Facts About Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) is a plant with a history going back thousands of years. According to historians, cave dwellers from the Paleolithic age consumed the fruit for sustenance.1 During the time of Christ, the fruit was gathered in the wild in ancient Troy. As the Medieval Ages came along, red raspberry expanded into the realm of art, where it was used as pigment for paintings and manuscripts.2

The red raspberry that most Americans are familiar with today is believed to be a native North American species, although it also thrives across northern Europe to northwestern Asia.3 George Washington was a notable advocate of this fruit, growing it in his garden.4

You may know red raspberry for its distinctive flavor and color, but that’s not all it has to offer. Its leaves are used to make an herbal tea with various potential therapeutic uses. In folk medicine, raspberry leaves were brewed into tea and used to help treat wounds, diarrhea and colic pain.5

Red raspberry tea is known as a uterine relaxant,6 and is believed to help make labor and delivery easier.7 But did you know that it has other benefits as well? Discover what makes red raspberry leaf tea a beneficial drink that almost anyone can enjoy.

The Various Health Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

I’ve written about the benefits of raspberry fruit before, which include the potential to help lower your risk of cancer and a host of inflammatory diseases. However, its leaves possess their own unique traits that make them stand out. Here are some additional benefits you should be aware of when you drink red raspberry leaf tea:

May boost heart health — Potassium deficiency has been closely associated with high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease. In a study published in the journal Hypertension, those who consumed 4,069 milligrams of potassium daily had an impressive 49 percent lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease compared to those who only received around 1,000 milligrams per day.8

May aid in pregnancy — According to a 1999 study, researchers noted that taking raspberry leaf may help decrease the likelihood of pre- and post-term gestation, as well as reducing the chances of an artificial rupture and the need for a caesarean section.9

However, a 2002 review published in the BJOG journal notes that only a small number of women were involved in the aforementioned study, and it is possible that adverse effects may not have been sufficiently detected. Due to its stimulant effects on the uterus, you should not ingest it during pregnancy without consulting with a physician.10

Improves digestive function — Red raspberry leaf tea contains various antioxidants that may help manage inflammation throughout your body. In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers noted that red raspberry significantly reduced inflammation in rats affected with antigen-induced arthritis.11

Helps fight free radicals — Raspberry fruits are known for their antioxidant properties, but did you know that the leaves have these abilities as well? A 2012 study discovered that the leaves exhibit cytotoxic and cytoprotective qualities that may help eliminate free radicals.12

Lowers risk of blood clots — A study published in Food Chemistry indicates that raspberry leaves contain flavonoids and phenolics that have antithrombotic effects.13

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Nutrition Facts

Red raspberry leaf tea is a caffeine-free beverage.14 It’s also low in calories, which may help support healthy weight management. However, it is somewhat lacking in other nutrients. With that in mind, red raspberry leaf tea is best used as a tool to help augment your antioxidant profile while you obtain essential nutrients from other foods.

How to Grow and Store Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Growing raspberry plants in your own home will be advantageous because you not only will have a clean source of tea leaves, but you can also enjoy the berries in their freshest state. To start cultivating the plants, make sure that your garden has rich, organic soil with a pH level of 5.8 to 6.5. In addition, the area must get six to eight hours of sunlight per day.15

Plant seeds in the early spring, and water the soil regularly to help prevent weeds from overpowering the raspberries once they mature. Lastly, make sure that they’re not planted near other plants such as tomatoes and potatoes because they’re prone to the same fungus that raspberries are susceptible to.16

Harvest the leaves during the spring before flowers emerge, choosing only those that are young, bright and green. Make sure to get a little more than what you need because the drying process shrinks them. To prepare for storage, dry the leaves by placing them in your oven on a cookie sheet. Use the lowest heat setting, checking regularly every 15 to 20 minutes until the leaves become crispy. Afterward, allow the batch to cool.17

To properly store your dried leaves, you need to grind them first. The easiest way to do this is putting them in your food processor, but you can also use a mortar and pestle. Place the leaves in an airtight container to maintain freshness.18

Making Your Own Red Raspberry Leaf Tea at Home

Making tea from red raspberry leaves is an easy way of getting its benefits, and is one of the most popular methods as well. The final product will have a flavor similar to mild green tea but without the caffeine, making it much safer for those who are sensitive to this substance. To brew the tea, simply follow this procedure:19

Ingredients

1 teaspoon of crushed red raspberry tea leaves for every ounce of water

Filtered water, with the amount depending on your preference

Procedure

1. Pour a tablespoon of red raspberry leaves for every cup of water.

2. Bring the water to a boil.

3. Steep for five minutes and enjoy.

Red raspberry leaf tea can also be enjoyed as a cold, refreshing drink for those hot summer days. Simply follow these instructions to create a different version of your red raspberry leaf tea:20

Ingredients

6 cups water

3 to 4 organic red raspberry leaf tea bags

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 cup frozen berries

Procedure

1. Bring the water to a boil in a pot.

2. Remove the pot from the heat source and place the tea bags in it, then steep for 15 minutes.

3. Once the tea cools down, transfer to a large pitcher, then mix the rest of the ingredients.

4. Store in the refrigerator or pour ice cubes, then enjoy.

What You Should Know About the Side Effects of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

The side effects associated with red raspberry leaf tea are usually minor, and the drink can be enjoyed by almost anyone, including children.21 That being said, you may still experience the following issues when you drink red raspberry leaf tea:22

  • Nausea
  • Loose stools
  • Increase in Braxton Hicks contractions

Should you experience these effects, stop drinking this tea or minimize your consumption. While red raspberry leaf tea is popular during pregnancy, especially when the due date is approaching, there is evidence indicating that it may not reap benefits for some expecting women. In a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, one pregnant woman with gestational diabetes developed hypoglycemia after drinking red raspberry leaf tea at 32 weeks of gestation.23

For safety reasons, always consult with a doctor when drinking red raspberry leaf tea, especially if you’re pregnant, as you may not know whether it has a positive effect on you or not.

Frequently Asked Questions About Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Q: Does red raspberry leaf tea contain caffeine?

A: No, red raspberry leaf tea does not have any caffeine.24

Q: Where can you buy red raspberry leaf tea?

A: Red raspberry leaf tea can be purchased in most grocery stores and through online sellers. Remember that the most important thing you should focus on is quality. Make sure to choose organic-certified products to ensure the freshness and quality of the nutrients.


Why Does Cold Weather Increase Your Risk for Heart Attack?

A number of bodily changes occur when you are exposed to cold temperatures. Although irritating and sometimes embarrassing, a runny nose in the cold weather is actually one way your body protects your mucous membranes.1 The additional fluid helps catch bacteria, viruses and other foreign bodies, which then leave as the mucus drips out of your nose.

The winter months are also a time when your skin tends to dry out, leaving it feeling tight, rough and itchy. Aside from being uncomfortable and less than aesthetically desirable, when it becomes severe, it can crack, making it a perfect entryway for germs. Although external variables contribute to dry skin, including omega-3 fats in your diet can help soothe irritated skin.2

On the other hand, one of the simplest strategies to improve mitochondrial function may be exposure to the cold. Called cryotherapy, cold exposure increases your body’s metabolic rate and induces the production of brown adipose tissue. This is incredibly mitochondrial dense fat that helps your body generate heat and lower your blood sugar and insulin resistance.3

However, before jumping into a snowbank this winter or choosing to exercise when the temperature dips below freezing, it is important to note researchers have identified an increased risk of heart attack occurring when temperatures plummet.4

Cold Weather Conditions Increase Risk of Heart Attack

The research was designed as a prospective, population-based, nationwide data gathering study, during which researchers collected daily weather data from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.5 They also extracted all myocardial infarction reports from the Swedish Nationwide Coronary Care Unit registry between the years 1998 and 2013.

Any patient admitted to any coronary care unit in Sweden with a myocardial infarction was included, totaling over 280,800 patients. Weather data was available for over 274,000 patients, which comprised the population in the final data analysis. The researchers had health information including age, body mass, smoking status and echocardiogram findings.6

The scientists were able to link an increased incidence of heart attacks to lower air temperature, lower atmospheric pressure, higher wind velocity and shorter duration of sunshine. Although they found each was associated with statistically meaningful increased risk of a heart attack, the data supporting the most pronounced effect was from lower temperatures.

As the temperatures rose the rates of heart attacks declined. Dr. Nisha Jhalani of the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center says these findings support the results of previous research. Jhalani also stated:7

“One thing that’s interesting about this study is that they didn’t just look at temperatures. They looked at a number of other factors, such as sunshine hours and wind velocity. It’s also a nationwide study with a lot of patients.”

Cold Temperatures Affect Arterial Resistance

The initial response to exposure to cold is strong capillary vasoconstriction in the skin, which quickly shunts blood to the interior of the body to maintain warmth.8 Rerouting blood protects vital organs against falling temperature, but diminishes flow in peripheral parts of your body, such as your fingers, toes, nose and face, reducing tactile sensitivity, manual dexterity and gross motor function.

It also makes these areas more vulnerable to frostbite, which happens when the fluid around the tissue freezes. Under optimal conditions, the blood vessels in the skin open and close periodically in order to temporarily increase temperature in the fingertips. This has been called the hunting response, or cold induced vasodilation.9

Cold also increases arterial resistance, triggering cardiovascular complications, such a stroke, myocardial infarction and heart failure. Cold temperatures appear to increase the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which then initiates cold-induced hypertension and suppresses the expression and formation of nitric oxide.10

This combination of events increases arterial resistance and blood pressure. Jhalani explains the importance of the rise in blood pressure as it relates to the increased risk of heart attacks or stroke, saying:11

“In someone with 70 to 80 percent blocked arteries — which might not be causing any symptoms normally — the arteries can be clamped down enough that the blood supply doesn’t match demand.”

Past research has documented an increase in blood pressure with exposure to cold weather. Researchers found an increase in systolic blood pressure especially pronounced in those over 80.12 There is some variation in the reaction to cold as taller people become colder faster as a larger surface area increases heat loss.

Although exposure may present a significant risk to those with arterial blockage, several countries take cryotherapy very seriously. Those in Japan use it to treat pain and inflammation from rheumatic conditions and individuals in Finland and Russia are passionate about winter swimming.

Finnish researchers have reported the results of a study using 10 women who took cold water plunges for three months. Blood testing revealed a two- to threefold jump in norepinephrine levels minutes after cold exposure, a chemical in the nervous system that may play a role in pain suppression.13

Caffeinated Drinks May Boost Risk Further

An increased frequency in heart attacks during the winter months is related to an increased load on the heart. Those at risk should stay warm and wrap up well before going outside.14 There is also a greater risk of heart attack in the morning hours. Those who combine cold temperature with physical exercise, and who are susceptible, increase their risk of heart attack even further.

Shoveling snow is associated with nearly 100 fatal events in adults and children each year. A recent study found an average of over 11,000 snow shoveling related injuries in medical emergencies treated in U.S. emergency departments each year.15 Most of the injuries are related to bumps, bruises, cuts and broken bones to the back, head, arms and hands.

In those who received emergency treatment, men over 55 were twice as likely as women to get snow shoveling related heart symptoms.16 The same study found healthy young men shoveling snow increased their heart rate and blood pressure more than when they exercised on a treadmill.17 Combined with cold air triggering arterial constriction and increased workload, this may just be the perfect storm.

Snow shoveling is particularly strenuous on the cardiovascular system as it uses upper body work, which is more taxing than leg work. Also, many hold their breath while lifting, placing an additional strain on the heart.

Barry Franklin,18 director of cardiac rehabilitation at Wayne State University and an expert in the hazardous effects of snow removal, advises those over 55 not to shovel snow and believes those at greatest risk have been habitually sedentary with no known or suspected coronary artery disease.

While you may be tempted to come in from shoveling snow and drink a tall hot cup of coffee, this could be the worst thing you could do. Caffeine causes a short, but dramatic increase in blood pressure, even if you don’t have high blood pressure.19 Jhalani warns adding caffeine to an already at-risk situation may only increase your potential for experiencing a heart attack or stroke.20

Cold Weather May Create Additional Hazards to Your Health

Yet another stress on your heart is triggered by dehydration as a result of cold diuresis.21 As blood is shunted from your skin to your organs, it increases the volume in your body’s core.

The increase in arterial pressure triggers a response in the kidneys to reduce blood volume by removing water to the bladder. If you are already dehydrated, this can create additional stress on your cardiovascular system as your body begins to warm up.22

As the temperature dips below freezing any water will turn to ice, increasing your risk of falling. Under icy conditions, normal footwear may not be enough. Overshoes or boots with an aggressive sole pattern help to reduce slipping and falling.

Cold weather also increases your risk of frostnip and frostbite.23 Frostnip happens as an area becomes so cold that blood flow slows and the skin becomes unnaturally pale. It happens first to your nose, ears, cheeks, fingers or toes. This can lead to frostbite where ice crystals form inside the body’s cells, killing them in the process.

Superficial frostbite may be painful but it may not result in the loss of body parts or limbs. Deep frostbite often kills enough cells that an area may have to be amputated. If you suspect frostbite, move somewhere warmer if possible and seek immediate medical attention. Do not rub the area.24

When your body’s core temperature falls (hypothermia) it can result in slowed reaction times and impaired judgment. You’ll have plenty of warning of hypothermia as you’ll be shivering, will have reduced dexterity and will be miserably cold.

Stay Safe and Warm in Cold Weather

If you have determined to exercise outdoors or to shovel snow, it is prudent to be cautious. Dressing appropriately and paying attention to the following safeguards may keep you safe and warm:

  • Dress in three or more layers — Avoid heavy cotton material as it absorbs sweat and traps wetness, increasing your risk of hypothermia. Add a second layer of wool or fleece for insulation and an outer layer of lightweight, water-repellent, wind-resistant material. Lightly colored or reflective clothing at night helps ensure you are visible to drivers.
  • Cover your head and extremities — You lose 50 percent of your body heat from an uncovered head. Layering thin gloves with heavier mittens helps if you need to remove a layer without exposing your bare skin to the frigid air. Cover your face with a mask or scarf when the temperature is below freezing, which may help warm the air before entering your lungs.
  • Wear proper footwear — Sturdy shoes or overshoes with an aggressive grip help prevent slips and falls on the ice and snow.
  • Stay hydrated — Drink enough fluids to keep your urine a light straw color. Proper hydration is as important during cold weather as hot weather. Drink before and after being outside, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Stay dry — Dressing too warmly when shoveling snow or exercising in the cold weather is a common mistake. Exercise generates body heat. Once sweat begins to accumulate it may freeze and contribute to lowering your body temperature. Remaining dry is equally important as being warm, so using a wicking layer closest to the skin helps reduce the impact.

When you leave, tell someone what route you’re taking if you’re exercising, and when to expect your return, just in case something goes wrong. If you slip and fall in the winter, hypothermia can be deadly if no one knows to look for you.

Keep in mind wind chill may make exercising riskier, even if you dress warmly. As a general suggestion, I recommend taking a break from outdoor activities if the temperature dips below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-17.8 C), or if the wind chill factor is high.

The Science of Sleep and Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation can have a number of health effects and ramifications, ranging from mild to devastating. The 2015 National Geographic video, “Science of Sleep,” starts out with the story of third mate Gregory Cousins, whose sleep deprivation led to one of the greatest environmental catastrophes in history.

Cousins had slept only six hours in the past 48 hours when he ran the supertanker Exxon Valdez aground, causing the 11 million gallons of crude oil to spill into Prince Williams Sound, devastating 23 species of wildlife and nearly 13,000 miles of shoreline habitat.

Indeed, research shows getting less than six hours of sleep in any given 24-hour period will slow your reaction time and leave you cognitively impaired, unable to make rational decisions. This is a devastating combination, and accident statistics offer sobering reminders of the seriousness of the situation.

In 2013 alone, drowsy drivers caused 72,000 car accidents in which 800 Americans were killed and 44,000 were injured.1 This is more than died from those texting and drunk drivers combined.

Sleep Deprivation Is a Recipe for Serious Accidents and Puts Lives at Risk

According to the American Sleep Association,2 nearly 40 percent of people report unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once a month, and nearly 5 percent have nodded off while driving. Most people skimp on sleep because they feel they have to “get things done.” However, the evidence clearly shows that what you end up with is the complete opposite of productivity.

Sleep deprivation is actually costing the U.S. economy $411 billion each year in accidents and lost productivity3 — an amount equivalent to 2.28 percent of the gross domestic product. An estimated 1.2 million working days are also lost.

In worst case scenarios such as the Valdez oil spill and the space shuttle Challenger accident, life is lost. The latter is described in the 1988 paper “Catastrophes, Sleep and Public Policy: Consensus Report,” published in the journal Sleep.4 Other costly accidents caused by sleep-deprived personnel include the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident and the Mir space station collision.

Polls show 63 percent of people do not get enough sleep to be healthy, 69 percent struggle with frequent sleep problems and 22 percent are so sleepy during the day it affects their quality of life. Still, most say they will simply push through their sleepiness in order to complete whatever it is that needs to be done.

But when construction workers, nurses, doctors, mechanics, pilots or truck drivers, for example, go to work and “push through,” it can have lethal consequences for those around them. Needless to say, sleep deprivation itself is also hazardous to your health and is perhaps one of the fastest ways to break down your immune function and make yourself sick.

Research by Eve Van Cauter, director of the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center at the University of Chicago, also shows that sleeping less than six hours a night dramatically increases your risk of insulin resistance, which is at the core of most chronic diseases.

As noted in “Science of Sleep,” research conducted in the 1980s discovered that depriving mice of sleep for 17 days straight led to certain death. Two contributing causes were immune system breakdown and blood poisoning.

Lack of Sleep Ages Your Heart

Studies have linked poor sleep with a variety of health problems, including excessive aging of your heart. People who got seven hours of sleep each night had hearts showing signs of being 3.7 years older, based on biological age, than their chronological age.5

People who regularly slept either six or eight hours had hearts that were on average 4.5 years older than their chronological age, while those who got just five hours or less of sleep each night had the oldest biological heart age — 5.1 years older than their chronological age.

As noted by lead author Quanhe Yang, senior scientist in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:6

“The difference between a person’s estimated heart age and his or her chronological age is ‘excess heart age.’ Higher excess heart age indicates a higher risk of developing heart disease.

For example, if a 40-year-old man has a heart age of 44 years based on his cardiovascular risk profile — the personal risk of having a heart disease — then his excess heart age is 4 years. In effect, his heart is four years older than it should be, for a typical man his age. The concept of heart age helps to simplify risk communication.”

Of the 12,755 participants in this study, 13 percent slept just five hours or less per night; 24 percent got six hours; 31 percent got seven hours; 26 percent slept for eight; and about 5 percent got nine or more hours of sleep each night. Considering the ideal sleep time is between seven and nine hours, these statistics reveal at least 37 percent of American adults aren’t getting anywhere near healthy amounts of sleep.

Sleep Quality Also Affects Blood Pressure and Heart Disease Risk

Other recent research7 strengthens the link between sleep problems and heart disease. While this link has been previously noted, recent research found that even if you sleep a healthy number of hours, the quality of that sleep can have a significant impact on your risk for high blood pressure and vascular inflammation associated with heart disease.

Women who had mild sleep disturbance such as taking longer to fall asleep or waking up one or more times during the night were “significantly more likely to have high blood pressure than those who fell asleep quickly and slept soundly,” Forbes reports.8 According to the researchers:9

“Systolic blood pressure was associated directly with poor sleep quality, and diastolic blood pressure was of borderline significance with obstructive sleep apnea risk after adjusting for confounders. Poor sleep quality was associated with endothelial nuclear factor kappa B activation.

Insomnia and longer sleep onset latency were also associated with endothelial nuclear factor kappa B activation … These findings provide direct evidence that common but frequently neglected sleep disturbances such as poor sleep quality and insomnia are associated with increased blood pressure and vascular inflammation even in the absence of inadequate sleep duration in women.”

Different Stages of Sleep and Their Importance

Sleep is not a single state. Healthy sleep consists of several stages,10 each stage lasting five to 15 minutes, with a complete cycle (light, deep and rapid eye movement or REM sleep) taking between 90 and 120 minutes.

A full sleep cycle starts out in light sleep and progresses through to deep sleep, then reverses back from deep to light sleep before entering REM. You cycle through each of these stages four to five times during the night, and this cycling is tremendously important, from both a biological and psychological perspective.

Stages 1 and 2 (light sleep; non-REM) — During the initial stages of sleep, biological processes in your body slow down but your brain remains active as it begins the editing process where decisions are made about which memories to store and which to discard.

Stages 3 and 4 (deep sleep; non-REM) — In these deeper sleep stages you enter into a near coma-like state, during which physiological cleansing and detoxification processes in the brain11 take place. Your brain cells actually shrink by about 60 percent during this deep sleep phase. This creates more space in-between the cells, giving your cerebrospinal fluid more space to flush out the debris.

Stage 5 (REM) — During this last phase, you enter rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, where dreaming takes place. In this phase, your brain is as active as it is during wakefulness, but your body is paralyzed, which prevents you from acting out your dreams.

The frightening experience of sleep paralysis occurs when you awaken during this phase and find your body unresponsive. The “treatment” for this disorder is knowledge. As noted in “Science of Sleep,” you simply need to be educated about what’s happening so that you can calmly ride out the episode, which typically will not last more than a few minutes.

All of these stages are important, and it’s important to cycle through them enough times each night — especially the deeper stages. When stages 3 and 4 are missing or interrupted, your brain gets clogged with debris associated with Alzheimer’s disease and, indeed, sleep deprivation is a risk factor for severe dementia. Stages 1 through 4 are also what allow you to feel refreshed in the morning, while stage 5 is important for memory.

Sleep Deprivation Takes a Toll on Mental Health

Forgoing REM sleep for extended periods of time may also lead to a state where you actually start dreaming while you’re awake, resulting in delusions and wild hallucinations. “Science of Sleep” features Dr. William Dement, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford, who in 1963 oversaw a sleep deprivation experiment by a young man named Randy Gardner.

“We were waiting to see if he would become psychotic,” Dement says. Gardner stayed awake for a record 264 hours — 63 hours longer than Peter Tripp, a disc jockey who, in 1959, tried to break the world record for sleeplessness. Tripp stayed awake for 201 hours straight, doing a continuous broadcast from Times Square.

For Tripp, hallucinations set in on Day Three. He saw spiders in his shoes and became desperately paranoid, convinced people were trying to poison him. He also became belligerent and abusive, and according to one of the attending psychiatrists, “clearly psychotic.”

Gardner, on the other hand, claims he was feeling all right up until the eighth or ninth day, and didn’t start having hallucinatory experiences until the very end. Once the experiment ended, after 11 days of wakefulness followed by 14 hours of sleep, a comprehensive exam and mental health check was performed. Gardner was found to be completely normal.

According to Dement, Gardner’s experiment proved extended sleep loss did not cause psychosis. Tripp’s experiment, on the other hand, revealed that even though he was awake — walking around and talking — his brainwaves showed he was asleep, and it was during the REM cycles that he was most likely to hallucinate. Essentially, he was experiencing his nightmares in an awake state.

What’s more, while Tripp had no signs of psychosis after the experiment ended and he’d slept for 24 hours, many insisted his personality had permanently changed for the worse. He was no longer as cheerful and easygoing as he’d been before, and those who knew him best insist those eight days of sleep deprivation damaged his psyche long-term.

In all likelihood, the effects of sleep deprivation will affect different people in different ways, depending on a variety of biological, environmental and perhaps even genetic factors.

The Influence of Genetics, Jet Lag and Stress Chemicals on Sleep

Sleep deprivation can be worsened by jet lag. Also known as flight fatigue, time zone change syndrome or desynchronosis, jet lag occurs when travel across time zones disrupts your internal body clock, resulting in daytime sleepiness and lethargy, nighttime insomnia, irritability, confusion and poor concentration.12,13

Interestingly, researchers have found that people with a genetically inherited sleep disorder called familial advanced sleep phase syndrome have a circadian body clock that runs about three hours faster than normal. According to “Science of Sleep,” scientists are trying to determine the protein associated with this gene, in the hopes that it might be used to develop “jet lag drugs.”

Whether or not such drugs will ever be realized, there are other, more natural ways to minimize the effects of jet lag. For tips and tricks, see “Can You Decrease Jet Lag With Exposure to Light?

“Science of Sleep” also discusses research showing the role of stress chemicals in waking. Tests have revealed your body will begin to release certain stress chemicals about an hour before your intended wakeup hour, and that this occurs through mental expectation or intention alone. In other words, the stress chemicals act as a sort of internal alarm clock, readying your body to wake up at the time you mentally prepared yourself to get up.

General Sleep Guidelines

So, how much sleep do you need to optimize your mental and physical health? According to a scientific review of more than 300 studies published between 2004 and 2014, a panel of experts came up with the following recommendations. Keep in mind that if you’re sick, injured or pregnant, you may need a bit more than normal.

Age Group Hours of sleep needed for health

Newborns (0 to 3 months)

14 to 17 hours

Infants (4 to 11 months)

12 to 15 hours

Toddlers (1 to 2 years)

11 to 14 hours

Preschoolers (3 to 5)

10 to 13 hours

School-age children (6 to 13)

9 to 11 hours

Teenagers (14 to 17)

8 to 10 hours

Adults (18 to 64)

7 to 9 hours

Seniors (65 and older)

7 to 8 hours

There’s simply no doubt that sleep needs to be a priority in your life if you intend to live a long and healthy life. For many, this means forgoing night-owl tendencies and getting to bed at a reasonable time.

If you need to be up at 6 a.m., you have to have a lights-out deadline of 9:30 or 10 p.m., depending on how quickly you tend to fall asleep. As for how to improve your sleep if you’re having trouble falling or staying asleep, see “Sleep — Why You Need It and 50 Ways to Improve It.”

11-11-11 Mass Meditation – Remembrance & Intention

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Dear readers,

(Note: Please read to the very end, the message is important)

We’ve waited to the last moments to see the lay of the land on the upcoming meditation(s) for the 11-11-11 portal this Sunday the 11th November 2018. Numerologically, this Sunday is a rather special day. It’s the 11th day of the 11th month and when you add the following digits of the year 2+1+8 = 11.

November 11th of the year 2018(2+0+1+8=11) represents another powerful 11:11:11 portal activation. What stands this one apart from the last 11:11:11 portal is that it falls on a Sunday. This day of the sun represents a opportunity to anchor the powerful healing energies of the Great Central Sun. We will not get another opportunity for a 11:11:11 portal activation that falls on a Sunday until the year 2063. That’s 45 years from now and when we add 4+5 we get 9 which numerology symbolizes as the last number before the next harmonic level. Thus the meditation on Sunday represents the beginning of the new and the 9 represents the ending of the old. – Source

I said Meditation(s) for a reason, there are few that have been arranged, not all with the same instructions and intent and times. However, all sharing the same generalised goal of Peace, Love, Unity and Disclosure. Although each is doing and intending what they believe is correct, this slight lack of unity of ONE has been noted, but sadly a common practice within the tribal groupings of humanity.

Here is a nonexhaustive list of some meditations that is available on this date, at different times:

https://gatewaytovictory.wordpress.com/the-111111-liberation-of-humanity-meditation-event/

https://disclosurefest.org/live/

https://www.facebook.com/events/365172810239408/

https://insighttimer.com/rickbatyr/guided-meditations/11-11-ascension ( Or simply do your own at 11:11 local time to you )

We also have our Weekly Key to Freedom Sunday Meditation at 3 PM UTC as well, since some might still be doing this one too.

From Cobra’s latest post:

Cobra Update – Time Sensitive Situation Update – 9th November 2018

He details some of these meditations above. Something else that he’s also stated is what I firmly believe was the reason we here are Prepare For Change have been guided into waiting unto now to make our stance known.

Light forces have communicated that a mass meditation that would focus on bringing Light to negotiations in Paris on the November 11th would be very welcome, as important decisions for the future of the planet will be made there. – Cobra

The reason all these leaders are meeting in Paris this Sunday, is due to the invitation from French President Macron hosting a parade in honour of the armistice’s centenary  – 100 years since the end of WWI – Remembrance Sunday is a fairly well-known event every November as we all share our silent prayers for thous who sacrificed so much in such a trying time for the world. As we’re all aware there is much happening in the world right now, on multiple levels, dimensions, under, on and above the Earth. I don’t doubt for a moment that some key figures will be having discussions and even negotiations. Even if they are held briefly and privately for optics.

President Trump said on Wednesday that he will not meet with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia this weekend, contradicting the Kremlin, which said earlier in the day that the two would have a discussion while in Paris for an unrelated gathering of world leaders. – NY Times

Macron seems to feel a little ‘Hurt’ already being upstaged by the two most powerful men in politics right now having a meeting.

Who could have imagined that in 2018 the ‘Sun King’ style is still alive and kicking? Well, c’est la vie, as they say.RT

With this we ask only one thing of you, no matter which meditation you’d like to join in this Sunday, please offer some intention to the people at this global meeting. Positive intention towards these leaders is greatly needed to assist them in the global mission of removing the dark. Positive resistance factions are activating and significant pushes are being readied.

In love and remembrance of all those that have fallen before not just in WWI but throughout history, for all the ones who have sacrificed in the name of justice, honour and integrity – yet are nameless or forgotten in time – we thank you for your service!

Victory of the Light

 

Epidemic Level of Peanut Allergies in the US — Vaccine Adjuvants Include Peanut Derivatives

Peanuts are high on the list of foods that kids are commonly allergic to these days. And for children who have this allergy, even the smallest exposure to a peanut can result in serious – even life-threatening – anaphylaxis. 

Experts freely admit that the peanut allergy situation in America is so serious as to be labelled “almost epidemic,” but insist they have no idea what’s causing the problem.

A report by Mount Sinai Hospital’s Jaffe Food Allergy Institute found that between 1997 and 2008, the number of kids with peanut allergies tripled, from just 1-in-250 to about 1-in-70.

This is shocking when you consider that even a few decades ago peanut allergies were almost unheard of, and in Eastern countries like India, where children eat large amounts of peanuts, such allergies are extremely uncommon.

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Kp Message 11-9-18… “Yes, there’s a lot going on, but…”

…I’m not posting all of those “things” that are going on. I will say this, from my viewing of “stuff” and my own inner “get”:

1. There is voter fraud occurring, all over the place… tonnes of it. It has been “allowed” to occur, so that it may be exposed, big time.
2. It is going to be exposed, big time.
3. Currently, the deep state is using the Democrat party side to try to do it’s “dark work”. It is backfiring BIG TIME on them (just as such would backfire on anyone, individually, who is not aligned with the “Living from the Inner Truth” paradigm).
4. The Light will “win out”.
5. Patience at this time is very helpful.

There are still some items that seem to be calling for my attention, energetically speaking. My primary attention is going to those.

Eventually I will return to the islands. Right now, I am truly IN-JOYing the colder temperatures and snow! And will continue to do so.

Aloha, Kp

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