I recently discovered the amazing gotu kola, a plant native to tropical wetlands in Asia.In Ayurvedic medicine, gotu kola is considered one of the most important and spiritual herbs. It works on the higher chakras, especially the Crown. When it’s fresh, the leaves of the herb actually resemble the two hemispheres of the brain. And this is no coincidence… the herb actually works to balance the brain and provide it with more blood and oxygen.
More Benefits of Gotu Kola:
- Improves memory and cognitive functioning
- Treats chronic skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis
- Treats venereal diseases
- Treats fever
- Helps with respiratory congestion
- Strengthens immunity
- Strengthens adrenals
- Cleanses the blood
- Improves nervous conditions
Make a Cup of Gotu Kola Tea:
If you live near a natural foods store with a bulk herbs section, you may be able to get your hands on some dried gotu kola. To make a cup of tea, take a teaspoon of the dried herb and steep it in boiling water for 10 minutes.
Gotu Kola Skin Balm:
I’ve also been experimenting with some skin balms. To make your own, take a teaspoon of steeped and drained gotu kola and mix it with 1 tablespoon of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and a dash of neem oil. (Neem is another amazing anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic medicine that soothes the skin.)
My Personal Experience:
After drinking my very first cup of gotu kola tea, I felt super relaxed and went to bed early. I slept like a baby and woke up a little groggy. After the grogginess wore off, I felt more vibrant than ever. Relaxed, alert and yet calm. I went to work and talked easily with people. My thoughts were crystal clear and coherent. I was happy and yet grounded. My cheery mood remained with me for the entire day. My nerves were soothed. So is gotu kola worth trying? Absolutely!
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I recently discovered that the cause of my sugar cravings was an overgrowth of Candida yeast.
Candida naturally occurs in the body but sometimes can grow in abundance due to:
- Oral contraceptives (The chemical balance in the stomach can be thrown off by the hormonal imbalances caused by the Pill. This can lead to an overgrowth of the yeast that usually works to digest food.)
- Antibiotics. (They kill bad bacteria but also good bacteria that eats yeast.)
- Alcohol, Sugar, and Refined and processed foods. (Yeast feeds on sugar.)
- Caffeine. (Weakens the adrenals and can impair immune system. Coffee can also contain mold.)
When left untreated, the fungus can branch long filaments (hyphae) into your bowels and cause holes to appear. This is referred to as leaky gut syndrome. When this occurs, toxic microorganisms and macromolecules can enter into your circulatory system. This leads to food allergies, inflammation issues, and can eventually turn into a full on autoimmune disease.
Symptoms of an overgrowth of Candida are:
- Bloating, cramping, gas after eating.
- Headaches, mental fogginess.
- Food allergies.
- Athletes foot, vagintis.
- Strong sweet cravings.
I have decided that for the month of September 2014 I'm doing a full-on Candida cleanse along with consuming 4L of Water per day. I will be posting update videos regularly on YouTube so feel free to join me on this journey and let me know how you're doing! I will most likely be continuing this cleanse into November and December.
If you have a sugar addiction that you can't seem to break, here is your invitation to join me on this adventure. We can root each other on!
Foods to AVOID on the Candida cleanse:
- Sugar and artificial sweeteners.
- Grapes, oranges, mushrooms. All tropical fruit.
- Grains (If you do consume grains make sure they are whole grains.)
- Peanuts, cashews, corn, pistachios
- Refined and processed everything
- Hydrogenated oils, MSG
- Preservatives, sulphites, guar gum, etc
- Soy sauce, miso, vinegars (Apple cider vinegar okay to consume.)
- Dried fruit
- Tea (Tisanes okay.)
Foods you CAN eat on this cleanse:
- Eggs (Some people have allergies to the whites so make sure they work for you.)
- Max 2 cups of coffee/day
- Plain Yogurt
- Veggies, all kinds, especially spinach, kale, swiss chard, parsley, endives, bok choy, cabbage, radish, broccoli, cauliflower. Avoid starchy vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, yams and squash.
- Wild Pacific Sockeye salmon (Contains Astaxanthin, one of the world's most powerful antioxidants.)
- 1 piece of fruit daily (Plums, apples, pears, peaches or berries.)
- Coconut products
- Olive oil
- Spirulina and chlorella (Help to remove heavy metals from your body.)
- Stick to herbs rather than spices (Garlic, onions and ginger are okay.)
I also highly suggest taking a daily vitamin along with: B12, Vitamin C, Zinc, B6, D. Consume lots of beta-carotene. (Goji berries are a great source!) Digestive herbal teas containing dandelion and Echinacea are beneficial. It's also might be helpful to incorporate some probiotics. Saccharomyces Boulardii is a great one. Also L-Glutamine is beneficial. Add the powder to some water or your green drink in the morning. It repairs the gut wall and is a source of fuel for white blood cells and cells lining the intestines. It also supports immune functioning.
Daily meal plan:
Breakfast: Free-range eggs cooked in coconut or olive oil seasoned with sea salt.
Lunch: Salad with kale, spinach, avocado, cucumber, hemp, lemon juice. Add protein source.
Snack: Piece of fruit.
Dinner: Steamed cauliflower, broccoli, celery, endives. Add protein source.
Breakfast: Yogurt and berries.
Lunch: Salad with roasted asparagus, onions, spring greens, spinach, pumpkins seeds (amazing source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties). Add protein source.
Snack: Green smoothie with your favourite leafy greens along with a green superfood blend.
Dinner: Raw Avo-Cuke soup. Chop 1/2 a cucumber and add pieces into blender. Blend along with 2 large avocados, 1/4 onion, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 1/2 cups water, salt and garlic (powerful anti-fungal) to taste.
Another easy snack to prepare on this diet is a Dill-icious Coleslaw: Chop 2 cups cabbage and grate 1 radish. Mix together with dressing made from 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp. lemon juice, 1/4 cup plain yogurt, a dash of dill and a pinch of salt.
Feel free to leave me comments on my YouTube channel to let me know how this diet is working out for you. I've been on it for a couple days now and man on man, do I ever feel energized and empowered! Super excited to continue on this journey. :)
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I have been on a strict Candida cleanse since September 4, 2014. I felt amazing when I first started to consciously think about what I was putting into my body again. I felt empowered, excited to be healthy after falling back into my bad habit of late night snacking. :P Then… a few days into my diet, I crashed hard. I was weak, sick and angry. I realized that my body was in shocked, starved of sugar, and purging toxins. I powered through the worst of the storm and came out on the other side, more energized than ever. I realized I needed to eat WAY MORE than I originally thought. If you’re joining me on this diet, make sure you eat if you’re hungry. And more than one piece of fruit is fine!
Here’s my updated diet plan:
Breakfast: 5 eggs cooked in coconut oil. Scoop of protein powder in water. Multivitamin.
Lunch: Salad with avocados, cucumbers, almonds, olive oil, wild salmon.
Dinner: Salmon and steamed vegetables.
Snack: Yogurt and fruit.
The diet that I am on is a fat-adapted diet. I’m telling my body to get its energy from fat. The result? Because fat is slow released in the body, my blood sugar levels remain the same, and if I miss a meal? No big deal. My body will turn to the fat on my body for energy. My body actually seeks to find my perfect weight easily. I don’t have to work out as much and I feel stronger than ever. My energy levels are through the roof!
I like that fact that this diet is simple. On high carb vegan diets, you have to constantly eat to fuel yourself. Why? Your cells cannot process very much glucose all at once so they create an enzyme called glycogen synthase. This allows the glucose molecules to be stored in the liver and the muscles. The liver can hold 70g of glycogen, the muscles, 200g. That’s 270g in total. After an average American breakfast consisting of a bagel and a caramel macchiato, your reservoirs are full. So where does the rest of the sugar you consume go? To your fat cells. With all the extra glucose in your bloodstream, your pancreas creates insulin. Insulin levels go up and insulin receptors go down everywhere… except for on your fat cells. So… you get hungry, but your body can’t access the sugar for fuel. So it turns to the fat cells, but cannot use the fat for energy either. The hormone that allows the body to use fat for energy is insulin sensitive. So what happens? You crash. You eat more sugar.
Vegans have to constantly eat to maintain their blood sugar levels. Yes, high carb vegan diets are more ethical, but natural and easy? Not in my opinion. Think about how we evolved. Was there really always fresh fruit around for us to eat all year? Not likely. Did fruit cause our brains to grow as big as they did? Again, not likely. And this is all coming from a former vegan.
I know that some people out there are going to judge me for my decisions to consume fish, but I’m doing what I have to for my health. My body doesn’t want soy, grains, legumes. (Vegan protein.) The thing is, even though we technically can eat these things, it doesn’t mean that they facilitate the utmost health within us. Soy is highly inflammatory, grains and legumes contain antinutrients that tear the intestinal lining apart and prevent nutrients from being absorbed.
I’ve learned to become extremely accepting of everyone’s diet choices. Everyone is different. Every body is different. To say that one diet works for all is ignorant in my opinion. While I still obviously recommended everybody eat raw food, especially leafy greens, I think it’s time we take a good hard look at the science behind how food is processed in our bodies. As a former fanatic vegan who cried at Thanksgiving dinners and preached veganism like a religion, I can honestly say that I used to be extremely biased. And that bias allowed me to latch onto myths. A major one being: meat is acidic and will change the pH of your blood, when in reality, if the PH of your blood changed, you would die. No food can change the pH of your blood.
And while yes, the way we go about killing our food is abhorrent, I’ve learned that the act of eating meat is not wrong. The act of ostracizing and even hating one another for our choices? That’s another story…
I believe that we are becoming less dense beings who don’t need as much food, but it’s important to remember what we are now: humans! With physical bodies that require the proper sustenance to thrive.
A great resource I came across was Dr. Doug McGuff who wrote a book called Body by Science. I plan on reading this and sharing some new insights soon! I highly recommend you looking his work up.
See you soon and feel free to let me know how you’re doing! :D
You can use fixed eye movements to stregthen the extraocular muscles of your eyes, which are responisble for the movement and coordination of your eyes. Check out the video I made on the subject:
Up + right: Creating an image.
Up + left: Recalling an image.
Down + right: Recalling a touch.
Down + left: Recalling a sound.
Horizontal + right: Creating a sound.
Horizontal + left: Recalling a sound.
Between the brows: Opens Third Eye.
Focused on nose: Enhances smell.
Focused on tongue: Enhances taste.
Hold your eyes in each position for about 10 seconds every day. This exercise will improve your learning ability, attention span and create more balance within your brian hemispheres.