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Having a Healthy Gut can Equal having a Healthy Mind.

Remember my post about how intestinal bacteria play an important role in brain chemistry and mental health?

Well, the topic is hot and there’s a lot of research going on in the field.

Below is a great infographic, which illustrates the connection between our gut bacteria and our brain. “Within the walls of our digestive system is the gut, or the “second brain,” which contains bacteria that could help mold our brain structure, possibly influencing our moods, behavior, and mental health, such as the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.”

“The gut is able to communicate with the brain via the vagus nerve — a cranial nerve extending from the brainstem to the abdomen via the heart, esophagus and lung — known as the gut-brain axis. Ninety percent of the fibers in the vagus carry information from the gut to the brain.

Now, an imbalance of beneficial versus harmful gut bacteria, known as “dysbiosis,” has been linked to a number of psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as autism, anxiety, depression and stress. It may even play a role in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This suggests a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. This is potentially related to pro-inflammatory states elicited by bacteria imbalance on or inside the body.”



Sometimes we find ourselves in situations in which we don’t exactly know how to behave or what to say. We then act in a certain way, which afterwards we might find was incorrect or inappropriate. Then the question arises: Should I talk about it with others, colleagues or superiors if it was at work; or friends, family, or whomever it concerns? Sharing might reveal a mistake I made and I risk receiving negative responses.

Still, I opt for talking and sharing because only when we open up to feedback we are able to learn and develop, and become really good at what we do. Only those who dare can grow.

Loneliness is an Illness which Can be Healed

We All Need People.

“The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.” – Pearl S. Buck

To keep us mentally and physically healthy we need to engage in mentally stimulating activities – do things that make us think, question, learn, err, understand, feel, develop, and LAUGH. Such activities include physical exercise, getting enough (but not too much) sleep, eating healthy food, minimizing stress, and, probably most important of all, connecting and interacting with other people.

Living a socially active and rich life develops our brain and our personality, and is vital for our well-being. Learning to interact socially is especially important for people coping with mental illness who often live isolated and lonely lives. Talking to friends and engaging in activities together helps us share and overcome fears, learn more about ourselves, acquire new skills, get new perspectives, and realize that we are not (coping) alone. Friends motivate us and make us feel loved and needed. Friends also make us feel miserable, which teaches us to say no and draw lines.

Here are some helpful tips on how to improve your social life and get to know people.


20160624_160828-1.jpgTime is a mystery. Hard to grasp or understand. When we think we have some it’s already gone. It glides through our fingers like the sand in an hourglass. Yet, it is omnipresent, always. In every corner of our globe there is the same amount of it. It was there yesterday, it is today, and it will be tomorrow. Time is nothing, but it affects everything.

Hiram חירם

Hiram is the name of a very special place.
I rarely buy jewelry for myself. First, because it costs money that I don’t have. But also because jewels don’t really have meaning for me unless they were given to me by someone close. Or if they come with a special story or origin. Like my necklace on the photo below, that was hand-made in Hiram.

Hiram is a psychiatric rehabilitation center for young people, located in the anthroposophic kibbutz (a kibbutz is a traditional collective community in Israel, originally based on agriculture) Harduf in northern Israel.

As part of Hiram’s rehab program the young people create and craft ceramics, jewelry, etc. The pieces are sold in the kibbutz gallery, in several stores across the country, and via their web store.

Kibbutz Harduf operates five rehabilitative centers, a Waldorf school in which Arab and Jewish children study side by side, and it is Israel’s largest producer of organic food products. And there are more activities and projects that this unique place has to offer: Sustainability, Education, Co-Existence – Volunteering in Harduf


The meaning of the word Hiram

“Hiram I (Hebrew: חִירָם, “high-born”; Standard Hebrew Ḥiram, Tiberian vocalization Ḥîrām, Modern Arabic: حيرام), according to the Hebrew Bible, was the Phoenician king of Tyre. He reigned from 980 to 947 BC ….”
1. a king of Tyre in the 10th century b.c. I Kings 5.
2. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “noble.”.

Urban Dictionary:
1. A kick ass kid that can do anything. Essentially a combination of Chuck Norris+Einstein+spaghetti cat+ Samuel Jackson(bad motherfucker) times 1000. This person is usualy either a Leo, pisces, or Scorpio. Can do anything you can do, twice as good. And kick ass at at least one instrument, speaks 2+ languages, and can destroy anything and build it better than what it was.
2. Street for bald.
Friend 1: wow he has like no hair.
Friend 2: what is he? a hiram?