Naturally Safe: What You Need to Know About Supplements

Naturally Safe: What You Need to Know About Supplements

Supplements can provide an excellent boost of health or meet a physical need. In naturally meeting biological processes, supplements can have little to no side effects. When ever possible, eating the nutrients, vitamins, and natural chemicals is best. With soil depletion and biological nutrient depletion, natural supplements and vitamins may be an option to get what you need. However, not all supplements for everyone and everyone does not benefit the same. In some cases, improper supplements and incorrect usage can become harmful. There are a few basics we can learn to choose the safest products with maximum wellness wealth.

Warning: Fat Soluble Vitamins

Most vitamins, minerals, and herbs are broken down by water. Generally speaking, with water-soluble nutrients you can take as much as you want. What you body needs, it takes and what it doesn’t, it safely eliminates. Fat soluble vitamins work differently. Vitamins A, D, E, K filter through your lymph nodes and liver. They hang around in your body much longer and if taken too much, pose a toxic risk to your body. You need, NEED, these vitamins for optimal wellness. When they are off balance in either way, it risks your wellness. Don’t take concentrated forms, such as pills, for these vitamins. Eat them and get proper sun exposure! It is extremely difficult to over eat greens and vitamin rich foods to a point of toxicity.

Warning: High Dose Toxic Makers and Exceptions

Some vitamins in concentrated forms are needed as prescribed by a health professional. When the body is depleted, high doses are beneficial. Iron is a common mineral that may need to be taken in higher doses, often temporarily. A daily low dose or higher increases levels needed for blood to carry oxygen throughout the body. Once appropriate iron levels are met, continuing a daily dose or high doses can cause damage. Vomiting, headaches, and stomach aches are few signs of too much iron in your system. Monitor symptoms and get blood tests to be sure you are maintaining proper iron levels. Zinc can have a similar effect as iron when there is too much in the body. While needed, be cautious and track levels. Vitamin C in high doses may not become toxic, but can increase acidity levels in your body. Too much acidity leads to heart burn, acid reflux, and stomach issues. Grape seed extract is one excellent, lower acid immune boosting choice if you find vitamin C to be too acidic. Vitamin B vitamins are incredible boost to your body, nerves, and metabolism. Due to their energy boosting, taking them at night may not be the best idea. Take B vitamins in the morning for best impact without affecting sleep. L- theanine is a supplement that soothes and calms the body. When addressing anxiety and trauma, I was taking at night due to its powerful calming nature. It may work for a full twenty-four hours as it did for me. Take at night; however, if you find yourself extra sleepy during the day, take it every other day or extend it out more. After a few months I stopped. Turmeric, ginger, cayenne, ginkgo biloba are a few natural blood thinners. Incredible anti-inflammatory supplements, but require caution with surgery and certain conditions. Blood thinners can drop blood pressure too low or impact the body’s ability to clot with a cut.

Warning: Medical Illness Interactions and Children

Auto immune disease, diabetes, pregnancy/breast feeding, and heart conditions alter how a body processes everything. This includes supplement and vitamins. Check with a doctor and double check with an herbalist, naturopath, etc. Many doctors will tell you that all supplements are safe, you can take as many as you like. It’s NOT TRUE. Check for interactions with conditions and medications. Children need to be taken with extra precaution as they are developing. Again, check with doctor and natural experts for safety guidelines.

Warning: Quality and Labels

Quality is crucial. Some supplements and vitamin companies volunteer to go through a verification process to obtain a USP label. This process checks quality of the product and verifies ingredients. Yet, not every honest company has started using this process. Always read labels and research ingredients. Ask for recommendations from trusted naturopaths and fundamentalist wellness professionals. Inquire about the growth, harvest, and extract process from a company. Never be afraid to ask questions or too many questions. If most supplements and vitamins are one price But one brand incredibly cheaper. Pay the extra money! That investment is worth your safety. If a product makes miracle claims or promises cures, stay away. It’s a snake oil salesman promise with potential harm. A company that is upfront with all angles of benefits and risk, is more likely to be trust worthy. Total honesty is your best option for safety.

By meeting or boosting biological process, supplements and vitamins aid in better healing with less side effect. This is great if a certain undesired medication has a supplement equivalent. Three years ago I was on an anti-depressant for the second time and hated the side effects. After due diligence in research and trusted professionals, I switched to a couple of supplements instead of the medication. If a medication works for you and you feel safe, do not change it unless a professional suggest to do so. Ultimately, its up to you. Consider supplements in place of or addition to your everyday routine with a savvy for safety.

Namaste

Juls

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CBD Oil as a Mental Health Tool

CBD Oil as a Mental Health Tool

Mental health is increasingly on everyone’s mind. Professionals, the health industry, and nations are waking up to staggering statistics. According to NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness), one in five adults has mental illness, the same numbers are found for teens. Reports of newly released are showing those numbers are rising. Addressing, managing, and healing our mental state is crucial to our overall health. How we treat others and understand mental illness as a whole is vital. We do have a range of options for us and others to boost our mental well-being. Counseling, psychiatry, medications, supplements, massages, and energy work are a few resources we can access right now. As our family recently discovered, CBD oil is a supplement choice that makes the most of our healing and coping practices.

For years, we have struggled with anxiety with my daughter. At seven, she would vomit during the night from anxiety and was unable to express the cause. Every tool and resource we could find was pulled and pushed until we got answers. Three years ago, after tons of evaluations, back and forth, we discovered she has processing disorders and executive functioning disorder. At the least. More come out in further evaluations. Two years, four therapists, and lifestyle changes made, we needed more to help her. Two conversations brought us to consider CBD oil as a supplement. My daughter was struggling to move past goals due to her anxiety and her Speech-Language Pathologist suggested CBD as an option. However, there are lots of concerns and unknowns. After a couple of meetings at 502 Hemp, the concerns were answered. CBD oil became our missing puzzle piece. Since adding the CBD oil to her well routine, we are able to tear into blocked therapy goals and overcome tasks that anxiety shut down. Mornings are better, and she is expressing that focus is less of a problem. My husband is on board too with better sleep. We are going to try our anxious dog next. Yes, CBD oil can be made for them too.

Why is this .25 mL oil the turn around for her?

Simple. It’s in her head.

Seriously, it’s Endocannabinoid system in her brain and throughout her body. Within everyone’s endocannabinoid system there are two known major receptors, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors are in other organs, mostly ones dealing with the immune system. Our mental wellness or not so well permeates through our whole body. A thought, chemical imbalance, trauma, and anything else starts in the brain, affects the nervous system, and possibly impact other organs. Vomiting during the night was one physical manifestation of my daughter’s anxiety. I am all too familiar with this clash of anxiety on my body. Inability to speak, headaches, and sleeplessness are a few other physical impacts we feel. Additionally, long term anxiety affects body long term. As the CB1 and CB2 receptors work with the whole body, this means from head to toe we reap the rewards.

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“The high factor” and Types of Cannabinoids

The hemp plant as a full spectrum CBD oil has 10 known cannabinoids in them. As research continues, more known cannabinoids and benefits could be found. The major difference in CBD oil versus marijuana is which cannabidoils are more present. The THC cannabinoids have psychoactive properties that can get you the “high” associated with using cannabis or marijuana. However, in low doses it has incredible benefits without the psychoactive side effects. THC oils are anti-inflammatory, aids in memory, and calm the entire body. It may be worth one’s piece of mind to take full spectrum CBD oil with THC. Recently in a conversation with the owner of 502 Hemp, Dee Dee Taylor shared that the industry standards is .3% of THC in full spectrum oil. 502 Hemp aims and achieves lower than that for their products. The customer reaps the mental health rewards without the worry if they don’t need or want the “high.” Some companies, like 502 Hemp, offer CBD oil without the THC as well. CBD oils relieve anxiety and depression plus are a sleep aid, muscle relaxant, and digestive aid. When I was working with a spiritual coach, she noticed that I was pulling my shoulders up. This is a sign and unconscious coping habit to trauma and anxiety. Even after years of working through my whole body to heal trauma, I still had this habit. The muscle relaxant property in CBD oil with conscious behavior changes assist in eliminating this habit. This means it’s not just your mind it helps, CBD oil aids with other biological systems as well.

** resource at the bottom of this page

CBD and THC oils are plant derivatives that interact with biological process in our bodies. It supports healing naturally. When you discover positive ways to care for your mind, it filters to your body. In partnership with therapies, breathing techniques, and nutrition, CBD has made the difference for us. By simply asking what is in a product and not shying from detailed questions is a tremendous asset. We need to be picky for our health and safety in our wellness choices. Don’t be afraid to ask and get research. Be strong in your mental wellness endeavors.

A big thank you to 502 Hemp for open information and sharing incredible wellness products!

Namaste

Juls

* Project CBD
https://www.projectcbd.org/science/endocannabinoid-system-0

**502 Hemp online store and Facebook page

http://502hemp.com

https://www.facebook.com/502hemp/

NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness)

https://www.nami.org/learn-more/mental-health-by-the-numbers

Working Out Without Working Over time

Working Out Without Working Over time

Recently, I was in a beginners workshop with Daisy Lee concerning the practice Qi Gong. Side trail, I love learning new things. As she was going through the benefits of Qi Gong, two concepts struck out at me. One is the need for physical activity, for all areas of health. The second hit the hardest: the need for rest and restful practices. As this topic sat in my queue of “what to say that has impact,” it came down to an understanding. It’s unlocking the balance of removing rust and creating healing.

The first key you hold in your hand is permission to discover true rest.

We need rest practices as our bodies crave time and habits to heal from our daily living or more. Make sleep top priority. Without the proper amount and quality sleep, workouts can only go so far in your well of self. Ah there are the “but”, “but”,”but”- I still have lingering ones too. Sleep is the supporting step to other habits. If getting sleep is challenging: diet, changing routines, supplements/medications, medical conditions (including mental) are all areas to seek professional help. Put work, phones, and whatever down to chip away at those non sleep walls. Naps are a beautiful thing when those gaps needs to be filled. Nature sounds, white noise, binaural beats, or (my fav) water could help. Play around with that. Speak with a certified aromatherapist about oils that encourage sleep or rest. Lavender is incredible, but there is so much more out there. Rest needs to be added on to a sleep practice. Rest is putting our bodies into practice of stillness, getting present minded, and discovering a refreshed spirit. Alone or with others. Read, get creative, pamper, mini show binge, play board games, or what ever you decide. Set work and tasks aside, daily, to play intentionally.

Other keys you hold are all about you

Almost every health and wellness publication I see is some ripped human being with a running practice and weight routine. They work for it and it works for them. However, that healthy lifestyle isn’t for everyone. These people to know something we all need: to be active and some type of strengthening is hugely beneficial. The key for your individual exercise routine that works for you is considering your taste, daily living, and abilities. If you move a lot during the day, then a not as strenuous activity may be best consistently. Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Qong, simple stretches, or a slow walk. These can also work with chronic illness, sleep deprivation, or any situation where your health may be compromised. Unstructured activities count too. Dancing, cleaning, or some hobbies are active enough for that need of activity. When those happen, consider your exercised fulfilled for the day. If you have moderate or almost no movement then something more activity could be needed. Watch for restraints of illness or injury. Lack of sleep counts as illness or injury. Running, kick boxing, dancing are a few more active ideas. Strenuously active and mildly active exercises are not an “either or.” There isn’t a magic number for when each should be done. They can be combined and different seasons of life call for more active or slow. Listen to your body. Exercise should create energy eventually, if not at first. Over time, you may need to tweak your choices. Embrace what works for you.

The last key is your ability to keep balance

Not enough activity and too much activity are as equally damaging to your over all health. To maintain best health means balance. Listen to you. It may mean effort for creating new physical routines while saying no to other opportunities. It might mean a “no thank you” to run but support that person while enjoying your own exercise community. When you don’t engage is exercise at all contributes to diminished health and lower mental function. When you tip that balance and work out too much, the same exact results can occur. Allow yourself to pay attention to you and realize when yes is appropriate and no is appropriate. It’s okay to recognize and voice what is not for you or what is for you. Seek help with a coach, doctor, or other professional if you are struggling to recognize the best physical activity you need.

We have our basics down: rest and get moving. You have knowledge of where to go inside you. Listen to discover the right person, community, or more that will partner with you. Encourage the well in you.

Namaste

Juls

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The Art of Letting Go

There is always something to let go. 

Frustration has a range from long lines, traffic, or a thoughtless action to catastrophic level life events. When we do not let go, anywhere on the scale, it builds up. It infects our mental health and manifests itself in our physical health. Stomach ache, fatigue, headaches, indigestion may all be emotionally driven. For your peace of mind and peace in body, you need to discover release. Creating the masterpiece of letting go is a process that can be completed with ease.

This process begins with one central rule: never suppress the emotion or issue. Always acknowledge what emotion is rising to the surface. Yet, take caution when putting to word to an emotion and allowing it in your space. Acknowledgment and dwelling are two different actions. Noticing is as an objective description by you. Dwelling is nose dive into the emotion with fingers pointed, often in many directions. Step back to see the emotion rising without blame for you or another person. It does not remove the responsibility one or you may have. This acknowledgement of emotion starts the process. From here, write or talk with a trusted person about what triggered it’s presence. Run through the what happened, who is involved, and how it affect you. Going through this process pulls all that comes with that emotion to the surface. Once you can see this bundle of emotion with actions and memories, it eases creating release. Have it all in hand and ready to let go? There are a few mediums or ways to create your art of letting go.

Pick what jumps out at you. This is what you need at this moment.

  • Make it a ceremony.  Most happy moments in life are marked ceremoniously; by party, pictures, commemorative dates, etc.  Letting go can be one of those moments of joy for you to make space and unburden yourself.
    • Make a bonfire, I am all for setting – environmentally safe- things ablaze.  You can use an object or write what you want to release on a paper then throw it in the pyre.
    •  Light a candle. Its is a bit less dramatic; however, it is effective in marking this moment of letting go.  Repeating the statement in step two, reciting a mantra, saying a prayer are ways to enhancing your candle ceremony.
  • Write it out.  Write a letter to your younger self, future self if the letting go centralizes on you.  Journal or write a letter to a person to unload.  If you have letting go of a person or something between you and them, write to them.
  • Make literal art.  Coloring pages may help.  Create an abstract of what you feel.  Use your favorite medium and symbolism in an artwork.  Or create art that has nothing to do with it at all.  The act of creating aids in processing emotions and thoughts.
  • Confront.  You may need to confront a person and know you are ready to respectfully and firmly do so.  Do so.  You are not responsible for their actions but are in control of appropriately expressing yourself.  You might want to write it out first.
  • Cord cutting. Visualize cutting a cord while stating what or whom you are cutting away from. It can be a literal act with a rope or ribbon or cord. Find one and cut it while making your statements.
  • Meditation and prayer.  Clearing the junk in your head and heart are essential.  In one or several sessions, meditation and prayer give you the opportunity to process, organize, and offer your burden to the heavens.  My favorite is under moonlight. It is one of the closest settings I feel to my creator.  Put yourself in that literal space and head space to let go.

In everything in your art of letting go find grace and love for yourself.  It’s important to know that you are in control of your release.  You are worthy to be respected and other people are worthy to be respected.  When you meet at this intersection of kindness for yourself and others, it makes creating your masterpiece of release easier.  Inhale your comfort and exhale your complication, worry, irritation, etc.  Take up your brush and design your letting go.

Namaste

Juls

Next week may be what you need in your food life.  I and #thecalmRiley certainly did.  Say “YES” to leveling out the pH in your food relationship with new recipes and quick tips.

Easily Get Your Space Together

Easily Get Your Space Together

Daily living with six humans, one dog, and some bonus loves can pile in every corner of our home. Stacks on stacks of stuff. Cleaning once caused serious anxiety; largely due to “where do I start” and “when does this end?!” The collection piles look immense, if not impossible and heavy breathing commences. Are you in that same boat with me? Over the years, working through mental space and room space, I’ve come to find a deep connection.

How our minds function and how our physical home space functions are attached to each other. The question became, how do I create that outer and inner peace at the same time without loosing my mind? What does that look like? From mess, I swung to an OCD like habit. From scattered unhealthy to over controlled unhealthy.

Exhausted and frustrated, I had a “Get It Together” moment. Lots of breathing exercises and a brainstorm later, a system was created. It’s not set in stone as life flows in so many directions. Yet, it allows for beautiful messes to be created and organization, clean to come with ease. You can have both! With sanity in tact. Bonus! To the person standing in the collections of “what do I do with this?”- this is for you. It’s time to Get-It-Together and tackle this check list below. Go step by step. It truly helps to only look at one check on the list at a time. One step focus means focusing on that one step instead of many. Then check it off to go on to the next. The beauty of marking a list is telling your brain and (YES!) your soul that you have an accomplishment. It doesn’t need to be done in a day. Spring cleaning in this house took two weeks. Two or three rooms a week to maintain that balanced flow of renew and being present on everything esle. Print and find living space harmony for you.

It’s important to keep in mind that less is more. However, it doesn’t mean you need to give away everything. It means storing specific items to make your space more manageable. Switch out seasonal clothes and shoes. Switch out toys, books, or certain decorative items through out the year. The every day space that has less is easier to manage and creates a better head space. Clean and organization does not mean total absence of clutter like areas. In front of my current writing and study space is a cork board clutter with joyful images. It holds ideas, memories, family artwork, and inspiration quotes. It is a marked space of inspiration while other spaces are clean.

Throw everything in drawer and inspiration spaces

Sterile is not the essence of clean. Organization can be vibrant. Even a little messy looking. The goal is to remove what is no longer needed, clean up what is needed, and express your unique style. This goes for kids too and they have the ability to do something, if not everything, to clean their spaces. Share the clean tasks with everyone.

Print and let them go. The kids got this.

Finding a method in tight spaces may be difficult. It takes creativity but not necessarily a lot of mind work. Check me out on Pinterest with my Inspired Home Space and Zen Den board. There are lots of other ideas out there. Walk through a store storage/organization section to see what sparks ideas. As shared in the Get-It-Together check list, go vertical when you can and keep what you need day to day the most accessible. Every thing can be stored away.

https://www.pinterest.com/nutjusthealthnuts/holistic-alt-health/inspired-home-space-and-zen-dens/

Being organized can be a challenge for some. Especially when you have inexperience, focus issues, and life (the dog) in the way. Simply having visuals like lists and pins help to organize our thoughts. Breaking apart the whole home clean up to room by room tasks simplify the process. Then letting go of stark white environment images allows the ease of your individual expression. If most simple works for you. Do it. Like clusters of color? do it. Remember, the goal is to clear away the out of date to make room for new. All while loving what you to need with clean care. Make the most of your space to inspire your head space.

The highest in me for you,

Juls

Being Selfish to be Selfless

Being Selfish to be Selfless

There is problematic self. The burnt out one. The drained soul with a giving famine. Being generous has a boomerang of its own rewards. However, when we don’t invest in self care or set boundaries, we can risk becoming run down. Suddenly we find our ability to give stunted. We need in-pour time to make the most of our out-pour-giving opportunities.

Boundaries & The Power of Nope

From a parent perspective- I have one HUGE NOPE- I am not a maid. Everyone pitches in and if you made the mess, you clean it up. Parental boundaries. Sometimes I pick up their slack and sometimes they pick up mine. All the same, the message it clear. Mom is not your maid boundary. What boundaries do you need to set? Don’t want to attend that event? As long as it’s not essential for your life or career, then give a simple no thank you. It’s more than okay to say no, no thank you, nope with love for self and the invitee. Need some space? Communicate that and when you can reconnect again. Can’t volunteer for everything? Yeah, me too. Additionally, stop saying sorry. It’s such a verbal reflex!! A no and boundaries are nothing to apologize for. When we say sorry, we signal to ourselves guilt for setting the boundary. Having that guilt leads to troubles in setting boundaries. Guilt is for true mistakes to direct us to correct a wrong, not drawing appropriate lines to protect our space. Being able to give simple nope and setting your boundary lines is a powerful skill you must have.

Self Care

Self Care is the physical, mental, and soulful effort to boost your out-pour flow. Physically, this looks like clean body, clean clothes, optimal nutrition, and your preferred exercise. It’s not a particular image. This is caring with hygiene for more of you. It’s your daily, if not hourly, investment to your body. A simple walk, easy protein/veggie dinner, and a shower does wonders. All of this may not always attainable, especially as a care giver. Tick as many boxes as you can. Mind and soul health is crucial to anyone’s daily routine. You need individual time to breathe. Journal, draw, pray/meditation, or just breathe- de junk your brain. This practice of “sitting and quiet self” cannot be understated- even a few minutes has a voluminous impact. We pick up so much in our living and it needs to be let go. Refresh and reset.

Hug Yourself From the Inside Out

Delegate & Exchange

Independence is amazing; especially when your kids dress and perform hygiene task on their own. Beyond freaking awesome. Yet, being too independent or being isolated from help can hinder your generosity ability. If you have too many “hats on” or “plates going” it can lead anxiety, sleeplessness, or overwhelm. When this happens, it’s time to let go or hand over. Even better, hand it over sooner before you hit that panic point. Knowing your lines is immensely powerful. Prioritize, find that line, then anything under that line needs an eviction notice. It may be beneficial to exchange obligations or duties. A task, event, or responsibility could be troublesome right now but not later. Connect to find help and exchange that help. More than likely, you both win a release at some point. Build your all hands on deck community.

Finding a defined time is a necessary for you. The part I love best in self investment is that it doesn’t take much time and truly allows for more to give later. The hardest part, for me, is boundaries. It’s attainable and worth the effort in making these skills. Make the most of your incredible self.

Follow me on Instagram to see my boundary testers and points of relief. Then check me out on Pinterest for lots of ideas on “you investments” on my Holistic Health board and word inspirations on my Affirmations and Truths board. I love sharing and will follow back!

Namaste in you to make most of you

Juls

The Stress Factor. How Your Mind Can Sabatoge Your Body.

The Stress Factor. How Your Mind Can Sabatoge Your Body.

When looking at what healthy “is” often it’s purely physical. How much and what do we eat? Exercise? Sleep? There is a factor when making health habits we dismiss while it is ever present in our life. Stress. It has the most impact on your life and is integrated with all your wellness. It is with whole heart belief that if stress or head space is not a part of your health routine, much of what you do will be sabotaged. It flips the other way around too, the physical well being of you sabotages your head space too. Mental and physical wellness matters equally.

That Healthy Throat Clearing Habit

I don’t mean spitting. I mean if you must, do. I’m talking about talking. Healthy word vomit, clear the air talking. Not in a social media group. Unless it is a closed and trusted group, release with a trusted human or furry friend or mental wellness professional. Dogs are excellent confidants. Yes, public airings need to happen from time to time. However, clearing first with a close friend is best. The reasoning is you are putting yourself in a strong space after processing what you’re feeling and going through. Social media is too wide open loves. It leaves you wide open for all kinds of negativity. Again, I’m not saying hold it in. Release in a safe place then use social media to advocate and educate. If you’re not sure talking to a human being is safe at first, write it! Furry friend! Speak it into a jar! Moon talk! Sun is not recommended. She can be a bit much to keep eye contact. Seriously, start flexing those throat muscles to let go of what is clogging up your entire body.

Lung Exercise

Breathing or Pranayama practice is an incredible physical habit you can use to control your nerves and emotional well being. It is a preventative tool in the best and a reactive tool when needed. There are breathing or “calm” app you can download to guide you through. A Youtube video on breathing practices may help. Find a yogi or yogini and they may be able to help you or a meditation teacher. Pranayama or intentional breathing is essential to their practices. When you learn to control your breath, it levels your nerve activity, oxygen levels, and ultimately stops the survival mode. The more you practice the more potent your breathing practice gets.

Core Beliefs

What you believe about yourself and your abilities infiltrates everything. Growth is always needed but knowing your value is crucial. Daily short phrases, or affirmations, is one way to re-train your brain. List what you like about you and what you can do. When mistakes are made, invite in grace and be graceful with yourself. We all make mistakes, need to fix mistakes, but we are not the mistakes we make.

While working on these, keep up activity and move towards more nutritional eating. Physical activity increases blow and oxygen flow benefiting your nerve system and brain. When my nerves are tested, its walk or clean time. Maybe a quick yoga. Your food relationship can inflame your head space negatively. Truly limit sugars and processed foods. The more whole or natural, the more likely it will not only NOT INFLAME but REDUCE inflammation. Look at the whole you when being well. Head, heart, and body.

Invest in the best you, it starts in your head

Namaste

Juls