Organifi Green Juice Review

A bottle of Oraganifi

Taste: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

Ingredients: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

Price: 3.6 Stars (3.6 / 5)

Overall: 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros: Great taste, fantastic texture, quality ingredients, noticeable difference in health

Cons: Pricey

Summary

I was feeling absolutely horrible and decided to take a chance on Organifi Green Juice. Although the price may be a little steep for some there is no denying the health benefits and what I believe to be a fantastic tasting powdered greens drink. Please read my review in-depth to see if this green super food powder is a good fit for you.

$69.59 – 1 bottle

$149.95 – 3 bottle pack

$279.95 – 6 bottle pack

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Why I Bought This

Unopened bottle of super food supplement powderAbout 3 weeks ago I started feeling physically off. I mean REALLY bad. It was getting to the point where I would come home from work and not feel like doing anything. Any sense of motivation would leave me and in all honesty I would just sit in front of the TV.

My body started feeling toxic and my energy level had completely plummeted. I’m partly to blame here, because I had started a bad habit of relying on fast food for meals on work days.

I would be the 1st person to tell anyone NOT to live that lifestyle, but it’s easy to slip into when you are working so much and have no time to eat healthier.

I am a very driven person so this is not like me. I have goals, but was getting frustrated that I didn’t feel like keeping house or even one of my favorite activities – reading. Yes, even reading became overwhelming. I just wanted to rest all the time and then pretty soon I felt this way at work.

But the worst symptom was the achiness in my joints and the muscle tenderness. Bending and lifting became a real problem. If I had to squat down to pick up something it would seem like it would take me 20 seconds to get back up. My thighs would feel so sore afterward.

Here I am just 31 years old and feeling like my body’s breaking down. Like I have the body of someone in their 80s. I even had a 21 year old coworker making fun of how slow I was.

It made me feel awful so I had a wake up called and set out to find a solution for myself and immediately started taking my vitamins and trying to eat healthier. The problem I found was trying to get all of the nutrients that my body requires. Being on the run and trying to eat healthier was too time consuming, exhausting and like I said earlier – coming home and preparing salads and vegetable dishes is not what I felt like doing.

It was at this time when I was doing some research online and getting ready to restock my inventory of supplements (vitamin C, D3, Magnesium, etc) that I read about Organifi Green Juice. It’s a green drink that comes in powder form. It was a little pricey and I didn’t know what to expect, but the benefits sounded amazing so I took a chance.

My Experience With Organifi

20160927_171309Organifi is made for people who need an immune system boost, who are feeling sluggish, who want to eat healthier, who desire to improve cognition and feel rejuvenated and experience better health.

This was definitely me, but I wasn’t sure if it would really be that effective since so many things are just hype.

You’ll see in the video above, me unpacking my first bottle of Organifi Green Juice. I received it about 3 days after ordering it and the first thing that I noticed about it was the size of the bottle. It was much larger than I had expected. Plus, to my surprise it came with it’s own scoop!

Note: I have read some reviews where people were complaining about the bottle not being “completely full”. This is not the case, rather the powder has “settled”. This is typical with bottled supplement powders. So no need to be alarmed.

What it smells like: This super food powder smells really good to me personally. I describe it as “minty” and with an aroma of “alfalfa”.

How it tastes: Fantastic. The taste is silky, refreshing and very smooth and it tastes wonderful. I actually find myself savoring every drop, but my girlfriend (who is a picky eater) does not like it at all.

What it makes me feel like: Every time I drink it I feel calm, my body feels cool and I just feel good instantly. It’s hard to explain, but I have noticed other people mention the same. It feels refreshing and like you are ingesting something very healthy and as it should! The ingredients are high caliber and are covered in further detail a little further down in this Organifi review.

How To Drink It: You simply mix one scoop to 8 – 16 oz of water, almond milk, coconut milk, smoothie or rice milk. I personally use just water and drink it 1 – 2 times a day. Most days I drink it just once, but occasionally I drink a second glass in the evening just to unwind. I still find that even after this it seems to last for a long time.

Currently: I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and I feel completely different. I feel light, vigorous and on track with where my health should be. Not going to guarantee the same for you, but this is how I personally feel.

My one major complaint is that it’s a little expensive. At the same time, considering the quality of the ingredients and how expensive super food powders can be – it’s probably priced right. Just in a perfect world this would be half the cost.

My Verdict

I definitely feel an improvement. I have more stamina, more energy, I feel more upbeat and have been more productive. Granted that I started cutting out the junk food, have been drinking more water and I still take my vitamins. But I honestly believe that Organifi has plaid a major part in my well-being.

Although not necessarily cheap, I feel that this product is beyond worth it and I certainly don’t have “buyer’s remorse”. It’s my new favorite beverage!

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For further details (such as ingredients) keep reading…

What Is It?

A bottle of OraganifiOrganifi Green Juice is a super food supplement that comes in powder form. It’s quick to mix up and easy to digest and was developed by Fitlife.tv founder Drew Canole. If you’re unsure of who he is – let’s just say that he has over 300,000 fans on YouTube, 1.7 million Facebook followers, used to be 35 lbs overweight and has built a fitness team that has touched many, many lives according to sources that I’ve read online.

This little super-food powder that has everyone talking is loaded with essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals that are difficult to absorb through normal diet alone.

For anyone feeling sluggish, having trouble concentrating, struggling with stress, suffering from a poor immune system or who simply wants to detoxify the body – some might tell you to give Organifi a try.

I, personally, would have to agree. It’s made with organic ingredients that have been gently-dried; which helps preserve all of the nutritional value that is packed into Organifi’s array of powerful herbs.

This powdered greens supplement is a nice formula that aims to prevent illness, disease, to boost the immune system, promote relaxation & calmness, help with blood pressure, improve mood and much more. But remember that most things “all-natural” are rarely ever approved by the FDA that you should take such ideas with a grain of salt.

Still – if you have a huge amount of faith in the health perks of mother nature’s natural resources then you might want to give this one a go.

Natural Health Benefits

  • No GMOs
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy free
  • Vegan-friendly
  • No juicing is required
  • Contains some of the most important super-foods
  • No preparation (blending or juicing)
  • Quick to drink when you’re busy

What’s In Organifi Green Juice?

Taking a closer look at this super-food supplement we find some very interesting ingredients.

It can be nearly impossible to get all of the nutritional requirements that the human body needs everyday. For instance, take into account how many servings of fruit and vegetables you would have to consume each day to maximize your body’s health. Most of us know this, but rarely do we find a solution to this problem. Luckily Organifi Green Juice has you covered by containing these key ingredients…

Supplement ingredients, facts & nutritional label for Organifi

Supplement ingredients, facts & nutritional label for Organifi

Ingredients

Chlorella

Chlorella is a fresh-water algae that is primarily farmed in Japan and Taiwan. It is extremely high in peptides, amino acids, vitamins and protein. It is commonly used for the prevention of cancers and to boost white blood cell counts. It can also be used to introduce healthy bacteria into the digestive system and to reduce ulcers.

Moringa

Also known as “The drumstick tree”; Moringa is extremely high in potassium, vitamin C, B-6 and magnesium. It is typically used for anemia, arthritis, stomach & intestinal issues, high blood pressure, bacteria and fungal-related infections. It is also taken to boost the immune system and libido and may help with treating snake bites, gum disease and athlete’s foot.

Spirulina

Rich in chlorophyll, B vitamins, antioxidants and also very high in proteins – spirulina is a powdered form of algae. It is extremely high in iron, copper and omega-3s. It’s harvested in safe water environments essentially as pond scum. Yes – that’s right! but don’t be alarmed. Even though that may not sound appealing, spirulina is amazing for the immune system and is a vegetarian-friendly source of iron and nutrients.

Mint

Mentha or simply known as “mint” is a well-known herb that comes in many varieties. It originated in Asia and was a staple of ancient medicine; especially useful in the treatment of certain stomach issues. In fact there may be some evidence to suggest that it can help with the easing of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Mint can pack a whopping 1620 micro-grams of carotene and 27 mg of vitamin C.

Red Beet

I personally can’t stand beets, but have grown up hearing all about how healthy they are for you. One of the good things about drinking Organifi is that I don’t have to worry about the taste (or the smell). But this strange, little root is packed with goodness. They are very high in potassium, vitamin C, B-6 and magnesium (one of my favorites for taking care of stress and sleeping better).

Matcha Green Tea

If you’ve never heard of Matcha; it’s literally powdered green tea leafs. This means that rather than disposing of the leafs after they have been used to make the tea – they are instead finely ground and the actual leafs are what you are consuming. Very high in antioxidants, all of the vitamins and B vitamins that you would expect and rich in catechin polyphenols (a type of antioxidant-rich compound); especially one that has gotten a lot of attention in the medical world – EGCG (epigallo-catechin gallate).

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is very popular in the juicing world, but the good news with Organifi is that it’s already done for you. Wheatgrass contains as many as 17 amino acids, contains lots of protein, selenium, amino acids, electrolytes, flavonoids and phenolic acid.

Ashwagandha

This plant has many, many names, but is more commonly known in the Western world as Ashwagandha. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine where it is known as “Indian Ginseng” and has a plethora of applications. It is used for improving brain function such as boosting cognition, supporting liver health, reducing fatigue, ulcers, lowering stress levels, fighting insomnia, lowering blood pressure, handling anxiety and promoting an overall calmness in the body.

Turmeric

Maybe you’ve cooked with it before, but you might not have known just how healthy turmeric can be. It’s commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, but is starting to get the respect it deserves here in the Western world. Turmeric is very high in magnesium, iron and vitamin B-6 and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It also may be beneficial in staving off depression.

Coconut Water

Organifi is infused with coconut; which is a good thing, because it’s very healthy. It’s believed that it may help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and coconut also packs a powerful punch of manganese, potassium, zinc and amino acids. It also acts as an appetite suppressant (if you’re trying to lose weight), keeps you hydrated and is very rejuvenating for the skin.

Price

For some Organifi will seem like a steep purchase. After all the current going rate is $69.95 per bottle. But when you break down the cost structure it proves that this is a good deal. You could buy the ingredients separately as I have done, but it’s far more costly. Plus the ingredients that go into Organifi are gently dried and very fresh.

The other packages range from 3 – 6 bottles per shipment ($149.95 – $279.95).

Where To Buy Organifi

It has yet to be available in stores, but there are currently two places online where you can order Organifi Green Juice. The first is the official website at http://www.organifi.com and the second option is through Amazon.

Return Policy

30-day money back guarantee. In order to get a refund after 30 days you must return the empty bottle and pay the shipping and handling cost. To receive the shipping address you can call Organifi during standard business hours (9AM – 5PM), Monday – Friday. You will be given a confirmation code. It’s important to keep your invoice on hand, because you will need to mail this back as well along with the confirmation number.

The resale of Organifi is not allowed, so in order to receive a full refund you must ship the empty bottle back

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5 Homemade Energy Drink Recipes

Homemade energy drink recipes that boost productivity and keep you sharpIf you find that you wake up most Monday mornings and have a hard time getting the day going; then you may be inclined to turn to the aid of an energy drink. Many people enjoy a few cups of coffee in the morning to bring them to a full state of alertness, but it’s understandable that not everyone enjoys this iconic beverage nor feels that it’s enough caffeine to get them going for the day.

Energy drinks have become a staple of many American’s diets, but there are some alarming truths that have come forward since beverage companies started producing and marketing these types of caffeinated drinks.

  • The average energy drink contains caffeine levels ranging from 72 – 150 mg per serving. Your standard cup of coffee contains roughly 134 – 240 mg of caffeine. But the problem is that an energy drink typically contains 2 – 3 servings per container; meaning that you are actually drinking anywhere from 200 – 450 mg of caffeine in one go. Not exactly healthy; especially when you consider that you are drinking all of that caffeine at once.
  • Consuming up to 400 mg of caffeine daily is not necessarily bad, but should be avoided by children, pregnant women and especially mothers who are nursing.
  • An extreme intake of caffeine can cause nervousness,arrhythmia, irritability and stomach issues.
  • Some energy drinks can contain 80 or more grams of sugar per can.
  • According to recent surveys – an increase in blood pressure has been associated with children who consume energy drinks

Healthier Alternatives

So if these types of beverages aren’t exactly the most desirable way to give us a boost then what can we do about it? Are there any healthier alternatives such as making our own energy drinks?

The answer is yes. Below you will find recipes that will show you how to make a homemade energy drink. These recipes are healthier substitutes and rely more on nutrition rather than just caffeine and non-approved FDA herbs alone.

#1 – Cocoa Energy Drink

Ingredients

  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 ripe banana, cut up
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa

Preparation

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix well until banana has been broken down and is smooth.

#2 – Lemon-based Energy Drink

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. of lime juice
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice
  • 1 ½ c. water
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. honey

Preparation

Add to a food processor or blender and mix well. Transfer to bottles to enjoy while you’re on the move.

#3 – Simple Orange Drink

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. honey

Preparation

Mix in a blender, food processor or by hand in a pitcher

#4 – Strawberry Boost

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. frozen strawberries
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/3 c. non-fat dry milk powder
  • 2 medium-sized peaches, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 c. ice cubes

Preparation

Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend well. Add ice and blend again until ice becomes crushed.

#5 – Coconut Watermelon Booster

Ingredients

  • 1 cu. watermelon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cu. coconut juice (or water – same thing)
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cu. lime juice

Preparation

Blend very fine in a blender or food processor

Final Thoughts On Homemade Energy Drinks

As you can see – these recipes contain all-natural ingredients and contain natural forms of sugar. Some of them require lemon juice; which is alkalizing and all but one contain honey – a better form of sugar. Many cleanses that are good for optimal health contain the combination of lemon juice and honey.

The idea here is to instead of loading up on caffeine to get you through the day; to instead rely on the nutrients found in fruits and natural juices. Feed the body well and can give you the energy that you need to live a productive 24 hours.

 

 

How To Meditate For Beginners

How to meditate and free your mindIt’s easy today, more than ever to get wrapped up in the world’s problems. We, as a human race are currently inundated with technology, the news, politics, cultural conflicts, racism, financial stresses and family circumstances.

So is life as they might say, but does it have to be this way? Although you can’t always change what goes on around you there may be a method to growing your capacity and your inner strength from within.

This method is called “meditation”; which is free of charge and can also bestow many physical and mental health benefits. Plus, after some practice you may enter a sacred place for yourself where you receive answers to some of life’s harder questions in the form of understanding yourself better.

There are many pills, gadgets and a lot of advice to combat the major issues of stress, anxiety and depression, but perhaps if there was ever anything that should draw more attention it’s meditation.

There have been many studies conducted on the efficacy of meditation; with some showing promising results while others reflected that there has never been a health benefit at all.

This seems a bit redundant, because the whole purpose of meditation is to get away from the normalized, conceptual-form of human thinking. To, for a time, forget all innovation, all past, all present and to be released from the unforeseen future as well.

Meditation is the idea of releasing yourself from “all things human” and perhaps to allow your brain to quietly take over for a while; without the need for R.E.M. sleep or that cliche “human-sounding” voice that’s in your head. If this sounds good to you and you believe that you might like to suspend yourself for a while then read on.

Proper Meditation Becomes A Lifestyle

Meditating to it’s fullest extant is not something that is achieved immediately. It does require consistency and schedule and it may take your higher mind some time to get used to shedding all of the inundation of the “realities” of life.

This being said, getting started with meditation does require some discipline. It’s been estimate that it takes roughly 21 days for a new habit to form. If you feel that meditating is important to you enough to rejuvenate yourself then make the commitment for 3 weeks and start out small.

Put Yourself In A Comfortable Place

There are different schools of thought here, but what works for you is enough. Just because some people choose to sit in a certain pose doesn’t mean that you need to if the pose is uncomfortable for you.

It is a good idea to set aside a place that is peaceful from common noises such as vehicle ambiance, people ambiance and entertainment ambiance.

A very quiet nature preserve or a special place in your home can work fine. It’s understandable that it can be hard to identify a good place such as this, but if you put some thought into it you can probably determine a zone that makes you feel much more at peace.

Get your body relaxed first. Try to sit with healthy posture, but make sure that it doesn’t cause any muscle groups to ache. If you need to wear special clothing that feels good to the skin such as pajamas – then do so.

If at night you require taking a good soak in the tub first with some lavender oil and/or Epsom salts to get your body relaxed – then do so.

Room Ambiance

Many people feel that guided meditation is the way to go. If this feels right to you then work from this, but the idea of meditation is to eliminate any reminders of life for a time being.

Music can be OK, but make sure that it is extremely simple and soothing. Nothing that contains any notes or instruments that your brain really needs to focus on. Ideally, quiet space is best, but to get started a simple meditative sound track like these ones can be good to get going.

Meditative Water Sounds

Relaxation Track

Candles and aromatherapy products can be greatly helpful. Scent is something that has a major influence over ourselves. Candles and aromatherapy products that are pleasant to you absolutely can be a good idea.

Breathing Techniques

There are plenty of breathing techniques available designed to help you reach a more relaxed state that is ready for deeper meditation.

Many of them focus on monitoring your breath and counting to a certain number. Sometimes this is a breathing count of 3 seconds while others are 7 seconds. The only issue with this may be the fact that it gives your mind an excuse to have that inner-dialogue again; which kind of degrades the whole point of meditation.

The simple truth is that every person is different. You can breath in as much as you can, no matter how old or young you are to the extent of your lungs and this should be enough. If you need to get started by counting as you breath then go ahead, but try to get to a point where you can take even the thought of numbers out of your mind.

The whole point is to stop thinking. Focus on breathing rather than thinking about your breathing.

  • Breath in as deep as you can and hold it for simply until you need to exhale – let your body guide you
  • Then exhale as evenly as you breathed in
  • Hold for a short while until your body desires that you breath again
  • Then repeat

The idea here is to eliminate all distractions from the outside world and your mind.

Quieting The Mind

Quieting the mind takes time and practice. The first few times you practice meditation there is a good chance that you will experience one or more of the following:

  • The inability to shut off the voice in your head
  • A feeling of restlessness or that the whole world is going on around you
  • That something bad could happen while you are taking refuge from daily life
  • Worrying about meeting a quota of meditation time
  • A simple fear that something will interrupt this sacred time with yourself

These are all very normal feelings and thoughts and are yet again a reflection of just how much outside pressure we take upon ourselves.

Perhaps one of the best ways to start meditating is to start out doing so for very short intervals. 5 – 10 minutes may be just what you need to get the feeling down.

You may also consider; when first starting a routine of meditation, to set aside time for short moments like this throughout the day. You will probably spend the first week or so learning how to quiet the mind and remember that this is something new for your body and mind to get used to.

Just because it’s called meditation and is supposed to be relaxing does not mean that it isn’t easy to get into. But imagine looking forward to a state where it requires little-to-no effort to go into.

A Word On Trance

Trance seems to have a negative connotation. Many people are afraid of being hypnotized for instance; believing that they will lose control over themselves or may not wake from a state of trance/hypnosis. The honest truth is that trance is an everyday part of life.

Have you ever wandered into a super-market with a predetermined item in mind and then suddenly found yourself staring at a shelf of food items; blanking out for several seconds and then coming to and realizing what you were there for?

Have you ever sat down to read a book and then after reading for a while; realized that 3 pages later you have no idea what you just read?

People “zone out” all day long. Your brain craves this. People go into trance when driving, shopping, watching TV or even taking tests. It’s just a normal part of life and there is nothing wrong with it. And it also can’t be thought of as day-dreaming when your brain gives you a brief respite from everything, all-together. Including thought processes.

Need To Take Baby Steps?

It’s OK if you need to do some basic leg-work first before you can start getting involved in meditation. There are actually many low-keyed activities that you can do that require only simple thought, but that also have similar, therapeutic benefits as well, because they can offer you a break from the demands of life. Here is a small list of simple activities that you may gravitate towards.

  • Working jigsaw puzzles – challenging enough, but keeps your mind focused on only one thing.
  • Coloring – yes, adult coloring books are becoming popular. Mainly because you don’t have to draw the lines to make the designs, but can rather just focus on adding in the colors that appease you.
  • Sculpting with clay or even Play-Doh
  • Building with Legos
  • Jewelry making
  • Crocheting
  • Teach yourself how to play an instrument
  • Constructing models of structures, fictional characters or even vehicles out of odds-and-ends laying around the house – Unlock your creativity and keep a box of spare parts and pieces that you find. A little paint, some junk and some glue can go a long way

If these things seem like child-play to you; then this is the point. Children find interesting ways to distract themselves and to just have fun. There is a child in all of us that at some point or another that needs to come out.

Plus, all of these items beckon the creativity that lives in each of us; even if you consider yourself more left-brained.

How To Stop Panic Attacks At Night

It’s been a long day and now the sun has set and the world is bathed in darkness. It’s night time and it’s getting later and you start to feel the pull of a long day’s sleep. You wrap up all that needs to be done. You move yourself away from the television, brush your teeth, change into your nighttime attire, pull back the sheets, crawl into bed and with the flick of a switch – the light is out. Silence and now you are all to yourself and eagerly awaiting a good night’s sleep. Perhaps you are even married and find that your partner is already fast asleep beside you, but for whatever reason you cannot let down. You may even find yourself jealous or envious of other people who seem to easily fall fast asleep.

According to SleepMed 1 in 3 individuals will experience insomnia at some point in their lives. As the day closes off it can be quite common to experience a panic attack at night. The reasons can be many:

  • Work-related stress
  • Diet
  • Worried about life expectations
  • Feeling like you’re not caught up
  • Feeling that you’re going in the wrong direction in life
  • Financial worries
  • Thoughts of mortality for self and others

The list can go on-and-on and you probably are very aware of this. All of these things have to do with future and events that have yet to unravel or may will never, but somehow the anxiety in your mind tells you that these things will surely be inevitable. Anxiety can easily be triggered by one unpleasant thought; which then causes the mind to spiral out of control and soon enough you feel it in your body. From your breathing to your heart. Deep down inside you know that there is nothing that you need to do to fix tomorrow’s problems, tonight. If you could just get the rest you need you can address any concerns your mind has tomorrow. You know this, but how do you do it? Let’s see if there are some solutions…

Stopping Nighttime Panic Attacks By Removing These From Your Diet

This won’t solve the problem completely, but think of it as an important piece of the puzzle. Do you drink alcohol? do you consume a lot of coffee? can’t get away from sugar? what do these things all have in common? caffeine! and even a consistent dose of caffeine throughout the day may set you up for failure to fall asleep at night. Try to avoid drinking alcohol at night, because alcoholic beverages are a stimulus and a depressant; which is a bad combination. Also try to limit your intake of sugar and don’t assume that it’s all coming from beverages. Many solid foods contain high levels of sugar as well. Even so called “health” foods can contain a lot of sugars so make sure that you read labels and monitor your intake.

Avoid Light Stimulation

This website talks a lot about Light Boxes, but it also points out that they are best used in the morning, because using such a powerful source of light at night can cause sleep issues. Likewise; TV, computer and even smart phone screens can bombard your brain with stimulating signals that can make it difficult to get to sleep. Try to make a pact with yourself to avoid such devices for a couple of hours before sleep. What are the alternatives? working on a puzzle, reading, writing, drawing, shuffling cards. If any of these things seem boring to you then this may be a good idea, because it’s that restlessness of “needing to accomplish something now!” that we all have in us; which can set the mind up for a panic attack at night.

Using Meditation To Ease Anxiety At Night

Meditation may sound like a cliche answer and you’ve probably read about it’s benefits over-and-over again, but the simple truth is that it does work. It may not work immediately and does require discipline and a routine. Many people want to practice or have tried meditation to ease their anxiety, but will admit that they have a hard time sticking with it. This is because when you are fresh to meditation your thoughts want to fight you left-and-right. “This is stupid!”, “I’m wasting my time!”, “My grocery list is more important!”, “I can’t relax!” – these are all common thoughts during your first attempts at meditation and it’s normal. Meditation is about getting your normal voice out of your head and it’s worth it, because you may have some amazing experiences overtime.

Even in the daytime when you start to experience panic coming on, if possible to take 30 seconds to “clear your thoughts” you may find that you feel completely different and “clear-sighted”. Guided meditation is one option or meditating with the accompaniment of sounds or music, but ultimately total quietness while distancing the mind would be ideal. This is also going to be the form that challenges you the most, because you are asking your mind to ignore all that is around you. True meditation is the absence of thought; which you can think of as your little, daily vacation from all of your troubles. Instead of thinking that you are going to miss out – try thinking of it as a gift that you were born with being able to do.

Natural Aids For Creating Positive Drowsiness

Alcohol is an example of an aid that many people turn to at night which can make you feel drowsy, but it can also interrupt your sleep/wake cycle. So that’s not exactly healthy, but there are some natural solutions that can help you over the course of a week get into a routine of actually feeling sleepy before bed time.

  • Calcium tablets
  • Ashwagandha
  • Valerian
  • Melatonin
  • Chamomile tea
  • Magnesium

There are plenty more such as Power to Sleep PM which contains many helpful ingredients such as passionflower ,GABA, lemon balm and hops extract. One word of caution is that just because you may want to conquer having anxiety at night doesn’t mean that you should try loading up on all of these at once. You should test everything out to see how your body responds first. Power to Sleep PM does contain the majority of the active ingredients listed above, but they seem to be the right amount for most people according to the reviews at Amazon.

Adjusting Your Bedroom Environment

It may seem like Hocus Pocus, but having the right bedroom arrangement can really make a difference in whether you are able to get calmed down at night or not. Certain ways that you have furniture angled, how you have your bed positioned and the direction of where your bed is pointed really can change everything. Feng Shui That Makes Sense covers a lot of what you may be interested to know and even has a special section dedicated to bedroom space.

Aromatics To Prevent Having Panic Attacks At Night

Having lit candles are an excellent way to calm the body and mind. One reason is that they can provide a sort of hypnotic, flickering source of light as a substitute for normal lighting such as a bed light. Plus you can have as many as you want. When you get ready to blow them out even the aromatic smoke left over can feel soothing. Three of the most calming scents are lavender, pine and sandalwood. You may want to find candles or scented oils that contain these soothing smells, but you can also find linen sprays to use for your bed sheets, covers and pillows.

Aural Ambiance For Sleeping

Some people cannot sleep with any noise going on around them at all; while others may benefit from this tip. There are certain sounds that you may find will help your mind drift into a sleepy state. For some it may be having the continuous, droning noise of a box fan near by. For others it may be the sound of Tibetan wind chimes or a Rain CD. And even believe it or not some people sleep better with the busy, background chatter of inner-city sounds. Whatever may work for you, if you have never tried aural ambiance before then don’t rule it out quite yet.

Still having trouble with panic attacks during the night OR day time? You may consider trying this approach to managing your anxiety.

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) As An Antidepressant

5-HTP is made from a natural substance that is found in the seeds of the Griffonia Simplicifolia plant. This particular plant is a climbing plant that comes from both Central as well as Western Africa. Hydroxytryptophan; which is actually extracted from the seeds of the plant plays an important and natural role in the synthesis of Serotonin. If you’ve been following this blog then you will learn that Serotonin can be very powerful in regulating both sleep and your mood.

Why Take 5-HTP

Some people may consider taking this as a natural supplement as a supplement to an actual, commercially viable anti-depressant. It is actually popular in some parts of Europe as a method to address depression. The reasons can be many, but some people may desire to support a more natural approach to health or have experienced side effects from their current SSRI medication. It’s also important to note that where you may have no or poor success with an anti-depressant med that trying another with the guidance of your health care professional may yield the results that you need.

5-HTP is one natural supplement to consider so long as you consult with your doctor first to make sure that it’s right for you. It can be found in most health food stores, but one thing to remember is that if you find a brand that works for you – stick with it. The truth is that natural supplements are not regulated by the FDA; which means that different natural supplement companies are free to maintain their own dosages of the supplement. Changing from one brand to another may not be a good idea. Always try to stick with one brand consistently.

Uses

5-HTP is taken to help with sleep disorders, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and migraines to name a few. Several trials have been conducted that revealed that taking 50 – 3000 MG consistently for 2 or more weeks can ease the symptoms of depression. Other studies have shown that 5-HTP may be just as effective as most, standard anti-depressant medications.

One thing that you don’t want to attempt is to take both an anti-depressant and Hydroxytryptophan alongside each other, because they can interfere with each other. 5-HTP helps to increase Serotonin production to the brain

5-HTP decarboxylates with Serotonin with an L-amino acid and with the help of vitamin B6 through both the liver (where the majority of Serotonin is produced) and nervous tissue.

Reflexology For Depression – A Good Fit?

An ancient Egyptian pictograph depicting four figures practicing body work healing.

An ancient Egyptian pictograph depicting four figures practicing body work healing.

Reflexology is a type of alternative medicine known as body work. Although it can include the hands, feet and ears; the majority of reflexology is performed on the feet.

Amazingly it can be traced back to ancient Egypt and has been used for thousands of years in various forms all around the world. In fact the earliest recording of this type of healing may be a pictograph dated 2,500 B.C. in The Physician’s Tomb in Saqqara, Egypt. In this image, four figures are shown working on each others hands and feet. However, the reflexology of today is no doubt quite a bit different than it was all those years ago.

How Does Reflexology Work?

reflexology-foot-pressure-pointsThe concept behind this type of pressure work is that certain zones on a foot correspond to certain anatomical parts of the body. The theory is that by applying pressure to these points; healing is promoted in certain areas of the body.

For example: The bottom of the pinkie toe is associated with the ear while the arch of the foot may relate to organs such as the pancreas, kidneys and bladder. When a practitioner uses thumb and finger techniques to apply a certain amount of pressure to these areas it is believed that there is a positive effect on the functioning of these parts of the body.

Reflexology isn’t that different from acupuncture in the fact that both methods are designed to work with energy pathways known as qi (chee). The difference is that acupressure consists of well over 800 pressure points that travel along meridian energy pathways.

With reflexology, the goal is to promote health in the organs and to release stress from the body. Although there isn’t a lot of research regarding reflexology depression techniques; this form of foot work is often used to address hormonal imbalances, PMS and stress related problems.

Does Reflexology Work For Depression?

acupressure-for-treating-depressionDepression creates a cacophony of feelings and undesired emotions about life and ones self. Any non-invasive and safe technique that can be used to maintain a healthy outlook on life is unarguably beneficial. So although there isn’t any concrete research to support that reflexology treats depression – it may be something to add to the toolkit of positive lifestyle techniques.

However, studies performed by the National Cancer Institute have suggested that reflexology could potentially diminish pain and psychological distress such as anxiety and depression.

According to reflexology-research.com, 29 studies showed that this kind of body work can aid in releasing stress, aches and tension in the body. It has also been very popular for some time now in Asia and Europe. In fact 20+% of the population of Denmark have reported using reflexology at least once in their lifetime and a fair number of Denmark-based companies have hired on site reflexologists for their employees.

One excellent component of reflexology is that you can learn to work on your own feet and hands if you choose not to visit a reflexologist. Although this naturally can take some study; reflexology is fairly straight forward and there are many books and charts to help you learn the technique. Some people are understandably hesitant about taking medication to treat depression. For such people there are more natural methods to leading a calm lifestyle.

Body work is one such approach that may help some people relieve worries and strong emotions that often come packaged with depression. Other techniques that might be of use may include meditation, EFT tapping and Qigong.

A Breakdown Of What SAD Is

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For those of you who are just learning about the term “Seasonal affective disorder” and for anyone who struggles during the winter with their depression; Here’s an audio presentation/podcast that educates you about some of the more important focus points that you need to know about SAD. Yes, some methods of therapy that have been commonly used over the years are referenced at the end of this presentation, but it’s also important to understand how SAD affects people and what could be the trigger point.

The Benefits Of St. John’s Wort For Depression & Anxiety

Despite a popular misconception, St. John’s Wort is not actually an herb like so many believe. In actual fact it’s a medicine that is made from the leaves and flowers of the actual plant (Hypericum perforatum). It’s native to Europe but is considered an invasive weed that has spread throughout the world where sub-tropical conditions are supported. It is backed by a fair amount of clinical evidence that supports the idea of using it for depression with beneficial results. It’s also considered to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. St. John’s Wort is far from a new discovery. Even the Greek philosopher Hippocrates described it’s medicinal benefits and the name is taken from the fact that it tends to bloom somewhere around June 24th (John the Baptiste’s birthday).

Sometimes it is made into an oil that can be applied topically to the skin to treat insect bites, burns, etc – however; doing so can come with some risk as it can cause an increased sensitivity to sunlight in the epidermis. It is regarded in the medical research community as being likely effective in treating mild to moderate depression when taking it in it’s extracted form. However, it’s also important to note that it can cause interactions with other types of medications. It’s always important to discuss taking something like St. John’s Wort with your doctor first before trying.

Speaking of doctors – Dr. Kevin Curran; who is a plant biologist has put together a very complete article on St. John’s Wort.

According to the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine; Taking St. Johns Wort along with an antidepressant may be an effective means to treating short-term depression. Again, it’s very important to learn about the possible conflicts with certain types of medications and pregnant or breast feeding women are advised to stay away from this natural remedy. Studies have shown that St. John’s wort may be helpful in treating SAD. Thus far, research has shown that taking St. John’s Wort may be useful for controlling the symptoms associated with anxiety, inadequate sex drive and sleeping disorders associated with seasonal affective disorder.

Although it may have benefits when taken alone; some suggest that the combination of both St. John’s Wort and light therapy may be increasingly more effective in treating seasonal depression.

http://hypericum.com/ is a fascinating website that has a lot of thorough information on this medicinal flower.

 

The Best Winter Blues Tips To Stay Happy

We all get depressed from time to time and did you know that most people are affected by the conditions of winter? No one wants to think about shoveling snow, getting up extra early to warm their car up or the heat bills! those things alone can be depressing, but the winter blues is actually triggered by two factors”

  • Not enough, adequate sunlight in the day
  • Gloomy skies and cold temperatures

In fact there is an actual medical condition called seasonal affective disorder that affects quite a lot of people; whereas others experience something not quite as intense. But feeling depressed during this time of year is rough, regardless. So here are some winter blues tips to keep the sadness away.

1. Get A Light Box

This is actually been proven to be the most effective method of treatment for winter-based, seasonal depression. Scientists now have realized that low serotonin levels in the body can make a person feel really down.

Not getting enough sunlight depletes serotonin and increases melatonin; which sends a sort of hibernation signal throughout the system that can make you feel very moody inside.

By sitting with a sad light for just a little bit of time each day; you can notice great results in a week or two and if you ever start to feel down again – you’ve got the light to rely on.

2. Stay Active

It’s important that you increase your feel-good hormones through proper exercise. Even something simple will do the trick and you don’t necessarily need a gym membership. You can get your own gym equipment at most superstores now days. So you could pick up some weights, get a yoga mat, fitness DVD, etc.

It’s been proven that exercise can help a person alleviate stress, fight off fatigue (which is common with winter blues) and even sleep better.

Most experts recommend 30 minutes a day of activity for 5 days a week. At first this seems overwhelming, but if you can stick it out for a week you’ll probably look forward to it and it won’t seem like a chore at all.

3. Careful With Your Diet

You are what you eat, which means that it can affect the brain as well. Try to stick to lean foods if you can. Steamed vegetables, fresh fruits, plenty of water, avoid carbohydrates, eat fatty fishes and consider taking a multivitamin.

Speaking of diets and vitamins. One of the best winter blues tips that can be offered is to load up on D3. D has shown a strong link to depressions and has a connection with sunlight. It’s also an important element to add to the body to lessen your chances of catching a cold or another common illness.

There you have it. Follow this strategy and you’ll truly benefit from these winter blues tips.

Seasonal Depression Test

Been feeling down lately and have some concerns about yourself? Notice that the changing of the seasons really get to you? You might have seasonal affective disorder, but only a doctor can really tell you if you have the mood disorder called SAD.

However, for a starting point this seasonal depression test might help you confirm things; although no internet seasonal depression quiz can be as complete as an evaluation by a medical professional; which is always recommended. You can take the seasonal affective disorder test below.

1) I tend to get the "Winter Blues"
2) When I'm depressed I find that I gain weight
3) I sometimes oversleep and feel tired and draggy throughout the day
4) I've been eating a lot of carbohydrates (breads, sweets, pizza, snacks)
5) When dealing with other people I am very sensitive to their comments and find myself becoming a little emotional.
6) I seem to feel down during the Winter every year or have at least noticed it for the last 2 years.
7) Do you typically feel depressed during Spring and Summer?
8) When I'm depressed I tend to isolate myself from social interactions and just want be home.
9) I tend to withdraw from my friends and family members