How Good is Dry Skin Brushing?

Written by Joanne Taylor

Can Dry Brushing Help Your Lymphatic System?
by Dr Mercola


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You Are Not CRAZY

Written by Joanne Taylor

You Are Not Crazy

 

by Madisyn Taylor

Sometimes as adults, we just need a time out to refocus and gather ourselves before starting out again.

Most of us feel a little crazy from time to time. Periods of high stress can make us feel like we're losing it, as can being surrounded by people whose values are very different from our own. Losing a significant relationship and moving into a new life situation are other events that can cause us to feel off kilter. Circumstances like these recur in our lives, and they naturally affect our mental stability. The symptoms of our state of mind can range from having no recollection of putting our car keys where we eventually find them, to wondering if we're seeing things clearly when everyone around us seems to be in denial of what's going on right in front of their eyes. For most of us, the key to survival at times like these is to step back, take a deep breath, and regain our composure. Then we can decide what course of action to take.

Sometimes a time-out does the trick. We take a day off from whatever is making us feel crazy and, like magic, we feel in our right mind again. Talking to an objective friend can also help. We begin to see what it is about the situation that destabilizes us, and we can make changes from there. At other times, if the situation is particularly sticky, we may need to seek professional help. Meeting with someone who understands the way the human mind reacts to stress, loss, and difficulty can make us feel less alone and more supported. A therapist or a spiritual counselor can give us techniques that help bring us back to a sane state of mind so that we can affect useful changes. They can also mirror our basic goodness, helping us to see that we are actually okay.

The main purpose of the wake-up call that feeling crazy provides is to let us know that something in our lives is out of balance. Confirm for yourself that you are capable of creating a sane and peaceful reality for yourself. Try to remember that most people have felt, at one time or another, that they are losing it. You deserve a life that helps you thrive. Try and take some steps today to help you achieve more balance and a little less crazy.
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Five Remedies for Aching Legs

Written by Joanne Taylor

5 remedies to relieve aching legs

By naturopath Margaret Jasinska


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Why You Need to Make Time For Yourself

Written by Joanne Taylor

Why You Need to Make Time for Yourself


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SUCCESS - It's All About ROUTINE

Written by Joanne Taylor

Daily Habits Of Successful People: It's All About Routine


By Brian Tracy
 


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What happens to our brain when we experience silence?

Written by Joanne Taylor

What Happens To Our Brain When We Experience Complete Silence?
By Christine Sarich


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Natural Solutions to Pain Relief

Written by Joanne Taylor

Natural Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic
By Case Adams


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Tips for Maintaining your weight for 2018

Written by Joanne Taylor

By Nutrition Consultant, Jess Robinson


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When I tackled the Junk in my Emotional Closet....

Written by Joanne Taylor

When I Tackled The Junk In My Emotional Closet, I Found My Voice
By Anna Celestino


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The Toxins in our Brain and the Essential Oils that can Actually Help

Written by Joanne Taylor

The Toxins In Our Brain and the Essential Oils That Can Actually Help

By Jodi Cohen

Just like other organs in the body, the brain needs to regularly purge toxins, such as viruses and heavy metals. It is during our hours of sleep that our brain can unplug and detoxify, as it is constantly busy and engaged during our waking hours. While we sleep, the metabolic activity of our brain is about 10 times more active.
The cerebrospinal fluid moves quickly across the brain tissue in a sweeping motion around the neurons, removing toxins and delivering oxygen and nutrients, and then exits along the veins. Research shows that the neurons in the brain actually shrink by about 60 percent to make room for this cerebrospinal fluid to move through our brain.
How Toxins Accumulate in the Brain
Toxins, such as heavy metals, pathogens, infections, and viruses, can accumulate in the brain from microbes in the mouth that don’t physiologically belong there. For example, chronically inflamed tonsils or sinuses, dental amalgams, infected root canals, gums, or cavities in the jaw bone create toxins that then need to drain from the brain down the lymph channels on the side of the neck.
Unfortunately, the lymphatic system needs to be functioning optimally in order for toxins to be removed from the brain.
If you think of the body like a hydraulics system where congested tissue downstream prevents optimal flow upstream, congested lymphatic vessels in the neck can impede drainage of toxins from the brain.
If lymph flow is congested, these toxins—including environmental toxins, heavy metals, infections, or pathogens—can linger near and migrate into nerve endings. From there, the toxins can move into the nerves toward the brain stem where they can impact the face and other brain nerves.
Heavy metals and sulphur toxins have a high affinity to nerves. Because of the immense networking of sensory nerves and the nerves of the autonomic nervous system, toxins can be quickly absorbed in massive amounts.
Vagus Nerve Toxicity
One of the biggest dangers to our health is the contamination of the vagus nerve, one of the most important channels for sending messages to and from the brain to the body. The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body and serves as the master controller of our immune cells, organs, and stem cells along with your mood, digestion, memory, cognitive function, blood pressure, and many other aspects of your health.
The vagus nerve is one of two extremely long cranial nerves that start at the base of the brain and travel down the neck on both sides of the body (behind the earlobe on the mastoid bone). “Vagus” is Latin for “wandering,” and as the name implies, the vagus nerve travels through the body, networking the brain with every organ of digestion along with the lungs, heart, spleen, intestines, liver, and kidneys. It also connects with a range of other nerves that are involved in speech, eye contact, facial expressions, and even your ability to tune in to other people’s voices.
It is an extremely important channel for communication between the brain and body and plays a critical role in the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis and health. For example, it is the vagus nerve that releases the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which signals the heart rate to slow down.
Poor health can often be traced to an infected or poisoned vagus nerve, as it impacts the whole enteric nervous system.
Vagus Nerve Toxicity Impedes Health
A toxic vagus nerve can impede all downstream function of the digestive system, leading to malabsorption, constipation, or leaky gut. Malabsorption can then contribute to the accumulation of large-molecular matter in the lymph, which can further trigger allergic immune responses and intolerances. As the vagus nerve controls motility in the digestive process, a toxic vagus nerve can lead to poor or misregulated intestinal motility, contributing not only to constipation, but also to imbalances in the gut microbiome, that can contribute to SIBO, IBS, and candida overgrowth.
Similarly, since the vagus nerve signals the release of acetylcholine to slow down heart rate, a toxic vagus nerve can lead to cardiac issues. Root canals are often correlated with heart attacks for this very reason. The communication from the gut to the nervous system and the brain is also compromised, impairing the immune system and contributing to autoimmune reactions.
Vagus Nerve Toxicity Contributes to Nutrient Malabsorption
A correlation exists between malabsorption of nutrients and an infection of the vagus nerve. If the parasympathetic state isn’t triggered, insufficient stomach acid is released and nutrients are not properly broken down and assimilated. For example, proteins are not split or properly absorbed in sufficient amounts. Not enough bile flow prevents the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. If the excretion of pancreatic enzymes is insufficient, food is not digested properly, and this leads to the growth of pathogenic microbes further down in the colon.
Essential Oils to Support Brain Detoxification
Movement of fluid is critical to the detoxification of the brain, especially the systems that are composed of and transport fat through the body, namely the lymphatic system, which helps transport fats and fat-soluble vitamins throughout the body - and the brain, which is composed of roughly 60 percent fat.
It therefore makes sense that fat-soluble essential oils can serve as powerful tools in accessing these systems, especially when fat digestion or assimilation is compromised, as is often the case when gall bladders are removed or damaged.
Essential oils can be used to support sleep, vagus nerve signalling to help heal a toxic nerve, and lymphatic drainage.
For sleep, you can consider blends that are relaxing like lavender, spikenard, or valerian root. Stimulatory essential oils can be applied to the vagus nerve (behind the earlobe on the mastoid bone) to activate its downstream parasympathetic signals. Frankincense can be applied along the sides of the neck to help open up and support lymphatic flow.
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