On today's show, we discuss an unconventional topic: hypnotherapy. We spoke with Alex Naoumidis, CEO and co-founder of Mindset Health, a company that offers hypnosis-based digital therapies for chronic diseases. Since hypnotherapy is not yet widely used by a mainstream audience, many people may be confused and have misconceptions about how this technique really works. But Mental Health is here to change that.
Listen to this week's episode to learn the basics of hypnotherapy, the science behind it, and the health issues it can treat!
Three things you will learn
1) How Mindset Health works
Mental Health is essentially a digital platform that offers structured programs of audio hypnosis sessions, psychoeducation and breathing exercises. In these programs, Mental Health uses hypnosis as a vehicle for therapeutic techniques.
Unlike meditation, which is more about focusing and clearing your mind, hypnotherapy aims to make you more receptive to the things you seek to change. Each of the Mental Health The sessions are designed by doctors and psychologists and aim to teach you coping skills related to chronic health problems you may be facing.
Press play to hear how hypnotherapy puts you in a “learning by doing” state and what specific programs Mental Health has to offer!
2) The science behind hypnotherapy
Hypnosis activates 3 parts of the brain; your self-awareness of behavior, absorption and brain-body connection. Absorption means that you are much more likely to accept what you hear as fact and therefore learn new skills more easily. While a strengthened brain-body connection improves your brain's ability to regulate physical symptoms. These 3 areas combined make hypnotherapy an effective method for treating various health problems.
IBS is one of the best-studied health problems that hypnotherapy can treat. One study found that it can reduce 60% of symptoms by managing the brain's reaction to a physical process that takes place in the body. Hypnotherapy can also treat anxiety and depression by teaching coping skills, such as dealing with stressors. Finally, chronic pain and postmenopausal or postmenopausal lint are also part of the health problems that can be managed by hypnotherapy!
Listen to learn more about specific health conditions and find out if hypnotherapy is right for you!
3) State of mind and Nerva
Mindset and Nerva are the two programs currently offered by Mental Health. Mindset is about mental health and focuses on three specific conditions: depression, anxiety, and sleep-related issues. In the Mindset program, you get audio hypnosis session packs, all of which target specific skills. Depending on the type of session, you will either focus on long-term changes or on a momentary feeling, such as dealing with the pain you are feeling at that time.
Nerva focuses on IBS and offers bowel therapy that helps treat the mental reaction you have to certain physical processes. This 6 week program focuses on visualization and uses visual stories that help train your mind to self-regulate your body.
Listen to Alex's interview to learn more about the two different programs and how they use hypnotherapy!
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‘How can I lose belly fat ? ’ pulls up over two million hits on Google. It’s a hot topic that goes beyond wanting to improve appearance. A larger waist measurement can mean that you have too much visceral fat. This is the fat stored around internal organs like your liver and pancreas, which is commonly referred to as ‘belly fat’.
It’s true that as we get older, we need less calories to keep our body sérieux well. Changes to our hormones during this time mean that we start to lose force and gain fat. This makes it harder to keep to a healthy weight but that’s not to say it’s impossible. In fact, people who are aged 65 and over are healthier than their ancestors and are living longer.
Although you can’t escape the ageing process, when it comes to managing your weight, there are other factors that are within your control. These include your lifestyle vêtements, choices and behaviours ( especially around diet ) and how réactive you are.
Protein can be a helpful way to lose weight because it makes you feel fuller than carbs and fat do. So if you include a lean source of protein, such as skinless white chicken, in your meals you may find that you’re not as hungry, and so eat less.
Make sure you include protein with each meal. Good sources include chicken breast, tuna, mackerel, salmon, eggs, milk, red lentils, chickpeas, brown bread, nuts and soya. And remember that a portion of protein is about as big as the palm of your hand.
Go for foods that are rich in protein and low in fat ( known as lean protein sources ) as some sources of protein can be high in saturated fat. Alternatively, there are lots of protein products on the market, such as supplements and powders, but if you decide to use these make sure you have a trained sports dietitian or nutritionist supervising your diet.
Any form of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day is good for you. Use every opportunity to become fit whether you are at home, at work or with friends. This could include cycling to work or getting off the bus or train one or two stops early.
But combining resistance ( strength ) exercise and cardiovascular exercise is ideal. Resistance exercises are a great way of helping you to maintain your force mass and your glucose metabolism ( the way your body processes sugar and uses it for mazout ), which are important for managing your weight. Resistance training has also been shown to reduce fat around your tummy area.
But, if you’re able and would like a boost for your exercise regime, I’d really recommend you do high intensity interval training ( or hiit for bermuda ). This will really get your heart rate up and burn the fat. hiit basically means that you go all out for a short burst, followed by a lower-intensity exercise or rest – and then repeat. This form of training is good for people with very busy lifestyles as they can get similar health benefits in a shorter duration of time.
A few small changes in your lifestyle can make a big difference and reduce your waist circumference. So, reduce your portion sizes, cut out sweet treats and alcohol, meet recommended guidelines for exercise, and increase your intake of fruit and veg. In addition, strength training exercises are recommended at least twice a week.
Using smaller plates can help you eat smaller portions. By using smaller plates and bowls, you may be able to gradually get used to eating smaller portions without going hungry. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain it’s full, so eat slowly and stop eating before you feel full.
to avoid temptation, do not stock junk food – such as chocolate, biscuits, crisps and sweet fizzy drinks – at home. Instead, opt for healthy snacks, such as fruit, unsalted rice cakes, oat cakes, unsalted or unsweetened popcorn, and fruit juice.
Try to plan your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the week, making sure you stick to your calorie allowance. You may find it helpful to make a weekly de course list.
If you’re anything like me, you likely want to lose weight and get a avantager stomach to make your pants feel looser and boost your confidence in a bathing suit. But there are additional benefits : Studies have found that losing belly fat can also decrease the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke !
Even if you eat well and exercise, stressing out can prevent your stomach from deflating. Why ? Stress increases levels of the hormone cortisol, which increases appetite and fat storage—not what you want when you’re looking to get six-pack abs. Next time your stress levels go through the roof, brew a récipient of black tea. Research has found that the beverage can increase the rate at which your body brings its cortisol levels back to normal, helping you slim down. Here are 15 Easy Ways to Lower Cortisol Levels so You Don’t Feel as Stressed.
Having good position can help you look slimmer in seconds. Plus, it can also strengthen your stomach groupes musculaires, giving you that long, lean look you crave. Whether you’re sitting, standing, or walking, be sure you’re staying as upright as possible.