Category Archives: FIT + WELL

6 Simple Steps to Defusing Emotional Pain by Dr. Scott Symington

June 6, 2019

by Dr. Scott Symington

Emotional pain is built into the fabric of life. It shows up in multiple forms: anxiety, loneliness, feeling rejected, overwhelmed by the stresses of life and the list goes on. In the midst of these challenging experiences, we naturally look for ways to change the way we’re feeling—to alleviate the pain.

If we don’t have healthy ways of coping with emotional distress, we’re susceptible to relying on things like food, alcohol, shopping and Internet surfing to get the soothing and relief we seek.

To protect your wellbeing, it’s important to be equipped with tools and a game plan to address the challenging emotional experiences that show up in life.

Here are 6 steps to diffusing intense emotional symptoms:

Step 1 Take a deep breath, relax your muscles, and feel your feet on the ground.

Step 2 Remind yourself that thoughts and feelings come and go like a weather pattern passing through: I won’t always feel this way.

Step 3 Instead of fighting what you’re feeling, move into emotional acceptance, allowing the painful feeling to breathe. Say to yourself, I can live with this feeling right now.

Step 4 Describe out-loud or on paper what you’re feeling and the thoughts you’re having, almost as if you were taking on the role of an impartial commentator. Label the emotions and describe where and how you feel them in your body.

Step 5 Engage in a five-minute grounding exercise. First, listen to all the sounds in your environment intently for 1 to 2 minutes. Then pick out a visual anchor in your environment, something pleasing to the eye, such as a painting or picture, and study it visually for a couple of minutes. Next notice how your body feels on the cushion or chair or run your hand under warm water noticing the sensations (1 to 2 minutes). Lastly, grab a spice or something that has a pleasing aroma and engage your olfactory sense. Study the smell for a minute or so. This process of grounding is highly effective in both bringing awareness into the present moment, which is incompatible with internal spinning, and decreasing emotional intensity.

Step 6: Engage in meaningful action. Instead of turning inward and focusing on how you’re feeling, place your attention and concern on someone else. Engage in an act of kindness or if you pray, pray for someone you know is struggling. Take some action that reflects the best part of who you are.

Next time you find yourself emotionally overwhelmed or in a painful feeling state, implement the 6 steps you just reviewed. Especially with time and practice, you will notice that this approach reduces the power and presence of emotional pain in your life. You can’t always avoid the emotional challenges that come your way but you can develop a set of responses that protect your wellbeing and keep you fully engaged and present with life. Give it a try!

Dr. Scott Symington is the author of Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings: A Two-Step Mindfulness Approach for Moving Beyond Fear and Worry. He is a licensed clinical psychologist dedicated to helping adults overcome worry and anxiety, negative moods, addictive behaviors, and other conditions stealing people’s joy and freedom. For more information, please visit, www.drsymington.com and connect with him on Twitter, @drsymington.

When Ayurveda Meets Cannabis

May 30, 2019

Last week I went to a gorgeous launch gathering for a very special line of Ayurveda-Inspired, Cannabis-Infused Remedies, THE ROOT OF IT ALL.

I am so impressed with this line of sublingual tinctures and one divine salve, their Rewind topical ointment which contains less than 20% 
beeswax for enhanced texture and consistency.  The remedies are not only all-natural, plant-powered remedies, formulated to “solve everyday conditions of modern living such as anxiety, stress, insomnia, and lethargy so you can get back into alignment.” 

They also taste rich and divine. 

“The Root of It All tinctures and topical ointment are blends of herbs and spices, inspired by ancient Ayurvedic philosophy of Holistic wellness, 
amplified with cannabis extracts to rejuvenate the mind and body. The product line includes five cannabis-infused essential remedies for energy, calm, sleep, unwind and stress relief as well as one topical balm for restoration. Each product’s dynamic formulation creates a consistently 
peaceful yet potent effect that tastes and smells good with fast-acting relief. “

I have been using them daily. I for sure take the STOP, UNWIND, SLOW and EASE at day’s end. In the morning, I use a dropper of GO which 
seems to soften the jittery edge I get from coffee, which I refuse to ever give up, but keeps me in my work flow. 

I was so impressed meeting the CEO and hearing him talk about the four years and two PhD’s that went into developing the remedies. With the
craze of all things cannabis and CDB, it’s amazing to meet the true passionate and dedicated founders like this brand.

Below I have posted snippets from their website. This explains it all perfectly. *Please find a list of where to buy.

Cannabis-Infused Essential Oils and Topicals

Every ingredient has a story. Every formula has a purpose. The Root of It All™ is on a quest to discover the path to well-being by providing powerful plant-based essential remedies for everyday conditions. Our line of essential oil tinctures and topical ointments are blends of herbs and spices, inspired by ancient Ayurvedic philosophy of holistic wellness, amplified with cannabis extracts to bring you back into your natural state of balance. 

Cannabis and Ayurvedic Herbs Join Forces

Botanic remedies have been providing relief to individuals for thousands of years. While the Western world’s pharmaceutical industry has focused on isolating, synthesizing, and patenting specific chemicals and molecular compounds; the world of alternative remedies employ natural treatments stemming from the plant kingdom. An essential oil represents the most simple and natural essence of a plant. The Root of It All™ selects these pure oils for their Ayurvedic, restorative benefits and balances them with cannabis extracts to create powerful, plant-based remedies for everyone who shares our quest for holistic wellness.

Cannabis-Infused Essential Oils and Topicals

Every ingredient has a story. Every formula has a purpose. The Root of It All™ is on a quest to discover the path to well-being by providing powerful plant-based essential remedies for everyday conditions. Our line of essential oil tinctures and topical ointments are blends of herbs and spices, inspired by ancient Ayurvedic philosophy of holistic wellness, amplified with cannabis extracts to bring you back into your natural state of balance. 

Cannabis and Ayurvedic Herbs Join Forces

Botanic remedies have been providing relief to individuals for thousands of years. While the Western world’s pharmaceutical industry has focused on isolating, synthesizing, and patenting specific chemicals and molecular compounds; the world of alternative remedies employ natural treatments stemming from the plant kingdom. An essential oil represents the most simple and natural essence of a plant. The Root of It All™ selects these pure oils for their Ayurvedic, restorative benefits and balances them with cannabis extracts to create powerful, plant-based remedies for everyone who shares our quest for holistic wellness.

All-Natural Herbs and Spices

Many tinctures in the market utilize alcohol, glycerin, and/or propylene glycol as chemical carriers of cannabinoids. These chemical carriers offer no added value to the products, and they leave a rancid taste that artificial flavors struggle to mask. The Root of It All™ uses Ayurvedic blends that are plant-based and utilize all-natural ingredients. Our essential oils are vegan, gluten-free, and allergy friendly.

Flavor and Function United

Pairing proprietary cannabis extracts with essential oils and Ayurvedic blends (all-natural herbs and spices) allows our unique formulas to target specific everyday conditions as well as produce culinary-quality flavors without a hint of cannabis taste or odor. The product works quickly, delights the senses, and delivers results every time!

Check them out on IG too!

Introducing Rootine: A daily vitamin supplement customized to your DNA

May 16, 2019

Rootine is finally here to help us live our healthier, best lives! Rootine is a groundbreaking new wellness company that uses your genetics, lifestyle, and blood levels to create a truly customized vitamin routine. The problem with most vitamin supplements on the market today is that they use one standard dose for everyone, yet each person has unique nutrient needs based on their DNA, blood nutrient status, and lifestyle. 

This is where Rootine’s DNA, blood level, and lifestyle analysis comes in to give you your personalized vitamins you deserve. By reviewing and combining these three key data points, Rootine determines which vitamins and minerals your body needs and creates a custom curated regimen of slow-release microbeads, optimized just for you.  

Microbeads do it better

Unlike traditional vitamins, Rootine drops the capsules and pills. This ensures the best quality product and optimal delivery for vitamins and minerals in the form of slow-release microbeads. (say goodbye to swallowing those horse-pill vitamins).

Each shipment of Rootine contains a three-month supply of custom microbead packets that contain the right dose of nutrients for your specific needs. Rootine spent three years engineering the unique microbead technology. The innovative slow-release microbeads deliver a customized dosage of vitamins into your bloodstream throughout the day, which is how your body naturally likes to absorb nutrients – in the same way it would from food. To take the vitamins, all you have to do is swallow the microbead packet with water, or get creative and stir them into your yogurt or sprinkle them on any meal. 

“Before Rootine, I was skeptical of vitamins.  I often wondered why it made sense for me to take the same vitamin as everyone else (answer: it doesn’t), or how a company could know  what I needed based on a simple lifestyle quiz? (answer: they can’t). Standard multivitamins are built for the “average” person, filled with standard dosages and often have unnecessary fillers or unhealthy ingredients, ” says Rachel Sanders, co-founder of Rootine.

The nutrients

Rootine’s vitamin packs contain 18 different types of vitamins and minerals. Here is an example of the vitamins and nutrients that may be included in your pack; Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Calcium, Copper, Vitamin D3, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Zinc, Folate, Vitamin E, Phytosterols, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, MSM, Selenium, CoEnzyme Q10

How it works:

Purchase online on our website, www.rootinevitamins.com then:

  1. Take the lifestyle quiz.  A simple lifestyle assessment asking about your diet, stress levels, energy levels, exercise habits and other lifestyle factors.
  2. Take the DNA test OR upload your 23 and Me or Ancestry.com raw data.  DNA gives you an in-depth understanding of the nutrients that are most compatible with your body. 
  3. Upload your blood data (if you have it).  You can better assess your current nutrient status. 

Price

$60/month, which includes an at-home DNA test valued at $200 and an in-depth report on exactly what your body needs  

About Rootine

Rootine is the only vitamin that incorporates your DNA, blood testing, and lifestyle factors (like diet), because one-size-fits all actually fits no one.  No more guesswork, just convenient daily vitamin packs, made for you, delivered directly to your door. 

Rootine was founded to change the industry standard and focus on customers first – offering 100% personalized products based on real data and research.  Because we believe everyone deserves a better vitamin built just for them – to help them live their best life. 

Rachel holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has spent the last eight years in the health and wellness sector. Daniel holds a PhD in Biotechnology and Bsc. in Molecular Biology and is a serial entrepreneur, with 10 years of experience in medical genetics. 

‘Braintapping’: Healing Your Body Starts With Retraining Your Mind

May 12, 2019

If you haven’t heard of “biohacking” yet, you will soon. It brings the
concept of mindfulness to the next level and its development has been
rapid and recent.

Biohacking combines science, biology, and self-experimentation to
optimize health, well-being, and focus. Simply put, it’s a DIY approach to wellness that refers to a wide range of activities including meditation,
yoga, cleanse diets, and more. Once considered new-age and radical,
these practices have risen in popularity. 

With more research and investment dollars being spewed into the industry, this health trend is dominating the wellness space and is on the
verge of changing the industry. At the forefront of the biohacking
community is neuroscience expert Dr. Patrick Porter.  

“Biohacking has hit the mainstream and whether you believe in these
practices or not, they will undoubtedly impact the health industry…” …
says Dr. Porter, who presented research along with Ariana Huffington
and other notable biohackers last month at the National Biohacking
Conference in Los Angeles. Biohacking has made tremendous advances
in treating conditions like mental health and addiction. Although in the
past, biohacking has received criticism for being unregulated, biohackers argue that’s exactly why it needs to be studied and have close attention
by the public. “It’s all about open access to science and what works for
you. When it comes to health, you are your own best advocate. No one can watch over you better than yourself,” says Porter.  Porter’s contribution to biohacking involves research on brainwaves and technology. A pioneer
in this area, Porter has emerged as a leader in the digital health and wellness field. He is the creator of the BrainTap Pro mobile app, a mind-
development tool designed to help users de-stress while achieving
physical, mental, and emotional balance. Using frequency-following
technology as well as guided visualization, the app gives anyone the
ability to achieve the mental state they want in mere minutes (unlike
traditional meditation which can take years to master.) While other apps only focus on one brainwave (such as alpha waves that calm and soothe) 

BrainTap is based on the understanding that no complex human task hasonly one brainwave state but rather a symphony of waves working together.  
“You can actually trigger neurotransmitter production through brainwave entrainment and this is a game changer for mental and physical health,” 
says Dr. Porter.  

Unique Brainwave Training Can Help Reduce Stress and Fatigue

By Dr. Patrick K. Porter, Ph.D.

Why do we need to take care of our brains? This is a fundamental question we should all be asking because it’s just not possible to have a genuinely healthy body without a freely functioning nervous system (and because about 70 percent of the nervous system is in the brain, it makes sense that healing the body must start with the brain).

One increasingly popular strategy to revitalize and reboot your mind is brainwave entrainment. Also known as “braintapping,” this method can help people that experience high stress, difficulty sleeping, low energy and other lifestyle challenges, to mentally shift gears, recharge and relax.

Backed by neuroscience and research, training your brainwaves helps guide the brain from an awake, reactionary mind into an intuitive, creative state, and then to a place where super-learning and healing can occur, with the outcome being a heightened state of consciousness with crystal clear focus. The practice creates a symphony of brainwave activity and a feeling of calm focus that’s ideal for learning, productivity, healing and clarity.

Activating the Right Mental States at the Right Time

You can incorporate brainwave training into your daily life – it helps you de-stress while also achieving physical, mental and emotional balance.

Unlike traditional meditation programs, brainwave entrainment’s neuro-algorithms gently and naturally guide the brain through a broad range of brainwave patterns. The result is a complete spectrum of brainwave activity. The restful, rejuvenating effects of even just 10 to 20 minutes of this approach can help balance your nervous system and protect against common stressors of everyday life.

In other words, the strategy trains the brain to be more resilient and creative, activating the right mental states at the right time. 

How Does It Work?

The science behind training your brainwaves relies on four key elements that enable the technology to induce brainwave entrainment.

The four areas include:

  1. Binaural beats: When two different tones, separated in frequency by only a few Hertz, are introduced — one in each ear — the brain perceives a third, unique tone. Binaural beats work by creating this phantom frequency, which the brain then mimics. The process of braintapping has shown to produce a state of calm and concentration in the brain, yielding the full effect of the guided visualization, and resulting in extraordinary levels of performance that would otherwise take years of practice to achieve.
  2. Guided visualization: In general, the visual imagery process involves setting aside a period for relaxation, during which you contemplate mental images depicting a desired result or goal. Visualization has been studied for decades and is known to have the power to affect mental states, improve physical performance and even heal the body. And when combined with the other elements of braintapping, these effects are increased and optimized.
  3. 10-cycle holographic music: Another aid to the guided meditation is 10-cycle holographic music, a sonic technology that produces a 360-degree sound environment. In this sonic environment, the visualizations become more real to the mind, helping you take full advantage of the power of the visualizations by creating a more receptive learning state.
  4. Isochronic tones: Isochronic tones are equal intensity pulses of sound separated by an interval of silence. They turn on and off rapidly, but the speed depends on the desired brain frequency. The discrete nature of isochronic tones makes them particularly easy for the brain to follow.  

Turn Your Brainwaves Into a Symphony

The power of the mind should not be underestimated. It’s when you change your mindset –especially if you work to retrain your brainwaves – that you can change your life for the better.

Keep in mind, in many cases, it takes more than a one-and-done approach for us to heal and retrain our brainwaves. But with daily brain entrainment practice, you can create a path of your own destiny so that you can more easily move through life in a connected, more fulfilling way.

About Dr. Patrick Porter:

Dr. Patrick K. Porter, PhD, is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He is the creator of BrainTap Technology™ a company that produces digital tools for health and wellness. BrainTap’s mind development apps and accessories use Creative Visualization and Relaxation to help people overcome stress and insomnia, lose weight, stop smoking, manage pain, accelerate learning, and much more.

101 of How Can CBD Products Make Your Fitness Game Stronger

May 8, 2019

Hemp oil, Medical marijuana products including cannabis leaf, dried bud, cbd and hash oil over black wood background

Many fitness enthusiasts reach a plateau and stall. They struggle to break through this plateau, which is intensely frustrating. Small tweaks to diet and training plans often have the desired effect. Sometimes, having a break can help, and you’ll return to your training stronger and more motivated than ever before. But what happens if none of the above make a difference?

CBD products are a rising force in the health and wellness industry. CBD oil can help treat various mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety, and it can reduce inflammation and pain. Sabaidee has several different products, including Good Vibes pure hemp extract with coconut oil. In this article, we are going to examine how CBD products can give your fitness game a significant boost.

Recover Faster with CBD

Recovery is an important component of any fitness regime. Every time you push your body to the limit, you are breaking down muscle fibers, so they grow a bit stronger. Inflammation is all part of your body’s recovery time. It’s the reason why your muscles ache after a tough workout. Stretching, ice baths, and taking anti-inflammatories help, but CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory that won’t hurt your stomach or cause you discomfort. Take CBD after workouts to reduce the time it takes your body to recover.

Keep a Handle on Your Anxiety

When you reach a certain level in your fitness game, it is not unusual for anxiety to rear its ugly head. Many athletes competing at a high level struggle with anxiety, particularly before a major competition. If you are not careful, anxiety and nerves can seriously derail your training and make it impossible to take part in events.

This is one area where CBD products have proven to be very effective. Many people who have used CBD products have noticed a fall in their anxiety and stress levels. CBD is known to affect the body’s serotonin levels, which are the neurotransmitters that affect our mood. When our serotonin levels are low, we feel anxious and depressed, which has an effect on our training. After all, it’s much harder to start a workout if your mood is low.

If anxiety and stress is impacting your fitness goals, try taking CBD products, such as edibles, oil, or vape juices. It might be enough to stabilize your mood and help you push through that plateau.

Are CBD Products Legal?

CBD products extracted from industrial hemp are legal in all states. Hemp-based CBD contains very low levels of THC, so you don’t get ‘high’ from taking it. Always check that any CBD products you buy are made from hemp, not marijuana, as marijuana CBD is still illegal in some states.

How to Take CBD

CBD comes in several different forms. CBD oil is popular, as it is quickly absorbed when ingested. Many athletes put a few drops of CBD oil under their tongue to keep inflammation at bay. You can also buy CBD edibles, which last up to five hours. Another way to take CBD is to buy it in a salve, which you can rub into affected areas. Again, this is useful if you want to keep inflammation at bay. Finally, if you vape, try CBD vapes. It is fast-acting and, therefore, useful if pre-race anxiety is a problem for you. The effects are not as long-lasting, though.

CBD Side Effects

While side effects are rare, some people report dizziness, changes in blood pressure, a change in appetite, and a dry mouth after taking CBD products. Be on the lookout for side effects and if you experience any adverse effects, stop taking the CBD immediately.