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A Delicious Spice Blend That Boosts Immunity [Recipe!]

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Nick PolizziGuest Writer

For thousands of years, the many herbs and spices of the Far East have brought an aromatic and flavourful punch to Indian cuisine. In more recent years however, science has proven that these spices also possess a host of medicinal qualities.

One particular spice blend sits on the shelves of many kitchens across South Asia, revered for its slight sweet and savoury character, as well as its abundance of health benefits

I’m talking about garam masala.

At my house, garam masala is our go-to when we want to add an Indian dimension to our dishes. It’s a blend of spices that adds incredible depth and complexity to food.

In Hindi, garam means hot, and masala means spices. This warm and pungent spice blend originated in the north of India, helping to warm bellies and lift moods during chilly winters.

Its popularity quickly saw it become a staple throughout the country, with different regions adapting it to suit their unique culinary character. In the north, it tends to be sweet and pungent, while in the far reaches of the south, hot red chillies are incorporated into the blend.

Unsurprisingly, garam masala packs a healing punch too.

Several of the diverse spices present in the mix, like cinnamon and black pepper, support a healthy immune system. With winter on the horizon, this powerhouse blend can help keep colds, flu, and other bugs at bay. Garam masala is also chock-full of antioxidants, which further boosts immunity, and can reduce inflammation.

According to Ayurvedic medicine, the spices in garam masala are warming, increasing the metabolism and aiding digestion. Cloves and cumin keep indigestion at bay and prevent acid build-up in the gut, while black pepper is a natural metabolism booster.

Preparing your own homemade garam masala blend allows you to capture the perfect balance of all the flavours present. You can tweak the levels of warmth, sweetness, heat and spiciness to suit your own taste buds.

Here’s an easy recipe to try at home!

Garam Masala Spice Blend
Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1?½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1?½ teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1?½ teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions:
  1. Mix cumin, coriander, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg in a bowl.
  2. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container, and store in a cool, dry place.

*Note: For a more pungent and flavourful blend, you can dry roast the cumin, coriander, cardamom and black peppercorns, then grind them in a coffee or spice grinder.

Garam masala is unbelievably versatile — add a dash to soups, curries, stews, dahls, and legume or vegetable-based dishes. If you’re a spice fiend like me, you can even experiment with adding it to stir fries. It goes great in homemade samosas too!

As we move deeper into fall, I find myself craving spicier, more robust meals, and garam masala packs a punchy flavour hit every time.

Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Stay curious, Nick Polizzi

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About the Author

Nick Polizzi has spent his career directing and editing feature length documentaries about natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Nick’s current role as director of The Sacred Science documentary and author of “The Sacred Science: An Ancient Healing Path For The Modern World” stems from a calling to honour, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of the indigenous peoples of the world.

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The Powerful Effect Of Heart-Centered Healing On The Human Body – 7 Simple Actions You Can Take

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Michael Forrester, Guest Writer

Every cause of disease first begins with an imbalance in the body’s energy systems, specifically, the interaction between how the heart communicates with the brain and the body. Fix that and there is no disease, ever. The heart can produce an electrical field 100 times greater than the brain and a magnetic field 5000 times greater. Which one are you using to heal?

Emotions are vibrations which influence consistently our reality. We not only think and work our way through a day, meeting, assignment, but also feel and believe our way through it. The outcome depends on both.

Simply put, the number one cause of health is your energetic and emotional state. How you connect emotionally to your overall wellness and wellbeing is more important than any supplement, food, exercise or health treatment. There is only one cause of disease and that has to do with the energy and frequency imbalances that exist within your body. Rectify that, and disease cannot exist… it would be impossible.

All the emotions are varieties of two: fear and love: Fear/stress is contagious and causes contraction: inhibits creativity, brain activity, inhibits the immune system, selective perception and over extensive periods of time leads to breakdown. Love (positive beliefs and emotions) has high impact and causes expansion: creativity, physical and mental endurance, more productivity in shorter time because we take decisions quicker because we are receptive and highly perceptive. This question of Math, HeartMath, as per the contribution in this field of the HeartMath Institute: when one has accurate information, takes better decisions.

The quality of the field one creates with his heart influences his experience and reality.

The research behind the evolution of HeartMath came from the idea that the body’s emotional response to events do not always occur from “top-down” processing (i.e., the brain sends signals to the heart and other organs, and the body responds accordingly). Rather, it has now proven that often times our emotional state triggers our heart to send out its own signals to the brain and other organs, and the body then responds accordingly. For instance, while two-way communication between the cognitive and emotional systems is hard-wired into the brain, the actual number of neural connections going from the emotional centres to the cognitive centres is greater than the number going the other way. Have you ever: Made a “rash” decision? Done something dangerous on impulse? Taken a risk because you believed in it? This research helps explain the influence emotions have on our ability to think and act.

In fact, researchers at HeartMath have determined that the physiology and nerve centres of the heart are so complex and active, that they constitute a “brain” all on their own, termed a “mini-brain.” We now know that the heart contains cells that produce and release norepinephrine and dopamine, neurotransmitters once thought to be produced only by the brain and ganglia outside the heart. Even more remarkable is the discovery that the heart produces oxytocin – the “love hormone – in concentrations that are as high as those in the brain.

7 Simple actions to create positive feelings:
  1. Think about the colleagues who helped you today. Thank them in your heart. Think about your current assignments. Know that they will work out well and work from this space
  2. What is it that you would like to have professionally? A new project? With whom? Think about it in detail, be specific and imagine you are already working on it
  3. Entertain the feeling of celebration that arises in your heart. From this space take the appropriate actions to make it happen
  4. Find ways to help your colleagues, or make them feel that you care. Do one (in)visible act of kindness per day or more if you want to
  5. Before starting your work day give thanks and envision it the way you want it to be
  6. When finishing your work day give thanks and clear it of negative emotions (which come out of fear that we know now is illusion). Do not take them at home or preserve for the next day
  7. Smile

The time of crisis is literally here: there is the fast pace of our world, the assault of too much to do with too little time and resources. Being in the present moment is just a concept for most of us and has little translation to daily life practice. Fear is wide spread and is polluting us on a very cellular level: hypertension, autoimmune diseases, cancer, infertility, chronic back problems, anxiety, and depression; the list could continue forever. The difference is how we interpret crisis because we can be at complete peace in the midst of chaos.

Can we live the life we want? Can we be authentic in our speech? Can we identify and release our underlying limiting beliefs so that we begin a new commitment towards genuine compassion, abundance, love and connection. Your commitment will show in your body and intentions.

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Article Sources

This article originally appeared on preventdisease.com, reproduced with permission.

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Michael Forrester is a spiritual counsellor and is a practising motivational speaker for corporations in Japan, Canada and the United States.

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How To Create A Healthy Non-Toxic Bedroom

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Elisha McFarlandGuest Writer

Many of us understand the importance of consuming organic foods and making detoxification a regular part of our health routine. Creating a healthy home environment is also part of the detoxification/clean living process. After learning about the health hazards of dryer sheets and toxic cleaning products, you may have already eliminated these products from your home. But what about your bedroom? After all we do spend one third of our lives sleeping, yet often times this is the room that is neglected.

Creating a clean (non-toxic) bedroom can be a financial challenge, so starting small is the easiest solution. Every change you can make will have a positive impact on your health. How you begin is a personal decision based on your budget and health issues. Some people begin with replacing their mattress, others an air cleaner or bedding.

Creating A Healthy Bedroom
1. Replace Your Bedding with Organic Materials

Replace or remove all artificial fabrics from your bedding. Start with pillows and pillow cases, gradually working your way through the sheets, mattress and bed frame (if it’s made from artificial products such as particle board or MDF, see suggestion #5 below). Many people make the mistake of assuming that cotton is a safer choice than synthetics, but the fact is that cotton uses 25% of the world’s insecticides and over 14% of its pesticides.  As you can afford it, replace your bedding with organic materials.

2. Replace or Remove Artificial Clothes in Your Closet

The reality is that synthetic materials such as acrylic, nylon, and polyester are made from thermoplastics. These fabrics out gas plastic molecules whenever they are heated. [1] If you wear wrinkle free clothes you’re breathing in plastic and formaldehyde. Remember that you also absorb these chemicals directly through your skin.

The base for most synthetic fabrics is a liquid made from coal, oil, or natural gas. [3] The liquid is forced through the fine holes of a nozzle, called a spinneret. As the liquid emerges from the holes, it is cooled so that it solidifies to form tiny threads. These threads are woven together to make fabric.  To make these clothes more durable Perfluorochemicals (PFCs), including Teflon is added to fabric to offer wrinkle and stain resistant qualities.  Look for clothing made of natural or organic materials. To learn more about synthetic clothes click here.

3. Remove Faux-Fabric Furniture

If you have any furniture in your bedroom, such as a chair that is artificial leather, it shouldn’t be in your bedroom or any room in your house for that matter. You may be surprised to learn that Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is often used in synthetic leather. PVC is widely regarded as the most dangerous of all plastics. It is made more flexible with the use of toxic plasticizers—typically phthalates, which are known endocrine disruptors. Throw pillows and seating cushions that are stain and water resistant have been sprayed with chemicals that are toxic. If the fabric is a cotton/polyester blend it was most likely treated with formaldehyde, and softened with ammonia. [2] Replace these when you can with organic or natural material.

4. Remove Particle Board and MDF

If you have any furniture that is made of particle board, MDF or melamine, it shouldn’t be in your house, especially your bedroom. MDF is made with shredded wood that has been softened and powdered. The powder is combined with resins and other bonding agents and compacted into solid boards. The chemical that causes the most concern is formaldehyde, which can aggravate asthma and other lung conditions, irritate mucous membranes, and cause contact dermatitis. [5]

Like MDF, particle board contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that has been directly linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma (throat cancer) in people. The chemical can also cause headaches, allergies, nausea and a burning sensation in the throat.

According to TLC, How Stuff Works, within two months, particle board decreases its toxicity by about 25%. By the end of the first year, particle board is only half as potent as it was new. It levels off from there and can take up to ten years to run completely out gas. [5]

Look for solid wood furniture at furniture stores, flea markets and yard sales. Glass and metal end tables and desks generally work well as they don’t outgas and are easily wiped down.

5. Remove Accent / Throw Rugs

Wood or tile floors are easiest to clean and better options for allergy/asthma and MCS sufferers. While small accent or area rugs may look nice in your bedroom, they hold onto dirt, dust mites and other allergens. If you can, omit rugs and carpet. Almost all polyester is manufactured with antimony, a carcinogen that is toxic to the heart, lungs, liver, and skin. [4] Many carpets are also made of olefin (polypropylene). Nylon, which is petroleum based synthetic fibre invented in the 1930’s by Dupont and is common in rugs.

6. Use ‘No VOC’ Paint

If you decide to paint a room use No VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint. VOCs are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that easily vaporize into the air. When they enter the air, they react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a host of health issues including breathing problems, headache, burning, watery eyes and nausea. [6]

7. Shoe Free Zone

Consider making your home a shoe free zone. Have indoor and outdoor shoes to avoid tracking in pollen, dirt and chemicals from outdoors in. You can also purchase a shoe or boot tray to keep by your door. When you come in from outdoors simply place your shoes in the tray to minimize dirt, pollen, dust and chemicals from being tracked into your house.

8. Minimize Electrical Devices

If you have a computer, TV or other electronic devices in your bedroom, you may consider moving them into another room. Electronic devices emit radiation that can disturb a peaceful night of sleep by disrupting sleep patterns. Switch out your digital alarm clock to a battery operated alarm clock.

9. Replace or Cover Your Mattress

This is the most difficult step as it is cost prohibitive for many people. The reality is that conventional mattresses are sprayed with flame retardant and stain resistant chemicals. Many mattresses are made of foam that can outgas for years. There are many sources for organic mattresses at local stores and online. Wherever you shop be aware of green washing. If you can’t afford to replace your mattress, you may consider wrapping it in a foil barrier cloth available at www.afs-foil.com. They also sell a foil tape to seal the edges. I found the tape to have a strong smell, although it does evaporate in 3-4 days.  If you are chemically sensitive, have someone else do this for you.

10. Buy an Air Cleaner

If you can afford a whole house air cleaner, they are a wonderful investment. Do your research; there are a lot to choose from. For many people a portable air cleaner that can be moved from room to room is a wonderful option. Look for one with HEPA filtration, and be sure that whatever you buy does not produce ozone. Some air cleaning companies will even custom blend their charcoal filters for specific need such as allergy/asthma, smoke, MCS etc.

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11. Remove Chemically Treated Drapes or Shades

Drapes and shades hide dust, pollen, and other allergens. If you can remove drapes and shades and replace them with organic fabric drapes and shades. If the cost is prohibitive, consider bartering with a friend who can sew curtains or drapes for you. Wood blinds may also be an option for some individuals. If you are building a new home or remodelling you may consider blinds that are in between the glass, no out gassing, and no weekly cleaning!

References
  1. Home Safe Home by Debra Lynn Dadd
  2. Gretel H. Schueller,”From Hippie to Hip,” Audubon Magazine, http://archive.audubonmagazine.org/audubonliving/audubonliving0911.html
  3. William McDonough, Michael Braungart, “Transforming the Textile Industry: Victor Innovatex, Eco-Intelligent Polyester and the Next Industrial Revolution,” green@work, May-June 2002.
  4. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-health-risks-of-mdf.htm
  5. http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/particle-board-safety.htm
  6. http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/construction/materials/low-voc-paint.htm
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Elisha McFarland N.D., D. A. Hom., CWR., M.H. is the founder of My Health Maven. Elisha turned her debilitating illness from mercury poisoning into a dedicated passion to helping others. The My Health Maven website covers a wide range of topics including non-toxic living, health tests at home, the healing power of foods, home remedies, food ingredients, dental health and environmental illness. Her goal is to share her experience and knowledge, to help others live life more abundantly.

Elisha’s articles are widely published throughout alternative media such as The Organic Consumer’s Association and Food Matters TV. She is also a contributor to GreenMedInfo, Natural Health 365, Natural News, The Hearty Soul and Eat Local Grown.

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What Starts Happening When You Begin To Love Yourself More

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Paul LendaGuest Writer

Self-love is a tricky thing to navigate. On one hand, the distorted view is that it is a narcissistic ego-glorifying action. On the other, authentic self-love is honouring yourself in the sense that you, as much as anybody, deserve your own love. When you start loving and accepting yourself, something extraordinary happens.

You free yourself from everything unhealthy. This means physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Food, people, things, addictions, situations, and philosophies that were causing you harm will no longer have that power over you.

Love is an empowering energy. When you love yourself because you realize you are a consciousness fractal of the Source, you see the wonderment of your being directly. You then feel the wish to honour it, with the attention and care that it deserves. After all, you have this tremendous opportunity to be so directly able to manipulate Reality in this physical plane in a way that is only possible thanks to you being here. Your true inner being is love incarnate. The human mind and ego persona make us forget that sometimes.

The true you is an aspect of the love within all existence. In Lake’ Ch…I am another yourself.

Loving Yourself Leads to People Loving Themselves

The primary blueprint of reality has encoded within it the dynamics of interconnected wholeness. This means that any one part of the Whole affects the Whole. We can tie this into the idea of loving yourself leading others to love themselves. Again, we’re talking about authentic love, not egoic narcissism.

Things like stress send our energetic vibrations into the rest of the collective consciousness. They are ‘contagious’ and will affect the emotions and perceptions that others experience. This means that energetic waves of love also affect the Whole. The more you honour, care, respect, and love yourself, the more those vibrations permeate into the rest of the collective. They will be felt most closely to where you are physically located, but will ultimately have an effect on the entire noosphere.

Loving Yourself Frees Your Soul

Let love be the sweet elixir that awakens your soul and moves it to dance with Life. As the Shakyamuni Buddha once said, “Love yourself and be awake…today, tomorrow, always.” These to go hand-in-hand, because when you love yourself, you recognize what you truly are. You are awake to the true Self, that inner being and ‘higher’ Self that you embody.

Find a little love inside, and make this world better for you and I. We’re all in this together, all affecting one another. The more self-love you feel, the more you help others have self-love as well.

Jack Kornfield once asked us to reflect on three questions for ourselves to answer.

“In the end, these matter the most:

How well did you love?

How fully did you love?

How deeply did you let go?”

The world can be an overwhelming place these days. With so many forced to self-isolate, making personal connection like dancing, laughing, crying, hugging, kissing, and touching challenging. These are all needs as ancient as humans themselves. That is why, when you are unable to connect with others, you will need to look within to find that companion that you can feel love from. After all, this is the best source of love. Otherwise, we may get too dependent on others’ love; leading us to feel a void if we do not get it from them. This can lead to depression and all the repercussions of that state.

Love yourself, and you will have a continuous connection to the Source love that expresses itself through everyone, no matter how hard it may be to see in some people. Love yourself, and you will help others feel more love within themselves. Love yourself, and you will free your soul.

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Paul Lenda is a conscious evolution guide, founder & director of SHIFT, author, writer, speaker, meditation teacher, life coach, and ambassador for the New Paradigm wishing to provide an integral role in personal transformation and the collective social transformation of humanity. Paul offers private one-on-one holistic life counselling & conscious evolution sessions, via Skype or phone. Paul takes into account all aspects of the hyper dimensional matrix when providing guidance, counselling, and coaching.

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Amalgam Fillings Release Mercury Vapor Into Your Body 24/7

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Elisha McFarland, Guest Writer

Research at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine and other prominent medical schools, have demonstrated that mercury vapour continuously escapes from dental amalgams and 80% of this vapour is immediately absorbed through the lungs and into the bloodstream. Once in the blood, mercury vapour enters into the cells almost immediately.

Mercury vapour from dental amalgam fillings is the primary source of mercury contamination. 80% of adults, specifically baby boomers, currently have amalgam fillings that will release from 4 to 40 micrograms of mercury vapour per day, depending on factors such as the number of fillings, filling size, teeth grinding and the presence of other metals in the mouth.

Every day, we do things to encourage the release of mercury vapour from amalgam fillings: chewing gum, eating, drinking hot tea or coffee, having dental work done and getting your teeth cleaned. Effects of exposure can vary significantly depending on the tissues and/or organs involved as well as other genetic and health factors.

According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, mercury can damage many bodily systems, although the nervous, immune and cardiovascular systems seem to suffer the most adverse effects of chronic exposure. He also states that there is growing evidence that mercury toxicity plays a vital role in a significant number of Alzheimer’s cases along with other neurodegenerative diseases.

Protecting yourself from mercury exposure

An article published in the British Dental Journal (2001) stated that in 15-20% of dental offices, the mercury vapour concentration levels were 10 times higher than the current safety limit set by OSHA.

When you visit a traditional dentist, you increase your risk of mercury exposure from someone else’s procedure, since even a simple dental cleaning will release mercury vapour into your dentist’s office. So if you are not ready to replace your amalgam fillings, you should consider finding a biological dentist in your area to reduce your mercury exposure during   your dental visits.

Safe amalgam extraction

If you have any amalgam fillings, get them replaced. Your dentist should be following a safe protocol as outlined by The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology:

  1. Use of a rubber dam to prevent any amalgam debris from being swallowed or inhaled.
  2. Covering the face of the patient with a barrier to prevent spattered amalgam particles and mercury vapour from coming in contact with the skin and eyes.
  3. Administration of nasal oxygen.
  4. Use of high volume suction in the operating area.
  5. Use of a saliva ejector behind the dam to evacuate any mercury vapor that passes through the dam.
  6. Rinsing of the dam thoroughly during amalgam removal to remove any stray amalgam particles.
  7. Using water on amalgam during removal to cool the amalgam and reduce the amount of vaporization of mercury.
  8. Sectioning the amalgam fillings into large chunks for removal in order of reducing the disbursement of amalgam particulate aerosol.
  9. Thorough rinsing of the mouth area after removing rubber dam.
  10. Proper office and air filtration system in dental office.

If you have chemical or environmental sensitivity and are removing amalgam fillings, work with a nutritionist or naturopath to come up with a health plan based on your specific needs, to avoid any negative reactions.

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Elisha McFarland N.D., D. A. Hom., CWR., M.H. is the founder of My Health Maven. Elisha turned her debilitating illness from mercury poisoning into a dedicated passion to helping others. The My Health Maven website covers a wide range of topics including non-toxic living, health tests at home, the healing power of foods, home remedies, food ingredients, dental health and environmental illness. Her goal is to share her experience and knowledge, to help others live life more abundantly.

Elisha’s articles are widely published throughout alternative media such as The Organic Consumer’s Association and Food Matters TV. She is also a contributor to GreenMedInfo, Natural Health 365, Natural News, The Hearty Soul and Eat Local Grown.

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