What’s in a HUG?

We are in a time of social distancing, staying at home, curbside dining out and NO outside human physical contact. How does that leave us? Studies show that physical contact actually boost our immune system, help reduce blood pressure and also helps in aid in us having a healthier heart.

IT’S ESSENTIAL. But let me take it a little further, in the case of hugging.

According to one expert on the subject,  Michael Murphy, Ph.D., post-doctoral research associate at the Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity, and Disease in the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, says it’s because touch deactivates the part of the brain that responds to threats, and in turn fewer hormones are released to signal a stress response, and your cardiovascular system experiences less stress. “In other words, it’s linked to less of a ‘fight-or-flight’ response to stressful situations,” Murphy explains, adding that theorists believe interpersonal touch can modulate oxytocin (a feel-good hormone also known as “the cuddle chemical”) and the endogenous opioid system (neurons in the brain that can produce soothing chemicals), both of which can boost health. “Feeling safer and cared for, in turn, can make us less sensitive to physical pain and less reactive when faced with potentially threatening experiences, especially socially threatening experiences,” he says

SOURCE: http://www.nbcnews.com

Okay enough of the science, here’s the living truth.

Today was a very hard day for homeschooling. I homeschool both of my grandkids. My granddaughter is a brilliant human being, but today was just a hard one. We all have days like that, so I told her, “Hey school is done for today. We can pick things up tomorrow. We are going to hug, time for some Vitamin H. So, what’s your favorite song, you would like to listen to while we breath in some good healing Vitamin H?” She picked, Bob Marley, Don’t Worry, Be Happy. We stood in the dining room and just hugged and laughed throughout the song. She looked up at me with those beautiful brown eyes and said, “Gigi, I feel so much better.” She went off and played for the rest of the day, joyful and not with a care in the world. Our time not only uplifted her spirit inside, but also my spirit as well.

Today, tonight, tomorrow, take 30 seconds or more to hug your kids, and your love ones. Do not forget those that we can’t hug right now, send them virtual hugs, turn on their favorite song and listen together. Wrap them up with your words of love, affirmations, letting them know how much they mean to you. If you can, break a meal together, even if it’s a virtual one and remember to always Set the Table with Love. Namaste.

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Hi Guys. A little bit about me: The Jewels first, then the Profession: THE JEWELS: I have been married to the love of her life and kidney transplant donor, Joseph for twenty-five years. We have two sons, Julian Bernard thirty -three years old, Tyler nineteen years old and two beautiful grandchildren Naleyla, nine years old and a six-year grandson, Michael Julian. My life mantra is, " No matter what life brings, live your dreams short or long." HERE'S WHAT I KNOW: I understand what life feels like, when you have no idea if you will see your children grow up or never see the face of your grandkids. I was born with kidney disease and battled for almost 40 years until my husband of now, 25 years donated his kidney to me. Living a balance life, physically, mentally and spiritually was never an option for me to entertain. My life depends on it. I wrote this blog to share my journey and maybe touch the lives of those around me. My husband's generosity and the power of the grace of God has given me a second chance at life. I have been in and out of the hospitals all my life, came out of a coma, had multiple surgeries. I understand the importance of a positive mind. I have lost two babies and my mom, brother and grandmother in just months of each other. I want to share inspiration what inspires me to live and enjoy life each day. I have been a devoted yoga and meditation practitioner and a nutrition wellness coach for over 25 years, this was my road to staying as healthy as possible with failing kidneys and all the complications that come with it. I am grateful to share my life with you, through my food, my yoga and meditation practice, and just good old positivity. I hope my posts will bring joy to your heart, soul and tummy. THE PROFESSION: I am the the CEO of B'Tyli Wellness and Beauty Co. I created this company after I finished my studies in Holistic Nutrition and Medicine from Clayton College of Natural Health. B'Tyli Wellness and Beauty Co. is a holistic wellness company specializing in body, mind and spirit alignment, through yoga, nutrition, meditation and organic skin and body care products. I am the author of three books, a healthy lifestyle cookbook, titled, Set the Table with Love, which was named after my blog page and two inspirational mediation books, titled, Living With The Silver Lining and Whispers of Silence. I am also a Health, Wellness and Beauty Expert and has had the honor to share my culinary perspective o Food Network's second season of All-Star Academy food competition for a two month. I have shared my approach to healthy living and eating in both medias of television and radio. She has been featured on Fox 5, Good Day Atlanta, 11 Alive, Atlanta and Company, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as radio, V103 and 104.7 The Fish and several magazine publications

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