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The 7 Best Green Smoothies from Raw Family

Smoothies from Raw Family bring Valla herself into your living room to show you how to prepare 7 of our all-time favorite green smoothies. In addition to demonstrating how easy it is to blend up exotic concoctions, Valla shares many timesaving tips and answers the most frequently asked questions about making delicious green smoothies. This DVD is a must see for anyone interested in becoming a green smoothie pro!

THE DOWNSIDE OF YOGA Many mind-altering substances are dangerous, expensive, and illegal. Yoga is safe and free, and won’t get you in trouble with the law. It doesn’t require a prescription, either. So how come for every one yoga student, there are hundreds of other people pouring out a cocktail, lighting up a joint, or snorting coke. Yoga has one major liability: it requires self-effort. Drugs and booze do it for you; with yoga, you’ve got to do it for yourself. If you’re going to start a hatha routine or a meditation practice, you won’t get far without discipline and self-awareness. It’s a lot easier to take a pill or sip a martini. But when you practice yoga, you come out a stronger, healthier, calmer, more creative, and more effective person, just like other healthy and calming activities like fishing, meditation or artistic pursuits. See thenatureinsider.com for related information. Can you say the same for the person who relies on alcohol or drugs? For those who are willing to do the work, there is a better way than drugs. I respect the right of each individual to make their own lifestyle choices. Yet when I think of my fellow high school students who didn’t make it, or my friend Jack in his wheelchair, I’m grateful for yoga. For those who are willing to do the work, there is a better way than drugs. 100% NATURAL HIGH Sit up comfortably with your head, neck, and spine straight. Close your eyes and allow your body to relax. Your back stays straight but it should feel at ease, not forced or strained. Pay attention to your breath for a few minutes. It should be even, slow, and smooth. If it’s jerky or shallow, relax another minute till your breathing is a little deeper and flows without jerking or stopping. Bring your full awareness to your heart. Focus not so much on the physical organ as on the feeling of peace and expansiveness that radiates out from your heart area. If thoughts or mental images interrupt your meditation, simply dismiss them. Don’t fight with your uninvited thoughts. Just turn your attention back to your breath or to the warm, expansive feeling in your heart. After a few minutes, release your attention into the peaceful silence you sense within. Enjoy the state of silent, pure awareness. Open your eyes and sit quietly. Assimilate the tranquility and mental clarity you experienced in your meditation. GETTING HIGH ON AIR When my friend John visited a psychiatric institute in Bangalore, India, he was amazed to find two signs pointing down two separate corridors, one stating “Psychiatric Emergencies” and the other “Kundalini Cases.” The staff there explained that while we in the West often see psychiatric disorders resulting from ill-advised drug experimentation, in India (where most people can’t afford drugs) some suffer mental breakdowns from ill-advised spiritual practices. The most common cause is launching into advanced pranayama (breathing exercises) without years of preparatory exercises under the close guidance of a competent teacher. Some pranayama techniques involve hyperventilation; others call for breath retention over extensive periods of time. Both can produce a type of euphoria—and both can cause serious damage when performed with greater enthusiasm than wisdom. Breath retention, in particular, can cause brain damage, neurological disorders, and serious heart abnormalities. Pranayama has its place in the exploration of higher states of consciousness, but no yoga student should engage in advanced breathing practices without guidance.

Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes
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Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes – Fact Or Fiction?

Like most diseases, there is plenty of fact and fiction and often the two become intertwined and diabetes is no exception. Most people think that eating too much sugar causes diabetes, this is not true.

Diabetes is not caused by eating sugar. Diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, eating a diet high in fat and sugar can cause you to become overweight.

It is being overweight that radically increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, so if you have a history of diabetes in your family, I would recommend a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Actually, I remember a story about an ex-patient of mine, let’s call her ‘Patricia’.

We spoke at length about all her risk factors, but she stopped me when I asked her if she had any relatives with diabetes. I couldn’t hold back the laughter, when she informed me that she wasn’t too worried as she didn’t like her relatives and had no contact with them!

You can catch diabetes from someone else – Fact or fiction?

This brings me nicely to another common myth about diabetes that it can be passed from person to person by everyday contact. Although we don’t know exactly why some people get diabetes, we know that it is not contagious – it can’t be caught like a cold or flu. There seems to be some genetic link involved particularly Type 2 diabetes. But environmental factors also play a part.

That’s enough Diabetes Fiction now for some fact

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by abnormally high blood sugar levels due either to lower production of insulin or abnormal resistance to insulin’s effects.

The major symptoms are excessive thirst, frequent urination, muscle cramps, poor healing of wounds, impaired vision and itching.

Heart disease and stroke – caused by diseased coronary arteries supplying blood to brain- are also common complications associated with diabetes.

As people age, insulin production may diminish and/or insulin resistance may increase. If the consumption of food, especially food that causes rapid surges in blood sugar levels, remains high, blood sugar levels may become and remain abnormally high, which is the condition known as diabetes.

The serious consequences of this are collapse, a diabetic fit followed by diabetic coma and if not treated quickly, death can occur.

So diabetes is a killer disease!

Conventional and Complimentary treatments.

One problem with conventional treatments is that they are sometimes cumbersome and, on their own, not always effective. They sometimes have unwanted side-effects and very occasionally serious side-effects have been reported.

This is not to say that oral medication should not be used. On the contrary, they may be life-enhancing and life-saving and they should certainly never be stopped or their dose changed without a doctor’s advice.

But the need for them – and indeed the need eventually for insulin injections – will be greatly reduced with a few simple changes to lifestyle. One of the best things you could do is follow the methods of Doctor Patrick Quill in his International bestselling book The Diabetes Improvement Program.

I’ve reviewed this book before and it stirred up quite a lot of interest, so I think it’s well worth another mention.

The author, Doctor Patrick Quill in, is renowned in this field and I’ve been impressed with his theses in the past. He uses food and supplements to slow and even reverse all aspects and symptoms of diabetes.

The programmed helps to eliminate ketones and provides an abundance of energy. It normalizes blood sugar levels, and improves both eyesight and balance. Scratches and scrapes heal much quicker. It will also renew feeling and sensation in numb limbs.

It reverses neuropathy and helps to heal ulcers. All these fantastic benefits have great knock-on effects as well. They help with blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reducing your risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney damage. And for those of you that are quite handy around the kitchen, there is a second great book associated with the programmed called the Diabetics Cookbook that lists hundreds of great recipes from all around the world.

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