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It’s a new week and we hope you’ve started it feeling energized, inspired and renewed!
Any yoga lovers in the house? If you’re practicing yoga odds are that flexibility, strength, and health of body, mind, and spirit are important to you. Proper nutrition is absolutely critical when it comes to building and strengthening a solid yoga practice. Yogis and yoginis – check out our most recent blog post written specifically with you in mind.
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windycityorganics 6 Amazing Superfoods to Enhance Your Yoga Practice by Anna Hays
Yoga is far more than a physical practice. It is in fact one of the most effective ways of turning the consciousness within and experiencing more joy, flow, and ease within our lives. As daily life draws our consciousness outward into a whirlwind of activity, yoga helps us find even-mindedness by drawing the consciousness back inwards. The result is a sense of peace, wellbeing, and a deeper connection with our inner selves.
Through yoga we discover all sorts of interesting things about our own bodies that might have otherwise gone under the radar. A forward bend might illuminate areas of tightness and discomfort. Balancing in tree pose on the left foot might prove to be far more difficult than on the right side. A seated spinal twist may quickly reveal a misalignment going on within the spine, or that certain muscles are gripping and holding onto tension with a vengeance. Our bodies are constantly responding to our thoughts and emotions and as we practice yoga we begin to understand just how closely body, mind and spirit integrate with one another.
So, how does this all correlate to diet? The foods we eat (or choose to avoid) play a huge role in how our bodies feel. Yoga amplifies the awareness of how food (and everything else) affects the body. The two absolutely go hand in hand. There are certain things that we can do nutritionally to help our bodies feel amazing and really give our yoga practice a huge boost. Here are 6 of them…
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Make a DIY Alcohol-free Natural Hand Sanitizer
It’s easy to make your own hand sanitizer, but what if you want an alcohol-free, all-natural version? With a few common essential oils, you can easily make a homemade one for yourself, as noted by Dr. Lawrence Rosen at MindBodyGreen.
The blend includes oils with proven anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and adds aloe vera gel for smoothness. It contains no chemicals or alcohol, which might cause skin irritation, Dr. Rosen says. Here’s his recipe:
- Start with a 4 ounce spray bottle.
- Fill it about ¾ full with sterile water.
- Add 1 TBSP of aloe vera gel.
- Add 10 drops each of cinnamon, clove, rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils.
- Add 20 drops of either lemon, orange or grapefruit essential oil – whatever aroma fits your mood.
- Place the spray dispenser top on securely and mix thoroughly.
- Spray two or three times on your hands and rub together.
- Repeat as needed.
You should know, The Wall Street Journal notes that alcohol-free hand sanitizers don’t have enough clinical studies to prove whether they are as effective or more effective than alcohol-based sanitizers. Then again, if you’re making or using an alcohol-based sanitizer, then make sure it has alcohol concentration of at least 60%—anything under that won’t kill microbes, according to The New York Times.
My husband and I are starting our Retreat Center in Vilcabamba, Ecuador this year! Here’s what it looks like, from our past visits:
Everyone is welcome! We’ll be having retreat rooms, cottages, healthy Ecuadorian food, including the options to have raw and living foods. Wedding, gatherings of all kinds, personal retreats and the opportunity for peace and re-starting your life! It’s so beautiful in Vilcabamba, with 50 degrees Fahrenheit as the average low temperature, and 70 degrees as the high, all year long! We’ll have fruit trees on our land, our own private garden, plenty of greens and vegetables, with tai chi and yoga workshops given by Dorothy.
Hope to see you there!
Betty Sjostrom Newton
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When I (Louise Gibson) was in the USN, I was stationed in Key West, FL. I worked at the clinic at Naval Air Station on Big Coppitt Key just a few miles north of Key West. The hospital at Key West was for out- patients only, for retired armed forces personnel that lived in the area. If you needed to be hospitalized you were sent to Homestead AFB Florida. I had the day off and just went inside the hospital (Corpman barracks were next to hospital). There was a retired Navy man that worked in the lab and he was very interesting gentleman to talk with. He was a retired biochemist from the USN. He asked me what was going on that day,and I said I had the day off. I wish I was working, as the crew on, today was taking a sailor to Homestead as he had a very bad kidney infection. Now this elderly gent told me the man should have eaten more asparagus, and he wouldn’t have that problem. I asked why? I’ll never forget him saying, do you eat asparagus? and I said yes, I love them. He replied you notice how your urine stinks after eating asparagus? I said well I never thought it was what I ate but yes it does have a pungent odor. He said, It is because it is detoxifying your body of harmful chemicals!!! This was back in 1986 when I was stationed there and to read this email again I had to share this story…Eat more asparagus, my friends.
Asparagus — Who knew?
My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style asparagus, pureed it and took 4 tablespoons in the morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day. She did this for over a month. She is on chemo pills for Stage 3 lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week. Her oncologist said she will not need to see him for 3 months.
Several years ago I met a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a copy of an article, entitled “Asparagus For Cancer” printed in the Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: I am a biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health for over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked with him on his project. We have accumulated a number of favorable case histories. Here are a few examples:
Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin’s disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise
Case No. 2, A successful businessman, 68 years old, suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he began taking asparagus. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.
Case No. 3, On March 5th 1971, a man who had lung cancer was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the Asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is now back at his regular business routine.
Case No. 4, A woman had been troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by the acting specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after beginning asparagus therapy, the skin specialist said her skin looked fine with no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which had started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus treatment.
I was not surprised at this result as `The elements of materia medica’, edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones. Note the dates! —We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy.
For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using. Fresh or canned asparagus can be used. I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives. Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree. Store in the refrigerator. Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening. Patients usually show some improvement in 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.
As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent.’ Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups. The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink. As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer.
Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic. In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body’s most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.
Just a side note… In case you are wondering why this has not been made public, there is no profit in curing cancer.
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Betty Sjostrom Newton
Cornmeal Mush Cures Nail Fungus
Q. I remember reading in one of your columns that soaking your toes in corn meal will get rid of toenail fungus. I have very bad toe fungus from years of competitive tennis and I would love to get rid of it.
My toenails are ugly. I tried taking Lamisil but had a bad reaction to it, so I stopped. Could you please tell me how to use the corn meal?
Melanie, in Long Beach, CA.
A. We have heard from many visitors to this website that cornmeal is surprisingly effective against nail fungus. Since this is a home remedy there are no clear cut instructions. Some people suggest adding one part cornmeal to two parts warm water in a foot bath. Soak your tootsies (or fingernails) for roughly half an hour. Some say to do this once a week for a couple of months. Others say to soak nails every other day for a month.
We will share some stories from readers and let you give it a go based on your own schedule. We would love to hear back from you about how well it works.
“I had a mild, annoying case of toenail fungus and read about using cornmeal to treat it. I mixed a cup of whole-grain cornmeal in very warm water and soaked my toes for about a half hour. I did that for a month or so, and, lo and behold, some months later the fungus started to disappear.
“I’d had that fungus for many years, so it wasn’t any lifestyle change that caused it to go away. There must be something in the cornmeal grain that attacks the fungus.”
“As a child I lived on a ranch in Oklahoma and went barefooted most of the time except for school. Needless to say, I had tonenail fungus.
“The doctor tool my toenail off and scraped the fungus off with me screaming. This was repeated well into my 50s. Then I head about cornmeal. I immediately got some plain old yellow cornmeal from the grocery store. You know the kind that you make cornbread with. I put ¼ cup of it in lukewarm water since cold water puts it to sleep and hot water kills it.
“I soaked my feet 30 minutes twice a week and by the third week my nails were already on the road to healthy. I now go for years without having to use the ‘cure’ but at the first signs of fungus I do not hesitate to grab my yellow cornmeal.”
“The real cure for nail fungus IS the cornmeal.
“The reason being?: Cornmeal has a natural fungus in it that is ravenous for toenail fungus, with no interest whatsoever in the keratin of the nail.
“You put some cornmeal in your palm and add water, then apply it on an infected nail.
Let it soak for 1 hour for 10 days.
“My experience: I felt something happening after about 30 minutes. After 3 days of the program, the bent-up nails relaxed and became normal in shape. By the tenth day, there was a slight blackening in places, with clear new nail material growing-in. The nail then crumbled right off where it was blackened. The exposed nail bed was not sensitive. In about two months I will have brand new normal nails.
“This is the real deal, and it’s understandable why. The cornmeal fungus is as ravenous for toenail fungus as a seal is for fish.”
Soak 1/4 c. sesame seeds in water.
In blender, combine:
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
Starting off with 1/8 cup water, add a little at a time, pulsing constantly until desired consistency. You can add sesame oil, or olive oil instead of water.
Keeps in the refrigerator for about 5 days or more.
Now use it to make your own salad dressing or hummus!
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YLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Members of a Mormon congregation in a Salt Lake City suburb were greeted by someone they thought was a homeless man at church on Sunday. What they did not know was that the man was a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
At least five people asked David Musselman to leave the church property in Taylorsville, some gave him money and most were indifferent to his presence. Musselman tells the Deseret News he disguised himself to teach his congregation about compassion.
He says he was surprised by the loud gasps of the congregation when he removed his wig and glasses at the pulpit during the service.
Musselman says he learned that more people want to improve than he had originally thought. Read the rest of this entry »
A variation on Ani Phyo’s Brownie Hearts, these brownies are filled with the richness of heart-healthy cherries, sweet mesquite and sprouted almonds. They’re a favorite at our raw food potlucks! Use lucuma powder, instead of mesquite, if you like. Roll them into truffles, instead of brownies!
1/2 c. sprouted almonds
1/4 c. mesquite powder, or lucuma
3 T. cacao nibs
1/2 tsp. himalayan or sea salt
2 T. Coconut oil
1 pinch vanilla powder.
1 c. cherries
1/2 c. soaked dates (save the water to moisten the dough, if needed.)
Process the first 4 ingredients until mixture is crumbly. Add the coconut oil and vanilla and process again. Next, add the cherries and dates, and process again.Press into parchment-lined heart molds. Chill/Freeze for 10 minutes or more.
20 hearts: 40 calories per heart