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How an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Helped Me to Overcome PTSD

By Beth Lauren, certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, founder of Sangha NYC and author of Reeling: Misadventures in Moviemaking, Money and Love

It can be challenging to assess how the mind contributes to a person’s overall physical health. Still, the mind-body connection is now widely accepted by Western medical traditions as it has been by Eastern medicine for centuries.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that can occur in people who have experienced a traumatic event such as combat, a severe accident, or sexual assault. Studies have shown that the hyperarousal symptoms of PTSD may also put a survivor in a constant state of stress and anxiety. It’s common knowledge that both put tremendous strain on a person’s body, increasing the risk for physical health problems including cardiovascular disease, asthma, chronic pain, sleep apnea, and a host of gastrointestinal disorders.

The mind and body work together in both harmony and disharmony. For years PTSD troubled my mind and continued its descent through my body, resulting in bouts of IBS, sleep apnea, and insomnia. PTSD was my enduring legacy as a rape survivor. I was just 12 years old at the time of my assault. I would be 46 when I first began to process this violent and painful experience that was too much for both my brain and body to handle for 34 years.

Five years later, I became an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor and adopted the daily routine, or dinacharya, an Ayurvedic lifestyle recommends practitioners follow. And now, at the age of 55, I’m experiencing the best mental and physical health of my life.

Ayurveda is an ancient healing system. Using a holistic approach, Ayurveda balances manas (mind), shareera (body), and atma (soul) for optimal health. The goal of practitioners is not merely to prevent and cure disease but to focus on optimizing physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Managing both mind and body together is the approach needed to treat symptoms of PTSD successfully.

Ayurveda also offers a personalized methodology that is well-suited for treating the individual needs of those who have PTSD. No one’s pain is the same. How trauma manifests in the body can be affected by climate, pre-existing health issues, age, genetics – so many factors.

An Ayurvedic way of living: diet, daily routine, yoga, and meditation 

On my journey, I found that I wanted my body and soul to follow once my mind was free from suffering. I began by paying close attention to how my eating habits affected my mood, digestion, and weight. It wasn’t just what I put into my body, but when I ate—the time of day and my state of mind when I was eating contributed to my malfunctioning digestion. Emotional eating was an issue for me, as it is for so many survivors, especially women. How many television shows and movies have we all seen where the heroine soothes her broken heart with a pint of ice cream?

In Ayurveda, food is medicine, not a consolation prize. Choosing foods that are in harmony with the season, grown locally, and favor one’s dosha—the energetic force of nature that comprises one’s unique body constitution—is essential for following an Ayurvedic lifestyle. I also found that eating primarily hot cooked foods and adding warming spices such as turmeric, cardamom, cumin, and cinnamon nourished my body and brain.

The more I learned about what an Ayurvedic lifestyle could offer, the more it seemed intuitive. Simple adjustments such as having my largest meal for lunch instead of dinner made sense to me. Why wouldn’t I give my body as much waking time as possible to digest heavy foods?

Digestive strength is paramount in Ayurveda. Maintaining strong agni or digestive power supports the body’s immunity, and a robust immune system is essential for managing daily stressors. Digesting doesn’t just apply to nutrition. We are constantly digesting our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Healthy agni is key to a calm and peaceful state of mind, so all three don’t overwhelm us.

My daily practice includes 1-2 cups of Cumin, Coriander, Fennel (CCF) tea, a traditional Ayurvedic blend that supports digestion and gently detoxifies the liver. CCF’s calming and cooling qualities work well with all constitutions.

Several Ayurvedic herbs nourish and calm the brain and body, but the one I recommend as the most productive is ashwagandha.

A powerful herb in Ayurvedic healing, ashwagandha has been used in India for centuries for a wide variety of conditions, including stress, anxiety, insomnia, joint pain – the list is endless, and it includes some of the most common PTSD symptoms. In Ayurveda, specific herbs are adaptogens, which help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment and internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia. Ashwagandha is one of them.

Yoga is so much more than a way to stretch and strengthen muscles. Daily practice can provide mental clarity and peace, providing a spiritual and psychological foundation for Ayurveda. It’s no mystery why certification as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor includes a yoga module. For me, slow-paced yoga postures such as paschimottasana (seated forward bend pose) and matsyendrasana (half spinal twist pose) help to keep me calm and relaxed.

Given that the mind-body connection is fundamental to Ayurveda, it’s evident that meditation would be, like yoga, an integral component of its practice. Meditation helps us to attain awareness and harmony by experiencing inner calm and deep relaxation. While the violence I survived will always produce lingering feelings and thoughts resulting in anxiety, sadness, and eyes that fill with tears, all those emotions are less charged now. Those memories no longer imprison my body and brain. I can honestly write that a 5,000-year-old modality has been a massive part of my recovery, and for that, I am very grateful.

ABOUT BETH LAUREN

Beth Lauren spent over a decade in the film industry as a writer, producer, and director. She poignantly and humorously documents the devastating journey to produce her second feature in her memoir, Reeling: Misadventures in Moviemaking, Money, and Love. Beth wrote and produced the feature film, Fairytale of New York, which premiered at the New Filmmakers Series 2000 in NYC. She wrote, produced, and directed the short films: Immaculate Concoction and Getting Ned, in addition to co-producing and consulting on several plays and short films.

She is a certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor and is the owner of Sangha NYC, where she offers virtual and in-person Ayurvedic counseling services and products. Sangha NYC enjoys a partnership with Nirogam, one of India’s largest and most trusted suppliers of Ayurvedic medicines. Beth is the Well-Tech World Summit organizer, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland, in March 2022.

How Sleep Apnea Affects Mental Health and What You Can Do About It

You might not know that you have sleep apnea. However, your partner can probably tell. 

This rule holds even if they don’t kick you during the night to get you to stop snoring. The sleep disturbances caused by this disorder can impact your mood, turning normally pleasant people into snarling grumps. Here’s how sleep apnea affects mental health and what you can do about it. 

1. It Makes You Edgier 

Do you find yourself snapping at your spouse or children when they ask you an innocent question? Undiagnosed sleep apnea can make you irritable and edgy. 

Research shows that sleep-deprived individuals report an increase in negative emotions like anger and a decrease in positive ones. Further complicating the issue is how mood disorders such as mild depression can often disrupt sleep patterns. The combination results in a vicious cycle, with sleeplessness increasing depressive symptoms that only spur further insomnia. 

Talk to your doctor if possible. While you don’t want to rely on prescription sleep aids, a short-term course can help you reset your cycles. Over-the-counter aids such as Benadryl also assist some in getting their Zzz’s. A doctor can also help by informing you of what other treatment options exist outside of medication. Many people report holistic methods work well for them. Whatever the case, your mood should improve once you get sufficient rest.

2. It Disrupts Focus 

Remember the last time your alarm didn’t wake you up in time for work in the morning? Chances are, you felt “off” the remainder of the day. 

Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing multiple times while you sleep. You might not remember waking up from this phenomenon — but your body absorbs the effects as if you tossed and turned all night. The impact on your cognitive abilities remains the same. 

You might not even know if you have the disorder. Approximately 80% of those with severe to moderate sleep apnea remain undiagnosed. The process involves undergoing a sleep study, which isn’t without complicating factors. Many folks find it challenging to sleep with wires taped hither and yon, leading to many inconclusive and false-negative results. 

However, you might feel the effects in the workplace. Many people with sleep apnea report feeling tired all day despite getting what they thought was a full night of sleep. Pay close attention to the way you feel throughout the day at work and elsewhere. If you find that your normally detail-oriented self starts missing zeroes on budget reports, talk to your doctor.

3. It Could Spur Compulsive Overeating 

Your body contains two stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline spurs your initial fight-or-flight response, and cortisol takes over when stress becomes long-term, preparing your body for a prolonged onslaught. The problem is, you can’t escape modern stressors like unpaid debt the way early humans outran hungry lions. 

As a result, excess cortisol production prepares you for physical exertion that never comes. This hormone makes you crave foods high in fat and calories for lasting energy — but you never burn it off. The result is unwanted pounds that stress you out even more. 

4. It Can Cause Drowsy Driving 

Did you know that remaining awake for more than 18 hours impairs your driving ability as much as a blood alcohol content of 0.05%? That’s right — drowsy driving is as dangerous as taking the wheel when intoxicated.

Your youth and good health won’t protect you from an auto accident. A wreck causing ongoing health issues, such as those resulting in traumatic brain injury (TBI), can cause severe financial hardship, given the lack of single-payer coverage in the United States. You could find yourself out of a job at a time when you need your employer-sponsored health insurance more than ever and end up buried in medical debt. 

Pay attention if you notice that you frequently arrive at home or work with little recollection of how you got there other than knowing you must have driven. Everyone zones out behind the wheel occasionally, but you should call your doctor if it happens all the time. 

5. It Can Impact Your Close Relationships 

Even if you can blame your irritable mood on sleep apnea and the resulting disruption, knowing the reason doesn’t spare your family the grief of living with a grump. If left untreated, the associated behavioral changes could damage your closest relationships. 

Therefore, if you won’t seek help for yourself, do so for the people you love. Living with or even just having a close with relationship with someone who is moody and down all the time can really take a toll on your friends and family, especially if they are trying their best to help you and be supportive but are met with hostility. This kind of dynamic can eventually lead to people distancing themselves from you.

You’ll likely discover that you will personally feel happier than ever too once you address the underlying cause of your irritability. You might even live longer — loneliness increases all-cause mortality. 

Methods of Treating Sleep Apnea 

What should you expect when you speak with your doctor? You have several treatment options to explore: 

  • CPAP: A CPAP machine is the gold standard in treating diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. It forces your airway open, making breathing possible. If you have health insurance, your carrier will probably cover the cost of your device, minus any copays and deductibles. 
  • Surgery: Some people can’t tolerate the mask that the CPAP device requires. In such cases, doctors may perform surgery to remove excess tissue from your soft palate and stabilize your upper airway. 
  • Holistic Methods: Many people find that shedding excess weight helps improve sleep apnea symptoms. Elevating your head on numerous pillows can keep tissue from blocking your airways and disrupting your slumber. 

Sleep Apnea Can Affect Mental Health — Talk to a Doctor if You’re Suffering

Sleep apnea can adversely impact your mental health. Please talk to your doctor about your treatment options so you can feel better. 

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GOOD PHARMA TRAVEL PRODUCTS

IN YOUR POST-PANDEMIC TRAVELS YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER THIS HELPFUL TRAVELING COMPANION – GOOD PHARMA

As more and more people pull away from their pandemic pasts and step toward travel adventures for business and pleasure, they should consider bringing along products that can help them feel a bit cozier. Just like the comforts of home, these products can help people relax, rest and stay well during their travels. Wherever travelers roam once again, these products can make them feel like they’re having a spa-like experience in their hotels and on their planes.

We were recently introduced to Good Pharma’s line of products that would help these efforts quite a bit. Good Pharma Rest Assured has everything one needs to try to get a  good night’s sleep after a long journey. Good Pharma Resilience gives users a much-needed boost to immunity along the way. Good Pharma Brain Gain grants the ever-needed ability to perk up and focus after a flight and while on the go.

Good Pharma offers coffee and tea infusions with functional mushrooms and botanicals which help with sleep, the immune system and focus. Good Pharma Rest Assured is a caffeine-free, tasty tea infusion which supports the restorative sleep you thrive on. Good Pharma Resilience allows you to support your immune system daily. Good Pharma Resilience is a rich, fresh brew of Chaga Mushroom, green tea and supportive botanicals, all offering powerful antioxidants. Good Pharma Brain Gain is a fresh brew coffee infusion, enhanced with Lion’s Mane Mushroom extract, which supports the brain and offers a “jitter free” journey in getting your creative juices flowing.  The company’s mantra is that it deliciously revives old-world wellness practices from “Nature’s Pharma” with the power of modern science. A vibrant life thrives with proactive practices of self-care, liberating what’s possible from the inside out. Good Pharma’s Pour-Over Fresh Brews engage the senses in a satiating ritual, elevating you to the top of your game and helping you revel in a powerfully effective, yet craveable, path to a balanced, optimized life on the road!

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Best CBD Oil for Anxiety: Top Brands In 2021

Referred to as “fight or flight response,” Anxiety can occur once in a while, and it is entirely normal. Nevertheless, modern life places us in situations that make us anxious lots of times. This is regardless of facing any life-threatening situations. A myriad of plants is known for their relaxing properties, but cannabidiol has come out strong in this department. It is considered helpful in fighting depression and easing anxiety symptoms, as well as other stress-related conditions.

That being said, where will you find high-quality cannabidiol product such as CBD oil? How will you find a reliable brand with all the numerous companies in the industry? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Here we will review the top CBD brands and the CBD oil each company has specifically manufactured to deal with anxiety, followed by a comprehensive buying guide.

Top 7 CBD Oils to Combat Anxiety and Depression

As mentioned above, this article will help you better understand the top CBD brands in the industry and the specific product each brand produces to deal with anxiety. Here’s a short overview of these top brands you should consider for anxiety relief.

#1 Fab CBD – Best Overall

#2 Medterra CBD – Best THC Free

#3 Nuleaf Naturals – Best Full Spectrum

#4 cbdMD – Best Selection

#5 CBDPure – Best Value

#6 CBDistillery – Most Versatile

#7 Joy Organics – Most Reputable Brand

So, without further ado, let’s delve into the review

Criteria We Followed for Choosing The CBD Oil Brands

There are plenty of options when it comes to selecting CBD oil for anxiety. But which one really stands out? There are numerous ways you can evaluate a CBD oil for determining the best ones. For example, reputable brands will take their products to be tested in third-party labs. Besides, they will make these results accessible to their customers. Like these many of the following factors can provide a positive signal to make a CBD oil product apart from others.

So, these followings are the factors we took into consideration for evaluating the oils mentioned above.

Source of the oil

Hemp is the major source of CBD oils. THC is typically high in Marijuana-manufactured products. It gives the user a “high.” Meanwhile, CBD oil produced from Hemp has reduced THC. For this reason, it is recommended to buy CBD oil manufactured using Hemp to avoid getting “high.”

Process of extraction

The process through which the CBD oil was extracted is vital since you wouldn’t like to consume CBD oil with impurities. Some of the extraction methods include;

Solvent extraction

This process involves utilizing alcohol to dissolve the plants` waxes. While it is a pretty good method of extraction, it’s not commonly used for industrial extraction.

Olive oil extraction

The other method is the olive oil process, which includes combining olive oil and the plant. This will be followed by heating to a particular temperature before extraction.

Carbon Dioxide extraction

Lastly, we have the CO2 extraction procedure. It produces high-quality CBD oil. It is the best CBD extraction method.

Third-party testing

Make sure you only purchase CBD oil that a third-party lab has tested. For instance, a product tested by a lab is genuine. They will make sure that the product you’re using has no impurities. The only way to be sure of this is to see the third-party test results and not the manufacturer’s results.

Brands Reputation

Once you decide to combat your anxiety using CBD, you should ensure you deal with the best brands like the ones we’ve reviewed in this article. A reliable brand retails pure, top-quality product.

Furthermore, they have their CBD oils tested by a third-party lab and specify the source of their Hemp. It would be best to purchase CBD oil from the manufacturer’s website. If you want to learn more about CBD oil brands click here.

#1 Fab CBD – Best Overall

The Fab CBD full-spectrum CBD oil has very little amounts of THC. The bottle comes in five different flavors; vanilla, citrus, berry, natural, and mint with the strength ranging from 300 to 2400mg. You can consume it by itself, or you can add it to your drinks and food. Also, it is made using simple ingredients, and MCT oil is its carrier oil.

The oil has the perfect amount of consistency and balance of other ingredients. We found the oil to be the purest out of all the others you’ll find described below. If you’re in the hunt for a good and effective anxiety relief CBD oil, Fab CBD oil is the one to get as they are listed as one the best CBD Oil brands for anxiety on La Weekly’s website.

About The Brand: It would have been a remiss of us to review the top brands producing CBD oil and not include the FAB CBD brand. It is among some of the best CBD brands in the industry, and it produces the best CBD oil in the market.

Thanks to their broad research and amazing products, you can consume reliable CBD supplements without worrying. Their products are prepared using pure ingredients. They’re precisely devised to enhance your mental relief. The company spent close to one year before developing the ultimate formula for its products.

Strength

Each bottle of 30 ml CBD oil has 300mg to 2400mg potency options

Results

Fab CBD oil is minimalistic and thorough, and it is at the top of this list for a reason; it gets the job done. To find more information about the company and their products, you should visit their website. You can easily find the product you require.

Rating

4.9/5 Stars

#2 Medterra – Best THC Free

The oil tincture from Medterra is among the few Broad-Spectrum CBD products in their line-up. The product comes with droppers which are handy in measuring to ensure you consume the dose you desire. Since this is a Broad-Spectrum tincture, it comes with additional cannabinoids and natural terpenes, which come with different benefits. This tincture comes in two flavors; natural and strawberry mint.

About The Brand: This is a world-class CBD company, and its medical board includes doctors and veterinarians who specialize in various disciplines. This group of doctors and vets inform most of the decisions made by this firm in terms of quality control and CBD formulations.

When searching for top-quality CBD products, Medterra is the way to go. They have numerous products, from pet treats to CBD oils and tinctures to topical, and they are all manufactured using premium quality CBD.

Strength

500mg to 3000mg of CBD per bottle options available.

Results

Medterra has manufactured numerous CBD products for pets and humans. Most of the people who have tried out their products do not have any complaints; they’re even grateful. Their products are top-quality, and since their CBD oils are broad-spectrum, they do not contain THC, which is ideal for individuals who are avoiding THC.

Rating

4.9/5 Stars

#3 Nuleaf Naturals – Best Full Spectrum

The 30 ml CBD oil from Nuleaf Naturals is prepared from organic pure hemp seed oil and hemp extract. Most of the buyers have nothing bad to say about it. It is well-known to reduce stiffness, pain and helping you sleep better. Also, shipping and delivery are quite fast.

If you compare other oil brands to nuleaf naturals, you’ll find they actually focus quit a lot on their CBD oil products. And the results just speak for themselves. We actually were very satisfied and impressed with their full spectrum oil.

About The Brand: Nuleaf Naturals was founded in 2014, and since then, they have been producing high-quality CBD products. While Nuleaf Naturals may not have tablets or gummies since they only make CBD oils and tinctures, their products are among the best in the industry.

They even have a line of products for your furry friend, and one of the most popular products in this line is their CBD oil that deals with Arthritis. This company is yet another reliable firm that earns your trust by providing reports and lab results if you want to know what your bottle of CBD contains.

Strength

300mg to 6000mg CBD Full spectrum options available

Results

As per the reviews from customers, the Nuleaf Naturals Full-Spectrum CBD oil is effective and pure. There are very few complaints though they’re mostly about shipping issues. Considering this is Pure Hemp oil without additives, it will get the job done.

Rating

4.8/5 stars

#4 cbdMD – Best Selection

The broad-spectrum CBD Oil from cbdMD is vegan friendly and is made using three ingredients; natural flavor, Hemp extract, and MCT oil. The natural taste of CBD oil might not be pleasant for most people, which is why they also have this CBD oil in berry flavor.

This flavor does reduce the natural taste since it’s a strong jammy-like flavor. To consume it, place it beneath your tongue and hold for a minute. Also, you can blend it in drinks or food if you don’t like the idea of having oil beneath your tongue.

About The Brand: cbdMD specifically targets customers searching for alternatives and different aspects of what wellness is supposed to be. Their CBD oils are broad-spectrum, which includes not only cannabinoids but also terpenes. When combined, these ingredients work efficiently to boost all the benefits CBD has to offer.

Strength

300mg to 6000mg CBD Full spectrum options available with 30ml or 60ml bottle sizes

Results

cbdMD is a well-known company, and its products are consistent. The berry-flavored CBD oil is quite tasty, which is why a lot of people like it. It is a combination of health and good taste.

Rating

4.8/5 stars

#5 CBDPure – Best Value

Apart from having no flavor options the Hemp oil from CBD Pure tastes quite tart, which is really expected. As their brand name suggests they offer only the purest form of cbd oil free from flavorings and other irrelevant ingredients. They come in three different sizes with different strengths. The lowest potency features 3.3 mg for every serving.

On the other hand, this is full-spectrum oil, meaning you access the synergistic impact from all terpenes and cannabinoids, which lead to reduced effective dosage.

About The Brand: This would not have been a complete list of the best CBD brands if we did not include CBD Pure. This company is known for manufacturing top-quality CBD products and unmatched transparency. Their hemp oil is typically extracted using CO2 and methodically filtered from the plant matter, leaving it with a lovely golden color.

Strength

comes in three potencies 300mg, 600mg, and 1000mg

Results

CBD Pure has a reputation for transparency. If you have any issues or questions about their products, they have no problems dealing with them. Their lab results are usually readily available—and they produce top-quality and reliable products.

Rating

4.7/5 stars

#6 CBDistillery – Most Versatile

The CBD Oil tincture from CBDistillery is among the most common CBD products currently. CBDistillery CBD oil tincture offers a sense of calmness, thus reducing anxiety. The oil is also gluten-free, vegan, and organic. Besides, it is tested by a third-party lab, as mentioned above.

The two dosages it comes in this oil an ideal choice for daily use, and it is the perfect depiction of efficiency. This tincture`s price tag is affordable, and they offer free shipping within the USA. The potency, ingredients, and quality of this product make it an excellent pick. CBD users should consider its organic ingredients, potency, and effectiveness.

About The Brand: While this CBD brand does not produce the cheapest CBD products in the industry, many individuals still prefer buying their products. CBdistillery has all their CBD products tested for pesticides, bacteria, and other hazardous substances that can be harmful to the user by third-party labs. These results are readily available.

Like all their products, the one we review here which is full-spectrum features less than 0.3% THC. we also saw that they offer isolate option for CBD Oil, that offer 0% THC. What does this mean? It means they are legal, and you won’t get “high” after using them.

Strength

500mg to 2500mg Strengths of Full-Spectrum CBD Oils available

Results

CBDistillery CBD oil is for serious CBD users who prefer products prepared with organic ingredients and effective results. Also, it helps with anxiety and offers the user calmness.

Rating

4.6/5 stars

#7 Joy Organics – Most Reputable

This Hemp oil from Joy organics is produced in five variants; fresh lime, tranquil, organic bliss, summer lemon, unflavored. Except first one everything is in broad spectrum. You can buy all these products in 30ml bottles.

The classic hemp oil has a variety of cannabinoids. It is infused with terpenes, cannabinol, and broad-spectrums of CBD. The hemp extract has more than 100 phytocannabinoids. Besides, it is blended with cold-pressed hemp seed oil.

On the other hand, the fresh lime has full-spectrum Hemp, MCT oil, organic key lime oil and organic stevia. The complete Hemp CBD oil is prepared using hemp extracts such as CBDA and CBD. Also, it includes additional terpenes. The fact that it has numerous phytocannabinoids and terpenes assists in achieving the “Entourage effect.”

About The Brand: This is a family-owned firm with a high Bureau rating. They have been awarded multiple industry certifications. Recently, their products were leaping bunny and vegan approved.

They have never been involved in any serious lawsuits. Meanwhile, they offer. Moreover, their products are affordable, Also, Joy Organics have a reward program for their clients and assistance programs. These programs have separate plans for people earning below a specific income, living with disabilities, and veterans.

Strength

450mg to 2250mg of CBD strengths available in 30ml bottles

Results

Joy Organics is obviously a company that values its reputation with zero lawsuits since its inception. Their products are clearly well-researched and offer numerous benefits to the user. Their Hemp oil is ideal for managing insomnia, depression, and chronic pain.

Rating

4.6/5 stars

A Quick Overview of Anxiety, Depression, and CBD oil

It’s common knowledge that CBD is a Cannabinoid present in the cannabis plant. Even though more research needs to be done, some studies confirm that CBD could help ease symptoms of insomnia, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety.

If you have been thinking about buying a bottle of CBD oil to reduce stress and anxiety, you may have had difficulty considering all the intimidating products in the market. Moreover, the vocabulary utilized can also be frustrating.

While there really is nothing that makes a particular CBD oil product better than another at managing anxiety, once you purchase a quality product, there are high chances you will benefit a lot.

To make the search easier for you, we’ve done all the research and found the best CBD oil that meets your needs, as you’ll see later on in this article.

Is There Any Scientific Proof?

Most of the research done on CBD and its role in easing anxiety symptoms is still in progress. Clinical trials must be done to find out the precise doses for particular conditions. However, a 2015 review of the studies that had been done show that CBD could be utilized to manage anxiety disorders such as;

  • Panic disorder
  • General anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety

Apart from Anxiety What Other Goods Does CBD Oil Do?

Other than anxiety, CBD oil helps in alleviating many other various conditions. But it is not actually a cure for any disease. Avoid any CBD brand that explicitly claims CBD oil treats something. However, it does ease symptoms to help users feel better and more comfortable which can really help with certain conditions.

For example, you can reliably use CBD for pain and inflammation. Various studies show that cannabidiol oil relieves different forms of pain, including backaches and joint pains in your body. CBD in itself has anti-inflammatory properties that help in lowering arthritis pain.

CBD oil can also improve your quality of regular sleep. The calming effect it has on users is helpful if you are having trouble to get a good & healthy amount of sleep. Besides, anxiety and stressful conditions are some of the causes of insomnia, and CBD can help with that too. Just take a serving before bed and enjoy having a good night’s sleep.

Now, let’s talk about seizures? Cannabidiol oil reduces the severity and regular frequency of seizures in patients. In 2018, the FDA has already approved a drug called Epidiolex, which contains CBD to assist in treating different types of epilepsy, The Dravet Syndrome and The Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome to be specific.

Also, for having the anti-inflammatory capabilities, CBD oil might help with skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. Other than that, CBD inhibits the overproduction of sebum, which prevents acne from getting worse.

There are many other potential benefits of CBD oil, including it being anti-tumor and helping with mental disorders. However, more studies are necessary about the capabilities of CBD in improving different health conditions.

How is cannabidiol oil able to benefit your body in the above ways? It has to do with CBD interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Your body has an ECS with receptors all over it. The system regulates functions such as pain, mood, appetite, sleep, and immunity responses. It allows your body to be in homeostasis. CBD enhances the performance of the endocannabinoid system to enable it to handle pain and other functions better.

Note that dogs and other pets also have an endocannabinoid system. That is why companies offer CBD oil for pets, so they can enjoy the same benefits of CBD as humans.

How CBD Oil Compares To Other Medications

Currently, Cannabidiol has not been approved as an anxiety treatment method by the FDA. While several kinds of research seem to show that CBD might be handy in treating anxiety, more research is required.

On the other hand, plenty of research has been done on most anxiety medications. Also, this medication has been FDA approved. But some users have seen significant results by using CBD. Overall, you should consult your doctor before using CBD or any anxiety medication.

Full-Spectrum vs Broad-Spectrum: Which CBD Oil Should You Pick for Anxiety?

Full-spectrum features extracts that occur naturally from the Cannabis plant, such as flavonoids, terpenes, and cannabinoids. Besides, they have not more than 0.3% of THC. This is the best CBD oil since there is a lot of evidence that it is more efficient.

Broad-spectrum CBD has similar compounds as full-spectrum CBD, but they do not contain THC. Therefore, if you are trying to avoid CBD, you should go for broad Spectrum CBD oil. CBD isolate is a pure form of CBD that does not have any cannabinoids, THC, or plant compounds. It doesn’t have odor or taste, as well.

CBD Oil Dosage for Anxiety

For best results, you should consume CBD tinctures sublingually. To measure the dose you need, utilize the dropper, then squeeze the drops beneath your tongue. You should hold it for approximately 20 seconds before you swallow it.

The product’s label lists the amount of CBD contained in the bottle. Even though the serving amount might not be indicated, it is the strength or the potency.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to consume a full dropper. If you’re just beginning using CBD, start with a small amount and assess its impact before consuming more.

Possible Side Effects of CBD Oil

Products infused with CBD react differently depending on the user. Essentially, oil is not supposed to cause a reaction. Nonetheless, some users have reported nausea, diarrhea, and loss of weight after consumption. For this reason, you should consult a doctor about using it.

Is CBD Oil Legal?

CBD products sourced from Hemp typically feature not more than 0.3% of THC, and they are legal under federal law. However, they are illegal under several state laws. On the other hand, Marijuana-derived products are not permitted under federal law but are legal according to some state laws.

Whether it’s legal or not depends on the laws of individual states. But, remember, non-prescription CBD infused products are not approved by the FDA, and they might be labeled inaccurately.

Conclusion

So, there you have it, CBD oil for anxiety, the top brands, and a complete buying guide. The health benefits of consuming CBD products are numerous, but research is still ongoing on whether it can be used to manage various conditions.

More research is still needed, but most users have found CBD products to help manage conditions like chronic pain, insomnia, and anxiety. Without enough evidence and human studies, it isn’t easy to give specific doses, and since CBD products are in the market as supplements, it’s more challenging to know for sure what you’re consuming.

But, at the end of the day, if you decide to use CBD oil for anxiety or depression, consult a doctor first.

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Best CBD Oil for Sleep

Best CBD Oil for Sleep: Top Brands In 2021

Poor sleep quality affects your personal life and productivity at work. Perhaps an issue is keeping you up at night, or you have a health condition that makes it hard for you to have sound sleep. CBD oil can help, and the CBD market offers a variety of brands to consider buying. It can be a challenge deciding which product to utilize, especially if you have never used CBD before.

However, things become easier when you know the features of the best CBD oil for sleep. Below is a guide on CBD oil and how it can help you have better sleep, including products to keep in mind during purchase.

How to Choose the Right CBD Oil for Sleep

You should spend your hard-earned money on quality CBD sleep oil. Manufacturers make CBD oil differently, and the market has multiple top brands to consider using. Keep in mind the following factors when buying CBD oil for insomnia.

Active Ingredients

The best CBD oil for sleep contains simple ingredients, usually CBD and a carrier oil such as MCT, hemp seed oil, or olive oil. However, some companies provide flavored CBD oil. Ensure that the flavoring is from all-natural sources. Common CBD oil flavors include mint, citrus, and berry. The carrier oil should also be organic to protect your health from the harm of artificial components.

Quality of CBD

The best CBD for sleep is made from grown organically hemp, which is free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Natural farming practices ensure that farmers grow hemp that does not pose health risks to consumers. Colorado is one of the popular locations from where CBD brands get high-grade, organic hemp. Nevertheless, some manufacturers have their own hemp farms.

Note that hemp and its byproducts are legal federally according to the 2018 Farm Bill that became law. The regulation has made it possible for more farmers to grow hemp without getting in trouble with the authorities. Many states have already legalized hemp, so CBD brands have more areas to get quality hemp. They can also grow their own hemp plants.

Strength

CBD hemp oil for sleep comes in various concentrations ranging from 10mg/ml to 60mg/ml and even higher. If you are a beginner, start with the lowest strength a brand provides. However, if you have been using CBD oil for a while, you can try out a stronger potency. Nonetheless, the CBD oil strength you choose also depends on the severity of your symptoms.

Price

Some top CBD brands are costlier than others are. However, quality is what matters. You can get a more affordable CBD oil that is also high-quality. A high price does not necessarily mean a product is of better quality than others, and a lower price does not mean poor quality. The pricing depends on the manufacturer. If you do not have a tight budget, you can buy pricier CBD oil as long as it is high-grade with safe, organic components.

Type of CBD

Companies use three types of CBD in making CBD oil. Full-spectrum CBD provides the effect that enhances the effectiveness of CBD. Experts explain that CBD works more efficiently when used with other hemp components. Full-spectrum CBD contains cannabinoids–mainly CBD–and has minor ones like CBG, CBC, and CBN.

It also incorporates THC, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids. THC is the cannabinoid responsible for making users high, but hemp contains only 0.3% THC, so full-spectrum CBD oil made from hemp will not make you high. On the other hand, broad-spectrum CBD oil doesn’t have any kind of THC, but contains CBD and the minor cannabinoids and also has terpenes.

If the only component you want from hemp is CBD, go for CBD oil that contains CBD isolate. Other hemp elements are removed to remain with CBD only.

Best CBD Oil for Sleep: 2021’s Top Recommendations

With the above factors in mind, you stand a better chance of choosing the right CBD oil for sleep. Every product is made differently, and you should research it before making any purchasing decision. Below are the top CBD oils for sleep to try out in 2021.

Fab CBD

Fab CBD is a common brand name in reviews about the best CBD oil. The company provides a high-quality CBD oil formula made using organic Colorado hemp and MCT oil. It also uses the CO2 method to extract CBD from hemp. The process provides pure CBD that is free of contaminants, and it is the best way to derive CBD from hemp plants.

CBD Type & Strength: With Fab CBD, you get to use full-spectrum CBD oil. The brand provides four strengths to choose from 300mg, 600mg, 1200mg, and 2400mg, and they all come in 30ml bottles.

Flavors: Apart from the natural flavor, the CBD oil is also available in mint, vanilla, citrus, and berry flavors.

3rd Party Test: The company third-party tests the product at Pro Verde Laboratories to ensure customers get quality CBD oil. You can view the lab report on the Fab CBD website to verify the components you will be ingesting.

Price: Nonetheless, Fab CBD oil is affordable, with the price ranging from $39-$129.

Overall Score: 4.5/5     

Joy Organics

Joy Organics is a USDA organic certified brand that provides high-quality CBD oil to help you sleep. The product reduces stress, provides a calming effect, and help you have a restful night of quality sleep. The oil is vegan and supports your overall wellness.

CBD Type & Strength: It contains full-spectrum CBD, and you can get it in various CBD amounts per bottle, which are 450mg, 900mg, 1350mg, and 2250mg. These quantities translate to 15mg, 30mg, 45mg, and 75mg of CBD per serving.

Flavors: Joy Organics CBD oil has lime, Unflavored Organic, Summer Lemon, Tranquil Mint, Orange Bliss flavors

3rd Party Test: every batch is third-party tested for purity and potency. It is cruelty-free and contains MCT oil and organic stevia, which is a quality sweetener.

Price: The CBD oil available at a price range of $44.95-$89.95.

Overall Score: 4/5

Verma Farms

Verma Farms makes unique CBD oil with ingredients to help you sleep. Apart from CBD, it contains melatonin, chamomile, and ginseng, components that improve sleep quality. Melatonin is a substance that tells your body it is time to sleep. The formulation is also very tasty and incorporates MCT oil. These elements are all-natural to protect your health.

CBD Type & Strength: The CBD oil contains broad-spectrum CBD. A bottle carries 1000mg CBD, 60mg of melatonin, 500mg chamomile, and 1000mg ginseng. However, each 1ml servings gives your body 33.3mg of CBD.

Flavors: we only reviewed the sleep version of their oil. (Note: They offer several fruit flavors on other versions)

3rd Party Test: The lab report from Botanacor is easily accessible on the Verma Farms website.

Price: you can get the CBD oil at a premium price tag of $124.99.

Overall Score: 4/5

How to Use the Oil for Sleep?

If you are asking whether CBD help with sleep–yes, it can. However, you need to use CBD oil correctly to ensure you get the benefits it offers for sleep. You should administer a few drops of the best CBD oil under your tongue and wait for 15 seconds or more before swallowing. The oil moves into your bloodstream fast to provide relief for insomnia. Use CBD oil before you go to bed and have the effects kick in to help you fall asleep.

However, if you are on prescription drugs or have a medical condition, speak to your doctor before using CBD sleep products. CBD interacts with some medications, which could affect their performance. Nevertheless, most people tolerate CBD quite well and do not experience any wellness problems when using it.

Dosage Guide for CBD Sleep Oils

As mentioned earlier, CBD beginners should start with the lowest CBD oil concentration. Doing so allows your body to gently familiarize with the product and respond accordingly. Surprising your system with more potent CBD oil is not a good idea. With time, you can shift to a higher CBD oil strength if need be and continue enjoying the benefits it offers.

Nonetheless, if you have been using CBD products for a while, you can try out stronger CBD oil and provide your body with the sleep support it needs.

Other Benefits of CBD Oil

Apart from improving sleep quality, CBD oil has other benefits that enhance full-body wellness. For instance, CBD oil has calming effects that come in handy when you are stressed or anxious. It helps you calm down and focus on what is essential instead of obsessing about a stressful situation. A sense of calm helps you stay composed and boosts the quality of life in general.

CBD also has mood-regulating properties that help with depression symptoms. It can put you in a better mood and help you alleviate the negative thoughts and feelings. Besides, CBD is anti-inflammatory. Inflammation can cause serious health conditions such as cell damage and heart problems. CBD helps your body fight inflammation-related illnesses. It also supports recovery after exercise to enable you to be in good shape and achieve your fitness goals.

Besides, research has shown that CBD has pain-relieving capabilities. The benefit is helpful for many people dealing with various types of pain, including migraines, arthritis, and backache. You can try CBD oil for pain instead of using addictive over-the-counter painkillers.

CBD oil can also lower the severity and frequency of seizures. To provide more proof to that, the FDA in 2018 approved a drug called Epidiolex, which contains CBD to help in treating epilepsy in children. If medications have not been as effective, speak to your doctor about using CBD oil.

Other CBD Products to Try Out

With the legalization of hemp and its byproducts, the CBD market is flooded with a variety of CBD products for buyers to consider using. Aside from CBD oil, manufacturers also offer CBD gummies, topicals, vape pens, capsules, and powders.

If you do not want to swallow CBD oil or want a more convenient way to use it, CBD capsules are ideal for you. They are more discreet, as they look like regular pills. They are great for on-the-go CBD use, and you will not taste any CBD oil. Each capsule contains a specific amount of CBD, so you do not have to measure anything.

CBD gummies are a delicious way to consume CBD. They are available in various mouthwatering flavors, and like capsules, each gummy carry a given amount of CBD. While some brands provide jars of gummies with one flavor, others provide bottles with differently flavored chews.

However, CBD infused gummies are efficient, as they ensure you ingest the full amount of CBD as the manufacturer intended. Gummies coated with CBD might lose some of their potency due to high temperatures and humidity.

The CBD topical category features several products, including creams, salves, and bath bombs. Topicals provide relief to the affected body part instead of targeting your entire body. For that reason, they are efficient for issues such as joint pains and muscle soreness. Besides CBD, topicals usually contain additional components such as essential oils that give them fantastic aromas.

They also incorporate skin-nourishing ingredients such as shea butter and aloe vera extract. Make your baths more relaxing with CBD bath bombs. However, CBD salves tend to have higher CBD amounts than creams, making them suitable for severe symptoms. Since CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, its topical might help with skin conditions such as Acne and Psoriasis.

Top CBD brands also provide CBD vape pens. Vaping provides quick relief as CBD moves almost immediately into your bloodstream. When you draw on the mouthpiece, the vapor moves into your lungs and crosses into your bloodstream quickly to provide wellness benefits such as calming your body.

Despite vaping being the fastest way to get CBD into your system, vaping, in general, has been linked to lung problems. That is why you should be careful. If you have not started vaping, speak to your physician before beginning for your safety.

You can also use CBD in the form of powder. You can consume it as it is or add it to your baking recipes. Besides, you can add CBD powder to food and beverages and enjoy the benefits.

Lastly, How Do You Buy the Oil?

You should buy CBD oil from manufacturer websites. That way, you are confident of getting high-grade products directly from a given brand. Instead of single items, you can also buy bundle packs to save money. If there are any discounts and deals, use them. Nevertheless, if hemp is legal in your area, you can go to a CBD dispensary near you and buy CBD oil. Make sure the store is reliable and licensed. Besides, only spend money on the best CBD oil for sleep.

Identifying high-quality CBD oil from the many available brands does not have to be difficult. First, check the quality of CBD. It should be made from organic hemp, as it is free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Such components are harmful to your health. You should also find out the CBD extraction method a company uses. The best way to make CBD from hemp is using CO2. It is a solvent-free process that enables manufacturers to make clean CBD and safeguard your health.

Apart from in-house tests, an excellent brand takes its CBD oil through third-party testing at a certified laboratory. The lab report should be easily accessible on a brand’s website. While some manufacturers use lot numbers at the bottom of CBD oil bottles, others use QR codes on product labels to enable buyers to access the lab reports.

That is not all. The best CBD oil for sleep contains all-natural components. Check the carrier oil and flavors to ensure they are from organic sources. Artificial ingredients are terrible for your health. Go for CBD oil brands that are open about their manufacturing process, lab testing, and ingredients. The last thing you need is having an allergic reaction because a given brand failed to mention all ingredients.

Choose CBD oil with simple components. CBD and carrier oil are enough, but some manufacturers offer flavored CBD oil as well.

A CBD company should also have informative, well-designed product pages on its website. It should provide all vital details about its CBD oil. A worthwhile brand also has responsive, professional customer support. That way, you get immediate feedback to your queries and any concerns you might have.

Some brands offer free shipping on all USA orders. Others only deliver orders free if they exceed a certain amount of money. The return period also differs depending on the brand. While some offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, others provide a 60 or 90-day return period.

Summary

CBD oil can improve the quality of sleep you get as long as you buy a high-grade product. Ensure the CBD oil you purchase contains safe, organic components and goes through third-party testing. The market offers various CBD oils to use, and we have discussed some of them. You can identify more using the factors we have discussed above.

Nonetheless, CBD oil has other health benefits that include alleviating anxiety, stress, pain, and depression. Such conditions also disrupt sleep and if CBD can help manage them, then CBD users can sleep better. If you have a medical condition, remember to speak to your doctor before you start using CBD oil. The same applies if you are on medication.

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This Is How to Sleep Through the Night

Do you have trouble sleeping at night and looking for advice? A lack of sleep each night can increase your risk of serious health problems. 
Some of these might include stomach problems, lack of energy, weight gain, and depression. There are tips that you need to follow to avoid these health conditions and for you to improve the quality of your sleep.
Here’s how to sleep through the night and to wake up feeling energized and rejuvenated.

Relax Your Body With Exercise

Did you know that regular exercise can prepare your body for quality sleep? Physical activity can help you to sleep through the night without disruptions. 

Moderate workout sessions can decrease the length of time it takes for you to fall asleep. Exercise also helps to relax your mind and body, which makes it easier for you to fall asleep.

Exercise is known to reduce muscle tension in the body, reduce stress, and to increase the production of endorphins, which are the ‘feel-good’ hormones. You don’t have to perform a strenuous or challenging workout to get substantial benefits.

You can dedicate thirty minutes of exercise sessions to improve the quality of your sleep. For example, your exercise routine may consist of jogging, brisk walking, swimming laps, washing your car, sweeping, or other simple chores around the house.

Try to avoid physical activities for at least three hours before going to bed. This is a precaution that you can take to give your body enough time to cool off from your workout and to prepare for sleep.

For long-term results, you need to find an exercise routine that you enjoy and stick with it. This is one of the easiest ways for you to overcome your sleeping problems.

Use a Leg Pillow

Are you a side sleeper? Your pillow can be a critical component of your sleep health. Placing a pillow between your legs is an effective technique that increases the quality of your sleep.

When you place a pillow between your legs, you’re helping to eliminate stress on your hips, prevent lower back and leg pains, improve blood circulation, and to improve spine alignment.

This technique might also be useful if you suffer from breathing conditions such as sleep apnea. Positioning a pillow between your legs may help to alleviate this condition.

Using a pillow might seem simple, but it can be very effective for you to sleep peacefully during the night. This is a comfortable sleeping position that you can utilize to enhance your sleep. 

Read this article to learn more valuable information about sleeping with a pillow between your legs.
Make Your Bedroom Comfortable
Be sure to optimize the comfort level of your bedroom so that you can get quality sleep. There might be issues in your bedroom that you’re not even aware of.

For better sleep, you might need to adjust your lighting, so that it’s not too harsh to disrupt your sleep. You can also keep your bedroom completely dark when you’re sleeping.

You might need to remove your television set from your bedroom and move it to another room. Watching television before you fall asleep might prevent you from getting enough sleep during the night.

So, you need to turn off your television screen or remove it from your room.

The electronics in your bedroom could also interfere with the quality of your sleep. Your radio, tablet, laptop, cell phone, and other items in your bedroom can be problematic.
So, it is beneficial for you to remove your electronics from your bedroom. 

Another important bedroom makeover is to change your mattress. Be sure to get rid of your old, lumpy mattress. Replacing your old mattress can be an effective way for you to get the quality sleep that you deserve. 
These are simple tweaks that you can use to turn your bedroom into a better sleeping environment. 

Avoid Smoking

Less smoking might help you to sleep better. Smoking is detrimental to your health, but it can also cause you to have sleeping problems. It might cause sleep apnea, snoring, and a host of other sleep-related issues.
Nicotine found in cigarettes could be the main reason why you’re unable to get a full night’s sleep. This is a chemical that is known to be responsible for insomnia and other issues.

When you’re trying to fall asleep, your nicotine cravings might be too intense, especially if you’re in the habit of smoking before bedtime.
Too much smoking tends to disrupt the patterns of your normal sleep cycle and might keep you awake for most of the night. Due to these problems, you should consider quitting your smoking habits. 

Avoid Caffeine

Caffeine is a common stimulant that might prevent you from falling asleep. Once it enters your bloodstream, it might cause insomnia, anxiety, irritability, and sleep disturbance.

Try to avoid caffeine intake to improve your sleep. You need to avoid drinking coffee, tea, and soft drinks before bedtime. These are essential steps for you to sleep better. 

Follow a Guide to Learn How to Sleep Through the Night

When you learn how to sleep through the night, it will be easier for you to adapt to a strategy that improves your sleeping patterns. Instead of waking up in the middle of the night, you have the chance to get the beauty sleep that you deserve.

Do you want to discover more helpful tips? If you want to read more useful articles, you can check out the rest of our website.

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5 Ways Your Relationship Can Hurt Your Health

By Robert Oldman

Anyone who clicked on a site like http://www.flirt.com and is now in a meaningful relationship as a result may well face their fair share of ups and downs. For most people, dating relationships are new and exciting uncharted territory. The experience will more typically be exemplified by happiness, contentment, fun nights out, cozy nights in. With all that going on, surely there can’t be any negatives associated with being in a relationship or dating someone? Actually, that’s not always the case at all. Your relationship can actually damage your health, in a variety of different, sometimes surprising ways. Here are five you may not necessarily have considered.

Stress

In any relationship, there will inevitably be times when you are less satisfied than others. It is pretty much impossible to coast along without there ever being moments of friction, whether this is anything to do with yourselves, or external factors have come into play.  Everything from worrying about family to money issues to work can impact your stress levels, but having doubts about your partnership can be especially concerning. If you are unduly bothered about anything at all, this can have a negative affect on everything from your blood pressure to your libido. Prolonged periods of stress can lead to even more potentially harmful problems, such as mental ill-health. After all, her aspiration can lead to his perspiration.

Overeating

There can be a direct correlation between stress and eating. What is known as comfort eating is a well-known medical condition, leading to people compensating for feelings of inadequacy by over-indulging, often in fatty or fast foods which are bad for your cardiovascular system. When couples are enjoying a healthy, relatively hassle-free relationship, they might not be aware of it but they can also do damage by spending excessive amounts of time dining out or going on regular restaurant dates. Drinking too much is another potentially risky side-effect for partners who relish each other’s company a bit too much!

Insomnia

While sleeping together and enjoying all the fruits of an active love life are all well and good, the fact you are sharing your bed with somebody can have its downside. Some partners can be restless, tossing and turning, or hogging the covers. One of the commonest issues in the bedroom department is when one of the parties has a snoring habit. Many factors can trigger this unfortunate activity, from eating late at night to drinking too much coffee to smoking, but the bottom line is hours of interrupted sleep for their other half. Insomnia brings several other issues, including impacts on mental health.

Partying

People who are enjoying a healthy and fulfilling partnership will often feel like letting off steam after a long working week. This is something which could well commence when they are at home, fortifying themselves with a few drinks prior to heading out to the bar, club or party. When couples get into the habit of indulging in liquid refreshments on a regular basis, they may well get to the stage where they no longer need the excuse of kickstarting their evening with pre-date drinks. It’s not uncommon for this type of behavior to begin on ‘school nights,’ too. People can all too quickly lapse into problematic drinking patterns, and if there are two susceptible individuals hovering near the supply of bottles, this could become something they share.

Depression

Many things can cause a relationship to slide off the rails, whether there are temporary disagreements or profound arguments. Disaffection can lead to more negative symptoms, and if these remain unchecked, the end result can be depressive illness. When one partner succumbs to any form of depression, the relationship can be tested to its breaking point.

About Robert Oldman

A Chief Writer of a relationship blog. He posseses a degree in Psychology from Kent State University and specializes in the field of interpersonal relationships as well as communication.

Avoid Clinical Entrepreneurial Syndrome

Whether you are running your own business as an entrepreneur – or running someone else’s business as an executive – there is an enormous amount of demand on your resources. You are likely to be playing the role of project manager, human resources liaison, accountant, and marketing specialist. You are the one who gets called on to extinguish fires as well as create new opportunities. All this and more, while remaining positive and energetic.

As enthusiastic as you may be about keeping the business afloat, it’s a fact that humans have a limited amount of resources available. When the demands upon us begin to exceed the energy levels that we have, we experience stress. This feeling is akin to a form of panic – and has a way of creeping into our daily operations. It lies under the surface of our consciousness, and slowly eats away at our resolve. In small doses, it can help us to accomplish great things. In large doses, and if left unaddressed, it can result in our physical and mental decline.

Stress Leads To Burnout

This doesn’t happen overnight. Those who are aware of the possibility of burnout may be able to feel it developing. Burnout is the eventual result of unresolved stress, and it is a warning sign from the mind and body that enough is enough. It is the point at which we decide that we can no longer perform the job functions in which we once took pride. We may begin to avoid work, produce lower quality work, or suddenly quit the job altogether.

The signs of stress which contribute to burnout include fatigue, insomnia, irritability, changes in weight, problems with digestion, becoming forgetful, and inability to concentrate. If you notice that these symptoms are becoming part of your daily experience, take it as a sign that something needs to change. If you aren’t able to change your workload in the face of stress, look into ways of changing your behaviors during your valuable time off. Failure to do so can mean the end of your venture as a successful business manager.

Avoid Burnout Through Being Proactive

As the stress that leads to burnout tends to attack us on three fronts – physical, cognitive, and emotional – the following are three ways to mitigate its negative effects.

Combat Stress on the Physical Level

The adrenaline and cortisol that the body produces in response to stress are responsible for activating our flight-or-fight response. These hormones prepare our bodies for action. When we fail to use this energy in an active way, it can turn on us and wreak havoc with our physical health. To disseminate that energy in a way that is best for the body, try engaging in similar actions as experienced in emergency situations – like going for a run or boxing it out at the gym.

Master Stress on the Cognitive Level

Much of what we interpret as being stressful depends on our perspective. What we have defined as our values and aspirations can fuel our sense of purpose, and that purpose can become an obsession. If we have tied our sense of self-esteem into our occupational achievements, we can become overwhelmed with producing results. To reduce that stress, which we experience over job demands and deadlines, we need to create a mental space where we are able to separate from those types of thoughts. Consider finding mental relief through engaging in meditation or mindfulness techniques on a daily basis. Venting that stress through consulting with a good therapist each week is another possibility.

Diminish Stress on the Emotional Level

Human beings need to have fun. When we engage in pleasurable activities, our body responds through releasing endorphins such as oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. Unlike the urgent feelings which stress hormones produce, these types of natural chemicals result in our feeling happy, calm, and content. Keep in mind that it is unlikely that you will be able to remove all the stress associated with running a business by having fun. But you can counteract some of it by making sure to schedule time in your busy calendar for engagement in recreational activities.

About Dr. Jeff Nalin

Dr. Jeff Nalin, Psy.D is an award-winning licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Founder and Chief Clinical Director at Paradigm Malibu Treatment Center. The center has locations in both Malibu and San Francisco.

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Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness

By Cynthia Li, MD

DOCTOR-AS-PATIENT MEMOIR REIMAGINES THE ART AND SCIENCE OF HEALING

“In Cynthia Li’s spellbinding book, we encounter the moving story of a physician struggling with her own autoimmune illness. Li’s writing is so intimate — and so exacting — that it cuts like a knife. She raises fundamental questions about the future of medicine, her own future, and about being a doctor and a patient at the same time. The result is a beautiful book that will be read and remembered for years to come.”—Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies

Millions of people worldwide are affected by autoimmune diseases. Some are common, like Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, and others are mysterious conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and dysautonomia. While the latter are gaining attention, patients struggling with these ailments are often dismissed by their doctors, families, and friends. The medical community often refers to them as “difficult patients” because they don’t follow the traditional checkboxes of illness and their symptoms can elude standard testing. When one doctor develops a disabling autoimmune illness and becomes that “difficult patient” herself, the beliefs and methods she once swore by collapse.

Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness  takes us on an intimate whirlwind of a journey with Cynthia Li—a doctor who seemingly had it all until her health took an unexpected turn, leading her to question her medical training. Dr. Li’s story is raw, honest, and vulnerable as she describes her descent first into an autoimmune thyroid condition, then mysterious symptoms that leave her housebound with no end in sight. Test after test came back “within normal limits,” baffling her doctors—and herself. Housebound with two young daughters, Dr. Li began a solo odyssey from her living room couch to discover a way to heal.

Dr. Li is forced to dive into the root causes of her illness, and to learn to unlock her body’s innate intelligence and wholeness. Dr. Li relates her story with the insight of a scientist, and the humility and candor of a patient, exploring the emotional and spiritual shifts beyond the physical body. What’s more, she chronicles 15 practical steps on “how to get off the couch,” and expands this list in Part III, so fellow sufferers can find the wisdom and inspiration to begin their personal healing journeys.

“I entered my health challenges as a doctor, and came out a healer,” says Dr. Li.  “I hadn’t known the difference before. I first had to unlearn the idea that chronic diseases are determined by a fixed number or a positive test result, or fulfilling specific criteria. So the body, I realized, isn’t a three-dimensional puzzle to be solved. It’s a living, dynamic ecosystem to be nurtured. At the heart of my healing was learning to embrace my sensitive nature.”

Drawing on cutting-edge science, ancient healing arts, and the power of intuition, Brave New Medicine offers support, validation, and a new perspective for doctors and patients alike. This is the first memoir by a doctor evaluating her own complex illness through the lens of an integrative and root-cause paradigm. While many books are written by laypeople on mysterious illnesses, having a doctor go through this journey, explaining it from the inside-out, embracing the art of intuition—and pairing it with the analytical mind—offers a whole new dimension. Dr. Li explores epigenetics, neuroplasticity, the microbiome, environmental health, and functional medicine along with acupuncture, ancestral cooking, qigong, and grief rituals to get down to the root causes of her illness. In healing herself, she learns she is healing her family, too.

“The simplest step in healing is also the hardest: believing it is possible,” adds Dr. Li.  “An insidious process often happens with chronic disease, when the illness becomes your identity, especially when it’s an all-encompassing, debilitating condition like autoimmunity, chronic fatigue syndrome, or advanced cancer. The key to shifting our beliefs is to step outside of the prognoses and diagnoses long enough to tap into the innate intelligence within our cells. Because the body is where the subconscious lives, and where symptoms are trying to tell us the imbalances that are brewing. This isn’t positive thinking. It’s physiology at its best. By addressing root causes, reducing inflammation, restoring imbalances, and connecting to something greater beyond us, healing happens as a side-effect.

About the Author:

CYNTHIA LI, MD graduated from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and has practiced internal medicine in settings as diverse as Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital, St. Anthony Medical Clinic for the homeless, and Doctors Without Borders in rural China. Her own health challenges led her to functional medicine, a paradigm that addresses the root causes of chronic conditions. She currently serves on the faculty of the Healer’s Art Program at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and has a private practice. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and their two daughters.

Connect with Cynthia Li, MD on Facebook @dr.cynthia.li and visit www.cynthialimd.com.

 

Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness is available September 1, 2019 in paperback at Amazon and other retailers.

Overcoming Chronic Illness

Did you know that 40 million Americans are limited in their usual activities due to chronic illness?

Dr. Bill Rawls, a leading integrative health expert on Lyme disease and other similar/related chronic illnesses, has created a PROVEN 5-pronged approach to overcoming a chronic illness.

As a successful OB-GYN, Dr. Rawls’ life came to screeching halt after he was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in his late 40s. While suffering with the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia (insomnia, fatigue, joint pain) and others suggesting this was something bigger (chest pain and heartbeat irregularity), his research outside of conventional medicine began. Shifting his focus from searching hopelessly for a diagnosis towards health restoration, Dr. Rawls’ new lifestyle practices of adopting a cleaner diet, being vigilant about regular exercise, and studying herbal supplements that have healing properties worked in tandem to reverse his fibromyalgia symptoms – until one summer he suffered a tick bite.

After being diagnosed with Lyme Disease and re-experiencing the same symptoms as fibromyalgia, Dr. Rawls consumed everything he could about using herbs for medicinal use; studied remedies used for hundreds of years, reviewed clinical studies, spoke with other professionals well versed in complementary and alternative therapies, and more. After applying what he had learned to himself and his practice, Dr. Rawls is a living testament to how natural health solutions work and that you can live a symptom-free life.

So what are his proven 5 steps to overcoming chronic illness?

  • Keeping a healthy whole-foods diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Stress management
  • Detoxification
  • Microbiome balance  

Dr. Bill Rawls // NC

Dr. Bill Rawls, MD, is a leading expert in Lyme disease, integrative health, and herbal medicine. In the middle of his successful medical career as an OBG-YN, Dr. Rawls’ life was interrupted by Lyme disease. In his journey to overcome it, he explored nearly every treatment possible – from conventional medicine to a range of alternative therapies. In the more than 10 years since his recovery, Dr. Rawls has helped thousands of patients find their path to healing from Lyme disease and chronic illness. He is the author of the best-selling book Unlocking Lyme, and the Medical Director of RawlsMD.com and Vital Plan, an online holistic health company.