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Meditation Releases Stress – BrainTap Gets You There

At Living Well Dallas, sleep disorders are one of the main issues we help people with.  It seems to be so prevalent these days.  We carry some great nutritional supplements to help with sleep.  We also have health coaches who can guide you on eating and drinking habits that can help with your sleep.  Bowen Therapy can also be very effective in helping down-regulate the autonomic nervous system, so as to get you to sleep better at night.  Getting enough exercise on a daily basis helps resolve issues if done consistently.

The practice of meditation has been proven to be very conducive to getting a good night’as sleep.  Here is an article that elaborates on this subject.  Also, did you know that at LWD we have a device called BrainTap that quickly and easily takes you into a meditative state? It even has several programs you can listen to that are specifically designed to help you sleep to your heart’s content.  Come in and sample it for free.  Just call 972-930-0260 and ask for your free initial demo of BrainTap if you have never experienced it with us before.

8 Reasons to Start Using Chaga Mushroom

Chaga, which has a scientific name of Inonotus obliquus, is a species of mushrooms commonly used in traditional and alternative medicine for its richness in antioxidants and other compounds that are beneficial to overall health. It’s endemic in Asia, Russia, Canada, and Siberia and is known by many names including “King of Herbs” and “Mushroom of Immortality” for its immunity-boosting properties. They typically grow on birch trees and, with their increasing popularity, they are easy to obtain. Chaga mushrooms have cemented quite a reputation in medicine as it has been clinically proven to help prevent cancer and other certain diseases. Because of this, it has become one of the best superfoods available in the market. Here are some reasons why you should consider using them:



  • They are rich in antioxidants.


Antioxidants prevent or delay cell damage by neutralizing free radicals, which are harmful, free-floating byproducts of the body’s natural metabolic processes. Free radicals are chemically unstable, and antioxidants counteract them by donating molecules to achieve stability. As antioxidants are instrumental in reducing cell damage, it’s important to ingest them regularly through food, and Chaga mushrooms are one of its best sources.



  • They boost immunity.


The immune system is the body’s fleet of internal soldiers that fight against disease-causing organisms, so it’s imperative to keep it healthy. Chaga mushrooms not only improve immunity but also slow it down when it goes into overdrive. This is because Chaga mushrooms are natural Biological Response Modifiers (BRMs), which means they can regulate the immune mechanism.



  • They combat cancer initiation.


Biological Response Modifiers (BRMs) are used in immunotherapy and because Chaga mushrooms are natural BRMs, they are effective in supporting standard approaches to treating cancer by compensating for the undesirable side effects. Although the role of Chaga mushrooms in cancer remains subject to further scientific research, its established immunity modulating properties prove to be helpful in the battle against cancer.



  • They are antimicrobial.


The human body can only house and tolerate so much bacteria, and going over the bacterial threshold may ultimately cause certain illnesses. Chaga mushrooms increase the body’s capability of fighting off harmful microorganisms. In fact, one study revealed that the biological activity and chemical characterization of Chaga extracts show high antimicrobial activity.



  • They soothe ulcers.


Because Chaga mushrooms contain a substantial concentration of antioxidants and antimicrobials, they can soothe and even fully heal both external and internal ulcers. As a matter of fact, a study in 1951 that treated 50 psoriasis patients with extracts from Chaga mushroom yielded 76% completely cured subjects, 16% improved, and 8% unaffected. No harm from Chaga mushroom was documented among the treated patients.



  • They normalize blood sugar and cholesterol levels.


Elevated blood sugar and cholesterol levels may lead to more serious cardiovascular diseases like hypertension, coronary artery disease, and stroke. Chaga mushrooms contain Beta-D-Glucans that help keep blood glucose and cholesterol levels within normal limits. Beta-D-Glucans also give Chaga mushrooms the ability to modulate immunity. Chaga mushrooms also contain betulin and betulinic acid that can control cholesterol levels and have been found to possess antiretroviral and anti-inflammatory properties.



  • They help in stress and anxiety management.


Chaga mushrooms provide an inexpensive way to manage stress and anxiety. This is because chaga is regarded as a natural adaptogen, which is an herbal component that regulates the adrenals. The adaptogen in Chaga mushrooms manage stress and anxiety through hormonal control and balance, allowing the body to adapt to psychological and emotional strain.



  • They improve endurance.


Certain studies revealed that Chaga mushrooms increase energy stores in the liver and muscles, which enhances endurance in animals. This is because Chaga mushrooms contain complex sugars called polysaccharides that can reduce blood lactate, a chemical byproduct of muscular exertion that accumulates in the muscles causing fatigue. Chaga mushrooms have also been found to reduce urea in the blood, which also contributes to fatigue.


Chaga mushrooms are called “Mushrooms of Immortality” for a variety of medically proven reasons. It’s a quadruple-threat fungus that help the body delay breakdown, augment resistance, enhance adaptability, and improve endurance. Because of its richness in beneficial compounds like antioxidants, Beta-D-Glucans, and adaptogens, Chaga mushrooms are starting to become the next biggest superfood to take over the world and make it a healthier place.

Do you have an Autoimmune Disorder?

What is an autoimmune disorder anyway and why does it happen?  It’s when the body’s immune system attacks the body and views normal cells as a threat. This is typically triggered by some kind of physical and/or emotional trauma but not always. It can sometimes be hereditary or a result of diet deficiencies over a long time, many times leading to leaky gut syndrome.

Here is how it happens.  When the body is exposed to antigens — germs, bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi — and the antigens try to break into the body, our skin and mucous membranes are the first line of defense. If the antigens break through these skin and mucous membrane barriers, then the body reacts by producing B cells and T cells, which are programmed to attack and kill the specific antigen.

An autoimmune disorder occurs when antibodies are directed against the body’s own cells or when B & T cells attack & destroy their own body’s cells pain in jointsand not the foreign antigens. This sets off an inflammatory process which can result in many and varied symptoms:  joint pain, nerve pain, muscle pain and/or weakness, numbness or tingling in feet or hands, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, irritable bowel, food sensitivities, brain fog, severe headaches, and much more. A few of the labels that go along with these types of symptoms are:  fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac, crone’s, ankylosing spondylitis, schleroderma, multiple schlerosis.

Even though a person may have been suffering with these symptoms for many years, it is never too late to address them and bring resolution with a natural and holistic approach. Always a diet change is necessary, along with nutritional supplementation to fill in the gaps where the nutrition is lacking.  Food is powerful, especially where there are deficiencies.  You may also need some hands-on body work that will reset your autonomic nervous system and give relief to painful muscles, joints, and nerves. You may also need some life-coaching or counseling to address “pain brain thinking” thinking patterns that are no longer serving you well.foods that fight inflammation

If you think that you may have an autoimmune disorder, call our office at 972-930-0260 and schedule an appointment with myself or someone on our Pain Recovery Clinic team for a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for our treatments.  We have Functional Medicine Doctors, Nutritionists, Healthy Coaches, Life Coaches, and Bodywork Practitioners with expertise in treatment of autoimmune disease and disorders.  Our success rate is high and we want to help you.

Benefits of Vinegar #7

Here is my final tip on using vinegar daily that I got from The Alternative Daily.  But you can click on the link at the bottom to  discover even more wonderful uses of this vinegar.Bragg apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar supports healthy lymphatic function

Not only will your daily teaspoon of ACV promote weight loss, and balance your internal pH, it also does wonders for your lymphatic system. Research suggests that ACV can help to keep allergies at bay due to its ability to cleanse lymph nodes and reduce mucus and sinus congestion. The cherry on top is that its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties prevent sinus infections and the symptoms related to them, thereby making your body a stronghold against allergies.

Keen to experience the goodness of apple cider vinegar? Here’s a list of other everyday uses for our good friend ACV.

Benefits of Vinegar #6

Here is yet another reason to consume balsamic vinegar, in addition to its being really tasty! balsamic vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is low in calories

Calories may have been blown a little out of proportion up until recently, but they still matter, especially if you’re having trouble with your weight. Fortunately, not only is balsamic vinegar delicious and versatile, it’s also low in calories. One tablespoon, which will go a long way towards dressing a salad or enriching a soup, weighs in at only 14 calories. So, one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar gets you all the health benefits that come with vinegar, adds a delicious flavor to your meals, and doesn’t pack on the pounds. That gets two thumbs up from us.

Once again, this is taken from an article in The Alternative Daily.

Benefits of Vinegar #3

This is my third installment about the benefits of different kinds of vinegar.  This one is on balsamic vinegar.balsamic vinegar

Balsamic vinegar stabilizes cholesterol

Another study, this time published in a 2010 edition of the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, found that the polyphenols contained in balsamic vinegar limited the ability of LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind of cholesterol) to oxidize. Oxidative damage to your cells is something you don’t want. It speeds up the process of aging and sets the scene for disease and illness. Reducing the oxidation rate of LDL cholesterol is definitely a good thing. All hail balsamic vinegar!

Again, this was taken from an article in The Alternative Daily.

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Benefits of Vinegar #5

I read this in The Alternative Daily and had never heard this benefit before.  Maybe you have not either.  white wine vinegar

White wine vinegar fights against the formation of tumors

A 2006 study, associated the prevention of tumor formation with white wine vinegar, meaning this pungent liquid may play an important role in fighting cancer. Lab tests showed that white wine vinegar slowed the progress of certain cancerous growths and prevented others from forming in the first place. It was thought that this was due to white wine vinegar’s high polyphenol content. Polyphenols are known to reduce or neutralize free radical damage to cells.

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Benefits of Vinegar #2

Did you see my previous blog about using raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar?  Here is another reason to use vinegar daily, but this tip is using white wine vinegar.white wine vinegar

White wine vinegar regulates blood sugar and appetite

A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that white wine vinegar, a vinegar used by certain cultures to add unique flavor to their recipes, helped to reduce the glycemic index of food when taken at the same time as meals. The study also found that white wine vinegar may help to regulate blood sugar, provide temporary appetite control, and reduce insulin sensitivity in diabetic people.

Again, this information is pulled from The Alternative Daily.

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Benefits of Vinegar #4

Today’s tip regarding vinegar is on apple cider vinegar (ACV) once again.  Bragg apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar balances your internal pH

The health community is increasingly coming to realize the importance of the body’s pH, and how many of us are actually in a strongly acidic (low pH) state. This increases our risk of infection and drains our energy.

Luckily, our good friend ACV can help with that. While it seems counterintuitive, a teaspoon or two of ACV in your water each day can elevate your pH levels and restore a healthy pH in your body. This simple addition can help to support a robust system capable of fighting off ailments that come your way.

This comes from an article in The Alternative Daily.

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Can 1 Tablespoon of Vinegar Daily REALLY Make A Difference?

I know you’ve all heard of the healing benefits of vinegar, especially raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (although there are benefits of other kinds as well).  But sometimes we hear something or read about it and acknowledge that it will help but then forget about it.  This is one easy thing to incorporate into your daily lifestyle that will be worth the remembering.Bragg apple cider vinegar

I’m going to write about the benefits of vinegar  in 7 easy to digest (pun intended) snippets.  This is the first tip and it’s about apple cider vinegar (ACV).  By the way, all of these tips come from an online article I found from The Alternative Daily.  To read the entire article, click here.  So, here is the first reason to ingest this vinegar.

  1. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help with weight loss

Adding one to two teaspoons of ACV to your morning glass of (room temperature) water can promote healthy weight management. ACV is very alkalizing to the body, and studies have shown that the weight-regulating powers of ACV are most effective over extended periods of time, meaning you need to be doing this every day for at least a few weeks to start seeing real results. And as another plus, at the same time you’re losing weight, you will reduce pain in your body when you alkalize!  Why?  Because you’ll be reducing INFLAMMATION!

Stay tuned for more reasons to use vinegar on a daily basis.  Also, read the book Alkalize or Die for more compelling information on alkalizing your body.

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