I don’t think “I have to take my pills”, no... rather, both my mind and body say “I get to be nourished now”. This is why I take all the supplements that I do. I know and feel the difference. I supplement purely for preventative purposes because, to me, without good health, life isn’t worth living. I don’t wish to live long, only well. I want to feel great so I can enjoy the life I get to while it lasts.
I eat for calories, supplement for nutrition. As good as my diet may be, it just doesn’t provide all that is needed. Our soil is depleted. It takes many more times the food to get the necessary amount of nutrition - far more than we could ever eat. That’s why we thought of taking supplements, but many people don’t know they are making deficiencies worse with over the counter synthetic multivitamins! And we wonder why we are hungry, tired, over feed yet undernourished? It’s really no mystery when you begin to understand the difference between whole food concentrates as supplements as opposed to chemical isolates. When I think of consuming food, I think to take my nutrition - that’s what supplementation is... to supplement our food source with nutrient-dense whole food concentrates (or should be).
I have a colleague that teaches protocols in triads. With any condition, he would say you must think of the mineral, vitamin and restorative protein (PMG) for the system that needs nourished so it can heal. For example, take adrenal fatigue - the ever so common root issue with many conditions. The adrenal glands need a lot of potassium (Mineral), they use a lot of vitamin C and the PMG Therapy would be one of three adrenal glandular supplements (depending on the stage of hypoadrena and dependent on blood pressure).
There is much benefit to working with a professional that can assess your condition and needs. I particularly favor the Standard Process Pro line as I have found it to be most effective at making true and lasting change for people. You can’t take isolated chemicals and expect to get results. To illustrate this, I will share my latest discovery personally. I occasionally would do what I call the “mini thyroid test” on myself. It’s called this because you apply iodine tincture on the soft skin of the forearm and see how long it stains the skin. My body would soak it up within hours. Ideally, it should stain the skin for 24 hours if you had enough iodine helping the thyroid function optimally.
I began putting iodine on my skin almost daily with little improvement. The most it stained my skin was 6 or so hours. I did however not feel so cold. Most practitioners would recommend taking iodine internally. However, I began taking Organically Bound Minerals, a supplement with kelp (a great source of plant-based iodine). I tested out the mini thyroid test not longer than just a week after supplementing with OBM and my iodine stain lasted more than 10 hours. This is a significant difference being that I had been applying the iodine tincture to my skin for months compared to just a week of plant-based iodine. Within just weeks of OBM supplementation (plant-based) my iodine patch now maintains stains for 24 hours.
The lesson here is that more is not better and nature-made is superior. Getting a chemically based supplement may look appealing because you see on the label a larger amount of the nutrients measured out than you would see on a whole-food based supplement. Often, whole-food supplements do not measure out much at all as far as the label reads. One thing for sure that experience has taught me is that nature has its delivery system figured out! You gain more nutrition from less in measured out chemical isolates because you body absorbs and utilizes 100% of the plant-based source compared to just a fraction of the chemical source. There are side effects of chemically-based supplements – they have a drug like effect. Especially iodine as it is a strong antibacterial. With kelp, you get a synergistic blend of nutrients and cofactors that help in ways you can’t even begin to imagine. Alternately, taking iodine as a mineral itself can kill good bacteria in the gut and lead to problems subsequently.
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“Yoga is indeed associated with certain metaphysical notions, but the practice itself does not require that we adopt them” states George Feuerstein, Ph.D in the book Living Yoga A Comprehensive Guide for Daily Life. In this same book, a compilation of several authors, Joan Borysenko comments on how, in this country, psychology and medicine don’t have a place for the questions of spirituality. Such questions on the deeper meaning of life such as “who am I?” and “what is human life?”. I would like to add the question “is it possible to heal the past (and future) when we actively work to heal the present?”. Can you think of a situation to where this applies for you? And, if so, how would it change/improve things?
Yoga is a universal art. Most stereotypes of it are dead wrong. There are many misunderstandings of yoga but it is for anyone drawn to higher moral and virtues of life and any form of it, whether that be in meditation or the physical asana practice, it is inevitable that growth, a better state of balance and a sense of well-being results. It is true that there are postures called asanas but that is just one branch of an eight-fold path, one that is not a religion. I would place emphasis on yoga being experimentation of self-reflection, reality and beliefs. To continue reading CLICK HERE