Health Benefits of Tea

Health benefits of herbal tea

Health benefits of herbal tea 

Many people can’t imagine going a single morning without their habitual cup of coffee. There is something unbeatable about a hot cup of luscious liquid carrying caffeine and sugar to you first thing in the morning. 

What many don’t realize is that their dependency on bean juice can lead to excruciating headaches and a whole laundry list of other health problems. For those who don’t want to give up their vice but also want to lead a healthier life, tea is a great option. It might not be quite as delicious, but that’s where honey comes in! You might also find that your tea has 2-3X the caffeine. I say, BRING IT ON!

Tea has been consumed around the world for thousands of years. Records show tea has been specifically drunk for its medicinal properties, and since 300 AD. There are many myths of how tea was first discovered. Some people believe that random leaves were blown into boiling water, while others think that tea was first consumed by the Gods. As such, tea may have been the official, celebratory beverage at We Created The Universe Party. GO GODS!

Regardless of the origins of tea, the beverage has become a staple in many cultures around the world. People are fascinated by the complexities of taste and doctors are bewildered by its healing properties.

 

 

Types of Tea

Technically, tea is any dried leaf that is steeped within hot water. However, many enthusiasts consider only green, black, white, Pu-erh, and oolong teas to be true teas. All of these teas have natural antioxidants and flavonoids that promote wellbeing. Studies have also shown that drinking teas can help with some forms of cancer, diabetes, clogged arteries, and heart disease.

Teas are also wonderful when you want to get to know someone from the U.K. Tea time!

 

Green:

Healing, Longevity, Libido, Energy, and Love

Made with steamed leaves, green tea is one of the most widely studied teas of them all. Green tea has a high concentration of Epigallocatechin gallate EGCG, a compound known to prevent growth in cancerous tissues. Green tea may also help individuals burn fat, prevent calcification of arterial walls, improve cholesterol, and even reduce the risk of stroke.

 

Black:

Courage, Alertness, Mental Clarity, Strength

This tea uses fermented leaves and boasts the highest caffeine of any other tea. Its strong flavors are the backbone to many popular teas: iced tea, chai, and instant. Studies show drinking black teas can help protect the respiratory tract from cigarette smoke.

For many, black tea is the obvious and most treasured choice to replace your daily injection of coffee. The bitter taste and high caffeine mimic its java brother. The higher level of caffeine is one of the reasons this tea is known to bolster courage. The tea causes an increase of blood flow that leaves the drinker awake and aware.  

White:

Happiness, Protection, New Beginnings, Cleansing

Unfermented and uncured, white tea is a minimally processed tea. While some teas are aged to bring out varieties of flavors, and others are allowed to decay, white tea leaves echo the purity of their properties. Drinking this tea helps prepare your body and spirit for change, upleveling, and transformation. It’s a wonderful tea for ceremonies, especially those where you are surrounded by forests, embedded in the bosom of a wilderness. 

The lighter notes of flavor brighten your taste buds and improve your mood. Many report feeling happier or more relaxed after a cup of white tea. This color of tea is helpful to drink when you feel like you need to re-center, regroup, or peacefully plan your takeover of the world.

 

Pu-erh:

Reflection, Psychic Development, Divination

Fermented and aged, pu-erh is one of the rarer teas. It is technically a black tea, but the leaves are processed in a different way.

Pu-erh is aged under pressure. Processors compress the leaves to create a cake. While compressed, the tea ferments more effectively than in normal black teas. The result of the process is a complex tea that connoisseurs prefer and highly recommend, and one for which you might go wild!

This tea is known to help those tune into the world around them. Psychics, clairsentients, and empaths drink the tea and enjoy how it enhances their abilities to look and focus within themselves. This is a great tea to use before, during, and after meditation. It’s also the perfect tea for scrying, you know, piercing the walls of reality and sourcing information from the beyond!

Pu-erh isn’t just great for those trying to tone their spiritual bodies, Scientists have discovered that Pu-erh causes weight loss and better cholesterol in animal studies.

 

Oolong:

Relationships, Concentration, Romance

Oolong tea is partially fermented. It’s known for its ability to improve mental clarity. Many claim Oolong can help with eczema, tooth decay, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Although all tea has been proven to have some antimicrobial effects, studies are still being conducted to prove Oolong’s bone-restorative traits.

 

Herbal:

Varies Depending on Herbs

In the beginning, I shared that tea enthusiasts have a very rigid opinion of what a Tea is and should be. Though many herbal teas are not fermented or steamed like a traditional black or Pu-erh blend, the varieties of herbal teas are only limited by your imagination.

Many people drink chamomile to help them fall asleep. Others enjoy honeysuckle, lavender, or jasmine teas to awaken and soothe their senses. Because the flower changes from tea to tea, there are no catch-all properties to this blend. Simply pick flowers that are connected to your current emotional wellbeing, then breathe deeply and enjoy.

No matter which color tea calls to you at any given moment, there is a tea for every occasion. If you are struggling to stop drinking coffee or just trying to live a healthier life, drinking tea can be a great way to improve your mood, emotional stability, and physical health.

If you’re like me, you might consider rotating triple espressos with a nice green tea once in a while. I love noticing the difference in how each of these lovely beverages affects my intuition, perception, and creative flow. 

Tune into your muse and ask her, “What beverage, my dear, should I consume today so that I may merge more abundantly and congruently with you?” I bet she’ll answer you!

How to Grow a Healing Garden at Home

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Growing a healing herb garden at home
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Whether you cook at home, create your own incense, or look to nature to solve most of your problems, there is one fact you can’t deny: when it comes to plants, fresher is always better. 

For many of us, it can be difficult to find unusual and healing herbs in grocery stores or within new-age supply chains. Luckily, the internet has made growing your own garden at home easier than ever.

Hook it up! Let’s grow a garden! Wooohooo!

 

Finding the Right Location

Once you’ve decided to build your magic garden, the first thing you need to do is choose the location. Do you want to plant outside or inside? How about both! Each of these locations has benefits and drawbacks that affect growth and the ability to keep plants safe, healthy, and productive.

Regardless of location, plants, like all things, live best in balance with the elements. This includes plenty of sunlight to promote new growth, water for nourishment and to remain upright, soil to draw nutrients from, and carbon dioxide to produce energy. When you are choosing where you want to set up your garden, keep the elements in mind!

 

Indoors

Depending on where you live, the only place you can grow plants might be inside. There are plenty of planters available that not only allow adequate drainage but double as beautiful centerpieces in any room.

Place the planter near a window or skylight. Most plants require 4-10 hours of light, but the type of light can differ.

Bright Light

Use southern/western facing windows, or north/east if you live in the southern hemisphere. Bright light means direct light. If you look at the sky from the height of the leaves, you should see the sun. If you don’t have a window with direct light, you might have to add a synthetic source. Luckily, LEDs have made growing lamps cheaper, and they won’t jack up your electric bill.

Indirect Light

Use northern/eastern facing windows, opposite for the southern hemisphere. If you want the garden in a room with direct light, move the garden further away from the window or find another way to restrict light. You can use sheer curtains or add tint to windows to help control the amount of light plants will receive.

Low Light

Most houses have low levels of light. A good rule to follow is to try and read a book. If you keep thinking you want to turn a light on, the room has low light. Move plants away from windows or choose to plant in front of a northern window, southern for south of the equator.

 

Outdoors

When planting outdoors, it is a lot easier to judge how much light the garden will get. Shade is indirect light. If the area is in shade most of the day, it is a location with low light. 

Wild, untempered animals and humans should be kept out of garden beds and directed away from areas where they might step on plants and prevent new growth. If you have kids, dogs, ferrets, dragons, or large, careless humans in your tribe, you might consider installing a fence to manage them all. This will keep your garden safe and productive.

Remember, any changes to the perimeter could alter how the sun hits the plants. Consider opting for wireframe fences or barriers made from material that lets light through – a trellis for instance.

 

Before You Plant

Now that you’ve selected the ideal location to start your garden, you’re ready to till the soil and add a fertilizing agent.

There are many commercially available fertilizers out there, but keeping it to old fashion manure is the cheapest and safest way to add nutrients to the soil. The purpose of fertilization is to add nitrates to the growth medium. Over time, soil can become infertile, sapped of all its nutrients, and barely usable. By adding fertilizer, you can be sure that the plant foliage will have everything it needs to grow bountifully. This is especially true if you are growing vegetables and fruits in the same garden.

Once you have fertilized the soil, spread it or pour it out evenly. If you are adding fertilizer after laying your soul, till the ground to mix everything together. It’s important to make sure your dirt is packed tightly enough to support the weight of the plant, but not so tight so as to restrict the growth patterns of root systems and the flow of chi. 

After the earth is prepared and the ideal location has been selected, it’s time for the best part, selecting the plants for your new super awesome garden.

 

Picking your Plants

Being the root of all medicine, each plant has some medicinal property or another. There are many encyclopedias that aim to list every plant and their properties. These are just a few of the easiest to come by,

 

Aloe Vera

Light — Full, Part Sun

Soil —   Sandy

Bloom — Summer

Folknames— Medicine Plant, Burn Plant, Saqal, Zabila

Uses —

Aloe Vera is thought to protect the people and locations that are in contact with it. Planting it outside can ward off unwanted energy. In some parts of Africa and Mexico, cuttings are hung on doors to prevent evil spirits from entering.

It’s no secret that aloe is used to heal burns, which is good because this plant thrives in tropical environments. If you have naturally sandy soil and live in a coastal region, chances are there is already some of this plant living near to you. Aloe is a hardy plant that is forgiving to even the newest gardener.

 

Gotu-Kola

Light — Full, Part Sun

Soil —   Moist

Folknames— Indian Pennywort, Hydrocotyle

Uses —

Popular in meditation, Gotu-Kola is dried and burnt prior to meditation to help users relax and deepen their attention. Although the plant is known to love water, be careful not to drown the roots. Add enough water to moisten the soil, but don’t allow puddles to form. Indoors, be sure the plant has plenty of space to drain.

 

Mint

Light — Full Sun

Soil —   Loamy (Sand, Silt, and a little Clay)

Folknames — Garden Mint

Uses —

Mint is celebrated for its ability to heal. Used in teas or topically as salves, mint has been used for centuries to alleviate headaches, upset stomachs, and many other aches and pains. When growing, you can’t ask for an easier plant. Mint grows in direct sun and spreads rapidly. As an added bonus, the scent will help keep away mosquitos.

 

Chives

Light — Full Sun

Soil —   Loamy to Sandy

Bloom — Summer

Flower Color — Pink, Purple, Red, White

Folknames— Rush Leek

Uses —

Can be used fresh or dried in cooking or teas. Green onions have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The herb is thought to increase fertility in men and heal those that come in contact with it. Some cultures believe the strong scent scares away evil spirits. When added to the garden, green onions can attract butterflies and other wonderful Light-Beings!

 

Basil

Light — Full Sun

Soil —   Loamy

Bloom — Summer

Flower Color — Pink, Purple, White

Folknames— American Dittany, St. Joseph’s Wort, Njilika

Uses —

Love, wealth, protection, and controlling emotions. The scent of fresh basil is thought to ignite empathy. Through understanding, this magical herb helps build relationships and brings love into the lives of those it touches. Some users also report improvements in depression.

 

Thyme

Light — Full, Part Sun

Soil —   Loamy, Sandy

Uses —

Thyme has several uses. Its smell provides courage and energy to those who wear it. The herb is burned to promote good health and speedy recoveries. Like Sage, Thyme can also be used to smudge areas you are trying to cleanse.

 

Hot Peppers

Light — Full, Part Sun

Soil —   Loamy

Bloom — Summer

Flower Color —White

Uses —

Peppers are actually fruit; as such, they require more nutrients than other plants on this list. The plant itself is very hardy, but the pepper will grow proportionally to the quality of the care that is afforded them. Peppers are used throughout the world to treat pain. The chemical that makes them spicy helps boost metabolism and decreases inflammation.

These are just a few of the easiest plants to grow if you are starting a garden for the first time. There is an almost unlimited list of plants to choose from, but the benefits reaped from tending the garden can be just as beneficial as the plants themselves.

When we take time to care for others, including plants, we begin to understand our connection to the world around us. For many, gardening is a kind of meditation, a moment of peace away from distractions. Whether it be for cooking, spiritual growth, or healing, growing plants can help improve your life. 

When gardening or tilling your soil, communicate with all the elements. Tell your seeds, plants, soil, and microbes that you love them. Sing to them. Tell them how grateful you are that they are alive and in the process of nurturing and nourishing you and your family. 

You are a Light-Being and so are all the plants and minerals in your garden. You are one big happy family. Love each other and enjoy each other. Remember that you are the leader of this massive tribe. Share your love often!

Ashwagandha: Natural Stress Relief And Much More!

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Stress relief ashwagandha herb and supplements on a tablerbs

What’s Ashwagandha? 

 

Withania somnifera, otherwise known as ashwagandha, is an evergreen shrub originating in India, parts of Africa, and the Middle East. Its roots and fruits are highly revered and often used in Ayurvedic medicine, one of the oldest holistic medicinal approaches in the world. 

 

This ancient medicinal herb has found its way into modern-day uses as well thanks to its whole body healing properties. Easily found in supplement form at your local grocery store, ashwagandha is probably best known for its ability to relieve stress. 

 

But Ashwagandha has plenty of other uses, too! Over recent years, this herb has been seeing an increase in popularity across Western medicine, all due to its effectiveness.

 

So why should you include it in your daily, self-care regime?

 

Reduces Arthritis Pain

 

A study conducted in India found that participants with rheumatoid arthritis reported fewer tender & swollen joints, lower pain scores, decreased self-assessed disability scores, and reduced ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) scores

 

ESR refers to a measure of inflammation in a patient and is tested by how fast red blood cells sediment (or settle) at the bottom of a test tube over the course of an hour. Normal cells sediment in a relatively slow fashion, but people that experience a lot of inflammation (like those with rheumatoid arthritis) will find that red blood cells settle much faster.  

 

Its anti-inflammatory properties are well documented across many animal studies, as its healing effects continue to impress scientists worldwide. Ashwagandha’s anti-inflammatory properties are fantastic for people with severe joint pain. 

 

It is also believed to assist in preventing pain signals from traversing the central nervous system, meaning that overall pain is also reduced. 

 

Boosts Your Immune System 

 

Ashwagandha’s has the remarkable ability to reduce inflammation, yet it plays a much larger role than just aiding with arthritic pain.

 

Ashwagandha can decrease c-reactive proteins (CRP) in your blood, a common inflammation marker. CRP is a protein created in the liver and released into the bloodstream as a response to inflammation. Increased levels lead to swelling, pain, and all those other uncomfortable symptoms that come with it. 

 

This medicinal herb has also made notable results toward the improvement of immune cells called natural killer (NK) cells. These NK cells are a type of lymphocyte (white blood cell) and part of the innate immune system important for rejecting virus-infected cells and tumors. By increasing the number of these NK cells, ashwagandha assists your immune system in fighting illness.

 

Improves Strength & Muscle Mass 

 

That’s right, adding ashwagandha to your life might help you get fit and drop some extra pounds!

 

After 8 weeks of administering a root extract, participants saw their speed and muscle strength increase by almost 10%, in comparison to the placebo group. 

 

Another 30-day study saw a significant increase in muscle activity and more than doubled their body fat reduction percentage

 

Increases Fertility in Men 

 

Give your little swimmers a fighting chance!

 

The use of ashwagandha resulted in higher sperm counts and increased sperm mobility during the course of one infertility study of men. It also leads to higher testosterone levels, a key component of a healthy reproductive system in men. 

 

Not only that, but the herb can increase the quality of sperm over time. One 3-month study saw a 14% rise in partner pregnancy after introducing ashwagandha supplements!

 

 

Helps with Cancer Treatment 

 

The herb has been used to induce apoptosis (cell death) in cancerous cells, (just like garlic!). By reducing the cells’ ability to resist this death stage, it can slow or stop the spread of cancer. 

 

Ashwagandha also interrupts new cancer cell growth, an important step in treating the disease. The herb interrupts the functions of cancer cells by increasing internal formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS).

 

While human studies are still ongoing, research conducted on mice with ovarian tumors found that ashwagandha not only prevented the cancer’s spread to other vital organs but also resulted in a 70-80% reduction in tumor growth. And this occurred whether the herb was provided as the only treatment or in conjunction with other cancer medications! 

 

Improves Brain Function 

 

Ashwagandha helps protect us from failing memory and general brain function degradation. It’s given to patients in traditional Ayurveda who need to boost their memory. Why does it have this effect? 

 

Free radicals are molecules that are harmful to the body in large numbers. Damage they cause leads to a variety of degenerative diseases and issues such as cancer, asthma, senile dementia, atherosclerosis, degenerative eye disease, and more. Our bodies naturally produce antioxidants which target these free radicals and destroy them. 

 

Ashwagandha have been proven to promote antioxidant activity, meaning free radicals have a much more difficult time attacking our bodies and we stay healthier. 

 

One study conducted over 2 months with 50 adult participants gave 300 mg of ashwagandha to one group and a placebo to the second. After receiving this dose twice a day for the duration of the study, the group consuming ashwagandha showed significant improvement to attention, general memory, and even task performance

 

Performance, choice discrimination, and reaction time was also improved by adding ashwagandha supplements into the daily routine in another study. Twenty healthy adult men were given 250 mg of this herbal extract twice a day (so 500 mg total per day) over the course of 2 weeks. The improvements were observed through testing, both before the program started and after the study was finished. 

 

Lowers Blood Sugar Levels 

 

Reducing blood sugar is important for optimal muscle health, fighting diabetes, and overall well-being

 

While research is still ongoing, several studies have already shown ashwagandha’s ability to improve blood sugar levels.

 

When compared to patients who received placebo pills, those who took ashwagandha supplements saw a lower average fasting blood sugar level. The study involved schizophrenic patients over the course of 4 weeks. 

 

 

Improves Stress and Anxiety 

 

Of all ashwagandha’s healing abilities, it’s probably best known for its efficacy for reducing a person’s stress and anxiety. Animal studies found that it regulated chemical signaling in the nervous system, in turn blocking stress pathways to the brain.

 

It can also alleviate symptoms of both acute and chronic stress and anxiety. 

 

Insomnia (a common stress and anxiety side effect) and anxiety were reduced by 69% for chronic stress patients who took an ashwagandha supplement. And after only 60 days! The placebo group, for comparison, only saw an 11% reduction in the same amount of time. 

 

Another incredible study involving 39 participants found that over 6 weeks, 88% of the group receiving ashwagandha supplements reported lessening anxiety

 

This healing herb is also a good option for improving stress and anxiety because it can lower your cortisol levels. Cortisol is released from your adrenal glands in response to stress. If those levels become inflated (or even stay that way because of chronic stress), you can also start to see other side effects such as more fat collecting in your abdomen and increased blood sugar levels. 

 

After just 60 days another research group of adults diagnosed with chronic stress lowered their cortisol levels by an average of 30%.

 

So by adding this herb to your daily routine, it can not only combat the toxic cortisol levels but also promotes regulated chemical signaling for the nervous system. 

 

Summary 

 

Like many other traditional Ayurvedic herbs, ashwagandha has seen an increase in popularity among western medicine in recent years. It improves a variety of body-wide functions, like boosting your immune system and memory, while reducing stress and anxiety levels. 

 

Just make sure that while you’re keeping your body healthy, you keep your mind and spirit healthy too!

 

Daily meditation and prayer can also uplevel your vibrations and help you feel at the top of your game. Use these free rituals, mantras, prayers, and more to awaken yourself and become more in tune with the world and universe around you

 

Start empowering yourself now and feel a lifetime of change as you shift your reality for the better! 

 

Remember that you are the embodiment of light and love! Seek forgiveness of everything, own your power, set boundaries, stand strong in the face of challenges, and remain drenched in gratitude!

The Science of Physical Health

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physical-health-advice-supplements-diets
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Can We Live Forever? Maybe!

Throughout history, human beings have attempted to prolong their longevity, increase their stamina, and improve their quality of life, by growing their understanding and innovating on the physical world around them. This includes every type of person from every walk of life. Every living soul seeks to improve themselves. 

Over the years, science has expanded beyond rockets, bunsen burners, and mathematics to include the majesty of the human mind, body, heart, and wholeness. It’s only within these past 30 years that nutrition moved from fringe to center stage. These types of advances are helping us to understand exactly how food, diet, fitness regimens, clarity of mind & heart, and technology directly impact the quality and flow of our day-to-day lives. 

The flood of this category of information can be overwhelming. New diets and supplements are continually being released. Among these are new products and tech that will not only make our lives easier, they might just help us live longer. Although each one of these things plays a vital role in our personal growth and physical health, it can be difficult to distinguish between hype, fact, and fiction. 

If you’re hankering for a hunk of health, the perfect place to start is your diet. 

Diet and Nutrition

For those of us who aim to be health-conscious, food shopping can be stressful and expensive. The prices of regular foods have tripled. Package for the trendiest products has become incredibly competitive and expensive. And we’re the ones who foot the bill. 

Meanwhile, there’s all of the back-and-forth confusion! Science tells us to stop eating eggs, then start eating eggs, then only eat egg whites, but wait – not the yolks! It seems that every year a new study emerges that tells us the most latest and most safe and nutritious ways to prepare breakfast. Bacon, yes, bacon, no, bacon light, bacon doughnuts. What are we supposed to do?! I say, BACON, YES! At least during the holidays.

The reality of diets is that they continually change and evolve. These innovations are not only born from science, they stem from media biases (and payoffs), political influence, cultural imperatives, societal trends, fantasies, illusions, religions, guilt, and guesswork. 

Pass The Mayo!

Heck, even the guys at Just Mayo, the adorable little company that made a simple egg-alternative mayonnaise, got reamed by federal and corporate jackoffs hoping to clarify for us that the word “Mayo” could never refer to a non-egg alternative. Really? Mayo isn’t just a spread? Does every person on planet earth know there are eggs in mayo? Guess what, not all mayo has real eggs – and Just Mayo is more delicious and healthier than traditional mayonnaise. Go figure.

Ahhhh, eggs – that cute little industry that kills a billion male chicks every year – in a f*cking shreader. The last thing we need in this world are more evil, dark, disgusting, dishonest, overpaid lobbyists. They cloud judgment and reality at alarming rates. And these twat-waffles influence our diets. Crazy, right?

With all the noise, hype, lies, and corporate influence, it can be difficult to understand how to separate the wheat from the chaff – and land on quality modalities and habits that will truly uplift and improve our health and lives. 

Given how complex and unique we all are, the success of a specific diet is also subjective and dependent upon a wide variety of factors, everything from ancestry, blood glucose levels, and blood pressure to allergies, exercise, and heart arrhythmia.

Diet-Science

As science illuminates itself, our diets will continue to change – and we’ll adapt accordingly. We might love someone so much, we want to live longer, so we’ll  bow to the most aggressively marketed plan for macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats). It might be completely wrong for our body type and habits, but we’ll jump into it like lemmings on conveyor belts, and we’ll leap off the ledge together. 

It’s become extremely difficult to choose the wisest dietary paths. 

For most of us, we only consider dietary and nutritional changes when we don’t love the shape and sizes of our pudgy bodies. We might try to cut carbs and sugar using a popular Atkins or Ketogenic diet. Some of us might attempt eating a super-clean diet, full of organic foods and pea protein. 

Truth be told, there are benefits and warnings for every diet. If you’re thinking about changing or innovating on your diet, do the research! Don’t just follow the crowd, be proactive. Check in with a traditional nutritionist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and your very own limited and naive western medical doctor. Ask lots of questions, challenge these folks, and work hard to arrive at the most compelling and healthful diet possible.

Wait, Me Needy, Want Me Some Snacks!

If you’ve tried dieting, you know how difficult it can be during the usual snack times. It’s not that all snacks are bad, it’s that some of them are REALLY bad and some of them are not so bad. And a few of them are actually good for you! Choose wisely. Give yourself a chance to be a kid once in a while. Eat something unhealthy and laugh your ass off. Then get back to the business of taking care of your health. 

Whether you’re trying to eat your weight in veggies or Captain Crunch, there are a few things you can do to tip the scales (and blood tests) in your favor:

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  • Refrain from eating a large meal after 6pm. 
  • Instead of a big lunch and dinner, try 4 smaller meals at intervals. 
  • Less screen time, more prayerful and mindful eating. 
  • Meet with professionals
  • Pick the most dangerous snack and give yourself a gift once in a while
  • Meditate and breathe before and after meals
  • Plan your meals with joy and the deepest intention to add light to your body
  • Plan your meals with friends and family, even if it’s via zoom
  • Create a plan to eat at the same time every day

Eating at different times every morning leaves the body confused and can even make you feel hungrier. The same thing goes for dinner. After a long day, you don’t want to eat a massive meal quickly and collapse – like the ever-popular post-turkey coma! Take your time, choose smaller portions, and relax during the meal. This will inspire your body to breathe on every level, helping with digestion, the release of toxins, and helping you absorb oxygen.

Can I Eat A Cheeseburger At Midnight?

Studies show that eating right before you sleep can be unhealthy for you. Instead of grabbing a snack before bed, opt for a glass of water. When you wake up, you won’t feel as sluggish. While eating meals on a regular schedule and not before bed is one way to manage your diet, many of us struggle with portion control.

Most diets require limited caloric intake during various intervals throughout the course of a day, but keeping track of these things and writing furiously in a meal journal can be exhausting (and a bit weird!) 

There are only three general rules to follow if you are struggling with overeating:

  1.       Eat slower
  2.     Eat a small-portioned meal (not until you’re stuffed)
  3.     Stop eating after your first burp (or fart).

It’s that simple. 

 

When you sit down for a meal, make it an event. Take time to put down your utensils or sandwiches, and talk to the folks across from you – or the little person on the zoom screen. Seek to truly enjoy the company of others around the table. 

Many overeat because they eat too fast or they eat out of loneliness or depression. It takes time for our brains to realize our fuel tank is full. When we only stop eating when our stomach feels full, it’s too late. Slow down. Relax. If you eat slowly, your body can catch up to you – and tell you you’re full and to stop eating. 

While controlling your diet can be a great way to harness your life, it’s no secret that abstaining, or fasting can be truly beneficial.

 

Heartfelt conversations with loved ones are more nutritious than your salad or broccoli. With loving thoughts, you can improve your body’s ability to process food and benefit from it.

 

Fasting Without Passing Out

Many religious leaders practice fasting regularly. It’s considered a wonderful and effective way to purify the mind and spirit. When we fast, we improve our vibrations, bring ourselves closer to our natures, help us feel more connected to the world around us, and receive many health benefits along the way. 

There is a misconception that we’ll all die if we don’t have three square meals a day. Sadly, our modern-day meal plans are very different from and not necessarily as healthful as the diets of our ancestors and great great grand-relatives. 

In the past, humans didn’t always have access to food. They couldn’t stuff 3 lbs of chicken roast and 12 pounds of veggies in their refrigerator. There were no skinless, boneless, organic, grass-fed beef briskets at the market. During these times, folks would go days without a proper meal, sometimes weeks without meat or fresh vegetables. Heck, for months on end, their only beverage might only be water or coffee. 

Ma, I’m Hungry, Can I Eats Ure Twinkie?!

When we fast or cleanse, we give our bodies time to remove the junk and toxic elements that have accumulated in our systems over time. The amount of time you fast can vary from long, extended fasts that span days or weeks to smaller, regular stints called intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is just that, intermittent – occasional. 

There are many ways to break up the fast, but it’s up to you to choose which one works best. Some choose to stop eating for 24 hours, often opting to fast after dinner, skipping lunch and breakfast the next day. Others choose to eat in small windows each day. The idea is the same. Whenever we stop eating for extended periods of time our body is forced to shift metabolic pathways.

Without new food to digest, we start using stored energy and fat instead of what is in our stomachs. The result is a drop in insulin resistance followed by a morning full of energy.

Fasting is a great way to refocus. Sometimes the best way to get control is to just reset. Yet, regardless of what we eat or don’t eat, there are some micronutrients that many people struggle to find in their diet.

I once fasted on lemon water for 24 days. I lost 30 pounds and nearly passed out every time I stood up. Don’t do that. It’s dangerous. When my fast ended, I could smell cooked meat from 5 miles away. 

Herbs and Supplements

On every food product label, we see long lists of information about carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and sugar. In some cases, we can’t even pronounce the ingredients. 

While we might not pay attention to the tiny vitamins and minerals that make up the rest of our diet, we couldn’t live very long if we didn’t have them on a regular basis. These might include:

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The list goes on, but many of our health problems today are caused by a lack of one or more of these vital vitamins. The good news is there are tons of supplements you can buy (over-the-counter) to help you replenish these minerals.

If you don’t like the idea of swallowing a pill, you’re not alone. Many people worry about taking too many supplements or pills, but scientists have been studying micronutrition for years. Long before the invention of pills, we turned to plants in nature to solve our problems. 

While you might not fancy growing your own herbs and cold-pressing your pills, you might consider some of the wonderful multivitamins out there today. Garden of Life, New Chapter, Now, and others provide wonderful products along these lines. 

If you are looking at supplementing with herbs you can usually find them in the same aisle as other vitamins. They can be bought from the store, though fresher is generally better. Whether it’s your weak liver, kidneys, or thyroid, there’s an herb out there that will help you. You might also look into desiccated organs of pigs and cows. These can also be incredibly healing and nutritious. 

Just remember, plants and naturally derived products are stronger than they seem. Be sure to only use recommended quantities, consulting a doctor if you have any questions.

We don’t need to ingest herbs to be healed by them. There are many detoxifying herbs that you can burn, which will help you relax and heal. Herbs like sage, rosemary, sweetgrass, and clove can improve your mood, attitude, and emotional states. Their heavy scents can waft through your home, mind, and heart, and bring peace to every aspect they touch. As the herbs smolder, the smoke detoxifies us, reduces fungus, and removes negative energy.

But don’t just be a wacky, mermaid-loving hippie. When burning herbs, please be safe and honor President Clinton: don’t inhale. 

Onward And Upward Light-Beings!

When it comes to fast-moving  and corporate-influenced scientific discovery, look no further than the advanced machines tucked into hospitals. Things like Bio-Printers have made it possible to print living cells. This means that we’ll soon be able to go to Fedex-Kinkos, print an ear, and grow it in the back of our heads. Bring it on!

Scientists and doctors are continuing to innovate around advanced prosthetics that can attach to a patient’s nervous system and be controlled by their own minds. It’s amazing what’s being developed right now. By 2030, many areas of medical science (and thousands of patients) will advance in ways we cannot imagine. 

The medical marvels being developed are impressive, but technology doesn’t have to be physically attached or plugged-in to you to make a difference in your life. During the COVID era, technology is making quarantine easier for many people throughout the world. 

Video conferencing is the new norm for many businessmen/women. Social distancing is difficult for individuals for a variety of reasons. Loneliness and depression can creep into isolated workers and software like Zoom, Google, and Skype have made it possible for companies and individuals to connect with one another.   

The new exciting tech is easy to get swept up in, but some new innovations have their drawbacks. It is impossible to say what the fifth generation (5G) cellular networks will bring, but scientists have studied the higher electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and the effect they have on our body, and environment. 

Thankfully, there are several different ways to counteract the effects of 5G. Just like fasting, it can be beneficial to remove unwanted junk from time to time. Turn off your phone, computer, and television. Go take a walk outside and allow yourself to live in the arms of nature.

With so many ways to cleanse your body and spirit it’s hard to pick just one. Moderation is key. Whether you’re adjusting your diet, trying to fast, or implementing some new tech into your life, try experimenting and note how you feel. Not every diet may be for you but taking control of that aspect of your life will give you a sense of accomplishment, elevate your vibrations, and leave you feeling brighter than before.

Your Vibration Is Most Important!

In all, stay positive, forgive others, honor your heart over your mind, take time to reflect, write in your journal, express your emotions, release the past, and live in this very precious moment as often as possible. 

You that are the embodiment of light and love! 

Remember this and you’ll always want to improve yourself. 

YES! YOU DESERVE IT!

Health Benefits of Garlic That Can Improve Your Life

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Improve your life by adding garlic to your diet. A Shutterstock Licensed Image

Garlic is a common flavoring agent for cooking. So much so, that you may even have some in your home already. But did you know that it’s also good for improving your overall health and well-being? From boosting your immune system and heart health to its antioxidant nature, garlic seems to do a little bit of everything.

So, what makes garlic so good for you in the first place? What benefits can you expect to see? See if the following benefits convince you to overcome that garlic breath smell and elevate your health.

What Makes Garlic Medicinal?

Garlic has been used for thousands of years to heal and treat a variety of conditions. Why is it so special?

The power of garlic comes largely from compounds found in the vegetable. The whole cloves already contain the compound alliin, but the magic happens when you actually crush, slice, chew, or otherwise grind the garlic. This converts the alliin to allicin, a compound that’s responsible for garlic’s distinctive taste and smell.

It’s no surprise then that allicin is the main active ingredient in garlic.

This unstable compound transforms into other, more stable compounds that contain Sulphur. These are largely believed to be the reason behind garlic’s medicinal qualities and there are many studies that back this up.

What positive changes could garlic add to your life?

Boosting Your Immune System

Cold and flu season comes around every year so it’s important to keep your body as prepared as possible to fight back. It’s even more imperative right now with the pandemic going on to ensure your body is ready to take on these pesky viruses.

 In fact, if you’re interested in learning other ways to prepare your body for a pandemic or potential emergencies, there are a lot of ways to do just that (don’t worry, garlic is on the list!).

It’s no secret that viruses are behind the ill effects of both colds and the flu. That’s why it’s helpful to boost the number of T Cells found in your bloodstream, something that garlic can help with. T Cells are an integral piece of the immune system that fights viruses, so more T Cells means more defense.

 A study published by nutrition scientists in 2012 found that participants taking aged garlic extract not only experienced less severity when it came to cold and flu symptoms, but that those symptoms were also quicker to leave when compared to the people not using the garlic.

This superfood can also help your immune system by reducing stress levels. Whether it’s bills, work, or an unexpected mishap, life can be stressful. But constantly living under the burden of it can and will lower your ability to fight off viruses. And the last thing you want to deal with when you’re already under other stress is the idea of getting sick.

 Don’t worry though, garlic can help you here too!

It can fight off that stress and fatigued feeling by affecting your adrenal glands. It turns out that eating garlic alters your adrenal glands’ stress response. They’ll produce less stress hormones and that means you’ll start feeling less lethargic. Your immune system will be able to go back to fighting off viruses and bacteria in no time.

Anti-Cancer Properties

You read that right, garlic has even been found to have properties that aid in cancer prevention. That’s one of the reasons why it’s often included on lists of beneficial superfoods.

Garlic is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and contains natural antioxidants. And while the role of garlic in cancer treatments is still being researched to find the scope of its effectiveness, its healing properties have already provided positive results in many studies.

For example, garlic has already proven its ability to assist in gene repair. This is especially important to note when discussing cancer, since it mutates important genes. By boosting DNA repair we’re able to combat some of that damage as it occurs.

A study as recent as 2018 shows that garlic enhanced the expression of tumor suppressor genes over the course of the experiment. It can change the cancerous cell’s behavior and lead to slowed growth and metastasis of the tumors.

Unfortunately, not all cancers will be affected by increasing your garlic intake, but you can potentially reduce your risk for:

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  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Glioblastoma
  • Rectal cancer
  • Lung cancer

Heart Health

Increasing the amount of garlic in your diet also promotes a healthy heart. Research has found garlic to perform better than placebos at lowering total cholesterol levels and blood pressure, both of which are risk factors for heart disease, strokes, and heart attacks.

There’s also evidence that garlic supplements have the ability to reduce the thickness of your blood and lower platelet aggregation (a fancy way of talking about blood cells sticking together). People with hypercoagulability, a condition where a person’s blood is thicker and stickier than normal, can be prone to excess blood clots. Garlic’s capacity to both thin blood and reduce the number of sticky cells means they’ll experience lower risk for the dangerous clots.

 

 

Garlic also has a significant stabilizing effect on arrhythmias in animal studies. While it hasn’t been confirmed in humans yet, we know that there are many diseases related to irregular heartbeats that could stand to benefit from these results. Less stress on the heart can mean a longer, more fulfilling life.

Clear Skin & Combat Acne

Remember allicin, the stinky but delicious main ingredient of garlic? Thanks to its antibacterial properties, it can help fight off the bacteria that causes acne. It can also help the skin receive nutrients more easily by improving blood circulation, leading to a clear complexion. Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the appearance of blemishes, too.

There are also other vitamins and minerals found in garlic that’s good for healthy skin, like Vitamin B-6 and C, copper, zinc, and selenium.

At this point you’re probably thinking that you don’t want smelly garlic all over your face, even if it means clear skin. The good news is that you can get a lot of the benefits just from ingesting it. But if you want to get rid of a particularly annoying pimple, there are also topical treatments that incorporate garlic.

If you do go the topical spot treatment route, make sure to test it out on a small non-obvious area first to ensure there are no adverse effects. If it starts burning or stinging, wash the area immediately.

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As we age, some areas of the brain connected to cognitive functions like planning, learning, and memory may shrink. Narrowing arteries can lower the amount of blood flowing to the brain. Inflammation and free radical damage can also take a toll on our brain over the years.

Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties help to increase memory and cognitive functions by tackling these problems. It can prevent or slow decline due to Alzheimer’s Disease, another well-known memory loss illness.

We’ve already looked at garlic’s cancer prevention capabilities, but it’s worth noting that a 2013 study demonstrated its ability to protect against glioblastoma—the most aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer. A compound in garlic called dilly trisulfide (DATS) is not only effective at preventing tumor growth but also causes apoptosis (cell death) in active glioblastoma. As an added bonus it doesn’t have any adverse effects on liver function either, a potential side effect of other treatments.

Warning/Risks

Any time you’re looking to introduce a new supplement into your diet you should be mindful of interactions it might have with other supplements and medications you’re already taking. Consult with a doctor before adding garlic to your health regimen to make sure you’re taking proper doses and that it won’t have negative interactions with any health issues you have.

Excessive garlic consumption can cause side effects, with bad breath and body odor being the most common (good for maintaining that six feet of social distancing, but not all that great for your loved ones!). Eating raw cloves, especially on an empty stomach, can cause gas, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, acid reflux, and heartburn.

If you’re going into surgery, be mindful of garlic’s blood thinning properties as it may increase bleeding during the operation. Stop using the supplement at least a full week before the procedure and follow up with your doctor if you feel unsure.  

Summary

Garlic is more than just a smelly vegetable that makes food delicious. It’s been used as a medicinal supplement across the world for thousands of years. Its benefits have drawn enough attention that hundreds of studies have been done, solidifying its healing properties in science.

It contains important vitamins and minerals and provides health benefits for nearly every part of your body. Compounds inside like allicin and DATS are proven to assist and reduce the risk of many life-threatening illnesses.

The exact preparation and dose recommended differs from treatment to treatment. There’s ongoing research that is trying to discover the best way to maximize garlic’s healing properties.

Overall it’s an easy, inexpensive way to boost your physical health and defend against many viruses and diseases.

Meditation, prayer, laughing, and a good snuggle session are also great ways to heal—physically, emotionally, and spiritually!

 

Herbs And Supplements That Can Heal Or Awaken Your Thyroid

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One of the key drivers and actors behind your emotions and emotional intelligence is your thyroid. Resting below your Adam’s apple, and along the front and sides of your windpipe, the thyroid has two squishy compartments connected by a similarly textured bridge. Shaped like a butterfly, this gentle and vital friend appears to elevate your breath and give flight to your voice.

The thyroid might hold the key to the evolution of your relationships, consciousness, and sense of Self. Even if your thyroid appears to be on her last breath, she is waiting to be healed. While this might take some time, effort, patience, and inward reflection, it’ll be worth it. Your thyroid processes experiences and information akin to your heart. When you love, your thyroid loves. When you breathe, so does this lovely and powerful little organ.

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Your thyroid is hyper-aware and connected to the other realms, unlike any of your other glands and organs. It might also be providing you with helpful information on how to live, love, heal and thrive.

As with all things related to your health, seek the help of a doctor, D.O., or nutritionist to help you understand, treat, and heal your body. The thyroid is a particularly complex organ, so as you pursue its healing, be careful, be gentle, and have patience.

How Does The Thyroid Work?

The thyroid gland uses the iodine in your body (sourced from food and supplements) to produce two vital hormones: T3 (Triiodothyronine) and T4 (Thyroxine). Your pituitary gland, nestled in your brain, is the thyroid’s master and the gatekeeper of TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone).

When your pituitary gland releases TSH into your bloodstream, your thyroid excretes hormones. When your pituitary gland detects low thyroid hormone levels, it releases more TSH. When it detects the opposite, it reduces its excretion of TSH. To diagnose thyroid problems, doctors will use blood tests to determine your levels of TSH, T4, T3, and sometimes RT3 (Reverse T3).

Thyroid Disease Dictionary

The thyroid is part of the endocrine system, which produces hormones that fuel many critical bodily functions. It can become damaged through heredity, repeated trauma, drug use, alcoholism, stress, and diet.

Symptoms of a damaged or weak thyroid include:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Feeling cold all the time
  • Joint pain and muscle soreness
  • Regularly feeling emotional or depressed
  • Weight gain
  • Slowed heart rate, movement, and speech
  • Dry skin
  • Heavy menstruation
  • High cholesterol
  • Anemia
  • Loss of libido
  • Recurring urinary and respiratory tract infections

There are several types of thyroid conditions and diseases, some of which are more difficult to heal than others.

Hypothyroidism

When the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones (thyroxine) to keep your body in balance, it means the gland is under-active. Symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, cold sensitivity, constipation, memory loss, and muscle cramps.

Hyperthyroidism

An overactive thyroid occurs when your thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. This condition can cause heat intolerance, increased sweating, insomnia, decreased appetite, rapid heartbeat, irritability, nervousness, dizziness, and anxiety. You’ll see below that there are many natural supplements for Hyperthyroidism.

Grave’s Disease

This condition results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones, which can also cause Hyperthyroidism.

Hashimoto’s Disease

Also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis (Hypothyroidism), Hashimoto’s disease causes your immune system to attack your thyroid. This causes it to underperform and then overcompensate, swinging back and forth in pendulum-like fashion. While this and other thyroid conditions tend to affect middle-aged women, they can all occur in anyone at any age.

Western Thyroid Medication

While doctors most often prescribe the drug knowns as synthetic thyroxine, a medication that’s identical to our T4 hormones, there are several ways to nurture and potentially heal your thyroid. The reason T3 is not always prescribed is that T4 will naturally convert to T3. That said, T3 is more potent and more effective than T4.

Levothyroxine (Synthroid): a synthetic version of T4 and the preferred treatment of hypothyroidism.

Liothyronine (Cytomel): a synthetic version of T3 sometimes used in the treatment of hypothyroidism. Some doctors avoid prescribing this because it can cause hormone toxicity and Hyperthyroidism in some cases.

Levothyroxine Alternative: DTE

When your thyroid is not functioning correctly, taking natural, Desiccated Thyroid Extract (DTE) can change your life. For many, they can provide excellent and effective alternatives to Levothyroxine and Liothyronine.

Desiccated thyroid is a thyroid gland extract, usually taken from a cow (bovine) or pig (porcine). Once extracted, DTE is dried and milled into a powder and made in the form of a daily pill at 75, 150, 300mg, and more.

Products in this category to consider include Thyroid-Gold from Natural Thyroid Solutions (my favorite), Armour Thyroid, and Nature Throid. In a U.S. NIH study that compared the effects of DTE and Levothyroxine, the vast majority of patients preferred DTE. Overall, these patients felt better over time and experienced weight loss when compared to the patients who used Levothyroxine.

DTE might also be better for your emotional and psychological well-being, which directly affects relationships, financial well-being, spiritual health, and personal growth.

Thyroid Support Supplements

Taken in moderation, these are the primary supplements found in most thyroid regiments:book-live-intuitive-reading-with-paul-wagner

    • Selenium
    • Iron (and Tyrosine)
    • Vitamin B
    • Vitamin D
    • Zinc
    • Probiotics
    • Zinc, turmeric, Vitamins B and D (your best thyroid support vitamins), Iron, Selenium, Probiotics
    • For Hashimoto’s only: Magnesium converts the inactive T4 thyroid hormone into the active form of T3, which some people find helpful
    • Ayurvedic herbs for thyroid health: Ashwagandha, Guggul, Pepperin, Bauhinia Purpurea, Kanchanara (Bauhinia variegata, purple mountain ebony), Jatamansi, Brahmi, Shilajit, Gokshura, Punarnava
    • Excellent thyroid supplement brands include Thorne, 1 Body, Pure, MegaFood, and Now. Take your time and research all of the possible supplements that promise to nurture your thyroid back to health.

Remember, the best thyroid supplement is the one that gives you the energy and balance that leads to a peaceful and happy life.

Things to Limit Or Avoid

While some of these things are okay in moderation, be careful around how much you regularly consume.

  • Avoid kale, broccoli, spinach, and cabbage
  • Limit soy foods like tofu, tempeh, and edamame
  • Starchy foods like sweet potatoes
  • Limit fruits including peaches, pears, and strawberries
  • Limit alcohol, coffee, green tea, and other caffeinated beverages as they can irritate your thyroid
  • Millet
  • Pine nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Highly processed foods like hot dogs, chips, desserts, and snacks
  • Taking too much selenium and iodine can be harmful
  • Anger
  • Exaggerated emotional reactions
  • Doctors who know little about your thyroid, and who have no interest in learning the latest and most effective methodologies

Food and Modalities to Heal Your Thyroid

While seeking the help of a certified health practitioner is always recommended, here are a few things you might want to add to your life and daily regiment:

  • Meditation and deep breathing will increase your vibration, which can have a lasting effect on your brain, heart, and thyroid
  • Forgiveness and crying will release stored, toxic energy that could be inhibiting your thyroid
  • Essential Oils for thyroid nodules include spearmint, peppermint, myrrh, rose, cedarwood, lavender
  • Bach Flower Remedies help reduce anxiety and return people to their natural emotional state.
  • N.E.T. Remedies help balance and honor your emotions
  • Seaweeds such as kelp, nori, and wakame are rich in iodine
  • Salted nuts like Brazil, macadamia, and hazelnuts are abundant in selenium
  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Baked Fish
  • Flaxseed
  • A forward-thinking, open-minded doctor or D.O. who can fathom and act upon ideas sourced after 1970

Your thyroid is like a little kitten. Love her, massage her, talk to her, and breathe life into her whenever possible. Do the same for all of your organs and you’ll give yourself the best chance at lasting health.