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Science of Happiness!

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Happiness seems simple. We all experience it at some point or another. But when you think about it, happiness can be quite complicated. Emotions are a different experience for everyone, and each individual’s baseline- is determined by genes and personality traits. Circumstances and daily activities make up the rest of the puzzle.

The World Happiness Report is a survey and ranking of 155 countries by their level of happiness, taking into account six key indicators: Generosity, Freedom, Health, Trustworthy governance, Income and Social support.

The Happiest Places on Earth.

According to World Happiness Report, the happiest countries of 2017 are:

  1. Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Finland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Sweden

America isn’t i the top 10. US ranks No. 14 on the list. Perhaps we can take some pointers from those happy Scandinavians!

Looking for ways to be happier?

Smiling, even when you don’t feel like it seems to affect positive change in your mood. Other few things are: To stream music, read inspiring articles, meditate, enjoy a nature walk, travel, spend quality time with your pet and reflect on something you’re grateful for at the end of every day.  🙂

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7 Essentials to Health & Well-Being!

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These 7 essentials to improve self-health. To make positive changes in the seven key areas that influence health and wellness.

  1. Structure= Body and musculoskeletal health (massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractor)
  2. Diet & Nutrition= what you eat and drink (eat whole food not processed food. Drink water instead of Sodas)
  3. Digestion= having enzymes to digest food well and eliminating the waste products.
  4. Hormones= Balanced endocrine system. Especially for women health (PMS, menopause)
  5. Exercise= Activity is important
  6. Stress= manage emotional, physical and nutritional stress (from intake of artificial food)
  7. Thoughts= What you think about affects your health. You can’t have positive life with negative attitude.

Boost Mood & Calm Nerves!

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8 Foods to boost your Mood and calm Nerves

  1. Dark green leafy vegetables

Spinach, kale and other dark greens are high in folate. Folate helps us to make serotonin and dopamine. Both of these are neurotransmitters that fight depression and stress.

  1. Turkey

Turkey is one of those foods that is linked to happy memories and that is good for us too! It is high in tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that shifts to serotonin in our bodies. When we eat foods high in tryptophan we are less likely to argue. Other foods high in tryptophan include cage-free eggs and pumpkin seeds.

  1. Foods that are fermented

We know you are thinking of wine and beer here, but let’s look elsewhere! When a food is fermented it contains good bacteria that can help boost your mood.Good choices include yogurt and kombucha tea.

  1. Wild caught salmon

Wild salmon is good for us for so many reasons, and it is a mood booster too. Salmon contains omega-3 fats that studies show helps cut anxiety by 20%.

  1. Blueberries

Blueberries and blackberries both contain anthocyanins. These are what gives them their deep color. They also help the brain make dopamine, a good mood chemical. Blueberries also help us build more of the white blood cells that boost the immune system.

  1. Pistachios

Did you know that these delicious nuts help to dilate your arteries? This means that you have less vascular constriction, and that means less stress on your heart.

  1. Dark chocolate

Chocolate makes us feel better for lots of reasons. In addition to its delicious taste, it also contains anandamide. This is a neurotransmitter that blocks pain and depression. One study showed that eating just 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate a day makes us feel calmer.

  1. Avocado

The delicious green fruit gives us loads of minerals and vitamins and healthy fat. It also keeps our moods steady by helping us to feel full and controlling our blood sugars.

Heavy Metal- Aluminum!

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Aluminum is the most widely used metal on the planet. It used for some of the most simple and intricate products made- from soda cans to airplanes. Aluminum, the heavy metal isn’t without its share of risks. Overexposure to aluminum, particularly through drinking water, has been implicated in neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. The risk of overexposure to aluminum is greater than it has ever been before. Unlike minerals and vitamins, the human body does not need aluminum to function.

Drinking water usually has anywhere from 0.01 to 0.15 mg per liter of aluminum. However, some potable water contains 0.40 mg per liter or more. Although this accounts for only a fraction of total dietary aluminum, its continued consumption through the water supply may contribute largely to the total aluminum absorbed. Other problematic sources of aluminum include tea, antacids, various food additives, cans, cookware and certain antiperspirants.

Aluminum is a neurotoxin, so it should come as no surprise that it’s been linked to degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. In the same way that overexposure to cigarette smoke damages the lungs, overexposure to aluminum damages the central nervous system. Studies (American Journal of Epidemiology & Ontario study) found that the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease are approximately 2.5 times greater for communities with drinking water containing more than 100 mg per liter of aluminum than communities below this level.

To reduce your daily aluminum intake, consider using storage containers instead of aluminum, avoid processed edibles and opt for whole organic foods with safe packaging. Also increase intake of Silica rich foods due to its ability to remove aluminum from the body. Sources of silica include oats, millet, barley, potatoes and whole wheat grains, to name just a few.

Your Microbiome!!

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In Human Body 90% of cells are Microbes= 3% of our Body Mass

In Nasal Passages, Oral Cavity, Skin, Gastrointestinal Tract and Urogenital Tract.

Your Personalized Ecosystem: Your Microbial thumbprint

(Each Individual have a Personalized Microscopic Ecosystem)

10,000+ Microbial species= Human Genome

2,000- 4,000 genes each= Bacterial Genome

Only .1% if our Genes are Human DNA

20 Million Bacterial Genes

100 Trillion Bacteria in Our Intestines

Many Factors influence Microbiome:

Age, Gender, Environment/ Demographics, Stress and Diet, illness, Genetics and Antibiotic use.

 

Mood, Stress, Balance

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The common complaints ranging from lack of focus to the inability to concentrate. Today people are searching for ways to support mental clarity, mood and balance. We need to ensure that the body is supplied with nutrients that support the structural integrity of brain cells is one fundamental approach to promote healthy brain function. Nutritional supplements like Vitamin B complex, Mutivitamin, St John’s Wart, Kava, Milk Thistle, etc help in the behavior support (Mood, Stress, Balance).

3 Phases of Stress

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Phase 1: Alarm
Patients may not feel stressed or notice any nsymptoms.
A surge of adrenaline, norepinephrine, cortisol and DHEA, are triggered by the sympathetic nervous system, induces the initial fight-or-flight response.

Phase 2: Resistance
Patients may feel tired and wired at the same time, experience feelings of anxiousness and have difficulty sleeping or concentratig.
Irritability, fatigue, cravings for sweet or salty foods, weight gain, low libido, frequent yawning, minor low back pain in the adrenal area, muscle tension, poor digestion, and low basal temperature.
Cortisol levels remain elevated, while DHEA levels decline and the patient becomes sympathetic dominant.

Phase 3: Exhaustion
Patients may feel extremely tired and express that everyday activities are very difficult.
Fatigue, malaise, low mood, difficulty sleeping (due to erratic cortisol surges), and memory and cognitive challenges.
Both cortisol and DHEA levels are low, and the person enters parasympathetic dominance.