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The pineal gland is a powerful little organ and could be your answer to sleeping better, increasing your intuition and living a healthier, longer life. When the pineal gland is functioning properly, you feel content, happy, aware and well rested. In this post, learn more about the pineal gland and ways to nurture your pineal gland to improve your life.
About the Powerful Pineal Gland
The pineal gland is an Endocrine Gland. Endocrine glands are ductless glands responsible for secreting hormones directly into the blood.
The small gland, the size of a pea or grain of rice is located mid-brain, between the two brain hemispheres. (see image below).
The pineal gland was the last gland to be discovered in the body. It’s shape is similar to a pine cone (therefore the name). The gland is a reddish grey color and manages blood flow amounts only second to the kidneys.
The pineal is responsible for only one hormone – Melatonin.
Melatonin regulates our day/night cycles and our biological clock.
Melatonin is produced in darkness and derived from serotonin (a neurotransmitter) to regulate our sleep cycles. The overall function of the pineal gland is to be in charge of moderating sleep and our perception of light.
Jet lag is caused when our sleep cycles are disrupted from traveling and disrupting our sleep patterns. A rotten feeling that can last days after returning from a vacation. If you have ever experienced Jet lag, you are familiar with how an out of sink pineal gland and reduced melatonin levels can make you feel.
On a side note, serotonin (neurotransmitter) is mostly found in the gut with a small amount found in the brain where it assists with the melatonin creation. Serotonin produced in the gut is connected to feelings of happiness and preventing depression. It is important to keep both sources of serotonin healthy.
Consider Aging and Melatonin Levels
As we age, we often sleep less due to reduced melatonin levels and pineal gland calcification. Studies have been done where Alzheimer’s patients have been tested and found to be low in melatonin possibly contributing to their night wandering also known as sundowner’s syndrome.
“The body’s pattern of melatonin production is similar to that of the other “anti-aging” hormones – human growth hormone (HGH) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Throughout early life, melatonin is produced in abundance. Shortly before puberty, though, the production of melatonin begins to drop, and then continues to decline steadily as we age.” – from the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
Keeping healthy melatonin levels and a well functioning pineal gland is very important in matters of anti-aging health.
The Eight Endocrine Glands and Hormones
There are eight endocrine glands that work together as one system. In this post I am focusing on the pineal gland yet I have include some information below on all the eight glands and which hormones they produce for an overall view and perspective.
The Eight Endocrine Glands are the pineal, pituitary, thyroid + parathyroid, hypothalamus, adrenals, pancreas, ovaries (women), testes (men).
See below the gland and the corresponding hormone(s). Notice how some glands produce several types of hormones and others only one or 2 types. The pineal gland, as mentioned, only produces one – melatonin.
|Endocrine Gland||Hormones (not all listed)|
|Pituitary (known as the Master Gland)||Several hormones that control the other glands and hormones|
|Thyroid + Parathyroid Glands||Two hormones – triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) (2)|
|Hypothalamus||Eight types including dopamine (8)|
|Adrenals||Adrenaline, cortisol, aldosterone (3)|
|Ovaries||Estrogen and Progesterone (2)|
What Damages the Pineal Gland?
Overall, calcification is the demise of the pineal gland. Calcium, fluoride and phosphorus deposits can accumulate in the pineal gland as we age yet calcification can be prevented.
Fluoride found in water sources has been found to be the most damaging to the pineal gland. The center of the pineal is water. Fluoride calcification has been found to greatly affect this gland. Consider avoiding fluoridated water sources, fluoride in toothpaste and drinking filtered water.
Calcium in cheap calcium supplements may be a contributor as well to pineal gland calcification.
Easily avoidable toxins including artificial sweeteners, mercury (tooth fillings), smoking, alcohol may also contribute to pineal gland calcification.
What Heals the Pineal Gland?
1. Eat Boron Rich Foods. The mineral Boron is necessary for the metabolism of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Eating foods containing Boron as listed has been found to help nourish and cleanse the pineal gland.
- Almonds, raw
- Hazelnuts, raw
- Apple Cider Vinegar
2. Keep it Dark in the Bedroom. Turn off all sources of light in your bedroom at night including cell phones, TVs, clocks. The pineal gland regenerates and produces melatonin when it is dark.
3. Avoid electronic devices 2-3 hours before bed. Turn off the TV. Shut down your cell phone or place on airplane mode and turn off the cell phone light. Best practice is to keep cell phones and TV’s in entirely different rooms.
4. Consider black-out curtains. If you have a lot of outside light entering your bedroom, invest in some blackout curtains which help a bit with quieting a room too.
5. Yellow light your E readers in the bedroom. Many new E readers on the market come with a yellow light setting. The blue light is known to keep you awake at night. There is no mistake the new E readers have an option for the yellow light setting. Or, only read physical books in the bedroom.
6. Activate Your Pineal Gland/Intuition with meditation.
7. Enjoy the sunshine during the day. During normal waking hours, in low doses, feel the sun on your face and head and allow the light to connect with the pineal gland.
8. Eat regular meals at regular times. Regular meal times help keep you sync with regular daily routines and rhythms of the day. The pineal gland likes consistency, routines and rhythms.
9. Keep your diet light at night. Melatonin production begins after nightfall and at that time the digestive process is slowed. Stop eating 2-3 hours before sleep and eat light dinners.
10. Avoid stimulants. Coffee and tea late in the day may keep you awake at night and avoid completely if you suspect caffeine is keeping you awake at night.
11. Avoid exercising late at night. Vigorous activity delays melatonin secretion. Exercise in the morning, outside in the morning light, if you can.
12. Listen to sound frequencies designed to resonate with the pineal gland. Check out YouTube and search for pineal gland or sixth chakra meditation sounds for some great recorded sound to listen to while you sleep or relax before bed.
13. Try raw cacao. Raw cacao, the purist form of chocolate you can consume is cold-pressed, unroasted cacao beans. Raw cacao powder is considered a pineal gland stimulant plus the includes an incredible amount of antioxidants. Note, raw cacao is not a nervous system stimulant.
The Sixth Chakra and the Pineal Gland Relationship
The pineal gland is the corresponding gland to the Sixth Chakra (also known as the third eye).
The Sixth Chakra is located in the middle of the forehead, between the eyebrows.
The relationship between the Sixth Chakra and the pineal gland is a powerful relationship for you to build if you are interested in increasing your positive intuitive thoughts.
The color associated with the Sixth Chakra is indigo. Wear indigo, visualize the color indigo in the location of the Sixth Chakra.
Essential oils to help open up the Sixth Chakra are frankincense and eucalyptus.
Yoga poses for the Sixth Chakra include child’s pose.
Intuition is said to grow from the Sixth Chakra and from the pineal gland collectively. Working with the pineal gland and Sixth Chakra through meditation can help you increase your intuition in amazing ways while keeping the pineal gland healthy and in flow.
Meditation with the Pineal Gland
While meditating, focus on where the pineal gland is located in your brain. Visualize an indigo or yellow light entering the location of your Sixth Chakra/Third Eye just above and between your eyebrows. Visualize the color entering through the third eye location to your pineal gland and out again. Repeat to yourself while breathing deeply and slowly in and out.
Practice working with this gland and location as you meditate. Feel it, nurture it, allow it to work.
Conclusion and More to Learn
I hope you find the pineal gland as fascinating as I do. I personally have found working with this organ in my body as valuable as exercise has been for my heart and cardiovascular system. We have many ways to heal ourselves and improve our lives readily available to us. For the mighty pineal gland, there is a lot to learn and may this be your catalyst into understanding more about the very important and mighty pine cone shaped gland in your brain.
Resources for More
Read Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself – How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One. Dr. Dispenza explains how to work with your mind through meditation and thought to make impactful and direct changes in your life.
Read my Post on How to Increase Your Intuition – Increase Your Intuition to Accomplish Your Goals
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I despise having a cold or the flu and when I am sick I spend most of my time resisting the fact that I am sick especially in the beginning. I deny, I complain, I whine, I struggle. What a bother!
Who the heck has time to not feel well?
I know from experience that the following Six Actions to Feeling Well can help you return back to health in a timely (at least as timely as possible) style and the bonus is that you may even gain something out of the experience.
Number 1 – Accept
Acceptance. Accepting you are sick may just be the most challenging part yet there are reasons to do this anyway.
I love this following piece regarding injuries for runners from Sakyong Mipham in his book Running with the Mind of Meditation. Sakyong applies thoughts of having acceptance and patience around injuries that may occur while running. I replaced references to injuries with being sick in this passage.
“Injuries Colds bring up many feelings, and being injured sick never comes at a convenient time. Often it happens when it is least expected. The first few moments after an injury becoming sick are important. As soon as possible, we should acknowledge that we are hurt not feeling well. Recognizing our injury symptoms is not a defeat, but rather shows courage. If we ignore an injury, being sick, recovery could take longer.
Patience could be our best friend.
Without patience, people try to run again do too much too soon and complicate their injury symptoms. Waiting out an injury a cold or flu is an excellent time to work on our meditation. I have found rehab to be a practice in itself, determining day to day how we feel and responding with the appropriate action – which may mean keeping still. We can use the time recovering from an injury a cold or flu to train our mind in gentleness and firmness.”
Now that you have accepted that you are sick and acknowledge that you need some quiet, introspective time, take that time and then Take More Action.
Number 2 – Take Action with Supplementation and Natural Cold Remedies
Ingest Vitamin C powder. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a potent antioxidant for cellular heath, immune health and has the bonus of assisting with skin health and making collagen to keep the skin looking young. In powder form, Vitamin C is very water-soluble and absorbs quickly. Another bonus is that a good, high-quality Vitamin C powder can save you money over purchasing products such as Airborne. Airborne runs about $7 per tube at my local grocer for 10 servings versus 100 servings of Vitamin C powder for $20 at my local health food supplier.
Try Elderberry Extract. Add to water and drink. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, helps reduce coughing.
Make Ginger Tea – One of my absolute favorite teas. Ginger, Lemon, Raw Honey. Ginger helps relieve cold and flu symptoms and boost your immunity. Reduces swelling of the sinuses. Chew on a piece of ginger for a sore throat. Drinking the tea as a unique soothing bite to it for the throat.
Ginger, Lemon and Honey Tea
- 1 Fresh Organic Ginger Rhizome (sometimes called Ginger Root)
- 1 TBS Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 TBS Raw Honey
- 2 cups Water
- Step 1 Slice up 1 inch of the Ginger.
- Step 2 In a pot, heat the water with the slices of ginger until boiling. Continue to boil for a few minutes until the water is tinted yellow.
- Step 3 Meanwhile, put the lemon juice and the honey in a large mug.
- Step 4 Strain the ginger tea into the mug.
- Step 5 Stir to dissolve the honey.
- Step 6 Taste, and add more honey or lemon juice if you like.
- Step 7 Drink, relax and enjoy!
- Step 8 You can reboil the ginger in more water until it has lost it’s color.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) or my local Northern New Mexico friends drink pickle juice. Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, pickle juice or lemon juice, to a glass of water helps to alkalize the body, creating an alkaline environment helps kill bacteria and viruses. Start drinking it at the first sign of illness and repeat several times a day until the symptoms subside.
Water is vital. Flush your body out with a gallon of water a day if you can manage this. Drinking this much water is a stretch for some, if so for you, at least greatly increase your water consumption and decrease intake of coffee, soda, alcohol.
Number 3 – Take Action with Your Diet
Limit sugar. Sugar is bacteria generating, toxic and is causing a strain on your body, running down your immune system. This is why so many people become sick during the holidays as their sugar consumption is up, up, up and immune system is down. If you have a problem with sugar in general, check out JJ Virgin’s Book Sugar Impact Diet – Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks. The only book I have read that helped me break my sugar addiction.
Dairy is a no. Avoid dairy as it causes phlegm and mucus.
Soup of course. Eat veggie soups (check sugar levels in canned soups) or homemade chicken soup.
If you’ve lost your appetite use the BART Diet for Colds and Flu – Bananas, Applesauce, Rice, Toast
Number 4 – Take Action with Your Body
Soak and relax in a hot bath with Epsom salts. Indulge daily. Purchase Epsom salts for soaking from your local grocer or pharmacy. Add at least 4 cups of Epsom salt to a hot bath to help improve circulation and reduce the length of cold and flu symptoms. “Getting a virus is the body’s way to force us to detoxify, and an Epsom salt bath is one of our favorite recommendations for a gentle detoxing.” Says Dr. Margaret Philhower, a ND from Oregon. See more at www.epsomsaltcouncil.org
Why not Vicks? Vicks contains petroleum jelly combined with camphor. Petroleum jelly or mineral oil has been known to cause a chronic form of pneumonia when aspirated into the lungs. People love Vick’s but do your homework! Think about ingredients. I personally will never use this product. Yuck!!!
There are better, healthier alternatives to Vick’s such as Eucalyptus or Fir essential oils. Use essential oils with a carrier such as coconut oil or scent-free massage oil on the feet, the back of the neck, and the chest. Ahhh, relief without petroleum products.
Rest, meditate, be quiet. Now is the time to allow your body to rest and get caught up on reading or binge watching. Everything on your list will wait and it’s better to rest early on.
Stretching, walking slowly and Yoga postures help. It is too much to exercise radically when we do not feel well, stretching, yoga postures, short walks to move the energy from the body.
Yoga postures. Check out this post from Yoga Journal on Yoga postures to help with colds posted to the CleverGirl Facebook Page.
Sound Therapy. Try listening to healing sounds or sound therapy to feel better and balance your energy. This is one of my absolute favorite activities to do. YouTube has hundreds of videos/sound recordings with healing sounds. Search for specific topics such as “healing music for colds”, find the specific topic that applies to your symptoms, put in your headphones and enjoy. Many of these videos last for hours so you can fall asleep to the healing sounds.
Number 5 – Take Action Around our House and Work Areas
Consider the toothbrush. Throw out your toothbrush or sterilize it by boiling off the germs.
Sanitize. Wipe down surfaces with Clorox Wipes or if you’re into Essential Oils, get them out in force!
Diffuse essential oils or saturate tissues left around the house with healing Essential Oils of Lemon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Frankincense (expensive), Lavender, Oregano. Great blends for healing and wellness. Yum! The house or office smell great now.
Number 6 – Look Forward to Feeling Well!
Being sick with a cold or the flu can be annoying, discouraging, boring, frustrating – lots of negative feelings can arise when not feeling well just like with any injury to the body. Personally, every time I get sick, I cry with frustration yet in the end I am always gifted with an incredible insight about something that’s happening in my life – a resolution to a challenge, an upset I didn’t realize, a solution to a problem.
Be kind to yourself. Love yourself. Slow down. Everything will wait. Listen to the insights you will receive. Ask yourself what this cold or flu is teaching you. Be patient with yourself. A cold or flu is a temporary illness and it may just be testing your resolve.
Look forward to the future because the best thing about being sick is the days following when you are well.
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Pale Skin; Dry Hair; Puffy Eyes; Colorless Lips; Bleeding Gums; Red Irritated Skin may be signs to see a doctor or may be as simple as following a few known antidotes if something seems off but not serious.
The following 6 revealing visuals let us know and the successive fixes may just be easy and quick remedies.
Overly Pale Skin
Few people can claim of having a tan all year long but if your skin has become completely pale compared to how you normally look, this may be a sign that you’re lacking vitamin B12. Without B12, you may feel tired, uninterested and just not look “well”. Vitamin B12 is needed to prevent anemia and whereas you may not be anemic at all, you may be lacking vitamin B12.
B12 is primarily in animal tissue therefore increasing meat and seafood consumption often does the trick. Be sure to only eat good-quality meats and seafood and do your research. Poor food quality does not cancel out consumption of a needed vitamin.
Vegetarians can easily lack Vitamin B12. A body can store up to five years’ worth of Vitamin B12 which is something to keep in mind if you have recently gone vegetarian. Vegetarians may not see any signs of a deficiency at first, yet it most likely will occur if not replenished.
To restore B12 levels in the body, depending on your dietary choices:
- Eat more good-quality meats and safe seafood;
- Increase your consumption of eggs;
- Eat sea vegetables such dulse seaweed (an edible algae) – the best sea vegetable for B12, and a nutritional powerhouse;
- Supplement with vitamin B12 in sublingual form for best absorption
Dry, brittle hair could be a sign that you lack biotin, known as Vitamin B7 and is often the result of using antibiotics. Lack of biotin can also lead to anemia, high blood sugar, pallor of the skin, inflammation and cradle cap in infants.
Biotin aids in cell growth. Sufficient quantities are needed for healthy hair and skin. Biotin also helps to relieve muscle pain.
To restore Biotin levels in the body, depending on your dietary choices:
- Supplement with brewer’s yeast (a good source of B vitamins, except B12 and protein);
- Increase consumption of cooked egg yolks, meat, poultry, saltwater fish, soybeans, legumes, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower and whole grains.
Puffy Eyes/Eye Bags
If you’ve noticed puffiness around your eyes and in your limbs, your body might be lacking iodine or you may be dehydrated because of too much sodium intake. Both cases can cause puffy eyes and eye bags, among several other possibilities below.
Ask yourself the questions below of what may be the cause and then adjust accordingly:
- Am I dehydrated? Did I drink enough water yesterday?;
- Do I have allergies to something in my environment. Allergies would include itchy eyes;
- Is my period on the way?;
- Have I been eating too much salt? Greater than 2300 mg per day?;
- Have I been consuming artificial sweeteners? (which causes inflammation);
- Have I been getting enough sleep?;
- Am I sensitive to fragrances?
- Do I have a possible sinus infection?;
- Have I been drinking too much alcohol?;
- Have I been drinking an excessive amount of caffeine?
Many of the above are a combination of habits, over-indulgences or temporary circumstances.
If you believe you are not getting enough iodine, the most common source of iodine is iodized salt. Iodine is also contained naturally in seafood (lobsters, shrimps, seaweed), dairy products, and even bread.
Consider supplementing with electrolytes to balance out your potassium, sodium and magnesium. Stay away from Gatorade and sports drinks – seek out instead electrolyte supplements with quality ingredients. This tablet form electrolyte supplement is convenient, low in sugar and far better than Gatorade which has an incredible amount of sugar and just is not of good quality.
Pale lips can be a sign that you are lacking iron. Most often caused by insufficient intake from foods. Low arterial pressure and regular colds can be further signs of this. To recover a healthy amount is not difficult.
To restore iron levels in the body, depending on your dietary choices:
- Eat more good-quality meats and safe seafood;
- Increase your consumption of eggs;
- Increase your consumption of green leafy vegetables, almonds, avocados;
Vitamin b12 deficiency can lead to anemia too so check out the suggestions for pale skin above.
Bleeding, Red Gums
Bleeding gums can indicate a lack of property dental hygiene or a lack of Vitamin C or both.
Poor dental hygiene (lack of flossing and regular brushing), results in bacteria in the mouth forming plaque on and between the teeth, the bacteria causes your gums to be inflamed, which results in red, swollen, or bleeding gums. Many people with gingivitis (inflammation of the gums caused by a bacterial infection) do not even experience painful gums.
If you are practicing good dental hygiene and your gums are bleeding you may have a Vitamin C deficiency which can also lead to weak immunity and muscle pain. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which can increase the absorption of iron – notice the relationship with colorless lips and pale skin above.
Smoking, alcohol, analgesics, antidepressants all can cause depletion of Vitamin C.
To restore vitamin C levels in the body, depending on your dietary choices:
- Reduce alcohol and analgesics;
- Increase your consumption of berries, citrus fruits, red peppers (raw), green vegetables such as asparagus, avocados, broccoli, beet greens and mustard greens;
- Supplement with Esterified Vitamin C (ester-C) for best results;
- Avoid chewable Vitamin C as it can cause damage to tooth enamel.
What is a vitamin B-complex?
A vitamin B-complex contains all of the known essential water-soluble vitamins except for vitamin C. These include thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), biotin, folic acid and the cobalamins (vitamin B12).
Unusual skin redness is commonly due to skin irritation and skin sensitivities. Red skin tones such as blotching on face or decollete may not always be removed completely, but they can be reduced.
- Use cool or lukewarm water when showering, bathing or washing your face;
- Use a gentle cleanser. Although scrubbing and exfoliating is the in thing, sensitive skin just becomes irritated;
- Dry face with a soft towel by blotting and not rubbing;
- Moisturize with a pH balancing, scent-free, gentle moisturizer;
- Avoid fragrances, chemicals and other irritants including fragrances in fabric softeners;
- Learn about any food allergens you may have that may be causing skin redness;
- Avoid or cut back on blood-flow stimulating drinks and foods such as alcohol, spicy foods and caffeine;
- Manage stress and blood pressure;
- Consider your hormones. Have them checked. Balance them out naturally. Hormones can cause heat in the sex organs and this heat can rise into your chest, neck and face.
See your doctor or dermatologist if you suspect a disease or inflammation you cannot manage. Your doctor or dermatologist may recommend gentle skin care products which will not irritate your skin but will help make it less red.
Best of health and let me know if you have any feedback, thoughts, ideas.
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