Miracle Cup: The Health Benefits of Green Tea


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How do you fit a miracle in a cup?

For 4,000 years, the Chinese people have been using green tea as treatment for everything from headaches to depression.

Today, studies are conducted in Asia and the west in order to produce hard evidence of the health benefits of green tea. In the 1994 edition of the Journal of National Cancer Institute, the results of an epidemiological study stated that one of the health benefits of drinking green tea is that it can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by up to 60%.

The rich presence of catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the reason why green tea has so much health benefits. A powerful antioxidant, EGCG can not only inhibit the growth of cancer cells but can also destroy them without harming healthy cells.

The University of Purdue has also concluded a research on how a certain compound present in green tea can stop cancer cells from growing. Still another health benefit of green tea is its ability to lower down cholesterol levels and improve the ratio between good (HDL) cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol.

The EGCG in green tea is a health benefit substance that can lower down LDL cholesterol levels and stop blood from forming abnormal clots (thrombosis), a leading cause of heart attacks and strokes.

Green tea has more health benefits compared to other Chinese teas like oolong and black tea, all of which come from the plant Camellia sinensis. What makes green tea different is the process by which it is made. Green tea owes much of its health benefits to how the Camellia sinensis leaves are steamed. The steam process keeps the EGCG health benefit of green tea from oxidizing. With oolong and black teas, however, the leaves are fermented instead of being steamed, thus causing the EGCG health benefit to transform into another less medicinally potent form.

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Aside from medicinal value, green tea can also offer other health benefits, especially in the fitness field. Drinking green tea can cause a person to burn down more calories. A recent study on the health benefits of green tea shows that the drink can help dieters. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1999, men who take both caffeine and green tea burn down more calories than men who only take caffeine or a placebo.

Another health benefit of green tea is its bacteria-destroying properties. The health benefit of green tea in this area is that it can help prevent food poisoning and also prevent tooth decay. The substances found in green tea kill the bacteria causing food poisoning and those that cause dental plaque to form.

Well known for its countless medicinal and health benefits, green tea is nothing short of a miracle.

 

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Vaginal Weight Lifting

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LADIES, did you get your Jade Eggs yet? You know… weight lifting for the Vagina. Is that Team Too Much for you? Well, its a muscle you know. But this time you dont have to go to the gym. The benefits are amazing….Jade eggs have been used for over 7,000 years in Asian traditions for increasing vitality through the sexual organs, and they are now becoming more popular in the West.

Placing the egg in the vagina causes the stone to rest on the vaginal canal. The added weight strengthens the vaginal muscles, along with:

Providing a general awareness of vaginal potential.
Vaginal muscle control and flexibility.
Regaining elasticity and tightness of the vagina.
More blood flow to the vaginal area.
Secretion of more hormones throughout the vagina and body.
Increased vaginal sensitivity for heightened pleasure.
Preventative of vaginal, uterus, and womb illnesses.
Helps to generate vaginal lubrication.
The ability to raise Chi from the vagina to the higher, level chakras.
Healing and nurturing vibrations generated and released from the jade crystal.
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Jade is an emerald green hue, similar to the heart chakra, which is also green and emits energy of unconditional love, harmony, balance, creativity, abundance and healing. This particular jade egg offered on this site is extra dark green which signifies a more concentrated and powerful jade energy.

Charging the jade egg with desired prayers and intentions has been a ritualized meditation for many women before they begin their jade egg journey. Yoni breathing into the egg once it is inside the womb releases the desired intentions throughout the body with energy of love and balance. These meditations are helpful for establishing a deeper connection to the egg and our womb.

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Trust your instinct – a beginner’s guide to using aromatherapy with children

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Essential oils are pure aromatic plant essences – they are distilled from flowers, fruit, leaves, resins, roots, seeds, and wood. The are used for their healing properties the world over – in , for example, they are only available through licensed, qualified parishioners. In the United States, we have free access to essential oils – but with this comes with some important cautions: Only some of the essential oils available are suitable for children; others are not suitable for children and some are even dangerous to children (children with epilepsy should not come in contact with stimulating essential oils).

When used correctly however, essential oils can be of great benefit, and will not conflict with your child’s medically prescribed drugs. Always research the oil of choice thoroughly before using with your infant or child – ask advice from a qualified practitioner, or see the references at the end of this article.

That said, essential oils can be a wonderful way of supporting your child’s health, happiness and well-being. Essential oils can be very therapeutic and nurturing to both your child and you, the caregiver. Essential oils are used externally (on the outside of the body) in your child’s bath, body lotions, oils, creams, gels, compresses, foot baths, or in a oil warmer. The effects of aromatherapy will generally fall into one of three main categories: 1) Assisting in healing from minor illnesses and accidents, 2) Supporting your child’s overall sense of well-being, and 3) Assisting your child in getting quality rest.

When using essential oils with your child, it is imperative that you find a reputable supplier of therapeutic-grade essential oils, using organic or wildcrafted varieties when possible. Synthetic copies of oils commonly used in perfumery are not appropriate, and may even be harmful to your child’s health. To maintain efficacy, essential oils should be kept in dark amber or cobalt glass containers, in a dark and cool location, away from the child’s access. Wooden storage boxes from craft or ‘Pier One’ type stores can make a nice container for the bottles.

Methods of Using Essential Oils

There are two methods of using essential oils with your child – INHALATION: through a diffuser, nebulizer, or adding to a humidifier reservoir, and TOPICAL APPLICATION: diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil and applying topically. Adding essential oils to a bath combines the two methods, though we will cover it under topical application.

For topical application, essential oils are diluted in varying strengths depending on the use and age of your child. The concentration can vary from one drop of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil, to a couple of drops per teaspoon of carrier added to a drawn bath, to an equal ratio of carrier and essential oil applied directly to your child’s feet (as in the case of gentle Lavender). In other words, there is a huge variation in dilution levels depending on the circumstances. Mamas, do your research and then trust your instinct. Only you and your child baby know exactly what is right for your situation.

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General dilution rate guidelines of essential oils in one ounce of carrier oil:

Age of Child and amount of Essential Oil per One Ounce Carrier Oil for Topical/Massage Application:

Newborn (Consult primary care physician before use)

1-3 drops essential oil / ounce
2-6 months
1-3 drops essential oil / ounce
6-12 months
1-4 drops essential oil / ounce
1-4 years (unless very small)
5-8 drops essential oil / ounce
6-7 years
5-10 drops essential oil / ounce
9-12 years
5-12 drops essential oil / ounce
12 years to young adult
10-15 drops essential oil / ounce

DO NOT USE AN ESSENTIAL OIL NEAT (undiluted ) on children’s skin, unless indicated to do so for a specific condition. If your child has very sensitive skin, it is important to test a small area before using a new single oil or blend. Keep essential oils away form the eyes. When using citrus oils – orange, bergamot, lemon, tangerine, mandarin, and lime – do not use where the skin will be exposed to sunlight for the next 12 hours. These oils are considered ‘phototoxic’, and can react from the sun’s rays. They may be used in a bath, however, where they will be washed off the skin when the bath is done.

Essential oils are not to be taken orally (by mouth). When your child is taking medications, reduce the amount of essential oil by half the amount recommended for their age group.

Carrier oils for children

Sweet Almond oil is generally regarded as the safest and best overall carrier oil for use with babies and children. Apricot kernel oil is also considered extremely safe with children over 6. Jojoba oil can be added at about 10% concentration for any blend – it has a soothing effect on the skin and is good for hair.

Topical Application – Nurturing Touch Massage Recipes

There is nothing better for any child than the loving, nurturing touch of a parent. A gentle hug, a smile, a kiss on the cheek all reassure the child and help the parent and child to bond. These everyday forms of connection are instinctual and children thrive from it.

Research shows that massage can help children’s growth both physically and emotionally. In hospitals, studies done with premature baby’s show that touch is an essential aspect of the children’s ability to thrive.

Using aromatherapeutic nurturing touch massage can be therapeutic to both the child and the parent. Using a light, conscientious tough you can massage your child’s feet, arms, hands, back, abdomen, and even legs. The massage should always be done with loving intention and the work is done in the direction that the blood flows-from ankles to leg; from wrist to shoulder, etc.

Here are a few suggested blends for this wonderful method – each is in one (1) ounce of Sweet Almond oil:

Restful Sleep – 4 drops lavender, 2 drops Roman Chamomile

Happy Child – 3 drops Rose, 1 drop Neroli

Calm and Relaxed – 3 drops Petitgrain, 3 drops Neroli

Emotional Nurturing – 1 drop Rose, 1 drop Vanilla, 2 drops Lavender

For a Baby oil blend, to be used as a moisturizer OR massage oil (note: the frequent washing of a baby’s skin actually makes it difficult for them to retain vitamin C; application of a quality skin oil will help them keep adequate supplies of this important nutrient).

1 ounce of organic sweet almond oil or hazelnut oil
1 drop of pure Lavender essential oil
1 drop of Vanilla essential oil

OR

1 ounce of organic sweet almond oil
2 drops of pure Lavender essential oil
1 drop of pure Chamomile (German) essential oil

The above blends can also be added to the bath. One teaspoon with the following amount of essential oils added can be added AFTER the bath is filled, per the age of the child: 3-5 years, 2 drops; 6-8 years, 3 drops; 8-11 years, 5 drops. Perhaps the easiest way to do this would be to make a full strength blend (without carrier oil) of your choice, then dilute as needed for the application.

Inhalation of essential oils

For inhalation, one can apply one or two drops to a handkerchief and inhale, or add oils to a water misting bottle or humidifier. Calming essential oils that may be used are Lavender (recommended for sleep – one to four drops can be placed under the pillow), Mandarin, Roman Chamomile, Ho Wood (an ecologically friendly replacement for Rosewood), Tangerine, Petitgrain, Vanilla, and Neroli. Use these oils singly, create your own blend, or use one of the body oil blends above without the carrier oil. A few drops per quart of water in a mister sprayed throughout a room or added humidifier resevoir will do.

For an anti-anxiety blend: Try 5 drops bergamot, 1 drop lavender and 3 drops geranium – dilute to 10 drops per ½ pint of water for a room spray or use in a humidifier, or dilute to the appropriate level for your child’s age if using topically. For alertness, try lemon, bergamot, grapefruit or pine, either singly or in a blend that pleases your senses (usually the best way to blend is to trust your nose!)

Essential oils can also be used in a candle lamp or warmer – with the oil gently evaporated from the surface of a small bowl of water by the heat of a candle. An electric nebulizing diffuser is generally not recommended for use with children, as the concentration of oils in the air can be too high.

Last but not least, essential oils are wonderful antiseptics.

Cuts and scrapes are simply a way of life for the little ones! A great blend for minor wounds is a 1:1 mix of Lavender and Tea Tree oil. The lavender is soothing, anti-inflammatory, and has regenerative ‘ketones’, while the tea tree is a strong antiseptic used for many generations by native Australians. Use this blend in the water used for cleaning wounds, and apply a few drops to the gauze of a bandage – do not apply directly to the skin as it will be unnecessarily irritating. On the bandage, however, it will be soothing and accelerate the healing process.

So this is a very brief overview of using essential oils with children. There are many, many diverse applications for essential oils for almost every conceivable minor ailment seen in childhood. The key is knowledge – finding a good practitioner, or reputable resource for your needs. For further reading, books by Valerie Ann Woorwood are excellent: “Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child” and “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy”; for safety data, see “Essential Oil Safety” by Robert Tisserand and Tony Balacs. The essential oils mentioned within this article are recognized as safe for most individuals – if you or your child are recognized as having a specific illness, and/or are under a doctor’s regular care, please consult an appropriate practitioner before proceeding.

That said, aromatherpy can be a very fun and rewarding endevor for both you and your child. Essential oils have benefited the lives of many the world over, and have a little bit of plant magic available to everyone.

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How to do this raw cleanse…the basics!

First of all you are going to need to know how to make a good green smoothie!

 

 

Then getting some insight from Kristina of Fully raw is good….because this girl is really passionate…check her out!

 

Let’s do this!

How to use Konjac Root Powder!

Hola!  How ya doing?  So, if you haven’t read my article about the best supplement in the world, then I believe that is where you need to start. I was so excited about it when I discovered it that I didn’t really feel that I completed the story some days later when I reread it.  I said to myself, Skai, folks are not going to know how to use this stuff…so here we go.

Konjac Root
Konjac Root

First of all, you can get Konjac root in the capsule form, but I do not recommend it all.  Im just not into consuming by swallowing.  I prefer to eat and chew everything.  So, I would never really recommend anything in the pill form. Not to mention that Konjac has this unique way about it that I actually think is rather dangerous, so I don’t think that Konjac is very safe to swallow.  You see, Konjac has one of the most superior viscosities on the planet. That means that when you had water to Konjac it just swells up to like 1000x the size that it started from.

On the lite scale, you can use it to create thicker sauces in your cooking…but naturally we are trying to use it for a weight loss supplement.  So, that is why I recommend it in the powder form.  There have been cases where people have choked from Konjac root because it gets lodged in the throat if it is not completely swallowed, which can cause chocking.  So, let us stick with the powder form for now and have found that I actually prefer to eat it then to drink it.

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I have been experimenting with Konjac root for a very short while now and I prefer to make it into a “pudding” or “applesauce” and then eat it like a breakfast with a spoon.  You can actually just add water and let it gel up and then eat it…but life is meant to be enjoyed. So I started making mine with Apple Juice.  Basically what I would do is get a glass jar with a lid on it.  And old Salsa jar is perfect because it is short and stout enough to accommodate the amount of liquid you would need.  Pour in about 10 oz of juice into the jar and add one heaping tablespoon in to the jar.  Cover tightly and quickly shake the contents to death. The colder the juice, the less clumps you will have in your jar.  Unlike corn starch that needs to be heated to thicken, Konjac thickens in cold water.  However, it actually thickens faster in hot water…so using it cold will give you a minute or two more to gel.  I usually let it sit for a few so it can do its thing and then I grab a spoon and eat it.

After a while the apple juice got boring, so I had to switch it up and bought some Simply Lemonade and mixed that in.  I actually loved that and started using different juices to change the flavor.  So I am assuming that you can use any flavor juice that you want to.  Now, I read somewhere online that people are using Crystal Light to sweeten and flavor their Konjac pudding and I said to myself absolutely NO WAY!  Crystal Light is like putting plutonium in your body…chemicalized and toxic. Don’t do it!  Now, if you are interested in creating a pudding without any calories whatsoever, then I would recommend you get those flavored stevia drops that people use for coffee.  They come in a slew of flavors.

Flavored Stevia Drops
Flavored Stevia Drops can be used to create a flavored Konjac pudding without adding sugar calories

Once you have made your “pudding”, you should be eating this first thing in the morning.  This should be your breakfast.  After you eat it, make sure you drink plenty of water afterwards.  Almost immediately after you eat it, you will actually feel stuffed.  It is as if it has expanded in your stomach and will definitely prevent you from overeating because you feel completely full.  You can go without eating till afternoon where you should consume a nice big salad and smoothie…but you may not even be able to consume everything still.  You can adjust your eating according to how you feel with your new Konjac pudding added into your diet.  This is really good for folks who eat too much or even too many calories.  When you are full, you now have to take heed to your body saying…Im good!  Having a feeling of fullness without eating too many calories will give your body the opportunity to release the weight in a natural fashion.  And it kinda “sykes” you out, because you don’t feel deprived at all.  You wont be hungry.

You do have to eat, and hopefully with your Konjac pudding addition to your diet you can eat the right things now that you are in control.  Remember you still have to eat.  Konjac is not a food with nutrients enough in it to sustain you.  Don’t go on a konjac binge because Skai said it will fill me up…no that is not going to work.

Konjac root powder gels up immediately with water or any other liquid
Konjac root powder gels up immediately with water or any other liquid

Konjac is an all natural, all vegetarian, plant based filler.  I read somewhere that it is comparable to getting lap band surgery.  Basically you fill your stomach up so that you can only get a smaller amount of food in it and what happens you eat less.  That is the basically gist of it.

So what happens to Konjac in your stomach later?  It digests in the system and you poop it out.  Pretty simple.  Konjac root has some nutrients which I mentioned in the first article about it.  But remember is 100% soluble fiber. Your bowels are going to be so happy.  You are going to fill a bowl up like never before and everything is going to be floating…as it should.  Sorry for being graphic, but I know this is soo important.

Even Dr Oz has said how much he loves Konjac Root (glucomannan) and that he highly recommends it. So, now I recommend it and will continue to play with it to make things that are tasty.  I was reading the back of my Sunwarrior Smoothie Powder and noticed that they have listed Konjac Root on the back as well.  I think I am going to order some more and start using it as an additive for my puddings…especially since they have chocolate!

SIESTA! SIESTA!

I love taking naps! I mean it is one of my favorite afternoon rituals. When I traveled abroad in West Afrika the entire place shut down from like 12 noon to 2 pm to Siesta. They called it something else and I don’t remember…possibly something in French. Anyway, I think that most people really need to find a way to jump into a good little nap in the middle of the day…or possibly whenever they can. There are amazing health benefits:

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Siesta Facts

– More energy
– Improve productivity by over 30%
– Improve alertness by up to 100%
Reduce stress and the risk of heart disease by 34%
– Better negotiation and communication
– Reduce risk of accidents at work and on the road
– Happiness and wellbeing
– Warning – Possible slight risk of developing Diabetes Type 2

The Siesta has existed for thousands of years and was previously regarded as a physical necessity rather than a luxury. While the traditional Spanish style siesta can last for up to two hours to avoid the hottest part of the day, there is actually a biological need for people in all climates to have a short rest in the afternoon to revive energy levels. The form of rest recommended for health and productivity benefits is a short 10-20 minute nap, and not the 2 hour long siesta normally associated with Spain, enjoyable as that may be!
Research shows that the majority of people suffer from tiredness twice in every 24 hour period. We are what’s called Bi-phasic; we need two periods of sleep; a long one at night and a shorter one during the day. The early afternoon brings a drop in energy levels, not as severe as night time, but sufficient to make it difficult to concentrate and think clearly. By having a short nap we can help ourselves think more clearly by more productive and reduce the risk of heart disease. Tiredness can also be a cause of accidents. A short 10-20 minute nap is all that is needed to restore our concentration, alertness and improve productivity for the afternoon.

Biological need for naps

In recent years, studies have suggested that we have a biological need for afternoon naps. Contrary to popular belief, eating lunch does not bring on drowsiness, although a heavy lunch, carbohydrates and alcohol can make us more tired.

Our ‘biological clock’ regulates certain bodily functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature and hormonal secretions as well as telling us when we need to rest, to maintain health and wellbeing. The Circadian Rhythm regulates daily rhythms in the body. Studies show that there is a strong biological tendency for humans to become tired and possibly fall asleep in the early or mid afternoon as well as at night. It happens about 8 hours after we wake up in the morning. There is a drop in body temperature at this time too which may be more pronounced in men. The afternoon level of fatigue is not as pronounced as our night time pattern, but sufficient to reduce our effectiveness and performance.

If we do not get enough sleep at night time, then the need for another rest during the day is even greater. However, sleep deficiency in the long term can be a serious problem and medical help should be sought. Occasional late nights and loss of sleep can be recovered at weekends and by short naps, but should not be made a daily pattern. Napping does not make up for serious sleep deficiency.

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Research (published 2007) by Harvard School of Public Health in the US and the University of Athens Medical School conducted over a 6 year period with 24,000 men and women have found that a short nap in the early afternoon can reduce the risk of heart disease by 34%.

Warning

However research by the University of Birmingham and from Guanzhou Hospital in China has also shown in a study involving 16,480 people, that those who napped were 26% more at risk of getting Tpe 2 Diabetes than those who did not nap. Several factors which may be behind the link included disrupted night-time sleep and an association between napping and reduced physical activity. Apparently factors like genetics and being overweight are more significant in the possible development of Type 2 diabetes. Walking up from napping also activates hormones and mechanisms in the body that stop insulin working effectively. and this could predispose people to Type 2 Diabetes – which can develop when the insulin the body makes does not work properly. People who are overweight or obese and therefore more at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, can have problems sleeping. In terms of being major risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes, disturbed sleep or napping are likely to remain less significant than already established risk factors such as being overweight, being over the age of 40 or having a history of diabetes in the family. Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7931508.stm also see: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/4957365/Taking-naps-increases-diabetes-risk.html Anyone concerned about their health or about developing Diabetes Type 2 should consult their doctor before adopting napping on a regular basis.

NASA has done studies for astronauts and pilots, to determine what the best sleep patterns are to maintain maximum performance. They discovered that after a short nap there was a 34% improvement in performance and 54% in alertness. Although these tests were performed for astronauts, the benefits would apply equally well to any industry. It is hard to imagine any other method of productivity enhancement having such profound effects.

In 1975 Dr Roger Broughton of the Universtity of Ottowa first proposed that naps were a natural part of the human sleep cycle. He found that, even after a full night’s sleep, people have a strong tendency to fall asleep in the early afternoon. When volunteers were put into a time-free environment, they tended to sleep in two time periods; one at night and another about twelve hours later in the early afternoon. The Circadian Rhythm of the body is actually 25 hours, so the sleep pattern in a time-free enviroment would get pushed forward an hour each day. We tend to ignore this for reasons of practicality and work routines by regulating our waking time to the same time each day. The second wave of tiredness happens about 8 hours after we wake up in the morning. So during the early afternoon between 1.30pm and 3.00pm we are likely feel tired again. A short nap of 10-20 minutes, can satisfy this desire for sleep and allow us to wake up feeling refreshed and much more alert.

Tests with volunteers have shown that a short nap can restore energy levels so they can take on more tasks, feel more alert and do significantly better in tests of mental performance.

How long should the nap be?

The ideal nap should be between 10-20 minutes.

Sleep has been found to follow a cycle where we go through five stages or depths of sleep. These are measured by muscle tone, eye movement and the electrical activity of the brain. Brain waves are measured according to speed with the quickest being Alpha-rhythms followed by the slower Beta-rhythms and the slowest being Theta and Delta.

One sleep cycle (which includes all five depths of sleep) lasts around 90 minutes and is repeated 5-6 times each night. Stage one is the transition from wakefulness to sleep which may last around 5 minutes. Stage two is characterised by slower breathing and heart rates and will last for up to 30 minutes, after which we enter stages 3 and 4 which are the deepest levels of sleep. Stage 5 brings REM and the dream state. To benefit from a short nap it is important that we do not enter the deepest stages of sleep. We need to wake up before we enter stage 3, otherwise we are likely to find it difficult to wake up again. When people experience grogginess after napping it is probably because they have over slept. If they are chronically over tired, they may pass more quickly to stage 3 sleep which will make it difficult to wake up. The short nap is not a replacement for proper night-time sleep. Anyone suffering from chronic fatigue or difficulty in sleeping at night should consult their doctor. The ideal length of time is between ten and twenty minutes although even two or three minutes can be beneficial. The use of a timer, mobile phone alarm or a nudge from a friend is encouraged to avoid over-sleeping.

Tradition

The siesta rest has origins in Islamic Law and is written about in the Koran. However the word siesta is Spanish, originating from the Latin “Hora Sexto” meaning “the sixth hour” (six hours from dawn is noon). Siesta means “midday rest”. Although Spain is often considered as having invented the ‘siesta’ it’s origins go back much further in history within Islam.

Romans had a regular siesta; it was considered to be a physical necessity rather than a luxury, but it is unlikely that they had a health policy that included this, as was the case in Islam.

The Spanish have become known for their liking for a long 2 hour siesta, but this was introduced centuries ago to allow their farmers to rest during the hottest part of the day. Consequently they work longer into the evening. Traditionally in Spain the siesta can last up to two hours or more. Firstly there will be a good lunch with friends or family then they will rest. Although tradition would have them go to bed in pyjamas, these days any sofa, bed or chair or shade will suffice and they may have a short nap as part of the overall siesta. However not all will have a sleep and the Spanish siesta is more about taking a break away from the heat of mid day sun.

Today, with modern equipment and most people working in air-conditioned offices, there is not the same need for a long siesta, so the Spanish are now trying to make less of it and adopt a working day schedule more in keeping with northern Europe. However, this does not mean that they do not need a short rest. The biological need for rest in the early afternoon applies to all people on all continents. Humans are mammals just as any cat, lion, cheetah, horse or dog and we are all bi-phasic; we need more than one session of sleep within a 24 hour period. All other mammals nap, yet many humans, particularly in the British and US cultures try to struggle through the natural tiredness that occurs about 8 hours after waking in the morning. By having just a 10-20 minute nap as part of our lunch break we can restore our energy levels for the afternoon and be far more productive and alert. The two hour siesta is no longer seen as necessary, but a 10-15 minute nap can do wonders for us all.
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FASTING: THE NATURAL WAY TO PERFECT HEALTH!

Water Fasting

By Loren Lockman

If you’re suffering from health challenges of any kind, you may want to take a look at the ancient, and amazing practice of fasting. Not well understood by many today, fasting has been used for time immemorial to address problems of all kinds.

Virtually all animals employ fasting in times of sickness or injury.

You may have seen a cat or a dog (or any other animal) lie down and refuse food when ill. Though people often believe that this is a “bad” thing and that the animal will be harmed by its stubborn refusal to eat, in fact, the animal is simply following its instincts and nature’s dictates and giving its body the optimal conditions in which to deal with virtually any problem.

Rumi, the great 11th century poet and mystic extolled the virtues of fasting. Pythagoras understood the impact that a clean body has on the brain, and insisted that all prospective students fast for six weeks before he would tutor them.

After Gandhi was assassinated at 77, his doctors commented that his organs looked like those of a 35 year old. Their only explanation was the extensive fasting he had done.

Plutarch said, “Instead of medicine, fast for a day.” This remains excellent advice. At the first sign of a cold or flu, or any other acute illness, if you will take to bed and cease eating, your body will have the opportunity to cleanse and heal itself much more quickly.

The benefits that can accrue to us via fasting are numerous and varied. Fasting is not magic, though it often seems so. It is simply nature’s way of allowing the organism the best possible conditions in which to cleanse and heal itself.

Heart disease affects 50% of all Americans. Last year, a peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal proved that fasting is three times as effective as hypertension medications at reducing high blood pressure.

It’s helpful to understand that virtually all symptoms that we experience are evidence that the body is attempting to heal itself. Sinus congestion, fever, swelling, even pain, are created by the body on purpose, and are nothing more than evidence that the body is working to address some problem and restore balance, or homeostasis. When the body is given an opportunity to cleanse and heal, all manner of symptoms may arise, and they often do.

Sometimes, those who don’t understand this will believe that the fast has made them sick. In fact, by ceasing to squander the body’s energy on unnecessary activities (including, temporarily, eating!), much more energy is available to cleanse and heal. The appearance of symptoms simply indicates that these processes have begun.

It is always the body that heals itself. Remedies of all kinds generally treat symptoms, not causes, and it is only by eliminating the cause of a problem that we can expect to solve the problem.

Taking a decongestant may relieve the discomfort, but it does nothing to eliminate the actual problem, which was a toxic substance in the body. With its means of elimination paralyzed by the drug, the body is forced to store these toxins, furthering the body’s build-up of them, and eventually creating chronic disease.

If you’ve been eating a Standard American Diet for 20, 30, 40 years or more, your body probably has a lot of stored debris. Additionally, as the body becomes overburdened with the toxins brought in from outside (exogenous) sources from our diet, water, and the environment, it’s also becoming overburdened with toxins created inside the body (endogenous). These endogenous toxins are the waste products of cellular metabolism. When a system is heavily burdened, it’s unable to process and eliminate the cellular wastes quickly enough, and these wastes build up.

Many years ago, French scientist Alexis Carrel won the Nobel prize for keeping the cells of a chicken heart alive for 32 years. He accomplished this by keeping the cells’ fluid bath clean, changing it twice a day. In fact, the cells only died when a research assistant neglected to change their bath one day.

Like the chicken heart cells, we can improve our health and extend our life by providing our internal organs with a clean environment. Fasting is the most effective and efficient way to allow the body to cleanse itself of all wastes, both exogenous and endogenous.

Fasting means different things to different people. I use the textbook definition: “the complete abstinence from all nutrients.” Though people talk about “juice fasting” or “fruit fasting,” these terms are misnomers. Because fruit and vegetable juices contain nutrients, taking only juices is more appropriately termed a “juice diet.” The same is true for long monodiets like the melon or grape diet.

Though many believe that juices and certain foods are “cleansing,” this isn’t true. Rather, simple diets of juices or water-rich fruits allow the body a much greater chance to cleanse itself than it has while eating a typical diet. Though the body detoxifies more than usual while consuming a lighter diet, this is very different than what happens while truly fasting.

There are beneficial physiological changes that occur in the complete absence of nutrients. The body goes through a series of steps to meet its constant glucose needs, looking first to the digestive tract, next to glycogen stores in the liver, then to muscle tissue to create glucose, and finally, to adipose tissue. This last step doesn’t happen if there are any nutrients coming in.

This is important because we retain toxins primarily in the adipose tissue – our long-term fat stores. With nutrients coming in, the body never switches to burning adipose tissue as a primary source of fuel. The result of this is that so-called “juice fasts” are generally much easier on the body because there is much less detoxification going on.

Though one can expect to experience some discomfort while fasting, the degree varies greatly and depends on the specific conditions of the faster. Most people enjoy the process and find it relatively painless.

There are some typical symptoms that one may expect to experience. As mentioned earlier, fasting is the most effective way to treat high blood pressure. Within days of beginning a fast, most people will see their blood pressure begin to drop. In cases where there is a lot of arterial plaque, blood pressure may go up first, as these fatty deposits are broken down and released into the bloodstream, thickening the blood.

There is no cause for concern in either case. However, when fasting, you are very likely to experience dizziness upon standing up quickly, and this can be dangerous if you pass out and hurt yourself when you fall. Take the precaution of sitting up first when getting up from a lying position, rise slowly, and brace yourself if possible.

Aches and pains, cold and flu symptoms, congestion, headache, and many other symptoms may also arise. One thing that often happens is that people find their internal organs. Many people are not really aware of their internal organs, and don’t know where they are. When fasting, it is not unusual to feel some aches in these organs, especially the liver and kidneys, which are the primary organs of detoxification. They will likely be working much harder than usual, and you may feel some pain there as a result.

It is also not unusual to experience aches and pains in old injuries. Injuries that healed improperly or incompletely tend to improve while fasting. When given a chance, the body goes back in and begins the work of completing these repairs. They may hurt while this is going on. This is the body’s way of reminding us to stay off them while they are healing.

Over the last 17 years, I’ve supervised people with almost every condition imaginable through fasts ranging from a few days to nearly 10 weeks. The results have been almost uniformly very positive. This should not surprise us though – the human body is incredibly resilient, and given the opportunity and ideal conditions, is almost always capable of healing itself.

How long your fast should be depends on your conditions. The average person has a six to eight week reserve of nutrients, and can safely fast that long, if she does it properly. Few people ever need to fast that long, though most would undoubtedly benefit from it.

Fasting properly means following the natural model: the sick animal lies still throughout the fast. Fasting means complete physiological rest, so this is the ideal way. I encourage my clients to spend as much time as possible resting comfortably with their eyes closed. Attempting to fast while continuing one’s normal routine is a recipe for disaster, as the body becomes quickly exhausted.

If fasting is a safe and natural process, why would anyone need supervision? No one does. However, many people find that they fare much better when in the proper supportive environment, and under experienced supervision.

There are some contraindications for fasting, though they are few and far between. I believe that almost everyone can safely fast, and will benefit greatly from doing so. Some exceptions to this are women who are pregnant or nursing, anyone who is emaciated for any reason, or anyone with extreme nutritional deficiencies.

Fasting in pregnancy or lactation results in an overload of toxins to the baby. Because fasting means that the body is living on nutrient reserves, those who are emaciated for any reason literally cannot fast. They can refrain from eating, but rather than fasting, they will be starving. In the first case, the body is being fed on non-essential reserve tissue. In the second case, when no reserves are present, the body will consume vital tissue. The body is intelligent enough to distinguish between the two.

The emotional component to this process is also very important. Fasting is an opportunity to clear out long-suppressed emotional “baggage.” The results of this part of the process can be amazing, and coupled with the rejuvenative physical effects, make fasting a very powerful tool.

If you’re having any trouble sticking to your chosen raw diet, you will also benefit from fasting. When you eliminate all of the toxins from your system, you will cease to crave any of the non-foods that still have a hold on you.

If you’re not already experiencing perfect health, you may want to investigate fasting. You’ll want to examine all of your diet and lifestyle choices to achieve this lofty goal, and fasting is a good way to start.

Loren Lockman directs the Tanglewood Wellness Center in Panama, where he supervises fasts, counsels clients one-on-one and teaches the principles of natural law. Loren can be reached by going to: http://www.TanglewoodWellnessCenter.com.

We are interviewing Loren during the 21 DAY DETOX CLEANSE AND FORUM this Sept 15 8pm EST. Please stay tuned.

Peace and Greens
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Do you really LOVE Veggies? I mean REALLY!

Cjef Skai Juice
Dont get me started in the kitchen!

Peace and Love Family!

It’s a Beautiful Day!  Yay!  Here in Puerto Rico the weather is hot and rainy, which is nice to me.  I like when it rains enough to cool the earth down, and then the sun comes out to dry it all up, repeat process.  It means we have no control…and living here near the rainforest means that it will rain at least once a day…if not more.

Today, I made such the most simplest meal…it’s embarrassing to say that Im a chef, because this is some lazy, delicious shit right here!  Anyway, I tell you what I made in a sec.  I just wanted to bring to your attention that I believe that many people, who claim Vegetarian, really don’t LOVE vegetables.  I mean really LOVE vegetables. You know like that insatiable urge to eat plants.  I bet if I were to do a survey most Vegetarians would realize that deep down they are not really vegetarians at all.  For some reason, they feel like being a Vegetarian is the most optimal way to live…as far as health, animals, the environment, and/or for spiritual or religious beliefs…whatever their reason is they were convinced that this is the way they should eat. So, they chuck it up and dive into the old vegetarian basket of goodies…faking for years that they love to eat this way, because…you know…the reasons listed above. Why do I say that?  Because I know a lot of Vegetarians, and the majority of them are never satisfied with a meal that consists of just vegetables.  Sometimes, they will go for a whole salad platter, but by the time they are through putting on all the “fixins” and dressing, the salad becomes unrecognizable.

Now, this may not be every Vegetarian in the world, there are no absolutes, but I do believe my theory is pretty sound.  For example, growing up in the Caribbean, I was around a ton of Vegetarians who couldn’t eat a meal without bread, rice, potato, or some other starch. When I visited Jamaica and I was sitting on the beach eating an avocado with a spoon and some Rasta children came up to me and asked me in amazement what I was doing…they said they never ate an avocado like that.  Well, I know that was a cultural thing, because in the islands they eat avocado on bread…and usually with cheese if they are not vegan. And Indians love to claim Vegetarian…but ask them to eat veggies only, with no rice and no legumes at all…PERISH THE THOUGHT!  The meal wouldn’t be complete they would say.  Not even for a quick meal? Nope!  I have tons of more examples on this but my point is my meal that I made today is one of those all veggies meals…very satisfying and very simple too!

This will take you all of 5 mins to prep and make.  All I did was sauté onions, green cabbage with granulated garlic and sea salt. Then at the last minute I threw in fresh red tomatoes, and turned off the heat, dropped the spoon and walked away. (That’s me being dramatic! lol)  That’s it! No rice, no starch…not a whole lot of hoopla. Btw, I sauté the cabbage for about 2 – 3 mins…It has to be limp but not completely soft. Then pop a huge heaping of it on a plate and sprinkle with crushed black pepper…which I am newly fond of. PRESTO! That is what I call fast food! Flavor wise this is something that is so satisfying to me, so cheap, so easy…and you can eat a lot of it…guilt free! So, this is what I call LOVING your veggies! In order to be satisfied eating this way, you really have to be a true veggie lover. I am!  I decided that a long time ago.  And you can always substitute the cabbage for anything else…Broccoli is good, Spinach, Greens like Kale or Collards, also rock!  I can even do the very same exact thing with Zucchini….and call it a day and a meal.  Would you be satisfied with a meal just this simple?  TRY IT!  And let me know what your thoughts are.

ANNOUNCEMENT!!

I am conducting an amazing 21 Day Detox Cleanse for everyone in the entire world…okay…I mean YOU GUYS in my inner circle…=D  (You gotta think big!) Anyway, Im gonna send out the particulars on the cleanse and if you can participate that would be awesome.  September is a perfect time to do a cleanse.  It’s the change of seasons ..from slow to fast…and the earth is also doing her thing.  On top of the cleanse, I am going to be hosting a forum every night that you can tune into to listen to our guest speakers who either professionals in the Holistic Health field, or just plain amazing people who are doing it and need to share.  More details on all of it shortly.  So far, I have over 30 people to interview…YAHOO!  This should be very cool!

Any who, have a Marvelous Day!  And be sure to show some love…LEAVE COMMENTS!

Me Love You Like A FRESH VEGGIE-TEH-BUL!

Skai Juice The Chef
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Luquillo, Puerto Rico

Did you know that Milk of Magnesia is an alternative to Deodorants?

Perspiration is something we all deal with on a day-by-day basis. Everyone sweats. We sweat more in the summer because of the heat than we do in the winter. Some of us sweat more than others. Antiperspirants and deodorants help treat perspiration and keep body odor away but they don’t help everyone the same way. Some people have tried different home remedies to treat their excess perspiration and have had better luck with them than with deodorant.

Read more: How to Use Home Remedies to Treat Perspiration | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4465131_use-home-remedies-treat-perspiration.html#ixzz1nidkaZ3d