It's time to put to rest the popular myth that disease is a factor primarily of chance, spurred on by "flawed" genetics. A new study published in the journalCellfound that environmental exposures, including nutrition, are what really shape the immune system, especially as a person gets older. The immune system is constantly adapting to fight off disease, learned researchers. And while some facets of immunity are passed on from parents to children, what these children encounter throughout their lives is what really counts. Immunity is gradually learned throughout one's life, in other words, and not instantly set in stone after birth. "Experience counts more and more as you get older," said Stanford University immunologist Mark Davis, the man who headed up this latest work. Davis and his team set out to determine whether immunity is more a function of nature or nurture, and they did this by comparing 78 pairs of identical twins. They also looked at 27 pairs of fraternal twins, which unlike identical twins are not a perfect genetic match. Traits shared by identical twins are said to be primarily hereditary rather than learned. Researchers took blood samples from all the twins, who ranged in age from eight to 82 years, and looked at more than 200 variables and activities associated with their immune systems. In 75 percent of measurements, observable differences between pairs of twins were found to be more than likely due to non-hereditary influences such as nutrition, previous infections or previous vaccinations. Only 25 percent of measurements, on the other hand, suggested any sort of hereditary link. This was further illustrated by comparisons made between the oldest twins, 60 and over, and the youngest twins, under age 20. The younger twins, whose immune systems had not yet fully developed, were found to be remarkably similar immune-wise, while the older twins had immune systems that were more variant. This makes sense, as many twins tend to grow apart as they get older and embark upon their own individual lives. As a result, they are exposed to different things, including different environmental conditions, different viruses and bacteria, and different medicines and treatments, all of which alter and shape the immune system. Natural exposure to germs is good for the immune systemSimilarly, when the research team administered flu vaccines to participating twins, they observed no clear signs that genetics played any role whatsoever in how many antibodies were produced. It all comes down to individual exposures, diet and other lifestyle factors that influence immunity and ultimately determine whether or not a person will succumb to disease. Even when one person in a twin pair was exposed to a virus -- in the case of this study, cytomegalovirus, or CMV -- there were obvious non-genetic variants between the infected and the uninfected to further suggest that "nurture" is a more important health factor than "nature." Of the 16 pairs of identical twins analyzed, where one twin had CMV and the other didn't, researcherS noted major differences in nearly 60 percent of the components studied. With this in mind, avoiding germs, which we are all told to do to stay healthy, may actually cause more harm than good. Early exposure to germs can help prime the immune system, much like how vaccines are supposed to work. When these exposures don't occur, immunity is weakened. "I'm a strong believer in the power of dirt," added Davis. "This [study] just says the environment plays a huge role in shaping what your immune system looks like." Original article from NaturalNews. Click here to read more... Ready to take FULL responsibility for your health? Get on the program today!
This article is taken from Ron Garner’s most recent book: "The Disease-Free Revolution." Ron Garner is an award-winning Author of "Conscious Health” – The Complete Owner’s Natural Health and Healing Manual. He won the Nautilus Award in 2007 for best health and healing book."In Conscious Health, myth-buster Ron Garner offers new science and alternative insights revealing that it is lifestyle, not genetics, which primarily determines our health.” HEALTH IS LOST OR WON IN THE GUT What you are about to read is life-changing because it explains the basic cause of most of the disease conditions our society suffers from. The majority of this information is sourced from Douglas Wyatt, founder of the Center for Nutritional Research, and from the book, Peptide Immunotherapy: A Physician’s Guide, by Dr. Andrew Keech. In medical terminology, the word ‘gut’ refers to the intestines. Many health practitioners use the phrase ‘disease begins in the colon.’ This is true because when rotting and stagnant fecal matter becomes congested in the colon, toxins are formed which begin to congest and reduce the efficiency of other organs. But that is only part of the story. What is not widely recognized, and is overlooked by many medical practitioners, is what happens upstream from the colon in the small intestine. Hippocrates, who lived in ancient Greece and is recognized as the father of western medicine, stated that, "All disease begins in the gut.” The problem influenced by poor lifestyle choices, the small intestine can develop tiny holes or perforations in its mucus lining, thereby becoming leaky. The small intestine is not supposed to have these perforations. However, when they do develop, the gut’s protective walls become weak, which allows incompletely-digested proteins, fats, toxins, and bacteria to leak through into the blood stream, causing inflammation in various areas of the body. This condition is called Leaky Gut Syndromeand it is the basis for chronic disease. It is estimated that at least half the adult population and many children in the United States have Leaky Gut Syndrome. A situation similar to leaky gut occurs with allergies. Allergens are able to enter and cause problems in the body due to weakened membranes of the skin, nose, sinus, throat, lungs, or intestines. Irritation and inflammation cause microscopic holes to develop and although very small, they are large enough to allow protein particles from pollen, animal dander, food, or other contaminants to gain entrance into the bloodstream.Acting in the interest of survival, the body’s immune system works to eliminate these foreign substances. This results in inflammation, mucus discharge, itching, irritability, and reduced immune function. Inflammation is present in most disease conditions.As an immune system response to irritation or damage, inflammation is the initial phase of the body’s healing.When intestinal inflammation and leaky gut become chronic, healthy areas of the body become susceptible to damage as well. Leaky gut can be a problem for people of all ages. It can be the root cause of many health disorders and autoimmune conditions ranging from: indigestion, bowel disorders, malabsorption and deficiency of nutrients, chronic fatigue, memory problems, allergies, Candida, and skin problems such as eczema, to asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, lupus, cancer, and numerous other autoimmune disorders. The main causes of leaky gut include: overuse of antibiotics, meats containing antibiotics, over-the- counter and prescription pain medications, steroids, gastro-intestinal drugs, birth control pills, pesticide-laden foods, mold, Candida yeast overgrowth, bacteria, excessive ingestion of wheat products, GMO foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, some food additives, and chronic stress. Adults who were not breast-fed as babies also have a compromised gut system which originated in infancy. Allergies and autoimmune disorders Allergies and autoimmune diseases are almost always associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome. The connection between Leaky Gut Syndrome and (many) autoimmune conditions is that the antibodies created by the body, in response to the toxic substances and undigested fats and proteins that leak into the bloodstream and attach themselves to various tissues throughout the body, create an allergic response, trigger destruction of tissues and organs, and create inflammation. In the case of allergies, the immune system becomes hypersensitive and reacts to an outside substance that it would normally ignore. With autoimmune conditions, the immune system reacts to normal body tissues and begins attacking them as if they were foreign invaders; it produces antibodies against its own tissues. Under the conditions of increasing toxicity and chronic inflammation in the gut, the immune system becomes overactive and confused and can no longer tell the difference between healthy body tissues and antigens; it produces a response that destroys healthy normal tissue. The specific type of autoimmune disease that develops depends on the predominant location of the inflammation. Since the gut immune system contains 70 to 80% of the body’s immune cells, it is obvious that this is the area of our body that needs assistance if we wish to improve our health. Wyatt, Douglas. A. Leaky Gut Syndrome: A Modern Epidemic with an Ancient Solution? Center for Nutritional Research. The solution – bioactive colostrum It seems that any time we stray too far from Mother Nature’s way of caring for our bodies we run into difficulties. Altered foods, chemical drugs, preservatives, and pollutants are not natural to the human body and sooner or later they force body systems out of balance.It should be no surprise to us that nature had the prescription to being healthy from the beginning of our lives, and nature also offers the possible solution to correct health problems as we grow older. When mammals are born, their first food is colostrum from their mothers. This first milk, or actually ‘pre-milk,’ is very special because it transfers the all-important immune and growth factors plus nutrients from mother to infant. The newborn gut is unique in that it has not completed maturation at the time of birth and needs the growth factors and other components of the mother’s colostrum to complete its development. This incomplete development of the gut is of benefit to the newborn as it allows large proteins, such as immunoglobulins, to easily enter the body. Immunoglobulins in colostrum and mother’s milk bind to disease-causing pathogens on the mucosal surfaces of the GI tract, thereby preventing them from colonizing and causing infection. This modulation by the immune system creates passive immunity for the infant. Shortly after ingesting immune-strengthening colostrum, the porous openings in the infant’s gut close to provide a protective barrier so that large protein particles from food, plus viruses and bacteria cannot enter directly into the bloodstream. This protective barrier remains intact until one or more of the factors mentioned above cause the small intestine to become injured and porous.Fortunately for us, when we consume colostrum it can provide the same healing benefits and immune fortification that infants who are breast-fed this first food receive. Not only can colostrum heal holes in the gut, but it can also repair mucus lining perforations throughout the rest of the body that cause allergic reactions. Of course as adults we do not consume colostrum from human mother’s milk, but there is a wonderful alternative.Colostrum produced by cows –bovine colostrum – is bioidentical to human colostrum, yet it contains significantly higher levels of the immunoglobulin IgG, which can neutralize microorganisms, many of which are now resistant to present-day antibiotics. It contains powerful antibacterial and antiviral factors. Therefore, as an immune enhancement, bovine colostrum is even better than human colostrum. Bovine colostrum contains hundreds of thousands of components, of which only a few hundred have been identified and studied, that enhance the human body’s functioning by two primary mechanisms. First, the numerous immune factors and natural antibiotics in colostrum provide strong support for optimal immune system performance. Second, colostrum’s growth factors offer a broad-spectrum boost for optimal health and tissue healing. Wyatt, Douglas. A. Anti-Aging Benefits of Bovine Colostrum. vital Health News. www.centerfornutritionalresearch.org The gland in our bodies responsible for producing T cells, which are major components of the body’s immune response to foreign invaders and infections, is the thymus. The thymus gland is located behind the sternum in our chest just in front of the heart. This gland grows to the approximate size of an orange until we reach puberty, and then begins to shrink. By the time we are 70 years old, the thymus gland has reduced to approximately the size of a pea. This is one explanation of why we have weaker immune systems as we age. I Bovine colostrum is able to restore the thymus gland to optimal functioning capacity and correct an underactive immune system. According to Doug Wyatt, who has been working with physicians for over two decades, people who have been supplementing with bovine colostrum consistently and over time, report that they do not get colds or the flu anymore. And, people who start taking colostrum when they are already sick with a viral or bacterial infection report greatly accelerated healing and recovery times. Dr. Donald Henderson, MD, and Professor of Medicine at UCLA, stated:Colostrum is the ideal solution for Leaky Gut Syndrome. Its components prevent and heal GI damage. Unless the gut is healed, the body cannot begin the process of repair. Benefits of consuming colostrum Bovine colostrum is not a medicine or a drug; it is a super- food that is whole and natural. It is able to stimulate an underactive immune system or modulate an overactive one. It is also able to increase growth hormones in the body to restore a more youthful functioning of many physiological processes and promote growth of body tissues. Thousands of clinical trials have proven colostrum to be safe and effective, with no known drug interactions or adverse side effects. It is the perfect food to assist in the recovery from all disease conditions. Researchers have found that nutrients in colostrum are directly responsible for the production of stem cells in our bone marrow. "When they measured the before and after stem cell counts in the blood, virtually none are detected prior. Within a week of consuming, trillions of stem cells can be found.” Nothing other than colostrum has been clinically proven to stimulate the production of stem cells. The only food that was designed to heal, protect, and make our gastro-intestinal tract perfect is colostrum.When this first pre-milk food, containing high levels of its active components, is regularly consumed and the leaky gut situation is healed, many health benefits can start to be realized. I Some of the main health benefits include: improved digestion and bowel function, increased energy and feelings of well-being, faster healing after injuries, repair of DNA and RNA, regulated blood sugar levels, increased infection control, improved memory, building of lean muscle and bone density, increased endurance, reduction of body fat, more youthful skin appearance, and improved sexual function. Active bovine colostrum has been referred to as the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. As we age, it can give us a renewed lease on life. In addition to active bovine colostrum as a solution to leaky gut sydrome, Conscious Planet has a family of products that can also address leaky gut issues that start to happen with poor digestion, poor assilimlation and chronic elimination problems. Remember, "digestion is the major starting point to health” and "disease begins in the colon, " a phrase used by many natural health practitioners. The array of Conscious Planet products that will assist in mending leaky gut issues includes: Genesis – Bioactive Ionic Mineral Elixir. Make sure you are getting your minerals. Transcend – Vita Mineral Fruit & Greens. Reducing inflammation thus reducing the tiny holes in the mucus lining of the small intestine. Catalyze – digestive enzymes to support every catalytic function in the body,from breaking down food molecules to removing waste. Colonyze – Probiotic Flora Blend. Offers full intestinal tract support to pursue pathogenic invaders that are one of the causes of leaky gut. Eliminate – Bowel restorative that will break down impacted waste and repairing bowel wall, replenishing with essential nutrients. Visit Conscious Planet today to get on your health program and heal your gut health... If you wish to learn more from Ron Garners book, the Disease-Free Revolution, you can find it onAmazon.ca. For everything you need to know to stay healthy and happy.
Concentrated green superfoods found in green superfood drinks are the real deal when it comes to nutritional health benefits. Green superfood drink health benefits range from being an easy, tasty alternative for getting your daily greens to helping your body purify your blood, aiding with digestion, enhancing your immune system and boosting your energy. LETS EXPLORE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREENS IN THE MORNING: ANTIOXIDANTS Many of the ingredients in green superfood drinks are nutrient rich antioxidants. It's the green pigment /phyto-chemicals and chlorophyll that give them their antioxidant powers. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals (loose cannon cells) that get in the way of normal cell functioning and growth, which can lead to cancer, heart disease and even premature aging. Your green drink will boost your immune system and protect you! MORNING CARBS -- BRAIN POWER AND METABOLISM BOOSTERS Taking your super greens in the morning is a great way to get your carbs in veggie form without having to eat broccoli for breakfast! Having your green drink in the AM will help your body’s ability to metabolize your meals and provide your body and brain the energy it needs to function properly. This will help you think more clearly and maintain a lean body (or shed body fat). REDUCES APPETITE When you eat healthy, balanced meals, your body is able to absorb carbs steadily and burn them as energy instead of storing them as fat. This keeps your body from going into starvation/low blood sugar mode. A green drink in the morning is one of the keys to keeping your metabolism and blood sugar steady so that you're not starving your body of the essential nutrients it needs to feel your best. DETOX AND CLEAN BLOOD The chlorophyll green superfood ingredients alkalizes and cleans the blood. Having "clean blood" means that you have plenty of red blood cells to carry oxygen in (essential for brain and cell functioning) and metabolic waste out. This is essential to keep your health and energy levels high. KEEPS YOUR BODY IN IDEAL ALKALINE PH STATE The chlorophyll in most of the awesome superfood drink ingredients helps keep a healthy alkaline PH in your body. If your body gets too acidic, it's easier for inflammatory diseases to come in the picture, like heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and respiratory problems. SKIP THE COFFEE AND STILL GET AN ENERGY BOOST Forget those quick-fix energy drinks like Red Bull and even coffee! Green superfood gives you the same energy boost without all the sugar, caffeine and other unhealthy stimulants. That means, no sugar or caffeine crash. Many foods that we regularly eat are highly acidic, like meats and milk products. We need to offset this with alkaline foods, like leafy greens, grapefruit, and some nuts and seeds. Green superfood drinks are completely alkaline and are great at restoring the PH. GET YOUR GREENS IN YOUR BODY Try it. Start every day with greens in your body. If you’re already do it, then up your dosage to twice per day (morning and late afternoon). Get your greens withour Transcend Greens Formula. Order yours’ today and feel the difference your greens can make!
Are you stressed out? In pain? Chronically Ill? Your problem may be "electro smog." The human body has vital needs for daily sustenance, vitality and health. Life cannot persist long without food, water, or oxygen. As you will realize in this article, there is a fourth vital need: low-level electromagnetism. The primary mode of delivery for this gentle energy is the Earth’s electromagnetic fields. These fields have extremely low frequencies and intensities and, in regards to our health, have largely escaped our notice. But in the last 130 years with the advent and proliferation of biologically incompatible man-made energetic frequencies and intensities (referred to as EMF’S or electro smog), our health has come under siege. In absolute terms there is a worldwide increase in stress, depression, insomnia, autoimmune disease, chronic pain, and cancer, just to name a few. The ever-increasing presence of electro-pollution in our environment is interfering with the Earth’s low-level, natural electromagnetism our bodies need to thrive in the fullness of health. Research has shown that low energy pulsating electromagnetic fields (PEMF) within the frequency range of "the biological window” (3-25Hz), as well as the inner and outer wave patterns of the Earth’s magnetic field (7.83-11.79Hz) can produce remarkable positive changes within the body. The term "magnetic resonance stimulation” simply indicates that by applying a pulsating electromagnetic field that matches the Earth’s magnetic field, nearly all 75 trillion cells of the body can be stimulated into harmonic resonance. As a result, the pulsed frequency "charges” the membrane of every cell with energy to improve health by supporting normal cellular function. Oscillating in resonance, the cells communicate better. Thus this energy enhances the self-healing powers of the body. History – more than 3500 years ago some ancient cultures used the healing power of magnets and were used to heal different illnesses. The Egyptians have been researching the correlation and impact of the earth’s magnetic field on humans and animals for a very long time and have understood the medical importance of magnetic field therapy. More recently, there has been an explosion in scientific research pertaining to pulsating electromagnetic fields. Today there are many thousands of research articles in scientific journals worldwide reporting on the beneficial results of applications with magnetic resonance stimulation on humans and animals in the arena of health and wellness. For example, it has been reported that the first astronauts to travel into space beyond the earth’s electromagnetic field found that after a short time in space their bodily functions and organs began to breakdown without the pulsation of the earth’s electromagnetic field. Thus PEMF was first used for astronauts in their space suits with remarkable results while in space. Since then there has been so much increasing awareness of the medical applications for pulsed electromagnetic therapy that many hospitals in Europe, particularly in Germany and Switzerland use pulsed electromagnetic energy for initial treatment in their emergency and trauma rooms before patients see a doctor. So what are the health benefits of applied magnetic resonance stimulation? Magnetic field therapy has been shown to enhance cell membrane permeability, cell communication, oxygen delivery to cells, increased immune function, protein synthesis, decreased inflammation, increased circulation, lessens harmful EMF damage to the body restores vitality and intelligence to the body. You may be asking how can electrical magnetic frequencies cause so much harm and so much good? We know that the most fundamental physical force in the universe is electro-magnetism. Our bodies are electromagnetic and we are naturally connected to the earth’s electromagnetic field. We would not survive on this planet without this frequency called Schumann Waves that pulse wave energy around 8 Hz. The ancients were aware of this electromagnetic energy and called it the sacred circuit because they knew all life depended on this. What is happening today that is interfering immensely with the earth’s natural resonance, is all the higher (dangerous) electromagnetic frequencies. These higher wave frequencies are negatively affecting life on the planet. Our bodies were not meant to be in the higher Hz frequencies.For example, anxiety sits between 21.5 – 30 Hz. These EMF’s are affecting the radar of birds, bees and many other species as well as humans. If our bodies are blocked from natural exposure from the earth’s resonance wave energy (e.g. due to living and working in buildings constructed with concrete, steel and metal alloys, driving in cars on paved roads, by the electro-pollution of ultra-high frequency radiations from cell phones, microwave energy, not just from microwave ovens, wireless phone and computer networks, and radar/satellite signals,etc) we are more susceptible to illness, loss of cell membrane integrity, compromised immunity, and depression. Recorded dips in the Earth’s Schumann resonances have had strong correlations to heart attacks, car accidents, and a general increase in the death rate. (Beck 1992). I personally can give a testimony that supports the statement that harmful side effects of EMF’s, (man-made, dangerously high electrical magnetic frequencies) can be reduced and neutralized with the application of pulsed electrical magnetic therapy. Just recently Charles and I had a weeks vacation in Penticton, BC and we stayed at the Best Western Hotel a few blocks from the beach because we love Lake Skaha, and we are beach bums in the summer. On the first night we got into bed I could hear and feel a pumping sensation coming through the wall by our bed and I said to Charles I think this is going to be a problem for me. The pumping was also vibrating the floor in our bedroom. It went on all night non stop and finally I crawled out of bed at 2am and went into the other room to sit on couch and it was worse in there. Have you ever walked into a main frame computer room where you felt dirty heat, you could smell dirty electricity and your body started to vibrate, not in a good way? Well that was what I was feeling coming through the wall. I waited until 7am and then went to the front office to see if we could change rooms because our room was right next to the Mechanical Room. When I told the gal at the desk that I was feeling ill from the electricity and pool pump, she looked at me like I had a dunce hat on my head and exclaimed, that room had been rented all summer and nobody else had complained. I told her I didn’t care and that this was real for me. She was sorry there were no other vacancies and that if a room became available she would let us know. So we had to spend another night feeling terrorized. In the morning Charles took one look at me and he exclaimed, "that’s it” and down to the front desk he trotted to raise a little hot energy of his own. They moved us to another room that day, but here's the clincher…. as I’m walking back to our old room, the door to the mechanical room is open and I step inside to see what was coming through my wall for two nights. I was shocked as I stood frozen in place. There were 4 Smart Meters lined up on the other side of our bedroom wall. No wonder I was having sharp chest pains, my heart was racing, my left arm felt numb. My whole body was vibrating. I contemplated going to emergency to get my heart stabilized at one point, But then I remembered our Omnium mat. We had brought it with us, in fact, we don’t leave home without it; we take the Omnium1 everywhere we travel now. That day I laid on the mat 2 times and by evening, all my scary symptoms had disappeared. You may be wondering what is this mat thing? One of the leading companies in this technology, Swiss Bionic Solutions, has simulated the Earth’s electromagnetic frequencies in the form of a ‘lie down’ mat for home use. Swiss Bionic Solutions is based in Switzerland, where they have their manufacturing facility inventing and developing new products in the field of home health care based on the science of energy medicine. Two such devices that they've made for home use are the IMRS mat (magnetic resonance stimulation) which is Health Canada Certified as a class 2 medical device, http://consciousplanet.swissbionic.com/en/ and the portable Omnium1 mat (PEMF) pulsed electromagnetic field energy. http://consciousplanet.omnium1.com/en/ This technology has truly been and life-saver and life-changing for us and many others. (living in the city), To find out more about these remarkable home applications, please visit the above links. For further questions you can respond to Charles Holmes email at the top of the link on the home page or call Wind 604-340-9628 email@example.com Thank you for taking the time to read the CP news.
There is just something about Arugula-aka Salad Rocket-that is so fresh, peppery and almost meaty in a way.This simple, yet very satisfying salad, leaves you feeling extra healthy, due to it having an array of rich minerals and vitamins (high incopper and iron). It is also one of the best vegetable sources for brain and bone health, supporting Vitamin K. A perfect companion to any meal or enjoyed on its own! Serves: 2-4 friends Time to Prepare:20 minutes (and worth every second) Tip:Chill the salad for at least ½ hour before serving Recipe: 1 x a big bunch of Organic arugula (preferrably straight from the farmer or ground) 1 x sliced cucumber 1 x sliced avocado sliced oranges, apples or your favorite fruit for garnish 2 x tbsp hemp seeds Simply toss all ingredients together in a big bowl with one of our wonderful hemp oil dressings and serve. Ridiculously Delicious (and simple) Hemp Oil Dressing: 2 tbsp Hemp Seeds ½ cup Hemp Oil ½ cup olive oil 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp maple syrup 1 tsp Dijon mustard squeeze of ½ a lemon salt and pepper to taste Directions: Blend and adjust to taste. Drizzle over salad, serve and enjoy!Refrigerate for up to a week. Enjoy. xo Symentha (AKA: The Hemp Queen) Get more recipes and nutritional support from Symentha at www.HempQueen.ca
Eggplants are one of those delicious, weird, wonderful vegetables that are in season right now and MOST people I know have no idea how to cook them. So in honour of all the eggplants that are in season right now, here is my famous Rosemary Eggplant Stew... and by famous I mean, Charles LOVES it! Savory Eggplant Stew 1 small to medium eggplant 3 medium red potatoes 1 red bell pepper 1 small sweet onion cut in chunky pieces ½ dozen roasted garlic cloves (baked ahead of time) Wrap in foil, drizzle with olive oil. ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes 1 bay leaf 2 sprigs rosemary Celtic salt and pepper to suit your taste 1 cup vegetable broth 1 tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos In a sauce pan melt 1 tbps coconut oil and lightly saute eggplant and sweet onion. Then add to a roasting pot along with all the remaining ingredients. Bake in oven at 350F for 1 hour. Enjoy and let me know how much you love this delicious dish. xo Wind Walrath (co founder of Conscious Planet)
Each moment of each day we have a choice. It's the same choice in all the moments too (which you think would make it easier). But it's not. It's one of the hardest, most challenging choices we can possibly make. Making this choice will force us to stretch, grow, be uncomfortable and be fully responsible for our experiences and how we feel about them. The choice I'm talking about is our choice to genuinely enjoy life. Not JUST the good parts, but all of it. Even the sadness. Even the grief. Even the frustration or pain we sometimes go through. Easier said than done, right? We told you, it wasn't an easy choice. But it IS a choice we can make. We always have the choice to complain, blame, judge and look at all that is negative in our world. We also always have the choice to be grateful, seek out the good, learn from what challenges us and embrace each day, moment and experience as the adventure I believe life is meant to be. Here are 10 ways that adopting the "Enjoy life Philosophy" will benefit your health, happiness and relationships... 1) We attract more of the kind of people we want to spend our lives with (like attracts like). 2) We’ll be way healthier, because lets be honest, it doesn’t take a scientist to understand that being happy is good for our health. If you do need a scientist, then check out the Science of Happiness. 3) We’llgo on the most epic adventures and have the best stories to share because in the flow of following our bliss we’ll have so many unforeseen side excursions that willbe unpredictably awesome 4) People will talk behind our backs about how free spirited and amazing we are. 5) We will wake up stoked for the day ahead knowing, that no matter what happens, we're going to embrace it, enjoy it as best we can and at the very least, walk away with some "real moments" or new life lessons. 6) Nobody will tell us who to be or what to do… except for ourselves of course. 7) We will get those sweet wrinkles around our eyes that happy old people have because of the goofy smile we wear. 8) When we look at our calendar we’ll say, "Holy crap I live an awesome life, look at all the LFT’s (Look Forward To’s) I have coming up! 9) Instead of worrying about where to spend our money we’ll be dreaming up cooler ways to spend our time. 10) We will have a deep understanding (through experience) that life or the Universe truly supports us to be happy when we support ourselves to be happy. Those are just ten of the many reasons for why we should adopt a mindset that no matter what happens, we're going to choose to enjoy and embrace life as it unfolds. Filling our calendars with memorable moments and LFT's (Look Forward Tos') is what keeps us connected to the magic and joy of what it is to be alive. Living this way requires getting over our old stories that causes us to believe that"life is hard, we’re worthless, that nobody likes us, that we need $_____ to be happy, that _________ happened to me and therefore I can’t follow my passions.”I had a lot of stories that told me living the life of my dreams wasn’t possible. But now I am here doing it, living it and being it. It is 100% possible for all of us. Some journeys to total fulfillment will be more challenging than others, given your current circumstances (which are impermanent). However, if anyone is willing to do the work it takes to let go of those self-defeating stories, then they will experience all these benefits and more… and by "doing the work” I mean dropping the negative stories, releasingthe crappy habits or patterns in our lives thatarenot the best use of our time or money, and then making the moment to moment choice to do what what you enjoy OR start enjoying what you are currently doing. What sort of LFT’s (Look Forward To’s) are you going to start booking into your calendar regularly so you can begin living more of what you want? What are some things you’re committed to dropping right now? Please share with us and pass this article on if it inspired you!
Food has a magical way of building love and connection between two people. This week's recipe is Wind's "Romantic Summer Salad for Two." This is one of the secret ingredients to hers' and Charles longtime, beautiful marriage. ;-) This fresh, raw summer salad for two will leave you both feeling satisfied, nourished and energized! Select 3 to 4 veggies from the list below to create your perfect summer salad. 1 medium zucchini ¼ spaghetti squash or yellow/orange squash 1 large beet 1 large carrot 1 daikon radish 1 medium jicama root Shredded cabbage Quartered cucumber pieces Snap peas and pea sprouts, sunflower sprouts Garnish with: fresh chopped parsley, cilantro, chopped green onions, sliced black olives, hemp seed nut, toasted sunflower seeds and sprinkle a wee bit of Wakame dried seaweed, soaked for 10 minutes (rich in iron, calcium, iodine.) Use a spiralizer or vegetable peeler. Arrange your vegetable selections on a serving platter in separate little attractive piles…enough for two. Complete your summer salad by making this Miso Avocado Sauce w/ Fresh Basil. 1 large avocado 2 tbsp light miso (Shinmeido miso) See resources. 2 tbsp Nama Shoyu or Bragg liquid aminos (not raw) 1/4 cup hemp seed oil 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped 1/4 cup seaweed soak water Pulse blend in food processor leaving little bits of basil showing in sauce. Spoon on top of summer salad or leave on the side. A hearty meal indeed.
Rhythms Create Results. If you find yourself struggling to get anywhere you want to be, chances are you are out of rhythm. Days have rhythms, seasons have rhythms and nature has rhythms. When we’re out of rhythm with our own nature, life can feel like a complicated struggle. When out of rhythm all choices, no matter how big or small can create a lot of stress in the body. The mind is unable to focus or make decisions and knowing what one wants is a sloppy mess. It is nearly impossible to be productive AND create with quality when out of rhythm. Everything has this flaily, stress-filled energy behind it(which can be felt, even in writing)and accessing our creative potential is not possible. What are the daily rhythms in your day-to-day life and how do they support or sabotage your goals and aspirations? If you were to start fresh now, how would you design your rhythms? What would be things you’d do regularly to move you forward with your health, as well as with your business aspirations? If you want to see yourself blast full steam ahead, give yourself rhythms that your body, mind and creativity can count on. It is like building a muscle, and if you show up enough times to that dedicated space you’ve created (in your schedule), you’ll find yourself easily getting into the zone. I recommend even adding a little ritual to the space you create. Our presence + intentions add power to everything we do. It is a great practice for opening up the work flow space. This is what I call,consciously getting in the zone! My favorite place to create from… Creating a healthy new rhythm in your life is like learning to meditate, which can be very hard without the proper knowledge, training or tools. Your first attempts may be hard as hell. A lot of resistance tends to come up and it feels almost pointless to even be trying. However, if you show up every single day it eventually becomes easy and that clear, connected space can be accessed in a matter of a moments – even while driving in LA traffic jams. If you need help meditating, click here. Figure out your commitment to yourself and find a way to support that commitment by integrating it into your daily life. You may need to ask for support in the beginning, and that is okay! A good example is, if you want to learn the guitar, it’s far better to pick it up and practice for 10-minutes per day rather than once a week for 60-minutes. Growing your business, improving your health or exercising are the same way. You need consistency to gain momentum. The tortoise beat the hare one step at a time. Slow and steady will win your race! So if reading this has made you realize you’re out of rhythm, be gentle on yourself and start here. Happy new now! Journalling Questions: 1. What is ONE new rhythm or habit that I'm 100% COMMITTED to incorporating into my daily routine starting in the next 24 hours? 2. What is ONE self sabotaging habit or rhythm that I'm 100% COMMITTED to letting go of, starting now? There is a time and a place for "being in the flow and waiting for the Universe to deliver." However, I have learned over the years that the thing that gets you the life and results you want is hard work, focus, dedication and daily practice. Your future self thanks you for creating consistent rhythms that support your success and goals. Written by: Bradley T Morris. For more about Bradley, check out www.TheGreateCourseAdventure.comor www.BradleyTMorris.com
There is nothing worse than a hot day and a bloated belly, swollen fingers and toes and thatirritable, uncomfortable feeling in your skin. It can reallysabotage your summer fun. Sure it’s the ice creams, BBQ’s and alcohol, but it’s also what these foods do to your metabolism, hormones, endocrine system that sets you up for a bloated summer. In this article I want to share with you what exactly happens within your boy that creates the summer bloat and some easy foods, supplements and strategies you can use to restore your summer radiance, confidence and a slimmer belly. 1. Lower Aldosterone: To put this simply, this is the hormone produced by the adrenals responsible for water retention and can send signals to your body to hold on to water when too much of the wrong sodium is consumed without adequate potassium and other minerals to balance fluid regulation. All those chips, burgers, sauces, alcohol and a lack of water on hot days will send this hormone skyrocketing to tell your body "re-absorb all water and puff up like a balloon” Regulating your electrolytes will chill this hormone out, especially consuming enough potassium (at least 4500 milligrams a day). Here is my fave summer drink for reducing water retention, cooling the body while strengthening digestive fire: ·4 stalks celery, ·½ cucumber, ·Handful parsley, ·Piece of ginger: juice and enjoy first thing in the AM with a lot of water. Other ways to reduce aldosterone and water retention is to eat potassium rich foods especially dark leafy greens, kiwis, yams, avocados and tomatoes. Drinking dandelion tea is excellent as well as detoxifying to the liver, and making sure to get your B vitamins daily. 2. Lower bad estrogens and stress hormones. A lot of my clients and women in my online group, the "Whole Body Makeover" talk about work stress and how it drives them to eat bad carbs and sabotage their efforts. Managing stress is so important, as it can crank up adrenaline and cortisol, which makes us store fat, become fatigued and feel burnt out. Stress hormones also increase bad estrogens, which packs on belly fat and fat around the hips that won’t budge. Let’s start with the bad estrogen elimination protocol first: 1.Throw out all toxic body care and replace with natural products from your health food store- The average woman is expose to 516 "xenoestrogenic chemicals” every single day. This is a huge contributor to why our estrogen clearing pathways get blocked and then our bodies can’t effectively detoxify from the system, so they re-circulate and cause hormonal havoc, making us gain weight and have a never ending endocrine disorder no doctor can seem to pinpoint. If you are serious about your health and want to see changes, replace all your soaps, moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, hand sanitizers(the worst) and household cleaning products to natural ones free of sulphites, parabens, cancer causing agents, synthetic fragrances and petrochemical byproducts. It may cost money up front, but what price can you put on your health? 2.Eat 80% vegetables- whatever your health concern is, vegetables are the answer. If you have weak digestion, cook all your veggies, if your digestion is alright then have about 50% raw. Go for dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables as these contain compounds that clear our bad estrogens from our pathways and scrub out our colon and digestive tract, making our body even more proficient at clearing out harmful chemicals and relieving the liver of the toxic load. Without this the colon won’t be able to do it’s job. Then the liver becomes stagnant and nothing will move and shift. 3.Eat fermented vegetablesYou can make your own or you can buy them at your health food store. My favorites are all types of saurkraut and cabbage with spices! Fermented vegetables move through your digestive tract and rebalance the good bacteria for weight loss, balance blood sugar, detoxify the body of harmful chemicals and heavy metals, sweep out bad estrogens, and even assist in increasing your neurotransmitters for better brain function and mood! Anyone who follows me knows how much these guys have changed my life and I cannot live without them. Here is a great example of what I would eat in my estrogen reducing diet following these guidelines: ·Wake up: 2-4 cups lemon water and/or 1 tbsp Conscious planet Transcend, 2 caps Genesis. When I’m hungry I eat breakfast which is about 30-60 minutes after: On the days I want to really feel slim and energetic, I do a conscious planet Shapeshift or Transform shake: ·2sc of either one, ·1/2sc chocolate whey protein isolate, ·1sc chocolate hemp protein, ·1tsp yellow maca for hormone balancing and energy, ·1 big tbsp coconut milk fat, ·water- blend in blender and wait for 10 mins then enjoy. Some days I wake up and my body wants food instead of a shake in which case I will do organic eggs or egg whites sautéed with some coconut oil and fresh garden chard and peppers, a few ounces of sauerkraut on the side with some healthy mustard. Then before I head out for my gratitude walk or hike I take about 2 caps genesis. After this I come home and drink about 2 cups water and prep my next meal or shake. I usually have the solid breakfast meal above if I opted for a shake ealier or two smaller meals below so I can sustain my energy throughout the day and not feel sluggish. I find I do best and have more energy when I am "slightly empty”. If I am really going for the lean summer look I will do: ·about 4-6 ounces of fish(cod, trout, wild salmon, or coho), ·2c steamed broccoli, 4 ounces fermented veggies mixed with a summer salad with fresh greens from my garden. I will have these meals about 2-3 hours apart, or when my body tells me it’s time to feed again. If I am running around doing errands I will replace one of these meals with a shake similar to breakfast. By the late afternoon I usually want something sweet, so I will make another protein shake, as this fuels my evening lifting sessions quite nicely. For my treat I usually eat two bullet proof collagen protein bars or do about: ·1.5sc whey protein isolate ·1-2 big huge scoops of conscious planet chocolate hemp protein (it’s so freakin good!) ·and water. I am lifting pretty heavy right now and find my body needs a lot of protein to get that lean tight look a well as keep my cravings at bay, as I don’t eat a lot of carbs every day when I am leaning out. I will do about 2-3 days pretty low carb aside from eating carbs in my last meal, then one day carb up to lean out without going crazy. Dinner will usually be some sort of: ·Organic turkey, fish, chicken or wild game meat like elk, venison or kangaroo (about 4-6 ounces) ·1c cauliflower rice with lemon, olive oil, sea salt, rosemary ·2 ounces fermented veggies and a big salad or ·Steamed chard from the garden or broccoli and zucchini. I love sauces and usually will get avocado mayo from the health food store and mix it with the juice of a fermented veggie and use that as a tasty drizzle if I find I am very hungry and really need the fat satiation and flavor. A healthy pesto added to any veggie always satisfies as well! I also cook with a lot of spices in every meal, so every meal is so unique, flavorful and soul satisfying. My fave combinations are also good for hormones and include curry, cumin, fennel, tumeric, ginger, malay spice, and garam masala. 2-3 hours after dinner: This is a great time to eat a small meal of carbs and fats to provide energy the next day as well as enhance your sleep. If I am lazy I will do: ·3/4c cooked Organic gluten free oatmeal ·2tsp sweetener: monk fruit or truvia is what I currently use and it is so good! ·1 tsp coconut oil ·Cinnamon ·Pinch of sea salt ·Few tsp coconut milk fat To me this feels like a cheat! It is so satisfying and no guilt. This meal is best eaten around 1.5 hours before bed. I eat with body mindfulness. Meaning, I eat just until I am satiated and then stop. Another great option would be to replace this with a baked sweet potato with sprinkles of all the above and even some cashew butter, it is so satisfying you will not miss unhealthy carbs! Managing stress hormones: We all know that meditation does wonders for this, so it is crucial for allowing the peace within you to manifest without, but I also like a good cortisol manager or the herb holy basil to drop cortisol fast. When I am feeling stressed out, I take: ·½ tsp of a full spectrum extract of holy basil ·½ tsp full spectrum extract of ashwaganda ·and combine it with rhodiola and find this works well. I also have P.S (phosphatydleserine) and a supplement called "stress care” kicking around and alternate between these options depending on what my body tells me. I am always tuning in and asking my body what it needs and listening for the subtle shift of "yes” which is a lightness and gentle response internally. A ‘no” will feel heavy and draining, this is a good way to build a loving relationship with your body and allow it’s wisdom to guide you. Get in touch with your flow: Women’s bodies have an amazing monthly rhythm that can work for us instead of against us. Contrary to popular belief, PMS is not normal nor do you have to put up with it. During the time our monthly cycle we have our main hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone that rise and fall, and if we eat to support their production, we will have a happy monthly flow with no weight gain, no PMS and no craviness- the cravings that make you crazy! Here’s how: The start of your cycle: This is when you first get your period. Estrogen and testosterone will start to climb until ovulation, so eating foods that support healthy estrogen production instead of bad estrogens- is key. Go for nature's natural estrogens like tofu, tempeh, and 2tbsp flaxseeds a day. These phyto-estrogens bind to our "beta” estrogen receptors and block bad estrogens from attaching to the "alpha” part of our receptors and allow our bodes to stay in balance quite nicely. The second part of your cycle: this happens after ovulation, your body is switching to progesterone production and this is when women tend to get the "cravies”. Eating foods that will support your healthy progesterone production is the ticket. My "go to” is hummus and veggies, as the hummus has chickpeas, tahini which support healthy progesterone production as well as garlic and olive oil. Chickpeas are high in B6, which helps with progesterone production as well as water retention. During this time I replace my evening oats with hummus and fresh peppers and cucumbers. Sesame seeds are fantastic as well to sprinkle on your salads and other dishes. I also make sure to be diligently taking my B vitamins at this time. Throughout your whole monthly cycle healthy fats are a must. If you want to have healthy hormones, being mindful of the types of fats you consume is so important, they literally become your cellular matrix and create healthy cells that are able to function optimally. The best fats for a happy flow cycle are ·Hemp oil which is high in GLA for hormone production and regulation, ·Fish oil especially one that’s high in DHA- this acts as a natural anti depressant ·ALA or alpha lipoic acid- this is very detoxifying to the brain an helps remove heavy metals form the pituitary, I usually suggest this one for vegetarians who don’t want to do fish oil. I know the above can seem like a lot of info, but that’s why I created my online course whole body makeover, to take all my expertise and body wisdom and put it into a program any woman can follow and achieve success. For more info on the Whole Body Makeover eCourse, please go tohttp://www.dailyom.com/cgi- bin/courses/courseoverview. cgi?cid=571&aff=