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When you've had a hard day and want to unwind, few things feel as good as a nice, warm bath. Ever wondered why a warm bath feels so good? Here are some of the scientifically-proven benefits:
Relief for achy muscles and joints: Because water is buoyant, it reduces gravity's pull on joints. When submerged, the body weighs about 90 percent less, diminishing weight and compression of the joints. Warm water also raises body temperature and increases circulation, which encourages better movement. Heat also gets your blood moving, which can help sore or tight muscles to relax.
A healthy heart: Taking a warm bath can help reduce blood pressure, according to some research. Reduced blood pressure can help in preventing more serious heart conditions. Be sure to consult your doctor if you have a heart condition, because a hot bath will also raise the rate of your heartbeat.
Better sleep: A theory that a colder core body temperature can help to induce sleep is why some scientists recommend sleeping in a cold room. A warm bath before bed can yield similar results. At night, our body temperatures naturally drop, which signals the production of melatonin. Soaking in a warm bath will raise your body temperature, then exiting to a cool room will more rapidly cool it down. This may instigate the production of melatonin and better prepare you for a good night's sleep.
Decreased anxiety and improved mood: Dr. Bruce Becker of Washington State University says that 20 minutes of sitting in a 102°F tub changes the autonomic nervous system similarly to stress and anxiety-reducing activities like exercise. Dr. Becker also says that regular bath or hot tub sessions even have a positive effect on problem-solving.
Burn calories: A Loughborough University study has shown that an hour-long soak in a bath in 100°F water burns the same amount of calories as a 30-minute walk. The study also showed a reduction in blood sugar levels and a reduction in inflammation, both beneficial for long-term sufferers of diseases like type-2 diabetes.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “You can achieve anything you set your mind to?”
Manifesting is intentionally creating something you want through attraction, belief, patterns, thoughts, and feelings. Life is an algorithm, like Facebook posts - what you give your attention to, you get back. By knowing this, we can use it as a tool to get what we want in life. And here’s the really juicy part, YOU absolutely can create what you imagine. YOU really are THAT powerful.
I know because I used to think I couldn’t. “That kind of thing only works for special people,” I used to tell myself. Then I started to practice and get better and better, and now my manifesting sometimes works so fast and easily that my jaw drops to the floor, and my head spins in disbelief. I remember driving home, being really frustrated, and discouraged about my job about five years ago. I thought to myself about the kind of job that I wanted. I wanted a job with more pay, a good vacation program, less micromanaging, more freedom, and a laid back, healthy work environment with like-minded people. Somewhere I could use my creative talents in a field I could be passionate in. Not six months later, I landed my job at RidgeCrest Herbals. My biggest manifest to date has been the home I moved into April of 2020. The accuracy of my dream board to my home is astounding.
Here is my no B.S. how-to on manifesting:
Think it through: I am serious when I say this, be careful what you ask for because you might get it. Sometimes we don’t think about what we want until we have it and then change our minds because we didn’t think it through. Make sure that what you are asking for is what you really want.
Check yourself: Become hyper-aware of what the thoughts you have surrounding what you want are. If you constantly tell yourself you don’t deserve something or aren’t worthy, you will stay stuck. Look deep and see where you need to heal. Stop the negative thoughts in their tracks. For example, money is something I have always had an issue with. The narrative has been that I can’t afford things. Now I interrupt those thoughts with “I allow money into and out of my life freely.” Be the gatekeeper of your thoughts.
Be clear: When you are setting your intentions, get very clear and specific about what you want. Don’t get caught up in the how. Think of it like ordering off a menu - you can have anything you want, you just need to order and let your waiter (the universe) serve it to you.
Be flexible: Sometimes, what we think we want isn't going to be exactly perfect, and that's ok. We need to have enough flexibility and gratitude for what we do get, and see the bigger picture. Sometimes what we get is just a stepping stone to what we really want. Not getting emotionally attached is one of the most important parts of manifesting. If we try to hold on too tightly, like sand, it escapes. Be willing to adjust your sights.
Visualize: See what you want. Meditate on it daily. Imagine the fine details - colors, smells, tastes, touch - try to involve your senses as much as possible. Make a dream board to look at every day. Create mantras and affirmations, and window shop for what you want. Drive the car, tour the house, imagine yourself doing the things you want to do. The more your focus is on what you want, the better.
Inspired Action! Dreams and manifesting are about more than believing. Things don't just appear out of thin air; you must take action. You have to work hard for what you want. You don't get something for nothing, what you give you get. If it's that shiny new car you want, start saving. If it's a promotion you are after, do everything you can to invest in yourself along the way. Work on your goals as often as you can, and don't forget about why you want the things you do.
Bonus tip: Be patient, especially if manifesting is new to you. These sorts of things take practice, but you will get the hang of it. One of my favorite things to remember by Rumi is: “What you seek, is seeking you."
Fungi are masters of emergence. We can learn from them on many levels.
Most of their lives are spent in a silent yet interconnected experience that is unseen by humans. However, they are constantly emerging in the vast array of ecosystems in which they are immersed. The mushroom mycelium (the root-like structure of the edible and beneficial mushrooms) is the ‘body’ of the mushroom. The mycelium carries out all of the critical activities of life except for reproduction. The mycelium digest, absorb, protect, sense, and expand or grow, allowing them to emerge and interconnect with the ecosystem around them. Their metabolic functions have a critical impact on continued life on the planet. Fungal mycelium decomposes organic matter, sequesters carbon in the soil, liberates minerals from rock into the soil, and shuttles nutrients among the vegetation covering vast amounts of our planet’s surface. Mycelium also has the capacity to impact microorganisms and even macro-organisms providing a balancing influence on the microbiome and the macro-biome. Mycelium is the shepherd of life on Earth.
Beyond the role that mushroom mycelium plays in our ecosystems, mycelium can play in human health and wellness. Mycelium and fermented substrate are emerging as the leading sustainable, beneficial supplements for the whole body. The synergistic support that mushroom mycelium plus fermented substrate have on immune functioning has been part of this emergence. The ongoing research published in peer-reviewed journals has been steadily occurring over the past ten years, growing almost imperceptibly, like mycelium growing unseen by most people. Similarly to mycelium expanding throughout its growth medium, the research has been consistently gaining ground and recognition in the scientific community. Mycelium and the fermented substrate are emerging as a unique, vigorous and complex modulator of the human immune response.* When used together, they synergistically engage immune cells to function more effectively.* Furthermore, they engage our body’s cellular regenerative capabilities.* Finally, they engage the checks and balances of the immune system, maintaining appropriate homeostasis.* Mycelium is emerging as nature’s predominant balancing influence for planetary ecosystems as well as human ecosystems.
Similarly to how mushroom mycelium impacts multiple aspects of our planet’s ecosystem, mycelium can also impact multiple systems of our bodies. The different species of mushroom mycelium are often associated with specific tissues and systems of our bodies. Lion’s Mane is the most notable, with emerging evidence showing support for our neurological tissues.* Chaga’s traditional use and research show evidence of its affinity for supporting the balanced immune response of our barrier tissues like the skin, intestinal tract, and the lungs.* Cordyceps has emerged as the revitalizer of the mushroom species, supporting increased energy, lung functioning, and oxygenation, muscle function, and libido.* Turkey Tail continues to demonstrate support of immune and liver health.* Reishi emerged centuries ago as a gentle, systemic tonifier, supporting cardiovascular health, neurological activity, intestinal integrity, liver detoxification, upper respiratory function, and stamina.* Understanding of the affinities of each mushroom species has grown over time, emerging from the mysterious and moving towards widespread recognition.
Often when something new or unexpected emerges from the background, the status quo takes a defensive stance. For a host of reasons, some people recoil at the idea of change and protect what they believe to be true. It takes courage to observe objectively. It takes internal strength to release feelings of being threatened by emerging science and information that challenges what we think we know. It requires humility to open our minds to allow new information to bring understanding and wisdom. As the fungal mycelium perseveres as it grows and emerges through the soil, trees, and even stone, we must also persevere in our approach to learning and compassionate action in life. Mushroom mycelium are amazing beings that live a life of balancing the world they live in. They teach by action. We can learn through observation. We can decide to emulate mycelium and emerge from our personal bubbles to grow into beings that bring balance and wellness to all we contact.
Jerry Angelini, MS, is the Head of Education for Host Defense® Mushrooms™.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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