Health Quotes by Buddah

Lets first take a small glimpse of who Buddah was before getting into the words of wisdom on health in which he shared with the world.

The Buddha, or also translated to the “enlightened one”, was born Siddhartha (which means “he who achieves his aim”) Gautama, was a prince in India in the 6th century B.C.

According to the most widely known and accepted story of his life, after experimenting with different teachings for years, and finding none of them he accepted as truth, Gautama spent a night in deep meditation, seeking for the answers he longed for. During the time in his meditation, all of the answers had seeked became clear, and achieved full awareness, thereby becoming Buddha.

Health Quotes by Buddah

A few quotes on health from the Buddah:

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

“Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering – an image of death.”

Looking at the “Tree of Life” or aka Miracle Tree and its Benefits

We are talking here about Moringa oleifera: An Asian or South American Super Food. 

Moringa Oleifera - The Tree Of Life

Lets take a closer look at this readily available beneficial super food that can be found in many places around the globe:

Scientifically known as Moringa oleifera, but more commonly known as Moringa, “Tree of Life” and “Miracle Tree”.  This slender tree can grow up to 10 meters (33 feet), normally cut down yearly to 1-2 meters (3-6 feet) to re-grow and remain in harvesting reach, mostly found in the Himalayas, parts of Africa, India, Philippines and both Central and South America.

Vitamins and Minerals

Moringa oleifera is known as one of the most nutritious and densely compacted vegetables , with over 90 vitamins and minerals and other nutrients in each serving, it has the some of the highest ratings per gram of Vitamins A, B, C and E, including minerals such as calcium and iron.

Known to have:

·         10x the amount of iron found in spinach

·         7x the amount of vitamin C found in oranges

·         4x the amount of calcium found in milk

·         3x the amount of potassium in bananas

·         4x the amount of vitamin A found in carrots

·         4x the amount of protein found in eggs

Health Benefits

With the amount of anti-oxidants , vitamins and minerals found in this superfood, Moringa has everything needed to sustain a healthy lifestyle, even in supplement form. Considered the top superfood, Moringa can help with a wide variety of health concerns such as:

·         Killing of free radicals in Cancer

·         Nutrition

·         Anti-Aging

·         Diabetes relief

·         Gastric Ulcers

·         Healthy skin

·         Increased energy

·         Weight Loss

·         Improved sleep

·         Mental clarity

·         Decreased depression and anxiety

Different forms of Moringa oleifera:

Moringa oleifera has been on a high demand in recent years due to the fact that it has stood up to the title of a “superfood”.  With the benefits of muscle growth, skin health, boost in immune system function, weight loss, and as a natural source of nutrients, there are many forms that can be found in this nutrient packed superfood.

The different ways that Moringa can be taken are:

Fresh: The best way to receive the most amount of nutrients, it can be added to dishes such as soups and salads, but it has been said that if cooked above 140F it can lose certain benefits.

Tea: Served as you would an herbal tea, you can enjoy during a meal or throughout the day. 

Powder/Dried Flakes: The most versatile, in this form you can use it in just about anything you care to. If you have a meal that you feel might not have all the nutrients you are looking for, you can add the powder or dried flake form of Moringa to give it that superfood kick.

Capsule: Obviously the most convenient form, this can be taken 1-3 times per day depending on the dosage and your desired effect.  This makes it readily available to the general public that might not have the access to other forms of Moringa but still can have the benefits of this “Miracle plant”.

The Benefits Of Drinking Tea

Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of drinking tea on a regular basis. But first lets make it clear, we are not talking about the instant tea that comes from a package where you just ad cold water and serve. We are talking about real tea that derives from a particular plant Camellia sinensis which include – green, white, black, and oolong or herbal tea that is also infused with herbs of various plants. Basically tea that derives from a natural plant and not from a laboratory.

So let’s get to it, what are the benefits of drinking tea on a daily or regular basis? Well as we all know, tea has been around for generations and can be found throughout most cultures of the world. Lets list here some of the benefits of this natural plant could do for our health.

The Benefits Of Drinking Tea

 

Green Tea – Made with steamed tea leaves, has been thouroughly studied and has found high traces concentration of EGCG. Green tea’s antioxidants may interact with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.

Black Tea – Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke and also may reduce the risk of stroke.

White Tea – Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.

Oolong Tea – In clinical trial, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower high cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, although there has not been clinically proven.

The difference between good and bad carbohydrates

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I know that we have all heard from trending diets that carbohydrates are bad and that if you want to lose weight that you need to cut them out of your diet completely. But is this really true? Are all carbohydrates bad for you? Well we are going to take a look at the difference between good and bad carbohydrates.

First off, What is a carbohydrate? Foods that contain amounts of sugars, starches and fiber belong to the family of carbohydrates. During the digestive process these carbohydrates and broken down into smaller molecules of glucose which in turn converts to energy. These carbohydrates are found in mainly foods that are plant based, such as – fruits, grains and vegetables… Which are different from those that are found in animal based dairy products.

Bad carbohydrates

Also known as simple carbohydrates, these are single and double-chained sugars that are easily broken down in the body’s digestive tract. This in turn gives the body an energy spike for a short amount of time but is followed by an energy crash or low period. These can be easily recognized in ingredients by seeing the “ose” at the end, such as – glucose, fructose, lactose, and sucrose. These simple sugars are added to food in order to enhance their flavor but do not contain any real nutritional value. Some examples of these types of foods could be – white rice, white bread, cookies, cakes, soft drinks, alcohol, etc…

Many studies have shown with a high diet in bad or “simple” carbohydrates have lead to increase numbers in diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, age-related macular degeneration, infertility and colorectal cancer.

Good Carbohydrates

Good carbohydrates are also know as complex carbohydrates and are thought to be the healthiest to eat. These sugars are comprised of multiple chains of simple sugars bonded together. These carbohydrates include starch and fiber which is stored in plants. Examples of these foods would be -grains, pasta, beans, brown rice, potatoes, corn and other vegetables.
These foods are rich in nutrients and are digested much slower, causing a lower and more genital change in blood sugar.

The best source of these complex carbohydrates are from plant based foods, vegetables, fruits, whole grain’s and beans. These will provide your body with the necessary vitamins, fiber, and minerals that your body would require to produce sufficient energy.

Healthy Snack Attack

Sometimes you want a snack…and sometimes you don’t know what you want.

25 Healthy Snack Ideas - Healthy Snack Attack

Here are 25 healthy snack ideas to get your taste buds craving something good for you this summer or any time of the year!

 

  1. Air Popped Popcorn
  2. Sliced Apples
  3. Peanut Butter
  4. Almonds
  5. Olives
  6. Hard Boiled Eggs
  7. Orange Slices
  8. Frozen Grapes
  9. Cherry Tomatoes
  10. Tuna
  11. Greek Yogurt
  12. Sunflower Seeds
  13. Hummus
  14. Rice Cakes
  15. Rasins
  16. Baby Carrots
  17. Cashews
  18. Oatmeal
  19. Blueberries
  20. Watermelon
  21. Celery Sticks
  22. Almond Butter
  23. Bananas
  24. Cucumber Slices
  25. Black Bean Dip

 

Pure Revitalized Water Helps Our Body Regenerate

Mishelle Knuteson M.H.

Water is the pillar of life. Human life and health, as well as all other forms of life on the planet, are completely dependent upon water.  About 70% of the earth is covered in water and up to 60% of the human body contains water. The brain is composed of 70% water, and the lungs are nearly 90% water. Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water by weight; body fat contains 10% water and bone has 22% water. About 83% of our blood is water, which helps digest our food, transport waste, and control body temperature. Each day humans must replace at least 2.5 quarts of water, some through drinking and the rest taken by the body from the foods we eat.

Beyond life giving effects, water also acts as a solvent, transporter and cleanser. All metabolic functions as well as extraction of toxins through the kidneys, the colon, the skin and the lungs rely on water. Within a 24 hour time period, about 370 gallons of blood flows through our brain and about 530 gallons of blood passes through our kidneys and liver. The human body discharges at least ½ a gallon of fluid a day. This perpetual loss of liquid must be replenished.

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The amount of water the body contains and the need for replenishing is dependent upon body weight and the amount of fat a person carries. Most reports you read will say to replenish the body with 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body-weight per day. Dr. Christopher understood the vital life force that water brings to the body. As mentioned previously, water dissolves, transports and cleanses. It also hydrates all organs, tissues and cells within the body so they can function optimally. For this purpose Dr. Christopher recommended drinking 1 ounce of pure water (distilled; natures form of filtration) per pound of body-weight per day.

We have callers at the School of Natural Healing worried that distilled water is dead (bad) water. That could not be further from the truth. Distilled water is pure H2O. Distilled water is hungry water, which means that it will flush out inorganic minerals that the body has taken in and is unable to assimilate. This is a good thing. We do not want anything in the body that the body cannot use. If inorganic minerals are left hanging around in the body, they will cause constipation of the area which leads to disease.

Distilled water can be revitalized in a way that is completely natural, that will not change the chemical makeup of the H2O and does not add any inorganic compounds to the water. A simple, effective and inexpensive way to revitalize your water is by placing a handful of clean quartz crystals into your drinking water. The water will absorb the energetic vibrations of the crystals and act as a healing aid similar in theory to that of homeopathic remedies or Bach flowers. To get more information on how to revitalize your water with crystals http://www.healthjunk.com/?p=497.

Our bodies have amazing self- healing powers. They have the ability to fully regenerate themselves. Drinking lots of pure water is one of the key components to enable our bodies to do its job.

Mishelle Knuteson is certified in Rapid Eye Technology (RET) an emotional release therapy, teaches classes in The Art of Feminine Presence and a Master Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Mishelle currently works as an Educative Master Herbalist (MH) for The School of Natural Healing

How About Some Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Red Berries Organic Granola!

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Do you love granola like I do?  A couple of months ago I picked up some Love Crunch Premium Organic Granola by Nature’s Path.  This awesome product is made with Organic Cocoa, Flax, Coconut, Raspberries, and Strawberries and did I mention – Dark Chocolate Chunks!  Absolutely Delicious!

Nature’s Path says it’s a unique marriage of taste and health.  They ask; do you have a love for dark chocolate chunks and tangy berries?  How about a thing for premium granola that’s also packed with whole grains, ALA omega-3 and 0 grams of trans fat?  Well, then, this’ll be love at first bite.

An interesting story and positive light about this product that really moves you besides being healthy and quite tasty are the story of how it came about:  The Nature’s Path Organic Company has stated that this wonderful cereal blend was originally created in preparation for Arjan & Rimijhim part of the founding family members wedding.  Everyone in attendance loved it! So, the company decided to share it with the world.  And they asked people to give back to their communities in lieu of wedding gifts, too.  So for every bag of Love Crunch you buy, Nature’s Path will donate an equal amount to food banks in food or cash, up to 1 million dollars.

Another great thing I would like to point out is that this product is Certified Organic and Non-GMO!

Unlike “natural” label claims, certified organic products are guaranteed to be grown without chemical herbicides or pesticides, or synthetic preservatives and additives.  And this company strongly adopts the Non-GMO project verification and assurance seal, guaranteeing you that the food you’re buying is made in a kitchen – not a lab.

Creating A Colorful Diet For Your Kids

When I was a child I loved all fruits and vegetables. I remember my younger brother didn’t like pickles on his sandwiches or burgers. I had no problem eating them for him until he started to get older and decided he no longer disliked them but actually loved them. Our taste buds change they grow, they adapt and as we get older we learn to enjoy the new and different tastes.

Growing up my parents would expect us to at least try something twice because the first time your taste buds might reject it if it’s new and you’ve never tasted that taste before. This brings me back to when I was about eleven years old and my Dad had what seemed to me at the time a HUGE jar of pickled artichokes. Dad was enjoying some for a snack and asked me to try some. I did and I remember thinking – “Yuck! How could he like these?” I ate it but wasn’t to thrilled about it at the time. After this my Dad encouraged me to have some again, I did and several times after that. Time had passed and one day I asked my dad why he never bought those one things in the huge jar. haha. He wasn’t sure at the time what I was talking about an I hadn’t remembered the name but once we figured out what it was I was describing he chuckled and said “oh the artichokes…so, you’ve decided you like them after all huh? Sure we can buy them again”. Ever since I have loved Artichokes pickled or fresh and every time I take a bite of them my taste buds are in heaven and think about this story.

My point in all this is that if we incorporate the good stuff now and introduce a rainbow of colors in our kids diets they will see, taste and learn to enjoy the good stuff. I have two young children and I always try to do this because I know it will be beneficial to their health. For a while my son who is six years old would always want to pick out his bell peppers and I would encourage him to eat them with other things on his plate. He would an low and behold now he loves them!

I always make sure to praise my children’s choices when they do eat well. In our home we don’t buy what would be considered unhealthy treats, snacks and foods. We grow most of our own veggies, I try to buy organic if possible and keep fresh whole foods in our home. But if we are out to to dinner or at a friends/family members or some place where they may not have the things we have at home. I’m always a proud mama when I see they choose to eat things that are on the healthier side. As I know they may have had the option to grab something that wasn’t so healthy.

Let’s try to teach our children to pick the healthy choice when they’re on their own. We can do this by keeping snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinners full of fresh wholesome food with lot’s of color!

Red: Tomatoes, Radishes, Apples, Red Pepper, Raspberries and Strawberries

Yellow: Lemons, Summer Squash, Pineapple, Yellow Pepper

Green: Kale, Broccoli, Collard Greens, Spinach, Limes, Kiwi and Avocado

Orange: Carrots, Yam, Squashes and Pumpkin

White: Cauliflower, Parsnips, Mushrooms, Garlic and Onion

Blue/Violet: Blueberries, Eggplant, Grapes and Red Cabbage

SOURCE: HS

Holiday Weight Loss Tips

Tips for surviving the holidays without sacrificing your weight-loss goals

No one wants to be a killjoy at a Christmas party or a family get-together. But when it comes to dealing with the temptations of the season’s high-calorie bounty, you don’t have to be a Grinch.

 

You do need a plan, says Susan J. Bartlett, Ph.D., an associate director of clinical psychology at Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center in Baltimore and a specialist in weight and eating disorders. Last year, she led a small group at the center through the following eat-right strategies. Her expertise and her students’ experiences provide practical lessons for anyone to try.

 

It Just Keeps Going

The holiday season consists of nearly two months of celebrating, says Bartlett, with goodies appearing in homes and offices at Thanksgiving and continuing until the beginning of January.

 

“By Christmas, most of the plans to eat less and exercise more have dwindled, and it’s easy to gain a significant amount of weight, even seven to 10 pounds,” she notes. One way to monitor your intake over time: Keep track of your daily habits and set weekly goals around food intake and exercise.

 

Realize the Challenge

“At any time of the year, losing weight and keeping it off is very difficult,” says Bartlett. “Holidays are an especially high-risk time.” The idea that you should stick to a “diet to lose pounds” is adding stress to an already stressful season.

 

Set achievable goals, suggests Bartlett. Sure, you may be able to exercise four days a week and eat only 1,400 calories a day at other times, but is it really feasible during the holidays? You’re much more likely to stick to your plan and succeed if you set your expectations more realistically, aiming to maintain your weight or to minimize weight gain to, say, one to three pounds.

 

Write It Down

When you’ve figured out your goals, write them down and keep a diary of what you eat. “When researchers talk to people who are successful at losing weight and keeping it off, they inevitably say that writing everything down made the biggest difference. It’s that willingness to stay in touch with what you’re eating that’s important,” Bartlett explains.

 

Even more critical is keeping track of your weight: Group members weighed in every week. “People say this accountability factor makes a big difference,” notes Bartlett. “Often, people avoid the scale because they don’t want to come face-to-face with the news.” But if you detect a two to three pound gain, there’s still time to get back on track before things escalate.

 

Buddy Up

It’s easy to underestimate the toll that the season takes — physically, psychologically, and emotionally. To avoid gaining weight, you need commitment and awareness. It’s best to do this with a group of people — even one or two friends or a close buddy — whom you can call upon to talk about eating concerns.

 

In Bartlett’s group, members “got specific” when providing one another with support, preparing strategies for potentially troublesome situations coming up that week. For instance, how would someone manage her food intake with three holiday parties in a row? When the group got together the following week, they’d review how things had gone.

 

Identify Difficult Situations

One of the best outcomes of a calorie chat group is identifying the situations that cause you to overindulge. Barbara Bohner, a 55-year-old elementary-school guidance counselor, who has worked with Bartlett since last December, has her own trick for getting through parties: “I eat raw vegetables or a piece of fruit before I go out, so I have something in my stomach. I don’t drink any alcohol; instead, I try to hold a glass of sparkling water, so I feel like I’m doing something with my hands. And I try to talk more than I eat.

 

Avoiding alcohol also appeals to Martha Barchowsky, a 43-year-old businesswoman who has lost more than 100 pounds working with Bartlett. “Last year I had a New Year’s Eve party; I served everyone champagne to toast the holiday, but I had sparkling water in my champagne flute. It’s not the champagne that matters; the real deal is that you’re celebrating with your good friends.”

 

Source: Goodhousekeeping

 

WATER WATER WATER!

Our Body: A ”Walking“ Body of Water With most of our body weight made up of water, humans are truly a walking body of water. In fact, I like to think of our body’s dependency on water for efficiently transporting nutrients and removing waste much like Venice, the ”city of water,“ depends on water in its infrastructure for effectively transporting people and products.

 

Making up 60 to 75 percent of our body weight, water plays an integral role in virtually EVERY bodily function. This powerful yet simple nutrient definitely needs to move to the top of the list in BIG BOLD letters on everyone’s healthy lifestyle plan.

 

This essential, but forgotten hero…

 

regulates your body temperature by allowing you to perspire and in turn cool your skin and blood

lubricates your joints, eyes, nose, mouth and the air you breath

provides shock protection to your joints and organs

prevents your skin from becoming dry and itchy

reduces the level of the stress hormone, cortisol, which in turn helps reduce acne

removes waste and prevents constipation

flushes toxins

maximizes your energy and prevents headaches, lethargy and dizziness

helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients for maximum accessibility throughout your body

strengthens your natural healing process

acts as a calorie-free, caffeine-free appetite suppressant