December 20th, 2014
Written by Ka Sundance
For greater empowerment regarding our personal health and well-being, it is important to approach health from a holistic perspective – meaning that we consider and incorporate all aspects of our health- physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and so on.
In the ancient practice of Ayurveda and the Vedic Sciences, from India, it is explained that each person has energetic power centers within their physical being, called “chakras” – a Sanskrit word meaning wheel.
There are seven basic chakras or energy centers. Each chakra has a different scope of influence in our life. Let us begin by looking at the Root or Base Chakra, or in Sanskrit the Muladhara.
The Root Chakra is found at the base of your spine. This is your foundation. Basic issues associated with the root chakra are instinct, safety, survival, grounding, family, security, boundaries, and new beginnings. The body parts associated with the root chakra are coccyx, anus, large intestine, adrenal glands, back, leg, feet and bones.
Many health issues such as auto-immune disorders, cancer, allergies, skin infections, candida, and collapse of immunity are all related to this energy center. Issues related to money, usually the inability to thrive or stay afloat financially are also considered root chakra related. Safety, family relations, housing, money, and healthy boundaries are all under the domain of the root chakra.
By practicing grounding – connecting with nature and the Earth, as well as creating safe space for ourselves, caring for our physical health, and releasing our past traumas and emotional wounds, we can gain greater health for this energy center… and we will see the positive fruits in our lives – health, happiness, safety, and prosperity.
We can use foods to help us heal our root and strengthen our groundedness. Foods and herbs to help heal the root chakra- roots such as carrots, beets, ginger, radishes, turnips, ginseng, ashwaghanda, turmeric, potatoes, yams, and yuca are all excellent choices.
Essential oils can also be beneficial- patchouli, sandalwood, vetivert, cedar, cypress, ginger, and frankincense can all be applied to the base of the spine and bottoms of feet for added healing.
Yoga asanas for the strengthening the root chakra include Mountain Pose (Tadasana), Warrior One Pose (Virabhadrasana 1), and Bridge Pose (Setu Bhandasana).
The color associated with this chakra is a deep red. Wearing jewelry with dark red stones, as well as scarves, accessories, and clothing, can all help bring healing energy to help balance the root chakra.
It is highly encouraged when working to bring balance to this energy center that you look at and find ways to balance the parts of your life relating to family, intimate relationships, authority, home, money, boundaries, safety, and physical health. Emotional counseling, bodywork therapies, dietary changes, and taking time in nature are all encouraged for those seeking to bring healing and balance to the root chakra.
Healing the root will help create a healthy base for the other areas of your life to grow and flourish.
The author, Zahrah SIta Aguila is a professional practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Oriental Bodywork Therapies. She has practiced in several clinics in the US, as well as helped create centers of natural healing in Costa Rica. Her studies, experience, and cutting-edge style of natural healing expand beyond TCM. She incorporates Ayurvedic Healing Therapies, Organ Cleansing, Dietary Therapies, Detoxification, Yoga, Western, Eastern, and Tropical Plant Cures, Energy Healing, and more. Zahrah has trained with master healers and shamans of various modalities, and was raised in a family of healers, learning the craft of making natural remedies and energy healing at a young age. She has an innate talent for accessing her intuitive abilities to see deeper into the root causes of illness and imbalance of health. She works on a very holistic level, addressing body, mind, emotions, and spirit; using various methods and modalities to help empower each person with the ability to access true healing. Zahrah healed herself of an advanced stage of cancer naturally, and now helps many others heal cancer and other difficult diseases through natural methods. She helps lead healing programs at Awakening Soul Natural Healing Center in the Chirripo Valley of Costa Rica. She also is the creator of a line of natural medicines that include organic herbs and medicinal mushrooms. Zahrah also teaches on various aspects of natural healing, medicinal plants, and transforming sickness into empowered healthy living, through workshops, educational healing retreats, and both online and printed publications.
December 13th, 2014
Written by Ka Sundance
This is your Ka speaking. Today I would like to talk about the top 6 super foods you should consume to boost your energy level and vibrancy!! Very often I hear from people asking how they can feel healthier and more alive and full of energy. You will feel like jumping out of bed every morning if you eat these foods!! It is really not so much about the foods you eat but more about the foods you avoid and habits you do not indulge in.
If you eat junk food all day and get hammered with a bottle of whiskey while you smoke a pack of cigarettes this isn’t going to help you!!! Let’s be totally honest here – if you eat foods that are not really food but a sugary, chemical filled food stuff, eating a healthy item here and there is not going to save you. You need to be realistic – drinking coconut water on top of this type of life style will do nothing for you.
Please be serious and honest about your life. Take a look at any bad habits you have like smoking, coffee, alcohol, sugar, no exercise and think about the impact they are having on your health and well being. Do you need to make a change? Don’t expect a magic pill even if it is a natural pill to get rid of your health problems. You will have to look at making some really big lifestyle changes to reach your goal. You have to step up and take charge of your own health and well being – no one else is going to do it for you. I can make suggestions and show you what is healthy but you have to take the steps.
Here are 6 amazing, natural and healthy foods that I love and know will help you feel better on your road to a healthy lifestyle:
These greens have been growing for hundreds of years unaltered by humans. We have been altering all other foods by making them bigger, sweeter and getting rid of the seeds. This is what normally happens in the human engineering of foods and it makes our foods less healthy, less vibrant and full of life and nutrients. These altered foods may look perfect and last longer on the shelf but often they are empty of any life giving nutrients and are unsustainable in the wild. Nature has been doing this much longer and much better than we ever can!
Quinoa is especially good if you indulge in heavy breads and pastas. It is a good alternative because you can cook it and it is satisfying and still good for your system. You will not feel drained after eating this food. If you have been eating the wrong foods afterward you will feel down and heavy. Many people do not know this or experience this but you should feel energized, awesome and healthy after eating! You should not feel bloated and unable to move off the couch! Quinoa can help you achieve this. Is your food making you feel alive and re-charged? If not then you are not eating the right kind of food – the food your body craves and needs.
Hemp is the most complete amino acid protein source there is in regards to availability. The important thing is how much can your body extract and use – hemp has the perfect balance between omega 3,6 and 9 – this allows you to absorb the amino acids. With a lot of healthy things, if you are not combing them properly, your body cannot use the nutrients in them. Hemp is natural and has been used as a protein source for thousands of years. I recommend it as a protein because I am a vegetarian so I don’t eat or recommend meat or fish. With hemp you can get a wonderful protein in your daily diet and you can skip the meat because you won’t need it!
Those are my super foods and I hope you will take a good look at your diet and your life style and decide if it is helping or hurting you. We all deserve to be abundantly healthy and happy in our lives.
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Drinking freshly extracted juices of vegetables is the fastest way to get nutrients to our cells, which are necessary to heal the body from chronic illness!
1) The first benefit in juicing raw vegetables is that a lot of the nutrients remain in the juice, plus, the body doesn’t need to spend any time or energy digesting the food because the fibre has been removed. So this means that the nutrients go straight to our cells.
Take a raw carrot, for example. First you chew it and then you digest it but even if you chew it very well there is no guarantee that the nutrients reach the cell level. And the sicker a person is the less likely their digestive system will be able to absorb nutrients from the vegetables.
Dr Kirshner is his book ‘live food juices’ states that “the energy to break down the cellular structure of raw vegetables and absorb the nutrients is limited even in the healthiest of people”. He claims that not more than 35% is assimilated even in the healthiest people and in people with weaker digestive systems it can be as low as 1%.
However, up to 92% of nutrients are absorbed if one drinks freshly extracted juices. It is also a known fact that all food must become liquid before they can be absorbed.
2) When you juice fruit it concentrates their sugar content so much that this can be more harming than good. This is because the fibre has been taken out so the body is flooded with an excess amount of sugar. And without the fibre to slowly release the sugar into our blood, it can create high blood sugar levels and in the long run more problems like tooth decay. Of course enjoying fruit juices sometimes can be beneficial but drinking fresh vegetable juices regularly is much more beneficial because it does not contain the high sugar content of fresh fruit juice.
3) Fruits are a great source of fiber which quickly move through our digestive system and helps to remove waste matter from our body. This is important so that the faecal matter doesn’t putrefy and gets reabsorbed into our bloodstream and becomes toxic waste that pollutes our entire body.
Remember! Do not mistaken frozen, bottled, canned or store bought juices as the same thing as freshly extracted juices because much of their nutrients have been destroyed by heat to keep a long shelf life and prevent them from going bad.
Hence Friends! Always remember to juices your vegetables and eat your fruits!
Dorothy is a Qualified Teacher, Author, Traveller, ‘Nutrition Nerd’, Blogger, Creator, Dancer & Infinite Being. She enjoys sharing knowledge and inspiring others to thrive and be happy.
December 10th, 2014
Written by Ka Sundance