5 Signs That You’re Generally Healthy

Today, I wanted to write about some simple ways you can know if you’re generally healthy. Having some fundamental health perimeters in place can help you recognize when your system is going out of balance, and help you avoid complicated disease will crop up if left unawares.

Below are 5 ways to determine if your health is on track.

1. You have a bowel movement every single day

For 80-90% of the population, having a bowel movement every day is a good sign that your metabolism is functioning well. If you are having a bowel movement early in the mornings and/or at a regular time every day, this is an even better sign. Our bowel movements are one of the key observances we can use as an indicator of our internal health.

Ideally, a bowel movement should be easy to pass, fairly solid, brown in color, and the smell should not peel the paint off the walls. If any of these are occur and remain for extended periods, it is probably a good idea to seek support from your preferred health practitioner.

2. You don’t need to use lip balm or moisturizer

If you don’t need to use lip balm or skin moisturizer all the time, it’s a good sign your body has enough fluid and natural oils to regulate itself. Ongoing dry lips and skin are an indication that you aren’t drinking enough water, or your body can’t metabolize the fluids coming in.

During winter months and in some dry places on the earth it may be necessary to apply extra moisturizer, however, it shouldn’t be required every day or all year around.

Having very hot showers every day can also strip away the natural oils on your skin, leaving your skin dehydrated. You can try turning down the temperature of your showers or having more cold showers (especially if you live in a hot country). Cold showers are one of the best things you can do to wake up your organs and increase blood circulation.

If you require moisturizer or lip balm every day, it is likely you are not drinking enough fluids or taking in enough healthy oils.

3. You have clear skin

Clear skin is a great sign that your organs of elimination are working well, and your hormones are likely well-balanced too. The skin tends to develop pimples, boils and rashes only when the lungs, intestines, kidneys, and liver are struggling to clear the backlog of toxins. Stagnation, due to a sheer lack of exercise and bodily movement plus life-work stress greatly contributes to a backlog of toxins in the body. If this is the case, a series of strong physical workouts or hot yoga classes will often kick the system back into gear and move stagnation through the system.

Also, relaxation techniques like Yoga Nidra or restorative yoga can help reduce the stress response hormones in the body, which will enable the organs to function better.

4. You wake up feeling well rested

There are so many people spurting out the number of hours required for a good night’s sleep. This is misleading. The kind of lifestyle you live determines how many hours of sleep will be ideal for you. Generally, the more meditative, relaxed, and natural your lifestyle is, the less sleep you will need. The more hectic, busy, and toxic your lifestyle, the more hours you will need.

Ideally, get to bed before 11 and wake early with the sun. If you wake up easily and spring out of bed, it’s a good sign your liver is happy. If you are slow to wake up and feel groggy even after lots of sleep, it’s not about getting more hours, it’s about cleaning your liver and boosting your organ function.

5. You don’t crave carbs or sugars

Sure, having a bit of chocolate or gobbling down a tasty, fried carb will happen from time to time, but if you crave it, and eat them every day, it’s a sign you have an underlying nutritional deficiency.

Usually, it’s due to a lack of proteins and quality oils being available as the primary fuel source for the body and brain. When the body and brain don’t have a fuel supply available, it will crave its fuel in its fastest and easiest form – sugars. From my clinical experience, this tends to be common amongst vegetarians because many don’t eat enough quality proteins to fulfil their body’s demands.

Alcoholism can be connected to a nutritional deficiency (B12) which drives the person to seek out ways to “plug” the anxiety which is stemming from the underlying deficiency. Marijuana and many other drugs can also be used to “plug” an underlying deficiency, albeit for a short time. This means many substance addictions may not be a psychological problem, but a nutritional one. Many people who struggle with substance addictions are likely to have been born with a nutritional deficiency (due to the mother having a deficiency) and therefore, for these people, nutrition and supplementation will be an important factor in their ongoing life and development.

As an experiment, for your next meal, eat a lot of quality proteins (vego or non vego), oils, and a solid hit green vegetables and notice how long it takes for you to crave sweets or carbs afterwards. (*Consult your preferred health practitioner for more support)

 

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Exploring Tantra Yoga – 3 Key Lessons

A few days ago, I returned to the world after spending nine days at a Tantra yoga retreat lead by Tantra masters, Ananda Sarita and Niten. It was one of the most powerful and transformational experiences I have ever had. I have always found that retreat style intensive training, offer the greatest opportunity for change and transformation, and this retreat was no exception.

Tantra is often associated and talked about as the yoga of sex, and in a lot of ways, it is. However, sex, as we know it in the West, and the way that is it practiced mostly these days is not the same approach as seen in Tantra. Therefore, while it does have a focus on sexual union, it offers a completely different and refreshing approach to sex.

(If you want are interested in the online course, click here)

Above is a free video of me explaining the 3 Key Lessons I learned from my experience.

1. Love, Honor & Respect

The first thing is that there’s no way of going back. There’s no way of going back to bad sex, bad communication, and dishonoring. So, I think that’s the main thing, is that it really teaches you how to treat relationships and sexual union with respect and with honor. Tantra is the science of respect, love and honor of your lover, and also your relationships in general.

2. Don’t Chase!

The second thing is when it does come to sexual union, it’s not about chasing the orgasm. So, I’ve mentioned this before in other courses and in books I’ve written is that one of the keys is not to chase orgasm because this whole thing of chasing orgasm really is a masculine, male-dominated, goal-orientated process. When you go into it with that, it’s like you don’t enjoy the journey. You’re going for the destination and missing so many other magical aspects if you’re chasing orgasm because you’re not in presence. Essentially, when you’re chasing a future outcome, you’re not going to be in presence because you’re just hankering, hankering, hankering. So, it teaches you to enjoy the journey, which is the Yin element and brings more power.

Essentially, when you’re chasing a future outcome, you’re not going to be in presence because you’re just hankering, hankering, hankering. So, it teaches you to enjoy the journey, which is the Yin element and with it, brings more power.

3. Tantra Can be Practiced Without Sex

There are many ways to practice Tantra without sexual union. There are many meditations (look up Osho meditations to get a better idea) that you can do with a friend or a loved one, or even a family member that will help them get in touch with male and female energies in their own body. Tantra is very powerful at helping anyone to become more familiar, more comfortable, more harmonic with male-female polarities.

 

I hope that helps in some way. More information is available in the free video posted above.

 

(CLICK HERE If you want more info, or to take the course yourself)

I’ll speak with you again soon. 🙂

 

Namaste.

Depression Sux: An Oriental Medicine Perspective

It is estimated that at least ten percent of the population in America, Australia and the United Kingdom are depressed and currently taking medications. It is also now estimated that over two million children in the United States alone, aged between four and fourteen are taking medications related to depression. 

If the best of pharmacology, technology and modern medicine was working, why are the numbers of prescriptions and people being diagnosed continuing to rise?

Medical pharmacology in the field psychiatry has only been around since the 1960’s whereas Traditional Chinese medicine has been around for over 2000 years. This makes Traditional Chinese medicine one of the most field-tested medicines on the planet. Because of this, it has a lot to offer in the treatment and understanding mind-body medicine, psychology and depression.

When I began my formal studies in Chinese medicine, light bulbs started to go off in my mind. While I had experienced depression myself for many years beforehand, it was only from studying the medical texts in Chinese medicine did the early signs and effective treatment of mild to moderate depression start to make sense. Since then, I have been on a quest to test, observe, research and now share the core message found in Chinese medicine in relation to depression.

My next book “Depression Sux: Understanding & Clearing Depression Using the Principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine” is set to be released November 2017 on Amazon.

Keep an eye out for it and be sure to sign up and connect to stay informed.

 

This book brings a new (and old) look into the root causes of mild to moderate depression and how to treat it in a way that is healthy, supportive and holistic.

 

 

It’s OK to Feel Negative Emotions…

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It’s OK to feel anger, sadness, fear, anxiety and similar negative feelings from time to time. It’s part of the human condition.

The problems kick in when we prolong the amount of time we spend in these states. In psychology, they call it “rumination.”

Fortunately, as conscious beings, we have the ability to move through and out of these negative states when they have run themselves through. We can use observation without reaction, we can re-frame, distract or move into actions (exercise, hobbies, etc.) that uplift our moods and help us to come out of negative rumination.

Unfortunately, a majority of our social scripts, from news media, TV dramas, and adult conversations are focused on placing continuous attention on these negative states which tend to prolong them into unbalanced and unhealthy psychological territory. (Feeling good and happy doesn’t seem to produce as much drama.)

Overall, it’s ok to feel off every now and then. It’s normal and it’s healthy. However, we must be wise enough to realize that we have the capacity and power to move through and let go of negative states and into more beneficial states when the time comes.

And, it has nothing to do with outside conditions like the state of the Government. If you expect Governments to make you feel better and fix all your problems, it’s never going to happen. Do not give your power away to outside conditions. Own it.

 

Not only will people around you benefit from your lack of “rumination,” but you yourself will benefit greatly from owning your own shit and consciously, actively, transforming it into Gold.

Blessings!