DARKCHOCOLATE MOODLIFT

dark-chocolate-768x480A team of researchers from Loma Linda University have revealed that eating the dark chocolate with a 70 per cent cocoa content has positive effects on the stress level, mood, memory and immunity. Dr Lee Berk, who led the study, said: “For years, we looked at influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content that more sugar makes people happier. This is first time we looked at impact of large amounts of cocoa in doses of small regular-sized chocolate bar in humans over short or long periods of time and are encouraged by the findings. The studies show higher concentration of cocoa has more positive impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity or other beneficial effects. Researchers carried out two studies to test the effect of eating dark chocolate. In a first study, the team looked at the impact of eating 70 percent cocoa in chocolate on human immune system, and found the treat set off cascade of reactions in turn reduced inflammation. A second study analysed brain health benefits of eating the dark chocolate, and found snack enhanced neuroplasticity in turn boosted memory. Team suggests benefits lie in a chemical flavonoid found in cocoa, plan to carry out follow-up studies to understand the mechanism behind these effects. A dark chocolate made from cocoa plant means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits from flavonoids which act as antioxidants.PROD-Dark-chocolateEndorphins bind receptors in the brain leading to feelings of euphoria, like the kind joggers get from runner’s high. The dark chocolate is a top dietary source of tryptophan amino acid like a serotonin neurotransmitter of happiness positive mood. Health benefits of chocolate often endorsed by Reader’s Digest and others recommend eating the dark chocolate for health wellness. This dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphin chemicals in the brain to create feelings of pleasure. Dark chocolate contains the serotonin antidepressant that elevates mood,” says Scritchfield. Flavanols are believed to play a role in chocolate’s mood enhancing effects. Dark chocolate benefits your brain to improve memory for good moods. Even the single doses of high-flavanol dark chocolate shown to improve performance of cognitive tests including memory test in healthy adult. Contentment is noticed in just 30 Days as new study reveals the dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa benefits mood so reduces anxiety. Cocoa benefits eaters due to the root compound called polyphenol shown to positively improve mood and enhance calmness. And those without any clinical depression, anxiety, mood swings gain good mood boost.

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PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME

06-missing-period-perimenopause-810x450Premensttual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of signs and symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression. It’s estimated that as many as 3 out of every 4 menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome. Symptoms tend to recur in a predictable pattern. But the physical and emotional changes you experience with premenstrual syndrome may vary from just slightly noticeable all the way to intense. You don’t have to let these problems control your life. Treatments and lifestyle adjustments can help you reduce or manage signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Symptom’s list of potential signs of premenstrual syndrome is long, but most women only experience a few of these problems.IMG_20180424_155805

Emotional & Behavioural Signs

  • Tension or anxiety
  • Depressed mood
  • Crying spells
  • Mood swings, irritability or anger
  • Appetite changes, food cravings
  • Trouble falling asleep (insomnia)
  • Social withdrawal
  • Poor concentration
  • Change in libido

Physical signs and symptoms

  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain by fluid retention
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Acne flare-ups
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Alcohol intolerance

For some, physical pain and emotional stress are severe enough to affect their daily lives. Regardless of their symptom severity, signs and symptoms generally disappear within four days of the start of menstrual period for most women. A number of women with premenstrual syndrome of disabling symptoms every month. PMS premenstrual dysphoric disorder PMDD signs, symptoms include depression, mood swings, anxiety, anger feeling overwhelmed, difficulty of focus concentrating, irritability and tension.istock-88554459-small-2

When to see a doctor

If you haven’t been able to manage your premenstrual syndrome with lifestyle changes and the symptoms of PMS are affecting health and daily activities, see a doctor. Exact causes of premenstrual syndrome is unknown, but several factors may contribute to the condition:

  • Cyclic changes in hormones. Signs, symptoms of premenstrual syndrome change with hormonal fluctuations and disappear with pregnancy and menopause.
  • Chemical changes in the brain. Fluctuations of serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that’s thought to play a crucial role in mood states, could trigger PMS symptoms. Insufficient amounts of serotonin impact premenstrual depression, as well as to fatigue, food cravings and sleep problems.
  • Depression. Some women with severe premenstrual syndrome have undiagnosed depression, though depression alone does not cause all of the symptoms.

FOOD AND MENTAL HEALTH

dieta-alzheimer-272x300Whenever it comes to taking care of your mental health one of the first things to consider if you’re feeling down in the dumps, stressed, unfocused, or anxious is the food you eat. Yes, that’s right what you eat, how clean or well-oiled food is so to speak affects stomach and bowels and has a lot to do with your moods and how you feel on top of doing things in life. Shauna Faulisi, holistic nutritionist and founder of a Soul Wellness Method told Elite Daily the stomach is a second brain of your body with relationship to serotonin production neurotransmitters in the body that regulates moods and overall immunity. Faulisi adds this idea is one of the first things tackled when she meets with new clients. Foods eaten will either feed the good or bad bacteria affecting mental health. And nourishing food diets by taking probiotics noticed a major improvement in own emotional well-being when she started doing both of these things. It seems obvious, at least in some way how food affects mood but truly science exists behind it all experts, say not something to be ignored when it comes to taking care of mental health. In fact, it might be one of the first things to consider if you’re feeling down in the dumps, stressed, unfocused, or anxious.pic Sugar is often snuck into foods eaten so feeds the bad bacteria and wreak havoc on good. Alcohol, refined carbohydrates and processed food Faulisi recommends focusing on foods feeding good bacteria, above-ground vegetables or bone broth, sauerkraut examples. Concentrating on incorporating kinds of such foods into your diet, means “your body and mind thank you,” says Faulisi. Dr. Michael Wald, MD, DC, dietician and board certified nutritionist breaks down this whole food and mood idea more for us. The direct link between the health of intestinal tract and brain,” he tells Elite Daily is essential. Gut’s more serotonin than brain is a chemical responsible for good feelings important intestinal tract and nervous system functions. It’s anti-inflammatory helps to promote better sleep. Neuroscience says the healthier your gut is it shows result of foods you eat. The better chance your body has to produce feel-good chemicals to improve your overall mood.logicas_cerebrais_podem_pesar_na_balanca_1__2015-04-23160411

Whatever food is put into your mouth, she explains, is going to spend the next three days traveling through digestive tract, permeating intestinal walls to be absorbed into your body’s circulatory system and tissues. “Your overall health is significantly affected by what you eat, she tells Elite Daily. Dr. Trattner says the research really shows our guts are so sensitive and filled with impressionable nerves they are, indeed, as Faulisi said, often referred to as our second brain. “The digestive system doesn’t think for us, but it does play a key role in certain diseases and communicates with brain,” Dr. Trattner explains. So, along with the foods you eat, Dr. Trattner recommends making probiotics a regular part of your daily routine, avoid refined foods with lots of sugar, estrogens and fat. mental-health-and-nutrition-1-638 downloadTherefore keep away from all processed foods or at least make it a point to snack on them in moderation. You will notice boost in your mood and mind as result. The body of evidence linking diet and mental health is growing at a rapid pace as reports show level of mental health problems of eating fewer healthy foods. Fresh fruits, vegetables, organic foods and meals made from scratch are more healthy foods than the chips and crisps, chocolate, ready meals and takeaways. Food and mood, mind the mental health charity helps those with mental health problems to eat better good mood foods. Vegetables and fruit contain a lot of the minerals, vitamins and fibre we need to keep us physically and mentally healthy. Eating variety of the different coloured fruits and vegetables every day means you will get a good range of nutrients. Eating well for mental health says Royal College of Psychiatrists in health advice. Food-and-Mood-tips-for-your-mental-healthModern user-friendly evidence-based information on eating well, nutrition and mental health is produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The link between food and mental health by the Psychological Association recommends good nutrition to improve your mental health. So put all this newfound foodie knowledge to the test next time you’re shopping for groceries, and pop a few of the recommended foods like fermented coconut yogurt, sauerkraut along with probiotics, into your basket. Growing research literature answers Western-style dietary habits in particular under special scrutiny. The modern high rate of depression says what you eat affects mental health. A large body of evidence existing confirms diet is as important to mental health as it is to physical health,” says Felice Jacka, the president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research. “A healthy diet is protective and unhealthy diet is risk factor in depression anxiety.” So pay more attention to the food you eat to improve your mood and mental health.

 

DOUBLE CHROMATIC HARP

NMM 5728.  Double chromatic harp by Henry Greenway, Brooklyn, NY, ca. 1895

This Image is Graese Gallery Double Chromatic Harp by Henry Greenway, Brooklyn, ca. 1895 NMM 5728. Double chromatic harp by Henry Greenway, Brooklyn, New York, ca. 1895. Birdseye-maple resonator and columns. Seventy-four strings; forty-three on neck to player’s left; thirty-one on neck to player’s right (FF-f4). Signed on interior of arch, at player’s left, in gold and black paint: H. GREENWAY / INVENTOR & MANUFACTURER / 545 ATLANTIC ST. / BROOKLYN, N.Y.

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Chromatic Double Harp CHROMATIC / HARP / H. GREENWAY / Inventor and Sole Maker. Gilded gesso ornamentation at tops, bottoms, and centers of columns, featuring roses, five-petal flowers, leaves, and a shield at columns’ crossing point. Interiors of neck arches and soundboard painted with gold scrolling, highlighted in black. Eight soundholes in back. No pedals. Height 165.6 cm (65-3/16″). Length of longest string: 56″ Purchase funds gift of Carole and Bruce Stavens Sioux City Iowa 1994 Harp_Lesson4_Girls_4_Harps_Interview_2 (1)harpist-on-stage-8 (1).jpg

References

1994 Acquisitions Include Rare Pianos, Harp, Woodwinds,” The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter, Vol. 22, No. 2 (January 1995), p. 2.

André P. Larson, “Double Chromatic Harp by Henry Greenway,” South Dakota Musician, Vol. 29, No. 3 (Spring 1995), p. 28.

GOD ON MEN DOING DISHES

IMG_20180418_124612In the Bible, 2 Kings 21:13 says God will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipes dishes, wiping and turning it upside down. And after washing dishes it is turned upside down or sideways to drain properly so to prevent the murky water festering to breed germs. It is interesting God says men wash and wipe dishes considered as women’s work or job. Its fascinating and surprising some men strongly feel housekeeping is women’s job. washingup-impressAlmighty God describes the real life dish washing by men and associates with the Biblical events mentioned to make an important point to warn people. God usually uses metaphors to highlight many messages to people about events that happened in living history. God points out to men washing dishes and remembering to turn them correctly not to breed and spread germs is alright and demands an applaud. IMG_20180418_120301Some will say God only used it to describe an action and so did not say that men should wash dishes. Millions of men wash dishes and cook everyday so is perfectly acceptable to do in some places throughout the world. Once a family went to buy washing machine from a big store. The salesman advised the boys in the family to convince their parents to buy a dish washer too so they do not have to do the dishes. IMG_20180418_120214.jpgHowever, this kind of thinking is flawed because the dishes have to be scraped of the leftover food bits into the bin before loading into a dishwasher. Such advise assumes those boys will not need to do domestic chores for women. Yet those boys used more cups, cutlery and plates in the family than anyone else so did not drink water from own clean cups more than once. Instead of washing own cups and plates just leave them piled high for the mother to wash. Even if a dishwasher machine cleans it is still moist or wet so has to be wiped before dishes are packed into the cupboards.  IMG_20180418_150132Despite the fact that both parents work all day long, paid their mortgage to keep the roof over their heads, buy and cooks food to feed them, pay bills. Still expect their dishes to be done exclusively only by mother. This idea is popular certain that jobs must only be done by women. Especially in paternalistic societies the macho men think that domestic chores belong to women. It was also assumed that it was the feminist movements that are responsible for demanding men do domestic chores in these modern times. IMG_20180418_124705So sometimes men vehemently object to domestic chores especially if the spouse is a full-time housewife. They argue that they provide the roof over the heads of the family, earn the bacon so domestic housework and childcare are women’s jobs. The reality is in fact those wanting a happy life need to know a happy wife is a happy life supported by all family to maintain their happiness too. Almighty God Yahweh approves of men washing dishes and wiping it dry and so men no longer have excuse its women’s job. 77836142-elderly-man-doing-the-dishes-isolated-on-white-backgroundGod could have said women washed the dishes and dry it for the Gospel message but chose men to do the dishwashing in the Bible. This does not mean only men must wash the dishes exclusively either for domestic chores require team work and wisdom. Anyone freely available than others can help with dishwashing to ease burden and load of housework. It is important to be aware Jerusalem is God’s City on earth a bone of contention of nation’s fighting to take it from God to stop Jesus’ Reign from Israel. man cleaning kitchenGod warns nations gathering together by military coalition against Israel that they succeeded in the past because HE ALLOWED them. Apocalyptic endtime attacks against Jerusalem will be dealt with by God HIMSELF. It seems nations dividing HIS City gaining an upper hand but God’s agenda unfolding Rapture and Armageddon battle take place according to Bible. God’s enemies wipe Jerusalem clean like dishes or plates wiped but all Israel shall be saved as God ordained by the 2 Witnesses and the 144,000 sealed evangelists in Israel.

ACTIVELY DEEP LISTENING

post_SilentListen_121816Actively deep listening to hear correctly, affirm and understand what people are saying means a lot to them. It is more than being a sounding board to help talk and discuss life matters. To be allowed into the deepest inner thoughts of a person takes courage so be present in here and now. Affirm by nodding and agreeing, saying “yes” to fully engage in the conversation is part of the process to ensure properly hearing person. And a feedback clarifies topics discussed to reassure person listening attentively. Be polite if speaker feels stressed, anxious, calm them, pay attention to help them open up to share innermost feelings or thoughts. It is encouraging to build their confidence to reflect on their plans and fears. Art of listening, hearing is act of love, takes commitment, ability to read between lines and desire to understand, appreciate person talking. Greatest gift coaches have is ability to help people to know where they are coming from. Listening (1)Understandably needs to provide a safe space to see life from their standpoint is so important and necessary. Life can feel lonely sometimes so knowing that someone really cares and understands matters. It is important to open up to share true feelings without thinking being judged. Health and wellbeing help the lonely or isolated to express inner thoughts and their ideas of life. A phone call to friend or passing time of the day with colleagues is what makes society happy and cohesive by including others. Idealised happiness of fantasy, domestic bliss on social media on the Facebook is unnatural needs so private, confidential space helps open up to deal with what is not working in life.Couple speaking on a benchCoach Kenny Mammarella D’Cruz, The Man Whisperer, talks of importance of men opening up, sharing “without any judgments, ‘shoulds’ or ridicule” as he regularly feels safe in his men’s groups. His workshops and meet-ups invaluable for men from teens to pensioners and offers support, understanding and the reassurance that someone really has got your back. Today ask someone about themselves, really listen, reflect and say something generous or insightful back. Watch their faces. Our ears never get us into trouble and here is a lovely quote, as David Augsburger’s thought sums up: “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.”  

ACCEPT DIFFICULT PEOPLE

IMG_20180416_174241NO MATTER how calm and kind we may be we all have on occasion difficult people to deal with. This can be among family, friends, colleagues or those who are hard to avoid. Recognise you may not like their behaviour but like them as a human being rather than deny your feelings. Separating a person from their actions becomes easier to accept them.05421daff7281196fb1e3b41fb5d3d2fOverwhelmingly imagine that you try with all your might to change direction of a river rushing downstream towards you. It will not happen so it is pointless to wish it would. Accept that person with all their flaws, open your heart to their flow and let it pass with love. And see how free you will be from resistance and pain. Accepting people warts and all builds up a person’s life.