5 Reasons Why You Need To Stop Showering Every Day

Shower time! But wait, should it be?  If you think you need to take a shower every day, you might want to think again. When you were a child, your parents might have hammered the practice of daily bathing into your head, but the truth is, by showering or bathing every day, you’re probably doing more harm than good. Of course, for a lot of us, it’s counter-intuitive to forgo a shower, but in doing so, you just might be doing your body a big favor.


Here are 5 reasons you shouldn’t shower every day:

1. You’re Drying Out Your Skin

Soaps and hot water siphon moisture from your body. So, all those long, relaxing hot showers and baths in the winter are actually adding to your already dry, flaky winter skin. This in turn creates more cracks in your skin, upping your risk for infections. Opt for shorter showers and lukewarm temperatures, and after you get out of the shower, be sure to replenish lost moisture with a trustworthy lotion or cream.

2. You’re Not as Dirty as You Think

Unless you sweat a lot from exercise or work, you don’t need a daily bath or shower. According to Dr. Casey Carlos,  assistant professor of medicine in the division of dermatology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, most people use soap where they don’t really need it. Carlos says that the skin actually does a great job at cleaning itself, which means we don’t need to wash from head to toe. Carlos suggests using it in armpits, the groin area, feet — the places that have a bigger potential for smell —and skipping chest, back, legs, and arms.

3. You are Drying Out Your Hair and Nails

Just like the skin, washing your hair every day will strip it of naturally occurring oils, which will leave it dry and frizzy.

Trichologists say you shouldn’t wash your hair more than one or two times per week. And showering too often can ruin your nails, too. Hot water results in your nails expanding, which can make them chip and crack.

4. It Washes Away Good Bacteria

While it may seem that daily showering washes away icky germs, showering too often can actually compromise your body’s microbiome, which is the collection of microbes that live in and on the human body. Without them, your immune system, digestion and heart would stop working. Damaging the microbiome could also lead to an acne breakout!

5. You’re Wasting Water

The average family of four uses about 400 gallons of water per day! Not showering every day will help keep this number down, and as water is a precious resource, this is an important goal to consider.  Baths use almost three times more water than showers, so as often as you can, opt for a shower.  Just be sure you’re using a non-power shower head and keep the duration of your shower under ten minutes.

Learn more about how to save water while showering in the video below!

source and courtesy: David Wolfe

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHAKRAS

Chakras are energy points in specific places in the body that directly effect our being on multiple levels of existence. As the West comes to embrace Eastern philosophies and practices, chakras have become a topic of debate for many people.  The chakras govern physical and intangible aspects of ourselves. Noticing them not spinning in alignment will have physical and spiritual sypmtoms.


There are ways to nurture them directly, but by treating the symptoms you can realign the source. There are seven main chakras in the body and like most formations of the body, they can fix themselves to an extent.  The  more you practice with them and actively care for their maintenance, the better they will function. The chakras are normally visualized as spinning balls of energy located along the spine at specific junctions.
Even if you don’t subscribe to notions of spirituality attached to chakras, they are still a great way to group together and connect physical, mental and emotional aspects of your being. There are many ways to correct the alignment of chakras, according to many schools of thought and disciplines. You can also ‘free style’ it as your connection and awareness build. Chakras are immersed in every aspect of our being, so there are many ways to effect them.
From music, to ecstatic dance action and intent can harmonize and bring dis balance to your life. I’ve listed the major chakras in ascending order with general information on each. Keep in mind that chakra energy flows from the bottom upward. So you may see issues with your throat chakra but you need to make sure all the chakras preceding it are in line first. Keep your eye out for the intermediate guide, in which we’ll specifically diagnose unhealthy chakra symptoms and how to fix them. Keep in mind that a basic visualizing meditation can go a long way in fixing the chakras.
Root aka Muladhara
The lowest chakra, it is our grounding force, that which ties us to the present and affirms our connection to the planet. Beyond the intangible ability to emotionally ground oneself, the root chakra is a reflection of and the control center for the digestive, reproductive and immune system. Corrective actions include any lower core, squats and stomping your feet.
Location: Base of spine
Sense: Smell
Element: Earth
Stones: Black onyx, hematite, carnelian, garnet
Color: Red or black
Sound: Do
Musical Note: C

Sacral aka Svadisthana

This chakra is a reflection and controlling force for creative output, sexuality, ethics, interpersonal relationships and a sense of honor. Physically it is a reflection and controlling force  for the reproductive and urinary systems. Exercises for this chakra are pelvic thrusts and circular movements.
Location: Underneath the ribcage
Sense: Taste
Element: Water
Stones: Orange agate, Red jasper
Color: Orange
Sound: Re
Musical note: D

Solar Plexus aka Manipura

Manipura is a powerful factory of chakras. You channel and create your self-esteem and emotional control through this juncture.  Physically it monitors and regulates your metabolism, upper digestive track, and sympathetic nervous system. Methods for strengthening this chakra are twisting movements and hula hooping.
Location: Middle abdomen area
Sense: Sight
Element: Fire
Stones: Tiger’s eye. Citrine, yellow stones
Color: Yellow
Sound: Mi
Musical Note: E

Heart aka Anahata

Anahata regulates and reveals your confidence, empathy, familial love, forgiveness and relationships. If you’ve been having trouble loving yourself or expressing love to others this is the junction you want to mind. If you recongize the need for major healing, you’ll want to keep a close eye on Anahata. In the physical sense it governs circulation, the heart, immunity, and respiratory systems. To help balance this chakra try swimming, hugging and massage.
Location: Center of the chest
Sense: Touch
Element: Air
Stones: Jade, Rose quartz
Color: Green or pink
Sound: Fa
Musical note: F
Throat aka Vishudda
Vishudda is the focal point for honesty, communication, self expression, recognizing and expressing truth, and will power. This chakra is very commonly over used or ‘pushed too far’. While it gets out of alignment easily, it also corrects with simple steps.  In a physical sense, a healthy throat chakra will improve sore throats and Thyriod issues. People with addiction issues will want to take special care to keep Vishudda spinning correctly. Some ways to keep your throat chakra healthy is to scream, yell, laugh, and gargle salt water. You can also write a letter to yourself, or others. If you truthfully express yourself with compassion it will help re align Vishudda.
Location: Throat area of neck
Sense: Hearing
Element: Ether
Stones: Lapis lazuli, turquoise
Color: Sky blue
Sound: Sol
Musical note: G
Brow/Third Eye aka Ajna
Ajna is also referred to as the Third Eye, and is the gauge of mental health, intellectual processes, intuition, dreaming, and visualization.Spiritual and mental powers are believed to be housed here.The prominent physical aspects are the brain itself, the eyes, and central nervous system. Some ways to improve Ajna’s health are active or lucid dreaming and abstract visualization.
Location: Between the eyes
Sense: All the senses including psychic ability
Element: Light
Stones: Amethyst, Moonstone
Color: Purple
Sound: La
Musical Note: A

Crown aka Shasrara

The highest chakra, Shasrara is linked to and governs your spiritual awareness/health, along with connections to other people, the universe and a higher power. Before working on this chakra remember that energy flow from the bottom up. It is crucial to align your other chakras before working on this one. Physically it is tied in with the central nervous system and general well being. the balancing methods for this chakra include meditation, yoga,and productive thought.
Location: Top of head at the crown
Sense: All senses including consciousness
Element: Will
Stones: Moonstone, clear quartz, amethyst
Sound: Ti
Musical Note: B
source and courtesy: Spirit Science

This Is Why You Should Throw Away Your Keurig

If you’re a coffee drinker, there’s a good chance you might have a Keurig. Their widespread popularity was almost instant after they first hit the market. Since then, they’ve been occupying the homes of coffee drinkers all over the country. I mean, who doesn’t want a cup of coffee at the click of a button? They’re simple, low maintenance and they do all the work for you. Not to mention that K Cups come in a wide variety of flavors.

If the title of this article offended you, let me explain. While Keurigs are the masters of convenience for coffee lovers everywhere, have you ever wondered how fresh the coffee in your K Cups are? Or, what toxins your being exposed to thanks to those little plastic cups?

Sorry instant coffee lovers, but here’s why you should throw out your Keurig:


It May Contain Mold And Bacteria

If you’ve ever tried to clean out and dry your Keurig, you may have run into a common problem. You can’t empty the water from the inside. According to Keurig.com, “Once your Keurig home brewer has been primed, you cannot empty the water from the inside. The internal tank of the brewer cannot be drained.”


Because the tank cannot be drained, it’s possible that bacteria and mold are living and growing inside the hidden water tank. After all, it’s nice and dark and warm – exactly the environment that mold and bacteria thrive in.
If you were about to make the argument that your water kills the bacteria when it gets hot, not so fast. Unfortunately, the water isn’t getting hot enough for that. In order to kill the bacteria, it would have to reach boiling temperature and stay there for at least one minute. If you have a newer version of the coffee machine that allows you to detach, empty and clean the water tank, you’re much safer from this problem.

Plastic K Cups Contain Harmful Chemicals

The good news is, K Cups are a composite plastic, which makes them BPA-free. The bad news is, the chemicals from the composite plastic are far from safe. They can mimic estrogen in the body and create hormone problems, similar to the effects of soy. K Cups pose another health concern thanks to their aluminum foil lids. Aluminum foil has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease, anxiety, depression, Celiac Disease and autism.
Another tragic fact is that K Cups are non-recyclable. It’s estimated that over 8.3 billion K Cups are being discarded every year. That’s enough to circle the earth 10.5 times!
If you can’t part with your coffee, don’t worry, you don’t have to! There are other ways to get your morning cup of Joe without the health risks. You can even use some of these simple hacks to make your coffee healthier!

Also, K Cups are much more expensive than grinding your own coffee!

source and courtesy: David Wolfe

5 WAYS TO GET HIGH NATURALLY WITHOUT DRUGS

Everyone enjoys that ‘cloud nine’ feeling but do we have to resort to external chemical aids to achieve that feeling? I’ve got great news, answer is a resounding no! Any external intoxicant effects a handful of major chemicals that are mood markers for humans. These would include Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins and their many derivatives. Through out your life they are in constant flux depending on what your doing, eating or spending your energy. Here are some ways to get the most umph out of really fun practices.

Meditate

The meditative high is no joke, you will walk away from your practice with whatever you need. I started my practise as a matter of understanding and nurturing my darker side. As my practise grew, I started to practise just for the fun of it. This is Where I recommend beginners start their practise. Just sit and pay attention to what’s going on in between your ears. Have fun with it and experiment a little. There are so many templates it can be a little dizzying but as long as there is a central and consistent theme your very likely on the right path.
The greatest part of this habitual ‘use’ is there are no downsides. I promise you will get back ten fold whatever you put in, and you can put whatever you want i. Personally crafted high that provides medical benefits. There are a slew of benefits spread across the internet but here is a list, if a free high isn’t enough.

Ecstatic dance

There is something beautiful and unique about dancing to music that you love. The way you dance and what you dance to has a direct influence to the degree of consciousness you reach. The music moves you spiritually, distracting you mentally while your body works those endorphins up into a fury. The sum of these actions creates a positive sense of self that will stick with you at least a day or so. A few calories for a couple of good feeling days? Worth it in my book.

Yoga

This option is my favorite and I try to do it everyday. Your body feels vibrant and you have a glow to you that others will notice for a while. Reconnecting with your body will help you diagnose other ways you might want to treat yourself with natural highs. I have personally seen more people’s attitudes and lifestyles change dramatically, for the better after even just 3 yoga sessions. I recommend a heated class for a ‘great body high’. But if you’ve never done on before start with a basic Vinyasa class, as the heated class are intense and injuries happen. For those searching for a spiritual experience or mental buzz a Kundalini would be right up your alley. There are times I feel I need to scoop myself back into my body afterward!

Mindful breathing

This one is kind of like my cigarette without smoking. I use it anytime I’m frustrated or overstimulated. Count your inward breaths to ten. Start working again continuing to breathe again to ten before you release your breath.While your breathing your mind will call attention to what is bothering or too up your face. It’s vital you smile to it inwardly and release it with your next deep exhale. This is far more effective than smoking for stress management and won’t give you cancer!

Conscious Love Making

Sex is great but if you’re looking for more than a work out take your time and show your love! Besides a myriad of chemicals that feel awesome in your body, your spirit is being nurtured and your mind is focused. What will set this apart is the intention you set and the way you can non verbally communicate a deep seated love to your partner.
source and courtesy: Spirit Science

4 Simple Things Narcissists Do To Be The Center Of Attention

A narcissist is more than just vain. Narcissists have a compelling need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. They have a grandiose sense of self-importance and consider themselves their number one priority. They exaggerate their accomplishments, seek excessive admiration and consider themselves better and more important than other people.
You may know someone who is a narcissist. You may even be in a relationship with one. Narcissists are pro’s at manipulation, so it can take time to see them for who they really are. Their sense of entitlement and lack of empathy for others bring about an arrogant attitude, but they can hide their true self when they want to. Their master manipulation skills allow them to deceive others, shift blame and constantly play the victim card.

Recognizing traits of a narcissist can help you protect yourself from getting hurt and being manipulated. Here are four things narcissists do to be the center of attention:

1. Narcissists Blame Others

Narcissists will never admit that they are wrong. They will become defensive in any situation and turn the blame on whoever they can. They’ll interrogate you, bring up any possible faults and make you question whether it really is your fault. When you try to defend yourself, the narcissist will twist your words and tell you that you never take accountability for your actions.

2. Narcissists Interrupt

A narcissist wants to be the center of attention at all times. If the topic doesn’t involve them, they’ll interrupt and attempt to refocus the conversation back to them. They have no interest in listening to someone else, because they truly don’t care about other people. Narcissists constantly want to dominate the conversation. They feel compelled to talk about themselves in front of others and exaggerate their accomplishment. If another person in the conversation won’t cooperate, the narcissist immediately perceives them as threat to be dealt with.

3. Narcissists Intimidate

A narcissist uses intimidation to manipulate you into feeling the way they want you to feel. Their goal is confuse or intimidate their victim into agreeing or giving in. As a narcissists bullies you into submission, you may let down your defenses and finally give in. When you finally give up or admit that they’re right, they’ve succeeded. Narcissists are extremely competitive. They treat everything as a win or lose situation, and they don’t like to lose.

4. Narcissists Play The Victim

A narcissist is a master manipulator, but they’ll never let you see that. Instead they’ll constantly play the victim in every situation. A narcissist can often be hard to spot because they know how to be likable and charming. But they seek pity from anyone and everyone who will listen. They see empathy as a powerful tool they can use to take advantage of other people and get what they want. When they eventually hurt someone, they’ll play the victim once again and use manipulation to blame others.


source and courtesy: David Wolfe

Here Are 5 Signs You’re Much Smarter Than Average

Intelligence isn’t about your world knowledge, but is instead the speed at which you learn new information. Unfortunately, studies in the past have found that IQ is fixed, so you’re essentially stuck with it for the rest of your life.


To be honest, so many of us don’t even know if we’re smart or not. You can’t exactly measure it unless you’re willing to spend a heap of money with a trained professional.
But there are some interesting signs that science says might be common for many intelligent people. They are:

1. You’re anxious.

Nobody likes having anxiety, but science has consistently found that those who experience anxiety to be smarter. One study found that the worse the symptoms of people with anxiety disorders, the more intelligent they were. What’s more, another study found that anxious participants were more focused and effective at executing tasks. So if you’re worried about worrying, maybe you don’t have to worry anymore.

2. You were an early reader.

A British study found that the earlier one started reading, the more intelligent they were. The researchers said that reading early clearly had a developmental impact. So if you’re smarter than average, it’s highly likely you read earlier than others.

3. You’re left-handed.

Lefties tend to be playfully insulted growing up, but till this date, there continues to be an unexplained correlation between being left-handed and being more intelligent. This correlation is particularly pronounced in males.

4. You took music lessons as a kid.

A number of studies show that musical training enhances intelligence and executive function – a skill critical for self-control. The studies tend to show that young children who received musical training are on average more intelligent.

5. You’re funny.

If you’re witty, then you can celebrate. A study has shown a correlation between being funny and high verbal intelligence and abstract reasoning. And that’s no joke.
source and courtesy: truthinsideofyou.org

3 Ways To Make Your Day Brighter, Before It Even Begins!

The sound of my alarm clock in the morning used to be like nails on a chalkboard.
And no, it wasn’t the tune or the melody I was selecting; it was just the sound of waking me up, in its entirety.
It’s as if this alarm had a latent power over my entire being in the morning.
It told me when to get up, how little time I had to get ready, and that I needed get my being out of the door ASAP.
I found myself each morning shuffling around my apartment, aimlessly throwing things into my bag (unfortunately, not my lunch!) as I abruptly shut the door behind me, wet hair creating a damp circle on the shoulders of my shirt and all.
I don’t think that I am alone here – perhaps with the wet hair in a New England winter, but not with the morning rush.
We all know this feeling, some of us more than others, and whether we want to face the facts or not, this morning routine is no healthy way to start your day.
In fact it sounds like survival mode more than enjoying life!
After my whole adult life of living like this, I started realizing that my routine was unhealthy for me after much too much caffeine consumption coupled with cranky morning encounters.
I knew that something had to change. I wasn’t able to blame it on the, “Oh, I’m just not a morning person” anymore.
I was sick of feeling like I needed to catch more zzz’s before I even pulled the covers off my oh-so-comfortable resting body.
So a change was in store, and I was determined to make this alarm clock my friend (or at least an acquaintance).
Ok, so how does one do this overnight, literally?
Well, it’s not easy, but I promise that these three tips have helped me succeed and conquer my morning funk, ultimately starting my day off on a brighter note and debunking the alarm clock stigma.


1) Know how much sleep your body needs in order to feel like the best version of yourself.

Sleep is a huge, HUGE factor in your mood and just your well being.
There are so many scientific correlations between health and sleep.
You don’t need to do any reading on that to know that you feel better when you sleep solidly for the right amount of time your body needs.
Also, know that this takes time to figure out.
You may be waking up a lot in the night which can alter your quality of sleep, leaving you restless in the morning after you sleep the quantity of time desired.

2) Give yourself more time to ease your way out of bed in the morning.

For as long as I can remember I wanted to maximize my zzz time, neglecting that morning time at home is vital to set the intention and focus for my day ahead.
Giving myself time in the morning to meditate and read makes me feel at ease with myself.
This leaves me more refreshed and less reactive when I come into contact with another human being when I leave my home.

3) Set an intention and an affirmation. An intention is a huge part of your day.

What do you want to do differently today than you did yesterday?
Or what do you want to do the same that you really enjoyed in the past few days?
This is really easy and doesn’t have to be too “goal oriented.”
One of my intentions each day is to try something I’ve never done before.
In fact, I sit here typing with yellow nail polish.
I got a manicure and realized that I have never wore yellow polish before!
It can be silly and light, but it still makes you feel alive and zealous.
The next is to recite an affirmation in your head.
It is so important to affirm yourself as we live in a society that needs affirmation from others and listens to our ego too much (the voice that tells you that you aren’t good enough or you look silly, etc.)
My go-to affirmation is, “I am love”. I recite this three times while I simultaneously follow my breath.
Try these three steps. Whether it is for two days or every day of your week, work up to more until it eventually is just routine.
I promise you that alarm clock will actually make you smile with gratitude for this beautiful life – for this beautiful day that is just waiting for you.

source and courtesy: sivanaspirit.com

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