The free vitamin

If you guessed SUNSHINE was the free vitamin…well done!  You are correct.  Sunshine is SO GOOD for our health and so easy to ‘take’ yet some of us don’t get a chance to enjoy it each day, because we work indoors and are simply “too busy”.

This needs to change.

SUNSHINE is one of those vitamins which is absolutely essential for good health.  In fact without a healthy amount of sunshine in your week your bones become brittle eventually leading to osteoporosis, your mood dips with the possibility of leading to depression and sadly cancer can even eventuate.  Sunshine helps the body maintain health by boosting your immune system (converting cholesterol to vitamin D), which in turn prevents disease.  It also provides you with a flood of happy hormones which also strengthens your immune system.  A daily dose of sunshine assists in preventing diseases like osteoporosis, cancer, obesity, heart disease, depression and more!  Plus it is free!


Various ways that you can include more sunshine in your day are:

  • Sun-gazing – this is not direct sunlight however it is very beneficial for various reasons such as regulating sleep patterns and hormones by activating you pineal gland (sun rise and sunset are effective for this).
  • Enjoy a morning cuppa in the sun – this is a great time to sit in the stillness and soak up some rays of sunshine
  • Eat your lunch outside – take a break from technology
  • Get to the beach on the weekend, go for a bush walk outside
  • Enjoy a picnic on the grass with some friends in the sun
  • Read a book on the grass in your bikini (we are so lucky we can do this in Winter in North Queensland!)

You may be asking yourself, but what if my skin is sensitive and I burn easily?  Should I wear sunscreen?

No, is the short answer.  Sunscreen is laden with toxic ingredients that are absorbed by your skin.  Our skin, being our largest organ, absorbs everything we put on it – make up, moisturiser, perfume, sunscreen, etc.  Certain barrier creams like coconut oil provide SPF 10+ – a healthy alternative.  However, if you are out on the water all day & dealing with water reflection or perhaps you work outside every day, a brand of sunscreen I would recommend is Miessence Outdoor Balm SPF 15+, for those days or times you know you will be in direct sunlight for hours.   It is still healthy and advisable to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and hat for example if you are working outdoors.

If you are not in this situation, of working outside all day as a landscaper for example, or spending a day on the water kayaking or fishing, then it is healthy to allow your body to receive full sun exposure for a period of 10-30mins every day in order to boost your immune system and prevent all kinds of diseases mentioned above, ranging from the common cold to cancer.

Our skin reacts and burns from the sun if our cells are not being fed living nutrition!  We ideally want to be feeding our bodies a predominately plant based diet (part of my philosophy at Seeds Of Health) packed full of living nutrition – fresh juices, smoothies, vegetables, fruit, salads, nuts, legumes, lentils, seeds, etc.  These foods contain so much vitality!

Despite knowing this you may still be asking but how much sun is too much?  I believe it is best to start off slowly.  However you choose to enjoy the sunshine, it is important to get a healthy dose of ideally 10-30mins each day.  Full body exposure where possible.

There is an interesting group called the Sunshine Vitamin Alliance (http://www.sunshinevitamin.org) – a group of physicians, individuals and organisations – that promote the benefits of natural vitamin D (sunshine) for our health, as opposed to vitamin D in supplement form.  It was interesting to read that they believe humans are spending less time in the sun, now than ever before, which in turn has lead to more than 1 billion people being vitamin D deficient – with various healthy issues resulting from this deficiency, as discussed above.

I encourage you to get out into the sun for 10minutes each day for the next week and notice how you feel.  Does your mood lift?  Do you find you have more energy, less sniffles and agitation, a healthier complexion?  Just notice.

I know the sunscreen and sun are hot topics so leave your thoughts below.  I would love to hear from you!

Have a beautiful day x

Janelle

Fasting reverses ageing

Yes, that’s right!  Fasting does reverse ageing.  When we fast we give the body a chance to rejuvenate, repair and rebuild.  Digestion over-rules other jobs in the body, so therefore if we are constantly eating 3 meals a day plus snacks, the body does not get a chance to rejuvenate, repair and rebuild.

Fasting can range from simply skipping a meal, to intermittent fasting (which I wrote about 2 weeks ago on my blog), fasting for 24 hours or perhaps even a 3-40 day water or juice fast.  All forms of fasting give the body a chance to repair and rebuild.

I want to continue on and add more value to my previous post from 2 weeks ago, about Intermittent Fasting.  If you have not seen the BBC show Eat, Fast and Live Longer, please watch it.  It gives you a visual about what happens to the body when we fast, be it for a short time, a long time or alternate days.  If you would prefer the words, instead of the video here is the link.

With Winter here, it is important to consider the benefit of fasting for our immune systems.  Fasting actually boosts our immune system!  According to Dr Mercola, after 3 days of fasting your body can regenerate an entire new immune system because it triggers the body to start producing new white blood cells (the guys that fight infection!).  However, fasting from lunch on Monday to lunch on Tuesday would also boost your immune system.  Just ensure that you are drinking at least 3 litres of water while fasting, to assist in flushing toxins out.

For those of you who began my challenge to intermittently fast 2 weeks ago, I would love to know how you are finding the process?  I feel it is important to clarify the best time to intermittently fast.  From 6pm (or after an early dinner) till 10am/11am the following morning is ideal.  This not only improves our sleep because our body can focus on resting rather than digesting, but it also assists our body to regenerate and properly eliminate.  Our body is in the elimination phase up until midday of each day.  By eating first thing in the morning we are hindering this elimination process, where our body is cleansing and getting rid of unwanted matter.

Fasting, both intermittently, on alternate days and also for longer periods has numerous benefits for the body.  Did you know that the lifespan of individuals extended during The Depression of the 1930’s, despite people having to eat less?  Calorie restriction is the only thing that significantly extends life in mammals.  Other benefits include:

  • Boosting your immune system
  • Regenerating your body giving your liver, for example, some time to do it’s job..DETOX!  (It is the largest detoxifying organ in our body)
  • Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1) levels decrease during fasting, however also stay down for a period of time once returning to normal eating.  This assists in lowering your risk of colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer
  • Gives your digestive system a chance to repair
  • Gives your eliminatory system a chance to excrete old matter that can build up on the lining of your colon over time (Elimination/Cleansing is greatly enhanced if you are incorporating enemas and specific colon cleanse ingredients into your fast.  Please ask me for more details about this if you would like to know more?  Water, deep breaths and movement (eg.walking) greatly assist also!)
  • It improves your body’s ability to better utilise the food eaten, when you transition back to food
  • Weight loss occurs due to the body being able to burn up stored fat and toxins
  • The body’s production of growth hormones increase after a fast, this stimulates greater muscle growth and higher fat metabolism

Why not give it a go?!  Listen to your body and start on a day that you feel prepared and able to rest, walk, get in to the sun, etc.  Or perhaps you’d like to try fasting for a day with a friend?

I’d love to know if you have tried it before or if you a willing to give it a go?

Have a beautiful day 

Janelle

Broccoli

I’ve really been loving my broccoli this week!  Bought from my local organic store – I just can’t seem to get enough.  I’ve been lightly steaming it & adding it to my salads for lunch, with a pinch of sea salt over the top.  I’ve also enjoyed it as a quick dinner with some fresh kale roasted in the oven with coconut oil, or as a ‘dipper’ into some homemade basil and macadamia nut pesto.Broccoli deserves some limelight.  It is such an amazing vegetable…it is considered a superfood!  Here is a list of some of the many benefits of broccoli:

  • from the mustard family which creates sulfur in the body helping to cleanse the tissues
  • this sulfur content also improves our complexion
  • boosts the immune system
  • cancer prevention tool
  • supports lung health
  • supports eye health
  • squashes colon cancer
  • strengthens bones
  • balances blood pressure
  • is an alkaline vegetable
  • contains an huge amount of antioxidants…therefore improving the health of our cells

Who wouldn’t want some?!
I dare you to be creative with this amazing superfood this weekend!

Green smoothies…immune boosting!

It’s nearly the end of another week.  How are you feeling?  Energised?  Or are you feeling incredibly tired? 

ADD A GREEN SMOOTHIE TO YOUR DAY!

Adding a green smoothie into your day provides your body with an excellent source of iron (predominately from green leaves) as well as vitamin C (predominately from fruit).  Vitamin C is needed for iron absorption, so this is a perfect combination of ingredients.  However, this is not the only benefit of green smoothies.

Some of you may remember my green smoothie article in the last CPC magazine.  I’ve decided to re-post this article online as a reminded as we approach winter and an online resource.  Entering into Winter we need to support and boost our immune systems.  Green smoothies are a fantastic way to supply our bodies and more importantly our immune system with an incredible amount of nutrients!  

Green smoothies have endless benefits.  Some of these include:

  Alkalising your body, by balancing your blood pH, therefore assisting with symptoms such as fatigue, foggy headedness, constipation, achey joints as well as enhancing the strength of your bones.

  A nutrient dense snack that leaves less room in your stomach for that extra piece of cake, bread, or biscuit.

  Protein (Green leaves provide up to 30% protein)

  Magnesium (A mineral commonly depleted through stress)

  Calcium (Yes that’s right!  We don’t have to get it through milk)

  Chlorophyll (Improves body odour, bad breath and assists in detoxifying the liver)

  With the addition of parsley it will purify the kidneys

  With the addition of enzyme rich sprouts your smoothie will enhance your digestion

  They taste delicious!

The modern diet and lifestyle tends to promote acidity as we consume large amounts of high fat, high sugar foods, white foods (white flour, white sugar, etc), meat, alcohol, softdrink, etc and smaller amounts of living food (green leafy vegetables, coloured vegetables, fruits, sprouts, raw nuts, etc).  Stress, too little sunshine, not enough fresh air and not enough clean water also contribute to increased acidity in our blood.  So we need to be mindful of this.

Our bodies are intelligent.  When our blood becomes too acidic it draws alkaline minerals, such as calcium, from our bones in order to buffer the acidity.  Therefore, long term acidity contributes to Osteoporosis.  One step you can take to begin alkalising your system is to drink one green smoothie each day!  

Green smoothies are also fantastic for kids!  Have fun as a family and make one together in the morning for breakfast or to snack on throughout the day.  You could also make it the night before so you are prepared with a healthy snack for the following day.  With daily enjoyment of green smoothies your palate will begin to change and you will begin to notice just how sweet sugar really is.  

Try one today!… 

GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

(There are so many green smoothie recipes to pick and choose from, however, a great base recipe to start with is):

2-4 cups of greens (baby spinach, mint, parsley, beetroot leaves, musculin lettuce, kale, etc)

1 frozen banana (NOTE: buy in bulk when on special at the market on a Sunday afternoon & peel skins off before freezing)

1 pear or kiwi fruit (or whatever fruit is in season)

1-2 cups water (adjust to desired consistency)

Blend together in a blender

The texture of the smoothie is a lot nicer when the banana is frozen, however ice cubes can also be added instead.

Additions that I commonly use are frozen blueberries, frozen mango, paw paw, apple, persimmon, apple, half an avocado, broccoli, etc.  I also like to add green powders like wheatgrass powder or Vital Greens, as well as cacao powder, bee pollen, Acai berry powder, etc to make my smoothie as powerful and healthful as possible.Some further alkalising steps to consider include:

  Laugh daily…

  Breathe in fresh air, mindfully, daily…

  Soak up the sun’s rays, mindfully, daily…

  Filter your water and ensure you are adequately hydrated.  Start your day off with 1L when you get out of bed to flush your system after rest and hydrate your brain.

  Consider the portions of your meals – cover three quarters of your plate with salad and/or vegetables.  Overeating can lead to acidity.

I hope you all find time to get to the market this weekend to pick up the necessary ingredients to include a green smoothie into each day!

Happy blending!

Janelle.