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4 Healthy Ways Kratom Helps Stop Drug Abuse

4 Healthy Ways Kratom Helps Stop Drug Abuse

For those who don’t know, Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a plant native to Southeast Asia. It is tremendously effective as a healthier alternative to opioid abuse, and it has been used to treat people going through certain drug withdrawals.

In fact, a few people ‘round the internet have gone on to state that higher doses of Kratom made them feel a bit sedated – similar to the very opioids they’re trying to get away from! This is because Kratom has psychoactive properties, and it definitely (beyond a doubt) inspires euphoria.

And it is completely legal.

It’s no wonder many health institutions (and people already in the know) have resorted to using the plant to treat their addictions to various harmful drugs. Kratom’s leaves have been used (at low doses) as a stimulant, as a sedative (at high doses).

One of the ways to use the leaves is as a painkiller. Another way is to use the leaves to make a tea which promotes positive feelings.

Let’s take a look at why Kratom is a healthy alternative to traditional medicines used for treating several ailments.

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Helps with Opiate Withdrawal

Kratom is often used to treat drug addiction because its properties mimic the sensations induced by opiates and similar, “good-feeling” drugs. The life-saving power of this natural plant cannot be overstated or exaggerated, as it has prevented many relapses.

This is because (aside from helping people kick the habit), the beneficial plant has also been shown to help people in these ways:

  • Inspires happiness
  • Soothes upset stomach
  • Washes users in a calming euphoria
  • Reduces anxiety

Many labourers overseas even use the plant at low doses to get through a gruelling day of back-breaking work.

By the same token, those experiences might not be the same for everyone. Since all our bodies are different, and what works for one person could be toxic to the person sitting next to you, people using Kratom may instead experience:

  • Constipation
  • Uncontrollable sweating
  • Mildly-tolerable itching
  • Obnoxious nausea
  • Loss of appetite

Considering the benefits and risks, I would say the trade-off is worth it for most people. Methadone and oxycontin are two drugs that have DESTROYED thousands of lives and brought devastating horror to countless families. When it comes to Kratom, we can count our lucky stars that its side effects of nausea, itching, and not wanting to eat are mild (or so I personally think).

Is Safe at Low Doses and Not Addictive

Kratom, taken at lower doses, has been shown to provide a healthy boost of energy. This is wonderful news, isn’t it?

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Especially for people who are sensitive to caffeine and are looking for other ways to get that bit of extra “boost” to grind through the morning or late-afternoon, Kratom can be a great option.

Helps with Mundane Tasks

Another interesting effect surrounding this plant is its mood-enhancing qualities. This means that time-consuming, fun-stealing chores (such as filing taxes, cleaning the house, dealing with parents-in-law, etc.) become tolerable.

Additionally, since Kratom doesn’t impair cognitive function, you could even actually – let’s say – fill out some government forms. Such as tax forms. Its effects (when used at the proper – low – doses) are similar to painkillers. You will still manage function properly. Although Kratom’s main effect are to boost energy levels, it is by NO means a stimulant/psychoactive drug in the same vein as speed, coke, or caffeine.

In some parts of the world, Kratom is commonly referred to as “herbal speedball”, “Thom”, “Ketum”, and “Biak-biak.”

Can Be Quickly Absorbed for Maximum Effect

If you like chocolate milk, then whipping up a delicious Kratom choco-milkshake will be no problem.

There will be a problem, however, if you just add a dose of powdered Kratom to chocolate milk. The powder will float on top and not mix with the milk at all. This is bad, since you want the Kratom to be thoroughly mixed with your drink – that’s how you receive its healthy, beneficial properties.

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Ideally, to get Kratom’s health benefits in the best-tasting way of all (in my opinion), you need to transform it into milkshake form.

To do this, all you have to do is make it the same way as you would with whey protein or creatine powders. I buy chocolate-flavoured powders – chocolate is amazing. Which is why I think I’m going to try out the following “Chocolate Kratom Milkshake” recipe the next time I have some on hand. The recipe is simple to make, and all you need are a few items you can pick up anywhere.

Ideally, you want to use 1 cup of chocolate milk for each dose of Kratom. Some people suggest using chocolate-flavoured almond milk since it’s incredibly healthy but personally, I’m not a fan.

What you do next is prepare the milkshake as you would any other drink. You do this as follows…

  • Put a dose of powdered Kratom into your drinking glass.
  • Add a cup of chocolate milk to it.
  • Stir it up until the liquid thoroughly mixes with the powder.
  • Add ¼ cup of chocolate milk to get rid of any lumps and make the drink smooth.
  • Once all the lumps are gone, feel free to add whatever chocolate milk is left.
  • Drink up and enjoy!

If you don’t want to make a milkshake, Kratom leaves can be chewed (which some people do), or brewed to be used as a tea. Many people have gone so far as to smoke the leaves or to crush them up and eat them in food (like basil leaves).

Can Be Addictive If Used Improperly

As with anything, Kratom has negative side effects, as well.

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Typically, these effects result when people use much more than the recommended dosage. Blatantly abusing this wonderful plant leads some people to experience “opiate”-like sensations – this is why Kratom is a wonderful treatment for helping with opiate withdrawal.

However, it should be obvious that these sensations pave the way to addiction and relapses.

Other harmful symptoms of a bad experience are nausea, vomiting, constipation, and insomnia. (Vomiting is why I may never use Kratom again – it was a horrible experience that was supposed to be fun. I was an idiot, though, and took too much without reading up on the negative symptom related to higher doses. If you’ve ever had your mind/body/spirit altered by a plant, chemical, or substance, and you HAVEN’T thrown up, then consider yourself lucky.)

Conclusion

While Kratom can be a healthy alternative to opiates, can help with withdrawal, and can help curb addiction, be warned: Kratom itself can be addictive. As with anything we ingest (coffee, beer, food, etc.) the potential for becoming addictive is high – no matter what it is. That, however, is a story for another day.

I hope you’ve gained some valuable insight into this “mysterious” alternative so that you can make wise choices for yourself.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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