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I first came across Transcendental Meditation (TM) during my degree studies when I was mixing with students of Ayurveda.

Transcendental meditation is a technique which gives a quality of rest to mind and body which is quite unique. It allows for the release of stress and tiredness which results in greater energy and peace and clarity of the mind, so bringing enjoyment of life.

Now, a study seems to be endorsing what users of TM have known all along: that it can, in fact, help to increase brain function and lower stress levels.

A group of fifty students took part in the trial at the American University in Washington DC, and after using meditation for ten weeks they reported lower levels of stress and feeling more alert.

One ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) sufferer who took part in the study claims meditating for a few minutes a day helped him to get off a cocktail of medication which controlled his condition

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7907242.stm

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This time last year I was preparing my 10,000 word dissertation as part of my health sciences degree. Despite the fact that I loved every minute of that course I was going through a bad time with my health. I was feeling exhausted. Not everyone jumps out of bed in the morning full of the joys of spring, but I was waking up and peeling myself out of bed and most mornings I would wake up with headaches that would not budge for days on end. Most weekends I couldn’t find the strength to get dressed and were spent sleeping on the sofa. Although I managed to get through the working week and cook a meal in the evenings that was all I could manage. The dishes had to be left till morning. My digestion started to play up – something I’d never had problems with before. Blood tests revealed nothing ‘abnormal’. As a therapist, I was helping others to heal themselves yet I couldn’t help myself – I didn’t know which way to turn.

By complete coincidence and at a doctor’s suggestion I tried an anti-candida diet for two weeks to see if this made any different to my digestion. During those two weeks I noticed a difference and accepted that I had candida. A cocktail of vitamins, minerals and amino acids helped kill the candida and opened my eyes to the fact that candida is prevalent in most people. When the immune system is thrown out of balance (stress, diabetes, antibiotics) the environment in the intestines is such that it encourages growth of bad bacteria and hence candida attacks.

Doctors don’t recognise the condition of candidiasis and indeed there is no real accurate test (other than a live blood sample) but a quick and simple way for you to find out if you have candida if you suspect this is to spit into a see-through tumbler of water first thing in the morning. If the spittle develops legs like a spiders which travel down to the bottom of the glass, then the chances are you have candida.

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Maca is a root-like vegetable shaped much like a radish in appearance. It grows in the mountains of the Andes. Natives use it both as food and medicine.

The Maca plant is packed with natural plant sterols, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Maca does not contain any hormones as such, but its action on the body supports the body’s endocrine system, stimulating the pituitary gland (the body’s master hormone gland) into producing precursor hormones thus helping to balance the adrenals, thyroid and pancreas and so naturally increasing energy and vitality. Having suffered terribly from adrenal exhaustion this interested me and it was for this reason that I first started to look into Maca.
The benefits of Maca are varied:

• Enhances fertility in both men and women
• Improves libido
• Provides an energy boost
• Helps with stress
• Changes hormone levels during menopause
• Help control irregular menstrual bleeding
• Helps with bone regeneration (osteoporosis)
• Increases stamina (so, used by athletes)

I’ll let you do your own research on this amazing plant, but having sourced a raw organic Maca powder, I’ve only just started to use it hoping that it will help with adrenal fatigue. Watch this space and I’ll update readers on any improvements which come my way!

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Stress has been referred to as the Silent Killer. Regardless of its intensity, we experience stress daily in our lives. This has intensified in the 21st century with its pollution, technological revolution, nutritional deficiencies and so. Stress is epidemic in the western world and our reaction to it is not always to our advantage.

Stress is a state of tension that is created when a person responds to the demands and pressures that come from work, family and other external sources, as well as which are internally generated. It is cumulative – it adds up over time until a state of crisis is reached and symptoms appear. These symptoms may manifest themselves psychologically as irritability, anxiety, impaired concentration, fatigue, impaired digestion, anger, the list goes on.

At the most basic level complementary therapies work to relax the body to an extent at which it can begin to function at an optimum level. Ultimate Indulgence Evenings are designed as taster sessions for my therapies, bringing with them an element of fun and social interaction.

Treat yourself and your friends to an evening of indulgence and experience the relaxation and healing my therapies bring.

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