Better by Simonne

Health | Wellness | Lifestyle

-Negative or Postive+ The effects of negative and positive thinking on the brain

Your brain operates on four main wavelengths, Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. These wavelengths all have different purposes, and frequencies. Beta controls most activity an alert and engaged person does through the day, people experience plenty of Beta activity at work, or at the gym for instance.

The second wavelength is Alpha. This is "resting" brainwave, produced at a frequency of 9 to 14 cycles per second, a person taking a short rest in the day, or in meditation would experience a high influx of Alpha brainwave activity, being a slower frequency, it also allows for more creative thinking to take place

The third brainwave is Theta, a much slower frequency, becomes engaged when a person is in the middle of doing a task which is so routine and automatic their mind has detached from the task.  A person may experience an influx of Theta activity when driving on a freeway, or in the shower, and may receive very creative ideas, as they are now in a very positive and free flowing mental state.

The final brainwave is Delta. This is the slowest frequency, and occurs as we are sleeping.

 

Negative thinking

When a person has negative thoughts, and negative emotions, often times they are overcome by their Beta brainwave function. They tend to have insomnia, little Delta REM sleep, and hardly any resting or creative thinking Alpha or Theta brainwave function. They may experience depression, anxiety, and addictive behavior caused by an imbalance. These negative thoughts, when thought on a regular basis, even after just a couple of weeks, begin to create physical avenues, or grooves in the brain's neural path highway;  creating a bias in the brain. These avenues highjack the minds thought patterns, and cut off the brains ability to freely and readily think positive, anti-depressing thoughts.

Positive thinking can have the same effect on the brain, but in a positive way. If your mind is wired to think positively and optimistically, it will create those positive neural pathways, a bias in the brain towards positive thinking, and can help create a proper balance.

The good news is your brain can be trained, and will begin to replace the negative with positive. If your brain is stuck in a negative thinking rut, there are a few simple exercises you can do to help train your mind.

1. As soon as you begin to think a negative thought, ask yourself what the origin of the thought is, and where is comes from. For example, if you are at work and you have a public speaking engagement to attend, you may be thinking something along the lines of "I hate public speaking and I'm not good at it." Ask yourself what about public speaking do you hate? Is it because you hate speaking? Because a person speaks about 20,000 words a day on average, so it can't be that. It must be that you are fearful of the outcome of you not doing a "good job", because ultimately you want to do a good job, impress your peers, so you can do more good jobs, have more acceptance by your peers, and create more success and happiness in your life, right? You must learn to focus on the positivity of the outcome of the thing that may be giving you a hard time, that you are speaking negatively about. This same principle applies to almost every situation, whether it be a person, a place, a life situation an event, or a job.

2. When beginning to think negatively, and can't seem to see the silver lining in any situation going on at the moment, you need to get out of the bias your mind has created. Take a journal or a piece of paper and write down five things that you are grateful for that have happened that day. Do this everyday, just to help re-train your brain towards positive thinking habits, and to help create those new neural pathways; It also helps your mind relax and unwind and can allow for you to have an increase in Alpha or Theta brainwave activity, helping to reduce stress and allow for creative thinking.  It could be something as simple as your grateful for that great cup of coffee you had that morning. If you can't think of anything at all, begin with the most fundamental of things, that you woke up that morning and expand from there.

As always, make sure you are getting plenty of adequate sleep per night, and plenty of water through out the day, hormone imbalance could be a cause of over production of a certain brainwave, and must be addressed.

 

 

 

Helpful or Harmful; 5 major skincare ingridents you should avoid

I am a woman, and like most women I LOVE all things makeup and skincare. Part of my job is helping my women clients create a skincare regimen according to their skin type, and finding the best makeup to compliment them if they are not currently happy with what they are using, or are not sure what is best to use.

What I have come across with most clients when reviewing their current makeup and skincare products, is that they all seem to have the same common ingredients that after much research and study I have found to be harmful to the skin, creating in the long-term, the opposite effect of what you would like your skincare to do for you.

1. Lavender extract, lavender oil, linalool

One thing I must say about the skincare industry that is pushes lavender and lavender oil, very strongly... Unfortunately, lavender oil, extract, and linalool, (a fragrance derivative of lavender added to certain makeups) all have damaging effects on the skin in even small concentrations as little as 0.25%. Lavender oil is pushed in skincare because of the fact that pure lavender oil is inexpensive to use, smells nice, and is PH balanced to our skin's acid mantle of 4.5 to 5.5; this does not mean it was meant for the use on our facial skin. In aroma therapy, lavender has its place, the scent of pure lavender oil has calming effects on the nervous system, helping to soothe and de-stress anxieties and can help aid in sleep disorders, but contrary to popular belief, the calming effects lavender has, do not translate to our skin. Instead it creates inflammation of the skin,  the effects of that inflammation causes the accelerated breakdown of collagen and elastin.

 

2. Peppermint

Peppermint is a cooling agent, and skincare with this ingredient claim it has a again, a calming and soothing effect on the skin, but similar to lavender, this potent oil causes skin irritation when put on the delicate skin of the face, causing inflammation and collagen and elastin breakdown. It can also aggravate acneic and sensitive skin types.

3. Flower oils

With the exception of rose hip oil, nearly all kinds of flower oil can cause the same irritation, and  inflammation to the skin, causing accelerated breakdown. Flower oils are added for fragrance, and usually serve no other purpose. Rose hip oil, however, does have a moisturizing and calming effect on this skin, with no harmful side effects. It is not as readily found as an ingredients due to the fact that it is relatively expensive. This is not to be confused with rose oil, which again, causes inflammation and irritation of the skin.

4. Citrus oil

Citrus is added to skincare and makeup for fragrance, but also for it's claim to offer a gentle exfoliating of the skin, revealing brighter, more even toned skin, with high cell turn over. Although vitamin C does have this kind of effect on the skin, (and yes, vitamin C is found in citrus), this does not equate tocitrus oil or extract being good for the skin. The same citrus acid that strips the enamel off of teeth, can cause the irritation and inflammation of the skin. It is best to avoid citrus ingredients whenever possible.

 

4. Artificial Fragrance

Most skincare and makeup has quite a bit of artificial fragrance. Back in the day, this was how you knew you wanted it, by what it smelled like. Now a days we are leaning more towards natural makeup and skincare alternatives, with large makeup companies like Bare Essentials and Tarte, claiming to be a more natural and fragrance free makeup. Artificial fragrance, once again, causes a great deal of irritation, inflammation, and cell breakdown.

So what should you use!?

When working with my clients I always evaluate what they are currently using, if the products are not agreeable with their skin, we look within lines that I know are using good quality ingredients. I have several makeup and skincare brands I can always find great products in. When it comes to makeup I am all about high performance. I want my makeup to look good and last long. I find that sacrificing for a little bit of fragrance is not the worse thing, but the key is balance. I will use a fragranced high performance makeup on days I know I need to dress up, but on days I am running errands, I will wear my Bare Minerals powder.

With so many lines of makeup and skincare available, and new ones being created daily, navigating through what is good and bad can feel overwhelming, do your research and your skin will thank you for it!

 

Creating Your Future

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it." -William Arthur Ward

 

There have been many topics of discussion in recent years about the science of quantum physics, how it works, is it a real science? It has us asking what goes on in the "invisible" world that determines the outcome of the visible. Perhaps one of the first studies done on this topic and received much buzz in the past few years has been the study performed by physicists showing that subatomic particles change form when observed by humans; with proof of this done in the now famous "water particle study". Physicists took water particles and spoke to them either negatively, or positively, however they were spoken to, the particles reacted accordingly, either forming beautiful chrystal shapes and patterns, or misshapen, unorganized discolored forms.  

Everything on earth is made of these sub atomic particles. If these studies' theories are correct, it means the objects in the invisible world (world of sub atomic particles our eyes cannot see) change and re-create by simply being observed or even thought about. By observing something that is in your future (giving thought to it) invisible subatomic particles begin to shift causing potential to become reality!

 

Simply put, your thoughts are creative; thoughts become words, which become actions, which creates opportunities, and the imagined becomes reality.

Brain as a Radio Transmitter

Another study was published to determine the amount of frequency the brain produces, and how it effects matter. In the experiment, a bar of gold was observed, first with no manipulation, and then after the bar was exposed to radio, and x-ray waves; the frequency of the bar was changed completely. Next, another gold bar was put in front of a person, who was instructed to aim their thoughts intensely at the bar, what they discovered was that the thoughts changed the gold bar's frequency equally to the radio and x-ray waves--Amazing!

There is no doubt the scientific world is gaining much headway in the topic of quantum physics, quantum mechanics, and string theory (the theory that all life is made of strings, smaller than atoms, that are always vibrating and produce sound, more on this topic later). But now that we have some concrete information about how our thoughts and words create, how do we implement this in our lives?

Although it can take time to re-train ourselves, our thinking patterns, and the words we say, we can take baby steps towards better thinking.

Lets try this experiment: to begin, think about eating something extremely salty, and vinegary, maybe some salt and vinegar chips, or maybe think about eating a whole lemon wedge. Did your mouth start watering? Your brain is anticipating the food, and is getting ready for you to eat it, it isn't in front of you, you can't physically see or smell it, but the thought made your body prepare for it. Your body and mind do not know the difference between a future mental image, and something occurring in the present. So lets take that same thought principle and apply it to your future.

Start to work from the future to the present. Imagine you already have the job, career, book published, leaner, healthier body, etc.. How do these things feel? Enjoy the feeling when your overwhelmed with excitement, feel as if you are enjoying them now, and they have already happened.  Feel your heart rate increase, the blood rush quicker through your body, and the excitement you feel about these things you are enjoying. Congratulations, you are now tapping into your future, and writing it as you wish! As you begin seeing a clearer view of your future and how you want it, with all the passion, and feeling you have attached, you will begin to notice more insight into what you want, the steps to take, people you need to meet, and soon that which was a mental reality, will become a physical one!

We are visual learners, and a great way to get these images in our heads and feel more deeply for them, is to create our future through images. Sites like Pinterest and Instagram are great for this, but you can also create physical or virtual vison boards. I like the site MindMovies.com as it creates a virtual "tour" of our thoughts, set to music, text, and seems to help me see what I want clearer.

However you decide to imagine, do it often. Define the goal 100%, have 100% passion for that goal, have 100% belief it can and will happen, and take 100% action towards it everyday.

 

 

 

 

Coconut Power; the healing power of coconuts

Everyone knows coconuts are tasty and excellent with some rum and pineapple. But coconuts are truly one of the most amazing foods on earth, here are some things you may not have known about this superpower food!

 

. Coconut water is identical to human blood plasma

Pure coconut water on a molecular level is identical to our human blood plasma, and may be substituted for it in times of need. Some countries use pure coconut water for blood transfusions when not enough human blood is present. Little known fact, it was even used in World War II for wounded soldiers. This helps strengthen our blood, and aids the body in the production of new plasma.

. Coconut water is better for baby than formula

If baby is receiving formula as a main diet staple, adding in some pure coconut water would be very beneficial! Although coconut water does not have the fat or cholesterol babies need, it does contain lauric acid,  a vital ingredient present in human milk.

. Coconut water is naturally sterile

Caused by its filtration through the husk, coconut water is naturally sterile

. Naturally isotonic

Coconut water is naturally isotonic, and in the same levels as we have in our blood, making it far more hydrating than electrolyte sports drinks, and can be survived on in any climate with the absence of water. It also regulates body temperature perfectly.

. Weight loss

Coconuts can boost thyroid function by up to 20 percent! Boosting metabolism and energy consumption in the body. Drinking a tablespoon or two of pure virgin coconut oil can even aid in cellulite reduction, as it triggers the brain to release excess fat held in "storage" areas.

. Infection fighter

Coconut is also a potent antibacterial and antifungal. It helps clean out the gut, keep healthy bacteria in place, and keeps the unhealthy kind in check, helping to heal issues like leaky gut syndrome. It also helps the body fight off infections by being converted to monolaurin, a natural anti viral/bacterial.

. Cancer fighting

Coconuts have been proven to have anti-cancer effects especially in cancers of the colon and breasts, due to the oils ability to stave off infection, and it's system cleaning properties.

Although having organic unopened coconuts at home may seem impractical all the time, having some coconut staples in your home can greatly improve the healthiness of any food!

1. Keep organic, unfiltered, virgin coconut oil on hand, it can be used to cook with in place of any other fat and oil.

2. Drink pure organic unsweetened coconut water

3. Keep coconut cream available for cooking; pure organic coconut cream is great with any stir fry dish, curries, as well as a great baking agent!

 

 

 

Turn back Time; slowing the signs of aging from the inside

One of my favorite subjects to talk about with my clients and an area of specialty for me is anti-aging. Aestheticians and skin care specialists work to topically treat the signs of aging on the skin, but what is happening inside our bodies that is causing the process in the first place?

It all begins in the brain; hormones and other chemicals diminish as we age, causing a domino effect of age related symptoms. This is possible to reverse, even after the changes have occurred, and in a natural and inexpensive way!

1. Raise dopamine levels

Low dopamine is one of the fastest age accelerators. It also controls the voltage and power of the brain and it's ability to process information. Sufferers of Parkinson's disease for example have extremely low dopamine levels. Several ways to combat this are of course exercise; the benefits of exercise are endless, but just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day can increase dopamine levels, and reduce cortisol and stress, improving the immune system.

Notable foods to increase dopamine include almonds, avocados, bananas, raw dairy, lima beans, pumpkin and sesame seeds. Supplements include Acetylcholine, and acetyl-L-Carnitine, helping to increase brain function.

. Serotonin levels

Serotonin plays an important role in the regulation of body temperature, mood, sleep, sexuality and appetite. Low levels have been associated with depression, insomnia, anxiety and many other issues. The best way to increase serotonin is by sleep, so make sure you get at least 8 hours of peaceful sleep per night. Natural supplements like melatonin, tryptophan, vitamin B6, fish oils, magnesium, and vitamin B3. Some notable foods to help boost serotonin include oatmeal, blueberries, eggs and cottage cheese.

. GABA

GABA is a chemical in the brain that keeps neurotransmitters and hormones at good levels. There are prescriptions to increase GABA levels, but it can be increased naturally with a healthy lifestyle. Eating foods like almonds, tree nuts, broccoli, bananas, lentils, brown rice, spinach, and citrus increase GABA.

. Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a powerful anti-aging supplement, it has the power the activate certain genes in the body that otherwise stay dormant. It slows down cellular decay, reduces cell death, and repairs damaged cells. Found heavily in red wines, and dark chocolate, It can also be taken in pure liquid form, and supplements.

HGH (Human Growth Hormone)

Probably the most important hormone in the body that regulates the aging code is the human growth hormone. Increase the amount your body produces naturally by getting enough peaceful sleep per night, as well as eating smaller meals more frequently through out the day. Vigorous high intensity interval training is the best way to release and produce more HGH naturally, along with weight training. Acid glycine, a supplement, taken before a workout can help stimulate the HGH production.