Sunday, May 30, 2010

Feel More Energetic!

You not only are what you eat you will feel what you eat. Your body replaces nearly 98% of its cells in about two years. You literally have a different physical body than you had two years ago! If we replace the old cells with healthier new ones we can reverse illness and improve both our physical and emotional state of health and our energy levels will increase quickly.

Some people have all their organs functioning perfectly at a high energetic level. Others seem to be lacking the bio-energy needed to stay healthy. This is shown by a general lack of energy, skin and bowel problems, immunity problems such as colds and allergies, joint and muscle pain, psychological and sleep disorders to name a few. This can be changed. How?

Usually various factors must be looked at. First and most important is what goes into the body: food and water. To maintain an environment that disease cannot grow in the body must be kept in an alkaline state. This is done in varying ways.

Diet: Add more raw organic fruits and vegetables. These foods contain lots of fiber and will also help absorb toxins in the digestive tract and will boost your energy levels.

Every function of our body requires essential fatty acids, yet nearly everyone is deficient. Hemp oil is well balanced and tasty. Use double the recommended amount for several months until you’re balanced. Avoid processed fats and oils.

Water: You must drink sufficient water to maintain energy levels. RO and distilled are quite acidic. Chlorine is extremely acidifying to the body and should be avoided. Drink filtered water, not coffee for an energy boost. Avoid sweetened drinks.

Bowel Function: It’s been said that all disease starts in the bowel. Some foods like meat can take up to 72 hours to pass through the system. Can you imagine what a piece of meat left on your kitchen counter in mid-summer would smell like? That’s what’s happening inside your body! Dairy products will coat the duodenum with mucous making it difficult to absorb nutrients.

Weight: Toxins are stored in fat cells so maintain or lose weight if necessary. Exercise will also give you energy. Just do it!

Detoxification: Some people’s bodies will not detoxify well on their own. A few ways the body can be helped to do this is by regular use of ionic foot baths, saunas, skin brushing, zeolites.

Stress: How we handle stress is also one of the differentiating factors of how we heal. If we haven’t learned to deal with the daily challenges of life in a non-stressful way, it can literally make us sick. Our emotions are preceded by thought. Change the thought which changes the emotion which changes the hormones and in turn changes the mood and our stress level.

This article was originally published in May/June 2009 issue of The Herbal Collective. If you have questions post below and I'll write further posts. Just tell me what you want to read about!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Beautiful Skin Comes from Within

The manufacturers of beauty lotions and skin care products will have you believe that beautiful skin comes in a bottle or jar. While it is important to cleanse your skin and allow it to breathe, it is also important to keep you inner elimination organs functioning at top notch so that the skin will not have so much work to do with eliminating toxins.

When we go through hormonal changes, our liver gets clogged up and toxins will look for another place to exit. Usually this is via the skin in the form of pimples or acne, especially if our bowels are also not functioning properly.

Fortunately, these things can be remedied. It may not be an overnight process but within a few weeks to a month, these skin conditions can be remedied with a good cleansing program and dietary changes. The worst offenders are typically sugar and pasteurized dairy products. Simply eliminating these may show benefits quite quickly. Food additives and refined oils are two further products that should be eliminated.

Certified organic produce also contains more enzymes and minerals that contribute to healthy skin. Eating raw fruits and vegetables leave enzymes intact so they can go to work to clean up waste in our bodies. Drinking freshly pressed juices is a quick way to cleanse your blood and give your digestive system a rest from work so that your body can work on healing.

A few colonic treatments may be helpful if constipation is severe. This will speed up the elimination process. A good probiotic will rebalance the bowel flora so that the colon will start working properly. Look for a probiotic that has a full spectrum of bacteria and is packaged with the food it eats to ensure that it will still be alive by the time you take it. Eating a diet high in healthy fiber will contribute to daily cleansing of the colon and maintaining healthy bacteria.

Light exercise, saunas, skin brushing and drinking lots of alkaline water will further help to eliminate toxins. Beware of reverse osmosis or distilled water also known as “dead” water which tends to be quite acidic and are not suitable for everyday use. When in doubt, test with a pH strip. Our cells need bio-energy and dead water will not provide it. Using alkaline water has improved the skin tone and color in many people who have kidney disorders.

To lighten the load on the liver it’s important to remove chemicals from everyday use. This includes personal care products that you wouldn’t feel safe eating, air fresheners and paraffin candles, estrogen containing products, cleaners, scented detergents, drier sheets and other such items that are not necessary. When you have MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities) you quickly learn that these items are not necessary to stay clean or healthy.

Removing heavy metals like lead and cadmium from the body will free up the mineral receptors responsible for calcium and zinc uptake that will also contribute to healthy skin.

For those who want to know what skin care products I recommend you can take a look at my site Pure, certified organic and safe enough to eat. Creating a barrier between your skin and the toxic environment will go a long way to protect your skin from the outside. The next blog post will be about cleaning up the inner terrain so follow this blog!