The Magic Of The Mind

Can our mind heal our body?

Recent research has verified that mental and emotional conditions can affect the state of the physical body, and that the body mind connection, is very much true. Every emotion we feel can cause psychological and physical changes in the body which can keep us sick & stuck. Most times we just don’t know how to let go.  Emotions have been shown to be linked to obesity and cancer, which begs the question:  Who’s in charge of your mind?

 “There is an ever growing body of evidence pointing to the role of the mind and its healing power in the treatment of stress, pain, mental, emotional and physical illness. (1)  Mind/body approaches, such as guided imagery and mindfulness meditation are becoming more widespread as the scientific studies mount, indicating that mind-body techniques, may not only improve the quality of life for those facing a health concern or serious illness, but can actually promote physical healing and whole person wellness of body, mind, heart and spirit.  Keeping a healthy spirit and mind will aid in maintaining a healthy body and vice versa. A healthy, grounded spirit and soul also helps to improve our confidence levels and helps to boost self esteem and positive thoughts.”

Just like exercise builds muscle, becoming conscience builds mind muscle. Remember what happens to the body also happens to the mind and even to the spirit and vice versa. If you are eating for health but harbor on unhealthy thoughts, you are not healthy. 

Solutions: 

What can you do? Implement changes until the mind/body are on the same page-do it until it becomes a lifestyle. When you change how you look at things the things you look at change.

When you change how you be with things the things you be with change.

A number of studies at UCLA and at Harvard, (2) show that there are structural changes in the very parts of the brain, for people who do practice mindfulness meditation.  There are structural changes in the same mind / body circuit, that we need to implement, in order  to support our empathic communication with other people.  That's probably why there are so many studies that show that empathy is significantly increased in those who practice mindfulness.

Which part of our mind runs our life?   “Most people hardly use the conscious mind.  They run their day-to-day existence from programs stored in their subconscious mind.” (3)  “What programs will that subconscious mind run? The answer is the exact programs that were downloaded into the subconscious mind.” These subconscious programs are at the core of our perception of the world around us. They anchor our belief systems, our perception of right and wrong, our spirit and our soul.  These deeply stored programs, are what guide us and play out our journey, throughout out entire life, unless we go into the subconscious mind and rewrite the program. Yes, we can rewrite the program!

“By making a conscious decision, our conscious mind can rewrite any of our subconscious programs.”  We can even go back and change our genetic activity. “The conscious mind is unique because it can change an entire history of perceptions in order to engage in different behaviors and life styles. The new sciences of epi-genetics and quantum mechanics recognize the important role of the invisible fields in controlling life, which includes the thoughts and energies that contribute to our reality. “This new awareness gives each of us the ability, and the power, to change our old worldview.

We now know that we can actually control our genes, and as a result, we control our lives. Our thoughts are real and tangible. They influence our physiology. If we choose to be around sickness or depression we will become what is our environment. 

Solution:

Change our environment and belief system, and we can change our life.  Beliefs can change our thoughts and change our DNA. This is extremely powerful, and isn’t it fascinating that our mind has the ability to look at itself, from the outside in?

How is energy impaired when the mind is broken?

1-The mind is an energetic field.

The mind influences the immune system, digestive and endocrine system. When we have an abundance of stress in our lives we also have a diminished functioning immune system. 

An abundance of stress reduces blood flow to the gut leaving it unable to repair itself. As a result, our metabolism is impaired. This leads to a lack of energy in our cells.  With less energy, we stop exercising.  That in turn stresses the lymphatic system leaving it congested and lethargic. Stress can make our mind & body sick. 

Solution:

Don’t sweat the small stuff. One of the most efficient ways to defuse stress while it's happening, is to use positive emotion.  A thought is a physical energy. Sending information to the body saying “I am better” is sending information to the body to correct itself.

2- Alzheimer’s: 

“We need to take action to eliminate toxins through understanding the underlying causes of cellular breakdown in the brain.  Free radicals from toxins, lead to oxidative stress.  With cell death we see more people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Mitochondria are extremely sensitive to the insults of  inflammation and toxic damage.”(4) 

Alzheimer’s is all about toxins and loss of energy. In fact it may soon be called Diabetes Type 3. Pesticides, alcohol, gluten and sugar are toxins we ingest from foods along with mercury from fish, dental fillings and contact lens solution.  Yes, that stuff people use to clean their lenses and more get in the way of our brain and gut function.  Added to that mix, we work in a toxic environment and are consuming inflammatory foods, causing thyroid and hormonal imbalances.  In their book, Dangerous Grains, (5) James Braly, MD, and Ron Hoggan, MA point out that undiagnosed sensitivity to gluten in wheat, and other proteins in grains:

“Is the root cause of many cancers, autoimmune diseases, neurological  diseases, osteoporosis,  attention deficit disorders, learning disorders psychiatric and other brain disorders.”

I’ve seen first hand elderly people with gallons of ice cream, rBGH milk, bread and soda in their refrigerator, with no visible signs of fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.  Today 50% of 85 year olds have Alzheimer’s, resulting in a 60 billion a year business!  However Alzheimer’s doesn’t begin at age 85, it can go undetected for more than 50 years.

Solution: Most brain inflammation can be prevented. It’s easy in this fast paced world, to be toxic, stressed and depressed. Life is not what happens to us, but rather how we handle what is happening. Become mindful, as stress, toxins and a poor diet, are counter productive to brain, gut, and our overall wellness.

Can fast food logos affect our mind?

It turns out that just looking at fast-food-company logos may be enough to affect our attitude and judgment.

A recent study reported in the March 2010 issue of Psychological Science (6) found that, compared with a control group that spent time viewing unrelated shapes of similar size and the logos of inexpensive chain restaurants, people who spent time examining fast-food logos were more likely to exhibit impatience and haste in executing subsequent tasks, and less likely to defer gratification.

The results suggest that our exposure to, and associations with, fast food may carry over into other areas of our lives and consumer behaviors in surprising, unconscious ways.

In a study of 57 people, University of Toronto researchers (7) found that the fast-food participants were, in later exercises, significantly more likely to prefer items characterized as timesaving. They were also more apt to race through reading assignments, even when presented with no time limit, and to accept smaller sums of money right away rather than wait and receive larger sums of money later.  This can affect our judgement in all business decisions.

Conclusion:

Take a look at your life today. How do you feed your mind & body?  Do you have Negative Nellie self talk or listen to negative news before bed?  Do you live on alcohol, caffeine, sugar, trans fats, flour products and gluten? Do you have emotional wellness or do you suffer from anxiety, lack of intimacy, stress, Gerd, inflammation and brain fog?  All these are a lack of mind/ body health. 

If you intend to be mindful, eat healthy, improve digestion and hormonal imbalances and feel fantastic, I am here.  Our conscious mind is capable of making the decision to stop old habits, and focus on creating new positive habits.  With time, these new habits become new established programs in our subconscious.  We are capable of changing our path, our results and reinventing our very being.

Make a plan to succeed by getting the support you need today! As a Certified Integrated Health Coach for 12 years, Connie Rogers specializes in helping people make healthy changes and achieve results that last a lifetime. Expert in toxins that can disrupt our skin, metabolic and endocrine health.www.bitesizepieces.net

Footnotes:

1-Dr. Paul Epstein- http://www.drpaulepstein.com

2-studies http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1361002/ see also http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004979/

3- Bruce Lipton book-The wisdom of your cells

4-  Mark Hyman book -The Ultra Mind Solution 

5- James Braly, MD, and Ron Hoggan  book-“Dangerous Grains” 

6- fast food on the brain- http://www2.rotman.utoronto.ca/facbios/file/Zhong%20and%20DeVoe,%202010.pdf see also http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/03/19/0956797610366090.full

7- higher later dollar amounts- http://www.pendletonpsych.com/whats-new/fast-food

What Makes True Weight Loss Different from Weight Watchers. You are not fat - You are toxic!

Beyond specific nutrients and individual needs, getting your nutrients from real foods - whole foods - nutritious foods - is really the only way to go for long-term health, controlling weight and obtaining quality of life.  Or is it?  Some books I have explored are about overweight or obese individuals starving for whole foods and good nutrition.  My findings are- that this is only part of the journey. 

Most people get frustrated with dieting after a few weeks.  Several theories say “that to lose weight you need to increase your activity and eat less”.  Theoretical equations sound so easy, don’t they?  But if losing weight really were this simple, why does the collective girth of the United States continue to grow?  The reason is that the old concept of:  calories in, calories out, doesn’t work any more. 

There is another side to this puzzle.  It’s called:  Chemicalsare keeping us fat. 

Things we do on a daily basis, without thinking, “known as daily habits,” can contribute to weight gain.  There are many symptoms that can be external signs of internal distress such as:  visceral fat, obesity, frequent exhaustion, a foggy brain and mood swings.  Add in to the mix medications, menopause, stress, Candida and endocrine disruptors, it’s easy to see why our weight loss efforts can be sabotaged. 

Our bodies are not separate parts designed to work by themselves.  Our organs, systems, glands, nerves and tissues are designed to work in harmony.  Frequent antibiotic use or choosing foods with antibiotics can wreak havoc on our hormonal balance, causing inflammation and increasing our bottom line. (fat)   Antibiotics can be found in meat and dairy. ("Antibiotic use in animals is out of hand," said Dr. Gail Hansen, a veterinarian and senior officer for the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, a project aimed at phasing out overuse of antibiotics in food production.”)

Many medications taken by mouth can effect the endocrine system.  Sometimes a quick fix for a headache is to take Tylenol and get back to our fast-paced life but is that the best solution?  Tylenol has been recalled over 16 times. Amounts of acetaminophen as low as 3 to 4 grams in a single dose or 4 to 6 grams over 24 hours have been reported to cause severe liver injury in some people.  Tylenol is an endocrine disruptor.  (http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/12/humrep.det112.full)see also (http://www.medicinenet.com/tylenol_liver_damage/page4.htm)

Did you know that dehydration can easily lead to a headache?  Your brain, gut and liver will thank you when you increase your daily water intake, at lease 10 glasses a day.  And drinking water is one of the best things you can do for weight loss.

Endocrine disruptors that are keeping us fat:

There is now strong evidence that our bodies mistake certain man-made chemicals for naturally occurring hormones that regulate the production and storage of fat cells.

“Evidence has been steadily accumulating that certain hormone-mimicking pollutants, ubiquitous in the food chain, have two previously unsuspected effects.  They act on genes in the developing fetus and newborn to turn more precursor cells into fat cells, which stay with you for life.  And they may alter the metabolic rate, so that the body hoards calories rather than burning them…”  (Taken from Retha Newbold of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.)

One leading cause of obesity that often gets lost in this ongoing discussion is how the abundance of toxic chemicals in our air, food, water, and even those lurking in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets are making us fat.  Research by the Mercer University School of Medicine found a higher prevalence of obesity in the participants with high urinary concentrations of a pesticide known as 2,5-dichlorophenol (2,5-DCP).  It’s important to note that 2,5-DCP is one of the most widely used pesticides on the globe. 

An endocrine disruptor called:  “Obesogens" are a quickly expanding class of chemicals that directly and indirectly cause weight gain thru the metabolic, digestive and endocrine systems. They have the ability to alter fat cell development, alter metabolism, and promote fat retention. These are in plastics, food packaging, pesticides and cosmetics.

Smell those Phthalates:  a solvent or fragrance used in pharmaceutical coatings and personal care products.  This is an endocrine disruptor and can be found in:  shampoos, candles, lotions, air fresheners, laundry detergents and dryer sheets.  Using these products can interrupt our ability to loose weight.  

Because phthalates are synthetic estrogens they can mimic natural estrogen in the body.  These toxins get absorbed into the largest organ of our body, our skin.  When our skin is toxic our liver is toxic, and when the liver can no longer process toxins from our body, our system stores the toxins in fat cells!

Besides weight gain, endocrine disruptors can lead us down the path of serious consequences such as diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. “There’s increasing interest in a number of environmental factors that might predispose to type 2 diabetes and inflammation throughout the body” (http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=14-P13-00002&segmentID=5)

Mercury is also an endocrine disruptor. It can be found in dental fillings, paint, antiseptics, disinfectants, diuretics, fluorescent bulbs and more.  Diabetes, from mercury toxicity, has hundreds of symptoms; it masquerades under many different medical aliases, and its symptoms are treated by many different specialists. (http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/posters/Ecotoxicology/Mercury_in_Bass/mercury_in_bass.html)

It should be noted that research now shows diabetes to be a metabolic disease, with our genetics only being 3%.

Depressed, Stressed & Fat:

Did you know that some prescription medications have the side effect of weight gain?  This is extremely common with anti-depressive drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft and more.  People on these, can be struggling with drug induced weight gain and will be quite frustrated with years of trying to lose that weight.  These are obesogens at work!

Depression and stress can keep us fat.  In The US the expectation of a "quick fix" is what becomes "normal."  You take a pill, you should feel better.  If you don't feel better, it must not be working, take another.  How we eat and handle stress affects our daily life, in the areas of hormonal & digestive balance, sleep patterns, skin health and weight loss.  Stress can be caused by toxic foods, toxic chemicals and toxic emotions.

Stress causes elevated cortisol levels.  Digestion is disrupted under stress and high cortisol levels holds on to fat storage in our abdominal region.  High stress levels are also noted to increase our cravings for sugar.  (http://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folder/stresscortisol.html

 

Your brain, cravings and science:

Do you believe in science?   Then consider this:  There is science behind the ingredients in junk foods that can make us crave more food and keep us fat. 

Lack of sleep can make you fat:  Lack of sleep can cause weight gain.  Sleep is a restorative process.  The endocrine system increases secretion of certain hormones during sleep. Caffeine interrupts sleep.  De-stressing in fact means eliminating caffeine.  When you don't get enough sleep, you increase your chances of weight gain.  Caffeine is an endocrine disruptor.

Irritation leads to mutation: 

Your body holds onto weight when you have an acid pH.  Ladies this is may be important to you.  What causes your body to become acidic are lifestyle risks that are being promoted through the media.  We've been brainwashed into believing that a lot of advertised foods are actually health promoting, such as non-fat or low- fat. 

Does fat cause fat?  Good fats are essential for our health.  Bad fats are not.  That’s pretty simple.  However, some things that can be very misleading are companies that promote their fat.  I have found deceptive and confusing mis-information for you to review.

Heres’s one that states:  “Types of potentially helpful dietary fat are foods made up mostly of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature, safflower oil, peanut oil and corn oil.”  

These oils above are some of the most chemically altered foods in our diets, some even are GMO, yet they get promoted as healthy.  “Vegetable oils are found in practically every processed food, from salad dressing to mayonnaise to conventional nuts and seeds.  These oils are some of the most harmful substances you can put into your body.”  (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/#axzz2r4VcXIJK)

 

What’s in your gut?

Is your toxic body inhibiting your weight loss?  Healthy gut bacteria is an important factor for weight loss.  Almost every person has gut issues and benefits significantly from improvements in their gut and digestive function.  What chemicals are you eating?  (http://www.kisswebpage.com/toxinsandweight/)

The highest dietary sources of PCBs and dioxins are in beef, chicken and pork (34%), dairy products (30%).  These are endocrine disruptors.  Chronic intake of farmed fatty fish contributes, rather than prevents, to insulin resistance and obesity and that these negative effects are, in part, mediated by the presence of POPs in fatty fish.  Eating farmed fish can be toxic and increase your chances for a fatty liver.

Sugar equals fat:

Sugar is an endocrine disruptor.  Consuming high levels of sugar, on a regular basis, chronically raises insulin levels in the blood, which selectively deposits energy from foods into fat cells.  Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body.

Initially, sugar is stored in the liver.  Since the liver's capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar (above the amount of natural sugars found in whole foods) soon makes the liver expand.  When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas:  the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs. 

What YOU can do?

Being aware of how our body functions, acts and reacts to toxins in the world around us, makes us realize that if we are a fat society, we are really carrying around pounds and pounds of extra toxins.

Eating with intelligence is always recommended.  If you choose a detox, remember this is only part of the puzzle. Your detox must include elimination of all endocrine disruptors.  If not you will be missing a very important step.

Your body can loose weight naturally when given the chance with the necessary information and support you deserve from me, your health coach.

Conclusion:

Looking deeper at our relationship with our toxic environment maybe considered weird.  Being sad, out of control and toxic somehow found it’s way to being the norm.  Some of us may choose life in the fast lane and don’t schedule time to relax and eat or address what can be eating us.  We may feel the need to have control over pleasure or control our pain with drugs or alcohol.  We blindly trust agencies hired to protect us from toxins. Unfortunately how we disregard the integrity of our food system is a goal in this country, with our agriculture dependent on pollution, chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics, ignoring true health.

As a Certified Integrated Health Coach, I specialize in toxins that can disrupt your metabolic and endocrine health.  I can teach you how to balance your hormones, remove chemicals and lose weight effortlessly.  Like others that have joined my program, you can experience weight loss for life and never struggle again.


Connie Rogers is an Expert in toxins that can disrupt our skin, metabolic and endocrine health. Lifestyle Educator, Reiki Master, 37 years Certified Cosmetologist/Esthetician, Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach, Accredited through American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Published Author, Wellness Writer, Owner Reverseage Wellness Essential Oils

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