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Diana from http://dyschocworks.blogspot.in/2012/10/bring-colour-therapy-into-your-life.html?m=1

Colour is simply light of varying wavelengths and, as such, is a form of energy that is used in Colour Therapy.
Colour Therapy aims to balance and enhance our body’s energy centres/chakras by using the colours of the light spectrum, which can help to stimulate our body’s own healing process.Colour Therapy can be used for any problem whether, physical, mental, emotional for specific problems as well as an over all relaxation therapy.
Colour Therapy can be used safely and effectively – either alone alongside any other therapy, whether complementary or orthodox medicine – for adults, children, babies and non-human animals .
In fact every living thing depends on light to be able to exist. Recent scientific evidence suggests that light is in fact emitted by every cell in our bodies. We live in a sea of energy where color is working within us. It shines with in our divine self, and radiates upon us from the sun. Research and observation has shown us that specific colors bring balance to our physical and emotional systems. Chromotherapy can easily be used as an alternative to Chinese acupuncture, achieving the same results in unblocking meridians without the discomfort of needles used in acupuncture. You can insclude colour therapy into your daily life either from your food, clothes, accessories,  the colour you paint your homes. Let’s take a look at what each colour represent

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*White: White is technically not a colour, as it is the result of all the colours mingling together in equal proportions. In the west it is associated with purity, innocence and cleanliness.
*Violet and Indigo: These colours are associated with spirituality, loyalty, divine and love. Leonardo da Vinci claimed that the power of meditation could be enhanced tenfold under the influence of violet rays passing through the stained glass windows of a quiet church. In muted hues this colour can be helpful for treating headaches, neuroses, and certain forms of schizophrenia and dementia.
* Blue: Blue is associated with faith, caring, peace and fidelity. Cornflower and lavender blue in particular represent spiritualism, thoughtfulness, constancy and kindness.
* Green: Green is universally considered to be the colour of growth, healing, selfless love and tranquillity. The green colour of plants promotes love and harmony to ease troubled minds. Green is associated with the heart and when we think green, it attracts whatever we need to feel nurtured and calm. Too much green can create a static condition because it alleviates all stress.
* Yellow: Yellow represents patience, tolerance, contentment, happiness, wisdom and mental energy. It helps to expand horizons. *Orange: Orange represents purity, togetherness and feminine sensuality.
*Pink: Pink is a warming, soothing , reassuring colour that represents love .
Play around and fall in love with colours not just your clothes or accessories but the food you eat. You know I always say the more the colour of food or fruits you tak2 the healthier you are.
So stay colourful

NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO TOOTHPASTE

For a little over two weeks now I have not used toothpaste. what have i been using you might ask well my roomate  gifted me with seewak from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and it does a good job of keeping my mouth. Am not sure if i want to phase good old toothpaste out of my dental practice but am just going with the flow. my roommate wanted pearly white teeth and so started using baking soda and hydogen peroxide and it seems to be working for her.WHY SHOULD I USE NATURAL TOOTHPASTE?

Well why shouldn’t you. Just kidding lol.

Here are some ingredients in toothpaste that draws attention

Fluoride. While fluoride is supposedly the ingredient that prevents cavities, it doesn’t do that job very well and can actually be very toxic to the body. In fact, if you suffer from acne outbreaks around the mouth and chin area, fluoride toothpaste may be the cause.

Titanium dioxide. There are some concerns that titanium dioxide is carcinogenic. It can be absorbed by your body through the mouth when used even though it is pea sized in toothpaste.

Glycerin. This is found in almost every toothpaste on the market (even the natural ones).But it can also leave a coating on your teeth that prevents them from remineralizing.

Sodium lauryl sulfate. It gives you the foamy cleaning action we all expect from toothpaste, but sodium lauryl sulfate is also a strong chemical surfactant that doesn’t belong in our bodies.

without much ado the natural alternatives

SEA SALT

How much more natural can you get than brushing your teeth with salt from the sea? It’s easy, too: just dab your toothbrush in sea salt and brush away as usual.

BAKING SODA

this has got to be one of the most popular toothpaste alternatives. Like sea salt, you can just dip your toothbrush in baking soda and brush like normal. Or you can dissolve it in water first and use the brine for brushing.

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

Hydrogen peroxide is known for keeping teeth clean and white, and many people use it instead of toothpaste.  “Dip your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide and then in a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and fine sea salt

HERBAL TOOTH POWDER

Herbal tooth powders can be used in place of toothpaste. They do a good job of cleaning, and the herbal ingredients can also help ease inflammation, pain and infection throughout the mouth. Like JIm herbal tooth powder.

COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is another great natural toothpaste alternative. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties come in handy for mouth cleaning. Coconut oil can be used alone and combined with other ingredients listed here (like baking soda and essential oils)

OIL PULLING

basically you swish about one tablespoon of oil (I use coconut oil) for several minutes. Then brush with plain water or use one of the methods listed above. Trust me, your teeth have never felt this clean!

All of the natural alternatives also whitens the teeth. in a later post we would talk about how to use them specifically to whiten the teeth.

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK AHEAD

HEALTHY OILS FOR COOKING

 

Before I talk about about the best oil for cooking. I have a short story early last year I went to a family friends place on holiday and I was served a white beans by white beans I mean beans with little or no palm oil and I was like seriously beans without palm oil and guess what they told me they said palm oil has bad cholesterol and so not good for your health. To say I was shocked is putting it mildly I just ate the white beans and this situation got me thinking is Palm oil really bad for your health. Some people are of the opinion that it shouldn’t be added to our diet at all and that’s only good for making soap.  Am not a dietician or naythiong but what I know is that our forefathers used palm oil as an antidote to pisons and for body itch.

Well lets get down to business is palm oil really bad. Remember the best oils for cooking

1 coconut oil

This oil is just natures gold like seriously it has a lot of use. It can withstand some seriously high heat making it a go to oil when frying. And while it has high amount of saturated fat oil has been tentatively linked to overall reductions in  blood lipid contant..

2 Olive oil

Olive oil is best known for its heart healthy effects and is believed to be a key reason for health benefits of the mediterranean diet. It can raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and lower the amount of oxidized LDL cholesterol circulating in the blood stream. The fatty acid in olive oil are mostly monosaturated. This makes them inferior for cooking compared to highly saturated fats like coconut oil. Studies show that despite the double bonds it contains, you can still use it for cooking as long as you don’t use very high heat. Make sure you choose extra virgin olive oil it contains more nutrients.

3 palm oil

Palm oil is derived from oil palms. It consists mostly of monosaturated fats and saturated fats with small amount sof polyunsaturates. This makes it a good cooking oil. Red palm oil is best. It is rich in Vitamins E, coenzymes Q10 and other nutrients. See I was right and our forefathers were also right and it is readily available. Some people (mostly americans) believe that it is bad and now convince people not to buy palm oil because the cultivation of the plant leads to deforestation. Like other oils are grown on trees in  the forest.

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Oils to avoid

Soybean oil

Corn oil

Canola oil

Rapeseed oil

Grapeseed oil

safflower oil

Industrial seeds and vegetable oils which is majorly used by almost all Nigerians are highly processed and refined and contain a rich amount of omega 6 fatty acids. In my opinion they should be avoided and in a country like Nigeria where anything goes the authenticity of these so called vegetable oils are in doubt.

TUMERIC AND ITS USES

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Turmeric is responsible for curry’s color. A cousin of ginger, this rhizome has a long history of use in herbal remedies, particularly in China, India. It is called Ata Ile Pupa in yoruba. We’re commonly reminded to eat colorful plant, foods because their pigments, are associated with antioxidants. Turmeric’s intense color makes it a front-runner in this group
of foods; Curcumin, a compound
found only in turmeric, appears to be the magic ingredient.
1. It is a potent natural anti-
inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
2. Is a natural painkiller.
3. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
4. Has long been used in Chinese
medicine as a treatment for depression.
5. Because of its anti inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
6. Has been shown to stop the
growth of new blood vessels in
tumors.
7. Speeds up wound healing and
assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
8. It is a natural antiseptic and
antibacterial agent, useful in
disinfecting cuts and burns.
9.Many swear by a combination of olive oil and turmeric to deter
dandruff and to improve the overall condition of the scalp. Make a mix of
turmeric and the oil of your choice massage into your scalp and leave on for 15 minutes, then shampoo and style as usual.
10. Turmeric has long used to quell bellies that aren’t behaving properly.
11.The curcumin in
turmeric may delay liver damage that and it can be used to detoxify your liver.
12. Make longevity tea
Dr. Andrew Weil notes that people in Okinawa, the Japanese island nation with the world’s longest average life
span, drink turmeric tea daily. To
make your own, boil four cups of
water, add one teaspoon of ground turmeric, allow to simmer for 10 minutes, strain, and add ginger and/ or honey to taste.
13. You can use Tumeric to whiten your teeth.Sprinkle some turmeric into your regular toothpaste and brush as normal OR Mix 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric with water and use as a mouthwash.
14. A paste of raw papaya and ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder is very effective for removing
unwanted hair permanently. Just
massage your face with this paste for 15 minutes and rinse off. Use it once a week to get fruitful results.
15. It can be used for acne and pimples. Take 4 tablespoons turmeric powder and to this add 1 tablespoon milk and 4
tablespoons raw honey.Massage for at least 10 minutes. Leave this to dry overnight.
I am definitely trying out the longevity drink who doesn’t want to live long. Drop your comments and suggestions.

WHAT YOUR URINE SAYS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

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Urine isn’t something most
people talk about. We barely
give it more than a passing
glance as it swirls out of sight
down the toilet bowl. Yet
changes in the urine — its
color, odor, and consistency —
can provide important clues
about the status of your body.
Your urine can reveal what
you’ve been eating, how much
you’ve been drinking, and what
diseases you have. Urine
tests have been around for more than 6,000 years and are easy, noninvasive tools for quickly assessing your health status . In your lifetime, your kidneys filter more than one million gallons of water, enough to fill a small lake.
Amazingly, one kidney can handle the task perfectly well. In fact, if you lose a kidney, your remaining kidney can increase in size by 50 percent within
two months, to take over the job of both.
Urine is 95 percent water and five percent urea, uric acid, minerals, salts, enzymes, and various substances that would cause problems if allowed to
accumulate in your body . Normal urine is clear and has a straw yellow.color, caused by a bile pigment called urobilin. Your urine changes color depending on what foods you
eat, what medications and
supplements you take, how much water you drink, how active you are, and the time of the day. But some diseases can also change the color and other characteristics of your urine, so it’s important to be alert and informed.
The Colour of urine and what it says.
*Yellow/Gold- The most typical urine color, it indicates a healthy urinary tract; yellow will
intensify depending on hydration; some B vitamins cause bright yellow.
* Red/Pink -fresh blood in the urine. It is as a result of urinary tract infection (UTI), kidney stone, or cancer;
consumption of red foods such as beets, blueberries, red food dyes, rhubarb; iron supplements; Pepto- Bismol, Maalox, and a variety of other drugs.
* White/Colorless -Excessive hydration.
* Orange- Typically a sign of dehydration, showing up earlier than thirst; “holding your bladder” for too long; post-exercise; consuming orange
foods (carrots, squash, or food dyes);liver or pituitary problem.
* Amber-More concentrated than orange so severe dehydration related to intense
exercise or heat; excess caffeine or salt; hematuria; decreased urineproduction (oliguria or anuria); metabolic problem; pituitary problem.
*Brown -Very dense urine concentration,.extreme dehydration; consumption of
fava beans; melanuria (too many
particles in urine); UTI; kidney stone;
kidney tumor or blood clot; glycosuria; renal artery
stenosis; proteinuria; pituitary
problem.Consult your physician if problem persists despite adequate hydration, especially if
accompanied by pale stools or yellow skin oreyes
Black (Rare)- Alkaptonuria, a genetic disorder of phenylalanine and tyrosine metabolism marked by accumulation of homogentisic acid in the blood;
poisoning.
Green (Rare)- Unusual UTIs and certain foods (such as asparagus); excessive vitamins.
Consult your doctor especially if you have pain or burning
(dysuria), and/or frequent urination (polyuria), which are
symptoms of UTI.
*Blue (Rare): Artificial colors in foods or drugs; bilirubin; medications such as
methylene blue; unusual UTIs.
*Cloudy- Urinary tract infection, kidney problem, metabolic problem, or lymph fluid in the urine, phosphate crystals,
pituitary problem.
*Foamy -Turbulent urine stream; proteinuria (most common causes are diabetes
and hypertension).
Urine doesn’t typically have a strong smell, but if yours smells pungent (like ammonia), you could have an infection or urinary stones, or you
may simply be dehydrated.
Dehydration causes your urine to be more concentrated and may have a stronger smell than normal, as do high-protein foods like meat and eggs. Menopause, some sexually
transmitted diseases, and certain
metabolic disorders may also increase the ammonia smell.
Urinary frequency is also important.
Peeing six to eight times per day is “average.” You might go more or less often than that, depending on how much water you drink and how active you are. Increased frequency can be
caused by an overactive bladder
(involuntary contractions), caffeine, a urinary tract infection (UTI), interstitial cystitis, benign prostate enlargement, diabetes, or one of a handful of neurological diseases.
It is important to pee when you feel the urge. Delaying urination can cause bladder overdistension — like
overstretching a Rubber band and it doesn’t revert back to its original state
The most important factor in the overall health of your urinary tract is drinking plenty of pure, fresh water every day. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake, which can irritate the lining of your
bladder and also avoid sugar.

Hope I did justice to the topic.
Please drop your comments and suggestions. I would love to hear from you. Have a wonderful week ahead.

DID YOU KNOW- HEALTHY DARK CHOCOLATE

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Did you know that dark chocolate is recommended for people who want to loose weight. Well if you didn’t know you are welcome.
Chocolate of any form is gotten from cocoa beans and a by-product () is extracted. Cocoa is really a wonderful plant and did you know that dark chocolate is healthy well not all but datk chocolate. The health benefits of dark chocolatre are listed below-

1) Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Heart
Studies show that eating a small
amount of dark chocolate two or
three times each week can help lower your blood pressure . Dark chocolate improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots.
2) Dark Chocolate Helps Control Blood Sugar
Dark chocolate helps keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. The flavonoids in dark
chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain theability to use your body’s insulinefficiently. Dark chocolate also has alow glycemic index, meaning it won’t cause huge spikes in blood sugar
levels .
3) Dark Chocolate is Full of
Antioxidants
Dark chocolate is loaded with
antioxidants. Antioxidants help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Free radicals are implicated in the aging
process and may be a cause of
cancer, so eating antioxidant rich
foods like dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging.
4) Dark Chocolate Contains
Theobromine
Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. That means that dark
chocolate, unlike most other sweets, lowers your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.
Theobromine is also a mild stimulant, though not as strong as caffeine. It can, however, help to suppress coughs.
5) Dark Chocolate is High in Vitamins and minerals
It contains vitamins and minerals that can support your health. Dark chocolate contains some of the following vitamins and minerals in high concentrations:
Potassium, Copper, Magnesium and Iron.
Bittersweet chocolates that start at 75% and reach all the way up to 99%, or even 100%, have long been enjoyed by people who like the intense flavor of cacao. The higher the percentage, the less sugar there is in the bar, so the more the pure flavor
of the cacao is experienced. But not everyone likes these higher
percentage chocolates —or even
semisweet dark chocolate, which
ranges from 50% to 69% cacao— simply because they’re accustomed to sweeter chocolate.
Even for people who want the higher concentration of cacao, it is not always advisable to jump directly into
the deep end. Regardless of the level of enthusiasm (or the desire for
greater health benefits), even the finest unsweetened chocolate can taste terribly bitter and off-putting at first but you would get used to it. To appreciate the heights of high cacao content chocolate, its advisable to start small.
100% dark chocolate is very bitter and has little or no sugar while milk chocolate has about 50% sugar (huge difference don’t you think) I don’t know of any brands of dark chocolate made in Nigeria but a chocolate is considered healthy if it contains 60% and above cocao content. Anything less than that is sugar and milk all the way. So before you buy your dark chocolates check the cocao content so you can have the best of both worlds. Make sure your dark chocolate is 100% organic and not synthesized from chemicals.
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EATING FRUITS THE RIGHT WAY.

During the weekend a friend sent this amazing information and I decided to share with you my esteemed readers.
We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It’s not as easy as you think.
It’s important to know how and when to eat.

DON’T EAT FRUIT AFTER MEALS!

FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.

It will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD. Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil….

Eat fruit on an empty stomach or before meals! People complain, “Every time I eat watermelon I burp; when I eat apples, my stomach bloats up; when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc ” This will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas, hence you will bloat!

Gray hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under eyes will NOT happen by taking fruit on an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. Master the correct way of eating fruits, and you will  have beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

Drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up. Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

Eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

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KIWI:  A good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

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APPLE: Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

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STRAWBERRY:  .. have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

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ORANGE : Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessening the risk of colon cancer.

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WATERMELON: Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. A key source of lycopene  the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA:  for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; good for your eyes.

Drinking Cold water after meals = Cancer!

It will solidify the oily stuff you have just consumed and  slow down digestion… Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. This will turn into fats and lead to cancer. Better to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

HEART ATTACK PROCEDURE’: Not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of pain in the jaw line. You may never have chest pain during a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are common symptoms. Sixty percent who have an attack while asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can awaken you.

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