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One big reason I prepared these pages is because my friends occasionally ask about my strange practices, or how I stay looking so young, but also for search engine optimization purposes, because search engines like lots of original, and hopefully interesting content. So these pages are also written to help boost web traffic for my business.
The bible says that our body is a temple of God, and that we should treat it that way. Well, a lot of people don't believe in God, but rather worship themselves, and want to look beautiful for selfish reasons. Whatever your motivation, a healthier and cleaner body will allow you to live longer, fuller, with greater vitality, and enable you to enjoy yourself more.
In Chinese medicine, which has developed over thousands of years and started
much earlier than western medicine, the body flows with certain energy, where the spine
and the nerve chord is like an energy super highway of the body. Sitting with a bad
posture all day in front of the computer can pinch this superhighway, restrict energy
flow, and lead to problems elsewhere.
In the days of old, a Chinese doctor was only paid when you DIDN'T need to see them. It proved not the most effective system, but definitely an intriguing one what concerns the promotion of preventive medicine. The problem with western medicine is that it is capitalist based, heavily influenced by the very rich pharmaceutical industry. Drugs are thrown at symptoms like water on a rapidly spreading fire. But wouldn't it be better to stop the fire from starting in the first place? Practice general cleanliness, not leave around loose paper, perhaps keep everything damp, for example? The same principles can be applied to your body. I almost never catch colds, am never sick, and when I do catch a cold, my body's immune system is so strong it kills it within a day (combined with my common cold remedy).
I find there is a general guideline you can follow in life to remain healthy and get the most out of it. You will find endless information regarding this on the internet, and you can even increase stress levels, a very dangerous disease, by worrying yourself so much about it. So I have put together basic instructions, which I hope to develop further and which has many useful outgoing links of other sources I found on the internet.
Our body is a natural organism which has developed over millions of years, in
a natural environment. But in the last roughly fifty years there has been an explosion of
chemicals, and with it cancer, which rarely existed before. There are chemicals almost
everywhere - in the pesticide remains in our vegetables and fruits, hormones in the meat
we eat, and from car exhaust in the air. The list is endless. Not to mention all the drugs
we might take for this and that symptom. Note that most drugs are derived from natural
compounds which can be found in food or herbs. For example, the difference between the
Vitamin C you buy over the counter and that found in living citrus fruits is that one is
stagnant dead while the other one is spinning around and moving. Perhaps medicine cannot
define the benefits of the moving and alive vitamin, but one doesn't need too much
imagination to assume that the living vitamin could have better benefit for our living
So generally it is good to feed our body with natural foods, for which it was designed, avoid all chemicals, and avoid processed foods which can be depleted of all their nutritional and vitamin content.
But just reading the package is not good enough. Your body is a complex
organism, and like any body of water, has a natural ecosystem, and a natural balance to
function properly. Did you know that pork lines your intestinal walls while beef tends to
clog them? Your intestines are designed to rid your body of waste, which does not belong
there and which it cannot process, but if your intestines are clogged or do not work well,
these wastes can seep back into your bloodstream and lead to all sorts of problems. By
simply introducing more fibre and green salads into your diet, you can help clean out your
intestines and greatly improve your health < intestinal ecology; regulating/examining
what comes out; crazy Steve > .
Or how about the story < of that Australian Olympics athlete who died just before competing? She was a fanatic about cheese pizza, and an autopsy later revealed that her system was so clogged it could not function properly. In fact, milk and dairy products are not that healthy for us, because milk comes from cows, who have several stomachs and can process grass, while our systems are designed quite differently. So you should also be aware of what you eat, and concentrate on a healthy balance.
Generally I try to avoid meat. If I do have meat, I try to support free range and wild game, which should be free of hormones and should be more natural. And when I do eat meat, I try to eat healthy lean meat, and not some processed junk which has to be dyed to look like meat.
A healthy diet full of salads and vegetables will go a long way. When cooking rice, try long grain natural rice and avoid processed white rice, which has much less nutrients in it. Occasionally have a blast of beans and lentil type food, to help flush out the intestines.
And countless times I've heard about the benefits of supplemental vitamins < , to fill those gaps we might miss by not eating the perfectly balanced diet.
Drinking lots of good clean water is like running a tap constantly over a
dirty cloth. You can use the cloth to clean up the house, but constantly running water
through it will keep it generally cleaner. The water passing through our system will help
get rid of waste and toxins, and will keep our skin hydrated, making it look younger.
You can also drink a lot of juices, which would be similar but adds a healthy dose of vitamins.
Or you can drink lots of herbal teas, like green tea. Green tea is a good anti-oxidant. Oxidants greatly contribute to aging.
< stretching/Yoga removes oxidants >
Well, easier said than done, isn't it? That's like telling someone not to enjoy life.
But you can enjoy life while being more reasonable about it. For example, what possible
enjoyment can you get from smoking cigarettes? It is more addictive than heroin and only
supported by the government because it is a great way of collecting taxes, and keeps
people wired and productive. It can also be considered a social security blanket, where
one can feel cool and part of the gang smoking it, and who has something to fidget with
while in an often stressful social setting, where one always needs to prove themselves, or
needs something to fidget with to quell their nervousness. But if you understand all the
negative implications it has on your health and realise the actual benefits you get out of
it (practically zero from a "high" point of view), it is truly a really stupid
drug and habit. Even one cigarette a day has proven to triple the chance of getting a
heart attack < . You will go a long way to improve your general well being by getting
rid of this evil and senseless habit.
If you really need to get high on something, there are more cost effective and sensible ways. Cost in terms of money, and cost to your body.
And how about alcohol? That is basically a toxic poison, with which we can get inTOXicated. Do you really need to get obliterated drunk to the point of not remembering the night before? What's the point of having fun if you cannot even remember it? I find that if I just stick to beer and focus on pacing myself, I can get a sufficient buzz to serve its purpose, loosen up the conversation, and achieve the desired effect without causing great harm. You do not realise how much you really have to destroy the brain to get it to black out to the point of not remembering parts of the evening before. If the next day you find you cannot remember parts of the evening, then you think back on your consumption and try to regulate it for next time. I find that occasionally drinking a glass of water (not soda water, which takes away nutrients from your body, but rather mineral or real water) between or with beers can make a big difference. With water you can still sip on something to feel busy and quell your nervousness, while rehydrating your body, as alcohol drains your body of liquids. Why else would you wake up with a headache and hangover than because your brain is sucked dry and totally dehydrates. There were times I've been so dehydrated that, when I opened my eyes, I felt and practically heard air seeping into them, as if my dehyrdated body was sucking in moister air from outside. Sometimes pounding down a few glasses of water before going to sleep can do wonders. It can force me to get up to go to the washroom several times during the night, at which point I will force more water down, until I wake up the next day rather fresh and sober. But pacing yourself while drinking is better, and not that difficult. And try to avoid the hard alcohol, because mixing it like this can easily send you over the edge.
As a major partier, I understand that this can be a hard vice to avoid. But if you start to think about it, and really analyse the benefits of drinking yourself stupid, to the point of insulting some people, making a fool of yourself, blurbling nonsense for a large part of the evening and not even remembering large parts of the party, I think you will see the great wisdom of moderation.
I have a friend who drank so much, one day he just collapsed, and the doctor said he totally destroyed his spleen. That organ which balances the body's chemistry, and without which he was forced to drink no alcohol and follow a strict diet for the rest of his life - to attain that careful chemical balance his body was no longer capable of.
I mean, what a horrible concept. I am a major beer lover and the thought of eating a juicy steak without it outright horrifies me.
Red wine is generally healthier than beer, but you tend to drink more alcohol because of it and the medicinal qualities of grape seed can be found by much healthier means. And any medicinal qualities of red wine are certainly wiped clean if you drink more than a small glass a day. <spleen needs time to recover..>
If you don't like beer or wine, you can drink a lot of juice or water with you harder drink. This will always help to remove the poisons and rehydrate your body.
And the occasional careful reflection could go a long way too. Reflecting on your supposed need to obliterate yourself to the point of getting totally wasted. Reflecting if it really does give you benefit and joy. And if you really do not to drink that much, then make a concerted effort to balance it during the day and evening with more water. Possibly some herbal teas to help clean out your bloodstream. For this I like to use stinging nettle (which grows for free practically everywhere and easily dried and used) tea, which you can combine with other herbal teas for other purposes. I guess you can tell I'm a seasoned partier, eh?
So besides the above two, which in western society could be the greatest source of poison to our bodies, you'll obviously want to read the package before you buy and cook, and getting out to the country on the weekends to avoid the bad city air can also do you some substantial good.
Also fat is a big bad no-no. The fast food companies purposefully put extra fat and grease in their foods because they are aware of its addictive qualities. Ice-cream is primarily made of fat. Fat gets into your blood stream, chokes your arteries, can lead to a heart attack, makes you gluttonous and slow. The list is never ending. The trick is to stay lean and mean. It may take time, but your tastebuds will change and you will develop a liking for healthy foods, if you just focus on that. Which brings us to the next point.
This actually might require an entirely separate section, as it can get into the philosophical and spiritual. But first lets stick to the basic facts.
It is a fact that the only way scientists have determined how to extend a rat's life is
by denying it of food. Calories basically kills us. 60% of your body's energy is used to
break down food, especially if you eat a lot of meat. Animals instinctively go into a fast
when they have suffered an injury, as during a fast, the body can use more of its energy
to heal itself.
By overeating and forcing more food down, you are forcing your body to expend more energy to convert food into fuel for your body. Carbohydrates, like pastas, breads and rice, need several processes to break down and convert it into a format which your body can use as energy. Meat requires even more energy for conversion. When I was tree planting in British Colombia, there were many around me who testified to the great advantage of spurilina < , which is basically a one celled organism which can be cultivated under certain conditions to be consumable. The organism is 60% immediately consumable carbohydrates, 30% iron, and <... , and your body just soaks it up directly into its bloodstream without having to expend any energy converting it. They drank it with pineapple juice and joked how it made them like road runner, full of energy while planting in the field. You can consider this an ideal food, feeding your body an efficient fuel which it can consume without working to convert it. Simple science. Why else would you feel sleepy after a heavy meaty meal than because blood is diverted towards your stomach to work hard on the conversion process, and puts you to sleep so that it can focus its energy?
So I am sure you will easily find lots of information backing claims that nibbling on food over the day and not overeating is much healthier for you. If you are concerned about your weight and want to lose it, simply shifting away from carbohydrates and fat towards vegetables and lean meat, and applying a bit of exercise as explained in the section below, should easily accomplish that. Whenever I eat I never like to feel full. Always just enough to start to feel a little pressure in my stomach. Keep in mind also that it takes about twenty minutes for your brain to register your stomach is full, so one important trick is to take your time eating. Nibble away while you work, and don't pound down the greasy fast food during a thirty minute lunch period, which will make you feel gluttonous full for an hour or more after that. Fill up on juices over the day. It's really not that difficult, and you will find that you begin to appreciate such foods.
Which brings us to the psychological factor of why people overeat. Perhaps it is the
busy lifestyle, working hard in the office, squeezing in unhealthy and fatty fast food
during a tight lunch. Smart companies have catering services which bring around healthy
nibbles several times during the day. That is the best option.
Or perhaps it is out of boredom. "Well, there's a commercial on tv. What shall I do? Hmm, I'll go to the kitchen, open the fridge door, stare inside, and see what inspiration hits me."
Or it could be for a sense of security. A nice fuzzy feeling that one has an ample supply of food in their stomach, so in case the world ended and the Martians were invading from outer space, you know you will be able to survive at least a few hours. But this is ironically wrong, because as a trained faster, I know I can probably last 30 days without food if I had to. And overeating shortens your life, so the sense of security is certainly only mental.
Or perhaps it is due to insecurity. "I'm fat, no one likes me, so I'll just eat more, because I'm depressed and give up."
These are tough questions and you can spend a lot of time thinking about them. But like with exercising below, I believe you can focus on a slow shift, and as long as you keep your mind on it, taking one small step at a time, your tastes will change with your body, and you can eventually make the transition, no matter how long it takes, as long as you apply a little bit of constant willpower.
Now that I have hopefully convinced you of all the poison you are regularly pumping
into your body, you will realise that an occasional cleaning might be in order. Over the
year I focus on what I eat and generally try to live healthily, but for a great lover of
beer and socialising when the company is good, I know that I have pumped enough poison in
my body, if we include the very air we breath (for all the poisons of car exhaust - 50% of
any city's pollution - will definitely find its way into your system through the lungs)
that I should try to get rid of it once a year.
For this I go through my annual spring fasting. On those pages I will explain how a fast works and the principles why it is healthy, but generally, your body, especially with age, is simply not capable of processing all the poison you pump into it over the year or your lifetime. For this reason a good spring cleaning is mandatory. When your body gets into cleaning mode and has a chance to flush everything out. Many people seem shocked at my age, but when I think about it, I feel normal, and rather see the product on everyone else of a lifetime of neglecting their bodies, eating whatever they fancy, constant smoking, unregulated alcohol consumption, and a total lack of exercise. If you consider all these things, you will find that the steps to a radical change in your health are not that large, or remotely painful. When I started focusing on a more vegetarian diet, I found that, after several months, my body's cravings changed. I no longer salivate for the steak like I used to, and look forward to big meals of beans and salad. You can use the same or similar spices, so the taste can be the same, but your body gets used to it, eventually influencing the tongue and your cravings. You can make a very gradual and slow change, so that it is not painful, but your body will adjust. And you may eventually realise the total stupidity of smoking cigarettes and what a truly disgusting habit it really is. Just give yourself time and focus on it. The body does not like shocks, like cold turkeys, anyway. And such shocks can result in a psychological barrier which will greatly hinder your motivation for such healthy changes in the future, so take your time and do the transition wisely and in a painless manner.
Now that you are thinking of supplying your body with the right input and
ingredients, and cleaning it properly once in a while, you also want your body to be
productive and working efficiently. Healthy food and a good spring cleaning alone will not
go as far if your body is weak and cannot process wastes as well. For example, a strong
and healthy heart pumps blood through your veins, distributing oxygen and nutrients
throughout. A stronger body can process waste better, and a good circulation system with a
strong heart will pump blood better to your brains, keeping you more mentally productive,
awake, and effective. You will feel better about yourself, and have a more active and
fresh approach to life.
The thing I found about exercising is that it is a self generating pattern. When I exercised less, I got more lazy, more easily bored, less motivated about things in general, and it became harder to exercise.
On the flip side of the coin, when I was exercising regularly, I was more awake, looking forward to exercising again, much more productive during the day, and my approach to life was livelier and more full of enthusiasm and joy.
But once again, this does not have to be a painful process. Don't get inspired by these pages, go out for a brisk jog, to the point of hacking out your lungs, exhausting yourself, until the next day you have a major psychological barrier to overcome, to the point that you probably just give up on the entire idea.
Start slow, and if it feels painful and potentially demotivating, then stop and don't push yourself. But make the effort, no matter how small, and focus on increasing the level gradually. Pick out a long term goal for yourself. Even if it takes you two years, one year longer than you hoped, to get to a certain level, one or two years out of your entire life really is not that much, you get there sooner than you think, and you will find yourself much better off, more productive, and happier at that point than you were two years ago.
There are many little painless tricks you can do. For example, walk up a few steps on the escalator before standing still. Walk as much as you can. You might get off the bus one stop early and walk through the park the rest of the way to work. Walking may seem trivial, but such little exercises truly do benefit you much more than you'd imagine. I've gotten to the point that I like to jog up the escalator, two steps at a time, to about two thirds the way up, after which I walk up two steps at a time, and then one at a time, so that by the time I get to the top (and trust me, the escalators in Prague can be quite long, as the underground metro served also as a nuclear bunker during the cold war), I am panting moderately and my thighs are burning something fierce. A truly juicy bit of exercise. Multitasking at its wonderful best. Not only do I get where I'm going faster, but I've increased my blood circulation for a few minutes, flushing out all sorts of stagnant and lodged toxins, and making me feel perkier and more awake.
You can therefore apply this general principle through your day. Get off the
elevator one or two floors earlier and walk up the rest. Heck, I don't even use the
elevator anymore. A great way to squeeze in a healthy blast of exercise during your day.
Walk everywhere, and while doing that, get a city map, stretch out your walk, and make it
through as many parks and green areas as you can. You will eventually find nice
residential streets lined with big trees, which clean the air and give out precious
oxygen. I lived on such a street and you can notice the difference in the air. You can
combine your walking route with public transportation, but it will make your day happier,
and over time, your walking route can become longer and longer, and brisker and faster.
Why suffer yourself with the drone of going to the weight room, paying money, and walking
on pretend stairs. The only purpose of going to a gym is if you want to look good (to
people who will bother to watch you while you work out), make grunting noises, and maybe
find yourself a partner. You can do that anyway, and sprinkling your day with walks a
stairclimbs will only benefit you further.
Since I work at home, I also do pushups and physical workouts. <workout page> I scatter them throughout the day, like every time I get up to go to the washroom, or before cooking. Only a few minutes is sufficient, and I never build up a major sweat, but these little things can keep you in good physical shape. The medical community says you should in the MINIMUM exercise three times a week, for half an hour at a time. By walking and doing these little tips, you can easily meet that. And once you feel more motivated, like I do all the time, you can then add to that real sports. Any sport will be more fun and more motivating. My greatest workout is running like a madman after a squash ball. I'm not a very efficient squash player, but for me my greater joy is the workout. Note that the sweat that you produce cleans out your pores, gets the juices running, and does a world of good for your complexion and general health. So make sure to drink even more water during these times, to help the cleansing process along.
Working your muscles makes you look good, improves your posture (a weak back
can lead to major problems), and makes you feel better about yourself.
Working your cardiovascular system (like by jogging, and sweat producing and heavy breathing exercises) improves your endurance, makes your heart stronger and more efficient, clears your head due to the increased circulation, and improves your motivation and vitality.
But stretching is great too. Whatever you stretch will release tons of oxidants, which greatly increases aging. Heck, look at Madonna and her Yoga. Richer than the queen of England but apparently spends none of it on facelifts. Sting also practices Yoga. I find that if I do not stretch for a longer time, my muscles start to feel like dog meat. Not to mention that they tend to rip more often, or I get annoying muscle cramps <pumpkin seeds> .
After thinking about this page some, I believe you will find that it really does not have to be a painful process to change your lifestyle for the better. You can make your transition as slow as you want, as long as you are applying a little bit of willpower to make your transition real, constant, and enduring. It could take you several years, but with each step that you succeed in your transition, you will feel fuller of energy and more motivated, adding fuel to your motivation, until it becomes an evident acceleration process towards the better. You will feel better about yourself, you will definitely look better, and you will get so much more out of life. When I think back on those days when I let myself slip in terms of exercise, they seemed murky and depressing periods, when I lacked gusto and motivation.
I hope these pages have inspired you to move in this direction, that you do
not go overboard to demotivate yourself, and that you will continue to apply the pressure
and willpower, no matter how slight, because with every step you make in this direction,
you will eventually attain whatever goal you set for yourself.
And once you have attained this physically happier level, or during or before, you should also focus on the spiritual. We are mind, body, and soul. With a healthy body, our mind works better, and we have a better attitude towards life. But the body is just an empty vessel, no matter how efficient and productive we might make it. What truly makes us happier is a happy spirit - a soul filled with the spiritual love circulating through the universe. And that, my friends, is a whole other chapter, which you may find on my Christ pages. But at least it is not some right-wing self righteous ranting. Hopefully pleasant reading for people of whatever belief.
Between my business and other pages, I tend to work and develop a lot of
websites, so I hope to add to these pages as well, over time.
This is what I have created so far:
common cold remedy - how to kill a cold in as short as half a day!
natural hemorrhoids treatment - okay, gross and much too much information, but a long bike ride one day created years of problems, So I guess I'm just an exprd in this area as well.
fasting - simple logic says "I like food. Food is good. I need food to survive. Therefore not eating food is not healthy." This is the logical fallacy of "If A then B, then it follows that if Not A then Not B". This is incorrect logic.
heart disease - it is the body's engine. Without it, you're simply dead. Probably our most important organ, yet one of the most sensitive to abuse, the effects of which we cannot gauge without diagnostic tests from the doctor. And when we do feel the effects, mostly in the form of a heart attack, we have already caused irreversible damage.
how to prevent hair loss - my grandpas are bowling ball heads. I was destined to be one too. I overcame.
Natural Cancer Cure Remedy Treatment - this wonder herb grows like a weed and, properly processed and consumed, can cure cancer and all sorts of skin diseases. A wonderful cure-all! Can grow in your garden and requires a normal household machine costing less than 30$ to prepare it.
How to Lose Weight - the natural, pleasant, easiest and healthiest way.
Skin infections - alkaline, balance of the body's natural chemistry. When I moved to Asia, my poorer diet combined with the exotic tropical bacteria created an imbalance, I watched myself disintegrate before my eyes.
Diet for extreme physical conditions - when I came back to treeplant, after a 17 year break, by older body could not handle this one of the top ten toughest jobs in the world. I had to research a way to rejuvinate and maintain my body.
Previously I also created these general health <check link to make sure doesn't need capital H..> pages, which I totally forgot about but which you might find interesting as well.
(still to add)
< body gets used to eating vegetables or a change in diet - fat is addictive and purposefully put into foods
< vitamins and heart page
< big swig of water (half to a full glass) every time I go to the washroom, to keep the cycle moving. Can sip on juice while working, like pineapple juice with fibre in it. Orange and citrus juice tends to cause joint problems I found. Sipping on juice over your work day can fill you up so you don't need to eat so much during lunch. In fact, spreading out your food intake like this is much healthier for you. And you won't feel so bloated, sleepy and unproductive when you get back from work after lunch. You can come to work with a bag of little healthy snacks, like apples and sesame seed crackers. I like to nibble on pumpkin seeds over the day. They are high in nutrient and good to keep a healthy head of hair < .
< metabolism declines over your lifetime, and one day comes in your age when it seems to drop like a rock. So adjust your eating habits accordingly. Calories kill. Extending mice's life. My first meal is at 2pm, my main meal, and does me for most of the day. For dinner a smaller snack or soup. Not good to go to sleep on an bloated stomach, which will just serve to produce fat while you are sleeping.
< control your weight, and carbohydrate intake. Eat because of boredom.
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