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You become a true master of your life when you learn how to master your focus—where your attention
This morning, after back surgery nearly a year ago, one of my neighborhood friends finally took his first few unassisted steps. His doctor says he should be back on his feet full-time in about two
months; he just needs to build up the muscle in his legs again. When I asked my friend what he’s looking forward to most about being back on his feet, he said, “Long walks with my wife.”
His response resonated deeply with me. It’s such a strong reminder that the simple things are often the most important, and that we sometimes let stifling thoughts and ineffective habits get in
our way of being happy and productive.
Which is why it’s time to focus less on…
1. All the little distractions.
Focus on the activities and people that make you happy, and filter out the avoidable opposites. Truth be told, we often make our lives complicated when it’s really quite simple: Find what it is
that makes you happy and spend more time doing it. Find who it is that makes you smile and spend more time with them.
Living your dream is really just a matter of proper lifestyle alignment. It’s about being true to yourself, and realizing that where you are at any given moment is exactly where you want to be.
Thus, happiness and success in life is simply the gratifying combination of liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking who you do it with.
2. Negativity and those who create it.
When other people treat you poorly, keep being you. Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are. Don’t let the silly little dramas of each day get you down either. Stay
positive when negativity surrounds you. Keep calm and carry on. It takes one positive thought to overpower an entire array of negative thoughts. People who are able to find the one positive point in
negative situations are the ones who never give up.
3. Insensitive thoughts.
Always be kinder than necessary. What goes around comes around. No one has ever made themselves strong by showing how small someone else is. Whatever can be done, can be done more effectively when
you add kindness. Whatever words are spoken, will always be more compelling when expressed with kindness.
The kind deeds you exert in just one moment can have a positive impact that lasts a lifetime. Your days will be brighter and your years fuller when you add kindness to your purpose. Choose to be
kind every day, and you’re truly choosing to live in a better world.
4. The belief that you’re too flawed.
Accept your humanness. You can stop pretending. It feels good to own up to stuff… to admit that you’re human—a work in progress—a beautiful mess. Wanting to be someone or something else is a waste
of your beauty. You’re fine. If you feel like you aren’t, you’re blowing things out of proportion. Having a little anxiety is fine. Being a little fearful is fine. Your secrets are fine. You’re a
good person. You’re intelligent. You’re fine just the way you are. (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Self-Love” chapter of the NEW edition of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
5. Your desire to win everyone’s approval.
Your ideas and choices don’t have to be on everyone’s “approved” list. Regardless of the opinions of others, at the end of the day the only reflection staring back at you in the mirror is your
own. Make sure you’re proud of who that person is. Approach others with the belief that you’re a good person, whether they respond positively or not. It’s normal to want people to like you, but it
becomes a self-imposed burden when too much of your behavior is explicitly designed to constantly reassure you of their approval.
6. The little expectations clouding your mind.
Whatever you’re waiting for—peace of mind, contentment, grace, an inner awareness of abundance—it will surely come to you, but only when you’re ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
So be as grateful as possible, for small things, not just for big things—for the simple act of breathing, the time together, the conversations, etc. Every moment counts. Every second matters.
Whatever is given is a gift. Make the most of it.
7. What you don’t have, and may never have.
Focus on the resources you do have access to. It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to has power over you, if you allow it. Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have,
can’t have, or won’t ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy—if not less of it—doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do. So
focus on the opportunities you DO have and exploit the resources you DO have access to
8. All that stuff for sale you don’t need.
Too many people buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t know. Don’t be one of them. Stop buying stuff on impulse! Avoid the mall! The mall is not a
source of entertainment. It’s a source of personal debt. There’s no reason to tease yourself by staring at a bunch of brand new junk you don’t need. And as you know, the novelty of a new purchase
wears thin long before the credit card bill arrives.
So as I’ve said before, live a comfortable life, not a wasteful one. Do not spend to entertain yourself or impress others. Do not fool yourself into thinking wealth is measured in material
objects. Manage your money wisely so your money does not manage you.
9. Old, comfortable routines.
Remember, the way you’ve always done it isn’t the only way. It’s unlikely that one of the things you’ll regret when you’re 80 is not having consumed enough beer in your 20s, or not having bought
enough $9 lattes in your 30s, or not having frequented the same chain restaurants for your entire 40s, etc. But the regret of missing out on opportunities is a real, toxic feeling. You’ve figured out
drinking and going out. You’ve had enough lattes. You know what the hamburger at Applebee’s tastes like. It’s time to figure something else out. Every corner you turn or street you walk down has a
new experience waiting for you. You just have to see the opportunity and be adventurous enough to run with it.
10. Senseless busyness.
Incessant busyness is often a sign of ineffectiveness and laziness. Because it’s easy to be busy—just partake in a bunch of random activities that drains all your time. Doing so justifies never
having enough time to clean, cook for yourself, go out with friends, meet new people, etc. Right? Wrong. Don’t just get things done; get the right things done. Results are always more important than
the time it takes to achieve them.
11. Illusions of safety.
You have to take risks. You will only realize the full potential of your life when you allow the unexpected to happen. Living itself is risky business. Every decision, every interaction, every
step, every time you get out of bed in the morning, you take a risk. To truly live is to know you’re getting up and taking that risk. To not get out of bed, clutching to illusions of safety, is to
die slowly without ever having truly lived. Be a little risky and realize the full potential of your life.
12. Fear of defeat.
A fear of being defeated is what warrants your defeat. A fear of not being good enough is what guarantees that you never will be. If you never pick up that keyboard, or pencil, or paintbrush, or
whatever instrument you use to craft your work, because you’re afraid that someone else might do it better than you, your prediction will automatically come true.
Remember, defeat is not the worst of failures. Not having tried at all is as bad as it gets. And as far as failure itself is concerned, you’re not obligated to succeed or fail. You’re obligated to
keep trying—to do the best you can do every day. That’s all. And you’re always good enough to do that.
13. The dream that everything should be easy.
The ones who fall and get up are so much stronger than the ones who never fell. Often it’s the deepest pain that empowers human beings to rise and grow into their highest selves. The ones who win
the race in the long run are usually not the quickest or slickest, but the ones who have endured the most.
14. The way things were supposed to be.
Life is about laughing and learning through good times and bad. It’s about growing through whatever comes your way and looking back with a smile. You’re stronger because of the hard times, wiser because of your mistakes, and
happier because you have known sadness. The same is true for everyone else.
So stay strong. Even when it feels like everything is falling apart, you can either let it define you, destroy you, or let it strengthen you. Things change for the better. Just believe and roll
with it. It won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it in the end. When you finally let go of the past and what did or didn’t happen, something better comes along. Oftentimes what you’re looking
for comes when you’re not looking at all.
15. The excuses for why you haven’t started.
The feeling you get from taking the first step is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around thinking about it. So get up and get moving. Take the first step this year—just one small
step forward. The greatest miracle of your success will not be that you finished, it will be that you had the courage to begin.
The future starts TODAY, not tomorrow.
The floor is yours…
What do you need to focus less on today? What’s one idea or habit that’s keeping you stuck?
4 Principles for Dealing With the Bad Days
With ‘side hustles’ on the rise, it’s important we look after ourselves
It’s not about avoiding negative emotions or apathy.
It’s not about reassurance or dismissing the gravity of a situation, of course not.
This isn’t an argument for smiling through the pain, I’m all for having a cry and saying the world needs to go in the bin.
I do it often.
I suppose this is about just after that.
When the rain stops and the clouds part.
Just then, that moment when you have the hope that the sun is about to come out.
It’s at that moment you look around and you say, you know what, things have been awful lately but, actually, here’s some good that has come out of it all.
Principle 3: After the rain, look for the sun.
4. Understanding burnout and your triggers
You are likely burning out because of the mental workout you're enduring.
“One hundred percent of the fatigue of the sedentary worker in good health is due to psychological factors, by which we mean emotional factors.”
- Dr. A. A. Brill
My burnout will be different from yours because although we collide on both being humans, my life will have been wildly different from yours.
My triggers will be your levers and vice versa.
My take is not to recommend that one size fits all and that if you simply follow these 4 steps you’ll never have a bad day again, nope, instead my theory is that if you work out what you’re
triggers are, you’ll be able to avoid them.
The best way I’ve found to do this is to look backward.
My triggers, from doing a bit of a self-assessment, seem to be idolizing people that have become uber-successful.
Once I start going down the rabbit hole of YouTubers' yearly income report videos I know I’m in for a few bad days.
So I avoid them. The same is true for eating poorly a few too many days in a row, not working on my side projects, and spending too much time internalizing my life rather than living it. But those
are just mine.
Principle 4: Work out your triggers.
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The bad days will come.
Part of the problem is thinking anything other.
When they do though, expecting them is the first step in accepting them.
Fearing them will only make their appearance worse.
It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom though.
There is good in the bad if you care to look closely enough and you can reduce the number of those bad days by simply understanding who you are and what triggers them.
Holistic healing means taking an holistic approach when seeking treatment for imbalances and choosing to live a more balanced lifestyle. What primarily distinguishes holistic healing apart
from alternative medicine, complementary medicine, and integrative medicine is that physical health is not necessarily the main focus. Even so, it is often the experience of physical discomfort that
will first prompt a person's pursuit of holistic healing.
Water can comprise as much as 90% of juice (1, 2).
When most of this liquid is removed, the result is a thick, syrupy product known as juice concentrate.
Extracting the water reduces bacterial growth, meaning that concentrate doesn’t spoil as easily as juice. This
process likewise cuts packaging, storage, and transportation costs (1).
Still, processing methods differ. Most concentrates are filtered, evaporated, and pasteurized, but some may also include additives (1).
Juice concentrates are sold at room temperature or frozen and meant to be diluted in filtered water before consumption (1, 2).
How it’s made
To make juice concentrate, whole fruits are thoroughly washed, scrubbed, and crushed or blended to produce a pulp. Most of the water content is then extracted and evaporated (1).
Because the fruit’s natural flavor may become diluted as a result, many companies use additives like flavor packs, which
are artificial compounds made from fruit byproducts (1).
What’s more, sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are frequently added to fruit juice
concentrates, while sodium may be added to vegetable juice blends. Artificial colors and aromas may be added as well (1).
Some concentrates are also treated to remove harmful microbes, thereby enhancing shelf life (1).
Summary Juice concentrate is most commonly made by evaporating the water from crushed or juiced fruits. Additives are often used to boost flavor and prevent
There are several types of concentrate, some healthier than others.
100% fruit concentrate
Concentrates made from 100% fruit are the healthiest option, as they pack the most nutrients and are only sweetened with natural fruit sugars — not added sugar. However, they may still harbor additives.
If you’re concerned about flavorings or preservatives, be sure to check the ingredient list.
Concentrated fruit cocktail, punch, or beverage
Products sold as concentrated fruit cocktail, punch, or beverage are made from a blend of juices.
These often include added flavors or sweeteners to compensate for a lack of whole fruit.
Again, reading nutrition labels is key. If the first ingredient is an added sugar, such as HFCS, cane sugar, or fructose
syrup, you may want to steer clear of this product.
Powdered juice concentrates
Powdered juice concentrates are dehydrated by methods like spray- and freeze-drying. This removes all of the water content and allows these products to take up less space (1).
Many studies show that concentrated powders of mixed fruits and vegetables are associated with decreased markers of inflammation and increased antioxidant levels (3Trusted Source).
While inflammation is a natural bodily response, chronic inflammation is linked to many diseases, including cancer and diabetes.
Thus, anti-inflammatory compounds found in foods like some juice concentrates may help prevent this condition (4Trusted Source).
Keep in mind that many powdered juice concentrates pack added sugar, so you’ll want to read labels carefully.
Summary Juice concentrates come in several varieties that tend to vary in quality and fruit content. For the healthiest choice, pick 100% fruit concentrate.
Orange, pineapple, and apple juice products — including concentrates — are increasingly popular, with orange juice accounting for over 41% of the global fruit juice market (1).
Concentrates can be appealing because they’re cheap and easy to store. They may offer several health benefits, too.
Rich in important nutrients
Fruit and vegetable juice concentrates are healthiest if made from 100% fruit or vegetables — without additives like added sugar or salt.
For instance, a 4-ounce (120-ml) glass of orange juice prepared from concentrate provides 280% of the Daily Value (DV) of
vitamin C. This nutrient plays an important role in immunity and wound healing (5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source).
Juice concentrate contains beneficial plant compounds, such as carotenoids, anthocyanins, and flavonoids. These are associated with many health benefits, including improved heart health and decreased inflammation (2, 9Trusted Source, 10Trusted Source).
The flavonoids in orange juice may help fight chronic inflammation associated with obesity. In one study, people with obesity who drank orange juice after meals for at least seven consecutive days
experienced reduced markers of inflammation (10Trusted Source).
Another study in 56 adults with obesity found that supplementing with a mixed fruit and vegetable juice concentrate for 8 weeks reduced inflammation and LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing
lean body mass (11Trusted
May promote skin health
Many juice concentrates are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which may promote skin health and slow the effects of
We can learn to locate the seed of peace inside ourselves in order to have a reliable source of serenity.
In our noisy world, we often find ourselves longing for peace and searching to find it somewhere else. While it's true that there are places we can visit where we can experience peace, such as
sacred sites or buildings, we do not need to wait until we get to one of these places to feel at peace. Instead, we can learn to locate the seed of peace inside ourselves and cultivate it so that it
grows into a reliable source of serenity that we can always access, no matter where we are.
We experience peace when we are in a state of mental calm and serenity. It might surprise you to notice how infrequently you allow yourself to be free from anxiety. Realizing this is the first step
to inner peace. If you wait until all the details of your life are taken care of to allow yourself to experience peace, you will never feel peaceful because there is always something that your mind
can grab onto to create anxiety. It is important to consciously set aside your worries and make time to cultivate inner peace.
Ideally, you could schedule time each day to meditate on peace and experience what it feels like to be calm and serene. It takes practice to learn how to let go of your worries, so give yourself some
time. Inhale deeply, and feel your worries dissolve with every exhale. Remind yourself that soon enough you will be able to take care of everything you need to, but right now you are taking a break.
As the clutter of your thoughts and concerns clear away, you will start to feel more serene. Allow yourself to move deeper into this state with each inhale. Realize that you have the power to free
yourself from anxiety simply by deciding to do so. The more you practice feeling peaceful, the easier it will be for you to feel at peace.
Over the ages of our species coming into its own, across different geographies, different times, different backgrounds, we were somehow all wise enough to include a little emotional geyser of
confession as part of how we lived and worshipped together.
Well, it seems to me if we can process and articulate a worry subconsciously swimming in the seas of our brains . . . we actually pull them out of our minds. We extricate them. We eradicate them.
The worries get pulled out of the wet dirt below and suddenly sit like shrivelly little worms on the hot sidewalk in front of us where, under the hot glare of the day, we just know they won’t
The thing is today we’re living in an increasingly secular society. Many of us are living without a confession chamber. I think that’s why we’ve seen the rise of websites such as PostSecret, an incredible project where Frank Warren collects, curates, and posts anonymous artistic confessions created on postcards mailed to him.
What’s this little confession project turned out? A nearly billion-hit website, six New York Times bestsellers and a top ranked TED Talk. Plus the postcard confessions themselves rove around
galleries around the world and live at the Smithsonian.
We want to confess. We need to confess. We have to confess. We have a shared desire to pull out and process things we’re worrying about instead of letting them sit deep inside and fester.
Some fascinating research published in Science magazine by the neuroscientists Stefanie Brassen and her colleagues backs up how healing it can be to reveal. Their study, titled Don’t Look Back
in Anger!: Responsiveness to Missed Chances in Successful and Nonsuccessful Aging, shows that minimizing regrets as we age creates greater contentment and happiness. The research also shows that
holding on to regrets causes us to take more aggressive and risky actions in the future. So the healthiest and happiest people are aware of regrets they harbor and then choose to let them go.
Want to know how to do this?
Here’s the two-minute morning practice.
Every morning I grab an index card or a journal and write these three prompts:
I aim to complete the prompts every single day.
So in a recent entry, I wrote:
It takes only two minutes to do, and the difference in my life has been both immediate and incredible.
Completing three simple sentences helps me “win the morning,” which helps me start to “win the day.”
We’re all awake for about 1000 minutes a day. That’s it! So isn’t it worth taking two of those minutes to help the other 998 be as good as possible? It’s an incredible lever you can use to level
Revealing a little mental anxiety on a piece of paper has been hugely healing for me. Because, crazy as it sounds, whenever we write out our little anxieties, they disappear.
I have five pounds of blubber on my stomach.
I’m worried about what school my kid will go to next year.
I think I said the wrong thing in an important email yesterday.
Want to know what happens when I flip back in my journal weeks later? “Oh,” I think to myself. “What email was I worried about again?” I often can’t even remember what the cause for concern
What about the big anxieties? Say your mom is sick. Gravely ill. These may be her final days. Will the two-minute morning practice still help? Yes. It will. Because you’re saying it, you’re
processing it, you’re admitting how you feel about it, so the heaviness can be examined and acknowledged.
Plus, the next prompt is “I am grateful for . . .” So you are forcing your brain to find little positives even amid a bigger negative situation. “I got to read my mom the book she read to me when
I was a kid,” “Nurse Jasmine brought me a coffee,” “My kids all came home for the weekend for the first time this year.”
It’s a simple practice that allows for a quick therapeutic breather and a little moment of presence from our future-focused minds. The two-minute morning practice helps you feel better and get
more done because you’re performing a mental release.
You’re revealing to heal.
Putting your brain in a better space.
Showing up as your better self.
We know from a great study called The Benefits of Frequent Positive Affect: Does Happiness Lead to Success? by Sonja Lyubomirsky, Laura King and Ed Diener that if you show up to your day
with a positive mindset, you’ll have 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales, and three times as much creativity as your peer group. Those are big wins, all achieved by taking a few moments to let
go of something, feel grateful, and bring some focus to your day.
“I will let go of . . . obsessing about the hairy birthmark on my arm.”
“I will let go of . . . feeling embarrassed that I left the spin class completely out of breath five minutes in.”
“I will let go of . . . worrying that I messed up my three-year-old by screaming at him to put on his shoes.”
And what about the gratitudes? Why do we have to make sure to write them down?
Research by professors Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough shows that if you write down five gratitudes a week, you’ll be measurably happier and even physically healthier over a ten-week period.
And the more specific, the better. Writing down “family, food, and job” or something similarly vague over and over doesn’t cause any spike in happiness.
Our minds don’t relive any specific experience that way. Try things such as:
“I am grateful for . . . Trooper learning how to shake a paw.”
“I am grateful for . . . the cinnamon bun smell in the train station.”
“I am grateful for . . . Rodriguez putting the toilet seat down.”
You get the idea.
I picture writing down gratitudes after I’ve just ejected an anxiety being sort of like a Zamboni whisking through my neural networks, smoothing everything out, splashing freezing cold water over
all my thoughts.
And now, finally, the focus.
What does “I will focus on . . .” help us do?
Well, once you’ve revealed and healed, cleaned off your mental ice rink, it’s time to strip away the endless list of things you could do and focus on the things you will do.
Why? Because if you don’t you will mentally revisit your could-do list all day long.
And that will only cause decision fatigue.
Decision-making energy uses a particularly complex part of the brain and we’re wasting energy anytime we’re unfocused. As Florida State professor of psychology Roy Baumeister and New York Times
journalist John Tierney said in Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength, “Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues and
families, splurge on clothes, buy junk food at the supermarket and can’t resist the dealer’s offer to rustproof their new car. No matter how rational and high-minded you try to be, you can’t make
decision after decision without paying a biological price. It’s different from ordinary physical fatigue—you’re not consciously aware of being tired—but you’re low on mental energy.”
Letting go of stress this way early in the morning helps me avoid mentally revisiting a worry throughout the day.
Writing down a few things I’m grateful for helps me be more positive every day.
And focusing my attention on a big goal for the day actually seals the deal.
Clean ice and clean thinking to get back on track.
Reveal to heal.
And of course, I would love to hear from YOU in the comments section.
Which point in this post resonated the most today?
Is This Why You Feel Bad? 6 Issues Tied to Inflammation
You know about gut issues and joint pain, but inflammation can affect your body in ways you'd never expect.
By Emma Haak
1 of 6
More Than the Blues
The health issue: Depression
What inflammation has to do with it: Some experts believe that, in certain cases, inflammation can trigger depression and specific symptoms that go along with it. Jennifer Felger,
PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, is one such expert. She and her colleagues published a review this summer showing that inflammation may lead to low dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine helps drive your brain's reward system, which explains why people with
depression often lose interest in activities they used to enjoy, says Felger. Plus, at least two longitudinal studies (meaning, the researchers examined subjects over a number of years, not just at
one point in time) showed that people with higher levels of inflammation but no depression at the beginning of the study were
more likely to develop depressive symptoms later on. There's also some evidence that inflammation can make existing
depression worse, "like throwing gasoline on a fire," as explained by the researchers behind a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
What you can do: Though this research is eye-opening, it's still evolving, so, "generally, psychiatrists aren't testing for inflammation and basing their depression recommendations
around it yet," says Felger. That said, at some academic centers, including Emory's treatment-resistant depression program, experts are doing research on inflammation and depression to inform their
treatment in the future. Her recommendations in the meantime: work with your doctor to find the best treatment plan for you, and try to manage your everyday stress and keep your weight at a healthy
level, since both sky-high stress and extra pounds are known to increase inflammation.
The health issue: Premenstrual issues
What inflammation has to do with it: Women with higher levels of inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP) appear to get hit harder with certain premenstrual symptoms, according
to a study in the Journal of Women's Health. Women with high CRP were 27 percent more likely to
report moodiness, 40 percent more likely to deal with cramps and backaches, 41 percent more likely to experience weight gain and bloating and 26 percent more likely to report breast pain compared
with women with lower CRP levels. It's not clear if inflammation comes first and causes these symptoms or the reverse, says lead study author Ellen Gold, PhD, a professor in the department of Public
Health Sciences at the University of California Davis School of Medicine, but she's hopeful that future research will sort out this chicken-and-egg mystery.
What you can do: Gold notes that many women find anti-inflammatories like NSAIDs helpful in relieving symptoms. Beyond that, shedding excess weight and staying away from cigarettes
may help too, as both can trigger inflammation.
Breaking Points in Your Body
The health issue: Brittle bones
What inflammation has to do with it: Those coping with inflammatory digestive disease, like Crohn's or ulcerative colitis, are probably not absorbing all of the nutrients they need
to maintain strong bones. But even if you're not dealing with a gastrointestinal issue, high inflammation can damage bones in a more straightforward way, too, according to a review published in the
Journal of Endocrinology. Inflammation speeds up the rate at which bone tissue gets broken down and
released into your bloodstream and decreases the formation of new bone tissue, meaning bone material is getting taken away without being replaced.
What you can do: If you're dealing with an inflammatory disease and are worried about your bones, talk to your doctor about medications to treat both the underlying inflammation and
the bone issue. Incorporating more weight-bearing exercises (think jumping moves and resistance training) can also help your bones become stronger.
The health issue: Chronic fatigue syndrome
What inflammation has to do with it: People suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have higher levels of inflammation in their blood, found a recent study in Microbiome. There was also evidence that some gut bacteria might have migrated into their bloodstreams, which could explain
the inflammation, because their bodies may have been mounting an immune attack against the wayward bacteria, explains study author Maureen Hanson, PhD, a professor of molecular biology and genetics
at Cornell University. On top of that, not only did subjects with CFS (now technically known as myalgic encephalomyelitis) have less diversity in their gut bacteria, they had more species known to be
pro-inflammatory and fewer species that are known to decrease inflammation. This makes sense, says Hanson, because "a lot of the symptoms of the disease are inflammatory symptoms," like headaches,
muscle aches and tiredness. "Most people feel like they have a never-ending case of the flu."
What you can do: Although this is another case where it's not clear whether the inflammation causes the disease or vice versa, Hanson notes that people could still benefit from
treating their inflammatory symptoms. Ask your doctor about what they'd recommend.
Serious Thinning On Top
The health problem: Hair loss
What inflammation has to do with it: There's an autoimmune disease called alopecia areata that leads to hair loss not only on your scalp but over your entire body. "Your body creates
an inflammatory immune reaction that targets the cells that produce hair," explains Lindsey Criswell, MD, MPH, the chief of rheumatology at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
"Hair loss can also be a symptom of lupus, another autoimmune disease."
What you can do: If you're dealing with major hair loss (not just regular thinning),
ask your doctor if alopecia areata or another inflammatory condition could be the cause. Common treatments for hair loss include topical hair-growth stimulators, injected corticosteroids and, of
course, anti-inflammatory medications.
A Less-Than-Picture-Perfect Smile
The health issue: Receding gums
What inflammation has to do with it: Receding gums can be caused by periodontitis, or chronic inflammation of the gums. Interestingly, "there's some evidence that periodontitis might
be the initial trigger for rheumatoid arthritis," says Criswell, another inflammatory disease that attacks the joints in your body (usually the smaller ones in your hands, wrists, feet and
What you can do: Good oral hygiene can help prevent periodontitis in the first place, and a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests that eating omega 3 fatty acids may also help keep the inflammation at bay. You don't need to eat fish for breakfast, lunch
and dinner, though: The researchers found that the benefits leveled off at a modest omega 3 intake, about the amount you'd get from eating 1.5 ounces of canned tuna per day. Worried you might already have periodontitis? Keep an eye out for bleeding gums, the first sign of the disease.
What if we told you that you could reduce your risk or eliminate your symptoms of…
...heart disease/high blood pressure… “Type 2” diabetes… digestive issues… joint pain… osteoporosis… brain fog… premature memory loss… insomnia… migraines… things like sensitivity to loud noises or
unexplained anxiety, panic attacks, fatigue, depression… even cancer…
…And you could do it with one-simple nutrient (that 80% of people are deficient in)?
What if we also told you — you could be suffering chronic bodily deficiency, EVEN IF you supplement daily with this same nutrient?
This deficiency may be the most common nutritional problem in the industrialized world today, yet it is the single MOST IMPORTANT NUTRIENT for maintaining electrical balance and metabolism in our
It is responsible for over 300 life-sustaining actions in our body.
...From immune response, metabolizing fats, carbs, amino acids, nervous & muscular support, proper cardiac & brain function, blood sugar, blood pressure, energy & protein synthesis, the
formation of strong bones & teeth... cellular health.... And the list goes on and on...
When THIS is deficient, everything in the body "begins to crumble"... compromising your health greatly.
Put aside what you "know" about human aging. Imagine I have a magic wand. And when I wave it in front of you your body is instantly transformed. Your face looks young
again. Your muscles are firm. The wrinkles and sags you've grown used are gone. Instead you have a firm young body.
And it's not just skin deep. Your heart and lungs are young too. Your joints are lithe. Your muscles are strong. And your immune system is firing on twelve
Imagine how great you would feel. Imagine the strength, the flexibility and the endless energy. And that's to say nothing of the acuteness of your hearing and your
"prowess" in the bedroom. Oh, how youth is wasted on the young!
Let's get back to reality. I don't have a magic wand. But I do have the next very best thing. read more...
It’s been used for over 4,000 years. Ancient India and even China recognized turmeric as a powerful restorative root. Today, over 2,000 peer reviewed studies suggest turmeric’s power. Here, we’ve
included a full clinically tested dose. Plus, our unique, proprietary harvesting method makes each dose 4 times BETTER!
This you’ve heard. Ginger is the “swiss army knife” of superfoods. It’s revered as the #1 alternative restorative plant in hundreds of countries. It’s used the world over for
digestion7, flus, colds8, achy muscles9 and other illnesses. It’s also another tool in your toolbox for a healthy response to discomfort.
It’s called “The King of Mushrooms.” It was brewed into an “immortal youth tea” in ancient Japan. Even more modern studies praise it’s impact on longevity. Reishi has also been used as a natural
form of muscle relaxation in modern Chinese medicine.1
With ONE Sleep Enhancing Herb You MUST Take:
It’s known as “The Calming Herb.” In the 1600s, nuns near Mt. Carmel created a “relaxation tea” with these fragrant smelling leaves.11 The recipe has spread all through Europe since. Nowadays,
lemon balm is a major ingredient in natural sleep supporting drinks and essential oils.
And The Greatest Discovery For Immunity In History:
Turkey Tail Mushroom
It looks exactly how it sounds. Turkey Tail is a restorative mushroom which resembles a turkey’s tail. It’s restorative effects on human immunity are spell-binding. It was revered as a secret
“magical cure-all” among Native American cultures for centuries. Then scientists caught on. In 2013, The National Institute Of Health was so impressed. They invested 5.4 million dollars into Turkey
And Finally, Our Secret Combination That Made Restorative Herbs Even MORE
Black Pepper Piperine
The powerful phytochemical within black pepper we discussed above! It’s powerful restorative qualities impact your whole body FAST. (Sometimes 20 times stronger)
Coconut gives us a trustworthy saturated fat. See, some vitamins are fat soluble. Without some fat, these vitamins just pass through your body. So here we include some good fats. This way, the
vitamins are “snuck” into the bloodstream by latching onto a fat carrier cell.
Cinnamon - A common spice? Hardly. Wars were fought for centuries over this precious superfood. In Ayurveda, cinnamon was used to sooth and comfort people through the aging process. Including it
here ensures a hint of warm flavor prized by ancient healers for thousands of years.
Acacia Fiber Prebiotic
It’s another absorbability “hack.” Acacia fiber is actually an organic tree sap. More importantly, it’s “food” for the bacteria in your gut. You’ve heard of probiotics? Well prebiotics feed the
probiotics. This aids proper digestion of all 8 previous ingredients for MAXIMUM strength and absorbability! 1
When you drink fresh-made green juice, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be
Drinking your juice first thing in the morning can give you a natural energy boost without resorting to stimulants like coffee. Since the juice is already in an easily digestible form, it
can help revitalize your energy levels within as little as 20 minutes… and this is only the beginning of its benefits. read more..........
Farmed salmon are raised on a wholly unnatural diet of grains along with a concoction of antibiotics and other drugs. This diet leaves the fish with unappetizing grayish flesh, so to compensate,
they're fed synthetic astaxanthin made from petrochemicals, which has not been approved for human consumption. Farmed Salmon fed these chemicals are banned in Australia and New Zealand.
Just a small amount of this pungent white bulb has the ability to activate liver enzymes that help your body flush out toxins.Garlic also
holds high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.
High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, limes, and lemons support the natural cleansing abilities of the liver. Have a small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice to boost production of the liver
detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins.
3. Beets and Carrots
Both are extremely high in plant-flavonoids and beta-carotene; eating beets and carrots can stimulate and
support overall liver function.
4. Green Tea
This liver-loving beverage is full of plant-based antioxidants known as catechins---compounds known to assist liver function. Green tea is a delicious, healthy addition to any diet. Just remember that green tea offers the
benefits, not green tea extract. Some research suggests green tea extract may actually have a negative effect on liver health. Keep it simple and stick to the beverage to enjoy the benefits of green tea.
5. Leafy Green Vegetables
One of our most powerful allies in cleansing the liver, leafy greens can be eaten raw, cooked, or juiced. Extremely high in chlorophyll, greens soak up environmental toxins from the blood
stream. With their distinct ability to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals, and pesticides, these cleansing foods
offer a powerful protective mechanism for the liver.
Incorporate leafy greens such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard
greens, and chicory into your diet. This will increase creation and flow of bile---the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.
This nutrient-dense superfood helps the body produce glutathione, a compound that is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins.
High in pectin, apples hold the chemical constituents necessary for the body to cleanse and release toxins from the digestive tract. This, in turn, makes it easier for the liver to handle the
toxic load during the cleansing process.[2, 8]
8. Olive Oil
Cold-pressed organic oils such as olive, hemp, and flaxseed are great for the liver when used in moderation. They help the body by providing a lipid base that can absorb harmful toxins in the
body. In this way, they take some of the burden off the liver.
9. Alternative Grains
If your diet includes wheat, flour, or other standard grains, it's time to make changes. And alternative grains like quinoa, millet,
and buckwheat can help. Your liver is your body's filter for toxins, and if you have certain sensitivities, grains that contain gluten only add to them. One study found that persons who experienced
sensitivity to gluten also experienced abnormal liver enzyme test results.
10. Cruciferous Vegetables
Broccoli and cauliflower are good sources of glucosinolate, which supports enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes flush carcinogens and other toxins from the body, and may
significantly lower risks associated with cancer.
11. Lemons and Limes
These citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which aids the body in synthesizing toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Drinking freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice in the
morning can stimulate the liver.
High in the amino acid arginine, walnuts support the liver in detoxifying ammonia. 
Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids, which support normal liver cleansing.[13, 14]
Make sure you chew the nuts until they are liquefied before swallowing.
Much like broccoli and cauliflower, eating cabbage stimulates liver detoxifying enzymes that help flush out toxins. Kimchi, coleslaw, cabbage soup, and sauerkraut are great cabbage-foods to add to
Turmeric is the liver's favorite spice. Try adding some of this detoxifying goodness into your next lentil stew or veggie dish for an instant liver pick-me-up. Turmeric helps boost liver detoxification by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary
This golden spice tastes great in all kinds of dishes, but you can further boost your intake with a turmeric supplement. A word of warning; turmeric supplements are somewhat notorious for
low-quality ingredients and even outright dangerous contamination. Only buy the highest
quality turmeric from the most reputable sources. I encourage you to try Global Healing Center's own Turmeric supplement. This premium liquid supplement contains potent antioxidants and is sourced
only from organic Curcuma longa root.
Tips For Doing a Liver Cleanse
Other liver cleanse foods not listed above include artichoke, asparagus, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Eating the foods listed above is a great way to help keep your liver functioning properly.
However, for best results, I recommend performing a liver cleanse.
Performing a liver cleanse at least twice a year will eliminate any foreign substances that may be trapped in your liver.
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice,
prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical
condition or health concern, see your physician.
Organic vs. Conventional Foods -– The reasons why some are spending top dollar on certain grocery items.
What does organic mean anyway?
Under organic production guidelines, conventional non-synthetic pesticides, insecticides and herbicides are generally restricted. Antibiotics and hormones are
prohibited from livestock consumption, and genetic modification or application of nanotechnology is generally excluded from organic food. Foods claiming to be organic must be free of artificial food
additives, and fewer artificial methods, such as chemical ripening or food irradiation.
If you ever feel like it’s difficult to eat enough veggies, making a small investment in a high-quality juicer is one of the best steps you can take for your health. Raw juice can be likened to a
"living broth," as it is teeming with micronutrients that many people are lacking.
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What 99% Of Energy Drinks Do To Your Body, It’s Not Pretty!
The Monkey’s Paw legend tells of a talisman, in the form of monkey’s hand, that provides the possessor with three wishes. The wishes however come with a viscous price, such as wishing for
a lot of money, and it comes in the form of insurance payment after the death of a loved one. The Monkey’s paw was cursed by ancient fakir who wanted to teach the world that those who
interfere with fate, do so at a great risk, hence the message of the legend. In a creepy simile of this legend, the new Monkey Paw has appeared on the shelves of the convenient stores in the form of
the energy drinks. Like the ancient talisman, these innocent appearing beverages all contain hidden consequences, some seriously dangerous. read more...........
Do Not Buy “Grass Fed” Beef Without Reading This First…
Each time you invest more money to buy healthier beef, there’s a very good chance you could be getting a much lower quality product than what you actually paid for.
But thankfully, The Nutrition Nerd, Nick Pineault, has figured it all for you. Here’s exactly what you need to know…
LABEL LIE: Discover Why Your Beef May NOT Be Grass Fed At All..... You probably already know that grass-fed beef has nothing to do with its feedlot-raised, grain-fed
cousin that’s sold in supermarkets on the nutritional side. In fact, grass-fed beef contains 2 to 4 times more omega-3 (essential fatty acids), 4 times more vitamin A and E, a lot more
conjugated linoleic acid/CLA (a natural fat burner), and less fat and calories per pound than regular grain-fed beef you buy at the supermarket. read
Organic Tomatoes, While Smaller, are More Nutritious than Conventional Counterpart, Study Shows
By Dr. Mercola
Tomatoes, which are actually a fruit and not a vegetable, contain a number of valuable nutrients, and according to recent research, organically-grown tomatoes are even more
nutritious than their conventionally-grown counterparts.
One of the most well-known nutrients in tomatoes is lycopene — the compound that gives tomato its deep red color.
Lycopene is a vital anti-oxidant that has been shown to have potent anti-cancerous activity. This compound is not naturally produced in your body, so it
must be supplied via your diet.
Other fruits and vegetables also contain lycopene, but none has the high concentration of lycopene that the tomato boasts.
Interestingly, when cooked, the bioavailability of lycopene increases rather than decreases, as is the case with many other raw foods, as heat has a tendency to destroy valuable
Probiotics Linked to Reduced Risk of Allergies, Psoriasis, Colitis, Periodontal Disease and More
By Dr. Mercola
Most people, including many physicians, do not realize that 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract, making a healthy gut a major focal point if you want to achieve
The root of many health problems is related to an imbalance of intestinal bacteria, and this foundation of good health is laid even while in utero.
Without a well-functioning gastrointestinal (GI) tract, a newborn baby will be more vulnerable to pathogens, allergens, and a number of immune-related diseases, so getting an infant's gut up and
running efficiently is crucial. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant would be wise to address their own gut health as early as possible to give their child the best start possible in
this regard. read more.....
Preliminary research suggests sugary beverages are to blame for about 183,000 deaths worldwide each year, including 133,000 diabetes
deaths, 44,000 heart disease deaths and 6,000 cancer deaths
Among the 35 largest countries in the world, Mexico had the highest death rates associated with sugary beverage consumption. The US
ranked third, with an estimated 25,000 annual deaths from sweetened drinks
Fructose has been identified as one of the primary culprits in the rise of obesity and related health problems, and while the
majority of the problem is caused by the large quantities of high fructose corn syrup added to so many processed foods and sweetened beverages, naturally-occurring fructose in large amounts of fruit
juice is also a problem
Coca-Cola recently released its latest enhanced water product called “Fruitwater.” Despite its name, the product does NOT contain any
juice. Rather it’s sweetened with the artificial sweetener sucralose and synthetic chemical “natural fruit flavors”
Your most cost effective ideal beverage is plain filtered tap water. If you want a carbonated beverage, try sparkling mineral water
with a squirt of lime or lemon juice read more.....
When I was growing up, I knew only one child in my circle of friends who was challenged with a food allergy. Viktoria Lazar was allergic to strawberries. That was it.
Many years later, with nieces and nephews of my own, my siblings and friends would speak of forms for Daisy Scouts asking about food allergies, birthday invites asking about food allergies,
pot-luck parties asking that “nothing with peanuts” be brought and sometimes instructions about cross-contamination. Then there was the close friend with the peanut-allergic child, who
exhibited ugly welts after being licked by my dog who had been eating – you guessed it – peanut-butter dog biscuits.
What could be the cause of this crazy increase in food allergies? read more.....
Isn’t cinnamon, cinnamon? Not for those “in the know.” Turns out that there are several types of the well-known spice, but the two most common are “cassia”
What’s the difference? Actually, quite a bit. In fact, the two aren’t even from the same plant.
Health benefits are similar for both, but there are some important differences. Either way, however, cinnamon is good for you, and a great ingredient to use
more often in your daily diet. The Difference Between the Two
Ceylon cinnamin, also called “true cinnamon,” comes from crumbly inner bark of the Cinnamomum zeylanicum tree.
It’s light brown, and has a sweet and delicate flavor.
Cassia comes from the Cinnamomum cassia plant, and is also called “Chinese cinnamon.”
This type is a darker, redder brown, and has a harsher, more overpowering flavor with less sweetness. Cassia sticks are particularly hardy.
Though both types have been found in studies to have definite health benefits, cassia does have more “coumarin,” which is a natural plant component that can
have strong blood-thinning properties and can also lead to liver damage at high levels.
The level of coumarin in ceylon is lower, so for individuals concerned about blood-thinning effects, ceylon would be the better choice. In sticks, you can tell the difference by the look of the
layers. Cassia is usually a one-piece, thicker and darker bark, where as ceylon is thinner with multiple layers. Be aware that some cinnamon powders do not specify the source—you may want to purchase
only those that do.
Both types of cinnamon have health benefits, including the following.
1. Diabetes. Recent studies have found that cinnamon may help control blood sugar levels. In 2003, for example, Diabetes Care found that people with type 2 diabetes who took 1, 3, or 6 grams of
cinnamon reduced their fasting blood glucose levels by 18–29 percent, and also reduced triglycerides by 23–30 percent. It also reduced LDL cholesterol by 7–27 percent, and total cholesterol by 12–26
2. Alzheimer’s Disease. According to a 2009 study, extracts of Ceylon cinnamon inhibited the formation of the proteins and filaments that are the hallmark of
Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers isolated a certain flavonoid (proanthocyanidin) from the cinnamon and determined it had the majority if the inhibitory properties.
3. Cancer. One animal study found that a particular component in cinnamon impaired the proliferation of cancer cells and slowed tumor growth. A second study published in 2010 also found that
cinnamon extracts were directly linked with anti-tumor effects.
4. Anti-inflammatory. A study from South Korea found that compounds from cassia cinnamon had promise as an anti-inflammatory agent, with potential in treating dyspepsia, gastritis, and
5. Anti-microbial. Several studies have indicated that cinnamon has the ability to fight off bacteria. One published in 2007, for example, found that even
low concentrations boosted the activity of antibiotic “clindamycin.” Study authors wrote that the results suggested that cinnamon could be used in combination therapy against certain stubborn strains
of bacterial infections.
Other Health Benefits?
As far as other health benefits related to cinnamon, the research is still limited.
A scientific analysis published in 2010 reviewed the studies published to date, and concluded that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antitumor, cardiovascular,
cholesterol-lowering, and immunomodulatory effects.
It added that animal studies have demonstrated strong blood-sugar-lowering properties, and that cinnamon as an adjunct to the treatment of type 2 diabetes is a “most promising area.”
As to the different types of cinnamon, and which is healthier, we talked about that it yesterday.
Bottom line: Ceylon cinnamon has less coumarin and tastes better. Cassia has some unique compounds that have been studied and may be beneficial to health, but Ceylon, which has been studied
less, probably has similar compounds as well.
Future research may reveal more about both types.
Meanwhile, you don’t have to wait for science to catch up! Cultures around the world have been using mainly Ceylon cinnamon medicinally and as a flavorful
spice for thousands of years. You can’t go wrong by adding more to your diet.
-- Try our organic Ceylon cinnamon. Go to: http://www.renegadehealth.com/cinnamon
In today’s short, fast-paced presentation I’m going to reveal to you my top 4 insider secrets to rid your belly of health-derailing “toxic bugs”, including the EASIEST trick of all that,
believe it or not, takes less than 2 minutes a day to perform. These quick tips work equally well for men and women and are used by thousands of my clients across the globe today. Be sure to watch
until the end, as I save the very best for last!
If it’s true that most people take psychiatric medications because of difficulties regulating their emotions, anxieties and impulses, then when they are taught skills to effectively self-regulate,
they will no longer need to depend upon and can safely taper themselves off their psychiatricmedications.
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The Wellness Forum’s new program, “Emotional Wellness 101,” was specifically designed for this purpose. It can also be used to great benefit by people who are
not on psychiatric medications but are dissatisfied with their lives and their relationships.
With emotional wellness skills, people can effectively manage their emotional life, end self-sabotaging behaviors, and achieve sustainable
Who doesn’t love the thirst quenching taste of the sweet orange? Usually delicious and succulent, this round fruit is enjoyed world wide as a refreshing snack that’s packed with vitamins,
minerals and all sorts of curative benefits. The sweet orange is a fruit of the Citrus Sinesnis species of the Rutaceae botanic family. The Citrus Sinensis is not to be confused with its cousin
the bitter orange, Citrus Aurantium. You may not be aware that the orange is typically a crossbreed fruit, likely a hybrid born from the pomelo, Citrus Maxima, and the mandarin, Citrus
In the orange family, there are quite a few varieties of this fruit. There are the Mandarin oranges with loose skin, Clementine oranges with loose skin and seedless, Tangerines (which are
orange-red Mandarins), and Minneola oranges which are a cross between the tangerine and the grapefruit. There is also the blood orange that has a dark purplish and crimson colored flesh, the kumquat
and several other lesser known varieties.
For many of us this becomes our primary link to our spiritual journey. While many of us may be too busy worrying about our career, a new home, a new car, or
other material ventures, an illness of some sort will inevitably touch your life and reshape your priorities. At times you will feel like you can lead the world, but inevitably a humbling event
occurs. The most humbling events are the ones that threaten your health. A threat to my wife's health ultimately became our trigger to need to seek answers as to why?
What's the purpose of suffering?
Why should we exist to inevitably suffer in the end?
Why is everyone else much happier, and prosperous?
Why does this always happen to us?
Toxic overload can be corrected by detoxification.
The management and elimination of physical and emotional stress in your life will strengthen and balance your immune system. It is vital to take responsibility for your health by making life style
The holistic approach to dis-ease involves finding the cause of illness and seeking the type of treatment that is appropriate for the condition. In treating dis-ease, complementary and
alternative therapies are not substitutes for conventional medical care; they are used to help alleviate stress, reduce pain and anxiety, manage symptoms, and promote a feeling of
Today, many doctors agree that it takes more than drugs or surgery to cope with persistent dis-ease or stress-related ailments, therefore, holistic healthcare is becoming popular throughout the United States as it has been in other countries for centuries.
Relief from parched, oily or irritated skin is as close as the fridge. Ingredients that nourish your body can soothe complexions too. Try these easy, affordable home spa treatments for skin
woes, from rough feet to "bacne"...