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Your December Issue of Natural Healing
November 30, 2021

Holistic Healing and Alternative Medicine for Your Total Health

December 2021

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“Natural Forces Within Us Are The True Healers” ~ Hippocrates



Our gratitude deepens when we begin to be thankful for being alive and living the life we are living.

Often when we practice being thankful, we go through the process of counting our blessings, acknowledging the wonderful people, things and places that make up our reality. While it is fine to be grateful for the good fortune we have accumulated, true thankfulness stems from a powerful comprehension of the gift of simply being alive, and when we feel it, we feel it regardless of our circumstances. In this deep state of gratitude, we recognize the purity of the experience of being, in and of itself, and our thankfulness is part and parcel of our awareness that we are one with this great mystery that is life.

 It is difficult for most of us to access this level of consciousness as we are very caught up in the ups and downs of our individual experiences in the world. The thing to remember about the world, though, is that it ebbs and flows, expands and contracts, gives and takes, and is by its very nature somewhat unreliable.

If we only feel gratitude when it serves our desires, this is not true thankfulness. No one is exempt from the twists and turns of fate, which may, at any time, take the possessions, situations, and people we love away from us. Ironically, it is sometimes this kind of loss that awakens us to a thankfulness that goes deeper than just being grateful when things go our way. Illness and near-miss accidents can also serve as wake-up calls to the deeper realization that we are truly lucky to be alive.   

We do not have to wait to be shaken to experience this state of being truly thankful for our lives. Tuning in to our breath and making an effort to be fully present for a set period of time each day can do wonders for our ability to connect with true gratitude. We can also awaken ourselves with the intention to be more aware of the unconditional generosity of the life force that flows through us regardless of our circumstances.


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The doctor of the future will be oneself.― Albert Schweitzer


By Parmita Uniyal

Chronic stress can lead to various physical and mental health problems if it goes untreated. Meditation is an amazing way to reduce stress by increasing awareness of self and real surroundings.

Many of us are living in a constant state of stress, to the extent that we get used to it and at times do not realize that it is not a normal state to be in. Stress in itself is not a negative term and it helps us guard ourselves from real danger. In fact, moderate stress helps us become more productive and improves our attention span and memory.

When stress becomes a habit, it acquires the form of chronic stress which is a prolonged and constant feeling of stress which could manifest in various physical and mental health problems if goes untreated. It can happen due to all the pressure and stressful situations we face every day or due to some traumatic situation.

So, it's important to manage stress, just like you manage your tasks for the day from laundry, cooking, to office work. Meditation is something which can be extremely helpful as it helps settle disturbing thoughts and creates space to think calmly. A regular meditation practice can help you go about your day in a less stressful way and improve your overall productivity.

Tim Gray, health optimizing biohacker, psychology specialist, entrepreneur and global speaker in a post on his Instagram handle explains how stress can play havoc with our body and mind. He also suggests 10-minutes meditation every day to tame stress.

"Stress is supposed to help us. For example, we see a lion, we get stressed, blood diverts away from less urgent functions like digestion, immune & flows to your muscles so you can run. Phew! We’re safe! The problem is, we’re living in a constant state of stress and our bodies can’t tell the difference, so it doesn’t think we’re safe for long periods of time," he writes.

Is my child safe at school? Can I pay the bills? Will I catch a “cold” from my neighbors? These are all stressors and impact us in different ways," he adds.He says while we can’t all leave our job or remove the stressors, meditation can help reduce stress.

Benefits of meditation according to Gray:

* Controls anxiety
* Can improve positive feelings and kindness
* Improves sleep
* Improves digestive health
* Known to decrease blood pressure

Gray says our unconscious mind makes our organs work and controls our digestion process and the way our heart pumps while we don’t consciously think about it.

"When we have a busy life or are stressed our bodies produce too much cortisol, which becomes harmful, as your body thinks it needs to constantly run away from a threat. This means multiple bodily functions gets reprioritized so that your muscles can run from threats that can harm us," says the psychology specialist.

Comparing the mind with web browser, Gray says closing some tabs can help run computer smoothly.

"Part of meditating is to increase a clear awareness of yourself and your real surroundings which reduces stress. Think of your mind like a web browser. If you have too many tabs open, your computer slows down. Close some tabs, and the computer runs smoothly again. Humans are similar. Too many thoughts and external stimulus means that our body can’t run proper. We weren’t designed to be constantly stimulated by thousands of notifications, cars speeding past us, bills to pay etc," he says.⁣

There is a reason why we get some of the best ideas or remember things when in the shower."When I started meditating I realized how much space my mind had to stop and resolve issues in my life⁣ and my health improved so much as a result. 10 minutes a day works wonders," concludes Gray.

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“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” — Buddha


by Josey Murray

If you know anything about vitamin A, it's probably that you can get your fix by eating carrots and that the nutrient is good for your eyes.* Thing is, there's actually a lot more to this vitamin than meets the, well, eye.

In addition to keeping your peepers in tiptop shape, vitamin A also helps your immune system function at its best and keeps cells growing and developing as they should (and that's not all, either).

So, what else do you need to know? Consider this your crash course in all things vitamin A—from the different roles it plays throughout the body and the resulting benefits to what's at stake with deficiency, to how you can make sure you're not falling short.

What is vitamin A?

"'Vitamin A' is a generic term that refers to fat-soluble compounds found as preformed vitamin A (aka retinol) and as provitamin A carotenoids in fruit and vegetables," says Victoria J. Drake, Ph.D., manager of the Micronutrient Information Center at Oregon State University. (Heard of beta-carotene? That's arguably the most important provitamin A carotenoid you'll find in fruits and veggies.)When we consume these various compounds, our body converts them into whatever form of vitamin A it needs and can use, adds Adrian F. Gombart, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry at Oregon State University's Linus Pauling Institute. When you eat carrots, which contain beta-carotene, for example, your body converts that beta-carotene to retinol. Depending on where in the body vitamin A is needed, your body can also convert retinol further into retinol or retinoic acid, which bind to receptors to regulate gene expression, he explains.

Clearly, there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes in order for your body to put the various forms of vitamin A you consume to work. When you consume retinol-containing animal foods, for example, the animal basically did one step of the process for you by converting the carotenoids they consumed from plants into that retinol form, notes Drake.

And when you consume carotenoids from plants, you gain the unique antioxidant attributes of beta-carotene, which is a phytonutrient (aka, plant nutrient).*

The benefits of vitamin A

The compounds we know as vitamin A contribute to a range of functions throughout the body. From the regulation of gene expression to the proper eye function to red blood cell production, the nutrient does an A+ job at keeping our bodies in working order.* It's also critical for embryonic and fetal organ development, Gombart adds.* Here's the lowdown on a few of its most important perks:

1. Immune function

An adequate intake of vitamin A contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system by supporting the integrity of the mucosal epithelium (a protective membrane that lines various organs).

Research shows that when there's inadequate vitamin A, the integrity of this lining is suboptimal, affecting barrier function of the respiratory tract, digestive tract, and eyes against possible invaders or compounds we don't want to cross these barriers. This is relevant since 45% of adults fall short on the nutrient.

2. Eye health

You surely learned early in life that beta-carotene-rich carrots are good for your eyes. Indeed, vitamin A is necessary for proper eyesight and needed in the rod cells found in the retina, which allow us to see in low light and even detect motion, says Alexander Michels, Ph.D., a research associate at Oregon State University's Linus Pauling Institute. Without proper intake of it, one's eyesight can be significantly affected.

 Maintaining ample vitamin A intake has, unsurprisingly, been linked with vision support via long-term eye health.

3. Healthy skin

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for skin as it acts as an antioxidant and supports the process through which the skin regenerates.

Its most famous skin-healthy version is actually topical: retinol, a vitamin A derivative. When applied to the epidermis, it promotes skin cell turnover, evenness, smoothness, and vitality.

4. Reproduction & growth

Scientific literature has long acknowledged the importance of vitamin A for reproduction—and researchers now know that the retinoic acid form of vitamin A, in particular, plays a role in both male and female reproductive health, as well as in the normal development of embryos.

What's at stake with vitamin A insufficiency?

Because vitamin A is key to many essential functions in the body, inadequate intake of this nutrient can have a variety of impacts. One of the most notable, according to Michels, is undesirable changes in vision, particularly at night. Suboptimal thyroid function and changes in skin may also occur.

Furthermore, vitamin A deficiency also affects the immune system. Michels notes that vitamin A deficiency, particularly in children, has been linked to higher susceptibility to outside invaders, like viruses. In fact, partially for this reason, the World Health Organization has identified vitamin A deficiency as a notable public health problem in many parts of the world.

Sources of Vitamin A

Plant sources of vitamin A are easy to spot because the carotenoids (like beta-carotene) in them give them distinct yellow and orange hues. Keep an eye out for these colors of the rainbow the next time you're in the produce section, and you'll see clear as day which fruits and vegetables will help you up your intake. Some of your many options include sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, and mango.Green leafy vegetables—think broccoli, kale, spinach, and collards—also contain these carotenoids. However, the large amounts of chlorophyll, which gives these plants their green color, keeps those carotenoids from visibly shining through.

The ultimate (i.e., most concentrated) source of vitamin A, though, comes from an animal source—and one you may not be super-stoked to eat: beef liver.

Of course, you can also get your fair share of vitamin A from supplements; most quality multivitamin formulas include it in the mix. Though different supplements may contain different forms of the vitamin, many contain both retinol and beta-carotene, for synergy reasons and to provide your body with both sources.

Also, vitamin A is fat-soluble and thus can store in fat tissue when consumed in very large amounts over time. Toxicity can be a concern with the retinol form (but not beta-carotene).

Vitamin A Concerns

Wait, what's this about retinol (or preformed vitamin A) toxicity? Yes, there is such thing as too much vitamin A, when you're getting it from animal sources and retinol-containing supplements. Since the body can regulate how much retinol it produces from carotenoids you consume, you don't have to worry about overdoing it on plant foods that contain the vitamin.

Given that, it is important to be aware of how much preformed vitamin A (aka, retinol) you are ingesting. Specifically, 900 micrograms RAE (retinol activity equivalents) per day for adults is a healthy level to support sufficiency of this essential nutrient.

Excess retinol is considered a high dose of 3,000 mcg or above (i.e., the Tolerable Upper Intake Level). Above this level, especially if you are pregnant, there can be concerns related to normal development of the fetus.

The Takeaway

Fat-soluble vitamin A is an essential nutrient for the proper functioning of various systems throughout the body. To keep our immune systems strong, our eyes seeing clearly, and more, it's crucial that we consume ample amounts of this vitamin.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications, consult with your doctor before starting a supplement routine. It is always optimal to consult with a health care provider when considering what supplements are right for you.

About the Author: Josey Murraymbg Contributing WriterJosey Murray is a freelance writer focused on inclusive wellness, joyful movement, mental health, and the like. A graduate of Wellesley College, where she studied English and Creative...


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