Natural Highs: Supplements, Nutrition, and Mind-body Techniques to Help You Feel Good All the Time

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We all need a boost now and then. Sometimes just a cup of coffee or tea will do the trick. Maybe a chocolate bar or a soda to get over the afternoon slump. Or perhaps a cocktail or a cigarette to help relax at the end of the day.

While many people automatically reach for chemical crutches (both legal and illegal) to alter or enhance mood, all these substances have unfortunate side effects and do nothing to rectify the underlying problems. Several can become addictive and set up a cycle of craving and withdrawal that may increase fatigue, stress, and depression.

In Natural Highs, two leading authorities in psychology and nutrition present a prescriptive breakthrough program based on nutritional supplements, herbs, and simple mind/body therapies that will help to increase energy, sharpen the mind, improve mood, relax the body, and beat stress. Their remarkable research shows how to formulate the perfect "brainfood" to improve how we think and feel, resulting in a greater sense of connection and joy in everyday life-the natural high.
 

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Contents

Introduction
11
How Naturally High Are You?
11
How Your Brain Keeps You High
19
Natural High Basics
29
PART TWO NATURAL ALTERNATIVES
49
LIVING HIGH NATURALLY
209
Living High Naturally
211
Moving Toward Bliss
217
The Music of the Emotions
267
Light and Color
273
Deep Sleep
276
NATURAL HIGHS AT A GLANCE
283
Top Tips
285
A to Z of Natural Highs
290
In 1
295
Glossary
305

The Breath of Life
226
Meditation and the Mind
233
Biofeedback Relaxation and the Alpha State
238
Positive Thinking
242
The Power of Touch
248
Sexual Chemistry
254
Aromatherapy
258
References
309
Recommended Reading
317
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Index
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Hyla Cass, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. A prominent psychiatrist and expert on nutritional medicine, she is a frequently sought-after lecturer and consultant. She is also the author of St. John's Wort: Nature's Blues Buster, Kava: Nature's Answer to Stress and Insomnia, and All About Herbs.

Patrick Holford is the United Kingdom's leading nutritionist and one of the world's authorities on health. He is the founder of The Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, the largest training school in the UK for nutrition consultants. He is the author of The Optimum Nutrition Bible, The Optimum Nutrition Cookbook and many other books.

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