HEALTH TIPS AND GREAT HEALTH ADVICEIf you want to make a change just choose one thing and practice it for a while then you can take on a new change. If we take on too much at once we will give up and be overwhelmed saying it is too difficult. Allow yourself to fail with love and humour as this is our sweet human being. If we can't imagine it, it is not even a possibility.
The secret of change is not, trying not to do something, but simply to practice doing something else ! The old habit will fall away from non-use. The old habit will rise up now and then as it is what we have done, but you just gently keep your intention on the new habit. We are creatures of habit which we create and can change, not through rigid ‘rights’ or ‘wrongs’ but with allowing of our humanness and gentleness to our past habits that were appropriate at the time. Remember your body is always changing moment to moment and so change is a natural to your body.
HEALTH IS SOMETHING WE CAN PRACTICE, YOU CAN EASILY TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOURSELF BY FOLLOWING SOME OF THE GUIDELINES BELOW. WE REALLY ARE WHAT WE EAT. WE WOULD NOT GIVE LOTS OF SUGAR, SALT AND DEAD FOODS TO OUR PETS SO WHY WOULD WE DO IT IN OUR OWN BODY.
WE CAN ALL FEEL BETTER WITH ONLY A LITTLE EXTRA CARE EACH DAY. BELOW ARE SOME OF THE MANY WAYS WE CAN DO THIS
THERE IS A SECRET INGREDIENT IN FOOD WHICH IS SO OBVIOUS THAT WE DON'T SEE IT OR THINK ABOUT IT WHICH IS NOT ABOUT THE VITS AND MINS IT IS THE 'ALIVENESS'. WHEN YOU PUT SOMETHING IN YOUR MOUTH DOES IT FEEL ALIVE ( HA HA NOT LITERALLY )
TRY AND EAT MORE ALKALINE FOODS WHICH ARE FRESH VEGETABLES, WHOLE GRAINS ESP. QUINOA, BUCKWHEAT, RAW FOODS, FRESH SALADS, ESP. GREEN LEAVES, SWEET POTATO, FRESH FISH CAUGHT WITH A LINE
ACID FOODS TO TRY AND LIMIT ARE: MEAT, MILK & DAIRY FOODS, ESP IF THEY ARE NOT ORGANIC, JUNK FOODS E.G CEREALS, ( MUESLI AND OATS ARE BETTER )CRISPS, CAKES, BISCUITS, FAKE DRINKS, TEA AND COFFEE. HERB TEAS AND REDBUSH TEA ARE GREAT FOR YOU.
HOW ALIVE IS THE FOOD YOU EAT. HOW 'DEAD' IS IT. THE MORE IT LOOKS LIKE IT ORIGINALLY THE BETTER AND MORE ALIVE IT IS, THE HEALTHIER AND MORE ALIVE YOU WILL FEEL
DON'T BE MISERABLE OR OBSESSIVE ABOUT WHAT YOU EAT. THESE ARE ALL GUIDELINES. YOU ARE TRYING TO CREATE NEW HABITS. THE MORE I EAT WELL THE MORE I WANT TO EAT WELL. WHATEVER YOU DECIDE TO EAT OR DRINK SAVOIR, EAT SLOWLY AND AT LEAST ENJOY IT. WHAT IS THE POINT OF EATING SOMETHING IF AT THE SAME TIME I AM BEATING MYSELF UP. BE KIND - BREATH DEEPLY - HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOUR. IF I ALWAYS EAT CHOCOLATE AT FIVE O'CLOCK MY BODY IS GOING TO WANT CHOCOLATE AT FIVE O CLOCK.
IF I WANT TO CHANGE THIS FOR A WHILE I AM GOING TO HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ELSE LIKE EAT AN APPLE UNTIL MY BODY SAYS IT WANTS THE APPLE AT FIVE O'CLOCK. DON'T SHOP WHEN YOU ARE STARVING OTHERWISE YOU WILL BUY MORE JUNK FOOD. DON'T HAVE JUNK FOOD IN THE HOUSE OTHERWISE YOU WILL EAT IT.
DON'T DIET OR COUNT CALORIES. IF YOU STARVE YOURSELF IT PUTS YOUR BODY INTO SURVIVAL MODE AND YOUR BODY WILL HANG ON TO IT
Constipation or a loose bowel are a warning of something VERY VERY IMPORTANT - the 1st signs towards poor health and even serious illness. Don’t put up with it as your health and your immune system is in you bowel. Don't leave as if it's 'normal', just because you are used to it or it is so common. Poor bowel health = poor health and a lot a trouble to come. By simple changes it is easily fixable. Feel free to contact me, have a chat as it is something I have helped many people think differently about.
SEE OIL PULLING & ACIDOPHILES PAGES. TRY IT AS IT TRANSFORMS YOUR HEALTH AND IS GREAT FOR YOUR GUT.
THIS IS ONE WAY TO GET GREAT, INEXPENSIVE FRESH PROBIOTICS AND IS FANTASTIC FOR YOU AND NOT EXPENSIVE.
KAFIR GRAINS - WHAT ARE THEY - BENEFITS - MORE INFO
You can pick some up from me or go on line to find some near you
DRINKING KEFIR HAS NUMEROUS HEALTH BENEFITS:
Kefir helps replenish healthy bacteria in your gut which are essential for a healthy immune system and for good physical, and mental health.Kefir is super good for adults and children. It is the number one thing you can do to improve and keep healthy and well.
A health bowel movement is something you get a sense of over time. Our gut is effected by stress, not hydrating, eating dead foods and poisons from our environment' Even our tap water can kill our good bacteria as it is full of chlorine and fluoride. What is a healthy bowel movement? It should feel pleasurable, floating ( some say float and then sink.. the jury is out...but you will get to know what is right for you ) banana shaped, mid brownish, ( this depends on what you are eating as if you eat a lot of beetroot you will see how long it takes for you gut to digest it as it will be pinkish...ideally it should be roughly 12 - 24 hrs depending on the times you eat ) Don't worry about feeling empty as you should never never strain - go away wait until later. If you are constipated have a gentle push after eating but hold back and don't go until your body is ready. if it feel like you are not quite empty DON'T PUSH AND FORCE....just trust this is enough for now and wait..... you will go...let your body decide.
Kefir improves your immune system as your immune system is in your gut. Over 90 % of the cells in our body are in our gut ! We need 85% good guys for proper health.
Kefir is a great source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin B1, B12 and Vitamin K. Kefir reduces candida overgrowth and yeast infections which we might not even know we have as well as keeping down worms which we might not know we have.
Kefir is easily digested, it cleanses the intestines, providing beneficial bacteria and yeast, vitamins and minerals and complete proteins.
The regular use of kefir may help relieve most intestinal disorders, promote proper bowel movement, reduce flatulence and create a healthier digestive system, AND is your immune system so every part of your health depends on what is going on in your gut !!
Kefir is full of amino acids like tryptophan which relaxes your nervous system and improves your mood.
Kefir is said to have strong anti-aging properties, due to its high content of lactic acid.
Kefir is used to restore the inner eco-system
It may help to relieve many symptoms as symptoms start in your gut such as cancer cells: pain: tiredness; headaches: migraines: inflammations ( not just inflammations in joints and bones and skin but Alzheimer’s is an inflammation of the brain ) so love and take care of yourself by taking care of your kafir .
N.B When you first use it, you will notice changes in your gut – your movements may feel more loose as your bowel is being transformed by the very good guys – stay with it. If you are not sure take it on a day that you are more at home – you will be amazed how it will transforms your health.
TO MAKE KEFIR FROM LIVE GRAINS
When you first receive your grains ( buy on line or you can get some from me )you will have to wait for a few days for the grains to adjust to their new environment before they start to grow – after that they will multiply rapidly.
Let the kefir stand for 18 – 48 hours at room temperature in organic milk or goats milk or vegan version is with filtered water and raw organic sugar sugar. I put a little sugar in my milk Kafir but this is optional. Put is in a glass jar or glass with a t towel on top in your kitchen. Gently stir the container occasionally to keep the contents mixed. Then strain with a plastic strainer into a jar – you can use metal utensils but it is better to get a plastic strainers, wooden spoons in the long run. To make a fresh batch of kefir, place the grains that were caught in the strainer into another container with 2 cups of milk or more, this depends on how many grains you have. The strained yogurt like milk can be used or refrigerated until required. Repeat this process about every 18 – 48 hours. I like to drink kafir on an empty stomach, about half a good wine glass full, twice a day am and pm.
If you leave longer than 24 hours your kefir will taste stronger and this will contain substantially greater quantities of B vitamins, so start with less than daily and build up to 2 daily as you get used to the taste...experiment.
If you are making water kafir you use coconut milk or almond milk and a large desert spoon of sugar, depending on the amount of kafir grains, cover and leave. This tastes a bit like ginger beer when it is 'done'. Strain after 18 - 48 hours and repeat. Keeping the strained liquid in the fridge and drink neat of add to other cold drinks or smoothies.
As the milk kefir ripens, the whey (clear, yellowish liquid) may begin to separate. This is normal. Simply stir with a wooden spoon before straining. Or feed with a bit more milk and leave a bit longer.
After about a week the quantity of grains will increase. You can pass on grains or eat them ( this might be hard as they are very slimy, you could add to a smoothies ) for extra super health benefits.
Experiment until you have the grain to milk ratio that produces the thickness and taste of kefir you prefer.
Time and temperature are the two most important factors that will affect how your kefir will look and taste. During the warm summer months it may be ready in 18 hours. I leave mine for up to 48 hrs as I am used to the strong taste but to begin with overnight ish is best to start
If your kefir goes bitty or too sour you are leaving it out too long or not adding enough food. Kefir should be creamy, slightly thickened and drinkable – just a little thicker than milk. If you leave it longer as I do, this is an acquired taste. There are more B12 if you leave for over 24 hours and the part of milk which is harder to digest is digested.
If you are away keep in a glass jar in the fridge. You can drink it in a few sips on an empty stomach or mix it with fruit either by liquidizing or by mixing with an already made smoothie or juice or nut milks. If you have too much karif grains pass it on to those who will love it.
Dehydration Symptoms for dehydration are sticky saliva - dry eyes - tiredness - irritation - sore joints - inflammation and much more. Drink a glass of filtered water every hr, at least 30 mins before eating and at least an hr after where possible.
Add a few drops of fresh squeezed lime & lemon juice to your water – make it weak. Herb teas are alkaline for your body. Peppermint or fennel am for bloating and to help digestion. Chamomile before sleeping or if you are feeling tired or unwell. Try white tea. Green tea. Red bush tea - this can be had with milk instead of normal tea and is full of antioxidents
Start the day with water and ½ fresh lemon juice or add to turmeric - see below
Take a teaspoon a day starting with quarter teaspoon with a little cayenne pepper and black pepper add some hot water and some form of oil such as coconut oil/milk, olive oil or small amount of milk.
Turmeric is a culinary spice widely used in Southeast Asia. Recent research reveals why this herb is such a powerful healer due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties, is anti fungal and kills worms in the gut. It stimulates bile and is a blood thinner.
The health benefits of Turmeric have been recognized by Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years. It has been used to treat everyday problems such as indigestion and flatulence, as well as more serious problems such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV, high cholesterol, heartburn, jaundice, liver disorders, and menstrual disorders.
Drink as a tea.
Boil 4 cup of water and add 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder + a pinch of cayenne pepper and black pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes, then pour through a sieve into a jug and add honey to taste. Drink hot or cold from the fridge. You can add some coconut oil to this as it is water soluble.
Contra indications. If you have gall stones or are on blood thinning medication don't take high does of thumeric. If you’re taking warfarin, coumadin, clopidogrel, or even aspirin, do not ingest turmeric in any form in more than low doses (don’t worry about having to give up your curry).
Digestion starts in your mouth a lot. Chew your food until it’s a smooth paste – check with your tongue. How mashed your food is. Eat a mouthful - stop, breath, do an email so you can chew a lot !! You will lose excess weight and eat less. Even if its chocolate eat very slowly.
AVOID BREAKFAST CEREALS THEY ARE EXPENSIVE AND YOU ARE PAYING FOR SALT AND SUGAR - it would be healthier to eat the packaging.
Breakfast: Muesli is great - most supermarkets do them plus Dorset cereals are good. Take out any hazelnuts as they are often rancid. Add almonds instead. Mix together with organic porridge oats in a lg sealed jar or airtight bread bin. Add organic pumpkin & sunflower seeds – (great for skin and zinc for brain)
Add some org. rice milk, coconut milk, fruit, goats/sheep's milk
Fantastic Porridge. Take above muesli add the milks above: filtered water: bring to boil and simmer.
Add some of the flaked super grains below
Cut down on wheat. Have rye bread or even better sprouted grain bread. All bread should should say wholegrain floor not wheat flour if you do have bread. Rice or oat cakes are good. Check on line and make sour dough with whole grain spelt floor or rye flour - so quick and easy to make and you can freeze it
Fruit Bowl. Cook up plums, apples, rhubarb, pears. Add honey when warm. Add fresh fruit and have for breakfast.
Fruit for breakfast is great or as a snack. As a smoothie is also good.
Avocados, tomatoes and buck wheat is a good alkaline breakfast/ lunch.
A big green salad every day or twice a day with your meals. Always buy org. if possible but don't get stressed if you can't. Make one up in the morning to have when you want. Add chopped broccoli,chopped kale/green/red cabbage, raw grated beetroot & carrot, lots of herbs, tomatoes, peppers, onion, celery, parsley, basil. These last 2 are easy to grow inside - just put seeds in lg pot full of earth or add some salad seeds to a tub and grow inside. Great to do with children to get them to eat green
Add anything that you like but lots of green. Add sprouted legumes to salads e.g mung beans - alfafa seeds - green lentils. To make: soak overnight - put in sprouter - rinse 3 times a day. When they have just sprouted a little - keep in airtight bag in fridge - don't eat if at all brown. Dressing - org. cider vinegar, lemon juice, virgin olive oil, garlic, whole grain mustard.
Add tins of org. legumes to salads.
Experiment and try not to mix your carbohydrates with flesh protein esp. if you have digestive problems (potatoes, bread, pasta, rice ) with meat protein when it is possible as they do not digest properly together. Meat with veg or carbs with veg where possible. This is just a guide - experiment. Notice when food makes you sleepy or bloated as this is your body telling you something.
Oily fish is very impotant for your brain and general health. Fresh wild salmon ( farmed salmon is very toxic so avoid if you can ) or tinned sardines skinned and boned are good once or twice a wk. Get org. meat ( otherwise you will be ingesting lots of drugs) eat less meat as you don't need it much protein - its in the vegetables - have whole grains - oily fish - lots of leguems - whole grains and sprouted lagumes.
Try to avoid sea fish as in 50 yrs all fish may be gone due to over fishing.
Make fresh soups - use onions - leeks - potatoes ( sweet potatoes are more alkaline ) as a base then add Bouillon or vegetable stock. The add your main veg like brocoli or carrots.
Keep away to much white foods - if you buy milk always buy org. - keep milk to minimum as you are not a baby cow and do not have 3 stomachs so this is a big cause of ill health. Goats is better - rice or almond even better. Make your coconut milk by adding a small amount in your blander dd some hot water , strain in nut bag and it will keep in the fridge for 24 hours ish
Use org rice or spelt/buck wheat pasta They make spaghetti and twills. Brown org. buck wheat.
Or Quinoa from health food store is very alkaline and only 10 – 15 mins to cook is a great carbohydrate
Make lg pot of grains -see below - cook - freeze in sm bags - to unfreeze run under cold then warm water in strainer - it so quick to have rice for supper or lunch or eat cold and add onion - chopped parsley or what ever seems tasty.
Cook Quinoa with Brown rice in lg pan. Quinoa ( takes 10 - 15 mins ) add to brown org rice ( take 30 mins ish 2 cook ) 2 x water to 1 x grain. Soak Arame seaweed for 10 mins and add to cooking grains ( you can also add this seaweed to cooking pasta ) This is so good for you.
Make Hummus: tin of org chick peas:1/2 lemon juice : clove garlic: tspn org tahini: tlsp olive oil: salt cayenne pepper– liquidize all up together. Option Add fresh basil leaves. Dip in carrots/celery/peppers
Your body is a big muscle, use it or lose it. Get out of breath everyday, fast walk, walk up the stairs and build up slowly.
Exercise 4 x a wk – your heart is a big muscle – you are a human animal body. Find something you like to do - skipping is a great exercise.
Rub - massage - tap – gently shake your muscles everyday. Use my wonderful deluxe oils
- email me for more info to have soft baby skin. What you put on your body goes straight to your blood so think before you rub in those creams.
Pain is our bodies good natural alarm system - pay attention if your body is tired or uncomfortable and ask ‘What is my body telling me’- e.g to stop and take a break, take a breath, do something else, rest, move and stretch, talk to someone to get more support.
Stretch more - with pleasurable long sighs, go gently to start with - if it is painful slow down as you are going to quickly.
CIRCULATION. HEALTHY JOINTS ANS MUSCLES
# Joints - while breathing deeply, move each joint in circles: up and down: shake them, every day to keep the blood flowing and to release stiffness.
# Rub the whole body starting at arms, working down to legs everyday esp round breast area for wommen to help keep well.
# Tap head to feet where it feels nice - use fingar tips on face and head - a soft fist or soft hands on bigger joints and muscles - this helps ciculation and works your meridians.
# After bathing get a little organic body cream, add a little water to hands and rub all over your skin, great for toning, celilite and circulation. Your body won’t believe its luck!
# Eyes. Splash closed eyes with warm and cold water - ending with cold. Roll eyes in sockets, up and down, side to side - with breath - this relaxes and improves circulation.
# Allow tiredness - change what you are doing - take a break.
# Your heart is a muscle - get out of breath in a way which feel good, every day.
# POSTURE Practise standing on both feet or sitting on both sides of hips - think long spine, soft relaxed shoulders.
# Breath out longer, breath in deeper - sigh more - notice that we all hold our breath esp. when we concentrate.
# Think soft jaw - relax by opening wide with breath out.
# Relax neck by dropping to chest - roll around - add deeper breaths.
# Skin - Daily use a loofah or rub your body vigorously with a towel to get off dead skin and improve circulation.
# Take off dead skin gently on feet. Keep some cream by your bed and massage feet all over. Particularly where there is yellow skin, warts, around verrucas, bunions, numb or sore areas, as these all relate to internal areas that are holding tension in the body.
# Yoga 'dead pose' Lie straight on the floor, being aware of where you body is touching the ground - breath - allowing your bones to get heavier - melt into gravity. Be aware of the sensations in your body, smell, taste, hearing, seeing and touch and breathe. Don’t fight tension, simply allow it and let it add to the feeling of heaviness. Do this for 10 - 20 minutes. End by gently pulling kness to chest. DON’T RUSH GETTING UP; YOU CAN TAKE YOUR TIME!.
# Back excercises
A. Focus on keeping breathing going. While sitting begin to curl head down slowly to chest - your hands can rest on thighs if your back is sensitive or let arms hang down. If sore stop you have come down to far - work up to this SLOWLY. Think floppy upper body, shake head, lengthen neck and arms using the pull of gravity. Curl back up slowly with breath, letting arms relax and head hang - head comes up last.
# B. Standing version. Stand, with feet parallel, lengthening up through the ground. Keep ankles relaxed, breathe out and let head drop to chest, soften knees over ankles, arms hanging into the pull of gravity, let head down towards floor on one or two out breaths. If your back is sensitive don’t go down very far and rest hands on thighs, keeping upper body as soft as you can. Hang down and if comfortable shake out head and neck. Place your hands on legs and arch you back by breathing in and looking up. Let your jaw be soft and look up as far as you can with your eyes. This exaggerates the tension already in your back and waist area. Then curl spine down again, breathing out. Roll up slowly with lots of long breaths, keeping knees soft. Lastly the head comes up, legs and neck lengthen. Keep jaw soft.
# C.Lie on floor, rest feet on floor by hips, toes slightly pointing in, knees pointing upwards. Feet need to be parallel, hip distance apart, elbows soft, palms face down to support your lifting. Take a deep breath and as you breathe out, gently begin to roll and lift tail bone towards ceiling. You will end with the weight going down through the feet, shoulders and neck. To start with you may only lift lower back off floor. Try and keep the back of the neck long and relaxed. Roll down the spine as if you are separating the spine like a string of beads, on one or more breaths. Completely relax spine onto the ground between rolls.
# D. Lie on floor bring knees towards chest, rest hands on knees and roll gently side to side, keeping thighs wide and soft. Next put hands on and pull knees to chest on out breath, release away on in breath. Repeat.
# Water. Sip and drink water though the day. This is a simple way of flushing out toxins. If you do not like water, think of it like a medicine that you need to take regular sips of. You will build up to a thirst which is normally out of your awareness. Always have a bottle of water with you - you can refill the little ones. Water is better room temperature. If you check your mouth and it feels sticky you are already dehydrated. Drinking water can stop the body feeling so painful and prevent body odour. If yo can find a glass bottle drink from that instead of plastic bottles.
These are just guide lines. Whatever you choose to eat or drink it is not helpful to then say ‘I shouldn’t be doing this’. Allow what you are choosing. Think ‘My body can take what it needs from this and let go of what it does not need.’ Even if you are choosing wine, cigarettes, medicines, chocolate, cakes and biscuits. If it is bad for you at least let your self savour and enjoy. This is less confusing for your body. Your body is made to eliminate and assimilate. Remember your thoughts are an important moment to moment food. You can practise nourishing and kinder ones. If you practise something enough, it will become a new habit. Most of us have a constant gabble of negative thinking and rushing thoughts.
Bring your thinking to your awareness. Be kind – turn them around as your thinking is your future and creates you life. Breath more, sigh more, yawn more. Slow down, get into you body and notice smell, taste, seeing, hearing in each moment – touch your life and be in senses. Be in the moment as tomorrow never comes. Treasure each moment as it will never come again – with all the joy you can muster and be kind to the difficulty – it is part of being alive and is the way we learn and grow.
Happiness is a choice. How can you practise more happiness and then be gentle and simple allow, stay open and name this is sadness, grief, loss, pain, fear and discomfort that let you know you are here and alive and it too will change.
Rheumatism and arthritis, joint pain.
# Reflux . Avoid as in above. Chew more and more. Don’t drink near meals. Have fruit on it’s own or with cereal. Take Aloe Vera juice daily. Slippery Elm powder is also great. take a spoon of cider vinegar
# Exercise at least 3x a week. Let yourself get out of breath by walking quickly, then more slowly or stop and catch your breath. This is good stress for your heart which is a muscle and need excercise. Find something which you enjoy. Get a friend to go with you to help you get there each week. Get your heart going, gently to start with and build up. This can change how you feel and make you feel great and is worth the effort. Don’t wait till tomorrow as it never comes, you are worth it.
# Joy. Find things that bring you joy and make you feel good and practise them. Be out in nature, laughing, dancing, singing, talking, stretching and breathing. Joy is good for your body, mind and spirit. If you do not know what might bring you more joy, ask it as a question to yourself and wait, allowing not knowing and the answers will come. Warm wishes to you on your journey to better health.
# Feet and hand Reflexology
Our health is mirror in our feet and hands. Every area of the feet are related to your internal body and your body systems. The point on the feet may feel numb or sore or if there is hard skin, warts, rashes, verrucas, on a part of the feet, this is an area of our body which is out of balance in some way. If you can gentle remove any hard skin, massage the feet or tap the feet regularly, this can help bring these areas back to health. I encourage people to gentle tap their feet every day, to help health improve. Putting feet in cool/cold water is also helpful.
# Water retention. Rub and massage in centre of arch of feet and between thump and 1st finger. Drink more water. Rub legs, shake them, keep them higher than body, rotate feet, knees and hips. Shake legs gently in air above you while breathing, think soft ankles, knees and hips.
# Restless Legs. Shower with warm/hot and cool/cold water several times twice a day esp before bed. Rub and shake them regularly. What would you run from if the symptom is a metaphor?