Study proves the best way to de-stress

As a child I used to love to get a blanket with a good book and go out to my yard and spend the afternoon in the outdoors, even watching the clouds go by was a favorite pastime.

I have felt a calmness and peace just sitting outdoors in the sun either reading a book or letting the sun and wind blow over me. I was told by a doctor that I needed to get more sunshine for my health which to improve my health, therefore, I started getting out in the sunshine soaking up the sun while I walked.

Well scientific studies are now proving that 20-30 minutes a day outside will help your stress hormones to dramatically reduce. This is even more reason to spend more time outdoors taking in all the sites and sounds of city and farm life. This would especially be true if you work indoors most of the day. We all need a little time in nature and I am sure that our pets will love the additional attention while we are out there.

I would recommend instead of running home to take a short walk with a pet (if you have one) or just go take a walk around a few blocks before you get too comfortable and start your evening routine and the sun goes down.

This is also a good time to work in your garden on your off days and should lower your stress levels even more!!

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190404074915.htm

Update on Sterilization

I learned more things recently for those who have agreed to do surgical procedures that can interfere with hormone production. There are some changes in the laws that might make it difficult to obtain your medical records. I am finding that hospitals and clinics are telling me that they no longer have medical records on file from 17+ years ago. Some sites state that the law only states medical records are to be kept for 6-7 years after you were last treated. The facility is no longer liable to keep your files on hand or in another source. I would recommend that if you go in for service lately to get a copy of your records shortly after treatment in the event you ever have to follow-up on something that was done previously.

Another important information that I have since learned is that there are very few doctors who specialize in treating hormonal imbalances. It is not easy to find a doctor who will do lab work and offer medication or treatment based on the results. Most of those who have had lab work done have been told that their levels are normal and that you just need birth control or antidepressants to bring their body back into balance.

You may be wondering why I am writing this in a blog about herbs. When requesting treatment from a naturopath for my hormonal imbalance issues. I was prescribed Vitex which is an herb from the chasteberry tree. I did have some adverse reactions both times in taking this herb that I had to discontinue it for health reasons. We were trying to re-balance naturally.

Some herbs while mostly beneficial may cause problems in those have had certain procedures performed on them that it can be contrary and cause an adverse reaction. Whatever route that you choose in obtaining health and vitality please note to exercise caution when dealing with hormonal treatments. Some can cause mild to severe health problems if not done correctly.

We are now entering into the spring/summer months. I highly recommend to spend some time outdoors in the sun, starting a small garden, eating more herbs and plants and taking some barefoot walks on the warm days!!

Time to start planting….

Risks of Tubal Ligations (Female Sterilization)

 

For awhile now, I have wanted to share my story with others so that you might make an informed decision about your health. Here is my story.

Many years ago after a very difficult pregnancy my husband and I opted for a tubal ligation after the specialist strongly recommended it.   At the time I thought this would be beneficial and didn’t think very carefully on how this would affect my health at a later date.

There are groups of hundreds, if not thousands of women who have suffered, sometimes immediately, other times many years later as they start to age.  While tubal ligations might seem ideal especially if your doctor convinces you on the benefits or in some cases how the surgery is necessary but neglect to tell you there are many effects that this surgical procedure does to the body and all of its systems.

The reproductive system is responsible for keeping your body in hormonal balance.  As many women have discovered, when we become hormonally imbalanced with a tubal ligation, it can become very difficult and time-consuming to determine how to restore homeostasis in the body. Not only will our hormones be out of balance but also our health suffers, especially if we have gained excess weight. This extra weight can start causing an abundance of estrogen which can cause cortisol to increase and a domino effect will continue until our body is completely taxed and worn out.

I have learned as I got older and noticed the struggle to lose weight, along with other female issues, that many of the symptoms that I am now trying to combat are due to the tubal ligation also known as (female sterilization).  I was warned of some of the side effects when I agreed to the procedure but I was not aware of the full extent of issues I would be faced with at a later time.

From a female perspective – your reproductive system is not just responsible for procreation, but has the important task of communicating to the brain what chemicals are needed at what time and in what amount.  The Fallopian tubes have little sensory probes that tell the brain if more cortisol, estrogen, progesterone etc., need to be distributed throughout the body.  Also, yes women also have testosterone!! When the balances are dysfunctional and cannot communicate with the body properly, other organs must start producing chemicals to make up for the loss which will start to tax the body.

Let me give a little example – if you went out to your car, opened the hood, cut the gas line, then got in your car and tried to drive down the road, would it make sense to then rant and scream at the car manufacturer for the fact that the car they sold you is not functioning correctly? Of course not!

I believe in the Heavenly Creator who designed our bodies so that they would run in the proper way.  When we want to decide on the size of our family using harmful methods or rely on the judgment of doctors who give us dire outcomes to our current situation, we reap the consequences of this action for years to come.

If you are one of the thousands of women who opted for a tubal ligation and have been to the doctor who tells you that there is nothing wrong with you and proceeds to tell you that you are in need of antidepressants, I want you to know that there are many women who are going through what you are experiencing.

Some women have reported some relief with bio identical progesterone cream.  This is a doctor’s prescription that is formulated just for you and your chemical make-up.  You will want to search for a MD who will prescribe natural remedies if this is the route you choose.

There is another option for those who choose this —-  tubal ligation reversal!  There are many recommended doctors who have had positive success and have either allowed for couple to have more children or if you are looking to restore “some” chemical balance back to your body there are facilities that can help you.

From women I have conversed with who had the reversal done, there are many who have stated to see a positive improvement in the health of their bodily functions.

Women, I want you to know and be very aware of what you will face if you choose to become sterilized.  The article below will give you a detailed description of what many of us are learning years later.  Personally, I regret this choice that I made so long ago.  Honestly, it was the best decision at the time, so we thought, little did we know all the other side effects that were not revealed. I encourage you to always be informed of the decisions you make regarding your body! Our bodies are such complex, highly intricate systems that were designed to work in a particular way.

 
 
If you are curious about natural family planning, please check out this link:
 
I hope you take the time to research and understand how your body works, as well as discover the root of any issue you might be struggling with. It is so easy to see and treat the symptoms, but not heal the root! I know it may be more work and takes due diligence, but it will definitely pay off in the long run.
 
Shalom,
Luann.A
Photo of a pregnant woman relaxing in nature on a beautiful sunny day

Is your mind/thoughts affecting your health?

During this time in my life I am once again evaluating my diet and health.  I have had numerous confirmations on the topic of your mindset and its correlation to your health.  They are intertwined with each other.

As I have struggled with weight loss many times in my past one of the major organs to my overall health has been compromised.  I have tried with success for a time a low calorie, low carb diet which allowed me to lose weight quickly and keep it off.  However, a few years later and many more health issues I am back to where I started from.  One of those organs is my thyroid.  After numerous talks on the effects of negative thinking I did a quick study on what is the root cause of a low thyroid….  you know what I found out?    Your emotions play a big role in the breakdown of your health.

If you are an emotional stuffer (you stuff your feelings until a later time) this does and will cause health problems down the line.  The anger that you don’t want to deal with today will over time cause negative health issues down the road.

While this post does not discuss an herb or alternative health option, you should know that no matter what diet plan you follow or medication you take that if you don’t start addressing the root/core cause of the issue it will not go away.  You may just subdue your symptoms for a time but if you want total restoration in your body then it is VITAL that you change your mindset.

The first step is prayer, take EVERYTHING to prayer.  Oftentimes we are wanting to control things our way instead of understanding that there is a reason and purpose for our pain.  If you are sad, angry, etc., about something then the only way to overcome these problems is to share with a loved one or friend and then pray for the next course of action.

If you want to see first hand how your mind affects your health do your experiment at home.  Here is a video on how words can also affect food:

An article about grains from Farmer’s Almanac

With so many of us trying to eat healthier while determining if the grains we are consuming are good for you; this article is for you.  If you enjoy this information, sign up at Farmer’s Almanac for their online newsletter.

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Trying to get more whole grains in your diet? The surest way to know that you’re eating whole grains is to cook a dish containing the unadulterated whole grain yourself: an entrée made with brown rice, a side of hulled barley, a bowl of oatmeal, or bread baked with only whole grain flours.

There’s a lot of confusion, though, about what constitutes a whole grain. The 2014 Old Farmer’s Almanac is here to help by taking the guesswork out of identifying the different types of whole grains.

The Wholly Grail of Whole Grains

Berries (wheat, rye), groats (oats, buckwheat), and kernels(corn) are all terms for grains in whole seed form (minus the hull).

Grits are any coarsely ground whole or refined grain. (Cracked wheat and polenta are grits.)

Meals and flours are grains that have been ground; meal is generally considered the coarser one. “Refined” or “degerminated” means that part or all of the bran and germ have been removed.

Rolled or flaked grains are whole grains that have been cooked, rolled flat, and baked, losing minimal amounts of nutrients and fiber in the process. They are considered whole grains. Do not confuse them with dry-cereal flakes, which may or may not be 100 percent whole grain.

Wheat 14 Ways:

Bulgur is whole wheat berries that have been steamed, roasted, and crushed. It qualifies as a whole grain.

Couscous, not a grain but a form of wheat pasta, is available in both refined and whole grain forms.

Cracked wheat is simply coarsely crushed whole wheat berries. It qualifies as a whole grain but beware of products with “cracked wheat” as part of their name (“cracked-wheat bread”), which may contain only a small amount of cracked wheat, with the rest refined flour.

Cream of wheat, farina, and semolina are refined wheat products. Wheatena, a hot cereal product developed in 1879, is considered a whole grain.

Einkorn, emmer, farro, kamut, and spelt are ancient strains of wheat finding their way into modern specialty markets because of their unusual (and, some say, superior) cooking, flavor, or nutritional characteristics.

Triticale is a whole grain hybrid of wheat and rye.

Whole white wheat sounds like a contradiction, but it is a true whole grain. White wheats are albino species that lack the genes that give other wheats their brown color. White wheat has a milder flavor a bit closer to that of refined white flours.

 

Summer’s almost over!

Aahhh summer is over and the results are in….. did our garden survive, or burn up and fall to the devices of the many insects that we’ve been fighting all these months? This year we did not have a garden, however, we did have a flower bed.  Our trees and the few veggie plants were consumed in the weather.

However, this summer has not been a total gardening loss, even though we did not have a massive bed of veggies to consume or juicy ripe tomatoes. We were blessed with more rain than last year and more knowledge for the upcoming year.

I did learn more about fats and oils.  Recently my children gave me some MCT Oil to try which has been a great addition to my morning coffee. I have noticed a little bit of a difference in my overall health which is a tremendous benefit.  MCT has so many positive attributes that I highly recommend adding it to your diet.  Coconut oil is also good for you as well.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mct-oil-benefits

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil#section1

Despite popular articles to the contrary at this recent article   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/22/harvard-professor-coconut-oil-pure-poison/1060269002/    be aware that it is true all coconut oil is NOT alike or good for you as some brands are not pure in their processing.  Do your research and know what you are buying and where you are getting it from.

Now onto fall and winter preparations.

Shalom!

 

How does childhood trauma affect your DNA

If you are frequently on diet after diet and nothing seems to be working on improving your overall health, then you need to consider how your DNA has been affected.  It is possible to change and make improvements but the question may be how?  
Overuse of medications and (yes) even herbal plants can be doing more harm than good.  You must look into the real cause of the health issue you are trying to improve in order to achieve the best outcome.
Check out this article in “Science” as to how the brain responds to negative influences.

Stress in Your Early Childhood Could Actually Make The Brain’s DNA Remap Itself

Your genes are not written in stone.

MIKE MCRAE
23 MAR 2018

Our first few years of life play a crucial role in our brain’s wiring. New research suggests our experiences might also be influencing changes in our neurons at a genetic level.

A new study has discovered that when mice pups are neglected by their mother, it appears to trigger ‘jumping’ genes in their brain cells. This hints at similar processes in humans that could help explain the development of certain neurological disorders.

The ability for certain genes to copy themselves and migrate from one section to another is far from unknown. In fact, we’ve been studying them for more than half a century.

These sections of code – called transposons – can produce a mosaic of neighbouring cells that technically have slightly different genetic maps, even though they belong to the same individual.

“We are taught that our DNA is something stable and unchanging which makes us who we are, but in reality it’s much more dynamic,” explains geneticist Fred “Rusty” Gage from the Salk Institute in California.

“It turns out there are genes in your cells that are capable of copying themselves and moving around, which means that, in some ways, your DNA does change.”

The fact this happens in brain cells as they grow and divide is also well established. Sequences called long interspersed nuclear elements (LINEs) were seen changing positions in dividing hippocampus cells taken from rats more than a decade ago.

In recent years, a significant amount of attention has been devoted to understanding how external ‘epigenetic’ changes to our DNA can be the result of environmental conditions.

Some have even been considered as contributing factors behind the development of neurological conditions such as autism spectrum disorder.

But the effect of the environment on the transposons hasn’t been so scrutinised, possibly because we assume the genes we inherit simply don’t change their code all that easily.

“While we’ve known for a while that cells can acquire changes to their DNA, it’s been speculated that maybe it’s not a random process,” says the study’s first author Tracy Bedrosian.

“Maybe there are factors in the brain or in the environment that cause changes to happen more or less frequently.”

So together with two other researchers, Bedrosian and Gage investigated how a sequence called a LINE-1 retrotransposon copied and relocated itself in the dividing hippocampus cells of mice pups.

Specifically, they paid close attention to whether the pups’ environment made much of a difference to this gene-jumping process.

Rather than create a hostile environment for a sample of the young mice, the researchers watched how mothers raised their offspring over a period of two weeks.

They were then divided into groups based on how the mothers cared for their brood, detailing how they licked them, carried them around, nursed, and rested.

On analysing the hippocampus cells of the mice pups, they found a clear relationship between the kinds of care they received and the number of copies of LINE-1. The worse the care, the more times the gene copied itself and relocated.

Oddly, this didn’t occur for other types of transposon the researchers analysed, suggesting it was something specific to this sequence.

On closer inspection, they found epigenetic factors were primarily responsible. Unlike other transposons, copies of LINE-1 were tagged less with a methyl group, the signature of an epigenetic edit.

“This finding agrees with studies of childhood neglect that also show altered patterns of DNA methylation for other genes,” says Gage.

“That’s a hopeful thing, because once you understand a mechanism, you can begin to develop strategies for intervention.”

You can watch Gage dig into even more research details in the video clip below.

Exactly what this means for humans is a matter for future studies – but right now, it’s a sign that our childhood experiences could be powerful enough to have an effect right down to the level of our genes.

This research was published in Science.