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Why It’s Imperative To Release Judgements Based On Dietary Preference

Why It’s Imperative To Release Judgements Based On Dietary Preference

The Coming Wave of Consciousness: Why It’s Imperative To Release Judgements Based On Dietary Preference

Whether you choose raw, vegan, vegetarian, fishitarian, paleo, processed or any other dietary lifestyle, it’s time to release judgement on what others choose to eat. Is any one of these methods superior to another for every person on the planet? Absolutely not, because all of them can cause health problems if there is no awareness of how we are transferring energy between our food and ourselves.

I’ve witnessed so much animosity between different groups who insist their version of sustenance is the correct one to prevent disease. They only share one commonality. They all think they are right. However, there is not one universally correct way to prevent disease in pursuing your truth about your health, especially relating to your diet. It’s time to move on from the path of antagonism, rebellion and even hatred for the choices others make about the foods they consume.

When people eat healthy it becomes difficult for them to observe the unhealthy choices others make. They assume that because they have informed themselves on the path of what they interpret as responsible dietary habits, that all others should do the same. It’s doesn’t quite work that way.

Dietary Decisions Often Lead To Our Judgement
of Others

The most interesting conversations I’ve had are with vegans who feel it is wrong to consume an animal. They often have a misinterpretation of what energy transfer is, especially when they realize that consuming a plant (considered a lower form of consciousness) is really no different than consuming an animal. Plants exhibits many of the same senses as animals, including sight, touch, smell, taste and even hearing. It is only perspective that enforces a principle and boundary that many vegans refuse to cross.

All forms of predation exist on planet Earth and whether you consume plants or animals, you are still pursing a biological interaction for an exchange of energy. Many of the animals on our planet are predatory because we are. Planet Earth would not inhabit lifeforms of predatory nature if its dominant lifeforms were not predatory themselves. It is the cycle of life here. We do not live in world of symbiosis…not yet anyway. Until that time, we must be predatory in some respects to exchange energy through our creation.

For many animals, their experience is not what we think it is. They have agreed to experience a life where they know ultimately that they will be consumed. They understand that they are eternal beings and are deeply connected to collective consciousness relating to their kind of expression. When we understand this perspective, there is no need to isolate ourselves to any one specific diet for any reason.

When we ignore our body consciousness and its needs, we are ignoring more than our basic needs. We are ignoring the energy necessary to allow our health to prosper. There are many vegans that fail to fully grasp this concept and suffer the health consequences after a decade or more of consuming only plants. Their health then deteriorates because they are still in an apprenticeship state that requires a certain form of sustenance. There is nothing wrong with that, but to them, they feel they are violating a specific boundary. It’s all how we perceive this relationship with our biological interactions that makes the difference. That doesn’t mean all vegans will have health problems, but the ones who do are often those who need to revert back to energy transfers involving animals.

It’s about being in gratitude and appreciation for the exchange of energy that is given to you. For example, I know of many vegans who converted back to consuming meat because of deteriorating health. They now consume organic, grass fed and pasture raised meat from farms who care for their animals and have reputable slaughtering practices. These former vegans are now thriving. They have accepted a relationship with these animals that they are comfortable with and the exchange of energy is one conducive to their body consciousness.

When we resist specific diets, the energy attached to the diets we are resisting will create blockages in our own bodies. So by strongly resisting what we most want to move away from, the attraction becomes stronger and it presents itself in ways we perceive as negative. For example, vegans with very adamant views on their lifestyle choices may find themselves attracting experiences where they are continuously and vigorously defending their position against meat eaters. They may eventually find themselves in a perpetual state of animosity towards groups that don’t share their perspective. In this instance, their choices have become a disservice to their greater cause and goals for becoming vegan. They create anger, resentment and fear within their experiences when their initial objective was to create love.

I have found that once vegans find a spiritual relationship with many of the animals they ingest, they find it much easier to pursue this form of energy transfer, rather than committing to dietary restraints based on principle. Eating for health and tuning in to the needs of our body, rather than solely based on moral grounds, is often a more balanced approach physiologically and spiritually.

If you do follow any specific diet, you are following your perspective and truth of what you feel is the correct path of sustenance. It is important not to judge based on how others eat, especially when making comparisons to your own diet. That’s an ego trap and will only develop imbalances within your alignment to others. All forms of dietary choices should be respected. Always remember that people would not be attracted to a specific diet if it was not serving them in some way and that includes toxic junk food.

We are creating a magnificent new world. It is imperative to allow people to experience the lifestyles that will bring them closer to the lessons they require and have requested here on Earth.

Be at one with your food, but most of all, allow others to do the same.

Source: Michael Forrester is a spiritual counselor and is a practicing motivational speaker for corporations in Japan, Canada and the United States.


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5 DO’s and DON’Ts to Improve Your Health

5 DO’s and DON’Ts to Improve Your Health

At one point or another, we’ve all made a long list of New Year’s resolutions to improve our health and well being. Most of these resolutions will fail because support systems are not in place from the start. A strategy for changing habits is essential for improving your chances of success in any resolution.

When it comes to your health, there are many critical areas to help formulate this succesful strategy. Here are 5 key areas each to focus on and avoid:

DO’s

1. It’s Not Only About Exercise, It’s the Type of Exercise.
There are just too many gym goers and joggers that think their weekly repetitive routines will keep in them in shape forever. Then there are those who are just starting a fitness program that think fitness gains are made by walking around the block. Exercise will not always be “fun” (despite what some say) and sometimes you just have to do it for your health hygiene….just like brushing your teeth or washing your hair. Vigorous exercise will also keep you in excellent shape for life. The latest research shows it pays off to alternate short bursts of high-intensity exercise with easy-does-it recovery.
Vigorous Exercise For Long-Term Weight Loss
Vigorous Exercise Keeps People Thin with Age
Vigorous Exercise May Prevent Pain
Vigorous Exercise May Slow Women’s Bone Loss


2. Count Your Calories
You definitely need to count calories in order to lose weight. You at least have to know how many calories are being consumed versus expended. People tend to overestimate their physical activity and underestimate their calories. Don’t rely on eyeballing your caloric intake or trying to estimate it. Instead, every day write down what you eat, the corresponding calories, and your physical activity. To make it easier for you to quantify your physical activity, wear a pedometer. Do this every day. Don’t do it just once or twice a week. Consistency is important for dieting. Sure, this isn’t easy. But if you want to lose weight, this is important to do on a daily basis.
Calculate Your Daily Energy Requirement
Calories Burned Calculators
Fat Intake Calculator
Protein Intake Calculator


3. Drink Green Tea
If you could only drink one kind of tea, this would be it. Studies have found an association between drinking green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including those of the skin, breast, lung, colon, esophagus and bladder. And research has shown that the antioxidants in green tea can help block the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, and improve metabolism and artery function.
Green Tea Extract Boosts Endurance
Green Tea May Protect The Aging Brain
Green Tea Helps Keep Arteries Clear
Green Tea Extract Shows Promise As An Anti-Cancer Agent


4. Detox Your Body/Environment and Reduce Stress
The definition of toxic is poison. Sadly, we are surrounded by poisons that damage our health and put our lives at risk. We have been conditioned to believe that small amounts of toxic exposure are safe, but they are not. There are thousands of untested chemical combinations injected into our food and water supply, and there are deadly chemical compounds in our personal hygiene and cleaning products. Stress is the number one toxin, contributing to as much as 80 percent of all disease. Educate yourself about the deadly toxins or watch your health slowly and quietly deteriorate.
Toxins in the Kitchen
Help Protect Children From Toxins
Preventing Stress A Good Idea
How Many Pesticides are in Your Food?

5. Get Your Zzzzzz’s
Sleep is one of the most powerful (but underestimated) necessities to advance your health. Most research suggests that a good night’s sleep appears to be every bit as important to good health and long life as a nutritious diet and regular exercise. If you lack sleep, you are reducing your ability to optimize your health.
Adequate Sleep As Crucial As Diet, Exercise For A Healthy Life
Study Links Sleep Deprivation, Obesity
Sleep Strengthens Memory
How Sleep Affects Your Weight-Loss Efforts

 

DON’Ts

1. Stay Away From Processed/Genetically Modified Foods.
The majority of evidence suggests that excessive consumption of processed and energy-rich foods encourage weight gain and disease. Limiting your consumption of such foods, many of which are high in saturated and trans fats, sugars and salt will only encourage optimal health. Avoid genetically modified foods if possible and stick to raw and organic foods that come from fresh and reputable sources.
Genetically Engineered Food: A Cause For Great Concern
Genetically Engineered Food List
Eat Raw Food for Weight Loss
Even a Little Splurge Of Saturated Fat May Be Too Much


2. Skip that Soda.
Consider the hard facts about soft drinks: soda consumption could lead to weight gain and various health problems, and scientists are adding to the list seemingly every day. Soda is the number one source of sugar in our diets and eliminating this useless beverage from our diets is a simple yet essential step in any health plan.
Diet Sodas Can Cause Weight Gain!
The Facts, Stats and Dangers of Soda Pop
10 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda
A Soda a Day Keeps the Vitamins Away

 

3. Avoid Vaccines/Immunizations.
Vaccines, all vaccines, are immune suppressing; that is they depress our immune functions. The chemicals in the vaccines depress our immune system; the virus present depresses immune function, and the foreign DNA/RNA from animal tissues depresses immunity. The current risks of vaccines far outweigh their benefits to most human populations, especially those in the western world. They should be avoided like the plague!
Risks Of Vaccines Outweigh Any Benefits To Human Health
Vaccines Exposed: A Hidden Crime Against Our Children
Vaccines and Immune Suppression
More Educated People Less Likely To Immunize Their Children


4. Is Modern Medicine Keeping You Sick?

Thousands of people die around the world every single week from properly prescribed medicine in properly prescribed doses. In the United States alone, drugs and medical errors are a leading cause of death. The fact is that modern medicine has been designed to promote death more than health. It is a model soley based on the treatment of symptoms for corporate profits. If we are ever to advance our health, we need to step out of the boundaries of conventional medicine and practice prevention. Your health depends on it.
Scientific Medicine Is Often Scientific Deception
Can Medical Journals Be Trusted?
How Long Will You Be Able To Protect Your Own Health?
Corporatization of Medicine

5. Don’t Rely on Mainstream Media
One of the biggest problems with mainstream media is that it is controlled by a half dozen corporations. Nearly everything we hear or see on TV, movies, radio, magazines and newspapers is filtered through that oligarchy. More often than not, we receive misinformation, distortion, suggestions and half-truths all for corporate profits. One of the most important things you can do for your health is to not rely on mainstream media when it comes to health information. Research a variety of credible sites on the internet. Hunt down the original sources of every article you read and cross-reference everything. Internet research is one of the most powerful tools to unlock answers to your health questions. Heed caution, and you will learn more about health than you ever thought you could…and it’s all for free!
Selling Sickness
Mainstream Media Distorts The Truth About Antioxidants
Why You Need To Question Any Cancer Task Force

Source: PreventDisease.com


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The Benefits Of Grounding

Your body is capable of generating electricity, and this ability is actually a key part of your achieving health. Electricity allows your nervous system to send signals to your brain. These signals are actually electrical charges that are delivered from cell to cell, allowing for nearly instantaneous communication.

The messages conducted via electrical signals in your body are responsible for controlling the rhythm of your heartbeat, the movement of blood around your body, and much more.

Your biological clock even uses electrical activity in order to help keep your circadian rhythms in order.1 You are, quite simply, an electrical being. If electrical activity stops in your body, you cannot survive. But how, exactly, does this electrical activity take place?

 

How Does Your Body Produce Electricity?

The video above, from The Medicine Journal,2 gives a concise explanation of the complex process your body uses to generate electricity. Inside your body are atoms that are made up of positively charged protons, negatively charged electrons, and neutrons (which are neutral).

An atom with unbalanced charges will become either positively or negatively charged, and the switch from one charge to the other allows electrons to flow from one atom to another. This is what is referred to as electricity.3

Your cells generate electrical charges via electrolytes like sodium and potassium using a mechanism known as the “sodium-potassium gate.” As Discovery Health explained:4

When your body needs to send a message from one point to another, it opens the gate. When the membrane gate opens, sodium and potassium ions move freely into and out of the cell.

Negatively charged potassium ions leave the cell, attracted to the positivity outside the membrane, and positively charged sodium ions enter it, moving toward the negative charge. The result is a switch in the concentrations of the two types of ions — and rapid switch in charge.

…this flip between positive and negative generates an electrical impulse. This impulse triggers the gate on the next cell to open, creating another charge, and so on. In this way, an electrical impulse moves from a nerve in your stubbed toe to the part of your brain that senses pain.”

It is because of your body’s electrical activity that defibrillators, which deliver an electric shock to your heart, may work to restore heart rhythm and why receiving the wrong type of shock, like an electric shock or lightning strike, can essentially “fry” your body’s electrical system. The opposite also holds true in that you can actually harness the electrical charge of the Earth to positively influence your health in numerous ways.

 

Your Body Can Absorb Free Electrons from the Earth

The Earth carries an enormous negative charge. It’s always electron-rich and can serve as a powerful and abundant supply of antioxidant and free-radical-busting electrons.

Your body is finely tuned to “work” with the Earth in the sense that there’s a constant flow of energy between your body and the Earth. When you put your feet on the ground, you absorb large amounts of negative electrons through the soles of your feet.

The effect is sufficient to maintain your body at the same negatively charged electrical potential as the Earth. This simple process is called “grounding” or “earthing,” and its effect is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of.

Grounding has been shown to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, enhance wellbeing, and much, much more. When you wear rubber- or plastic-soled shoes, however, you are effectively shielding yourself from this beneficial influx of electrons from the Earth.

 

Why It’s So Important to Stay Grounded

Grounding’s potent antioxidant effect helps alleviate inflammation throughout your body, a potentially life-saving benefit since inflammation is at the root of most diseases, including heart disease.

According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a prominent cardiologist, inflammation thrives when your blood is thick and you have a lot of free radical stress, and a lot of positive charges in your body. Grounding effectively alleviates inflammation because it thins your blood and infuses you with negatively charged ions through the soles of your feet.

Grounding helps thin your blood by improving its zeta potential, which means it improves the energy between your red blood cells. Research has demonstrated it takes about 80 minutes for the free electrons from the earth to reach your bloodstream and transform your blood.

Hypercoagulable (thick, slow-moving) blood contributes to chronic inflammation, because when your blood does not flow well, oxygen can’t get to your tissues. Grounding’s effect on blood thinning is so profound that if you are taking blood thinners, you must work with your health care provider to lower your dose otherwise you may overdose on the medication. You can see my interview with Dr. Sinatra below.

Grounding Helps Neutralize Free Radicals

Interestingly, grounding research has now discovered that if you place your feet on the ground after an injury (or on a grounded sheet, or place grounding patches on the balls of your feet), electrons will migrate into your body and spread through your tissues. Any free radicals that leak into the healthy tissue will immediately be electrically neutralized. This occurs because the electrons are negative, while the free radicals are positive, so they cancel each other out. As noted by Dr. James Oschman, an expert in the field of energy medicine:

“So really what is happening with grounding or earthing is that you’re protecting your body from — I call it, collateral damage… Damage that was not intended to take place but does take place because we have disconnected ourselves from the Earth by putting rubber and plastic on the bottoms of our shoes.”

Free radical stress from exposure to pollution, cigarettes, insecticides, pesticides, trans fats, and radiation, just to name a few, continually deplete your body of electrons. Simply by getting outside, barefoot, touching the Earth, and allowing the excess charge in your body to discharge into the Earth, you can alleviate some of the stress continually put on your system. Walking barefoot can help ameliorate the constant assault of electromagnetic fields and other types of radiation from cell phones, computers, and Wi-Fi. It’s also thought that grounding may actually facilitate the formation of structured water in your body.

Furthermore, grounding also calms your sympathetic nervous system, which supports your heart rate variability. And, when you support heart rate variability, this promotes homeostasis, or balance, in your autonomic nervous system. This is important because anytime you improve your heart rate variability, you’re improving your entire body and all its functions. If you want to learn more, check out the Grounded documentary (in which I actually appear). You’ll hear first-hand accounts from residents of Haines, Alaska who have overcome chronic pain, sleep apnea, and much more simply by getting grounded.

 

How to Reconnect with the Earth’s Electrical Charge

Many Americans spend most of their waking hours wearing shoes with rubber or plastic soles. These materials are very effective insulators, which is precisely why they’re used to insulate electrical wires. Yet, they also effectively disconnect you from the Earth’s natural electron flow. Wearing leather-soled shoes will allow you to stay grounded with the Earth, as will walking barefoot, but you’ll need to do so on the proper surface. Good grounding surfaces include:

  • Sand (beach)
  • Grass (preferably moist)
  • Bare soil
  • Concrete and brick (as long as it’s not painted or sealed)
  • Ceramic tile

The following surfaces will NOT ground you:

  • Asphalt
  • Wood
  • Rubber and plastic
  • Vinyl
  • Tar or tarmac

Like eating right, exercising, and sleeping, grounding can be described as yet another lifestyle habit that supports optimal health by supporting your body’s “electrical” connection with the Earth. It’s supported and backed by prominent medical doctors, scientists including Dr. David Suzuki, NASA astronauts, and was used by ancient civilizations who placed strong value on their relationship to the Earth.

As mentioned, simply taking off your shoes as much as you can when you’re outdoors will help you take advantage of natural grounding opportunities. When indoors, using a grounding pad or sheet is an excellent way to stay grounded while you’re working or sleeping. (For frequent travelers, I typically bring a grounding pad with me when I fly, too.)

Source: Dr. Mercola via Waking Times


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The Diet to Keep Cancer Away

Cancer rates are rising and they are rising fast. Factors that cause cancer range from what we have in our environment to our emotions to the foods and chemicals we put into our body. Such little attention is put towards prevention in the industry, but new evidence might make it easier for the public to choose foods that actually prevent the feeding of cancer cells.

Have you heard of Angiogenesis? It is the process of blood vessels forming from other blood vessels within the body. Blood vessels help keep our body and organs functioning well. The thing with the process of angiogenesis is we need the right amount of it to happen for things to be running smoothly. Amazingly, the body has the ability to regulate angiogenesis via its own growing and pruning system. The problem is, sometimes this process can get out of control in either direction and we begin to see problems.

If angiogenesis is happening insufficiently we might experience symptoms like chronic fatigue, hair loss, stroke, heart disease etc. If angiogenesis is happening excessively we might experience symptoms like cancer, arthritis, obesity, Alzheimer’s etc. Having too many blood vessels can actually promote a disease as the cells are being fed by excessive angiogenesis. In the case of tumors, more nutrients are being brought to the tumor so they continue to grow.

Focusing on cancer for a moment, angiogenesis happens to be a big contributor to every type of cancer. When angiogenesis is working properly, it helps to stop feeding cancerous cells that lie dormant within the body. So how do we regulate angiogenesis to make sure it’s performing correctly?

New research is being done to discover which drugs and foods are anti-angiogenic so as to help regulate the issue. Already, anti-angiogenesis drugs are being tested and used on animals and humans and results in survival rates are increasing. The problem is these drugs are still toxic and can still create issues within the body. So, while they are much better than chemotherapy and radiation, they still have downfalls. Luckily there are a number of people out there doing research and reporting great results treating cancer with cannabis.

Until non-toxic treatments are made more available, it’s always important to explore alternative treatments like cannabis and also focus on diet and prevention. Here is a list of foods that are showing anti-angiogenic properties.

 

Green Tea
Strawberries
Blackberries
Blueberries

Red Wine
Raspberries
Oranges
Grapefruit
Lemons
Apples
Red Grapes
Bok Choy
Kale
Ginseng
Maitake Mushroom
Licorice
Turmeric
Nutmeg
Artichokes
Lavender
Pumpkin
Tuna
Parsley
Garlic
Tomato
Olive Oil
Grape Seed Oil
Dark Chocolate
Cherries
Pineapples
Others

 

 

The Tomato Sauce Factor

A Harvard study found that men who ate cooked tomato’s, tomato sauce, more than 4+ times per month saw a 40% – 50% decrease in their risk of prostate cancer. This is due to the fact that tomatoes are high in lycopene which is anti-angiogenic. The study looked at about 50,ooo men found that adding cooked tomato’s into your diet more often in a single month as a male is not only an effective but practical solution to begin utilizing.

Below is a video of Dr. William Li discussing more on angiogenesis. It is a great video, but I believe there are a couple small details to watch out for.

He mentions a lot about drugs that work promote less angiogenesis. For me what raises a red flag is that these drugs are all going to come with side effects that will create other issues in the body. These are artificial solutions and not natural, anytime you do this you open yourself up to more issues. It’s again a means to treating one symptom while creating more.

This is why I feel looking at things holistically, simply with food and environment, is the best way to go. Cancer prevention is the least funded aspect of cancer. This should tell us a lot about where the goals of the cancer business is. A couple other red flags come up when he mentions soy. Most soy is genetically modified. It is unclear whether they tested GMO soy or organic soy, if it is GMO soy, again, why open ourselves up to more dangers when we are treating areas of the body?

 

 

Source: Collective-Evolution


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Ayurveda Tips To Live In Harmony With Nature

Living in harmony with nature is an expression we hear so much in the health and wellness sphere. But what does this expression really mean, and how can we actively start to do this in our daily lives?

Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga, and a full medical system of healing from ancient India, can greatly help us in our quest to be one with nature.

The word “Ayurveda” stems from the root words “Ayush,” which means “life,” and “Veda,” which means “the study of.” Ayurveda, therefore, is the study of life. Unlike many modern means of study, however, the way Ayurveda was learned was by living it. As a spiritual science, Ayurveda is believed to have been ‘revealed’ to the revered Rishis (sages) of lore, in the depths of their profound meditations in the forests and mountains of ancient India.

These Rishis studied every aspect of nature. They spent time learning from animals, plants, trees, and the sun, moon, wind, and stars – and generously shared the knowledge they acquired with anyone fortunate to encounter them and/or read their words in the various sacred texts they recorded.

 

Dinacharya – Your Daily Self-Care Rituals

One of the discoveries these Rishis have carefully penned down for the benefit of humanity is a set of daily self-care rituals called Dinacharya. “Dina” means “day” and “charya” means “to follow,” so Dinacharya literally translates as “following the rhythm of the day.” The rhythm of each day is closely connected with the natural cycles of the sun, moon, earth, and other planets. Hence, we learn through Dinacharya how to keep our own daily cycles in sync with the natural world around us.

In Ayurveda, we learn that we are a living composite, or microcosm, of the entire universe. What goes on around us has a great influence on what goes on within us – and vice versa.

Part of the brilliance of the medical science of Ayurveda is that it provides incredibly detailed protocols for not only how to counteract disease, but also how to actively protect, promote, and increase our health. There is a beautiful Shloka (poetic verse) that defines the purpose of Ayurveda as:

“Svasthasya svasthya rakshanam
Ayurasya vikara prashamanam cha”

Ayurveda protects the health (Svasthya) of the healthy (Svasthasya), first and foremost, and also effectively treats diseases (Vikara). The reason for Ayurveda’s effectiveness in treating diseases is that it addresses the root causes of why ill health occurs in the first place.

 

Harmonizing With Nature

Dinacharya is considered one of the best ways to protect the health of the healthy. Not following it is often a causative factor for disease. The Ayurvedic Rishis discovered that one’s daily routine is a much more powerful source of healing and well-being than even the strongest medicine a doctor could possibly prescribe. And while it may seem intuitive that one’s daily routine is a good medium for disease prevention, what’s even more amazing about Ayurveda is that it provides such detailed descriptions in its traditional scriptures of what this daily regimen entails.

I have been grateful to learn many of these practices, and to now teach them to beginner Ayurveda students. Here are some of the ancient Rishis’ discoveries to live in greater harmony with nature:

 

1) Wake Up Early

We are all solar-powered creatures. In Ayurveda, the sun is deeply respected and regarded as the source of health, power, strength, and spiritual well-being. Awakening between 4-6am gives us the opportunity to greet the sun, appreciate it, and welcome its amazing qualities into our lives.

The time between 4-6am is also known by Rishis and Yogis since time immemorial to be a spiritually elevated and charged time, during which it is very auspicious to meditate and develop a more positive mindset. I can speak from personal experience in saying that I have seen a great positive change in my overall state of mind from waking up early.

 

2) Develop A Morning Practice

Wonder what to do once you start waking up earlier? There are many morning practices recommended by Ayurveda to help ground you, and give you more strength and clarity to go through your day. Having been a rather ungrounded person in the past, these morning practices have really changed my life and provided me with a greater connection to my inner source of wisdom and peace.

One of my favorite morning practices is gazing at my hands immediately upon waking up. It is amazing to consider just how much our hands allow us to do; we use our hands to work, create, and connect with others through writing, typing, gardening, cooking, shaking hands, and much more. By living according to the wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga, we have the opportunity to really take our health and lives into our own hands, and so I always acknowledge the power, possibility, and freedom that resides in my very own two hands as soon as I wake up each morning.

Other morning practices ideas include taking a walk, doing Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations), other Yoga Asanas (postures), meditation, journaling, chanting mantras, and repeating positive affirmations.

 

3) Make Lunch Your Biggest Meal

We often hear about the merits of breakfast, and how it’s the most important meal of the day. According to Ayurveda, however, lunch is actually the most important meal of the day. The sun is at its peak between 12-1pm, and so is our digestive fire, which is called Agni in Ayurveda.

We learn from Ayurveda that we are not just what we eat, but what we actually digest. The health of our entire body is greatly reflected by the health of our digestive fire, and therefore, we are advised to eat the most when we have the most capacity to digest the food we’ve eaten. Having grown up making dinner my heaviest meal, and having struggled for many years with digestive challenges, the practice of making lunch my biggest meal has greatly improved my digestion.

Following Ayurveda’s Dinacharya recommendations has made me a healthier and happier human being. I encourage you, too, to try one or more of Ayurveda’s daily routine recommendations and feel the joy of living in greater harmony with nature.

The post 3 Practical Ayurveda Tips To Live In Harmony With Nature appeared first on DoYouYoga.com.


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The Language of the Body

What body parts express what emotions? And which emotions or thoughts contribute to their condition?

Left is the receiver and right is the giver. From there you will be able to identify a cause by going back and being honest with yourself. If you are having difficulties in these areas, here are some examples based on the overall role of the area:

ARMS: What are you carrying… or who?

ARMPITS: Storage unit of what we don’t want to see anymore (emotional).

BACK: Questioning life’s relation to support (who supports us, etc.) Confrontation for supporting yourself through love.

BLADDER: Emotional resistance to life.

BREASTS: Nurturing the Self (or lack of).

CALVES: Moving forward. Not dealing with past issues or patterns.

COLON: Not going with the flow of life..emotional resistance to change.

EYES: How do you see life? Is it according to your true self?

FEET: How we walk in this world. In which direction are we walking?

JOINTS: Flexibility or not in your situations and your attachments to them.

HANDS: Represent holding on or letting go.

HEART: Not listening to our true self through our feelings.

HIPS: General support. When they slip out, it generally relates to an imbalance in how you are relating to life. Feeling the lack of love and support.

JOINTS: Flexibility to or in your situations.

KIDNEYS: Holding on to angers or resentments. Being pissed off.

KNEES: Seeing life as unsupported. Inside knee; Community, job, friends. Outside knee; personal issues.

NERVES: Sensitivity towards a situation not acknowledged in the conscious mind.

OVARIES: Very sensitive past issues about creativity. Guilt.

SINUS: Confusion. Needing to let go or make decisions on a mental level. Sinus infections are anger in the situation. Headaches are contributed to not making a decision. Migraines are the daddy of headaches of knowing what decision to make and not making it.

STOMACH: Carries recognition of digesting life, or not.

SWELLING: Tears unshed.

 

Blockages

Blockages such as the effects of our insecure actions, restrict the body’s potential for healing. The can include blood, nerve, oxygen, and any forward motion toward a goal. These obviously cause dysfunction and discomfort as well:

ALLERGIES: Blockages in the stomach and intestines. What are we not digesting?

ACHING: Craving love so bad it hurts! (Depending on where the ache is, the language speaks for itself).

ANXIETY: Fear generated by past experiences not yet released.

ARTHRITIS: Joints determine flexibility. How flexible are we willing to be? Not letting go.

ASTHMA: Fear from past lives, somewhat acknowledged in this life. Feeling alone, not safe.

BLOOD PRESSURE: What pressures stand in our way to freedom?

BONES: Past lives and memories stored there. Marrow is the meat of our past.

BOWELS: The “outcome” of the day. Pressures either building or releasing.

BRONCHITIS: Feeling that you can’t change a situation happening that is close to your heart. Inner congestion.

CANCER: This brings up inner upset. Deep hurts unresolved.

CANDIDA: ”Can anybody hear me?” Lack of trust. Deep frustrations not recognized.

CARPAL TUNNEL: “Why can’t I make this life work?” It’s a form of outward frustration relating to the nerves held deep under the armpit. This is also where we keep our deepest secrets so other’s can’t see them.

COLD HANDS AND FEET: Not trusting yourself. Believing you may never “live up to…”

COLDS: We simply don’t catch colds. Colds are mental confusion. Not sure if you should choose one way or another

FAT: Over-sensitivity. Sadness. A need for a way of protection. Where is all this weight coming from? (Can also be holding onto others’ or your own emotions in the body.)

FATIGUE: Boredom, resistance, and denying what it takes to move forward, “What’s next?”

FIBROIDS: Questioning if you are loved. Nursing pains from the past.

FLU: Time out. This is your body’s way of making yourself slow down.

GUM PROBLEMS: Not making a decision for yourself and not sticking to it if you did. Be clear, and go for it!

HAY FVER: Not feeling that you deserve to be happy. A form of self-persecution.

INSOMNIA: Fear, guilt and a feeling that “I just can’t control life…”

MUSCLES: Representing our ability to move in life. How flexible are we?

NAIL BITING: Not liking yourself and wondering if you really have anything to offer. Questioning your worth.

PNEUMONIA: I’m so tired. Trying isn’t necessary anymore.

SACRUM: What are you sitting on? Let’s get to the bottom issue.

SPASMS: Holding onto old thoughts when old thoughts are ready to be released.

TEETH: Not liking your situation. (Because they are bone, it could be past life pain coming up for release).

ULCERS: Not feeling fulfilled. Leaving a hole and causing grief.

These are just examples of how the body speaks for itself. It knows not good or bad, it only reacts. No one has random effects in a physical body. All things are energy, and we are in charge. This is a time of recognition and reconciliation of our own spirit. We live in a time when our human awareness is poised to experience a more fulfilling connection to the greater universe as we journey back to who we truly are. Oneness within ourselves guides and produces oneness in the world. This is how true health is created and shared. It is an integrated way of living, where simplicity and knowledge shall lead the way towards a planet of balance and harmony.

May you stay healthy in these times of constant change and resilience.

Blessings, Mona

Mona Delfino is a speaker, teacher, intuitive and healer who found her passion in helping people heal, assisting them through the process by reading the soul’s energy, accrued over lifetimes, which can create blockages in one’s freedom today. She works with individuals through Skype, telephone and hands-on sessions. Connect with Mona on her website sacredreconnections.com.


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Honey – The Perfect Antibiotic

Honey – The Perfect Antibiotic Capable of Solving The Problem of Antibiotic Resistance

 

Honey, one of the most incredible non-perishable foods that can kill almost every type of bacteria. It could also be one sweet solution to the serious, ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, researchers said.

Medical professionals sometimes use honey successfully as a topical dressing, but it could play a larger role in fighting infections, the researchers predicted. Their study was part of the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

“The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance,” said study leader Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D. That is, it uses a combination of weapons, including hydrogen peroxide, acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration and polyphenols — all of which actively kill bacterial cells, she explained. The osmotic effect, which is the result of the high sugar concentration in honey, draws water from the bacterial cells, dehydrating and killing them.

Professor Rose Cooper from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff has looked at how honey interacts with three types of bacteria that commonly infest wounds: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Group A Streptococci and Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Her group has found that honey can interfere with the growth of these bacteria in a variety of ways and suggests that honey is an attractive option for the treatment of drug-resistant wound infections.

Some bacteria have become resistant to every commonly prescribed antibacterial drug. But scientists found that raw Manuka honey, as it is known in New Zealand, or jelly bush honey, as it is known in Australia, killed every bacteria or pathogen it was tested on.

Current findings on Manuka Honey are likely to have a major impact on modern medicine and could lead to a range of honey-based products to replace antibiotic and antiseptic creams.

“Most bacteria that cause infections in hospitals are resistant to at least one antibiotic, and there is an urgent need for new ways to treat and control surface infections,” Professor Dee Carter, from the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences.

In addition, several studies have shown that honey inhibits the formation of biofilms, or communities of slimy disease-causing bacteria, said Dr. Meschwitz. “Honey may also disrupt quorum sensing, which weakens bacterial virulence, rendering the bacteria more susceptible to conventional antibiotics,” Meschwitz said. Quorum sensing is the way bacteria communicate with one another, and may be involved in the formation of biofilms. In certain bacteria, this communication system also controls the release of toxins, which affects the bacteria’s pathogenicity, or their ability to cause disease.

Meschwitz, who is with Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., said another advantage of honey is that unlike conventional antibiotics, it doesn’t target the essential growth processes of bacteria. The problem with this type of targeting, which is the basis of conventional antibiotics, is that it results in the bacteria building up resistance to the drugs.

Honey is effective because it is filled with healthful polyphenols, or antioxidants, she said. These include the phenolic acids, caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid and ellagic acid, as well as many flavonoids. “Several studies have demonstrated a correlation between the non-peroxide antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of honey and the presence of honey phenolics,” she added. A large number of laboratory and limited clinical studies have confirmed the broad-spectrum antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties of honey, according to Meschwitz.

She said that her team also is finding that honey has antioxidant properties and is an effective antibacterial. “We have run standard antioxidant tests on honey to measure the level of antioxidant activity,” she explained. “We have separated and identified the various antioxidant polyphenol compounds. In our antibacterial studies, we have been testing honey’s activity against E. coliStaphylococcus aureus andPseudomonas aeruginosa, among others.”

This research may increase the clinical use of honey as doctors are faced with the threat of diminishingly effective antimicrobial options. “We need innovative and effective ways of controlling wound infections that are unlikely to contribute to increased antimicrobial resistance. We have already demonstrated that manuka honey is not likely to select for honey-resistant bacteria,” said Professor Cooper. At present, most antimicrobial interventions for patients are with systemic antibiotics. “The use of a topical agent to eradicate bacteria from wounds is potentially cheaper and may well improve antibiotic therapy in the future. This will help reduce the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria from colonised wounds to susceptible patients.”

Keep in mind that there are well over 30 commercial producers of honey that have no traces of pollen and lack beneficial vitamins and enzymes among a host of other natural constituents which are removed due to pasteurization and processing. Most golden honey you see at your local grocery is dead and far from the health promoting powerhouse of its raw unpasteurized counterpart. Processed honey is not honey at all and if you desire any kind of health benefits, you must stick to the real stuff.

About the Author

Natasha Longo has a master’s degree in nutrition and is a certified fitness and nutritional counselor. She has consulted on public health policy and procurement in Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, England and Germany.

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Turmeric Prevents Fluoride From Destroying Your Brain

Fluoride is found everywhere today, from antibiotics to drinking water, no stick pans to toothpaste, making exposure inevitable. All the more reason why new research proving this common spice can prevent fluoride damage is so promising!

Fluoride’s neurotoxicity has been the subject of academic debate for decades, and now a matter of increasingly impassioned controversy among the general public, as well. From ‘conspiracy theories’ about it being first used in drinking water in Russian and Nazi concentration camps to chemically lobotomize captives, to its now well-known IQ lowering properties, to its ability to enhance the calcification of the pineal gland – the traditional ‘seat of the soul’ – many around the world, and increasingly in the heavily fluoridated regions of the United States, are starting to organize at the local and statewide level to oust this ubiquitous toxicant from municipal drinking water.

Now, a new study published in the Pharmacognosy Magazine titled, “Curcumin attenuates neurotoxicity induced by fluoride: An in vivo evidence,” adds experimental support to the suspicion that fluoride is indeed a brain-damaging substance, also revealing that a natural spice-derived protective agent against the various health effects associated with this compound is available.

The study was authored by researchers from the Department of Zoology, University College of Science, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India, who have spent the past decade investigating the mechanisms through which fluoride induces severe neurodegenerative changes in the mammalian brain, particularly in cells of the hippocampus and cerebral cortex.[i] [ii]

The study opens by describing the historical backdrop for concern about fluoride’s significant and wide ranging toxicity:

“Fluoride (F) is probably the first inorganic ion which drew attention of the scientific world for its toxic effects and now the F toxicity through drinking water is well-recognized as a global problem. Health effect reports on F exposure also include various cancers, adverse reproductive activities, cardiovascular, and neurological diseases.[1,2]“

The study focused on fluoride induced neurotoxicity, identifying excitoxicity (stimulation of the neuron to the point of death) and oxidative stress as the two main drivers of neurodegeneration.  It has been observed that subjects with the condition known as fluorosis, a mottling of tooth enamel caused by excessive exposure to fluoride during tooth development, also have neurodegenerative changes associated with a form of oxidative stress known as lipid peroxidation (rancidity). Excess lipid peroxidation in the brain can lead to a decrease in total brain phospholipid content. Owing to these well-known mechanisms of fluoride associated neurotoxicity and neurodegeneration, the researchers identified the primary polyphenol in the spice turmeric — known as curcumin – as an ideal agent worth testing as a neuroprotective substance.  Previous research on curcumin indicates that it is capable of activing as an antioxidant in 3 distinct ways by protecting against: 1) singlet oxygen 2) hyrodxyl radicals and 3) superoxide radical damage. Also, curcumin appears to raise endogenous glutathione production in the brain, a major antioxidant defense system.

In order to assess the neurotoxic effects of fluoride and prove curcumin’s protective role against it, researchers randomly divided up mice into four groups, for 30 days:

  1. Control (no fluoride)
  2. Fluoride (120 ppm): fluoride was given in distilled water drinking water without restriction.
  3. Fluoride (120 ppm/30 mg/kg body weight) + Curcumin: Oral dose of curcumin dissolved in olive oil along with fluoride in drinking water
  4. Curcumin: (30 mg/kg body weight)

In order to ascertain the effect of treatment, the researchers measured the malondialdehyde (MDA) content in the brains of the different treated mice. MDA is a well-known marker of oxidative stress/damage.

As was expected, the fluoride (F) only treatment group showed significantly elevated MDA levels vs. the non-fluoride treated control. The F + Curcumin group saw reduced MDA levels vs. the fluoride only group, demonstrating curcumin’s neuroprotective activity against fluoride associated neurotoxicity.

The study concluded,

“Our study thus demonstrate that daily single dose of 120 ppm F result in highly significant increases in the LPO [lipid peroxidation, i.e. brain rancidity] as well as neurodegenerative changes in neuron cell bodies of selected hippocampal regions. Supplementation with curcumin significantly reduce the toxic effect of F to near normal level by augmenting the antioxidant defense through its scavenging property and provide an evidence of having therapeutic role against oxidative stress mediated neurodegeneration.”

Discussion

This is far from the first study to demonstrate curcumin’s remarkable brain-saving properties. From the perspective of the primary research alone, there are over two hundred peer-reviewed published studies indicating that curcumin is a neuroprotective agent. On our own turmeric database we have 115 articles proving this statement: Turmeric Protects The Brain.  We have also featured studies on turmeric’s ability to protect and restore the brain:

Considering the many chemical insults we face on a daily basis in the post-industrial world, turmeric may very well be the world’s most important herb, with over 600 evidence-based healthapplications.

[i] Bhatnagar M, Rao P, Saxena A, Bhatnagar R, Meena P, Barbar S. Biochemical changes in brain and other tissues of young adult female mice from fluoride in their drinking water. Fluoride. 2006;39:280–4. [Ref list]

[ii] Bhatnagar M, Sukhwal P, Suhalka P, Jain A, Joshi C, Sharma D. Effects of fluoride in drinking water on NADPH-diaphorase neurons in the forebrain of mice: A possible mechanism of fluoride neurotoxicity. Fluoride. 2011;44:195–9. [Ref list]

 

About the Author

Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMedInfo.com, an author, educator, Steering Committee Member of the Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC), and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation.

He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is widely recognized as the most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of WakingTimes or its staff.

 

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Health Secrets From Around the World

What You Can Learn From the World’s Healthiest Cultures

 

HJ: If your goal is to be healthy, then it makes sense to study the world’s healthiest people and cultures, right?  Clearly they must be doing something right…

But I would like to take the opportunity here to highlight the role of belief in health, because this is a very important factor that often times gets overlooked in articles focusing solely on physical health.  While what we do physically certainly has a major effect on our health, if we have mental patterns and constructs that in their own way ‘fight health’, they can easily cancel out many of the otherwise positive physical things we do.

The fact is that many of these cultures have very strong and beneficial beliefs around their lifestyles and health due to strong cultural traditions reinforcing the benefits of living in such a way.  In every sense, these cultures believe that how they live is healthy and therefore it is for them.  In the US and many other Westernized countries, we often have beliefs that conflict and demonize foods that might otherwise be perfectly healthy in the context of the proper cultural beliefs.  Again, it’s something to consider above and beyond the mere physical aspects of the food you eat.

Beyond that, these are certainly excellent tips for living a healthy, robust life.   This is a fascinating article and one worth studying closely…

– Truth

Source: HealersJournal

 

Health Secrets From Around The World

By April McCarthy | Prevent Disease

There are many places around the world where people live longer and know how to be happier than the rest of us. Instead of depriving yourself, researchers say it’s better to look at cultures and regions around the world where diets are not just healthy, but also have highly protective qualities against scourges like cancerdepressiondiabetes and heart disease. There are time-tested lifestyles that promise to protect us from a wide range of diseases. The key is knowing why they work and how to adopt them yourself.

Researchers have long tried to understand why some regions are much healthier than others. Epidemiological studies have looked at disease rates in conjunction with environmental and eating patterns in order to understand which factors are the most influential. This started in earnest in the 1980s, when researchers began studying the Mediterranean diet and found that it had significant health benefits.

Additional researchers began employing a vast amount of data in the quest to determine what these people do that’s unique and how we can adapt their secrets to fit our lives.

While these lifestyle from around the globe offer useful lessons, they must be accompanied by routine and rigorous exercise.

Eat fresh food; follow traditions like communal eating; get sugar from whole foods like fruits; get salt from natural and unprocessed sources; if you must eat meat and dairy, make sure it comes from animals naturally raised; incorporate fats from whole nuts, seeds and grains; use fermented and pickled foods; and use spices when possible.

Also, populations living by the sea generally report rates of good health more than similar populations living inland. Coastal environments may not only offer better opportunities for its inhabitants to be active, but also provide significant benefits in terms of stress reduction. Access to ‘good’ environments may have a role in reducing inequality in health between the wealthiest and poorest members of society.

 

Okinawa, Japan
Japan has relatively low rates of prostate and breast cancer. TheOkinawans practice calorie restriction, which has been linked to improved longevity. They also load up on in-season vegetables like bok choy, mustard greens and kale. They drink green tea rich inantioxidants, and get their fats and vitamin D from fish.

Lessons from the Okinawans:

  1. Develop a strong sense of purpose, called ikigai, or that which makes life worth living, by keeping family ties strong and maintaining close groups of friends. The Okinawans call these moais.
  2. Stay active, and maintain a vegetable garden.Not only do gardens provide natural sources of healthy foods, but also an outlet for daily physical activity. Because of the temperate climate, Okinawans can garden all year round and get plenty of bone-health promoting Vitamin D!
  3. Maintain an herb garden. People living in homes or apartments can grow and maintain herb gardens. Include ginger and turmeric to get the same health benefits as the Okinawans.
  4. Eat a plant-based diet. Use vegetables from your garden, a farmer’s market or even a grocery store. Okinawan centenarians consume soy products, such as antioxidant rich tofu for additional health benefits.
  5. Hara hachi bu. This old agage, translates as “eat until you’re 80% full.” The Okinawans say this before every meal to remind them to eat moderate amounts of food.
  6. Smile! Okinawan centenarians embrace a positive outlook on life, in spite of or because of the hardships they endured throughout their lives.

 

Ikaria, Greece
The Mediterranean is famed for its healthy cuisine, so it may come as no surprise that Grecians have fewer cases of heart disease. Staples, including virgin olive oil, greens like arugula and Swiss chard, carbohydrates like chickpeas, lentils and whole-grain bread, and herbs like oregano, parsley and chives, are great for heart health. The traditional diet also minimizes meat consumption with no more than one red meat dish per week.

Lessons from Ikaria:

  1. Get your antioxidants! Ikarians eat a variation of the Mediterranean diet, which consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and a little fish. One key feature of the Ikarian diet are wild greens, many of which have ten times the level of antioxidants in green tea or red wine!
  2. Drink tea! Regular herbal tea consumption is common of Ikarian centenarians. Many of the teas here act as mild diuretics, prescribed by doctors to lower blood pressure.
  3. Take regular naps. People who nap at least five times a week for half an hour have 35% reduced chance of cardiovascular disease. Stress hormones also decrease when you’re napping.
  4. Make walking part of your daily routine. The hilly land lends itself well to burning calories. The Ikarians exercise without thinking about it just by walking to church or work.

 

Sardinia, Italy
Sardinians maintain a positive attitude towards their elders and take time out of their days to stop and enjoy the simple beauty of their surroundings. They foster a sarcastic sense of humor, and a unique outlook and perspective on life. This attitude helps them shed stress and diffuse arguments before they start. You don’t need to run marathons to get and stay healthy! Sardinian centenarians walked long distances their entire lives and suffer from half as many fractures as their Italian counterparts. Men here work typically as shepherds, walking miles a day over the rough terrain with their flocks.

Lessons from Sardinia:

  1. Eat a plant-based, bean rich diet accented with pecorino (sheep cheese) and goat’s milk, using meat as an accent, rather than the main dish.
  2. Put family first. People who have strong family ties have lower rates of depression and stress.
  3. Respect and celebrate elders. Grandparents can help raise healthier, better adjusted children by providing love, wisdom and motivation.
  4. Take a walk. Sardinian shepherd walk 5 miles a day. Regular exercise can boost mood and benefits muscle and bone metabolism.
  5. Drink a glass of red wine. Cannanau, a Sardinian red wine, has three times the level of antioxidants and flavonoids compared to other wines. This makes it particularly beneficial for heart health.
  6. Laugh with friends. The word, ‘sardonic,’ or wry sense of humor, originates in Sardinia. Gathering daily to laugh with friends is key to shedding daily stresses.

 

Nicoya, Costa Rica
Nicoyan centenarians feel needed through fostering a plan de vida, or reason to live. This sense of purpose often centers around spending time with and providing for their family. This often results in centenarians retaining an active lifestyle, reaping the benefits of physical activity and exposure to the sun. Like the Adventists, faith plays a strong role in the Nicoyan lifestyle. Relinquishing control of their life to God helps relieves stress and anxiety related to well-being. They, like those in the other Blue Zones, eat rich, colorful fruits. The maronon, a red-orange fruit with more vitamin C than oranges and the anona, a pear-like fruit rich in antioxidants provide Nicoyans with nutrient dense, longevity foods. Their gardens flow rich with rice, beans and corn, all staples in the diet.

  1. Have a plan de vida. Similar to Okinawans ikigai, Nicoyans always nurture their plan de vida, or reason to live, which encourages them to contribute to their community.
  2. Drink hard water. High amounts of calcium and magnesium, essential for bone and muscle strength, abound in Nicoya’s water. By drinking and cooking with this water, people here get their daily intake of calcium throughout their entire lives!
  3. Focus on your family and friends. Having a good relationship with their family and maintaining a strong social network contributes greatly to centenarian’s sense of purpose and well-being.
  4. Work hard. Nicoyan centenarians maintain a strong work ethic, which keeps them active and healthy while contributing to their sense of purpose.
  5. Plan your meals. Nicoyans eat their biggest meal in the morning and their smallest meal at night.
  6. Get some sun. Nicoyans enjoy healthy doses of daily sun, enriching their bodies with Vitamin D. Getting at least 15 minutes every day can decrease the risk for osteoporosis and heart disease.

 


Cameroon, West Africa

In Cameroon, experts have concluded that the diet–which consists largely of fiber, fermented foods, wild greens and healthy fats, and rarely includes meat–is essential to cancer prevention. The reasons? Vegetables and other fiber-rich foods have been shown to positively affect colon cancer risk. Fermented foods like yogurt and pickles provide beneficial bacteria for the gut. Wild greens and healthy fats found in fish, nuts and unrefined cooking oil may also be protective.

 

Iceland
Are omega-3 fats essential to preventing depression? Iceland is a country known for its bleak winters but where depression rates are low. The Icelandic diet, which includes fish as a staple, is rich in omega-3 fats. Other sources of the healthy fats are pasture-raised lamb and wild game. To further support brain health, Icelanders also consume plenty of antioxidants in black tea, vegetables, wild berries and whole grains like barley and rye

 

Copper Canyon, Mexico
In this very remote region of Mexico, Miller sought out the Tarahumara Indians, who have impressively low blood sugar and cholesterol levels. After studying their traditional diet, exeprts found that Tarahumara benefited from a diet that emphasizes slow-release foods, sending sugar into the bloodstream at a much slower rate than other foods. Their staples include whole corn, beans, squash, jicama and cumin. While the Tarahumara have struggled with poverty-related malnutrition, the slow-releasing carbohydrates help prevent an overproduction of insulin and aid in maintaining blood sugar levels.

 

Sources:
bluezones.com
forbes.com

 

April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.


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Turmeric

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I have been eating a whole food plant based diet for almost a year and a half, cutting out almost all processed food and following a mostly raw vegan lifestyle. I have recently been looking into and studying essential herbs and spices as a way to enhance my health and take things to the next level.

Herbs and spices have more antioxidants than most of the fruits and vegetables we are consuming and can greatly boost the nutritional quality of your current diet.

Spices and herbs are low in calories but very rich in vitamins and minerals. They also boost your metabolism to help your body burn calories while also making you feel more easily satisfied when eating. When I refer to herbs and spices I am not talking about the ones sitting on your local grocery store shelf for who knows how long. I’m talking about fresh, unprocessed and organic if possible.

Many consider turmeric the king of spices. People in India and China have used the spice for thousands of years, come suggesting as far back as 10,000 years. They used it in both of their systems of medicine and not merely as a flavoring or condiment. Turmeric is from a perennial shrub which originates in south and southeastern Asia and western India.

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma plant and the orange inside is covered by a tough brown skin. It is the spice used to make curry and has a sort of bitter, peppery flavor. And it is definitely warming. Some describe the flavor as a mix of ginger and orange.

One of the main and most powerful ingredients in turmeric is curcumin, a cancer fighting compound. There are a multitude of health benefits to be provided by this ancient spice. It is a great for reducing inflammation and improving joint health which is great for those with arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

It is also used for lowering cholesterol, improving liver function, regulating your digestive system, promoting immune health and improving memory. It Is a natural painkiller and also may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric is a great source of iron and manganese, along with vitamin B6, potassium and fiber. There really is a lot to love about this spice.

And due to the antioxidant nutrients, turmeric also promotes healthy skin and could be considered a very beneficial “beauty product”. It helps to cleanse and maintain the elasticity while providing nourishment to the skin.

Turmeric prevents and heals dry skin, can help to slow skin from aging and also be used to diminish wrinkles. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be sprinkled directly on a cut or burn to speed the healing.

So you see the many health benefits of this wonderful spice. Now what are some ways that you can incorporate it into your diet? It is one of the main ingredients in curry and as such goes well with dishes in which you would use curry. It goes really well with recipes using ginger. Next time you use ginger in a dish throw in a bit of turmeric as well.

It also compliments dishes using lentils in the recipe as well as steamed cauliflower. Mix turmeric with brown rice and throw in some raisins. You can even make a great healthy tea out of it. For those of us following a raw foods diet you can sprinkle it over your raw vegetables. It works really well with broccoli, cauliflower, celery and jicama just to name a few.
It can also be used in many salad dressing recipes. Try mixing it with oil and vinegar based dressings as well as mixing it with tahini or nut based dressings. I made one today with carrot juice, avocado, turmeric, garlic, sea salt and black pepper that turned out really tasty.

As with any herbs and spices, or any ingredients for that matter, play with it. Experiment and see what you like and what unique recipes you can come up with.

I hope you have found this information on turmeric helpful. This will be a continuing series on essential herbs and spices so be sure and stay tuned for the next segment. And please feel free to comment. I would love to hear any additional information and any uses you might have for this spice. This is a sight for interaction and the sharing of ideas so I always welcome your input.

**This article was originally published at organictalks.com.**

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