Save your BRAIN!

Save your BRAIN!

Technology - a love/hate relationship. 

Now don't get me wrong - I love Instagram and Snap Chat just as much as the next person. However, the more we "get connected" so to speak, the more we begin to test that fine line between having a healthy friendship with technology and down right addiction. Does our technology really allow us to stay connected? Or perhaps is it disconnecting us from the power of human relationships both within and around us...?

Research continues to show how internet addiction can cause deeper dysfunction within the brain, leading to mental health issues. Unfortunately, technology isn't going away anytime soon.

Additionally - Proper sleep (AND energy during the day) is dependent on proper functioning brain chemistry. Staring at a phone or computer screen moments until bed impairs the function of our pineal gland (the gland responsible for proper Melatonin production, the sleep/wake hormone). In order to produce healthy brain chemistry for proper sleep-wake cycles, your brain needs to know "it's time for bed" (AKA it's night time). Staring at a screen does just the opposite. Unfortunately, technology isn't going away anytime soon. 

Here are some ways you can train your brain to know it's time to sleep AND to help break the techno-addiction habit:

  • Limit your screen time, especially at night.
  • Instead of scrolling through Social Media, read a book 30min before bed using a book light (different light settings preferred)
  • Turn your phone to Grayscale every so often. Your brain LOVES color so turning on grayscale (perhaps at night) will make your phone look less appealing. For you iPhone 7 users, go to Settings > General > Display Accommodations > Color Filters > Turn on Color Filters and choose Grayscale below
  • If you catch yourself on auto-pilot on your device (aka the "Death Scroll"), start practicing the 5 second rule (learn more). Count down from "5...4...3...2...1..." and within those 5 seconds, move from thought into ACTION. Put away your phone and do something else - go for a walk, exercise, cook something, go to sleep, etc. 

Do you have some helpful hints and strategies to break the techno-addict habits? Comment and share with us below!

 

As always, keep inspiring!

 

Dr. Mel

 

 

 

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How to travel like a ROCKSTAR

How to travel like a ROCKSTAR

I don't know about you...

But anytime I travel to new cultures, it inspires a new sense of gratitude, adaptability, and wonder from within. 

And speaking of adaptability - traveling can sometimes challenge our bodily systems in ways we normally don't experience in every day life. 

While in Peru, my body decided to process and adapt to a whole new level for a 24 hour period. Vomiting, chills, aches, digestion releasing (I won't go into details for the sake of your own digestion), foggy brain - down right MISERABLE sums it up nicely.

Years ago, my body would have continued that "ill feeling" (or processing, letting go what didn't serve it) for weeks. But because of the lifestyle habits I've practiced over the years, within 24 hours I was back to ease, back to normal, and to be honest, I felt like a new person - I felt EVEN BETTER than I did when I left. My body kicked that bug's BUTT!

So for those of you who travel frequently or simply live life on the GO GO GO, here are some travel (and life) tips I've found to be very supportive over the years:

Get your NATURAL immunity into HIGH GEAR. Traveling to new environments can sometimes put the body into temporary "fight or flight" mode as it's adapting to new surroundings, new food, new people, lack of sleep, weird travel times, lack of energy efficient foods, etc. Because of this, it's important to make sure your body is adapting to those rapid changes. Here are some strategies to help:

  • Immune supporting foods/oils: One of my favorite daily drink concoctions to support my immune system is hot lemon (Young Living Lemon oil OR fresh squeezed lemon) water filled with raw, minced ginger (anti-inflammatory/antioxidant), raw (local) honey (supports allergies), tumeric (anti-inflammatory) and cayenne pepper (heat = cleansing). If your taste buds are feeling brave, feel free to add minced garlic (anti-bacterial) and/or apple cider vinegar (active/supportive enzymes).
  • SLEEP like a boss: Honor your full sleep rhythms (6, 7, 8 + hours a night) to build on your reserves before days of travel as sleeping on a plane/train/bus can hinder reaching you full REM cycles.
  • Prep and plan in advance: Start packing a few days (or weeks if you prefer) in advance. That way you'll give yourself time to go slow, not rush, and remember small details leading up to travel that normally in a "stressed packing mode" you might forget! No one likes forgetting your favorite travel pillow at home while already on the plane ;)
  • Get your nervous system checked periodically: Chiropractic Research has shown that one chiropractic adjustment to the spine can increase immune cell production upwards of %300-%400! 
  • Pack Thieves oil: Thieves essential oil has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. My best recommendation is to purchase your oils from a safe, high quality source such as Young Living or DoTerra.

As always, keep inspiring!

 

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