“Aging is a mistake,” said Dr. Deepak Chopra. Actually, aging is worse than a mistake, it is a catastrophe. Aging reduces quality of life and causes so-called “diseases of aging” such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis. Making yourself old and sick is not a sensible choice—it is a mis- take. Each disease, even a cold, accelerates aging, makes you sicker, and causes more disease. Then our physicians manage these diseases with treatments that create still more aging and disease. It’s a vicious cycle, and we have to learn how to break that cycle.
To live a long disease-free life, it is essential to learn how to prevent and reverse aging and disease. Fortunately, this is not difficult to learn. With just a little bit of effort, any of us can become healthier and biologically younger. While we cannot control our chronological age, we do have control over our biological age.
Historically, people such as the Hunzas lived well into their hundreds in robust, vigorous health without suffering as much as a cold, so we know this is possible. For you to accomplish something similar you must learn how to prevent aging and disease, and to do this, you must learn how to prevent and reverse inflammation.
There is only one dis- ease, malfunctioning cells, and a malfunction common to all chronic disease is a process called inflammation. No matter what so-called disease you have, inflammation is a major part of your problem. By learning how to prevent and re- verse inflammation, you are learning how to stay young and never be sick again.
What causes inflammation? Read More From: Raymond Francis
Drink water before and after your meal. Do not drink liquids during a meal. Excess liquid will dilute the digestive juices that you will need to break up the food. Choose soothing warm drinks such as hot lemon water or herbal teas, or drink room temperature water.
Chew each bite thoroughly — your stomach doesn't have teeth! Be
mindful of your eyes being bigger than your stomach. Your best bet is
to leave the table only three-quarters full. That will leave you
content and energized, perfect for conversing with your loved ones.
Eat a decent meal before you go out, so that if you do drink, at least you will have something already in your stomach; and second, you will eat less of the stuff that irritates your digestive system. You will feel better as well. Party hardy, but carefully….you don’t want to “suffer” from the partying…..be moderate. Breathe deeper, enjoy people more. Hang out with small children whenever possible. They know how to party.
Digestive enzymes and probiotics can be of help to take with meals. You may even have to take some extra during the holiday time.
Coconut oil.. Two tablespoons a day. It’s a miracle oil. It actually will help you to lose weight. You can add it into a smoothie or some nut, seed and fruit cookies, either dehydrated or as an uncooked "ball".
Ginger and peppermint as a tea are excellent for the digestive system. Learn how to make the ginger raw. You can add a thumb nail size chunk to any fresh juices that you are making.
Walking and yoga are particularly good for digestion.
Ease your emotions Chinese medicine recognizes
that an emotional element can come into play because the liver is
highly sensitive to mood and feelings, and a weak flow of liver energy
may manifest as bloating or flatulence.
Between the traveling
and spending time with family, the holidays can especially be a time
when emotions and stress ride high. Dandelion has been shown to aid
digestion by supporting the liver; drink dandelion tea to ease your
emotions and digestion.
For heartburns, dissolve 1 tsp baking soda in 8 oz cup of warm water and sip for immediate relief of acid reflux.
cider vinegar is a traditional remedy to cure various digestive
disorders. Taken internally, it supports liver detoxification,
normalizes digestive juices, and reduces intestinal bloating. Mix 1
tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with 12 ounces of warm water,
and drink in the morning on empty stomach. Add a little raw honey if the
taste is too strong.
Whether it’s too many carbohydrates or just too much food all together, feeling bloated after you eat is an uncomfortable but common side effect of eating a large meal. Rather than reaching for an antacid which only masks your problem, there is an easy way to solve your tummy woes without the use of any manufactured medication or pills.
The problem with antacids is that the more we use them, the more dependent our bodies become on them. So rather than treating just the symptoms, we’re going to get to the root of your digestive problems rather than just putting a band-aid on them.
As I’ve said before, feeling bloated has to do primarily with what we choose to eat and how our bodies digest food. First and foremost, the next time you feel bloated, think about what you ate. Was it your usual fare or something different? Wine, a decadent dessert, pizza, all of these? Or does it seem like regardless of what you eat whether it’s a steamed sweet potato or a bowl of ice cream, you still feel bloated?
The best way you can help your stomach is to give it what it is really missing. And that missing link is natural digestive enzymes. Natural digestive enzymes determine the course of action your food takes when it hits your stomach. These microscopic but powerful catalysts help your body determine whether the food you ate will be processed smoothly or whether it will just stay in your stomach and colon. Most of us need a digestive enzyme supplement. Why? The answer has to do with how our food is processed and manufactured today.
Most of the processed foods we consume don’t contain natural digestive enzymes. An apple, for instance, has its own enzymes that will break it down in your stomach without any extra effort from your part. But chug a bottle of soda or munch on a piece of processed cheese and you will find no trace of natural digestive enzymes in these modern day eats.
Your body must therefore take on the burden of using its own enzyme resources in order to digest that slice of cheese or bubbly glass of Coke. Over time this kind of eating takes its toll on our system and on our cash reserves of enzymes. In essence, we start to live on enzyme credit but at some point our reserves run out and whatever we eat starts to scream and holler at us.
If you have experienced bloating more than usual, I suggest taking high quality digestive enzymes for two weeks or more and notice any difference in how you feel after you eat. I have a feeling that after you test-run this little experiment, you might start popping digestive enzymes just as regularly you do your daily multivitamin. Read more on Enzymes
If you’re still wondering what kind of a holiday gift you should get for a loved one or even for yourself, you can stop wondering because I have the perfect gift for you.
For those of you who know me, you are aware that I am an avid juicer. In fact, I’ve been juicing for the past 15 years and I often recommend juicing as an integral component of any fast or cleanse.
For the past six years my juicer of choice has been the Kempo Juicer. When you purchase this juicer you will also receive my 7-Day Sugar Free Diet as and my Juicing for Health ebook as well. Read More
Juicing is the easiest and healthiest ways to get in your fruit and veggies for the day in just one simple glass. Plus with so many different variations, there are endless juices you can make.
If you are a health devotee or if you know of someone who loves to be healthy or needs to become a bit healthier, giving a juicer is a fabulous gift that will help keep you healthy and fit all year round.
Pick up any medical journal or health magazine and you will find scores of articles that herald the important effects of eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. From preventing cancer to warding off heart disease and to slowing down the aging process, fruits and vegetables are a necessary part of any healthy lifestyle.
In Mediterranean, Asian and African countries, the diseases that we here in the West are all too familiar with like heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure are virtually absent. What research has showed us is that many of these conditions can be attributed to diet and lifestyle. Countries like Japan and Greece have low rates of these diseases in large part due to their significant daily consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Tony Robbins has coached Fortune 500 CEOs to unleash their greatest potential. Here he shows YOU how:
1. Raise Your Standards "Raising your standards turns your shoulds into musts. Everyone has a list of shoulds: 'I should spend more time with my kids. I should lose some weight.' People don't actually change. They just end up 'shoulding' all over themselves. Convert 'shoulds' into 'musts' and your entire life changes."
2. Change Your Limiting Beliefs "Sometimes your goal is crystal clear but you find yourself failing to act, pulling back or sabotaging yourself. You have inner conflicts based in fear or doubt. Unless you uncover your inner conflicts, they will cause you to fail. When you align your inner beliefs with your goals, you can tap into your fullest potential."
3. Model Strategies That Work "Success leaves clues. Model someone who is already achieving what you want." It could be a great business, relationship or a fit body. Remember, they aren't lucky; they have strategies that work.
4. Intensify Your Emotions "It's inevitable that life will hit us with a crushing blow. If you face it head on, it will give you the muscle of life-psychological strength." View it as a gift and find a way to use it. (Think Lance Armstrong.)
5. Give Much More Than You Expect to Receive The meaning of our lives is shaped by what we give, not what we get. Live every day to give something of value to those around you. You will experience a life of meaning and joy.
Hailed by doctors and nutrition experts as the next super food and a
cure for heart disease, diabetes, and menopause, soy can be found in
everything from veggie burgers to granola bars to baby formula; but soy
is toxic and making America fat, says Dianne Gregg, a woman who almost died from a negative reaction to soy.
After eliminating soy from her diet, Gregg lost 30 pounds — weight
the doctors told her was tied to menopause. Gregg wants to help others
lose the weight and get healthy by avoiding foods with soy.
share the most common foods that contain soy and what audience members
can do to avoid purchasing them and find better-tasting and healthier
Sign up for a free teleclass this Thursday at 7pm right here:
Gregg will reveal…
• Why you should never feed your infant soy formula!
• Why soy can be deadly to anyone with an unknown soy allergy.
• That soy is not a cure for heart disease; it is actually linked to
cancer, infertility, osteoporosis, hair loss, menstrual problems, and
• That over-consumption of soy can lead to thyroid damage, which can mean big weight gain.
• That soy is used as a cheap filler in food; it is not a health miracle or a wonder food.
This year, don’t wait until New Years to make
the decision to feel and look your best. Use the holiday season to
jump start your health goals or if you’ve been healthy for the past 11
months, resist the temptation to let your discipline slide this month.
are ten important behaviors you can apply now so that you’re prepared
and ready to face the stress and challenges that may come your way this
1. Take some time to reflect on what you learned, how you grew, what you accomplished. Begin to think about where you would like to be at the end of 2009. 2. Apply what you learned in exercise 1 and write your goals
for New Year's now. Don’t wait until December 30. Something magical
happens when you physically write down your goals and dreams. It
breathes life into your hopes and paves the way to make them a reality. 3. Speak powerful words: Don Miguel Ruiz mentions in
his book, The Four Agreements, "Be impeccable with your words and use
the power of your words in the direction of truth and love." Even if
you’re surrounded by ungrateful houseguests or overwhelming relatives,
use the power of your words with positive intention. 4. Alkalize beforehand. If you don’t have time to find greens for your diet, add Super Food supplements like, Vitamineral Green
and other super nutrient-rich products that provide minerals, vitamins
and more in a quick and effective form like powders or mixes. READ MORE