Yoga is a complex practice that has touched the lives of a countless number of people. The definition of the term and its traditional meaning is to completely know yourself, or the union of becoming One. Though yoga is practiced by millions of people today, many yogis don’t know the origins of their favorite postures or even the practice itself.
Overall wellness hinges on a dynamic balance of web-like interconnections, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. The human body is a fully interconnected organism, nothing working in isolation, and all parts affect each other. Chronic health problems are rooted in inadequate nutrition and detoxification inefficiency is due to lack of high vital nutrients.
1. Eat whole foods. If it comes in a box or has been altered, don’t eat it! This is the simplest way to get the most nutrients, bite for bite.
2. Get off the BIG FIVE: Sugar, gluten, dairy, caffeine, and alcohol. These all can be degenerative and addictive. If you are not ready to give them all up, try organic coffee, tea, or red wine.
3. Eat ORGANIC foods. Eating organically grown foods will expose you to substantially fewer chemicals. At the same time, organic foods have been scientifically shown to have more nutrients over commercially grown foods.
4. Drink more filtered water. If you can afford a reverse osmosis filtration system, this would be the preferred method. But if you are like me, a simple carbon filter can cut down on widespread chemical exposure, including fluoride, which is a well known toxin. Without adequate hydration, organs are needlessly stressed.
5. Eat more veggies, especially cruciferous since they are particularly helpful in liver functionality and have strong anti-cancer properties. Cruciferous varieties include: kale , collard greens, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, turnip , rutabaga, horseradish, mustard (the seed, not the sauce!), arugula, watercress, maca, radish, and cabbage.
6. Eat more onions & garlic. These have many great attributes including anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and can help provide food for the “good guy” bacteria.
7. Make friends with friendly bacteria. Probiotics and fermented foods like kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut all offer helpful bacteria that crowd out the “bad” bacteria and other pathogens. Gut health and the overall microbiome balance is paramount to proper digestion, assimilation of foods, mental health, overall immunity, and whole health.
8. Brush and floss your teeth, daily. Digestion starts in the mouth and so does your overall health of the digestive system. Poor dental health has also been shown to correlate with dangerous cardiovascular health and overall inflammation. Natural options include activated charcoal teeth whitening which provides an alternative to harsh dental bleaching gels. You can read about all that if you visit the website of the national Dental Board of Practitioners.
9. Use natural (toxic free) personal care items and cleaning products. Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing, says that if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. This is wise advice since many toxic chemicals have been shown to be present in body fat and even the chord blood in newborns. These products are generally not regulated or tested for human safety.
10. Slow Down. Sleep is the primary way we recover and restore the body. New guidelines recommend 7-9 hours for most adults. Relaxation and meditation also contribute to overall wellness and can help balance stress hormones.
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sources: Environmental Working Group, Institute for Functional Medicine, National Sleep Foundation
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Matthew Sanford was paralyzed in an auto accident 30 years ago. Today, he teaches yoga and works to educate the health industry on the importance of the mind-body connection. Read his story and be amazed and inspired. Matthew Sanford links yoga’s self-awareness and healing | freep.com | Detroit Free Press www.matthewsanford.com
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Cain Carroll describes three yoga poses that improve digestion. Watch, learn, digest.
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The heart chakra is the fourth chakra and is located in the center of the chest. Governed by love, creativity and your sense of touch, the heart chakra is closely connected to various emotions such as compassion, honesty, respect, forgiveness, jealousy, anger, self-expression, happiness, generosity and the love you have for yourself and others.