Do You Wake Up at the Same Time Every Night? This Could Be the Reason Why!

We have spoken previously about how it can be normal to wake up in the middle of the night, but it should be a natural waking up. However, what does it mean if you wake up at the same time every night and don’t feel good?
A little something called the Chinese Organ or Body Clock may be able to tell you what is going on with your body.
The Chinese Organ Body Clock works on the premise that chi or qi moves through the body at different times during the day. At different times during the day, chi moves from one body system to another to restore and strengthen. (source) This cycle takes 24 hours and each system is given 2 hours of chi charge time.
Thus, if there is a blockage that hinders the flow of energy from organ to organ or system to system, that blockage could force you to wake up. Physical, emotional, or mental health problems can all create blockages, and knowing what might be wrong can help a person feel better in no time.

Chinese Body Clock Explained!

Difficulties Falling Asleep Between 9 PM and 11 PM

During this time, the blood vessels or arteries are active. This means any health problems associated with the immune system, thyroid, adrenals, or metabolism could be keeping you awake. (source)
Stress, paranoia, or confusion could also be keeping you awake. If you find this to be the case, try some meditation, do a bedtime yoga routine, or repeat some calming mantras.

Waking Up Between 11 PM and 1 AM

This time is associated with the gallbladder. This part of the body works to break down all the fat you’ve consumed during the day. Waking up during this time could mean that you need to switch to a diet with healthier fats. (source)
However, if you are experiencing feelings of judgement towards yourself or others, or resentment, that may be keeping you up as well. It is important to let go of the mistakes you or others have made and expel resentment. Acceptance and forgiveness are important.

Waking Up Between 1 AM and 3 AM

The liver is being refreshed during this time, and we all know how important the liver is. Waking up at this time could mean that the liver has too much work to do (too many toxins to deal with). Fixing your diet and reducing alcohol consumption will help. (source)
Anger, guilt, and rage are all associated with this time. An excess of any of these feelings could cause you to wake up. It is important to try to release that anger and try to see clarity in any troubling situation.

Waking Up Between 3 AM and 5 AM

This is the time when the lungs collect oxygen and move it to all the other systems in preparation for a new day. It is also when they remove toxins that may be present. Waking up and coughing during this time could be a sign that you need to consume healthier food or breathe cleaner air. (source)
This time is associated with grief and sadness, and waking up during this time could mean something has happened in your life that makes you feel depressed. It is important to accept these feelings, grieve appropriately, and carry on with your life.

Waking Up Between 5 AM and 7 AM, or Feeling Sick at This Time Period

This time is for cleansing and renewal of the large intestine. This makes perfect sense because most of us have a bowel movement at this time. To help with the process, it is important to drink plenty of water. (source)
Emotionally, this time is associated with a feeling of being stuck, defensive, or impatience about lack of movement or growth in life. This is the perfect time to chant some uplifting morning mantras.
This body clock continues throughout the day and there are some things you can do to help the process along.

Check out this video to learn more!

RESEARCH SHOWS MEDITATION RESTRUCTURES YOUR BRAIN IN LESS THAN 8 WEEKS

Researcher and neuroscientist at Harvard, Sara Lazar, have found that your brain structure changes noticeably after less than 8 weeks of meditation. They saw no changes in the control group.
Meditation has been found to increase the brain size – larger volumes of grey matter specifically – in the right orbito-frontal cortex, left temporal gyrus and significantly larger volumes in the right hippocampus.
These areas are especially important in tasks associated with attention, emotional regulation and mental flexibility.
Meditation has also been found to decrease the size of the amygdala. The amygdala is associated with fear and stress responses.

In a research paper by Eileen Luders, et al, it was said that :
“Both orbito-frontal and hippocampal regions have been implicated in emotional regulation and response control. Thus, larger volumes in these regions might account for meditators’ singular abilities and habits to cultivate positive emotions, retain emotional stability, and engage in mindful behavior.”
The hippocampus is essential in forming long-term memories, by consolidating short-term memories. If you’re not happy with your memory, there is a simple remedy. Sit down and let go of thoughts.
For more information, listen to Sara Lazar herself:
source and courtesy: Spirit Science

5 Types of Toxic People You Never Want In Life

Toxic people not only suck all of the energy out of your body, they can have a negative effect on the path you have chosen in life.  They can hinder any progress you’ve made and make you feel like you might as well give up.  Toxic people are everywhere and they can be difficult to avoid if you live or work with them or if they’re family members.  But, you must find a way to prevent them from making your life miserable.

Below are 5 types of toxic people you need to avoid at all cost.

1. Judgmental people

People who are judgmental will find a way to criticize anything and everything they come in contact with. They jump to conclusions before they hear any facts, they don’t listen well and are horrible at communicating.  They spew nothing but negativity.
Asking for advice or feedback from a judgmental person is like asking a lion to hold your steak – you’ll get little to nothing back that is of any use to you.

2. Control freaks

Control freaks don’t ever want to listen.  They don’t think they have to because, according to them, they know everything and they know the best way to do everything.  They are a complete nightmare to deal with because they always have to have their way.  Always. No matter what.
Control freaks can make you feel like you can’t make decisions for yourself and don’t know what’s best for you.  They can destroy your self-confidence and make you feel totally inadequate.  Get rid of them!

3. Liars

To be successful you have to surround yourself with other successful people who you can trust and count on to be there for you. You can’t trust liars and it’s hard to count on them because you never know if they are lying or telling the truth. That type of uncertainty will wear you out quickly.  Eliminate them from your life and you won’t have to wonder if you are being lied to.

4. Negative people

Someone who is always negative will drain your positive energy immediately.  Because misery loves company, they thrive on bringing everyone down around them. You will never receive any words of encouragement from them.
They will discredit every idea you have and, instead of being supportive, they will go out of their way to point out every possible way you could fail, rather than focus on possibilities and potential. They are a major over-all bummer in every facet of your life.  Who needs that?

5. The envious

It’s important to have a strong support group in your corner during tough times.  But, it’s also important to have supporters that are there to congratulate you when you hit the high points.  Envious people will not be happy for you.  Ever.  They feel that it should happen to them and nobody else.  They will try to make you feel guilty about your success or make you feel like you didn’t deserve it.  They do this in an effort to feel better about themselves or make themselves look better than you.  If you have someone like this in your life, get rid of them immediately!
If the toxic person/people in your life are family members, it can be impossible to completely avoid them.  But, you can choose to spend as little face-to-face time as possible with them and not buy in to what they say to you or about you.  You are in control over how they impact your life.  Don’t allow them to impact it in a negative way!
source and courtesy: dailyvibes.org

7 Morning Rituals To Improve Daily Energy And Happiness

I’ll be the first to admit this. I’m a night owl, not a lark. So much so that I’ve structured my life and career around that. In the morning, the bed molds perfectly to my body, the pillows and duvet feel like marshmallows. Wrenching myself out can be difficult. Even then, I’ve discovered the importance of Intentionality — purposefully living in ways that allow my life and joy to blossom. Here are the 7-morning rituals that give me a gentle yet productive day full of smiles.


1) Crystal Meditation

When my second alarm rings, I place two raw rose quartz rocks on my heart and naval chakras, and start a three-minute meditation. Not only does the breathing center me, it grounds my body and mind for the day. Rose quartz is commonly used for healing, gentleness, and wisdom in the spiritual traditions and has ancient links with my Chinese roots. Towards the end of the exercise, I visualize and feel the crystals’ vibrations aligning with my cells’.

2) Affirmation and Prayer

Some of us believe in a higher power— be it God, angels, Source, or any name we call it by. Others work to become the highest versions of themselves. Whatever we subscribe to, our thoughts about ourselves, the world and our future can shape our reality. If we believe that the world is a dangerous place and bad things will befall us, we’re more likely to be in a state of hypervigilance, unable to enjoy ourselves or see the beauty that happens. Yet, it isn’t easy to simply think positive thoughts. One thing I’ve noticed in my clients and friends is that how we’d like to see ourselves can be facilitated by accessing this higher power, regardless of whether it’s inside or outside us. We can do this via prayer, infusing ourselves in a state of gratitude, for instance, saying “Thank you for (outcome)” as though it’s already happened, or a mantra like “I am grateful for (outcome) because I am (attribute).”

3) Catlike Stretches and Yawns

There is a word in the Singaporean lexicon “shiok” that conveys infinite pleasure in a way that the English language can never encapsulate. I used to watch in awe at the way cats stretch when awake, thinking “There must be something they are doing right to look so shiok.” Today, I do the same whenever I climb out of bed. And I’ll also throw in a lion yawn. When I revel in the mouth and jaw stretch, and feel any tension releasing, I know I am ready to be present for my day.

4) Morning Squats

Whilst I brush my teeth with glycerin-free Ayurvedic toothpaste, knowing I am nourishing my mouth, I start to do 7 sets of 7 squats. They get my digestive and circulatory systems charged up for the day ahead, and build muscles throughout my body. I also love that sense of productivity, knowing I’ve already exercised.


5) Adorn Myself

My Manifestation teacher Maru Iabichela says, “Who are you to block your blessings…stop saving the best for last!”
This applies to the things we allow ourselves to do— the good stuff we hoard and never use, and the beautiful clothes that stay piled up in our wardrobes. After a time when I was stuck in that old mentality, I’ve learned to give myself permission to dress as gloriously as I want, in a way that reflects the state of who I am. When you catch your reflection and know you’ve mindfully put in effort to nourish your appearance, you can’t help but feel beautiful.

6) Mist My Plants

Lately, I started an indoor jungle which makes my waking up joyful. I learned that my old limiting belief that “I cannot keep plants alive” is fiction. Every morning, I spend three minutes misting the leaves to clean away any dust and to keep humidity levels high. Tending to the teeming (low-maintenance) life in my bedroom connects me with nature.

7) Nourish My Body

I drink a cold glass of infusion steeped in serrano peppers, mint leaves, lime and cardamom every morning, as I wash down my supplements. Not only does cold water rev up my metabolism, the other ingredients are great for digestion and fat-burning. I then tuck into a high-protein breakfast of eggs, avocado and cayenne pepper, sprinkled with black truffles and sea salt, which supplies me with the energy I need.

source and courtesy: sivanaspirit.com

These 16 Restaurants Have The MOST Antibiotics In Their Meat! Avoid Them

It’s no secret that obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. Too many people are consuming an overabundance of calories, along with saturated fats, sugar and other harmful substances hidden in their food. Many people are making an effort to eat healthier, but sometimes, life gets in the way. Takeout often ends up being the quickest, easiest – and sometimes even the cheapest – option.
collaborative new report recently ranked the 25 largest US fast food and causal restaurant chains based on their policies and practices when it comes to antibiotics in their food. For the second year in a row, Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill were the only two chains to score an A grade.

What’s The Deal With Antibiotics In Meat?

About 80% of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used in meat and poultry production. The majority is used on healthy animals to promote growth or prevent disease in crowded and unsanitary conditions. The overuse of antibiotics in food has resulted in a dangerous antibiotic resistance which has become a major health threat.
The CDC estimates that at least two million Americans contract antibiotic-resistant infections every year. The American Academy of Pediatrics explained that the overuse of antibiotics in animals can make bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter stronger and resistant to drugs that were previously able to ward them off.

Antibiotics In Food: The F Ratings

Public health agencies have declared antibiotic resistance a top health threat in the United States, and the widespread use of antibiotics in livestock production is a major cause. If takeout is your go-to on weekends or busy week day nights, you’ll want to see which restaurant chains scored an F grade when ranked on their antibiotic policies and practices:
1. KFC
2. Dunkin’ Donuts
3. Sonic
4. Olive Garden
5. Denny’s
6. Starbucks
7. Jack In The Box
8. Burger King
9. Applebees
10. Domino’s Pizza
11. Chilli’s
12. Little Caesars
13. Buffalo Wild Wings
14. Dairy Queen
15. Arby’s
16. IHOP
The majority of these restaurants were given F ratings because:
  • These food chains continue to have no disclosed policy on antibiotics use in their meat and poultry
  • They have policies that allow for the continued, routine use of antibiotics in the production of the meat they serve
  • These food chains continue to keep customers in the dark about their meat sourcing policies
  • They refuse to respond to requests for information regarding their antibiotics policies

Antibiotics In Food: The A Ratings

Only two restaurants were given an A rating this year. If you’re having one of those days where fast food is your quickest and easiest option, you might want to consider making Panera Bread or Chipotle your go-to. These two are the only restaurant chains that offer an array of meat options produced without the routine use of antibiotics. As of Fall 2016, 91% of all meat and poultry served at Panera Bread is raised without antibiotics.

This video talks about most of the restaurants that received an F in antibiotic practices:

source and courtesy: David Wolfe

11 SIMPLE WAYS TO BOOST YOUR LONGEVITY EVERY DAY

“This article will show you how to live forever.”
OK, maybe not forever… but at least boost your health so that it’s highly likely you will live longer, and have a better quality of life.
And who knows, in 80 years we might all be immortal cyborgs filled with healing nano-robots, cruising around in flying cars while tripping on some superdrug made by our Artificial Intelligence Overlords.
Whatever the future holds, these 11 tips have the potential to enhance the quality of your life.

Eat Curcumin

To list all the benefits of curcumin would require its own article. This bright yellow chemical, well-known from the herb turmeric, has been well studied. Its effects includes anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-cancer, longevity [1], painkiller, digestion-aid, and cholesterol-regulation, to name a few.
Curcumin boosts the release of both dopamine and serotonin, two brain chemicals that will boost your mood.
As a spice, you can sprinkle turmeric on almost anything you eat. Use it together with black pepper to enhance its bioavailability. [2]

Eat Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are nutrition bombs with many health benefits. And they are easy to incorporate into your diet.
For an instant health boost blend them into your smoothie; sprinkle them on pasta, wok, or stew; bake them into bread, or cookies; add them to oatmeal, or yoghurt.
More on flax seeds here.

Restrict Calories

Calorie restriction increases longevity, and reverses signs of aging. It protects against obesity, type 2 diabetes, inflammation, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and reduces metabolic risk factors associated with cancer. [3]
Now you have something to throw on the table when you’re asked why you only helped yourself to four servings of Grandma Rose’s Lasagna.
To reduce calories you can try intermittent fasting – e.g. to eat during an 8 hour window and fast for 16 hours, or fast for 2 days and eat like normal for 5 days.
Or you can eat until you are 80% full, then drink water (or tea, or coffee).

Avoid Sugar

Sugar intake is a fairly new phenomenon. About 75% of all foods and drinks contain added sugar in different forms.
Tons of research suggests that it plays a role in many of today’s most common diseases; including type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, dental caries, metabolic syndrome, depression, and obesity. [4] [5]
Sugar is compared to highly addictive drugs like cocaine and heroine when it comes to potential for addiction. [6]
Beware of your sugar intake, and avoid it altogether when you can.

Avoid Processed Foods

Processed foods contains a lot of ingredients you wouldn’t cook with at home. It is the number one source of added sugar in the average U.S. diet. This overconsumption of processed foods is a major cause of disease. [7] [8]
Avoid fast food, soda, and other processed food-like stuff. Make delicious food from scratch using real, unprocessed ingredients.

Exercise

Exercise keeps your body and mind young and feeling good – it slows aging.
We also know that exercise promotes growth of new brain cells, especially in the hippocampus; the area responsible for emotions, memory and the autonomous nervous system.
Regular exercise stimulates the release of endorphinsserotonin, dopamine, BDNF, and nitric oxide; brain chemicals that make you feel happy, calm, fulfilled, creative, and confident.
Find a form of exercise that you enjoy, and start today.

Meditate

Meditation has been proven to decrease stress and anxiety, increase positive emotions, grow new brain cells, slow aging, and a whole range of other benefits.
Meditation will improve your mental and physical health.
Try to meditate every day. It does not have to be for more than 5 minutes. Frequency is more important than duration. See if you can increase your practice to 20 minutes after a while.
“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” —Zen proverb

Be Grateful

Gratitude promotes happiness. Happiness promotes health. Simple as that.
Think about what makes you grateful every day. Just looking for things to be grateful about is enough to reap the benefits.

Get Sunlight

Sunlight boosts your health. It gives you vitamin D which helps prevent a number of diseases, including diabetes, depression, obesity, heart-disease, and cancer. [9]
Bright light also helps you sleep better – an important factor of longevity.
The sun’s warming light will enhance your mood. A happiness-bringing chemical cocktail of serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins is released in your brain when you get sunlight.
20 minutes to an hour every day is enough. Go play in the sun!

Drink Red Wine in Moderation

This one is easy to do for most of us (not always the moderation part).
Red wine contains a chemical called resveratrol that aids longevity and prevents against cardiovascular diseases. [10]
Cheers!

Extra: You Are Already Eternal

If you develop a non-separate view – because, we are all One – you see that you can never die. On this deepest level, we are all eternal. When you expand your personal bubble to include you as All That Is, instead of just you as a-person-in-a-world, you can never cease to exist.
Knowing that there is no separation will make you act for the greater good of everything. Doing things for yourself, is not doing things for yourself – it is doing things for everyone and everything.
Such an expanded point of view brings great passion that will leave a trail for others to be inspired from. It will never pass.
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That’s it! 11 simple tips for longevity.
P.S. Share this with your friends to keep them around for longer (or to let them know that you all are eternal).
About the author:
Vegard Paulsen is co-founder of Global Harmony Crew; a movement to transform the world through pointing people towards realizations of Truth, and helping them manifest their lives from love and joy.
source and courtesy: Spirit Science

THE SCIENCE BEHIND AN INTROVERTS BRAIN: WHAT MAKES THEM INTROVERTED?

Introverts would rather stay home than attend that party and be surrounded by loud people, they would far rather have a nice soak in the tub or read a book and have no fear of missing out!
Thanks to the internet most of us already know if we fall into the introvert category, but, did you know that introverts brains are physically different to their extroverted counterparts? These differences are why introverted people choose to be alone or in quiet environments rather than in loud crowded spaces with vast amounts of energy.
In the 1920’s, Carl Jung came up with the introvert and extrovert terms to help differentiate between personality types and how people energize in different ways. He explained that while the extroverted person gains energy from being in social environments, Introverted people felt more energized by being alone or in a quiet surrounding.
Extroverts feel anxious when alone while Introverts are overstimulated by demanding and busy environments.
While it is very common to move up and down the Introvert/Extrovert spectrum, most people tend to prefer one over the other.
Dopamine
One of the biggest brain differences between the 2 personality types is their reaction to dopamine, which is the chemical that is released into the brain, it has many functions and one of them is mediating pleasure and the reason we seek our external reward and pleasurable activity.

This neurotransmitter is what motivates us to want, be it wanting more friends, more money or the desire to have an attractive partner or receive a promotion at work. With the release of Dopamine we become alert and attentive, and sometimes are prone to taking risks. While both Introverts and extroverts have the same amount of dopamine in their brains, dopamine is less active in the Introvert.
Acetylcholine
Just like dopamine, this neurotransmitter is also pleasure related, the difference is that Acetylcholine is what makes introverts feel good when being alone and quiet and allows a person to be able to focus on a solo task for a longer period of time. Introverts find it easier to turn inwards when they are in calm environments and that is why they struggle to adjust to larger more energized situation.
Nervous system
Our nervous systems are divided into two, the Sympathetic side: fight, fright, fright and the parasympathetic side: Rest and Digest.
Adrenaline is released when the Sympathetic side is stimulated, prepping us for action. What happens in the brain is the mechanisms that allows us to think are paused.
When the parasympathetic side is activated we relax, energize and metabolize food. Acetylcholine is then released allowing blood flow and alertness. Dopamine increases alertness in the rear of the brain.
Introverts tend to use the Parasympathetic side of the nervous system more often and this is what allows them to be calm and relaxed and think.
Overthinking
Extroverts receive external information differently, it travels through areas of the brain responsible for touch, taste, sound and sight.
Introverts process this information via a longer pathway and then travels into the right front insular (empathy, emotional thought, self-reflection), the Broca’s area (self-talk and planed speech), the right and left front lobes (idea and plan selection), and, the left hippocampus (places personal thoughts into long term memories).
This long process is why introverts generally take longer to speak or react and make decisions.
Gray Matter
The Journal of Neuroscience discovered that introverts have thicker and bigger gray matter in their prefrontal cortex, which is where abstract thought and decision making happens.
This means introverts use more energy to think while extroverts, who have less gray matter are able to act spontaneously.
source and courtesy: Spirit Science

Do You Suffer From Poor Circulation? Here’s How To Solve The Problem In Just 20 Minutes

A lot of people suffer from poor circulation and high blood pressure, and they’re trying hard to find a solution to these issues.
Experts are recommending some exercises which take just 15-20 minutes which will help the circulation and keep the body in shape. Whenever you have the time do the exercises, ride a bike or swim for at least 45 minutes.
Stretching
This is the first thing that you should do in the morning. Stretch your limbs well.
Joint exercise
In a standing position, lift yourself on your toes and go down on your heels. Make sure you feel the muscles tighten, and repeat for 10 times.
Neck exercises
Relax the neck – turn your head left and right and count to 10. Then roll your head and bend it down to the chest. The cracking sounds means you are doing it well.
Pushups
Make a set of 10 pushups right after shower in the morning. This will give you energy for the rest of the day.
Raising heel and toes
Sit on the floor with the knees at 90 degrees, and then raise the toes while keeping the heel on the floor. Then put them back on the floor. Do one leg at a time at first then try both of the legs. Complete the exercise by swinging the heels to the toes.
Feet rotation
Rotate your foot in a clockwise direction while sitting on a chair and repeat for 10 times. You will improve the circulation and flexibility of the legs at the same time.
Hand exercises
This exercise prevents cramps in addition to improving circulation. Stretch and spread the fingers on one hand, then make a fist and hold for a few seconds. Then loosen your joint and spin the hand in circular movement from the shoulder. Do it for about 1 minute.
Walking
Although every exercise we described is good for circulation, walking is the best way to improve it. It tightens and relaxes muscles and stimulates blood pumping. It also reduces blood pressure. Be sure to go for a walk 2-3 times a week.
Swimming
Swimming engages all muscles and stimulates blood flow. It’s good for people of all ages, but especially for the ones with joint and muscle issues.
Yoga
Yoga is a breathing control technique which improves the oxygen concentration in the blood and has a great effect on the circulation.
Cycling and dance
Cycling improves the circulation in the lower parts of the body. Dancing improves blood circulation and you should do it more often.

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