This week Dr John Briffa blogged on earthing or grounding – this is the practice of connecting the body electrically to earth, for example at night via a sheet plugged into a wall socket.
There is growing evidence that earthing helps reduce inflammation, by allowing the body to take up electrons which work as anti-oxidants. Inflammation creates a greater need for anti-oxidants because it involves the production of damaging pro-oxidant molecules called free radicals. We need our anti-oxidants to mop up these free radicals. Continue reading
A recently published meta-analysis showed that vitamin and mineral supplementation benefits mood. Continue reading
Professor Richard Gevirtz is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (also known as Heart Rate Coherence biofeedback). Last week he visited the UK and delivered a two day training seminar focusing on the applications of HRV biofeedback. I was in attendance and like the other delegates was (re-)inspired by the power and potential of this technique. I wanted to devote this blog post to summarising some of the main themes. Continue reading
Recently I came across the work of Dr Stephen Porges, who developed the polyvagal theory as a more complete model of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS is a critical part of the physiology of stress and anxiety. The polyvagal theory makes a lot of sense and can potentially explain some findings that are anomalous from the point of view of the traditional understanding of the ANS. It also has something to say about how biofeedback and mindfulness help transform the physiology of stress. Continue reading