Genius Foods!

From the book Genius Foods by Max lugavere. How to eat for health and happiness.

Neurotransmitters have a big name. But they have even bigger responsibilities. The most important transmitters go by the names acetylcholine, serotonin and norepinephrine.

So what do these do?

Let’s start with acetylcholine: it’s in charge of learning and memory.

The best way to make sure you’re taking care of it properly is to cut out “anticholinergic” drugs and eat plenty of choline-rich foods.

These drugs are usually prescribed for maladies such as motion sickness, allergies, depression, heartburn and insomnia. As a study by the University of Washington highlights, they’ve been linked to the development of dementia in chronic users.

Choline is a dietary precursor to acetylcholine. You’ll find it in abundance in egg yolks, beef liver, shrimp, broccoli and scallops.

Your next step should be to optimize your intake of serotonin – your brain’s mood neurotransmitter. Natural sources include vitamin D and omega-3s.

That’s important because low serotonin levels have been linked to impaired learning and memory, poor impulse control and suboptimal long-term planning – all major traits of depression.

Optimizing your serotonin intake can be as simple as making sure you’re getting enough sun exposure or taking daily vitamin supplements. Do that and you’ll be sure to see big improvements in your mood.

Take it from the participants of a 2017 study at Deakin University Food and Mood Center: they found that their disposition improved greatly when they ate more eggs, olive oil, grass-fed beef and fish.

Finally, there’s norepinephrine – the neurotransmitter that helps you maintain focus. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and protects the parts of the brain first compromised in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

Avoiding stressful stimuli can help boost norepinephrine. Anxiety triggers chronic norepinephrine release, damaging your cognitive health and making the transmitter much less effective the next time you need it.

Exercise is equally important. A 2017 study published in PLOS ONE found that college-aged adults were much better at learning a new language when working out on a stationary bike than when sitting still!

Blue Chai Tea! 

While traveling in Thailand I discovered this wonderful blue sapphire tea called butterfly pea tea. It is not just a pretty color but also very good for ones health and well being. The blue Chai tea turns into a rich purple color when a lemon wedge is added. 

My recipe: 

Mix with freshly squeezed lemon juice, brown sugar and crushed ice ! Add some mint leaves for extra flavor ! Lovely garden drink on a hot summers day! ☀️

Blue Butterfly Pea is an ancient Thai herbal plant. Its flower has three different colors white, blue, and purple. Not only beautiful, Butterfly Pea first gained its reputation as a powerful hair strengthener in the traditional Thai medicine. leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots are all used as medicinal herbs. According to Thai culture & folklore, butterfly pea flowers are squeezed to make Anchan tea, and as a coloring forThai desserts in blue and purple colors. It also provides anthocyanin to improve eyesight, treat opthalmitis and eye infections, nourish hair, provide antioxidants and boost body immunity. Many health & beauty products are derived from this flower because of the positive effects of the flavanoid, Quercetin has on skin & hair. The hot or cold tea is extremely thirst quenching and relaxing.  

http://www.paradisemoon.com/herbal/Siam-Natural_Butterfly_Pea.htm

“Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time! “

So true! I loved reading this article and thought I had to share it with you all.  

Great words of wisdom from an elderly lady. We could all learn something from her:A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”

She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.”

And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less

Amazing Advice on Happiness at 92-years Old

If you are looking for enlightenment first you must find alignment

Art by James.R.Eads

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If you are looking for enlightenment first you must find alignment.           
You must understand the balance of the world is in the stability of the earth, the weightlessness of the wind, the freedom of the water, the ruthlessness of fire, and the imperfections of the soul. 

You must shed your karmic weight and cast it into the water so you may see that you are both the fool and the world. You know nothing and you know everything. 

Then you must find you as someone else. You must understand that someone else is also yourself.  

When you fully understand these things then you will see the window, and within which the reflection of your mind. As you open it light surges forth and the reflection disappears. 

On the other side you will come across the well. 

When you are ready you will climb to the bottom and you will find the vessel.

Reach inside, you will feel connected to many bodies. At first you may feel overwhelmed, but know that you will live many lives. Some lives will build you up and others will wear you down, but it is in their entirety that you will find the balance of your soul.   

Once you have chosen a body, you will come across a tree with roots reaching into a pool of water. From the water emits a beautiful light. Submerge yourself in the water and feel the supreme weightlessness of rebirth.

Know that you are greater than yourself.  

So true! We are all conditioned in our own ways- Limiting thoughts and ideas that stop us from reaching our dreams.

Legend Of A Nomad

How are we “conditioned”, and can we ever completely free ourselves from it?

Wherever we are or go, we carry with us an image of ourselves. We create and re-create this image based on our thoughts, words and actions. This image was progressively installed in our minds by the influence of our culture, education, traditions, nationality, and all the things we identify ourselves with. With time, we develop certain habits and a certain structure of thought that is the origin of our behavioural patterns, which are very difficult to break free from. Our choices then, become very restrictive and our habits become the boundaries of our world. Freedom from this conditioning can only be done by gaining awareness of how our thoughts are formed, especially the persistent negative thoughts which we have been identifying ourselves with.

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Spiritual Art

Alex Grey is a famous American artist that specializes in spiritual and psychedelic art that is sometimes associated with the new age movement.

Figure 1 – Look at  the way he paints the chakras in the body… We are all connected as humans… husband, wife, baby and fetus, look at the spiritual guides around them. The baby( symbolizing birth sitting on the ground holding a skull symbolizing death) the cycle of life. Notice the auras and the bioplasmic energy field around them.

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Figure 2 – Unconscious meditation through sleep.

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Figure 3 – Showing how the chakras are connected to the physical, mental and emotional dimensions. The seventh chakra connecting to the source. Check out the image in the upper left corner symbolizing the higher self and then notice the beast  in the lower left corner symbolizing the ego, the lower self.

Painting-By-Alex-Grey

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To check out more of Alex Grey’s work go to http://alexgrey.com/



Brush away those toxins!

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We all know that the largest organ in the human body is the skin and most of the time during the winter season we tend to feel a lot of dryness resulting from indoor heaters, dehydration or harsh shower gels. Experiencing some of these conditions I decided to go out and buy a body brush. I have been brushing for over a week now and have  already felt the benefits of this soft bristle brush. The main purpose of body brushing is to exfoliate the skin removing all dead or dry skin cells in the epidermis leaving it smooth and silky( it is anti-aging, helps decrease stretch marks and the appearance of cellulite). It also helps by increasing circulation, moving the lymphatic system into cleansing the body. The best time to body brush would be first thing in the morning, just before you take your shower…try brushing upwards starting at the feet and moving up towards the heart with gentle strokes. Please remember not to brush over sensitive or broken skin, varicose veins or skin allergies. You may want to moisturize afterwards using either almond, avocado or sesame oil.