The Perfect Bedtime Drinks To Send You Into A Peaceful Sleep

After a long day making a living, nothing brings more relief than to finally slip between the sheets and enjoy a restful sleep. However, for many people, sleep does not come easily for a number of reasons. More importantly, people have devised healthy ways of ensuring they get adequate and quality sleep whatever the day might have brought their way.

One of the best ways to make sure you enjoy your night’s rest is to drink herbal tea! Due to its amazing benefits to the body, herbal tea is loved all over the world. But do not imagine there is only one type of this product. Thanks to tradition and developments in the kitchen and medical field, there are many varieties of herbal teas each with unique benefits. A look at a number of them will reveal exactly why you need to start taking herbal teas today.

Importance Of Herbal Teas

Before then, let us understand a few things on the importance of these teas. Herbal teas help you to sleep because they contain nutritional elements and less caffeine. Compare this with common teas which contain caffeine and you will realise why herbal teas are the best choice of beverage before going to sleep. Caffeine generally keeps sleep away from the body and that is not what you want before you go to bed.

Many of these teas also have a soothing effect on the tummy. Normally, when your tummy is rumbling and complaining about something you ate during the day, you cannot afford to close your eyes. A number of herbal teas help to control flatulence and bloating which are common stomach problems. In essence, when you drink herbal teas before going to bed, the gas in your stomach is neutralised and sleep becomes your friend.

Another major problem that many of us have is heartburn. You know that obnoxious feeling when your chest feels like it is in hell. How many of us can sleep when having heartburn? How many common beverages or teas can take care of this problem? Your guess is as good as mine. By dealing with acid-reflux, herbal teas help you to deal with heartburn thus allowing you to have a restful night.

Now this is for pregnant women – some of the most delicate people we have in society. Nausea and morning sickness are common and you need to find a way to overcome them if only to have a normal day when you wake up. Your unborn child is also safe when you take herbal teas before your sleep. You may not be pregnant but you have a relative that may need herbal teas to ease her morning sickness.

Not all herbal teas perform the same role. Some of them may have elements that may not augur well with you. Consequently, read the labels carefully before your purchase herbal teas to determine whether the products will help you. For those who prepare the herbs directly, please read about the particular herbal tea to know if it contains any negative effects.

Our Recommended Herbal Teas:

  1. Peppermint

This is a popular herbal tea especially because it gives energy to the body and relieves stomach upsets. In case you had a busy day eating and drinking all sorts of foods, your tummy may give you trouble and this is the kind of herbal tea that will give you relief before you sleep.

  1. Chamomile

This is the most renowned of herbal teas all over the world. Many people prefer to dry out the flowers, prepare the powder and use it directly. You may also purchase it from a shop where it may be combined with other herbal teas.

  1. Lavender

Lavender is also a very important bedtime tea variety. It is a common plant that you can find in most places. However, there are also lavender herbal teas that you can purchase and use before you go to sleep. More importantly, lavender helps you to relax and deal with stress.

  1. Valerian

Research has confirmed that valerian has sedative properties. Our ancestors may not have had the benefit of research but they knew instinctively and through experience that valerian would help to deal with anxiety and help people to sleep.

  1. Lemon Balm

There are many people who also prefer lemon balm as a bedtime tea. Those who love this product say it helps them to relax thus inducing restful sleep. You may opt to buy the processed type or make your own from the leaves of this important plant.

  1. St John’s Wort

This plant with yellow flowers may be your solutions for lack of sleep. Research shows that St John’s Wort reduces anxiety and is also an anti-depressant. With so many people experiencing depression, this plant will boost sleep by dealing with anxiety.

Now you know it. Don’t suffer from lack of sleep or use pharmaceuticals that have negative side effects. Choose herbal teas and sleep soundly and healthfully daily.

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Beat That Dreaded Bulge – A Quick and Simple Detox After a Period of Indulgence

Christmas is a time of indulgence – good and bad alike. The festive season provides an opportunity for us to unwind after a long busy year. At the end this season, many of us will be exhausted. Hangovers, lethargy, illnesses and irritability will be common as we try to deal with the aftermath of our drinking sprees and binge eating.

Before you think you are being judged for your excessive behaviour, remember you are not alone. All of us indulge over Christmas and New Year, it’s one of the best parts of the holidays! There are numerous visits to other people as we also receive visitors. In between, there is the temptation to eat and drink beyond normal to please our hosts or guests.

The only problem is that you will be left to deal with the repercussions. When all the niceties have been said, the music has died down and everyone has returned to their day to day lives, you will be left to argue with the weighing scale that dreaded bulge (erghhhh).

Most of the regrets actually emanate from poor planning of the holiday season and a carefree attitude. It is like a dog that has been unleashed and given a few hours to indulge in its most-craved activities before being tied up again.

The following are our quick and effective methods that you can use to detox your body after indulging in binge eating and excessive drinking:

1. Go Water Crazy

Your body is predominantly made up of water. Water is life and without it your body cannot function (especially on a hangover where you are more than likely to be extremely hungover and have a lot of salt in your system from that guilty pizza, kebab or burger at 3am). Water is also a cleansing agent, working with the kidneys and the skin. After mistreating your system during festivities, you will do well to cleanse your blood by drinking a lot of water.

Mixing warm water with lemon is also known to remove any toxins from the night before. Similarly, peppermint tea and green tea can be extremely helpful with relieving symptoms of bloating, constipation and other digestion problems. They can also act as a temporary fix to speed up a process of loosing any weight you may have gained from having one too many minced pies. (Yay for herbal tea!)

2. Squeeze In A Workout

It is ironic how we throw caution to the wind when the festive season arrives. People who used to flock fitness centres all of a sudden take a break. The few exercises you used to do at home evaporate from your mind and schedule. You sleep late and wake up when the sun is up. By the time you celebrate the New Year, you have added kilos.

Hard as it may sound, hitting the gym just once will help so much. Not only will you feel better within yourself, you will also jump kick the return of the fitness bug ready for the new year!! Even if you take a short jog round a local park, or along a river, throw yourself ahead of the game and in front of everyone else (don’t deny those mini competitions that will arise with your friends come January).

3. Ditch Carbs

Now that you want to detox your body it is important to remember where it all began. It all started with uncontrolled eating and drinking. Similarly, your path back to the ideal weight and healthy body is through diet. You must start watching what you are eating. More importantly, eat foods that help you to clear the bad stuff you have eaten over the previous weeks.

To begin with, don’t bloody skip breakfast! I don’t know what time you will have to wake up, but irrespective of your busy work schedule, make sure you enjoy a heart and healthy morning meal. The food items on your breakfast table should be well-balanced. High levels of fibre and protein are key.

Secondly, ditch the heavenly carbs. Oh yeah we’re talking pasta, pizza, rice, bread – the whole team. Feeling lazy and craving a Big Mac, or Fish and Chips? Hell no, you can forget about that. Ditch all processed foods, put the phone down what do you think you’re doing ordering Dominos Pizza or that lamb curry? We’ve just had Christmas! The time for guilt-free indulging is over! You will without doubt begin to feel the difference if you stop eating carbs and processed foods even after a couple of weeks!

Lastly, You cannot detox your body if you don’t watch the portions you are eating. Your lunch should not be as heavy as your breakfast. Actually, the best way to ensure you don’t overeat during lunch is to eat well in the morning. Keep your lunch to leafy greens and some protein, mix with some delicious salad recipes and dressings so that it encourages you to keep eating healthy.

4. Get Your Zzz’s

In addition to water, exercise and diet, give your body adequate rest. Part of the reason you have gained weight over Christmas is lack of sleep. Eat a light dinner some two or three hours before sleep. Got to bed early and give your body ample rest. Your mind needs detox just as the body. Make sure your house is well-ventilated, and surround yourself with your favourite music. Practice positive thinking especially as you face the challenges of January. If you are religious, revive your spiritual life.

Practice this and you will recover quickly and effectively from any excess weight and psychological complications of the holiday season and face the New Year confidently.

If you have any special tips that work for you, we would love to hear about them! You can see us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/graceguru.net, send us a tweet: www.twitter.com/_graceguru_ or use our instagram hashtags #graceguruloves or #gracegurulifestyle

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Stand Out From the Crowd – Gain That Natural Sparkle and Glow This December

Your skin is one of the most important body organs – in fact, the largest. The quality of your skin is an indicator of your overall health status. Your skin is the most visible part of your body and people tend to make certain judgements about you based on the health, texture and glow of this amazing part of your body (come on, we’ve all done it).

We all know that feeling where we have completed our daily routine, we look in the mirror and feel no glow, no light. Whether we are wearing make-up or a natural complexion, some days you think you look glum, maybe patches of dry skin and your make up just doesn’t look as it usually does. This article will highlight the key ways that you can make sure you feel a little glam every day, you know when you feel like the light catches you in the right places all God damn day!

More often than not when people call you beautiful, they can be talking about your skin, as well as your other features. Just as a smile or bright eyes can light up someone’s face, so can your skin! For this reason, if you want to stand out from the crowd this holiday season it is time to go back to basics. There is no point with adding more make-up to your skin when the problems may be arising from the quality of your skin itself.

Natural Strategies For Glowing Skin

So, here are out recommended natural strategies to ensure your skin has a new lease of life this December.

  1. Drink A LOT Of Water

This is the probably the most obvious yet ignored strategy for making your skin glow. We all underestimate the power of water, for one, your body consists of roughly 70% water so keeping yourself hydrated could not be more important! Water is the fluid that must be present in almost all body processes. Your blood is water enriched with essential minerals, fluids, nutrients and so on. For your skin to glow, you need the recommended eight or more glasses of water daily. But there is a catch here. Some people argue that other drinks can contribute to the eight glasses, but I would highly recommend eight glasses of pure water. I know that I used to believe that drinking tea or coffee, for example, would count as water. But in fact, due to the levels of caffeine in these drinks this actually dehydrates you. Alternatively, herbal teas can help with hydrating the skin, and can also detox you at the same time!

  1. Eat Plenty Of Fruit And Vegetables

We often forget that the skin is not artificial. No amount of makeup and chemicals will transform your skin – especially not without negative effects. Moreover, your body needs to be nurtured from inside to the outside. The body understands one language – good nutrition. Fruits and vegetables are particularly important for making your skin healthy and free from toxins. Remember acne and other skin blemishes are not what you need two weeks before Christmas, now is the time to ensure you don’t wake up Christmas morning with a trip from Santa and a horrendous break out. This December look for the fruits and vegetables that are in season, snack on them raw or as part of lunch or dinner. You will be amazed at how eating apples, kales and other superfoods will make your skin glow. We outline our recommended fruit and veg for this season here: http://graceguru.net/7-food-stars-of-december-to-boost-optimal-health-2/

  1. Know Your Skin

If you are sick of your skin controlling you, you may have realised that some foods you eat often leave you with blemishes and rashes. It means you are sensitive or intolerant to certain foods. Sometimes what you think is eczema or acne could actually be a case of your skin being resistant to some food item you have eaten! This December, listen to your body and how it reacts to certain foods. Attempt to detect the foods that affect your skin negatively and remove them from your diet. Alternatively, you can take drastic measures like taking two weeks to eliminate all suspicious foods from your diet and then introducing them one by one, this detox may initially bring out a break out as your skin is usually the last place your body will release toxins from. But, after this break out has cleared, and your diet is clean, you will begin to see progress!

  1. The Worst Of All… Stress

The condition of your skin is related to the activities in your mind. To put it differently, your mental health can directly affect the health and texture of your skin. For example, when you are stressed, your skin becomes pale and vulnerable to external damage. Stress creates a rich environment for bacteria to invade your skin. Eventually, your immune system is compromised and acne, eczema and psoriasis begin to manifest. This is why it is extremely common to see teens and students with more cases of acne, due to their high levels of crazy hormones.

  1. Use Natural Skin Products

This December is your perfect opportunity to start using skin care products that agree well with your skin. Due to the demand for fast results in skin care, thousands of women are applying harmful chemicals to their skin. The results are often unpleasant especially in the long run. Your skin should glow naturally and nothing brings you closer to this ideal than to use as many of natural skin care products as possible. Products made from fruits, plants and herbs actually contain nutrients that your body needs, just like fruits and vegetables. The good news is that you can learn and apply raw fruits and other herbs to your body without any extra costs and still achieve that natural, glowing skin that you have always craved!

We would love to hear any tips you have for maintaining a healthy glow, of if you have any amazing natural tips for exfoliation or moisturising! You can see us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/graceguru.net or send us a tweet: www.twitter.com/_graceguru_

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Unexpected Ways The Weather Can Affect Your Health

As we begin to embrace the cold weather, we need to be aware of the ways the drop in temperature and the high wind speeds can affect our health. The fact that winter is a gloomy season means we need to look for ways and means to be merry instead of allowing ourselves to be restrained by the cold. However, even with all efforts to lift the misery and remain positive, we need to remember that winter often makes us vulnerable to severe health complications and even death.

So, what are some of these risks and how we can prevent them from occurring in the first place?

  1. Fluctuating Moods and Depression

This may not be what you may call a clear-cut problem but when observed closely, but feeling down in the dumps is actually a major problem for many of us during winter. Cold weather has a way of making people gloomy, sad, exhausted and withdrawn. Perhaps it is because in general we spend a lot of time indoors, with limited exposure to sun light and feel closed out from the rest of the society. Maybe the dull weather outside affects us psychologically to feel as if all is not well!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), as it is called, can make us less mobile, overweight and likely to over-eat starches. During this time, some people fall into depression, feel unworthy and may even resort to suicide. It is important for us to keep an eye out on our loved ones who may be feeling low, anxiety and mild depression is common during winter seasons visiting a counsellor can also help! In addition, maintaining your social networks and exercising outside the house when the weather is favourable will bring back positive feelings that can ward off depression!If you would like to know more about mild seasonal depression you can read more here:http://graceguru.net/how-to-ward-off-winter-blues/

  1. Cold’s and Flu’s

Although you can contract colds or flu at any time of the year, the cold season makes us more vulnerable to these conditions. The viruses that cause these conditions enter the body through the nasal passage. On the other hand, during the cold season, the flow of blood to the nostrils is affected negatively and this means that fewer white blood cells, which fight infection, reach the nasal passage. In addition, cold weather is rich ground for the flu virus because the latter thrives in cold dry air.

Colds and flu have similar symptoms although the latter exhibits more severe symptoms. Generally, we will usually experience a sore throat; have a runny nose; headache or even sneezing. Your nose may also experience blockage while your body may feel lethargic. Expect muscle aches as well as low appetite. Ehh… the joys of feeling under the weather!

To avoid getting colds and flu, ensure you are warm during the cold season! If you are also particularly concerned topping up on flu jabs is a great way to limit your chances of catching a nasty bug! If you are already infected, take a trip to see your local GP so that you get the right kind of medication. For the one week or so when you will be affected, ensure you take warm liquids particularly those with ginger, mint and other flu-fighting elements. (yummy – see our favourite ginger tea recipes here: http://graceguru.net/why-you-should-eat-ginger/

  1. Allergy, Asthma and Pneumonia

Another set of serious problems that can affect many of us during the cold season is an allergy, asthma and even pneumonia. Allergies vary from person to person. However, there are people who develop a cold every time they are exposed to cold conditions, even if it is not winter yet. Similarly, there are people who are affected by the behaviour of plants during the cold season.

Asthma and pneumonia are cold-related illnesses. Most of us have mild forms of these illnesses. Some have inherited these conditions. While the illnesses may lie idle during other seasons, winter creates the right atmosphere for the respective viruses to thrive. This is the time many people suddenly realise that they are asthmatic. It all depends on the level of exposure to severe weather conditions! Hayfever is my worst enemy!

While these conditions may not be cured, it is important to keep off severe cold by all means. Simple things like remembering an umbrella so you are covered by the rain, or a bring a pair of gloves to keep you hands warm can be super beneficial! Remain indoors and warm as long as is necessary. Avoid cold baths and ensure you sleep under warm beddings.

  1. Heart Attacks

You may wonder what heart attacks have to do with cold weather because you know the conventional causes of this often-fatal condition. What you may not know is that many people suffer from this condition in winter more than the other three seasons. Why is this so? The fact is that your blood pressure is low during the cold season which in turn pressurises your heart. Moreover, because of low temperatures, your heart must work extra hard to pump blood thus making it vulnerable to attacks.

Beware of uncommon chest pains, sudden bouts of dizziness, excessive sweating, irregular heartbeat and nausea among other signs. Always remain warm and use the right medication in the recommended way if you are under treatment. More importantly, ensure your telephone line is working because you may need to contact 911 when the unfortunate happens. 

Winter is a time to be very cautious. We need to be aware of inherited and opportunistic illnesses and other complications that we can aggravate or contract during this cold period. More importantly, we need to keep warm, exercise and have positive attitudes to keep of negative health conditions! Although this article has followed a more negative path, it is also important to how amazing the autumn and winter seasons are, if all you need is a little boost for your health visit this page for out top tips: http://graceguru.net/amazing-nutrition-tips-for-a-super-healthy-fall/

We would love to hear any tips you have for maintaing your health during winter! You can see us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/graceguru.net or send us a tweet: www.twitter.com/_graceguru_

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Why You Should Eat Ginger

Ginger comes across as a weird knobby root that resembles an animal from the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. You will be forgiven if you dismiss this important spice as another animal relic from the past. But strangely or ironically enough, some of the best health benefits can come from the most unlikely sources. Indeed, if the people who manufacture medicine were to reveal all the places and organisms from which they derive the pills, tablets, capsules and syrups you take so thankfully, you would think twice before taking any medicine.

Before I send more shivers down your spine, allow me to make a very important statement. If you are not eating ginger, you are not doing your body any favor! I don’t care what you think about the strangely shaped rhizome. What I want you to know that it has tons of health benefits that you may be missing out on. You may be thinking that this is a new health fad that the internet is abuzz with. I will understand if you consider this a wave that will dominate mainstream and social media as well as women gossip forums and die away gradually just like it had started.

If that is the case, you don’t know much about ginger and you need to keep reading this article. Allow me to jog your mind a little bit. During the time of the great explorers like Christopher Columbus, European nations discovered that people in the Far East had healthier lives because of eating spices. Trade in spices therefore became one of the major reasons for people to risk their lives on uncharted waters. While there were many spices involved, ginger was among the most liked. In India and many Arab countries, people liked to eat ginger in its various forms because of the perceived health benefits.

Spicy ginger root

It was in the 16th Century when Europe began to embrace this spice. Today, ginger is a common ingredient in many kitchens in the developed world. However, owing to migration from the countryside to urban centres where people have little time to cook, many have forgotten the amazing medicinal and health qualities that are contained in ginger. Rarely will you find a restaurant that sells food spiced with ginger. Those that serve such meals are few and scattered and only a few people ask for food that has ginger in it. It is unfortunate that while ginger has defied the test of time and remained an essential ingredient, many people are unaware of its benefits and continue to suffer from health complications that could be alleviated or assuaged by eating this spice.

So, Why Exactly Do You Need To Eat Ginger?

1. To detoxify your body:

You and I know that our bodies are in need of cleansing owing to the toxic substances that we eat and the air we breathe. And don’t be cheated by anybody that your body is clean and that it can naturally get rid of all the toxins in it. More importantly, instead of enslaving yourself to ridiculous and ineffective detoxification formulas, simply incorporate ginger in your food. This spice has the elements you need to get rid of poisonous substances in your body, while enjoying ginger’s exceptional flavor.

2. To avert cancer:

If there is a health condition that is scaring people today, it is cancer. Ginger can be of great help to you in this regard because it contains antioxidants in abundance. Not many plants can compete with ginger when it comes to antioxidants content.

3. To overcome nausea and related conditions:

Do you know people who feel sick when they get into cars or when travelling? How about those who have spells of dizziness and nausea more than they should? Think about the pregnant woman who starts be sick when she encounters some odours or aromas? All these people need not worry because ginger can help treat their problems. A little ginger will go a long way in effectively dealing with morning sickness and nausea.

4. To treat inflammations:

People with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis will find great relief when they eat ginger regularly. This plant has anti-inflammatory agents that bring relief to the body especially when one has swellings. This means that ginger can be of great help to the sick and elderly who spend a lot of money on conventional medication. If you have joint pains, there are various forms of ginger that can bring back a smile on your face too.

5. To overcome flatulence:

Most of us have experienced the embarrassing moments then the tummy decides to announce to all and sundry that all is not well. The rumblings of the tummy sometimes become audible to the outside world, with the excess gas being released in not-so-pleasant odours. With ginger, you need not worry much because this spice treats such stomach disorders and brings calm back to your tummy. The impact is almost instant and you don’t even have to eat a lot of ginger for it to work.

6. To bring back your appetite:

There are times when your appetite will take a flight yet you need food to give you energy and nourishment. When hunger pangs seem to elude you, all you need is fresh ginger juice. You will be amazed at how fast your craving for food will come back.

7. To relieve menstrual cramps:

For some women, the monthly visitor is not always welcome. Nobody likes to feel excruciating pain and to miss work for some days simply because of a natural process. The good news is that eating ginger regularly will help you to deal more effectively with this pain. In particular, ginger will give you the much needed relief during that period.

Information On Ginger That You Must Know!

  • Use ginger in many forms. For example you can drink juices, use powdered ginger in tea, mix it in salads or apply its oil externally to the skin.
  • Get acquainted with the many ways that you can prepare ginger as part of your meals. There are countless amazing recipes that will ensure you enjoy your healthy portion of ginger without compromising your meal plans.
  • For nausea and other problems that require immediate relief, you can chew a portion of the ginger rhizome, whether raw or dried.
  • Fresh ginger has more nutrients and benefits than other forms. Once you cut your ginger for use, wrap the unused part in plastic material and freeze it.
  • If you purchase or prepare ginger powder, store it in glass jars that are closed tightly and keep these containers in a dark, dry and cool area.
  • When ginger powder is prepared and stored appropriately, it can last for up to twelve months without any form of preservative.
  • If you want to eat raw ginger, ensure you wash it thoroughly with clean fresh water and peel it into small pieces that you can eat comfortably. If the taste is too strong for you, grate your ginger and add some honey to make it more appealing to your taste buds.
  • Don’t let sore throat and dry coughs spoil your day when you can prepare and enjoy a delicious cup of ginger tea.
  • If you are feeling bored or you need some shot of energy to boost your concentration, take a beverage or a meal containing ginger.
  • Beware that since ginger helps you with memory and concentration issues, it can scare away your sleep. In essence, avoid eating ginger before going to sleep.

 My Fav Ginger recipe!

Ginger and Lemon Detox Drink

Ginger tea

  • 350ml of warm filtered water
  • mince ½ inch knob of fresh ginger root
  • squeeze ½ lemon juice
  • Add squeezed lemon juice and minced ginger in to the warm water and mix well!

 

Anti-Inflammatory Ginger Turmeric, Honey and Garlic Tea Recipe

Ginger tea with lemon. honey and tumeric for detox

  • 350ml of boiled hot water ( 80C )
  • 1/3 teaspoon of grated turmeric
  • 1/3 teaspoon of grated ginger root
  • 1/3 teaspoon of grated garlic
  • 1/3 teaspoon of organic or Manuca honey
  • Add all ingredients in to the hot water, mix well for 3-5min and enjoy!

 

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World Science Day for Peace and Development

Science has done wonders to the world and humankind over the years. This is not about to stop. However, even among great and renowned scientists, there is a tendency to believe that science has exhaustively understood how the natural world works. Countless scientists believe that the basic questions of science have been answered and what man remains with is the quest to fill the skeleton with flesh.

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist and writer considers this a fallacy. Granted, it is possible to fall into this trap considering the advances of science in recent years. Many believe that there is nothing more to be discovered; no earth shattering discoveries can surpass those that have been made in the past. Obviously, the ideal of science is different from the reality. Science has become a belief system or worldview called scientism.

It appears that there is no difference between formal religion and scientism. Both have deeply-held beliefs that cannot be challenged. Both are rigid in approach and consider the other party to be wrong. Science then becomes static, content with the facts and information it has gathered through empirical enquiry over time. When science becomes a form or religion, it loses is fundamental approach and essence.

These dogmatic beliefs hold science back. The law of diminishing returns is active in that the more we spend on scientific research; the fewer the number of new discoveries we arrive at. Scientists do not anticipate that any new thing will come out of their research. This leads to the conclusion that science needs to be set free from the kind of dogmatism that enslaves it and makes us believe that there is only one way of practicing science.

In his book, Science Set Free, Dr. Sheldrake takes the 10 dogmas of scientism and turns them into hypotheses. He approaches them from the point of view of doubt, a fundamental requirement for learning. He tests the hypothesis using empirical methodologies and realizes these popular dogmas cannot stand the test of science. It is obvious that scientists have fallen into complacency over time, choosing to believe that what they have known all along cannot be questioned or challenged.

The 10 Dogmas Of Science

 Dr. Sheldrake identifies the following dogmas as being fallacious and detrimental to real science:

  1. Nature is mechanical: Mechanistic science teaches that nature is a machine. Everything, including human beings, trees and stars, is fixed.
  2. The total amount of matter and energy is always the same except during the Big Bang when it increased exponentially.
  3. The laws of nature are fixed. Scientists believe that they only need one free miracle to explain the rest.
  4. Matter is unconscious.
  5. Nature is purposeless. The evolution process has no purpose or direction.
  6. Biological inheritance is material.
  7. Memories are stored as material traces inside the brain
  8. The mind is inside the head and mental activity is brain activity.
  9. Psychic phenomena are illusory. Telepathy cannot happen since the mind cannot work away from the head.
  10. Mechanistic (conventional or modern) medicine is the one that only works. Alternative medicine doesn’t really work, but is only a placebo approach.

Female circulatory system

From these predominant beliefs that have dogged science for ages, it is obvious that science has been hijacked by materialism. Dr. Sheldrake believes that we need more realistic and organismic science. It is time we questioned what we have always considered to be scientific truth. This is the journey that the biologist undertook and he has documented his findings and arguments in Science Set Free. You need to read this book to see how he systematically explains the fallacy within each of the 10 popular dogmas of science.

For example, Dr. Sheldrake explains how Christianity contributed to the first dogma. Scientists were originally religious people who believed that God was a machine maker who created a machine called the universe. It was created from atoms that could not be destroyed. There was no detailed scientific research to prove this and people blindly accepted the teaching that they could not change anything in the universe. Today, this is a popular teaching of science. In school, children are taught that matter cannot be destroyed.

Dr. Sheldrake also explains that recent developments have indicated some variations in the speed of light as we know it. Similarly, it is becoming obvious that gravitational pull is not absolute. Moreover, many laws in physics and biology can now be challenged because they do not apply to all phenomena equally. His argument then is that scientists must return to the essence of science – empirical inquiry – instead of assuming that they have arrived at the absolute truth.

As we observe the World Science Day for Peace and Development, it is important to remember that science is meant to improve human life through constant research, discovery and implementation of findings. Science is a quest for information and cannot reach a point where nobody is allowed to challenge it. The only way science can go back to its ideal is to challenge the dogmas of the religion called scientism.

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Introduction To Acidosis, Diet And Ageing!

Contemporary scientific studies indicate that the ageing process is not as complex as we have always thought. Our bodies produce very poisonous wastes, which contribute immensely to morbidity and ageing. While sweat and urine form part of the acidic wastes expelled from the body, many more wastes remain in the body and infiltrate body organs and blood. The results are clogging of blood vessels, poor circulation of oxygen and essential nutrients and incapacitation of cells.

Balancing Acid And Alkaline Content

Acidosis occurs when the body has abnormal acidity, thus weakening body systems. Many people across cultures are oblivious of this problem. Acidosis creates fecund ground for diseases unlike the ideal neutral pH environment where immunity is high. You need to have enough reserves of alkaline to neutralise acidosis; otherwise your body will be at risk of illnesses. As early as 1933, the idea that self-poisoning or autotoxication was advanced by William Howard Hay, a doctor based in New York, in his text, A New Health Era. While attributing all diseases to acidosis, Dr. Hay observed:

Now we depart from health in just the proportion to which we have allowed our alkalies to be dissipated by introduction of acid-forming food in too great amount.

The concept of acidosis can be traced further to Taoist medicinal traditions of over two millennia ago. Foods were said to be either yang (acidifying the cellular fluids and the bloodstream) or yin (alkalising tissues and body fluids).

It is important to understand that PH balance depends on the acidifying effects of specific foods and not necessarily on the acidity in the items themselves. For example, when you eat oranges, they will alkalize your urine even though the fruits have citric acid.

Another way in which we acidify our bodies and make them vulnerable to diseases is by using antibiotics indiscriminately. Fungi, yeasts, viruses, bacteria and moulds are common complications in our bodies. However, when we turn to antibiotics every time we are affected by these conditions, we create the best environment for the growth of more potently and fatal bacteria and germs. It was Dr. Luis Pasteur who taught germ theory and asserted that germs were the major causes of illnesses. However, shortly before he died, he made this important statement:

“The germ is nothing, the inner terrain is everything”

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Alkaline Diet

The Process Of Acidosis

1. How Acid Waste Accumulates and Causes Ageing

A pregnant woman and the unborn child share nutrients. A mother normally passes alkalinity to the foetus because of consuming alkaline minerals, which cause low appetite in pregnant women. During breastfeeding, the child remains alkaline, but alkalinity levels reduce when infant cereals are introduced. Acidity begins to rise when the child is weaned.

Since ageing is a product of acidosis, eradicating acid waste will lead to longer lives. Consequently, alkaline water should be used to neutralize meals that form acids. This is possible with a lot of vegetables, low meat and vegetarian diets.

2. Cellular Level

Cells are the basic units of the body and are alkaline in nature. However, during respiration and other functions, cells produce acidic wastes. While these wastes are utilised for various functions, their accumulation is dangerous to the body. Your safety lies in maintaining the right pH balance as this will guarantee you immunity.

3. pH

This is the measure of alkalinity or acidity in the body and ranges between 0 and 14. When the pH is lower the body is acidic, while a higher pH implies alkalinity. Neutrality occurs when pH is at 7. Water is the main body fluid constituting about ¾ of the body. Your body works hard to maintain a neutral pH. However, if pH balance of body tissues and fluids is interfered with, the body experiences problems.

4. Measuring Your Body’s Alkalinity Or Acidity

Knowing you pH levels is essential in order to take quick remedial action where necessary. This can be done using pH strips in the confines of your home.

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Alkaline Testing

5. Saliva pH

Create clean saliva in the mouth by repeatedly forming some saliva and swallowing it, preferably two hours after a meal. Put a little saliva on the pH strip. The results will indicate the pH condition of your stomach, liver and digestive system.

6. Urine pH

This is a good measure of the pH conditions in your kidneys, which in turn indicates how your body assimilates minerals. However, urine pH is affected by diet, lifestyle, the air you breath and food preservatives.

Why You Must Maintain The Right pH Balance

The right pH balance is mandatory for absorption of nutrients and minerals into the body. Acidosis means you lack oxygen and calcium necessary for alkaline balance. Calcium is the glue that holds body cells and organs together.

With Love,

Your Grace Guru

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What Is Mindfulness?

The mind is one of the features that differentiates human beings from animals. The human mind is forever in thought. The mind stops being active when you finally breathe your last. But is constant thinking good for the mind? What happens when you let your mind wonder into the past or explore the future unchecked? Are there any side effects of a mind that is constantly multitasking? The answers to these questions are found in the concept of mindfulness.

Perhaps the following description fits you… You are driving or doing a manual job but your mind is busy thinking about other issues. You are thinking about the friend you just quarreled with. Your thoughts are constantly on the incident and why it had to happen. Alternatively, you are pondering the future. You are almost losing your job and you don’t know what to do. You consider the bills and other financial obligations that you will have to meet without stable employment. Your thoughts are so intense that you only realise you have arrived when you see the gate to your house.

The fact is that your mind is on autopilot. You are in a state of mindlessness. There are issues going on in your mind without any need for a lot of consciousness on your part. You are not even aware of the signposts along the way. You have no idea what is happening around you. Your thoughts are clouded. It is as if your mind is floating and you cannot control what it is thinking. In essence, you have a mind but it is not conscious. It is as if it is not thinking. Your mind is missing. You are mindless.

Have you ever experienced mindlessness? If you answer in the affirmative, then you are lying. It happens to most of us. Our minds often drift into thoughts of hopelessness, anger, fear and worry among other negative emotions. This happens every day because we have problems to deal with at individual and family levels. We quarrel with others in the workplace and at home. We have the problems of others to shoulder too. How can you be happy and contented when your child is having problems in school or when one of your family members is diagnosed with cancer? In other words, we all go through moments of mindlessness at one time or the other as we deal with stress from our daily struggles.

So let us ponder the effects of mindlessness on you. While we may give excuses for engaging in this activity, experts warn that it is harmful. Your emotional and mental wellbeing are at risk when you start to daydream. Actually, you accomplish nothing worthwhile because you are not thinking critically but you are having drifting thoughts instead. In addition, research has shown that when you are in a state of mindlessness, you tend to be less happy.

Mindfulness entails being in charge of your thoughts at all times. It means that you are aware of what is happening to you in the here and now. Nothing that takes place in your thoughts, body and feelings is lost on you. You are aware of the happenings in your environment. You are not a stranger to your thoughts and you do not drift into yesterday or tomorrow. A person that is mindful is one who lives in the present irrespective of what is happening to him or her at the moment.

Another important aspect of mindfulness is that you don’t pass judgment on what is happening. Rather, you accept the current situation and do not spend time wishing that things were different. Contrast this with mindlessness and you will realize that the two concepts are miles apart. Here is a situation where you are conscious of what is happening around you, and you have the opportunity to begin thinking negatively or engage in wishful thinking, but you chose to remain a detached observer.

Mindfulness is not a new art or exercise. It has been practiced for many years and this explains why people mistake it for meditation. However, it is important to realise that mindfulness is not emptying the mind of all thoughts. It does not mean stopping to think – now that we are saying you stop being judgmental. It is more of training for the mind to let go of the past and concentrate on the present in an appreciative manner.

By now you must have realised that mindfulness is not easy to practice. We have agreed that there are many cares in the world that make us mindless. Despite this, we can train our minds to become mindful. You only have to look at some of the benefits of this activity to understand why it is crucial to train your brain to be mindful. For example, it will help you to attain mental and emotional health, which you need in this ‘insane’ world. It also lowers anxiety and stress thus sparing you other illnesses. Mindful people also make excellent spouses and marriage partners since they take time to listen to what their counterparts are saying and attend to it. They are also more practical in their approach to life issues as opposed to being idealistic.

It is time you seriously considered training your brain to be mindful and to eschew mindlessness. Scientists opine that a brain that is mindful performs better on issues that require application of reasoning and logic. People who embrace mindfulness are also likely to overcome terminal illnesses or manage such diseases better than those who aren’t.

Read more about tips how to practice Mindfulness in our next article on Monday!

With love,

Your Grace Guru

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Celebrating World Vegetarian Day!

The 1st October is officially the World Vegetarian Day! And although I am not a vegetarian ( Yet ), I would like to celebrate it with you, share one of my favourite receipts for a soup and remind you once again why eating lots of veggies is very healthy and important for you!

But before that, you should know that the Worlds Vegetarian Day was established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and supported by the international Vegetarian Union in 1978 , “To promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.” It is important to bring awareness to the benefits of the vegetarian lifestyle, good health and ethical environmental.

So lets start the month of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month, detox our bodies and experiment with all the delicious fruits, veggies that the autumn season is bringing to us ( OMG there are so many yummy things on the farmers market….mushrooms and the pumpkins ) and celebrate the ending of it on the 1st of November after Halloween is over!

The temperatures are dropping down and its good to keep warm. I am not going to share with you another pumpkin dish recipe even that its so healthy, popular and it’s the season for it! But I will share one of my favourites Russian/Ukrainian Soups that I loved as a child and still love –

– is the delicious ( of course vegetarian ) “Borscht “!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium beetroots, peeled and grated
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 1 tsp of juice lemon
  • 1 L of vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp of sea salt
  • 4 medium-size potatoes, diced
  • ½ white cabbage
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 whole black peppers
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/5 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 garlic cloves, halved

Easy to cook:

  1. You will need a large pot, on medium/high heat, 1 tbsp of olive oil heated before adding grated beets, carrots and diced tomatoes.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of water and lemon juice to the vegetables and stir.
  3. Cover the pot, simmer for 15 min and reduce the heat to low.
  4. Boil 1L vegetable broth and ad it to the shredded vegetables after they have been simmering for 15 min.
  5. Bring them all to a boil and add 1 tbsp of sea salt.
  6. Add diced potatoes and shredded cabbage to the soup and cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, heat up 1 tsp of olive oil in a small skillet and sauté the onion over medium heat until it becomes golden.
  8. Add the onions to the pot and give it a good stir.
  9. Finally add black pepper, bay leaves, garlic and dried parsley to the soup and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes.
  10. Borscht is ready to be served!
  11. Store your Borscht in a refrigerator and it will stay fresh for up to 1 week. I actually like it more on the second or even third day, it becomes a bit vinery.

You can always add to your bowl a teaspoon of sour cream, fresh herbs or freshly grounded pepper!

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Why is it good to be a vegetarian or at least try for a month?

  • Eating non-vegetarian food causes pain and suffering to the animals that are killed for food
  • Did you knew that more natural resources (water, agricultural land and human resources) are consumed when animals are reared for their meat. So do you care for the future of our planet?

 

  • Vegetarian foods are much healthier for you; this is already very well studied and proven. So being a vegetarian will lead you to have a higher quality of life!
  • All human being must practicenon violence’ against all living creatures. To hurt another being is to hurt oneself!
  • Do you care about the Worlds economy? Well then you must know that the World population would be cheaper and more efficient if people followed a vegetarian diet.

Think about it or at least try to cook Borscht! 

With Love,

Your Grace Guru!

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