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Power Thoughts: Input To Change Your Life

Power Thoughts: Input To Change Your Life

Thoughts are the foundations of our entire lives. How do you make that foundation strong so you can build the life you want?

Thoughts are our inputs. We think over 60,000 thoughts per day, all the while creating our lives, whether consciously or unconsciously. The choice of what we think is ours, even if we don’t realize it. When we decide we want more harmony, more joy, more happiness, more love, and more abundance in our lives, we have taken the first step in taking back our power and control. Our bodies and life experiences are reflections of what we are thinking. Every moment, we infuse our lives with thoughts. Those thoughts are feeding our body, our emotions, our experiences. Like building a muscle in our body, becoming aware of the inputs and thoughts we are cultivating takes awareness and time. Awareness can begin by just reading an article (like this one!) and becoming knowledgeable about the power you possess within. Over time, staying aware and recognizing the type of thoughts you are thinking will help the mind to weed out the thoughts that are not of the highest vibrations.

Positive thoughts, such as healing, kindness, love, joy, happiness, cooperation, peace, and high self-esteem, will improve your entire life. Negative thoughts, such as anger, control, low self-esteem, revenge, hatred, prejudice, and fighting, produce stress and make the body and our experiences feel sluggish, slow, and uninspired.

Ready to try out this knowledge and change your life?

Let us take our body image as an example:

1st Statement: I am fat.

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This is a very mean statement. You are attacking yourself and your image. By adjusting it, like unscrewing a screw, one turn at a time, we release the meanness of the statement and the power it possesses.

2nd Statement: I am a bit heavier than I want to be right now.

Feel the change? You are now making a statement relative to a goal you have for your body image. The thoughts are getting better and the power will increase.

3rd Statement: I am doing the best I can in this very moment and my body is reflecting all the inputs I have been giving it. These inputs include what I am thinking about it, all I feed it, and how much I move it.

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Fantastic. You are shifting the very inputs that determine how you feel about your body. This moves the thoughts up on the vibrational scale. The attacking has ended and self awareness of where you are at right now versus where you want to be is occurring. This is how all change begins.

4th Statement: I am ready to make improvements in my body because I want to feel stronger, healthier, and love my body again.

Bravo! You now recognize your body is yours and you do control all inputs: the thoughts you think, the food you eat, the movement you create. By changing just a few of our thoughts, we have moved from a place of self-attack to self-empowerment — yes, it is that simple!

These concepts are being proven again and again by science. The thoughts we think are even able to influence our DNA.

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“HeartMath deems integral elements of the model for who we are and what we can be are the thoughts, feelings and intentions we have every day. After two decades of studies, HeartMath researchers say other factors such as the appreciation and love we have for someone or the anger and anxiety we feel also influence and can alter the outcomes of each individual’s DNA blueprint.” —Heartmath.org: “You Can Change Your DNA”

The inputs you create all day become part of your body and trigger emotions. The emotions trigger chemical reactions in the body and influence how you feel, look, and act. The inputs we give ourselves determine what our minds communicate to our bodies and, in turn, how our lives unfold.

Becoming aware of our inputs and weeding out what does not help us allows the creation of a barrier which prevents additional negative thoughts from creating an endless loop within the mind. Remaining aware of what you are thinking provides the tools to be able to change your thoughts.

Louise Hay, the Queen of Positivity, has helped to build an empire of self-help gurus. Through her own journey of healing, her experience with cancer, and other challenging circumstances, she has produced many self-help books. In addition, Hay House, her publishing house, shares the power of thoughts with the world.

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“Through Louise’s healing techniques and positive philosophy, millions have learned how to create more of what they want in their lives, including more wellness in their bodies, minds, and spirits. Her own personal philosophy was forged from her tormented upbringing. Her childhood was unstable and impoverished, and her teen years were marked by abuse. Louise ran away from home and ended up in New York City, where she became a model and married a prosperous businessman. Although it appeared that her life had turned around, it was not until the marriage ended 14 years later that her healing really began.

Louise started what would become her life’s work in New York City in 1970. She attended meetings at the Church of Religious Science and began training in the ministerial program. She became a popular speaker at the church, and soon found herself counseling clients. This work quickly blossomed into a full-time career. After several years, Louise compiled a reference guide detailing the mental causes of physical ailments, and developed positive thought patterns for reversing illness and creating health. This compilation was the basis for Heal Your Body, also known affectionately as “the little blue book.” She began traveling throughout the United States, lecturing and facilitating workshops on loving ourselves and healing our lives. ” — Louisehay.com

Enjoy the beautiful audio of Louise Hay sharing affirmations and the power of those thoughts.

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on August 12, 2019

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

1. Nuts

The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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2. Blueberries

Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

4. Broccoli

While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

6. Soy

Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

7. Dark Chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

9. Foods Rich in Zinc

Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

10. Gingko Biloba

This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

11. Green and Black Tea

Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

12. Sage and Rosemary

Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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