Mind and Body

  1. These all-natural secrets make stress DISAPPEAR

    Money is tight… there’s a leak in the roof… and your niece is marrying that guy you hate.  

    You know, the one who’s never had a REAL job in his life.  

    These were supposed to be your “golden years” – but it feels like there’s stress EVERYWHERE.  

    But you don’t have to put up with it.  

    I can’t do anything about your niece’s romantic choices. But there ARE many PROVEN natural remedies that can help ERASE some of the worst effects of stress.  

    Here’s what you need to know to start living the stress-free life you deserve.  

    The best “stress busters” around 

    Natural medicine has a POWERFUL ARSENAL against stress-- but you have to be careful.  

    While there are many supplements being touted to help with stress and relaxation -- only few work well 

    Here are the best “de-stressors” natural health has to offer right now:  

    • Support your brain health: Your brain plays a central role in stress adaptation. Don’t let it starve for nutrients! Make sure you are getting fish oil (EPA/DHA) every day. I also like curcumin and bacopa because they both support brain health and reduce inflammation throughout the body. 
    • Support your body’s ability to sleep: Anxiety and sleep go hand in hand; better sleep leads to feeling less anxious, and being less anxious leads to better sleep! Natural supplements like L-theanine, melatonin, and chamomile can be very effective for improving sleep.   

    Additionally, an increasing number of studies are showing that cannabidiol (CBD) oil helps to release a flood of good-feeling molecules, including serotonin.  

    CBD comes from the common cannabis plant but doesn’t get you high. It’s being used more and more to treat health problems like anxiety, insomnia, and depression. 

    Aside from supplements, you can try changing some behaviors to alleviate your stress... 

    You can probably guess that exercise is great for this. Pretty much any form of exercise will help reduce your body’s level of stress hormones. It also ups production of endorphins (chemicals in your brain that elevate your mood and act as natural painkillers).  

    Also, get outdoors. Studies show being in nature can be so calming that some practitioners are writing prescriptions for “Vitamin G” (the “G” stands for green – like a forest). 

    You can also spend time socializing – talk to friends, spend time with a church leader, even speak to a therapist… whatever works for you.  

    The important thing is to just DO it.  

    You are never going to be able to control the stressful events in your life. They come on their own schedule.  

    What you can control, however, is how you deal with them.   

  2. 7 EASY tricks for sleeping like a BABY! 

    You have NO trouble falling asleep… but STAYING asleep is a whole different matter.  

    It’s 3 a.m. and you’ve been staring at the ceiling, staring at the clock, and counting sheep for hours.  

    But sleep just WON’T come.  

    Well, you’re not alone. This problem is called middle-of-the-night insomnia (MOTN), and at least one-third of adults experience it from time to time.  

    But now it’s time to fight back. 

    Let me show you seven ways to beat insomnia – and start sleeping like a baby again.  

    7 secrets for GREAT sleep 

    Here are seven things you can try RIGHT AWAY that are proven to help you stay asleep better.  

    1. Stop drinking alcohol at night: a drink before bedtime certainly makes it easier to go to sleep, but it increases night time waking. Just avoiding alcohol in the evening can solve nightly waking for a large percentage of people!  
    2. Fight the light”: one of the biggest obstacles to getting back to sleep is light. When light hits your eyes, it sends a chemical message to your brain to wake up. That’s why it’s important to cover any light source in your bedroom (including your clock). By far the worst offender is screens (your phone, computer, television) – these devices emit a sleep-harming blue light that not only makes it hard to fall asleep, but also makes you more wakeful in the middle of the night if you look at your phone.
    3. Breathe: focus on anything you like to do to relax, including deep breathing, prayer, and meditation.  
    4. Try white noise: many people use a fan or a white noise generator to drown out house noises and help them sleep.  
    5. Keep consistent: try to go to bed and wake up every night around the same time. Yes, this means even on the weekends. Establishing a schedule is less stressful on your body.  
    6. Use herbs at night: there are many herbs that can help you sleep, including chamomile, passionflower, hops, valerian root and others. You can take them in tea or in pill form, whichever you prefer.  
    7. Use melatonin: one of the best ways to help your body sleep is to use melatonin. Melatonin is the sleep hormone we produce naturally, but we tend to make less as we grow older. Taking melatonin is one of the best ways to put your natural sleep/wake cycle (circadian rhythm) back on track and keep you asleep at night.  
  3. [Revealed] The life-saving supplement you’ve NEVER heard about

    Just walk into a GNC these days… or the supplement aisle at Wal-Mart… and you’ll get DIZZY.   There are THOUSANDS of different formulations on the market right now – and knowing what you need can be tough.   But there’s one supplement that’s proven to protect your muscles… bones… blood sugar levels… heart… and MUCH more.  The only problem?  Most folks have never...
  4. Miracle herb can SAVE your brain after stroke

    It’s one of the most ancient trees on earth… it can live to be 1,000 years old… and it could help YOU live a longer and healthier life. I’m talking about ginkgo biloba. The fan-shaped leaves of the ginkgo biloba tree have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine for everything from aiding memory to fighting depression. And now...
  5. Tame your ‘caveman’ stress responses… by getting out of the cave!

    Ah, stress. Sometimes, it seems like there's no escape from it. No matter how much you’ve organized your life… how much wisdom you've gained... and how much you try to "accentuate the positive"… it can feel downright impossible to maintain any sense of “zen” in the midst of modern-day chaos! You don’t need me to tell you how stress can...
  6. Why you should NEVER stop moving

    As you’ve read right here in eTips, I travel the world looking for natural therapies that can help beat back some of the most devastating diseases that afflict my patients and readers. But with as many exotic locales as I visit, my travels always take me back to China. The East is thousands of years ahead of the West in...
  7. This summer stone fruit beefs up your good belly bugs

    We're just a couple of weeks away from Labor Day -- which means that we're almost at the "unofficial" end of summer. And soon enough, those peaches, plums, and other delicious summer fruits will disappear from your local farmers market. But there's one stone fruit in particular you don't want to miss before summer's close. Cherries are not only delicious...
  8. Good belly bugs boost brainpower

    Imagine forgetting your way home... the names and faces of those you know... and even some of your cherished life experiences. When you've got Alzheimer's disease, the changes that happen in your brain can devastate your memory. And once it takes hold, there's no pill you can swallow to get your memories back. But according to a new study, there's...
  9. Not drinking water? Your brain may turn to mush

    Another heat wave is about to sweep through the American West... and Japan just experienced its hottest day in recorded history. Here in the Northeast – neither a barren desert nor a tropical climate – it’s been so hot and humid that when you take one step out the front door, your face starts dripping. Even if your mouth doesn’t...
  10. Stressed? Weather the storm with THIS

    It's summertime -- and the living is easy. Well, at least that's how the song goes. But even though the skies above are sunny... and the general mood is carefree... the summer season is certainly no guarantee against one of life's lemons landing in your lap. And when it does, it can screw up your sleep and digestion… not to...

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