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Who Wants To Be Anointed With Oil? October 29, 2010

Filed under: Health — Kazi @ 6:00 am
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How many of you remember the daily struggle with your mother to escape (unsuccessfully) gulping down the contents of “the big greasy spoon.” Cod Liver Oil, blah!

I can not remember ever actually getting away unscathed by the nastiest taste in the entire universe. Not once. Even when I literally vomited the contents of the spoon, along with everything that preceded it. She would force me to take down another.

I have a deep suspicion that this all goes back to the childhood of Jesus. C’mon now, the whole thing with him being “the anointed”. Telling his followers he would make them “fishers of men”.  And why do modern Christians all have a symbol of two fishes on their rear bumpers.

It can’t all be a coincidence. I think Mary was force feeding the baby Jesus cod liver oil way back then.  Ever since, mothers have been giving their children fish oil to protect them from evil spirits, disease, sorcery and bad dreams.  I mean think about it, isn’t Mary the ideal mother?  Ok, enough ‘light humor’.

Eating fish has long been considered a healthy choice for the body. The oils contained in fish are rich in substances that the body needs to maintain itself.

And Cod Liver Oil is an old favorite, that has made a resurgence now that alternative medicine has gone mainstream. Consuming fish oil as a dietary supplement is a sure way to to get more omega-3 fatty acids into your system. Omega-3s are examples of healthy oils that help with brain and heart function.

If you like fish, you can eat cold water fish once or twice a week to increase your healthy fat intake.

Cod liver oil is obtained from the livers of cod. Unlike eating cooked fish, the levels of mercury in them are nil because the purification process (look for products using molecular distillation with food grade ethanol) eliminates this harmful element.

Cod liver supplements differ from some others in that it not only contains omega-3 fatty acids but also a healthy dose of vitamin A and D. (Pregnant mothers are advised to avoid vitamin A supplements).

Sedentary types, shut-ins and the bed ridden may find it difficult to receive adequate amounts of vitamin D, since our major source is the sun. The increased use of sun block and sunscreen also decreases the absorption of vitamin D through the skin. This vitamin plays a vital role in the utilization of calcium by the body.

Ways this old preventive medicine can do a body good:

  • Depression – Cod liver oil reduces the incidence of depression.
  • Vitamin D levels – Since it increases the level of vitamin D, it leads to healthier and stronger bones and teeth when taking this supplement. Women, who are susceptible to osteoporosis, increase their bone and mineral density.
  • Heart and brain health – It reduces inflammation in the body and increases vascular integrity and integrity of nerve cells.
  • Disease prevention – Taking cod liver oil supplements may decrease the incidence of high LDL cholesterol levels, improve memory, prevent heart disease, reduce menopausal symptoms, reduce severity of PMS symptoms and also reduce incidence of diabetes type 1 in children.

Just like with any other over-the-counter supplement, it is important to first make sure you are eating complete meals that provide you with all of the nutrients that nature has to offer. Supplements are just that- supplemental.

Their purpose is not to provide the basis of your nutrition, but to fill in the gaps left by soil depletion and other side effects of modern society.

Oh yeah, the good news is today’s cod liver oil can be taken in tasteless capsules (choose gelatin free) and also come flavored for those who want to go old school and throw back a spoonful, ‘big mama’ style. So don’t worry about terrorizing your children. The modern versions are more child friendly.


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Not Just for Pampering April 25, 2010

Filed under: Fitness,Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 5:15 pm
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I see plenty of advertisements for Spas, Spa services and Spa parities these days. The promote the purchase of massage, facials, saunas, body scrubs and more. The Spa business along with fitness (sometimes combined in the same space) has been one of the fastest growing businesses in major cities around the country for the past 20 years.

The marketing of spa services has been very successful. The emphasis in the marketing has concentrated on the pampering aspect of going to a spa. The need for pampering in a fast paced, competitive society such as ours is legitimate and deserves exposure. At the same time, this emphasis on pampering may go over the heads of certain segments of the population, who could benefit greatly from regular of even an occasional spa experience.

In particular, many men still have not experienced the benefits of visiting a spa.  The idea of pampering in some minds is still something for women and metrosexuals.  Real men don’t eat quiche and most certainly do not enter the fru-fru halls of a spa.  Stone age thinking, but still very prevalent.

Massage is the one aspect of the spa that is pretty acceptable across genders. But it too fails to attract some people because it is looked at as a luxury. “I’ve had a massage before. I felt like a new man afterward. But it’s just to expensive to do regularly’”. This is something I’ve heard from woman also. Not just in reference to getting a massage, but in response to any sort of spa treatment.

I think there is an opportunity here for those of us in the health and fitness professions to highlight the health benefits of going to a spa or soliciting the services of a spa professional and integrating spa therapies into our clients healthy lifestyle programs.  The treatments that I listed above are not only delightful to experience, they are healing to the body, mind and spirit.  Spa treatments are detoxifying, stress reducing and can also be bonding for couples, families and friends. These three aspects alone are some of the most powerful preventive and curative medicines at our disposal.

The two that I find indispensable to maintaining my health are massage and saunas or steam baths. The sauna takes a few minutes to get used to if you haven’t been. But the moment of initial discomfort is worth it. As the body temperature rises, perspiration and blood circulation increases. The muscles and organs are stimulated and toxic waste is removed from your body through perspiration.

The heat also relaxes the muscles, making them soft and pliable. Try stretching after spending a few minutes in a sauna or steam room.  You will find that your range of motion has increased significantly. Minor aches you may have been experiencing many times melt away.

To put the icing on the cake, have a massage done after spending at least a combined half hour in a sauna and hot tub.  You will arise from the table so relaxed, you would be wise to take a little nap before leaving the spa.

High powered business executives, pro athletes, politicians, royalty and entertainers have been taking advantages of spa treatments for hundreds of years. If you feel you can’t afford a massage, get a 30 minute chair massage. You will not regret it. Most chair practitioners charge somewhere in the region of $1/min.  Shop around for a spa or freelancer in your area that has reasonable rates. You can usually save on treatments by buying multiple sessions as part of a package.  This will also motivate you to get treated on a regular basis.

My favorite place here in New Jersey is King Sauna. I go mainly for the variety of heat treatments available. Women swear by the body scrubs they get there.

Make spa services an integral part of your Sacred Wellness Lifestyle Program.  See you at the spa.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Green Phoenix Smoothie – It’s on the money! April 22, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle — Kazi @ 3:44 pm
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Here is another taste of ice chilled bliss from the smoothie vault. Before I can share the recipe, you have to take an oath of secrecy because ‘I will never reveal the ingredients, processing nor source of this smoothie recipe to anyone. So help me…..’

Ok. That’s out of the way. (some of you caught that and some of you didn’t. what’s done is done).  Let’s get busy.

1 banana
1/2 pineapple
8 tbsp pineapple juice
2 tbsp coconut milk1 tsp spirulina
4 cubes crushed ice

Place in blender or my smoothie fav, the magic bullet and viola.
(hey Jillymeg, check me out).  Smoothie bliss worth a kiss.

OK Kazi, sounds delish, but what’s the Phoenix got to do with it?  Never thought you’d ask.

The story of the Phoenix is centered around an ancient myth describing that phoenix habit of living for 500 years. After which it would migrate from it’s present home in Arabia to Egypt where it would build a nest, set it on fire and burn to death. Within days, a new Phoenix would be born from the ashes.

Well as it turns out, south of Egypt in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, there are volcanic lakes which are home to the lesser flamingo.  These lakes are so hot from deposits of volcanic ash, they are uninhabitable by any other any animal. This provides a safe environment for the flamingos.  It is believed that the story of the Phoenix originated from indigenous tales of the flamingos that inhabit these volcanic lakes. The the parents build a mud-cone nest that holds one egg, which males and females take turn incubating. When the chicks hatch, their parents must take care to keep the infants from falling off the nest into the caustic lake.

As nature would have it. These lakes are also the natural habitat of Spirulina. The only food eaten by the lesser flamingo. Thus, Green Phoenix Smoothie. Stay tuned for more of the random, useless information I have stored away in the curiosity box I call a brain.

Here is another smoothie recipe if you missed it.

PS. If you wondering about the Great Seal of the U.S. graphic in the upper right of this post.  The Phoenix was the original bird on the great seal.  How’s that for random.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Sitting Bull April 20, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle — Kazi @ 9:22 pm
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A healthy lifestyle addresses all of the aspects of our lives that contribute to our ability to thrive physically,socially and psychologically. No stone should be left unturned. These three components of our lives are integrated.  They support each other, inform each other and work together as a unified whole that is the cornerstone of true health.

As you already know.  I am a stickler for efficiency when it comes to health and healing power tools (strategies, techniques). I am a believer in the acronym KISS: keep it small and simple.  So anytime I find a tool that is not only safe, effective and efficient, but addresses more than one of these crucial areas of our being at once. I incorporate it into my way of life. One essential power tool that I discovered over 30 years ago and have been committed to for over 20 years is the practice of meditation.

Meditation practice addresses the physical body through relieving stress and resetting the sub-conscious, life maintenance faculties of our being, in the way that you re-start your computer after a minor crash.

Meditation teaches us patience and to pause the constant ego chatter that prevents us from truly hearing and connecting beyond our own self interest, without becoming a slave to tribal, common senser standards of right and wrong.


Meditation also acquaints you with that part of your self that is quiet, non-judgmental and most important enduring.  The part that is always and forever in the here and now, which is all there is. Making this acquaintance is the key to mind health and to tapping the wealth of the psyche.

Here is another simple meditation practice you can begin today.

  1. Find a comfortable, quiet space.
  2. Sit erect, but not tense on the edge of your seat.
  3. Breathe deeply and slowly into your belly (your chest and shoulders should not rise and fall).
  4. Mentally scan your body from head to toe for areas of tension and release them.
  5. Now, begin counting backwards from 100. Counting one number for each inhalation and each exhalation.
  6. If at any point you lose count, return to 100. Do not become frustrated. Losing count is normal in the beginning. It too shall pass.
  7. When you arrive at 0, just sit quietly and listen. Just listen.
  8. After 5-10 minutes, very slowwwly open your eyes.
  9. When your focus fully returns to the outer world, slowly stand and end your practice.

Run this experiment for 28 days (four weeks) and keep a journal of your experience during the practice and of new things you notice in your physical, social and psychological life since beginning the practice.  Come back and share with us your findings.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating!
bro. jamal

muchpeace,
Kazi

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On the 7th day he rested April 11, 2010

An integral factor in improving and maintaining health, wellness and fitness is often overlooked by the strong and the young. This factor is rest and rejuvenation. As members of a society that promotes the aggressive pursuit of goals, wealth and power, we have all been subliminally seduced into accepting the idea that work and play are both superior to rest.

We put the energetic, go getters on a pedestal of some inferred psycho-physical superiority that the rest of us should some how strive to match or at least concede our inferiority as mere mortals. Rest is viewed as a reward for our labor, not a major contributor to our health and happiness.

Fortunately, our lives are not completely in the hands of our belief systems and social pressures. Rest is something we cannot LIVE without. Sleep is an unavoidable, consequence of our daily energy expenditure and need for psychological and biological repair.

That part of our psyche that does not depend on outer, social, man made judgments to keep us alive, has no problem reducing our work output and shutting us down if necessary, when we don’t get proper rest. So let’s take heed to the guidance of our inner physician and make rest, recovery an integral part of our wellness regime.

Here are a few ways to ensure your getting the down time you need:

  • try to get to bed at approximately the same hour each night.
  • If you work from home, rise early and schedule a 15-20 minute siesta/cat nap into your day.
  • Take 3 minutes when transitioning from a completed task to begin a new one to just sit and release.
  • Schedule a vacation, staycation) or spiritual retreat into your annual calendar.
  • Hit the spa or schedule an appointment with a bodywork therapist at least once a month.
  • Get out of the city at least one weekend seasonally.
  • Include an healing art such as Yoga or Tai Chi as part of your exercise program.
  • Develop body awareness. Your body will let you know when it needs a break. This could help you avoid unnecessary down time.

muchpeaceluv,
Kazi

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Learn how to ease the stress and pain of your loved ones. April 4, 2010

Filed under: Bodywork,Health,Massage,Stress,Wellness — Kazi @ 7:11 pm
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Seated Massage Workshop – for Partners, Family and Friends.

This workshop is for anyone who would enjoy being able to gift their partners, loved ones and friends with the relaxing, revitalizing response of massage. This workshop will give you the awareness, tools and confidence to give anyone a 10-20 minute seated massage.
Help your partner to relieve the daily stress, ignite their internal healing resources, prepare the body for restful sleep and cultivate the bond of love and mutual healing.

No special tools are required. Your hands and a chair are the only prerequisites to qualify for this workshop. We provide the chair.

To Register go to:
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Shaking Up The Parts to Make a Soluble Whole March 30, 2010

Filed under: Health,Uncategorized — Kazi @ 4:41 pm
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The medicine movement arts have been an integral part of mans’ self-healing protocol since our first steps. Movement is essential to the holistic health of all living things. So much so, that we associate prolonged stillness with death. Although the body is the most apparent beneficiary of regular movement, whether recreational, medicinal or ritual; our mental and spiritual bodies also benefit from regular exercise.

In movement arts such as Yoga, Tai Chi and the various forms of ritual dance, movement is supported by measured breathing and guided by healing intention. The resultant dance elicits a bio-energetic tonic that strengthens the body, while stilling the mind and refueling the soul. Three for the price of one. These are truly holistic exercises.


The benefits of movement forms do not demand decades or even years of practice. The calming, vitalizing effects of these simple exercises can be witnessed the very first time they are practiced. We are in fact, genetically prescribed, hormonally prepared and neuro-chemically pre-disposed to reap the rewards of medicinal movement practice. Of course, the more you practice, the more benefits and mastery you accumulate. Some of the recognized benefits that has brought these arts into the mainstream include: improved cardiovascular health, stress reduction, blood pressure reduction, improved balance and coordination, improved mental clarity and creativity to name a few.

Medicine movement is the missing link in your self-healing arsenal. It is the catalyst of the dormant, unseen nutrients in your food, herbal, supplemental regimen. Movement medicine gently shakes up the medicine bottle of your body, mixing and reactivating the settled particles into a soluble, unified life elixir.  The movement arts are to the body temple, what construction workers are to a building project. The engineer and his workers follow the design of the architect to build a structure to the carry out a pre-defined purpose. The workers use all the tools at their disposal (breath, posture, gesture, attention, discipline, visualization, memory, etc.) to transform the building materials (nutrients, oxygen, blood, libido, neuron-transmitters, hormones, etc.) into a temple worthy of inhabitance by the divine.

RISE and SHINE your LIGHT DIVINE

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