The benefits of coconut oil

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In this weeks episode of Dragon’s Den, of which I am an avid viewer! I saw a really sound guy trying to get investment for his business which was already growing. It was coconut oil and supporting products for those of us lazy enough to not make our own. 

Deborah meadon made an awesome point totally unrealated to my own but worth a mention… It encompassed not peaking too soon… That’s right, not rush rush rush into mainstream so the consumer can’t see all your flaws and forevermore discount your brand! Sound advise and naturally, do excuse the punn, he took noth Deborah and Nick Jenkin’s to take the world by storm … Eventually. 

And I am sure he will, he’s a good and nice guy with great support and most importantly a formidable product and here’s why I think that…

Coconut oil is a superfood which means that it’s properties and natural make up have benefits akin to those currently achieved by medicine. The reason natural remedies is preferable to medicine is simply in it’s nature. Man made substances expose our genetic make up to a new and different environment triggering chain reactions, beneficial for their purpose but can be a cocktail which takes your body down a very bad route upon mutation of cells. 

Coconut oil the superfood


Nutritional profile

Coconut oil contains 3 fatty acids:

  • Lauric acid
  • Capric acid
  • Caprylic acid

What does this mean to us humans and pets

  1. Plant based, does not contain cholesterol which is often associated with diabetes, stroke and heart attacks. The medium chain fatty acids are both easy for the body to burn as fuel and have antimicrobial properties.
  2. Once absorbed, it morphs into monolaurin which is found in breastmilk, known for it’s antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
  3. It also contains essential vitamins such as E, K and Iron.

Using it in everyday life

Medicinal uses

  • Fight inflamation: inflamation is one of the causes of chronic diseases so regular consumption can support healthy kidneys and liver.
  • Boost immunity: anitfungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties boost the immunity by actively fighting viruses, funguses and bacterial on intial contact without allowing them the time or the environment to thrive by it’s very nature.
  • Osteoporosis: free radicals are linked to psteoporosis so regular consumption replaces oestrogen deficient fats preventing bone loss and in turn depletion.
  • Sleep aid: use as a carrier oil along with lavendar, chamomile and ylang ylang for a greta nights sleep.
  • Acne: antibacterial properties provide an unstable environment for bacterial growth often responsible for acne. Removing make up with coconut oil mixed with chamomile and moisturising with coconut oil mixed with rose will help.
  • Fat burner: medium chain fats are easy to burn off and so use makes it’s use in the movement of abdominal fat a great success! 
  • Hormone balancer: hormones are produced by our body to create the best condition for our bodies to work but can also over produce in response to negative influences such as inflamation and other hormones resulting in imbalance. To acheieve homeostasis (or the best balance), coconut oil uses these medium chain acids to lower cortisol. In turn thyroid and adrenal glands fond their task easier and can focus on other areas, it also reduces inflammation caused by some female type hormones creating the perfect environment on homeostasis. 
  • Digestive support: ever heard of healing your leaky gut? Well daily consumption can regulate your bowels, attack bad bacteria, be absorbed and burn off easily and help control parasites.
  • Diabetes: as it is easily absorbed and reduces bad cholesterol, coconut oil stabilises blood sugar levels, essential in those of us that have type 2 diabetes in their family line. Prevention before cure.
  • Heart disease: lowering cholesterol, stable fuel and lowering blood presure removes pressur put on the heart by the body in it’s attempt to supply tour body with blood. 

Where can you get it?

The simple answer everywhere! It has be highlighted by scientists, health professionals and ancient folklore ove centuries and so can be found in most suspermarkets! The reason we maybe have overlooked it is simply that we don’t know why it’s super, welll now you do go and invest in your health! 

Balance is looking at your finanaces and seeing how much more time needs investig in that area; it is also looking at yourself in the mirror and seeing how much time needs investing there; it is also looking at your personal and professional relationships and being brutal enough to see what work needs doing there. This article will attack your health and wellbeing, the rest can only be up to you … Unless you’re that guy on Dragon’s Den who just got his finances injected by coconut oil too! Good on him!  

Sunshine city

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The weather is totally gorgeous today and I have made the most of being outside in it. 


I have been trying ways to find ‘the balance’ and can determine that I have neglected exercise … I don’t like it – it’s a problem. So instead I have decided to take up an old hobby, ballet, to give me an hour each week which I eill hopefully enjoy enough to not feel like I am exercising.


There are many areas of neglect from me and I am all about self improvement so I am growing my own vegetables to become more earthy and cooking meals from a cook book (it turns out I’m not a natural cook, haha) to aid my nutritional intake; me and my son are doing more socilising than ever in an attempt to balance our relationship area and we have recently been on a little break with the man of the house to nuture love too. In careers area I am trying to improve my current practise by being stricter than ever with my own standards and I am taking on new and exciting roles … (It’s just some sort of shame this Chakra book I read didn’t touch upon winning the lottery though isn’t it). 

 

As a result of all this balance I am hoping for love, peace and tranquility in all areas however I’m relatively skeptical that Cadbury didn’t steal all that for their diary milk. 

… Oh I didn’t get to the point of my blog today. My communication balance is all outta whack. I recently had a scenario where I was so magnificently misunderstood – partially I think because sometimes people like to think they know you better than you know yourself, but mainly because I just don’t put it out there enough. I love to blog and communicate myself with the outside world however sometimes I am just afraid  to stand out for the wrong reason … Through blogging I’ve learned just how open-minded, diverse and evolving I always am … So put that in your pipe if ya think you’ve got my number! ; ), haha.

I trust my judgement and love to grow, my gutt never leads me far wrong so I will blog to express myself and more regularly as I am hopeless at being consistent. I have been putting it last when my chakra needs it consistently, apparently … (See, another lesson learned and a little growth already) … Who came up with this chakra stuff? – it’s all rather inspiring! 

Homemade Face Masks

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The homemade face mask


I love a homemade face mask, it is something I have done as a little past time simply because I love to pamper. I haven’t and don’t do it regularly enough actually. There is something therapeutic in concocting your own personalized face mask – something that starts in the kitchen and leads to a well deserved relaxation session.

The reason I used to be turned off the idea was due to lack of patience I guess.

I wasn’t patient enough to remove all the lumps and it’s then resemblance to the food I ate simply wasn’t appealing to me. However since having the worlds best blender – tis easy to turn food to mask in no time at all (and to turn ingredients to yummier food) – I recommend investing in a hand bender otherwise you too could be turning yourself off of what is an otherwise therapeutic experience.

My favorite is the Lavender mask – I have always loved the effects of Lavender and the smell has programmed my body to wind down.

It is advised that all of these face masks be tested on a small area of skin firstly to make sure you are not allergic or hypersensitive to any of the ingredients.

Further more it would be great to see your pictures of your homemade masks on my Instagram carleybradford … I look forwards to seeing your creations🙂. 


Moisturising Avocado Face mask for Normal Skin

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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 egg-white at room temperature
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Blend and whisk until smooth
  2. Apply to face
  3. Leave for 30 minutes
  4. Rinse with warm water

Honey & Banana Face Mask for Dry Skin

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Mash banana, then add honey and cinnamon
  2. Apply to face
  3. Leave for 30 minutes
  4. Rinse with warm water

Aspirin & Lemon Juice Acne Mask for oily acne prone skin

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Ingredients

  • 3-6 aspirin
  • 1 lemon
  • baking soda
  • warm honey

Instructions

  1. Crush aspirin with cup or rolling pin
  2. Squeeze lemon juice onto aspirin until dissolved into a paste
  3. Mix in other ingredients until smooth
  4. Apply to face avoiding eyes and mouth – you DO NOT want to ingest this one
  5. Leave for 10 minutes – works well as a mask or spot treatment
  6. Rinse with warm water

Soothing Lavender Face Mask, good for its antibacterial and calming qualities

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps. plain yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • few drops of lavender oil
  • 1/3 tsp dried lavender leaves

Instructions

  1. Mix all together
  2. Apply to face
  3. Lie down and close your eyes for 10 – 15 minutes
  4. Rinse with warm water

Cinnamon, Honey and Nutmeg Face Mask, good for its anti-inflammatory qualities

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps honey
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Mix
  2. Apply
  3. Leave for 30 minutes
  4. Rinse with warm water

The Beauty Bible – Juicing and Blending for a Healthy Body in 2015

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You gorgeous thing..Yes ..You reading this; “You are beautiful inside and out” so Don’t ever let anyone dampen your sparkle. With that in mind, I have put together a wonderful collection of Juicing and Blending Recipes to titivate your taste buds whilst replenishing you Mind, Body and Spirit. I’m using the January month to start […]

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Soul

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Soul


Soul, noun

1. The principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.


 So yesterday we were supposed to be concluding the January detox. Mind, Body and Soul. We have covered numerous issues which are typically dredged up around about this time every year… and in my different sort of way have evolved this to include detoxing one’s whole self. We are our Soul. It is determined by the dictionary that the term “Soul” is so much more than just soothing melodies. Soul is who we truly are, it is ourselves, our being – the part that is missed when we are not around.


How do we detox this part of ourselves?

When I come to writing my blogs I generally do some research but in order for me to find accurate and relevant information I have to determine what I expect it to be myself. Initially I had this muddled with my “Mind” section and drew a blank. Until it came to me. It is a spiritual part of who we are to the core – and for so many of us spiritual is linked with religion or the feeling of something bigger than ourselves which is condoned as healthy for one’s mind in the “Mind” blog. To avoid cross-over “spiritual”, for today at least, will be the guilty indulgences that are personal to us, that make us individual and which actually feed into being unique.

For me this can be blogging, reading, shopping, creating catwalk looks with my sewing machine, day dreaming and spending time socialising with my friends. It is different for all of us and so you must insert your own here …… (feel free to message and let me know your own guilty indulgences.) They are those things which are special to us and yet neither necessity nor compulsory. They may not earn you money or increase your social status, they may mean nothing to many but they will be your biggest achievements. They mean something to us. These are going to be the emphasis of Soul!

I ask you all to do your something’s at least 10 minutes a day, this happiness will help your soul grow and glow. You will both inspire those around you and many of you will find your hobbies developing into a career which for may of us is just a dream. (Not that we don’t all love the jobs we do of course because we do🙂 ).

I have included some inspirational quotes which help to gee me up and get me motivated to be creative and write (and is therefore relevant to my hobbies) – but tell me your hobbies and I’ll try find something for you too … you may see added pictures and quotes which help you, like some of these help  me.

I also find that beyond the quote, it’s origin is of particular significance to the way in which my brain works – I take more value from a philosopher who holds existing relevant to my interests.

While many have great things to say, all that really matters are those which hold meaning to you. We aren’t designed to like and be liked by everyone – that’s why we’re individual. This Soul detox, of my own creating, will further prove to make you individual and unique in your own right.

There are people out there who will be drawn to you more than ever before, if your hobby is true to your nature these are bound to be the people who are perfect for you and you will like. However, it is important to consider than not everyone appreciates originality and there will always be opinions. If you go to sleep at night liking what you did today, well I would suggest that for whatever their reasons are, they no longer matter.

Here are some inspirations for thought:

This is a great place to start. Cleanse the soul by taking a moment a day to do something just for you.
This is a great place to start. Cleanse the soul by taking a moment a day to do something just for you.
Why focus on yourself and your soul? Well because you want to be the first-rate version of yourself.
Why focus on yourself and your soul? Well because you want to be the first-rate version of yourself.
How to be selfish ...thanks Coco, be who and what you want to be (men are included in my rendition, but it is true - and we love feminism too :) )
How to be selfish …thanks Coco, be who and what you want to be (men are included in my rendition, but it is true – and we love feminism too🙂 )
When other's give their opinion on your hobbies or you, don't get defensive or feel guilty for being a little selfish today. Be kind, not everyone understands - they're not you, and thank goodness for that - how boring your existence would be!
When other’s give their opinion on your hobbies or you, don’t get defensive or feel guilty for being a little selfish today. Be kind, not everyone understands – they’re not you, and thank goodness for that – how boring your existence would be!
This is for those days the important people in your life make you feel torn between the one task for you today and them. You can cancel on yourself occasionally - but only as many times as you'd allow your friends to let you down.. After all, you are nurturing you, you soul. Do whatcha gotta do for you!
This is for those days the important people in your life make you feel torn between the one task for you today and them. You can cancel on yourself occasionally – but only as many times as you’d allow your friends to let you down.. After all, you are nurturing you, you soul. Do whatcha gotta do for you!
Although this is admirable, you don't have to be strong but you do have to be happy - don't be in pain. If you truly have no one to talk to - message me! And together we find a way for you to surround yourself with people you don't have to hide your pain from!
Although this is admirable, you don’t have to be strong but you do have to be happy – don’t be in pain. If you truly have no one to talk to – message me! And together we find a way for you to surround yourself with people you don’t have to hide your pain from!
My favourite. The secret is to Ask. Believe, and receive! ... Oprah signed up for this before she was famous - she's cheekily instilling the secret into her philosophy - good girl!
My favorite. The secret is to Ask. Believe, and receive! … Oprah signed up for this before she was famous – she’s cheekily instilling the secret into her philosophy – good girl!
Another clever little thing. If you can day dream - do it! every time you put out that dream of being an author (don't know where that came from, haha) or being a famous singer (yep, I went generic) ... think about it - it will put out the right thoughts and signals.
Another clever little thing. If you can day dream – do it! every time you put out that dream of being an author (don’t know where that came from, haha) or being a famous singer (yep, I went generic) … think about it – it will put out the right thoughts and signals.

As promised and on time … Body!!

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Welcome to the 2nd part of my Mind, Body and Soul January detox

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I guess the first thing that many of us mean when we say that we’re detoxing for January is that we are dieting, shedding pounds or getting rid of the excess crap we ate over Christmas and New Year.

I believe one healthy way to look at January, and an easier way to avoid failing your detox is to take a realistic look at the body. Make your detox less about shedding the pounds and more about cleansing the system.

The Detoxing process on the body

Our bodies naturally detoxify every day, it is a normal process of the body to eliminate or neutralize toxins through the Colon and Liver. Your body is always detoxifying itself.

The most obvious way is through eliminating waste via urinating or having a bowel movement. This is one way your digestive system gets rid of unneeded toxic waste. This happens regularly for almost everyone, and the cleansing is done by the colon and kidneys.

The lungs filter out toxins and debris in the air we breathe before the oxygen is absorbed by the blood and taken to the muscles of the body.

The skin is our largest organ. Waste is eliminated by the skin through sweating. Often when the other detoxifying organs are compromised, toxins will begin to come through the skin, showing up as acne, rashes, blemishes, pimples or sores.

The liver is a complex organ that helps the body to either use or get rid of metabolic waste as well as environmental toxins and substances. Lymph is a clear fluid that flows through the body containing white blood cells.

The lymph system is made up of nodes, which act as filters, and capillaries. The lymph collects unwanted “debris” in the body such as fats, bacteria and other harmful materials and filters them through the lymph nodes. The lymph system is similar to the circulatory system except there is no “pump” to help the lymph circulate through the body. The lymph system relies solely on the body’s movements for circulation.

Nutrition and detoxing

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As we have determined that our body is constantly already detoxifying it is helpful to understand that what we are putting into our body can further enhance and inhibit the process. There are many suggestions of extreme diets out there but in the spirit of not failing why not try adding to your existing diet by introducing a morning smoothie into your regime?

A combination of any of the below will enhance your bodies nutrients by encouraging detox and improving necessary nutrients to the system (please note I have taken this list from Green forks who offer all sorts of smoothie recipes for the less brave):

Spinach/Kale: These leafy greens are both great sources of amino acids (protein), calcium, beta carotene (vitamin A), vitamin K, iron, manganese, magnesium, zinc, folate, and selenium. All around super foods, spinach and kale are great for strengthening the body, creating beautiful skin, boosting the immune system, and providing important antioxidants. Also, each is full of fiber which is great for cleansing the colon!

Romaine: Contains vitamin C and beta carotene (vitamin A). These two nutrients work together in the body to prevent plaque from forming on artery walls. It is also a good source of potassium, folate, iron, vitamin K, manganese, vitamins B1 and B2, and chromium. Romaine helps to regulate blood pressure, build blood, and support body movement.

Cucumber: Highly hydrating, cucumbers are full of B vitamins, silica, and electrolytes that help build clearer, brighter skin. The vitamin C, caffeic acid, and electrolytes in cucumbers makes them great at fighting puffiness and bloating in the body, working as an anti-inflammatory team.

Celery: Very alkaline, full of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Good source of B1, B2, B6, and C vitamins, folate, iron, and amino acids. Celery helps to lower high blood pressure and reduce puffiness. It contains compounds polyacetylene and pthalides which reduce inflammation and stress (causing blood vessels to dilate), respectively. Celery is a powerful detoxifier and colon cleanser.

Pear: Contains vitamins C, E, B, and K, copper, manganese, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, calcium, zinc, and folate. Pears are wonderful for the skin and supportive of both the lungs and the colon.

Banana: Contains vitamin B6 and magnesium which help promote better sleep. Bananas also have fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin A. They promote good digestion, prevent constipation, contribute to healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Lemon: Extremely alkaline, are high in vitamin C, and traces of calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Lemons are a powerful detoxifying agent. They support liver function, purify the blood, destroy free radicals and toxins, flush out bacteria, fight wrinkles and rejuvenate skin. Great for long-term weight loss.

Chia Seeds: These seeds swell 10 to 15 times their original size when placed in liquid, which makes them great for weight-loss. They also help stabilize blood sugar levels, providing you with longer lasting energy. Chia seeds are an excellent source of protein, calcium, anti-oxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. 

Mint: Great source of vitamin C and beta carotene (vitamin A), copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Mint aids in digestion, is helpful in relieving congestion of the respiratory tract, and lowers blood pressure.

Parsley: A powerful detoxifier, parsley aids digestion, removes toxins from the body, acts as a diuretic by flushing out the kidneys, and purifies the blood. It contains vitamin A, C, and E, folate, iron, and anti-oxidants.

Cinnamon: Studies have found that cinnamon helps lower blood sugar, have anti-oxidant effects, fight bacteria, and reduce inflammation.

Ginger: Helps ease nausea, maintain proper blood circulation, improve nutrient absorption in the body, is anti-inflammatory, strengthens immune system, and fights common respiratory problems.

Turmeric: Very high in anti-oxidants, turmeric is a great anti-cancer agent. It is also anti-inflammatory and works as a blood cleanser. Cleansed blood results in clearer, brighter skin. 

Cayenne Pepper: An incredibly potent spice, cayenne pepper is often used to detoxify and cleanse the body (mostly due to capsaicin). It has anti-cold/flu properties, aids in digestion, has anti-fungal properties, helps discourage formation of blood clots, supports weight-loss, promotes heart health, and aids in joint-pain relief.

The Super Detox Green Juice

for your to try, sourced from skinnyms:

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Yields: 1 servings | Serving Size: 1 smoothie | Calories: 158 | Previous Points: 2 | Points Plus: 4 | Total Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 112 mg | Carbohydrates: 39 g | Dietary Fiber: 9 g | Sugars: 20 g | Protein: 5 g

Ingredients

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, chopped
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1 handful spinach
  • Handful of fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1 lemon peeled
  • 1 apple, seeded, cored and chopped

Directions

If using a juicer: Add all the above ingredients to a juicer and juice.

If using a blender: Add all the above ingredients to a blender along with 1 cup chilled water. Add ice if desired. Blend until smooth.

Healthy work lunches

One of the obstacles of going back to work after Christmas is the lure of fast food. Try avoiding an unhealthy lunch box by downloading Eating Well’s free healthy eating cookbook!

Mim Beim, a Neuropath suggests her 7 day detox plan incorporating some science through achievable means. My favorite lists including:

Foods to avoid

  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Milk products (except ½ cup unsweetened yoghurt with acidophilus each day)
  • Sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners
  • Coffee
  • Grains: wheat (bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), rye, barley, oats, spelt and rice 
  • Dried fruit

Foods to enjoy

  • Fruit: any and all fresh fruit
  • Vegetables: any and all fresh vegetables
  • Fish: fresh, canned in water or olive oil
  • Lean red meat, chicken (without the skin). Limit to two serves per week.
  • Legumes: dried or canned, such as kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils
  • Eggs: preferably organic
  • Olive oil (preferably extra virgin), Coconut oil (unprocessed)
  • Nuts: raw unsalted almonds, walnuts, macadamias and cashews
  • Seeds: raw unsalted sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Green tea, white tea, weak black tea (decaffeinated)
  • Water: from one to three litres of water per day

Detox plan for the next seven days

  1. Morning lemon juice: This is an oldie but a goodie to kick start the digestion and cleanse the system. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a cup of hot water. Drink first thing in the morning before breakfast.
  2. Exercise: During detox aim to exercise for one hour daily. And not just any exercise – something that makes you pant and puff and raise a sweat like a spin class, jog along the beach, walking uphill, hot yoga or boxing. Vigorous exercise increases lymph flow and circulation to help sweat out toxins.
  3. Raw foods: Aim to cut out the cooking process and eat mainly raw foods. Raw foods contain more nutrients and enzymes. Try adding fresh sprouts to a salad daily.
  4. Detox the mind: While you’re detoxing the body, its good to clear the clutter from the mind too. Aim for 15 minutes of meditation per day. If you don’t know how to meditate, try belly breathing. Start by placing hands palm down on your lower belly. Breathe in through your nose, counting slowly to 3 or 4 counts. Feel your tummy rise with the breath. Breathe out just as slowly, allowing the belly to drop. Do this for 15 minutes daily.
  5. Drink: Aim to drink three litres of fluid daily. This will help move the lymph and support kidney detoxification. Choose from pure spring water, fresh vegetable juice and herbal detox teas. Or make your own brew by mixing one or a combination of Dandelion root and nettle, cleavers, calendula, burdock and red clover. Add one teaspoon of the dried herbs to a cup of boiling water. Leave to steep for five minutes, strain and drink.
  6. Body brushing: Doing this daily will support circulation and increase skin detoxification. Using a loofah or natural fibre body brush, brush the skin with firm circular strokes before you step into the shower. Start from the feet and hands, moving up the legs and towards the arms, avoiding the delicate area of throat and face, and any rash or sore spots. Then jump in the shower. Finish your shower with a one-minute burst cold water which brings the blood circulation to the skin.
  7. Chew: Aim to chew each mouthful of food 10 to 12 times before swallowing. Bringing mindfulness to mealtimes improves digestion, allowing you to feel a sense of fullness without a need to overeat.

Note: Don’t detox if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, elderly, have high blood pressure, are underweight or against your health practitioner’s recommendation.

Exercise for the body

Anything that gets your heart pumping within reason will increase blood pressure and speed up internal drainage of toxins! Hurrah!

I am a yoga girl, if you are too, why not introduce the “morning routine”?

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Stay tuned for Sundays … Soul January Detox blog!!

January detox … Mind Body and Soul

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Typically at this time of year, many are trying to shift some pounds, regain some balance and are all focused on self improvement. The term “mind, body and soul” springs to the mind!

I will be giving you 3 blogs this week to make up for my neglectful writing over the late part of 2014 – this was due to house renovations, busy Xmas and New Year periods and new job etc etc – always an excuse I know! ;O)

My first blog this week is based on the Mind – would you believe, as you can expect follow ups to include body and soul ..It’s like poetry I know ?! haha.

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One big theme of British public health has been the massive push for all of us to appreciate our mental health and give it as much care and attention as we give our physical health. So it should seem only natural at this time of the year to include our mental balance into our detoxes!

The NHS base this need for mental awareness and stability on the need for the development of more resilient individuals … I for one don’t know what they mean?! haha – we’re all sane right? tehehe

(Kabat-Zinn, “94) “Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally”

Suggestion are made that regular meditation will improves ones mental stability, make one more resilient and an added bonus is that it reduces blood pressure prolonging the life of our heart! (brilliant!)

Another suggestion made by the Scottish government is to read our way to a healthier mind, added benefits include expanding our understanding and personal development. They’ve even gone as far as to publish a list of the best books for a healthy mind where separate lists for children and adults exist. I’ve skimmed over the list and none of the best sellers are included so it’s aimed at the hardest hitting mind awareness enthusiasts! :0)

There are times in our life that stress factors may effect our mental balance and effect our wellbeing and those around us. Since 1967, we have been aware of stressful life events whereby Holmes and Rahe explored and developed a list of lifes most stressful events. It has been thought since, that despite gaps in the research changing rankings for differing cultures and age ranges, that this stress scale is a good indication of how health our minds are. A test has been developed suggesting parameters where stress ill impact our physical health and daily lives. The top 5 ranked stressful situations are as follows:

  1. Death of a spouse – naturally
  2. Divorce
  3. Marital separation
  4. A Jail term – I wonder why?
  5. Death of a close family member

So we can all become a little more empathetic around these times.

More recently psychologists have identified a fool-proof list of ‘must-do’s that will develop into habits for a healthy mind in a healthy body.  These include:

  1. Exercising for more than 20 minutes most days (Also ok if you’re yoga friendly ;0)
  2. Encouraging intellectual curiosity, self-improvement
  3. Being creative or considering non related ideas and teaming them with relevant ones to develop original thought
  4. Create and maintain close-knit human bonds and social circles
  5. identifying a spiritual connection – or a source that is ‘bigger than you’ (Victoria Beckham, tehehe it didn’t specify)
  6. balancing your energy – calories in and out
  7. Embracing the liberty that comes with needing less.

All enjoy Yoga’ing, meditating, reading and expanding your minds until Friday’s contribution to Body detox!!

 

The Meaning of Happiness Changes Over Your Lifetime

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Swinging Happiness for BlogThe following is a scientific and personal article written by CAH member Troy Campbell about happiness.

One lovely afternoon, I began chatting to my grandpa. I was completely unaware he was about to say something that would change my view of happiness forever.

In the middle of our conversation, I felt a lull so I pulled out the classic question. “If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be?” I couldn’t wait to talk about my long list of dead presidents, dead Beatles, dead scientists, and a really cute living movie star. But I was also really eager to hear what he’d say.

Then he simply answered, “My wife.”

I immediately assured him it’s not necessary for him to answer like that. We all knew he loves his wife, whom he eats dinner with every night and was currently over in the other room…

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