Why Are We Drawn To Certain Colors?

I have wanted to write about this for quite some time as it never ceases to amaze me how spot on it is with regards to our health.  What I mean by this is most of us are visually drawn to particular colors… We all have our FAVORITE colors that time and time again we reach for when we pick our clothing, jewelry, the colors we decorate our rooms with in our homes.  Truth is there seems to be a direct connection to why certain colors resonate with us and others don’t.

I for one am grateful that God when he created everything around us, that he chose to add color.  I mean think about that for a minute, what if ALL our fruits & vegetables were all the same color, what if all the flowers that grew were ALL the same color, the leaves on the trees, bushes, grass.  Colors do many different things aside from offering distinction and depth when we look at something, they have a soothing effect on our personal/physical state too.

When you connect colors with fruits/vegetables and even your color choices; if you think about what you may have going on either physically from a health/ailment perspective or emotional perspective you may see the connection.  Here’s a chart that I found at http://www.reikimassage.la/chromotherapy.htm

COLOR                                                               BENEFIT

RED ———————————————————Activates our circulatory & nervous systems.

STRONG PINK——————————————Acts as a cleanser, strengthening the veins & arteries

PINK——————————————————–Activates & eliminates impurities from the blood stream

ORANGE————————————————–Energizes & eliminates localized fat. Helps address asthma & bronchitis.

STRONG YELLOW————————————Strengthens the body & acts on internal tissues

YELLOW————————————————-Reactivates & purifies the skin.  Helps with indigestion & bodily distress.

GREEN—————————————————-Acts as a nerve relaxant

STRONG GREEN————————————–Provides anti-infectious, anti-septic & regenerative stimulation

STRONG BLUE—————————————-lubricates joints & articulations.  Helps address infections, stress & nervous tension

BLUE—————————————————stimulates muscles & skin cells, nerves & the circulatory system

INDIGO———————————————–helps address eye inflammation, cataracts, glaucoma, ocular fatigue or nasal bleeds

VIOLET———————————————–relaxes the nerves & lymphatic system.  Addresses inflammations & urinary illness

 

color healing

What studies have come to realize is that there is a science to using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health & harmony.  Humans need the sun’s light, which is broken into 7 distinct rays, to live.  If there is an imbalance in these colors within our bodies, it can manifest itself in mental or physical distress.  Each color possesses frequencies of a specific vibration & each vibration is related to different physical symptoms.  This is referred to as Chromotherapy  which works on various energy points to help your body re-establish its natural balance.  It accomplishes this via the full spectrum of visible light, each color of which addresses a separate bodily need.

Every single way our body is put together; by design is meant to constantly help us achieve inner & outer balance.  Think about that for a minute.  Our eyes are able to SEE in color, every function carries some sort of electrical impulse for any & everything to work, which in turn carries a vibrational stimulation to it.  Our five senses: See, Hear, Smell, Touch, Taste all work together using ALL  of these principles not just some of them.  Color is a huge participant! Don’t believe me, try living without a variety of colors.  Truth is even folks who are color blind can still see in reduced hues/shades, none sees completely  in black & white.

When you find yourself DRAWN to a particular color family, refer back to the chart description above and see if physically you may be weak.

If you are drawn to reds is there something going on with your circulatory system? Strong pinks, do you have spider veins, or varicose veins?  Oranges do you have lung weakness, and or cellulite issues?

colory therapy

I remember after my mom passed away back in 2005, I never completely understood what “depression” could do to a body physically, I never struggled with depression before and let me tell you what, I lost my appetite, felt like there was a rock in my throat so food didn’t want to go down, I lost a tremendous amount of weight in a very short period of time, my weight landed at 89 lbs. for several months.  I craved straight carrot juice, in fact that was all I could swallow so I drank it all day long.

Without realizing it I began to transform my wardrobe, and began wearing, Greens, yellows, purples (which I was NEVER drawn to ever)  I was always drawn to earth tone colors so for anything purple to end up in my wardrobe was crazy.  I ended up painting the walls in my bedroom at the time to a yellow earth tone.  So looking back I realize that my body was craving the colors it knew would help offer me some visual/vibrational balance.

Truth is most people if they pay attention to any major health scare, or the loss of a loved one, or major life change, like job loss; they will find they probably made major changes in the colors they surrounded themselves with, and particular color of foods they found themselves drawn to, especially if those choices were totally out of their normal routines.

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I had a patient I was working with who had been attacked in a parking garage while leaving work, she had been beaten and raped.  It was her husband who pointed out during one of our consultations that she had changed almost her entire wardrobe to where the only colors she wore were Red (which also signifies strength and fire), Pinks, which again is affiliated with strengthening, and cleaning ( trying to put the incident behind her), loud yellows, in fact with the exception of pink, her whole wardrobe switched to almost all LOUD primary colors.  Where her wardrobe typically before consisted of blacks, tans and very light colored neutral clothing.  Her husband mentioned it because he felt she was just using the “spending” as a diversion.  What I suggested was it was her inner self crying out and wanting to send out the signal of STRENGTH & PURGING.  I also recommended she take some self-defense classes.

Truth is we all subconsciously make these changes and most of us just don’t pay much attention to the “why” we changed what we were drawn too.

chromotherapy

I thought this was something interesting and fun to post about.  I sure would LOVE some feedback on this one if any of you have ever wondered why in what seems an all of the sudden moment you made major color changes in your lives, either through wardrobe, or how you decorated your home, can even come down to an inert longing to change the color car you drive.  This is cool stuff….

Until next time…. Stay healthy my friends!!!!

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

 

 

Photo References:

http://www.reikimassage.la/chromotherapy.htm

http://www.vantagetubs.com

wwwlittlethings.com

http://www.pintrest.com 

 

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Can We Protect The Pancreas?

 

pancreas

Moving on forward through the endocrine system, we roll up on a gland lots of folks are familiar with which is the Pancreas!  Hearing about Type I and Type II diabetes and the lives it touches is sadly becoming common place. What is also beginning to go beyond common place is the amount of high sugary foods a single person consumes in any given day !

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So where can we find this important part of our endocrine system?  It’s located towards the back of our abdomen behind our stomach.

 

This gland is the most active gland in our entire digestive system.  According to Dr. N.W. Walker D. Sc. “It produces substances in the form of digestive juices of several different kinds at one and the same time, each to process the various elements contained in the food we eat.  When we eat raw vegetables & fruits, the functions of the pancreas are at their best.  They have virtually no splitting of molecules to do, merely assisting the atoms & molecules to separate so they can be readily collected by the blood & lymph streams & quickly utilized by the glands, cells & tissues throughout the body.

When we eat starches, sugar & meat foods, the pancreas has to do more than its normal work.  Starches cannot be digested as such, but must be converted into primary or chemical sugars.  The pancreas must not only furnish the digestive juices for these sugars but must also help to do the necessary work of conversion or breaking down of the starches.  This extra work is what eventually may develop into diabetes.

When we eat meat, fish or fowl, we cannot use either the concentrated protein or the amino acids that compose it as such.  They must all be reduced to the atoms composing them so that the body may reorganize these atoms to build its own amino acids & proteins.  The pancreas does most of this conversion work, furnishing the digestive juices for the purpose.  As this involves considerable work, it not only overworks the pancreas, but it also generates large quantities of uric acid in the system.

Fats contained in the food we eat, must be converted into glycerin, and the pancreas also furnishes the digestive juices for this purpose.

As the pancreas has so much work to do for us under even the most favorable circumstances, it is obvious that to overwork it just because we choose to eat food & drink beverages that do actual harm, does not make sense.  On the contrary, we should consider this angle of our appetites & desires seriously & with common sense.” (N.W. Sc., Become Younger n.d.)

HYPOGLYCEMIA (LOW BLOOD SUGAR)

Many folks struggle with a condition referred to as hypoglycemia which is when their blood sugar is abnormally low.  Reactive hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar drops to low levels 2-5 hrs. after eating a meal.  Symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia include sweating, tremors, rapid heartbeat, anxiety & hunger.  Most often, this results from the over secretion of insulin by the pancreas. Insulin facilitates the transport of glucose from our blood into the cells, especially those of muscle & fatty tissue, & causes glucose to be synthesized in our liver.  If the pancreas is not functioning as it should, normal carbohydrate metabolism is impossible.  As the blood sugar then drops, stress hormones like adrenaline & cortisol kick in at high levels to prevent the blood sugar from dropping to fast.

Another type of hypoglycemia is known as fasting hypoglycemia. Meaning this happens as a result of not having food for 8 or more hours (typically, for some the effects can happen after 6 hours).  They symptoms are often more sever than those of reactive hypoglycemia & can include seizures, loss of consciousness, and a loss of mental acuity.  Liver disease generally contributes to this type of hypoglycemia too.

Someone with hypoglycemia may display any or all of the following symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • heart palpitations
  • nausea
  • blurred vision
  • inability to concentrate
  • light headedness
  • headache
  • irritable, fainting spells
  • depression
  • nervousness
  • anxiety
  • cravings for sweets
  • confusion
  • night sweats,
  • weakness in legs
  • swollen feet
  • feeling tight in the chest
  • constant hunger
  • pain in various parts of the body especially the eyes
  • nervous habits
  • mental disturbances 
  • insomnia

If the blood sugar levels drop below 40 mg of glucose per 100CC of blood (80-100 is considered normal), the person can actually become unconscious.  Typically someone with hypoglycemia can become very aggressive & lose their temper easily.  Any or all of these symptoms can occur a few hours after eating sweets or even fats.  The onset & severity of symptoms are pretty much directly related to the length of time since the last meal was eaten& the type of of foods that meal contained.

DIETARY HABITS

More & more peeps today are realizing and being diagnosed with this condition, due to poor dietary habits that include eating large amounts of simple carbohydrates, too much sugary foods, alcohol, caffeine & soda & they are not eating near enough complex carbohydrates.  High levels of stress also can contribute as high amounts of cortisol production also make the fat cells more insulin resistant.

Lots of folks will say they inherited their low blood sugar issue, but most often it is precipitated by a diet that has been overloaded for years with too many of the foods I talked about above.  This is referred to as functional hypoglycemia.  There are other imbalances that can also contribute to hypoglycemia like:

  • adrenal insufficiency
  • stomach surgery
  • thyroid disorders
  • pituitary disorders,
  • kidney disease
  • pancreatitis
  • candidiasis
  • smoking
  • large amounts of caffeine

WHAT SHOULD YOU REMOVE FROM YOUR DIET IF YOU KNOW YOU STRUGGLE WITH PANCREA ISSUES?

I’d remove alcohol, canned & packaged foods, refined & processed foods, dried fruits, table salt, white sugar, saturated fats, sodas and anything made with white refined flours.  Also avoid foods that contain artificial colors or preservatives.

Reduce fatty foods like bacon, lunchmeats, fried foods, gravies, ham, sausage or dairy products (exception would be low-fat soured/fermented products)

Instead you want to be eating a diet that is high in fiber & include large amounts of vegetables, especially broccoli, carrots, artichokes, raw spinach, squash & string beans.  Vegetables should be eaten raw or steamed.  Also eat beans, brown rice, lentils, oats, oat bran, Yukon gold potatoes, tofu, and fruits, especially apples, apricots, avocados, cantaloupes, grapefruits, lemons.

For your protein choices, I’d suggest low fat cottage cheese with some flax oil added, fish, whole grains, kefir, raw nuts, turkey, chicken.

Stop skipping meals and get in the habit of eating 6-8 smaller meals through out the day. The other mistake we make is we are in the habit of drinking liquids with our meals which dilute the digestive fluids, drink some liquid before you sit down to eat, and wait about 30-35 mins. after eating (if you can) before you drink anything.

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Are there herbs & particular supplements that can be helpful for supporting the pancreas…. absolutely, however, in this case I especially would as a practitioner prefer to have done a consultation/appointment before recommending any nutritional/orthomolecular support.  The one thing I don’t want is for people to think if I just take some herbs/supplements it will neutralize the “bad-food” choices and life goes on as usual.

I cannot tell you how many people I have worked with who use insulin and/or oral meds and rely on those to keep things in what they believe to be “check” while they continue to eat in ways that are not contributing in positive ways.

So if you are looking for a more holistic/nutritional way to support the health of your pancreas, I’d be honored to embark on that journey together.  You can go to http://www.jodibarnett758.com and click on services.

Till next time, which we will be talking about the Adrenal glands, stay healthy my friends!

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

 

References:

Imedpub.com

Become Younger N.W.Sc.,

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A. Balch, CNC

 


Walking Through Your Endocrine System…

thymus gland

I’m continuing through the explanation of your endocrine system which leads us to the THYMUS gland…

This gland is made up of two identical lobes and it is located anatomically in front of the heart and behind the sternum.  Histologically, each lobe of the thymus can be divided into a central medulla and a peripheral cortex which is surrounded by an outer capsule.

Doctor Norman Walker Sc., in his book Become Younger; had an interesting take on what the role and responsibility of the thymus gland and how it affects who we become. Which is why I chose to include it in this post.

“This glands function is able to change during our different stages of growth and age.  From Infant up to the age of about 18 months, this gland is what is responsible for breaking down the casein and other elements in mother’s milk, which enables the body to assimilate and utilize the milk or its equivalent.  After 18 months of age it undergoes functional changes of a remarkable nature.  Until puberty and the beginning of adolescence the thymus gland is involved in the development of the sex glands.

As we enter into adolescence, it becomes an important factor in the higher and broader expansion of one’s character and emotions.  If the activity of the thymus in the development of the sex glands has not abated at this time, the individual keeps growing until he is taller than average.  On the other hand, if the sex glands develop too soon, and the thymus is diverted too fast to the next change in its activity, the individual ceases to grow and remains below the average height.

Also in adolescence, the thymus acts as a balance between the higher and lower instincts.  It is then controlled by the will, by the mind and by the desires of the individual, until maturity is reached.  This period is the most critical in everybody’s zone of development.  Therefore, what we are exposed to mentally during this period is beyond important.  To an extent it depends on the severity of the discipline applied to the individual.  It is the foundation upon which the future integrity and honesty of the individual is based.  If he is allowed to go about his way of life, unbridled, undisciplined and uncontrolled, the thymus gland will become flabby in texture and in years to come he will find himself on the lower, if not the lowest, plane of consciousness.  Could this account for so many adults today who struggle with low levels of self-esteem?

At this period in life the thymus works in close relation with the pineal gland, the spiritual gland  When discipline is slack or lacking we find youngsters gravitating toward juvenile delinquency, hoodlumism and crime.  To develop the character, integrity and honesty of future generations, parents must come to realize that children of all ages, NEED affection and understanding, as well as the right kind of nourishment.  The development of these two highly important character building glands, the thymus and the pineal, rest entirely in the hands of the parents.  When children and adolescents grow into dependable and honorable citizens even though they were allowed to grow up without guidance, they have done so in spite of lack of discipline and guidance and because of an inherent higher intelligence than that of their parents.”

We also know that the thymus plays an important role in our health working in tandem with the immune system especially during the adolescence years.  As we age the thymus gland begins to shrink in size, I believe this occurs because our immune system works from memory once it has done battle with specific virus’s and germs that it’s contribution is not needed near as much as during our growing years. However, it is still an important gland as we age therefore incorporating some much needed support is encouraged!

The thymus gland is responsible for manufacturing T lymphocytes (T cells) which are a critical component of our immune system.

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Are there remedies in nature that we can use to help strengthen and support our thymus gland?  I believe there definitely are:

  • Arginine  (click here to purchase) retards the growth of tumors and cancer by enhancing our immune function.  It increases the size and activity of the thymus gland, which manufactures T lymphocytes (T cells), crucial components of the immune system.  It is also good for liver issues like cirrhosis and fatty liver because it aids in liver detox by neutralizing the ammonia.  It may also reduce the effects of chronic alcohol toxicity. (I recommend taking an amino acid supplement that offers a balance of all the amino acids when it comes to needing to supplement L-Arginine)  Food sources of L-Arginine include: carob, coconut, gelatin, oats, peanuts, soybeans, walnuts, wheat and wheat germ.
  • Barley grass (click here to purchase) contains small amounts of calcium, iron all the essential amino acids, chlorophyll, flavonoids, vitamin B12, vitamin C, and is loaded with many minerals, plus enzymes.  This food heals stomach, duodenal, and colon disorders as well as pancreatitis, and is a good and effective anti-inflammatory. (click here to purchase in a combination powder for smoothies, great way to get into the kiddo’s)
  • Black Current Oil (click here to purchase) Black Currant Oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) along with other important polyunsaturated fatty acids, including linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. Fatty acids are involved in many bodily functions, such as maintaining body temperature, insulating nerves, cushioning and protecting tissues and creating energy. These essential fatty acids are precursors of prostaglandins, which must be present for functions involved with blood vessels, maintaining arterial pressure already within the normal range, metabolizing dietary cholesterol, activating T-lymphocytes, protecting against platelet aggregation and other functions.
  • Echinacea Purpurea (click here to purchase) Active compounds in echinacea include polysaccharides, glycoproteins, alkamides, volatile oils and flavonoids. Several laboratory and animal studies suggest that echinacea contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, have antioxidant activity and help support a healthy inflammation response.
  • Vitamin A& D (click here to purchase) Vitamin A is essential for maintaining good vision and promoting normal growth. It is necessary for the health of epithelial cells and is required for the digestion of protein. Vitamin A is essential for lactation, reproduction and the formation of steroid hormones. It is used to form the cells lining the digestive, respiratory, reproductive and urinary tracts and in all tissue linings of the body. Vitamin A is best absorbed when taken with oil or fat. It occurs in animal tissues as retinol but in plants as carotene, a precursor of vitamin A.
    Vitamin D works synergistically with vitamin A. It plays a role in absorbing and regulating calcium and phosphorus. This vitamin helps the body synthesize protein. It is vital to the health of the nervous system and kidneys.
  • Zinc (click here to purchase) This is one of the most over looked minerals when it comes to folks supporting their immune system. The trace mineral zinc is involved in hundreds of important functions in the body, including sugar metabolism, DNA formation, protein metabolism and energy production. It is also needed for the growth and development of bones. Pregnant and lactating women require extra zinc. More zinc is found in the body than any other trace element except for iron. Relatively large amounts are found in bone and muscle. It’s also prevalent in the prostate and retina.

Eating healthy and including more fruits and vegetables into your daily routine as well as a variety of raw nuts, beans, whole grains and lower animal meat consumption is a wonderful way to improve the over all health of our endocrine system as a collective whole.

Stay tuned because the next stop in the story of our endocrine system will be the  Pancreas.

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC.

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

http://www.harvestedhealth,.mynsp.com