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The Ultimate List of Superfoods

The Ultimate List of Superfoods

If you’re looking for natural ways to get healthy and you’ve ever thought about taking a supplement of some kind or eating more of a certain superfood, you’ve probably read a lot of posts and blogs about different kinds of superfoods. There are so many superfoods out there, so where do you begin? A good place to start would be to determine what you need a supplement for. Is it for energy? Digestion or metabolism? Sleep? Healthy skin?

If you need some help, I’ve created this list to get you going in the right direction when it comes to finding the superfood that best matches your needs:

Green tea

Green tea comes in the form of tea, matcha, and supplements, and is effective for many things, such as depression, weight loss, diabetes, and other health issues.

Black tea

Like green tea, black tea is good for your immune system, your digestive system, heart health, and stress relief.

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Coffee

I, for one, am a huge fan of coffee. Sometimes it gets a bad rap, but it actually has several benefits. It helps lower your risk of cancer and diseases, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, and heart disease. It’s good for your metabolism and it helps fight depression. In order to reap these benefits, you have to skip the creamer and the sugar, and take it black.

Turmeric (Curcumin)

Turmeric is a spice that comes from a plant and is often used in cuisine. However, turmeric supplements are recommended for those who need help with weight loss, fighting bacterial infections and inflammation, and preventing cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil can be recommended for just about anything. No joke. In fact, there’s almost a hundred ways you can use coconut oil with food, on your skin or in your hair, and even around the house.

Fish oil

It sounds kind of gross, but fish oil is actually beneficial for a number of things, such as depression, fat burning, stronger bones, clearer skin, hearth health, and more.

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Melatonin

Don’t get confused—this is not a sleeping pill. Melatonin is actually a natural hormone in your body that helps regulate your sleep cycle and it’s the only hormone you can buy over-the-counter. So, if you suffer from restless sleep or sleeplessness, a melatonin supplement will raise the level of the hormone in your body, and hopefully help you fall asleep.

Garlic

Not only is garlic delicious, it’s also super good for you. It has lots of nutrients that help detox the body, as well as, help prevent Alzheimer’s. It also helps lower the risk of developing heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. It’s even good if you have a simple cold.

Pine pollen

Pine pollen is a natural energy booster that’s helpful for working out and continual use promotes energy increase. It comes in a powder or as a pine pollen tincture.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is well-known for being a great antioxidant. It’s also good for your skin, as well as lowering the risk of having a stroke.

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Ginger

Ginger is great for digestion and metabolism, and not only does it help prevent colds, it also helps prevent different cancers and strengthens immunity. It’s also a great ingredient in all kinds of food!

Cinnamon

Cinnamon isn’t just a delicious spice. In fact, it’s also good for your immune system, blood sugar regulation, muscles, and energy.

Lemon

Lemons have been known to help regulate your metabolism, which helps you lose weight and improve your digestive system. They’re even good for things like acne and hangovers.

Honey

Because honey is sweet, it doesn’t sound as healthy. Honey can be a great sugar replacement and has been known to curb appetites. It also works as a great antioxidant.

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Chia seeds

Like many other things on this list, chia seeds are good for digestive and heart health, weight loss, energy levels, and more.

Water

Of course water is on this list, water is the best! It’s one of the most natural things in the world and the amount of benefits regular consumption comes with are endless. But, to name a few, it helps with weight loss, digestion, anti-aging properties, skin health, detoxification, and sleep regulation.

Many of the things on this list come in the form of supplements, but are also good for cooking or drinking. Some of these things are even amazing combined and make a pretty good smoothie.

If you’re looking for natural and simple ways to be healthier, try out some of the things on this list and develop a routine that works for you!

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

“For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

Primal Therapy

Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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How it Started

“During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

“I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

Delving deeper

Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

Some Methods To Practice Screaming

If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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  • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
  • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
  • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
  • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

Scream Sing

Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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  • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
  • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
  • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
  • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
  • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
  • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
  • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

Scream into a pillow

Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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