Staying hydrated, whilst exercising – yes, or no?

For many years, fitness enthusiasts, athletes and the like, have been told that dehydration (resulting in a heat stroke), is dangerous.  In 1996, the American College of Sports Medicine, suggested athletes drink before, during and after exercising, as a way to try to replace some of the water lost due to sweating.  However, this theory is completely flawed.

Firstly, the idea that any level of dehydration impairs the body’s ability to regulate its temperature, comes from a lab.  Here athletes exercised indoors, without any wind, in hot and humid conditions.  Without drinking water, it is only natural for the body temperature to rise.   The University of Cape Town did a similar study, but they not only simulated wind, but also increased the speed.  By doing so, it was found that the athletes’ body temperatures were constant, irrespective of the amount of water they drank.  Therefore, if the movement of air is sufficient, it doesn’t matter how much water an athlete drinks whilst exercising.

Second dilemma with the 1996-study, is that it is impossible to calculate how much sweat is lost during exercising.  Advising clients to drink plenty of fluids, can lead to the excessive intake of fluids.  Drinking too much can cause nausea and other discomforts; especially whilst exercising.

Thirdly; numerous research studies conducted during competitions, indicated that, if athletes drink according to their thirst, they lose between 2% and 5% of their body weight during exercises.  Although athletes might replace less fluid than what they lose when sweating, it still doesn’t cause serious problems.  There is one thing, though, that can happen:  hyponatremia.

Hyponatremia refers to the reduction in blood sodium levels, which occur due to a combination of factors:  genetic factors, the body’s regulation of the salt and water-balance, and excessive fluid intake.  When an athlete consumes too much fluid (in excess of sweat loss), then the athlete will gain weight during exercise.  This can cause a reduction in blood sodium levels and have lethal consequences. Moral of the story is:  listen to your body – always!  When your mouth is dry, you know it is time to drink water.  Cheers everyone, keep moving and stay hydrated!

Moderation is key; what do you think?

Whatever the season, I am sure we all enjoyed (enjoy) eating more, or more things that is not very healthy.  Think about ice creams, milkshakes and the like, during summer.  Breads, pasta dishes, rusks and the like, during winter.  Is it really all that bad to eat things that is normally seen as unhealthy; or is it fine as long as you keep it to a minimum?

My personal perspective, and experience, has taught me that, regardless what you eat; it is the amount and size that count!  Of course, as a Nutritionist myself, I will never recommend eating junk food per se; but if you do want to treat yourself to the occasional pizza or burger, it is ok and you don’t have to stress about it.  It does, however, become a no-no, if you want to eat it every other day or once a week.  The reason is simple: “junk” food, just like processed foods, have got hidden salts, sugars and other synthetic add-ons in, that you normally wouldn’t find in a home cooked meal.  For people who are sensitive and/or allergic to certain products, eating too much processed foods can play havoc on your digestive system; not to mention your waistline.

During warm, summer months, you want more fluids and cold things to eat.  Having ice cream is fine, but, if you are worried about your waist line, opt for ice cream with less cream in or sorbet.  The verdict is still out, but the latest research indicates that low fat milk has more calcium in than full cream milk.  The only difference is the amount of fat in the milk.  Quenching your thirst with water is not only a healthier option, but it really does the trick.  Having a cooldrink is not bad, but be careful of the amount of soda you drink.  Even when the label says it is “sugar free,” it is not.  Instead of putting sugar in, it is laced with synthetic products that are unhealthier than sugar.  Sugar per se (in its raw, unrefined and unbleached form) is not bad; it is the amount that you ingest that is the culprit (so to speak).

In winter months people tend to navigate towards “comfort foods,” for example pasta, soups, breads and other starchy products.  Our bodies instinctively knows that it needs these types of food for “fuel” and to stay warm.  Again, it is not what you eat but the amount.  Making small changes can make a big difference, for example instead of eating white bread, opt for brown or whole wheat; instead of using cream in your soup, add yogurt or milk.  If you know that you are sensitive to / intolerant of certain grains (pasta), then make sure to use a brand that you can eat.  Many people opt for Durum wheat Semolina, instead of Durum wheat.  Not only is the Semolina easier to digest, but the hard wheat shells have been removed.  Pesticides are a big culprit in causing food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities.  Whenever you can, opt for organic and free-range produce.

Whatever season you are enjoying right now, always make sure to listen to your body and watch your portions!  If you find yourself feeling hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes.  If you are not really hungry but peckish, try nibbling on dried fruit, nuts, rice cakes or fruit; instead of crisps, chocolates and so forth.  However, do allow yourself the odd chocolate, ice cream, pasta, hot chocolate and pizza!  Just don’t replace your healthy meals and foodstuff, with processed, ready-made dishes.  Even if you are living on your own, make sure to cook your own meals.  You can cook in bulk and freeze it, if you don’t have loads of time during the week to cook.  Grabbing a meal on the go is easier yes, but is it as nutritious, healthy and full of flavour as a home cooked meal?  Rarely!  Enjoy the seasons and remember, moderation and size, are the two important ingredients when it comes to enjoying “comfort” or junk food.

Are you ill?  No; you are thirsty!

Water is vital for life on earth. Not just for cooking or cleaning, but for drinking and staying alive.  It is said that a human can survive longer without food than without water.  Your muscles are 75% water, your blood 82% water, your brain 76% water, your lungs 90% water and your bones 25% water!  Your health truly depend on the quality and quantity of water you consume.

Dehydration is something that you shouldn’t ignore.  In 1983 an Iranian doctor, by chance, stumbled on the then unknown benefits of water, when he gave a patient suffering from peptic ulcers, water (as there were no medicine).  After 2 glasses of water, and 8 minutes later, the patient didn’t have pain anymore.  He went on to treat 3 000 patients (mostly prisoners), whilst he himself has been imprisoned.  In his own words, this is what he had to say about water: “Over 70% of the earth’s surface is water.  However, most of it – 98% – is salt water.  Only 2% of the earth’s H2O is fresh water that we can drink, and of this, almost all is trapped in frozen glaciers.  You are not just what you eat; you are what you drink.  This is why water is so important to your health!”

Dr. Batmanghelidj’s work, although not recognized at the time, indicated that Unintentional Chronic Dehydration, contributed to and produced pain and other degenerative diseases.  Heartburn, arthritis, back pain, angina, migraines, colitis, asthma, high blood pressure, cholesterol and early adult-onset diabetes, are but a few illnesses that he treated with water.  Let us have a look at what the Iranian doctor said.

Heartburn:  water shortage in the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract.  it is a major signal of thirst and, using antacids, might bring temporary relief, but will not stop dehydration.  If not treated correctly, it can, in time, produce inflammation of the stomach and duodenum, hiatal hernia, ulceration and even cancers in the gastrointestinal tract (including the liver and pancreas).

Arthritis (Rheumatoid joint pain) can be treated by drinking more water and small amount of salt.

Back pain (low back pain and ankylosing arthritis of the spine), are both signs of water shortage in the spinal column and discs (water cushions supporting the weights of the body).  Instead of treating it with pain medication, manipulation and/or operations, increase your water intake.  Dr. Batmanghelidj believed that it can, in time, lead to osteoarthritis when the cartilage cells in the joints eventually die, unless more water is consumed.

Angina or heart pain is a sign of water shortage in the heart/lung axis.  Treat it with an increase in water intake until the person is pain free.  Do note this should only be done under a doctor’s supervision.

Migraines is a sign that the brain and eyes need more water.

Colitis pain indicates a water shortage in the large gut.  It is usually associated with constipation and can cause other problems later in life, for example polyps, diverticulitis, and so on.

Asthma is, according to the doctor’s studies, caused by the body as a “drought management program.”  Asthma causes the body’s airways to go into a spasm; this free passage of air is being obstructed so that water doesn’t leave the body in the form of vapour.  Increasing your water intake, can prevent an attack.  Taking more salt will help to break the mucus plugs in the lungs, which obstruct the free flow of air in and out of the air sacs.

High blood pressure or hypertension, is something that many people suffer from today.  It is caused when there is not enough water in the body to fill all the blood vessels that diffuse water into our vital cells.  The body injects (so to speak), tens of trillions of cells with water at the same time.  Water and salt can bring blood pressure back to normal.  Not doing so, can cause blockages due to dehydration and, this in turn, can cause cholesterol in the arteries, kidney disease, and the like.

High cholesterol levels are, more often than not, an indicator of early drought management by the body.  Cholesterol is a clay-like material that is poured into the gaps of some cell membranes, to safeguard them against losing vital water content (needed for osmosis of the blood).  Cholesterol is not just used to manufacture nerve cell membranes and hormones, but also as a “shield” against water taxation of other vital cells (which normally exchange water through their cell membranes).

Early adult-onset diabetes is also an indicator of severe dehydration of the body.  For adequate water to be in circulation and to make sure the brain has sufficient water, the body inhibits the release of insulin.  This is to make sure that insulin doesn’t push water into all the body cells.  When a person has diabetes, only some cells get survival rations of water; thus, drinking more water and taking salt, will help reverse the process (especially when done in the early stages of diabetes).  A lack of water can lead to blood vessel damage, as well as gangrene, eye damage and even blindness.

I am sure you found this both fascinating and/or interesting.  Who would’ve thought that water plays such a huge role in treating illnesses!  Water is life and, just as a reminder, the information is there for you to decide whether or not it is true or not. If it makes sense, then feel free to research the doctor’s studies.  As always, listen to your body and, when in doubt, speak to someone you trust.  If you don’t like the taste of water, opt for black, herbal teas without sugar and/or milk.  Otherwise, try drinking filtered water and add a piece of lemon or strawberry, if so desires.

Animals, big and small, domesticated and wild

For many people, their pet is like a family member; a best friend and companion. Taking care of all animals, regardless whether they are domesticated or not, is important and brings many, many rewards. It doesn’t matter what the season is where you live, at the moment.  Taking care of your furry friends, as well as those in nature, is important.  Making sure they have enough to eat and drink, is just as important as keeping them warm or cool.

Indeed, animals in the wild know how to fend for themselves.  But even they need human help, now and again.  When you are enjoying a hot summer’s day, do remember to keep both yourself and your furry friends hydrated.  Placing a side plate with a bit of water, in your kitchen, will keep the ants from crawling into your kettle – looking for water.  If you have a garden, do invest in a bird bath.  Not only will birds love you for it, but it will also provide a place for other insects to come and quench their thirst.

In my garden I have a bird bath, which gets used not only as a pit-stop for a sip of water, but also when it’s bath time!  Some people place something in the middle, or pebbles, so that the bees can also drink without drowning.  There are many, easy to do ways, to help our sisters and brothers in nature.  Summer months can be humid or dry (depending where you live), so make sure to give your furry friend (-s) some oil to keep his / her skin from drying out.

Winter months can also be harsh on everyone’s skin; thus, a spoonful of olive oil, over your dog or cat’s food, works wonders to keep their skin moist.  Making sure your pet is well-covered when going outside when it is freezing, is another important thing to remember.  For those living in a hot climate, remember, your dog’s feet can also burn if you walk outside when it is extremely hot!  So, make sure to keep an eye on your pet’s paws.

Animals are precious and personally; I believe that we are all connected.  As guardians, humans’ job is to guard (protect) and take care of nature and her animal kingdom.  Enjoy your nature friends; learn from them and love them.  I read an article once, where the person said that dogs love with their whole heart, without being attached!  It makes sense; because there are so many dogs and cats that are in shelters or foster care, then go to a forever-home, without looking back. Therefore readers, maybe we should try to imitate animals:  love with all our hearts, without any conditions, but don’t get attached, or rather, possessive!  Get up every day being grateful and know that you and your needs are taken care of…

When to say adios – or not – to old make-up

I don’t know about you, but there are days when I like to go make-up free.  I don’t even put any creams on!  Why?  Because I want my skin to breathe.  The same goes for my nails; when I take the old nail polish off, I wait a day or two before putting other nail polish on.  Our skin, including our nails and hair, breathe.  There are very small pores that regulates temperature, sweat and so on.  It is important to give our whole skin (yes, our faces and nails too), a time to just breathe; without anything clogging the pores.

Nevertheless, I am sure 99.9% of my ladies’ readers love cosmetics.  In a recent magazine article, it was noted that cosmetics have expiry dates.  I am no expert, but I assume that it depends on what is in the brand, that will determine how long you can use it.  Nonetheless, it was still an interesting article, as it gives you an idea (more or less) of how long it is ok to use your cosmetics.  Here are a few of these tips.

Lipsticks should only be kept for between 12 – 18 months.  If you store it in your fridge then, according to those who tried it, it will last longer.  In warm environments it can separate and/or become a home for bacteria.  Foundations, concealers, cream blushers and contouring sticks are also fine to use between 12 – 18 months.  If it is an oil-based product, you will often find the oil rising to the top as it gets old.  This too, can be affected by heat and cold.

Eye products are said to last between 3 – 12 months, depending on whether or not it is powder- or cream based (eye shadows) and liquid or gel eyeliners.  Mascara is a tricky one, as it can become dry.  Face and body moisturisers, sunscreen and nail polish last between 1 – 2 years; again, it depends on ingredients and, in the case of nail polish, can become thick.  Fragrance usually lasts between 3 – 5 years, depending on the composition of the fragrance.  For fragrances to last longer, make sure to keep it in a cool place, away from light.  If you only have a few drops left, add it to your body lotion or hand cream; instead of throwing it away.

My dear readers, by now you most probably are worried about those products, that you have for longer than mentioned above!  Before you throw everything away, look at it first and/or try a little bit on a small area on your skin.  If the mascara has gone completely dry, then you can either throw it away, or keep the brush and use it to comb your eyebrows (of course you have to clean it first).  What about the other things, like blusher or eye shadow?  Instead of throwing that in the dustbin, you can crush it into a fine powder, add some clear nail varnish and voilà!  Some new, interesting nail colours!

Some left-over shampoo?  Use it to rinse out your underwear or wash your hands!  Toner past its date?  Use it to clean your mirrors and mirror compacts!  Lipsticks gone dry?  Why not melt it in the microwave (carefully) and then add some Vaseline.  The result?  Tinted lip balm!  No idea what to do with your old eye- and/or lipliners?  Use it as a crayon; to sketch or draw! 

Whatever you decide to do or not do, with your old cosmetics, make sure to not use it when it is irritating your skin or eyes.  When in doubt, throw it out!  Otherwise, recycle and reuse it in a new, different way.

Lemons are not just for lemonade

When it comes to lemons, thoughts of fish and chips, lemon meringue and many other dishes, comes to mind.  Yet, lemons have much more uses than just baking with it, or flavouring a dish or water.  If you love eating avocado, but don’t like it when it gets brown, then simply cover the open part with some lemon juice or vinegar!  Put it into a container or plastic bag and freeze for up to 180 days.

Lemons can also be frozen and used on vegetables, salad, ice cream, soup, fish, and so on.  Instead of peeling it, grate and shred the whole lemon.  Not just for flavour, but lemons are packed with vitamin C.  Mm…you might wonder, why use the whole lemon and not just parts of it?  Lemon peels contains 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the juice itself!  The peels are health rejuvenators and helps to eradicate toxic elements from the body. 

Another amazing fact is that lemons have the ability to kill cancer cells – it is 10,000 times stronger (and safer) than chemotherapy.  Now you might wonder, but why did we not know about this?  Unfortunately, my readers, it is because of money and profits.  Lemons are an anti-microbial that safeguards you against bacterial infections and fungi; it is effective against internal parasites and worms; and it regulates blood pressure.  It also acts as an antidepressant, helping to combat stress and nervous disorders. 

The above information is not a fairy tale.  In fact, in 1970 tests have been done in more than 20 laboratories, which proved that lemons destroy malignant cancer cells in 12 different cancers:  including breast, colon, prostate, lung and pancreas.  The compounds of a whole lemon were 10,000 more effective than Adriamycin (a drug used in chemotherapy).  The best part of the study was that lemon extract only destroys the malignant cells and not the healthy cells.

Here is a remedy for anyone suffering from joint inflammation (including rheumatoid arthritis / arthritis):

Grate some ginger (or use ginger powder), together with ½ teaspoon Turmeric and ½ a lemon (juice and/or peel).  Boil some water and add the ginger.  Let it sit for a minute or 2, then strain it.  How much ginger you use will depend on how strong taste you want; ginger is quite strong so make sure to taste first.  After straining the grated ginger, add the Turmeric and lemon juice.  If you want to sweeten the drink, you can add a bit of honey.

If you are worried about acidity, know that lemons have alkaline-forming properties; especially if they are organically grown.  As a last tip, listen to your body when it comes to how much you drink the above (or just some hot water with lemon juice in).  Warm water, with or without some lemon juice in, is wonderful to have first thing in the morning.  Happy cooking, baking and cheers to lemons! 

Hair loss:  when is it not normal?

Losing hair when you brush or wash your hair, is normal.  As the seasons change, we often lose hair (just like animals).  However, if we lose more hair than normal, it is always a good idea to sit down and figure out why.  Stress, chemical treatments, medications and diet play a huge role in whether / not your hair is healthy.  Our hair, just like our skin and nails, can quickly indicate if we need to make changes to our lifestyle.  Baldness is often linked to genes; but, in recent studies, it has been proven that people can become bald earlier on, due to stress and/or hormonal changes.

Zinc is important, as a deficiency can cause hair loss.  If you don’t eat plenty of (any of) red meat, make sure to add vitamin B 6 & 12 to your diet (a good vitamin B-supplement is sufficed).  Your body uses vitamin B12 when you are under stress or when you are ill, to help the immune system to cope.  When vitamin B12 becomes depleted, your immune system takes a long time to recover.  Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, so taking it every day is important.  Vitamin D (sunlight), Magnesium and Calcium, as well as vitamin E, are good aids as well.  Collagen is not just great for fighting ageing but also food for your hair. 

A hair mask, made with Bentonite Clay and Cocoa butter, shampoo without sulphates in, Argan or Amla oil, can all help.  One thing to remember is that nutrition plays one the most important roles.  What you eat and drink, will affect the whole body; including the hair follicles.  Hair masks, oils, and the like, is a great way to feed your hair and make it shine.  However, you also need to make sure that the hair follicles are healthy and that the blood circulates properly. When we are under stress, our immune system goes into a fight / flight-mode.  Getting rid of stress, either through exercising, mediation or mindfulness, is key to our health in general.  In Yoga, there is a pose called the head stand.  Not easy to do and not recommended for anyone with neck problems, neck fusions and the like.  This is a great way to get the blood flow back into the head and into the hair follicles.  The Downward Facing Dog-pose is another pose that you can do.   If Yoga-poses is not your thing, why not try a head massage.  Brushing your hair 100 times is an easy way to massage your scalp and get rid of dead skin.

If you tried any or all of the above and you are still losing too much hair, seek medical help (especially if you are on medication).  As a last resort, many people have hair implant-procedures done.  It works well, but is costly.  If you want to make peace with it (especially if you are a man) and shave the rest of your head, then that can also be an option.  Luckily for you, there are many people sporting shaved heads these days!  All in all, the main thing to remember is that diet, stress and lifestyle, all play a crucial role in your well-being.  So, taking care of yourself starts on the inside; then it will automatically show on the outside!

Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal is charcoal that is treated with oxygen at high levels, to make it more porous.  It is a by product of burning coconut shells, bamboo, olive pits, wood, or other substances.  The best activated charcoal to use is organic and made from coconut shells.  When it is processed at these high temperatures, the charcoal is “activated” and its structure changes.  The porousness makes it effective in attaching to toxins and flushing them from the body.  Therefore, it is a wonderful detox-remedy.

The main difference between activated charcoal and charcoal used for a barbecue, is that activated charcoal is free from any toxins and carcinogens.  Activated charcoal is generally safe to consume and apply topically.  It is interesting to note, that hospitals often use activated charcoal to treat certain poisons.  There are many other uses and, in this blog post, I am going to delve a little deeper into the many uses.

Activated charcoal (found in many natural toothpastes today), can brighten and whiten your teeth, even lessen the colouring caused by caffeine and/or smoking.  It is a wonderful medicine that alleviates bloating and gas, as well as cleansing the digestive tract.  It is also used to help prevent (alleviate) hangovers, lowers bad cholesterol and detox the body.

Many facial-, body- and hair-products also contain activated charcoal.  Activated charcoal helps to treat acne, relieves insect bites and bee stings, can reduce oily skin, is a deep cleanser for the whole body and soothes an itchy scalp.  It also helps to remove dandruff, is a wonderful remedy for cuts, can be used as a facial mask and has anti-ageing properties in. 

Other uses are that it eliminates radiation, purifies the air (can be used in-between your clothes, rid your house and/or car of smells) and purifies water.  Activated charcoal can be taken in powder form, tablet form and you can also buy charcoal pieces (blocks), which you place in water to purify it.  Charcoal is also being added to toothpastes, hair products, facial masks and in soap. 

Originally, as mentioned before, active charcoal was originally used in hospitals to treat patients who were poisoned and/or who overdosed.  Nowadays it is widely used by doctors, beauticians and the general public alike.  With so many brands and products out there, do remember to always opt for the organic charcoal.  Make sure it is activated and, if possible, opt for products made from pure coconut shells (other brands can contain wood, peat, debris and/or bamboo).  Also check that there are no added fillers to the pills / powder.

Before using activated charcoal as a supplement, always check with your medical practitioner.  Activated charcoal can interfere with medication and other supplements.  Thus, if you want to drink it, drink it at a separate time and not with your other supplements and/or medication.  If you are new to using it, don’t be surprised if your bowel movements are dark / black; it is natural!  However, if you drink it too often / too much of it, you can become constipated.  Always listen to your body and make sure to read the label first!

April-festivals

All over the world, people are celebrating different things.  For some, this time of year is a time to remember the exit out of Egypt, for others it is the resurrection of Jesus.  Whatever it is that is celebrated, there is one common theme and that is rebirth.  Nobody really knows, for example, why a bunny and eggs are used during Easter; the 2 doesn’t belong together?  However, what it symbolizes is the start of a new season; spring; in other words, rebirth.    Passover, Ramadan, and so on, all celebrate the start of either a new year, a new time, a new season and/or a new dawn.

This year, for the first time in 30 years, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Baha’is, Hindus, Buddhists and Indigenous nations will celebrate Ramadan, Passover, Easter, Vaisakhi, Mahavir Jayanti, Theravada New Year and the Gatherings of Nations, all at the same time.  It is amazing!  At the end of the day, it shouldn’t matter what a person’s beliefs are, what does matter is that we realize and acknowledge that we are all human.  Whether we speak about Divinity, God, Christ consciousness or energy, we all breathe the same air.  This, in turn, links every human to the animal- and plant kingdoms as well.

Maybe this is a year when we, as one human race, should come together and accept one another.  We must learn and teach our children, that we are here are guardians of Gaia (mother earth).  Humans have been put on this earth to guard and protect nature; including all living animals, plants, and so forth.  Humans were not put on earth to kill, pollute, misuse, hurt and/or think less of animals.  We are all part of Gaia; everything and everyone has been created for a reason.

As the planet move into 5D, more and more people are “waking up” to what is going on.  Just as the Jewish people celebrate the exodus, let us all celebrate leaving that which is harmful to ourselves, others and the planet, behind.  Let us celebrate Easter, and the like, by being more in tune with our inner selves, live more in harmony with nature, and respect everyone and everything.

To all my readers; whatever you are celebrating this April; may you have a blessed time!

Meditation:  still the chatter and listen

Meditation is as old as the mountains.  For many, many years people across the world, of all ages, for different reasons.  In Westerns countries, more and more people are drawn to meditation.  People are seeking a way to still the chatter in the brain; a way to destress and sleep better.  However, these are but a few benefits of meditation.  There are many “hidden gems,” so to speak, of what meditation can do for a person in the long run.  There are many ways to quiet the mind, for example, you can focus on a mantra, a sound, use visualization, music and/or just focus on your breath.  The deeper and slower you inhale and exhale, the more oxygen can flow into the body and the staler air (often stuck at the bottom of your lungs), can be exhaled.

Regular meditation-practise will bring about lasting changes.  Scientists found that it not only boosts the mind, but also bolsters the body.  Various studies indicated that it can help reverse heart disease, reduce pain, support the immune system and help a person cope far better with stress (as it helps to lower the production of cortisol, the stress hormone).  Most people develop physiologic responses due to stress, for example heart disease, osteoporosis, sleep problems, digestive problems, depression, obesity, memory impairment and skin conditions.  It is quite a long list.  However, it is important to remember that your body functions as a whole.  Whatever you think about, say to yourself, stress about, will have a positive or negative effect on your body, externally and internally.  Through regular meditation, a person also becomes more grounded, more at peace and more in tune with one’s inner voice (gut feelings).

Another great reason to meditate, is because it helps you to become less inclined to play “ego-games” and fight with one another.  More often, than not, fighting occurs when people’s egos come to the fore and you find people start to call each other names, and so on.  Indeed, it is not easy to not disagree, because none of us are the same.  But, when we can come from a place where we allow each person to be different and to have different views, then live will slowly but surely become easier.  Having disagreements is part of life, yes, but saying nasty things and becoming personal, is not.  Meditation can help people to think before they speak (react).  It also helps you to really live with an attitude of gratitude, that comes from the heart.

In today’s rushed world, there are so many “quick fixes,” crash diets, and so on, but none of them last.  Meditation, on the other hand, has a long-lasting effect on everyone who practises it.  Yogis, doctors and even scientists all agree:  when you meditate (even just for 10 or 15 minutes a day), not only relaxes the brain, your muscles and body as a whole, but it also keeps depression, stress and anxiety at bay.  It is said that regular meditation will help a person to get by with an hour (or so) sleep per day!  One thing is for sure; when you meditate your heart rate slows down and your breathing becomes deeper and slower; this helps your body to completely relax and unwind.

Schools and jails around the world, are using meditation as a means of helping the people to concentrate better, have less anger, is less aggressive and happier, regardless of their circumstances. Research indicated that young and old of all ages, will definitely benefit from meditating. So, dear readers, Are you interested in meditation, but don’t know where to start?  Then start by looking for a coach, or follow a program online.  TM (Transcendental Meditation), is an age-old way of meditation.  However, there are many other forms today and I am sure that you will find a coach and/or program, that will suit you.  The main thing is to quiet the chatter in your mind, breathe deeper and slower and just be!