Vitamins and Minerals
The most completely balanced food is whole grain brown rice. It contains five parts potassium, which is yin or acidic, and one part sodium, which is yang. Yin expands and yang contracts. For example, sugar is yin. If you put sugar on your tongue, it expands. On the other hand, salt is yang. When you put salt on your tongue, it contracts. Anything that affects your mouth also affects your body, and in turn, affects your mind. Neither yin nor yang is all good or bad. They are complementary opposites that should be in balance.
The B vitamins, found in high qualities in brewer’s yeast, are good for digestive problems. Sugar robs our body of vitamin B. If you consume a lot of sugar, you should consider increasing your intake of vitamin B. Although taking a multivitamin is a good start, it is not enough for the average person. The addition of individual vitamins is more likely to better meet our body’s requirements. A multivitamin will keep us functioning, but won’t help us build good health.
Why do we need to take vitamins at all? Our food is loaded with chemicals fertilizers and pesticides, rarely grown organically. Consequently, it is robbed of the elements that occur naturally in unpolluted ground. Food is also kept in storage for long periods of time, which greatly diminishes its nutrient value. If you can catch an apple as it falls from the tree, or if you can grow your own organic vegetables and eat them immediately, you won’t need additional vitamin and mineral supplements. We destroy vitamins and minerals in the way we prepare our food. For example, Take a single carrot. Cutting the green top off depletes it of vitamin K. When we peel it, we lose its minerals. Soaking the carrot depletes it of its natural sugar, all B vitamins, most vitamin C, some vitamin P, and additional minerals.
Heartburn is caused by hydrochloric acid and by sugar. Coffee with two teaspoons of sugar makes the mucous membranes in our stomach fiery red. It’s like setting the stomach on fire first thing in the morning. Sugar interferes with our digestion. When food can not be digested, we begin to feel bloated and take an antacid, which is the worst possible thing we can do. Antacids can cause calcium loss and stop our digestive process completely, which results in constipation. If we are constipated, we take mineral oils, which in turn leach out vitamins and minerals from the body.
We should try to eat our food at room temperature, neither too hot or too cold. These extremes are hard on our digestive system and contribute to arthritis. Fruits and vegetables, which are both excellent, should be eaten at least an hour apart. It takes a different digestive process for each one, and eating both in the same meal causes a conflict in our digestive system.
Our attitude while we eat is also very important. We should not gobble our food, but savor each bite. We should try to simplify our meals. Eating many different types of food in one meal confuses our body and makes it work much harder. We should never eat more than three types of food in one sitting.
Remember, you are what to eat. So the best food are those that have the most energy in them raw vegetables, fresh fruits-not those kept in storage for weeks and weeks. Most grains are easier to digest, and more filling and healthy than meat, fish, fowl, highly processed starches, and sugar. Do not think of your diet change as becoming vegetarian, think it as your desire to be healthier, and live longer.
Relaxation, Meditation: listening for silence
Begin this relaxation period by comfortably sitting for a few moments. Close your eyes and regulate your breath slowly in and out. Feel your stomach rise, as you inhale, and return inward, as you exhale. Your breathing should be rhythmic, not forceful. Always try to exhale twice as long as you inhale. This point is particularly important as you try to relax. Your outward breath is a good way to tell your body that it is alright to relax.
As you first begin to learn to relax, to find your way into a meditative state of existence, silence becomes very important. Any noise can be a total distraction to your peace, to your success in reaching your goal of bliss. Because we pay so much attention to sound, we may miss hearing the silence altogether. Silence is a good way of tuning in to our self, the inner self that we fail to make contact with as often as we should. This relaxation will give you the opportunity to acquaint yourself with silence.
If you are having trouble tuning in, cover your eyes with your hands. Take a few minutes and try to truly hear the silence.
Now, stop. In addition to hearing the silence, you probably also heard you-your inner vibrations. Perhaps, you heard your heartbeat. You made contact, tuned in, touched base.
Lie down and adjust your body comfortably to the floor, balanced and centered in peace. Again, keep your eyes closed and give yourself permission to go loose and limp, released and relaxed. This time, instead of thinking about sinking into a feather bed, think about sinking into silence. Absorb it and let it absorb you. Do not let any outside thoughts enter your mind to disturb this blissful quiet, this serenity of silence. If a thought tries to come in, simply turn your attention back to your breathing. Breath in, breath out, and enter silence. Try it now.
Rest a few more minutes, feeling completely relaxed. Feel the peace that surrounds you. Feel free and light. Feel rested but alive to this moment, this happening, this experiencing, this utter joy. Maybe realize for the very first time that the happiness we seek outwardly is already locked inside of us. We must be still, paused in the silence, to receive it. We must learn to trust ourselves to open up to the peace that is already ours.
Give yourself a positive thought to take with you. We become what we think, and every thought directs our life into what we become, into what we are.
Slowly, begin to stretch your body back to aliveness. Always start with your toes, when move your legs, your hands, and your arms into a gentle stretch. Finally, fully stretch into a yawn, and do whatever your body needs you to do before arising, maybe a turn or a twist. Let your final thought be: “Life is a celebration.” Smile to yourself as you go back to your outer world.
Calcium builds bones and teeth. It calms nerves and aids insomnia. It is also helpful for rheumatic heart action. Calcium and iron need acid for simulation. If our body does not have enough acid, calcium begins to build up, which can lead to arthritis and bursitis. However, calcium combined with vitamin C can relieve arthritis. Calcium also needs vitamin D for proper absorption.
Phosphorous works in combination with calcium. Although, our diets rarely lack phosphorous, if your body needs phosphorous, lecithin and brewer’s yeast are both excellent sources. Brewer’s yeast is also a good source of mineral, 13 B vitamins, and 16 amino acids. So keep that brewer’s yeast handy!
Potassium aids our heart function and is absolutely essential to your health. A lack of potassium can upset your entire nervous system, lead to heart seizures, weak muscular control, and constipation. The best sources of potassium are raw foods, leafy greens, black strap molasses, and sunflower seeds.
Iron gives us energy and promotes healthy breathing. It keeps our cheeks and lips pink and our eyes bright, and our zest for living to its fullest. Our red blood cells need iron.
Manganese, fluorides, sodium, chrome, zinc, and lithium are found in sea water in almost the same proportion as in our own blood stream. You can get all your minerals by eating kelp, either as a sea vegetable or as a tablet. It contains 22 minerals, plus trace elements. One kelp tablet about the size of an aspirin contains as much iron as 70 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables, 56 pounds of grains and nuts, 12 pounds of eggs, or 2 pounds of fish.
Alfalfa is another rich source of minerals – with seven vitamins and six minerals – its roots grow very deep into the earth. You should try to drink hard water, which contains more minerals than soft water. Distilled water contains no minerals at all. Interestingly, it has been scientifically proven that both bursitis and arthritis respond to sea water. Have a good swim and have a good drink!
Relaxation,Meditation: Deep breathing
Before lying down into relaxation, acquaint yourself with some of the wonderful qualities of your breath. Your breath is a special friend, not only because it gives you life, but because you can call upon it to give you energy, to warm you, to cool you, to calm you, even to inform you. Let your breath inform you as to who and what you are. We all think we know who we are, but truly, we are only aware of the outer, everyday us, not the real being. Our breath reminds us of the real being every time we breathe in and breathe out.
Close your eyes and take a deep inhalation.
Slowly exhale. Do you hear anything? if you do not, try it again, and really listen this time.
Pay attention to your exhalation. What sound does it make? Inhale and listen.
The sound of exhalation is “hum,” which comes from the back of the throat. Try it again.
If you are breathing deeply enough, it should become easier to hear. Keep your eyes so that you can better concentrate. Inhale and exhale deeply and listen to your “so hum.” Try it a few more times.
Every time we breathe, “so hum” comes forth. So hum means “I am He.” Your breath reminds you that your identity is connected with the Supreme soul. You might call it the force, the universal energy, or God. It does not matter what we call it, as long as we understand that we are connected with every breath we take, approximately 15 times a minute, 22 to 23 thousand times a day. The next time that you feel alone or fearful, close your eyes, inhale,exhale, and listen for your reassurance.
Lie down, centered by following your exhalation down, along the imaginary line. Let go until you feel totally released and relaxed – your body loose and limp. Your feet are shoulder width apart and your arms are away from the sides of your body, palms facing up. Relax your facial muscles. Do not squint or frown. Think of something pleasant, smile, and relax your jaw.
If an outside thought distracts you, drown it out with your so hum by breathing more deeply, until the disturbance goes away, and return to your restful breathing.
Listen to the loud, clear so hum, and hold it with you as begin to bring your mind and body back to the awareness of the room. Gently stretch your toes, your legs, your arms. Then stretch fully and yawn. Lastly, do whatever your body feels like doing, silently reminding yourself: “My body is relaxed and my mind is peaceful.” Smile and join in the celebration of life.
Breathing through your left or right nostril is called alternate breathing. It helps to cool you down or warm up and is very relaxing. When we are tired, we revive our body by taking a cold or hot shower. We can do the same thing mentally, using our nostrils. Close your right nostril and breathe in through your left. Close the left nostril and breathe out through the right – in through the right and out through the left.
Five ways to stay warm:
- Breath out of your right nostril.
- Sit on the floor with your legs crossed yogi-style, and put your hands on the bottom of your feel. Breathe deeply.
- Breathe very deeply and slowly. This breathing will keep your circulation moving and create energy and warmth.
- Sit in the kneeling position on your heels. Lock your hands in front of you and push your elbows side to side very vigorously.
- Visualize a ball of fire in your stomach as you breathe deeply.