Taking just 20 minutes out of your day to stroll or sit near nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels, a new study from University of Michigan, suggests. The data revealed that just a 20 minute nature experience was enough to significantly reduce cortisol levels. And if you take in a little more nature experience – 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking – cortisol levels dropped at their greatest rate, the researchers said.
If you regularly suffer from chronic vertigo or dizziness, then you will know that treating this condition is far from easy.
vertigo and dizziness come about as a result of a complex inner-ear issue where a build-up of particles start shifting upon movement, which makes the person feel an intense spinning sensation.
Here is a natural remedy to vertigo that you can practice at your home.
Dr. Carol Foster’s special method to stop vertigo as soon as the patient starts experiencing its first signs.
1. Get down on your knees so that you’re sitting on the backs of your heels.
2. Tilt your head back with your eyes looking skyward – don’t worry if your dizziness increases momentarily.
3. While staying on your knees, put your hands on the floor in front of you and let your head hang loose, with your chin slightly tucked in.
4. Turn your head to your left or right elbow (depending on what ear you wish to treat).
Palm oil is everywhere, It is an edible vegetable oil derived from the fruit of palm oil trees, that are grown in the tropics. As the World Wildlife Federation notes, 85 per cent of the global supply of palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia.
Being cheap, palm oil is a very popular cooking oil, particularly in Asian and African countries. Additionally, in the west, Palm oil is found in Instant noodles, Pizza dough, Bread, Margarine, Cookies, Chocolate, Ice cream, Shampoo and Lipstick. Additionally it is also sold under a variety of other names: Elaeis guineensis, Etyl palmitate, Glyceryl, Hydrogenated palm glycerides, Octyl palmitate, Palm fruit oil, Palm kernel, Palm kernel oil, Palm stearine, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmitic acid, Palmitoyl oxostearamide, Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, Palmityl alcohol, Palmolein, Sodium kernelate, Sodium laureth sulfate, Sodium lauryl lactylate/sulphate, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium palm kernelate, Stearate, Stearic acid, Vegetable fat, Vegetable oil.
Palm oil is cheap. It gives products a longer shelf-life, can also sustain high temperatures, and is both odorless and colorless, so it won’t change the product it’s incorporated into. And it is efficient to produce.
The DARK SIDE OF PALM OIL:
- Palm oil is partially responsible for the rapid deforestation in areas in Indonesia and Malaysia.
- Palm oil is often cited as the primary cause of the mass die-off of orangutans, who’ve shrunk from a population of 350,000 in 1990 to an estimated 50,000 (and with little chance of survival).
- Recently, issues of child labor have also arisen with a number of palm oil producers relying on children as young as eight as part of their workforce.
- Look for a product with a green “RSPO” sticker or a “Green Palm” label (this shows that a producer is making the transition to a more sustainable production process).
E-cigarettes may be more dangerous than we’ve appreciated, especially for hearts and lungs. There’s also a growing body of research suggesting that vaping can lead to smoking.
The nicotine in e-cigarettes may stress the cardiovascular system. It can increase the adrenaline circulating in our bodies, and activate the sympathetic nervous system (our “fight or flight” response), raising blood pressure, speeding up the heart rate, and causing the arteries — the vessels that carry blood — to narrow. Several recent observational studies have found a link between regular vaping and an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and coronary artery disease.
E-cigarette vapor may irritate the lungs. Smoke wears down the cells lining the lungs, damaging them, and making them more penetrable to the irritating, and cancer-causing, chemicals in cigarettes. The risk of wheezing was higher in current vapers who were also ex-smokers than in ex-smokers who did not vape. In preliminary human studies, researchers also found associations between regular vaping and COPD.
Takeaway: Talk to your kids about vaping.
Here are some ways to help your children manage their stress levels that will make their lives, and your lives, much easier.
1. Listen To Your Child
When your child expresses a feeling or wish, no matter how outlandish or non-relatable, make sure that you address it. Ignoring your child or belittling what they have to say will make them feel nervous or stressed. Open your ears to your child’s comments and feelings, and even try to get them to express the way they are feeling or what they have to say in different ways. This will trigger your child’s desire to express and give them a feeling of peace as they know that they have someone to talk to, someone who will really listen.
2. Help Them Listen to Their Bodies
Stress is not only apparent in our mental states, it is also clearly expressed in how our bodies function. Some of the most common signs of stress in children are constant stomach aches (which should be checked by a doctor to make sure they aren’t ulcers), repeated headaches, and even extreme eating patterns of over- or under- eating. If your child experiences these symptoms of stress, explain to them that the body reacts to heightened stress and that they should be aware of their bodies. This means regularly seeing a doctor when needed, and making sure they eat healthy, energizing foods full of vitamins that will keep them alert and healthy. In general it is best to cut out junk food entirely.
3. Don’t Over-schedule
Much of the time, we will do anything in our power to keep our children busy so that they don’t sink into boredom. Yet as a result, many parents over-schedule activities and events for their kids, when in fact all the child may really need is a bit of downtime. According to many child psychologists, having too much on their plate is actually one of the major stressors for children. Kids really do need downtime to rejuvenate their brains and bodies and to stay focused and ready for whatever’s next. It’s best to try and get your kids to spend their downtime away from the television or computer, because this is just stimulation for their brains. Try reading a book with them or play a family game – these kinds of activities will help them feel relaxed and at ease.
4. Playtime is Important
Just as over-scheduling can be dangerous for a child’s stress levels, so can forced play. Forcing them to play will make them feel stressed or even make them feel like an annoyance. With smaller children, it is easier to remain disengaged from their playtime and finish what you need to get done. However, as they grow, it is important that the parent becomes more involved in the child’s playtime as they need that extra encouragement. Try going for a bike ride with your child after work, or finding a sport that you both enjoy and can pursue together. Also, there shouldn’t be a lesson at the end of playtime, so that they do not get stressed out by the competition.
5. Get Your Rest
While this is probably not news, a good night’s sleep is essential for keeping children relaxed and ready to take on the day. It may be that your child is not getting enough sleep because they are overburdened with too many sport activities or birthday parties, so it is important to put your foot down and demand that they get their rest, even between fun activities. Unlike us adults, it is recommended that children get about 8-9 hours of sleep each night, so even if they aren’t ready, try and get them to bed before 9 pm. It’s also a good idea not to allow a television or other electronics in the child’s room, as this will stimulate their minds and keep them up at night. Encourage them to read a book (or read to them) until they fall asleep.
6. Keep a Hold On Your Stress
This tip may be obvious to some, but your stress levels play an important role in your child’s anxiety levels. If you are feeling stressed and begin to express it, your child may soon start to feel anxious and confused. If you thought that kids don’t pay attention to their parents, then you are wrong. If you are an impatient parent that tends to be stressed out, it is important to try and collect yourself when you are in front of your child. Raising your tone or acting too stressed will discourage your kid from discussing their problems and sharing things with you, which could have a serious detriment on your relationship.
7. Wake Up to an Uncluttered Household
Mornings are generally the most stressful time in every household, as parents need to get their kids ready (most of the time) as well as get ready themselves, prepping for the day ahead. If the house is cluttered, that may also make you and your children feel stressed in the morning. A famous phrase – an uncluttered house leads to an uncluttered mind – is right on point here. Same goes for your children, even if they seem to relish the clutter. So try and schedule cleaning duties for evening times.
8. Mistakes Happen
One of the hardest lessons for kids to learn is that they, like every other human being, make mistakes. The thought or idea of making a mistake can haunt some children and stress them out. It is important to remind them that no one is perfect and that not everyone knows how to do everything perfectly right. Make an effort to teach your children about good decisions and give them the confidence that they are on the right path. If you are over-critical with your children, they may begin to develop anxious behavior, which can backfire later on. So relax and don’t fret over spilled milk.
9. Patience Really Is a Virtue
Although you’ve heard it a million times, when it comes to raising children, patience really is a virtue. It may hurt you or even stress you out, to see your child anxious and unsettled, but that is exactly what your child does not need to see. Don’t try to fix every problem, but instead, try to help your child become a solid problem-solver.
This is how your Chicken comes to you
- Your chicken is unnatural – Perhaps GMO.
- This is how they are bred – inhumane. There’s almost no such thing as a farm. Farms are replaced by factories, in which animals are jammed in spaces as big as themselves and abused.
If you want to understand your food, watch the documentary titled “Food Inc.”