Immune health is interconnected

The gut health and chronic dis-ease connection

More is coming to light about the way our guts are related to the health of our immune systems. It’s becoming increasingly important for us to learn how to assist our body’s innate immunity, to benefit from good health.

Our gut (our intestines that make up the microbiome) has quickly become one of the most interesting and engaging topics in medicine. Researchers are exploring the powerful interconnection between human health and the vast ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses living quietly inside. When this ecosystem is out of balance, it can set one up to experience chronic diseases. Such dis-ease might include: auto-immune issues, diabetes, heart disease, mood disorders, and obesity.

Immune health is interconnected with our gut
Immune health is interconnected with our gut

Scientific research now shows that people who have a more diverse gut microbiome have stronger immune systems. When we lack microbial diversity, our immune system suffers. As our immune systems weaken, chronic dis-eases like: autism, insulin resistance, colorectal cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and more can set in.

Full article here.

We need to focus on how we can support and maintain our immune system, aid and encourage healthy blood pressure, help protect cholesterol levels, and get deep and restful sleep, etc.  

Encourage learning

ALL wellness practitioners and companies need to assist us in our health journeys. And we all need to encourage each other appropriately and positively to implement healthy habits.

Innate immunity 

Innate immunity refers to nonspecific defense mechanisms that come into play immediately or within hours of an antigen’s appearance in the body. These mechanisms include physical barriers such as skin, chemicals in the blood, and immune system cells that attack foreign cells in the body. The innate immune response is activated by chemical properties of the antigen. Courtesy of:

http://www.biology.arizona.edu/immunology/tutorials/immunology/page3.html

Cancer

In a research study of about 78,000 men and women without any previous history of cancer or diabetes, a significant number of those who consumed high amounts of sugar over a 7 year timeframe developed pancreatic cancer. The study research stated, “The consumption of added sugar, soft drinks and sweetened fruit soups or stewed fruit was positively associated with the risk of pancreatic cancer.”

Studies show cancer cells rely on sugar to function. Thus, your cancer risk goes up when you consume sugar. The mitochondria of cancer cells thrive on sugar and don’t burn other fuel as effectively.

Diabetes

Foods such as: cinnamon, gymnema sylvestre, and turmeric are especially helpful as anti-diabetic agents. Thus, it may be prudent to add these foods to your diet often.

Obesity

Our brain, gut, and hormones think we need to store more fat than we need. Obese people have an elevated “set-point weight”, otherwise known as hormonal dysregulation. This means that our body thinks we need more food, yet we have too much.

An overweight person can get a fecal implant from a thin person and become thin, by resetting their weight set-point.

Hormonally helpful foods can ease the body to reduce its set-point weight. A microbiome test can provide results to include a list of these foods.

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Trouble losing weight? It may not all be “in your genes”…

I’m a grand proponent of self help and the power each of us has to change anything we’re not happy about in our life.

I talk a lot about how we expand in our growth when we get to know our thoughts and focus, thus better directing our life.

I’ve been reading that overweight people might have genes that push them towards food (perhaps even cause food addiction) whether they are hungry or not, or that a lack of willpower has something to do with it, but the more I read the less I blame genes for this. Dr. Bruce Lipton teaches that our genes are only a blueprint. Something else turns our genes on or off.

You might like to know there are easy complements you can add to your daily routine to lose weight and conquer your genetic predispositions by helping your mind and body turn off those weight storing genes.

What’s more is that once you learn these tips, and DO them each day, you increase your chances of weight loss success (whatever that really means to you)!

Think about this. When you were young, were you skinny or overweight? If you were thin twenty or more years ago, why not now? Yes, it could be the food you choose, or because you sit all day, but it could be something else. Have you already tried a myriad of diets only to find the weight creeps back on?

Maybe you have chalked it up to your genes, or changing hormones.  Perhaps you’ve given up. But that doesn’t feel good, does it? It feels like you’re defeated.

So, what if I tell you that you can change your mind and accomplish weight loss, in spite of your genetic situation. And you will then be able to lose weight and keep it off — yes, maintain your weight loss! Ahh, doesn’t that feel good when you think of THAT possibility?

Just for you–sort of a holiday present, I am outlining my protocol for weight loss (and increasing health vitality/energy) for you to try one or more of these ideas as follows:

  • 15 minutes of quiet meditation every morning
  • Two 10 minute stair-climbing (walking) meditation periods during the work day
  • Intermittent fasting (incorporating raw vegetables / green juices / green smoothies with little or no fruit on fasting days and drinking protein drinks — my next article will give you a lot of information on protein powders you can try)
  • Use Emotional Freedom Technique™ (EFT) daily or as needed for will and encouragement
  • Use Jin-Shin-Jyutsu (JSJ) daily or as needed for healing of specific bodily issues
  • Practice Pilates to increase mobility, straighten the spine, enhance breathing, and lengthen/tone muscles
  • Using Energy Medicine as needed
  • Walk in nature whenever possible
  • Limit potatoes to once or twice a week – rarely with meat (following food combining principles)
  • No eating bread, pasta, or anything made from processed flour – substituting coconut flour as needed
  • No eating or drinking anything with processed sugar – substituting maple syrup, stevia, local honey, or agave as needed
  • Limit intake of beef and dairy
  • Limit processed foods – NO “fast foods”
  • Limit exposure to toxins/chemicals (no make-up or natural organic cosmetics only, no chemical coloring of hair, wear natural fiber clothing/shoes–get rid of polyester, rayon, permanent press, and those kinds of clothes, and use only natural organic products on your hair/skin)

Some studies have stated that people can lose by 146% more weight than only relying on diet and exercise by incorporating hypnosis into their routine! When you change your mind about food choices (yes, even what tastes good to you) and WANT to move your body more (doing fun things you love) you can be successful at the weight loss game!

I have personally experienced weight loss success and science is explaining why. Though hypnosis and EFT are different modalities, for me, the benefits of EFT are that it’s free — once you learn it, you can do it everyday for the rest of your life for almost any issue and experience immediate relief, and that it’s easy! I have practiced EFT while driving, in a restroom, and in bed to help me fall asleep. I love it!

The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology published a paper, “The Integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Into the Practice of Psychology: A Vision for the Future” that discusses many modalities I’ve looked into and practiced and recommend:

  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Chiropractic
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Hypnosis
  • Massage Therapy
  • Meditation
  • Movement Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Reiki
  • Spirituality, Religion, and Prayer
  • Yoga

Though EFT is not listed among these modalities, nor could I find any reference to it when I searched their journals — I did find links to EFT when I searched their site, however it was related to something called, Emotion-Focused Therapy, not Emotional Freedom Technique. And all of the previous list of modalities are excellent for a variety of issues, or health related projects, but only a few have helped me to direct my focus and attention on my food choice and movement (exercise) enough to enable me to lose weight (and keep it off).

If you check here you will find that Hypnosis is a “relaxed, focused state of concentration.  It involves focusing attention and awareness inward.” This seems quite like meditation to me! The hypnotic state allows you to relax, rest your sympathetic nervous system, lower blood pressure, slow your heart rate, and “increase alpha and theta brain wave activity.” We’ve all probably seen people being hypnotized on TV and know that while they are in a trance, they are highly suggestible. Hypnotism allows one to more easily reach into one’s own subconscious mind. Thus, if while hypnotized we are accessing a deeper level of mind, this could give us the ability to change our perception of certain things and adjust our behavior, quite similar to EFT.

It occurs to me that since Hypnosis was pioneered by German physician Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer this may be where the word “mesmerized” may come from, when we think of anything that puts us into a trance-like state.

Emotional Freedom Technique™ (EFT) was developed by Gary Craig to “resolve negative emotions and trauma by tapping on various acupressure points.” EFT is the main self help tool I use to modify and limit my negative emotional responses to life problems. I highly doubt the current kinds of EFT and Tapping being practiced would not be possible without the pioneering work of Dr. Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy.  EFT has been useful in helping one eliminate fears and phobias, overcome traumas, manage anger and pain, resolve sadness or grief, lift such addictions as nail biting and smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, gain self-esteem, and better equip one to handle other types of physical problems.

You have the power to easily make the important “brain changes” to override your genes… and meet your goals and EFT can help!

Please reach out to me at sheila.murrey@gmail.com, if you would like to know more about EFT or practice it with me in person, or via Skype or Google Hangout.

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

Your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Mind-Body-Spirit guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful. And yes, it’s important to take good care of yourself because, We Are All Connected.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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