banana, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. Stick to white rice and white toast. Another food my mother used to give us that I find very comforting and beneficial is plain white basmati rice with organic plain yoghurt mixed in. A piece of toast with organic plain yoghurt on the side to dip into is also great, though this will of course depend on your own body’s tolerance of lactose.
Day 3 – Now may be a good time to start nourishing yourself again with some nutrients, but gently. A vegetable broth can be very soothing and healing for day 3. You can make a big pot of it and consume it whenever you feel hungry; it can keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Enjoy it with a slice of toast or some plain white rice. After day 3 it is best to stick to light foods such as soup and pureed vegetables instead of suddenly transitioning straight onto solid foods again.
The first 3 days are usually the worst for symptoms but it is important that you continue to take care of yourself and make sure you are getting plenty of water and rest, as the virus can take up to 10 days to fully leave your body. Eating a healthy, whole foods diet is key to maintaining a happy, healthy body.

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http://www.webmd.com/children/features/the-truth-about-stomach-flu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastroenteritis
http://www.medicinenet.com/gastroenteritis_stomach_flu/article.htm#definition_of_gastroenteritis
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/viral-gastroenteritis/basics/symptoms/con-20019350

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Frankincense Shows The Ability To Alleviate Symptoms Of Anxiety & Depression

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  • The Facts:

    Studies have proven the psychoactive effects the scent of frankincense has on the brain, alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression.

  • Reflect On:

    With all the man-made chemical pharmaceutical drugs out there, perhaps solutions to what ails us are more simple than we may realize.

Gold and frankincense and myrrh… sound familiar? These were the gifts that were allegedly brought by the three kings when Jesus Christ was born. We all know that gold is valuable, but what about the others? Frankincense has long been touted as a magical, mystical medicine and has been regarded as such for millennia within many ancient cultures of the world. The same goes for myrrh, but for the purpose of this article we are going to stick to the medicinal properties of frankincense.

Frankincense starts out as a type of resinous sap that is found inside a special family of trees called Boswellia, which grow almost exclusively in the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. When it is harvested at specific times of the year, the trees are cut carefully with special knives and the sap seeps out. This special sap is then dried in the sun until it is ready for use. More commonly, frankincense is burned simply as sweet smelling incense, but it has many other uses as well including the following…

Historical Uses Of Frankincense

  • As a part of ritual or religious ceremonies
  • Was used extensively during burial rituals as an embalming material to help mask the odor of the deceased body
  • Smoke from burnt incense can effectively drive away mosquitoes and other pests

Frankincense has also been used medicinally, treating various ailments such as arthritis (it has strong anti-inflammatory properties), gut disorders (like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), asthma, and maintenance of oral health.

And perhaps the most intriguing quality for our westernized modern culture is the psychoactive effects of this special resin, as studies have shown that burning frankincense can trigger an effect that can aid and even alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The Research

One study in particular, conducted by a team of researchers form John Hopkins University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, explains how burning the resin from the Boswellia plant (frankincense) activates certain previously misunderstood ion channels in the brain in order to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. This might explain why Roman emperor Nero once burned an entire year’s harvest of frankincense at his favorite mistress’ funeral.

“In spite of information stemming from ancient texts, constituents of Bosweilla had not been investigated for psychoactivity,” said Raphael Mechoulam, one of the research study’s co-authors. “We found that incensole acetate, a Boswellia resin constituent, when tested in mice lowers anxiety and causes antidepressive-like behavior. Apparently, most present day worshipers assume that incense burning has only a symbolic meaning.”

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The researchers administered incensole acetate to mice in order to determine its psychoactive effects. This compound they found drastically impacted the parts of the brain that generate emotions and the nerve circuits that have responded positively to current drugs used for depression and anxiety. The incensole that was administered activated a protein called TRPV3, which is connected to the ability to perceive warmth of the skin.

“Perhaps Marx wasn’t too wrong when he called religion the opium of the people: morphine comes from poppies, cannabinoids from marijuana, and LSD from mushrooms; each of these has been used in one or another religious ceremony,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “Studies of how those psychoactive drugs work have helped us understand modern neurobiology. The discovery of how incensole acetate, purified from frankincense, works on specific targets in the brain should also help us understand diseases of the nervous system. This study also provides a biological explanation for millennia-old spiritual practices that have persisted across time, distance, culture, language, and religion–burning incense really does make you feel warm and tingly all over!”

Can This Work For You?

Sure, this study was conducted using mice, which certainly aren’t the same as humans. However, many religious texts claim that this special resin had uplifting effects on the brain. So, the good thing is that if used appropriately, it really can’t hurt to try. You can typically buy the resin at health food stores and more commonly at stores that sell incense, crystals, sage and those sorts of spiritual ceremonial tools. It can also be found as an essential oil. I like to diffuse it in a diffuser, and sometimes I’ll burn the resin on charcoal pucks as well.

At the very least, you’ll get a nice and pleasant smelling aroma, and at best it can help turn that frown upside down, increase your mood, reduce your anxiety and maybe even put a smile on your face. Perhaps those three wise men were as wise as they’ve been made out to be, and frankincense really is as special as it’s been believed to be for millennia.

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Binge Watching Is Associated With a 12 Percent Increased Risk of Inflammatory-Related Death

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  • The Facts:

    An Australian study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise looked at more than 8,900 adults and found that each additional hour of TV viewing was associated with a 12% increased risk of inflammatory-related death.

  • Reflect On:

    How much TV do you watch? How active is your lifestyle?

I’m sure that you hesitated before choosing to read this article, as most of us have been sucked into a binge watching marathon on more than one occasion (myself included). While it may seem like we’re buckling down to give ourselves a break, we may actually be hurting ourselves far more than we realize. Sitting for prolonged periods of time has proven to be harmful to our bodies, especially for adults over 50, and when you match lounging with television, you create a deadly combo.

In an Australian study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers examined more than 8,900 adults and found that each additional hour of TV viewing was associated with a 12% increased risk of inflammatory-related death, and those who spent more than four hours a day watching TV were at an even higher risk. This includes  diabetes, respiratory, cognitive, and kidney diseases. (source)

In general, watching television has proven to negatively impact mental health; it alters your brain, lowers your attention span, and has the potential to make you more aggressive. You don’t need to experience the “trance-like” state television can put us in, but I’m sure you’ve witnessed it before. This trance occurs roughly 30 seconds after you start watching TV. Your brain begins by producing alpha waves, leading to a light hypnotic state that makes the viewer less aware of their environment and more open to subtle messages — aka programming.

In the 1990s. Dr. Teresa Belton, a visiting fellow at the University of East Anglia, studied the effects that television has on the imagination of 10-12 year old children, ultimately concluding that television negatively impacts their development: “The ubiquity and ease of access to television and videos perhaps robs today’s children of the need to pursue their own thoughts and devise their own occupations, distracting them from inner processes and constantly demanding responses to external agendas, and suggests that this may have implications for the development of imaginative capacity.”

And these physical affects are becoming increasingly apparent. Not only does it eventually lead to immobility as you age, but with the risk of creating inflammation in the body, you are susceptible to a host of diseases including kidney disease, diabetes, asthma, Alzheimer’s, and even depression.

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Dr. Megan Grace is the lead investigator at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. Between 1999 and 2000, her team quizzed adult participants about their viewing habits via a questionnaire. Again, this was before we had access to popular streaming websites like Netflix. The participants were separated into three groups based on their TV viewing habits: less than two hours per day, greater than two hours but less than four hours, and more than four hours.

“TV time was associated with increased risk of inflammatory-related mortality. This is consistent with the hypothesis that high TV viewing may be associated with a chronic inflammatory state,” the authors wrote.

They followed up with their participants 12 years later and found, of 909 deaths, 130 were inflammatory-related. Of the inflammatory-related deaths, 21 were from diseases of the respiratory system and 18 of the nervous system, and those who watched between two to four hours of TV a day showed a 54% higher risk of inflammatory-related death. Additionally, people who watched more than four hours of TV a day doubled their risk of dying from an inflammatory disease compared to those who watched two hours.

In addition to cutting down the amount of time you spend sitting in front of the TV and sitting or lying down, you can help combat inflammation with a number of foods like avocados, berries, sweet potato, onions, and watermelon, and herbs like, cloves, ginger, rosemary, and turmeric.

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The Science Of Healing Trauma With Plant Medicine – Dr. Jeff McNairy Explains

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  • The Facts:

    Ayahuasca has assisted thousands of people with an array of mental health disorders. There is real science that can explain how this "medicine" is able to actually change the brain.

  • Reflect On:

    Ayahuasca is not for everyone, and it will not fix you. It might, however, show you what you need to see in order to release what is no longer serving you in life and holding you back.

Over the past decade or so, the use of ayahuasca by western cultures has absolutely blown up. Chances are you’ve either taken it yourself or know someone who has. You may have heard some incredible and transformative stories about how this indigenous plant medicine has assisted many of those struggling with depression, addiction, anxiety and many other ailments.

It has been difficult to explain how this plant actually works to help alleviate symptoms of trauma, and many stick to simply regarding it as a mystical experience that shows you whatever it is that you need to see in order to heal your wounds. However, there is a scientific way to explain what is actually happening within the brain and body when ayahuasca is ingested. Some people with a more logical method of receiving information might prefer to know the actual physical “why” as to what is happening. In the video below, Dr. Jeff McNairy explains this.

Dr. Jeff McNairy is part of the Rythmia family, the world’s first fully licensed medical facility that offers ayahuasca. The entire CE team had the opportunity to go back in 2016 and it was a wonderful experience for us all.

Personally, I have processed a lot of my own trauma with the assistance of this potent plant medicine. It was able to show me things that I hadn’t realized had such a profound impact on my life, things that I had simply written off as unimportant. There were many things that I had stuffed down, locked away and refused to look at over the years that ultimately were the cause for my struggle with depression, addictive behaviours and anxiety. With the assistance of ayahuasca, a light shined on these areas that I had locked away in my subconscious, which helped me to see where healing was still required.

Is Ayahuasca For You?

Whether you are drawn to ayahuasca or not is okay, it’s not for everyone. But if you have a serious desire to uncover more layers of who you are and why you are the way you are, and you’re drawn to this medicine, then it may be for you. Ayahuasca can be a great tool for those who have suffered trauma, but it is important to know that ayahuasca won’t fix you, however it can lead you to understand what it is you need to know in order to fix yourself. It has the capacity to show you whatever it is that you are not seeing from a different perspective, opening your eyes to what you may not have been able to see before.

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It is no coincidence that ayahuasca has emerged within westernized cultures around the globe during this important time of transition. Not only is it assisting people to reconnect back to their soul’s essence, but it is also increasing our regard for our environment and our Mother Earth as a whole.

On another note, here’s an interesting quote from Joe Martino:

Psychedelics were used back in a time when the level of consciousness of the planet was not as high, which helped give insight to shamans so they could share it with their communities. It was meant for use in extreme cases where heavy trauma or addictions existed and people could not use other ways to work through their emotional challenges. Here in present time, we use them in a western fashion as THE GO TO for moving through all of our challenges. I’m here to remind you that you have so much power and ability as a being that in most cases, you don’t need any of these things to evolve. I’m not suggesting don’t do it, I’m simply saying truly ask your heart what you want, and don’t get caught up in the grand allure and peer pressure. (source)

Use Responsibly

It is important to seek out and use ayahuasca that is harvested using sustainable practices and served by shamans who have the utmost respect for the sacred medicinal brew. As its popularity has increased, so has the opportunity to exploit it, so do your due diligence when it comes to determining if ayahuasca is right for you and who will be serving you this medicine.

Related CE Article: Why Psychedelic Drugs Are Not A Shortcut To Enlightenment

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