Food Cravings the Reasons We Get Them and How to Control Them

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Food Cravings the Reasons We Get Them and How to Control Them


How To Control Your Food Cravings

We all suffer from food cravings from time to time. It can be a challenge to say no to sweets, desserts and high calories foods. Did you know that food cravings come from the brain? Hunger comes from the stomach and cravings come from the brain. Binge eating comes from millions of years ago when our ancestors would eat whenever possible as much as possible. They would store excess calories so when there was no food available they could survive. Unfortunately today it’s making us sick and fat. Did you know your mood plays a big part in food cravings? You crave high calorie foods such as fats and sugars because it gives you a fast burst of energy. Certain foods make us happy and when you’re struggling with life and become depressed these foods will bring happiness.

One of My Must Haves for Good Health

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There is mounting evidence that adding probiotics to your diet will boost your immune system and aid with your digestion. Did You Know we have become 90% bacteria and 10% cells? We have abused and disrupted the eco system in our bodies by taking too many pharmaceutical drugs, antibiotics and eating the wrong foods.

We need to fix our internal environment. Eat less processed foods and include probiotics in your diet.

10 Quick and Painless Ways to Cleanse Your Liver!

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Want to lose weight and get Healthy? This is a must read for you!

A few years ago “Doing a Cleanse” was something “Health Nuts” would try. Most people viewed it as weird, unnecessary, unpleasant or extreme. Recently cleansing has suddenly become the rage. Celebrities have been raving about the benefits.

If you’ve never cleansed before, or you’re a cleansing veteran and need a post-holiday detox, a simple liver cleanse is a great place to start.

Think Salt if you want to be Healthy!

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Think Salt if you want to be Healthy!


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If you pay even a little attention to mainstream media, you are told that a healthy diet means eating foods that are low in bad fats, sugar, salt and limiting processed foods that are laden with all 3.

I totally agree! When it comes to processed food, bad fats, sugar, and salt are bad news. Not to mention the ridiculous amounts of refined sodium in restaurant foods. However, there is a HUGE difference between how our bodies respond to processed table salt versus mineral-rich, naturally harvested salts.

We have feared salt for so long that the thought of any salt being healthful can be a tough one to wrap your head around. Think about salt like sugar. Processed, white sugar or high fructose corn syrups has been stripped of all its natural vitamins and minerals, which makes it a “fake food” and unhealthy for human consumption.

What Happens During An Aqua Detox Treatment?

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What Happens During An Aqua DetoxTM Treatment?

Two-thirds of our body is made out of water.  That’s why it’s so important for each of us to drink plenty of fluid throughout the day to replenish the levels required for our cells to function properly, otherwise our cells would stagnate and decay.

The watery fluids within and surrounding our cells also contain various types of salt that conduct electricity.  Each of our trillions of cells have to constantly rely upon chemical reactions and electrical currents every millisecond, to enable them to communicate with one other, take action and produce energy for the body.

Because our cells rely upon the transfer of electrical currents to work efficiently, in order to remain healthy, each cell therefore has to have a negative potential of between 70 and 90 millivolts; in other words, the right amount of positive and negative charge, otherwise the body cannot function properly.

If there is an overload of positive ions as shown in the second image on the left, the cell is not able to absorb nutrients or excrete waste effectively which can lead to disease.  Aqua DetoxTM can help correctly re-balance the body’s cells.  But how does it work?

Well, during a treatment, the feet are placed into a foot bowl of warm water into which a little salt has been added.  An array, that’s connected to the Aqua DetoxTM power unit, is also placed into the water to emit a low-voltage resonant electric current (consisting of an intermittent positive and negative charge, every 30 seconds.  This current electrolytically charges the water, resulting in the saline water becoming separated into both positive and negative ions, to create the process known as ‘ionization‘.

Research shows that ‘ionization’ is in fact extremely beneficial to the human body.  An excessive amount of positive ions in the body which is all too common these days, can lead to illness and disease.  The re-introduction of balanced cellular energy allows the body to increase its oxygen supply to all the organs of the body and kick-start any processes that the body may not be performing effectively.  Ionization therefore improves health, enhances well-being and restores natural harmony.

Similar to what happens within the body’s own fluids, the weak saline solution in the bowl enables the transfer of the Aqua DetoxTM current.  Because the feet are already in the water, the saline water within the bowl becomes an extension of the body’s own saline fluids.  As a result, the ‘resonant’ frequency gently vibrates to ‘bio-stimulate’ the body’s cells too.

Aqua DetoxTM therefore encourages the healthy balance of positive and negative ions to circulate around the body, resonating and stimulating cells as the frequency moves about, freeing up blocked energies and releasing cellular toxins that may have built up.  Consequently, the body’s cells are correctly restored back into balance to enable the body’s organ and cellular function to harmonize and work at optimum efficiency.

Throughout, and between 1-2 days after the treatment, as the body re-adjusts, toxins continue to be released from each cell and are excreted through the usual channels, in sweat, urine and feces.  Therefore, Aqua DetoxTM also aids the body’s natural detoxification process.

With the westernized-lifestyles we tend to lead these days; with our stress-levels, our poor diets, our exposure to electrical equipment, it doesn’t take long for our bodies to be overloaded with positive ions and so become out of balance again.  Hence regular Aqua DetoxTM maintenance treatments are recommended to restore harmony to the body.

Infrared Sauna Benefits

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Infrared Sauna Benefits

How can the Infrared Sauna help you?

Detoxification:

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. The subcutaneous fatty layer is located just below the skin.  An infrared sauna emits rays that penetrate into the tissues to a depth of 1.5 inches. This heat stimulates our fat cells to release the accumulated debris that they have been holding on to.

The infrared sauna also stimulates the sebaceous glands to release harmful toxins such as petrochemicals, mercury and other heavy metals.  Since humans are bio-accumulators, toxins that cannot be expelled immediately after entry are stored in our bodies.  One of the reasons infrared saunas are so beneficial with a variety of different illnesses is the ability of the FAR waves to accelerate the removal of toxins that are often at the core of many different health challenges.

The specific wave range of a the FAR infrared sauna is 7-14 microns, the frequency that H²0 resonates with. When toxic substances encounter large H²0 molecules in our body, they are encapsulated by water clusters.  This accumulation of toxins blocks blood circulation, oxygenation, nutrient supply and waste removal.  When the FAR emitted by an infrared sauna hits these water molecules, they begin to vibrate.  As the bonds which hold clusters of H²0 molecules together are dissolved, the toxins they are holding are released.

The specific wave range of a the FAR infrared sauna is 7-14 microns, the frequency that H²0 resonates with.  This resonance releases all manner of toxins such as sulphur, formaldehyde, heavy metals and more.  The increased depth of penetration provides pain-relief, detoxification and increased circulation.

Weight Loss:

Weight loss from perspiration is quickly regained.  However, being in a hyperthermic state due to the increased core body temperature increases blood circulation, especially to the capillaries, converts fat and increases heart rate.  It is possible to burn upwards to 700 calories in a single session in an infrared sauna.  Some infrared sauna proponents claim that a 30 minute sauna session is equivalent to jogging or rowing for thirty minutes.  The removal of heavy metals that were contributing to metabolic and hormonal imbalance and weight gain can also improve the basal metabolic rate and normalize body weight.  The decrease of toxins stored in the subcutaneous fat goes a long way towards increasing a feeling of lightness in the body and willingness to exercise.  Also increasing circulation and oxygenation to the glands improves their health and their ability to keep the body balanced.

Sports Recovery:

Infrared heat can greatly benefit the sore, damaged or tired muscles of an athlete. The heat penetrates the muscles, increasing blood circulation and assisting muscle repair. Infrared heat will also help in the reduction of lactic acids, allowing tight and worn-out muscles to relax. The penetrating heat of the infrared sauna can also help ease the pain of a muscle sprain (after administration of cold and compression).
Just as infrared saunas help chronic pain sufferers (such as those with Lyme disease and fibromyalgia), they can also help ease joint pain in athletes. The relaxation of the muscles controlling the joints and the increased circulation to the joints enhances healing and recovery.

Psoriasis and other skin conditions:

According to many forms of holistic medicine, psoriasis and many other skin disorders actually originate in the liver.  When certain toxins are ingested, the liver does not have the ability to break down, metabolize and excrete the toxins.  The toxins are sent to the skin for elimination via sweat.  When the toxins hit the cells just below the skin, the body overproduces skin cells by a factor of 10,000.  The toxins come out on the dead skin cells.  By sweating regularly and profusely, the toxins are eliminated via the sweat and sebaceous glands as opposed to through the shedding of skin.  The dramatic increase in circulation to the skin that comes with infrared sauna use is also a major factor in toning, tightening and rejuvenating the skin.

Heart Disease:

Studies done at the Mayo Clinic in the 1990′s were performed on 37 congestive heart failure patients.  All 37 displayed improvement and some even got off their medications after 6 weeks of low heat infrared sauna therapy.

Arthritis:

The heat generated from the infrared waves, penetrate deeply into the joints and muscles to break up lactic acid deposits and to increase circulation to the joint capsules which accelerates soft tissue repair and increases the suppleness, flexibility and pliability of the connective tissue.

Asthma:

During the 1980′s infrared sauna therapy studies demonstrated that industrial chemical exposure was alleviated in about 4 weeks.  Some regular infrared sauna aficionados claim that inhaler use dropped from 3x / week to 3x / year.

Fibromyalgia (chronic pain disorder):

Many holistic doctors and more and more traditional medical doctors are beginning to believe that these types of patients have a very large toxic burden.  It is also the case that for many of them, the liver (the major detoxification organ) and the kidneys (the major organ of filtration and excretion) are not functioning optimally.  Oftentimes when toxic load begins to lighten up, many symptoms begin to decrease.  The infrared sauna is invaluable for accelerating heavy metal and petrochemical excretion.

Aging:

Common problems associated with lifestyle and aging, such as hypertension and osteoporosis, headaches and digestive problems, are attributed by some scientists to be the result of excess acidity in our system. The American Medical Journal found that in patients with bone loss, alkalizing their system caused a decrease in bone loss. Their conclusion was that our typical American diet is acid producing. The acids deposited in our blood are often stored by the body in forms of cholesterol, fatty acid, uric acid, and other villains that cause havoc in our system. Sang Whang, the author of “Reverse Aging” claims that these excess acids can be eliminated with the use of far infrared products, along with consuming certain alkaline minerals and foods. The far infrared resonance heats up the internal temperature of the body, increasing circulation, thus enabling the blood to melt out the acidic toxins that have been deposited for years in one’s arteries. – www.takionic.com.

FIR and Healthy Arteries:

When the normally smooth, firm lining of the arteries becomes thickened and roughened by deposits of fat, fibrin, calcium and cellular debris, it lessens the arteries ability to expand and contract, and slows the blood movement through narrowed channels. These conditions make it easier for blood clots to form, blocking the arteries and stopping blood flow completely. FIR is able to neutralize blood toxicity and smooth the walls of arteries, capillaries and veins.

BioEnergetic Assessment

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BioEnergetic Assessment

What is BioEnergetic Assessment?
BioEnergetic Assessment is a non-invasive method of assessing the energetic pathways, or meridians, of the body that are traditionally associated with particular organs and systems.

At the Tree of Life Health Center, Dr. Linda is able to utilize BioEnergetics to create a protocol specific to you individual health needs. This analysis is the essential first step to create your personalized individual wellness program.

Our BioEnergetic Assessment is an out-growth of extensive research performed in Germany in the early 1950’s by Dr. Reinhold Voll, a medical doctor and acupuncturist. His research into the electro- magnetic range of the body led him to note that a controlled, micro-electric current could provide feedback from the organs and different systems. Voll theorized that energy readings higher than normal signify an acute inflammatory condition and lower readings relate to degenerative tissue damage. Current research is confirming the fact that chronic, unresolved inflammation does in fact lead to tissue and organ degeneration. BioEnergetic Assessment provides information into a wide range of puzzling health-related problems, offering a perspective complementary to biochemistry based medicine.

The BEA process is one of the most exciting tools in the field of integrative health care because of its flexibility in identifying a specific and wide range of energetic imbalances. We are exposed daily to toxic influences such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, molds and fungi, pesticides, vaccinations, heavy metals, food additives and industrial pollutants. Once these influences are identified, your BEA practitioner will assist you in establishing a customized program of nutritional, botanical and/or homeopathic remedies designed for your individual needs, as well as recommend supportive therapies.

How Does it BioEnergetic Assessment Work?

BioEnergetic Assessment utilizes a computer based instrument which measures the energetic patterns of each organ and system in the body through the acupuncture points on the hands and feet and gives indication of the degree of inflammation, degeneration or level of stress present. Once these energetic imbalances have been isolated, the BEA can then be used to assist your practitioner in the creation of an individual healing strategy for restoring an energetic balance in the body.

The value of the BEA should not be underestimated. Health imbalances may present themselves in the electromagnetic field before they manifest as physical symptoms. BEA is an essential first step in creating your personal wellness program.

Call Dr. Linda today at 773.922.6672 to make your appointment for a BioEnergetic Assessment!

Is Laughter The Best Medicine?

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Is Laughter The Best Medicine?


Many healers think so. Here are some health benefits to laughter-  You decide.

Better Hormone Balance:
Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine(adrenaline), dopamine and growth hormone. It also increases the level of health enhancing hormones like endorphins.

Stress Reduction:
Laughter can help you get a good internal workout moving lymph and stagnant energy that may cause extra tension. It literally helps you see the sunny side of life.

Increased Connectivity With Friends And Family:
Laughter heightens our good mood and makes people around us feel good ; which releases fear and allows people to bond. It is easier to give and receive love when our hearts are open.

Improved Immunity
Laughter increases the number of antibody- producing cells we have working for us, and enhances the effectiveness of T cells. Isn’t it amazing how joy can fight sickness?

Is Laughter the best medicine? Well it looks that way to me…And it’s FREE. (That’s a nice added bonus).

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9 Essentials for Happy Children

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9 Essentials for Happy Children


  • Eating Healthy – heavily processed diets are one of the main causes of mood swings and depression in children.
  • Eating on Time – If a child goes too long without eating it may lead to fluctuations in blood sugar. This leads to irritability.
  • Good Sleep – When kids do not get enough sleep it can lead to mood swings. Children 5-12 need about 10-11 hrs. of sleep. No TV computer or cell phones in the bedroom. Make the room as dark as possible.
  • Free Play – Unstructured play for kids is important for building imaginations and relieving stress. Try not to sign up your kids for too many activities. They need to play tag or hide an seek too.
  • Express Emotions – Kids need to express their emotions. Keeping emotions bottled up is bad for adults as well as kids.
  • Making Decisions – Kids are told everyday what to do so let them make a few daily decisions on their own. Ex: deciding what to wear or eat or what activity they would like to do.
  • Feel Heard – Pay attention when your kids are talking to you. Making eye contact will let them know you’re interested in what they’re saying and will build up their confidence greatly.
  • Unconditional Love – Kids make mistakes. They need to know they are still loved when they mess up.
  • Be Happy– You are your child’s biggest role model so be happy. If you’re happy they’ll be happy.

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Antibiotics: Too Much of a Good Thing?

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Antibiotics will prove to be either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern medicine, depending on how they are used over the next decade. As powerful medicines that combat harmful bacteria, modern antibiotics have saved many lives since their discovery in the 1930s.

Over the next 40 years, from 1940 to 1980, antibiotics would go on to save millions of lives and would be known for several generations as a “miracle drug.” Over the next 30 years, however, doctors began to prescribe antibiotics in an extraordinarily casual manner. This wouldn’t have been a problem if it were not for the remarkable plasticity of the microbes they target.

Bacteria, both good and bad, have been around for a very long time, likely because of their impressive ability to adapt to a changing environment. When confronted with an aggressive attacker like penicillin, bacteria had to adapt or perish. So, adapt they did.
In March of 2012, Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that some bacteria were growing so resistant to modern antibiotics that it could bring about “the end of modern medicine as we know it.” As a result, every antibiotic ever developed is presently at risk of becoming useless, making routine operations impossible and common infections potentially fatal, just as they were a century ago.

If antibiotic resistance from overuse in the human market is the elephant in the room, then the use of antibiotics in animals raised for food is the 800 pound gorilla in the closet. According to a recent New York Times article, — “Eighty percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States goes to chicken, pigs, cows and other animals that people eat, yet producers of meat and poultry are not required to report how they use the drugs — which ones, on what types of animal, and in what quantities.”

So, copious amounts of tetracyclines (a class of broad-spectrum antibiotics) are added to animal feed as “growth promoters,” to help perfectly healthy animals grow faster. And since meat and poultry producers are not required to report the use, there is no data for scientists to study when things go wrong. What concerns me most about this is that the medical establishment is panicking about the misuse of the 20%, but almost no one is raising the alarm about the wave of the other 80% which is about to crash on the linchpin of modern pharmaceutics.

There is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant.” – Sir Alexander Fleming, December 11, 1945

Want to learn about other ways to keep your body healthy? Call me, Dr. Linda, at 773.385.9432 to set up an appointment to discuss.