We’ve all heard of Spirulina but few of us know about the unbelievable benefits that it can have on our health. What most people might describe as fishy, slimy, or just plain awful, may hold nature’s secrets to anti-aging and longevity.
Spirulina is one of the oldest life forms on our planet. It is classified as a blue green algae that grows mostly in salt water lakes and oceans but also in fresh water too. It is jam packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and vegan protein. In fact, Spirulina contains more protein than meat, chicken, fish, and soybeans. It is extremely high in the antioxidant Beta Carotene, and is rich in amino acids, iron, Vitamins A, E, and B, and heart-healthy fatty acids.
Many health experts recommend Spirulina for it’s amazing ability to detox the blood of heavy metals, toxins, and even radiation exposure. Vegans are also super fans of this superfood because it really is the perfect plant-based food.
The latest buzz about Spirulina is that it has a positive effect on the thyroid gland which balances our metabolism along with a myriad of other bodily functions. This is mostly because Spirulina is very high in Iodine which has been shown to strongly support proper thyroid function.
Some of the additional benefits that people experience from taking Spirulina is a strengthened immune system, increased energy, better cognitive function and alertness, and it has been shown to support eye, brain, and cardiovascular health.
Even if you aren’t a vegan or vegetarian, the benefits of taking Spirulina daily are immeasurable. Look for an organic, raw capsule or powder and consume it daily. Approximately 2000-3000 mg per day is a good place to begin and you can eventually supplement up to 10,000 mg per day. The powder can be added to smoothies or juice if desired.
Nature really does know best and I for one am so happy that it produced this perfect food which can not only slow our aging process but also give us increased zest and vigor along the way!
Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert Living in Los Angeles. http://www.JayBradleyLifestyle.com
He is the Best-Selling Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!
By now we all know that proper sleep is the cornerstone of good health. But knowing it and experiencing it are two different things. Why is it that so many people are having such a difficult time getting and staying asleep? This important aspect of living longer and remaining healthy is a luxury for many.
Do you wake up often during the night? Perhaps you have problems falling asleep? Do you awaken after 8 hours of sleep feeling unrested? There are so many variables and reasons why we don’t get a high-quality slumber but here are some tips that will definitely make a difference and get you on the road to sweet dreams and restful days ahead.
MELATONIN – Melatonin is a well-known sleep enhancing hormone that is gentle on the body and offers a more relaxing and deep sleep. If you’re new to Melatonin, start with taking a 1-3 gram supplement an hour before bedtime. Alternatively, tart organic cherry juice also contains naturally occurring melatonin. Drink 1-2 oz. of tart cherry juice mixed with some water before your evening slumber.
ROOM SETTING – Many people underestimate the importance of the bedroom environment and how it contributes or interrupts sleep. Keep your room at a cool temperature (between 62-68 degrees F) and ensure that there is no distracting light from the windows, clock radios, and computers. A white noise machine or fan can also gently block out disturbing sounds.
CELL PHONE – Studies have shown that the EMF signals omitted from cell phones can interrupt your sleep. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23051584
Make sure to keep your cell phone far away from your bed and ensure that it’s on silent mode. Wi-Fi can also interfere with your sleep so it’s best to keep your computer and Internet setup in a separate room.
MEDITATION – Most of us know that meditation is good for us but we struggle with keeping it regular. A 20-minute daily meditation can shift our brain patterns and helps us to feel more relaxed and calm. This de-stressing practice will definitely improve your sleep patterns and help you to release negative emotions. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-helps-fight-insomnia-improves-sleep-201502187726
EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique is an amazing self-healing tool that can be used by everyone. You can learn the basics by searching Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl8NZKLdD9o for EFT or tapping videos. Gently tapping on your acupuncture points while repeating affirmations can help you to release emotional heaviness and stress. With EFT, people have reported a deeper, more satisfying sleep.
ESSENTIAL OILS – Lavender is the best-known essential oil to enhance relaxation and sleep. Use a pure lavender spray on your pillows, roll-on lavender oil to your temples before bed, or use 10-15 drops in your laundry detergent when washing your sheets. Other oils that assist sleep are vetiver, ylang ylang, chamomile, and sandalwood.
Sleep disturbances encumber us from operating at our fullest during the day. If your sleep difficulties continue after trying some of these suggestions, make sure to dig deeper. Consider booking a sleep clinic so that you can have a professional analyze your sleep patterns.
Take control of your life and finally get that deep, restful, and restorative sleep that you deserve.
Jay Bradley is an anti-aging, wellness, and lifestyle coach living in Los Angeles.
He is the best-selling author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, the 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger, and Feel Better!
We have all come to rely on technology and it certainly has made our lives easier. But recent studies about the potential dangers of regular cell phone use has created some controversy.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO) with its major goal to identify causes of cancer. The IARC has classified radio frequency or electro magnetic fields like those from cell phones as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” (http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf)
Learning that something is “possibly carcinogenic” is certainly enough to make most people give it some serious thought. After all, cancer-causing toxins and chemicals bombard us daily from our environment and our foods so wouldn’t it be wise to reduce or eliminate those within our control?
The message about these potential dangers shouldn’t cause fear or panic but rather give us the opportunity to make smarter day-to-day choices. It is nearly impossible to avoid regular cell phone use but here are some things that you can do today to begin reducing your exposure to these potentially harmful EMF frequencies:
- Text rather than talk – By texting rather than speaking directly into the phone, we avoid direct contact with our body in particular the head and brain.
- Use a plug-in headset – Always use a plug-in headset to avoid direct contact with your cell phone when speaking on the phone. Wireless headsets also emit EMF signals so it’s best to avoid them whenever possible.
- Airplane mode – When you must carry your phone in your pocket, put it on airplane mode to avoid emitting EMF signals.
- No child zone – Children may be at even more risk because their systems haven’t fully developed. Keep them away from regular cell phone use.
- Leave it behind – It’s rare that we have urgent circumstances so why not consider leaving your phone in the car when you’re out with friends or while shopping.
- Never carry it in your pocket – Avoid carrying your cell phone in your pocket or bra. Preventing direct body contact is best while keeping it at least one inch away from your body at all times.
- At night – Don’t keep your cell phone next to your bed. EMF’s may interrupt your sleep.
- Use protection – There are numerous cell phone cases and other tools that can reduce your phone’s radiation. Do your research to find ones that work.
While the verdict is still out as to the cancer-causing risks of using your cell phone daily, it’s best to be cautious. By making conscious choices to follow the steps above, you are reducing possible exposure to EMF signals and taking one more step to improve your odds of living a long and healthy life.
Jay Bradley is an anti-aging, wellness & lifestyle expert living in Los Angeles http://www.JayBradleyLifestyle.com
He is the author of LIVE LOOK FEEL the 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!