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Should Vegans be Adding Brain Boosters to their Diet? 19

vegan dietSuccess and intelligence are essential to getting ahead in the competitive business world today, and children and college students find those attributes to be very important when it comes to their academics, too. However, in order to retain your sharp-witted sense throughout the years, you need to find ways to boost your brain power. While many rely on prescriptive methods to get an edge on the overachievers, you’ll find natural methods such as nootropics to be more beneficial.

What are Nootropics? The term was coined back in the 1960s by Romanian chemist Corneliu E. Giurgea. In order to qualify as a nootropic, the drugs should be able to boost the body’s ability to learn, memorize and provide protection to the brain from injuries. It should also have no toxicity, stimulant or sedative effects. The natural substances in these drugs can also increase the brain’s neurotransmitter count, activate nerve growth and increase the supply of oxygen that reaches the brain. Natural nootropics can enhance the brain's abilities to function through essential vitamins, minerals and herbs. From B6, bacopa and amino acids to huperzia serrata, vinocetine and ginko biloba, you’ll find this natural substance improves brain health and cognitive aptitudes. Scientifically synthesized nootropics work similarly to their natural counterparts and include products such as racetums and noopept and piracetums. Nevertheless, individuals need to do their research before taking any chemical or synthetic nootropic.

The Many Benefits of Nootropics The long-term benefits of nootropics are plentiful, and they begin by helping to improve the brain’s abilities to function well beyond old age. From enhanced alertness and a rise in attention to sustained focus and improvements in memory, these substances can give an individual the smarts that they need to succeed and function throughout life. They are also essential to people as they age, especially seniors. Since the memory declines as a person ages, nootropics can aid in cognitive functioning and help alleviate symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The right nootropics can also elevate a person’s mood, energy and reduce stress and anxiety.

Adding Nootropics to a Vegan Diet Natural nootropics are easy to obtain when you follow a healthy diet. However, some may think that consuming “smart foods” aren’t a part of a vegan diet. Vegetables and fruits such as broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn, spinach, blueberries, grapefruit, avocado’s, cherries, bananas and prunes are vegan-friendly and part of a brain boosting diet. Whole-grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oats and barley are just as important. While vegans stay away from meat and fish, you'll find that nuts, seeds, beans and dark chocolate are just as satisfying and healthy for consumption. Creative ways to add the foods naturally can include green or fruit smoothies, sweet potato hash, curried quinoa and dark chocolate mousse for dessert. In addition to consuming a healthy diet, natural supplements can also be added to a vegan diet to help obtain the benefits of nootropics. Taken separately, ginkgo biloba, huperzine, bacopa monnieri, vinpocetine and lion’s mane can all help improve the functions of the brain. However, you can also stack the supplements safely when you combine them based on your own specific needs. There are also products on the market today that do this for you and include Alpha Brain, Focus Factor and BrainStack.

Brain Boosting Smoothie Juicing recipes give a boost to your cognitive function. To make optimal smoothies, you'll need to have a masticating juicer in your kitchen. These juicers are best for leafy green vegetables. The beets in the recipe below are rich in nitrates, making them a great cognitive enhancer. The berries are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, which are helpful in staving off cognitive decline as you age.

Brain Builder Smoothie Mix together one Beet, and two handfuls each of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries in the juicer. Strain the mixture if needed, and pour into a glass and enjoy. Nootropics can improve the body’s ability to concentrate, memorize and improve mental clarity. While synthetic varieties are just as safe as their natural counterparts, eating a healthy diet can be an added boon for vegans who are looking for creative ways to consume the many brain inspiring foods.

Author: Holly Chavez

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How Indian Massage Can Make a World of Difference 1

Indian Head Massage: with Fol-out back cover - the massage routine in full colour photographs (Paperback) Author: Tania Penwell Indian massage can be your solution for looking gorgeous, smelling splendid and feeling on top of the world! Read this article to find out how this ancient art of touch can help you in your complete rejuvenation. Touch is the most basic mode of communication between two human beings. Due to the fact that massage involves this magic touch, massage promotes health---both psychological and emotional. How? Massage improves circulation, supports neurological functions, helps in digestion by providing gas relief and strengthens overall immunity. Massage act as stimulant for the skin receptors and the nerves and triggers off the 'feel-good' hormones, especially the endorphins. This helps the nerves and muscles relax. Massage also helps alleviating pain simply by refusing to receive pain signals from brain. The end result is: you get a feeling of complete relaxation---both in your body and mind. With tensions and stresses gone, you gain back the keenness of your senses. How Indian Massage Therapy is different Massage takes different approaches in different parts of the world. The Indian massage therapy or the Ayurvedic massage has been practiced since antiquity. Massage has always received a scientific perception in the writing of the Scholars of ancient India. This traditional Indian technique was based on Ayurvedic Doshas and Marmas---the pressure points in the Western reflexology. Here are some basic points: The focal point in Ayurvedic massage technique is: different pressure points of the body. As a healing agent, Indian massage involves the use of different types of touch and pressure or flowing movements. Ayurvedic massage is applied to the skin in a way so that the tissues underlying it are relieved of muscular tension and pains. This form of massage may involve either particular parts of body---as for example, Indian head massage---or full body massage. Indian massage often involves the use of different types of aromatherapy oils---hot or cold. All of these result in relaxation of the body and promote a sense of overall well-being. Indian Massage---an experience of lifetime In the interior of India, you will get to see people receiving massage in the corners of the streets for a few rupees; although they often lack formal training, they have acquired the art as a part of community tradition. But for a life changing experience, you should visit a luxury Indian spa where trained and experienced masseurs will offer you traditional Ayurvedic massage for a holistic rejuvenation. Here are some of the varieties of Ayurvedic massage you can experience in the different parts of India, especially in the Spa Resorts in Kerala, in southern fringes of the peninsula. Panchakarma treatment The gentle process that promotes deep cleansing without discomfort. This is a massage technique that helps eliminate toxins from the body accumulated in areas like the lymph, circulatory, and immune systems. Abhyanga Massage The fastest toxin expelling technique - this is a luxurious full body indulgence with medicated oils containing herbs and ingredients that pacify the unbalanced Vata, Pitta, and Kapha energies. Ayurvedic Head Massage The technique that ends mental fatigue - this massage is done with oils containing herbs that pacify the nerves and stimulate the brain for better functioning. This massage can be your ultimate solution for getting rid of emotional fatigue, confusions and for enhanced clarity of mind. Full Body Steam Expelling toxins with the help of steam - this is a full body massage technique, much different from ordinary sauna; here the steam contains vapors of detoxifying and balancing herbs. However, the head and neck areas are excluded in this massage. In addition of relieving body from toxins, it also moisturizes and dehydrates the skin giving it a baby soft glow. Shirodhara The ultimate stress reliever - this amazing technique involves trickling of a warm stream of mixture of cooling and balancing herbal oils and medicated ghee over the forehead in a continuous flow. To enhance the effect, the treatment is carried on in a quiet, soothing atmosphere. If you happen to suffer from any one of these: chronic neuro-muscular disorders, hypertension, insomnia, depression, anxiety, headaches or restlessness---- Shirodhara is the technique you must give a try to get rid of these menaces for once and for all. For generations, Indian massage has been trusted for having a powerful effect on the mental and emotional well being of the individuals. Come and experience the difference yourself! About the author: Tania Penwell provides information on Indian massage and other types of massage for Savvy Cafe - your guide to living life to the fullest! Buy the Book: Indian Head Massage: with Fold-out back cover - the massage routine in full colour photographs

Emotional Freedom Technique Video 0

Learn the basics of the emotional freedom technique in this five minute video. Emotional Freedom Technique is based on the Chinese Meridian System. It involves tapping specific points on your head and body which correlate with your meridians. While tapping, you either say a mantra or think about your problem. The video walks you through the basics of defining your problem, rating your problem on a scale and exactly where and how to tap to find freedom from your emotional & psychological attachments. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQp0kA5a5OI

Reflexology - Reaching the Heart through your Feet 3

Spa Sister Reflexology SocksAuthor: Patrick Curl This article is about reaching your heart through the feet - and reaching the brain, sinus cavities, glands, stomach, spinal column, reproductive system, etc... The human body is a magnificent work and it never ceases to amaze me. As a massage therapist I learn new and wonderful things about the human body almost daily it seems. Reflexology is an ancient healing art, one that was lost for awhile and then re-discovered. We have areas on our feet that correspond with every area on our body and we can reach those area through a specialized massage of the feet. We also have these points on our hands and to some extent on our ears. The method we use to practice reflexology is as follows: First we do some really yummy releasing exercises. The only way to send the signals from the gentle touch of reflexology from our feet up to our body is to do it when our feet are relaxed and more alert. There's two major methods of performing reflexology, there's finger walking (where your thumb or forefinger walk along different patterns on the foot, but it looks and feels more like it's trying to wiggle like a worm, it takes some practice to accomplish, but isn't too hard.) Then there's hooking in and pulling back, where you kind of hook your thumb into a point and scoot it down a little towards the heel. Another quasi-stroke I find that works well is if you find a point that's really congested, you can rotate counter clockwise, in essence it will feel like you're sending the congestion back up into the body, and for really loose or lack of congestion you can pull energy down to that spot by rotating clockwise - you can recognize by the way it feels - it usually feels hard and/or may have some urine crystals in (bet you didn't know that uric acid settles in the foot and when you feel little crunchy things in someone's feet it's really those crystals). If you are interested in practicing on yourself or your partner, then get a good chart of the points on the feet, and also some books for further reading, as there is so much more you can learn about reflexology beyond this starting point. About the author: Patrick Curl is a Massage Enthusiast and owner of http://www.aboutbodywork.com Where Massage Enthusiasts Gather. Drop on over for your chance at winning a FREE Massage from a therapist in your area. Buy: Spa Sister Reflexology Socks Visit A Much Better Health Store Browse through our Organic Bath, Body & Beauty Store

7 Ultra Healthy Foods You Should Be Eating 10

Ultra Healthy Foodsby Jamie Clark Imagine feeling great, having tons of energy, and enjoying incredible health all the time. If you eat the following healthy, great-tasting foods regularly (while avoiding unhealthy processed foods and sugar) you will be amazed at how incredible you'll feel. Try it for a week and see what happens! Almonds Possibly the healthiest nut in the world, almonds are packed with good stuff like protein, fiber, magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin E and monounsaturated fat. Eating a handful of raw almonds every day will boost your energy and help to lower your "bad" cholesterol levels. Broccoli When it comes to healthy vegetables, it's tough to beat broccoli. This delicious green veggie has been shown to help prevent numerous health problems and will provide you with everything from fiber to calcium to cancer-fighting phytonutrients! Red Beans Red bean varieties (such as pinto beans and red kidney beans) are great sources of healthy protein, fiber, and antioxidants. They're also full of important minerals like iron and magnesium. Beans are powerful "prevention" foods that have been shown to help fight cancer, stroke and heart disease. Plus, due to their high-fiber content, they're great for anyone trying to lose weight and keep hunger in check. Sweet Potatoes Forget plain white potatoes. They're simply not that healthy. Start eating great-tasting sweet potatoes and you'll get a huge boost of beta-carotene, vitamin C, fiber and B vitamins. Plus, sweet potatoes rank much lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes so they're less likely to spike your insulin and blood sugar levels (which can make your body store extra fat and zap your energy). Salmon This high-fat fish is one of the healthiest types of animal protein you can eat. It's got the important omega-3 fatty acids everyone needs for optimal health and disease prevention. Always remember to choose grilled fish (not fried!) and, when possible, choose wild salmon as it is less likely to contain high levels of mercury. Blueberries All berries are healthy, but blueberries may be at the top of the list in terms of ounce-for-ounce nutrition. These nutrient-dense fruits are loaded with powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals, not to mention fiber and healthy carbohydrates. If you want to stay young, there may be no better "anti-aging" food than blueberries ... so eat a handful every day! Apples The common apple is an incredibly powerful health food. Apples contain lots of important vitamins and minerals, including significant amounts of vitamin C. But the apple's most important nutrient may be pectin, a type of fiber shown to help lower cholesterol levels, maintain healthy blood glucose levels, and even help you lose body fat. The other great thing about apples is that they're very portable and can be used as a quick snack just about anywhere you go. Jamie Clark is a long-time health writer and is co-editor of FreshHealthyUseful.com. For more useful health news and articles, be sure to visit http://www.freshhealthyuseful.com/ . Image Source: http://flickr.com/photos/martinlabar/2231159/