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Tips for Effective Body Detox 3

Body Detoxby Sandy Halliday Your body is assaulted everyday by a wide range of environmental toxins. They come from the food that you eat, the water you drink, the air that you breathe and from the things that you put on your skin. Although the body has its own detox system that is constantly working for you it is likely that the level of toxins that you subject your body to is more than it can cope with. In fact many people derive great benefits from a periodic body detox. Spring, according to the Chinese system of Medicine, is the best time to start a body detox. After the long cold winter months the warmer weather brings the new shoots of fresh spring vegetables and bitter leaves that help cleanse the liver. A new selection of lighter, more cleansing produce starts to appear in the shops. A good body detox diet helps your body clear out those unwanted and unnecessary compounds that your body has stored away throughout your life, perhaps as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. This cannot be done with a 24 hour detox wonder supplement or even a 7 day cleanse although these short cleanses can help break the cycle of poor eating habits. Cleansing or body detox is a gradual process that can be accomplished over time with a good body cleansing diet that builds the principles of healthy eating into your daily routine and helps your body renew and refresh. A great deal of research has proven that by increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat every day, you can maintain the health of your body and protect against many of the common diseases we are seeing today. Degenerative diseases such as heart disease, arthritis diabetes and cancer are on the increase. Fruit and vegetables are valuable sources of vitamins and minerals that are involved in the detoxification pathways of your body. They are also rich in a number of antioxidants which help protect against the free radicals generated by toxins. Fruit is more cleansing than vegetables with citrus fruit being more aggressive. Take care if you have arthritis or joint problems as citrus fruit and juices are likely to aggravate it. Vegetables provide the nutrients that help repair and rebuild. Fast TrackTips for Effective Body Detox * Start the day with a glass of hot water with a generous squeeze of or slices of organic lemon. * Rest the digestive system from hard to digest foods like wheat and foods that deplete vitamins and minerals from your body like alcohol, sugar and coffee. They either interfere with absorption or use your precious vitamins and minerals up in extra detoxification processes. * Avoid all artificial substances and processed foods. * Reduce animal produce and reduce red meat unless you know your Metabolic Type and need it. * Drink more pure water and have at least 6 -8 glasses a day. If you don't like water try flavoring it with lemon, lime, ginger, mint or herbal teas. * Eat 5 - 9 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables both raw and gently cooked - the richest sources of live nutrients for great cleansing power. * Eat organic produce where possible to avoid pesticide residues. * Introduce more raw food if your digestive system can handle it. * Eat more non gluten grains like wholegrain rice, millet, buckwheat and quinoa. * Juice some fresh fruit or vegetables for their cleansing and healing power. Start with 3 x 8 oz juices a day until your body gets used to them. Increase to 6 a day for more effective cleansing. Do not mix fruit and vegetables except for apple and carrot juice and the juice of half a green apple can be added to green leaf juices to improve the flavor. * Take a heaped tablespoon of whole or ground up flax seeds (linseeds) every day to provide fiber to keep your bowels moving to prevent reabsorption of toxins being excreted. You can also slowly, carefully and thoroughly chew a tablespoon of whole flaxseeds everyday rather than dirtying your coffee grinder. * Take a good multistrain high potency probiotic during the cleanse and for 3 months afterwards. The bowel bacteria or flora have a complex relationship with the liver and are thought to enhance detoxification. * Support your liver, the body's major detox organ, with a supplement of Milk Thistle, a herb which helps detox and repair the liver. * A body cleansing diet is not complete without cleansing the lymphatic system. Consider taking a supplements containing a combination of lymph cleansing herbs such as Cleavers, Pokeroot, Wild Indigo Root, Goldenseal or the Ayurvedic herb Triphala which cleanses the lymph through its blood and liver cleansing properties. * Look for specialised nutritional supplements that can help support liver detoxification pathways in addition to your diet. 7 Day Detox Miracle * Be sure to increase aerobic exercise -- try brisk walking, gentle jogging away from traffic areas or rebounding on a mini trampoline. Also, it's important to take time to practice deep-breathing exercises to help pump the lymph with fresh oxygen. A thorough 30 day body detox diet with a continued healthy eating program with periodic cleanses is the key to long-term and efficient weight loss, living without pain and great health. Do not attempt a full cleansing diet if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, underweight, have diabetes or other serious illness. Seek the advice of a nutritionist, herbalist, naturopathic doctor or a practitioner who has experience in body cleansing and detoxification. (C)Sandy Halliday 2007 About the Author: Sandy Halliday, a former nurse, is a nutritionist and health researcher with over 20 years experience with many different types of detoxification. She is passionate about the role of nutrition and detoxification for the prevention of illness and aging as well as the improvement of many health conditions. http://www.thedetoxspecialist.com Buy the book: 7 Day Detox Miracle Image Source: http://flickr.com/photos/mikedefiant/2367384394/

Natural Solutions for Circulation Problems 6

[caption id="attachment_7142" align="alignleft" width="440"]Natural Solutions for Circulation Problems via gnondpomme on Flickr.com[/caption] If our heart, arteries and veins are lined with various waste products such as salts and fatty acids, then the volume of blood which can pass is diminished and the ability of these vessels to expand and contract is severely limited. Thus we have conditions such as arteriosclerosis, high and low blood pressure, heart blood flow deficiency and general circulatory deficiency.

Natural Solutions for Circulation Problems:

1. Carefully observe guidelines for healthy eating. Avoid cooked oils as much as possible (except for coconut oil), white flour, meat, white sugar, and any foods, which have been over processed or have chemical additives. 2. Eat whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits and a little raw unheated vegetable oil each day. 3. Occasional fasting helps to purify the blood vessels. One could fast on apples, pears or brown rice or do a juice fast for a few days. If one wants to do a longer fast, consult your doctor. Fasting on grapes is considered one of the most effective ways to purify the blood. 4. Vitamins and antioxidants help with better circulation: A, C, E, and Lecithin, B complex (especially B3, B2). 5. Alternating hot and cold baths help the blood flow to penetrate into all parts of the body. In general finishing with a cold shower helps stimulate circulation. Consult your doctor as to whether this is for your specific case. 6. Dress warmly so as to allow your blood vessels to be relaxed and let blood flow. 7. Swimming in the sea all year long helps to keep the circulation flowing and the body vital. One must be regular. If you cease for a period of time, your body will lose its ability to adapt to the cold water in the winter. 8. Nettle tea and beating the extremities with nettles is a folk remedy for increasing circulation to the extremities. This may be painful while doing it, but it brings results. 9. Reflexology massage can be used to bring circulation to organs, which cannot be affected by other means. By massaging the reflex point on the bottom of the foot we are able to bring blood flow to the various interior organs, so as to revitalize them. How the Circulatory System Works10. Swedish muscular massage can be used to bring better blood flow to the various extremities. 11. All forms of movement and activity are helpful, i.e. running, walking, dancing, swimming, playing, sports and yoga. These are a must for those with poor circulation. 12. Breathing facilitates the return of the blood through the veins to the heart. When we breathe deeply and slowly, we help the blood to return to the heart an also move the lymph through the system. Deep breathing every day is an essential for those with circulatory problems. 13. When we relax the blood vessels, our blood flows freely to the various parts of our body. We tend to obstruct the free flow of blood through unconscious tensing of the various muscles and also the blood vessels themselves. Relaxation is essential for healthy circulation. Perform deep relaxation daily, imagining the blood vessels opening and the blood flowing freely to the parts of the body which have insufficient circulation. 14. Various forms of heat, such as hot compresses, hot water bottles, and electric heating pads can be used to increase the circulation momentarily to various parts of the body. 15. Physical Exercises
  • The abdominal area is considered the furnace of the body, where heat and energy are produced. Sluggishness and tension in this area can impede our general flow of energies and also blood. Thus, you will need to do a number of exercises to stimulate and vitalize the area of the abdomen.
  • The endocrine system regulates our overall metabolism. You would do well to learn and employ specific exercises for rejuvenating and harmonizing the endocrine system.
  • Add other exercises for the various joints such as the shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles and toes according to where you need better circulation. Even if our problems are located at the extremities such as with the fingers and toes, we have to open up all the other joints, which come before them. Although the symptoms may be in the extremities, the cause may be in one of the preceding joints. It is usually at the joints that the circulation gets blocked.
  • Ensure good circulation to the brain by lying on your back next to a wall and placing your feet up on the wall, so that the blood flows into the lungs gaining oxygen and then into the brain oxygenating and bringing nutrients to all the cells of the brain. This is essential for the pituitary and hypothalamus and thus for the endocrine and autonomic nervous system and thus for all bodily and mental functions.
16. Observe to see if emotional factors are involved. You may have an unconscious holding and a need for control of feelings or expression, which is also restricting the free flow of blood. If you are suppressing your emotions, learn to express them in effective and positive ways (without hurting others). When we care for our body and mind, they serve us much more efficiently. May you be well on all levels of your being. For more about creating natural health go here http://www.HolisticHarmony.com/archives/health/ Image Source: http://flickr.com/photos/ksaad/423563610/

Pilates Basics and Benefits 1

pilates basicsAccording to About.com, "Pilates (pronounced puh-LAH-teez) is something like a cross between yoga, stretching and calisthenics." This fast growing type of exercise is exceptionally popular with good reasons. It makes you look and feel fantastic. It builds strength without bulk, provides excellent stretching, integrates mind with body and tones your body like you will not believe. By: Tammy Foster Pilates Basics is the foundation of exercises originally developed by Joseph H. Pilates to benefit bed-bound patients during World War I. Pilates developed a series of basic exercises designed to help patients tone and lengthen their muscles. Eventually he brought his Pilates basics to New York where he developed a loyal following. Pilates basics are known for using intense concentration on a specific body part as well as on a specific series of breathing techniques while you perform a prescribed series of movements. It is the combination of these challenges which make Pilates a champion exercise. With Pilates, one of the very first things you will need to learn is to focus on the "powerhouse" or the core of your body. It is just a fancy way of saying "your abdomen". The basics of Pilates teach that if you work your body movements from the core or the powerhouse, then your muscles will move more easily and fully through their entire range of motion. With the focus of Pilates being on the abdominal muscles, these muscles must get stronger in order to allow you to fully execute the movements of Pilates. The spinal and abdominal muscles make up the powerhouse muscles and should be your focus throughout each movement. The abdominal muscles are made up of the rectus abdominis, the transverse abdominis, and the internal and external obliques. Pilates basics focuses on creating strong abdominal and spinal muscles which work together to improve strength, coordination, flexibility and balance. Maybe you have seen the huge Pilates contraptions and have avoided Pilates because you do not want that in your home. Never fear. Many Pilates classes are floor based and require nothing more than a mat or carpet. It also helps to have either an instructor, a book or a DVD until you get your form right. There are still Pilates studios that use the equipment and some classes use various equipment such as exercise balls, bands or rings. If all of this sounds a bit too soft for your exercise taste, make no mistake, Pilates is not a soft and fluffy exercise. If you have any doubt, then take the time to pick up a DVD of Winsor Pilates. In this particular slant to traditional Pilates, Mari Winsor has developed a series of Pilates exercises which she calls "dynamic sequencing" which even on a good day will leave you with your tongue hanging out! One of the best things about Pilates is that it is gentle on the joints. For this reason it can be practiced by the majority of all folks, even those who are just getting started with a fitness routine. Many Pilates practitioners believe this form of exercise will leave you feeling better and not worse. Pilates will leave you feeling taller, leaner, energized and confident. The breathing exercises that accompany all Pilates movements will help you to feel calmer and more centered. So why not give Pilates a try? You will be glad you did and your body will thank you for it! The basics of Pilates give you a certain set of exercises along with specific breathing patterns all focused on helping your tone and strengthen your abdominal powerhouse. The Pilates Body: The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening, and Toning Your Body--Without MachinesMore energy, confidence and strength makes Pilates basics sound like a plan for me! If you are trying to decide between Pilates and Yoga, why not choose both? While they have many similarities, they may offer dramatically different results. In my experience, I find Yoga to be calming, centering, and it seems to give me a sort of quiet strength. That is why yoga is such an excellent way to start each and every day. I find that Pilates, on the other hand, increases my strength and flexibility like yoga, but also leaves me feeling energized, enthusiastic and invigorated. It may affect other people differently but that is my take on it. I feel yoga is an essential part of my morning routine, and Pilates is something that I really look forward to and try hard to make time for at least three times a week if I can. Article Source: http://www.uberarticles.com/articles

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My Experience With Reiki 2

by Diane Willbrandt My Experience as A Reiki Client One of my dearest friends found her way to Reiki and trained to become a Reiki Master Teacher. I am fascinated, as she has shared much of her learning with me. In fact, I am fascinated by all forms of Holistic Healing. I am so fascinated I took on the project of creating a website for my friends who are very involved in all types of Reiki, Children's Reiki, Shamanism, Archetypes, Healing Soul Work and Spiritual Therapy. As with my other three websites, I have vowed to try my products. I am constantly trying out new sheets and duvet covers on my bed for one of my sites and carrying the classiest green laptop bag in town for another. Talk about a sparkly purse-yes, it is mine. It's also from my second site. So now to truly be able to give a testimonial to Reiki, I had to really understand it and try it. Actually, I never really experienced a true Reiki treatment until last Wednesday. Yes, I have had a mini treatment and wrote down all the information my clients handed me about Reiki, but I needed that full "I'm the client treatment." I had to renew in my mind what Reiki is, and do some reading to feel even more comfortable with the idea of it. No-it's not a massage. No-it's not a religion. No-it doesn't take the place of medical treatment for disease and ailments and no-it is not a belief system. It is pronounced Ray-Key. It comes from the Japanese words: Rei meaning "God's Wisdom" or the Highest Guiding spiritual consciousness and Ki ("Chi" in Chinese) meaning "life force energy." So it is actually "Spiritually guided life force energy." It is a noninvasive gentle type of energy work. It has been known to treat all illnesses from a simple headache to cancer. It works beautifully with all medical and therapeutic techniques for promoting recovery. Reiki is done by a gentle placement of the practitioner's hands on the client who is fully clothed and lying down in a comforting environment. The hand positions are held for several minutes from the crown of the head to the feet, focusing on areas to get energy flowing evenly that may have become restricted by negative thoughts or habits which may be subconsciously causing stress, illness or weakness. Reiki relaxes, rejuvenates and calms the emotions by strengthening and re-balancing the body's energy centers (chakras) promoting healing on the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual levels. It leaves one feeling calm and well-balanced. I studied, I understood and I was ready. Here is what I experienced. First, I entered a lovely office setting with several individual rooms housing Reiki, massage, reflexology and more. The office was professional and soothing with soft colors, a comfortable sitting area, and quiet restful music. As I entered my friend's office, it was also peaceful and calm with lovely pictures, more calming music, and a small bubbling fountain. It was inviting, and I felt warm and at peace and ready to begin. Margret's table looked like a massage table covered with sheets and a pillow. Unlike a massage, I did not undress before lying down: I just removed shoes and jewelry and lay on my back to begin. I felt a little apprehensive. What if I felt nothing? Since I am very open to holistic healing, I asked Margret to be open with me. She gets visual messages as she works on a body, and I wanted to know what she saw or felt as she worked on me. She said that not everyone wants feedback, and many just want the room to be totally quiet. From my reading and Margret's sharing, I know that Margret is like a channeling system, and that her energy has nothing to do with mine. Reiki is guided by a Higher Intelligence and this works through Margret. She "picks up" messages, images and thoughts, and I find this interesting while others may find this frightening or too extremes. I wanted to know everything, so she began my treatment. Margret held on to the crown of my head as she sat behind me. I closed my eyes and relaxed as she held the position for several minutes. She told me my energy was "scattered" as I knew it was. I felt scattered that day. She said she could visualize me at my desk and that I had papers scattered and I needed organization. Amen to that one! She has never seen this mess, and I don't want her too! She went on to say in a very quiet voice that I have a novel waiting to be written, and my calling is to write it. This has been on my mind so much recently, and I have been writing but have not been persistent about it. In fact I began this novel seven years ago and have been waiting for retirement to finish it. Now I am retired and it is time. She said fear was holding me back. Soon I felt myself capturing deep breaths and sinking into more heavy relaxation. Margret would take in my energy and cough and yawn to eliminate my negative energy and disperse my good energy.. She moved to my face, neck and arm, holding my hand for a small period of time. She told me what she saw and felt and about the conflict and sadness I have with my sister. I found myself feeling some emotion and continuing to have to breathe deeply and evenly. I felt extremely relaxed as I sunk into the massage table. As Margret moved to my energy centers, (chakras) she gave me excellent examples of what each chakra is for and how it must be moving in a clockwise manner. I was surprised when she questioned my digestive system and asked if I ache in my stomach. She said I had old memories and worries and she would help release those. Seriously, I felt nothing, but then there was a pop of pressure released from my stomach. I felt like the baby had suddenly burped, and the feeling was relief. I continued to breathe hard, and suddenly, I started to cough. She said I was releasing negative energy and thoughts that were harbored in my second chakra. I loved this: the music, the quiet information, the whole calming effect. As I turned onto my stomach, I suddenly felt some new lower back pain. Where was that coming from? As Margret pressed on my back, she felt heat rising depicting tension and pain and questioned it. Yes, it hurt, but just starting a few minutes back. Margret left her hands positioned on my back, stating that lower back pain comes from financial concerns and worries, either past or present. She released the tension there. The only thing that did not ring true to me was as Margret placed her hands on my feet and saw me spinning on my toes as a ballerina. Ballet has certainly not been in my cards although I do love to dance. (maybe not as gracefully as a ballerina!) The beautiful spiritual side of this was Margret seeing several angels protecting me with my dearest grandmother at the forefront saying things to me she always said as I grew up in her presence. (She read tea leaves and attended a Spiritualist Church sometimes) I felt a glow and a warm inexplicable connection to light, warmth, energy and God. Margret said my energy was in tune at this point as she finished where she began: at the crown of my head. Essential ReikiAs we finished, Margret asked me to remain lying down and to get up slowly as I was ready. I felt as though I had just had a massage. I was rejuvenated yet a little worn out and very quiet. As I got up, I was given water to revitalize me and wash out released toxins. As with a massage, I was told to drink lots of water that day. I was left feeling whole and refreshed the whole day, and of course, I have an appointment for next week. I am pleased to have experienced one on "my products," and I would recommend it to everyone with an open mind and heart. If you doubt, leave this alone or read more about it. I found the experience amazing and very spiritual, but doubt would cloud the experience. I truly feel that maintenance is so necessary to our lives, and Reiki is great for that. With routine care, we can eliminate the negative flow of energy and create a positive flow throughout our bodies. We can rid our bodies and minds of the negative impact of stress even though sometimes we do not feel the tensions. Rei ki is a positive experience to fight illness and depression. There is definitely a strong place for Reiki in dealing with pain, injuries and illness combined with modern medicine and many other alternative therapies. About the Author: Diane Willbrandt lives in Western Michigan and loves to travel to new places. She has started webmarketing and writing since she retired from teaching. Her site http://www.spiritenergyhealers.com is based on energy healing forms of Reiki, Children's Reiki, Distance Reiki, Shamanism, Spiritual therapy and Women's healing soul groups. Exploring this new avenue has been fun for Diane. She also enjoys the beach, golf, tennis, skiing and reading. Buy the Book: Essential Reiki [affiliate link] Image Source: http://flickr.com/photos/britta_585/746363978/