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Words of Wisdom (Part 5): Gibran

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Words of Wisdom
concludes with Lebanese poet, artist, writer, and philosopher Kahlil Gibran. Best known for his sprawling work of romantic prose-poetry written in both Arabic and English, Gibran presents the essence of wise words. In the English-speaking  parts of the world he is most recognized as the author of the 1923 book The Prophet. This collection of prophetic poetry was big in the 1930s, then again in the 1960s counterculture movement, and has gained increasing popularity to the present. It seems his words speak a fundamental truth now seen timeless across decades, generations, and cultures. Perhaps the phrasing of words or the spaces that lie between words carry such messages of universalism, community, romanticism, and values. All in all for words of wisdom Kahlil Gibran is the real deal.

SJC Wellness Top Five Quotes by Kahlil Gibran:

#5: “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.”
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#4:
“If the teacher is indeed wise he does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”
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#3:
“That which seems most feeble and bewildered in you is the strongest and most determined.”
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#2:  “Yesterday is but today’s memory, tomorrow is today’s dream.”
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#1: “All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.”

**In ending I hope these words have brought to you all that they could in all that you are.**

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse

A perfect healthy treat for the warmer weather! Seems easy to make too. Enjoy 🙂FullSizeRender-2

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Consider a Natural Remedy for Your Monthly Symptoms

Sorry, guys, this one’s for the ladies…

I am sure all of the female readers are extremely familiar with the annoying symptoms commonly referred to as PMS. Yep, most women experience some combination of headaches, cramps, nausea, fatigue, and even changes in mood. Well, since it is such a common problem, what can we all do about it?

Many women just deal with the symptoms and suffer through it. That’s not the best option. After all, these symptoms are scheduled to come back month after month, so ignoring them is basically accepting a lifetime of discomfort.

Many other women simply reach into their medicine cabinet and pop a few Tylenol, Midols or Pamprins. Sure, these products all help to ease the discomfort, but should they always be the first resort?

Keep in mind that there are many natural remedies for dealing with PMS. One of my favorite things to try is very simple: drinking a hot cup of tea. Yogi Teas and Traditional Medicinals, two very popular tea companies, each offer various types of teas formulated just for women. You can easily find these brands of tea in your local health food store, and even in the tea aisles of some regular supermarkets and superstores.

A tea bag may not be the absolute cure-all for this age-old problem, but you may be pleasantly surprised with the results. Hopefully, reaching for your teacup will become your new routine during “that time of the month.”

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Mood Boosting Foods

The article “Eat Your Way to Happy: The Mood-Boosting Benefits of Food” found in Yoga Journal is one of my favorite articles I have read in the passed few months. As I am a part of both the mental health and yoga communities, this speaks to me on both levels.

The opening paragraph gives the example of a 27 year old woman named Andria Gutierrez who felt mentally clouded, anxious, depressed and fatigued. She was diagnosed with anxiety and was prescribed medication. However, Gutierrez sought a few other opinions and it was suggested to her to change her diet. Gutierrez began to eat clean by focusing on veggies, fruits and grains. She no longer consumed refined grains, meat or sugars. Gutierrez reported all previous existing symptoms to be extinguished.

As we come into this awareness of food affecting mood, a new field of study has been created called nutritional psychiatry. The idea that the mind and body are separate is now realized as false. The mind and body are very much connected into wholeness. What we consume and put into our body does affect the brain and neural chemistry.

The article sites three more studies from the U.S., Australia and Norway. These studies suggest that when individuals more whole foods and less processed foods that the diagnoses of anxiety, depression and bi-polar are less likely. Evidence also suggests that food may affect other disorders such as dementia, schizophrenia, and attention deficit disorder. However, most studies find the biggest correlation in the risk of depression.

As a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in NYC, Drew Ramsey, MD, recalls a patient of his that was suffering from depression and anxiety. The patient’s diet was very scattered and severely lacked in fruits and vegetables. After a year of treatment, which included an entire revamp of his diet, the patient reported the depression to be gone. (Note: diet is a part of treatment; always consult with your doctor before terminating medication).

The article gives several examples down to the molecular level of how food affects mood. For example: “Oxidative stress on brain cells likely plays a role, too. “Your brain is burning enormous amounts of glucose [blood sugar] for energy, and just like when you burn gas in a car and there is exhaust, when you burn fuel in the brain there’s a type of ‘exhaust’: free radicals,” says Ramsey. “Over time, those free radicals damage your cells—and that’s oxidative stress.” Build up enough damage, and it can affect emotion by interfering with the way your brain cells function. Brain cells and the signals they send to each other are part of what creates emotion and mood. So if the cells are unhealthy and damaged, the signals they send become muddled or irregular, and you end up with disorders like depression and anxiety. Antioxidants like vitamins C, E, and beta carotene, and flavonoids like quercetin and anthocyanidins (found in dark berries), have been shown to help prevent and repair oxidative stress.”

Not only are the affects of food found in the brain but also in our gut. We have “good” bacterium that lines our gut to help with signals between the body and brain. The article states: “One way these bacteria benefit the brain is by helping to keep intact the gut lining, which is full of nerve cells that constantly send messages to the brain. The gut lining also acts as a barrier to toxins and aids digestion so your brain is protected from bad stuff while still getting needed nutrients. But overwhelm the gut lining with the wrong foods—processed sugars, some cured meats (like deli meats), trans fats, and processed, white-flour carbohydrates—and it can become inflamed and start to break down, says Selhub, adding, “And we know that more inflammation is associated with more mood disorders, including depression.”

So, how can we avoid treating our bodies harshly? Here are some tips:

  1. Exclude anything processed. This can include dairy, meats or certain grains. Return to the Mediterranean Diet of fresh fruits, (dark colorful berries), vegetables, (dark leafy greens), lean protein and whole grains.
  2. Incorporate more fermented foods for your gut lining such as yogurt, kombucha, kimchi or sauerkraut.
  3. Avoid junk food, (of course), especially trans fats and artificial sugars. The article states that junk food messes with our good bacteria in the gut lining which results in a negative cycle of craving more of it and increasing depression.
  4. Increase consumption of seafood. We want those Omega-3s found in salmon, tuna, halibut, and shrimp.
  5. Concentrate on foods high in Vitamin B and D. “Spinach, black-eyed peas, and asparagus are packed with folate; seafood, beef, and dairy have lots of B12; and D can be found in salmon, tuna, liver, milk, and eggs.”

For more detailed info about our molecules, neurons, and bacteria, (which is really cool), explore below:

http://www.yogajournal.com/article/clean-eating/eat-way-happy-food-mood-boosting-effects/

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Words of Wisdom (Part 4): Aurelius

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Deemed the “philosopher king,” 2nd century emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius is one of the most well recognized stoic philosophers to date. In his most famous work Meditations, Aurelius explored through verses written to himself the deeper levels of one’s individuality, purpose, and benevolence. When we think of Roman emperors we usually think of decadent megalomaniacs, dramatic assassinations, or Russell Crowe fighting off tigers and the corruption of Joaquin Phoenix. Marcus Aurelius however spent much of his time studying and writing. As one of the last “good emperors” of Rome before its inevitable collapse, he maintained stability, peace, and freedom of expression of the people. His words written millennium ago are still cited in commencement speeches, yearbooks, intro to philosophy courses, and right here on his page.

SJC Wellness Top Five Quotes by Marcus Aurelius:

#5: “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
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#4: “He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”
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#3: “Regain your senses, call yourself back, and once again wake up. Now that you realize that only dreams were troubling you, view this ‘reality’ as you view your dreams.”
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#2: “Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them.”
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#1: “Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease from flowing, if you do not cease from digging.”

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Eliminate GMO Foods from Your Diet!

GMO’s.  You may have seen these three letters and wondered what do they mean.  GMO  stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, and refers to food products that have been created by taking the gene of the plant or animal and reproducing it using technological means.  Chemicals and additives are added to this process, as well as bacteria and viruses so manufacturers can mass produce food products.  This method of food production has been deemed unsafe for people, and has resulted in contamination of foods and destruction of crops.

Trying to understand which foods are GMO can be a daunting task, especially with the abundance of information on food, nutrition and overall health.  However, people are now taking a more proactive approach to learn how foods are produced, pay more attention to what they are putting into their body, and focusing on how to eat more wholesome foods that naturally produced.  Listed below is a snapshot of some of the brands that are GMO -free.

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The Numerous Medicinal Benefits of Ginger Root Tea

Even though Spring arrives in a couple of days, I have noticed that some people are getting that “end of the season cold & cough” that they cannot kick. I wanted to share with you what my mom has given to me since I was a kid to help kick those annoying colds a bit faster or even prevent them. If you like the earthy spicy taste of ginger, you’ll love the simplicity of ginger root tea. Ginger is an ancient herb traced back to 5,000 years ago in Chinese, Indian, Greek & Roman cultures. It’s first use as a tonic came from the Chinese and Indians.

Let me recount the benefits of ginger root:

  • Helps settle nausea, indigestion, bloating
  • Colds, flu
  • Motion sickness
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Anti-inflammatory for joints
  • Lowers high blood pressure

The list goes on! It’s even speculated to suppress cancer cells.

How to make ginger root tea:

  • Buy ginger root at your local supermarket
  • Rinse and cut up into slices of your choosing
  • Boil water
  • Pour hot water and sliced ginger root into your mug or tea cup
  • Enjoy!

Remember that ginger is a little spicy. You may want to start with three slices of ginger root and see how you like it. This tea will warm up your entire body and is great for chest colds. Lastly, there is the option to add lemon or honey.

For more information, click below:

Scientific & History: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/

http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-ginger-root.html

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Words of Wisdom (Part 3): Jung

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Words of Wisdom rolls on with Swiss-born psychiatrist Carl Gustov Jung.

This turn of the century psychiatrist contributed immensely to what we know today of human psychology. A contemporary of Sigmund Freud, CG Jung helped develop and built upon the concepts of the unconscious and personality to form the field of analytical psychology. Many of his breakthroughs in understanding the psyche circulated deeply profound theories such as the collective unconscious, archetypes, personas, complexes, extroversion vs. introversion, and dream interpretation.
CG Jung’s roots grow far beyond just clinical psychology. Using sources from both Eastern and Western philosophies, mythology, alchemy, astrology, and sociology, Jung branched into deeper connections of the mental, the spiritual, and the emotional being.  Jung was not only a great theorist but also a prolific writer. In his explorations he knew the importance of words and the interpretations that can be drawn from them.  The lexicon of Jung contains some truly inspiring words of wisdom.

SJC Wellness Top Five Quotes by C. G. Jung:

#5: “Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.”
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#4: “We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.”
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#3: “Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of one’s being, but by integration of the contraries.”
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#2: “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
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#1: “The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”

mandala by: CG Jung himself, from The Red Book.

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Nutrition & Fitness Information Session!

When it comes to eating healthy and starting an exercise regimen, the abundance of information can be overwhelming!  Barrington, a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, is here to help you be the better you through his #bethebetteryou self- improvement program.  Please join the Office of Health Services to obtain more information on his program, as well as get a FREE fitness consultation after the presentation!  More information can be found below.  We hope to see you at this informative session on becoming a better you! 

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The Benefits of Dandelion

Yes, you read that right! The weed that you poison on your lawn is actually extremely healthy for you. Dandelions are packed with vitamins A, C and D, zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium. They are chiefly used for detoxing the body, specifically the liver. Dandelion can aid with inflammation, eczema, and regulate blood-sugar levels. The green leaves can be eaten raw in salads, cooked, or brewed into tea. You can buy dandelion at most supermarkets and pre-made organic teas are available. Why buy the plant at the store when it probably grows on your front lawn?!

For more information, check out the links below:

http://www.yogajournal.com/article/food-diet/fresh-crop/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/241852-benefits-of-drinking-dandelion-tea/

http://www.dandeliontea.org/dandelion-tea/facts-about-dandelion-tea-benefits

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