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According to Scientists, This is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded

This eight minute song is a beautiful combination of arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines and thus helps to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress. The song features guitar, piano and electronic samples of natural soundscapes.

A study was conducted on 40 women, who were connected to sensors and had been given challenging puzzles to complete against the clock in order to induce a level of stress. Different songs were then played, to test their heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and brain activity.

The results showed that the song Weightless was 11 per cent more relaxing than any other song and even caused drowsiness among women in the lab. 

It induced a 65 per cent reduction in overall anxiety and brought them to a level 35 per cent lower than their usual resting rates. 

Moreover, sound therapies have been used for thousands of years to help people relax and improve health and well-being. Among indigenous cultures, music has been the heart of healing and worship. The song, weightless is ideal for unwinding and putting an end to a stressful day.

According to Dr David Lewis-Hodgson, from Mindlab International, which conducted the research, this song induced the greatest relaxation, higher than any other music tested till date. In accordance to the Brain imaging studies, music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions. The song Weightless can make one drowsy and hence should not be heard while driving.

Daily Health Post

Honey Bomb!

When any of us start feeling sick in “Angies house” we reach for Honey Lemon Tea, sleep with the onions and now use the Honey Bomb !!!!

Sounds like a silly cold and flu commercial :D :D

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I’ve noticed that most of these “mixtures” contain 4 key ingredients, honey, turmeric, ginger, lemon and sometimes pepper.

All of these natural ingredients have great healing properties.

Honey is one of my favorites, it has a powerhouse of health benefits.

My sister introduced me to turmeric,  a very strong antioxidant, considered a herb that cleanses the whole body, especially the liver. It is used to support digestion, treat fever, infections and inflammations. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin and has been proved to have similar effects as anti-inflammatory medicine. Turmeric and black pepper is a great pair to match. The black pepper helps to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin by a thousand times.

Ginger has antibiotic effects and can help digestion, detoxification, infections, inflammation, joint pain, circulation, nausea (also pregnancy nausea) and motion sickness.

Lemons are alkalizing for the body, are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH, rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds.

and last but not least Pepper “the worlds healthiest food”:  black peppercorns contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Iron is essential for cellular respiration and blood cell production. They are also an excellent source of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as Pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin. Peppercorns are also a good source of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C and vitamin-A. They are also rich in flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidants like carotenes, cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lycopene. These compounds help the body remove harmful free radicals and help protect from cancers and disease.

Most of us have a virtual medicine cabinet in our your spice rack!

So here it is the “Honey Bomb” courtesy of Green Kitchen Stories.

 

Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb
Makes 1/2 cup

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1/2 cup / 120 ml honey (preferable organic unheated)
2-4 tbsp freshly grated ginger (or ground ginger), depending on how strong you prefer
2 tsp ground turmeric (or freshly grated turmeric if you can find it)
1 organic unwaxed lemon, freshly grated zest
2 pinches ground black pepper

Stir together all ingredients in a bowl. Taste and add more ginger or turmeric if needed. Aim for a really strong flavor, you’ll only add a few teaspoons to a cup of water. Store the Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb in a glass container. Boil a cup of water and let slightly cool (to keep the benefits from the honey intact), stir in a few teaspoons of the honey mixture and drink. You can of course also add this to your favorite brewed tea.

 

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Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Latte

This is a great recipe for the holidays or anytime!   It tastes great and it feels like fall when you drink it.
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Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
  • 1/4 cup of brewed espresso
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice syrup
  • 1/2 cup of warmed frothed milk
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a coffee cup, mix together the Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Liqueur and the brewed espresso.
  2. Stir in the pumpkin spice syrup.
  3. Pour in the frothed milk, taking care to spoon on the foam
  4. Sprinkle with a bit of pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!

 

“keep trying, keep believing, be happy, don’t get discouraged, things will work out”

Gordon B Hinckley.

Angie – Chapter 46

new chapter

I have been unemployed for 2 1/2 weeks.

I had only been working for the “boss man” for 5 years.  My job became a part of me and I felt I was a part of it…I miss Bentley most of all “my” beautiful golden retriever.

My first week was spent nursing a cold and coming to grips that I was no longer employed.

My second week was spent coming to grips with not being employed and turning 46.

I’m 1/2 way through week 3 and guess what…..I’m doing ok. :D

I’ve found that I have been going through a full spectrum of emotions, shock, sadness, denial, anger and today frustrated.  I’ve even considered smacking my head against the wall….just kidding.

I have taken the “everything happens for a reason” approach.  What I was doing was never my passion, it wasn’t a “great fit” for me, but still good experience and I learned a lot from it, ALWAYS take something away from EVERY experience!

I love being home, really cooking again, having time to clean, being emotionally available for my kids, enjoying walks with the dogs and just taking time to breathe and starting this new chapter in my life.

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do next or what the future will bring, but I’m kind of excited about the possibilities.

My new daily mantra has become this:

“keep trying, keep believing, be happy, don’t get discouraged, things will work out” – Gordon B Hinckley.