Soul, Stress and Sugar

October 27th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Weight Loss - (Comments Off on Soul, Stress and Sugar)

IMG_0013The Hypothalamus is a central player in how the mind (soul) controls the body’s reaction to stress and food and is referred to as the “brain” of the endocrine system.

Stress and like fresh food is not bad.  You get different kinds of stress.  Short term stress makes you alert and ready for action. During this stage peptide hormone and neurotransmitter involved in the stress response are secreted from the hypothalamus and stimulates the pituitary gland (Hormones secreted from the pituitary gland help control: growth, blood pressure, certain functions of the sex organs, Thyroid glands and metabolism  as well as some aspects of pregnancy, childbirth,  nursing, water/salt concentration at the kidneys, temperature regulation and pain relief).  which get stimulated to produce a hormone to produce the stress hormone cortisol.

Prolonged stress though becomes toxic.  Every person has the ability to view stress as harmful or not.  It is how we perceive stress determines the impact on our mental and physical health.
Sceletium Tortuosum tablets have successfully been used by a number of psychiatrists, psychologists and doctors with excellent results for anxiety, mild to moderate depression and for children with ADHD.  Sceletium Tortuosum can also be used by the lay public as a supplement to elevate mood swings, overcome stress and tension.flower1

If you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to it.  If a challenging situation comes your way, you have the ability to use stress to handle the situation.  For instance when your heart is pounding, preparing you for action, you are breathing faster which means you get more oxygen into your brain.
If you react wrongly to a challenging situation, you will enter into prolonged stress.  High levels of cortisol circulate in the blood for extended periods of time, contributing to high blood sugar that can lead to insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, weight gain.

Hoodia has been used for centuries as an appetite suppressant. It controls food cravings without nervousness, upset stomach or sleep disruption. It has been shown to raise ATP levels, which promote energy and protein synthesis.
The main effects of Hoodia occur in the hypothalamus. ATP is a nucleotide, that when broken down releases energy for the body to use during metabolic processes. An elevated ATP will prompt the hypothalamus to send a signal to the brain you have had enough food by making you feel full.img_0202

Glucose also raises ATP levels and suppresses appetite but unlike Hoodia does not contain calories.
Prolonged high level of cortisol lead to the accumulation of fat instead of fat breakdown.   Fat tends to accumulate around the middle of the body and is a risk factor for heart disease.

Excessive sugar intake with prolonged stress elevate insulin levels and feed back through the brain, especially the hypothalamus.  These interactions are an example the interconnected nature of the brain and body, and 80 percent comes from our thinking and 20 percent from our diet and environment.

So choose the way you are thinking and the food you are eating to handle daily challenges.

Nature’s Prozac – Sceletium

September 17th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Deadly Emotions | Herbs | Overweight animals | Stress and anxiety | Sweeteners | Weight Loss - (Comments Off on Nature’s Prozac – Sceletium)

 

 

 

Sceletium Tortuosum - Natural Prozac

Sceletium Tortuosum

Sceletium Tortuosum elevates mood and decreases anxiety, stress and tension. It also helps with post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, and irritability and boosts women’s libido.

Sceletium Tortuosum has been used by hunter-gatherers and shepherds as a mood-enhancing substance for hundreds of years and is far more effective and rapidly acting than the well-known St John’s Wort.

It lessens anxiety, stress and tension, raises spirits and enhances the sense of connection. If you take a very large dose you may even feel euphoric, then taken over by a sense of drowsiness. It does not cause hallucinations.

A link between depression, insomnia, anxiety, suicide, migraines, PMS, obsessive/compulsive behavior, stress, obesity and addiction is a low level of serotonin

Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter, a chemical in the nervous system that helps transmit messages along the nervous system.

Serotonin is considered the ‘mood neurotransmitter’, which keeps us emotionally, and socially stable. Our body naturally produces serotonin from the essential amino acid tryptophan, which is found in protein-containing foods.

Researchers have found that when they take recovered depressed patients and deprive them of tryptophan, their depression returns. In general, giving tryptophan to depressed people has been beneficial. Some types of depression are called Serotonin Depression because people affected by imbalances in serotonin levels.

Serotonin depression symptoms can affect depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety and eating disorders. Women seem to have more problems than men in maintaining their serotonin levels. Women who are low in serotonin are likelier to express their anger inwardly, with depression and even suicidal behavior.

Sceletium (Kanna) is used to re-balance the brain and nervous system and thereby relieve symptoms of depression. Combined with other well known herbs, sceletium has been proven to be extremely effective and safe.

Contra-Indications:
There have been no confirmed reports of drug interactions, however, because of the nero-receptor activities of Sceletium there may be interactions with other pharmacokinetic drugs.

People taking any psychiatric drug (including all anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives, hypnotics, antidepressants and anti-psychotics and so-called designer or recreational drugs) or any cardiac medications, should not to take Sceletium-containing products

Does Kanna work as an antidepressant or sedative?

October 7th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Herbs - (Comments Off on Does Kanna work as an antidepressant or sedative?)

Here are a few people’s opinions and experiences with Kanna and how it affects their mood and how alert they are. On the whole, it seems that most experiences involve an elevation in mood and a calmative effect. Most do not feel as if they are particularly buzzed or dopey and dozy in the way that cannabis makes people.

Marie Bellamy

I am not a big user of Kanna, and in my opinion, 5g of powdered Kanna can last a long time. I only have to tip in my finger and rub it between my gums and cheeks and I feel like it hits me. I rub it between my cheek and gums for five minutes, followed by swallowing, and it touches me in just the right way.

I cannot say that it is the biggest high I have ever had, in fact, it is pretty mild, but there is no hangover and it is something I can have during the day without feeling like I am out of control, buzzed or pulled from this realm of existence (the latter being how I feel in acid).

The Kanna feel is quite unique, which I feel I can say, since I have tried most substances. The experiences came in waves, similar to mescaline, but the experience was more mellow. I felt warm, but in my personality and my body temperature. I also felt cosy and quite friendly. I can see why some people may say it is an antidepressant, but it is not. Real antidepressants have a very different affect on the body and mind. Kanna is more like the feeling of having been at a comedy club for a few hours

I was feeling friendly and cosy, but not in an ecstasy or acid way, more in a nice and warm way. I didn’t want to help my fellow man, but I also did not want to push a bicycle through their abdomen.

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How One May Take Or Use Kanna Sceletium With Examples

September 26th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Herbs - (Comments Off on How One May Take Or Use Kanna Sceletium With Examples)

You can buy it in a powder and add it to anything you like. Some people roll and press the powder into chewing gum so they can process it in their mouth and get the effects. Some sprinkle it into their food and eat it, though the effects are negligible unless the person does not know it has been cooked with it. Some people sprinkle the powder into a pipe or mix it with cannabis or tobacco. Others vaporize the powder and take it that way. When using the powder, there are some ways you can use it that will have better effects than other methods.

You can buy it as leaves or what looks like flower petals. They can be smoked if correctly dried, or they can be mixed to make a Kanna Sceletium tea, though it is better if you really let the mixture stew and you do not add too much heat. Add too much heat and it denatures the leaves. Many people add the leaves to cannabis to improve the feel and the high that comes with it. If you are not keen on cannabis smoking because of how it affects you, then the Kanna Sceletium can make it a more “Positive” high.

There are a few other alternatives, such as Kanna Sceletium extract, which is a fluid. It is a lot easier to vaporize than the other ways you may take Kanna Sceletium; the only trouble is that you are relying on the producer quite a lot. There are plenty of ways to create a fluid mix that has no potency or is simply terrible, so be wary if you buy it in fluid form.

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The Experiences That Regular People Have Had With Sceletium – Kanna

September 24th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Herbs - (Comments Off on The Experiences That Regular People Have Had With Sceletium – Kanna)

The pharmaceutical community does not know much about the effects, biologically, physically and psychotically, of Sceletium (Kanna).

Some ascribe this ignorance to there being a secret behind Kanna that the medical community doesn’t want us to know, others think that if it is examined fully that it will be banned like marijuana/cannabis. The truth is that running legitimate tests to prove its effects on humans is very expensive, and few companies want to spend their money for a genuine medial report on the subject.

If you want to know the effects of Kanna (Sceletium), you have to ask people that have tried it and see what they say. They may not be able to define the short or long-term consequences of Sceletium in detail, but they will at least give you a clue as to what to expect. The experiences below are all true experiences.

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Sceletium TortuosumSceletium tortuosum also known as Kanna or Kougoed was used by South African hunter-gatherers as a mood-altering substance from prehistoric times. The earliest written records of the use of the plant date back to 1662 and the plant was first illustrated in 1685. Sceletium was an item of barter in the time of Jan van Riebeeck, and there is documentation of trade from the Castle in Cape Town, South Africa. The traditionally prepared dried sceletium was often chewed as a quid, and the saliva swallowed, but it has also been made into teas and tinctures. Less commonly, it has been reported that Sceletium used to be inhaled as a snuff, or smoked, usually with the addition of other herbs.

Sceletium elevates mood and decreases anxiety, stress and tension, and it has also been used as an appetite suppressant by shepherds walking long distances in arid areas. In intoxicating doses it can cause euphoria, initially with stimulation and later with sedation. Long-term use in the local context followed by abstinence has not been reported to result in a withdrawal state. The plant is not hallucinogenic, and no severe adverse effects have been documented.

Sceletium tortuosum was used in rural areas in very small doses as a treatment for colic in infants, added to a teaspoon of breast milk, and this use still survives in some local communities.

The South African endemic plant Sceletium tortuosum (L.) N.E. Br. (synonym Mesembryanthemum tortuosum L.), of the succulent family Mesembryathemaceae, has a long history of traditional use by San and Khoikhoi people as a masticatory and medicine (Smith et al, 1996) and later by colonial farmers as a psychotropic in tincture form (Pappe, 1868). Over the past 15 years, the plant has attracted increasing attention for its hypothesized applications in promoting a sense of wellbeing and relieving stress in healthy individuals and for treating anxiety and depression in clinically anxious and depressed patients (Gericke and Viljoen, 2008). A recent in vivo study in rats demonstrated a positive effect of an extract of S. tortuosum on restraint-induced anxiety (Smith, 2011), and a small series of case reports described preliminary evidence for antidepressant and anxiolytic activity in patients suffering from major depression who were treated with tablets of milled S. tortuosum raw material (Gericke, 2001).

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It is important to do everything necessary to reduce and eliminate stress in our lives. Stress stimulates cortisol production, so controlling your stress attacks cortisol at its source. Physical activity is a great stress reducer, so join a gym if you have the cash or take up walking in your neighborhood. Setting aside time to do activities you enjoy personally, like reading, meditating, listening to relaxing music or cooking, will also help lower your stress and your cortisol levels.

High levels of the stress hormone, cortisol can cause lots of excess body fat to accumulate around your waist and tummy…creating a bulging midsection and destroying your figure. It is a health threat to an estimated 47 million Americans. The harmful combination of everyday stress, overeating, and excess cortisol…all conspire to keep us overweight, tired, and thick around the middle. Increased levels of cortisol also increase insulin resistance, and in time could make a person diabetic.

Cortisol is a hormone that is produced when you are under stress; cortisol fat is simply fat produced as a result of stress. According to the American Institute of Stress (AIS), obesity and other diseases of modern civilization are due to an outpouring of adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones. When levels are constantly elevated it results in fat storage, which is difficult for the body to burn off. To get rid of the body fat caused by cortisol overload, it will take changing your eating habits, taking particular supplements, exercising and eliminating stress in your life.

Stress is certainly not the only reason having for abnormal levels of cortisol. A number of diseases and conditions can result in abnormal levels of cortisol in the bloodstream. Cushing’s Syndrome is a term used by doctors to describe a condition in which various medical problems result in very high levels of cortisol, leading to changes in the body’s appearance and function.

Weight gain or loss is dependent on a number of factors including resting metabolic rate, food intake, amount of exercise, and even the types of food consumed and the times of day food is consumed. Genetic factors also likely influence our metabolism and may explain some people’s tendency to gain or lose weight more rapidly than others.Bushpharm-Hoodia-60-cap copy

Whether or not a particular individual’s stress levels will result in high cortisol levels and weight gain is not readily predictable. The amount of cortisol secreted in response to stress can vary among individuals, with some persons being innately more “reactive” to stressful events. Studies of women who tended to react to stress with high levels of cortisol secretion have shown that these women also tended to eat more when under stress than women who secreted less cortisol. Another study demonstrated that women who stored their excess fat in the abdominal area had higher cortisol levels and reported more lifestyle stress than women who stored fat primarily in the hips.

The diet industry has attempted to capitalize on findings from these studies by promoting dietary supplements claiming to lower cortisol and enhance weight loss. No independent studies published in respected, peer-reviewed medical journals have shown that these supplements have any value in cortisol reduction or weight loss. In fact, exercise is the best method for lowering cortisol levels that have risen in response to stress and has the added benefit of burning calories to stimulate weight loss.

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Ultra-high temperature, or UHT, pasteurization, a processing method that heats milk to extreme temperatures, destroys virtually all the micro life within milk – making the proteins virtually indigestible. More than 80 percent of all the organic milk sold in the U.S. is UHT pasteurized.

2. Homogenized

Homogenization, a process often called “the worst thing dairymen have done to milk,” is the breaking down of fat molecules in milk through very high pressure. This stops the fat from rising to the top and creates a “consistent” product. It also makes milk fat toxic to the body. Homogenization releases the enzyme xanthine oxidase, which is damaging to the body once it’s broken into unnaturally small pieces. Arterial walls can begin to accumulate xanthine oxidase, which subsequently promotes heart disease.

3. Low fat/Non fat

When you consume low-fat or skim milk, not only are you drinking a denatured food, you’re contributing to obesity. A 2005 study published in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine followed 12,829 children ages 9 to 14 years. The study found that drinking reduced fat milk was associated with weight gain, whereas full-fat milk was not.

4. GMO grain-fed

Cows are meant to eat grass, not grains, which is why milk from grass-fed cows (raw milk) is much healthier. It’s notably higher in CLA – a fat that can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk for heart disease. In general, grain-fed cows that live in CAFOs produce less healthy milk that’s lower in vitamins, minerals (particularly calcium) and omega-3 fats. As far as the GMO aspect goes, we’ve already seen what they do to pig’s stomachs.

5. Antibiotics

80 percent of the antibiotics sold in this country are fed to food animals, and 23,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant infections each year. Coincidence? Not likely. The FDA allows antibiotic residue in milk, because there’s really no way to avoid it, other than not using antibiotics. As a result, they decide what a safe level of antibiotic residue is, and that becomes the amount you’re exposed to.

6. Hormones

Hormone levels in industrial milk are high for two reason: Cows are treated with artificial growth hormones created by bio-tech companies (which are banned in many countries), and they are milked about 300 days a year – for much of that time, they are pregnant. Milk from a pregnant cow contains 33 times more of the estrogen known as estrone sulfate than milk from a non-pregnant cow. Nobody knows the extent of the risks presented by these dietary hormones, but there is plenty of concern in the scientific community about their possible link to cancer.

Raw milk

If you’re drinking raw, whole milk, you will, for the most part, avoid each of these issues. Despite what critics say about raw milk safety, the truth is that you’re chances of being hospitalized from drinking raw milk are about one in six million. In other words, you’re three times more likely to die in a plane crash than to be hospitalized from drinking raw milk.

by: John McKiernan

Weight and Stress

November 16th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Weight Loss - (0 Comments)

 

IMG_0013Healthy Mind

The mind and the body are integrally connected.  Your brain is processing and storing this information by building branches on the nerves in your brain.  Proteins are made and used to grow new branches to hold the information from your thoughts and this process is called Protein Syntheses.  Memory is the information stored on the branches of the nerves.

As you meditate on a particular thought, more branches grow.  The connection between the branches and nerves gets stronger and the memory becomes permanent.  The more you meditate on a thought , the more branches you grow and the more you re-reinforce that memory.  The more branches you have on a particular nerve the stronger or more intelligent that memory is.

Information comes from your five senses.  Light and sound waves are converted into an electrical current which travels along the nerves in your brain. This electrical current is the thought and images in your mind.  Thoughts are physically in your brain in a form of millions of chemical reactions and electrical current that travels along the nerves in your brain.  Once the info enters in your brain in a form of an electrical current it travels through various areas until it reaches your free will.  That is then your thought.  At your free will you decide to reject or accept it.  To reject a thought it will become hot air and will not enter your mind any further.

Every thought goes through the same process.  The difference is that they release different types of chemicals whether the thought is toxic or good.  Good thoughts mean good memory and bad thoughts are toxic memory.  They release different quantities of chemicals depending of what thoughts they are.

While you are building memory you are also experiencing emotions.  Learning is also an emotional experience.  The chemicals in your brain that carry the information from your thoughts also carry the emotions that you experienced with those thoughts.  They are called information emotion molecules.  They carry both emotion and the imprint or the copy of the memory that was built in your brain.  These chemicals or emotions are living and dynamic and are released in response to your thoughts and they flow through your entire body.

 

 

 

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Tablets and capsules of Sceletium (Kanna) are being used successfully by a number of psychiatrists, psychologists and doctors with excellent results for anxiety, mild to moderate depression and for children with ADHD.  Sceletium Tortuosum can also be used by the lay public as a supplement to elevate mood swings, overcome stress and tension.

The plant contains the alkaloids tortuosamine and mesembrine which interact with the brain’s dopamine and serotonin receptors.

Sceletium Tortuosum is natural, fast acting and not addictive.

Sceletium Tortuosum can increase concentration and mental alertness.  People with post-traumatic stress disorder, women suffering from postnatal depression and people with  burnout will benefit from Sceletium Tortuosum.

 

Dosage
A typical dose is one 100mg tablet twice a day, usually taken after breakfast and after lunch and can be increased 200mg twice a day.