This is an excellent article touting the benefits of drinking a glass of or glasses of hot water daily. It's probably best to drink a cup of hot water with a little lemon first thing in the morning to get everything flowing and to support the body's cleansing process from early on in the day. Hmmmm, maybe a cup of good organic coffee first would be okay? I can't help it guys!!!! I'm a java lover. Also, It would be a good idea to add it in at the beginning of every meal. Take care everyone and live well. Lots of love, Kim
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Kim Gilbert is a visual communications major with a diverse background in storytelling. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and uses writing, blogging and video productions to create and produce interesting content.
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Ayurveda is India’s 5,000-year-old, quite possibly older, medical system that’s practiced for the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease. Ayurveda was created out of the laboratory we call Nature. It was the first holistic medical approach addressing body, mind and spirit.
Ayurveda translated means the “science of life.” It is based on ancient myths and theories as they apply to natural medicine (herbs, oils, foods, seasons and cycles) your body’s Dosha or combination of Doshas, the five elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Ether (Akasha) and the four directions (North, South, East and West). The fifth element Ether a.k.a Akasha is in reference to the Akashic records. For those that are unfamiliar with the term, the Akashic records are God’s Book of Remembrance which connects this element to the concept of spirit.
Here, I want to discuss Ayurveda’s Doshas and the progression of disease through the body according to the teachings of this ancient Indian Shamanic healing practice. In Ayurveda one’s body type can be classified into one of the three Doshas: Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Your dosha represents your makeup both physically and psychologically. Usually, one dosha is primary and supersedes all others. Some people can be almost entirely one Dosha. However, I believe most people are a mix of all three doshas with varying degrees of influence. Vata is wind and is usually identified by such characteristics as a small/petite frame, thin, creative, talkative and prone to anxiety and worry. Pitta is fire and is usually identified by characteristics like medium/average frame, strong, intense, controlling, intellectual and prone to excess heat in the body. Kapha is water and some of its characteristics are large frame, muscular, sedentary, calm and prone to searching for happiness outside of oneself.
As I stated above, most people are primarily one dosha with a little bit of the others mixed in. I’m down the middle, almost half and half with a sprinkling of another. I’m mostly Pitta with quite a bit of Vata thrown in and a sprinkling of Kapha. Find out what your Dosha is by clicking this link below and answering a series of questions. You can then research helpful hints for heath and well-being based on your Dosha. http://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/assessment/Dosha
I always emphasize and teach about mind-body medicine and the body’s ability to heal itself. This is in line with the Ayurveda teaching that disease begins, first and foremost, in the mind. (Vanha- all disease starts in the mind) The mind is the origin of disease. The three poisons of the mind are anger, fear and attachment/desire. The ego brings us anger, fear and attachment/desire. Attachment and Desire can be linked to relationships, new job, new car, better house etc. etc.
Once disease is created by the mind, it then travels through the digestive system: stomach, small intestine and large intestine. If the mind is the origin of disease, the digestive system is the root of disease. It’s where disease roots and takes hold. (Ama-internal toxins produced by improper metabolic functioning)
Once disease roots itself in the digestive tract, it continues onto the liver and from there imbalance moves through the blood. With regard to women and their reproductive system, the blood stage, in the advancement of disease, is where you begin to see issues with disruption and irregularity of the menstrual cycle. It’s also the stage where the skin begins to show signs of the disorder.
Once in the blood, disease moves into hollow organs (kidneys & lung) and then onto the solid organs of the body such as pancreas, muscle and bones. Then after solid organ involvement, death eventually follows.
For optimum results in disease prevention and treatment, the emphasis is on stopping the disease process in its first two stages: first, in the mind and then from there, in the digestive system. If disease is treated here, in these first two stages, it’s unlikely to have further progression and if it has already moved onto advanced stages of involvement, up to 40% of disease process can be reversed and healed by treating the mind and digestive system alone.
This is a major difference in how Eastern and Western medicine treat disease. Eastern medicine studies disease at its origin then moves forward; Western medicine studies disease from disease and moves backwards. Eastern medicine wants to prevent disease and western medicine wants to prevent death.
But in Western Medicine once you’re at the advanced treatment stages, drugs and surgery, the standard protocol can induced lots of other complications. Disease has inertia. When you’re at beginning stages of disease, herbs used can be used. They’re weaker or gentler, but are highly effective at the origin/root stage, but when you need to stop death, pharmaceuticals have to be stronger. To its detriment, Western medicine/science lacks the poetry needed to use herbal medicine effectively in these beginning stages of disease and beyond. It is a dance that Western Medicine has not yet remembered.
As a side note--I do not negate western medicine in its entirety, but what I do believe is that in today’s world, it takes more than one approach to keeping us healthy and fit. This world is ever more competitive and we are experiencing stressors like never before. You have to incorporate spirituality, nutrition, bodywork and effective medicines with the least amount of side effects to help the body heal.
Okay so let’s nip disease in the bud by healing our minds and digestive systems. Look for ways to calm and strength the mind with things like herbs or supplements that reduce anxiety and “monkey mind”, daily meditation and/or prayer, exercise and reducing stressors that make us unhappy and let’s support and heal our digestive systems with things like probiotics, Glutamine, an Ayurvedic herb called Triphala or the three fruits that repairs the lining of the stomach to be taken before meals followed by another Ayurvedic herb called Trikatu or the three pungents that aids in digestion and should be taken with meals. Always consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner before starting any regiment. Use these resource to find a reputable practitioner near you http://aapna.org/ and http://www.ayurvedanama.org/
And remember, find out your Dosha. The more you know about your body, the better choices you’ll make for YOU.
Back in September, I had the wonderful privilege of attending a weekend intensive and introduction to the famed Esalen Massage (EM) modality at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. Nestled and suspended on the seaside of the pacific coast, Esalen’s beautiful views are second to none. The fairly common whale sightings add even more magnificence to this already magical, enchanting and other-worldly place. I thought I was going to Esalen’s class to learn several new techniques to add to my already expanding repertoire of massage tools, but it turned out to be much more than that. At Esalen I learn that EM was more than a massage modality, it’s a way of life—it’s a way of being. I was able to return to my practice here in Safety Harbor, FL and bring that Esalen presence back into my practice and present its essence to my clients.
What is Esalen Massage like?
Esalen Massage (EM) is known for its healing and nurturing touch; it combines long strokes, gentle rocking and stretching, sculpting of deep musculature and the precision of acupressure. However, EM goes beyond the physical result of bodywork by focusing on energy exchange and psychological well-being. Taught and trademarked by the Esalen Institute, EM aims to tune the mind and body together to create a sense of serenity and peace.
Ten key aspects of the Esalen technique for practitioners include:
- Grounding yourself before giving a massage.
- Waiting and listening to the client’s breath before making initial contact.
- Gentle rocking to help the body let go of rigidity.
- Creating a unified and whole massage defined by long, lengthening strokes.
- Making small circular movements around joints to encourage release.
- Bringing the whole body weight into the movement.
- A little unpredictability to ease away holding patterns.
- Allowing time to pause.
- Understanding that massage goes beyond the physical self.
- Remembering that everybody loves and wants to be touched
The avocado is a tree native to Central Mexico, but grown all over the world for its popularity and health benefits. I've always heard that the avocado was nature's butter but it's also known to aid in reproductive health, especially for woman. There are many other beneficial reasons to indulge in the amazingly delicious and creamy fruit/vegetable. I love this green gem!!!
Did you know:
Not only are they delicious and packed with beneficial monounsaturated fat, avocado slows digestion and helps keep blood sugar from spiking after a meal. A diet high in good fats may even help reverse insulin resistance, which translates to steadier blood sugar long-term.
Avocados are a great source of lutein, a carotenoid that works as an antioxidant and helps protect against eye disease. They also contain the related carotenoids zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, as well as tocopherol (vitamin E). But avocados aren’t just a rich source of carotenoids by themselves—they also help you get more of these nutrients from other foods. Carotenoids are lipophilic (soluble in fat, not water), so eating carotenoid-packed foods like fruits and vegetables along with monounsaturated-fat-rich avocados helps your body absorb the carotenoids.
Eat an avocado today:)
Healing in the Harbor turned out to be a HUGE success yesterday.
I spoke with so many people today. Forty people entered my drawing for a free craniosacral session and many, many more took my business cards and brochures. I talked nonstop about craniosacral therapy from 10 am - 4 pm and maybe even found some future places to practice where a craniosacral therapist is wanted as part of a team. In the space right next to me was a woman named Suzanne who lives in the West Chase area. She is originally from Chicago and was professionally trained in Brazil as a Soul Memory Integration specialist. We were positioned under two huge oak trees. She was amazingly gifted and gave non-stop readings pretty much the whole day. Suzanne said my table looked "moi" professional. Another blessing is that she asked me if I wanted to go out sometime. So, I think I might have met a new friend and we are also going to trade talents. In addition to Suzanne, I set up another trade with a local refIexologist who's orginally from Connecticut --yeah my home state. Lots of other great things happened too: I was asked to join a networking group and be part of another natural health event at the end of May in Clearwater. Thank you to my brother, Fred Rabideau, his girlfriend, Jen Condran for coming out and having some fun with me. Love, Kim