Creating the Mindset for Success


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Do you want a happier and more successful life?

Two people can see the same situation and come to completely different opinions about it. In fact, most people do. Our opinions affect our lives more often than most other things. Some people see their family and enjoy the good feelings and happy times they can spend with them, and so they focus on developing these positive relationships and find themselves not only having a good time, but getting far closer than ever before in the process. On the flip side, the same situation may bring about feelings of fear, animosity, and anxiety in another person. So why is this? The answer is simple. One person has a positive outlook on their life, seeing each change as an opportunity and the other sees it as a trial that must be fought against. What if there was a way to change that person’s opinion?

There is no contest as to which is more productive in creating a better life. People throughout history with positive constructive outlooks on life and the ability to work through challenges have found themselves in the history books celebrated for their apparent deep inner wisdom. People who victimised themselves and others, and were driven mad by their environments have also been recorded by history, but generally in a far different way.

But what is the secret to uncovering this deep inner beauty that radiates outward? You’ll find the answer to be surprisingly simple. Since 90% of happiness comes from within and can be generated without external forces, it seems the true cause of people being unhappy isn’t generated in the world around them, but rather in their own minds. And as we interact with others the very act of making others happy within your own mind can give you exactly what you need to start bettering the lives of those around you. And how do you generate it in your mind? Through repetitive, conscious action to begin with, changing your thoughts from negative to positive when you catch yourself going off track, and I guarantee you will to begin with because the old way of thinking is so engrained, it’s a habit and nothing more. The beauty of it is we can learn new habits to replace the old, outdated ones.

Cynicism in our lives can help us sometimes. It helps us spot problems we would otherwise miss. However, those of us with a spiritual connection (this does not mean mean religious, just in case your thinking that) with their brains know how to use the caution our brain affords us without having to pay for it when we can be feeling good about ourselves. Cynicism is not designed to make us dislike how our own lives are going, it is there as a defence mechanism. Cynical people suffer when the behaviour moves from their working memory to the amygdala where habitual and emotional behaviour is stored. A person with a healthy level of caution will not engage in a behaviour that may lower the quality of their life while an overly cynical person may avoid most situations, assuming they will cause them harm “somehow.” Cynicism in this case causes a great deal of stress and suffering to those who engage in it habitually.

There is good news though. Just as our brains can be rewired by stressful events (events we may not even remember consciously) it can be changed so that a new system within the brain is given priority. In this case we lose all the negative aspects of cynicism and none of the positive ones.

Do you feel that you are one of those people who suffer from constant bad luck? Do you naturally distrust people even if they show no reason to distrust them? Do you look for the faults in others as well as yourself, focusing on them instead of the good? If you said yes to any of these, then you’re exactly who this system is written for.

Stop feeling the pain of shutting everyone out of your life. You can change it all and start enjoying the world just as you always knew you could. Interestingly, many who use my “Power of Positivity” Audio Training Program describe it as changing the way they see the world around them. There is one key point here and that is that the world is not changing, just the way they perceive it. So, change your mind and live the life you deserve. All of us deserve to live happy.

Points to Consider:

1.  Those with a better outlook on life improve the lives of everyone around them.
2.  Cynicism is a learned behavior. Optimism is the same way.
3.  Misery loves company. Don’t look to cynics for happiness. Look within yourself.

A Natural Approach To Treating Gut Disorders


phytolife-webHaving struggled with IBS for a number of years and not found anything that really helped to any significant degree, I was fortunate enough, almost 3 years ago now, to be introduced to a natural nutritional supplement called Phytolife that helps to restore the bodies PH to a neutral and healthy alkaline state, which has had a hugely positive and beneficial effect on my condition, to the point that I no longer have any issues. The main concerns for me and anyone else who suffers with IBS or any other digestive disorder is, Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Leaky gut syndrome is the name given to a very common digestive health disorder where the intestinal lining becomes more permeable (porous) than normal. The abnormally large spaces present between the cells of the gut wall allow access to toxic material into the bloodstream that would, in a normal healthy gut, be repelled and eliminated.

The gut becomes leaky in the sense that bacteria, fungi, parasites and their toxins, undigested protein, fat and waste normally not absorbed into the bloodstream in a healthy state, pass through a damaged, hyper-permeable, porous or “leaky” gut. This can be identified through specific gut permeability urine tests, microscopic examination of the lining of the intestinal wall as well as the bloodstream with phase contrast or darkfield microscopy of living whole blood.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT ABOUT LEAKY GUT SYNDROME?

The leaky gut syndrome is generally associated with autoimmune disease and reversing autoimmune disease depends on healing the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Any other treatment is just symptom suppression. An autoimmune disease is defined as one in which the immune system makes antibodies that fight against its own tissues. Diseases in this category include lupus, alopecia areata, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, vitiligo, thyroiditis, vasculitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, urticaria (hives), diabetes and Raynaud’s disease. Physicians are increasingly recognising the importance of the gastrointestinal tract in the development of allergic or autoimmune disease. Understanding the leaky gut phenomenon not only helps us see why allergies and autoimmune diseases develop but also helps us with safe and effective therapies to bring the body back into balance.

Due to the enlarged spaces between the cells of the gut wall, larger than usual protein molecules are absorbed before they have a chance to be completely broken down which is what happens when the intestinal lining is intact. The immune system starts making antibodies against these larger molecules because it identifies them as foreign, invading substances. The immune system starts treating them as something to be destroyed. Antibodies are generated to fight against these proteins derived from previously harmless foods.

Human tissues have antigenic sites (areas of the body that produce antibodies) very similar to those on foods, bacteria, parasites, candida or fungi. The antibodies created by the leaky gut phenomenon that fight against these antigens can get into various tissues and trigger an inflammatory reaction when the corresponding food is consumed or the microbe is encountered. This results in Autoantibodies being created and inflammation becomes chronic. If this inflammation occurs in a joint, autoimmune arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis) develops. If it occurs in the brain, myalgic encephalomyelitis (a.k.a. chronic fatigue syndrome) may be the result. If it occurs in the blood vessels, vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels) is the resulting autoimmune problem. All these conditions cause pain, inflammation and fatigue.

If the antibodies end up attacking the lining of the gut itself, the result may be colitis or Crohn’s disease. If it occurs in the lungs, asthma is triggered on a delayed basis every time the individual consumes the food which triggered the production of the antibodies in the first place. It is easy to see that practically any organ or body tissue can become affected by food allergies created by the leaky gut. Symptoms, especially those seen in conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, can be multiple and severely debilitating.

The inflammation that causes the leaky gut syndrome also damages the protective coating of antibodies of the IgA family normally present in a healthy gut. Since IgA helps us ward off infections, with leaky gut problems we become less resistant to viruses, bacteria, parasites and candida. These microbes are then able to invade the bloodstream and colonise almost any body tissue or organ. When this occurs in the gums, periodontal disease results. If it happens in the jaw, tooth extraction or root canals might be necessary to cure the infection.

In addition to the creation of food allergies by the leaky gut, the bloodstream is invaded by bacteria, fungi and parasites that, in the healthy state, would not penetrate the protective barrier of the gut. These microbes and their associated toxins, if present in large enough amounts, can overwhelm the liver’s ability to detoxify. This results in symptoms such as confusion, memory loss, brain fog or facial swelling when the individual is exposed to a perfume or to cigarette smoke that he or she had no adverse reactions to prior to the development of leaky gut syndrome.

Leaky gut syndrome also creates a long list of mineral deficiencies because the various carrier proteins present in the gastrointestinal tract that are needed to transport minerals from the intestine to the blood are damaged by the inflammation process. For example, magnesium deficiency (low red blood cell magnesium) is quite a common finding in conditions like fibromyalgia despite a high magnesium intake through the diet and supplementation. If the carrier protein for magnesium is damaged, magnesium deficiency develops as a result of malabsorption. Muscle pain and spasms can occur as a result. Similarly, zinc deficiency due to malabsorption can result in hair loss or baldness as occurs in alopecia areata. Copper deficiency can occur in an identical way leading to high blood cholesterol levels and osteoarthritis. Further, bone problems develop as a result of the malabsorption of calcium, boron, silicon and manganese.

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COMMON CAUSES OF LEAKY GUT SYNDROME

The leaky gut syndrome is basically caused by inflammation of the gut lining. This inflammation is usually brought about by the following:

• Antibiotics because they lead to the growth of abnormal flora in the gastrointestinal tract (bacteria, parasites, candida, fungi) · Alcohol and caffeine (strong gut irritants)
• Foods and beverages contaminated by parasites like giardia lamblia, cryptosporidium, blastocystis hominis and others
• Foods and beverages contaminated by bacteria like helicobacter pylori, klebsiella, citrobacter, pseudomonas and others
• Chemicals in fermented and processed food (dyes, preservatives, peroxidized fats)
• Enzyme deficiencies (e.g. celiac disease, lactase deficiency causing lactose intolerance)
• NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ASA, ibuprofen, indomethacin,
• Prescription corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone)
• High refined carbohydrate diet (e.g. sweets, chocolate bars, cookies, cake, soft drinks, white bread)
• Prescription hormones like the birth control pill, mould and fungal mycotoxins in stored grains, fruit and refined carbohydrates.

Leaky gut syndrome can cause the malabsorption of many important micronutrients. The inflammatory process causes swelling (edema) and the presence of many noxious chemicals all of which can block the absorption of vitamins and essential amino acids. A leaky gut does not absorb nutrients properly. Bloating, gas and cramps occur as do a long list of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Eventually, systemic complaints like fatigue, headaches, memory loss, poor concentration or irritability develop.

Broad spectrum prescription antibiotics, especially when taken for extended periods of time, wipe out all the gut friendly bacteria that provide protection against fungi and amoebic (parasitic) infections, which help the body break down complex foods and synthesise vitamins like B12 and biotin. Since this friendly bowel flora is killed off, the body has now lost its local defence against the parasites or fungi that are normally held in check. This ultimately causes an inflammatory reaction leading to the leaky gut syndrome. Food allergies quickly develop and these may trigger the signs and symptoms of arthritis, eczema, migraines, asthma or other forms of immune dysfunction. Other common symptoms of this bowel flora imbalance and leaky gut syndrome are bloating and gas after meals and alternating constipation with diarrhoea. This set of symptoms is usually labelled as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or spastic bowel disease and treated symptomatically by general practitioners and gastroenterologists with antispasmodic drugs, tranquillisers or different types of soluble (psyllium) and insoluble (bran) fibre.

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LEAKY GUT AND IBS

The mainstream thinking on IBS is that it is caused by stress. Irritable bowel syndrome is the number one reason for general practitioner referrals to specialists. In well over 80% of the cases, tests like the intestinal permeability test (a special urine test involving the determination of absorption rates of two sugars called lactulose and mannitol), CDSA or livecell darkfield microscopy tend to reveal the presence of an overgrowth of fungi, parasites or pathogenic bacteria. The one-celled parasite, blastocystis hominis and different species of candida are the most common microbes observed in IBS. The only stress associated with IBS is that which is generated by infection and the leaky gut syndrome. If allowed to persist without the correct treatment, IBS can progress into more serious disorders like the candidiasis syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome, many autoimmune diseases and even cancer. If treated medically, IBS is rarely cured. To treat it correctly, natural treatments work best and must include the removal of the cause, improvement of gastrointestinal function and healing the lining of the gut. Synergy Worldwide’s Phytolife does exactly this by re-balancing your body’s PH back into neutral and healthy alkaline state.

HOW TO REVERSE LEAKY GUT SYNDROME

Band-aid treatments with corticosteroids, prescription antibiotics and immunosuppressive drugs may be temporarily life-saving for acute episodes of pain, bleeding or severe inflammation as occurs in lupus or colitis. In the long term, none of these treatments actually do anything to heal the leaky gut problem. To reverse the leaky gut syndrome the diet must be completely changed to one which is as hypoallergenic as possible. Sugar, white flour products, all gluten-containing grains (especially wheat, barley, oats and rye), milk and dairy products, high fat foods, caffeine products, alcohol and hidden food allergies determined by testing must all be eliminated for long periods of time (sometimes for several years in the most severe cases).

Treatment might also include the use of natural antibiotics (echinacea, colloidal silver, garlic), anti-parasitics (cloves, wormwood, black walnut) and anti-fungals (taheebo, caprylic acid, grapefruit seed extract) depending on the type of infection which shows up on objective tests. It is rare that victims require prescription drugs for these infections and they should be discouraged. The drugs are usually expensive, have unpleasant side effects and are best reserved for life-threatening conditions.

Leaky gut syndrome patients can help themselves by chewing their food more thoroughly, following the basic rules of food combining, eating frequent small meals rather than three large ones and taking more time with their meals. Gastrointestinal function can be improved with a juice fast or a hypoallergenic diet and supplements like lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus as well as FOS (fructooligosaccharides) derived from Jerusalem artichoke, chicory, the dahlia plant or burdock root. Also taking Phytolife twice per day enables your gut to reduce the internal acidity level, allow the gut to heal and therefore prevent further leakage of nutrients out and toxins in.

BENEFICIAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR LEAKY GUT SYNDROME

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Natural digestive enzymes – from plant (e,g, bromelain, papain) or pancreatic animal tissues (porcine, bovine, lamb) and aloe vera juice with a high MPS concentration (good brands are International Aloe, Earthnet and Royal) stomach acidity enhancing supplements – betaine and pepsin, glutamic acid, stomach bitters, apple cider vinegar amino acids – L-glutamine, N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG) essential fatty acids – milled flax, flax seed oil, evening primrose oil, borage oil, olive oil, fish oils, black currant seed oil soluble fiber – psyllium seed husks and powder, apple or citrus pectin, the rice derived gamma oryzanol, antioxidants – carotenoids, B complex, vitamin C, E, zinc, selenium, germanium, Coenzyme Q10, bioflavonoids, especially quercetin, catechin, hesperidin, rutin and proanthocyanidins (pycnogenols, grape seed extract, pine bark extract, bilberry) herbs and plant extracts – kudzu, and a high chlorophyll containing green drink such as Pyhtolife (http://www.synergyworldwide.com/EN-GB/Content/Products/V3Nutrition)

Due to the increasing recognition of chronic fatigue syndrome, the leaky gut syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivity, a number of supplement companies have been marketing powdered hypoallergenic formulations containing most of the nutrients mentioned above in one convenient package. Synergy Worldwide created Phytolife, which is in liquid form and is sourced from mulberry leaves and alfalfa, Synergy’s PhytoLife is a rich combination of chlorophyllin (sodium copper chlorophyllin) and peppermint oil which contributes to normal digestive function and helps turn ordinary water into a great tasting drink that you can enjoy throughout the day. This, along with the fresh taste and liquid form, makes PhytoLife a great companion to your food supplement regime.

If you suspect you may be suffering from leaky gut syndrome, the most important thing to do is get yourself tested by a natural health care practitioner. A personalised natural program of diet and supplements can then be recommended to help you reverse this debilitating condition.

For more information and to arrange a consultation with me, email me on: simon@simonmaryan.com

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Defusing The Power of Limiting Beliefs


How often are you full of good intentions and then never follow through on them?

Maybe you tell yourself it’s about time you made a few changes in your life, but feel you aren’t able to take action.

You may even be passionate about life, but run into countless roadblocks along the way.

When you get to the root cause of your failure, more often than not it is your own limiting beliefs and negative thoughts that are keeping you from your success. In most cases, you are a thought or two away from achieving success. So a single positive change can make all the difference in your life.

As you discover how to disengage yourself both emotionally and mentally from negative thoughts, you’ll watch your potential rise.

Even though it may sound a little strange, you may be surprised how much of an effect your limiting beliefs are having on you, and when you remove their power, you have a chance to dramatically improve your life. I am certain that when you break free from those limiting beliefs you’ll experience 90% of your goals and dreams being reached.

However, don’t anticipate a miraculous overnight transition in how you think and eel. You’ve been feeding negative thoughts and behavioural patterns for years and self-doubt has a hold on you. These years of negativity have an impact on your way of thinking and have impacted your confidence. You will find that when you stick with it, you can begin to experience an extraordinary change in your life.

Those old thought patterns aren’t your fault either. As a child, many of your views of the world stem from the experiences you’ve had and the influences from your parents, family, friends and teachers etc. This includes the belief and expectations for happiness, along with living a passionate life.

Even when you come from a stable, loving family, you can still face these struggles. The limiting beliefs may stem from interactions you’ve had with peers, social pressure or other events that have occurred in your life. As you move forward and you struggle, you begin to experience negative feelings about yourself and soon, you allow those dark thoughts to begin taking control over your life. In some cases, limiting you from ever reaching your full potential as you become self sabotaging because you don’t feel you deserve to achieve your goals. This is quite a common occurrence believe it or not.

As more time passes, these beliefs are further engrained in our minds. They become real to us and they begin to guide our fears. As we become adults, there are additional stresses, disappointments and responsibilities that begin to reaffirm the fears we have. This leads us to justify these limiting beliefs.

I want you to do a quick exercise. Imagine your life where none of the stuff that lead to these engrained limiting beliefs took place. You have a clean slate and all the possibilities of the world are open to you with absolutely no road blocks in your life and you believe can try and achieve anything.

To help you relate to this, think of a time when things went your way, or felt like they were. Even if you weren’t the smartest or most popular, you still were there and life is good, where would you stand? That is important to take into consideration for this.

Another important factor that you must not overlook, is your parents do not control your destiny, you do. Critical parents are often the dream crushers of the world. As an adult, they have no control over what you accomplish. Former teachers and peers who told you that a dream was impossible, they have no power over you either unless you allow it. The only person with any power over your life, unless you are willing to give it to someone else, is you.

Your abilities and skills are yours, so own them. When you accept that and own that, you can begin to transform your life and push yourself harder to reach your goals.

The limiting beliefs in your life aren’t something that can dominate you any longer. Before you know it, you have the enthusiasm and energy to take back control over your life. When you do:

  • You can do all the things your heart dreams of.
  • You can make things happen.
  • You’ll discover that passion for life you once had.
  • You can work past fear and take back your life.

Stop allowing your limiting beliefs to define who you are. Take back your life and realise that living in the past actually negatively impacts your life, and prevents you from finding your true happiness.

To get a better understanding of your own limiting beliefs, it can help to begin asking yourself some probing questions. These questions will give you some insight into why you are thinking the way you do.

15 Questions To Break You Free From Your Own Limiting Beliefs

1. What is your most debilitating limiting belief?
We all have limiting beliefs that hold us back. When you know which one is perhaps the strongest, you can begin to remove it from your life. Do you not feel like you’re good enough? Do you believe you aren’t making enough money? Are you under the impression you are unattractive or not smart? enough

2. Why is this limiting belief there, where did it come from?
This is a question you need to keep asking yourself until you answer it. Begin to write down all the reasons in your mind, regardless of how minor they are. Then keep this list.

3. Is there any evidence which proves this limiting belief wrong?
This is hugely important. There are things in your life, which will prove the limiting belief isn’t true. As you progress through these items, you’ll begin to realise most of the mental road blocks you have created are completely wrong and unfounded.

4. What ways are you not truly alive and engaged in your own life?
If the limiting belief you have prevents you from having a fulfilling and joyful life, make note of it. Create a list of all the areas where this is holding you back and what you can do to change it.

5. How does it make you feel to know you’ve missed out on these areas in your life?
Your feelings are important to recognise embrace. You know you’re missing out and these limiting beliefs are preventing you from truly experiencing your life. Explore these feelings and look at how you can take back control of your life.

6. If these beliefs were no longer there, how would you change your life?
Close your eyes and imagine that these limiting beliefs nom longer existed in your life. How would this change your life for the better? What new goals would you set for yourself? How would you be able to change your life?

7. Do your limiting beliefs have any merit?
Is there actually a case where this belief has any validity to it? What supporting evidence do you have? Write them down.

8. If you answered yes and have evidence, what can you do about it?
Often, there are solutions to the problems and perceptions. If education is legitimately holding you back, go to school. If you need money, raise some money. But find out what is limiting you and find a solution.

9. What is your greatest fear in terms of the outcome of your limiting belief?
Are you concerned with rejection, someone not liking you or simply being humiliated? What is the worst thing that could happen if something goes wrong? Now, what is the best thing that could happen if it goes right?

10. In reality, what is the likelihood of this happening?
Living in a realm of fear, we often believe we are facing something that is the only possibility. When in reality, the chances of the nightmare actually happening are slim to none. So how likely is it that the worst possible scenario will happen?

11. How comfortable would you be with taking chances, despite the uncertainty?
Let’s be realistic, everything you do in life has a risk. There are so many different potential outcomes for every decision you can face and you need to decide if you take the easy route and always succeed and never find happiness. Or, if you take a chance and put things on the line in the hope of making your dreams come true. It’s all about assessing what your options are and are you prepared to take a calculated risk in order to achieve what you want. If you’re not then you probably don’t want your goal as much as you thought. If that’s the case you need to rethink your goal.

12. How are your limiting beliefs impacting past and current relationships?
You need to understand that your beliefs impact your relationships. You need to take a close look at your life and take a look at how your beliefs currently affect your relationships and what can you do to change those beliefs if they are having a negative effect. Equally how can you strengthen beliefs that have a positive effect?

13. Do you think you’d be comfortable taking your list of limiting beliefs and sealing them in an envelope?
When you’ve done this, you put them on hold and pretend they are not real. As you begin to work away from those old limiting beliefs, you can imagine living your life as if you’ve never had them and that your life has been and will continue to be full of opportunities and achievement.

14. What is the most pressing or compelling goal you have that you wished you could accomplish?
This is an important question to ask yourself. What is the one thing that your limiting belief/s has kept you away from? If you were to remove the belief, could you achieve that goal? Is it something you’d truly like to work towards?

15. List 3 – 5 manageable goals you can do this week that move you closer to your ultimate goal, while the limiting beliefs are sealed away in the envelope.
For the exercise to work, you need to commit fully to the experience. You need to take action to move away from those old limiting beliefs and to work towards your goals. As you better isolate those old limiting beliefs and take back control of your life you’ll find you enjoy life so much more.

As you continue to follow through with this plan, you’ll find you are able to achieve a great deal more success. In today’s modern world, you have an endless array of possibilities available to you, as long as you let go of your old limiting beliefs.

Routinely go through the steps above and do what you can to continue to progress forward. Within a few weeks of following these steps you’ll discover that you do have the power inside of yourself to make the changes necessary in your life. Then you can begin to work towards making all of your dreams a reality.

If you would like to really drive this home and reset your beliefs so that they work for you as opposed to against you, drop me an email and we can discuss how to do this with a Transformational Belief Change Coaching Session via Skype. Along with this session you will receive the following free gifts:

  • Complimentary ebook pack selected specifically for you that will help keep you moving forwards towards your goals
  • Life Design Manual in PDF
  • Free Hypnosis Audio Download

To discuss in more detail and to book your session email me on: simon@simonmaryan.com

To your continued happiness and success

Simon

Why Getting Your Nutrition Only from Food is Poor Advice


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If you have followed the standard government health advice all your life then you’ve been eating a so called “healthy” diet.  You’ve followed the NHS Eatwell Plate (1) from the beginning, and were always told supplements were unnecessary as long as you ate a balanced diet (whatever that means).

Perhaps though you’re wiser now, and are following a diet with a much higher nutrient content. Whatever you’re doing, one of the most repeated beliefs among health conscious people is that you can – and should – get all of your nutrients from food.  With over fifty percent of the population taking some form of vitamin/mineral supplement this clearly isn’t a universal belief.  However, the flip side of this is that some people think that because they take the supplements they can eat what they want, which isn’t exactly productive and potentially harmful, (2)

Some people are shamed into avoiding supplements by friends and family with statements like “So you’re too lazy to eat real food?  You think you can fix everything with a pill or a powder?”  We all have those health conscious friends, with no real knowledge, who decry supplementation as a waste of time and money.  They are confusing drugs with nutrients.  They absolutely are not the same thing.

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10 Reasons You Should Take Supplements

1. You Eat the Standard 5 a Day Diet
Grains, legumes, and most forms of modern dairy are not nutrient filled foods. The purpose of consuming food is to nourish the body and mind and these foods do the opposite. For starters, all grains, legumes, and standard dairy are nutrient deficient as they contain extremely small amounts of nutrients, many of which are malabsorbed.   Grains and legumes actually deplete nutrient stores (3) and interfere with your bodies ability to absorb nutrients (4)  They are toxins in themselves, which increases your nutrient needs.  Grains and legumes both cause intestinal damage which further decreases your bodies ability to absorb nutrients (5).  Even if you’ve stopped eating these foods, you may be in nutrient debt or have lingering intestinal damage which is interfering with nutrient absorption.

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Due to inflammation caused by other food, toxins, dairy protein is often inflammatory.  Standard dairy also contains mycotoxins which again cause considerable damage to your gut (6). The following link explains a nutritional supplement system that combats the effects of stress, nutrient depletion and toxins: http://www.synergyworldwide.com/EN-GB/Content/Products/V3Nutrition
More on damaged, inflamed, leaky gut syndrome in another post and ways to manage the painful symptoms of digestive disorders with self hypnosis.

2. Daily Exposure to Toxins
Your body needs nutrients to deal with all the toxins you are exposed on a daily basis.  When more toxins are present, you need more nutrients.  Back when we lived in caves it was less of a concern because the air and water was not polluted like it is today. Sadly you’re exposed to a multitude of toxins in the air, water and food on a daily basis.

Here are just some of the things your body has to contend with:

  • Xenoestrogens (plastics, BPA, some moulds, petroleum products).
  • Industrial solvents and cleaners.
  • Wheat products
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription medication

Our bodies aren’t designed to deal with these toxins using only nutrition from food, in fact they’re not designed to deal with them at all as they are negative by products of our scientific evolution in mass production to meet the demands of a growing population. So if you plan to get your nutrition only from food, you should plan to get used to ingesting and absorbing toxins on a daily basis. Good luck with your health of that’s what you decide.

Here are probably the top 3 sources of toxin build up in our bodies:

  1. Unnatural lighting.
  2. Food toxins (not a problem if you’re eating the Brain2Body System and using Synergy nutritional supplements).
  3. Stress and lack of sleep.

These two natural nutritional supplements are made from plant, fruit and herb sources, Phytolife helps you return your body back to a PH neutral, healthy alkaline state and Mistify is a high powered antioxidant that boosts your immune system and fights the effects of free radical damage.

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There are hundreds of other sources of unnatural stress that increase the body’s need for proper nutrition.  Even if you’re doing everything you need to be doing – it’s almost impossible to get all of your nutrients from food, because they lack the nutrients we need these days.

3. Human Nutrient Absorption Declines With Age
There are numerous studies that have shown that children need more nutrients to support their continuous growth, and older people need more nutrients due to malabsorption.  As people age, they often begin taking medications which again can interfere with their nutrient absorption.  This means that as you get older you need to take more nutrients in the most absorbable form possible in order to maintain your optimal nutrient levels on a daily basis.

4. Soil Depletion
Modern farming practices deplete the soil of nutrients.  When plants are repeatedly grown on the same land, the soil loses nutrients faster than they can be replaced.  Over time, the plants have fewer nutrients to grow.  Fertilisers contain just enough nutrition for the plant to survive until harvesting, but not enough to support human health.  This results in plants that have 75% fewer micronutrients. (“Not On The Label“, p213.[7]) And in addition, most plants are not harvested fresh and they sit on trucks, shelves, and counters for weeks before being eaten.  Over time, the nutrient content of these plants decreases.

Most modern fruits and vegetables are grown to increase their sugar content as opposed to their nutritional value (8).  This then results in most of the common fruits and vegetables being artificially high in fructose and sugar and ultimately lacking in the basic , key nutrients and (9), when plants contain fewer nutrients, the animals that eat these plants also become malnourished.  A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Health found copper levels in the UK have dropped by 90% in dairy, 55% in meat, and 76% in vegetables.

5. Water is Depleted of Nutrients
Water is also depleted of its mineral content due to modern production methods.  There is a massive variation in the mineral content of bottled and tap water and surprisingly, tap water generally has more (10).  Water filters remove important minerals such as magnesium (11), which was a main source of magnesium for early humans.  If you don’t use a filter and you don’t have a well, it’s likely you’re consuming dangerous amounts of fluoride and/or are deficient in magnesium. This could explain why people who drink water higher in calcium than magnesium develop more myocardial infarctions (12) and ischaemic heart disease (13).

6. Low Calorie Diets Are Unhealthily & Low in Nutrients
This may sound slightly mad, but starving yourself is bad for your health.  Consuming a diet that is too low in calories means you’re consuming too few total micronutrients.  Humans are designed to consume a large amount of calories (14), and that doesn’t necessarily make you fat.  When you eat less (as we are regularly told we should), it’s easy to become malnourished.  When you’re consuming low quality foods, you have to eat even more to obtain the right amounts of nutrition.  This is one more example of why food quality matters.

What do we mean by low calorie?  According to a study (15) by the US National Institute for Health (NIH) most diets require 27,575 calories to supply all the essential micronutrients.  If you’re eating less than that, and are following something like the USDA diet or the South Beach Diet, you’re deficient in nutrients.

Animal foods are generally higher in calories and nutrients, so it’s no surprise that this is where the majority of calorie intake came from in early human development (16).  Now the modern trend is to reduce the consumption of animal foods, people are consuming fewer nutrients.
Pesticide-treated vegetables are lower in phenolics than organic ones.  This is because polyphenols are produced as a defence against bugs and pathogens.  When there is no reason to defend themselves, the plant stops producing polyphenols.

There are pesticides and this is despite sometimes being contaminated anyway (17).  It should be mentioned that many studies show organic foods are not higher in nutrients.  However, that’s going by the Government definition of organic – not “organic” that you would find in your back garden or allotment.  Fresh fruits and vegetables grown at home in well fertilised soil are going to be far higher in nutrients than shop bought organic versions.
Plants treated with pesticides are also lower in phenolics than organic ones (18).  This is because polyphenols are produced as a defence against bugs and pathogens.  When there is no reason to defend themselves, the plant stops producing polyphenols.
There is also evidence that glyphosate chelates minerals in crops on which it is sprayed (19). It remains to be seen (20) how much of an impact this effect has, but it’s safe to avoid GM foods for a variety of reasons.

Unfortunately, organic is not always possible due to financial or logistical reasons.  Even when you can find organic foods, they aren’t necessarily better.

7. Grain-Fed vs Grass-Fed Meat & Standard Dairy Products
Compared to grass-fed meat, grain-fed meat is considerably lower in its natural content of antioxidants, micronutrients, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals (21).  Grains are not the ideal food for humans or herbivorous animals.  When herbivores are fed grains, they become malnourished, just like humans.  Grain-fed meat and farmed seafood can also serve as a carrier for more toxins, which increases nutrient needs.

Raw, un-pasteurised, unprocessed, full-fat dairy can be good for you (22), but the kind most people buy at the grocery store is not healthy.  The majority of nutrients in milk are found in the fat (cream).  When you remove or reduce the fat, you are removing and reducing the nutrient content.  Pasteurisation destroys some of the nutrients in both skim and full fat milk.  Standard dairy products are also high in aflatoxin and other mycotoxins that were in the cattle’s feed (23). So, if you eat grain-fed meat or standard dairy products, then supplementation is a very good idea.

8. Exercise Increases Your Nutrient Needs
There is a common misconception that lots of exercise is the key to a long and healthy life (it’s not). And there are many people out there, some athletes included who denounce supplementation as unnecessary, often with the idea that exercise is the best medicine. Unfortunately this is extremely misguided.  I don’t recommend high quantities of exercise for the bulk of my clients (24), unless they are training for something in particular, and this is an important point.  If you’re doing enough exercise to substantially deplete energy reserves, you’re also burning more nutrients for energy production and recovery afterwards.  As a result, athletes and busy professionals in particular are at an even higher risk of nutrient deficiencies.  Since many up and coming athletes eat a low nutrient, high toxin diet – this is a serious concern for their development, performance and overall health.

Proargi-9+ helps your body to repair and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, keeping your blood vessels clean and able to relax and dilate fully allowing the maximum amount of oxygenated blood to flow through them. This gets more oxygen to your muscles and organs as well as being more efficient in flushing toxins from your body.

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With todays fast paced lifestyle, us mere mortals are also at risk as we eat fast and on the move, cope with much more stress, often sleep less and poorly, as well as committing to regular exercise all add up to poor nutrient intake and absorption which has a massive knock on effect on our overall health. This is why supplementation is an absolute must (25).

9. Using High Quality Nutritional Supplements May Help You Live Longer

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Ageing is a natural process, and it’s not always fun.  If there were supplements that could delay this process for you, why would you not take them? (26).  As long as there isn’t an undue risk of harm, it’s hard to justify avoiding a substance simply because our ancestors didn’t have access to it.  There is good reason to believe a higher intake of nutrients may prolong life.  Our hunter-gatherer ancestors may have been malnourished at certain times which is not beneficial.  If supplements can buy you a few more years of quality life, why not take them? I have been taking supplements for over 30 years now and ironically I have gone full circle. I started out using Natures Sunshine products and then tried out other companies, on recommendation fro friends etc. I have now come back round to Natures Sunshine and their subsidiary company Synergy Worldwide, whose products I tried and tested over a two year period, and I can hand on heart say that I have not found a more ethical nutrition company with the same standards of researching, sourcing, testing and production quality assurance that Synergy and Natures Sunshine employ.

10. What Price Do you Put On Your Health
Whether we like it or not, sometimes supplements are cheaper than real food.  Sometimes with something like fresh salmon, it can often be healthier for you both physically and financially to supplement with a high quality fish or krill oil than to settle for a farmed variety, because farmed salmon is frequently much lower in its omega-3 content and high in toxins. Farmed salmon are also have higher concentrations of parasites and bacteria.  In order to hide the sickly appearance of farmed salmon meat, the fish are fed a pink pigment to change their tissue colour, so just like fruit and vegetables, it’s our own perception of colour and shape that dictate what we buy. If it doesn’t look like we think it should, we won’t buy it and this is all down to the food industries advertising and marketing.

Farmed salmon contains about 16 times more PCB’s and pesticides than its wild cousin.  Wild salmon is often more expensive than grass-fed beef, and presents more of a health risk than benefit.  Grass-fed beef has enough omega-3’s by itself (28), but supplementation may be a good idea for some people (like children and older adults).

We live in a stressful, toxin riddled world, and it’s a perfectly normal, healthy,and totally acceptable behaviour to wants to understand what the toxins are in our food and water and how you can counteract their effects whenever possible. Hiding your head in the smoke and mirrors of the government and food industry advertising and also of the diet industry won’t make the effects of these toxins go away. Neither will eating some fruit and vegetables.

The idea that you can get all your nutrients from food is fine in theory, but sadly in todays environment it is virtually impossible in practice. Soil and water depletion, food and environmental toxins, poor absorption, pesticides, exercise, stress, poor sleep and a lack of calories can all cause nutrient deficiencies.  There is evidence that consuming nutrients from food is more beneficial than supplements (29), which is why you need to focus on a nutrient rich diet first and foremost.  However, it’s rarely enough these days.

If you want to be at your best both physically and mentally, supplementation is a fantastic start. Restricting yourself by “only getting your nutrients from food” is not a good idea, even on the Brain2Body System (30).

To find out more about sourcing high quality nutritional supplements go tho this website and find out more about Synergy Worldwide, who they are and what they do: www.synergyworldwide.com

References for: Why Getting Your Nutrition Only from Food is Poor Advice

Adapted from an Original article by:
Bullet Proof – The State of High Performance

1. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/eatwell-plate.aspx
2. http://www.livescience.com/17117-dietary-supplements-unhealthy-behaviors.html
3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6299329
4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11595455?dopt=AbstractPlus
5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17519496
6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19762818
7.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0141015667/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bulletpexecut-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0141015667
8. https://www.organic-center.org/reportfiles/Oregon_Tilth_2008%20%5bCompatibility%20Mode%5d.pdf
9. http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/99legacy/5-18-1999.html
10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1495189/
11. http://www.historyofwaterfilters.com
12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16675428
13. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1930966/
14. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9721056?dopt=AbstractPlus
15. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20537171
16. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/71/3/682.long
17. http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/organic.html
18. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf020635c
19. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3479986/
20.http://www.ipni.net/ppiweb/bcrops.nsf/$webindex/70ABDB50A75463F085257394001B157F/$file/07-4p12.pdf
21. http://authoritynutrition.com/grass-fed-vs-grain-fed-beef/
22. http://www.realmilk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/ResponsetoMarlerListofStudies.pdf
23. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19762818
24. https://simonmaryan.com/shop/#!/Brain2Body-Lifestyle-Nutrition-&-Exercise-Manual-mobi-version/p/47793798/category=13027060
25. https://simonmaryan.com/synergy-worldwide/
26. https://simonmaryan.com/synergy-worldwide/
27. http://www.puresalmon.org/pdfs/human_health.pdf
28. http://authoritynutrition.com/grass-fed-vs-grain-fed-beef/
29. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/89/5/1543S.abstract
30. https://simonmaryan.com/shop/#!/Brain2Body-Lifestyle-Nutrition-&-Exercise-Manual-mobi-version/p/47793798/category=13027060
31. https://www.bulletproofexec.com/why-you-need-supplements/

Keys To Successful Fatloss Part 2: Self Perception


Keys To Successful Fatloss Part 1: Introduction


The Effects of Cortisol On our Mind and Body


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Over the last few months, I have been working more and more with stressed out people. I have been stunned at the age range to be honest as they have ranged from 10 – 80 years old.

I began to notice the increase early this year when many people started being made redundant in the Oil and Gas Industry in Aberdeen, where I am based. The downturn has created a huge amount of uncertainty which has lead to people feeling nervous, anxious, stressed and depressed and the knock on effects are quite significant. Many of my clients this year, on top of the initial stress have become insomniacs, they have either lost or gained large amounts of weight, have unexplained aches and pains, erratic mood swings, failed relationships…the list goes on.

This turns into a vicious circle, because the initial cause of the stress is still there and then the additional physical, mental and emotional symptoms add more stress into the mix and obviously compound the whole situation.

I have also recently started working with schools in Aberdeenshire running Stress Perception Workshops for both staff and pupils. It seems that the Curriculum for Excellence is creating and excellently high level of stress for all concerned and some pupils are becoming more and more stressed, depressed, suicidal and some resorting to self harming.

The self harming has also become something of a trend and there is a certain element of peer pressure to conform, and as you can imagine, this pressure is highly stressful for someone who really has no desire to self harm in the first place, yet in order to fit in they feel they have to run with the herd. This level of stress is extremely detrimental to the pupils ability to focus, concentrate, learn and absorb in formation and to remember it, this then adds more stress because they either feel they can’t pass they exams or they actually fail them. Pressure upon pressure upon pressure, until they break.

So after doing much reading, I have written this post today that I hope will help some of you to some degree or other and/or, perhaps help you help someone else.

STRESS
The stress hormone, cortisol, is a sneaky, insidious little bugger that creeps up on you. Even low levels over a long period of time can have hugely detrimental affects on your entire system of body and mind. Scientists have known for years that increased cortisol levels: interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease… and the list is significantly longer.

Chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels are also responsible for an increased risk for depression, mental illness, and lower life expectancy. Recently two separate studies were published in Science linking elevated cortisol levels as a potential trigger for mental illness and decreased resilience—especially in adolescence.

You can find research papers here:
http://www.sciencemag.org/search?site_area=sciencejournals&y=0&fulltext=Stress%20and%20mental%20illness&x=0&journalcode=sci&journalcode=sigtrans&journalcode=scitransmed&submit=yes

Our body releases cortisol through the adrenal glands in response to fear or stress as part of our fight-or-flight mechanism. The fight-or-flight mechanism is part of the general adaptation syndrome defined in 1936 by Canadian biochemist Hans Selye of McGill University in Montreal. He published his findings in a short seventy-four line article in Nature, in which he defined two types of “stress”: eustress (good stress) and distress (bad stress).

Both eustress and distress release cortisol as part of this general adaption syndrome. As soon as our fight or flight alarm system signals our body to release cortisol, your body becomes mobilised and ready for action, however, there has to be a physical release of fight or flight. Otherwise, cortisol levels build up in the blood which wreaks havoc on your mind and body.

Eustress creates a “seize-the-day” heightened state of arousal, which is exciting, invigorating and often linked with an achievable goal. Cortisol returns to normal when we’ve completed the task. Distress, or free floating anxiety, doesn’t provide any outlet for the cortisol and causes the fight-or-flight mechanism to backfire. Ironically, our own biology, which was designed to insure our survival as hunters and gatherers, is actually sabotaging our own bodies and minds in this sedentary, technology oriented age. So what can we do to put the pin back in this socially engineered hand grenade?

Fortunately, there are a few simple lifestyle choices you can make that will help you to reduce your stress, anxiety and lower your cortisol levels. Below are some tips to help you reduce your cortisol levels:

1. Regular Exercise: Martial arts and any martial arts based exercise classes, boxing, sparring, or a punching bag are fantastic ways to recreate the “fight” response by letting out aggression (without beating the crap out of anyone) and to reduce cortisol.
Any aerobic activity, like walking, jogging, swimming, biking etc are great ways to recreate the ‘flight’ outlet and burn-up cortisol.  A little bit of cardio goes a long way. Just 20-30 minutes of activity most days of the week pays huge dividends by lowering cortisol every day and in the long term.

I recommend a short burst of HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training. There are an abundance of training methods under this banner and you can find a host of them on Youtube. This gets your heart rate up high, gives minimal rest and puts your body and mind under pressure. The pay off is that your body also releases endorphins which make you feel good, so this is a form of Eustress (good stress) and is highly beneficial for you both physically and mentally.

Fear increases cortisol. Regular physical activity will decrease fear by increasing your self-confidence, resilience, and fortitude, which will reduce your cortisol levels. Yoga will have similar benefits with added benefits of mindfulness training.

If your schedule is too hectic to squeeze in a continuous exercise session, you can build up the same benefits by breaking daily activity into smaller doses. A simple way to guarantee regular activity is to build your normal routine activity into your daily exercise routine. Where possible start riding a bike to work, walking to the shops and walk at lunchtime, this also gets you out of the office and away from your desk and will get you thinking about other things instead of work. Use the stairs instead of the escalator or the lift.If you normally eat your lunch at your desk, maybe you could go to the gym at lunchtime and eat your lunch at your desk afterwards instead. All these things will add up and help you to reduce your cortisol levels throughout the day.

2. Mindfulness and Self Hypnosis: Any type of meditation will reduce anxiety and lower cortisol levels. Simply taking a few deep breaths engages the Vagus nerve which triggers a signal within your nervous system to slow heart rate, lower blood pressure and decreases cortisol. The next time you feel yourself in a stressful situation that activates your ‘Fight-or-Flight’ response take 10 deep breaths and feel your entire body relax, calm down and slow down.

Setting aside 5-15 minutes to practice mindfulness meditation or self hypnosis will develop a sense of calm throughout your nervous system, mind, and brain. There are many different types of meditation. “Meditating” doesn’t have to be a sacred or tree huggey experience. I’m often asked as to specifically what kind of meditation or self hypnosis do I use and how do I do it/use it. There are so many techniques/methods and to be honest it is best to explore and find what works for you and then refine it and make it your own. I suggest that you do more research, and fine-tune a daily meditation/self hypnosis routine that fits your schedule and personality.

3. Social Connectivity: Two studies have been published in the journal Science illustrate that social agression and isolation lead to increased levels of cortisol in mice that trigger a cascade of potential mental health problems—especially in adolescence.

Follow the link here to find theses papers and many more:
http://www.sciencemag.org/search?site_area=sciencejournals&y=0&fulltext=Social%20aggression%20and%20isolation&x=0&journalcode=sci&journalcode=sigtrans&journalcode=scitransmed&submit=yes

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins established that elevated levels of cortisol in adolescence change the expression of numerous genes linked to mental illness in some people. They discovered that these changes in young adulthood, which is a crucial time for brain development, could cause severe mental illness in those predisposed to it. These findings, reported in the January 2013 journal Science, could have wide-reaching implications in both prevention and treatment of schizophrenia, severe depression and other mental illnesses.

Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and his team set out to simulate social isolation associated with the difficult years of adolescence in human teens. They found that isolating mice known to have a genetic predisposition for mental illness during their adolescence triggered ‘abnormal behaviours’ that continued even when returned to the group. They found that the effects of adolescent isolation lasted into the equivalent of mouse adulthood.

https://bbrfoundation.org/scientific-council/akira-sawa

“We have discovered a mechanism for how environmental factors, such as stress hormones, can affect the brain’s physiology and bring about mental illness,” says Sawa, the study leader. “We’ve shown in mice that stress in adolescence can affect the expression of a gene that codes for a key neurotransmitter related to mental function and psychiatric illness. While many genes are believed to be involved in the development of mental illness, my gut feeling is environmental factors are critically important to the process.”

To shed light on how and why some mice got better, Sawa and his team studied the link between cortisol and the release of dopamine. Sawa says the new study suggests that we need to think about better preventative care for teenagers who have mental illness in their families, including efforts to protect them from social stressors, such as neglect. Meanwhile, by understanding the flood of events that occurs when cortisol levels are elevated, researchers may be able to develop new compounds to target tough-to-treat psychiatric disorders with fewer side effects.

In another study, published on January 18, 2013 in the journal Science researchers from France revealed that mice who were subjected to aggression, by specific mice bred to be ‘bullies’ released cortisol which triggered a response that led to social aversion to all other mice. The exact cascade of neurobiological changes was complex but also involved dopamine. The researchers found that if they blocked the cortisol receptors that the ‘bullied’ mice became more resilient and no longer avoided their fellow creatures.

Close knit human bonds, whether it be family, friendship or a romantic partner, are vital for your physical and mental health at any age.  Recent studies have shown that the Vagus nerve also responds to human connectivity and physical touch to relax your parasympathetic nervous system.

The “tend-and-befriend” response is the exact opposite to “fight-or-flight”. The “tend-and-befriend” response increases oxytocin and reduces cortisol. Make an effort to spend real face-to-face time with loved ones whenever you can, however, even phone calls and Facebook can reduce cortisol if they foster a feeling of genuine connectivity.

4. Have Fun and Laugh Often: Having fun and laughing reduces cortisol levels. Dr. William Fry is an American psychiatrist who has been studying the benefits of laughter for the past 30 years and has found links to laughter and lowered levels of stress hormones. Many studies have shown the benefits of having a sense of humor, laughter and levity. Try to find ways in your daily life to laugh and joke as much as possible and you’ll lower cortisol levels. Watch your favourite comedy movie, favourite comedian or anything on Youtube for example that makes you laugh, feel good and happy, as this will begin to reduce your cortisol levels.

5. Music: Listening to Music that you love, and fits whatever mood you’re in, has been shown to lower cortisol levels. We all know the power of music to improve mood and reduce stress. Add reducing your cortisol levels as another reason to keep the music playing as a soundtrack of health and happiness in your life.

6. Quality Nutrition: What we eat and the quality of that food is important when life is good and we’re happy and content. When life throws a curve ball at you and you’re stressed, depressed, anxious and nervous, it is even more important to eat high quality nutrition.

Society has change much in recent years and life and work is becoming faster paced, we often look for the quick, easy and convenient option for food which is not necessarily the best option. So, to combat this, it is beneficial for you to look at high quality nutritional supplements that help to keep the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety at bay. When you feel good on the inside it makes you much more capable of dealing with the stresses of the outside world and one of the downsides of eating too much wheat, soft drinks, caffeine, alcohol etc, is that it puts your body’s PH out of balance and leads you into an acidic state. When your body is too acidic it promotes the growth of unhealthy bacteria, virus, fungus etc in your gut and causes joint pain and inflammation of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Also our gut becomes unable to fully and efficiently absorb the nutrients from the food we eat, which further runs down our immune system and metabolism.

When you redress that balance and return it to a slightly alkaline state, as you can see in the image below, our bodies return to a state of equilibrium that allows our gut to absorb nutrients efficiently and effectively which means we get everything we need to stay in the optimum state of health.

PH Range

Conclusion
The ripple effect of a fearful, isolated and stressed out society increases cortisol levels across the board for all of us and this creates a public health crisis and a huge drain on the economy. So, if we all work individually, and together, to reduce cortisol our levels we will all benefit and we will reduce the amount of stress hormones flowing around in our society and in individual lives.

In short, when we feel socially connected, safe, and self-reliant it reduces our cortisol levels. I hope the top tips presented above will help you make lifestyle choices that reduce your own levels of stress hormone and help you to help your friends, family work colleagues and perhaps even some strangers to reduce theirs and feel happier and healthier.

References:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201301/cortisol-why-the-stress-hormone-is-public-enemy-no-1

http://www.sciencemag.org/search?site_area=sciencejournals&y=0&fulltext=Stress%20and%20mental%20illness&x=0&journalcode=sci&journalcode=sigtrans&journalcode=scitransmed&submit=yes

http://www.sciencemag.org/search?site_area=sciencejournals&y=0&fulltext=Social%20aggression%20and%20isolation&x=0&journalcode=sci&journalcode=sigtrans&journalcode=scitransmed&submit=yes

https://bbrfoundation.org/scientific-council/akira-sawa

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201312/why-is-the-teen-brain-so-vulnerable

90 Day Lifestyle Change and Weight Management Programme


After being requested by a large number of people, I am happy to say that I am going to continue to offer the same deal right through till 30th August.

So, if you want to lose the excess weight that you have been carrying around and learn how to change your mindset and perception of yourself in the process, then drop me an email on simon@simonmaryan.com and book yourself onto the next group which starts on Monday 15th June 2015.

Here’s to your success

Simon

Simon Maryan, Speaker & Psychological Trauma Specialist

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I run Lifestyle Coaching Groups both face to face and online which begin with an in-depth 90 Day program to get you on the right track. The programme works in groups of 10 and each new group does not start until the 10th person joins, so I run a waiting list to keep track of who’s in which group and start dates.

90 Day Programme includes the following:

  • Nutritional advice based on your current BMR and identifying your Macro needs based on your personal goals
  • Food diary and individual review
  • 90 days worth of 100% natural health supplements
  • Recipe guides with shopping ingredients based on your macros
  • Exercise and training advice (training is optional extra for 1 to 1)
  • Private Facebook Group for constant mutual support and additional resources Members only bonuses and discounts
  • Psychological support to overcome emotional issues and habit changing, belief change etc: 1-2-1 and group
  • Weekly planner…

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Harness The Power of Your Unconscious Mind


Brain
Human beings are different from the rest of the animals on our planets in so many ways, and, one significant difference is that we have, and kind of understand, the difference between our conscious and unconscious minds.

Your conscious mind helps you live a happy and healthy life. You really wouldn’t be able to survive without it. Sigmund Freud is famed for his use the idea of the iceberg to distinguish the conscious mind from the unconscious mind and it is one model that makes it very easy to explain.

freud Iceberg

The “tip” of the iceberg that extends above the water represents the conscious thinking mind. This part of your mind is the objective or thinking mind. It only holds one thought at a time. It also identifies information, and processes it through the senses or through sight, sound, smell, touch or taste.

This part of your mind is constantly observing, matching patterns and categorising what is going on around you. The unconscious mind, which is the part of the iceberg below the water, represents everything else – which is a hell of a lot.

Even though the conscious mind helps you as you go through your day, it can also hold you back by keeping you stuck in unhealthy patterns. Learning how to break through these limitations is critical when using self-hypnosis because the conscious mind can interfere with all your good work.

Preventing Conscious Interference

Just for example you decide to plant flowers in your garden. There are a several ways you can go about it. You could research different seeds and figure out the best ones to plant, and then even add some fertiliser into your soil if it’s lacking nutrients for the plants.

Now, let’s look at different approach you could take. After following all of the steps above, you chose to go out into the garden everyday and dig up the seeds to check on their progress. Every time you did this, you would reassure yourself that everything was going to plan. However, as you can see, your constant interference actually did more harm than good, because if you took this approach, your garden would never progress.

The same thing that happens when you overthink something. This is your conscious mind interfering. If you want your mental garden to thrive and prosper, you need to leave it alone so it has space and time to grow.

The same thing applies when using self-hypnosis. In a sense you are placing an order just like you would at a restaurant. If you ever worked for someone who micro-managed you, how much work actually gets done as a result of them constantly interrupting and sing for progress checks all the time, wanting to review what you’ve done and constantly adding to your workload because they want to make changes and add other things in. It’s a bloody nightmare, frustrating and a complete waste of time and effort.

When you give your mind an order and constantly worry about how the order will be fulfilled, you are in a sense doing the same thing, you’re micro-managing yourself. If you find yourself doing this, there are some steps you can take to counteract this…

1. Keep Your Conscious Mind Busy

When you do keep your conscious mind busy, it can’t interfere as much. What you need to do is find other things to get involved in, this way your conscious mind is focused elsewhere and not on the problem.

If you have time, go for a walk or get stuck into a different task; this allows you to let it go and allow the unconscious mind to work its magic.

2. Stay Focused and Engaged

It’s important to trust your unconscious, and yes I know that it can be frustrating “waiting” for the unconscious mind to work its magic. If you find yourself in this little cycle, and you decide to try a different approach before the first method has finished, you are actually disengaging from the process which keeps leading you further from your goal.

The key is to keep yourself engaged, without being too engaged.

3. Utilise Ancient Chinese Secrets

The Chinese philosophy Taoism is based on the idea of trusting your inner nature and letting your unconscious mind do its work. This approach allows the conscious mind to sit back and appreciate things, setting the scene and then letting events play out as they will.

I appreciate that this may be easier said than done at times, however, here are few tips to help explain this…

Act without acting
This is also known as doing without doing or “Wei Wu Wei”. This might be a tad confusing at first, because it may be hard to imagine doing something without really doing it. When you hand the responsibility over to your unconscious mind, you are trusting that it knows how to do its job.

Know without knowing
This is also known as “Pu.” In the Tao philosophy, there is a saying that goes:

“The Tao that can be named is not the true Tao.”

What this means is that if your intellect can grasp it, feel it away and put it into a neat and tidy box, then you have probably missed the entire point.

The Four Taoist Stages

The Pre-Hypnotic Suggestion
Hypnotic Questions
Emotional Streaming
The Big Drift
Pre-hypnotic suggestions: These generally involve positive affirmations, visualisations and self motivational talk. Affirmations are statements that emulate the state of mind or condition you want to be in, and they are always set in the present tense. Affirmations can be incredibly effective and they are easy to create and use.

Hypnotic questions: These are sometimes called afformations, are also a great way to keep the conscious mind busy. You can say statements like:

“How quickly am I mastering the power of self-hypnosis?”
“Why is it that I am such a master of self-hypnosis?”

These are simple to create and by saying them, it actually gives your mind something to answer.

Emotional streaming or Emo-streaming: This is similar to the principle of hypnotic questions, except it’s based on emotions and moods. For those who find themselves getting stuck on the content of the goal, emo-streaming works well.

For example, imagine yourself at a certain point in the future, say a year or so down the road. Take yourself there in your mind and ask yourself how you would be feeling having already achieved your goal. Avoid “thinking” and focus on “feeling” instead.

You can even imagine yourself going way beyond that goal, imagining how you feel having achieved that all-important milestone.

The Big Drift: This involves allowing your mind to become a casual observer, noticing the responses that are happening, without making any judgments. In other words, you’re just allowing things to happen in their own time and way.

Trusting in the process of the unconscious mind is what this is all about. The Big Drift allows you to create a space in your mind where new possibilities can appear.

7 stages of the Big Drift

Prepare yourself
Review resources
Review your purpose or problem
Review possibilities
Choose a behavior or action
Integrate everything
Get on with your life!
All of these techniques work through the process of distraction. In the Big Drift, you start by preparing yourself by raising your hands up infant of your face, palms facing you and looking at your hands as if they weren’t really your hands. In step two allow oner arm to lower automatically, while you review your life lessons.

Once your arm reaches your lap, you can then review your problem or purpose for self-hypnosis. Step four involves allowing your second arm to descend while you review the myriad of possibilities.

The next step involves you simply choosing for yourself a new behavioural pattern. Step six involves closing your eyes, if you haven’t already done so and integrating all of the steps together.

Step seven is all about learning how to “let go” and learning how to get on with your life. Focusing on something too intently only slows the process down; so there is no need to think too much about your issue once you finish your session.

In order to listen to your unconscious mind, you need to begin tuning into your intuition and paying attention to your gut feelings about whatever is bothering you. The messages of the unconscious can be subtle, but other times they may metaphorically slap you in the face.

When you use self-hypnosis you really have no idea how your unconscious mind will present the opportunity or change to you. Using these methods allows you to open up your mind to a host of new possibilities – possibilities that your conscious mind could never come up with!

A top tip is not to take self-hypnosis or yourself too seriously, it’s meant to be a fun process. You can take as many or as few of these tips as you want, because only you know what works for you and you will only really find out what works for you when you play around with them all and practice with these techniques. This will enable you to find the combination that works best for you. With your conscious mind out of the way – anything is possible!

You need your conscious mind to help you make important decisions throughout your day. Without it, you could not function. Always keep in mind though that your unconscious mind is vastly larger than your conscious thinking mind. Using the idea of the iceberg once again, you can clearly see that your unconscious mind plays a huge role in your life.

Programming your unconscious mind is easy, once you decide what you want to work on. The truth of the matter is that many problems you have can be solved using self-hypnosis because your unconscious mind is quite brilliant and it can help you achieve any goal.

The trick is getting your conscious mind out of the way and these techniques can help you do exactly that.

One Final Word

Obviously I am a firm believer in what we can achieve when we learn to access and harness the power of our unconscious minds. However, sometimes we need a little outside assistance because when we are the root of our own problem/s, it can be extremely difficult to solve it from inside our own minds. If this is the case for you, then I strongly recommend that you do your homework and find yourself a Hypnotherapist in your area that you feel comfortable working with and use their knowledge and experience to help you resolve your problem/s and make the changes you want and need to make.

Whatever path you choose, I wish you every success and much happiness.

Simon

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Adapted from a post by the Hypnosis Training Academy