7 things to send your health skyrocketing through the roof!!!

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The good news is, each is easy to do and totally free!

#1 SET YOUR BODY CLOCK

With the precision of a Swiss clock, birds migrate, flowers open, and roosters crow. Animals, plants, and humans all respond to changes in darkness and light. These changes follow the approximate 24-hour cycle and have a profound effect on physical and mental health. This cycle is also known as the circadian rhythm.

Science recognizes that a “master clock” in the brain coordinates all the other body clocks so that they are in synch. Circadian rhythms influence hormone release, body temperature, sleep-wake cycles, and hundreds of other important bodily functions. Abnormal circadian rhythms have also been associated with diabetes, depression, obesity, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, etc.

To be clear, the rewards for doing this are rapid and real. Fortunately, resetting your inner clock is pretty easy to do. Within the first few minutes of waking simply exposing your eyes to as much natural sunlight as possible. When our eyes sense morning light, the body responds by being more awake and alert. For that reason, be sure not to obscure the morning sunlight with sunglasses. If you find yourself stuck indoors be sure to turn on lots of bright lights.

If we want to keep our circadian rhythm running on time, it’s equally important to develop a regular bedtime schedule. Why?

When the sun goes down we want the opposite of bright light or we risk sabotaging our melatonin production. Keep in mind that before the invention of the electric light bulb humans relied on the soft glow of candlelight. Today we are bombarded with blue light almost around the clock.

Blue light also comes to us in the form of laptops, tablets, and cell phones. Be sure to power down tech devices at least two hours before bedtime. You can also apply a filter to them such as F-lux. This is available as a free download and it actually works really well.

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#2 MUSIC IS POWER

Music can reach into parts of the brain faster than a shot of tequila. Music has been shown to reach Alzheimer’s patients where medications fail. A recent study also showed that music improved cognitive performance and recall abilities in patients suffering from dementia. No, really it’s true. Music has the ability to lift the soul. Sometimes we just have to be reminded to use it as part of our daily health routine. For just a moment I’d like to challenge you to imagine living in a world without music.

Now pause for a moment and think of your favorite song. At the end of this article, I’ll ask you to play it and see how it stirs up deep emotions. Obviously, the idea here is to lift your spirits so try to steer clear of a sad song.

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#3 EARTHING/GROUNDING

Opening ourselves up to new ideas allows us to see problems from a different perspective. You might want to hold onto that thought as we now look at earthing, also known as grounding.

Your brain, heartbeat, and neurotransmitter activity all rely on electrical signals. Without these electrical signals, there would be no life. To be clear, you and I are electrical beings. Grounding allows some of the negative charges from the earth to “ground” our body. We can do this quickly and easily by standing barefoot on grass, stone, sand, dirt or concrete. This experiment will not work on asphalt (that’s tarmac for my European homies). Think about it, apart from that beach vacation, the rest of the year we keep our feet wrapped in plastic boxes. We walk on nylon carpets, drive our cars on rubber tires, and expose ourselves to ridiculously large amounts of electromagnetic pollution.

Now ask yourself, when was the last time you placed your feet on bare earth? For many of us, this probably happens once a year on vacation. Walking barefoot on the beach felt good, am I right?

It’s sometimes said, what can’t speak can’t lie. If we look at blood samples under the microscope the differences between earthed and non-earthed blood are quite remarkable. When the two samples are set side by side it’s almost like looking at red wine and tomato ketchup. Yup, earthing improves blood viscosity.

Studies reveal that grounding/earthing has an effect on heart rate variability, cortisol dynamics, sleep, autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance, and reduces the effects of stress. In short, earthing helps put out the fire of inflammation!

Tip — Anytime you find yourself unable to think straight, find a quiet spot and let your bare feet touch the negative charge of the earth. This allows the transfer of electrons to your body which in turn helps neutralize damaging free radicals. In a relatively short space of time, the world and all its problems begin to look like a very different place. Ideally, do this for twenty minutes a day — longer is better, and less is better than nothing.

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#4 FIND YOUR IKIGAI

Having a reason to get out of the bed in the morning is probably the most important health tip of all. And yet here it is, tucked away almost undetected. The Japanese have a word for it: it’s called ikigai (pronounced ee-kee-guy). Roughly translated, it means having a purpose. It’s your reason for being.

Make no mistake — having a project you are passionate about can help keep you out of the doctor’s office. It’s as if the human soul is hardwired to have a purpose. Trust me on this one, if you want better health, go find your ikigai. When you learn to tap into what motivates you, something happens at the biological level. Ever notice how busy/motivated people rarely get sick?

Every one of us has something we enjoy doing even when there is no money involved.

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#5 LAUGHTER IS MEDICINE

It’s often said that laughter is the best medicine unless of course, you are laughing for no apparent reason, in which case I suspect you may need some medicine. Laughing in the face of adversity is a powerful cure for all known stress.

Sometimes when my wife and I were waiting at the hospital waiting for test results, I’d see a worried look come over her face. I’d then find something to make her laugh so hard that no sound would come out and she would be forced to clap like a demented seal. In this midst of adversity, it really was a beautiful sight.

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#6 COLD THERMOGENESIS

WARNING: cold thermogenesis may not be suitable for those with a serious health condition. Please consult a medical doctor before trying it.

Compared to wandering around shoeless with a flower in your hair, cold thermogenesis is a little more hardcore. While it’s not for everyone, if you can pull this off the rewards are plentiful.

Cold thermogenesis is a favorite with top sports people to aid in recovery. It can help alleviate pain, improves mood, and increases production of norepinephrine in the brain. It’s also known to be helpful in reducing inflammation. But wait, there’s more. Cold thermogenesis is said to lower body fat, increase sexual performance, improve adrenal/thyroid function and can even help with migraines.

Cold thermogenesis was something I stumbled upon even before I knew it had a name. Back in 2011 when I was seriously ill my body intuitively knew the value of this, and given how ill I was I just went with it. Years later I was surprised to learn there is actually a lot of published scientific data to support this concept.

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Some people find a similar benefit from swimming in the cold sea or sitting in a bath full of cold water. Personally, I’ve done both of these methods and lived to tell the tale.

You can also start small with this idea by filling a bowl full of water and then placing it inside the freezer. Once frozen, take it out and allow it to sit on the side until it turns to slush. Once you feel up for it, place your face in the ice water for as long as you can stand it. The first couple of times you probably won’t be able to do it for more than a few seconds. But over the week you should be able to withstand it for longer periods. Congrats — you are experiencing the benefits of cold thermogenesis with all your clothes on.

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#6 COLD THERMOGENESIS

WARNING: cold thermogenesis may not be suitable for those with a serious health condition. Please consult a medical doctor before trying it.

Light has an almost magical effect on the body. For those without natural sunshine, artificial light therapy can help to mimic elements of natural sunlight. This form of light therapy affects brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep.

Today, smaller light therapy boxes can fit on a desktop and are designed to help those with a seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is a form of depression that occurs when sunshine is least available during the winter. Exposure to a lightbox for as little as thirty minutes a day can help stimulate a change in the hormones that affect mood.

RED LIGHT THERAPY

Red light therapy differs from light therapy just described. Again, it’s light that you can see but, as the name suggests, it’s a red glow. There are a couple of different types of red light and they each play a different role. In this section, you need to pay attention to those differences because understanding them will impact your health in different ways.

Red light therapy falls into the visible light spectrum between 630–700 nm on the electromagnetic scale. It’s often used to treat the surface of the skin. Red light therapy can be thought of as healing and regenerative. It accelerates wound healing and can be applied to muscles or joints to reduce swelling or pain.

I like this option because it’s noninvasive and drug-free. There are lots of options out there, some offer good value for the money and others can be quite expensive.

As with any of the following therapies, it’s important to keep the light away from your eyes. Ideally, you should invest in a set of inexpensive goggles similar to those used on some tanning beds.

Tip — If you are on a shoestring budget, simply purchase a red heat bulb found in most pet shops. They are sometimes used to keep young chicks warm. If it comes with an inexpensive lamp holder, bingo — you now have red light therapy for less than twenty bucks!

Red light therapy also soothes inflamed tissues, is good for headaches, sinus pain, nasal congestion, sore throats, earaches, and coughing. Red light therapy can help you get a deeper, more restful night’s sleep. It promotes relaxation and is believed to reduce anxiety and irritability.

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Okay, now here’s where we switch to a totally different type of red light so it’s important to make the distinction. You should know that the folks at NASA were early proponents of the following types of light.

INFRARED (AND NEAR-INFRARED) THERAPY

Here we are talking about two different lights, the main distinction relates to the wavelengths. Infrared light typically falls into the invisible part of the light spectrum with wavelengths between 700 and 1200 nm, while near-infrared light falls into the spectrum of 700 nm to 2500 nm. Of the two, near-infrared can be thought of as deeper penetrating,

Near-infrared frequency can have a healing effect on our individual cells. Inside the mitochondria (hello again) there are receptors that respond to near-infrared wavelengths. This light triggers an increase in cell metabolism, protein synthesis, and antioxidant activity. This all helps the cells to detoxify. Near-infrared light also reduces inflammation (and pain) while simultaneously triggering growth and regeneration in the cells.

Near-Infrared light comes to us in the form of halogen, laser, and LED. The preferred technology is LED because the surface temperature can be controlled. It also disperses over a greater surface area giving a faster treatment time. Near-infrared LED also has a gentler delivery, will not damage tissue, and carries less risk of accidental eye injury. You can also tap into this technology by joining a local gym that has an infrared sauna as part of its membership.

What did we learn from this?

Each of the light therapies in this chapter offers a wide range of health benefits. Light therapy can affect mood, circadian rhythm, and many other body processes. Red light therapy is helpful with joint and muscle pain and near-infrared therapy can act as a cell rejuvenator, among other things.

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