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MULTITASKING….TIME SAVER?

MULTITASKING…AND USING TIME EFFICIENTLY…

While you are talking to a client on phone, you have glanced that cake recipe through and have sent an email away and with one ear listened to the news on tv. You have used your time well and saved plenty of…. for yourself. You are really proud about that… your efficiency….

However, it turned out that things went not the way you thought they would have been….There has a few faults creeped into the letter. That cake recipe how was it that now…you have to read through ones more. The news you listened to a moment ago, you even don´t remember. And your client who talked to you on the phone knows for sure you didn´t listen to him/her.

Let´s imagine, a certain day at work, you have a tight schedule, a contract you have to write and signed, a business conference with an other client you have to prepare and accomplished, a report must finished and delivered up before deadline while have to take your kid to the dentist for teeth-braces. And while waiting in the waiting room you type up and send away a few dashing emails,you want to be sure you are using that waiting time efficiently.

At home then while preparing and cooking diner it feels important to call your best friend, who is disconsolate and is experiencing her most wretched period in her life,and you trying to give her solace.

By the evening, you may feel like a superwoman and like a flattened pancake…….

The next day, at work, you trying to take it more easy and just concentrating on the time-sensitive tasks meanwhile one or two emails light up the phone screen and some quick messages announce their arrival with a pling-pling. And from now it will be difficult to keep your concentration on work, because you are thinking of those messages and want to grab the phone and read them.

Some people say that it is an adult-problem, for the elderly to carry out this so-called multitasking work, while they say that todays teens tackle things “multitasking” successfully being born in the multimedia age. They were grown up with and have been used to consume social media and easily manage to chat on Facebook,watch a movie and read a book at the same time.

Well, how is it really functioning? And how is this multitasking affect us when it comes to our brain,our nervous system, our performance, our happiness and our interpersonal relationship?

DO MULTITASKING MEAN A SUCCESSFUL BRAIN…

Brain researchers have demonstrated, for several years ago, that genuine simultaneous equal distribution of attention is not in existence.

When we believe that we are concentrating on two or more tasks at the same time, then in fact, we change rapidly between different tasks. However,it turned out that these continuous changes are not very brilliant or effective.

Earl Miller, a famous brain researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his team have shown that in people, who practise multitasking-thinking method, their brain produces more stress hormones, like hydrocortisone and adrenaline, which is the hormone responsible to enhance instant reaction. And enhanced production of these hormones maybe causing the brain will become cloudy,muddy. Moreover, at the same time the brain also producing dopamine to recompense itself and that,as we know, gives rise to addiction.

So then, continuous multitasking behavior develops a constant craving rewards, which can develop a strong addiction. And it could be very difficult to change behavior, a thinking-system, making one thing at a time and do it really well, and enjoy it.

Other brain scientists are being think that it is not entirely depends on the structure of the brain if a person develops addiction. There are many people who are multitasking when it comes to work and they don´t enjoy it and don´t want do it. That allows us to speculate on if there are psychological and personality attitudes that lie in the background.

A psychologist has said that multitasking is a kind of trap, when a person who thinks about himself as being very efficient with his work-system and does not see that the efforts he used were too much and got him altogether exhausted. While the work was not carried out THAT good .
Or a recreation wasn´t SO pleasurable as he felt.

MULTIMEDIA SUCKS…

Researchers at Sussex University carried out a questioning with 75 voluntary people about their multimedia using behaviours. Then the researchers made an exact,elaborated examination of the voluntaries brains.
The issue showed that the thickness of grey matter in the front area of the brain was thinner in those people who were using many electronic devises and screens. The front area of the brain makes decisions and takes control of behavior.

MULTIMEDIA…THE TIME-SQUEEZER…

A psychologist talks about forced decisions and says that when there is lack of time and plenty of stimulations there will be a tendency of to making careless choices and less good-grounded decisions. And to lose focus on the core point, the essential.

Experiments measured the time it took to “switch on” back to the main task after attention was draw away from work process and it took about 15 minutes. It could be quite many of us on our place of work who have experienced that the 8 hours of work time has extended to 10-12 hours while we ought to consider that it takes time to switch on after each switch of.

MULTITASKING AND MULTIMEDIA SUCK…A LITTLE STATISTICS IN BRIEF…

1.Studies have shown that students who regularly use social media,for ex Facebook while they having classes, make 20% deteriorated results.

2.Car drivers who use their phone under driving, even if using headset, show deteriorated reaction time, similar to people who had drunk and have 0,08% percentage alcohol in blood.

3.People who work with computer will be interrupted from main task every 10,5 minutes,with an email, phone call or by having been given a new task.

4.Under a phone conference, 57% of the participates experiences a strong induced feeling to share attention between the parts of the conference and their phone, preferably writing emails or check social sites.

5.An averidge smart phone user checks his/her phone a 100+ times a single day.

6.Smartphone owners have the habit to check their email and social site at a variety of places and occasions, 67% do it on a date, 45% do it at the theatre or movie and 33% do it in church.

7.When focus has shared, the attention will going to drop by 40% of it´s efficient execution time and the time it takes to do the job will increase by 1.5 times of the original average time.

8.Only 2% of people manage to do genuine,efficient multiple tasking work! These people are capable to share between and do multiple tasks at the same time and they do it well,seem to do it without having be tired out or distracted. And it seems, they really enjoy it! Researchers call them as the true multitasked! And researchers are very interested in examining and studying these people how they managing and doing multitasking.

To be continued…

Best Regards

Gabriella

We´ve various multitasking skills

Men and Women are Different When It Comes to Multitasking Skills

Mind Power – How to Train Your Subconsciousness to Power Up Your Success Rate of Your Life

The strategical thinker

Hi there,

If successful,great achievements were easy to accomplish, success in life would be a piece of cake for everyone, even without needing to make use of our subconscious mind. However likely we heavily train our brain to be as capable, happy and successful as it´s possible, through whole life, we´ll likely be achieving as much richness in life as our conscious mind is willing to exert itself, and likely as long as it remains in its comfort zone.

Our conscious mind is the powerful conductor of our brain, that´s the master when it comes to creating and planning great ideas, setting up complete programs, thinking out good,life changing actions and goals but it also accommodates fearful thoughts and “logical doubts” about our skills and abilities whether we at all manage execute those things and by that it happens to be limiting the way out of our comfort zone far too often.

To be really successful in getting realizing our dreams and accomplishing our life´s goals we need to get engaging and training our subconscious (also called unconscious) mind power, by printing and planting the ideas and goals of life changing possibilities as realities in progress into our unconscious mind. It´s kinda empowering it to overrule our conscious mind´s fears and procrastinations,having success of doing the tasks, and solving challenges whatever it takes.
And do this mind power training every day until our mind settings get changed.

In this video John Kehoe will explain the power of the subconscious mind in depth and how to train it to be successful in achieving your goals, whatever they are.

All the best

Gabriella

The Multiple Benefits of Sleeping Naked

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Hi there,

By have been inspired of this article, I´d like to share the multiple benefits of sleeping naked. It´s not the usual freaking of nature “the naturalist caprice”,but a bunch of noticeable health conditions your loved ones will love you for that, and your friends will enviously asking you how you´ve done it.

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Evidence suggests sleeping naked can have a number of benefits, including better sleep. Many of these benefits are related to lower body temperature, which can have a significant impact on your sleep quality
Besides improving your sleep quality, sleeping in the nude can help boost metabolism, improve blood circulation, sperm quality, skin and genital health, balance hormones and improve your sex life
Quality sleep is important for brain detoxification and cognitive health. Tips to improve your sleep include maintaining a regular morning/evening routine, avoiding stimulants, removing electronics from your bedroom and more
Here’s What Losing Sleep Does to Your Brain
The Many Health Benefits of Sleeping Naked
January 26, 2017 | 269,179 views

Here it is…have a good read…
By Dr. Mercola

Can sleeping naked improve your sleep and health? Evidence suggests that, yes, ditching your sleepwear may in fact have a number of benefits, including better sleep. Interestingly enough, a mere 8 percent of Americans admit to sleeping naked.

1 Many of these health benefits result from the fact that sleeping naked helps prevent overheating, which can have a significant impact on your sleep quality. As you fall asleep, your body temperature drops, and this drop in core temperature actually helps you sleep better.

As you wake, your body temperature rises, which is why it’s much more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep when you’re hot.

Many keep their homes too warm to begin with, and wearing pajamas to bed will make you even warmer, which can lead to restless sleep and frequent waking. Ideally, keep the temperature in your bedroom below 70 degrees F. Studies show that the optimal room temperature for sleep is between 60 to 68 degrees.

One study showed a surface skin temperature difference of as little as 0.08 degrees F (or 0.4 degrees C) allowed subjects to sleep more soundly. But the benefits of sleeping in the buff don’t end there.

Surprising Health Benefits of Sleeping Naked

Other health benefits of sleeping naked include:2,3,4,5

Improved metabolism

Lowering your body temperature helps activate brown fat — a type of body fat that helps regulate your body temperature by generating heat.

Research shows that people with higher levels of brown fat have faster resting metabolic rates, better blood sugar control and higher insulin sensitivity. In one study, sleeping in a chilled room doubled the amount of brown fat participants produced.6

Improved blood circulation

Without clothing your blood flow is less restricted, which benefits your entire body, especially your heart and muscles.
Healthier skin and private parts

Bacteria thrive in warm, moist areas, so ditching clothing, including underwear, can be particularly beneficial for women prone to yeast infections. Other areas, including your armpits (and skin in general) also benefit from being able to breathe.

Improved sperm quality

Men can also benefit from sleeping “commando.” A man’s testicles are designed to keep sperm at a temperature just slightly below core body temperature. Underwear that bunch the testicles close to the body may therefore reduce sperm quality and affect a man’s fertility.
Improved sex life

Skin-to-skin contact (as well as orgasm) releases the “bonding” hormone oxytocin, which promotes feelings of attachment and emotional closeness. Since sexual contact typically occurs while naked, sleeping in the nude raises the chances of sex, which can bring a couple closer.

Balancing hormones

By allowing your body to stay cooler at night, sleeping naked helps decrease cortisol, increase growth hormone and balance melatonin, all of which help promote healthy sleep patterns and reduce anxiety, stress and food cravings.
Improving Your Sleep Helps Improve Brain Health

Besides information on sleeping in the nude, the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) recently issued a number of daytime, evening and nighttime recommendations that can help you get more quality sleep, which is important for brain detoxification (which only occurs during deep sleep) and cognitive health. These tips include:7,8

Keep a regular morning and evening routine

Get up at the same time every day, seven days a week, and keep a regular bedtime routine. When you establish a consistent, soothing bedtime routine, you’re more likely to fall asleep easily. Activities such as a warm bath, reading a good book or relaxation exercises can be helpful.

Keeping a regular exercise schedule will also help optimize your sleep cycle. Seek to get to bed before 10 p.m. if possible to optimize your chronobiological cycles.
Avoid stimulants

Restrict fluids and food for at least three hours before bedtime. Avoiding dinner at least three hours before bed will also promote mitochondrial health, as explained in my previous article, “Two Meals a Day Is Ideal.”

Avoid alcohol and nicotine four to six hours before going to bed, and if you’re sensitive to caffeine, avoid drinking coffee and caffeine-containing drinks after lunch. (Extremely sensitive people may even need to abstain from chocolate in the afternoon/evening.)
Remove electronics from your bedroom

This includes TVs, telephones, computers and tablets, as the blue light emitted from electronic screens suppress melatonin production, making sleep elusive.
Limit daytime naps to less than 30 minutes
Avoid evening stress

In the evening, avoid getting into heated arguments and limit “worry time” to 15 minutes in the morning instead of ruminating all night. Also put all your work away at least an hour or two before bed. You need a chance to unwind before falling asleep without being anxious about the next day’s plans or deadlines.
Make your bedroom a pet-free zone

While many enjoy having pets sleep with them, allowing pets in your bed can disrupt your sleep.
Optimize your light exposure, day and night

In the morning and early afternoon, expose yourself to bright daylight to anchor and synchronize your circadian clock and melatonin production. Bright light exposure during the day is particularly important if you have trouble falling asleep at night or suffer from insomnia.

In general it is best to avoid blue light sources, such as LEDs and electronics, as blue light suppresses melatonin production. This is especially important after sunset.

These light sources become less troublesome if you use a good filter on your computer screen. My favorite is Iris, which was developed by a Bulgarian programmer named Daniel Georgiev.

He recently gave a TEDx talk that describes this very inexpensive program. He’s also developed a version for iPads.

Swap out the light bulbs you use most regularly and replace them with clear incandescent light bulbs. Candles are an even healthier light source, as our ancestors have been using them for many thousands of years.

Another solution I’ve found that I think works even better is to simply wear amber-colored glasses that block blue light in the evening. I found an Uvex model (S1933X) on Amazon that costs less than $9.

Once you have your glasses on, it doesn’t matter what light sources you have on in your house. The moment sunset comes, I put on these glasses and I have noticed dramatic improvement since doing this.

My vision has radically improved and at 62 years of age, I don’t require reading glasses.
Keep bedroom dark, cool and quiet

In addition to lowering the thermostat, make your bedroom as dark and quiet as possible. Research shows even very dim light exposure during sleep can have adverse effects on your brain function. Ideally, install blackout curtains, or use an eye mask.

Sleep Is Essential for Optimal Health

Sleep affects your health in a myriad of ways. The GCBH naturally places a significant focus on the brain, but sleep is important for your entire body. As for how much sleep you need, research shows most adults need right around eight hours of sleep each night for optimal health and disease prevention. Children and teens need more. Lack of sleep, or poor-quality sleep, has been linked to:

  1. Increased risk of car accidents
  2. Increased accidents at work
  3. Reduced ability to perform tasks
  4. Reduced ability to learn or remember
  5. Reduced productivity at work
  6. Reduced creativity at work or in other activities
  7. Reduced athletic performance
  8. Increased risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease
  9. Increased risk of depression
  10. Increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  11. Decreased immune function
  12. Slowed reaction time
  13. Reduced regulation of emotions and emotional perception
  14. Poor grades in school
  15. Increased susceptibility to stomach ulcers
  16. Exacerbation of chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and cancer
  17. Increased expression of genes associated with inflammation, immune excitability, diabetes, cancer risk and stress9
  18. Premature aging by interfering with growth hormone production, normally released by your pituitary gland during deep sleep

Why Sleeping Pills Are Best Avoided

The GCBH also warns against the use of sleeping pills, noting the potential for side effects, especially for older individuals. Studies have also shown they do little to actually help you sleep more or improve the quality of your sleep. Belsomra, for example, has been shown to help you fall asleep only six minutes sooner than a placebo (on average) and stay asleep just 16 minutes longer — and that was in the company’s own clinical trials.10

Meanwhile, nearly 1,000 consumer complaints against Belsomra were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between February and July 2015 alone. Many complained the drug didn’t work. Sleep paralysis, next-day drowsiness and even suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts were reported.

An analysis of studies financed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that sleeping pills like Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata reduced the average time it takes to fall asleep by about 13 minutes compared to placebo, while increasing total sleep time by about 11 minutes.

Interestingly, participants believed they had slept longer, by up to one hour. This is thought to be due to anterograde amnesia, which causes trouble with forming memories. When people wake up after taking sleeping pills, they may simply forget they’d been unable to sleep.

A startling study11 published in 2012 also revealed that people who take sleeping pills have a 35 percent higher risk for certain cancers, and are nearly 400 percent more likely to die than people who don’t take them. Remarkably, this association held true even if the patients took fewer than 18 sleeping pills a year, equating to taking just one sleeping pill every three weeks. Other health risks associated with sleeping pills include:

An increased risk for insulin resistance, food cravings, weight gain and diabetes
Amnesia, even of events that occurred during the day
Depression, confusion, disorientation and/or hallucinations
Increased risk of accidents. Studies submitted to the FDA reveal blood levels of zolpidem (found in Ambien and other sleeping pills) above 50 ng/mL may impair your driving, especially among women.12

Sleep aids that contain Benadryl can have a half-life of about 18 hours, so if you take them every night, you’re basically sedated for a large portion of the day as well, resulting in cognitive deficits and accident proneness

Increased risk for dementia in seniors

Parasomnias13 — bizarre behavioral reactions, including sleepwalking and engaging in potentially embarrassing or dangerous tasks while fast asleep, such as driving, having sex, eating (including bizarre things like buttered cigarettes, salt sandwiches or raw bacon), texting or tweeting14,15

For Optimal Health, Prioritize Sleep

Increasing the number of hours you sleep to eight each night and improving the quality of your sleep may significantly improve your overall health, and help reduce your risk for any number of physical and psychological problems. Remember that in order to optimize your sleep, you have to go to bed early enough. If you have to be up by 6:30 a.m., going to bed after midnight is a recipe for sleep deprivation.

Many fitness trackers can now track both daytime body movement and sleep, allowing you to get a better picture of how much sleep you’re actually getting.

Certain ones can even tell you which activities led to your best sleep and what factors resulted in poor sleep. If you struggle with sleep issues, it may be a worthwhile investment. For even more tips to help you clean up your sleep hygiene and improve your sleep, see my previous article, “Want a Good Night’s Sleep? Then Never Do These Things Before Bed.” www.mercola.com

Being the painter of your sunshine

All the best
Gabriella

Eat Wheat Or Not To ? An Important Discussion…surely an important question for many people and certainly for myself

Seeds

Hey there,

I read a very interesting article, written by Dr. Mercola about the subject “To Wheat or Not to Wheat”, and he renders his dialog with Dr. John Douillard, relating with the lately published book by J. Douillard; “Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back Into Your Diet”.   Making comparisons between the  book of Douillard and his own book; “The No-Grain Diet” seems to be difficult,  isn´t it?

But their views in many details of the matter – specifically in the light of countless new scientific researches –  seem to be not as conflicting as one might think.

I like to share this very interesting,educational and important interview that starts here  below…

Dr. Mercola:

“” Is it ever appropriate to eat wheat or grains? John Douillard’s book “Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back Into Your Diet” would seem to be in direct conflict with my first book, the New York Times Best Seller “The No-Grain Diet: Conquer Carbohydrate Addiction and Stay Slim for Life.”

Interestingly, our views are nowhere near as conflicting as you might think. About 90 percent of our views are actually in agreement. But the devil’s in the details, so I thought it would be interesting to have a dialog about this perceived conflict.

To Wheat or Not to Wheat

Douillard, who began his health career as a chiropractor, went to India for a two-week vacation in 1986. He ended up staying for a year and a half, studying traditional Ayurvedic medicine. During that stay, he met Deepak Chopra, and ended up running The Chopra Center for eight years upon his return to the U.S.

“What I write about in my newsletter every week is the ancient wisdom of time-tested traditional medical practices that are now being proven with modern science.

When you have techniques that have been successfully used for thousands of years and now backed by science — we should take interest in these concepts,” Douillard says.

“Early humans have been eating gluten-rich grains like wheat and barley for as much as 3.4 million years according to a handful of studies.

There is a lot of science that has not been publicized that suggest many health and longevity benefits of whole grain, including wheat. We now have a $16 billion gluten-free industry that is promoting more processed foods.

Most of the science that frowns on grains has been done on processed grains, not whole grains. My book ‘Eat Wheat’ shares over 600 references suggesting the documented benefits of whole [versus] refined grains.

Thirty years ago, I was treating Epstein-Barr, chronic fatigue and Candida. The first thing you do is tell them, ‘get off wheat and dairy.’ They feel better … Six weeks later … their problems are back. We’ll say, ‘Get off of meat or become a vegetarian, or a vegan or a raw foodist.’

You find that, again, we keep kicking the problem down the road, never really dealing with the underlying problem, which is our global inability to digest hard-to-digest foods, which is a result of a diet of processed foods, pesticides and environmental pollutants.

There’s good science that shows that these processed foods, not whole grains, have literally broken down our digestive system, particularly the microbes and the enzymes that help us break down wheat.”

Humans May Have Eaten Grains for Millions of Years

When Douillard speaks about humanity eating wheat, he’s specifically referencing a subspecies of humans that have been shown to be eating wheat-type grains a few million years ago.

Paleo, on the other hand, teaches that grains are a fairly recent addition to the human diet, and that our ancient ancestors were primarily hunter-gatherers that ate a minimum amount of grains.

“There’s a handful of studies; one done at the University of Utah. They found gluten in the teeth of ancient humans throughout Africa 3.4 to 4 million years ago,” Douillard says.

“They also found that these ancient humans could gather enough wheat berries in just two hours to feed them for an entire day. The entire continent of Africa was covered with grasslands.

It does make sense that if they could gather in two hours enough wheat berries for the entire day, it’s a lot easier to do that than try to chase down a woolly mammoth or a lion.

We didn’t start hunting our own meat until about … 500,000 years ago. We have genetics for meat that are 500,000 years old. There’s genetics for eating wheat, barley and gluten … [going back] 3.4 to 4 million years … In a lot of ways, we have a lot more genetics for wheat than meat.”

Daniel Lieberman, Ph.D., a Harvard researcher and professor wrote the book, “The Story of the Human Body.” His research shows that in the Paleolithic period, they ate about 35 to 45 percent of their diet as carbohydrates, including cereal grains.

According to Douillard, wheat was domesticated about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, and grains covered much of the African continent, making them hard to ignore as a food source. He also points to research showing that amylase, an enzyme that helps break down wheat, was genetically acquired around 2 million years ago.

Grains Have a Place in Your Diet — After You’ve Regained Your Fat-Burning Ability

When I wrote “The No-Grain Diet” 13 years ago, it was primarily in response to the majority of the patients I treated that had insulin resistance. Avoiding grains is an important step if you’re struggling with this issue. That said, my current position on grains has become more refined over the years.

While I believe normalizing insulin resistance is still crucial, optimizing your mitochondrial function is even more critical for good health and disease prevention. A major part of that is regaining the ability to burn fat as your primary fuel — something 90 to 95 percent of people are challenged with.

Becoming an efficient fat-burner involves a dietary shift away from net carbs — including grains — toward higher amounts of healthy fats. For this reason, I believe it’s still wise for most people to avoid grains in the early phases of recovering the ability to burn fat as your primary fuel.

As a general rule, I recommend keeping your net carbs below 15 or 20 grams per day, until you’ve recaptured your ability to burn fat. At THAT point, I believe grains can be reintroduced, and can be part of a healthy diet.

“I think you’re absolutely right, we must reset fat burning,” Douillard says. “In 1960, when they took cholesterol out of our diet, they replaced it with these processed, bleached, deodorized and refined oils that are completely indigestible.

You walk down the grocery store aisle and [see] all those clear bottles with vegetable oils in them that have nothing in them that can go rancid, that are completely indigestible, and these processed oils found in almost all packaged foods break down our digestive strength by congesting our liver and gallbladder. When you look at how we digest things, the liver and the gallbladder are the kingpins of digestion.

The bile your liver makes is like a Pacman that gobbles up toxins, fats and environmental pollutants. When bile from the liver and gallbladder is congested, you lose your ability to digest good fats and detoxify bad fats. The bile also buffers the acid in the stomach. [When you] eat wheat or dairy, [your stomach] produces a significant amount of acid that requires bile to neutralize it once it leaves the stomach.

But if there’s no buffer from the bile because the liver and gall bladder are congested by years of processed foods, the stomach will slowly stop producing the acid we need to break down wheat and dairy. As a result … we have broken down … our digestive system to the point that we find ourselves taking more and more foods out of our diets rather than fixing the broken down digestion.

I agree with you — you first have to reset fat burning — [and] those processed foods … inhibit us from doing that. But before we take the grains out, or in addition to taking the grains out temporarily, we must reset liver, gall bladder and digestive function because our digestive system is the same system as our detoxification system.”

Your Digestive System and Detoxification Systems Are Interlinked

According to Douillard, the primary reason people feel ill when eating wheat is not because there’s something inherently bad about wheat, but rather because it’s hard to digest, and part of the problem relates to an impaired ability to digest foods in the first place.

He believes that if all you do is avoid wheat, you’ll continue experiencing problems down the road related to this impaired digestive ability, even if you initially feel better. The reason for this is because you’ve still not addressed the underlying problem, which is poor digestion.

This is why he advocates getting rid of processed foods and foods contaminated with pesticides. And, when eating grains, eat the right kind of grains. In essence, you need to reset your digestive function. Once that’s done, you can begin to enjoy certain types of bread (such as organic whole wheat and sourdough) in moderation without suffering any ill effects.

“We’ve eaten grains, wheat in particular, three times a day for 50 to 60 years in a processed version that does nothing but congest our ability to digest well. That has to be fixed,” he says.

How to Optimize Your Digestive Function

So how do you restore your digestive function? One area of importance is avoiding pesticides such as Roundup, which has become a staple food contaminant over the past two decades. Research now shows glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — causes leaky gut syndrome. Genetically engineered (GE) foods are notorious for having higher amounts of glyphosate contamination, due to the crops being glyphosate resistant.

Conventional (non-GE) wheat also tends to have high amounts of glyphosate residues, courtesy of a process called desiccation. The crop is basically sprayed with glyphosate just before harvest, which increases yield. I was very pleased to see Douillard address this issue in his book, as many are still unaware of this problem. Knowing that’s part of the problem, the answer becomes more readily apparent: Eat organic foods, and that includes organic wheat.

The key is to repair the epithelium of your intestinal tract. Douillard notes there are several studies showing there’s a significant difference between whole wheat and refined wheat in this regard. Whole wheat supports and increases levels of good bacteria, and supports tissue resistance in the epithelium, thereby protecting against leaky gut syndrome.

Whole wheat may also help decrease inflammation and pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The problems many associate with wheat in general are specifically restricted to refined and processed wheat.

“There’s interesting science … that I didn’t [include] in the book because it came out afterwards. One study showed that people who eat gluten-free have four times more mercury in their blood as people who eat wheat. People who are gluten-free have less good bacteria and more bad bacteria in their guts than people who eat wheat.

People who are gluten-free have less killer T cells, a measure of immunity, than people who eat wheat, suggesting that these hard-to-digest foods, the lectins and the phytic acids … [have] some benefit … [C]ertain irritants and poisons in our food (like tomatoes got tomatines, and potatoes have solanines, which are poisonous) … are a big part of our diet today … Those irritants have been shown to be immune stimulants for our immune system …

What we’re beginning to see is that [when] we … take all the hard-to-digest foods out of our diet … our immune system is being compromised as a result … [W]e’ve been eating [grains] for almost 4 million years. Do we have a genetic need for these types of irritants to trigger our immune system? The science is pointing in that direction.”

The Importance of Seasonal Eating

In his book “The 3-Season Diet: Eat the Way Nature Intended,” Douillard delves into other fascinating research suggesting there may be biological imperatives to eating foods in accordance to season. Different microbes will be present in soil and plants during different seasons, and by eating certain foods at certain times of the year, you may be able to radically optimize your gut microbiome.

For example, in the fall and winter, enzymes like amylase are increased in grains. During summer and spring, amylase is decreased, and this enzyme specifically helps your body digest foods such as grains. So it may not be a fluke that grains are harvested in the fall and winter, when amylase levels are at their highest.

“When you think about [it], maybe we are supposed to eat these grains at the right time of the year, as opposed to eating everything all day long three times a day in a processed form, which we can’t digest,” Douillard suggests. “We’re part of the circadian rhythm of nature. We completely lost that … Birds fly south, whales migrate. Our survival also depends on us being connected to those rhythms of nature. Part of that is what we eat.

I actually published, for free, a monthly grocery list, superfood list and recipe list1 for people to eat seasonal food … for every month of the year, because I feel it’s such an important thing for people to know what foods are in season and how to prepare them.

The microbes in the soil change seasonally. Seasonal foods carry these seasonal bugs into our guts which become our new seasonal microbiome. They help us have better immunity in the winter, decongest in the spring and dissipate heat in the summer …’

I think that’s a piece of the puzzle … [I]t’s one of those insidious key points that we’ve just completely ignored. If deer die when they eat [tree bark] out of season, does that mean we just get to eat whatever we want, whenever we want? I don’t think so …

Of course, we would eat higher protein and higher fat, a more Paleo-ish diet, in the winter … More nuts, seeds, grains, meat, stews and soups. More leafy greens, sprouts and berries in the spring, and fruits and vegetables in the summer. The diet would change dramatically from a high-protein and high-fat in the winter, to low-fat in the spring, to high-carb fruits and vegetables in the summer. That’s something that we just generally don’t do.

If you get a grocery list and stick it in your purse and shop along that way, you start to bring more of those foods into your diet. That, along with rebooting the digestive system and trying to clean your diet up and eating organically, can help people reboot the strength of their digestion so that they can begin to break bread again …

Real bread has the ingredients of organic whole wheat, salt, water and an organic starter. It takes three days to bake that bread, where the bread in the supermarket takes two hours. That [store-bought] bread won’t ever go hard. It just sits there and stays soft for weeks because of the oils they use extend shelf life but, for us, they are indigestible.”

Ayurvedic Principles to Improve Your Digestive Health

To improve your body’s ability to burn fat as its primary fuel, consider intermittent fasting. Never skipping a meal is a major part of the problem, as the constant feeding prevents your body from burning stored fat.

Becoming a more efficient fat burner will also improve your energy levels and stabilize your mood. “Make lunch a bigger meal,” Douillard says. “Supper comes from the word ‘supplemental’ or ‘soup,’ so try to eat smaller meals in the evening the very best that you can.”

To reboot your digestive health, be sure to avoid processed foods. Douillard also recommends incorporating ginger, cumin (regular, not black), coriander, fennel and cardamom in your cooking. These spices have powerful digestive benefits that support digestive health. ”

When you put them all together, something sort of magical happens. This is an old ancient formula that has been used for thousands of years to reboot digestion,” Douillard says. They do this in part by decongesting your bile ducts and improving your production of hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes and pancreatic enzymes.

When you take cumin, coriander, fennel, ginger and cardamom together, they amp up each other’s benefits. He also sells these spices as a supplement called Gentle Digest. Ideally, add them to your meals every day. It typically takes two to three months to reset your digestion using these herbs on a daily basis. If you use a supplement, take it with your main meal.

Next, to improve bile flow from your gallbladder and improve your ability to digest fats, incorporate bile-promoting foods such as artichokes, fenugreek, fennel, beets, apples and celery into your diet. Drinking a small amount of juiced beets, apples and celery with your meal is a simple way to improve your digestion. Fenugreek tea or fennel tea are other traditional options.

“Your bile flow allows you to go to the bathroom. It regulates bowel movement function. It detoxifies you, scrubs your intestinal villi. It allows for emulsifying of fats, for delivering good fats to your brain and your body and getting rid of the bad fats, and it buffers the acids from your stomach. Without that, digestively, we’re in really big trouble,” he notes.

What Does Lymph Have to Do With It?

Lymphatic health and optimizing lymphatic flow is also important. According to Douillard, studies have shown that when your body cannot break down the wheat, it goes undigested from your stomach into the small intestine. As a result of being undigested — due to weak stomach acid and lack of bile to buffer those acids — the proteins enter into the collecting ducts of your lymphatic system, which lines your entire intestinal tract.

The lymphatic system is the biggest circulatory system of your body. It’s the detoxification system for bad fats, and a carrier of your immune system. When the lymph around the intestinal tract gets congested, your intestinal tract will swell, making you feel bloated.

“The lymph can get so congested that it’ll push those fats into the fat around the belly, causing belly fat. There’s good science to back all this up. There’s lymph underneath your skin. When the lymph around your gut gets congested … [it goes] into your skin, causing rashes and irritation, which is what we’d like to think are gluten-related grain issues.

Recently discovered by the University of Virginia about two or three years ago, they found brain lymphatics, called glymphatics, that drain [3] pounds of toxic chemicals and plaque out of your brain every year while you sleep.

When those brain lymphs are congested — because of digestive-related gut lymph congestion, which is where the lion’s share of the lymph in the body is located — the brain lymphs can’t drain, and they’ve now been linked directly to anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, infection, inflammation and autoimmune conditions … We have a real problem in the lymphatic system because of weak digestion.”

To improve lymph health, you can use beets, most greens, polyphenol-rich berries such as cherries, blueberries and mulberries, and certain herbs, including red root and manjistha. Movement will also improve lymph flow, and a rebounder is great for this. To optimize glymphatic flow, be sure to get enough sleep, as your brain can only detoxify during deep sleep. Douillard goes into a number of other strategies as well in his book.

Once Digestion Is Properly Restored, Wheat May Be Reintroduced

In addition to my own work, I also wanted to address the potential perceived conflict between what Douillard is promoting in his book “Eat Wheat,” and Dr. David Perlmutter’s recommendations, detailed in “Grain Brain,” and other books. Perlmutter actually interviewed Douillard recently, and appears to be willing to embrace many of Douillard’s notions. You can listen to this interview on LifeSpa.com.

“David is an old friend of mine as well. He was delighted to have this debate,” Douillard says. “I really feel like this issue of wheat or non-wheat … really needs to be talked about in an open forum.

People can hear the science on both sides, because there is science suggesting that whole wheat (not refined wheat) is actually quite beneficial, and there’s science that says it could be risky and dangerous. We need to understand it more. The only way to do that is with dialogue.

Perlmutter was great. I think he totally got the idea that it is the digestive breakdown. His contention was stop eating wheat because it’s hard to digest, and my contention was, ‘OK. But let’s fix the digestive system. Then maybe we could eat healthy wheat and not take the grains out of our diet,’ which is exactly what you’re saying.

I think it’s really great to see us all coming on board with the same philosophy. For 30 years, I have been helping people reboot digestion and go from not being able to eat wheat or dairy to being able to eat wheat and dairy. I know it’s very possible and people can pull this off.

I also know when they do that, the ability to detoxify … is significantly enhanced. That, we don’t want to go without. We don’t want to go without ability to detoxify our body naturally. Doing a detox is a very important piece of the puzzle as well, but we have a natural detoxifying system that we have to optimize on a regular basis. That comes from rebooting digestive strength.”

Refined Wheat Versus Whole Wheat

You may have heard the term “wheat belly.” Douillard believes a more appropriate term would be “sugar belly.” Refined, processed wheat has a high glycemic index, which is in part why it has been blamed for increasing your risk of everything from belly bloat to Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline.

However, some studies show whole wheat may actually reduce cognitive decline, protect against Alzheimer’s and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Part of this may be related to the fact that whole wheat has a much lower glycemic index.

“I think that the biggest thing that we can do, in addition to getting rid of processed food … is to look at the amount of sugar we’re eating, and get that out of our diet the best we can. We have one taste bud for sweet. We have 300 taste buds for bitter … People are addicted to [sweet] taste. We can break that addiction by actually bringing the body back in the balance.

One of the ancient principles from that perspective is to have all six tastes with each meal: sweet, sour, salt, pungent, bitter and astringent.

Each of these tastes provides a different type of emotional support. We leave the meal emotionally stable and balanced, not craving a dessert because the meal provided you with all these six tastes, and therefore fed you emotionally in a complete and balanced way. Balanced meals are really important,” Douillard says.

“That’s where I have a little issue with the Paleo diet, because the Harvard anthropologist will tell you that the Paleolithic people didn’t eat just meat and vegetables. They definitely had grains and tubers and carbohydrates in their diet.

I also agree with you. We have to first reset fat burning as a primary source of fuel, because you can’t just eat a bunch of fatty foods and then eat a bunch of good, healthy carbohydrates. That’s too many calories, too much fuel, and we’re going to store that fuel as fat. We have to reset the function first and then we can go back to being balanced. That starts with rebooting digestive strength.”

More Information

The devil’s in the details, as they say, and Douillard’s book is packed with details, including the specifics about what types of wheat to purchase, and where to purchase it if you decide to make your own bread.

Interestingly, I just upgraded my kitchen and now have a steam convection oven, which is the best way to bake bread, and I’ve slowly began experimenting with bread making. As noted in his book, sourdough bread, for example, is basically gluten-free because the microbes, similar to the ones in yogurt, digest all the sugar during the fermentation process.

“In one Italian study they gave gluten-free sourdough bread to people who [have] celiac and there was no intestinal inflammation,” he notes.

“In fact, studies show that whole grains like kamut actually significantly reduce intestinal inflammation. There’s a lot of information about wheat and baking in an old-fashioned traditional way that we’ve lost. If we get that back, most of us can begin to break bread again in the proper way, and stop taking things out of our diets as this only offers us a temporary solution. It doesn’t address the underlying problem.”

If you’re intrigued, I highly recommend picking up a copy of “Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back Into Your Diet.” In it, Douillard provides detailed guidelines for how to do it properly, so you may improve, not worsen, your health. You can also learn more about Douillard’s work at LifeSpa.com.””

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• Raspberries: reduces bad cholesterol
• Red peppers: Good for skin and bones; dental health
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• Tomatoes: high lycopene
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Well then, where is the problem?

In a resent documentary about miraculous life-change for the better, they had a conversation with people who had recovered from a deadly illness. Every person expressed a great gratitude for their illness, seeing that as a great cause to change their life. They didn’t worry about money anymore, or a bigger house,or a new car….But they valued family,friends and relations highly. Time has slowed down and space has broadened, and their eyes have opened and they have find out how much happiness is it to be find in everyday life.

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