Eyes: Windows to Your Health

Eyes have been called the "windows to the world". They have been referred to as the "windows to the heart": But did you know they are also the "windows to your health"? What does the eye reveal?  What effect does blue light have on your health? What steps can you take to protect your eye health?
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Fear .... Friend or Foe?

Fear is a normal, survival response.  In the right amounts, fear can be your friend.  On the other hand, excess fear is like a rabbit in a snare .... unable to run away, it is, in effect, paralyzed. (Prov 29:25)  PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults every year, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD. 
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The Powerful Effects of Doing This One Thing Every Day

Children do this an average of 400 times per day. The average happy adult does it 40-50 times per day and the typical adult only 20 times per day.  Its value is immense, but nobody is so poor that he cannot share it or so rich that he does not need it.  
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The Power of Social Connection

The Power of Social Connection
How would you define "social connection"? Is it having hundreds of friends or thousands of followers on Facebook, Instagram or other social media platforms? In reality, a person could be in the middle of a crowd or surrounded by friends and still not feel "connected".  So, what does "social connection" really mean and why is it important?
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Ways To Keep Your Lymphatic System Moving


Unlike the cardiovascular circulatory system, the lymphatic circulatory system does not have a heart or "pump" to keep the fluid moving.  The lymphatic system is a huge part of the immune system helping to keep it strong and to prevent various cancers.  Therefore, movement is crucial for the waste in the fluid, or lymph, to be filtered out and then returned to the bloodstream. 

There are many different factors that can contribute to a stagnant lymph system.  Many of them have to do with "lifestyle".  Sometimes, for medical reasons, lymph nodes may be removed.  So, how can someone improve the function of their lymphatic system?

  • Find a lymphatic massage specialist
    • decongestive lymphatic therapy (DLT) massage moves smooth muscles to help transport fluid through the lymph vessels 
  • Do a lymphatic massage yourself using this great resource.
  • Drink, Drink, Drink WATER!!!
  • Do hydrotherapy
    • switch between hot and cold water and steam to open capillaries to release toxins and to stimulate your circulation
  • Detox using apple cider vinegar (ACV)
    • being acidic the ACV binds to toxins to remove them from the body.  ACV also promotes circulation and liver detox
  • Cardio and Strength-training workouts
    • cardio keeps the cardiac system moving
    • sweat helps drain the lymphatic system
    • trampoline > jumping helps move lymph from sinus to throat and vice-versa
    • strength-training aerobic exercises push lymph through the muscles to drain 
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Deep breathing serves as a "pump" for the lymphatic system
  • Alge-sourced supplements
    • nutrient-rich and cleansing for the body
  • Berries, seeds, citrus and greens are healthy fibers that scrape toxins from the digestive system
  • Dry skin brushing
Certain essential oils, because of their lymphatic-stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties, are often used in lymphatic massage promoting free lymph circulation and reducing tissue swelling. Citrus oils such as lime, orange, grapefruit, lemon and tangerine are, not only, known to have cleansing properties but can stimulate the lymph and are diuretics as well.  Cypress and Geranium are also excellent oils for lymphatic massage.  The important thing when using essential oils is to be sure to use oils that are organic or guaranteed to be free of pesticides and adulteration. You are trying to stimulate the lymph to move toxins out .... not add any.  So, be sure to do your homework or check out the ones I use here.  Try this Lymphatic System Blend recipe:






 
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