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Meridians ? Well you may ask. They are the vibrational energy that flows through your body.
Your health revolves around this energy. Your health revolves around balanced energy. It affects your digestion, breathe, thinking and your emotions.
If your meridians are not producing balanced energy then that is when illness of some form can develop. This vital life force or chi, is composed of two kinds of forces, yin and yang. (I am sure most of us have heard of these terms).
The healing traditions from China, India, Japan and Tibet, as well as other countries all spoke of energy channels, meridians or nadis along which the vital energy flowed.
“The current Korean researchers now believe the primo-vascular system is in fact the physical component of the Acupuncture Meridian System. And it has also been suggested that this system is involved in channelling the flow of energy and information relayed by biophotons (electromagnetic waves of light) and DNA.”
Balance is paramount. Just enough food, water and a healthy balanced lifestyle. As the Buddha said: “middle way” or moderation in all things.
This whole article on Meridians are a must read especially if you want perfect health or at least wondering why you have a symptom of imbalance may it be said, depression, unable to lose weight and keep it off, injuries that will not heal, vertigo, memory problems, all of which are caused by a body imbalance. The remedies may be Acupressure, Acupuncture, Massage technique of Shiatsu, Yoga, Qigong,Tai Chi. Any of these will help clear blockage in the energy flow that creates a disease
The website – upliftconnect.com has an amazing in-depth interesting article on this subject.
“If you Don’t Do Different Nothing Will Change”
Not – But I wish I could
1. Did you know that 2/3rds of the proportion, by which education achievements are down to genes, not classroom environment or the involvement of parents.
Source – UK researchers
2. Green tea compound may improve power of Cancer drugs. It has been revealed that a molecule that is a key ingredient in green tea can be used as a carrier for anti-cancer proteins. While this does not mean drinking green tea will cure cancer, scientists have discovered the molecule, which has the catch name of epigallocatechin -3-0gallate – May improve the effectiveness of anti cancer drugs used to treat breast and stomach cancers.
Source – Journal Nature Nanotechnology
3. Norway is the best place to grow old. Australia came in 13th which puts Australia behind the US, Japan, New Zealand, and the UK. The report card for Australia shows that the Aussie oldies are highly educated and healthy, but there are too many living in “poverty” and worried about their personal safety.
Source – Body and Soul – Aust Sunday Mail
4. Laughter can cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels to expand and this in turn increases blood flow. It is recommended that you laugh at least 15 min per day to get the best benefits
Source – University of Maryland , US
5. Brushing you teeth less than twice a day may increase your risk of heart disease by 70 percent. Participants in a test who had bad oral hygiene, tested positive for inflammatory markers. Researchers said their results confirmed and further strengthened the suggested association between oral hygiene and the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Source – University college London
6. Women who routinely practice yoga may have lower amounts of cytokine interleukin-6 (a substance that increases inflammation and heart disease risk) in their blood. It is also equally effective for novices and pros
Source – Ohio State university
My whole day is golden when I have a good nights sleep, I can tackle anything. Bad nights sleep, then you need to stay away from me as the scorpion comes out in me and you are likely to get the ‘sting of the tail’.
I don’t sleep the way I used to. I was always a good sleeper, if my eye lids closed then so did the rest of me, my brain, my body, heart and what ever slowed down. Sleep for me today is a lot more difficult, it is harder to shut the brain down as it wants to keep having a conversation with me in the night. I can be in a deep sleep then all of a sudden I will be awake thinking of some thing that is so not important at that hour of the night. Then of course the brain does not even want to let you go to sleep in the first place.
When I see articles on the art of getting a good sleep then that always attracts my attention.
This is an article on the Natural News.com, written by Sandeep Godiyal on the good and bad foods that affect sleep.
Foods to eat and not to eat
1) Almonds and walnuts. These nuts actually contain a lot of tryptophan, magnesium, and melatonin – a powerful trio that is known to be ideal for those who are looking for natural sleeping aids. Experts say that it is best to try to eat a handful about an hour or so before sleeping.
2) Grapefruit. This is one of the foods that people should steer clear of, as it contains acid. Nobody wants to be kept up all night because of heartburn. Grapefruits increase the acidity of the stomach, so it is expected that those who eat this before sleeping will have heartburn. If people do not want this to happen, it is best to stay away from grapefruit, as well as other citrus fruits or juices before going to bed.
3) Oatmeal. This food is mostly considered as breakfast fare, and many eat this only in the morning, but studies have shown that there are actually a lot of benefits from eating oatmeal before going to bed. Oatmeal has been found to be full of nutrients that help promote sleep, such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium.
4) Celery. Celery is listed as a healthy vegetable, but it is considered as one that should be avoided before going to bed. Why is that so? Celery is considered a natural diuretic, and if people do not want to wake up in the middle of the night just to urinate, it would be best to steer clear of this vegetable. Other natural diuretics that people should avoid include parsley and ginger.
5) Tart cherries and raspberries. It has been found that raspberries and tart cherries have melatonin, which is a popular sleep aid.
6) Fried and greasy food. People who have a high intake of fried, fatty, and greasy foods at night tend to have less productive sleep compared to those who do not. The stomach works twice as hard just to digest the oily foods, which could then make people experience heartburn or indigestion.
7) Bananas. Bananas contain a lot of magnesium and potassium. They also contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid found in turkey, another food source that is famous for helping people who wish to have better sleep.
8) Spicy foods. Spicy foods not only irritate your digestive system, but they can also have a huge impact on your sleep. Experts say that it is best to avoid eating spicy foods before sleeping.
I can add to this.
Dark chocolate – A small amount just before you retire can assist with sleep. It works for me.
Warm milk and a few drops of molasses – I used to feed my babies this concoction and it was great for a good nights sleep for them and me.
Green Tea – I do not have this in the evening because for some reason I find it hard to get to sleep after I drink it.
Milk Chocolate – This also keeps me awake. I assume there is too much sugar in it.
Clean Sheets – There is something about fresh clean sheets on the bed, I always seem to get a good nights sleep on that first night of those fresh cuddly sheets. I sprinkle a little lemon grass oil on the sheets when I make the bed.
Breathe – This I know works for me. If I am a little tense and not getting to sleep I take 4 very deep breaths and I find by the time I get to the 4th one I am on my way to sleep. Make it slow and as deep as you can.
Here are some more tips that I have come to my attention
Hope these suggestions help as I know there are chronic non sleepers in this world and I can only sympathize with you because I cannot think of anything worse than not getting some form of relaxing sleep even if it only for about 4 hours. I think it has been proved that sleeping pills are not the answer and can even be worse for you as they can make you drowsy and not particularly functional during your working hours.
Stress has a lot to answer for and as we all know stress is a cause of many problems with our health.
Find some way to relieve your stress – Breathe, yoga, read soothing words before sleep, no murder, police tv series, find a love story on tv, have a brandy.
Most of us take our vision for granted especially in our teens, most of us probably never gave our eyesight a thought until we got dust or some particle stuck in it.
You know we spend a lot of time looking after our bodies, worrying about our weight, exercising, eating well, getting plenty of sleep etc. What we often neglect is the health of our eyes. Believe it or not we need to exercise our eyes as well as eat food that is nutritional to our eyes and of course get that much-needed sleep to rest them.
I have spoken often of my Yoga teacher Elsa who was 90 years of age. Elsa told us that at 45 years of age, when she started to do Yoga, she wore glasses. Now, well then, (as I have not seen her for about 10 years, she may have passed away by now) at the age of 90 she had excellent eyesight and was still driving her car. This meant that she would have had to pass a rather ridged eye test before they would allow anyone of that age to get behind the wheel.
Elsa did eye exercises almost every day and of course taught us to do them at our Yoga classes. I have to admit, I do not do these exercises as often as I should and after reading an article about our eyes and how we can improve them it has made me realize how I need to get back into the routine of doing these exercises everyday.
It does not take more than a few minutes of your time and you can do them anywhere. You can do them in the bus or train, on the way to work. (You may get a few strange looks but there is always a few strange people on the public transport, they will just think you are one of them), you can do it just before you get out of bed in the morning or when you are going to bed in the evening. Anytime!!
I recommend that you consider doing the following exercises. They are simple but very effective and could not only preserve your eyesight but save you a lot of money.
Here They are: Three eye workouts
1. Imagine you have a clock directly in front of you. Move your eyes from 12 to 6 (up and down). From 3 to 9 (side to side). From 11 to 5 and 7 to 2 (Diagonally). The next exercise is to follow the numbers from 1 to 12 and back (Circle, clockwise and anticlockwise)
2. Hold your thumb 15cm from your nose. Use your eyes to focus on the tip of your thumb. Take one or two deep breaths and exhale slowly. Then focus on any object approximately three meters away. Take another one or two deep breaths and slowly exhale. Repeat the above steps 10 to 20 times.
3 Rub your palms together, cup the warmed palms over (not on) closed eyes and allow no light to enter. Experience total darkness for 20 to 30 seconds and blink several times also. Take long slow deep breaths. Be sure to relax the eyes, face, brow and jaw. Do not squeeze the eyelid shut.
If you take the time to do these eye exercises, the expense of Optometrists fee’s and glasses may be not an issue for you. You will not have the inconvenience of not being able to read the small print at the restaurant which can be a pain in the A…. and you will be able to thread a needle. All those things we take for granted when our eyesight is in top form.
Remember – If you don’t do different nothing will change
I had a Yoga teacher who was ninety years old. I have no idea if she is alive but her name was Elsa and lived in Australia on the Sunshine coast. I was always so amazed at her flexibility and love of life. She was inspirational.
Elsa did not start yoga till she was in her 40’s. She was having health problems and her eye sight was not the best. Elsa decided to have a lifestyle change and took up Yoga. At 90 she was a fine example of the benefits of Yoga. Elsa used to say I have no fear of being around people with a virus of any kind because my body is capable of fighting any decease. Elsa was very confident mentally and physically. She believed she could overcome any illness. She no longer wore glasses and at 90 was still driving a car.
When I read this story of Tao Porchon-Lynch it reminded me of her.
As you would know I totally agree with her last statement in this interview.
For Yoga Master at 92, There Is Only the Dance
Yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, 92 years young, kept repeating her life’s motto, there is nothing you cannot do, before a packed workshop in New York City.
Then, light as a bird, she glided into a gravity-defying arm balance to illustrate the point.
“I haven’t been able to do the peacock since I broke my wrist in April, but I did it in that room,” Porchon-Lynch said of the pose she demonstrated recently at Strala Yoga studio.
“In yoga every breath I take puts me on the right path.” Porchon-Lynch has been practicing yoga, the ancient discipline connecting breath to movement, for over 70 years.
Along the way she has walked with Mahatma Gandhi, modeled couture in Paris, trod the boards in London, and acted under contract to MGM in Hollywood.
It was yoga breathing, she said, that kept fear at bay when she worked for the resistance in World War Two France.
“I didn’t realize I was doing any of them,” she said of her many adventures. “It’s just the natural path of life. You either travel on it, or you get stuck in the mud.”