Give me a P, Give me an H

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It appears that taking small steps to change your body’s pH will give you more energy, increase mental clarity, improve digestion and stabilise your weight naturally.

Foods are classified as either acidic or alkaline according to their own intrinsic acidity or alkalinity but nutritionists often speak of acid and alkaline forming foods, referring to the overall effect of the food after ingestion.

A diet high in acid-forming protein, sugar, caffeine and processed foods disrupts pH balance.

Herman Aihara, a leading educator in Western and Eastern health science, writes in his book Acid & Alkaline:“The condition and constitution of body fluid, especially blood, is the most important factor in our life: that is to say, for our health. In man, organs such as the kidneys, liver, and especially the large intestine throw out waste and toxins and maintain our internal environment in as ideal a condition as possible. However, there is limitation for this. If we eat too much poison producing foods, or not enough materials which are needed to clear out the poisons, then our internal environment becomes beyond control, and away from the correct condition in which our cells can live. The cells become sick and die. Many sicknesses are a function of the body’s attempt to clean up this internal environment. Cancer is a condition in which body cells become abnormal due to the abnormal condition of body fluids.”

What is pH?

All organic matter has a pH level, including humans. Maintaining the correct pH level is vital. A pH under 7 is considered acid, while a pH over 7 is alkaline. The pH of our blood must remain constant between 7.35 and 7.45. The condition of body fluids, including blood, should be alkaline. The pH level (the acid-alkaline measurement) of your internal fluids affects every cell in your body. Extended acid imbalances of any kind are not well tolerated by the body. Indeed, the entire metabolic process depends on a balanced internal alkaline environment. Every cell burns fuel to create energy. Most of this cellular waste is acid and is released into the blood for elimination from the lungs in the form of carbon dioxide and from the kidneys via the urine. In this way, the body regulates the acid level so that it does not become dangerously concentrated.

The body has an alkaline reserve that can neutralise acids. This excess of alkali is only a backup system with limited supply and the, more acid-forming foods eaten, the weaker the system becomes, so following a more alkaline-forming wholefood diet is essential to maintaining a healthy pH balance.

It appears that taking small steps to change your body’s pH will give you more energy, increase mental clarity, improve digestion and stabilise your weight naturally. The cells in your body function at peak efficiency and achieve peak longevity when bathed in slightly alkaline body fluids.

A diet high in acid-forming protein, sugar, caffeine and processed foods disrupts pH balance. The literature suggests that most degenerative disease attributed to ageing, such as cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease, and ailments such as allergy, kidney stones and gallstones can be linked to mineral deficiencies that result in body fluids becoming more acidic.

There are many factors that create an unhealthy pH level, including stress, certain medications, metabolic and muscular functions in the body, and the food we eat and the liquids we drink. Foods are classified as either acidic or alkaline according to their own intrinsic acidity or alkalinity but nutritionists often speak of acid and alkaline forming foods, referring to the overall effect of the food after ingestion. In other words, limes with a pH of 1.9 contain strong acid yet after ingestion they contribute to an alkaline environment.

In fruit and most vegetables, the organic acid (such as the acidity of an orange, which you can taste) contains many alkaline elements, such as potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium. Organic acids, when oxidised, become carbon dioxide and water; the alkaline elements remain and neutralise body acid. In other words, strangely enough, acid foods can reduce acidity in your body. This is the reason fruits and most vegetables are considered alkaline-forming foods. An important distinction to keep in mind is there are two types of acid and alkaline foods: one is acid or alkaline foods; the other is acid- or alkaline-forming foods.

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A Natter about my visit to The Land of the Long White Cloud

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I have just returned from a trip to The Land of the Long White Cloud otherwise known as Aotearoa or New Zealand. I find NZ to be such a beautiful place not just physically but also culturally. It’s probably best known for The All Blacks, The Haka and Maori’s but for me it is an incredibly spiritual land. The Maori’s believe that most things contain “mana” – spiritual essence. Mana is within man himself, land, nature, and also man-made objects. Contact with mana contained objects or beings by non-authorised persons or objects could cause the mana to be drained away. I always wonder how you know what contains Mana? For instance I know that you should not buy yourself a piece of greenstone, it should be bought for you as a present by a New Zealander and preferably of Maori origin – I wonder if buying for yourself drains Mana?

It’s hard to spend time in NZ and not meet a lot of people as everyone is so friendly and strangers talk to you all the time which is not something I am used to living in Sydney and certainly not when I lived in London or the US. An example – I was ordering some lunch in a cafe and ordered a sandwich and bottle of water and the guy who was in the queue next to me said “I wouldn’t buy that wee bottle of water if I were you, they have a tap and glasses over there, you can get your water for free.” As soon as he heard I was an Aussie we had a 10 min talk about the World Cup and how he had hoped it was going to be a Wallabies, All Blacks final. Sat down at my table to eat lunch and the people on the table next door started chatting to me about the weather, which incidentally was bloody awful the whole time I was there – but hey, I wasn’t there for the weather, I was visiting friends. Made me think about the lack of community spirit in every city I have lived in for the past 22 years. Oh, how I miss that.

My final piece of trivia is on food, which is somewhat of a passion of mine – the food in NZ is superb because it is so fresh as they grow and use a lot of there own produce. The land is incredibly fertile and the weather differs so much throughout the whole country that the produce can be very diverse depending upon where you are in the country. I had to have whitebait fritters – just because, when in Rome! And smoked muscles and Mahi Mahi and Broad Beans (reminded me of England) and Sauv Blanc (lots of) and…..Oh the list could go on and on and on…. heaven on a plate.

THE WEATHER IN AUCKLAND HOWEVER LEFT A LOT TO BE DESIRED !!!!

Spring & The Chinese Five Elements

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In the Chinese 5 Elements Spring sits in the Wood element and is the time of new beginnings. It’s a great time to rise early with the sun and take brisk walks which reflect the ascending and active nature of Spring. The sight of green shoots coming up from the earth and plants flowering nourishing our soul through our eyes and sense of smell. The metaphorical membrane over the eyes & mind disappears and vision becomes clearer – we see things in new ways.

It is the time of year when our appetite decreases and the body naturally cleanses itself, not only of food residues, but of excessive desire and the accompanying emotions of dissatisfaction, impatience and anger. This is a time for contacting your inner self and true nature and giving attention to self awareness and self expression.

This is the season to attend to our Liver & Gallbladder so the diet should be the lightest of the year and contain foods which emphasize the Yang – young plants, fresh greens, sprouts, immature wheat or other cereal grasses.  Salty foods should be limited and too many heavy foods clog the Liver resulting in Spring fits & fevers. Sweet & pungent foods are also good such as honey & mint tea or cooking herbs such as basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary & dill.  Most complex carbs such as grains, legumes & seeds have a primarily sweet flavour which increases with sprouting.

The Liver is perhaps the most congested of all of our organs – too much fat, chemicals, intoxicants & denatured food all disrupt the intricate bio-chemical processes of the Liver. Chinese Medicine Practitioners tell us that a healthy Liver establishes a smooth and soothing flow of energy through the whole person both in body & mind. When the Liver is harmonious there is never stress & tension. People with vital Livers are calm, have unerring judgment & can make effective leaders & decision makers. When obstructed, stagnant or over heated the energy flow in the Liver & throughout the body is hampered, which can result in a myriad of physical & emotional problems. One of the first signs of Liver disharmony is emotional difficulty relating to anger, impatience, stubbornness, frustration, resentment, arrogance or an impulsive or explosive personality. If these emotions are repressed they can lead to depression. Mood swings as well as emotional excesses are in general Liver related.

When the Liver is consistently stagnant, sediment often settles out of the bile and forms accumulations that resemble stones, sand or mud in the Gall Bladder which make it much less efficient. Symptoms of this sediment may be indigestion, flatulence, periodic pain in shoulders, neck & a bitter taste in the mouth. Most chronically ill people need Gall Bladder cleansing before recovery is complete.

As with any cleansing it should only be undertaken with the help of a professional such as a Naturopath. If you do undertake a Gall Bladder cleanse it is best to avoid foods richest in saturated fats and cholesterol. In Spring the best foods for the Gall Bladder are unrefined grains, vegetables, fruits & legumes.

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A Sunday natter from the desk of Sara – Resonate to Forgiveness

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Yesterday I was blessed to be asked to be part of a test group to trial some new essences and extremely grateful for the learnings I was given during the trial. The essences were recently made by a friend and fellow Kinesiologist who is an extremely beautiful and spiritual person who’s ability to give to others comes from a place of unconditional love and respect for herself and those around her. Needless to say the essences were truly amazing and I experienced healings of which I did not understand although I knew I had to forgive myself and others – What for? – that information is to come to me as I take the forgiveness essence over the next few weeks but the one thing I do know is that I need to ask the questions and meditate on them for the answers. I am looking forward to this journey and more learning.

I have just googled some FAQ on forgiveness which are definitely worth sharing and also very interesting:

What is the difference between interpersonal forgiveness and intrapersonal forgiveness?

When we practice interpersonal forgiveness, the goal is reconciliation; both parties mut be involved.

Intrapersonal forgiveness takes place only within the individual. It does not require the interaction between two parties, and reconciliation (although it may happen) is not the goal.

If I practiced forgiveness, would I be healthier?

It’s very likely that you would. Bearing a grudge and refusing to forgive can cause chronic stress to the body as well as the mind.

Lack of forgiveness can create an avalanche of stress hormones.

  • It increases production of cortisol and epinephrine, which leads
    to changes in heart rate and blood pressure.
  • It raises levels of catecholamine and CD8, which suppresses
    the immune system thus increasing the risk of viral infection.
  • Leads to the release of histamines, which can trigger severe
    bronchoconstriction in people with asthma.

Chronic stress also…

  • Alters insulin levels.
  • Alters the acid concentration in the stomach.
  • Causes plaque buildup in the arteries.
  • Causes or intensifies aches and pains.
  • Raises anxiety levels.
  • Causes depression.
  • Interferes with intimate and social relationships.
  • Affects sleep and appetite.
  • Affects job performance.

Why is forgiveness so hard?

Forgiveness may be hard because of such factors as….

  • type and length of relationship
  • history of hurtful behavior
  • perceived intentionality of the offender
  • elapsed time
  • the risk of change
  • biological deficits (see next FAQ)

What are the biological factors in forgiveness?

Brain imaging technology has shown that an unhealthy anterior cingulate gyrus and basal ganglia can cause…

    • problems in shifting attention
    • worrying, rumination
    • holding on to hurts from past – inability to relinquish grudges
    • cognitive inflexibility
    • conflict avoidance

These problems can greatly reduce an individual’s ability to forgive.

Also, researchers have associated the temporal lobes and the deep limbic system with spiritual behavior and spiritual experiences. These parts of the brain can affect…

    • personality and mood stability
    • accurate reading of social situations
    • control over temper
    • access to spiritual experience
    • positive mood and emotional tone

These factors can make it easier for an individual to forgive.

Are there psychological factors that influence the ability to forgive?

Not surprisingly, people who are inclined to forgive tend to be more emotionally stable; they are easy- going, less moody, more agreeable, and better able to handle negative emotions and criticism.

People who are inclined to forgive have a high capacity for empathy, whereas a narcissist is least likely to be able to forgive.

Narcissism is present in everyone to varying degrees. A certain degree of self-focus and self-regard is healthy. But a truly narcissistic individual – someone with a personality disorder — lacks empathy, is hypersensitive to criticism, has a sense of entitlement, and is insensitive to the needs of others. These are the individuals who, when they experience an injury, use vengeful fantasies in order to repair their self-esteem.

Stop And Watch Natures Beauty

Someone shared this beautiful video with me last night and it would be remiss of me not to share with you too – Enjoy