Finding a way to release stress that builds up is sometimes difficult.
You may feel like a mouse on one of those wheels running endlessly with
no chance of ever reaching your destination or you find the feeling of
anxiety or worry is hard to shake. Stop! take a giant deep breath,
hold, and let it go super slowly, then do it again! I can guarantee that
your blood pressure and heart rate dropped a little just by doing this
simple breathe a release exercise.
There has been a lot of
discussion about mediation and some people's response may be "it's a bit
nana noonoo or hippy for me", or maybe, "I cant relax, my mind just
wonders off!" "I don't have time" is another response. Whatever you may
think about meditation the facts are it works! It reduces stress levels
and in creates a feeling of peace and well-being.
You don't need
to spend a great deal of time to learn or practice mediation it's as
easy as the breathe exercise above.Just a few minutes a day will make a
difference to the way you feel. If you feel stressed at any time during
the day and your mind fills with unwanted thoughts just acknowledge them
by saying "thanks for sharing" stop and take a deep breath and continue
on with your day. I have been doing this for a while and find it a lot
easier to relax and enjoy life, even when things don't go to plan.
Another great way to relieve stress is laughing...........there are
always funny things to see on the internet.
If you find it
difficult to sit quietly or trying to clear your mind of thoughts you
will find a guided meditation much easier to do. There are quite a few
podcast for mediation on iTunes and the best thing is they are FREE so
no excuses, download and get started today :)
Water has a neutral pH of 7.
Blood has a pH of 7.35-7.45, slightly alkaline.
body works hard to neutralise the acids and to maintain its slightly
Alkaline PH levels. With today’s lifestyle and diet it doesn’t take
long for our bodies to become more acid than Alkaline. Stress, processed
and sugary foods, caffeine, deodorants, plastic, cell phones....you get
Our bodies are bombarded with toxins everyday and we wonder why we suffer from extreme fatigue and ill health.
of you body as a finely tuned machine, if you want it to perform at its
peak for a long time then you would need to maintain it properly.
do you know how acid your body is? You can purchase a PH test kit your
local health food store, it will test either saliva or urine, and will
show what state your body is in.
The good thing is that there are
simple ways to reduce acidity in the body by increasing foods that are
more alkalising into your diet. Take a super green supplement and reduce
your stress by exercising, walking, taking a meditation or yoga class.
your body is acid, this is the perfect environment for disease to form,
it your body is Alkaline it is more like to stay healthy as disease
cannot live in an alkaline environment.
Possible effects from
alkalising your body are increased stamina, weight loss and a stronger
immune system and feeling more vibrant.
Finding the balance between too acidic and too alkaline can be a challenge in today's stressful, fast-food society. For a great liver and gallbladder cleanse – check out these I found on http://www.liverdoctor.com/gall-bladder Ref: Dr Sandra Cabot Her site is a wealth of information and well worth a look. The Standard Method for the Liver and Gallbladder flush is:
squeeze some citrus fruits such as grapefruit, orange, lemon and limes
to make 300 mls of juice. This will have a slightly sour taste, which is
good, as bitter tasting fruits and vegetables stimulate the flow of
bile from the liver and gall bladder. Dilute this juice with 200mls of
Finely grate 1 to 2 cloves of fresh garlic and
half a teaspoon of fresh ginger, and then press both in a garlic press
to make juice. Add this juice to the water and citrus juice mixture.
Garlic and ginger are liver cleansing.
Pour 300mls of good quality cold pressed olive oil into a warm glass.
15 minutes swallow 3 tablespoons of the citrus juice mixture and 3
tablespoons of the olive oil. Try to relax in between these 15 - minute
intervals. Some people find it beneficial to lie down on their right
side with a hot water bottle over the liver area, which helps to dilate
the bile ducts to allow the passage of small stones and sludge from the
gall bladder. Others prefer to sit in a warm bath, which also helps to
dilate the bile ducts.
If you desire, collect all your bowel
actions (they may be loose and messy) into a bucket and when the flush
is over, place them in a large strainer or colander and run tap water
over them. You will probably find many greenish stones/gritty sludge
around the size of a lentil or slightly larger. There may also be some
large soft stones full of fatty cholesterol. Some people may not want to
collect their bowel actions and are content to hear the stones clanging
as they land in the toilet bowl!
Some people who do this
flush may find that they feel very nauseated (bilious), and/or vomit
several times. Abdominal cramps and diarrhoea may accompany this, before
the stones are passed. An Alternative Method for the Liver and Gallbladder flush is:
one litre of organic unsweetened apple juice daily for five days. This
will soften up the stones to such an extent that they can be squashed
with the fingers. During these five days eat only raw fruits and
vegetables and no dairy products, red meat or chicken.
On the sixth day, skip dinner and at 6 p.m. take a tablespoonful of Epsom salts with 3 glasses of water. Repeat this at 8 p.m.
10 p.m. make a cocktail of 115ml of olive oil and 115ml of fresh
squeezed lemon juice. Shake this very well and drink immediately.
morning you will pass green stones varying from the size of grains of
sand to as large as your thumb nail. You may be amazed at the results,
as have many thousands of people who have used this technique to avoid
Preparation for the flush:
prepare for the flushing procedure, it is recommended that during the
two days prior to the commencement of the flush, you consume only raw
fruits and vegetables and drink 2 litres of water daily. This
preparation will lessen the chance of a bad reaction.
liver flush in the morning after some brisk walking and deep breathing
exercises. Make sure that you drink 2 litres of water gradually by
sipping it slowly during the day otherwise the flush may induce
dehydration. Some protagonists of this procedure recommend that you
begin the flush at 7 p.m. because they believe that the gall bladder is
“more active at night”. This may be true; however you will not get much
sleep that night, if you decide to do the flush while the moon is
If you are a person who forms recurrent gall stones you
can do this flush 3 times every year to prevent gall stones from
building up. Some people do it every month and find that it does not
cause any problems or side effects. If you follow the dietary guidelines
found in Dr Cabot's Healthy Liver and Bowel book, you should not have
to do this procedure very often because a healthy liver manufactures
healthy bile, which prevents gall bladder inflammation and gallstones.
do know that family history often plays a part in liver and gall
bladder disease so if you find yourself with gallstones, have a good
look at your family history and take extra special care of your liver.
are more common during pregnancy. If gallstones are recurrent in
younger persons, this may be a sign of an underlying blood disease.
people such as pregnant women, young children, very elderly and frail
people, insulin-dependent diabetics or those with severe liver disease
or an acutely inflamed gallbladder, should not try the liver/
gallbladder flush and should discuss it with their own doctor.
a qualified health practitioner should supervise your gallbladder
flush. At the very least, never do the flush alone, so that if you do
dislodge a large stone and get severe pain, your companion can take you
to medical care.
Always check with your own doctor before doing the liver/gall bladder flush.
Dry Body Brushing - Stimulates the Lymphatic System to promote detoxification.
Ever wondered why dieting and exercise had little or no effect on reducing
cellulite? It is because cellulite is the result of your body protecting itself
from trapped toxins. When our liver is overloaded and cannot cope with
detoxifying the barrage of toxins we expose it to everyday, some of the toxins
attach to our cells instead. These toxins are acidic so the body surrounds them
with water in order to stop them burning or inflaming body tissue,
this gives skin a lumpy, puffy look we call cellulite.
In order to remove these from our body we need to break them
down. First we need to detoxify our liver so it can work more
efficiently. It’s important to eat good clean food without colours,
preservatives or additives, organic if you can. Part of
detoxifying is alkalising the body and regenerating the liver this is the only
way the body can rid itself of cellulite.
It is virtually impossible to remove all toxins from the body as we live in
a very different world today. It is more feasible that we can reduce exposure
to toxin within our control such as food, personal hygiene products and reduce
our use of plastic that is not BPA free.
Another key factor to reducing cellulite is filtered water, drink, drink,
drink!!! The ratio is 30ml per kilo or 2.2lb of body weight daily.
Also there has been research showing that Milk Thistle seed extract
(Silymarin) is effective in supporting/regenerating your liver which in turn
should help with the reduction of cellulite.
There are a few theories on how you develop cellulite. It
is my belief that a combination of, poor circulation, body acidity and toxic
build up that contribute to forming cellulite.
What can we do to release the toxins and reduce the
appearance of cellulite?
Dry body brushing......
Dry skin brushing technique is used to aid in the skin's ability to release and remove toxins from your
Dry body brushing has been around for thousands of years. The Japanese and
American Indians have been practicing dry brushing for centuries.
Understanding the functions of the skin helps when looking at the benefits of
dry body brushing.
The skin is the body’s largest organ.
The outer or top layer of skin is called the epidermis it contains several
layers. The epidermis cells are constantly dying off and renewing.
The second layer of skin, the dermis contains the following important
and Lymph vessels
and Sebaceous Oil Glands
The second layer of the skin is the most important when
looking at the benefits of the dry brushing. If we focus on the blood vessels,
our circulatory system which also carries the nutrients to feed our cells also
the lymphatic vessels that filter waste and sweat glands that help in the
removal of toxins and waste from the body. These structures are the most
stimulated by dry brushing, creating better circulation, exfoliation and
What is Dry Brushing
To brush the skin vigorously with a loofah to both clean
the skin and promote healthy circulation.
What are the
Benefits of Dry Brushing?
dead skin cells
the lymphatic system in removing toxins from the body
healthy, glowing skin
brushing the skin brings the oil to the surface, reducing dry skin and
increasing the skin's softness and elasticity
bodies are constantly sweating, and the skin eliminates between 500mls-
800mls of waste through perspiration each day. Clearing away dead skin
improves our ability to sweat out toxins more easily.
How to Dry Brush
your Skin using the body brush technique?
sit on a towel or in the shower/bath so any dead skin cells can be easily
natural bristle body brush
skin needs to be completely dry so do this before showering or bathing.
brush inward and towards the heart as this follows the normal flow of the
blood and lymph (Above your heart brush downward and below the heart brush
quick swiping (long) motion, like brushing your hair, to stimulate and
remove dead cells, not too hard. It should create a warm tingly sensation
and not feel painful or irritate. You can use circular motions as longs as
you are moving up or down towards the heart. Remember harder is not
better be gentle to start.
brush broken skin, cuts, abrasions, sores or rashes. Avoid brushing those
skin is sensitive use a dry face cloth to start this will get your body
use to the action of brushing and simulate and exfoliate more gently. You
can progress to a brush in time.
should take between 3 to 5 minutesfor the whole body
with the soles of your feet then move to the top of your feet.
from the feet to your legs brushing up towards the heart
your hands starting at the fingertips and moving up the arms brushing
towards the heart.
your stomach -remember to brush clockwise up from the right across
transversely and down on the left across transversely and up as this is
the direction of the colon same on the back.
rib and upper back brushing either up or down towards the heart
stoking either up or down toward the heart.
neck front and back brushing down towards the heart.
tried every crazy diet, promised yourself that Monday is the day you will start
your healthier life? Well I have some news, you and millions of people around
the world are doing just that every Monday. Like Albert Einstein says “Insanity
is - Doing the
same thing over and over again and expecting different results”, but we
continue to tell ourselves I’ll start Monday!
is not about starvation, denial or long workouts at the gym, “Health” is about
living life to the full, being energised and feeling fantastic.
about a number on the scale or fitting into those “skinny” clothes you keep in
the wardrobe just case you lose some weight.
passionate about holistic health which encompasses the whole person. The human
body is complex and amazing in its abilities to balance and heal itself, keep
this in mind you when you consider making changes to a healthier
lifestyle.decide what those choices might be for
you. If you are positive and willing you are more likely to
my top 10 tips to a healthier life
1. Attitude – What do you really think about
changing to a healthier lifestyle
If you think that being healthy means depriving or starving
yourself and painful exercise, then you’re doomed from the start. It’s all in
your attitude and your thoughts create your perception. Firstly you need to decide if you really want to make
healthier choices and secondly you need set yourself realistic guidelines and stay positive......remember one day at a time.
2. Motivation – What are your reasons? There are
many reasons for living a healthier lifestyle, increased energy levels, looking
and feeling younger and more vibrant, reduced stress levels, releasing
endorphins that make you “feel good” and reducing your risk of diseases are
just some that come to mind. Improving your health whatever challenges you have
now, is possible, just remember small steps. Choose at least two reasons that are
really important to you and make a visual board or add motivational digital picture
to desktop or phone. You can use pictures and words that relate to those
reasons. Whatever you choose, board or a digital visual, make sure you can see it
every day, this will help keep you motivated when you start to lose your drive.
3. Inspiration – What inspires you? Inspiration
comes from many places, it is important to find something or someone that
really inspires you to become healthier. Also just as important is to make it
relevant to you, if you enjoy meditation and walking on the beach then don’t
choose a muscle bound gym junkie as your inspiration, pick the Dalai Lama. Remember
if they can do it you can too. Find a way to keep that inspiration in the
forefront of you mind.
4. Fun – What fun activities could you do? Your body needs to
move to be healthy, with this in mind, ask yourself what could I choose that
would be FUN. There are endless activities you could do, from going for a walk
to skiing down a mountain, learning to dance or taking up yoga, throwing a
Frisbee or dusting off your roller blades, kayaking, bike riding, team sport,
running, tennis or golf.Whatever you
choose, make sure it’s appropriate for your health level, you don’t want to
trip at the first hurdle so to speak.
5. Creativity – What is your creative outlet, what
do you do to nurture your creativity? This is key to maintaining good mental health.
It is my belief that a healthy mind creates a healthy body. From writing to painting,
scrap booking, building models and sculpture or whatever takes your fancy,
doing more is healthier. If you don’t
have a creative outlet may I suggest exploring different activities to find
something you enjoy.
6. Focus – What keeps you focused?Keeping you focus is the most challenging of
all, there are little tricks you can use to maintain your vision of a healthier
lifestyle. How do you want to feel? How do you see yourself when you are
healthier? Have a vision and create something that continually reminds you of
your goal. It can be pictures, words, affirmations or music. It can even be an
elastic band on your wrist that you can thwack every time you are tempted to
stray from your goals. I recently saw Anna Mears (Cycling Olympic Gold
Medallist) speak at a conference. Anna spoke about focus and one little trick
she used was “Chocolate” her one weakness. Anna self imposed a ban on chocolate
in her preparation leading up to the Games. Every time she craved chocolate she
would ask herself “how much do you really want to be the best? “This kept her
focus on the goal.
7. Perception – Do you really think you can be
healthier? What does being healthy mean to you? Everyone has their own reality
created by their perception of the world, and it is the same for health. How do
you see yourself? We all have different genetics, some good some not so good. It is important that your perception of yourself is a positive one, as this is an
important key to success, not only in becoming healthier but also in life.Write a list of 10 positive things about you
including your body, this sound easy but some may find it difficult.
8. Support – Do you have support? It is
necessary to have a support system in place to achieve your goals. Everyone’s
needs are different. What type of support do you need? It could be anything
from a conversation with a friend or relative once a month, maybe you could get a
personal trainer or join an online chat or support group. Find support that suits
9. Celebration – Enjoy the moment and stop looking
at the past or future. I believe in the 80/20 rule, eighty percent good and
twenty percent not so good, don’t beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon at
some point. Celebrate your life, enjoy every day and admire the beauty in
nature, connect with others, take time to be grateful for what you have.
10. Success –Do you consider yourself successful? We are all
successful but we rarely acknowledge our achievements because we are either focusing
on the past or what’s next. We can
sometimes get overwhelmed when looking at the big picture. I find breaking down
your goals to smaller one helps, you will feel more successful. I have a challenge for you, write down your top five
major achievements in your life so far, and then your top five in the last year
followed by the top five this week.Having trouble? That’s because you are looking at the big picture. I
would say there are many achievements that you have mentally disregarded
without a thought and they would be different for everyone. Some example might
be: that you a thoughtful son or daughter, have you raised children, learnt to
read and write, learnt a language, are you a great cook, can you fix mechanical
items, you are a great friend, you get the idea. Health can be broken down into
body mind and spirit and each of them broken down into a myriad of choices. If
you do this you will feel more successful and this will lead you realising you
can achieve your goals. One choice at a time is the secret to success!
Health is more than what we eat it’s
a way of life that feels amazing.
Looking back, there have been times
in my life when I find that my health had taken a back seat. During those times
I see that I was not as happy, defiantly more stressed and suffering from
various health symptoms. I understand that life is so much faster these days,
however being healthier gives you an ability to cope better when life throws a
few curve balls. Eat better, move your body, stay connected, laugh more and above all have FUN,
your life will be healthier.