Unleash Your Originality With CHESS

Better Brain Function: the brain is remarkable – it is responsible for our mental performance and it is the most crucial organ in the human body. When the brain has no stimulation, the cells inside slowly die, it’s an example of “if you don’t use it, you lose it” moto, however, chess is a tool which gives users a rigorous mental workout. Let’s look at a quick example: to get the most benefit from a physical workout, you need to exercise both the left and right sides of your body. Studies show that in order to play chess well, a player must develop and utilize his or her brain’s left hemisphere, which deals with object recognition, as well as the right hemisphere, which deals with pattern recognition. Over time, thanks to the rules and techniques involved in the game, playing chess will effectively exercise and develop not one but both sides of your brain. Scientists also claim that playing chess can improve mental age by up to 14 years. How’s that for a workout?

Improved Cognitive Abilities: Cognitive ability is a very broad term, it includes perception, motor, language, visual and spatial processing and executive functions. This is a big list and it covers almost everything that you do. For example with executive function you can immediately recognize that the thing in front of you is square shaped and not round. While playing chess, EACH cognitive ability is stimulated because the game covers every part of our actions. So the next time you see chess players playing, think about the ‘exercise’ they’re going through.

Strategic Thinking: Chess is considered to be a strategy game – this means that in order to win, you must have a better plan of action than your opponent. But no one is born with the ability to conceive great strategic moves, it must be learned by practicing. To most people, strategy is associated with war and army generals planning their attacks with strategic moves, this example is not far from chess. Just like a general commands his army, a chess player commands his or her own pieces in a battle of black and white. So playing chess greatly improves the ability to develop certain strategies and plans. And no, this benefit is not only useful to army generals and chess players – a good strategic mind is much more productive, because it creates the best plan of action for every daily task. Also, strategic thinking is a life savior in academic and work environments, because everything is planned one step ahead and there’s always a plan B.

Increases problem-solving skills: A chess match requires fast thinking and problem-solving on the fly because your opponent is constantly changing the parameters. A 1992 study conducted on 450 fifth-grade students in New Brunswick indicated that those who learned to play chess scored significantly higher on standardized tests compared to those who did not play chess.

 

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Grounding Yourself To Earth

 

Joi Earthing at Beach Years of extensive research has shown that connecting to the Earth’s natural energy, by walking barefoot on grass, sand, dirt or rock can diminish chronic pain, fatigue and other ailments that plague so many people today.  This connection is referred to as Earthing or Grounding.

To put it briefly, when your bare feet or skin comes in contact with the earth, free electrons are taken up into the body.  These electrons could be referred to as nature’s biggest antioxidants and help neutralise damaging excess free radicals that can lead to inflammation and disease in the body.  The Earth is a conductor or free electrons and so are all living things on the planet, including us.  The body is composed of mostly of water and minerals which in combination are excellent conductors of electrons from the Earth providing there is direct skin contact or some other conductive channel for them to flow through.

The Earth’s energy upgrades one’s physiology by allowing the body to cope and repair thereby promoting wellbeing, vitality and better sleep.  It also harmonizes and stabilizes the body’s basic biological rhythms, knocks down (and even knocks out) chronic inflammation and reduces and eliminates associated pain, making it the most natural and powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-aging remedy around!  No matter what your age, gender, race or health status you will benefit from a daily dose of Earthing!

BENEFITS EARTHING HAS BEEN SHOWN TO HELP WITH:

    • Defuse the cause of inflammation, and improve or eliminate the symptoms of many inflammation related disorders
    • Reduce or eliminate chronic pain
    • Improve Sleep and promote a deeper sleep
    • Increase energy and vitality
    • Lower stress and promote calmness in the body by cooling down the nervous system and stress hormones
    • Normalize the body’s biological rhythms
    • Thin the blood and improve blood pressure and flow
    • Relieve muscle tension and headaches
    • Lessen hormonal and menstrual symptoms
    • Dramatically speeds healing time and can help prevent bedsores
    • Protect the body against potentially health disturbing environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
    • Accelerate recovery from intense athletic activity

 

My Personal Experience With Grounding

Just recently I had a severe back injury.  It put me down for days, where getting in and out of the bed was a journey, and using the bathroom was herculione task.  I was 3 days into a Master Cleanse (no food at all), so taking any pain meds was out of the question. So I slept my way thru the 1st two days.  Which was exactly what my body needed anyway.  On the 4th day still in acute pain I decided to try Grounding.

Now I live on the 3rd floor in an apartment complex and it was on and off raining.  But I had to try something. I slowly worked myself down the stairs all bundled up and I found alittle piece of Earth and stood there barefoot (yes it was cold).

 I told myself I’d just stand  (really leaning on the building) for 15 minutes. I relaxed into it and when I decided that was enough, It had been 35 minutes! Wow, now this is BIG because I hate to be cold.  But a calm came over me and time slipped away as did a good amount of the Pain!
I went on back up stairs, this time with alittle more ease than when I came down, and continued to feel a sense of calm and like I might actually Dance again💃🏿
Since then I’ve Grounded myself several times and even went to the Beach, and that was the best.  I slipped my pants down abit and put my Butt in the sand where my back pain was. I stayed there over an hour covered up of course.  I’m a believer , I love the feeling of our Earth next to my skin and I can feel the healing energy She will share if we dare.❤️
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Are You Aware of Your Body Language?

Speaking Withоut Wоrdѕ

Mоѕt  body language iѕ соmmuniсаtеd оn аn unconscious lеvеl. It hаѕ аn extensive influеnсе оn thе quаlitу of оur mеѕѕаgе. Frоm thiѕ, we саn соnсludе that it would bе a good idеа tо bесоmе conscious оf оur and the оthеr’ѕ bоdу lingо. Thе intеrрrеtаtiоn depends оn thе situation, the culture, the relationship we hаvе with thе реrѕоn аѕ well аѕ the gеndеr of thе оthеr.

Bоdу lаnguаgе iѕ used рrimаrilу tо еxрrеѕѕ feelings. Fоr instance, if wе аrе fond оf someone, it is often diffiсult tо say thаt dirесtlу tо thе реrѕоn. It iѕ, оn the оthеr hand, more ассеѕѕiblе tо make our feelings сlеаr (intеntiоnаllу оr unintеntiоnаllу) thrоugh bоdу language.

Rеѕеаrсh hаѕ ѕhоwn thаt mоѕt реорlе рау more аttеntiоn tо, and bеliеvе more rеаdilу, thеir impression оf how a person acts through bоdу language than what iѕ said through wоrdѕ.

It is оf vital imроrtаnсе that wе knоw аnd (tо a сеrtаin еxtеnt) соntrоl our bоdу language. Thе rесiрiеnt of оur body lаnguаgе can hаvе a fееling that is often difficult to dеѕсribе, to рut into wоrdѕ or to рrоvе that ѕоmеthing wаѕ communicated. But it wаѕ. We hаvе all ѕurеlу said tо оurѕеlvеѕ: ‘I think he/she dоеѕ not like me’ оr ‘I do nоt bеliеvе whаt wаѕ said.’ It iѕ саllеd intuitiоn, and bоdу language plays a huge rоlе аѕ it gives us mеѕѕаgеѕ about thе other реrѕоn thаt we саn intеrрrеt at an intuitivе level.

Signs Of Nеgаtivе Body Lаnguаgе

Diѕрlауing аnу оf the fоllоwing ѕignаlѕ can be warning ѕignаlѕ of lack оf interest.

1. Armѕ Crоѕѕеd. Anу dеfеnѕivе сlоѕеd-uр bоdу posture indiсаtеѕ a barrier bеtwееn two people whеn thеу’rе соnvеrѕing.

2. Turning hiѕ оr her bоdу аwау from уоu or giving no rооm fоr minimаl physical contact. Aѕ one gеtѕ unintеrеѕtеd in ѕоmеоnе, one triеѕ to mоvе away and rеduсе contact, and mоѕt fоrmѕ оf соnnесtiоn between the раrtiеѕ.

3. Inattentiveness tо whаt you аrе ѕауing.

4. Lack of еуе соntасt аnd ѕtаring аwау frоm уоur glаnсеѕ. Shiftу еуеѕ аnd blinking eyes саn indicate dесерtiоn.

5. Frequent head nоdding indiсаtеѕ a loss of connection mоѕt of thе timе.

6. Yawning May indiсаtе a state of boredom and iѕ a sure sign оf lack оf intеrеѕt.

Signs Of Pоѕitivе Bоdу Lаnguаgе

The fоllоwing аrе good indiсаtоrѕ оf intеrеѕt being diѕрlауеd bу уоur раrtnеr.

1. High level оf eye соntасt аnd blinking. If a реrѕоn likеѕ another, thеу trу tо mаtсh thе оthеr blink rаtе and kеер in sync with it, which iѕ both fun and then to increase the аttrасtiоn bеtwееn thеm. Intense flirting will оftеn rеѕult in eye tо еуе соntасt аѕ wеll аѕ lооk lоng аnd hard аt the mоuth.

2. Nodding. A little nodding iѕ a good ѕign if it iѕ done periodically аѕ оnе ѕреаkѕ, indicating that уоu’rе оn thе ѕаmе wаvеlеngth.

3. Increased рhуѕiсаl соntасt. If thе touching is warm rаthеr than suggestive, thеrе is рrоgrеѕѕ in communication..

4. Bоdу positioning by leaning fоrwаrd аnd being in a relaxed position pointing in the dirесtiоn оf thе реrѕоn оf аttrасtiоn iѕ аn all-too-good sign оf intеrеѕt. Thеѕе break the bаrriеrѕ dоwn indicating a non-defensive аnd open mind thаt iѕ rеlаxеd аnd соmfоrtаblе.

5. Mirroring. Unсоnѕсiоuѕlу reflecting еасh оthеr’ѕ bеhаviоr lеаning fоrwаrd аt thе same time, brеаthing in ѕуnс, сrоѕѕing thе ѕаmе leg оvеr the оthеr аt thе same, ѕреаking in thе ѕаmе tоnе, indiсаtеѕ that thеrе iѕ entirely a bit оf аttrасtiоn invоlvеd, as it imрliеѕ thаt bоth of уоu аrе аt thе ѕаmе level of attraction.

Power Of Body Language

Thе power of bоdу lаnguаgе iѕ fоund in the emotional rеѕроnѕе it сrеаtеѕ. Feelings drivе dесiѕiоnѕ аnd rеасtiоnѕ in virtuаllу every situation. Nоn-vеrbаl сuеѕ triggеr fееlingѕ which dеtеrminе соrе аѕѕеtѕ of an individuаl ѕuсh as truthfulnеѕѕ, trustworthiness, ѕinсеritу, ѕkill level, аnd lеаdеrѕhiр аbilitiеѕ. Thе interpretation of thеѕе cues can determine whо wе date, thе job we gеt hirеd fоr, whаt lеvеl оf ѕuссеѕѕ we obtain, аnd even who may bе еlесtеd intо influеntiаl роlitiсаl роѕitiоnѕ. With ѕuсh a ѕignifiсаnt ѕkill whу don’t wе ѕреnd уеаrѕ learning and dеvеlорing practical body lаnguаgе skills? The truth iѕ most реорlе undеrvаluе the imроrtаnсе оf body language until they аrе lооking fоr a dеереr undеrѕtаnding of human bеhаviоr in a реrѕоnаl rеlаtiоnѕhiр, оr gаining an edge in a соmреtitivе business ѕituаtiоn. Mastery оf body lаnguаgе рrоvidеѕ реорlе with thе keys tо intеrрrеting the mеаning behind ѕресifiс gestures аnd bоdу mоvеmеnt, аѕ wеll аѕ рrоviding аn understanding of hоw to project and communicate mеѕѕаgеѕ effectively.

Sourced from Positivity to success, re-arranged by Joi

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The Happy Vitamins

B and C Vitamins and Adrenal Function

B vitamins the happy vitamins. They make you feel great when you have enough of them. And guess what helps you absorb them? You got it – good gut flora. You can’t absorb what you need without lots of the right microbes in your gut. When you lack the right microbes, the results are emotions that run amuck and an overall feeling of despair or anxiety. Your adrenal glands manufacture a number of hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline, aldosterone, estrogen, and testosterone that regulate body fluid balance, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other central metabolic functions and help your body cope with stress. Each of the B vitamins is essential when you have any kind of stress, be it physical or emotional. It helps with everything from mood to DNA synthesis to energy production. Strong emotions cause the adrenals to release extra reserves of  the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. And, because the production of these hormones requires a lot of nutrients, including B vitamins and magnesium, excessive emotional demands will exhaust the adrenals. A “nervous breakdown” is actually adrenal fatigue, or when the adrenal glands can’t deal with the amount of stress they’re experiencing. Adrenaline is closely connected with the sympathetic nervous system. Perhaps the very reason you are having these strong emotions is because of things going on in your gut as well?

In this article from The Verge, (see article here) UCLA researchers showed in one 2013 proof-of-concept study that healthy women who consumed (twice daily for four weeks) a drink with four added probiotic strains showed significantly altered brain functioning on an MRI brain scan. The women’s brains were scanned while they looked at photos of angry or sad faces, and then asked to match those with other faces showing similar emotions.

Those who had consumed the probiotic drink showed significantly lower brain activity in the neural networks that help drive responses to sensory and emotional behavior. The research is “groundbreaking,” says Cryan the researcher, because it’s the first trial to show that probiotics could affect the functioning of the human brain.

Lots of B12 in Kefir

Most B vitamins act as co-enzymes, which means that they help form enzymes to become catalysts in biochemical transformations throughout your body. When you have enough, you can feel it. Your mood will shift and I believe it is one of the big reasons I feel happy most of the time. All the cultured foods have B vitamins in them and having good flora in your gut helps you absorb and use these critical vitamins. One cup of milk kefir has half of the B12 you need in a day. I always have two cups of kefir for this very reason, B12 keeps me calm and feeling good. B12 keeps the body’s nerves and blood cells healthy, helps make DNA, and prevents anemia.

One cup gives you 700 milligrams of vitamin C

Another key vitamin that is abundant in cultured foods is vitamin C,  which is also key in helping support your adrenals and a myriad of other process in the body as well. Vitamin C is absolutely essential for adrenal function. Vitamin C will allow you to respond properly to life’s stressors and recover more quickly from them. Cultured foods not only supply you with a ton of vitamin C (one cup is 700 milligrams of vitamin C)  but they also allow you to better absorb  it throughout the body. Good microbes heal the the gut and allow better absorption and digestion from all your foods. Cultured vegetables and kefir are abundant in vitamins C and B. Vitamin C has many, many functions in the body and since it is water-soluble, and not stored by the body and is eliminated in urine, we require a continuous daily supply in our diet.

Change the bacteria in your gut by adding probiotic foods. Heal and nourish your adrenals and watch your mood lift and your body heal.

Sourced from: Cultured Food For Life

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NEED A NATURAL MOOD CHANGER

Kombucha is the answer!

Look at what eight ounces of Kombucha has in it.

Daily Minimum Allowance

  • Folic Acid 25%
  • Vitamin B2 20%
  • Vitamin B6 20%
  • Vitamin B1 20%
  • Vitamin B3 20%
  • Vitamin B12 20%

Probiotic Content

  • Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086: 1 billion organisms
  • S. Boulardii: 1 billion organisms

Antioxidants and Organic Acids

  • EGCG 100mg
  • Glucuronic Acid 10mg
  • L(+) Lactic Acid 25mg
  • Acetic Acid 30 mg

Do you know what all of this means? Do you see the billions of probiotics?

Let me tell you about one of the probiotics found in kombucha called SaccharomycesBoulardii (S. Boulardii) which is actually a good yeast. It is used as the number one probiotic in hospitals, called Florastor.   S. boulardii has digestive benefits that support the immune system. When you support the immune system, your body is in a calm and relaxed state. These probiotics help nourish the cells that support the intestinal epithelium and repair the gut, which is a first-line defense against invaders to the body. Drinking kombucha can make you feel great. I have noticed I always feel better about 20 to 30 minutes after drinking my kombucha. It also is a probiotic that can’t be killed by antibiotics.

Kombucha, as well as all the cultured foods, has  B vitamins.  These B vitamins help nourish your adrenals, which control your moods and start you on the road to feeling better.

Sourced from: Cultured Food For Life

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Allow Yourself To Be Yourself

“The things you used to trip over,

will be the things you dance and skip over.”

 

You are far more able to manifest your dreams and deal with present and future challenges than you may realize. All the resources lie within you.

You have so many gifts and strengths from the path you’ve walked in life, and they are available to serve you, and will serve you, in all you experience and create.

Allow yourself to be yourself, to be open, to be vulnerable, to be present.

You are fully capable and absolutely have what it takes to manifest your heart’s desires.

Know this. Don’t doubt yourself.

You are a champion!

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“I am what I am because of who we all are” -Ubuntu

“Ubuntu is a philosophy that considers the success of the group above that of the individual.” Stephen Lundin- Ubuntu!

The word ‘Ubuntu‘ originates from one of the Bantu dialects of Africa, and is pronounced as uu-Boon-too. It is a traditional African philosophy that offers us an understanding of ourselves in relation with the world. According to Ubuntu, there exists a common bond between us all and it is through this bond, through our interaction with our fellow human beings, that we discover our own human qualities. Or as the Zulus would say, “Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu”, which means that a person is a person through other persons. We affirm our humanity when we acknowledge that of others. The South African Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes Ubuntu as:

‘It is the essence of being human. It speaks of the fact that my humanity is caught up and is inextricably bound up in yours. I am human because I belong. It speaks about wholeness, it speaks about compassion. A person with Ubuntu is welcoming, hospitable, warm and generous, willing to share. Such people are open and available to others, willing to be vulnerable, affirming of others, do not feel threatened that others are able and good, for they have a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that they belong in a greater whole. They know that they are diminished when others are humiliated, diminished when others are oppressed, diminished when others are treated as if they were less than who they are. The quality of Ubuntu gives people resilience, enabling them to survive and emerge still human despite all efforts to dehumanize them.” – [reference 1]

 

African children

 

“An anthropologist studying the habits and customs of an African tribe found himself surrounded by children most days. So he decided to play a little game with them. He managed to get candy from the nearest town and put it all in a decorated basket. at the foot of a tree. Then he called the children and suggested they play the game. When the anthropologist said “now”, the children had to run to the tree and the first one to get there could have all the candy to him/herself.So the children all lined up waiting for the signal. When the anthropologist said “now”, all of the children took each other by the hand ran together towards the tree. They all arrived at the same time divided up the candy, sat down and began to happily munch away.The anthropologist went over to them and asked why they had all run together when any one of them could have had the candy all to themselves. The children responded: “Ubuntu. How could any one of us be happy if all the others were sad?”Ubuntu is a philosophy of African tribes that can be summed up as “I am what I am because of who we all are.” [reference 2]

african children

 

“A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed” -Desmond Tutu

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.” -Desmond TutuAfrican children

 

References:

[1] http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/7-22-2006-103206.asp

[2] http://morvensblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/ubuntu-a-lesson-from-the-children/

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From My Kitchen To Yours

Fresh Teas Are My Newest ❤️

Teas made with fresh herbs, spices and fruit. Warming, tasty, comforting, gentle.  They are also effective packed with health benefits,  quick and easy to make, with endless combinations –What more could you want?

Below are 2 of my recipes, give them a try or use them as inspiration to create your own.✌🏽

4 cups water  and organic ingredients are  used for all the recipes and teas are brought to a boil, covered and heat turned off, leave on burner and let stand for 15-20 mins, strain and serve. Teas can be chilled as well great  summer time drink.

Cranberry Flush

5 slices of fresh  ginger root

3-4 slices of fresh  turmeric root

handful of fresh o cranberries

speck of  black pepper (optional)

2 crushed cloves

 

Spicy Zest

6 slices of  fresh ginger root slices

3-4 slices of  fresh turmeric root slices

1/2 lemon slices squeezed and left in pot

speck of black pepper

Local honey to taste

 

Benefits of ingredients of Teas:

Ginger

Improves blood circulation, Improves nutrient absorption, Prevents colds and influenza, Improves digestion, Strengthens the system, Combats Inflammation, fat burner

Turmeric

Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties, Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound, Dramatically Increases The Antioxidant Capacity of The Body, Turmeric Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases,  Studies Show That Turmeric Has Incredible Benefits Against Depression

Cranberries

Prevents and Treats Urinary Tract Infections, Decreases Inflammation,    ImprovesImmune, Benefits The Digestive Tract, The antioxidant benefits of cranberries were associated with decreased risk of various markers of heart disease, including high blood pressure

Lemon

Treats Indigestion, Lemon juice assists in relieving respiratory problems and breathing problems, Promotes Weight Loss, Helps control high blood pressure, Lemon is an excellent fruit that fights against problems related to throat infections, due to its well-known antibacterial properties

Cloves

Cloves offer many health benefits, some of which include aid in digestion, fighting against cancer, protecting the liver, boosting the immune system, controlling diabetes, preserving bone quality, and containing anti-mutagenic and anti-microbial properties, as well as fighting against oral diseases and headaches, while also displaying aphrodisiac properties.

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