There is going to come a time when your body is going to be exposed to dangerous toxins both externally from our environment in the air, water, and soil, and internally through metabolic waste and the process of eating.
If your body is not prepared for the bombardment of toxic residues, you might suffer from an onslaught of physical and emotional challenges as your body tries to cleanse itself.
So, how can we prepare for an overload of toxins if we can’t even avoid them? We need to ensure that our detoxification organs are in excellent condition and supported by us on many levels.
Our body is fearfully and wonderfully made and is designed to self-heal, and to support us on this journey through life.
The first place we have to start is with the liver because it is our major detoxification organ. When the liver is suffering from toxic overload, or it’s not getting the support it needs, it gives us a variety of symptoms to let us know something is wrong.
Herewith some signs of liver stress:
• Digestive problems, bloating, distension
• Lipomas, which are Fatty deposits under the skin
• Muscular tension (head, neck, shoulders, hips), tight tendons
• Allergies and environmental sensitivities
• Irregular menstrual cycle
• Migraine headaches
• Dry eyes, (also s sign of dehydration) blurry eyes
• Anger and irritability
• Inflexibility (both physical and emotional)
In ancient times they viewed the liver as the “Commander.”
The liver rules the morning and gives us the capacity to wake up energized and inspired. If you can’t get out of bed in the morning, it’s a sure sign that the liver has been compromised in some way.
The sense organ associated with the liver is the eyes, so floaters, dry eyes and red irritated eyes can all show liver stress.
The sour flavour governs the liver and has a gathering effect, which is imperative for the support of our physical structure. The Nei Ching advise, too much of the sour flavour will cause the flesh to tighten. This leads to inflexibility in body, mind and spirit.
A healthy liver ensures our physical, emotional and spiritual needs are balanced. When the liver is compromised, anger and frustration arise. So the next time you have an anger outburst, think about your liver and what it might be yelling out to you. Also take note at how many angry and frustrated people you know. Perhaps it is time for you to share this amazing fact with them.
The liver and its complementary organ system, the gallbladder, are considered our creative channel and when physical, emotional and spiritual needs are balanced, creativity flows. If you find yourself feeling stuck and unable to create what you want to create, it’s time to get creative to help support your liver in some unconventional ways.
Here are 5 things you can do right now to ensure your commanding organ is given the support it needs to do it’s job more effectively:
1. FAST OR CLEANSE: Fasting once is a while is a good habit to get into – it’s been around for a very long time for good reason.
Fasting from food gives your liver, digestive system and kidneys a break, and your body can work on detoxing your system more effectively and efficiently.
2. ELIMINATE OR REDUCE FRIED FOODS: Fatty Fried foods cause the liver to work overtime breaking down the toxic residue of oxidised fats.
A quick stir-fry is not the issue here. I’m talking about French fries, fried calamari, fried chicken or duck, deep-fried oreos that have all been cooked in oxidised oils. (High, continuous heat oxidises and damages oils).
3. EAT SMALLER MEALS: When you eat, your body produces metabolic waste. If you overeat, it puts a great deal of stress on the liver.
Smaller meals, means the liver and the digestive system have less work to do breaking down large quantities of nutrients. Overeating supports the food economy, but certainly not the health of your physical body.
4. USE SOUR AND ASTRINGENT HERBS AND FOODS: The sour flavour can be found in many foods; lemons, sprouts, green apples, oats, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, which is a Korean spicy pickled cabbage.
Remember to find the right balance of sour in your life, both too little and too much can impact liver health.
5. FIND A CREATIVE OUTLET: The liver is not just a physical organ with a mechanical process. According to ancient wisdom it is our creative channel.
Find something that inspires you creatively and take a class. Some suggestions: cooking, writing, painting, singing, pottery, crafts, knitting. I am sure you get the picture… now start drawing a picture, even if it’s a stick figure! Get your creative juices flowing to support the health of the liver on a deeper level.
When your liver gets what it needs from you, it can do its job better to support your physical, emotional and spiritual health much better.
In the Blue Zone, people live past 100 years old. Now that is good stock and "le Joi de Vivre."
There's a lot you can do to improve your chances of maintaining a high quality of life, as you get older.
Most of us want to live longer, but who wants to live longer with ill health, suffering and a burden to our family.
There are many diseases’ that used to be common with age, however due to our toxic world we are finding babies and small children suffering from these. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic asthma, just to name a few.
The goal should be “prevention, rather than cure” which I advise all my clients whom I see. We work on enhancing complete physical, mental and social wellbeing. We work at strengthening the immune system and preparing the body to be ready for the attack of any superbug.
Research shows you are ageing from the moment you are born. The question is, are you ageing healthily or not?
Making healthy lifestyle choices will reduce your chance of disease, which I look at as dis-ease, and it will enhance your outlook immensely.
Here are some top tips to maximize your chances of ageing well.
1. KEEP PHYSICALLY ACTIVE (A Primary Food)
Aiming for at least a good half hour to an hour of moderate intensity physical activity every day, where you're working hard enough to get a bit puffed but you can still talk. I believe IT training is the quickest way to get your fitness level up, which is also the method of training I use as part of my depression recovery program.
Keeping active will assist with the prevention of a wide range of diseases, especially heart disease, our biggest killer. It can also help with mental health problems like anxiety and depression, and boost the immune system.
During exercise, the entire body is affected. Muscle fibers contract and release, the heart pumps more rapidly, and the lungs work harder to get more oxygen to the body. These actions trigger increased enzyme reactions, nerve stimulations, metabolic enhancement, and more. Exercise is an awesome event!
2. DO NOT SMOKE
“Every cigarette you smoke takes 14.5 minutes off your life,” I call that slow suicide. You need to stop smoking as soon as possible. Not only are you affecting your health, but of those around you too. In fact passive smoking in some cases can be worse, so think about your children and spouse.
My mother has never smoked in her life but was diagnosed with emphysema a short while ago. (Dad smoked in our house and even in their bedroom.)
While we only talk about emphysema related to smoking, smoking is a risk factor for all the chronic diseases, including the ones that affect the brain. Alzheimer’s and some forms of dementia. Consider these adverse effects of cigarette smoking: heart disease, stroke, various types of cancer, emphysema, premature births, poor circulation, and shortness of breath. Those are just a few of the adverse effects of cigarette smoking.
“It is estimated that tobacco kills over 1,000,000 people each year.” Nicotine is one of the most deadly poisons. Just two drops will kill a full-grown horse. A smoker increases his risk of lung cancer 1000% over a non-smoker. Their risk of heart disease goes up 103% above a non-smoker. In fact, tobacco smoke contains about 70 different cancer-causing substances. Think about that next time you want to take smoke!
3. BUILD POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS (A Primary Food.)
"This is paramount for both your physical health and mental health," says Dow. "If you're socially isolated, it's equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day."
Research shows, loneliness, can increase your risk of premature death by as much as 30 percent. Increased stress hormones increase the risk of heart disease, and social activity is a form of mental stimulation that's right for ageing brains.
When you are socially active you have to listen to others, think about what they are saying, understand what they are saying and then think about what you are saying, which means lots of different parts of your brain are working.
I wrote a blog recently on relationships, where I showed proof of this in a case study. A quick brief, “The Roseto Effect” A close-knit community… Roseto Pennsylvania – A town of Italian families in the 1950’s Dr. Stewart who was then head of medicine at the University of Oklahoma became interested in why they never got heart disease and dying of old age, unlike surrounding communities which were at the height of heart disease.
They thought perhaps their DNA, or the olive oil or red wine. But what they found was their diet consisted of pasta, pizza, wine, meatballs in lard, etc. definitely, not healthy eating, so they decided to check out where they were from in Italy and researched these people.
The findings were, nobody was ever lonely. They worked hard, but after work they all visited and socialized and gathered together, celebrated, churched together, they all chipped in to help anyone who had a problem. There was no welfare and no childcare.
Loneliness and isolation leave people feeling overwhelmed, and that puts the nervous system into stress response, (Walter Cannon at Harvard called this) fight or flight response, the sympathetic nervous system.
4. EAT A WELL-BALANCED DIET
Eating a well-balanced diet with whole foods, lots of fruits and vegetables has a significant role to play in warding off chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and will even keep your brain healthy.
There are over 144 diet theories recorded to date, which is all contradictory. I believe we need to take into consideration all factors e.g. age, gender, culture, blood type, past and present issues, etc. of the individual when looking at a suitable diet plan.
I added a few different tricks to my diet when I turned 30, to assist me with the ageing process. I believe three dates, three figs, and 3three Brazilian nuts each day to help replenish the loss of oestrogen and progesterone.
5. WATCH WHAT YOU DRINK
Alcohol is the number one drug problem in our society. It is a medical fact that ALCOHOL DAMAGES EVERY CELL IN YOUR BODY THAT IT TOUCHES.
You see red blood cells carry oxygen through the bloodstream and deliver it to cells throughout the body. The tiniest vessels, called capillaries, only permit passage of one of these red blood cells at a time. Alcohol causes the red blood cells that carry oxygen to clump together, forming a sticky “sludge.” This sticky blood doesn’t pass through the tiniest blood vessels of the body.
Alcohol drinking also cuts off oxygen supplies to the brain. The brain cells, unable to get enough oxygen, are destroyed. Research has shown that brain cells never regenerate! I believe we should abstain from alcohol altogether.
TASTY HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE
Alcohol-free beers and wines are a great transition to help replace that space in your life that was used to drink.
Once you get used to being without the alcohol, fresh homemade ale, ginger beer, grape juice, lemon lime and bitters, punch.
SODA is another drink that one should consider before consuming. The side effects of soda are worse than most people realise and children should never be introduced to these drinks. As soon as it passes down the throat, the pancreas begins their job of creating insulin in response to the sugar. Insulin is a hormone the body uses to move sugar from food or drink into the bloodstream, where cells are then able to use sugar for energy.
Within just 20 minutes, blood sugar levels spike and the liver responds to the insulin by turning sugar into fat for storage. Within 45 minutes of drinking a 600ml bottle of soda, caffeine from the drink is fully absorbed, and as a result, your pupils dilate and blood pressure rises.
The body produces more dopamine, which stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain, just like a bad line of cocaine and that is why so many people are addicted to soda. The same bottle of soda is reported to have as much as 15 to 18 teaspoons of sugar and anywhere between 240 and 700 calories.
It’s then only a matter of an hour when the body begins to experience a blood sugar crash, which is just about when you reach for the next can, or for another sweet and sugar snack to suffice. Soda’s connection to the obesity epidemic is intertwined, and researchers are now proving, each additional soda consumed increases the risk of obesity 1.6 times.
TASTY HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE
You can replace these drinks with fresh fruit juices, which have fructose rather than sugar which is less damaging to your children’s system.
6. KEEP YOUR BRAIN ACTIVE
Research shows that people who do more stimulating activities throughout their life have better brain function and a lower chance of developing dementia.
In the past, there was an emphasis on crosswords and Sudoku puzzles to boost the brain. I suggest Scrabble, Bible reading, listening to classical music, learning a musical instrument and a second language.
Research suggests, to challenge the brain you must learn something new or different.
7. HAVE AN OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK
Are you a glass half empty or glass half full person? The evidence the latter might help you fare better as you age comes from talking to older individuals who feel they're doing well and asking them what they think has helped, Dow says.
Research has found, optimists are more willing to adapt and actively participate in seeking solutions to problems. Because they feel less hopelessness, they have less stress and depression.
Positive people are also more likely to engage in behaviours that keep them physically healthy like eating well and exercising.
While personality type and life experiences can influence your tendency to be optimistic, you can also take matters into your hands.
It’s time to stop blaming your childhood issues for your circumstances.
You can change your mindset, by being more positive, changing your negative thought patterns, choosing to smile rather than walk around in doom and gloom, etc.
My paternal side of my family was born with excellent physical constitutions that included vibrant health, healthy bones, and good teeth, but through poor lifestyle choices, five brothers died before their mother who died at 101 and the remaining two have suffered ill health. My maternal side, however, has a history of cancer, which in part means my constitution is not as naturally strong as I’d like it to be.
In saying that, I am 52 and feel fantastic! I became vegan mid-2011 and felt better for it. It has taken me a while to work out what foods are needed to complete my nutrition and also how to feed my husband, given we are from different cultures, have different genes, different gender, different sizes, etc.
After talking to many people, (especially in Australia) the number one thing I hear is; my Grandpa or Uncle or Dad could drink and smoke excessively, and party ’til the cows came home and still lived to the ripe old ages with little or no consequences. So I don’t believe you.
What they don’t understand is those old folks of theirs are living off the strength of their ancestral lineage. Proof has sadly come to a few of them, who ended up with cancer before their fiftieth birthdays. Then only do they get it.
Unfortunately, many more young people are developing chronic and debilitating sicknesses earlier in life, making each passing generation weaker.
Why do you think this is the case?
• Lifestyle choices
• Drug Abuse
• The overuse of antibiotics
I have written a publication called “IMMUNE BOOSTER” in which I address the above topics. It is available at www.ayolanihill.com
Illness and disease are on the rise. Every year there is some new bug, and it is time to take a more serious look at how to strengthen our immune system before it is too late.
Talk of ‘good stock’; I believe that stock is the liquid gold created through the alchemy of cooking animal bones. I know both my maternal and paternal grandmothers made stock and did not waste natural resources, as food was scarce at times. They used every part of the animal, not just the prime cuts. Bones, feet, skin, and scraps too were boiled in water, creating a vitamin and mineral-rich liquid.
Do you remember those days?
Tradition in many cultures alluded to bone stock as a cure-all for anyone sick or weak. It was traditionally used to cure the flu, colds, digestive problems, bone loss, joint pain, skin disorders, muscles weakness, blood deficiency, and many other ailments.
My grandparents grew up in Africa during the great depression in the 1900s. They often talked about how they ate on a small budget. A meal was made up of just bones, no meat, for mere pennies, mixed with a cabbage and a couple of potatoes.
With those three ingredients, plus water, soup was a regular dish on their tables. That simple bone and vegetable soup not only nourished the family so they could survive the depression but also kept them quite healthy and vigorous. This meal was a favourite in many homes across the country.
They believed stock contains a wealth of nutrients including gelatin, marrow, cartilage, collagen, amino acids, minerals, and trace minerals. Besides being nutritionally beneficial, stock is used in many professional kitchens as the base for soups, sauces, and gravies, due to its ravishing taste and gourmand appreciation.
Many people spend hundreds (even thousands) of dollars on glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to help heal their arthritic and bone woes. Stock contains these elements, organically and is very simple to make, so why not make it?
So what about vegans?
For vegans I make potassium broth:
• 4 organic, well-scrubbed potatoes
• 3 organic carrots, peeled and chopped
• 4 organic celery stalks, chopped
• 1 bunch organic parsley
• 4 quarts filtered water
Peel potatoes. Place the potato peelings, carrots, and celery in a large pot with the filtered water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add parsley and simmer for five more minutes.
Cool and strain the finished potassium broth into glass containers in the refrigerator, reheating small amounts as needed. Add 1 TBL whey to each cup for a big boost to mineral assimilation.
Potassium broth freezes beautifully, so freeze what you will not use in about one week.
Are you one of those people who rush ahead of yourself? Do you create mountains of mental stress that is draining your energy and paralyzes you from functioning well? It’s not a productive or healthy way to be, but it is a normal way of life for many.
After the attacks on the World Trade Center, September 11th in New York City, people were pretty shaken up. People were scared and even suffering from the mental stress of the possibility of another attack on the city and having a hard time functioning.
Some could barely get to work in the morning, and were afraid of everything because their thoughts of another terrorist attack were consuming them. Some couldn’t even travel on the subway anymore, thinking “what if there’s another attack on the city and I’m on the subway…. I won’t be able to get out…. I might suffocate down there, and I could get trampled by other people… I can’t be underground when it happens again… I just can’t do it. I don’t want to die underground!!!”
I understand what they were going through, as I have experienced fear first hand through two earthquakes. The truth is, there certainly could be another attack in New York. It is a city that is a high profile target. The fact is, the entire city could be destroyed the next time. Even though New York City is considered one of the biggest cities in the world, it’s relatively small in size.
Did you know that high stress, and prolonged stress, perhaps better termed as chronic stress leads to adrenal fatigue and that can cause hair to fall out? Well, why get to that? You see there is no point worrying about New York getting hit again when you could cross the road and get run over by a car. You may live, but with no legs, which means you lose your job, you lose your income, you lose your apartment.
“Oh my, that sounds awful!” “Yes, it is terrible! But… what is the truth here?” “The fact is… you are sitting somewhere and reading this blog. None of that stuff that I have just described happened. Yes, the possibility of that can happen – just like anything can happen at any time. But, if we live in the world of potential future catastrophes we can’t possibly live happily and healthfully in the world right now.”
The kind of emotional stress that you are suffering with, that is making you sick to the gut, making your hair fall out in clumps, is all in your mind. You are stuck up there somewhere in your own world, spinning around and around and around, because you’ve lost sight of the truth. The truth can help you find your way, and set you free from anxiety. The Bible says it beautifully in John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
It takes practice to get out of your head and get into the now, especially, after a traumatic event. It seems many of us are either in the future, fretting or worrying about what could happen, or stuck in the past and depressed about what already happened, and we can’t move forward from it.
“Not being present is not a healthy way to be, and it can drain the life out of you.”
Here are some quick tips to help you get present:
Breathe: When people grow anxious and find themselves rushing ahead into the future, the first wise thing to do is focus on breathing and slowing the breath. If you think it sounds too simple, try it right now. Focus your attention on following the inhalation of your breath from your nose all the way down into your belly. And, then follow your breath up and out of your body, exiting out of your nostrils. Do that ten times. It’s very calming and relaxing. Breath is life. When you follow your breath, you are following the flow of life.
Meditate on scripture: The Bible has been around for a while and is the most sold book in the world. I love reading through the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but there are many other interesting reads. Feel free to ask for more pointers.
Seek the Truth: What is happening right now at this very moment? You are reading a blog and learning information about staying present. You’ll get all the information you need at exactly the right time that you need it. That’s the truth. Keep your eye on it.
Catastrophes are going to happen, as they are a part of life. But, if you’re not present in between disasters, you’re going to miss out on a lot of living happily and healthfully while you are here.
If you find your mind spinning out of control and taking you to events that haven’t happened yet, try the three simple techniques above and see if it helps to set you free.
You deserve a beautiful happy and healthy life – get present and give it to yourself.
Do you feel as if you have been up all night? You can’t seem to get going in the morning, or regain your energy no matter what you do?
This is the first sign that you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue. This condition occurs in both the “unhealthiest” and in the “healthiest” people.
Anyone can experience adrenal fatigue at some point in his or her life. Nutrient deficiencies, inadequate rest, a demanding job, an extremely mental job, a life crisis, or too many pressures, can all drain the adrenals of even the healthiest person.
Adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system. They produce estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, cortisone, adrenalin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Our adrenals help us cope with everyday stress and survival and are involved in the recovery of chronic diseases, energy levels, and endurance. The quality of our health depends on the optimum functioning of our adrenals.
Symptoms indicating your adrenals may need some TLC:
Cortisol helps your body deal with stress and curbs inflammation. Without enough cortisol, you may experience increased infections, nausea, and changes in blood pressure and blood sugar. Adrenal gland syndrome results when your adrenal glands can no longer meet your body’s demands for cortisol.”
And, if too much cortisol is circulating in your system, the opposite can happen – you can experience anxiety, restlessness and an inability to sleep.
Many foods, substances, and other factors can exacerbate adrenal stress:
To reclaim our energy it’s imperative to reduce stress, get adequate sleep, and support the body with wholesome foods.
Adrenal recovery can take anywhere from three months to three years depending on the severity of the condition.
Don’t panic… as long as you are alive and breathing you can improve any condition. We need to learn how to be patient with our beautiful machine, built by our maker. It self heals, but at a pace that is not accepted by modern society – slowly. But as the saying goes, “slowly but surely, wins the race”.
Some tips to begin your healing process:
play a huge part in your health. It can support you or drain you.
Avoiding stress producers like unhealthy relationships, or learning how to deal with those people more effectively would be a good idea, too. Eliminating on workloads that can be avoided. (I am a workaholic and don’t know when to stop sometimes.) I am learning.
Adrenal Fatigue indicates a “deficiency.” Just like your daily diet, your body, mind and emotions may be running on empty. Where do you need to fill up?
Begin asking these questions:
If you need more information and guidance please contact me.
This plant is usually cultivated in warm and tropical regions. It can be consumed throughout the year and can be eaten fried, cooked and boiled.
Okra contains 7.6g. carbs, 80 micrograms folic acids, 2g. protein, 3g. dietary fiber, 0.1 g fat, 21 mg. vitamin C and 60mg. magnesium and it is low in calorie.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF OKRA:
• Prevents kidney stones.
• Controls diabetes.
• Reduces cholesterol.
• Boost the immune system.
• Eases asthma.
• Lowers the amount of glucose absorbed from food.
Okra is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which the components are huge for immune boosting and assisting the body against unsafe free radicals. Vitamin C stimulates the immune system in creating more white blood cells, which can help battle foreign pathogens and matter in the body.
Regularly eating okra can assist in preventing kidney disease. A 2005 study published in the Jilin Medical Journal found patients who ate okra daily, reduced clinical signs of kidney damage more than those who were on a diabetic diet. This is helpful since nearly half of kidney disease cases are developed from diabetes.
• Okra (cut in pieces)
• Lukewarm water
Wash the okra, cut a few into pieces and put it into a glass. Top up with lukewarm water and leave the glass to sit, covered overnight.
Consume this mixture 30 minutes before breakfast to assist your body to control your blood sugar levels and improve your overall health.
When I first began studying natural healing several years ago, a visiting lecturer who was also a health practitioner said to the class, “Look at the person to the right of you, and look at the person on the left. Twenty years from now, one out of three people will be diagnosed with cancer. Out of you three, who is it going to be?”
As it turns out, the practitioner was right on target. Our cancer rates are growing at an astronomical rate. Alone in my family those statistics have proved spot on and the world statistics are staggering.
Every time I hear the news of another death, the cause is usually cancer.
In the span of one week, David Bowie died from liver cancer, Alan Rickman died from pancreatic cancer and Celine Dion’s husband and her brother both died of complications with throat cancer.
I’m sure in your own life you know someone right now that has been diagnosed with cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society below are some statistics for 2016:
From the orthodox healthcare perspective, cancer needs to be eradicated by cutting it out, burning it with radiation or poisoning it with toxic chemotherapy. All of that treatment inevitably cuts, burns and poisons the host of the cancer as well.
From a natural healthcare perspective, cancer is viewed as stagnation. Either physical, emotional, energetic, or spiritual, the blood is not flowing properly within the body. (Creating dirty blood, an acidic environment.)
One of the ways to work with cancer is to support the body with diet and lifestyle improvements to get the blood cleaned and flowing properly, which will help clear the disease from the system.
Where natural medicine excels is in the area of prevention. I use the seven natural doctors, which are NEW START:
I’m not saying that if you take precautions with your health, diet and lifestyle that you won’t get cancer. The truth is you probably have cancer cells in your system right now. We all do. But, when the body and its organs are nourished and flowing, there is less risk that those cancer cells will accumulate to become problematic.
The interesting thing about cancer is that it is cells that have gone awry. Cells are born and cells die: cancer cells refuse to die. Cancer certainly is a very difficult subject, and it can bring up a LOT of anger. Which is understandable. But, on the emotional level of healing, suppressed anger can damage physical cells and stop them from functioning properly.
So don’t suppress your anger. Get angry, but use that negative energy in a healthy way to promote healing for you. Go and take a run; go for a long walk in nature; get a soothing massage. The idea is to relax you and activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which will increase vitality and facilitate your body’s own healing process. Don’t wait for your statistical turn with cancer, or any other disease for that matter. Do everything possible that you can to prevent cancer from taking up permanent residence in your body.
Here are eight suggestions you can start using right now to help get your body on track:
Most people have never been taught, that they actually need to chew their food and pulverize it with their own saliva to properly digest it.
If we do NOT chew our food we risk indigestion, acid reflux, IBS, bloating, gas, weight gain, diabetes and autoimmune thyroid conditions. (Hashimotos and Graves.)
I had a client who came to see me, as she could not understand why she gained close on to 25KG in one year. That is fairly excessive I am sure you’ll agree.
As we talked it dawned on me that she was not overeating, her primary foods seemed balanced and she was otherwise in a good place. I asked her to try to focus on chewing her food.
She was very shocked at my suggestion and said, really Ayolani, at my age I think I know how to chew my food. I said, “okay, I felt the same way when I first heard this during my training, but was surprised when I actually on my chewing. So, for the next two weeks I want you to focus on chewing your food. Let me know how many times you actually chew something before swallowing it. And, let’s see if you can get to twenty-five chews per mouthful.”
I got a call from her a few days later and she told me she couldn’t believe it! She noticed that she chewed only three or four times, before swallowing.
Now what do you think that means?
That means whole pieces of un-chewed food were sliding right down her throat and loading her digestive system.
We simply can’t process food the way lions, tigers and sharks can, yet that is what most people are doing. In order to heal any digestive disorders, we NEED to start with CHEWING our food properly.
When we chew, the parotid gland releases enzymes into the mouth that combine with saliva and helps us start the process of digestion.
Over 70% of our immune system lives in our gut. If the gut is out of balance, immunity can be compromised on many levels. To support and heal autoimmune conditions, digestive problems need to be addressed.
When people begin chewing food they naturally eat less, feel more satisfied, digest food better, lose weight (if needed) and heal their body.
Chewing is the miraculous cure that most professional are not talking about. Is there any reason why that’s the case? Is it because it doesn’t cost any money to chew food which means no-one can make money from this simple step to improving gut health?
We were designed very intelligently and our bodies are made to self heal.
So no purchasing any expensive supplements or digestive enzymes. Simply chew your food to activate the digestive enzymes you are naturally born with. And the best part, chewing is absolutely FREE!
What have you got to lose, go on try chomping your food…
At age 4 Wilma Rudolph contracted polio. At age nine, she amazed doctors when she removed her metal leg brace and began to walk without it.
When she was 13, Wilma decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came in last. For the next few years, every race she entered, she came in last. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on.
Then one day, she won a race … and then another … and then every race she entered thereafter.
Eventually, in the1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, she went on to win three Olympic gold medals in track and field! Wilma chose activity over atrophy (weakness) and became a winner.
Likewise, your body is a miraculous machine, but if you don’t use it, you will lose it.
Lets take a quick look at The Human Physiology and What happens to the body during exercise?
The entire body is affected. Muscle fibers contract and release, the heart pumps more rapidly, and the lungs work harder to get more oxygen to the body. These actions trigger increased enzyme reactions, nerve stimulations, metabolic enhancement, and more.
Exercise is an awesome event! A much needed event for your body to function at it’s best! Many who depend upon the movement-cure could, by exercise, accomplish more for themselves than the movements can do for them. Furthermore need of exercise causes the bowels to become enfeebled and shrunken. Exercise will strengthen these organs that have become enfeebled.
Exercise can help you to:
Did you know there are two different types of muscles?
Muscles involved in anaerobic (needing minimal oxygen) exercise are known as “fast twitch” muscles.
To increase your strength, these muscles must be challenged with a task they haven’t been required to accomplish before. These muscles “learn,” enlarging to strengthen in case they run into the same task again. Weight training that focuses on lifting heavier weights with less frequency targets these muscles.
“Slow twitch” muscles are responsible for endurance activities and are used in aerobic exercise. (Needing lots of oxygen)
Although they don’t “bulk up,” they are responsible for significant calorie burning. So you could run, power walk, swim or simply get into your garden and sweat whilst working in God’s nature and making something beautiful!
I personally enjoy a mix of activities. From walking to running, to stand up paddling, playing tennis, rock climbing or even just stretching. (I have now bought a konga DVD and am loving it in the privacy of my lounge room..)
What exercise do would I advice anyone of any age to do? Probably walking. Why? Because in walking, all the muscles are brought into action. Blood circulation is also greatly improved through walking and the active use of the limbs will be of the greatest advantage to invalids.
They used to say heart fitness is best achieved through exercise that keeps your heart rate at a consistent pace. To get your heart as healthy as possible, your pulse rate needs to stay between 50 to 75 percent of your target rate during sustained aerobic activity.
I believe Interval training is great to strengthen your heart, however, if you would like to stick to keeping your pulse rate between 50 to 75 percent of your target rate, check out the calculation below...
Your specific rate can be calculated using the formula below:
220 (Which is the heart rate max) - (Your age) = target heart rate in beats per minute.
Example: I am 35 right? lol
(220 - 35 = 185 beats per minute.)
If you are 21 your target heart rate will be 199 if you are 53 it will be 167 if you are 49 it will be 163 and so on…
HOW DO YOU MEASURE THIS?
Start your exercise and when you feel your heart rate is up, then stop and measure your pulse counting the beats in a minute.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get healthy. I promise you, you will feel amazing!
If you’re looking for a “dream job” that’s meaningful and satisfying, what should you actually look for? What is a fulfilling career?
To find a fulfilling career, do what contributes to the world.
When asked to imagine their dream job, people often think of work that’s well paid, easy, and involves their interests.
Weighing up what research says about job satisfaction, these are the key factors to look for are:
1. Work you’re good at
2. Work that helps others
3. Engaging work that lets you enter a state of flow
4. Colleagues you get on with
5. A job that meets your basic needs, like fair pay and reasonable hours.
6. A job that fits with the rest of your life.
7. Is it sedentary, physical, mental sedentary, mentally active, and what kind of person are you?
I sum this up with my motto for a fulfilling career: do what contributes.
If you’re looking for a “dream job” that’s meaningful and satisfying, what should you actually look for? What kind of career should you aim for over the coming years?
The usual way to answer this question is just picture yourself in different jobs, and think about how fulfilling they seem.
“A Doctor? A Waitress? A Teacher? A Sport Coach?
Think back on times when you’ve been especially fulfilled, then try to figure out what those times had in common.
Two overrated goals for a fulfilling career. People often imagine their dream job is well paid and easy.
This is the common list for most people looking for a career:
1. Is it highly paid?
2. Is it going to be highly paid in the future? (Outlook)
3. Is it not stressful?
4. Is the working environment not unpleasant?
Money makes you happier, but only a little...
It’s a cliché that “you can’t buy happiness”, but at the same time, financial security is among most people’s top career priorities.
When people are asked what would most improve the quality of their lives, the most common answer is more money.
Research has shown that money does make you happy, but only a little.
DON'T AIM FOR LOW STRESS
Lots of people say they want to “find something that’s not too stressful.” And it’s true that in the past, it was widely thought that stress was clearly bad.
Some research shows that leaders show lower levels of stress: a study of high ranking government and military leaders found they had lower levels of stress hormones and less anxiety, despite sleeping fewer hours, managing more people and having higher demands.
One widely supported explanation is that their greater sense of control protects them against the greater demands of the position.
Having no or few demands placed on you is bad – that’s boring. Having lots of demands placed on you is bad if you don’t have the power to deal with them: that causes harmful stress.
The best place to be is where the demands placed on you match your abilities – that’s a fulfilling challenge and that is me right there. I am a workaholic and place high demands on myself and feel exhilarated when I complete each task and see the results. I must say however, I do realise that I must start to change my pace, before my pace changes me.
The message of all this is that seeking out an “easy” job is not what to focus on. Instead, seek out these supportive conditions, then challenge yourself.
What should you aim for in a fulfilling job?
I believe the key ingredients of wellbeing (The Primary Foods) are:
• Relationships – supportive friends and family - Positive emotion – feeling happy day-to-day.
• Spirituality – Meaningful for you – having a purpose higher than yourself.
• Career – that you love - achievement – being good at what you do - Engagement – having challenging, absorbing tasks.
• Physical Activity – feeling strong, energized - healthy
I’ve applied these factors to my analysis of what to look for in a job, and combined them with the research that focuses especially on job satisfaction, to come up with six key elements for fulfilling work.
1. Work that’s engaging
Engaging work is work that draws you in, holds your attention, and gives you a sense of flow.
It breaks down into these four factors:
1. Freedom to decide how the work is done.
2. Clear tasks, with a clearly defined start and end
3. Variety, work that involves many different types of task.
4. Feedback, so you know how well you’re doing.
They’re also important if you have “high growth needs”
2. Work that helps others. A fulfilling career needs work that is meaningful as well as engaging.
These jobs, however, are seen as meaningful by almost everyone who does them:
• Fire service officer
• Nurse midwife
• Addiction counselor
• Medical Missionary
• Massage Therapist – to name a few
There’s a growing body of evidence that helping others is a key ingredient of having a satisfying life, whether it’s through your work, charity, volunteering, or helping your family and friends.
3. Work that you’re good at
Being good at your work gives you a sense of achievement, one of the five ingredients of life satisfaction mentioned above.
It also gives you the power to negotiate for the other components of a fulfilling job, such as the ability to work on meaningful projects and undertake engaging tasks. If people value your contribution, you can ask for these conditions in return.
4. Work with people you like
Good relationships are another ingredient of life satisfaction, and it seems pretty obvious that if you hate your colleagues and you work with a difficult boss, you’re not going to be satisfied.
So this last factor is a reminder to consider how your career fits with the rest of your life. The aim is to have a fulfilling life, and your career is only one part of that.
CUSTOMISING THE LIST
If you want to find fulfilling work, these six factors are where we recommend you start. However, what’s most important will vary from person to person, and there may be other factors that are especially important to you, so we also recommend making a personalised list.
To do this, think back on times when you’ve been most fulfilled in the past.
• What do those times have in common?
• Are there some extra ingredients you should add to the list?
• Can you make any of the factors more specific?
• What types of people do you best get on with?
• In which activities do you get most absorbed?
Should you just follow your passion?
Besides being highly paid and easy, people often imagine a dream job should involve their passion – their greatest interest.
For instance, if you love basketball, then the ideal job would be something that involves basketball, whether as a player, a coach, a promoter or something else.
“Follow your passion” has become one of the defining pieces of career advice of our time.
A Simple Exercise
1. Write down a couple of jobs you think you’d find especially fulfilling.
2. Rate them from one to five on each of the six factors.
3. Did you change your mind about which is best?
4. Make your own personalised list of factors for fulfilling work.
Here are some prompts:
a. When have you been most fulfilled in the past?
b. What did these times have in common?
c. Imagine you found out you'll die in exactly ten years.
d. What would you do?