Here’s what you need to know about ayahuasca, the natural (and psychedelic) antidepressant

Here’s what you need to know about ayahuasca, the natural (and psychedelic) antidepressant

( Natural News ) Perhaps you’ve heard tales of people visiting South America and trying ayahuasca. This psychoactive brew is said to be very enlightening, but what exactly is it – and is it safe? Ayahuasca is a tea made with the leaves of a plant called Psychotria viridis and the stalks from a vine known as Banisteriopsis caapi . Sometimes other ingredients and plants may be added. The psychedelic substance in P. viridis is called DMT, and it is responsible for much of the effect the tea has. It’s combined with the B. caapi to enhance its effects and boost its bioavailability. Although the sudden buzz it’s been getting might make you think it’s new, it is actually centuries old. It was used by ancient tribes in the Amazon for religious and spiritual purposes, and some religious communities in places like Brazil still use it as a sacred beverage. There’s also a ceremonial component, with a shaman or “curandero” responsible for preparing the brew and leading the ceremony. The vine is cleaned and then smashed up prior to boiling to facilitate the extraction of its medicinal compounds. After boiling and reducing the concoction, the water is set aside, and the process is repeated using the remaining plant material to create a highly concentrated liquid. What happens when you take ayahuasca? The tea affects your central nervous system and brings you to an altered state of consciousness. This typically includes hallucinations, euphoria, and even out-of-body experiences. Some people will also experience paranoia and fear. It generally kicks in within 20 to 60 minutes of consuming it, and the trip it induces can last for as long as six hours. Many people experience vomiting and diarrhea along with the psychological effects, and this is said to be part of the […]

What does it mean to have a happy gut? For starters, a healthier body

What does it mean to have a happy gut? For starters, a healthier body

( Natural News ) The gut microbiota has been a topic of numerous research over the past few decades. The word “microbiota” refers to a collection of microorganisms that live in an established environment. Your gut contains billions of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and even fungi. Many studies have observed how microbiota interacts with aspects of human life and linked these gastrointestinal bacteria to the onset, incidence, and treatment of a number of diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease and cancer . A study published in the journal Gastroenterology and Hepatology claimed that having a wide variety of healthy bacteria in the gut can give various health benefits , including enhancing the immune system, improving depression symptoms , as well as fighting obesity. Keeping your gut and microbiota healthy is key to keeping your bodiy in tip-top shape. Inversely, you can also keep the gut microbiota happy by leading a healthier lifestyle. Trust your gut with these health tips A healthy gut is a happy gut and there’s no better way to keep the microbiota blooming and healthy than striving toward a healthier lifestyle. Here are a few ways to improve your gut bacteria: Change up your diet A normal, healthy microbiota contains several different species of bacteria. Each of these bacteria plays a specific role in improving your health and requires different nutrients to flourish and grow. Studies have shown that a diverse microbiota is a healthy one. The more kinds of bacteria you have in your microbiome, the more health benefits you can reap from keeping them healthy. Discover how to prevent and reverse heart disease (and other cardio related events) with this free ebook : Written by popular Natural News writer Vicki Batt, this book includes everything you need to know about preventing heart disease, reversing hypertension, […]

Stressed out? Manage your stress with these 10 tips

Stressed out? Manage your stress with these 10 tips

( Natural News ) Having healthy lifestyle habits is essential for your overall health and well-being. This includes managing your stress levels . Stress, mood, and your health High stress levels can negatively affect your diet and workout. Adriane Kozlovsky, a clinical dietitian at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital , explained that wellness goes beyond having a balanced diet. It also involves other crucial factors like regular physical activity and effective stress reduction. Your stress level can affect your health, just like eating junk food or staying in bed or on the couch the whole day. If you’re having a stressful day (or week), follow these 10 tips to manage your stress and boost your mood. 1. Get enough sleep You need seven to eight hours of quality sleep every night. If there are factors that prevent you from getting an adequate amount of sleep, set aside an hour or at least 30 minutes during the day for a refreshing power nap. 2. Exercise regularly According to the American Heart Association , adults need about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week, 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week, or a combination of both. Meanwhile, children aged six to 17 must have at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity per day. Experts recommend mostly aerobic exercises for kids. If your schedule is packed, develop an exercise routine that fits into your spare time. This ensures that you have enough time to get the exercise that you need without sacrificing your other tasks. Discover how to prevent and reverse heart disease (and other cardio related events) with this free ebook : Written by popular Natural News writer Vicki Batt, this book includes everything you need to know about preventing heart disease, reversing hypertension, and […]

BIPRI is Optimizing Nutrition to Help Improve Adults’ Memory

BIPRI is Optimizing Nutrition to Help Improve Adults' Memory

BIPRI introduces Brain & Memory Fuel, a pharmacist-formulated blend of natural ingredients for supporting memory, focus and circulation FRANKLIN, Tenn., Oct. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Four in ten adults in the U.S. age 65 or older have some form of age-associated memory loss, according to findings published in The British Medical Journal . "About 10% of people aged 65 years or older have mild cognitive impairment, and nearly 15% of them develop Alzheimer’s disease each year," the study continues. Pharmacists and brain science experts at BIPRI Wellness are helping adults of all ages and health backgrounds optimize their nutrition in order to promote improved brain health and support for cognitive function. Real Life Improvements: Memory & Cognitive Function One of the company’s latest pharmacist-formulated nootropics, Brain & Memory Fuel , is already making an impact among users looking to improve their memory and ability to focus. According to one customer, "Just like most people, when I turned 50, I felt my memory was not nearly as good as it used to be. My ability to quickly recall facts and figures was noticeably slowing down and it worried me. I started taking the supplement from BIPRI, and now I feel my memory has not been this good in 30 years." Research Behind Brain & Memory Fuel A blend of nutrients and botanical extracts, Brain & Memory Fuel contains powerful nootropics, such as acetyl-l-carnitine, bacopa, Sharp-PS (phosphatidylserine) and huperzine A. According to a 2016 study , " Bacopa monnieri has also been shown to improve specific domains of cognition, sensitive to age associated cognitive decline (particularly processing speed and memory)." A 2014 study reports , "Improvement of some memory functions has been observed in cognitively impaired subjects as a result of PS supplementation […]" " HupA treatment significantly attenuated markers of […]

You may solve a problem better if you “sleep on it”

You may solve a problem better if you “sleep on it”

You may solve a problem better if you sleep on it In a new study, researchers found people actually might solve a problem better if they “sleep on it.” In fact, the researchers were able to improve problem-solving upon waking by manipulating a critical process during sleep. The study provides important information about information processing during sleep, as well as incubation for problem-solving—why we sometimes solve a problem better after a break. The research was conducted by a team from Northwestern University. It is known that people rehearse or ‘consolidate’ memories during sleep, strengthening and reorganizing them. It’s also known that this natural process can be boosted by playing sounds associated with the information being rehearsed. Because many tricky problems are solved by thinking of them in a new way, the team hypothesized that rehearsing unsolved problems during sleep would help people refine their memories of the problems, and improve their chance to solve them the next day. In the study, people attempted several puzzles in the evening while listening to specific sound cues. While they slept, a program presented sounds associated with half the puzzles they had failed in the evening. The following morning participants solved the puzzles that had the associated sound cues played overnight better, compared to the puzzles that got no cues. This shows the evidence that brain processing during sleep is helpful to daytime cognition The team says if people want to solve problems or make the best decisions, better to sleep on it than to be on Twitter at 3 a.m. The research is the first demonstration of actually improving problem-solving by targeting memories for unsolved problems for extra processing during sleep. It strengthens the suggesting sleep reorganizes memory, and suggests that problem-solving may benefit from sleep due to rehearsal and consolidation of […]

Swisse Wellness Launches Two New Product Ranges to Support Beauty, Focus, and Immunity

SAN DIEGO: Swisse Wellness, a global premium wellness brand today announces the launch of two new product lines in the U.S., including the Jelly range and Australian clay masks. Formulated using premium quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins and naturally sourced ingredients, Swisse is thrilled to introduce a range of products that will appeal to wellness enthusiasts and on-the-go consumers. The brand-new Jelly line is the first innovation from Swisse that was developed uniquely for the U.S. market. The Jelly line offers a portable alternative to tablets and gummies that fits easily into busy lifestyles. The Jellies provide a completely new supplement format that makes getting your daily nutritional boost feel like a good-for-you treat. All three products in the range are plant-based and gelatin-free, using premium and effective ingredients including Yerba Mate, Green Tea, Manuka Honey, Elderberry, Goji Berry, and Aloe Vera. We’re thrilled to offer our consumers a new and convenient way to get a nutrient boost for the body, brain, and beauty needs, that truly fits into their on-the-go lifestyles, says North America Vice President Kimberly Weld. While the range looks and feels different than Swisse’s heritage products, they are still formulas based in science, made with premium ingredients, in alignment with the brand’s commitment to quality and efficacy. Available in three versions – Focus Boost Jelly, Immune Support Jelly, and Beauty Boost Jelly – all are sold in a package containing ten individual jellies. The Jelly range is free from gelatin, gluten, soy, dairy and artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. The full product line, listed below, is available on Amazon and other health and wellness e-commerce sites serving the U.S. market and beyond. Focus Boost Jelly – supports brain function, memory and concentration, containing Cera-Q, a silk protein hydrolysate which can support cognitive functions, and traditionally prized […]

Facing a problem? Sleep on it

Facing a problem? Sleep on it

People may actually solve a problem better if they ‘sleep on it’, according to a study which suggests that brain processing during sleep is helpful to daytime cognition. The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, sheds light on information processing during sleep, as well as incubation for problem solving – why we sometimes solve a problem better after a break. "We know that people rehearse or ‘consolidate’ memories during sleep, strengthening and reorganising them," said Kristin Sanders, first author of the study and a doctoral student at Northwestern University in the US. "It’s also known that this natural process can be boosted by playing sounds associated with the information being rehearsed," Sanders said. The researchers hypothesised that rehearsing unsolved problems during sleep would help people refine their memories of the problems, and improve their chance to solve them the next day. In the study, people attempted several puzzles in the evening while listening to specific sound cues. While they slept, a programme presented sounds associated with half the puzzles they had failed in the evening. The following morning participants solved the puzzles that had the associated sound cues played overnight better, compared to the puzzles that got no cues. "This study provides yet more evidence that brain processing during sleep is helpful to daytime cognition," said Mark Beeman, professor of psychology and a senior author of the study. "In this case, if you want to solve problems or make the best decisions, better to sleep on it than to be on Twitter at 3 am," Beeman said. ADVERTISEMENT The research is the first demonstration of actually improving problem solving by targeting memories for unsolved problems for extra processing during sleep. It strengthens the literature suggesting sleep reorganises memory, and suggests that problem solving may benefit from sleep due […]

Take a break, solve a problem snooze-style: Sleeping helps organise thoughts

Take a break, solve a problem snooze-style: Sleeping helps organise thoughts

Problem solving may benefit from sleep due to rehearsal and consolidation of problem memory. WASHINGTON: People may actually solve a problem better if they ‘sleep on it’, according to a study which suggests that brain processing during sleep is helpful to daytime cognition. The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, sheds light on information processing during sleep, as well as incubation for problem solving — why we sometimes solve a problem better after a break. "We know that people rehearse or ‘consolidate’ memories during sleep, strengthening and reorganising them," said Kristin Sanders, first author of the study and a doctoral student at Northwestern University in the US. "It’s also known that this natural process can be boosted by playing sounds associated with the information being rehearsed," Sanders said. The researchers hypothesised that rehearsing unsolved problems during sleep would help people refine their memories of the problems, and improve their chance to solve them the next day. In the study, people attempted several puzzles in the evening while listening to specific sound cues. While they slept, a programme presented sounds associated with half the puzzles they had failed in the evening. The following morning participants solved the puzzles that had the associated sound cues played overnight better, compared to the puzzles that got no cues. "This study provides yet more evidence that brain processing during sleep is helpful to daytime cognition," said Mark Beeman, professor of psychology and a senior author of the study. "In this case, if you want to solve problems or make the best decisions, better to sleep on it than to be on Twitter at 3 am," Beeman said. The research is the first demonstration of actually improving problem solving by targeting memories for unsolved problems for extra processing during sleep. It strengthens the literature […]

Did you know that losing only 16 minutes of sleep every night can significantly lower your productivity?

Did you know that losing only 16 minutes of sleep every night can significantly lower your productivity?

( Natural News ) Are you getting enough sleep every night? If not, it’s high time that you prioritize getting more hours catching those Z’s. American researchers found that losing even 16 minutes of sleep can have negative effects on a person’s daily activities , including increased stress levels and poorer work performance. They published their findings in Sleep Health (Journal of the National Sleep Foundation) . What happens while sleeping? Sleeping is comprised of two parts: NREM (non-rapid eye movement) and REM (rapid eye movement). People have three to five dreams every night, but only remember those during the REM cycle. On the other hand, it is mostly during the NREM cycle that the body performs self-maintenance . Here are some reasons why sleep is important to have a healthy body : The brain processes all the information it has gathered throughout the day. All short-term memories are filed away for future use during sleeping. The body is flooded with hormones, each with its own purpose. One example is the growth hormones released by the pituitary gland, which helps the body grow new tissue and repair itself. The immune system releases proteins called cytokines. These proteins help fight against inflammation and prevent the development of conditions such as obesity and diabetes . How losing sleep can affect your day Despite the many benefits of sleeping, unfortunately, not everyone getz the needed amount of sleep each day (six to eight hours). A study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ‘s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report showed that more than 30 percent of American adults do not get enough sleep each night . If the body is not given enough time to repair itself, it can bode problems for a person’s health in the future. Discover how […]

New Silverado Memory Care Community Now Serving Orange County

New Silverado Memory Care Community Now Serving Orange County

New Silverado Memory Care Community Now Serving Orange County BREA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 16, 2019– Silverado has opened a new memory care community in Orange County designed specifically to maximize quality of life for as many as 70 people with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-impairing conditions. The new community in Brea is Silverado’s fourth in Orange County, California other communities include Tustin, Newport Mesa and San Juan Capistrano. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191016005846/en/ New Silverado Memory Care Community Now Serving Orange County (Photo: Business Wire) According to the Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging , adults aged 65 and older account for 14.3% of Orange County’s population, a number that is expected to increase to 17.3% by 2045. Silverado’s new Brea community is located in North Orange County at 149 W. Lambert Road, and already helping to meet the needs and challenges of this growing population. Under the expert leadership of Maria Kauten, a veteran Silverado community administrator and her experienced team of professionals, Brea is now open and accepting new residents. The two-story community features indoor space purposefully built to meet the unique needs of adults with memory-impaired conditions and features outdoor space thoughtfully designed to give residents the freedom to enjoy their natural surroundings. The overall design brings the first-in-class Silverado experience to residents and their families and provides the individuals we serve with dignity, respect and the best quality of life possible. “There has been intense interest for over a decade in building a Silverado community in North Orange County, and we’re thrilled to add Brea to our family,” said Silverado Founder and CEO Loren Shook. “It’s an exciting time for Silverado because we’re changing the lives of residents and families with innovative offerings like our internationally-recognized Nexus® brain health […]