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10 Wild Plants You Can Eat

10 Wild Plants You Can Eat

Take advantage of what nature has to offer and discover which wild plants you can eat!

Being able to identify edible plants is a great resource to have…whether youre on a family camping trip or you find yourself in a survival situation, youll be able to utilize your natural surroundings to find food!

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10 Wild Plants You Can Eat

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Why Simple Living Is The Forgotten Key To Self Actualization

 

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For the past ten years I have been pretty much into personal development. Well, as a teenager I was already a bit interested in not-so-mainstream topics such as the power of the human mind, psychic phenomena and plenty of other metaphysical topics. It comes to no surprise that my peers thought I was a bit weird, you know how it is. So when I got hooked on to personal development topics later on in life, I was already primed for certain ideas and insights. It came easier for me to hop on from one book or one topic to another without needing a stretch of time to digest certain ideas. I got pretty sucked into it. I read heaps of books, started off my blog Soul Hiker and wrote a few hundred articles to share my insights and experiences with others following the same path.

In those ten years of learning and practice, I did come a long way with a wealth of inner growth but also many pitfalls. What is more relevant is that I have also arrived at a solid practical realisation a kind of a key that unlocks some doors without having to knock them down really. That key is Simple Living or the idea of simplifying life in order to shed away what is unnecessary, inauthentic and a hindrance to your life purpose. The concept might seem obvious but somehow hidden none the less.

Personal growth, or rather actualising your highest potential and becoming the best version of yourself, requires shedding off and letting go of things which are not authentically in line with your Soul agenda rather than putting in a lot of effort to learn or acquire something else. Its energy-wasting spending hours, days and weeks trying to relearn habits, boosting your confidence, visualising your goals, improving your creativity, doing soul searching, etc without first simplifying your life. Yes all these things and others are important personal development tools but I have realised that by doing one thing engaging in a path of Simple Living will make everything else effortless. This is particularly true to your goal of self-actualisation or becoming the best You.

So in a way, if we only tried to make life simpler and nothing else, its already a hundredfold better than trying hard to do other self-improvement stuff some of which perhaps fail, we give up on or take us a lot of persistence and struggle to achieve. I strongly believe that the message of Simple Living is a very important one and here are some of the reasons why:

Less Noise & Clutter:

In an online course I created about Simple Living, one of the most important lectures is one which has to do with clearing and decluttering spaces. Not just physical spaces around us (although this is also important) but our inner spaces too. In a way living a simpler life means managing your time and space better. Very often our spaces become cluttered and disordered, making life more difficult than it has to be.

On a physical level, this can be seen in cluttered living or working spaces, rooms in our homes or perhaps disorganised drawers, closets and desks. On an emotional and psychological level, this manifests as mental noise, unclear paths of action, conflicting ideas and lack of a clear purpose. So decluttering our inner and outer spaces will literally clear the obstructions for us (or others: hint) to move freely through them and this will resonate on all other levels of our life. Clearly there is much more to decluttering than routine it is a way of opening up to life.

Understanding what is Relevant:

Another important concept of simple living is understanding what is necessary vs. what isnt. It is about distinguishing between our real needs and socially suggested wants. Of course everyone is able to distinguish between the two but we dont most of the time because we live in a collective trance of consumerism and mass media.

When we start becoming more aware of how much our actions and decisions are influenced by society and culture, we start standing back from it all. It becomes more and more clear that a lot of the things we were made to believe were needs are nothing more than wants and we can do without because they are not authentic to our purpose. This clarity brings with it a sense of power and freedom. In itself it is the spirit of simple living.

So in a nutshell living simply involves being clear about what is relevant, necessary and needed rather than living in a haze or worse living out a social program just like automatons.

Finding Authenticity:

The last point naturally brings forth a more interesting topic that of living an authentic life. But what does living an authentic life really mean? In my view, living authentically means not being limited or confined to live out someone elses life or a social template laid down to us through our socialisation. It means being free of the fear of being judged or disapproved of by your peers and authorities. It means being free to follow your passions and purpose without being infected by those fear-based thoughts transmitted by others.

Creating Space for Inner Creativity:

Of course authenticity walks hand in hand with creativity. It is natural that creativity requires a degree of freedom from constraints and limited thinking. Free-thinker, artists and bohemians are considered to be creative because they live outside the norms and behavioural rules of society. They are often nonconformists because of this reason. But more importantly, creativity arises when there is enough space for it to flow through and also here I mean inner and outer space.

So having a simplified and clear environmental and inner spaces is conducive to more creativity. The reverse is also true. Try to work in a messy store room with machinery noise going on and see whether creativity comes knocking on your door!

Life Purpose in Focus:

People often ask me how is it that they can find their life purpose. Many times I jokingly reply that they are asking the wrong person since it took me a long while to discover mine but I know that a good part of the answer lies in simplicity. In other words, the less physical, mental and emotional obstructions one has in life, the more clear his or her life purpose comes into focus. There is no real mystery here. The perfect analogy to vision is obvious. If you try to look for something say your TV remote control in a disorganised and overcrowded room it is going to be more difficult then if there was nothing else in the room besides the remote control. In this scenario, the more you start shedding away the junk and stuff in the room, the better are the chances that what you are looking for comes into view. Same thing with your life purpose. If you are trying to be approved by others by living other peoples goals and standards, the less chance you have of coming close to understand what is authentically your life purpose.

On the other hand, with less obstructions along the way, what genuinely drives you becomes clearer, which brings me to the next point.

Understanding Yourself and Motivations:

Finding your life purpose might not always be a direct result of simplifying your life although a lot of times it is. Sometimes simplifying life brings us first closer to understanding ourselves and our inner motivations which then sheds more light on our true purpose.

Sometimes our motivations and drives are not clear because very often the mind and heart are in conflict or out of sync. With simplicity comes less noise and conflict which in turn makes it easier to have a better understanding of ourself and our motivations.

More Time or Better Management of It:

The natural companion to decluttering spaces is managing our time better. Admittedly, I was always at a loss when it comes to managing my time. But then I found that time is much easier to manage when you take away all those things, chores, pressures and activities which server no purpose. In reality when you are living a simpler life, time management is not so much of an issue anymore. Time management is more relevant when you are bombarded with a thousand chores and activities, the hallmark of a complicated and stress-laden modern lifestyle.

Simple living is moving in the opposite direction to this. So when you are doing only those things and activities which springs out from an authentic sense of passion and belonging, time management is simpler. Of course some time management skills still apply even in simple living in fact in my course I have also reserved space for this but it is not the rat-race time management sort of thing; its more of a further optimisation to an already focused and simple life.

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How I Learned To Fall Asleep In Under 1 Minute

 

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Sleepless and Stressed

It was the week before my best friends wedding, and my anxiety (nerves, plus excitement) had reached epic levels. I wasnt sleeping, to say the least. Part of that had to do with the maid of honor speech I would be giving. I was terrified and could not shut my brain off to fall asleep at night.

After day three of lying awake until the wee hours of the night, I sheepishly admitted to her that I was too nervous to fall asleep, and shethe bride, who was sleeping like a baby the week before her own weddingtold me I needed to try the 4-7-8 breathing trick.

She happens to be a licensed wellness practitioner who studies meditation, stress, and breathing techniques, and told me it would change my life. You simply breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and exhale through your mouth for eight seconds. She explained that the studied combination of numbers has a chemical-like effect on our brains, and would slow my heart rate and soothe me right to sleep that night. It works, she told me. Its crazy.

 

How it Works

I couldnt wait to put the trick to the test, and to my complete disbelief, I woke up the next morning unable to even remember getting to the eighth second of the exhale because it knocked me out that fast. For the next four nights leading up to the big day, even as my stress increased, I was able to fall asleep the minute I tried the 4-7-8 trick. I also used it to relax in the moments leading up to the speech.

When you feel stressed or anxious, adrenaline courses through your veins, your heart beats at a rapid rate, and your breathing becomes quick and shallow. So before I get into the specifics behind how the 4-7-8 breathing trick works, I wanted to explain in my own words what it feels like when you try it. To me, the effect of the breathing technique feels almost like a sedative drug, because in order to hold your breath for seven seconds and then to exhale for eightwhen your breath is so shallow and shortyour body is forced to slow your heart rate. It has no choice. Holding your breath, and then slowly, deliberately exhaling for eight seconds, causes a chain reaction. It feels like going from a mad-dash sprint to a finish line to a slow, leisurely, calming stroll through the park.

When you first start, youll be desperate to just take in another breath, or youll want to speed up your counting, but if you stick to the numbers (or at least try to), and dont take any breaks (in other words, consecutively repeat the 4-7-8 without resuming regular breathing), you can literally feelyour heart rate slow down, your mind get quieter, and your whole body physically relax. It washes over you like a calming, relaxing drug. I can never remember getting past the first set of 4-7-8.

Do you know the feeling of being put under by anesthesia, where you are conscious, and the next thing you remember is waking up? Thats what this is like for me: As soon as I start the practice, the next thing I remember, Im waking up in the morning and cant even remember beginning the 4-7-8 count the night before. Crazy.

Now to the more technical details: People who are stressed or anxious are actually chronicallyunder-breathing, because stressed people breathe shortly and shallowly, and often even unconsciously hold their breath. By extending your inhale to a count of four, you are forcing yourself to take in more oxygen, allowing the oxygen to affect your bloodstream by holding your breath for seven seconds, and then emitting carbon dioxide from your lungs by exhaling steadily for eight seconds. The technique will effectively slow your heart rate and increase oxygen in your bloodstream, and may even make you feel slightly lightheaded which contributes to the mild sedative-like effect. It will instantly relax your heart, mind, and overall central nervous system because you are controlling the breath versus continuing to breathe short, shallow gasps of air.

How it Can Work For You

 

Mindful breathing practices have been a part of yoga and Eastern wellness modalities for centuries, but arent as popular in Western culture. The most well-known champion of the 4-7-8 breathing technique in the U.S., who is somewhat responsible for the prevalence that the technique does have amongst integrative medicine practitioners, yogis, and those in search of stress reduction and overall relaxation, is Harvard-educated Dr. Andrew Weil.

Though Im not promising or claiming (nor does Dr. Weil) that practicing this breathing technique can fight disease or provide clinical benefits, I can tell you one thing: If it affects you like it did me, it will help you fall asleep way faster. Not only is it free, it also works for a number of different instances. In addition to using it to fall asleep in a pinch, you can practice it if you wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself thinking about something you have to do the next day, in order to fall back asleep; if you are nervous before an event (like a wedding, or giving a speech); if you are angry about something and want to calm down.

My friend (the bride-to-be who slept like a baby the week before her wedding), who gets nervous to fly, uses it before flights and during if the plane encounters turbulence.

It is now what I use to fall asleep every single night, and each morning, Im amazed at how well it worked.

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10 Excellent Ways To Start Your Day

 

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We live in busy times when most of us have to work around 40 hours a week. In order to lead this kind of lifestyle, one should sort their time and energy properly throughout the whole day. Healthy morning rituals can really have a positive impact on the way you spend your day. Not everyone realizes that what you do and the way you think in the morning can affect your mood, motivation, energy and the way you do things throughout day.

It is of great importance to start your day the proper way in order to grow, feel happier and to be more productive. Read on for ideas on how to make the best of your mornings.

1. Early to bed, early to rise…

If you really want to improve your mornings and work on building some new healthy morning habits, you would probably need more time. Getting up earlier is a way to add an extra hour or so to your day. But if you love the peace and quiet the late nights provide you with and you have turned into a night owl, you would probably love the peace and quiet that the early mornings offer, too. Getting up before others gives you not only a feeling of satisfaction but also provides you with extra time to follow your morning rituals before you leave the house for work/school.

 

2. Stretching

Most people experience a feeling of stiffness right after waking up. This can be dealt with really easily by following a stretching routine every morning. There are so many benefits to stretching but you can only feel them if you stretch regularly. If you are not sure how to stretch properly, you can find tons of them on YouTube. Choose the ones that you think will suit you best and just do them every single morning. You will sense the change yourself.

3. Listening to music or an audiobook

Listening to your favorite songs in the morning is a great way to uplift your spirit and get prepared for an exciting new day. It sets a positive mindset and gets you pumped for an active day. Depending on the responsibilities and plans you have for the day, you can adjust the genres of music that you wish to start your day with. If you have planned a day for relaxation, music that is not too loud would be best. But still, it is a matter of choice. Another great source of inspiration in the morning is a good audiobook. Listening to one is a great option for a start of the day because it stimulates the imagination, works on your abilities to focus and can inspire you in a variety of ways. Plus, songs can often be catchy which can affect your work during the day, but audiobooks are less likely to influence your day in a negative way.

4. Drinking a glass of warm lemon water

Every day when you wake up your body is dehydrated because you havent drunk any water for about 8 hours while you were sleeping. This is why it is so important to rehydrate your body first thing in the morning. Avoiding that and having breakfast right after you have woken up isnt a good idea because the first thing your body really needs at that time of the day is water. Drinking a glass of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice is a perfect start of the day. This beverage helps your digestive system to prepare for the meals you are about to take during the day. Plus, the lemon makes water tastier. You can also add a spoon of honey to sweeten the sour taste of the lemon water.

 

5. Scraping Your Tongue

Along with brushing your teeth, scraping your tongue is a great way to improve your mouth hygiene. Once you try it, you wouldnt want to give it up. It does not only help you get rid of the unpleasant morning breath, but you would also taste your food better as it rids you of that film over your tongue that stays there even after you have brushed your teeth. If you dont know what to use for that purpose, you can either buy a toothbrush that comes with a tongue scraper on the back or a plastic triangle-shaped scraper. If you cant find either of these, you can simply use a spoon.

Nourishing, your body with fresh food that contains essential for the body minerals and vitamins, is a must if you want to start your day in a healthy way. That is why a green smoothie is one of the best choices for breakfast. It helps boost your immune system, boosts energy and satisfies your hunger. Making a green smoothie is an easy job. You just throw some spinach, kale and other green vegetables or fruit in the blender and voila! It is an easy way to provide your body with the much needed fiber, phytonutrients and minerals. Just remember not to eat anything else at least 30 minutes after you drink the green smoothie. Try this out and notice the change in the way your body feels during the day.

7. Rebounding on a mini trampoline

Rebounding 100 times is an excellent start of the day. Some of its benefits are that it wakes up your whole body, you train your balance, stimulates lymph movement, works every muscle group of your body, helps the functioning of your thyroid, reduces stress and so on. By the end of the 100th jump, you will feel your body tightened and your mind- awake.

8. Smiling in the mirror

It is amazing how smiling at yourself in the mirror in the morning can change your whole day. This sends signals to your brain that stimulate the release of hormones that make you feel happier. It also boosts your confidence and you feel more determined to go after your goals. It is a simple way to encourage yourself to do your best every day. Once you make it a habit, you will feel amazed of the way it changes your mindset. You become a more positive and happier person. Yes, that simple trick does wonders!

9. Dry brushing your body

This is an old Ayurvedic practice which can help the circulation and sloughs off the dead skin cells. Choose an exfoliating brush that is not too rough but also, not too soft, because otherwise it wont be able to do its thing. The way to do the brushing is to start from the area where your heart is, then move to the limbs and the rest of your body. After you have finished with this process, take a shower and apply body lotion in the end in order to keep that suppleness. Dry brushing your body can make your skin smoother, and you will feel it much nicer.

10. Todays top 3

Leading a busy lifestyle can trick you into forgetting which the most important things you need to do for the day are as you have so many responsibilities to do and plans to follow. Making it a habit to do a list of the top 3 most important things that you need to do before anything else will help you avoid the confusion when you do your tasks for the day. If you succeed with following the list of these three things every day, it will give you the feeling of fulfillment and it will become easier for you to differentiate the important activities from the others. Also, you would like to start small as it will be easier to follow that habit every day and after you make progress, you will simply feel more confident to replace the easier tasks with some bigger and bigger goals for the day.

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Off-The-Grid Easy To Build DIY Refrigerator

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Off-The-Grid Easy To Build DIY Refrigerator

This incredible invention is widely used in countries where electricity isnt available to help keep food fresher for longer. These simple to follow instructions will guide you through all the steps leaving you with a DIY refrigerator for when you are without electric.

Perfect for camping in the wilderness, or when a power-cut leaves you without power, this DIY is a skill worth learning. With only a few materials and simple instructions it couldnt be easier.

Head over to Instructables.com for complete method….

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Hidden Camera Records An Elderly Lady Alone At Home. What It Reveals Is Heartbreaking

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We are all going to grow old some day, if we are lucky enough to maintain relative good health. We may not make it to the age of 98, like Mary Tony, who is the subject of the video you are about to watch below. When you finish watching this heartbreaking video, it will give you pause, to think of elderly people you know who may be facing the terrible loneliness that Mary suffers.

The title of this video is Junk Mail, because when Mary is not at the senior center that she enjoys immensely, she has nothing to do and no one to talk to. She lives alone and no one comes to visit. She confides in the person interviewing her that [she] has to do something or [shell] go nuts so she cuts up junk mail, puts it in a bag and throws it away.

The film crew, known as Voyager, had a mission to gain a window into the life of a 98-year-old person, living out her life without any attention or interaction with her family. People need human contact and love from other human beings. Thankfully, Mary receives this at the senior center that she has started to attend. However, she is left with many empty hours where no one comes to see her, during which her loneliness is truly unbearable. Her family is too busy to see her. When the crew asks Mary how she feels about her living situation she responds, I dont mind. What am I going to do? Where could I go? I am by myself.

Marys story is not unlike many of the elderly who are ignored at the end of their lives. It is such an important reminder, of the impact of the difference made by a simple visit, every so often. Mary was so overwhelmed by a visit organized by the senior center, that she was brought to grateful tears, saying I love you all for coming..its made my day and Ill never forget this. Please SHARE Marys story with your family and friends on Facebook.

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25 Practical Survival Uses For Duct Tape

Survival Uses For Duct Tape

Who would have thought that the humble roll of duct tape would deserve a place in your survival kit?

Yes, this handy material isnt just for the DIYers out there! The tape can be used to repair just about anything from mending a broken fishing pole, to patching up a tent or covering a blister…and you might just need it in an emergency situation!

To view all 25 uses, visit survival.outdoorlife.com here…

25 Practical Survival Uses For Duct Tape

25 Practical Survival Uses For Duct Tape

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This Do It Yourself Heater Will Keep You Warm and Cut Energy Cost

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Its that time of the year when cold snaps cripple large swaths of the United States and those heating bills go up and up and up. But did you know you can heat a small room with some candles and a clay or terracotta pot?

This candle powered do-it-yourself heater can reach radiant temperatures of 160 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pot itself remains warm for hours after youve blown the candles out. Be very careful when handling or moving the heater though; the inner chamber of the pot has been known to reach extremely high temperatures 500 degrees if you believe the video.

How does it work?

Ive encountered some people who were pretty skeptical of how well this home made heater works. This heater works by trapping and concentrating heat that would normally just rise to the ceiling and rapidly dissipate into the surrounding air. This method allows the heat to radiate out of the sides of the pot too. As mentioned before, the pot keeps warm for hours after youve blown the candles out.

eb0okov9qcq0q3vh8e82Will you be able to heat your whole house with it? Not by a long shot. But if you have a small bedroom, a bathroom that has trouble warming up in the winter, or even a shed that you like to work in, this can help increase the temperature by a good amount.source

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13 Weeds & Plants You Can Actually Eat

13 Weeds, Plants & Cacti You Can Actually Survive On

Free food! It cant be put any simpler than that. This post will introduce the plants, weeds and even cacti that you can survive on.

With over 13 edible plants in this list you might not be so quick to dig them up in your yard this summer. With a number of surprisingly common plants everyone will be able to harvest their own free food.

For the full post head over to offgridworld.comhere…

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Amazing DIY All-In-One Outdoor Oven, Stove, Grill & Smoker

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Amazing DIY All-In-One Outdoor Oven, Stove, Grill & Smoker

Cooking outdoors can be such a fun, sociable experience, we believe that enjoying the outdoors and nature is one of lifes simple pleasures.

And with this fantastic tutorial you can create an all in one outdoor oven, stove, grill and smoker to make sure you can create a culinary masterpiece in your backyard.

Head over to instructables.com to check out this awesome DIY….

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U.S. Marine Exposes Truth About Paris Attack

 

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The tragic events that took place on 11/13/2015 has again changed the course of global history. A terror attack occurred, that according to some sources, could have been avoided and lives could have been spared.

In the video below, US Marine turned activist Kenneth OKeefe explains how America, Saudi Arabia and other countries are financing and enabling the terrorist who commit these atrocities.

Kenneth states: I believe that it is beyond any doubt, for any sensible person to realize that not only is the United States providing the financial cover, military cover, political cover, for these terrorists through our proxies, but weve also in a pure technical sense, provided the training for these people in Jordan and Turkey, another one of our best friends has been shuttling these psychopaths across the country from Turkey into Syria for a long time now.

 

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7 Toxins Harming Your Brain Right Now

 

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Some of the most common substances found in everyday life are harming our cognitive function right now. Along with pesticides, you have substances like BPA, phthalates, mercury, lead, benzene, and flame retardants that are affecting you, even if you dont realize it. Hidden in your home and office, you are exposed to toxic chemicals on a daily basis, and your brain is taking the brunt of it.

7 Toxins Harming Your Brain

Your brain interacts with every aspect of your body, giving directions to cells and the nervous system. It is essential for supporting good mood and clear thinking, helping to improve your overall quality of life. Here are seven of the most harmful and pervasive toxins you should look out for in order to support brain health.

1. BPA

BPA is a known endocrine disruptor that interferes with how your body regulates hormones. Not only does it affect reproductive health, but it can also affect brain function, learning abilities, and how your memory works. [1] And its not just plastic that contains BPA; items that are BPA free arent always much better. The substitutes used for BPA (Bisphenol F and S or BPF and BPS) have been linked to behavioral issues, as well. [2]

2. Phthalates

Phthalates are present in more everyday things than you might think. Similarly to BPA, phthalates are found in many products that contain plastic and things like household cleaners, cosmetics, personal hygiene products, and even food. There is a wide variety of phthalates, but the most notable versions are BBzP (butyl benzyl phthalate), DnBP (dibutyl phthalate), and DEHB (di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate).

Phthalates have been linked to ADHD, asthma, diabetes, neurodevelopmental problems, and more. [3] California is spearheading the move against phthalates by asking that four specific types must be listed on labels (many do not have to be listed at all). Even big corporations like Target and WalMart have promised to reduce the amount of or even eradicate the use of harmful toxins like phthalates in products they stock.

3. Mercury

Ive covered the dangers of mercury extensively in other articles. The base reason is that it has been linked to kidney problems, respiratory failure, and other neuromuscular complications; however, the elemental form of mercury is the most toxic. [4] Due to this knowledge, many people have switched off from thermometers and other products containing mercury.

4. Lead

Lead poisoning isnt a problem of yesterday, its a problem today a huge problem. The biggest issue is that lead affects so many parts of the body in such harmful ways. Not only can it affect organs and tissues, but it can affect whole systems of the body like the digestive, reproductive, and nervous systems. You absolutely need to take conscious steps to reduce your exposure to lead, including making your home safer for your children.

5. Benzene

Benzene is found in fuel and motor vehicle exhaust, but can also be found in detergents and pharmaceuticals. [5] Why is something so problematic used so frequently? Benzene is even classified as carcinogen, [6] its highly flammable, and benzene poisoning can pass from mother to fetus. The best way to reduce your exposure to benzene is to distance yourself from gasoline or waste plants and to avoid cigarette smoke at all costs. As quoted by the CDC, Average smokers take in about 10 times more benzene than nonsmokers each day. [7] Just one more reason not to smoke!

6. Flame Retardants

Normally, something that helps to quell a fire is heralded as useful and sometimes heroic. However, a disturbing discovery was made by a researcher from Texas. The discovery showed that flame retardants were found in the breast milk of American women. [8] How could this happen? It turns out that flame retardants can be found virtually anywhere in food, furniture, and building materials. Were around these items every day and breathe in the toxins that emanate throughout the day.

Attributed to the spread of human civilization, its unbelievable just how widespread traces of flame retardant chemicals are. Not even bald eagles are safe. Out of 33 dead eagles tested from 2009 to 2011, every one but two had all four flame retardant components for which scientists were testing. [9] Its important to educate yourself about flame retardant compounds and make sure theyre not abundant in your home. [10]

7. Pesticides

Mostly everyone is familiar with the negative effects of pesticides, but new developments further strengthen the argument against using pesticides on foods we consume. Perhaps the biggest and most shocking development to come to light is that pesticide exposure is now linked to Parkinsons disease. [11] The best way to avoid undue exposure to pesticides is to choose organic food!

Protecting Your Brain

Now that youre a bit more informed about seven toxins you might not have known about before, you can get started on protecting yourself from the harmful effects, both short term and long term. Turmeric shows powerful antioxidant protection for the brain, and its often advised to take this in extract form to ensure best results. Eating an organic diet, reducing the use of furniture made with flame retardants, and using glass containers instead of plastic are also helpful steps.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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  • [2] Ketchiff, Mirel. The Scary Truth About BPA-Free Plastic. SHAPE. 2015.
  • [3] Westervelt, Amy. Phthalates are everywhere, and the health risks are worrying. How bad are they really? The Guardian. 2015.
  • [4] EPA. Health Effects of Mercury. EPA.gov. 2014.
  • [5] EPA. Benzene. EPA.gov. 2013.
  • [6] ATSDR. Benzene. ATSDR. 2011.
  • [7] ATSDR. Public Health Statement for Benzene. CDC.gov. 2015.
  • [8] Blum, Deborah. Flame Retardants are Everywhere. NY Times. 2014.
  • [9] Betts, Kellyn S. More Evidence for PBDEs as Neurotoxicants: Cohort Study Corroborates Earlier Findings. EHP. 2014.
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  • [11] Bret Stetka. Parkinsons Disease and Pesticides: Whats the Connection? Scientific American.

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Home Remedies For Vomiting

 

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Vomiting is generally not a serious health problem. Most often, it is your bodys reaction to a temporary problem. Some of the main causes behind vomiting are excessive eating, pregnancy, drinking too much alcohol, food poisoning, viral infections, and stomach disorders.

Some of the warning signs vomiting may be excess salvia in the mouth, dizziness, fluctuating body temperature and increased heartbeat. If you notice these signs, try some of these easy and simple home remedies.

Here are the top 10 home remedies for vomiting.

1. Ginger

Ginger is good for your digestive system and blocks unnecessary secretion in the stomach that can cause vomiting. It works as a natural anti-emetic. To prevent vomiting:

    • Try some ginger tea with a little sugar or eat some fresh gingerbread or fresh ginger slices with salt.
    • Alternatively, you can mix one teaspoon each of ginger juice and lemon juice and consume it several times a day.
    • Another simple alternative is to chew a piece of fresh ginger with or without honey.

2. Rice Water

Rice water helps alleviate vomiting, especially when it is caused by gastritis. While preparing rice water, use white rice not brown rice as it is rich in starch and easier to digest.

    • Boil a cup of rice in one to one and a half cup of water.
    • Strain the solution.
    • Drink this rice water.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps to treat nausea as well as vomiting. Pregnant women should not use this remedy.

    • In a cup of boiling water, add one-half teaspoon cinnamon powder or one cinnamon stick and steep for a few minutes.
    • Strain the water and sweeten it with one tablespoon of honey. Sip it slowly.
    • Do this at least two to three times a day.

4. Mint

Mint tea can provide relief from vomiting.

    • To make mint tea, add one tablespoon of dried mint leaves to a cup of boiling water. Steep it for half an hour, strain it and your tea is ready.
    • You can chew the mint leaves used for making the tea. If fresh mint leaves are available, you can even chew them to cure vomiting.
    • You can make an alternative soothing solution by combining one teaspoon lemon juice to mint juice and have it at regular intervals.

5. Vinegar

The smell of vomit can sometimes cause more vomiting.

    • To freshen your breath and prevent further vomiting, rinse your mouth with one teaspoon of vinegar diluted in half a cup of water.
    • Apple cider vinegar also can help stop repeated vomiting. Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of honey in a glass of water. Drink it twice daily.

6. Clove

Cloves have antiseptic and anesthetic properties that help in digestion and can also cure vomiting.

    • You can chew some raw cloves or use a few cloves to make a cup of tea to treat vomiting.
    • You can also put a few drops of clove oil in a glass of warm water and drink it slowly.
    • Another way to use cloves during vomiting is to mix the powder of dried cloves with honey and swallow it.

7. Aniseed

Aniseed has many medicinal properties and can help treat vomiting.

    • Simply chew a teaspoon of aniseed for some quick relief.
    • You can drink a cup of herbal tea. Put one-half teaspoon of aniseed in half a cup of boiling water. Steep for a few minutes and strain it before drinking it.
    • You can also sprinkle roasted aniseed on mild vegetables such as carrots or pumpkin.

8. Cumin

One of the best and easiest home remedies for vomiting is cumin.

    • Mix one-half tablespoon of grounded cumin seeds with water and drink it.
    • You can also mix one teaspoon of cumin seeds and a pinch of nutmeg in a cup of boiling water and let it steep for a few minutes. Strain the mixture and then drink it.
    • Add some cumin powder and cardamom powder to one teaspoon of honey and take it slowly.

9. Onion Juice

Onion juice can help combat nausea and vomiting.

    • Mix one teaspoon of onion juice with one teaspoon of grated ginger.
    • Swallow this mixture at regular intervals to cure vomiting.
    • You can also drink some onion juice followed by a cup of cold peppermint tea. The unique combination of onion juice and peppermint will soothe your stomach and help ease vomiting.

10. Milk

Milk can also be used to treat vomiting but you must not drink it alone.

  • You can drink milk along with a light and easy-to-digest snack such as soda crackers.
  • You can also opt for milk toast, which is easy to make and good for your stomach. Heat one cup of milk until warm and put it in a bowl. Take a piece of toast, slightly buttered, and add it to the milk. Eat it slowly.

These natural remedies should help make you feel better. If your condition does not improve, consult your doctor.

 

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Relationships The Four Golden Threads

 

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I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together. ~ Lisa Kleypas

In order for an intimate relationship to be healthy and sustainable, The Four Golden Threads Physical, Emotional, Intellectual and Spiritual need to be active and connected between two people. When entering into an intimate relationship, many people dont pause long enough to make sure that all of these threads are lit up and in alignment with their partner. This simple misstep can lead to short-term pain or long-term misery, especially when two mismatched partners get married and have children together. Ultimately, whats missing in the beginning will be the thing that derails the relationship in the end.

Think about it. In the beginning of a relationship when everything is new and fresh, we often tell ourselves, So what if everythings not quite what were looking for? However, over time, little bits of compromise creep in. We see what we want to see and ignore the rest. Its usually months or years later, in retrospect that we see that the clues of what went wrong were always there; we just chose not to pay attention to them.

Grace and Hope

Not long ago, Grace, a client of mine, told me the story of her recent marriage and divorce. Graces husband was a lifelong friend that reappeared in her life after his marriage broke up. They got together and the relationship moved very quickly too quickly for her but as she put it, she got swept along by it. Then when he got down on his knee to propose in front of her family, she was too embarrassed to say no. Grace ignored her intuition, which told her to wait, and she ended up selling her much-loved Seattle condo, moving away from her family and setting up house in Kansas.

During the first few years of Graces marriage, the red flags she should have heeded began to reveal themselves, and she knew shed made a terrible mistake. Ironically, one of her best sources of solace was her husbands ex-wife. She understood what Grace was dealing with better than anyone, and the two became fast friends.

All the while, Grace knew she only had herself to blame. Well into her forties, this was her first marriage. Her fear of embarrassment and being judged by her family was so strong that she willingly ignored her inner voice and walked into a situation that she knew might not work.

There are thousands of similar stories out there. The point is to slow down, listen and observe. It can be so easy when were swept up in the excitement of a new relationship and the promise of companionship, to compromise and ultimately sacrifice our own needs and values in the false hope that things will change.

News flash: they usually dont!

Lets first examine each of The Four Golden Threads with special attention to the impact of their absence:

Physical

If we enter a relationship with a weak or absent physical connection, what might that look like?

  • No chemistry
  • No passion or excitement
  • No playful flirting and fun
  • No meaningful or close feelings of intimacy
  • No deep levels of affection

Emotional

If we enter a relationship with a weak or absent emotional connection, what might that look like?

  • No shared vulnerability
  • No healing of emotional wounds
  • No understanding of your emotional states
  • No compassion or empathy for your experience
  • No real nurturing or heartfelt affection

Intellectual

If we enter a relationship with a weak or absent intellectual connection, what might that look like?

  • No one to share your big picture interests
  • No one to talk with for long hours into the night
  • No one to share your favorite movies, music, theater, books, etc.
  • No one to continually pique your interest and curiosity
  • No one to learn new things from

Spiritual

If we enter a relationship with a weak or absent spiritual connection, what might that look like?

  • No shared values or vision
  • No one to witness your experiences
  • No one to support you as you navigate the inner realms
  • No one to see and recognize your Higher Self
  • No spiritual companion

Its much easier to see when spelled out this way. Once you recognize the warning signs, you might not want to get involved with someone you thought was a perfect partner after all. Far better to open your eyes, get some clarity before you make a long-term commitment and find yourself in the land of regret. In addition, when one of The Four Golden Threads is missing, youll always have that gnawing feeling in the core of your being telling you somethings wrong.

Examining The Four Golden Threads helps us to move this subject out of the closet, where its vague and hidden, into the light to be seen. Once illuminated, we can recognize our patterns of behavior.

Why then, are so many of us willing to compromise and leave one of these four threads out? More than likely its due to the following:

  • Fear of being alone
  • Wanting someone (anyone) to share lifes experiences with
  • Not believing that someone with all four areas of compatibility is out there
  • Impatience
  • A lack of trust in life
  • A desire to escape from ones self
  • Pressure from friends and family to be in a relationship
  • A willingness to settle for less than you deserve

This list helps to clarify something that can be difficult to see and opens up the possibility of making different choices going forward.

Now that weve shed some light on what can happen when one of The Four Golden Threads is missing, lets imagine what it would be like to partner with someone with whom all Four Golden Threads connect.

Your Partner…

  • … shares vulnerabilities with you
  • … is willing to help you heal your emotional wounds
  • … understands your emotional states
  • … is compassionate and has empathy for your experience
  • … shares your interests
  • … supports your creative expression
  • … enjoys talking with you for long hours into the night
  • … enjoys sharing your favorite movies, music, theater, books with you
  • … continually piques your interest and curiosity
  • … is attracted to you
  • … enjoys meaningful or close feelings of intimacy with you
  • … frequently expresses deep levels of affection with you
  • … has chemistry with you
  • … shares and supports your beliefs, values and life purpose
  • … wants to witness your experiences
  • … supports you as you navigate the inner realms
  • … loves you unconditionally, both your gifts and your wounds

This may sound idealistic and a bit too good to be true, however, when you look at the option of leaving one of those things out, it doesnt seem even worth pursuing a relationship like that. Does this mean we need to seek the impossible in a partner? Do we need to look for the perfect match?

No, neither of those things.

It means we need to look for the perfect partner for us. Were not looking for a pie-in-the-sky dream partner, were looking for someone whose gifts and wounds match well with our own. In other words, when you meet someone with whom all Four Golden Threads connect, you have the opportunity to get to know this persons innate gifts and wounds, to love and accept the good with the bad and to work with all of it, because the blessings are so damn worth it.

The trick is to enter into the relationship fully cognizant of the fact that in order for a relationship to be healthy, fulfilling and sustainable for both parties, all four threads need attention and nurturing. Ignore one and the relationship will, without a doubt, fail or be severely handicapped.

As humans we need to connect with all four threads to feel whole and truly express who we are.

To take this to an even higher level, ideally we want to be partnering with someone who is aligned with our life purpose, supporting us to authentically express our gifts and deepest passions so that our lives are rich and meaningful. This way of living is energizing and fuels us.That way, the relationship is not a source of energy, but rather a place to share ourselves. It becomes a shared journey rather than a place to get all of our needs met. Its also a place where we can share our deepest fears and pain so they can be witnessed and healed. A good relationship will allow for a high level of trust, so that vulnerability comes naturally, hastening the healing process.

How sad that we were not taught how to use our most intimate relationships as a context for deep inner work and healing! Alas, many come to this place late in life and pay lots of money to do workshops, seminars and retreats to sort out the inner mess, not suspecting that when they return from those experiences, theyll have to reconcile these issues in their relationships. This is a missed opportunity because while weekend workshops are great, the wisdom and insights dont usually stick, which is why its better to work through issues in the ongoing workshop of our relationships.

All relationships are sacred love combined with respect. All life is asking of us is to treat others and ourselves with love and respect. With The Four Golden Threads as our guide, we can partner with another in a way that nurtures and inspires us, and supports us to live the life of our highest joy.

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