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7 Secrets for Sustaining Wellness

7 Secrets for Sustaining Wellness
Mar 10 2017 posted by Conscious Planet 0

A half-century ago, Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa directed a film calledSeven Samuraiin which a farming village hired seven rogues to defend them against bandits who steal their harvest every season. Yule Brenner hired seven gunmen to do the same in the American Southwest, in a remake calledThe Magnificent Seven. Conceptually, we can see the invading bandits who steal crops as pain, illness, disease, virus, bacteria and so on invading the body and robbing it of its health and the person of its quality of life. With the release theMagnificent Sevenreboot film, I wondered if there were seven things we all need to pull together as a working unit in order to protect us and help us maintain health, wellness and improve or maintain our quality of life. 1. Positive mindset This is where it all begins. Our mindset, outlook or attitude toward life is so vital to health and wellness. How we view the world and our place in it affects our stress, emotions, mental health and ultimately our immune system. Happiness breads wellness because it effects the way we see the world, appreciate what we have, and how we interact with others, which can reduce stress and elevate serotonin levels. You can read an article on happiness and thekey to being healthy, where a journal article concluded: "high positive affect was associated with a significantly reduced risk of all-cause mortality.” Having an "attitude of gratitude” is another great way to elevate your feelings and wellness. MRI studies showed that feelings of gratitude create neural correlates in the brain that improve mental health and interpersonal relationships. You can read more aboutthanksgiving—a powerful healing vehicle, here. Eckhart Tolle has built a career of telling people simply to "live in the moment.” How true the recommendation which, itself, has been the practice of monks and spiritualists for centuries. I love Tolle’s messages, especially that there is no past or future, only now; and so we must do our best now and make the best of now, regardless of circumstance. Stress, anxiety, and a host of other wellness issues arise out of replaying the past in our minds and conversations and in worrying about potential future events which may never happen. How we see ourselves and the world and our place in it and among our peers really has strong effects on our health, wellness and quality of life. To see how you can put some thought into planning a life that will bring you happiness, love, gratitude, and abundance, read here for tips onhow to get the life you want. 2. Healthy diet Food and water are vital to life: without them we die. Yet, by consuming poor quality food and not enough fresh water, we also die… just a slower, more painful and disease-based death. High blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and obesity are all related to the foods and beverages we consume. On the same coin, vibrancy, fitness, and health are also related to what we consume. The basics of a sound and healthy diet are simply this: consume fresh, whole foods; drink 8-10 glasses of filtered water daily; eat organic fruit and vegetables and lean meats raised free of hormones and antibiotics; and avoid as much as possible: sugar, alcohol, hydrogenated oils, saturated fats, processed white rice and grains and reduce dairy intake. A great way to start your day with nutrient density is by making a green smoothie;here’show to do it. And if you have blood pressure and cholesterol issues, try some of thistea. 3. Regular exercise To be healthy you really do need to move your body. It is essential for moving the blood, sweating out toxins, keeping muscles supple and joints mobile, and of course managing blood pressure, reducing stress, boosting metabolic function, burning calories, and elevating mood. I wrote about how asedentary lifestyleis associated with increased risk of disease, death and hospitalization. The good news is that exercises does not have to be planned or in groups. Sure, there are group classes in Pilates and aerobics but taking long active walks, doing laundry and house cleaning also work as part of a program. No time, no problem. The program known asHIT(High Intensity Training) only requires three-minute bursts of aerobic activity and works wonders on insulin resistance and cardio health. And if you have chronic pain or no space to get up and get moving, you can check out any of these nine isometric exercises onhow to get fit while barely moving. Other great ways to get moving includeyoga,tai chi, and aerobic exercises likeburpees. 4. Sufficient sleep Many people take sleep for granted, skimping on it and prolonging their active hours to squeeze more time into a day. Yet, research shows that sleep deprivation produces more errors and injury on the job. The fact is, 60% of Americans don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours of deep, restful sleep per night needed to repair and recharge the body. Sleep deprivation, whether from jamming more work into a day, staying out late partying, or suffering insomnia, wreak havoc on our health. Negative side effects of not sleeping enough include adverse effects on gene activity, weakened immune response, and reduction in our ability to control stress, depressed inflammatory response, increase in anxiety and depression, unhealthy food cravings, and elevated risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and some cancers. Here are sometips for getting a good night’s sleepand why you shouldnever sleep on negative emotions. 5. Embracing spirituality Being spiritual, for sake of this category, refers to a belief in something larger than themselves. There are many ways to "be in spirit” or in touch with the "divine”, including meditation, prayer, and even appreciating nature or playing an instrument or listening to music that "inspires.” Many people who are spiritual or religious, often express that their beliefs make them "feel whole” (the root meaning of "health”). You can read here thatfaith matters: a review I wrote of The American Cancer Society’s meta-analysis examining the importance of religion and spiritualty on positive outcomes for cancer patients. "When we took a closer look, we found that patients with stronger spiritual well-being, more benign images of God, or stronger beliefs reported better social health. In contrast, those who struggled with their faith fared more poorly.” To help you get into a spiritual or healing place you can usemantrasandmeditation. 6. Know your vital signs Even when embracing a positive mental attitude, good diet, regular exercise routine, getting ample sleep and developing positive interpersonal relationship, we need to monitor our health. This means getting regular readings, and considering the metrics, of our blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, pH levels, Vitamin B and D, and BMI (body mass index). High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke. High cholesterol leads to arterial plaque which can also lead to heart disease and stroke. High blood glucose (sugar) levels can cause metabolic disorder and damage your heart, kidneys, nerves and eyes. Excessive weights leads to diabetes and obesity, heart disease and inactivity. Getting an annual physical will allow you the chance to get an internal reading of many of these, and a good scale will tell you your weight. Here are some articles with more information on balancingbody acids,foods for heart healthandmaintaining mineral levelsin the body. 7. Interpersonal relationships To conclude we need to consider the power of positive interpersonal relationships on your health and well-being. This includes having loving and honest relationships with your significant others; moral and responsible relationships with your employers; loyal and sincere relationships with your friends. The quality of our relationships tells us a lot about ourselves, how we see ourselves and others. Good relationships help us feel good about ourselves and thus elevating our mindset. Friends helps us cope with difficult things and this helps reduce anxiety and depression and eating disorders. Feel good about yourself and others can go a long way to boosting serotonin, quality of life, feelings of acceptance, reduction in stress and feelings of loneliness that can lead to depression. Bring good people close to you and allow that to be a catalyst for building your health and improving your quality of life, embracing interpersonal relationships as part of a the "Magnificent Seven” of sustained wellness. Original Post by Dr. Mark Wiley

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Double Rum Hemp Chocolate Truffles

Double Rum Hemp Chocolate Truffles
Dec 12 2016 posted by Conscious Planet 0

WARNING:Making these Double Rum Hemp Chocolate Truffles will surely make you the most popular person at every Christmas gathering you go to. Good luck! Ingredients:  1 cup raw pecans  1 cup Planet Hemp Seeds  2 Tbsp cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder  1/4 tsp sea salt  1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)  ½ tsp vanilla  ¼ tsp ginger powder  10 medjool dates, pitted (if dried out, soak in warm water for 10 minutes then drain)  1 tsp coconut oil  1 Tbsp maple syrup  1 Tbsp Planet Hemp Vanilla Chai Protein powder  3-4 oz rum For Chocolate Dipping Sauce:  1 cup finely chopped cacao butter ¼ cup maple syrup 1 cup cacao powder or paste Instructions: 1. Place pecans and hemp in a food processor or high speed blender and process until it reaches the consistency of a meal. Remove and set aside in a dish. 2. Next, place pitted dates in the food processor and process until small bits remain and/or it forms into a ball. 3. Then add in the cocoa powder and 1/2 of the nut meal and pulse. Continue pulsing and adding the nut meal and the rest of the ingredients until dough is formed. 4. Once you have a dough that's easy to form into balls, scoop out 1 Tablespoon amounts and roll/carefully form into balls. (If they aren't quite forming, put in the freezer until solid. Set on parchment paper and place in freezer to chill - you should have about 14 truffles. 5. In the meantime melt chocolate in a double boiler Be careful not to overheat. Once melted, stir in cacao butter to help the chocolate thin and ease the dipping process, then add 2 tbs maple syrup. 6. Remove truffles from freezer and, one at a time, dip them into the melted chocolate. Use a fork to remove them and tap away excess chocolate. Transfer back onto parchment paper and top with hemp seeds! 7. Repeat until all truffles are dipped. Let set at room temperature. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. Transfer to freezer for longer term storage.

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How To Heal Your Leaky Gut and Balance Your Inner Terrain – The Microbiome Diet

How To Heal Your Leaky Gut and Balance Your Inner Terrain – The Microbiome Diet
Nov 18 2016 posted by Conscious Planet 0

A few months ago a friend shared with me a book, called the Microbiome Diet, that she promised would correct and rebalance my inner microbiome. Honestly, I wasn’t familiar with the word microbiome and as I leafed through the book I could see that the Microbiome Diet equates in most ways to the Pro-Terrain pH Balancing and Longevity Diet-eating program that Conscious Planet has been teaching over the years. I got very excited because I knew that with the more recent developments in scientific research and studies regarding the importance of maintaining a healthy microbiome, that I was going to learn a whole lot more about our inner world of microorganisms and how to keep them in balance. "I was ready to up my game.” I immediately went on Amazon.ca and ordered my own hardcopy. The Microbiome Diet – A Scienticfically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health. By Raphael Kellman, MD This book has been a Godsend in helping me repair my leaky gut which I have struggled with for years and has helped me restore and balance my inner terrain, my microbiome. As a result, I would like to share some key excerpts and important information from this book that may transform the health of your inner world by paying more attention to these tiny minescule organisms. What is the microbiome? The microbiome is a minature world made up of trillions of microscopic, non-human organisms that flourish within your gatrointestinal tract. These intestinal organisms digest your food, govern your appetite, control your metabolism, orchestrate your immune system, influence your mood, and even help determine how your genes are expressed. They have a major impact on whether your heart is healthy, whether your bones develop properly, and whether your brain feels sharp and clear or fuzzy and unfocused. They sustain the gatrointestinal tract so your food is properly digested delivering all the nourishment you need. They produce crucial vitamins and other nutrients. They even manufacture natural antibiotics. Most amazing of all, these non-human organisms make up a whopping 90 percent of your cells. Think about that. The vast majority of the cells within your body are not human. Within your intestinal tract lies a whole separate ecology that is inextricably involved with yours. When these microscopic organisms flourish, you flourish. When they struggle, you struggle. When they crave sugar, so do you. And when they operate at peak efficiency, so does your metabolism. That is why balancing your microbiome is the key to maintaining proper digestion and elimination. Balancing your microbiome is also the key to preventing and even reversing major illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, autoimmune disorders, autism and other developmental diseases. If you have a healthy microbiome and good intestinal health, your metabolism automatically keeps you at a healthy weight. If you have an unbalanced microbiome and poor intestinal health, you are virtually guaranteed to gain weight and suffer with leaky gut syndrome. As we are now understanding leaky gut can be repaired by creating and maintaining a healthy microbiome. Hippocrates, founder of Western Medicine, taught that all disease begins in the gut thus the obvious answer is taking care of our gut and intestinal health. A balanced microbiome regulates your immune system, three quarters of which is located within your intestines. It nourishes and sustains your gastrointestinal tract. It produces crucial vitamins and nutrients, including various B vitamins and vitamin K. It lays the groundwork for optimal mood and brain function by influencing the production of your neurotransmitters, the hormones and biochemicals your brain needs to process thought and emotion. And as mentioned before, it keeps you at your ideal weight by helping you digest your food, maintain an appropriate appetite, regulating the calories that enter your system, and keeping your metabolism working at optimal speed. So how do I know I have leaky gut, an imbalanced microbiome? Some of the common symptoms are: allergies, bloating & gas, slow metabolism, over weight and underweight, constipation, brain fog, depressed mood, difficulty focusing, fatigue, chronic inflammation, feeling too full, like food is just sitting in your stomach and not being digested, headaches, joint pain, infections, muscle pain, hair loss, swelling of ankles, tingling/numbing in hands and feet. Some of the less obvious though more serious are an overreactive immune system which leads to autoimmune diseases. So how does leaky gut happen and how can I repair it? An imbalanced microbiome will contribute to weakness in the intestinal walls. Partially digested food begins to leak through the permeable intestine walls dispersing loose into the blood stream and setting off an immune system reaction. The immune system perceives these undigested food particles as invaders and starts to make antibodies to combat some of the foods that are leaking through. Thus every time these certain foods are eaten, the immune system will create a reaction eventually causing inflammation throughout the body, insulin resistance follows along with a fat-storing metabolism cuing the body to gain weight with the threat of diabetes, disrupting hormones, digestion, elimination and nervous system as well as immune system. All of these symptoms are the result of leaky intestinal walls. To heal leaky gut firstly you will need to remove all the reactive foods from your diet, even the seemingly healthy foods that you have consistently been eating for a long time and now is seen by the immune system as a reactive food. A list will look something like this: all gluten foods, soy products, all unhealthy fats: trans fats, hydrogenated fats All inflammatory, allergenic, or reactive foods: no sugar, no eggs, no dairy all artificial sweeteners, preservatives or additives, remove from the gut parasites and the disproportionate growth of the wrong types of bacteria, known as dysbiosis, and break through the protective biofilm that protects yeast and the wrong types of bacteria. You may say, "well I’ve already done all of that and I still feel bloated and swollen and still seem to gain weight." The answer to your exclammations is to start adding foods to your diet that will support your microbiome such as friendly bacteria found in cultured and fermented foods containing live bacteria: raw sauerkraut, kimchee, fermented vegetables, goat’s or sheep’s milk kefir and fermented yogurt and for the first while you may want to supplement with a wide spectrum probiotic. Remember that the probiotic good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract will also need support from prebiotic food in order for the beneficial bacteria to flourish. Probiotics nourish the healthy bacteria in our microbiome so they can begin to outnumber the disruptive bacteria. A well-fed healthy microbiome are able to force the bad bacteria to leave to neighborhood. Consuming probiotics means microbial balance is restored. Inflammation subsides, endotoxins are averted, no more insulin resistance and no more weight gain. Good health, a healthy weight and happiness are the result. Some of the probiotic foods are the oligosaccharides – soluble plant fibers found in onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus, jicama, and Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, radishes and tomato. In Dr. Raphael Kellman’s book he describes in extensive detail what kind of foods and supplements are needed to restore and maintain a healthy microbiome. He lays out a brilliant plan he calls the four R’s - Remove, Replace, Reinoculate and Repair. He provides a daily eating plan and many delicious recipes to achieve your optimun healthy life style. But in order to have success with this program you actually have to make a commitment to get started. We wish you every success in your healthy endeavors.

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Are you living your life in alignment? (an honest check in)

Are you living your life in alignment? (an honest check in)
Nov 04 2016 posted by Conscious Planet 0

I think no matter what we do for work or what we're up to in our lives, our success and fulfillment comes from alignment. By alignment, I mean living in such a way where we can honestly say we are in integrity with our core values, vision and life mission. Answer the following questions honestly. Journaling about your answers is even more powerful: Are youtruly living in alignment with your passion and values? Do youreally believe in what you’re putting out in the world or are you just doing it to pay the bills? Are youtreating your work like it's an art-form or are you just going through the motions? Are you dedicated to personal mastery with your craft or are you looking for a quick, easy payout? Do youthink longterm in your actions and planning or are youstuck in the limitations of month-to-month mode? Is who youwant to be aligned with what youare doing and how you are acting right now? Are youstretching yourself creatively in your life or are youhiding by doing things the same as everyone else? Are youclaiming your unique point of view based on your life experience and desires OR are you regurgitating what everyone else says, does and believes as a way to stay safe. When living in alignment, the journey of being human is a transformational, exciting, magical, fulfilling one (for us and for the people we touch in our wake). What is your personal practice for staying in alignment with your core passions, values and intended lifestyle? Article written by Bradley Morris. Learn more about Bradley at www.thegreatecourseadventure.com

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10 interesting, less known facts about Vitamin C

10 interesting, less known facts about Vitamin C
Nov 03 2016 posted by Conscious Planet 0

1. The chemical name of vitamin C is ascorbic acid, meaning acid against scurvy. You can read this name off food packages, as vitamin C is an excellent natural food preserver as well. 2. The Inuit never eat fruit, but they don’t suffer from vitamin C deficiency nevertheless. This is possible because they eat a large quantity of raw meat, with high vitamin content. Most of these vitamins are destroyed during cooking. 3. Vitamin C makes the skin firmer because it plays an important role in building up collagen. Without collagen, the skin dries out, loses its firmness and it becomes prone to blemishes. 4. Smokers need a 30% higher intake of vitamin C than nonsmokers. If they don’t consume this higher quantity, they may experience symptoms of scurvy: gum bleeding and gingivitis, falling out of teeth, inflexible blood vessels, numbing of the extremities and heart failure. 5. The officially recommended vitamin C intake is 70-80 milligrams; however, the Nobel Prize scientist Albert Szent-Györgyi, the discoverer of the vitamin, took 1000 mgs daily when healthy and 8-9 thousand mgs when he was sick. The scientist never fell seriously ill; he remained vivacious and active until his death at 93 years of age. 6. In the mammal kingdom only humans, several species of apes and guinea pigs can’t synthesize vitamin C, so they have to procure it from external sources. As a comparison, a cat’s body can produce 18 thousand mgs of vitamin C a day. 7. Among all plants found in Central Europe, buckthorn berries have the highest vitamin C content, and they are situated at the 5thplace worldwide. As a comparison, 100 mg buckthorn contains 695 mgs of vitamin C, while the same amount of oranges contains only 53 mgs. 8. When Albert Szent-Györgyi first isolated vitamin C, he initially called it "ignose” or "I-don’t-know-what” sugar. The vitamin gained the name Ascorbic Acid later. 9. Vitamin C used for medicinal and food preservation purposes is mainly obtained from corn. 10. Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy. This disease took its toll especially among sailors, who used to have a very limited intake of food containing vitamin C during several month long sea journeys. According to estimations, about 2 million sailors succumbed to the disease until the 20thcentury. During the Seven Year War, the Brits lost 1512 members of the navy in battles; in the meanwhile, scurvy killed about 100 thousand members of the British army. Inspired to get more vitamin C in your body? We have a special on Transcend this month!

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Yummy Hemp Whipped Cream

Yummy Hemp Whipped Cream
Oct 29 2016 posted by Conscious Planet 0

Looking for a healthy frosting for your cakes or muffins? This recipe is epic! High protein, fiber, minerals and nutrients, low in sugar and high on taste! Hemp Whipped Cream Meat of 1 baby coconut 1 cup coconut water 2 tbs maple syrup 1 tbs vanilla 1/2 cup Planet Hemp seeds Blend until smooth and creamy and chill for at least an hour Enjoy! #hemp #hempseeds #hempdessert www.planethemp.ca Invest in your future!

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The Importance of Hydration: A Whole Body Perspective

The Importance of Hydration: A Whole Body Perspective
Oct 29 2016 posted by Conscious Planet 0

Dehydration: Chronic dehydration also can be a cause of highblood pressure by making the body to hold onto sodium. This increases bloodvolume and thus blood pressure. Make a point of drinking a minimum of eight and preferably 10 to 12 glasses of pure, filtered water every day. How do I know when I am dehydrated? Symptoms of dehydration include the following: Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual. Dry mouth. Sleepiness or fatigue. Extreme thirst. Headache. Confusion. Dizziness or lightheaded feeling. No tears when crying. The importance of hydration Water plays many important roles within the body. Water is the major part of most of the body’s cells (except for fat cells) and it also cushions and lubricates the brain and the joints. It transports nutrients and carries waste away from the body cells. It also helps regulate body temperature by redistributing heat from active tissues to the skin and cooling the body through perspiration. Water is the main constituent of the human body: it is normally about 60% of body weight in adult males, and is slightly lower, about 50-55%, in females due to their higher proportion of body fat. The muscles and the brain are about 75% water, the blood and the kidneys are about 81%, the liver is about 71%, the bones are about 22% and adipose tissue is about 20%. Most of the water in the body is found within the cells of the body (about two thirds is in the intracellular space), and the rest is found in the extracellular space, which consists of the spaces between cells (the interstitial space) and the blood plasma. Total body hydration and the balance between input and output of water are under homeostatic control by mechanisms which modify excretory pathways and stimulate intake (thirst). The body requires water to survive and function properly. Humans cannot live without drinking for more than a few days – depending on weather, activity levels and other factors – whereas other nutrients may be neglected for weeks or months. Although commonly it is treated rather trivially, no other nutrient is more essential or is needed in such large amounts. Benefits Good hydration is essential for health and wellness. Every cell in the human body requires water. Hydration is central to the most basic physiological functions such as regulating blood pressure and body temperature, hydration and digestion. Some of the most remarkable benefits of hydration are listed below: Brain Adequate hydration is important for proper functioning of the brain. When we are well hydrated, brain cells are better supplied with fresh, oxygen-laden blood, and the brain remains alert. Mild dehydration, a 1% to 2% loss in body weight, can impair the ability to concentrate. Loss of more than 2% body weight due to dehydration can affect the brain’s processing abilities and impair short-term memory. Cells Hydration in the body is important for transporting carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients and oxygen to the cells. The cells then produce energy for the body to function. Furthermore, hydration facilitates disposal of the waste products of metabolism, enabling the right cellular chemical function. Digestive Tract Hydration plays an important role in the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract. Water is required to dissolve nutrients so that they may be absorbed into the bloodstream and delivered to the cells. Insufficient hydration will slow the digestive process and chronic poor hydration can lead to constipation. Heart Fluids are important for healthy heart function and the correct regulation of water balance is essential to keep blood pressure within the healthy range. Dehydration decreases cardiac output which may lead to increases in heart rate and a fall in blood pressure. The circulatory system delivers a constant supply of oxygen to the brain, muscles and to all other tissues. Kidneys An adequate water intake is essential to keep the kidneys working well, helping them to remove waste products and excess nutrients mainly via urine. The kidneys regulate the body’s water levels by increasing or decreasing the flow of urine. The kidneys also work to control normal levels of sodium and other electrolytes. A well-hydrated healthy person’s kidneys filter approximately 180 litres of water each day: clearly most of this has to be reabsorbed to prevent excessive losses from the body. Muscles and Joints Water acts as a lubricant for muscles and joints; it helps cushion joints and keeps muscles working properly. Muscles and joints, in addition to the bones, are necessary for us to stand, sit, move and carry out all daily activities. Approximately 70 to 75 percent of the muscle is made up of water. Maintaining the right water balance is essential for optimum muscle function. Skin The skin constitutes a defence against pathogenic agents and contributes to preventing the development of infectious and allergic processes. Some people believe that good hydration helps to moisten body tissues and preserve the skin’s elasticity, softness and colouring though this has not been researched adequately. Temperature The body water has an important role as a thermoregulator, regulating the overall body temperature by helping dissipate heat. If the body becomes too hot, water is lost through sweat and the evaporation of this sweat from the skin surface removes heat from the body. Sweating is the most effective way that the body prevents itself from overheating. Let us examine some of the lesser-known yet extremely important advantages that drinking adequate amounts of water can provide. Elimination of Toxins It is important to recall that our bodies are made up of nearly 60% water, and our brains a staggering 70%. Nutrients travel to and from our cells and organs via this "water pathway" and toxic substances are similarly removed. Drinking adequate amounts of water from pure sources such as water fountains and filtered or boiled water, helps expedite the process of removing harmful toxins from our bodies. This will contribute to an overall healthier disposition, as any toxins or foreign bodies that are not removed can cause damage in both the short and long-term. Maintaining Adequate Hydration Another distinct advantage that water provides is the ability for us to retain sufficient amounts of water in our system. While this s most commonly spoken of amongst athletes or other sportsmen and women, it is just as important for the average individual. Even a small imbalance in the amount of water in our bodies can result in lessened kidney function, digestive problems, muscles that are more prone to injury and even prematurely aged skin. Although these effects may be lesser-known than the immediate effects of dehydration, over time they can cause damage to our bodies. Impaired Thinking One fundamental importance of water is to keep our brains adequately hydrated. Although this organ represents no more than 1/50th of our body weight, it utilises 1/20th of the body's supply of water and blood. Should we not drink enough water, the brain itself can suffer. The results can be a headache due to the literal shrinking of the tissue (much like a sponge when dried out), migraines and impaired levels of thinking (as the cells are not performing at optimum levels). Thus, water is absolutely critical in schools and universities where a great deal of studying will take place. It is for this reason that many such institution provide numerous water fountains across campus to allow students to hydrate themselves whenever necessary. Keeping adequately hydrated is an important part of overall heath but especially important in those with medical conditions and mental illness. Even a small amount of dehydration can exacerbate underlying conditions. For the best possible performance Mental Healthy recommends you drink 8 glasses of fluid a day and at least 5 should be pure water. These are but a handful of reasons why water is without a doubt the most essential substance on the planet. Water fountains and other public supplies of fresh water truly give the gift of life. Want to feel more hydrated, try Genesis: Genesis, one of Conscious Planet's best premium products, is a truly unique proprietary synergistic blend of ORME energy enhanced: anti-oxidants, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, B vitamins, phytonutrients and building block of life elements, including humic acid, in a fulvic acid base to feed the cells and provide extraordinary support for our energetic and physical bodies own self healing abilities. Fulvic acid is nature’s most complex and innately intelligent molecule being one of the key factors of enzyme reactions within all living cells supporting: cellular energy production, pH balancing, immunity, waste removal, DNA repair, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and overall optimum health. Fulvic acid especially enhances the usability of vitamins through the presence of trace minerals. Fulvic acid rapidly catalyzes the breakdown and detoxification of toxic pollutants such as pesticides, herbicides and even radioactive substances thus forming organo-metal complexes of different absorptive stability and solubility. Minerals and metals actually disappear into the fulvic structure becoming bio-chemically reactive and mobile. Minerals and metals are actually transformed into elaborate fulvic acid molecular complexes that have vastly different characteristics from their previous metallic mineral form. Fulvic acid complexes have the ability to synthesize or transmute new mineral compounds such as the transmutation of vegetal silica and magnesium to form calcium in animal and human bones. This prepares minerals to react with cells, allows minerals to inter-react with one another and increases/enhances the availability of nutrients and in all life forms. Fulvic acid has generally been used as an agricultural product as it readily complexes with minerals and metals making them available to plant roots and easily absorbable through cell walls. It makes minerals such as iron, that are not usually very mobile, easily transported through plant structures. Fulvic acids dissolve and transpose vitamins, coenzymes, auxins, hormones, and natural antibiotics that are generally found throughout the soil. Humans usually are getting this from foods grown in healthy soil. However because of soil depletion and increased toxic load on the body, supplementation is desirable if not necessary for balanced health. Zeolyte clay is a clathrate (pourus) mineral that is negatively charged and is well known to neutralize heavy metal and chemical toxins. Humic acids have a non covalent bond and are well known as the key building blocks for organic life. Experience the gift of hydration, buy your bottle of Genesis here...

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Raspberry Hemp Nests (by Symentha Holmes)

Raspberry Hemp Nests (by Symentha Holmes)
Oct 21 2016 posted by Conscious Planet 0

These sweet beauties are a wonderful high protein treat! Great for pre or post workout, a snack Recipe: 1 cup Planet Hemp Seeds 2 X eggs 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 cup coconut sugar 1/4 cup black sesame seeds (if desired) Raspberry Jam (or other desired jam) Roll into balls and press the cookie down with two fingers then create a hole in the middle for the jam. Making sure not to go all the way through. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees and put onto a bakers rack to cool. Makes 18 little nests!

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The Secret to Building a Healthy Body (by Ron Garner)

The Secret to Building a Healthy Body (by Ron Garner)
Oct 21 2016 posted by Conscious Planet 0

The following is an excerpt from the book, Conscious Health. Written by award winning author, Ron Garner. In this article I will talk about: The true and very interesting story about the Pottenger Cats experiments and what we can learn from this study regarding our own health and disease processes Taking stock of your health situation as you start your health program How to monitor your own health by measuring your acid-alkaline balance at home Foods and drinks that should be avoided. WHY YOU NEED TO TAKE CONTROL I want to bring us back to the question: "Who is responsible for your health?” Other people might be sympathetic if you get sick or are suffering with a health condition, but it is you who is doing the suffering. It’s your life. And to get out of that suffering or improve your situation you need to understand – nutritionally and natural-health-wise – how you got there. So I am going to tell you the true story about the Pottenger Cats, which illustrates the consequences of eating food that is not natural and does not contain enough live nutrition to create health in the long term. The Pottenger cats study Dr. Francis Pottenger is one of my heroes. He was a medical doctor in California and he wanted to know the difference that eating raw versus cooked food makes to health. So from 1932 to 1942 he conducted nutritional experiments with 900 cats. He divided them into groups and fed them various combinations of raw and cooked food. But for simplicity sake we will talk about just two groups – the raw food cats and the cooked food cats. To maintain sperm consistency throughout the generations, all female cats were bred by raw-food males. Raw food cats were fed raw meat and raw unpasteurized milk. Cooked food cats were fed cooked meat and pasteurized milk. All cats were given a supplement of cod liver oil. Outcomes of this study The results were as follows: the raw food cats continued to be healthy normal cats from generation to generation. However, cooking food can denature it in several ways making it a deficient diet for complete health. Mainly, enzymes are destroyed and protein is denatured which reduces or eliminates the ability of these proteins to be properly digested. As such, the first generation cooked-food cats developed diseases, illnesses, and deficiency symptoms –similar to what we see in our human population – near the end of their lives. Emotional and nervous problems began to appear. Structural problems in their bones and teeth began to happen. The second generation cooked-food cats developed disease problems around mid-life. Third generation cooked-food cats developed disease problems at the beginning of their lives, with many dying before they were six months old. And here is the surprising part – there was no fourth generation cooked food cats produced! Either 3rd generation parents were sterile, or 4th generation cats were aborted before birth. Some people might be saying: "Interesting, but we are not cats,” and that’s true. But while later studies have found that cooking food destroys taurine, which is an essential amino acid that cats must have to be healthy, cooking food also destroys another essential amino acid, lysine, which humans must have to be healthy. (The human body cannot manufacture lysine; it must be obtained from raw or partially-cooked food, such as nuts, beans, peas, lentils, meat, eggs, and raw-milk cheese.) Cooking at temperatures over 105 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 to 48 degrees Celsius) also kills all the natural digestive enzymes in raw food. So in my opinion, we have much to take notice of from the Pottenger Cats experiment results. Where is the good news? The good news from the Pottenger Cats experiments is that when the cooked food cats were switched back to a healthy diet for cats, they gradually returned to normal health again. Depending on how many generations they had been on a deficient diet, it took from one to four generations to do this. So, what about an eating plan for us? Well, for us humans I am not suggesting that we must eat an all-raw diet. I always suggest easing in to it gradually, with the eventual objective of achieving 50% raw. And even if you get partway there it will be a great improvement because millions of North Americans eat no raw food at all and very few vegetables. Calories are misunderstood Millions of people trying to lose weight are told to watch the amount of calories they eat because more calories tend to put on more weight. That is true – partly, because it is the calories and proteins in cooked food that are the problems. In recent studies, scientists have found that cooking food increases the amount of energy or calories that it provides to your body, whereas eating raw food leads to weight loss. However, in my opinion, this is only part of the explanation. Cooking food may increase available calories but it also kills live nutrients such as enzymes and probiotics, and distorts protein molecules making them less bio-available to the human body. Further, because cooked protein molecules are changed from their natural configurations, the body sees them as foreign invaders and revs up the immune system to deal with them by increasing the white blood cell count. This does not happen with raw foods because they retain all their live ingredients in a natural form that is easily recognized and processed by the body. The body runs more efficiently with an adequate intake of raw food – both in digesting and metabolizing it, and in eliminating the wastes resulting from it. When one significantly increases the intake of raw organic ripe fruits and vegetables, the usual side benefit to feeling healthier is a shedding of some extra pounds of body weight. My conclusion regarding calories is that they certainly matter in cooked food, but have no consequence in a diet of raw food. Introducing more raw food into your diet If you are starting from a diet containing very little raw food, or if you are sick or elderly, you will need to take some time before you change over to more raw food. It is best to concentrate on nutritious soups and broths containing an assortment of cooked vegetables and some animal protein. As you gain in strength, add raw foods slowly to give your digestion system time to adjust to this new form of food. A healthy diet takes time to transition to as you begin to feel the benefits of improved digestion, elimination, and more energy. It’s not hard to do either when you are shown how. I like to say that changing over to the new healthier diet is an add-to diet, not a take-away diet. You gradually add more of the good foods to your plate and slowly reduce the not-so-good foods. In time, as your taste buds change their preferences, the good foods become more appealing and they tend to push some of the other foods off the plate. The slow and steady plan is best unless you are trying to correct a serious health situation and you don’t have much time. In this case you would want to make the transition much faster. How long does it take for changes to happen? Since we live much longer than cats do, when we change over to a nutritious diet that satisfies our physical nutritional requirements and we work to detoxify our bodies, we can usually see improvements in energy and how we feel in a fairly short time. But if you already have a disease in progress, it could take several months to a few years to completely reverse the health damage that has been done in your body during your lifetime up until now. Like the cats, it depends on how serious our health conditions are when we start, and how serious we are in making the efforts and lifestyle changes that are needed. That part is up to you. How badly do you want it?

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Family rids themselves of toxic pesticides by eating organic for two weeks

Family rids themselves of toxic pesticides by eating organic for two weeks
Oct 06 2016 posted by Conscious Planet 0

Family rids themselves of toxic pesticides by eating organic for two weeks For most of history, food was grown from the seeds passed down from the last harvest. The produce from each year's harvest was labeled and sold as the food it was. Life was simple. Food didn't need an "organic" label to prove that it was real, and the diversity of crops abounded. Small farms were the backbone of the nation's food supply, and there was greater respect for the quality of the soil. Then came along the corporate takeover of seed genetics and the introduction of chemical pesticides and genetically modified organisms. By changing the genetic structure of the natural biology of seeds, scientists enabled corporations to patent new seed technology. The new GM seeds became the property of corporations. Not coincidentally, this genetic modification of seeds allowed the corporations to mass produce, market and sell the chemical pesticides that the seeds were engineered to withstand. With the help of government subsidies, the altered food became the model for farmers to follow. As agriculture became infused with chemicals, consumers could no longer expect the food on their plates to be pure and unadulterated. Was the corn at the grocery store actual whole corn or was it grown from a genetic seed variance and sprayed with chemical pesticides? This new genetically modified food industry was allowed to waltz into the marketplace and pretend its food product was no different than what had been grown in years past. The organic label is invented to help consumers differentiate whole food from chemically grown foodToday, many Americans see the "organic" label and think it's just a fancy term for higher-priced food with no significant value. On the surface, all the foodat the store seems the same. Why would anyone spend extra money for an "organic" label? Is it really important to eat organic or is it just a scam? Is this food really any different or healthier for the body? It's hard to differentiate betweenorganic foodand pesticide-sprayed food because no one can physically see the chemicals in food. We take food for granted, treating it all as the same. There is no label denoting the chemicals in the food. No one is ever educated on how these chemicals negatively affect hormones and fertility. They are just accepted as safe, and the amount of chemicals increasing in the body is never measured. What happens when these chemicals combine? Herbicides like atrazine have been proven to cause developmental and reproductive defects in amphibians and fish, but they are repeatedly backed by scientists, marketed as safe and sprayed on crops. Today, food is labeled "organic" by the USDA to help consumers choose food that is not grown from genetically modified seeds or doused with chemicals like atrazine. "Two weeks of organic eating helps family remove nearly all pesticides from their bodies"A study conducted by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL chronicled what happens when a family switches from eating pesticide-sprayed food to eating only organic food. The study was conducted for just two weeks. The results were astounding, as illustrated by this 90-second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch? t=35&v=oB6fUqmyKC8 The amount of chemicals in their urine dropped drastically after they made the switch. After seeing the results with their own eyes, the family doesn't want to go back to the way it was before, no matter what the cost. Government collusion with Big Ag is at the heart of the problemOrganic food is more expensive today because federal government food policy is assisting the corporate takeover of agriculture. Taxpayer resources are subsidizing a food system that genetically engineers seeds to withstand increasing doses of herbicides, insecticides, andpesticides. If government wasn't colluding with big agriculture, this chemically-bathed food would have to go through rigorous health and safety tests to prove that it is real food after all. Consumers would be educated about these chemicals rather than fed lies about them. If government didn't invest taxpayer resources into Big Ag's chemical warfare on food, organic whole food would be more abundant, more affordable and more accessible to a population crying out for fewer chemicals in their diet. Bottomline. If you want to be a part of the solution... EAT ORGANIC. It's good for you. It's good for the planet. It's bad for the big agriculture and chemical companies. Spread the word.

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