GENERATIONAL TRAUMA

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In the same way previous generations pass on genetic characteristics to you, research shows that they also pass along “acquired” or epigenetic characteristics born out of emotionally charged, traumatic experiences. It’s called generational trauma (or ancestral trauma), and it can be a powerful influence in your life as it can increase your vulnerability to a number of mental health conditions.

For those who have never experienced trauma first hand, yet suffer from inexplicable symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health issues—such as depressionanxietylow self-esteemdissociation, hypervigilance, shame, guilt, and more—it can be a great relief to learn that ancestral trauma may be the source.

UNDERSTANDING GENERATIONAL TRAUMA

Generational trauma may begin with a traumatic event affecting an individual, or a traumatic event(s) affecting multiple family members, or collective trauma affecting the larger community, cultural, racial, ethnic, or other groups/populations (known as a historical trauma).

While ancestral trauma has the potential to affect us all, those at the greatest risk are in families and groups that have experienced significant forms of abuse, neglect, torture, oppression, and racial disparities. It’s common in the progeny of war refugees and victims of enslavement, genocide, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and extreme poverty.

Researchers first noted generational trauma in the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of the Holocaust. Findings from a study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research show that children and grandchildren of survivors are at higher risk of anxiety disorders and PTSD. 

Another study in the American Journal of Psychotherapy found that among referrals to a child psychiatry clinic, grandchildren of Holocaust survivors were overrepresented by 300% compared to their peers. Research has shown similar effects in the descendants of many other historical traumas. That’s not surprising since children of a parent struggling with PTSD are 3 times more likely to have PTSD themselves.

Generational trauma is also present in families where there has been significant emotional trauma such as divorce, tragic accidents or losses, abandonment, parental incarceration, substance abuse, a death by suicide, or early death of a family member.

These traumas have lasting consequences. For example, with early death, the nervous system can be so deeply impacted that it changes the nature of family members’ genes, which can affect offspring for generations.

Negative parenting behavior can be a source of trauma as well. When parents have unresolved trauma, their parenting can be negatively impacted by depression, substance abuse, mental illness, and other conditions. They can become less attuned as parents and model negative coping skills. They may even become perpetrators of their own trauma; sexual abuse is often repeated in families for generations.

Ancestral trauma has been shown to affect the brain. A large 2019 study found that the children of parents with depression had smaller volume in the pleasure centres of their brain, which placed them at risk of developing depression themselves.

STOPPING GENERATIONAL TRAUMA

The great news is that ancestral trauma can be stopped, but it will not go away on its own. Families can make resilience their new legacy by actively seeking to address the trauma.

Building resilience through open and loving communication between generations is one of the best ways to loosen generational trauma’s grip. Healing happens when family members speak up and work through any hurt, pain, or abuse from the past.

If you are a parent, mental health experts suggest that you seek your own support and share your trauma openly with your children and possibly your grandchildren too. Tell them your story and whatever you know about what happened to your parents and your grandparents.

If you are an adult child of parents or grandparents who may have trauma, ask them about their experiences. Find out as much as you can about your ancestry. Notice any automatic patterns, beliefs, or narratives from your family that you continue to portray.

Talk through them with a trusted friend, family member, or therapist and consider new ways of being and communicating. Start creating a future for yourself without the pain of inherited trauma.

Innovative therapies can be very helpful in resolving generational trauma. For example, somatic therapy is a type of trauma therapy that involves paying close attention to your inner body sensations as a way to regulate emotions.

Also, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can be a very powerful treatment for people who have been emotionally traumatised. It uses eye movements or other alternate hemisphere stimulation to remove the emotional charges of traumatic memories.

If you suspect generational trauma may be affecting you, reach out to a qualified mental health professional for help. The anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues you experience may not be all yours.

Generational trauma and other mental health issues can’t wait. At Sundardas Naturopathic Clinic, we’re here for you.

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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When our emotions are running our lives, we are not in a state of calm aliveness. Rather, there are imbalances in the nervous system that cause problems. It causes imbalances in other systems and organs in our body. Not to mention how these imbalances influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviours towards ourselves and others.”

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Did you know these Methylfolate benefits can help with mood?

Perhaps you’ve heard of the essential vitamin folate (aka vitamin B9). But what’s the difference between folate and methylfolate? And what’s folic acid? It can be a bit confusing, so let’s unpack each of these and see how they relate to each other.

WHAT’s the DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOLATE, FOLIC ACID, and METHYLFOLATE?

Folate

Folate is a group of chemically complicated substances that supply the body with chemically simple methyl groups. The body can’t make folate from scratch, so we must get it from foods or dietary supplements.

Folate is vital at every stage of life, from early development in the womb through birth, and all the way through adulthood. But for many people, lifestyle factors, some medications, and common gene mutations can deplete their folate stores.

Folic Acid

To help consumers maintain good nutritional folate status, many foods are being “fortified” with folic acid (FA). Also, dietary supplements that include folate typically provide it as FA.

But FA doesn’t occur in plants or in any of our foods and is so chemically different from natural folates that it gunks up our folate enzymes and impairs our natural folate utilisation. The body must produce an enzyme to make FA usable, and this enzyme’s conversion capacity is limited. As a result, some people may have unconverted FA in their bloodstream, which may lead to negative health effects such as nausea, diarrhea, irritability, and behavior changes.

Methylfolate

Methylfolate (technically methyltetrahydrofolate) is the pre-activated and most readily utilized form of the folate vitamin. The body has enzymes that rely on methylfolate (MF) specifically for its methyl groups, which are crucial for a broad range of brain and body functions.

Methylfolate is the folate form most naturally preferred by the body, which is why the intestinal lining has “transport proteins” that bind to it and selectively absorb it into the blood. Similar proteins also move MF from the circulation into the brain tissue.

The methyl chemical groups that come from folate are fundamental to practically all our life processes. It’s essential for all our cells, tissues, and organs to survive, grow, function, and maintain their structural integrity. MF also supports the entire array of functions in the bone marrow, liver, and all the other organs.

All our cells need methylfolate to make their DNA, package it into genes, repair it when damage occurs, and regulate their overall gene activity (epigenetics). The brain’s nerve cells also need it to make their electrical insulation (myelin) and to make dopamine and serotonin. MF also works with vitamin B6 and B12 in the detoxication of homocysteine.

Methylfolate promotes smooth and efficient folate metabolism for those who need it most: women of reproductive age, the elderly, the high proportion of individuals who carry folate enzyme mutations. For these individuals, and for the rest of us, methylfolate is the best dietary form of folate.

METHYLFOLATE BENEFITS

Here are just a few methylfolate benefits:

  • Fundamental to the growth, renewal, and functioning of our cells, tissues, and organs.
  • Helps support a healthy mood, memory, cognition, and behavior.
  • Enhances the clinically proven mood benefits of SAMe (s-adenosyl-methionine).
  • Essential for the brain to make the key neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
  • Promotes the brain’s healthy production of melatonin, our major sleep hormone.
  • Enhances the body’s regulation of homocysteine, a potentially toxic human metabolic product.
  • Promotes healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes.

While considering these impressive methylfolate benefits, it’s also important to be aware of the potential dangers of not taking methylfolate.

Folate Mutations

When consumed, methylfolate doesn’t need to be converted into active folate – as the body’s most active folate form, it can be immediately used by our folate enzyme systems. One of the most common human gene mutations is the C677T mutation in the enzyme MTHFR (Methylene Tetrahydrofolate Reductase), whose function is to produce MF.

More than 40 percent of individuals in some ethnic groups have this mutation, which is associated with impaired folate utilization from food. Taking MF by mouth bypasses this mutation: as premade, authentic MF, it doesn’t need to be produced by MTHFR. For people with C677T or various other, less common MTHFR mutations, methylfolate is a health breakthrough!

Methylfolate Benefits for Mood

Among its many positive actions in the brain and body, methylfolate can help support emotional balance. Methylfolate is a cofactor in the production of monoamines dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.

In one study, patients struggling with low mood reported significant improvements in their symptoms when using methylfolate. The results of two randomized, double-blind, parallel-sequential trials found that MF may help those with medication-resistant mood issues. The trial concluded that MF may be an effective, safe, and well tolerated treatment for patients with major mood problems.

So, where can you get an ultra-pure source of this mood-, memory-, and cognitive-supporting vitamin?

METHYLFOLATE

Methylfolate is a form of the folate vitamin that’s better utilized than folic acid or other folates. MethylFolate is essential for mood, cognition, behavior, and overall brain and body health.

Methylfolate is the body’s most fully active form of folate, a vitamin that provides methyl groups (-CH3) which are crucial for a broad range of brain functions, including healthy mood. In clinical trials, MF corrected methyl deficiency while promoting a positive mood and overall brain health.

Highly Bioavailable Source of Methyl Groups

To be utilized by the body, dietary folates from foods or supplements must first be converted to methylfolate. But the enzymes involved in this conversion process often carry mutations that can interfere with their activity. High-quality MF supplements bypass these enzymes, directly supplying methyl to make SAMe and other methyl cofactors that manage the body’s extensive networks of methyl metabolism.

Promotes Metabolic Recycling of Homocysteine

Homocysteine (HCy) is a byproduct of SAMe production from MF and the amino acid methionine. If allowed to build up in the blood and other tissues, HCy can become toxic. MF facilitates the recycling of HCy to methionine, which helps curb its toxic potential.

Supports Brain Health and DNA

Methyl from MF is needed from the moment of fertilization of the human egg, through the development of the brain, heart and other organs, to birth, and across the lifespan. All our cells need methyl groups to make their DNA, repair ongoing DNA damage, and regulate their utilization of DNA.

PUT THE METHYL IN YOUR FOLATE

Though folate is an effective vitamin, methylfolate is better utilized in the body than folate and synthetic folic acid.

Taking folate as MethylFolate can help provide nutritional support for your brain and body. This versatile supplement is also fundamental to the growth and renewal of our cells, helps regulate potentially harmful homocysteine, promotes healthy pregnancy, and much more.

You can enjoy all the methylfolate benefits. Call us for your methylfolate supplement. (For existing clients only) 

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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Why the Pharoah did not have Allergies

3 Why the Pharoah did not have Allergies

Black Cumin Seed Oil has long been revered by ancient cultures for its healing properties like the Egyptians and the ancient Muslim medical experts…

They knew it was their secret ingredient for great gut and immune health and allergy prevention.

This spice was coined the “oil of the Pharaohs” due to the seeds apparently being found in the tomb of Tutankhamen. What did they know about gut health?

Supports Gut Health

Did you know that one of the oldest uses for black cumin seed oil was to treat indigestion, bloating, diarrhea and just about every other digestive issue?1

Studies have indicated that black cumin seed oil may help prevent colorectal cancer and reduce the production of stomach acid while simultaneously improving the structure and secretion of mucus needed along the lining of the gut. 2

Additionally, black cumin seed oil may suppress harmful gut bacteria while promoting healthy ones3

With gut health being so very important to both mental and physical health — including immunity — that’s exciting, indeed!

Black Cumin  Combats Allergies

Bee products like honey and propolis may come to mind as natural remedies for dealing with allergies, but for those looking for an all-natural vegan alternative, black cumin may be just your ticket out of sneeze-ville. 

In a 2019 review of experimental and clinical studies on black cumin between 1993 and 2018, researchers found repeated evidence that this oil may act as an all-natural antihistamine (with regards to a variety of allergens) and can also help prevent asthma. 

Allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis and atopic eczema were lessened in severity with the patients across the studies 5 reviewed.

Black cumin seed has been used for centuries to treat not just allergies but respiratory issues which carries on over to our next point…

Black Cumin Protection for Your Lungs

Clinical trials have found that black cumin may have very strong lung-protective properties. 

This includes in ALL areas of the lungs such as alveoli, bronchi and bronchioles while simultaneously promoting the formation of healthy lung tissue.6

Additionally, clinical experimentation found that black cumin may even enhance pulmonary function, increase antioxidant markers and lower inflammation7

Interestingly, supplementing with black cumin resulted in an increase of other nutrients that promote lung health 8 such as glutathione and vitamins C and E.

To top it off, black cumin contains high levels of an active compound called thymoquinone (TQ). TQ may just prove to be a powerful ally when it comes to protecting ourselves from viral invaders. 

Apart from its apparent antiviral, antioxidant and anti-coagulation effects, what makes TQ particularly interesting is the immunomodulatory effect it may have on your body. 

A 2021 review of clinical studies conducted around the globe found that TQ may increase cytokine suppressors, natural killer cells, lymphocytes and macrophages.9


What does this all mean?

It essentially could act like an adaptogen for our immune-response in the sense that it prompts our immune system to react appropriately in response to a viral attack — not too much, not too little. 

The bottom line here is that while studies are still early, the potential lung-protective properties of black cumin are well worth your consideration.

We currently use Black Seed oil as a prophylactic for COVID -19 and for allergies, asthma and respiratory support.

Yours in health

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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2.Shakeri F, Gholamnezhad Z, Mégarbane B, Rezaee R, Boskabady MH. Gastrointestinal effects of Nigella sativa and its main constituent, thymoquinone: a review. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27247918/

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4. Kalus U, Pruss A, Bystron J, Jurecka M, Smekalova A, Lichius JJ, Kiesewetter H. Effect of Nigella sativa (black seed) on subjective feeling in patients with allergic diseases. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14669258/

5.Gholamnezhad Z, Shakeri F, Saadat S, Ghorani V, Boskabady MH. Clinical and experimental effects of Nigella sativa and its constituents on respiratory and allergic disorders. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31143688/

6. Kanter M. Effects of Nigella sativa seed extract on ameliorating lung tissue damage in rats after experimental pulmonary aspirations. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19428057/

7.Mahmood A. Al-Azzawi, Mohamed M.N. AboZaid, Reda Abdel Latif Ibrahem, Moustafa A. Sakr, Therapeutic effects of black seed oil supplementation on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients: A randomized controlled double blind clinical trial, Heliyon, Volume 6, Issue 8,  2020,

8.Al-Azzawi MA, AboZaid MMN, Ibrahem RAL, Sakr MA. Therapeutic effects of black seed oil supplementation on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients: A randomized controlled double blind clinical trial. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405844020315541

9.Badary OA, Hamza MS, Tikamdas R. Thymoquinone: A Promising Natural Compound with Potential Benefits for COVID-19 Prevention and Cure. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33976534/

ADHD Increases your Risk for these Physical Conditions

Although most are familiar with the common signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD (also called ADD)—including a short attention span, poor impulse control, hyperactivity, and challenges with staying organized—there is generally less awareness about potential physical conditions that can co-occur.

ADHD is often linked to psychiatric disorders, such as depression, and behavioral concerns like substance abuse, but there is also a greater risk surrounding dozens of physical consequences, which can range from weight gain to increased likelihood of traumatic brain injuries.

In a Swedish study published in The Lancet in 2021, researchers examined ADHD and its correlation with 35 physical conditions, split up into eight categories: circulatory, endocrine or metabolic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, nervous system, respiratory, and skin. Surprisingly, of the 35 conditions studied, ADHD increased the risk of 34 of them.

With an overall prevalence of adult ADHD at 4.4%, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, it’s important to understand these risks—and for those with ADHD to take steps toward improving their health to help prevent or treat these issues.

ADHD is often linked to psychiatric disorders, such as depression, and behavioral concerns like substance abuse, but there is also greater risk surrounding dozens of physical consequences.

PHYSICAL CONDITIONS RELATED TO ADHD

Researchers provided a breakdown of the physical conditions the Swedish study analyzed, utilizing millions of patient records over more than 6 decades. The circulatory category included hypertension, ischemic heart disease (heart problems associated with narrowed arteries), pulmonary disease, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Endocrine/metabolic conditions were type 1 and 2 diabetes, thyroid disorders, obesity, and gout. Gastrointestinal conditions were celiac disease, ulcer or chronic gastritis, acute appendicitis, fatty liver disease, alcohol-related liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and gallstone disease.

Under the umbrella of genitourinary were glomerular disease (which affects kidney function), urolithiasis (stones that enter the urinary system), and kidney infections.

Musculoskeletal conditions were rheumatoid arthritis, arthrosis (also called osteoarthritis), connective tissue disease, and dorsalgia (back pain). In the nervous system category, researchers looked at Parkinson’s disease, dementia, epilepsy, migraine, and sleep disorders, while respiratory covered asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and the skin conditions studied were eczema and psoriasis.

In this comprehensive study, the researchers found that those with ADHD “had significantly increased risk of all physical conditions except rheumatoid arthritis…compared with individuals without ADHD.” Among the different types of conditions, the strongest ADHD correlations were found with the following:

  • Alcohol-related liver disease
  • Sleep disorders
  • COPD
  • Epilepsy
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Obesity

Before this series of findings, other researchers had discovered similar links between ADHD and physical ailments. A 2017 study performed in Germany on ADHD-affected children from 5 to 14 years old showed that they were more at risk for a host of physical conditions: metabolic disorders, kidney failure, hypertension, obesity, type 1 and 2 diabetes, migraine, asthma, atopic dermatitis, juvenile arthritis, and glaucoma, to name a few. And another 2020 study in Scientific Reports on the association between ADHD and physical health suggested that those with ADHD “are susceptible to neurological problems” as well as digestive issues, potentially due to the role of the gut-brain axis in ADHD symptoms.

HOW TO IMPROVE HEALTH WITH ADHD

Unfortunately, several hallmark signs of ADHD can hamper the practice of engaging in ongoing healthcare, which is especially necessary for this population. For example, because people with ADHD have a tendency to procrastinate, they may put off doctor visits instead of being proactive and scheduling appointments. Poor impulse control can lead to consequences like unhealthy dietary choices or sexually transmitted infections. Lack of organization and/or follow-through can interfere with adhering to medication schedules, following medical advice, or attending necessary subsequent checkups.

Furthermore, with different types of ADD, not everyone experiences the same symptoms, so it’s important to narrow down how ADHD affects you—or your loved one—to enact the best health-promoting regimen. 

Because such an array of physical health conditions are more likely to develop in people with ADHD, regular health checks are especially important. Lifestyle choices—including a healthy diet, regular exercise, limiting screen time, and avoiding stimulants like nicotine and caffeine—can also improve feelings of well-being and will accumulate to create positive effects over the long haul.

After all, researchers have examined the link between ADHD and environmental factors, such as food additives like artificial dyes, the typical Western diet, mineral deficiencies, and even video game and TV exposure, any of which can also make their own contributions to a host of health issues.

Though ADHD presents plenty of psychological challenges that can make everyday routines more challenging, the physical conditions that can crop up—and may go unchecked—are just as serious. Studies have shown that those with ADHD have a lower life expectancy and are more than twice as likely to die early as those without the disorder, both due to accidents and co-existing health conditions. But by remaining a proactive participant in your own healthcare, you can help stave off the dozens of physical effects that are possible accompaniments to this complex condition.

Yours in Health

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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Ancient Healing Secrets of the Pharoah for Health and Weight Loss

1 Ancient Healing Secrets of the Pharoah for Health and Weight Loss

As you’re about to see, one of the most super of all of nature’s “superfoods” is Black Cumin Seed Oil…

Now, black cumin seed is completely different than the cumin you may be familiar with (and completely different than turmeric/curcumin, for that matter).

As it’s nickname implies, it has long been revered by ancient cultures for its healing properties…

And, as you’re about to see, modern science is again confirming that the ancients really “knew their stuff”!

The term “superfood” is thrown around rather casually these days.

However, there’s one natural ingredient that certainly merits the term and your close attention: black cumin seed oil. (Also known as black seed oil.)

Read on more to discover why the likes of modern scientists, Egyptian queens, Ayurvedic doctors, and health enthusiasts love the universally helpful seed that is black cumin seed oil. 

What is Black Cumin?

Scientifically speaking, black cumin is called “Nigella Sativa,” which comes from a lovely purple flowering plant, also known as “Fennel Flower” or “Roman Coriander.”

(Because there is often confusion, black cumin and turmeric/curcumin are different and come from different plants.)

Black cumin has been hailed as a powerful medicinal plant in ancient cultures for eons. This spice was coined the “oil of the Pharaohs” due to the seeds apparently being found in the tomb of Tutankhamen. 

For centuries black cumin has been used to treat a variety of ailments such as fever, eczema and respiratory issues like bronchitis. Earliest records of using this seed in more “modern” medicine dates all the way back to the 1600’s. It’s since won the approval and interest of health and medical experts alike.

For those new to black cumin or wanting to know more about it, here are 7 science-backed secrets of this impressive little seed. 

Black Cumin Lowers Inflammation

Black cumin seed oil is loaded with antioxidants making it an excellent addition to any healthy lifestyle. As we know, an antioxidant rich diet is thought to help prevent a variety of illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and has shown promise to be extremely helpful with cancer prevention.1

Several studies have indicated that black cumin seed oil may improve symptoms for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).2 

At least one clinical study reported that patients with rheumatoid arthritis who supplemented with black cumin seed oil demonstrated significantly lower levels of joint inflammation and oxidative stress compared to those who didn’t supplement with the oil.2

Keep inflammation at bay by consuming this seed regularly.

Pro tip: It can help with external inflammatory issues too such as acne, too!

Black Cumin promotes Healthier Skin

Black cumin seed oil was rumoured to be the beautify oil of choice for both Cleopatra and Nefertiti, the ancient Egyptian queens.

And, as mentioned, Egyptian Pharaohs have been found buried with them in their tombs — clearly these precious seeds were considered worthy of taking into the afterlife.

Highly moisturizing and full of nourishing vitamins, minerals and omega fatty acids, using black cumin seed oil as part of a skincare routine may help minimize acne, heal and retain your skins moisture barrier, promote softness and radiance, and help issues related to dry skin such as eczema and fine lines.

Black Cumin aids in Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Healthy cholesterol levels are always a significant health marker for people of all ages. With heart disease being a leading cause of death worldwide, anything that promotes a healthy ticker always sparks interest. 

Results from a study done by the National Library of Medicine found that black cumin seed may be particularly effective at lowering total cholesterol levels while simultaneously decreasing LDL (“bad”) 3 cholesterol and increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol. 4

Studies indicate that black cumin demonstrates notable potential to lower and maintain healthy cholesterol levels overall.

So, while science is figuring out the best dosage and form to use this healthy ingredient for heart health, you can use it generously in the kitchen to reap heart-healthy benefits. 

Black Cumin Promotes Weight Loss

Clinical studies using black cumin seed oil for weight loss found that it promotes it on three fronts:

It may increase fat loss: A randomized, double-blind, controlled study published results showing that out of 20 sedentary, overweight females, the control group that supplemented with black seed oil while on an aerobics program lost more fat and had a greater reduction in BMI than the other group. The second control group   did the same aerobics program but didn’t supplement with black cumin seed oil. 5

Supports Balanced Blood Sugar: One study found that consumption of black cumin seed oil appeared to decrease  blood sugar levels, increase insulin production, and decreased insulin resistance.6 This is promising for weight loss considering that excess amounts of insulin produced due to insulin resistance is one the  reasons behind a sluggish metabolism and unnecessary fat storage.

May Reduce Inflammation: As touched on earlier, the antioxidant profile of black cumin seed provides distinct anti-inflammatory benefits. Excess fat isn’t the only thing to blame for excessive weight. Inflammation is a key culprit to pushing up the numbers on the scale. Black cumin seed oil’s ability to combat inflammation in the body may make it an ideal supplement to incorporate for overall weight loss!

Yours in Health

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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Bibliography

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Environmental Toxins and your Gut

How environmental toxins impact your gut microbes

Your gut health is essential to your overall health. Not only does your gut microbiota play a key role in digestion and absorption of nutrients, but it also helps to protect your body from harmful toxins and bacteria. Unfortunately, many environmental toxins can wreak havoc on your gut microbiota, leading to impaired gut

There is a lot of talk these days about the gut-brain axis and the important role that the gut plays in both mental and physical health. But what many people don’t realize is that the gut is also very vulnerable to environmental toxins.

When we’re talking about environmental toxins, we’re talking about things like pesticides, herbicides, and industrial pollutants. These toxins can be extremely harmful to the gut, and can cause a variety of problems, including:

*Inflammation

* Leaky gut

* Gut dysbiosis

* Impaired gut function

* Poor absorption of nutrients

* Increased risk of autoimmune diseases

* Increased risk of cancer

* Etc.

How to heal your gut from environmental toxins

The impact of environmental toxins on the gut can be quite profound, and can cause a wide range of health problems. The good news is that there are things you can do to protect your gut from environmental toxins.

Your gut health is essential to your overall health. Not only does your gut microbiota play a key role in digestion and absorption of nutrients, but it also helps to protect your body from harmful toxins and bacteria. Unfortunately, many environmental toxins can wreak havoc on your gut microbiota, leading to impaired gut health and a variety of health problems.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help protect and heal your gut from environmental toxins. One of the most important is to reduce your exposure to toxins as much as possible. This includes avoiding polluted air and water, using natural cleaning products and pesticides, and eating organic foods.

You can also promote gut health by eating plenty of fiber-rich foods, which help to good bacteria to thrive. Additionally, probiotic supplements can help to boost gut health and protect against harmful toxins.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your gut microbiota healthy and protect your overall health from the harmful effects of environmental toxins.

Some of the things you can do include:

* Eating a healthy diet

* Taking probiotics

* Taking digestive enzymes

* Exercising regularly

* Limiting your exposure to environmental toxins

Environmental toxins can impact gut health. These toxins can cause inflammation and damage to the gut lining, which can lead to a number of health problems. You can also follow the tips above on how to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins and how to improve gut health.

Yours in health

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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Emotional Dysregulation

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Do you have trouble managing your own emotions, to the point of losing jobs, friends, or romantic partners? These are signs of emotional dysregulation, also called affect dysregulation.

 Emotional dysregulation can be devastatingly destructive to relationships, family life, school life, work life, and overall well-being.

WHAT IS EMOTIONAL DYSREGULATION AND WHAT CAUSES IT?

Defined as an incapacity to manage emotional responses well or to keep them within an acceptable range of typical emotional reactions, emotional dysregulation is believed to affect roughly 5% of the population. It can be devastatingly destructive to relationships, family life, school life, work life, and overall well-being. Although it is more commonly seen amongst children and adolescents, it can persist into adulthood.

Emotional dysregulation is not a disorder in itself, but it often plays a central role in a number of mental health conditions. Research suggests affect dysregulation may have a variety of causes including:

EMOTIONAL DYSREGULATION AND MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS

Emotional dysregulation is often a precursor to or a major symptom of a number of mental health disorders, research suggests. It has been linked to:

AFFECT DYSREGULATION IN ADULTS

Adults need emotional regulation just like children and adolescents. A high degree of emotional regulation in adults is associated with higher levels of well-being, disposable income, and socioeconomic status, according to research in the journal Emotion.

Conversely, emotional dysregulation can lead to a lifetime of struggles including problems with interpersonal relationships, trouble with academic performance, and the inability to function effectively in a job or at work. For adults, emotional dysregulation may manifest as a big emotional response that is overblown to the situation at hand. Dysregulated adults also have trouble calming down after an emotional trigger, as well as a tendency to avoid difficult feelings and to focus on the negative. They may exhibit impulsive behaviour surrounding out-of-control feelings of fear, sadness, frustration, and anger.

An emotionally dysregulated adult may have difficulty discerning what they are feeling when they get upset. Strong emotions may feel so confusing, overwhelming, or riddled with guilt, a dysregulated person often has trouble making decisions or controlling their own behaviour.

SOLUTIONS FOR BETTER EMOTIONAL REGULATION

There’s hope for both children and adults with affect dysregulation. If you recognize emotional dysregulation in your child or yourself—or both, it’s important to seek the help of a mental health professional. Once it is identified and a comprehensive assessment is made to identify root causes, emotional regulation techniques can be learned and related mental health—and brain health—disorders can be addressed.

Research in Frontiers in Psychology showed improvement in emotional regulation with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, hypnosis, and meditation.  Neurofeedback also has been shown to support emotional regulation in patients with PTSDbipolar disorder, and other mental health disorders, according to a 2019 study in Neuroimage. Additional tools and strategies are available to treat past trauma, brain injuries, and related mental health issues. Finding the root causes of affect dysregulation is the key to discovering the most effective solutions.

Problems with emotional dysregulation and other mental health issues can’t wait.

Yours in Health

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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Release Trauma

For many people chronic trauma leads to the development of multiples dis-eases. Nearly all chronic illnesses have a deep relationships to trauma. Using a mutiplicity of approaches trauma release it is possible to break through the many layers of body armoring, and thus releasing mental, emotional and physiological tension from your body, mind and nervous system. As a result, these approaches may reduce and clear one’s deeply imprinted primal, religious and societal conditioning and enable you to feel the full range of sensations and emotions available to a human being, while expanding your capacity to support and contain the free flow of life-force energy.

• Jill was a young Canadian lady in her twenties passing through Singapore. She originally came in to see me complaining of primary amenorrhoea. She was told by the top gynaecologists of her home town that she was heading for early menopause in her twenties. She was quite distraught at this prognosis and wanted another opinion.

Treatment: I diagnosed her condition as being stress induced, gave her supplements and specific phyto-estrogens. Two months later her periods resumed. She finally came down to work on a contract in Singapore. Her periods stopped again. This time all the normal approaches did not work. Finally, doing psychological work with her, it came out that she had a deep and abiding hatred towards her father and contempt for the way her mother had allowed herself to be abused by the father. When we worked through this psychological block which disappeared in a dramatic session where she finally had permission to sever her connection with her father, her periods returned for good after four weeks.

Yours in Health,

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

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Types of Sleep Disorders

Sleep disturbances are not a single or simple problem. There are a wide array of issues that can impact your rest and negatively affect your physical and mental health. Some of the most common types of sleep disorders are:

Type 1: Insomnia

Approximately 35% of American adults and 69% of high school students, don’t get adequate sleep at night. In modern sleep medicine we don’t view insomnia as a lack of sleep, but rather excessive wakefulness of the brain.

Type 2: Hypersomnia

Hypersomnia is characterized by excessive sleepiness, in which a person has trouble staying awake and can fall asleep at any time. Hypersomnia can be caused by narcolepsy and sleep apnea.

Type 3: Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder characterized by chronic tiredness during the day, snoring, and periods of apnea (temporary cessation of breathing) which can last from seconds to minutes. The primary symptom is excessive daytime sleepiness. The chronic lack of oxygen from the apnea periods is associated with brain damage and early aging. In fact, sleep apnea doubles a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep apnea costs the U.S. economy $87 billion a year.

Common symptoms include:

  • Periods of not breathing in sleep
  • Snoring, snorting or gasping in sleep
  • Drowsiness or consistent fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Memory problems
  • Attention problems

Mood Irritability

Getting a diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea is critical to keeping your brain healthy and preventing or minimizing symptoms of mental disorders. The gold standard for treatment is called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask, which delivers a steady stream of air through your passageways.

Some people are hesitant to use a CPAP machine because they think it will be uncomfortable, but design improvements have made them more user friendly. If you have avoided treating your sleep apnea, it’s time to reconsider taking action. Because the brain is so dependent on oxygen, untreated sleep apnea literally kills brain cells, which doesn’t bode well for your mental well-being.

Type 4: Parasomnias

Parasomnias are disruptive sleep-related events, such as:

Disorders of arousal

Sleepwalking

Sleep-related eating

Sleep terrors

Sleep talking

Type 5: REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Sleep Behavior Disorder

Body muscles that aren’t paralyzed during REM sleep allow for muscle movement during dreams. This type of behavior can be violent and even result in injury. It often involves thrashing around at night because of a bad dream and may even lead to hurting yourself or another.

Type 6: Circadian Rhythm Disorders

This includes people who work late at night (shift work) or who travel across time zones (jet lag). We can help people adapt to their unique sleep schedule by altering their circadian rhythms.

Yours in Health,

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

https://www.sundardasnaturopathy.com/gutbrainhealing

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Sleep Secrets

Singaporeans are the third most sleep-starved population, after Tokyo and Seoul, in a 2014 survey of 43 cities. It is progressively getting worse with the proliferation of gadgets and bad habits. If you think you may be struggling too, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have trouble falling asleep?
  • Do you go to sleep easily but wake up repeatedly throughout the night?
  • Do you find it hard to drag yourself out of bed in the morning?
  • Do you or your significant other snore?
  • Do you regularly get less than seven hours of sleep per night?

If you answered yes to any of these, then you are not alone.

Sleep Deprivation is Hazardous to Your Health

Healthy sleep is absolutely essential to a brain healthy life. Sleep rejuvenates all the cells in your body, gives brain cells a chance to repair themselves, helps wash away toxins that build up during the day, and activates neuronal connections that might otherwise deteriorate due to inactivity.

Skimping on sleep can affect your health in more ways than you might imagine. When you don’t get enough sleep, you have overall decreased blood flow to your brain, which disrupts thinking, memory, and concentration.

Sleep deprivation has been associated with many health risks, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADD (worsening of symptoms)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Psychosis
  • Weight gain
  • Poor lifestyle choices

Strategies for Improving Your Sleep:

Remember that we are all unique individuals and what works for one person may not work for another. Keep trying new techniques until you find something that works.

Maintain a regular sleep schedule.

Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up (regardless of how much sleep you got the night before) at the same time each day, including on weekends.

Your bedroom should be comfortable.

Control the temperature so that your room isn’t too hot or too cold. Also, keep your room as dark as possible while sleeping.

Create a soothing night time routine.

A warm bath, meditation, or massage can help you relax.

Don’t take naps!

This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make if you have trouble sleeping. Daytime naps will make the night time sleep cycle disruption worse.

Use sound therapy.

Soothing nature sounds, soft music, wind chimes, white noise makers or even a fan can induce a very peaceful mood and lull you to sleep.

Increase serotonin.

Drink a mixture of warm milk, a teaspoon of vanilla (the real stuff, not imitation), and a few drops of stevia which will increase serotonin in your brain and help you sleep.

Technology-free bedroom.

Take computers, video games, the TV and cell phones out of your bedroom and turn them off an hour or two before bedtime to allow time to “unwind.” Plus, they emit a type of light that stimulates the brain.

Avoid a full stomach.

Don’t eat for at least two to three hours before going to bed.

Regular exercise.

This is very beneficial for insomnia. However, don’t do it within four hours of the time you go to sleep as vigorous exercise late in the evening may energize you and keep you awake.

Watch out for stimulants.

Don’t drink any caffeinated beverages and avoid chocolate, nicotine, and alcohol in the late afternoon or evening. Although alcohol can initially make you feel sleepy, it actually interrupts sleep.

Move the clock so you can’t see it.

If you wake up in the middle of the night, refrain from looking at the clock. Checking the time can make you feel anxious, which will only make it harder to go back to sleep.

Use the bed only for sleep or sexual activity.

Sexual activity releases many natural hormones, releases muscle tension, and boosts a sense of well-being.

Don’t toss and turn.

If you are unable to fall asleep or return to sleep easily, get up and go to another room to do something relaxing until you feel more tired.

Prof Sundardas D Annamalay

https://www.sundardasnaturopathy.com/gutbrainhealing

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