We Are ALL Iodine Deficient

We Are ALL Iodine Deficient

With my health, comprised due to mercury dental amalgam toxicity, destroying my quality of life for over ten years now, I am in  constant search of alternative and wiser methods than those provided by the paid science of modern medicine!

Recently I posted how castor oil has many benefits to aid the body in detoxifying. I have always believed, that if you give your body everything it requires nutritionally, and clean it out, as in detoxifying, that it has the ability to heal itself?

That being said when I went in search of information on Iodine…..WOW!

NASCENT IODINE is the ideal form of iodine, rapidly absorbed and used by the body. Iodine is associated with supporting thyroid function and regulating metabolism, boosting energy levels (when iodine is deficient), supporting and maintaining detoxification systems and processes, supporting immune system function, fighting infections (natural antiseptic), and has many other health benefits. It has antiseptic properties and can also can be used to effectively purify water for drinking. One drop provides 400 micrograms of Nascent Iodine.

Some Benefits of iodine supplementation, feeling of  well-being. Mental clarity and lifting of brain fog. Achieving more in less time. Increased energy. Feeling warmer in cold environments.
Needing less sleep. Disappearance of muscular aches and pains.
Stronger immune system and resistance to infections. Improved skin complexion. Regular bowel movements.

It appears that for some unknown reason, Iodine a chemical element, that is found in every cell in the body, was somehow removed from our food supply.
I believe now after studying this that we are all iodine deficient!

Right now we have an epidemic of thyroid problems, the thyroid gland has to have iodine to do it’s job when there is not enough, well you guessed it, it doesn’t work right?

Hypothyroidism is far more prevalent than once thought.
The latest estimates are that 20 million Americans have hypothyroidism, but the actual numbers are probably higher.

There is a really simple but somewhat controversial test for iodine deficiency. Simply paint it on your skin and take note how long it takes to be absorbed. You can read all sorts of info on this, but it just seems to make sense that our body can utilize what it needs and the rest is excreted.

I have been painting this on my skin for the past 2 weeks or so, and it still disappears quickly. As I have all the symptoms of a compromised immune system, I feel that adding this to my daily routine just makes sense to me.

I have also been experimenting with my family and so far 4 of them also have the iodine disappear from their skin quite quickly. ( One was recently put on Thyroid meds and is reconsidering now)

I encourage you to do your own research on this, but you will quickly see that there is an amazing amount of data related to this topic.

Video “Everything you Need to Know About Iodine”

As always I hope that my research will lead you to better health!

INSURE YOUR HEALTH YOURSELF

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

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Chlorophyll Daily for Your Health

As part of my detox regimen from Heavy metal toxicity due to mercury amalgam fillings I consume Chlorophyll Daily! Here’s Why You Should Too!

Interestingly chlorophyll’s molecular structure is similar to that of hemoglobin of human blood. The difference is, that the central atom of blood is iron, and for chlorophyll, it’s magnesium.  Due to this unique quality, liquid chlorophyll performs the same function in the body as the hemoglobin. The nutrition world has yet to admire the true potential of chlorophyll.


Chlorophyll is a super food packed with a range of powerful nutrients. A good source of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K and beta carotene. Chlorophyll is rich in antioxidants and vital minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium. Chlorophyll has purifying qualities which helps in detoxification of the body and encourages it to get rid of harmful impurities and toxins.

Chlorophyll has the ability to bind and flush out the toxic chemicals and heavy metals such as mercury from the body.  This helps in the detoxifying and reviving the liver. It is also effective in reducing the harmful effects of radiations and helps eliminate pesticides and drug deposits from the body. Chlorophyll helps with the effects of aging and supports in maintaining healthy tissues attributing to the richness of antioxidants and presence of magnesium. It stimulates the anti aging enzymes and encourages healthy and youthful skin. In addition to this, the vitamin K present in chlorophyll rejuvenates the adrenal glands. Chlorophyll promotes healthy digestion by maintaining intestinal flora and stimulating the bowel movements. It helps in the renewal of damaged bowel tissues. Diets deficient in green vegetables and abundant with red meat pose an enhanced risk of colon disorders.

Chlorophyll is effective in constipation and alleviates the discomfort caused by gas. It also has a calming effect on the nerves and is helpful in reducing the symptoms of insomnia, nervous irritability and general body fatigue.
Chlorophyll is a green pigment present in plants which facilitates the absorption of light from the sun. Chlorophyll is the reason behind the green color of plants.

Health benefits of chlorophyll include strengthening of blood making organs, prevention of anemia and abundance of oxygen in the body. Loaded with antioxidant power, chlorophyll exerts beneficial effects towards various medical conditions such as cancer, insomnia, dental ailments, sinusitis, pancreatitis and kidney stones. Chlorophyll helps in normal blood clotting, wound healing, hormonal balance, deodorizing and detoxification of the body and promotes digestive health.  It has healing effects on oxidation and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Chlorophyll has anti-aging and anti-microbial properties and helps strengthen the immune system of the body.

Chlorophyll aids in restoring and replenishing the red blood cells. Chlorophyll works at molecular and cellular levels and has the ability to regenerate our body. Chlorophyll is rich in live enzymes which helps in cleansing of blood and enhances the ability of the blood to carry more oxygen, helping with anemia, which is caused by the deficit of red blood cells in the body.

Chlorophyll is effective against cancer and provides protection against a wide range of carcinogens present in the air, cooked meats and grains. Chlorophyll possesses strong antioxidant capacity along with a significant amount of essential vitamins. These scavengers in chlorophyll help to neutralize harmful molecules and guard against the development of various diseases and damages caused by oxidative stress and free radicals.
The anti-inflammatory properties of chlorophyll are beneficial for arthritis. Studies have shown that chlorophyll and its derivatives interfere with the growth of bacteria induced inflammation.

Chlorophyll promotes healthy digestion by maintaining intestinal flora and stimulating the bowel movements. It helps in the renewal of wounded bowel tissues. Diets with little green vegetables and lots of red meat pose an enhanced risk of colon disorders. Chlorophyll is effective in constipation and alleviates the discomfort caused by gas. It also has a calming effect on the nerves and is helpful in reducing the symptoms of insomnia, nervous irritability and general body fatigue.

Recent studies have shown that chlorophyll can be effective against Candida albicans, caused by the overgrowth of yeast called candida, already present in small amounts in the human body.
Chlorophyll aids in strengthening of the cell walls and overall immune system of the body attributing to its alkaline nature. Anaerobic bacteria which promote the development of diseases cannot survive in the alkaline environment offered by chlorophyll.

Along with this, chlorophyll is an oxygenator which encourages body’s ability to fight diseases and boosts the energy levels and accelerates healing process. Chlorophyll is a valued for its deodorizing properties. All human odours are improved when one uses chlorophyll daily. It is an effective remedy to combat bad breath and is used in mouthwashes. Chlorophyll performs dual action by eliminating the stink from mouth and throat and also stimulates digestive health by cleansing the colon and the blood stream.

Consumption of chlorophyll rich foods helps in balancing the acid-alkali ratio in the body. Magnesium  present in chlorophyll is a highly alkaline mineral. By maintaining the appropriate alkalinity and oxygen levels of the body, chlorophyll prevents development of thriving environment for the growth of pathogens. Magnesium present in chlorophyll also plays a vital role in maintaining cardiovascular health, functioning of kidney, muscles, liver and brain.

Make Sure You Get Your Chlorophyll Daily

Sunscreen & Healthy Sun Exposure

imagesWarmer weather is coming for most parts of the country, people all over are gearing up for poolside gatherings, beach vacations and some sun soaking. The sun just seems to make us feel good!

The sun is necessary for all human life. Without the warming rays of this massive star, life on this planet would cease to exist. Every type of living creature, including mankind, needs sunlight in order to live. Humans have been exposed to the sun since the beginning of time.

However, for more than 30 years, doctors, beauty experts, health officials and skin care product manufacturers have sent out strong warnings regarding the dangers of the sun. We have been told to avoid any sun exposure without sunscreen, because the rays will damage our skin and cause skin cancer.

Much of this hype has been due to the fact that skin cancer is on the rise. In 2002, over 50 percent of the 1.2 million cases of cancer in the United States were skin cancers, and 10,000 of these cases were fatal. These statistics have injected a rampant fear of the sun into many unassuming people, who have decided to stay clear of the burning ball of light at all costs. This however, has caused problems of its own.

To say that the sun causes cancer is not entirely correct, and is actually a great oversimplification of the truth. Well-researched and documented studies show that vitamin D optimization may actually prevent up to 16 different types of cancer.

Because of our fear of the sun, we have become a nation deficient in vitamin D. This deficiency in itself has led to a surge in a number of debilitating conditions such as depression, obesity, hypertension and cancer. In addition, 60 percent of people with diabetes are vitamin D deficient, and studies show very low levels of vitamin D in children, women and the elderly.

It appears, to at least some extent, that the dangers of the sun have been overemphasized while the benefits have been minimized. William Grant, PhD conducted a study that revealed that 30 percent of cancer deaths could be prevented each year if vitamin D levels were higher. That’s right: the very thing that so many hide from may not cause cancer, but rather protect from it.

Vitamin D is also essential for a number of healthy bodily functions, such as muscle strength, cardiovascular health, strong teeth, optimal blood pressure and a healthy immune system.

Melanoma, ( the deadliest skin cancer)has been on the rise by about 3.5 percent per year since 1992, according to the American Melanoma Foundation. Interestingly enough, this rise in melanoma has been paralleled by an 4.2 percent increase in sunscreen use.

Melanoma is a highly complex disease. While it appears that exposure to the sun may play some role, most melanomas are located on body parts that get little, if any, daily sun exposure.

Research has demonstrated that there appears to be some connection between the risk of melanoma and the number of childhood burns one has received. In addition, the use of tanning beds also increases the risk.

Good Rays – Bad Rays

In order to completely understand the risk that the sun poses to our health, we must better comprehend the sun itself. The sun gives us two main types of wavelengths – UVA and UVB. While both can cause tanning and burning, UVB rays are necessary for the skin to make vitamin D, while UVA rays penetrate the skin deeply and can cause severe free radical damage including wrinkles. They also destroy vitamin D.

UVA rays shine constantly throughout the day and through the whole year, while UVB rays are lowest in the morning and evening and highest at midday and vary in strength throughout the year.

Only Takes a Little Sun to Make Vitamin D

To encourage your body to produce vitamin D you don’t need to spend countless hours in the hot sun and you most definately don’t want to burn. Here are a few general guidelines to follow to help you get the most from the sun’s helpful rays while staying safe from those that can cause damage.

If you are just getting out in the sun for the first time in the season and have white skin, limit yourself to about 15 minutes between the hours of 10am – 4pm.
If you burn frequently, limit your time to a few minutes each day until your skin begins to slightly darken. Once you have a nice tan, you can increase the time you spend in the sun.
Use a moisturizing non-SPF lotion to help keep your skin soft. If you use an SPF lotion it will block out the beneficial UVB rays. Organic coconut oil is a great option. After your initial exposure, spend the rest of the day in the shade or covered up. If you have to be in the sun for an extended period of time, use an SPF 15 non-toxic sunscreen.

Most Commercial Sunscreen is Toxic for Your Skin

When you slather on sunscreen that does not offer natural UVA protection, you are doing nothing short of wasting your money. Sunscreen that blocks UVB rays and does not protect from UVA rays and will work against you by limiting vitamin D production and damaging skin.

There are two main types of sunscreens – chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens prevent sunburn when they absorb UVA rays, but can increase the risk of cancer. Physical sunscreens contain inert minerals that reflect ultraviolet rays away from the skin, and are considered safe and effective.

Most of what you find in the store are chemical sunscreens, which may contain from three to six of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate and octocrylene.

Almost all products contain avobenzone – the agent for filtering out skin-damaging UVA rays. There is some concern, however, that this substance may break down when exposed to the sun. Other chemicals, such as octocrylene, are often added as stabilizers.

Studies done on a number of the chemicals found in commercial sunscreen indicate that they may disrupt hormones. Animal research also suggests that oxybenzone (found in 80 percent of chemical sunscreen) and octinoxate are toxic to reproductive systems and can interfere with development.

While more testing is yet to be done, many are concerned that the high level of toxicity found in these active ingredients may undermine any benefit that this type of sunscreen offers. Like personal care products, sunscreens penetrate the skin and deserve special attention.

Studies done at the University of Zurich (2010) found sunscreen chemicals in 85 percent of milk samples. Four of the chemicals that were found are commonly used in American sunscreens.

Avoid Sunscreens with Retinol

Sunscreens that contains vitamin A or retinol may actually speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when sunlight is present, according to a 2009 study done by the National Toxicology Program.

The Food and Drug Administration published a study in 2011 that concluded the same thing. Since this time, consumer advocates have been urging the FDA to restrict the use of vitamin A in topical products.

Avoid Spray-on Sunscreens

Vitamin A and toxic chemicals are not the only thing you have to worry about in sunscreen. In July of 2012, a very scary incident occurred for one man who applied aerosol sunscreen and immediately walked over to his barbecue.

Upon lighting the grill, he sustained 2nd degree burns, because the sunscreen had not had time to set into his skin, neither did the propellant chemicals have adequate time to evaporate. According to news reports, the spray also left a vapor trail that added insult to injury. He caught on fire immediately after lighting the grill.

Banana Boat, the makers of the aerosol sunscreen in question, voluntarily recalled their product after hearing of the incident. The company cited a problem with the spray valve as being the reason for the accident.

“The spray valve opening on the affected products dispenses more than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays. As a result, the product is taking longer to dry on the skin than is typical with other continuous sprays. If a consumer comes into contact with a flame or spark prior to complete drying of the product on the skin, there is a potential for the product to ignite.”

Mothers of young kids, and many other people of all ages, love the ease of application that aerosol offers, as well as the fact that spray sunscreen makes it easy to cover all of the hard-to-reach spots.

Don’t Trade Convenience for Health

Besides the fact that aerosols are highly flammable, there are more concerns with this type of sun protection.

First, the Food and Drug Administration has mounting concerns that aerosol sunscreens can be inhaled during application. Both the propellant chemicals and the nanoparticles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (found safe in other forms) worry scientists, who say that these particles are easily ingested.

Although the particles can’t be absorbed through the skin, they can accumulate in different organs in the body once they are ingested. Because they are so small, they can move freely throughout the body, causing problems at the sub-cellular level. What is worse is that the body can’t get rid of them.

Each time the sunscreen nozzle is pressed, these particles are transported some 20 feet in all directions, landing on everything in sight. Everyone in the danger zone gets to breathe in the dangerous particles, even if they don’t want to.

The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens classified titanium dioxide as a “possible carcinogen” when inhaled in high doses as from an aerosol can. As noted, it is very hard for the lungs to clear the tiny particles, which are easily passed into the bloodstream. When these particles penetrate lung or skin tissue, they can cause severe organ damage.

Use caution with loose powder sunscreens as well for the same reason; they contain particles that could end up in the lungs and cause damage.

There are presently no recommendations or guidelines set by the US government regarding the size and characteristics of nanoparticles, to protect from the sun and be safe to users at the same time. As with other personal care products, this is a “caveat emptor” circumstance where consumers must do their own research with regards to safety.

Stay Safe

Playing it safe requires forethought. Obviously, the sun is a very important part of health, one that should not be ignored. However, there are rules.

Playing or laying all day in the hot sun without any protection and getting burned to a crisp must be avoided at all costs. Be especially careful with young children; avoid sunburn as much as possible. Try to stay in the shade between the hours of 12 and 3pm; this is when the sun’s rays are the hottest and can cause the most damage. Wear lightweight, white clothing if possible, and a hat if you have to be in the sun for long periods of time. Avoid tanning beds.

The Environmental Working Group urges us not to use sunscreen as a tool to prolong time spent in the sun, and to check our skin often for irregular moles or other suspicious spots.

Being choosy about the type of sunscreen that you use for yourself and your family is critical. The best is one made from natural ingredients that protect you from damaging rays, don’t break down on the skin,  and allow at least some penetration of UVB rays for the production of vitamin D.

Visit The Environmental Working Group  for a list of safe sunscreens which contain non- toxic ingredients and offer protection from damaging UVA rays without compromising UVB exposure.

Get Out and enjoy the sun, respect the sun and know what is in your sunscreen. For natural sun protection try coconut oil. Coconut oil has been shown to have between a 7-10 spf and is a great moisturizer for the skin.

Health Benefits of Tulsi Tea

Then Replace your Daily Coffee With Tulsi Tea/Holy Basil

Health Benefits of Tulsi Tea | De-stress with this
The “Queen of Herbs,” also known as Holy Basil (Tulsi) is the most sacred herb of India. It is cultivated in Southern Asia, in places like Thailand, India and other Hindu influenced countries. The tulsi plant was discovered over 5000 years ago. Tulsi is considered as an important icon in Hindu culture, and worshipped in mornings and evenings by the people. Because of the significant benefits of tulsi, it is now widely known not only in India but also in the Western World. Several studies and various amounts of research have been done to find out the therapeutic effects of this super herb.

What is Tulsi?
The scientific name of tulsi is Ocimum Tenuiflorum.

The word tulsi means ‘the incomparable plant’. The plant can grow up to a height of 60 centimeters. It is an entirely different plant from the pesto variety of Basil, Ocimum Basillicum. There are two main varieties of tulsi- the one with the green leaves known as Rama tulsi, and the one with the reddish leaves known as Krishna or Shyama tulsi. The holy basil plant, in all of its forms- dried, fresh, and powdered- have several healing properties that can be used to treat a variety of conditions. It is an adaptogenic herb which means its non-toxic and has a normalizing effect on the body. Typically this refers to its ability to help the body adapt to stress.

“Every time I pour myself a cup of After Work Tea I know I’m in for a treat. This tea is not only delicious but it helps me to unwind at the end of the day. I immediately start to feel relaxed halfway through drinking my cup of tea. All of the tension built up throughout my body is gone by the time I finish and it lasts until I fall asleep. I’ve tried so many other teas to help relieve my stress but none can compare with the results of this blend from Tea Mind Body.”

Health Benefits of Tulsi tea:

The health benefits of tulsi are due to the active ingredient, Eugenol present in the leaves. It also contains ursolic acid and carvacrol, both of which have anti-microbial properties. Tulsi tea is rich in anti-oxidants, which help the body fight free radicals that are responsible for causing various chronic degenerative diseases.

Respiratory benefits

Tulsi tea does wonders in several respiratory illnesses ranging from things as simple as mild colds and coughs to bronchitis and asthma. Tulsi has immunomodulatory (helps to enhance the immune system), antitussive (suppression of cough) and expectorant (helps in expelling out the phlegm) properties that provide relief in colds, coughs and other respiratory illnesses. Tulsi contains essential oils such as camphene, eugenol and cineole that help in relieving congestion. This herbal tea is loaded with anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that can help in fighting infections as well as inflammations and allergies of respiratory tract.

Cardiovascular benefits

Tulsi extract found in the herbal tea is abundant in magnesium, which is a vital nutrient required for the prevention of heart disease. The magnesium in holy basil helps our blood vessels work properly. It prevents deposition of cholesterol and promotes free flow of blood, and also reduces the risk of atherosclerosis. Other antioxidants found in this herb protect the heart from free radical damage. Regular intake of holy basil tea has been known to reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.

Reduce Fevers

Due to its anti-micorbial properties, tulsi tea can be used in treating mild fever conditions, and helps speed up recovery from major infectious fevers like dengue and malaria. As we all know that fever itself is not a disease, and is the result of any infection caused by bacteria, fungus and protozoa, treating the infection will quickly bring down the fever. That is why this wonder herb can be used in treating a variety of fever-like conditions.

Beat stress

According to studies, tulsi helps in maintaining the normal levels of cortisol hormone in the body, which is also known as the stress hormone. High levels of cortisol make you feel stressed out and anxious. Therefore, by lowering cortisol levels, tulsi acts a natural anti-stress herb. Moreover, being an adaptogenic herb, tulsi contains anti-stress agents that help in soothing the nerves, fighting free radicals and regulating blood flow in the body.

Dental and oral health

This aromatic herb has excellent benefits in promoting dental and oral health. As it contains antimicrobial properties, the compounds in holy basil tea help fight germs and bacteria in the oral cavity. It also prevents bad breath and acts as a mouth freshner. It is also found to be useful in other dental and oral conditions such as pyorrhea, mouth ulcers and oral cancer.

Skin and hair benefits

Loaded with anti-oxidants and other nutrients, tulsi tea is also beneficial for maintaining beautiful and healthy skin. With age, our body’s ability to fight free radicals decreases, and as a result, we start noticing various age related signs on our skin. However, the antioxidants or polyphenols present in herbal tea help in fighting these radicals and delaying the signs of aging. So, just one cup of holy basil tea can help you stay young and beautiful for years to come. Apart from that, it also helps in reducing itchiness of the scalp and helps to reduce hairfall. Daily intake of tulsi tea helps in curing skin and hair conditions.

Get Rid of Headaches

Headache is one of the most common symtpoms of Americans. Whether it is due to improper sleep, stress or a long hectic schedule, pain in the head can be frustrating. It affects more than your physical stamina but also makes you feel mentally exhausted. Tulsi tea can be beneficial in treating headaches. This aromatic perennial shrub helps in relieving migraine and other stress related headaches. Sip a cup of tulsi tea, and rejuvenate your senses.

Lose Weight

You must have tried several weight loss products and supplements to shed those extra calories and achieve a healthy and slimmer body. Some of those supplements work, but most are just a scam! If you are tired of trying several diet pills without any successful results, try tulsi tea for effective and safe weight loss results. This herbal brew works by increasing your metabolism, which in turn helps in accelerating fat burning process. It provides a healthy and natural way to lose weight.

Digestive system benefits

One of the main benefits of this flavorful drink is through improved digestion. Holy basil tea facilitates healthy liver function, which is a must for improving digestive health. It also helps in proper metabolism, absorption and assimilation of lipids, carbohydrates and proteins.

Dissolve kidney stones

The tulsi plant is a great diuretic and detoxifier, which is great for the kidneys. Uric acid is the major component of kidney stones. Uric is the by product of various metabolic processes. Excess uric acid is excreted from the body by the kidneys. It helps in reducing the uric acid levels in the body by improving the functioning of kidney cells. Tulsi tea contains essential oils that help in breaking down kidney stones. These essential oils also help to dull down the pain of kidney stones.

Diabetes

According to a study done in India, the leaf extracts from holy basil help in lowering blood sugar levels, by as much as 17 percent in fasting glucose and 7 percent in glucose readings immediately following a meal. Daily intake of tulsi tea facilitates metabolism of carbs and fats, and ensures that the sugar in the blood is utilized for energy. By keeping the blood sugar levels under check, tulsi tea reduces the risk of diabetes.

Cancer

According to research and clinical studies, it has been found that tulsi may offer protection against various types of cancers. It neutralizes dangerous chemicals that lead to the formation of cancerous cells. With strong anti-carcinogenic and anti-oxidant properties, tulsi has been found to stop the progression of breast cancer and oral cancer.
It also reduces cell and tissue damage from sun rays, radiation therapy and other radiation sources.

Quit Smoking

Ask a cigarette smoker, trying to quit smoking is not an easy task. Apart from developing physical dependency, cigarettes also create psychological dependency that forces the smoker to smoke. One of the major reasons for smoking is stress. It has been found that tulsi tea contains various anti-stress compounds that help one to quit smoking.
Ayurveda (Indian system of traditional medicine) relies heavily on using tulsi tea for the cessation of smoking. Try drinking a cup of herbal tulsi tea in replace of your daily smoking habit.

Nervous system

Tulsi tea has been discovered a very good remedy for epilepsy and other nervous system disorders. It helps in calming the nervous and improving the motor-sensory coordination. According to a study done in Punjab University in India, tulsi has the same effect on convulsions and seizures as that of phenytoin (anti-epileptic medicine).

Arthritis

Arthritis is a degenerative chronic disorder caused by slow inflammation and wear and tear of the joints. Characterized by inflammation and swelling of the joint, this painful condition affects daily routine activities. Studies have found that tulsi can be effective in treating arthritis and other joint related disorders. It contains anti-inflammatory as well as anti-oxidant properties that help in relieving the pain and inflammation associated with  joint disorders. The anti-oxidants help fight free radicals, which are responsible for degeneration of the joint and the surrounding tissues.  In a nutshell, tulsi tea provides you potential health benefits that are helpful in promoting physical as well as mental well-being. It helps the mind and body adapt, and effectively cope with infectious diseases, emotional stresses and mental problems.

Tulsi tea is made from the leaves and blossoms of the revered tulsi or holy basil plant. It is brewed in the same way you would prepare a cup of black, white, green or oolong tea.

 

You Are What You Eat

you-are-what-you-eat1You Are What You Eat is the actual diet that relies on previously founded holistic principles, such as clean foods and proper food combining, and a simple explanation of just how food choices serve to lay the foundations of overall health.

The purpose of the You Are What You Eat diet plan is to put healthy foods into a soon-to-be healthy body. After all, who doesn’t want to experience a perfect health eating diet?

How Diet Affects Mental Well-Being

Research now suggests that depression and dementia are affected by the quality of our diets across the course of life. Research also shows that people who eat unhealthier and junk foods, are at increased risk of depression. This seems to also be the case in adolescents. The most recent evidence points to the importance of mothers’ diets for the physical and mental health of their children.
Although both diet and depression are influenced by a wide range of factors including income and education, these variables don’t seem to fully explain the relationships. And even though depression tends to change people’s appetites and dietary choices at the time of illness, this doesn’t appear to explain the long-term relationships between diet and depression either.

You Are What You Eat: Principles

People interested in following the You Are What You Eat Plan will need
A clean diet based on whole foods and fresh produce
Food combining principles
A regular exercise routine
A slight detox program
A complete elimination of certain unhealthful or processed foods

Eat a Variety of Foods

Foods contain combinations of nutrients and other healthful substances. No single food can supply all nutrients in the amounts you need. For example, oranges provide vitamin C but no vitamin B12; cheese provides vitamin B12 but no vitamin C. To make sure you get all of the nutrients and other substances needed for health, choose the recommended number of daily servings from each of the five major food groups: grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat and beans.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

It is important for people of all ages to maintain a healthy weight. People who are overweight increase their risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, breathing problems, and other illnesses. To maintain a healthy body weight, people must balance the amount of calories in the foods and drinks they consume with the amount of calories the body uses. Physical activity is an important way to use food energy, being underweight is also unhealthy. People who eat very little or diet excessively may not get the calories and other nutrients they need for good health.
Aerobic exercise, such as walking, running, swimming, inline skating, and playing soccer, burn fat and calories. Try to do 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity on most, but preferably all days of the week.

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Affirmations for Self-Healing

images-1The power to help your body heal itself, is within your grasp. Use these affirmations to bring your thinking and your choices back in line.
Put these basic principles that support the alignment of the physical, mental, and emotional well-being, to work for you.

My body knows how to heal itself, and is doing so even now. The body is naturally a self-healing mechanism. It is constantly maintaining and restoring itself. Think about all the cuts and bruises that have closed up and gone away.

My body tells me what it needs. Sometimes the signals come as hunches or silent impulses, at other times they come through feelings of comfort or discomfort.
Always listen to whatever the body tells you. It never lies.

I honor my body’s wisdom by trusting the signals that it sends. When you override or ignore what the body is relaying, you interfere with the body’s natural healing process. Sometimes the body does not want to do what you would like to do. When you honor the body’s message, you honor the body’s wisdom.

Every part of my body carries out its tasks easily and naturally. The body is an intelligent energy system that maintains its inner harmony freely and easily by adhering to the infinite wisdom that supports and sustains it.
My body is attuned to the wisdom of the universe. The body is a microcosm of the universe. Just as the stars move in harmony with that great macrocosm, so are the body and all its parts designed to move in sync with the natural rhythm and harmony of the universe.

The body does not know stress, yet when we interfere with the body’s natural healing work through poor diet, lack of exercise, or other unhealthy choices, the body’s ability to function at optimum efficiency is compromised. When you listen to the body and honor your body’s needs, vitality improves and joy awakens in your heart. You know you are in sync with the body’s wisdom when the body “hums” with vitality.

Gratitude and peace flow through my mind and body like a clear, healing stream. Whenever you see and know the truth, whether for yourself or for others, that truth becomes a healing stream that flows out and supports those for whom you pray.

Affirm these universal principles whenever there is a need for healing. After all, prayers of healing are acts of compassion, and compassion is a form of love.
Give yourself the gift of love that promotes healing throughout the body.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is not a form of starvation but a way for you to time your meals to maximize your body’s ability to burn fat.

Making Kombucha Tea

I had Heard of it, but Now,

I Have Really Discovered the Magic of Kombucha!

I actively peruse the health industry for healthy products. I recently expressed an interest in Kombucha, as I am always looking for new and healthy natural remedies. A couple of months ago, one of my sisters, Ruth, purchased a SCOBY(Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast) for me, for 10 dollars, this is what is needed to start, to brew your own Kombucha, at home, it has turned into my new hobby and passion.

There is a wealth of info online about this and many groups and videos you can join or belong to, to help you, if you need it. I got really lucky, in that the temperature where I live is always around 78-80, which is ideal for the fermentation process to really excel and work properly. 

I hope the video inspires you to try this amazingly healthy product, it is hard to put your finger on it, but it just seems to leave you feeling better and wanting more. I prefer my Kombucha with lemon and ginger, but you can flavour it with just about anything that you like. I am still experimenting with different teas and timing, but so far, preferring green tea and plain old white granulated sugar, as that is what the Scoby really likes. 

I now have 4 large brewing jars in rotation and 2 large drinking bottles in fridge rotation, at all times, each time you brew, the scoby makes a baby, so to speak, which can be sold or used to make your next batch.I hope you give it a try, it’s said, the real benefit, is it’s probiotic boost to your gut and immune system, that the bacteria in Kombucha are beneficial to your gut, much like kefir (fermented milk) and kimchee(fermented vegetables)

It  appears the fermentation process of foods and liquids can be a very healthy addition to our diets and quite an amazing boost to our Immune Systems.So Go Ahead and try all forms of Healthy Fermentation.

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