Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use a simple method to make a wish come true? There are different options available, but we tend to dismiss them too quickly because nobody understands how they work. However, often they do work and there are many people who swear by these simple methods, so I will present one of them today.
Has there ever been a sneaking suspicion at the back of your mind that exercise could be making you look older? Unfortunately, you were right. Probably running is No.1 sport suspected of making people look older. But it’s not just running. Any sport which significantly increases the amount of oxygen you’re using (aerobic exercise) will actually make you look older. So does that mean that you should quit any exercise whatsoever because you are afraid that it will age you? Of course not.
|Yoga will take care of your body and won’t make you look older.|
Let’s first take a look at the main causes of aging. These are:
- Decreasing hormone levels
- Tissue glycation
- Free radicals.
Aging due to exercise is connected to free radicals. What are free radicals? They are atoms, molecules, or ions that are highly unstable and reactive. They can come from the environment and react with our skin, and they are also the normal byproduct of cell metabolism: between 3 and 4% of the oxygen your cells are using turns into free radicals. Of course, our body has a natural defense against them, but if there are too many free radicals, the body is overwhelmed, cells get damaged, even the DNA.
When you are engaging in very difficult exercise, you are breathing deeply, letting more oxygen into your cells, which results in more free radicals being produced and bigger damage suffered by your cells. And instead of looking younger and younger because of your workouts, your hair is greying, your face is crumbling and your cheeks are sinking.
What can you do about it?
And now the big question: is there any way to reverse this process? Hang on, there is light at the end of the tunnel! Just pick your favorite option below:
- Become a couch potato. Or maybe not, since exercise really is good for your body. But, as Aristotle put it centuries ago: Moderation in all things. Make it your rule, don’t exercise to the point where your muscles hurt and you will be fine.
- Engage in a sport that will not have you huffing and puffing like a choo choo train. For example, take up yoga, pilates, qi gong, and similar. Have you noticed, exercise routines that are age-old (ok, pilates excluded, although the routine was inspired by cat movements) are very calming and relaxing, but they nevertheless give you lots of energy if you do them regularly. Can you imagine people in India jumping and lifting weights to nurture their bodies?
- If you really love your strenuous exercise, make sure you take enough antioxidants which will neutralize the free radicals. Antioxidants are vitamin C, E, and beta-carotene. You’ll find them in colorful fruits and vegetables, especially those with purple, blue, red, orange, and yellow hues.
|The most important rule: don’t overdo it.|
- Avoid sugars. That is, not only sugar since all carbs are eventually turned into sugars to be used as fuel in your cells. There is a much better, purer fuel for your cells: these are ketones. Ketones are formed when your main food becomes fats instead of carbs, so I recommend that you start following the ketogenic diet and the load of free radicals in your body will decrease by 30-40%. Not to mention, you will also become slim and healthy, so it’s worth considering.
What is the best way to stay healthy?
I used to ask myself this question again and again, I took different herbs, superfoods, I was active and went outdoors, but still, I somehow got ill frequently. With a small child in daycare, illness found its way into our home often.
Then I realized, what if the answer was not in what supplements I took? What if the answer is elsewhere?
I am sure everyone has heard of the concept that “everything is energy”, but how does this translate into our health or life?
The human body is not just a bunch of cells or organs; It is home to our energy body or spirit. Our body serves as a temple of our spirit.
There are different ways to take care of our temple – by eating right, getting some exercise, and getting enough sleep. In this way, we are taking care of the material body.
Now let’s see how our energy body influences our health.
Each of us is born with a certain amount of life energy. This energy is stored in the lower part of our belly – it resides in the area between the navel, kidneys and sexual organs. It serves as a battery that fuels our organs: our life energy gives our blood the energy to flow and nourish our cells, it powers our immune system, our digestive system, and our nervous system.
Our life energy does not fuel only the internal organs; it is also the power behind our mental energy: our ability to think clearly, reason, make decisions, and maintain our will.
The energy we are given at birth is not unlimited. Every day we use this energy. And every day we replenish it.
How is our energy restored?
Through energy from other sources, particularly from air, food, and water. We also absorb energy from the sun, the moon, the earth, the stars, the planets, and directly from nature.
Have you ever felt that after a walk in a forest or a park, you feel much more energetic than before?
Trees gave you their energy. Each type of tree has a particular energy, and usually, you will feel much better after spending some time near a tree.
As we saw, energy flows all around us. What about inside our bodies?
The following meditation combines several techniques of Tao masters.
We will focus on each organ and send it energy (with a combination of love and gratitude, we will create the most powerful concoction).
Meditation to Restore Energy
- Calm your mind, let your mind go blank. Ignore your thoughts when they pop up.
- Let your exhale be twice as long as your inhale. Breathe out into an imagined point above your head. Let your mind to go blank.
- Join the thumb and the index finger to form the gyan mudra.
- Smile with your eyes and lips, soften the expression on your face.
- In your mind, imagine the heart. In this way, you will connect to the feelings of joy, happiness, and love. Imagine the heart in red color, say “thank you” to it in your mind. The heart is energetically connected to the small intestine. In your visualization, move down to the small intestine, paint it in red and let your feelings of love and gratitude be absorbed by the small intestine.
- Then, move to the spleen; its color is yellow. After smiling and saying thank you, do the same with the stomach, which is the empty organ associated with the spleen.
- Move to your lung, imagine it in white, smile to it and say “thank you”. Repeat the same with the large intestine.
- Then go to the kidneys, imagine them in blue or black, feeling gratitude. Travel downwards to the bladder, see it in blue and say thank you.
- Finally, imagine your liver in green. It stores all excess emotions and anger. Smile to it and say thank you before moving to gall bladder, which is the last organ that needs your attention.
- Enjoy the feeling of well-being in your body. Slowly come out of the meditation when you feel ready.
Incorporate this practice into your every day (nighttime or morning) routine and you will start to feel better, your energy levels and your mood will improve.
Change your Thoughts
The energy you have is important for your health, but it is not the only thing to consider.
Can your thoughts contribute to your overall health?
They certainly can.
Our reality is closely connected to what we think and believe.
What is a belief? It is a thought fuelled with faith:
thought + faith = belief
Whatever your beliefs are is reflected in our reality.
Are you afraid of being sick?
If you are trying to find some means to prevent disease:
- You are afraid that you will become sick; and
- Your fear proves you have a limiting belief that you will get sick.
In order to change your reality so that it will reflect health, you must first change the belief that you can get sick.
When you are able to do that, you will not get sick anymore no matter what.
How do you change a belief?
Each limiting belief is based on a particular fear.
When you see the first results, you will get more confident and will be able to move slowly on to more advanced things.
With the help of these “alternative” methods, my family is a healthy and happy family again.
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