Anita Kemp Ph.D. Blog

Ideas for a healthy body, mind and spirit.

Meditation Changes Your Brain

Research keeps coming on the benefits of meditation. Please check out the new book Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson. Some of the interesting findings summarized in this book you may already know. But here goes the list – faster recovery from stress, less amygdala reactivity (less hijacking by emotional ups and downs), improved happiness circuitry in brain, stronger ability to focus, improves working memory, inhibits impulsiveness, takes you out of negative self-focus, reduces pain, reduces inflammation, slows the usual shrinkage of brain upon aging (long-time meditators are “younger” by 7.5 years).  They review the literature and let you know how solid the results are. Some of the changes are viewed as traits – meaning that they stay with you – and others are temporary changes for as long as you keep the practice. Do you need more incentive to meditate? Of course, it is now recommended for anxiety, depression, addictions etc.

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November 26, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why Gut Microbes Matter

More information keeps coming out on the benefits of healthy gut flora. A diversity is needed because each different strain has different benefits. Besides the physical health benefits for chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Type I diabetes and obesity, there are mental health benefits. A new study found benefits for PTSD. More research needs to occur because this study was on mice and there is a long stretch to say that mice meet the criteria for PTSD because they cannot report the symptoms. However, new mental health treatments might just involve diet and/or fecal transplants. Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self Healing Newsletter of Sept. 2016 has a good article on this. He advises including in your diet leafy green vegetables, and fermented foods along with exercise, avoiding antibiotics and not being a germophobe.

October 17, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NEW WEIGHT MANAGEMENT CLASS STARTING OCTOBER 22

Get ready for the holidays and jump start your weight management to be able to handle the holiday foods. This is a 4 session class that covers Tapping/Acupressure for weight loss and cravings as well as self-sabotage; Hypnosis for motivation for healthy exercise; Mindful Eating to practice enjoying smaller portions and Imagery to feel good about your body and Self.

The psychological issues are the ones that block women from maintaining weight loss and being successful. These tools provide an important part of the answer. Don’t try another fad diet. Eating healthy along with exercise is the key and these psychological tools make it much easier. RSVP at 530-222-5253 or drakemp@yahoo.com

October 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thew News Is In: We Can Eat Fat Again

You may want to check out the TIME article June 13, 2014 about eating fat. Apparently there is no significant evidence that saturated fat increases cardiovascular disease. And although saturated fat raises LDL, it also raises the HDL. So it makes no difference. You can eat butter and cheese again.  Yes, it is better to eat polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat because they actually benefit the cardiovascular system. So keep the olive oil and salmon.

Next the impact on weight needs to be considered. The results seem to be in that a low fat, low calorie diet does not work. In fact, this makes our cells more resistant to insulin and the result is weight gain. What can you do? For weight loss, the Mediterranean diet and a low carb diet both work. But don’t skip the satisfying taste of butter, cheese and eggs. 

 

July 15, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment