Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Self Made Vitamin

Winter is officially with us here in the Southern Hemisphere in 2 days time, and Vitamin D absorption is a particular concern in these months.

This is because vitamin D is unique compared to other vitamins, in that your body can make its own vitamin D when you expose your skin to sunlight, whereas you need to get other vitamins from the foods you eat.

YES, our body can make its own vitamin D from sunlight.

Otherwise, only a very small amount comes from a few foods you eat, such as some fish, fish liver oils, egg yolks and in fortified dairy, cereals and grain products. Therefore vegans and vegetarians are one of the groups more prone to low levels and need to be vigilant regards this vitamin.

Low Vitamin D levels are said to be the cause of a myriad of disease issues including Inflammation which affects the immune system. Please research further for individual concerns.

Finding out how long to stay in the sun in order to produce enough amounts of vitamin D is different for every person. There isn’t one recommendation for everyone. It depends on a number of factors, such as how dark your skin is or how easily you get sunburnt, the thickness of the ozone layer, the time of the year and what time of day it is.

It is suggested that short daily period of sun exposure without sunscreen (about 10-15 minutes for lighter-skinned people) during the summer months is enough for most people to make enough vitamin D.

Evidence suggests that the most effective time of day for vitamin D production is between 11am and 3pm. In winter, generally the closer to midday the more effective the absorption. The larger the area of skin that is exposed to sunlight, the more chance there is of making enough vitamin D before you start to burn.

As I state in the Being Well Basics handbook, please do your own research relating to your individual tolerance to and absorption of vitamin D regards sun exposure.

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Celebration Inspiration

Today will be the last inspiration post regards celebration, I have completed the year I planned for with todays being for a good friend.
Happy Birthday Aliya. Seems like a good time for a quote from Rumi…..

“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”
― Rumi

TURMERIC DIVERSITY

There’s lots of whispers out there of turmeric preventing and/or assisting some serious ailments, including Alzheimers, Arthritis, Cancer, Liver Disease etc, however for those of us who are otherwise healthy, turmeric can be used liberally in our daily diets. NB: Not to be used by those with Gall Stones or Blocked Bile Duct.

It is not toxic, even in high doses. You don’t need to save your turmeric for curry, it is a really easy spice to use and lends not only beautiful colour but a pleasing taste as well. Sprinkle it on everything from scrambled eggs to sauteed veggies or make up a tea as below.

TURMERIC TEA RECIPE

2 tablespoons Turmeric, 1/4 Cup Water, 1 Cup Soy/Almond/Oat etc milk, 1 teaspoon Almond Oil, liquid sweetener to taste (Rice Malt Syrup, Maple Syrup etc)

Preparation: Stir together the Turmeric and Water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook, stirring, until a thick paste is formed. Store the paste in screw-top jar.

Making: Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of this Tumeric Paste for each cup of tea serving. Place the paste, chosen milk, almond oil and sweetener in saucepan and reduce heat to low. Slowly bring to boil, remove from heat, whisk briskly (or blend if you prefer a frothier drink).

10 HEALTH POTENTIALS OF TURMERIC

1. Promotes healthy skin.

2. Provides immune system support.

3. Aids skeletal system and joint health.

4. Encourages healthy liver function.

5. Helps maintain healthy cells and supports against free radicals.

6. Aids the digestive system.

7. Supports a healthy blood and circulatory system.

8. Assists the nervous system response to stress.

9. Promotes a healthy female reproductive system.

10. Helps maintain blood sugar levels.

Celebration Inspiration

Another from one of the greats, for a person of regular inspiration to others. Happy Birthday Kayleigh for today, enJoy every moment of all the coming years.

“Action without vision is only passing time,
Vision without action is merely day dreaming,
But vision with action can change the World”
Nelson Mandela

1 Year Today

It is 1 year ago today I posted my first actual blog.

The blog commitment is as a reference point for myself (and others if they wish to access) of things of interest I discover/learn regards Wholefoods, Emotions, Love, Learning, Truth and Harmony in the quest for Health and Happiness creation.(Wellth Creation)
To recognise 1 year gone so fast (a lot of references to time at the moment) I am re-posting the first post…..it’s one that I certainly need to be reminded of.

Emotional Competency

The majority of people are in denial regards their suppressed emotions. It is this situation that attracts and or causes most stress. Well documented is the fact that stress is the basis of most illness and other barriers in life.

Emotional Competency assists in rectifying this and includes:
A) Ability to recognise that trapped/suppressed emotions exist that are being denied or resisted.
B) Openness to connect with emotions (one by one) and invite expansion of the contracted space
C) Willingness to Feel each emotion (Layer by Layer), maintain focus and let emotion flow while being microscopic in awareness
D) Allowance of expression and release of the core

The primitive part of our brain cannot differentiate an internal threat, for example suppressed anger being triggered, from an external threat, for example a tiger ready to leap.

Emotional Competency retrains this primitive portion to realise internal threats can be dealt with WITHOUT igniting flight, fight, freeze or freak….

A Little About Bees

Bees fly at around 24 Kilometres per hour and they and they achieve this by moving their wings at a rate of 11,400 strokes per minute. This rapid movement is actually what you hear when you see a bee in hearing range. When thinking how hard your work can be, consider and compare the effort undertaken by a bee.

A worker bee generates just 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in their entire life span and to produce a tablespoon of honey, bees collectively need to be sipping the nectar from 2,000 flowers. All worth considering before taking a dollop of honey.

A bee can sting only once and then dies, and they don’t ever hesitate if threatened which naturally they are when their supply is being taken.

They of course do their best work for us by pollinating many of our food sources, hence taking good care of bees makes good sense for the bigger picture of nutrient supply. Some examples of Fruit and Veg that need bees are Oranges, Tomatoes, Apples, Onions, Kiwi Fruit, Pears.