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Reading an Ear Reflexology Chart

Originally posted here: wikihow

The reflexology points on a physical ear chart are located on the ear lobe, the outer canal area and the outer part of the ear that is located just above the ear lobe.

Get an ear reflexology chart online or refer to one in a book.

Take a few moments to study the chart. You will see a logical pattern of reflex points located on the different sections of the ear. The reflexology points are located on the outer ear and the outer ear canal area, as well as on the ear lobe. The reflex points for your organs are located on the inner area of the ear canal

Look at the chart to see which areas of your ear to press or massage that coincide with areas of your body in which you are experiencing difficulty. If you have discomfort or pain in your shoulder, for example, you would press an area on your outer ear. The chart indicates that that reflex spot is just about directly across from your ear canal.

Reading an Emotional Ear Reflexology Chart

Most of the reflex points on the emotional ear chart are located along the outer rim of the ear and on the ear lobe.

Look for emotional ear reflex points on a regular physical ear chart. Sometimes both aspects are combined on one chart.

  1. Determine which emotions you are interested in working with. The reflex points for treating depression and anxiety, for example, are located on the upper part of your outer ear.
    Find the reflex points for expansive, spiritual emotions on the outer part of your ear lobe.

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  • Don’t worry if you are unsure of where one reflex point ends and another begins. The ears are small and you are bound to press the correct reflex spot if you perform an overall ear massage.
  • Find the largest ear chart you can. There are hundreds of reflex points located in a very small area so a large wall chart works best for clarity.

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  • The points for ear reflexology are similar to, but not identical to those in auricular therapy, which is also known as ear acupuncture. Be sure you are referring to an ear reflexology chart and not an ear acupuncture chart.

EditThings You’ll Need

  • Ear reflexology charts

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Herbs for Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that causes a strong urge to move your legs. This urge to move often occurs with strange and unpleasant feelings in your legs. Moving your legs relieves the urge and the unpleasant feelings. People who have RLS describe the unpleasant feelings as creeping, crawling, pulling, itching, tingling, burning, aching, or electric shocks. Sometimes, the feelings also occur in the arms. You use natural remedies and herbs to help ease some of the discomfort of this disorder.

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restless legs syndrome 2 (Photo credit: grey hands)

Iron

Low iron can be a factor with those who suffer from restless legs syndrome. Therefore, increasing your iron intake can help. There are a variety of foods that are good sources of iron, including clams, chicken, beef and pork liver, turkey and seafood such as clams, sardines and shrimp. Fortified breakfast cereals are good sources of iron, as are cooked beans and lentils and potatoes with skins on.

Herbs

Calming Tea can help calm restless legs as well as aid in sleeping. These botanicals are natural sedatives and can help you relax while soothing stress and helping you sleep better.

Blood Circulation Tea : improves circulation in the body ensuring that the legs receive their share of the blood.

Exercise

Walking before going to bed can reduce nighttimes restless legs syndrome symptoms. Exercise tends to change chemical balances within the brain that can help create restful sleep.

Stop Using Caffeine and Tobacco

Caffeine can increase the “jitters” and can make restless legs syndrome worse than it needs to be. In addition, smoking can reduce circulation. It is not recommended that people who have RLS smoke.

Other Tips

 

Vitamins and minerals such as E, B12, zinc, magnesium and folic acid can be helpful. Daily Liquid Multi Vitamins are absorbed fast. Taking a multivitamin supplement can give you the vitamins you need to keep certain symptoms at bay.

 

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How Does Reflexology Work?

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How Does Reflexology Work?

Reflexology, in common with other complementary therapies, is trying to gain scientific credibility in order to be accepted by the mainstream medical profession. Part of this process involves explaining how Reflexology works. Listed below are some of the common theories of how Reflexology works. Many of the theories are not exclusive to Reflexology, and can be applied to a number of other therapies.

The Nerve Impulse Theory
When pressure is applied to the foot, or any other organ in the body, afferent neurons conduct the message to ganglia or groups of neurons outside the spinal cord. Normally, messages pass

Points of Reflexology 1. Pituitary 2. Neck 3. ...

Points of Reflexology 1. Pituitary 2. Neck 3. Side of head and Brain 4. Top of head and Brain 5. Sinus 6. Eye 7. Eustachian tube 8. Ear 9. Thyroid 10. Lung 11. Heart 12. Solar Plexus 13. Liver 14. Spleen 15. Stomach and Pancreas 16. Small Intestine 17. Colon 18. Bladder 19. Ureter tube 20. Kidney 21. Adrenal 22. Shoulder 23. Ovary/testes 24. Sciatic Nerve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

from the ganglia to the spinal cord then up to the brain for interpretation. Motor nerves than carry responses down the spinal cord, out to the ganglia then on to the appropriate muscles for activity.

The electrical impulse theory says that for a reason, as yet unexplained, messages from the feet reaching the ganglia connect up with the messages going to muscles, so that working the feet has direct action on bodily organs. This explains why Reflexology zones are vertical, with pressure on one side of the foot affecting organs on the same side of the body. The theory can also be used to explain how Reflexology benefits people with paralysis due to severing of the spinal cord.

The electrical impulse theory has much in common with the reflex arc, a well-known physiological phenomenon. Examples of involuntary reflexes include blinking, pupil contraction to light, knee and ankle jerks. The doctor tapping the bottom of the knee with a rubber hammer so that the leg shoots up is checking that the reflex arc is working, as an indication of proper neurological functioning. The reflex arc relies on nerve synapses or connections between sensory nerves and motor nerves in the spinal cord so that the activity takes place a split second before the brain is told about it, or can initiate it itself.

Gate Control Theory
A theory of pain is the gate-control theory. This theory says that pain receptors in the spinal cord regulating the amount of pain that can pass up to the brain. Once all the receptors are full, the ‘gate’ shuts, stopping further pain messages going up to the brain. This limits the amount of pain we feel.

The Placebo Effect
Many studies have indicated that patients have benefited from medication and surgery when they have in fact been receiving a placebo. Likewise, patients have suffered side effects from inert substances taken as a placebo. Trust in the therapist is an essential component of the effect as is the therapists’ confidence in what they are doing. Personality type is no indication as to reaction to a placebo. Perhaps the reason that Reflexology works is because of a placebo effect and the type of treatment is not as important as the relationship between therapist and client.

Impeded and Unimpeded Energy Flow Theory
This theory suggests that the ground pulsates with positive and negative electrical energy charges that are picked up by positive and negative receptors on the feet. The energy receptors in the feet are a part of the nervous system. In the healthy person, the charges and energy from the earth pass freely into the nervous system.

If the positive and negative charges in the feet are not in contact with the earth, due to congestion in the feet or particles impeding passage, they cannot pick up the earth charges as effectively and energy flow is impeded.

Reflexology can unblock the pathways allowing the electrical terminals in the feet to touch the ground again so that energy can flow freely

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Reflexology Rocks (Photo credit: teddy-rised)

again.

It is now thought that modern systems of pain relief e.g. TENS machines, work by mildly stimulating the nerve pathways. All the receptors are filled, the gates shut and severe pain stimuli cannot be passed up the spinal cord to the brain. It has been hypothesized that Reflexology works in the same way as a TENS machine.

The Relaxation Effect
It is known that much illness originates from stress and tension in the body. It can be theorized that anything that relieves stress and tension and promotes deep relaxation will enable systems and organs in the body to work much more effectively. This theory suggest that Reflexology is very restful and relaxing, and therefore alleviates and helps prevent illness.

Subtle Energy/Zone/Meridian Theories
Subtle energy is a life force that animates the physical body. It is absorbed from the universe in general and from the air around us in particular when we breathe, touch or eat and it can be channeled into the body by healers. Zone theories have been around for several centuries, meridian theories for a lot longer. Both believe that subtle energy flows through the body in channels

Reflexology demostration at Spearwood Library

Reflexology demostration at Spearwood Library (Photo credit: Cockburn Libraries)

and that disruption to this energy flow results in ill health. Energy may stagnate, become blocked, or speed up. Blockages may be caused by stress, pain, injury and trauma or by a lack of exercise, amongst other reasons. The role of the therapist is to work on the areas of disrupted energy to restore a normal flow. See Zone Theory article for more details

The Holographic Principle
At a highly symbolic level, the holographic principle that “every piece contains the whole” can be seen in the cellular structure of all living bodies. Scientific discoveries in the world of cellular biology, have demonstrated that every cell contains a copy of the master DNA blueprint, with enough information to make an entire human body from scratch. The fact that every cell within the human body contains the information to create an entire duplicate body mirrors the holographic principle (see article “Understanding the Holographic Principle” ) whereby every piece contains the information of the whole.

This holographic principle when extended to the human body as a whole and Reflexology in particular may be applied like this. Parts of the body such as the hands, ears, and feet when stimulated affect the body as a whole. In that each of these parts carries the picture of the whole body, and so homeostasis or a dynamic state of balance can be achieved by stimulating the

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English: Hand reflexology is a “pressure therapy” and involves applying focused pressure to certain known reflex points located in the hand to cure or prevent disease. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

reflexes in any one of these parts.

Electro-Magnetic Theories of Healing
A number of slightly different theories have much in common. It is known that all matter, including human cells, vibrate at certain rates. The brain in particular has recognized waves that can be detected on Electroencephalograms (EEGs). Alpha waves (8 – 13Hz cycles per second) are indicative of deep relaxation. It is also known that the earth is vibrating at a regular rate, in a frequency band known as Schumann Resonance, and that this rate is similar to that of Alpha waves. It can be postulated that the person whose cells vibrate at an alpha rhythm is in harmony with their surrounding and therefore likely to be in a positive state of health.

It is theorized that the brain is the link between the earth’s vibrations and our bodily vibrations. Electromagnetic messages are created in the brain as it oscillates between positive and negative polarities. It is also known that the human body contains iron (in red blood cells), dissolved electrolytes (sodium, chloride and potassium bicarbonate, in blood plasma), proteins (which act as semiconductors) and water, and therefore generates a bio-magnetic field. To send rapid messages the brain works like a radio transmitter/receiver, sending and receiving electro-magnetic signals directly to and from our body cells to regulate their vibrational frequency . The brain also uses the much slower nervous and circulatory systems to pass chemical and electro-magnetic messages to and from cells to regulate vibrational frequency.

Problems can arise in two ways. Firstly, under certain conditions the electrical messages from the brain can become blocked or distorted like a radio not quite tuned into a station. With damage e.g. caused by stress, the pairs of electrons spin in the same rather than in opposite directions, distorting the signal and causing cells to malfunction. Secondly, cells can vibrate at less than optimum frequency due to injury, emotional trauma or a decreased magnetic field. Degenerative diseases, memory loss and conditions such as ME have all been associated with magnetic field

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deficiency.

Healing focuses on these two areas. Simultaneous EEG recordings (measuring brain electrical activity) often show that a client’s EEG pattern comes into synchrony with those of the healer during a healing session indicating sympathetic resonance is taking place. Studies have shown that the brain waves generated by healers are often Alpha waves. It is theorized that the healer, having tuned the client into the same wave length as themselves, can retune the messages to the correct frequency, or replace missing signals with their own signals restoring the Alpha wave link between brain and cells. In developing a relaxed alpha state prior to healing, the healer also taps into the earth’s vibrational energy to channel healing from outside through to the cells.

Healers monitored by electrometers have generated fluctuating surges of low frequency body potential of between 0.3 Hz and 30 Hz, with most activity in the range 7Hz. In some healers, up to 60 Hz of potential difference was found between the head/hands and the feet. In electrical terms the healer’s body becomes a LF bio-electric dipole antenna. It is known that 2 Hz can regenerate nerve tissue, 7 Hz can trigger bone growth, 10 Hz can heal ligaments whilst 15-72 Hz can decrease skin necrosis and generate capillary formation.

Magnetometers have measured palmar biomagnetic fields 1000 times greater than those of the heart and a million times greater than those of the brain. In

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everyday life, palmer bio-magnetism is borderline detectability. The theory can explain why healers often feel tingling in their hands during a treatment. Areas of heat or blockage that healers sometimes say that they can feel on the body may be electrical resistance at the cellular or tissue level. It is also theorized that the healer’s sweeping or scanning of the body during healing could re-magnetize the blood and stimulate the bio-magnetic fields of the body. The circulatory system can then transport healing energy around the body in blood and plasma to restore correct vibrations.

Evidence in support of a healing energy theory have included accelerated tissue healing and bone repair beyond chance probability. Experiments with nerve cells in petri dishes have shown that energy generated by healers can cause impulses to travel along these nerve cells and jump between the synapses or gaps between cells from one nerve to another. Research has shown that brain cells contain millions of crystals suggesting that the brain acts like a radio transmitter/receiver.

Endorphin Release Theories
Endorphins are the body’s natural opiates or painkillers, with actions similar to that of morphine. These are stimulated by pain, and serve to reduce the amount of pain that we feel by inhibiting

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English: Foot reflexology is a “pressure therapy” and involves applying focused pressure to certain known reflex points located in the foot to cure or prevent disease. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the activity of a neurotransmitter called substance P, that is thought to transmit pain. It is theorized that a Reflexology treatment stimulates the release of endorphins to help ease pain and to give the body the same natural elevation in mood as strong painkillers.

Facilitation Theory
This school of thought believes that the patient does their own healing when and if they are ready, regardless of the therapist or the type of therapy. The role of the therapist is to facilitate the process.

The Feet as a ‘U’ Bend Theory
In a plumbing system, the ‘U’ bend traps all the debris that passes through the sink, toilet or wash basin. With time, unless proprietary cleaners are used, the bend becomes clogged and waste water cannot flow away properly. The feet are the furthest point in the circulatory system from the heart. They are also the part of the body where the effect of gravity is greatest, and are in effect, the “U’ bend of the body. It is theorized that calcium, uric acid and lymphatic deposits in the blood accumulate in the feet interfering with the normal circulation of blood and lymph. Reflexology breaks up and moves these deposits, thus improving blood and lymph circulation.

Conclusion
Maybe Reflexology works because it is a combination of all of the above. At this point in time we just don’t know. Whilst it is important for the credibility of Reflexology to explain how it works, it may be many years before the scientific capability is available to test some of the theories, if at all. The effect of Reflexology may be due to an isolated factor, or due to a combination of factors. The important point to bear in mind in the meantime, is that regardless of how and why it works, Reflexology does work and brings benefit to thousand of people.

 

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What is Holistic Healing?

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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.
English: Holistic health, body, mind, heart, soul

English: Holistic health, body, mind, heart, soul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is true that our pains and other physical discomforts demand our attention. This is where the saying “sticking out like a sore thumb'” originated from. It is difficult to ignore the obvious when we are physically hurting. Common sense tells us that we should seek help to alleviate our discomforts. Holistic healing is not an “alternative” to conventional medical care. Sometimes going to a medical professional is the best solution to addressing a dis-ease.

Physical illnesses are the symptoms of a greater imbalance that may or may not have a root cause in the physical.

Holistic or “wholistic” healing addresses all parts of the individual, not just the physical aspect of a person where manifested illnesses are most apparent. Holistic healing is not intended to serve as a band-aid or a one time fix. It is an ongoing journey of discovery in search of more answers and ultimately; living better, being healthier, and striving for wholeness.

HOLISTIC HEALING GOES BEYOND THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION:

Holistic healing is really a lifestyle approach. The holistic approach goes far beyond the Mind-Body connection of finding and maintaining wellness. Overall wellness AND “wholeness” is highly valued. All parts of a person’s life (physical healing, mental health and wellness, emotional well-being, and spiritual beliefs and values) are considered. Taking a holistic approach involves seeking the tools that will help us attract our desires and find personal power.

A person who embraces the desire to find wholeness within his own being soon learns the importance of tending to relationships, caring for the planet and our environments, having compassion for humankind in general, and accepting and tolerating differences among a diverse population of people.

ROLE OF THE HOLISTIC HEALER:

The holistic healer recognizes that our discomforts or pains are merely symptoms of an imbalance. The imbalance could be a physical issue, the result of abusing the physical body

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English: Family Development Program (FDP) is a holistic approach of improving the nutrition and health condition of families through the recognition of each and everyone’s responsibility to themselves, their families and community. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

through an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, or too little sleep. Or, the imbalance may be the result of mental, emotional, or spiritual needs not being met. No aspect (mind, body, spirit, or emotions) of a person is overlooked when an holistic treatment is sought.

The holistic healer looks at the “whole person” in order to make his or her complete evaluation and uses all information gathered before suggested treatments to the client are offered. Keep in mind, not all holistic healers are equal, each has his or her own specialty or expertise to offer. It will benefit you to shop around for a good fit. Choosing to go to a holistic healer is no different from choosing a medical professional. You decide.

TYPES OF HOLISTIC HEALING THERAPIES AND TREATMENTS:

HOLISTIC HEALING REFERENCE LIBRARY:

Recommended GO TO reference books for gathering information on a variety of healing modalities, available treatments/remedies, possible causes of illness, and holistic healing knowledge in general.

DEFINITION OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Alternative Medicine is a term used when therapies are presented as an option to conventional or Western medical treatments.

DEFINITION OF COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE

Complementary Medicine is a term used when therapies are being used in conjunction with conventional or Western medical treatments.

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The Holistic Approach of Alternative Medicine symbolized by the aura of man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DEFINITION OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

Integrative Medicine was the new “buzz” term first used primarily by mainstreamers in the 1990s. This was a time when more medical professionals were opening their eyes to the Mind-Body connection. Alternative therapies were no longer being judged as quackery or far-afield from acceptable. Some therapies were being integrated into the mainstream. Massage therapy, acupuncture, meditation and visualization, and chiropractic medicine were among the first therapies to be integrated into established medical care programs.

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What is Vital Energy?

Vital Energy

When you understand how your body makes energy then it becomes easier to see how you get fatigue. We tend to associate energy as something we need to move the things we can physically control like muscles and to help the brain with our thought processes.

Although this is true, a much larger percentage of your daily energy supply is used to run all the systems in the body that you have no control over like your heart, kidneys and digestive system for example. This is what your RMR, resting metabolic rate is. It is the amount of calories your body needs to run all it’s system before you can even attempt to do all the things you want to do like move and think.

For example an average woman uses approximately 1700 calories a day just in running the internal workings of her body. If your calories intake is around 2500 per day then approximately two thirds of your daily calorie intake is used to do the jobs you may not even know exist or have any control over. You can also see why your body hates to be put on a low calorie diet because it fears it will not have enough usable energy to go around. The priority energy supply must go to the body first and whatever is left over, you can use to consciously do things.

If your body is under constant or extreme stress, ill or injured the additional workload and the increase in wear and tear will mean your body will need more energy and resources to operate, leaving less available for your conscious purposes. As more energy is used internally your movement and thought processes will reduce in strength as energy levels fall, resulting in poor concentration and physical fatigue. It can also result in your body craving for stimulants and high calorie foods in a desperate attempt to boost flagging energy levels but the additional strain these generate means that your body has to work even harder, putting further stress on the body.

The brain is one of the highest internal energy users so any drop in energy will have a huge effect on your brain’s ability to function. Your brain is your control centre, it oversees every movement, response and function. Imagine how you feel when you are tired and run down. You find it hard to concentrate, your movements slow down, your emotions go all over the place, you make silly mistakes and you forget things altogether.

If low energy has this noticeable effect on your ability to function, just imagine what effect it is having on the internal workings of your body. Processes and responses will be affected in the same way. They will slow down through exhaustion, send out wrong information or won’t send any out at all, systems will be put on low tick over and any repair and maintenance programme will be put on hold while the body frantically diverts what resources it has to immediate priorities and life maintaining processes.

The body needs to supply essential operational systems first before your demands are even considered. If energy levels are constantly low then what is available is used to keep the systems of the body operational and this means there is very little remaining for you to use elsewhere. We do have the ability to store energy and this causes many of us great distress as it is in the form of fat cells.

Most of us have a good supply of stored energy and some of us have an excessive supply so why does our energy levels fluctuate or remain low when the body has the ability to store a constant and often excessive supply of potential energy?It is not because we do not have energy supplies available to us but more the fact that our body finds it hard to manufacture Chakrasthose supplies into usable energy because it does not have the right resources or processes available to it.

Symptons of an Energy Imbalance

Your body may be struggling to cope with energy production if you have energy slumps about an hour after eating.You need to eat between meals to restore your energy.You crave for high sugar or fatty foods.You regularly use caffeine, alcohol or nicotine as an energy restorer.

Your body may be poor at energy production if you have consistently low energy.Your weight has gone up as your energy levels have gone down.You always feel tired after eating a meal. Stimulants and stimulation makes you feel immediately exhausted.

Making the Right Mix

The two key components required to make energy are oxygen and glucose. So problems in energy production can come from shortages of either of these components, an imbalance between the two, or an inability to process them. You need molecules of both oxygen and glucose to make energy so if supplies or production of either are affected, then energy cannot be produced. Too much short, shallow breathing brought on by stimulation, stress or anxiety will give you an initial boost of energy but will reduce your oxygen intake over time, making your energy levels fall dramatically. In this situation, reduced oxygen intake is reducing energy production but if your body is stressed in will be demanding more energy. This means that energy levels are being reduced at a time when the body actually needs more. Low oxygen levels mean that you cannot utilise as much glucose to make energy so it is irrelevant how much you have stored or put in because your body can only process it with the help of oxygen. So you can see that extremes or constant stress on the body can create a shortage of supply, imbalance existing supplies and upset the process of energy production. This is why it is so important to give your body regular breaks because relaxation through deep breathing will restore oxygen levels, enabling your body to re boost energy.

 

 

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20 Facts About the Natural Healing Power of Bananas

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Here is a story that even a monkey would go ape about. A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression ‘going bananas’ is from the effects of bananas on the brain. When compared to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. No wonder monkeys are so happy all the time!

1. Energy Boost: Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.2. Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

3. PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

4. Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

5. Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

6. Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

7. Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

8. Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

9. Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

10. Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school (England) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

11. Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

12. Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

13. Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

14. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

15. Quit Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

16. Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

17. Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

18. Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

19. Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

20. Overweight at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

BONUS: Shoe Polish – want a quick shine on your shoes? Take the inside of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe. Finish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. Perhaps it’s time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A banana a day keeps the doctor away!’

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Thoughts to Ponder

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Patience

We struggle with our worries and problems every day in our lives. Sometimes, we even struggle with unnecessary stresses and burdens. When our ability to be positive in finding solutions decreases, we tend to be more negative, which makes it harder to endure. This is when you need to “work” on your patience. The good news is that patience is a mental skill, one that can be practiced and eventually mastered, even by the most impatient person.
We often hear about exercising patience as it pertains to something else, like raising children or starting a business. The idea of cultivating patience for its own sake gets little attention, but there are some strong and compelling reasons for doing so. Impatience makes us lose our perspective, which hinders our power to create what we want and raises the chances of attracting more of what we don’t want.

I believe that losing patience is a means of misusing spiritual power. Impatience also has a negative impact on our bodies because it generates stress, which elevates blood pressure, thereby weakening the body’s internal organs and immune system. Impatience often produces haste, which prevents you from making right decisions, but rather the kind of decisions you may later regret.

Patience, on the other hand, empowers us at all levels. Cultivating it requires the desire to change in addition to having a good strategy to do so: discernment and persistence. When you find yourself on the verge of losing patience, try one or more of the following techniques:

  • Don’t fall for the demanding behaviors of close people who act impatiently.
  • Look within to understand why you react impatiently to certain situations.
  • Feed your mind with the appropriate self-talk for the occasion you are facing. This is crucial to mastering patience.
  • Use creative visualization to re-frame situations that try your patience.
  • Use meditation as a therapy to grow your patience and de-stress.
  • Write notes to remind yourself to be more patient. Examples could be:

“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” — Chinese Proverb
“He that can have patience can have what he will.” — Benjamin Franklin

Lastly, if you tend to become quickly impatient, make sure that your blood sugar is always balanced. Do something that you like for yourself every once in a while to enhance your tolerance range and be sure to get enough sleep. When your mind and body are rested, you are better able to deal with situations with more patience.

patienceLife is a journey, we each have our own duties and tasks to fulfill and accomplish. Some have it lighter and easier than others, and even those have their own struggles which we may perceive as ‘simple’, yet they are still their struggles. Others have it heavier and harder.

People who are ‘aware’ know that staying healthy and positive and using the power of now may turn anything into a light and simple burden. They choose to change their heavy burdens into ‘simple’ ones. They enjoy life with all that it brings. They enjoy the now, don’t worry about the future and don’t blame past actions. They are in harmony with themselves, with life and with the cosmos. They count on time to solve their stresses and time always is in their favor.

Be patient, the best is yet to come!

“The strongest of all warriors are these two: time and patience.” — Leo Tolstoy

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