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“Knowledge is learning something every day.  Wisdom is letting go of something every day.” Zen Proverb

Our everyday life styles will create stress in our lives and bodies.  We have become human computers.  Always on the run. Trying to find the quickest and fastest way to get things done.  Even when we get sick….we don’t slow down to give the body to heal.  What is it that we are trying to catch or run from?? When are we going to be happy to just “BE”?  We are too busy running from ourselves.

The first thing, that I think we all need to do is to take at least 15 minutes every morning to just “BE”.  It could be you just sitting there with your cup of coffee(not good), or herbal tea (Yeah!!), mediating, or to praise GOD…you need to start your day by sitting still and calming your mind from everything around you and just BREATHE.

Meditation has a calming effect on the body.  Research has shown that EEG activity decreases during meditation.  This will help you to have more energy flow throughout the day.

According the the Zen and the Brain book, meditating increases the blood flow in your brain, and according to one neurophysiologist. “rewires the circuity in your brain”.

I have experience starting my day with meditation gives me more focus, patience, and just overall ability to deal with whatever life pops in my life.

Needless to say, there are a ton of benefits to adopting a regular meditation practice, and these are just a few of them.  Steps to help you get started:

  1. Get comfortable.  Dim the lights a bit, or shut them off completely to help you focus better. Or sit where you can feel the sun.  I perfer to feel the warmth from the sun…for me this very comforting.   Start your timer.  Set it for 10 minutes
  2. Bring your attention to your breath. In this third step, close your mouth and focus entirely on your breath as it enters and leaves your nose. You can focus on  your breath – from how the air feels as it enters and exists your nose, to how the air feels as you inflate and deflate your stomach…extend your stomach with each breathe. Just breathe naturally and observe your breath without thinking too much about it.
  3. Clear your mind. This is the hard part. Don’t think about the kids, food, what your boss is going to be mad at today, or all the craziness that is going on in the office.
  4. Bring your attention back to your mind when it wanders. And it will. When your mind wanders, and it will, gently bring your attention back to your breath once you realize that your mind has wandered.  It is ok for you to wander in the beginning.  Just gently give yourself a nudge to come back and center yourself.
  5. Again, bring your mind back when it wanders. . Keep doing this until your meditation timer sounds.

Avoid holding stress and resentment in your body. Find healthy ways to relax and express yourself to eliminate stress. Emotional and personality make-up are large factors in attaining wellness. Love of life, love for oneself, and deep connections to others help us make healthier choices. Expressing emotions, even ‘negative’ ones, are a part of wellness.

Me

Namaste

Good Morning World….

My last blog was on 1-29-15. I do want to apologize for not keeping up with the postings.  My year so far has had some major turns and twists.  I want to thank everyone for their love and support during this time in my life.  

So, I am way behind on my weekly posting.  I am going to try to catch up on the promise of posting.  I have only done 3 of 30!! Boy, do I have some work to do…..

One of my favorite subject is the Bowels.  One of the first thing that I ask is how often are you having a bowel movement?  What does it look like?  What is the consistency?  Is there a strong smell?

Studies have found that 70% to 75% of our immune system is in the guts.  So, it is so important to make sure that you are having at least 2 nice bowel movements daily.  The average person in the USA has a bowel movement every 3 to 7 days.  This is crazy!!! Think about all of the wonderful stuff you put in your mouth daily?  If you are not eliminating everyday then all that useless fecal matter is just sitting in your colon causing havoc with your body.

The following information was from Dominica News Online Healthy Living Wellness Center – Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 1:58 PM

coloncleanse_crossThe colon or large intestine is a storage tube inside the abdomen, joining the end of the small intestine. It is a refuge storage place of the human body. The colon is about 5 feet long and 2 inches in diameter. The primary function of the colon is to absorb water, minerals, electrolytes, and vitamins from the digested food material. Also to prepare and store fecal matter prior to its evacuation. The colon also receives metabolic wastes and toxins from the circulatory system. The colon is also one of the main organs of elimination. Through digestion, much of the waste and unwanted products are transported to the colon for expulsion from the body. The colon plays an important role in the digestive process since the final stage of digestion occurs in the colon through the activity of bacteria that inhabit the lumen.

The digestive system contains both friendly and unfriendly bacteria. The friendly bacteria, also known as probiotic or micro flora helps you to breakdown and absorb food you eat. They also prevent the “unfriendly” bacteria from attaching themselves to your system, causing illness. Friendly bacteria help neutralize carcinogenic substances and suppress the growth of tumors in your intestine. They also stimulate your body’s vital immune system by increasing production of immune boosting substances like immunoglobin antibodies.

One’s gastrointestinal tract should ideally contain 85 percent friendly microbes and 15 percent unfriendly bacteria. Unfortunately for most people these numbers are reversed. Friendly bacteria are destroyed by antibiotics, processed foods, alcohol, sugar, chlorinated water, steroids, sodas, birth control pills, low fiber foods among other things. When friendly bacteria get destroyed, the number of harmful bacteria increases. These harmful bacteria, viruses and other pathogens multiply and cause other illnesses and disease. When these harmful bacteria get a foothold in your colon and intestines, fecal matter builds up, viruses thrive, and you become sick.

The digestive system is responsible for delivering critically important vitamins and nutrients to your system. An encrusted, unclean colon blocks your body from absorbing the vitamins and minerals from your food. Despite how healthy one’s diet is, if your vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are not successfully absorbed, you will get sick. If your digestive system isn’t working 100 percent then your organs, blood cells nerves and muscles are not receiving 100 percent of the nutrition they need to function properly. A poorly functioning digestive system is the secret cause of many chronic illnesses.

In order to keep your colon healthy you should do the following:

You should take  pre and probiotics, digestive enzymes, a healthy diet with sufficient intake of water and food supplements and exercise are also very important in maintaining good health. Exercise may be described as any activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness. Exercise such as brisk walking and swimming help in improving and maintaining good health.  Remember that anytime you increase your fiber intake you need to increase your water intake as well.  If you do not, then you will get the opposite results “constipation”!  I personally believe that everyone should take probiotics and digestive enzymes daily.  Especially, if you have had your gallbladder removed.

And of course, you know that I am a strong supporter of Colonics!! I personally believe that everyone should have at least 2 Colonic yearly…one every 6 months.  Most of you know that you need more than 2.  You can tell the difference after one colonic in your body.  Your bowel movements should never smell like you have something dead living inside of you.  If it does you are too acidic and probably eating all the things that you should not….so please take probiotics and a whole digestive enzyme daily.

Please do not ignore your bowel movements.  They do tell you what is going on in your system.  Let’s us change the way we all think of our bowel movements!

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Acid Acid Acid…….Alkalize Your Body

This is one of the big things that you started to hear about  last year.  Everywhere you turned in the Alternative World you hear Alkalize. Why is it so important to alkalize your body and why do we need to?  Like everything else that we do today, we are eating the wrong things.  Most of the foods today, cause more acid in the body.  Which in turn can cause more disease.

All of the fluids in our body should be alkalize, however the organs are acidic.  Remember back to our days in chemistry class, where we learned that in order to get something to diffuse it has to be different from the environment.  If two things are the same then one can not move into the other.  This is the same for our body. If the fluids in the body are acidic as the organs are then the toxins from the organs can not move into the fluids in order to be moved out of the body.  The toxins get trapped in the organs and eventually will cause that organ to become diseased.

That being said below are some everyday foods that will cause acidity in the body.

List from Dr. Oz:

  1. Olive oil (neutral)
  2. Low-fat yogurt
  3. Whole milk
  4. Butter
  5. Lentils, boiled
  6. White bread
  7. Whole-wheat cooked spaghetti
  8. Plain bagel
  9. Peanuts, dry-roasted
  10. Walnuts
  11. Hot dog
  12. Chicken
  13. Pepperoni
  14. Lean beef
  15. Wild cooked trout
  16. Whole egg, hard boiled
  17. Oats
  18. Brown rice
  19. Cooked salmon
  20. White canned tuna fish
  21. Mozzarella
  22. Canned sardines
  23. Cooked turkey bacon
  24. American/cheddar cheese
  25. Parmesan cheese (most acid-producing)

Now foods that will alkalize your body ( list below is from me!):

1.  Cabbage

2.  Beets

3.  Broccoli

4. Avocado

5.  Basil

6.  Asparagus

7.  Carrots

8.  Artichokes

9.  Collard Greens

10. Cucumber

11. Coconut

12.  Chia

13.  Flax

14.  Garlic

15.  Ginger

16.  Turmeric

17.  Lemon / Lime

18.  Alkaline water

19. Kelp

20.  Lettuce

21.  Mint

22. Parsley

23.  Peas

24.  Pepper

25. Spinach

 

Lets try to start eliminating the foods that cause acid and increase the ones that will neutrals the body.

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Come awaken the Queen within!

Come awaken the Queen within!

As stated in my last blog, I was going to give you one thing to change daily.  However, quite a few of you approached me and wanted it to be a weekly thing.  After talking to some of you, I have decided to listen and change it to weekly.  Increasing your water intake is always hard for someone who does not like water.  So, you have had a week to get started on that task.  On to the second one. Sugar!! It is hard to not get anything with sugar.  We have programmed our taste buds and bodies have crave sugar.  Nothing taste good without sugar.  From Dr. Aktins Articles..http://www.atkins.com/how-it-works/library/articles/10-ways-sugar-harms-your-health

10 Ways Sugar Harms Your Health

1. Sugar causes blood glucose to spike and plummet.
Unstable blood sugar often leads to mood swings, fatigue, headaches and cravings for more sugar. Cravings set the stage for a cycle of addiction in which every new hit of sugar makes you feel better temporarily but, a few hours later, results in more cravings and hunger. On the flip side, those who avoid sugar often report having little or no cravings for sugary things and feeling emotionally balanced and energized.

2. Sugar increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Large-scale studies have shown that the more high-glycemic foods (those that quickly affect blood sugar), including foods containing sugar, a person consumes, the higher his risk for becoming obese and for developing diabetes and heart disease1. Emerging research is also suggesting connections between high-glycemic diets and many different forms of cancer2,3,4.

3. Sugar interferes with immune function.
Research on human subjects is scant, but animal studies have shown that sugar suppresses immune response 5. More research is needed to understand the exact mechanisms; however, we do know that bacteria and yeast feed on sugar and that, when these organisms get out of balance in the body, infections and illness are more likely.

4. A high-sugar diet often results in chromium deficiency.
It’s sort of a catch-22. If you consume a lot of sugar and other refined carbohydrates, you probably don’t get enough of the trace mineral chromium, and one of chromium’s main functions is to help regulate blood sugar. Scientists estimate that 90 percent of Americans don’t get enough chromium. Chromium is found in a variety of animal foods, seafood and plant foods. Refining starches and other carbohydrates rob these foods of their chromium supplies.6

5. Sugar accelerates aging.
It even contributes to that telltale sign of aging: sagging skin. Some of the sugar you consume, after hitting your bloodstream, ends up attaching itself to proteins, in a process called glycation. These new molecular structures contribute to the loss of elasticity found in aging body tissues, from your skin to your organs and arteries7. The more sugar circulating in your blood, the faster this damage takes hold.

6. Sugar causes tooth decay.
With all the other life-threatening effects of sugar, we sometimes forget the most basic damage it does. When it sits on your teeth, it creates decay more efficiently than any other food substance8. For a strong visual reminder, next time the Tooth Fairy visits, try the old tooth-in-a-glass-of-Coke experiment—the results will surely convince you that sugar isn’t good for your pearly whites.

7. Sugar can cause gum disease, which can lead to heart disease.
Increasing evidence shows that chronic infections, such as those that result from periodontal problems, play a role in the development of coronary artery disease9. The most popular theory is that the connection is related to widespread effects from the body’s inflammatory response to infection.

8. Sugar affects behavior and cognition in children.
Though it has been confirmed by millions of parents, most researchers have not been able to show the effect of sugar on children’s behavior. A possible problem with the research is that most of it compared the effects of a sugar-sweetened drink to one containing an artificial sweetener10. It may be that kids react to both real sugar and sugar substitutes, therefore showing no differences in behavior.
What about kids’ ability to learn? Between 1979 and 1983, 803 New York City public schools reduced the amount of sucrose (table sugar) and eliminated artificial colors, flavors and two preservatives from school lunches and breakfasts. The diet policy changes were followed by a 15.7 percent increase in a national academic ranking (previously, the greatest improvement ever seen had been 1.7 percent)11.

9. Sugar increases stress.
When we’re under stress, our stress hormone levels rise; these chemicals are the body’s fight-or-flight emergency crew, sent out to prepare the body for an attack or an escape. These chemicals are also called into action when blood sugar is low. For example, after a blood-sugar spike (say, from eating a piece of birthday cake), there’s a compensatory dive, which causes the body to release stress hormones such as adrenaline, epinephrine and cortisol. One of the main things these hormones do is raise blood sugar, providing the body with a quick energy boost. The problem is, these helpful hormones can make us feel anxious, irritable and shaky.

10. Sugar takes the place of important nutrients.
According to USDA data, people who consume the most sugar have the lowest intakes of essential nutrients––especially vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B-12, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. Ironically, those who consume the most sugar are children and teenagers, the individuals who need these nutrients most12.
Slashing Sugar

For this week, we are going to eliminate sugar as much as possible from our diets!!! 

Week 1  ……..Increase water

Week 2……….Remove Sugar

Selected References
1. Bell, S.J., Sears, B., “Low-glycemic-load diets: impact on obesity and chronic diseases.” Critical Reviews in Food Science & Nutrition, 43(4), 2003, pages 357-77.

2. Michaud, D.S., Liu, S., Giovannucci, E., et al., “Dietary Sugar, Glycemic Load, and Pancreatic Cancer Risk in a Prospective Study.” Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 94(17), 2002, pages 1293-1300.

3. Romieu, I., Lazcano-Ponce, E., Sanchez-Zamorano, L.M., et al., “Carbohydrates and the Risk of Breast Cancer Among Mexican Women.” Cancer Epidemiology and Biomarkers Preview, 13(8), 2004, pages 1283-1289.

4. Franceschi, S., Dal Maso, L., Augustin, L., et al., “Dietary Glycemic Load and Colorectal Cancer Risk.” Annals of Oncology, 12(2), 2001, pages 173-178.

5. Nutter, R.L., Gridley, D.S., Kettering, J.D., et al., “Modification of a transplantable colon tumor and immune responses in mice fed different sources of protein, fat and carbohydrate.” Cancer Letters, 18(1), 1983, pages 49-62.

6. “Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamin A, vitamin K, arsenic, boron, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, silicon, vanadium, and zinc.” Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C., National Academy Press, 2001.

7. Sensi, M., Pricci, F., Andreani, D., et al., “Advanced Nonenzymatic Glycation Endproducts (AGE): Their Relevance to Aging and the Pathogenesis of Late Diabetic Complications.” Diabetes Research, 16(1), 1991, pages 1-9.

8. “Dental Caries and Its Complications: Tooth Decay.” In The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, edited by Robert Berkow, et al. Rahway, NJ: Merck Research Laboratories, 1992.

9. Geerts, S.O., Legrand, V., Charpentier, J., et al. “Further evidence of the association between periodontal conditions and coronary artery disease.” Journal of Periodontology, 75(9), 2004, pages 1274-80.

10. Wolraich, M.L., Wilson, D.B., White, J.W, “The effect of sugar on behavior or cognition in children. A meta-analysis.” JAMA, 274 (20), 1995, pages 1617-21.

11. Schoenthaler, S.J., Doraz, W.E., Wakefield, J.A., “The Impact of a Low Food Additive and Sucrose Diet on Academic Performance in 803 New York City Public Schools.” International Journal of Biosocial Research, 8(2), 1986, pages 185-195.

12. Bowman, S.A., “Diets of Individuals Based on Energy Intakes From Added Sugars.” Family Economics and Nutrition Review, 12(2), 1999, pages 31-38.

“Today, we embark on a new year.  Today, we are given a new start.  Today, we have the world at our finger tips.  Today, our body, mind, soul, and spirit are renewed.

 Today, starts the rest of our life…..” Hon. Dr. Shakiera Hockaday-Bey

Today, I want to take the time to thank each and every one of you for your love and support during the past year.  2014 has been a year of accomplishments for me. In January 2014, we moved SASMA to The Blvd and was able to introduce the full menu of spa services at that location.   I was given the privilege to receive the Honorary Doctorate Degree from CICA University and Seminary in March 2014.  I was able to introduce the following services at Herbal Infusion and SASMA Wellness Center…Cupping, V-Infusion, Chocolate Souffle’ Massage, and Earthing. In October, we were featured in Essence magazine online…http://photos.essence.com/galleries/coolest-spa-eek-treatments-near-you.  Without your support we could not have done any of this.  THANK YOU!!!!

I am excited about 2015!  This is the year to claim your blessings.  It is up to you.  Now that the holidays are behind us we will all change our focus to our health and what we are going to do to get our bodies back on track.  A lot of churches normally do the Daniel fast or some version of it during this time of the year.  So, I am going to post something to either add or delete from your life daily for the first 30 days of 2015.

Let’s start with ways of detoxing our body.  In my opinion, the first and foremost thing is “WATER“.  It is just a simple thing….but most of us hate the thought of water.  Water does not have any taste but I am always told that they don’t like the taste of water.  Our body is make up of more than 70% water.  This element is important for every function in the body.  It is the most important thing when we start to talk about detox. It takes water to flush the organs and lymphatic system. Water is important in the function of the following bodily fluids  digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Kaiser Permanente nephrologist Steven Guest, MD, agrees:   Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine.  “Fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health,” says.Guest. Our kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing  your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate. So, as of today, make a conscious effort to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of room temperature water daily.  Now if you drink Caffeine then you need to drink 2 glasses of water for each cup of caffeine you intake.

Water is the most important thing you can do for your health

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Namaste

 We have all hear someone use “Namaste”…but do we know what it means? Please see below:
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As we go about our life today……let us look for the light in everyone we come in contact with. If you honor the light, love, truth and kindness in others they will have no choice but to be transformed by your actions.  We are all connected.  From today, I will  try my best to recognize and honour the “soul” of others in my path.  

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So, how are you guys? I have had the best week in L.A @ a convention for I-Act. I-Act is the governing body for Colon Hydrotherapy. I have been a part of I-Act since 2008. Since then, they have made tremendous changes to the support that is given to the Therapist in the field. This year’s convention was packed with an outstanding list of great speakers. They included : Tess Masters “The Blender Girl” , Joy Coelho and Jay Zdenman “Jingslingers”, Dr. Naina Sachdev, MD, Dr. Robert O Young, MS, D.Sc., Ph.d, Dr. Bo Wagner ph.d., D.N.M., B.C.I.M., D.C.C.N, Kristen Eykel, and Stephen Holt, MD. …….

I have returned to you guys a changed person that is busting out so much information that I want to share. So, I am committing to posting weekly. I do hope this is as helpful to you as it was to me. I believe, we are all continuously changing and have so much going on with our day to day life that we sometimes ( well more like all the time) need a reminder to get back on our life purpose path. This past week has done just that for me. My purpose is to help you wake up and stay on track to be a better you with your body, mind, soul, and spirit. So, below you will find 12 signs that you should mediate on as how it pertains to YOUR LIFE. Each one is so deep if you are honest with your self. For instance,number 4 ” You cultivate relationships that matter to you” ………do you take an active part in cultivating relationships that will aid you in your life dreams or path? Or do you just connect with people and let them make a relationship with you? We need to realize how important our own path is and treasure it. The people that you allow in your life should in some form enrich your life and help you move forward in your dreams and path.

Here is a list from Kristen Eykel on 12 signs you might be AWESOME!

1. Your friends say so
2. You are passionate about what you do
3. You know you are the best at what you do
4. You cultivate relationships that matter to you
5. You take time to nurture yourself
6. You sleep well
7. You exercise your body
8. You are excited about learning new things
9. You create opportunities for JOY
10. You support other’s successes as joyously as your own
11. You trust the Path you are on
12. You feel Gratitude daily

These 12 points are so powerful that I have them on my bathroom mirror. I personally think that I need a reminder daily of what my responsibilities are to myself.

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