Lose weight, increase energy and relieve depression by boosting brain chemical dopamine – Here’s how to do it!

10 12 2012

(NaturalNews) Increase energy, lose weight, feel happier and eliminate depression by raising the levels of the brain neurotransmitter dopamine with simple dietary changes.

Dopamine is naturally produced by the brain and controls the body’s movements, stimulates metabolism and proper body weight, supports the circulatory system and governs the brain’s information flow. Too little dopamine in the system is responsible for a lack of response in an individual, deadening the ability to feel emotion and creating a sense of indifference. In addition, low dopamine levels slow the metabolism, contributing to weight gain, low energy, sluggishness and depression. Too little dopamine can cause unwanted bodily movements, jerking, twitching and slurred speech. Proper levels of dopamine are necessary to prevent conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. In the right amounts, dopamine encourages weight loss and helps the body maintain its proper weight.

Foods that boost metabolism and restore dopamine levels
It’s important to maintain proper dopamine levels to enable an individual to experience their feelings of pleasure and have the ability to generate the energy to live life. Adequate dopamine raises the body’s energy levels and increases metabolism promoting weight loss and well being. A variety of foods can help boost metabolism while increasing the body’s ability to function at its optimal level.

· Proteins are high in amino acids which contribute to the production of chemicals that stimulate dopamine in the brain. Foods such as eggs, fish, poultry and red meats are all high in protein and great for increasing metabolism. Fish in particular, is high in protein and contains healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, which contribute to increased brain function. The best proteins are those that are organic and do not contain antibiotics, hormones or pesticides.

· Red beets restore dopamine levels and produce a sense of well being. Beets contain the amino acid betaine, which acts like an antidepressant, creating feelings of pleasure and joy.

· Apples boost brain power and help with weight loss. Apples are high in quercitin, a potent antioxidant, and may help prevent neurodegenerative diseases and stimulate dopamine production.

· Drink a daily dose of watermelon juice, which is high in vitamin B-6, an important nutrient for dopamine production

· Foods containing folate help the brain produce more dopamine. Good sources of folate are found in most leafy green vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, lentils, garbanzo beans, black beans, and papaya. Plant sources of folate must be eaten raw to provide enough folate as a nutrient source.

Amino acids, vitamins and herbs boost metabolism by raising dopamine levels in the brain
· Tyrosine is the main amino acid that triggers dopamine production in the brain. Foods high in tyrosine are bananas, strawberries, blueberries and prunes.

· Include a multivitamin containing vitamins B, C and E to help produce additional dopamine supplies in the brain, notes Franklin Institute’s, “Science Learning” website

· According to Blessed Maine Herbs, certain herbs are recommended to help the brain produce higher amounts of dopamine, such as fenugreek, ginkgo biloba, Indian ginseng, red clover, nettles, dandelion and peppermint. In particular, green tea contains polyphenols, which can increase dopamine output. These can be taken as supplements or consumed as herbal teas. Because herbs may cause side effects, it is necessary to use care when adding them to any health plan. An herbal practitioner should be consulted for directions how to use herbs and in what dose.

Sluggishness and lack of energy may indicate a serious disease in addition to low dopamine levels. If symptoms continue or do not respond to dietary changes or increased supplementation, see a health practitioner.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036986_dopamine_brain_chemical_metabolism.html#ixzz2EgHQIOXr

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20 Benefits of Walking!!

20 10 2012

1. Helps with Weight Management

2. It’s Accessible to Everyone

3. Doesn’t Require Special Equipment

4. One of the Easiest Ways to Get More Active

5. Reduces Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

6. It’s a Low Impact Exercise

7. Lowers Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL)
Cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol)

8. Raises High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)

9. Lowers Blood Pressure

10. Reduces the Risk of Some Cancers

11. Helps Reduce Risk adn Aids with the Management of Type 2 Diabetes

12. Improves Mood

13. Helps Maintain Strong Bones

14. Reduces the Risk of Heart Attack

15. Less Likely to Lead to Injuries

16. Reduces Stress

17. Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

18. You Don’t Have to Pay For It

19. Builds Aerobic Fitness

20. Helps Maintain Lean Muscle

Walking Your Way Into Better Health Every Step Of The Way!!!!

from MotiveWeight.Blogspot.com





Testimonials from Doctors on the Efficacy of Bowen Therapy:

2 09 2012

 

Testimonials from Doctors on the Efficacy of Bowen Therapy:
Bowen Therapy is not meant to replace medical treatment. However, due to its success, more and more
members of the medical profession continue to be amazed at its effectiveness and have begun to add Bowen
Therapy to their practice or refer their patients to a professional Bowen Therapist. Listen to what they had to say
about Bowen Therapy:
– Dr. JoAnne Whitaker, M.D. – “I was facing a hip replacement and back surgery when I discovered the Bowen
Technique. After receiving Bowen treatments, not only was I able to walk, but I went back to playing golf…
without surgery. I was so impressed that I flew to Australia to train in the Bowen Technique and now treat
patients with ailments ranging from bunions to heart disease.
– Audrey Butko M.D. – “I consider the Bowen Technique to be a blessing in my practice because of its
simplicity, results and patient satisfaction. It has nearly eliminated my need to use cortisone injections.”
– Dr. Michael Buckmann -“Clients who present with both acute and chronic pain, having often sought treatment
in vain from a variety of other experts and specialists, are consistently free of their problems within a very short
time by using Bowen. In fact, most clients require only 2 or 3 sessions to achieve long term benefits.”
– Mitchell R. Mosher, DPM – “The Bowen Technique is one of the most powerful physical medicine techniques
I have learned in 24 years as a podiatrist. I routinely use the Bowen Technique to complement treatment of
various foot and ankle injuries.”
– Gerry Townsend, M.D. – “I offer the Bowen Technique to acute and chronic patients who have not responded
to traditional treatment for myofascial pain syndrome, back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis or fractures. Although
skeptical at first, C.S. Whitman, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, now regularly refers patients to Dr. Townsend’s
program.”
– J. T., M.D., Physician, Medical Researcher, Biotechnology Company – “I have noted improvement in stressrelated
muscle pain and tension, joint pain and posture. Bowen Therapy sessions may benefit people with
musculo-skeletal pain as well as other stress related symptoms.Much to my surprise, my neck pain got resolved
through this work. I am very pleased with the results and quite amazed!”
– L. White. MD – Physician, former Professor of Cardiology -“This body work has been enormously beneficial
in allowing me to feel freer, less constricted, more mobile and better aligned. I highly recommend Bowen
Therapy.”
– Dr Robert Flemming MD – “After over 30 years of medical practice, I am finding the Bowen Technique the
most effective and efficient hands-on procedure I’ve ever studied. I fully recommend this technique to all health
practitioners.”
– Dr. Ted Sleigh – “Of all the modalities I have used, Bowen Therapy has helped so many of my patients that I
would never want to give it up.”
– Dr. Christine Staub – “As a board-certified family physician with a special interest in the treatment of chronic
illness and pain syndromes, I am thrilled to have Bowen Therapy as a resource for myself, family, friends and
patients.”
– Oscar C. Weitzberg, Rockville, MD -“Two chronic problems cleared up after a few Bowen sessions three
months ago. As far back as I can remember, I tended toward constipation. After eighty-five years of laxatives,
enemas, and suppositories, I’m now regular — even without Metamucil. My sinus condition began in the early
1950s. After the doctor’s initial treatments with iodine, I irrigated my sinuses with saline solution for about ten
years, then used Neosynephrine for thirty years, and finally used Nasacor daily for ten years. Since the Bowen,
my sinuses are clear without any medication.”
– Dr. Fred Menier – “I have been able to notice results even in
chronic situations such as rheumatism, TMJ, chronic asthma and emotional depression.”

 





What Can I expect from a CranioSacral Therapy Session??

22 04 2012
Central nervous system

Central nervous system (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A typical CranioSacral Therapy session takes place in a quiet, private setting.  You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable, padded table.

Your therapist begins by gently touching various parts of your body to monitor the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around your central nervous system.

By carefully listening with the hands to locate areas of weak fluid flow or tissue motion, your practioner can trace those areas of weakness through the body to the original source of dysfunction.

Delicate manual techniques are then used to release those problem areas and improve the form and function of your central nervous system.

A CranioSacral Therapy session can last up to an hour or more.  It can be used alone or integrated with other therapies to create powerful effects.

What you experience from your own session is highly individual.  The sessions are generally deeply relaxing, creating feelings of warmth or gentle pulsing in the areas the therapist is working on.

Natural and Safe for ALL ages to help many different issues and concerns.

 





The Four Happiness Neurotransmitters and Your Brain

17 04 2012
Mesolimbic dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways.

Mesolimbic dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If your high in Seritonin, you’re positive, confident, flexible, and easy going.

If you’re sinking in Seritonin, you’ll tend to become negative, obsessive, worried irritable, ad sleepless.

If you’re high in Catecholamines (norepinephrin, dopamine, and adrenalin are in this group), you’re energized, upbeat, and alert.

If your Catecholamines have crashed, you can sink into a flat, lethargic funk.

If you’re high in GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), you’re relaxed and stress-free.

If there’s a gap in your GABA, you’ll be wired, stressed, and overwhelmed.

If you’re high in Endorphins, you’re full of cozy feelings of comfort, pleasure, and euphoria.

If you’re near the end of your Endorphins, you may be crying during commercials and overly sensative to hurt.

from the Mood Cure, by Julia Ross





What Conditions Does CranioSacral Therapy Address?

2 04 2012
Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CranioSacral Therapy improves your body’s ability to take better care of you.  It helps relieve a full spectrum of pain, illness and dysfunction, including:

-Migraines and Headaches

-Chronic Neck and Back Pain

-Stress and Tension-Related Disorders

-Motor-Coordination Impairments

-Infant and Childhood Disorders

-Chronic Fatigue

-Fibromyalgia

-TMJ Syndrome

-Scoliosis

-Central Nervous System Disorders

-Learning Disabilities

-ADD/ADHD

-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

-Orthopedic Problems

-And many more Conditions

After a serious head trauma CranioSacral Therapy helped re-balance my cerebrospinal fluid and relieve the pain and pressure it was causing and helped my pathways in my brain to heal and correct helping me be able to heal effectively.  Was labeled with Post traumatic Stress Disorder and Bowen and Cranial helped me heal.  ( and so much more) Sherry Barrett





Your Journey to Healing

31 03 2012
Regions of the cerebral cortex associated with...

Regions of the cerebral cortex associated with pain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Self-knowledge is frightening.  Which means that for many people, healing is frightening.  When we look around ourselves and see just how dominant entertainment has become in our society, we must keep in mind the basic reason for which we love entertainment– because it allows us to pass time without reflecting on who we are, what we are, what we want, what we believe.  When we keep ourselves entertained by outside sources–movies and music and sports and video games–we don’t have to reflect, and we don’t have to look into our hearts.  And so many people wonder why healing is so difficult sometimes.

If my heart has been broken, the only way that I can heal is to get in touch with how I really feel inside, and why.  It’s very similar to having to heal a broken bone–we need to know where the pain is located, what caused the break, and what shape the bone is in right now.  If I’ve done something that’s hurt me deeply, like causing another person pain or doing something that violates my moral principles, then I need to look inside and find the source of my discomfort and then deal with it on its terms, not necessarily the terms that are the easiest for me to handle.

“Expanding our awareness of who we are.”  Frightening words, aren’t they?  One of the reasons for which people find these words so frightening is that they’re afraid that as they learn more about themselves, they’ll lose much of what they find comfortable now.  As I’ve grown in my life, I’ve given up things like television, and I know plenty of people who are completely unwilling to do something like that.  To me, though, it’s not a loss–it’s a gain of plenty of free time to do things that are much more important to me.

We’re all hurting.  But healing doesn’t necessarily come from a prescription or a trip to the doctor’s office.  Much healing comes from looking inside and recognizing the stress, the negative feelings and attitudes, the sorrow, the pain, the hopelessness that we keep locked up inside ourselves and that continues to gnaw away at us from the inside, causing much of our physical pain and discomfort.  We need to heal the spirit by knowing the spirit, and then our bodies will follow suit.


Healing in its fullest
sense requires looking into
our heart and expanding our
awareness of who we are.

Mitchell Gaynor

Healing is the journey.  The destination is yourself.  The full recognition of all the different aspects of yourself—your joy, your sorrow, your pain, your pleasure—all lead you to the source of who you are.  Only by having intimate contact with this source can you experience the fullness of your life.  Only by fearlessly looking within can you embrace the landscape of your life and open yourself completely to all the love and compassion that lives inside you.

Philip Berk