To Hear or Not Hear – Part 2 of 2

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As promised in part 1 of my blog “To Hear or Not Hear” my progress with the Meniere’s disease symptoms has taken a turn for the better. The vertigo is completely gone and my upset stomach has settled.   My ear still has a very dull ache but it’s only occasionally.  I’m acutely aware of my right ear and that the symptoms I had ignored for the past couple of month.  I’ve also became more aware of certain types of food along with stress levels and the barometric pressure outside.  This blog will focus on causes, diet and treatment of Meniere’s disease. 


Meniere’s Disease Diet


Diet can be a contributing factor or cause of Meniere’s disease; so many patients see improvements by making dietary changes immediately. Because caffeine and alcohol use can cause symptoms, patients are advised to cut both caffeine and alcohol use from their diets. Sodium, which contributes to water retention, can worsen symptoms. Foods rich in sugar, such as desserts and candy, can also exacerbate Meniere’s disease, so many patients limit sugar or avoid it completely.

 

Stress and Healthy Active Lifestyle

 

Stress, anxiety and depression can all adversely affect Meniere’s disease. Patients can experience a significant exacerbation of their symptoms during such times. Although we do not know the exact reason why stress can exacerbate Meniere’s Disease, it might have to do with neurotransmitters. These are important chemicals which act in the brain and are necessary for proper mood, and a normal mental state. An upset in the balance of neurotransmitters can be caused by stress and anxiety. This in turn can possibly affect the areas of the brain which interact with the inner ear and balance system. As patients with Meniere’s Disease can have a susceptible or “weak” inner ear, it may be more sensitive to stress and anxiety. Proper nutrition, exercise on a regular basis, and the use of relaxation techniques are all important for reducing stress and anxiety.

 

Causes, Incidence and Risk Factors


Meniere’s disease affects about one in 1,000 people, especially between the ages of 40 and 60. Although doctors believe that Meniere’s disease is caused by abnormalities relating to inner-ear fluid, they do not know exactly what causes it. Food allergies and seasonal allergies can contribute to the disorder. Stress, recent viral illness, smoking, respiratory infection and lack of sleep can also cause or worsen the disorder. About one in five patients has a known family history of Meniere’s disease, but most have no family history of the disorder.

 

Possible Triggers in Your Environment


I’ve noticed an increase in pressure in their ears when there are barometric changes in the atmosphere. It sounds far-fetched, but low pressure systems seem to put lots of pressure on the ears. I feel like the weather person when its heavy damp weather outside this tends to spark attacks. Doctors may or may not agree but this is a common observation by Meniere’s sufferers.


There is of course nothing you can do about changes in the weather or air pressure, but it would be perhaps wise to eliminate as many other possible triggers in your life as you can at this time to give yourself a chance.


Allergies from the air and sinus problems seem to be a factor with many people. Hay fever and the like, causing inflammation around the nasal passage and sinuses and clogging up the ears with pollen would seem an obvious candidate and many people do seem to have problems with this. 


Wearing a mask during allergy seasons and steaming the sinuses clear regularly may help. More on possible environmental triggers below.


Household Chemicals can also contribute to an onset of symptoms. Over the past several weeks I have read stories of people stopping the use of certain household cleaners and there symptoms when away.


Treatment of Meniere’s Disease


Meniere’s disease it appears so far has not obvious prescriptive cure yet, but several treatments can improve symptoms. Motion sickness drugs help many patients, and antihistamines are valuable for those with Meniere’s related to respiratory infection, recent viral illness or allergies. Quitting smoking and eating a diet low in sodium is valuable, as is reducing stress and avoiding fatigue and lack of sleep. Diuretics, rehabilitation, middle ear injections and surgery are also used to treat Meniere’s disease.  Acupuncture and treatment with essentials oils has been very helpful for me.  I apply and drop of Frankincense oil along my right earlobe and along the ridge of my chin and the ache completely disappears.

 

In conclusion, there are many things commonly encountered on a daily basis that can exacerbate Meniere’s Disease. What I’ve found through my research is general guidelines that include proper diet and lifestyle changes can allow the majority of people with this condition to live a normal healthy life.

 

Your Magical Journey

There is magical journey you can take every day; a short drifting, peaceful journey away from the stress of your day, away from any sorrow and pain and away from the challenges that make you uncomfortable and anxious.  Once you have experienced this journey, you can more easily lose weight, sleep better, eliminate procrastination, stop smoking, generate enthusiasm and generate motivation to exercise and to get more done.

Let’s start on this journey RIGHT NOW.

Please lay back… imagine that you are on a soft, warm and very comfortable bed… the lights are low, the phones are off, and there is soft music playing in the background [music starts to play in the background while Pam continues on with her hypnotic suggestions].  Allow your eyes to close gently, take in a deep breath and then let it out slowly, with every inhale you are capturing the tension that is held within our body.  With every exhale you are releasing the tension into the atmosphere around you.  Do this again and again, in-hale, capture the tension, exhale release the tension into the atmosphere where it dissipates.  .  You are feeling your body gradually relax, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes

As your body feels the warm glow of absolute relaxation, you feel your facial cheeks and jaw soften; your face is now completely relaxed, no more tension.  Allow the peaceful feeling to flow down your neck and deep into the muscles on your shoulders.  Continue to inhale and exhale releasing the tension from your chest, your stomach, your arms, your wrist and even your fingers.  Continue this process until you state of absolute relaxation has spread all the way down to the tips of your toes; relaxing your stomach,  your buttocks, lower abdominal area, upper legs, calf, through your ankle over the top of your feet, onto the toes and on the bottom of your fee. .   Slowly and continuously repeat this process, focus on your spine and back ensure that they also feel this continuous peaceful inner feeling.  Feel all your large, strong muscles becoming loose and relaxed.

You have left your wild, taxing and stressful world behind, you are calm, you are relaxed and you are ready for suggestions that will make your life better, more productive, and most important a happier place to exist.

You are reached a level of serenity, of inner peace, because you have taken the time, just a few minutes, to invest in you, your most prized possession.

IT is here in your customized recording where we program the subliminal messages that help you lose weight, sleep better, eliminate procrastination, stop smoking, generate enthusiasm and generate motivation to exercise and to get more done.

Once you realize you deserve to have this feeling everyday; once you realize that you can more easily control your mind and body to serve you better, and once you realize your future is in your hands,  it is then time to expand this happier persona to include all of  your daily experience.

You can have this recording for only $12.95 or you can subscribe to a service where I make for you custom recordings that address your specific goals.

Take this journey every day, to experience this wonderful feeling of serenity at any time and under any circumstances, ask me now for a minute to chat about where you will be in 30 days, 90 days and one year from this date.   Let’s make you powerful, loved and respected.

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Is Your Heart Working Too Hard?

CaboI can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I married my wonderful husband…where did the time go.. Yes, love does grow over time which is why I can make this statement: I love my husband more now than when I first married him.  I know this statement seems odd but it’s true.  After I married my husband we discovered his cholesterol was over 300 during a routine office visit.  When he came home and told me what the doctor had said I was in total shock, I love him and couldn’t bear the thought of him not in my life…  To his surprise he had no visual signs, he wasn’t overweight and he appeared to be in good health, I guess that’s why it called the silent killer.  The doctor immediately suggested he go on medication to help lower his cholesterol and discussed the possible side effects from taking the medication.  After speaking with the doctor we decided to do a more research on our own before committing to taking the meds.  We read what seemed like hundreds of articles and stories about the serious side effects from taking the medication.  So we decided to take a more holistic approach to help lower his cholesterol.  My husband actually asks me to help which I found surprising.  Did I forget to mention my husband was a bit reluctant to take my suggestions but when all was said and done he decided to follow my instruction or should I say my recommendations.

Over the 6 month period my recommendations included the following lifestyle changes to assist with lowering his cholesterol levels:

1. Start taking a good quality men’s multi-vitamin 2 times a day which include fish oil, vitamin e, vitamin c and last but least vitamin b (to help manage stress levels.)

2. Stretching/yoga two to three times a week to help reduce stress was also a great way to reduce cholesterol levels.

3. Aerobic exercise three times a week to increase cardiovascular health and keep his heart healthy.

4. Strength Training two times a week to continue help him maintain his lean muscles.

5. Revamp his diet with lots of fresh veggie, fruits and lean protein.

6. Include raw almonds as part of his daily regiment to help keep his cholesterol down.

7. Add grape seed oil in his diet to help lower bad cholesterol.

8. Lower his sodium salt intake to no more than 2400 milligrams per day.

9. Get at least 7.5 hours of sleep every night to help reduce stress levels.

After 6 month of this regime he went back to the doctor and his cholesterol was under 200 and his risk for heart disease has been lowered significantly.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. More deaths occur from heart disease than from cancer. Fortunately, most heart problems are preventable or manageable with a few simple lifestyle changes.

February is American Heart Month; this annual campaign was creating to bring awareness of heart disease and prevention.  One in four people die from heart disease each year, and American Heart Month aims to change this trend through education and heart-healthy tips.

What is Heart Disease? – South Orange County California

Heart disease refers to several different heart conditions. Coronary heart disease, or coronary artery disease, is the most common type in the United States. It can lead to heart attack, angina, arrhythmia and heart failure. The cost is great and greatly felt in health care services, expensive medications, lost productivity, disability and sometimes death.

Fortunately, most heart disease can be prevented or controlled. By taking small steps each day, in February and throughout the year, people can improve their heart health for longer, more productive lives. Here are some tips for a healthier heart.

Heart-Healthy Eating – South Orange County California

Healthy eating can help us avoid the complications of heart disease. A heart-healthy diet is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It is also low in saturated fat, Trans fat and cholesterol. According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, heart-healthy eating includes less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day.

Limiting solid fats like butter and shortening is a good way to reduce bad fats from the diet. Foods that are low in sugar, salt and sodium are also good for the heart. Limiting sodium and salt to approximately 200 milligrams per day can lower blood pressure, while reducing sugar consumption stabilizes blood glucose levels.

Portion size is important, too. Proper portion size shapes the heart as well as the waistline. To ensure an adequate supply of nutrients, many people take dietary supplements. When smaller meals and portions mean fewer nutrients, supplements can be another way to improve heart health.

Regular Physical Activity – South Orange County California

A sedentary lifestyle is a top risk factor for heart disease. Regular physical activity is essential for a healthy heart. Exercise lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels and maintains a healthy weight.

The United States Surgeon General recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity for at least five days a week. Aerobic training, also called cardio, is the best way to exercise the heart and lungs. Well-rounded workouts, however, combine aerobic activity with strength training and flexibility movements.

Stress Management – South Orange County California

In addition to diet and exercise, stress management is crucial for a healthy heart. Stress causes high blood pressure, which often shows no symptoms at all. Uncontrolled, however, high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. Regular blood pressure monitoring is important for the management of stress.

Daily physical activity, conversation and laughter are all good ways to control stress and protect the heart. Giving up bad habits like caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol also lessens stress. Too much alcohol increases blood pressure, so it is best to limit alcoholic drinks to one or two a day.

Stress is hard to manage without adequate sleep. Most people require six to eight hours of quality rest each night. Increasing physical activity during the day can improve nighttime sleep quality.

Spiritual and alternative practices like prayer, meditation, yoga and hypnosis can also minimize stress and promote relaxation. Hypnosis for stress management activates a relaxation response that improves sleep, blood pressure and heart health. People who take medications for heart problems should talk to their doctors before using supplements or alternative therapies.

If you’re looking to improve your heart health during the month of February why not set-up your Heart Health appointment today in South Orange County California with Balanced Life Wellness, LLC your family and body will thank you.  Please call Dr. Rumi at 949-554-5003 and schedule your appointment.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!

Benefits of Drinking Coffee

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Happy New Year Everyone,

Hope all of you are having a wonderful new year.

Wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all my readers and wish everyone health & wellness for the New Year.

If you watched the movie The Bucket List, you heard about the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak. The cost per cup has been as high as $85.00.

The general consensus of the Coffee Industry is that Kopi Luwak tastes terrible. The pretentious Edward Cole played by Jack Nicholson made it a point to drink the coffee to differentiate himself from the rest of the world much to the amusement of his new friend, blue collar worker Carter Chambers played by Morgan Freeman.

Had Edward Cole known about another, much less expensive, exotic coffee that is considered one of the best tasting coffees and, by far, the healthiest coffee, he would have used it in his espresso machine.

This coffee has much less caffeine, does not cause stomach aches, helps people sleep better at night and contains Ganoderma Lucidum, a mushroom extract that has healing powers.

This coffee contains antioxidants that eliminate body toxins, supports the immune System, and is said to rejuvenate and promote longevity. The coffee also helps promote weight loss, reduces mental and physical fatigue and improves your cognitive powers.

I’ve been drinking this coffee for over 2 months and the benefits I’m experiencing are amazing.  My tongue no longer has heavy coating in the morning, sleeping better every night, more energy, my acidic stomach is now calm, my digestive system is eliminating much better and, no jitters or caffeine  crashes,  I’ve lost several pounds without even thinking about restricting my calories.

More importantly, when you drink this exotic blend of coffee, it tastes fantastic, is incredibly satisfying and you feel like you are drinking the most expensive blend of coffee on the market.

Each cup costs only $1.00 and each cup takes less than a minute to make. It literally makes you feel wealthy, like drinking champagne on a beer budget.

I would love for you to try this product and share your success story.  Please email or call for you free sample. 949-554-5003.

To Your Good Health In 2013!

What is Hypnosis? How can it help change Behaviors or Habits?

Hypnosis is a natural state of deep relaxation characterized by increased perception and focus of attention. People experience the hypnotic state throughout the day, often without even realizing it, such as when daydreaming or deeply concentrating on a task. Although the hypnotic state can happen spontaneously, this state can also be entered into intentionally in order to change habits, increase motivation, relax, and much more.

Hypnotism is often used to help people lose weight or stop smoking and for stress management as well. This is accomplished when the hypnotist guides a person into the deeply relaxed hypnotic state and then communicates with the person’s subconscious mind. While in a hypnotic state, the subconscious mind is much more open to suggestion than usual. Because subconscious thoughts are known to affect behavior and bodily functions, positive suggestions naturally lead to positive effects in a person’s life.

A person who is hypnotized is in complete control of themselves at all times. A hypnotist cannot force anyone to do anything against their will. Participants can choose to follow the hypnotist’s suggestions or not. For example, a hypnotist cannot force a person to stop smoking, but he/she can make suggestions to the subconscious mind that will make quitting smoking more appealing and easier to achieve by changing the person’s subconscious mindset about smoking. If the person consciously chooses to stop smoking, the subconscious mind is then in full cooperation with this choice, making the person’s resolve much stronger than if hypnosis were not used at all.

The same goes for weight loss. A hypnotist cannot make a person lose weight. In fact, weight can only be lost if fewer calories are ingested than are spent. Through the hypnotic process, however, suggestions are made to the subconscious mind that improve a person’s motivation to exercise and increases their desire to eat healthier. In this way, it is more likely that a person will make permanent lifestyle changes that support weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.

In movies and books, hypnotism is often portrayed as a form of mind control where the subject appears to be sleeping with their eyes open. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The hypnotic state is not the same as sleeping. In fact, because it requires focused attention to become hypnotized, hypnotized people are very much awake and alert. Hypnosis is, however, very relaxing. Because of this, it can be a very powerful technique to help people with issues related to sleeping. Whether it’s helping a person with stress management or breaking a pattern of insomnia or even helping a person wake up in the morning energized and motivated to begin the day, hypnotic techniques are powerful tools that train the mind to develop new habits, increase awareness, and decrease stress.

What behaviors or habits have you changed with Hypnosis?

Tips On How To Manage Stress Levels During the Holidays

At 7 a.m., you wake up, make coffee, drag yourself to work for 8 + hours, come home, make dinner, wash dishes, shower, brush your teeth and repeat the cycle all over again in the next day. Dealing with the daily grind can take a lot out of a person and be exceptionally stressful! This article provides many helpful tips and tricks to managing your stressful everyday life.

Instead of just thinking about how you can lower stress, write your thoughts out. Develop two lists for yourself: one that covers stresses you may have the ability to control and one that lists stressors out of your hands. Let go of the stresses that you can’t control and concentrate on the list of stressors that you can change.

Keeping a journal can go a long way in alleviating stress since it is an outlet for letting go of what stresses you out. Writing down your thoughts for instance, in a formal journal or free writing lets things out instead of bottling them up inside you. This is a great way to relieve stress.

Holidays

To keep stress to a minimum around the holidays, plan as much as you can ahead of time and do not take on more than you can handle. Have a potluck-style meal instead of cooking everything yourself, and have your spouse purchase gifts for his or her side of the family. Delegating tasks is a good way to keep your stress level under control.

Stress Management

If you have tried all sorts of ways to try to control and reduce your own levels of stress, and have not been successful, it is time for you to seek medical attention. Talk to your doctor for their recommendations of stress management sessions you can attend to get you back on track and feeling in control again.

Take a Bath with Essential Oils

Take a hot bath with lavender oils. Lavender has relaxing properties, both in its smell and when directly in contact with sore muscles. Soaking in a hot bath with lavender oils will allow you some time to yourself in the warm water, which has its own soothing effects as well.

Nutrition

Eat food that will make you feel positive about yourself and build your body. Eating lifeless and fatty fast food will stress you out. Don’t think that the food that you eat has nothing to do with the way you feel and why you are stressed. Even if you crave the sugar or fat, these kinds of foods only lead to making you feel worse.

Laughter

If you’re feeling stressed out, one fantastic cure is laughter. Do something silly with your family. Throw a water balloon. Watch a funny movie or some stand-up comedy. Laughing half an hour every day can have a dramatic improvement on your overall outlook and reduce your stress immensely.

Hypnosis & Self Hypnosis

Learning the technique of self hypnosis is a great way to relieve stress. The power of this technique lies in positive auto-suggestion and does not require anyone except you. It can induce states of deep relaxation and calmness. It reduces stress levels and reduces stress hormones, and can be very effective in controlling depression and anxiety also.

Now that you have learned a bit about stress management, you can get out there and enjoy the finer things in life! Everyone experiences stress in their life and it can happen for many reasons, but knowing how to manage that stress is the key to success. Now go get yourself some much needed beauty sleep!

5 Benefits of Eliminating Sugar from Your Diet

Immediately Lose Weight and Gain Healthy Skin

A lot of foods that are high in sugar are void of any real nutritional value. By replacing these foods with better options, you’ll be giving your body the fuel that it needs to function instead of junk, and this is great for your overall health. Eliminating junk food from your diet is good for weight loss, but it can also contribute to having healthy skin. Moreover, people who are obese tend to live shorter lives, and so it’s easy to see how weight loss is one of the keys to healthy aging for many people.

Ensure you Decrease Your Risk of Diabetes

Dropping your consumption of sugar can also reduce your risk of diabetes. Studies have shown that drinking beverages with a lot of added sugar drastically increases your chance of diabetes, and it’s not good for your health overall. To make the switch from these beverages and remove sugar from your diet in general, you’ll have to find a substitute that you like. Flavored water is a good choice for some people, and fruit juice is also popular. Your drink choices are habits, and if you want to get rid of the old habits, then you have to form new ones. The same thing goes for the foods that you eat regularly. If you want to be successful in consuming a lot less sugar, then the main thing you have to do is build new eating habits by finding food products to eat that aren’t high in sugar.

Sleep Better With Less Sugar

People who take in a lot of sugar often complain about having trouble sleeping. Getting adequate sleep is a major part of healthy aging, and it becomes more important as you get older. If you have trouble getting to sleep because you are so full of sugar, then the next day you might have a problem with getting through your day. The solution that many people choose is to take in even more sugar, and this creates a snowball effect. If you want to cut back on your sugar so that your sleeping habits will improve, then a good place to start is replacing sweet in the evenings with foods like protein rich snacks. Replacing your snacks and other foods with non-sugary alternatives on a regular basis is one of the keys to eliminating sugar from what you eat.

Cut the Sugar and Boost Your Energy

Eliminating sugar from your diet can also lead to increased energy levels. Eating a lot of sugar is known to produce a burst of nervous energy, but most people feel horrible after the effect wears off. Crashing after a sugar high causes people to have low levels of energy, but the nervous and anxious energy that sugar gives you can also wear you down. By cutting even a small amount of sugar from your diet, you will increase your energy and go through fewer highs and lows.

In conclusion

Why not begin the holiday season different this year by trying implementing these five benefits.  You’ll eliminate as much of the sugar as possible and the need to go on a diet in 2013!  Be proactive by cutting back on sugar and finding new ways to get your sugar fix. Start feeding your body healthy and nutritional snacks that will provide the energy you need to get through the holidays and beyond.  If you make these five small changes now you won’t need to make a New Year’s resolution to lose the 10, 15 or 20 lbs. gained over the next couples of month.

 

Sleep Necessity or Luxury?

Most of us might define sleep as something we do when we have the time, sort of a luxury not a necessity. Or some may say I should be sleeping but I just don’t have the time. Either way, to most of us sleep is an activity we consider a luxury we can’t afford to spend too much time doing.

Sleep is where we allow our mind and body to restore itself naturally. Sleep allows us to quiet our external environmental and detach from the outside world and the stimuli that would normally require our attention. As we sleep our vital organs and brain continue to function and perform their nightly maintenance work.

Most of us spend approximately one-third of our lives asleep. If you were to ask the general public why they sleep, some would say it’s something we need to do while other might say I really wish I didn’t need to waste time sleeping. Adequate sleep is necessary for us to function at our peak mentally, emotionally and physically. After a really good night’s sleep we wake up feeling refreshed, alert and better able to handle everyday stressors. Below are 5 myths about sleep and how changing our perception just a small amount can help us get a better night sleep.

5 Myths about Sleep

Myth #1: When sleeping the body and mind will shut down during rest.

During the sleep cycle our nervous systems continues to work actively sending and receiving specific signals to regulate all our organs. Sleep gives the brain a chance to exercise important neuronal connections that might otherwise deteriorate from lack of activity. Which means when the brain is allowed to perform these activities we response more quickly, retain more information and can think at a higher level.

While we sleep our endocrine system increases production of growth hormone which increases bone density, increases lean muscle mass, decreases body fat and increase our capacity to exercise.

During deep sleep our body’s cells also show increased production and reduced breakdown of proteins. Since proteins are the building blocks needed for cell growth and for repair of damage from factors like stress and ultraviolet rays, deep sleep may truly be our way to the fountain of youth.

The brain controls emotions, decision-making processes and social interactions and during deep sleep these types of functions are drastically reduced suggesting that this type of sleep will help people maintain healthy emotional and social functioning during waking hours.

Myth #2: One less hour of sleep has no effect on how we function.

Believe it or not getting one less hours of sleep per day creates what’s called a “sleep debt.” Over time this deficit adds up and the debt becomes too great to overcome creating impair performance. As the sleep debt increases so the does the risk for fatigue, mental apathy and emotional instability. Sleep debt decreases our body ability to regulate blood sugar, stabilize metabolism and maintain healthy body weight.

Myth 3: I know when I haven’t had enough sleep.

Most of us think if we nod off or our eyes feel heavy it’s just part of how our body handles stress or our environment. Similar to the person who drinks too much and says they’re not drunk the sleepy person also loses the ability to realize they haven’t had enough sleep. Intoxicated and sleep deprived people rarely realize how their performance is affected because there are no warning signals. There are some astounding reactions similar to these two groups such as:

  • Thinking they’re awake but briefly nod off
  • Consider their performance stellar
  • Lowered emotional response
  • Response time is slower to most situations
  • Cognitive thinking slower

Myth #4: Our body can quickly adjust to different time’s schedules.

Our bodies possess two internal systems which regulates when we sleep and when we wake. This biological clock can be reset, but only by cues that are appropriately timed and only by one or two hours per day. As a general rule humans function best when sleeping during the night and active during the day.

On the average, our two systems counterbalance each other on a daily basis. However, they can become misaligned during certain situation such as night shift work, jet lag, new baby at home and or any situation which might cause our sleeping/awake patterns to change. When this type of conflict arises our biological clock tries to stay awake when we normally should be sleeping. This often leads to decreased motor and cognitive skills.

Myth #5: Older Adults need less sleep.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Older adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night, but often get less. As we age, our bodies change and these changes impact the length and quality of our sleep. Many seniors lack the ability to sleep for long periods of time and the ability to reach, restful stages of sleep decreases as they age based on the following factors:

  • As we age, our bodies’ product less of the hormones that helps us sleep: melatonin and human growth.
  • Melatonin is important because changes in the level of this hormone control our sleep cycle. With less melatonin, many older adults feel sleepy in the early evening and wake up in the early morning and experience more trouble falling asleep.
  • Human Growth hormone is what makes children and teenagers sleep more deeply. As we age, our body secretes less of this hormone and deep sleep becomes more difficult.
  • Menopause causes a great deal of hormonal changes in women, sometimes resulting in night sweats and other symptoms that interfere with sleep.
  • Andropause is male menopause which causes low testosterone and can contribute to sleep apnea in men, leading to insomnia or sleeplessness.

Many older adults for a number of different reasons have trouble falling and staying asleep. As we age, we may notice some of the following:

  • Taking naps throughout the day
  • Lack of vigorous exercise
  • Limited sun exposure
  • Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine use
  • Lack of stimulating conversation or activities
  • Taking longer to fall asleep
  • Not experiencing deep restful sleep
  • Waking up three or four times a night
  • Frequent nighttime bathroom trips

Sleep isn’t a luxury but something our body and mind needs every day to function at its  optimum level. After read the 5 myths of sleep, which one resonates with you and what are your plan to change?

5 Ways to Nourish your Skin from the Outside Part 3

1.   Sun

Most of the experts offer these helpful tips on minimizing the damaging rays of the sun. When it comes to being in the sun try and limit exposure to less than three hours a day.

  • Use water resistance sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) as part of your daily routine.
  • If planning on being outside for a long period of time use a broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen of SPF 30+.  Remember to reapply it every 2 hours regardless if you’re in or out of the water.
  • Wear sunscreen on a cloudy or overcast day.  (Eighty percent of the sun’s rays can penetrate through the clouds.)

2.   Beauty Products

Most of us try to shop for organic fruits and veggies from our local farmers.  We shop at whole food markets that carry range free eggs, chicken and turkey.

Basically we’re very health conscious consumers always trying to purchase the freshest and purest foods our money can buy.  We all know that fresh organic food is the good for our health and our complexion.

So why do many of us still purchase our products from drug stores, outlet store and some large department store? Probably because most of the natural products lines haven’t spent their money on advertising.  They’ve used their money to make high quality products just like the organic foods we choose to put inside our body.  Below is a list of chemicals to look for in your products before your purchase or maybe the ones you already own.

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate – (SLS) is a mutagen that damages the DNA and is used in most shampoos and many other products. It becomes carcinogenic when mixed with other chemicals. SLS causes liver and kidney damage and actually dries the skin by breaking down the cellular barrier.
  • Mineral Oil – clogs pores, dissolves natural oils.
  • DEA & TEA – used as emulsifiers and foaming agents, can irritate the eyes and dry out skin and hair.
  • Methyl-and polyparaben – these chemical known to be hormone disruptors and intact parabens have been found in breast tumors. Parabens cause an overgrowth of breast cells. Parabens are used in blushes, lipsticks, foundation, eye shadow, etc.
  • Diazolidinyl urea – is a fine white powder which is used as an angimicrobial preservative in cosmetics. Diazolidinyl urea is used as a formaldehyde-releasing preservative in cosmetics and barrier creams.
  • Dibutyl phthalate – in nail polish increases breast cancer risk and causes damage to liver and kidneys and has been linked to fertility problems. Pthalates are used in antiperspirants, lotions, shampoos, moisturizers, hair spray, etc.

3.    Smoking

Cigarette smoke is highly damaging and aging to skin. When we inhale just one puff of a cigarette, over a trillion free radicals are produced in our lungs, which then trigger an inflammatory response that circulates throughout our body. When we inhale tobacco smoke, the result is activation of white blood cells which line our arteries, causing an inflammatory response, predisposing us to heart disease.

In addition, there is a tremendous inflammatory response in all organs of the body —including the skin. Cigarette smoking depletes the skin of oxygen and vital nutrients including Vitamin C, critical in keeping skin youthful, moist and plumped up. Tobacco also acts as a vasoconstrictor, which means that it causes constriction of blood vessels. This reduces local blood flow to an area, and temporarily raises blood pressure. When the blood flow is reduced to the skin it results in a gray, pallid, lifeless and unhealthy looking complexion. Smoking also causes dry, leathery looking skin, premature deep lines, wrinkles and loss of radiance.

 4.   Sleep

 Sleep is probably one of the most underrated activities of the 21st century.  Most of us are just too busy to get our recommended 7 ½ to 8 hours of sleep per night.

Think back to when your skin looked sallow and your eyes were puffy after a few nights of missed sleep.  Research has proven that chronic sleepless nights can lead to dark circles under the eyes, fine lines and lackluster skin.

When our bodies don’t get enough sleep a chemical is released and a stress hormone called cortisol is activated.  Basically this hormone causes us to gain excess body fat and helps us crave excess carbohydrates.  If too much of this hormone is produced and left unchecked it can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps our skin smooth and supple.

If you want to continue to maintain lean muscles, build strong bones and keep your skin supple and elastic as you age I would recommend you get the 7 ½ to 8 hours a night of sleep so the body can continue to release human growth hormone at the right amounts.

 5.   Relaxation

Most of our daily schedules are filled with activities that need to be done right now.  We lead a fast paced life that revolves around smart phones, computers, Facebook, Twitter and unfortunately we’re never out of touch with the world. Over time all these activities lead to stress which causes our body to release a hormone called cortisol.  When a large amount of cortisol is released in our blood stream for extended periods of time, it is extremely toxic.

Our body is extremely sensitive to the effect of cortisol especially our brain cells. When cortisol is existing at high levels when our body our brain cell will die.   Research shows that excess cortisol can destroy our immune system, shrink other vital organs, and decrease your muscle mass, and cause thinning of the skin, accelerating skin aging and wrinkling and making blood vessels under skin more prominent.

 6.   Exercise

A good exercise routine including cardiovascular activity like dancing, running, jumping rope and fast walking etc. will improve blood flow helping to activate and rejuvenate the skin. Also, body sweat triggers production of a substance called sebum, which is our body’s own skin natural moisturizer.

People who exercise regularly enjoy improved sleep quality. They fall asleep more quickly, sleep more deeply, awaken less often, and sleep longer.

 In conclusion

Why not start your beauty regime today! Become proactive in helping your body prevent wrinkles and achieve healthy skin that glows. Start feeding your face from the inside as well as taking care of it from the outside. When thinking about nutrition consider food and skin together.  Choose natural skin products without all the chemicals and fillers. If you make these changes gradually by next summer you will not only feel better but you skin will have that youthful glow you’ve always wanted.

 

 

Our Skin a Blessing or Curse? Part 1

If we were given three wishes most of us would make one of our wishes healthy and youthful skin.  Many of us spend thousands of dollars each year trying to recapture the radiance glow we once saw in the mirror.

Below is a list of 16  ways we damage our skin everyday and some are so easy to change we can start today.  If you could change three things on this list to get your youthful look back which one would it be?

16 Ways we damage our skin?

Clogged pores – not thoroughly cleaning our face morning and night can hold bacteria, causing infections, inflammation, blemishes and scaly skin.

Dehydration – water helps our organs and cells function properly, help us metabolize fat and flushes waste out of our cells.

Diets low in fresh fruits and vegetables – can accelerate free radical damage.

Excess sun exposure – accelerates the effect of aging and possibly cause skin cancer.

Excess Alcohol – creates inflammation throughout the body including the skin.

High Blood Sugar – (elevated glucose levels) this is the process in which sugar and amino acids in collagen adhere to each other, interfering with collagen regeneration, promoting wrinkles, sagging and chicken neck but can be all over our body.

Hypothyroidism – An underactive thyroid can cause dry and flaky skin.

Inflammation – causes puffiness, blemishes and pigmented lesions.

Insufficient amounts of essential fatty acids – insufficient good fat in our diets – avocado, coconut oil, olive oil and omega oils

Skincare products some skin products sit on the surface, over saturated and cause limited nutrient effect, inflammation and clog our pores.

Sleep – most of us know that when we sleep our body renews itself. Consistent and inadequate sleep can damage the skin and make us look older.

Smoking Cigarettes and/or exposure to second hand smoke – can accelerate the normal ageing process of skin, contributing to wrinkles.

Sodium lauryl sulfate – is one of the most irritating cleansing agents used in drug and department store skin-care products. In fact, it’s considered a standard comparison substance for measuring skin irritancy of other ingredients. It strips the skin of natural moisture which causes the skin to look old and tired.

Stress – causes skin cells to appear tired.

Sugar and Starchy Carbs – foods which contain sugar and starchy carbs shows up on the skin as a loss of radiance, dark circles under the eyes, the loss of tone, puffiness, an increase in fine lines and wrinkles, the loss of facial contours and increased pore size.

Toxins – environmental pollutants damage our skin.

Check back on Thursday for Part 2 on 6 Ways to nourish your skin from the inside.