To have a strong and healthy immune system is so important for your health. It fights viruses, bacteria and parasites that is or comes into your body. The immune system is in many parts in your body: the lymph system, intestines, bone marrow to name a few parts.
There are many ways to strengthen and keeping your immune system healthy. One way is to do it with nutrition and medicinal plants. Here are my three favorite drinks I use to strengthen my immune system.
Chaga is a mushroom that grows on trees (mostly birch trees). It is considered to be a medicinal plant in Asia and had a lot of good health qualities:
Chaga is good for:
In studies it has been shown to help people with cancer and psoriasis.
You´ll find the chaga tea in health stores (or on birches).
How you cook:
You can consume chaga in different ways, but my favorite is to drink it as tea.
Normally you cook the chaga for about 30-60 minutes, strain and drink. You can cook pieces of chaga or powder.
You can re-use the mushroom and cook it until the water is lighter.
Pau d’Arco is another medicinal plant that you can make tea of.
It is the inner bark of a tree that grows in South America.
It helps to
You´ll find it in health stores.
Take 1½ tbsp in ½ liter of water (17 oz). Boil slowly in 15 minutes.
Strain and drink.
I use double doze when I feel a cold coming.
Ginger- & turmericshot
Another favorite immune boosting drink I have is Ginger- & turmeric shot.
Ginger is an ancient spice with a lot of benefits. It works anti inflammatory, good when you have a cold coming, menstrual cramps, nausea etc.
Turmeric is an ancient root with a lot of healing properties:
Lemon is a ntarual sourcs of vitamin c that is important for your immune system.
Honey also helps to boost the immune system. remember to buy a good quality.
In turmeric it is curcumin that is the key ingredient for healing properties.
Here is a recipe:
- 200 g fresh ginger
- 50 g fresh turmeric
- Pinch of black pepper (helps to absorb the curcumin)
- 1 liter (2 pt) of water
- ¼ C cup honey (or Stevia if you prefer)
- 2 pressed lemons
Grate the ginger o turmeric (use gloves so you don´t get yellow).
Place it in a pot with water. Add the black pepper. Heat to 60 C (140 F) and hold the temperature for 20- 30 minutes.
Strain and let cool to 40 C (104 F), pour in the honey and stir. When the drink is lukewarm squeeze in lemons. Pour in the glass bottle and store in refrigerator.
Take 20 ml morning and during cold periods or ongoing inflammation, take morning and evening.
Store in the fridge for about 1 month
What is your favorite immune system boosting treatment? Please share in the comments!
I´ve had problems with headaches most of my life. I started having bad migraine at the age of 18, and since then I´ve suffered from different kind of headaches. For many years I´ve tried to figure out why I have them. They´ve been all from pretty mild to terrible migraine when nothing helps. When I talked to my mother about this she told me I actually suffered from bad headaches from the age of 10. I can´t remember this, for me these headaches have become like a normal state in my life.
Today I don´t suffer from headaches anymore. Sure, they show up sometimes but I have them under control. For me the reason of my pain has been more than one cause and that´s why it has been such a long journey to find the cures. It has been like a huge jigsaw-puzzle, where I´ve tried to find all the missing pieces and put them together. Now, after many years of suffering I have found all of the missing pieces and know what all of my different headaches are all about, and this I want to share with you today, just in case you have the same problem as I had.
1. Drink enough water.
Maybe this sound obvious, but at least I forget to drink the amount of water I need to drink every day. Do you know that you need to drink around 30 ml/kg you weigh (that is almost 2 liter per day). Being dehydrated can give you headache. Drinking water is also good to help to cleanse toxins out of your body (that also can give you headache) so drinking enough water is a good idea.
2. Do yoga and meditation
Many yoga poses, relaxation and meditations have helped me with headaches. Stress is a well known factor to cause tension headaches and migraine. When your sympathetic nervous system is activated (the fight and flight response) the muscles are contracting and headache can show up. When you are stressed you often breathe very shallow and that can also give you headache. When you breathe shallow your blood is not oxygenated enough and if your oxygen levels are low you can get headaches and migraine. So simply by breathing long and deeply you can get rid of your headache.
There are also great yoga poses for headache, you can check out these three yoga poses for headache.
I also want to mention anxiety as a cause for headaches. Having a background of anxiety issue myself, I know that you can be very tense in an anxiety situation. You get a stress response and your muscles are tightening and the breathing becomes shallow. My personal belief is that many people are anxious without knowing and are suffering from different pain issues that they can´t get rid of because they are not aware of their anxiety. One great meditation if you suffer from anxiety is to try this Meditation if you are stressed like crazy.
If you have bad problems with anxiety, like Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Social Anxiety I recommend that you go to a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Often you need to work on your negative thought patterns together with a skilled therapist. But you can also do yoga parallel to your therapy.
3. Remove sensitivity food
Over the years I´ve found out that some food give me headaches (and also IBS, maybe there´s a connection between the two?) This can be a little bit tricky to find out, depending on quantity of the food and combinations. Sometimes I can eat some chocolate, but if I eat the day after it doesn´t work, or in combination with other foods. My theory here is that these kind of foods release histamine and that my body can take some histamine release, but when it´s too much, it gives me headache. I see it as I have a certain amount of histamine that is totally ok, but when I exceed that limit I get a headache or IBS. Some foods that are known to be sensitivity food are: Chocolate (sigh, my only addiction…), nuts, soy, gluten, dairy. It can take some time to figure out what you can be sensitive to, so the best way is to try to remove one thing at a time and journal how you feel. I also want to say that adding the good stuff is important too, so you don´t remove all your food only! ☺
If you want to look more into this with histamine and food I recommend the Low Histamine Chef that is a great source. And don´t forget my recipes to get some inspiration!
But before you remove food I would actually go to the next step first!
This was my last peace that was missing in the big jigsaw puzzle to figure out my sources for my headaches. I have written about it in this blog post: Whatever you do detox first! I have detoxed before and it has helped a bit, but not as clearly as last time. What I needed was some supplement to help the detox to go deeper and make the detox smoother, supporting the liver. (It contained pectasol, chlorella, beetroot and choline among other ingredients. It´s a Swedish brand so maybe you can find a similar where you live) It worked wonders!
So what the detox does is to get rid of the toxins in your body (obviously).We all get toxins in many ways, unfortunately, through food, water, air, things around us. If the liver doesn´t function in an optimal way, it doesn´t neutralize the toxins and other substances that needs to flush out of our system like hormones. It continues to circulate in our system and that can give you headache. In some traditions, it is claimed that migraine is caused by toxins. Well, I don´t know about that, but I do believe it can be one cause for many migraine sufferers out there. But, why not try a detox, you have nothing to lose really.
Tip: A mini detox I do myself everyday is to start the day with some warm water. Drink a glass of this warm water the first thing you do. It helps to flush out the toxins and also is good to help your elimination that also is important to help get rid of toxins.
5. Balance your hormones
It is well known that imbalanced hormones can cause headaches. It is common to get headache before your period or during your period. You can also have headaches from estrogen dominance. So to balance your hormones is a great way to decrease your hormonal headaches. My number one way to balance hormones is to lower the stress. To do yoga that helps you to relax in the pelvic region. My Online course Breathe and open up is focusing on this, to balance the hormones and reduce pain so check it out and read more about this there.
If I would choose 4 things to do balance the hormones it would be to
1. Start a yoga practice
2. Eat a good plant based diet
When I write this article I´m sitting on the boat landing at the cottage. The sun is shining, it´s hot and a mild breeze touches my skin. I can´t believe my headaches are gone! It feels unreal! I´m so happy the tears are coming.
Do you have problems with headaches? What has helped you? Please share with us in the comments below!
When I´m writing this I´m in the middle of a detox. It all started with a lecture about hormones. I felt that I´ve started to reach some kind of perimenopausal issues and wanted to know more about this with the combination of endometriosis. I´d tried some herbs but actually they made me worse. I felt I wanted some more knowledge about supplements so I went there. I talked to the speaker about this and she said that “Well did you detox before you started with the supplements” “Hm, no”. I hadn´t thought about that I needed to detox before starting with supplements. So I decided I to do a detox. And here I am. And I´ve detoxed before, always feeling terrible, but I´ll tell you I feel great this time!
So the reason I started to think about this was that I´ve had some problems lately with insomnia, anxiety and headaches. My intuition told me it is some kind of perimenopausal problems. My approach is always, before taking herbs or other supplements, to keep a good diet and do my yoga programs, and if this isn´t enough I take herbs. But since this is my lifestyle and I´m already doing that, I figured out I needed something more. I tried some supplements and herbs and they just make me feel worse. My endometriosis pain came back and my headache got worse.
So going to this lecture was a blessing. I didn´t learn so much more about hormones that I already did, but what I did learn was the importance of detoxing before you start with supplements and herbs.
What happens in the body if your liver doesn´t work?
The liver is the cleansing organ in your body. It helps to neutralize the toxins, hormones and other bad stuff in your body. If this doesn´t work the toxins just continue to flowing around in your body in the blood circulation and you get all sorts of problems. In my case the headache was the most problematic. Another issue if you have hormonal imbalances like estrogen dominance is that the liver doesn´t break down and neutralize the hormones so they continue to circulate in your body making you feel terrible.
If your liver doesn´t detox properly you can have symptoms like:
Have anything of this? Wow, when I read this list I have maybe 50% of this symptoms.
I have detoxed before, all from a hardcore 6 week panchakarma in India to shorter and more simple fasting/detox. The detox I´m doing now is a half-fasting for two weeks, maybe I´ll do it longer. Mostly I feel horrible when I detox, so I decided to do a program with supportive supplements. And I decided to do it after my yoga courses finished in June so I could only focus on the detox. Being a week into the detox I feel great! My headaches are totally gone! I´m a little bit tired but overall I´m doing well. I feel much lighter and I´m not as hungry as I thought I´d be.
So my advice for you that has problems with headaches, sensitive to supplements and have hormonal imbalances. Do a detox. It´s so worth it! Support your liver with food that helps the liver!
Have you detoxed? What kind of detox? Did it help you? Please share below!
Being drained, have a lack of energy or even having chronic fatigue can unfortunately come with having endometriosis and pelvic pain. You feel drained, don´t have any energy to do anything you just want to stay in bed sleeping. Know the feeling? A cup of coffee can do the trick for you, but as I try not to encourage you to drink coffee there are other things to try. In this post and the next you´ll have some advice what you can do to get out of that lack of energy.
It can take some energy having an illness with pain, and of course other things in your life can also be a cause for taking your energy instead of giving you positive energy. What I have learned is that it is possible to get it back, and as many things in your life, things are connected, it´s not only one thing that can be the cause. In this part I want to give you some things you can try to get your energy back.
Keep your routines
Well, if you´ve been following me for a while, this is not the first time I mention this. Having a continuing daily routine that you follow will help you to come in a better balance when it comes to your energy during the day. Going up the same time every morning (6am) and going to bed (10pm) is the best. Have you ever overslept and felt terribly heavy and tired? I think we all have. It´s our natural clock telling us that it´s not the right thing to do. I admit this is one of the hardest things for me, even though I do know that keeping my daily routines are so important feeling in good balance during the day.
Do things that give you positive energy
It is not always you can do things you love in life. We have our commitments, jobs, family, bills etc. But when it comes to things that you can choose, try this out: Do things that give you a positive feeling, a feeling of joy and buzzing excitement. For example, if you meet a friend and that person only drain you every time, maybe you should question that relationship and do something about it. Or maybe you know that walking in the nature gives you good energy, do it more often. Write a list what gives you energy and what drains you and see if you can do things that give you energy more often.
Clean up your diet
Eating a bad diet can actually drain you. Eating heavy food and too much sugar can make you tired. Yes sugar gives you energy first, but often you end up dead tired when the sugar blues shows up.
Try to eat more:
Move your body
Moving your body and exercise helps you to be less tired. Do something you like, running, dancing, work out, walking, yoga. Just move, it doesn´t matter as long as you like it. (Remember do things you like!) When you move your happy-hormones endorphins are released so you´ll feel happier at the same time!
Next week I´ll give you a great yoga exercise you can do to keep your energy up!
(This is the second part out of two posts about chewing and mindful eating. Read the first part here about chewing)
The digestion needs peace
Your digestive system works at its best when the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) is activated. PSNS is the part of the autonomic nervous system that is responsible for activities that occurs when your body is resting. It can be things like urinating, digestion, sexual arousal, slowing the heart beats etc. So you can call it a "rest and digest" mode.
The opposite is the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) that is responsible for the “fight and flight” state, makes sure that heartbeat accelerates, secrets stress hormones from the adrenals etc. When the SNS is activated it also inhibits the activities that PSNS is responsible for. So that means if you´re in a "fight and flight" mode your digestion is inhibited.
So slowing down when you have your meal is also very important. You can easily activate this “rest and digest” state. Here are some suggestions with Mindful Eating and the importance of chewing your food enough.
How are you having your meals? Do you have any special ways of making them more peaceful, beautiful and mindful? Please share your ideas with us!
This is the second part of Chewing & Mindful eating. Read the first part here.
Take care & chew well!
Every now and again when I eat it strikes me “Ah I forgot to chew properly again, why is it so hard for me to do that?” I have even written about it in one of my blog posts.. It is probably about changing my eating patterns. And I´m also a hungry person, you know that kind of person that easily get hungry and want food at the spot, getting all sensitive about it if I don´t have my food. And that makes me want to eat my food as fast as possible, which is a problem. And I also love my own cooking and can´t wait to throw it into my mouth. ☺
How can I start chewing my food more properly? And what is it doing to my digestion not eating in a mindful way? Is it possible to change a eating pattern?
This is the first part out of two blog posts about chewing and eating mindfully. Next post will come soon.
How to change patterns
According to the yogic tradition it takes 40 days for your body and mind to catch a new routine. To get used to the new routine and break the resistance for the new pattern you´re incorporating into your life. You should also do it every day without any breaks. Do it consistently everyday and every meal.
So make a mark in your calender and start chewing your food properly from today. Continue for 40 days. If you forget one meal, don´t be too hard on yourself, just continue your challenge.
When you start chewing with awareness, you´ll notice that the flavors will appear more and it can also be a kind of meditative state when you have your meals. Nice right?
How are your chewing habits? Are you chewing your food? Do you eat mindfully? Do you want to make it your challenge? Start today!
Packed with good nutrition
Greens are fully packed with fibers and of course vitamins and minerals that are essential to our health. Here are some of them:
Maybe you´ve heard that greens have chlorophyll ”plant blood” (the green color). And chlorophyll in itself has some great qualities:
So start eating more greens!
Some Good sources of leafy greens:
How much should I eat and how is it possible?
Some recommend eating like 3-4 cups of leafy greens a day. Maybe you find it hard in the beginning to have such a high intake? But there are some good tricks that I use myself:
Every morning I start my day with a green smoothie. It tastes yummie of fruits or berries but is packed with leafy great greens. I think I get at least the ½ of the daily intake in the morning.
And sometimes I have a smoothie for dinner too ☺
Don´t forget to chew! Even though the smoothie could be swallowed, you should chew so you produce some good enzymes!
Have you tried Green soups? I usually make them “half”raw. That means you put all the veggies in a mixer and pour hot water and mix. If you find raw soups too hard to eat when they are cold this can be an idea, though of course the nutrition and enzymes decrease a little bit if the water is too hot.
Baked or steamed veggies
Steaming the greens can be a good option if you find it hard to digest raw greens. I often eat baked or steamed veggies with a nice sauce. Just use your fantasy!
Pimp your salad with nice dressings!
Eat your salads for lunch and dinner! I make it simple. I buy a bag of salad. I Try to vary the greens so I don´t eat the same all the time. Pour it in a bowl. But here is the trick: I make different wonderful dressings to it. It can be nut, seed dressings. Or a simple olive oil & lemon dressing. Don´t forget to chew!
Ok so sometimes I´m lazy…
Then I pour some ruccola over my food and nothing more. But over all I can say that half of my plate is salad most of the times.
Yes unfortunately it is expensive (here in Sweden, anyway), if you compare it to unhealthy food. But in my opinion it is worth it in the long run. My health is number one in my life, and that makes my food one of the most important tools that I use in my life to be healthy. If you are fortunate to grow your own salad you´re lucky. But you can also sprout alfalfa etc to have some greens. It makes it cheaper in the long run.
Victoria Boutenko (known for her Green Smoothies) has written that when you start having smoothies with leafy greens, your taste for greens will increase. Somehow we find it hard to eat greens, but when you have started with the smoothies you´ll get used to them and start craving for greens. And I agree. I have been drinking smoothies for a year and a half and I don´t want to miss out my leafy greens! I have like a love relationship with the leafy cute greens.
Enjoy your wonderful greens!
Your digestion system is one of the most important organs for a good health. If it doesn´t work properly you can have a number of symptoms that make life more difficult. It can be bloating, headaches, heart burn, fatigue and lots of other symptoms. If your intestines don´t absorb the nutrition it doesn´t matter how healthy you eat. You have to start fixing your gut. There are many ways taking care of the digestive system. Here are shortly the 6 most important things to start with, that can be a big help for your gut.
Many of us drink too little water. We need around 30 ml/kg, and that makes it almost 2 liter if your weight is 60 kg! Without enough liquid you can have constipation and other problems like headaches. So I really think if you have health issues, The first thing you should do is to increase your intake of water if it´s too low.
Another great advice is if you have problem eliminating in the morning you can start with a lukewarm glass of water the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning. (Yes I know… You heard it before and you´ll probably hear it again ☺ )
Chew the food
Maybe this sounds ridiculous? Of course you chew your food!? Maybe you do, but do you really chew your food until the consistency is smooth, mushy and easy to digest? The less chewed the more work for the gut. So now you think, “ok I can make a lot of smoothies, then it´s already “chewed””! Yes, kind of, but you miss some important parts in the process. When you chew you also produce important emzymes that are important in the digestion process and the chewing also stimulates the parotid glands (behind the ears in the jaw) to release hormones that stimulates the immune system! If you drink smoothies, which are great, try to chew it.
Another thing you can think about is to eat in peace and harmony. Many of us eat in a hurry, in front of the computer multitasking etc. That makes you not so focused on chewing your food properly. Try to focus only on eating. Try for one week and feel if there is any difference.
Avoid food your gut doesn´t like
It seems to be an epidemic of intolerances of different food these days. But if you think about it, it´s not that strange. It´s so easy today to buy a lot of food, like bread, pasta, cookies, junk food, coffee etc. If we go back in time, it was not that easy to eat bread. First you had to plant, harvest, grind and bake. A lot of work, right? So maybe we are not built to eat these quantities of certain food?
Do you feel what food makes you bloated, constipated or tired? Many that stops eating gluten and/or dairy say it makes a huge different in their wellbeing.The most common food sensitivities are gluten, milk, soy, coffee, alcohol, meat, egg, nuts. Try to stop eating one of them, like gluten, and feel how it feels, if it makes a difference for you. Avoiding certain food that your intestines can´t take, makes them have a fair chance to heal again.
Add food your gut needs
The first thing I would suggest adding to your diet is good bacteria like probiotic, kefir or fermented food. Your intestines have around 1-2 kg of bacteria! Or they should have. The bacteria help a lot with the digestion producing certain vitamins, detoxifying and also help the immune system.
A very easy way of having your cultured food is to make sauerkraut.. Your intestines also need fibers, so always make sure you eat your veggies!
Reduce your stress
Your gut doesn´t like stress. When you´re stressed the parasympathetic nervous system activity decrease and then the digestion also slows down. Therefore include some body and mind exercises in your life. Meditate, do yoga, have a moment of your own doing nothing, be in the nature.
The FREE Introduction to Yoga for Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain is good to start with, if you want to try some yoga.
Stop multitasking, doing many things at one time. We are so used to do many things at a time so we don´t even think about it as stressful. But when you´re multitasking you´re body and mind is alert and in a fight and flight state, that increases the cortisol. Having a high level of cortisol as permanent state is not good in the long run.
Some yoga poses that helps your digestion
There are some yoga poses that can help if you have problems with your digestion. These are very good if you
Squat down and maintain the position. Keep your spine straight and your toes pointing as much forward as possible. Wrap your arms around your knees and interlace your fingers. Long Deep Breaths, relax your body. If you need to, place a towel or blanket under your heels to support. 1-3 min. Come out of the pose and relax in Easy Pose.
Put your hands on the knees in Easy Pose, rotate the lower body, moving from the navel point. Move your body clockwise in big circles. Gradually allow the whole abdominal area to relax and release. Inhale on the rotation in front, exhale back. Stay conscious of the breath as it helps create the movement. After 1-3 minutes change direction and rotate anti-clockwise.
Of course there is a lot of other things you can do to improve your digestion. These 6 advises are only a smal part of what you can begin to think about. Other helpful advises will come in future articles and some of the 6 advices I´ll write more about.
Don´t feel totally stressed by all the things you can do! Try out one or two things at a time. Making active healthy choises for you, will pay off in the long run. It´s never too late to start.
Every month it comes – your period. As women we follow our monthly cycle. What you feel one day can change to another day. Having your period can be terrible days if you have pain and other problems connected to it. But, there are some things you can do to feel better. And there are also things you´d better avoid. The period is a natural state and should not be the hell that so many women are experiencing.
The reason you bleed for some days every month, is to get rid of old endometrium (the lining of the uterus). The endometrium is very important to feed good nutrition to the fertilized egg, so it has a chance growing into a baby. During the monthly cycle, the endometrium is built to become as nutritious as possible. If there is no fertilized egg attached to the endometrium, your body flushes it out (the menstruation), and begin to build up a new nutritious endometrium. In this way you can look at it as a monthly cleansing. When it comes to cleansing it is a time to take it a little bit slow. The energy is needed to cleanse.
This is a time for taking care of you a little bit more than usual. Feel your needs .Maybe do some long deep breathing, listening to music, meditating or having a cozy evening at home. Of course you can be active too, it´s always good to move a bit, but you should not push yourself too hard.
It can be good for your digestive system also taking it easy during the period. Especially if you have problems with adhesions on your intestines, or feel pain eliminating. Try not to eat to heavy food. Soups and tasty smoothies are easy to digest. Nice herbal teas that are relaxing can be nice: chamomilla tea or other relaxing teas.
Ginger, lemon & honey tea can be both relaxing and helpful if you have pain: Slice an inch or two of ginger root and boil it in a quart of water for a few minutes. Add some fresh lemon juice and a tsp of organic honey. This is also a drink that is good if you need some more energy.
There are some nice yoga exercises you can do during the period, if you have pain. You can read about it in this article.
It´s always good to do some Long Deep Breathings. It calms down your system and is also a good pain relief.
Meditating is also great to do when you have your period.
Try the Yoga session that is for FREE. It´s a nice and short session you can do.
Things to avoid in your yoga practice
- Don´t do Breath of Fire.
- Avoid yoga exercises where you have the pressure on your navel point. It can be crunches, leg lifts, bow pose.
- Avoid yoga exercises where the legs and pelvis is higher than the torso.
Like half-wheel pose, shoulder stand etc. The blood can flow “backwards” and reach your abdominal area and build up new adhesions, when you have endometriosis.
Take care of yourself!
We all have toxins in our bodies, unfortunately toxins are all around us getting into our system. Our body is built to detox or get rid of all that, if it´s in a good shape and balance. But what if it´s not? Having an illness can make your body not functioning as it should. Maybe you feel sensitive about some stuff and feel fatigue, have headaches, skin rashes, feel anxious, nauseas or difficulty focusing, etc? Or all of sudden, out of the blue you have a weird reaction in your body? It could just be a sign of the body trying to get rid of toxins but the organs can´t handle it the best way. But here is the good thing: it is good to detox, you probably will detox starting with a new diet and yoga. Here are some “quick-fixes” you can try!
1. Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire is a yogic breathing technique that helps you get rid of the toxins. It also gives you energy and you can be more resistant to stress. It´s a rapid, powerful and diaphragmatic breathe.
The Breath of Fire might cause a light headedness in the beginning, but doesn´t create hyperventilation. When you begin this breathing technique you start with 1 minute and gradually increase the time. It´s a great exercise you can do before your yogaset in the morning.
To perform Breath of Fire:
- Inhale through your nostrils and lift your chest and hold still.
- Exhale and pull in your navel. Your upper abdominals and your diaphragm move as the navel point pulls in.
- Inhale, release the pulling in of the navel.
- Continue making your inhalations/exhalations swift and powerful, 1-3 inhalation per second.
- Don´t pause between inhaling and exhaling.
- Exhale forcefully through your nose.
- The length of the inhalation should be as long as the exhalation.
In the beginning it can be easier focusing on the exhalation which is synchronized with the pulling in of the navel. You can start with a slow speed until you get the hang of it and gradually increase the speed. Begin Breath of Fire for about 30 seconds for your first practice and slowly increase with your practice.
You should not do Breath of Fire if:
You have your period
You are pregnant
Drink plenty of water, especially in the morning when you wake up. Your body can be dehydrated after one night sleep. The body needs water to detox and eliminate easier. Maybe you drink too little water during the day? We need around 30 ml/kg, and that makes it almost 2 liter if your weight is 60 kg!
· Drink luke warm water the first thing you do in the morning. You can add some lemon juice to increase the effect.
· Drink luke warm water during the day for a “mini” detox.
3. Strengthening / healing your inner organs
Strengthening and healing your inner organs is a very big subject, that maybe needs a full article or more in the future, but here are some things you can start with. Healing the inner organs takes time, have patience.
The liver is a very important organ that takes care of the detoxing in your body. It works in two phases:
Phase one: The liver breaks down the toxins.
Phase two: It neutralizes the toxins and the waste is eliminated through the intestine and urine.
· You can strengthen your liver with food:
Different kinds of cabbage, broccoli, kale, good quality of proteins, fish oil, B12 and nettles.
· You can also strengthen your liver with a herb called Milk Thistle.
Things that are toxic (chemicals which can be released from heated plastic bottles and containers, cigarettes, NSAID (in painkillers), alcohol, etc)
· Try to eat as much organic vegetables and fruit as possible, so you avoid pesticide from traditional grown crops.
The intestine is also important as it helps to eliminate the toxins. If it doesn´t work properly the toxins can go back to your blood and that can also be one reason why you have the toxic symptoms. Healing your intestine is a must when you start your healing journey. There are several things you can do for a start:
· Avoid food that you are sensitive to.
It can irritate and damage your intestine. The most common food that people are sensitive to is: gluten, milk, soy, sugar, beans etc. This food can destroy the inner flora and the mucosa. If you for example have gluten intolerance it can take about one year to heal your intestine!
· Add food that is good for your intestine
Building a healthy flora in the intestine is important. It helps the digestion and elimination. Eat some fermented food (sauerkraut is delicious!) or take probiotic or kefir.
If your intestine is very sensitive it can be difficult with raw veggies, so maybe you have to cook them in the beginning, even blend them into a purée.
So start your day with some Breath of Fire and a glass of luke warm water with some lemon juice! Eat food that is good for your liver and intestine!
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Five ways to get rid of your headcahe
One minute meditation
Yoga to start your day
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LOWER YOUR STRESS, get more relaxed in your hips & pelvis and MORE BALANCED & EMPOWERED?
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”