Blooming Wellness https://www.bloomingwellness.com Health & Wellness Blog by Dr. Eeks Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:29:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Myo-Inositol for Bulimia and OCD https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/myo-inositol-for-bulimia-and-ocd/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/myo-inositol-for-bulimia-and-ocd/#respond Tue, 25 Jun 2019 20:50:40 +0000 http://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=10630 Myo-Inositol for Bulimia and OCD Rates of Bulimia, OCD and panic attacks are increasing around the globe, as is the search for alternative treatment approaches. Can Myo-Inositol be used safely for Bulimia and OCD? What about panic attacks? Continue reading to find out what it is and how it may help you or someone you […]

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Myo-Inositol for Bulimia and OCD

Rates of Bulimia, OCD and panic attacks are increasing around the globe, as is the search for alternative treatment approaches. Can Myo-Inositol be used safely for Bulimia and OCD? What about panic attacks? Continue reading to find out what it is and how it may help you or someone you know cope with Bulimia, OCD and panic attacks.

Myo-Inositol is an isomer of glucose, or basic sugar, and naturally consumed in an average human’s diet. It is used in the phosphatidyinositol cycle, a metabolic process that helps mediate hormones, and it is also part of a second messenger system at the cellular level, including messenger systems that lead to the production of serotonin and noradrenalin. Myo-Inositol’s exact mechanism of action is beyond the scope of this blog, so just remember that it helps serotonin and noradrenalin function more effectively, and remember that low or altered production of serotonin is implicated in many anxiety and depressive disorders. Let’s take a look at randomized controlled trials (the gold standard of evidence) that support the use of Myo-Inositol for Bulimia and OCD.

Bulimia is a very difficult illness to treat. I know, because I suffered from it for years. It almost took my life in more ways than one, and I was constatnly on the look out for ANYTHING that would reliably help me overcome bulimic cravings. The cravings are a nightmare, but once you get them under control, recovery IS possible. That said, what’s the evidence for using Myo-inositol for bulimia? A double-blind trial compared Myo-Inositol to placebo in patients with either bulimia or binge eating disorder. For six weeks, bulimic patients were given either 18g/day of Myo-Inositol or placebo. The Myo-Inositol group showed a significant reduction in bulimic symptoms compared to the placebo group. When I was really struggling with the binge/purge cycle, I supplemented with Myo-Inositol to help get me through. Since we’re focusing on Myo-Inositol for Bulimia and OCD, I want the world to know that I view Bulimia as an obsessive/compulsive disorder (OCD), in the sense that you are plagued with intrusive thoughts about binging on certain foods, especially when under stress, and then compelled to act on those thoughts: shopping for food, binging, and finally purging. I’m pointing this out, because next I’ll mention a study in which Myo-Inositol was effective for OCD.

In a randomized, double-blind controlled trial, patients with OCD were given either 18 g/day of Myo-Inositol or a placebo. At the end of 6 weeks, the group taking Myo-Inositol significantly improved more than the placebo group. Another study showed no significant improvement when Myo-Inositol was tested as an add-on treatment for individuals with OCD who were already taking an antidepressant.

I’ll quickly mention a study that tested Myo-Inositol for panic attacks. A double-blind, randomized controlled trial compared 18g/day of Myo-Inositol with Fluvoxamine ( an antidepressant) in patients with panic disorder. Fluvoxamine is often prescribed for panic disorder. At the end of one month, Myo-Inositol reduced the number of panic attacks by 4 compared to 2 for Fluvoxamine. This is encouraging, because Myo-Inositol isn’t known to have any significant side effects, and comparing it to an actual medication is a much stronger study than comparing it to a placebo. Also, the group who took Fluvoxamine complained significantly more of nausea and tiredness, common side effects of antidepressants.

We covered evidence for using Myo-Inositol for Bulima and OCD, but where can you get it? You can buy supplements in capsule or powder form. I buy it in powder form. I don’t use it regularly or daily, but sometimes when I’m feeling anxious or obsessive, I use the powder to make a smoothie. I mix it with yogurt, ice cubes, strawberries, banana and spinach, but obviously you can blend whatever you want together. The powder is white and has a sweetish taste. Interesting random fact: Folks used to smuggle cocaine by putting it in Myo-Inositol containers. But don’t worry. Go through a reputable company and you’ll be fine.

 

How much should you take?

One Tsp equals 3 grams. The randomized controlled trials mentioned above used 18/g day, so that’s 6 Tsps/ day. I usually put something close to that in my smoothies. Of course you can try smaller doses, especially if you are testing for any intolerances. Myo-Inositol has a very safe side-effect profile, but some people have complained of nausea, diarrhea or an upset stomach. I had zero side effects. Please note that it’s not recommended with pregnancy, as it has been linked to uterine contractions.

 

If you use Myo-Inositol for Bulimia or OCD, let us know if it helps you. Of course, always discuss with your doctor before adding ANY supplement, and keep in mind that this blog is information only and not medical advice.

 

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Blog by : Erin Stair, MD, MPH

This blog is for information purposes only. It should never be taken as medical advice and should never replace your doctor’s advice. Before starting any supplement, discuss with your primary doctor.

 

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Anti-Vax or Vaccine Choice? You decide. https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/anti-vax-or-vaccine-choice/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/anti-vax-or-vaccine-choice/#respond Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:43:50 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=15431 Anti-Vax or Vaccine Choice? Frankly I think the word “anti-vax” is a gross reductionist term for a much broader movement.  Some folks are against all vaccines and certainly qualify as “Anti-Vaxxers” but there are many folks who question only certain vaccines, vaccine ingredients, the safety studies conducted and the current schedule of vaccines. Some folks […]

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Anti-Vax or Vaccine Choice?

Frankly I think the word “anti-vax” is a gross reductionist term for a much broader movement.  Some folks are against all vaccines and certainly qualify as “Anti-Vaxxers” but there are many folks who question only certain vaccines, vaccine ingredients, the safety studies conducted and the current schedule of vaccines. Some folks are adamant about not giving the government the power to mandate vaccines. They find that prospect terrifying and are die-hard supporters of vaccine choice. Then there are others…

But first, let me say this loud and clear: For the record, I am not against vaccines in the slightest. Even though I don’t get a flu shot, I fully recognize the benefits of vaccines. To not do so would make me a privileged moron. Also, by interviewing folks associated with the anti-vax or vaccine choice movement , such as my previous interview with Del Bigtree, the producer of Vaxxed here, does not mean I endorse what they say. And I challenge some of their points in the podcast. The reason I am interviewing them is because the anti-vax movement is quite robust. I’ve talked to many folks involved in the movement and , let me tell ya, they are super, super motivated. And despite trendy depictions, they are smart and often quite wealthy.

That said,  the “nuances” in the movement around vaccines get lost in the mainstream coverage. In fact, they are completely left out or ignored in most of the articles I’ve read covering the “anti-vax” movement.  “Anti-Vax” has unfortunately become a throw-away-line that has reduced a much larger and nuanced movement with much broader concerns than “MMR causes autism” and involves far more folks than “Crazy moms with essential oils.” The movement includes intelligent people and professionals with legitimate concerns and questions. Some of the left-out nuances include questions around current vaccine schedules.Some parents and doctors want to space out vaccines or skip certain vaccines, for example the HPV vaccine.  Other parents and doctors are requesting more safety studies on adjuvants and cell lines used in current vaccines. And many folks are concerned about how much power we should give the government when it comes to mandating vaccines, especially when our government has an intimate relationship with drug companies and more vaccines are in the pipeline. Where is the line between prevention for the greater good and government overreach? How valuable is maintain personal choice when it comes to medical decisions?
In this episode,  I’m thrilled to chat with board-certified pediatrician Dr. Brian Thornburg about vaccines, the nuances within the vaccine movement and his approach to patients and families. He even discusses his approach to vaccinating his own 8 kids. Dr. Thornburg is founder of Thornburg Pediatrics in Naples, Florida and describes his practice as an “old fashioned approach to modern medicine.”

 

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Triple Washed Lettuce; Should You Wash It? https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/the-mystery-of-triple-washed-should-you-wash-ready-to-eat-salad-or-lettuce/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/the-mystery-of-triple-washed-should-you-wash-ready-to-eat-salad-or-lettuce/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:10:24 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=15296   By: Erin Stair, MD, MPH We see the stickers in the produce aisle. “Triple Washed Lettuce”,  “Ready to Eat Salad”,  “No Feces for You!”  Okay, that last one I made up…, but if someone had a sense of humor, they’d make it for the laughs. I usually purchase the organic, triple-washed lettuce, but do […]

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By: Erin Stair, MD, MPH

We see the stickers in the produce aisle. “Triple Washed Lettuce”,  “Ready to Eat Salad”,  “No Feces for You!”  Okay, that last one I made up…, but if someone had a sense of humor, they’d make it for the laughs.

I usually purchase the organic, triple-washed lettuce, but do I wash the lettuce when I get home? The answer is sometimes. Sometimes I wash it once, sometimes I wash it three or four times, and sometimes I just eat it right out of the bag. My whimsical lettuce-washing habits are determined by a combination of my level of hunger and level of paranoia. If I’m really hungry for lettuce, I will spray a little lemon juice, sprinkle a few grains of salt and eat it right out of the bag, or one of those bulky plastic containers. I won’t even use a fork and as I chomp on my greens, tell myself that the stomach acid will kill anything horrible for me. If an E-coli outbreak is trending on social media and I have visions of a sociopathic food worker wiping his/her bum with their bare hands and then skipping off the john to package bags of lettuce, I might triple-wash the lettuce myself. This means that on some nights I’m ingesting hexa-washed lettuce. What can I say? Like all of my relationships, my relationship with lettuce-washing is complicated.

My grandmother and mother would slap me for not consistently washing my lettuce. Growing up in my house, washing all of your fruits and vegetables was part of your religion. If you didn’t do it, you’d get the plague. Period.  Not because your fruits and vegetables carried the plague, but because God would punish you for not washing your fruits and vegetables. Then again, we didn’t have stickers like “triple washed” or “ready to eat,” because life was a lot simpler when I was a kid. You washed everything or died. And you didn’t mind taking a few extra seconds to wash your lettuce, because avoiding death by diarrhea and/or celestial damnation was worth it. Now in the era of insanely-fast gratification- or-else, we no longer have to waste seconds of our lives washing lettuce. We can stick our heads in our Ready-to-Eat lettuce bags and gorge. That means three more seconds to scroll through filtered realities on Instagram. We’ve come a long way, baby…, indeed we have!

Here’s the thing though: What the heck does triple-washed even mean?

Someone once wrote my wellness site and asked that question. Because I’m sarcastic, I sent back the below video.  The sad part about having gone to medical school is that people believe you, even when you’re sarcastic. So for the record, the below video is ready-to-eat garbage.

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But someone who read my wellness blog ( though unsubscribed after the triple-washed video) had a serious inquiry. To be honest, I wanted to know what triple-washed meant top. I realized that I had a lot of confidence in triple-washed, but for all I know it could be triple-washed in cat piss or, even worse, Windex.  To solve the mystery, I wrote to Olivia’s Organics. Here was the response:

“Hello Dr. Stair,

   Thank you for your generous support of Olivia’s. We appreciate your regular business and are delighted to know you enjoy our products.

   We are dedicated to providing consumers with safe and wholesome salads, which we pack fresh daily. Two of the most important aspects of our food safety    program are our pathogen testing program and our wash system. I’m happy to explain our wash and inspection process.

  All Olivia’s tender leaf salads are washed and packed in our state-of-the-art packaging facility located in Chelsea, MA. Greens arriving from the farm that meet our quality specifications are layered on a blending conveyor and visually inspected. The greens are then passed along a vibratory conveyor and shaken over sets of screens to shake out and remove any field matter. Next the greens pass through a high-tech optical sorter, further eliminating off quality leaves and foreign matter. An additional shaker conveyor feeds the greens into double wash tanks. The wash water is chilled, chlorinated and ph balanced. The wash tanks feature dunking wheels that allow for residual particulate to be removed via spill chambers. Washed greens then pass through a spray bar before being spun dry in large spinners. Dried greens are weighed, packaged and labeled. Finished packages are passed through a metal detector and then visually inspected before being hand packed into cartons for delivery to our customers. I hope this is helpful. We are grateful for your business and are mailing you courtesy coupons good for Olivia’s salads, any variety and size. Wishing you continued enjoyment of our products!”

Firstly, can I point out how amazing their customer service is?  So many companies barely respond today, let alone with a written email from a HUMAN with coupons attached! Olivia’s Organics, I’m a fan for life.

The triple-washed lettuce mystery solved! But should we wash our triple-washed lettuce? Does it make a difference?

The bad news is that outbreaks have been linked to triple-washed and/or ready-to-eat veggies. For example, there was a Salmonella outbreak linked to bagged, ready-to-eat lettuce in Norway between 2013-2014.  In another investigation, both Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes outbreaks were linked to ready-to-eat bagged greens. E coli outbreaks have been found as well. The good news is that these incidents are rare.

Bacteria are very good at latching on to and staying on leafy vegetables. But once attached to the greens, does washing at home with tap water make a difference? A study published in Food Science and Nutrition showed that washing  greens contaminated with E coli at a high flow rate reduced the “total aerobic account” by 80% . The “total aerobic count” is a standard measurement for organisms that grow aerobically at a specific temperature. It is NOT, however, a measure of the total amount of bacteria present, and for that reason is not a good indicator for product safety. The Food Science and Nutrition study also showed that washing E coli infected greens did not significantly reduce the number of E coli bacteria. This means that even after a high flow rate washing session, E coli stays put on the greens, as does the potential for health problems. Washing does help remove dirt, particles and pesticides, but avoiding a bacterial outbreak comes down to quality control at the source.

According to a panel of scientists formed by the International Association of Food Protection,  consumers should wash lettuce/salad that is NOT labeled “washed”, “triple washed”, or “ready to eat”, but washing lettuce/salad that is marked with such labels does not yield any benefit nor does it enhance safety. As indicated in the study above, the panel advises that if bacteria is present on the bagged lettuce/salad, washing is unlikely to remove it. The panel also notes that there’s a higher risk that we will contaminate ready-to-eat greens by handling them with our hands or washing them in contaminated containers.

Perhaps there is a psychological benefit to washing our ready-to-eat greens. A kind of placebo, I suppose. If you feel better after washing them, by all means do, but be sure to first wash your hands in warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.

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Coffee Grounds and Pumpkin Seed Oil Body Scrub https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/coffee-pumpkin-seed-oil-exfoliation-shower-scrub-beat-the-cellulite/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/coffee-pumpkin-seed-oil-exfoliation-shower-scrub-beat-the-cellulite/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:35:47 +0000 http://www.bloomingwellness.com/blog/?p=5144 By Erin Stair, MD, MPH One day I woke up and asked myself what I could do with coffee grounds and pumpkin seed oil. Have you ever experienced this? On a serious note, I make coffee every morning and save the coffee grounds, because you can use them for a variety of things: For instance, […]

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By Erin Stair, MD, MPH

One day I woke up and asked myself what I could do with coffee grounds and pumpkin seed oil. Have you ever experienced this?

On a serious note, I make coffee every morning and save the coffee grounds, because you can use them for a variety of things: For instance, to fertilize your plants or make homemade skin products. I love making my own skin products, because I know it’s the freshest way to do it. No preservatives, no loss of active ingredients, no added chemicals and I know exactly how it’s made. When it comes to coffee grounds and a dab of pumpkin seed oil, I  haven’t found anything that works quite as well for removing dead skin cells and making my skin soft and smooth.

So how do you make your own exfoliating body scrub using coffee grounds and pumpkin seed oil?  It’s easy and it starts in your kitchen. Here’s what you need

1 cup of used coffee grounds
1/8 cup natural sugar
1/8 cups sea salt
1 tsp pumpkin seed oil
1 drop of vanilla extract
4-5 drops of your favorite essential oil, for aromatherapy benefit. I usually use rose or lemon for a pick-me-up.

Mix it all together, pour it into a container, and store it in your bathroom. Use as a whole body shower wash. Also, I wouldn’t let it sit around. I would try to use it as quickly as possible. If you don’t have a lot of time, simply use the coffee grounds from your morning’s coffee for your night-time bath with a dab of your favorite essential oil.

What’s  good about this body scrub for you skin?

1)Caffeine is a Cellulite Buster:

Caffeine is a type of chemical molecule known as a Xanthine. Xanthines inhibit an enzyme called, phosphodiesterase. When this enzyme is inhibited, another enzyme called lipase is able to secure a phosphate group. When it has this phosphate group, the enzyme becomes active. The main activity of activated lipase is lipolysis, or fat breakdown, which helps fight cellulite. Caffeine is also water-soluble, so it has an easier time getting through our skin barrier as opposed to an oil-based solution.

One study showed that topical caffeine can reduce the size of fat cells by 17%.  A subsequent study showed that this process is more effective if ultrasound is simultaneously used, since ultrasound was shown to improve the permeation of caffeine through the skin. Most of us don’t have ultrasound equipment at home. If you can get it at a spa or doctor’s office though, definitely try it if you are struggling with cellulite. That said, here’s my little tip: Try to increase the concentration of caffeine that is available to permeate through your skin. You can do this by  rubbing it into your skin for a longer time.

2) The phenols in coffee grounds maintain their anti-oxidant activity for a long time and can hep prevent free radical damage to your skin. Free radicals are associated with premature aging.

3) Caffeine has been shown in some studies to fight the aging effects due to sun damage.

Caffeine is shown to cause apoptosis ( spontaneous cell death) of irradiated UVB skin cells that lead to non-melanoma types of skin cancer. If you’re in the sun a lot, keep this in mind.

4) Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor for skin.

I’ve  looked on different beauty blogs that call it a vasodilator, but that’s not true. It is a vasoconstrictor of the arteries that nourish our skin cells, and also a vasocontrictor of our peripheral arterial system, which is how it raises blood pressure. However, it does act as a bronchodilator in our lungs, which can increase our oxygen concentration. Because coffee is a vasoconstrictor for the skin, it can help reduce: 1) redness in the skin  and 2) dark, puffy circles under one’s eyes that are caused by vasodilation.

Keep in mind that long-term use of caffeine is shown to thin the skin out. This could be because it is a vasoconstrictor and a diuretic. This means that it has the potential to make your skin look older, as dehydrated skin leads to lots of lines and sagging. This is why I only use caffeine on my face as an exfoliant ( especially after a day in the sun), or under my eyes when I have PMS and retain water. On my body, it’s free game.

The added sugar and salt in the recipe are there to help optimize the process of exfoliation.

I add the small amount of  pumpkin seed oil to make the solution less rough. That said, I have used pumpkin seed oil in other homemade skin concoctions. Pumpkin seed oil has many fatty acids, but is mostly made of an omega-6 fatty acid called Linoleic Acid. Linoleic Acid is converted to Gamma-Linolenic Acid ( GLA) in our bodies. A lot of skin products have GLA in them.  I’ve written a blog on how omega-3 fatty acids are important for our cell membranes, but when one is talking about the skin, you need BOTH Omega-3s and Omega-6s. Omega-6s have been shown to improve skin structure and improve the skin as a barrier. Remember that with an in tact skin barrier, less outside invaders are able to penetrate our skin and create inflammation. The more inflammation, the faster you will age.

I added Rose to make the solution smell better.  You want to smell good, right?

I should add that using wet coffee grounds in the shower can be very messy.  Be prepared to have to clean up your tub afterwards. That said, less cellulite is worth it.

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A short story I wrote about my dad, who is a veterinarian in rural Pennsylvania. 

I never wanted to share my baby pool…
 
This memory is hazy, like most from toddlerhood, but it’s still there.
In Dallas, Pennsylvania there used to be a restaurant called Pickett’s Charge. Next to the restaurant was a serene pond with lots of colorful, quacking ducks. I remember going to breakfast there with my family on a Sunday, after morning mass. It was crowded, and mostly everyone was in church clothes. A waitress came to take our order and, recognizing my dad, said there was an injured duck that really needed help, but no one could capture it. We all looked out the window towards the pond as the waitress pointed out the injured duck. Before the pancakes and coffee came, my dad walked outside to the pond and balanced himself on one of the few slippery rocks. I could tell he was trying to determine his next best step towards the injured duck, while also remaining calm to avoid panicking the paddling. Customers inside took notice, many moving closer to the window. I remember someone turned to a staff person and said, “There’s a man wearing a suit in the pond!”
Her response was, “That’s just Dr. Stair.”
More folks pressed up against the window to watch my dad play hopscotch for the duck. There were a few close calls, and while I don’t remember him falling in the pond, he certainly didn’t stay dry. All worth it, because my dad got a hold of the duck. Customers cheered, the duck would be helped, and pancakes were had.
There was treatment at the animal hospital, rehab, a few discussions and then Edgar, the duck, was my new pool mate. I won’t lie. Edgar was very cute, but a real asshole. He often chased me out of my pool and into the yard, but asshole personalities in animal form were always safe at the Stair household. We eventually agreed to a system- Edgar in quacks, me in toddler yells. Whenever I was in the pool and Edgar came charging towards it, or more appropriately my ankles, I tumbled out of the pool, half the water coming with me, and took off sprinting through the grass. Meanwhile, Edgar enjoyed the pool.
 
Pickett’s Charge closed, Edgar passed on, but the animal rescue missions continue to this day.
 
Happy Father’s Day, Dad. Thanks for teaching me that when life gives you the bird, you work it out anyway.
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Don’t Let Injury Ruin Your Fitness Journey https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/dont-let-injury-ruin-your-fitness-journey/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/dont-let-injury-ruin-your-fitness-journey/#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:09:36 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=15316 By: Zoey Dillian It’s not until you get injured that you realize how vulnerable the human body can be. Unlike some other creatures, we have no hard shell or spikes to defend us from harm. But that doesn’t mean we should wrap ourselves in cotton wool.  Accidents and injuries are an unfortunate part of life, […]

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By: Zoey Dillian

It’s not until you get injured that you realize how vulnerable the human body can be. Unlike some other creatures, we have no hard shell or spikes to defend us from harm. But that doesn’t mean we should wrap ourselves in cotton wool.  Accidents and injuries are an unfortunate part of life, especially if you’re active, so it’s essential to be aware of how to make them less likely.

 

Being active and keeping fit is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. It can improve your overall health and wellbeing and even add years to your life. Luckily for people who love sport and fitness, there are many simple things we can do to stay safe and well while working out.

 

So what are some of the most common fitness-related injuries? And how can we better protect our bodies?

Strains and sprains

 

Sprains are caused by damaging your ligaments, usually by suddenly stretching them too far. Strains happen when muscle fibers or tendons tear. Whether it’s through pulling a muscle or spraining your ankle if you’ve injured yourself in this way, it can affect your ability to walk or perform basic tasks. It’s vital to warm up properly before any fitness activity if you want to avoid strains and sprains. Warming up sends blood to your muscles and makes them more supple. It’s a good idea to know your limits and not push yourself too hard and always to ease yourself into new activities. Getting prompt medical treatment can mean that minor strains don’t become a more significant problem in the long run.

Knee troubles

 

Are you a runner? If so, you’ll likely have already heard about how high-impact sports like running can damage your knees. Stretching and strengthening exercises can help to condition the muscles around the knee and make injury less likely. The good news is that the high impact nature of running is also what makes running so good for strengthening your bones, fortifying you from other injuries. Getting the right running shoes to prevent knee pain might make all the difference. If you’re prone to a knee problem, look into more low impact cardio exercises like swimming or cycling.

Ankle injuries

 

Just like knees, ankles are also prone to injury in running and other sports like tennis or soccer. Be sure to replace old training shoes when the tread begins to wear down. If you’re prone to pain in this area, a brace or tape can be used to support your ankle and prevent recurrent injuries. Winter sports enthusiasts are also vulnerable to an ankle injury. If you ski, snowboard or ice-skate make sure that your boots fit correctly and are snug around the ankle to provide maximum support.

Lower back pain

 

Exercise and the lower back have a challenging relationship. On the one hand, strengthening back muscles through targeted training can reduce the risk of injury and improve posture and overall health. But some exercise, like weight lifting, can risk hurting your lower back if not done correctly. To get the benefits of weight lifting for your back, make sure always to maintain proper form and only use weights you know you can handle. If in doubt, a personal trainer can really help. Adding yoga and pilates to your fitness regime could do wonders to stretch out sore back muscles and strengthen your core, which can reduce the risk of back injuries. Let the instructor know you experience back pain, and they can teach you how to modify the exercises as needed.

Shoulder problems

 

Exercises that involve lots of upper body work, like rowing, climbing, or tennis, can really strain the shoulders. If you experience pain or restriction in the shoulder when exercising, try strengthening exercises to take care of your rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a series of four muscles that stabilize the shoulder. Resistance bands can be useful for conditioning exercises like these. Just make sure you research the best practices for your condition and be sure to maintain proper form and posture.

Head injuries

 

Extreme sports like snowboarding or skateboarding are great fun, but can also run significant injury risks. These sports have been linked to 40,000 brain and neck injuries per year. It’s so important to wear proper protective clothing for sports like these. Helmets might not be fashionable, but they can save your life. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can change everything in an instant and have devastating consequences. Read more on TBI and find out the impact it can have on people’s lives. You want to protect your head at all costs.

Getting the right balance

 

Most fitness-related injuries can be prevented by taking careful precautions. A proper warm up and post-workout stretch, coupled with conditioning and strength training, will go a long way to protect your body during and after exercise. The right equipment and correct training techniques will also help to keep you safe.

 

Never underestimate the importance of listening to what your body is telling you. If there is a pain, it’s never a good idea to push through it. Give yourself plenty of rest and seek professional help if you need to. If you do have an accident or become injured, you read up on how to recover from an injury fast. You might be able to use natural remedies, like ice compresses, to deal with any pain and swelling.

 

Proper nutrition can make all the difference, too. Make sure you’re eating plenty of calories to meet the needs of your active lifestyle. Consume plenty of protein to help your muscles repair after workouts and be sure to get plenty of calcium to strengthen bones. Did you know that Vitamin C isn’t just to fight colds? It’s also essential for collagen production to support the health of tendons and ligaments, while zinc is a powerful healer. Meanwhile, good fats, the kinds you find in fish, walnuts, and avocados, can help to reduce inflammation in the body.

 

Exercise is vitally important to health, so don’t let an injury interfere with your fitness journey.

 

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When Chronic Pain is a Mental Handicap Too https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/when-chronic-pain-is-a-mental-handicap-too/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/when-chronic-pain-is-a-mental-handicap-too/#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:15:28 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=15292 By:  Raven Swanson When the word handicap is suddenly thrown into the conversation, the first image that comes to mind is one of a wheelchair. A handicap is, typically, something that the rest of the population – the non-handicapped part of the population to be more precise – imagines they can identify at first glance. […]

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By:  Raven Swanson

When the word handicap is suddenly thrown into the conversation, the first image that comes to mind is one of a wheelchair. A handicap is, typically, something that the rest of the population – the non-handicapped part of the population to be more precise – imagines they can identify at first glance. Does a handicap exist if it can’t be seen? Of course, it does, especially as it affects your life in dramatic ways. But it can be difficult to get other people to understand your perspective.

Chronic pain is one of those invisible handicaps that can hinder your every move. It is tricky to explain to someone who doesn’t experience lasting pain what the effect is on your mental health. Physically, your interlocutors might argue in all sincerity that pain shouldn’t stop you from doing what you want. Don’t get angry at them. For someone who only deals with temporary pain, the mind cannot visualize what you are going through. However, you’ll find that most people can relate to the mental health consequences of your pain.

It drives you to make bad decisions

Pain is a neurological response that happens in the brain – your arm doesn’t hurt; your brain tells you it does. It can be challenging to make the right decisions for your body and your health when your mind is already focused on the pain. You are likely to be tempting to find coping mechanisms to deal with the pain and free up your mind. However, even with the best of will, finding the appropriate coping habits can be tricky. This is precisely where you are vulnerable to the people around you. If you find the right tribe, you’re likely to develop healthy coping solutions. On the other hand, if you are surrounded by people who have an unhealthy relationship to pain management, such as indulging in hard substances, for instance, you’re prone to follow their footsteps. Because pain can alleviate your cognitive abilities, you don’t know you’re making a mistake.

 

You don’t need a cure; you need constant management

The thing about chronic pain is that you can’t cure it. When you talk to friends about your issues, you need to emphasize the lack of cure. Indeed, while people might try to relate by telling you about that time they broke their foot or the day they fell off the treadmill, but they fail to understand that despite its intensity, their pain disappears when the injury healed. Mentally, talking about pain management strategies such as https://shipsmed.com/lafayette/, is a different kettle of fish. It means acknowledging that your story doesn’t have a happy ending.

 

You feel vulnerable in your day-to-day life

As you go through pain, you also begin to question your own perception of it, as seen on http://www.healthtalk.org/. Some stress-related patterns tend to occur, such as wondering whether the pain is real or whether you imagine it. You can also feel victimized by the situation; why do you have to suffer while others don’t? The downward spiral is never far away if you’re not careful.

 

Chin up, what’s a little pain? Next time you hear the comment, explain to others the emotional burden of chronic pain and the way it messes up with your mind. Pain can affect your decisions, your sense of closure, and of self. Don’t be afraid to open up about your mental health struggles as, you’ll find that, if physical pain is something not everyone understands, emotional suffering is universal.

 

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Taking No Chances with Your Health https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/taking-no-chances-with-your-health/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/taking-no-chances-with-your-health/#respond Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:25:24 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=15285 By: Jane Delaney It does sometimes feel like we focus our energies on the wrong things. We can get all worked up about, say, what we’re going to wear, or a sports match, yet overlook things like our work, long-term prosperity, and our health. This last one, in particular, is especially important. It’s easy to […]

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By: Jane Delaney

It does sometimes feel like we focus our energies on the wrong things. We can get all worked up about, say, what we’re going to wear, or a sports match, yet overlook things like our work, long-term prosperity, and our health. This last one, in particular, is especially important. It’s easy to take your health for granted, but it’s one of the first things that we wish could get back when things aren’t quite right. So let’s make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your health in check. Below, we take a look at some essential steps for keeping yourself in tip-top condition.

 

Listen to your Body

 

Your body will normally tell you what you need to know, if you just listen to it. One problem that usually announces itself — yet is also usually ignored — is that of doing too much. Your body isn’t a machine that’s able to just go, go go. If you’ve been doing too much, then look at taking it easy for a few days. You’ll keep your immune system in full working condition if you’re well-rested. We know that there’s much to do in the modern age, but there is real value in taking the chilled route for a few days. One of the best gifts you can give yourself is learning the art of saying no to other people’s requests, invitations, and so on.

 

Get the Basics Right

 

Managing your health can be complicated, but at its core, it’s relatively simple. In order to stay healthy, you need to have the basics of a healthy, fit lifestyle in place. This includes eating well, exercising, and being outdoors. Some people are put off the idea of eating well because they think that it takes too much time, but this isn’t the case. There are plenty of good for you meals that can be prepared in twenty minutes or so. For exercising, you can put on those running shoes and head for a run, while a visit to the great outdoors will elevate body and mind.

 

Tackle Issues Head-On

 

You’d like to hope that you’ll never fall ill, but that’s not really an option. You’re a human, after all, and there are going to be times when you’re not at your fantastic best. One problem that some people have is that they let any medical condition they have just develop. They don’t do anything to put it behind them; they just hope it’ll go away. While it can seem excessive to see a professional, if you’re feeling off, then there’s little value in waiting to see if it just gets better. If you don’t think it warrants a trip to the emergency room, then look at visiting an Urgent Care Center instead. Whatever is wrong with your health might only be minor, but at least you’ll know for sure.

 

Preventative Steps

 

It’s always important to keep one eye on the future when it comes to your health. There are a series of illnesses and conditions that are much more common in older people than younger people. You might feel in the prime of your life right now, but who knows what’s up ahead? There’s a wealth of information out there about the best ways to prevent certain conditions. We know that eating too much red meat and consuming alcohol can have long-term, adverse effects on a person’s health, for example. The earlier you adopt a healthy lifestyle, the better it’ll be.

 

Also, as well as general old-age conditions, it’s also worth looking at what runs in the family. If you’re more predisposed to one particular illness, then you should take the time to manage that a little more closely.

 

Body and Mind

 

Finally, keep in mind that it’s just your physical side that you should be paying attention to. You’ll also want to ensure that your mental health is in check, too. The physical and the mind aren’t two separate parts; they flow into one another. If your mind isn’t a healthy state, then it’ll be less likely that you’re physically well, too. Things like meditating, yoga, and running can all move your mind in the right direction. So don’t just let your mind run on autopilot; make sure you’re setting aside the time to keep yourself well. It’ll serve you well in the long run.

 

Our health isn’t entirely in our hands, but we’re in more control than we might think. Treat it as a priority, and you’ll see that it has far-reaching, positive impacts on your life.

 

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By: Tracy Adams

Massaging refers to the art of rubbing and kneading the muscles to bring about relaxation and upsurge the flow of blood and oxygen to body tissues. Usually, the practitioner exerts a mild pressure on the affected body parts. An individual who has mastered the art of massage is referred to as a massage therapist.

Massage therapy involves so many things and that is why you have to be careful in order to get the best experience. There are different types of massage and each may be done for a specific purpose. For instance, Swedish massage best fit individuals trying massage for the first time, or they are simply new. It is also good for those who are subtle to touch or with much tension. Its main purpose is to eliminate muscle knots. However, you may have to undress for this type of massage and this is where you need to be careful with the choice of therapists. There have been cases of abuse and you don’t want to experience this. Additionally, there is a deep tissue type of massage which involve intense pressure compared to Swedish. There is also a sports massage which focuses on individuals who are prone to injury. These are just three of the many forms of therapy that we have.

Like in any other therapy, the experience you receive from massage therapy largely depends on the experience of the therapist. That is why we said the choice that you make may determine the outcome of the treatment. I a full body massage, you will be required to undress and matters to do with privacy are so sensitive. So what can you do? Well, look for a good therapist. We acknowledge the fact that it is not easy to get a good massage therapist. In this discussion, we will help you with some basic tips you can always use in your search. But let us begin with a brief discussion on why it is not easy to get a good therapist.

Why It Is Difficult To Come By a Good Therapist

Maybe you are new to this treatment and you are wondering where to start from. Well, we want to assure you that it is possible to get a good therapist. Nevertheless, the effort is required. There are so many benefits that will result from your efforts. The following are some of the reasons why it is not easy to get one:

  • The rate of turnover is quite high. In most cases, therapists quit the profession at earlier for such reasons as injuries sustained and health conditions emanating from daily massaging.
  • It is a tiring profession and therapist often get discouraged
  • Training and certification requirements are not the same and often depends on the region. It is extremely difficult to get an appropriate direction when it comes to choosing a certified therapist.
  • Insurance requirements for massage are quite unrealistic and so discouraging.
  • Some therapists have dubious and inconsistent values and experiences which are not in harmony with medical science.

With these challenges, you would actually expect it to be difficult, but as we mentioned, you can successfully get one. In fact, there is a good number of skilled and ethical therapist out there. I fact, some massage centers, such as My Home Therapy have reputable therapists who even visit homes of clients for the sessions. Let us see what you can do to get one.

How to Get an Appropriate Massage Therapist

  • Set Your Goals and Requirements. Planning is important. There is something that you want to attain by enrolling to this therapy. The reason why you want the treatment will determine the kind of a therapist you will work with. The following are some common goals that people set:
  1. a) Pain elimination and injury treatment
  2. b) Optimization of workout
  3. c) Enhancing body flexibility
  4. d) Improving health and fitness
  5. e) Stress elimination

From such goals, it can be easier to establish the type of therapy that fits you. Besides, it is imperative to share this goal with the therapist in your first appointment. This will help to design a plan that suits your objectives and expectations. Many people fall into the trap of looking for a therapist suggested by friends or their physicians. Note that people have different goals and it is what you specifically want that matters.

  • Look for referrals. It is important to look for suggestions from friends and neighbors who have undergone the treatment. You will, perhaps, get some good recommendations. Besides, you can talk to your doctor. Physicians often have names of licensed and certified therapists with specialization in various areas. Looking at your requirements, they can suggest the best therapist for you. They will always take into consideration your health condition. Moreover, you can look for information from massage schools as well as associations of therapists. You can also look for information online. If you seek referrals, there are chances that you will get the best suggestions. Do your evaluation and select the one you feel can help you attain your goals.
  • Reexamine your preferences. Why is it important to consider what you specifically want? Because the therapist often focuses on your well-being, comfort, and relaxation in the course of the session. For instance, the gender of the therapist may be an issue of concern to you. You may not be comfortable with a female therapist. Preference includes other things such as location and costs.
  • Do research on the therapist you have selected. Gather all the material information about him/her. Gather a set of questions you can ask in advance. You may ask about the strategies used during the session.
  • Look for customer reviews. It is important to look at reviews from past clients and their experiences. The reviews will not be the same but will help you get to discern the reputation. Also, be careful to consider reviews from genuine sources.

Is it difficult to get one? Are these steps difficult to follow?

Conclusion

It is difficult to get a good massage therapist. Nevertheless, you can successfully get one. This blog has discussed some basic tips that can prove handy in this regard. Follow them and make the right choice. You know your body best than anyone and that is why it is important to consider what you want. It may be unthinkable to blame the therapist if get harm due to a poor massage if he or she is not completely aware of what your body needs.

 

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Causes Or Cures: An Interview with Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi on Wireless Tech & Health Effects https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/causes-or-cures-an-interview-with-dr-fiorella-belpoggi-on-wireless-tech-health-effects/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/causes-or-cures-an-interview-with-dr-fiorella-belpoggi-on-wireless-tech-health-effects/#respond Mon, 10 Jun 2019 18:28:32 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=15263 In this episode of Causes or Cures,  I had the great pleasure of interviewing Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi about the potential health risks of wireless technology and radiation from EMFs (electromagnetic fields). The safety of EMFs is in the news due to the potential rollout of 5G and because of a recently resurfaced petition to the […]

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In this episode of Causes or Cures,  I had the great pleasure of interviewing Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi about the potential health risks of wireless technology and radiation from EMFs (electromagnetic fields). The safety of EMFs is in the news due to the potential rollout of 5G and because of a recently resurfaced petition to the World Health Organization that was signed by 250 scientists warning about EMF exposure and health effects.
Dr. Belpoggi is the head of research at the Ramazzini Institute in Italy and Director of the Cesare Mal-toni Cancer Research Center, where she has worked since 1981. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and has done research on a variety of environmental exposures, including pesticides, plastics, food additives and hormones. To date, she has performed the largest animal study involving EMF ( cell phone) exposure and cancer risk, which is covered in this interview, along with her recommendations for use of cell phones and wireless technology. Dr. Belpoggi is a fellow of the International Academy of Toxicologic Pathology; a member of the European Society of Toxicologic Pathology, and she has served as an expert witness or adviser for the https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/causes-or-cures/id1455413855European Parliament, the World Health Organization, the Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs, and the European Center for Environmental Health.

Click here to listen to the interview on the Causes Or Cures podcast. You can also find Causes or Cures on Itunes or Spotify.

For those with short attention spans or those who feel they don’t have time, below is a summary of her key points and recommendations for how we should use our cell phones and wireless tech. That said, I highly recommend listening to the full interview to capture the nuances.  🙂

Dr. Belpoggi’s key points:

1. EMF radiation is shown to affect mammalian cells in the heart and in the brain.

2. The fact that 2 large randomized controlled trials conducted on animals at two independent research labs show that EMF exposure produces two rare types of tumors ( gliomas in the brain and schwannomas in the heart) and the fact that epidemiological data has linked EMF exposure to the same types of tumors in humans means that this isn’t just by chance. We shouldn’t ignore this.

3. Tech companies should create phones and wireless technology that have a lower impact on human health. Dr. Belpoggi states that it’s definitely possible to do so.

4. In addition to cancers, other health effects related to EMF exposure include insomnia, poor memory and attention, and infertility seen in men, because EMF exposure affects the motility of sperm.

5. When pregnant, do not use the cell phone for a long period of time and keep it away from your body.

6. Only use your phone when you have a good signal.

7. When you are sleeping, do not put the phone under your pillow and turn your WIFI routers off at night.

8. Try to refrain from calling when you are in a train, in a bus or in a car with lots of people connecting at the same time.

9. If you listen to music for a long period of time, do so with wired headphones and not Bluetooth/wireless headphones.

10. Use a cable to connect to the internet at home.

11. The often recited defense for EMF-emitting devices is that there is no identifiable mechanism for harm since it’s non-ionizing radiation. Dr. Belpoggi calls this “complete nonsense.” When it comes to the cytology, it means nothing at all and is nonsense. Dr. Belpoggi’s lab is currently teamed up with another lab to identify mechanisms of action.

12. Dr. Belpoggi does not believe in EMF shields or that there is any evidence that they work.

12. When asked if she was against 5G , Dr. Belpoggi said that she is not against 5G. She said that she is a scientist and doesn’t have evidence for or against and would need to study 5G before making any comments. However, she feels it shouldn’t be widely deployed without such studies.

13. When asked what tech companies should do, Dr. Belpoggi said that “human health should come before money.” She feels tech companies should support and run safety studies and put safer products on the market.

 

Thanks for reading, guys.

 

 

 

 

 

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Manic Kingdom on BBC Radio Show https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/manic-kingdom-on-bbc-late-night-radio-show/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/manic-kingdom-on-bbc-late-night-radio-show/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2019 15:32:43 +0000 http://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=11333 My book Manic Kingdom on BBC Radio Show!?! Wow, never thought that would happen! I was thrilled to be featured on Dan Chisholm’s late night radio show on the BBC.  I’m posting a link to the interview below, though I’m not sure the link will be active forever. I believe it starts at the 32 […]

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My book Manic Kingdom on BBC Radio Show!?!

Wow, never thought that would happen!

I was thrilled to be featured on Dan Chisholm’s late night radio show on the BBC.  I’m posting a link to the interview below, though I’m not sure the link will be active forever. I believe it starts at the 32 minute mark. ( That’s what my friends tell me.)

Here’s the link to the BBC interview.  

Why was Manic Kingdom on The BBC Radio Show?

Manic Kingdom was on The BBC Radio Show, because the host stumbled across a short story I wrote about watching someone die for the firs time. He really liked it, found me on Twitter, saw I wrote a book and read it. He really liked the book too, contacted me and asked me to come on his show to talk about it.

What is Manic Kingdom about?

Well, it’s a somewhat fictionalized memoir that features three main characters: Becka ( based on me when I was a medical student); Chase ( her roommate) and King ( a mysterious, incredibly athletic man who Becka, when on an abrupt hiatus from medical school, meets on a beach and eventually they has a bizarre romantic relationship) According to Kirkus Reviews, it’s a very eccentric read. I would agree with Kirkus. Most people who’ve read it have told me that it’s a fast read. Some people are deeply, deeply disturbed by the book and others find it refreshing. I’ve definitely lost friends and business opportunities because of it. It challenges conventional notions and offers new ways of looking at things: For instance,  what it means to be “crazy” and if the current mental health system gets it wrong more than they get it right;  if prescribed medicine (such as antidepressants that are prescribed based on a mere subjective analysis), does more harm than good;  if causes are really cures or vice versa;  if therapy messes us up ( for whatever reason), and we end up finding unexpected cures in unexpected places. There are some funny parts and there are some really sad parts. I think what most people find disturbing is that they can’t wrap their head around how someone like me ( portrayed by Becka in the story) who has a prestigious educational record and lots of academic and athletic successes, ends up losing her ability to assess reality and in a really dangerous situation with a carefree yet very dangerous man. Newsflash: It can happen to anyone. It can happen to you, and perhaps that’s why folks get uneasy.

So…I hope you read it, but prepare to be made uncomfortable. I did an interview with The Mental Health Books Podcast Show, and the hosts gave Manic Kingdom 5 trigger warnings.  If you decided to read the book, I can’t predict your reaction or how it will make you feel. I wrote it from Becka’s POV as she is going through the manic breakdown, which is why it reads like a novel, but some readers won’t be able to relate to her or her choices. Why is that? Because you, the reader, are in the right frame of mind and Becka, the main character, is not. She doesn’t know how far removed from reality she is or how warped her decision-making process has become, which is a common theme for folks experiencing mental breakdowns, but can be incredibly frustrating for the reader.

For folks who’d like to grab a copy or download one on Kindle, here’s a link to Manic Kingdom on Amazon.

If for some reason you want a personal message, you can order a signed paperback copy here.

Thank you to everyone who has left a review on Amazon, GoodReads or helped share social media posts for Manic Kingdom. Thank you to Dan from the BBC Radio Show for having me on to talk about Manic Kingdom. It’s an honor. My promotional efforts for Manic Kingdom are entirely an indy effort ( my favorite kind) , so any support means a lot to me.  I’m currently working on a new, comedic-ish novel that takes place during the Trump era, or the era of high political tension, about a girl from a small, gun-toting town, now living in New York City. So, stay tuned!  🙂

Erin

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Reducing Anxiety Naturally https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/reducing-anxiety-naturally/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/reducing-anxiety-naturally/#respond Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:49:08 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=15211 By: Jade Jones Having some anxiety in life from time to time can be pretty normal, and just a part of life. It can be part and parcel of living in the modern world, and be a result of living in a chaotic environment. Some anxiousness can be a result of worry because you plan […]

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By: Jade Jones

Having some anxiety in life from time to time can be pretty normal, and just a part of life. It can be part and parcel of living in the modern world, and be a result of living in a chaotic environment. Some anxiousness can be a result of worry because you plan to do something daunting, which is why not all anxiety is going to be bad. It can help you to take risks in those instances. But when anxiety becomes a daily struggle, then it is time to look at how best to deal with things. If you have strategies in place to deal with major anxiety and to help you deal with panic attacks, then it will mean you know just what to do when those things arise. Any unchecked anxiety can quite greatly impact the quality of your life. So start today by taking some control; here are some tips to help.

 

Stay Active

 

If you are looking for something natural and something that can be done for free or very cheap to help with your anxiety, then regular exercise is a must. It is good for your physical and mental healthy anyway, but during anxious periods, it helps to give you a distraction and release of the happy hormones. In fact, exercise has been shown that it can work just as well as medication can, for some people. Exercise isn’t just a short-term fix either; it can help to relieve anxiety for hours afterwards.

 

Don’t Drink Alcohol

 

If you are feeling anxious then it can be a bit of a reflex to reach for a drink for some people. But actually, it isn’t going to help at all.  Alcohol is a natural sedative, which is why people may think it helps, as it can calm the nerves in the short-term. But once that is over, and you’re sober again, then the anxiety will come back and come back even worse than before. So don’t rely on alcohol to relieve anxiety; look to treat the root of the problem first.

 

Natural Remedies

 

Instead of something like alcohol, you might want to reach for a natural remedy instead. Essential oils can be something that can help to calm the nerves if diffused around the house; oils like lavender and wild orange are great for that kind of thing. You could also look to use some CBD oil from somewhere like the CBD Wellness Centre. If you don’t know what that is, then it is from the hemp plant, and drops of the oil can be used under the tongue, and then they act quickly to calm you down. The good news is that it doesn’t have the harmful THC of the plant, so it is not something that is addictive or a hallucinogen.

 

Meditation

One of the main goals of meditation is to help to remove chaotic thoughts and then replace them with a sense of calm, helping you to be more mindful and in the moment. Several studies have shown just how much meditation can help to relieve stress and anxiety, and it has been found that thirty minutes a day of it can work as an antidepressant for some.

 

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What Does it Take to Achieve the Idea of Closure? https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/what-does-it-take-to-achieve-the-idea-of-closure/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2019/06/what-does-it-take-to-achieve-the-idea-of-closure/#respond Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:46:13 +0000 https://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=15208 By: Jade Jones That idea of closure is something that many people find comforting. Whether you are trying to alleviate certain symptoms of depression or you are going through a bad time and just need to put it behind you, closure can feel like a lot of weight being taken off you. But when it […]

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By: Jade Jones

That idea of closure is something that many people find comforting. Whether you are trying to alleviate certain symptoms of depression or you are going through a bad time and just need to put it behind you, closure can feel like a lot of weight being taken off you. But when it comes to achieving this, is it something that’s easily done, or is closure a very natural end to a journey?

What Do You Need Closure From?

You need to find out what you are holding onto, whether it’s a physical or emotional ailment, and if you are using this to stay stuck in a certain frame of mind, and keeping the problem from being resolved, this can stop you moving towards the future. Sometimes, we actively avoid the idea of dealing with something because it’s too painful. But this is when we need to find the appropriate help to make those first steps towards closure, whether it’s a personal injury law firm undertaking legal action or telling yourself that it’s now time to move on, and creating a certain ritual for yourself. Whatever it is, identifying if it’s something that can be resolved with closure has to be firmly embedded in your mind.

Have You Really Grieved The “Loss?”

When we let something go, closure may not follow. Grieving the loss becomes a process that we need to embrace, no matter how upsetting it may feel at the time. Never forget, the very act of crying is cleansing, and it is something we always feel better having done. Grieving the loss is something that takes its own amount of time. There is no set limit.

What’s Going To Happen After Closure Is Achieved?

You may very well wish for closure to come and go quickly so you can move on with your life. It takes as long as it takes, but what you can do in the meantime is begin to prepare for a new beginning, as this will invigorate you, and even help you work towards closure with a more healthy approach. Sometimes, closure isn’t what we think it is, but we will have still come to a logical conclusion about something. It’s important that we don’t spend all our hopes on the idea of putting something behind us, especially if we don’t understand what we’re trying to get rid of in the first place. But, with any idea of closure, it’s the way for us to move on. Life happens, and we need to put certain things behind us so we can function.

Some people don’t believe in the idea of closure, but if it’s something that can provide a sense of meaning to your life it’s important that you embrace this. Closure doesn’t necessarily have to mean putting an incident behind you; it could be about you telling yourself that you are making changes for the better. Life has various cycles, and when we feel that we don’t know if something is going to pass, we can learn from the teachings of Boethius, who said that time is but a wheel. Put simply, good times will pass, but so will the bad.

 

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