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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You Are A Miracle

“You deserve nothing but blessings.”

Believe in the possibility of miracles and be open to the blessings that are now on their way. Miracles are love in action.

YOU are a miracle, as is Life itself.

Wake up to the loving, magical and abundant nature of reality and allow the universe and your Higher Self to bestow all the love, support and blessings they ever wish to in countless ways. Open to RECEIVE and know blessings are on their way. Feel your desire, joy and enthusiasm for your wishes and dreams and write down some things you would like to manifest and send out those requests to the universe!

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The Way We Move, Is The Way We Live Life

In Cuba there is an accentuated sexy and sensual walk they call  – llamar la atencion – calling for attention. This kind of a walk is made of;

 Elegancia ~ elegance

Intencion~ intention

Cadencia ~ cadence

Sabrosura ~ sensuality

Picardia ~ naughtiness.

These are five important elements that form a classic attraction that’s not cheap.

‘Soy yo‘ – this is me. It’s this kind of a look that releases healthy pride full of confidence;

Here I am present in all of my glory, but with inviting warmth, and no arrogance.

The Way We Move, Is The Way                   We Live Life

Our body language communicates a lot louder than we are really aware of. When we let our thoughts express through our body language, we form a new reality of communication and dialogue, for better and for worse׼ This is true in our personal and professional lives. It’s important to be aware of the power that’s in our hands.

The body is a mirror into our soul, at any given moment it reveals what we feel. When we are stressed the body becomes stiff. When we are in love it softens. The chest always holds a lot of emotional stuff. Delicate hand gestures can tell us a lot about the person’s ability to experience and show vulnerability. Every part and every movement tells us something about what is happening within us and in relation to our environment. Our body’s reaction to another tells us a lot about our mutual relationship and allows us to understand what we feel.  It allows us to create greater awareness and a deeper connection.

 

It seems that such looks that make a woman feel like she is a princess, have almost disappeared from today’s judgmental world. As well as vulnerable and pleasant looks from women. Advertising pushes us to focus on the vain and to feel as if our bodies are not attractive enough the way they are. We are too busy with what is missing and imperfect rather than focusing on making the other feel uniquely gorgeous. And we do not cease to communicate it. We have made the world a much more aggressive place, a world in which we do not feel safe enough to open up and be vulnerable. We have lost touch with some very important things, things that in fact affect immediately our inner happiness. Happiness is actually a lot simpler than it seems to us.

 

To go back 60 years is impossible and unnecessary.  The trick is to bring back the elements that we’ve lost that are crucial to our daily happiness. The very elements that without them something is missing, but when they are there life is richer. And it’s possible!  Cuba teaches, when there is no material at all, what is left is internal – self-love, belonging to the community, connection to the family and solidarity.

Sourced from Liza Chen

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Find The Blessings

“Be curious about why you meet/bump into/encounter someone at the time/period you do, and what exchange of gifts/meaning/messages come through.”
Everyone you meet, every encounter, can have meaning and significance and exchanges on many levels. Each can bring gifts into your life, sometimes more obvious, sometimes more disguised. Those gifts may be a quality or energy, an opportunity, lesson, insight, understanding, and so on.

Challenging encounters can help you learn more about yourself, as well as how to forgive, have compassion, discover shadows, love yourself more, strengthen boundaries, realize what you do and don’t want, and so on.

Find the ‘blessings’ in the people you meet, and be open and grateful for any gifts that come with them, weather received or given. You only need to look & listen, ‘blessings’ are Always around.

 

Sourced from: Anine

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What is Candle Gazing Meditation?

It’s secret lies in that you gaze at an object that captures your attention. Perhaps you have had the experience of being totally absorbed , taken out side your self as it were by a magnificent sunset or a full moon, stopped and held in the moment by something of exquisite beauty and in a that moment you enter the timeless, catching a glimpse of eternity.This Candle Gazing technique if practiced regularly can hone and develop your concentration to the ‘enth’ degree.As it brings the mind to a place of stillness,distractions dissolve away, mind becomes focused on the flame. The candle gazing Meditation also improves memory bringing the mind to supreme awareness.

The practice of candle gazing has a number of amazing benefits, including opening up your 3rd eye (pineal gland), improved eyesight, focus, concentration and much more!

This simple technique is an excellent introduction to the Art and science of meditation. People of all ages and stress levels can immediately feel the benefits. Students can use this before studying to improve their concentration.

https://youtu.be/LWo2Y1QKBRY

 

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