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Exercise Needs To Be Part Of Your Day

Ayurvedic medicine
Developed in ancient times this system of medicine means developing longevity through diet, herbal remedies and meditation to align the mind, body and soul.
Over time Ayuverdic botanical remedies are used in digestive disorders, heart problems, diabetes and urinary tract disorders.
Ayuverdic remedies provide the foundation of many of the drugs we use today.
Examples: Various traditional home remedies that make the use of herbs such as teas made from yellow root or sassafras and ginger can relieve stomach distress. Yellow flavored water with honey to relieve the symptoms of a cold and herbal teas prepared from peppermint, chamomile, parsley and wormwood are used to relieve diarrhea and other illnesses.
Tonics made from eggnog or malt are expect to stimulate the appetite or build strength.
Ayuvedic medicine holds that in order to restore health a person must understand and correctly diagnose the disease or bodily imbalance. There are  4 main methods of disease management: Cleansing, detoxifying, palliation and mental hygiene. Cleansing can take on many forms such as herbal -oil massages and steam baths, vigorous exercising.
Toxins are considered the root of disease and must be eliminated from the body.
Palliation: focus is on the spiritual dimension of healing using a combination of herbs, fasting , chanting , yoga stretches, breathing exercises, meditation, and lying in the sun for a limited time.
These techniques are useful for people with dysfunctional immune systems or those too ill for more strenuous exercising
Rejuvenation: After cleansing, tonification begins to enhance the body’s ability to function; a physiological tune up to restore vitality and virility to the reproductive system. Ayuverdic medicine uses special herbs and mineral preparations and exercises, specifically yoga and breathing exercises.
Mental Hygiene and Spiritual Healing: Improving the mind is the goal of mental hygiene; to reach a higher level of mental and spiritual functioning. This is accomplished through the release of psychological stress, emotional distress and unconscious negative beliefs.
Therapy includes: Sound therapy to change the vibration patterns of the mind, tantra, to direct energies through the body, meditation to alter states of consciousness and the use of gems, metals, and crystals for their vibratory healing powers.Taken in part from: Alternative Medicine:The Definitive Guide. (1999).  Tiburon, CA.  Future Medicine Publishing
What is Detoxification and how do you do it?
Many people seem to think that detox only means cleansing-fasting. It can also mean cleaning up your diet.
Elson Haas in his New Detox diet describes different ways to detox. Many people have different reasons for wanting to detox such as chronic diseases and imbalances. For example, there are many congestive type diseases that respond to a good detox diet such as having kidney stones or chronic arthritis with inflammation.Detoxification is the process of either cleansing toxins from the body or neutralizing them.
Detoxification involves dietary and lifestyle changes that reduce the intake of toxins while improving elimination.
1. The avoidance of chemicals from foods ( processed foods)
2. Elimination of refined flour and sugar products
3. Elimination of caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
4. Drinking extra water that is purified and increasing fiber by including more fruits and vegetables in the diet
Step 2
A more rigorous detox step
1. A diet of exclusively fresh fruits, fresh vegetables (either raw or cooked) and whole grains ( both cooked and sprouted)
2. Raw seeds and sprouted seeds, legumes eaten fresh in salads
3. No bread or baked goods, animal foods, or dairy products, alcohol or nutsSome prefer a brown rice fast with a week or two of eating 3-4 bowls of brown rice daily along with liquids such as green or herbal teas. Vegetables and miso soup can also be added
Another type of detox:
A raw food diet yielding high energy and quality nutrition. It utilizes sprouted greens from seeds and grains such as wheat, buckwheat, sunflower, alfalfa and clover, sprouted beans such as mung or garbanzo, soaked or sprouted raw nuts and fresh fruits and veggies.  Cooked food is not allowed.
The raw foods maintain the highest concentration of vitamins, minerals and important enzymes.
EXAMPLE: Levels of dietary Detox1. First reduce toxins daily, ingest fewer congesting foods such as fats, sweets, fried foods, milk, eggs, backed goods, hydrogenated fats, organ meats.
2. Eat more nourishing foods such as rice, roots, fruits, beans, seeds, millet, herbs, squashes,greens, oats, pasta( wheat), potatoes
3.Eat fruits, whole grains, seeds and legumes
4. Eat Raw foods
5. Make juice drinks made from apples, carrots, greens
6. Drink water
Nutrients that help heal the GI tract
If you continue to have GI difficulties/inflammatory problems
Supplement your diet with:
pantothetic acid ( B5)
Vitamin A
Vitamin E
Essential fatty acids
Aloe Vera
Licorice Root and DGL ( deglycirrhized licorice)
Marshmellow root
Glutathione, L-Cysteine and N-Acetylcysteine
FOS (fructooligosaccharides)
Calories from fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds and legumes are needed to repair damaged or inflamed tissue and maintain energy levels during the GI tract healing program.IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF HEALTHY EATING1. Eat whole foods, especially fruits and veggies, whole grains and legumes; beans, peas lentils. Eat nuts and seeds
2. We are what we eat so stay away from sugar, excessive fat and rich foods. Buy organic foods as much as possible
3. Drink no more than 4 oz of liquids with meals, as this can dilute the digestive juices. It is better to eat first and then to drink
4. Drink 6-8 glasses of water each day plus herbal teas. 2-3 glasses in the morning and then 1-2 glasses an hour or so before lunch and dinner
5. Chew your food well, eat in a relaxed environment, and relax when you eat. Do not rush or stand while eating
6. Moderate your use of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. Beware of excessive use of OTC and recreational drugs
7. Exercise: If you do not have an exercise program, set one up. Do it regularly. Find something you enjoy so that you will stick to it.  Combine strength training, flexibility, endurance
8. Maintain elimination. You should move your bowels at least 1-2 times a day. Replace friendly GI flora by taking probiotics such as acidophilus and other positive digestive bacteria
9. If your GI function stays irregular for more that a few weeks, seek the advice of a health-care practitioner.Taken in part from: Haas, E. (2004) The New Detox Diet: The Complete Guide for Lifelong Vitality. Toronto, Canada. Celestial Arts.


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