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Stress and Anxiety Relief: Ancient, Natural Way to Wellness

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Ten Minutes to Better Health

In the middle of the bustling port authority bus terminal in mid-town Manhattan, I passed by two people in a turn style sitting area, eyes closed, in the cross-legged half lotus posture. How necessary and appropriate, I observed, however so appearing out-of-place. As I walked past them, I recognized the level of concentration that busy terminal demanded to receive the benefits of meditation or divine relaxation. It requires discipline, will, and above all, necessity.

the object of meditation is not to check out, it is to check in. Daily, we encounter so many energy fields that in proportion, it seems seldom that we stop and consider the effects or magnitude of the accumulation. Meditation refreshes the mind as our circulatory system recycles the blood in the body. It is as necessary to our health and peace of mind, and should be considered a crucial component of preventive medicine.

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Meditation is a useful tool in reducing stress and anxiety. It improves focus, concentration, mood, and memory; increases mental acuity and objectivity; lowers blood pressure; improves bodily functions, and increases the body’s natural healing process. The results of meditation are of such benefit that it is well worth your time to invest a few minutes of your day to build your natural foundation to wellbeing.

the practice of meditation transcends culture, land, and religious affiliation. Techniques, methods, and aspects vary accordingly. On a personal level, Every individual has a specific and unique chemistry or DNA. If you are just beginning, don’t worry about perfection. You may use certain common aspects as your guide. Though keep in mind that in time, you will find your own methods and techniques to focus your attention.candles, meditation

Building your Foundation

In meditation, you are a conduit for energy. To meditate, always begin with the physical senses. First, relax your body by Inhaling through the nostrils, and exhaling through the mouth. The eye lids are a thin veil of skin above the eyes. When the eyes are closed, light is still visible through this thin veil. Observe this light and the patterns of light or motion you may see additionally. These patterns resemble the motion of energy that flows all around and through us.

Listen to the quiet. You may hear an audible frequency. It may shift, get louder, or softer. Focus attention on each breath; the diaphragm gathering air, and expanding as you inhale, and retreating as you exhale. the repetition of the respiratory system is reflected in the sound of the ocean’s tide, entering the sea, and exiting through the shore.

In this way, direct the focus to the body, and the physical senses; and away from the stimuli of daily activities, words, and thoughts. The path of meditation begins with the physical senses of the body, and expands to the consciousness of the greater connection to the universe. Your meditation is the tide that enters the sea, and shuffles to the shore. When you become more objective, you are more able to see the larger picture, beyond the self.

Additional Notes

You can enhance your experience in various ways that you will find over time. For instance, try facing the sun. To increase your focus, go to a place where it is quiet. The meditation posture: “Lotus, or half lotus position” aligns the  body, and improves the respiratory, and circulatory systems. It is not necessary to close the eyes, though it can more effectively direct, and maintain your focus, and attention. Take at least 10 minutes of every day to develop your meditation. You will achieve peace within yourself, and your skills will improve over time.

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Allergies, Cold, Flu and Sinus; Natural Remedies that Work

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Northwest Smoked SalmonAllergic conditions are among the most common medical Conditions affecting children in the US today. According to the Center for disease control, and prevention,  in 2016, 19.1 million adults, about 8.0%  were reportedly diagnosed with hay fever. Of diagnosis of children younger than 18 years, 7.4 million, (10%), had respiratory allergies, 4.0 million, (5.4%), reported food and skin allergies. Additionally,  6.1 million, (8.4%) reported hay fever. Furthermore, studies suggest an economic connection. They show a greater predisposition to allergies in children living in families that live at or greater than 200% of the poverty level.

Origins of Allergies, and Illness

Parasites are at the foundation of most illness and disease. Bacteria in the stomach traveled there through the first line of defense, the breathing passageways. Once ingested clingy bacteria causes inflammation in the passageways, (the nose, throat, and stomach). Inflammation is the body’s defensive response. Then, the stomach manufactures excess mucous in its tireless effort to expel the bacteria out of the system. Physical illness is never simply physical. It takes its toll on the mind, and spirit as well. Everything slows down, muscles ache, and the system works overtime in its efforts, causing fatigue.

Bacteria, the Good, the Bad, it’s Not All Ugly

Food can either strengthen the body or wage destruction. Certain foods contribute to bad bacteria growth. It is important to note that there is more than one type of bacteria. Bad bacteria are parasitic to our healthy cells. The other type of bacteria works as a parasite to the bacteria that is destructive to the body. This second type of bacteria is part of the immune system’s army to fight off foreign invasion. Nature reflects the body’s internal system. Every organism has a specific purpose from an ecological perspective. Beneficial parasites include bees, earth worms, and other insects that break down organic matter in the environment.

The natural world of plants and elements is at the root of all modern medicine. There you will find your refuge in natural remedies to such monstrous ailments as the common cold. It is first important to discuss common causes of illness. Foods and substances that promote the growth of bacteria can cause and contribute to colds, flu, and allergies.

Allergens in Animal Byproducts

Key findings of a national survey of health by the Centers for disease control and prevention, CDC, determined that over the course of 14 years, from 1997-2011, food allergies increased drastically among children under 18 years of age.  Agriculture and politics play a large role in the selection of stock at your local grocery store, and essentially, your food choices. The consumer has a lot to consider. Consider this, when you eat the byproduct of an animal, you are also consuming what that animal consumed; the conditions in which the animal was raised; what was in the animal feed, and any antibiotics,and growth hormones administered. allergies

Antibiotics are commonly used in feed lots to suppress a number of conditions and diseases associated with the unnatural living conditions of livestock raised on feed lots. These antibiotics can destroy the natural balance of the body’s ecosystem, thereby attacking the immune system itself. Growth hormones are commonly administered to accelerate the growth cycle of animals for the purpose of mass production. They are most destructive to the body’s nervous and endocrine systems. Additionally, dairy derives from the mucous membranes of the animal. Consumption of dairy products increases the chance for exposure to allergy causing bacteria, which may contribute to and escalate sinus conditions. All of these are important factors when thinking about what to, or not to eat.

Plant Allergens

Peanuts belong to the botanical family of plants called Leguminaceae, the legume, or pea family. The peanut is a viney root that ripens underground. Subsequently, peanuts contain aflatoxins, (any of a class of toxic compounds produced by certain molds which can cause liver damage, and cancer). Aflatoxins can contribute to, and prolong allergy, cold, flu, and sinus conditions.

Toxins, and Carcinogens Contribute to Allergies, and Infection

Smoke and alcohol can deplete the system of oxygen, and cause dehydration. Mild conditions can be remedied with vitamin C and fresh air. Toxic carcinogens are used in many house-hold products, and foods. Ironically, certain toothpaste contain ingredients that promote mold or bacteria. Xylitol, for example, is an ingredient commonly used in some toothpaste as a substitute for fluoride. It can agitate the sinuses, and cause an allergic response. Another common toxin, is talc. Although it is a known carcinogen, talc is still used in a host of personal care products.

Lotions and oils applied to the skin can trap mold, stimulate bacteria growth, and cause skin allergies. Additionally, harsh chemicals are in many body care products, including soap, shampoo, cologne, and perfume. They can also trigger allergies, and infection. Vigilance is a necessary part of staying well

Instant Relief for Cold, Flu, and Allergies

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Sickness travels into the body, to the gut, then settles in with the mind,and spirit. To unravel it all, start with the mind and spirit, then to the gut, and back out the passageways. What fights gut bacteria? Onions, and garlic have been utilized for centuries throughout civilizations to fight parasites of the body.

 

Old folklore centered around garlic necklaces worn to ward off blood suckers do have some truth. Indeed, garlic repels mosquitos and other bugs. Laboratory studies conducted utilizing a sample of bacteria culture next to raw garlic have shown the instantaneous dispersal of bacteria. During the time of Egypt’s youth, it was common that raw garlic was eaten with daily meals to keep the immune system strong.

 

The following is an effective remedy for nasal congestion. Cut in half one segment of raw garlic from a whole clove. Hold it up to one nostril, on the surface of the skin, or half a centimeter from the skin. Hold it in place for one to three minutes, or as necessary. Then hold the other half up to the other nostril. You should feel the bacteria instantly dispersing as it becomes easier to breathe.

 

 Eating raw garlic, onions, or green onions with meals is a good way to arm the immune system. Chop and mince one segment, and add to the meal. The raw form is the most potent protection against illness.


Bibliography

“Allergies and hay fever”.[05/2013], “Centers for Disease Control National center for health statistics” [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/faststats/allergies.htm] [10/31/2016].