Monday, June 24, 2013

Harmony and Happiness


This weeks exercise from our "Living The Master Key System" Series is all about Harmony and Happiness! The instructions are as follows and taken directly from The Master Key System part 16.

"For your exercise this week, try to bring yourself into a realization of the important fact that harmony and happiness are states of consciousness and do not depend upon the possession of things.  That things are effects and come as a consequence of correct mental states.  So that if we desire material possession of any kind our chief concern should be to acquire a mental attitude which will bring about the result desired.  This mental attitude is brought about by a realization of our spiritual nature and our unity with the Universal Mind which is the substance of all things.  This realization will bring about everything which is necessary for our complete enjoyment.  This is scientific or correct thinking. When we succeed in bringing about this mental attitude it is comparatively easy to realize our desire as an already accomplished fact; when we can do this we shall have found the "Truth" which makes us "free" from every lack or limitation of any kind."

~*~

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Living The Master Key System Quote


To every man there openeth a way,
and the high soul climbs the high way,
and the low soul gropes the low;
and int between on the misty flats,
the rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
a high way and a low
and every man decideth
the way his soul shall go.

~ John Oxenham

Staying True




Staying True

Staying true to ones course is a continual process. Much like sailing one must continually check the course and adjust the sails accordingly. In our daily human existence it is easy to lose sight of our true reason for being, for doing what we’re doing.

When our desire is to be of service, to use our gifts, to spread love and light, our humanity/ego can get in the way at times and take us off course. In our being love, light and service people are drawn to us and we begin receiving accolades and applause stroking our ego. Our ego loves this and wants more and more. The potential is there for our course to shift from one of service to others to serving the self.

In some manner we may become aware that our course has shifted and our desire went south. In this awareness waste no time on judgment of self nor anyone else. Time spent on judgment is time not spent on correcting the course. Simply acknowledge that this is not the course you set out for, that you desire to stay true, then reset the sails and return to true north. Set your ego aside and task the watchman to guard.

Staying True is a continual process requiring awareness and work. The results are a life well worth it. Stay true to divine self, stay true to Source, stay true to your course.

~*~ Regina Ann
6/7/2013

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Green Monster

I found this juice recipe via Mind Body Green recently and it sounded wonderful so I had to try it. It is even better than I imagined it would be. Sweet and Green. Because I have reactive hypoglycemia and straight juice can send my blood sugar all over the place, I am adding a tablespoon of chia seeds to my next batch. (I wanted to try it precisely as the recipe is written first.) Chia seeds offer me the stabilizing protein I need and they're awesome good for the body. Here's the recipe. I highly recommend it...5 stars for sure.

- 12 ounces Coconut Water (I like the pulp so I use the coconut water with pulp)
- 1 handful Kale
- 1 handful Spinach
- 5 stalks Celery
- 1 Apple, cored & chopped 
- Juice from 1 Lemon
- 1/2 bunch parsley

Add the Coconut Water at the end to your juice.

Optional: add 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds after adding the Coconut Water. Let sit for at least 5 minutes in the refrigerator to allow the Chia Seeds to soften. 

Enjoy!

~*~ Regina Ann

Monday, June 17, 2013

Healthy You Series

ANNOUNCING

THE HEALTHY YOU SERIES


Regina Ann, founder of Integrative Wholistic Solutions, along with Green Acres Market Jenks presents the Healthy You Series.
The Healthy You Series is designed to take the stress out of your quest to restore or improve your health. Built on applied research which led Regina Ann from life threatening illness to health and well being, the Healthy You Series guides you through the process of creating a Healthy You.
Throughout the Healthy You Series you receive support and guidance as well as a store tour and recipe shares. Join us the first Monday of each month at 7 pm CST as we de-stress the process of a Healthy You.
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Know Your Psoas





Know Your Psoas

by Regina Ann

Recently I was treated to an article about the Psoas Muscle. I was unfamiliar with this core muscle and the more I read, the more I wanted to learn. The Psoas (pronounced so-as) is a vital key to our health and well being and as such, I now share what I have learned with you.

The Psoas muscle is the deepest muscle of the human body.  It grows out of both sides of the spine spanning laterally from the 12th thoracic vertebrae (T12) to each of the five lumbar vertebrae. From there it reaches down through the abdominal core and the pelvis to attach to the top of the femur (thigh bone).  




The Psoas is the only muscle to connect the spine to the legs. It is responsible for holding us upright and allows us to lift our legs. A healthy psoas muscle stabilizes the spine and provides support through the trunk. An unhealthy psoas can result in such symptoms as: low back pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, scoliosis, hip degeneration, knee pain, menstruation pain, infertility, digestive problems, pelvic tilt, and leg length discrepancies among others.



Most us of live a majority of our daily life from the place of our sympathetic nervous system (the system of action). This fact combined with daily emotional, mental, physical and environmental stress may trigger the psoas muscle to stay in constant fight or flight mode causing it to continually remain contracted, rigid, tight.  This continual contraction can lead to shortening or distortion of the muscle resulting in a host of painful symptoms. These symptoms can include not only structural problems but may also result in constriction of organs, pressure on nerves and interfere with the movements of fluids as well as impairing diaphragmatic breathing.

As you can see, the psoas muscle is vital to our health and well being. Therefore, it is important to restore and maintain a healthy psoas. In researching practices to restore and maintain a healthy psoas I was delighted to learn that several of the yoga movements I practice naturally do just that. There are common pilates stretches as well as conditioning training stretches that similarly stretch and condition the psoas. Being a visual learner I suggest going to YouTube and searching for Psoas Stretches (there are several). As with all things I recommend finding an option that you will enjoy as this will contribute greatly to your successful integration of the exercise into your daily habits.

Psoas Yoga Videos


Psoas Stretch




~*~ Regina Ann
*All Rights Reserved
2010-2013

Healthy Skin ~ Part 2




Healthy Skin ~ Part II

by Regina Ann


Last month we looked at probiotics, prebiotics and what you put on your skin. This month we will explore the healthy skin benefits of breathing and hydration.

Breathe
Breathing is perhaps one of the things we most take for granted. It happens without us thinking about it, so we typically don’t (think about it).  Conscious Breathing, being aware of our breath and how we are breathing, is one of the most powerful things we can do for our health and well being. There is plenty of research to prove that point! However, you know I love illustrations.

If you blow a little air into a balloon then turn it loose how far does it travel? Take the same balloon and blow air into it until it is full then turn it loose. Big difference in the results. Oxygen supplies the needs of every aspect of our body from blood to organs and very importantly our brain. Our level of health and well being is dramatically affected by the level of oxygen with which we supply our body.

Training ourselves to breathe with our health in mind is a matter of training and habit.  Train yourself to breath fully. Most people breathe into the upper chest at most. Train yourself to breathe into your lower abdomen.  The lower abdomen is considered a major energy point. Drawing oxygen into this point brings fuel to the “fire” so to speak. 

Practice your training by placing your hands gently upon the lower abdomen, relax and draw your breath in and allow it to flow into your lower abdomen observing your hands as your abdomen pushes them outward. This may be challenging at first. Allow yourself time and practice. An athlete requires time spent in practice to become stronger. It requires 28-30 consecutive days of practice to become a habit. Give yourself time to create this new habit.

Just as breathing fully is important, so too is exhaling fully.  Fully exhaling is the quickest way to release acid from the body system. Balanced pH is an important part of health and well-being. Since the typical diet is highly acidic, releasing acid through full exhalation is an easy way to help the body restore balance. As you practice and train yourself to fully inhale, be aware and conscious to fully exhale as well.

The result of breathing fully is a highly oxygenated body system able to function at optimal levels. This results in healthy cells capable of producing healthy skin.

Hydrate
Hydration is as vital to humans as it is to plants and animals. The human body is made up of 60 – 75% water. Our organs require it, our electrical systems require it. Low hydration results in organs and our electrical systems not working to full capacity and in some cases can cause long term damage. It also results in our cells not being nourished, which in turn decreases the health of our skin.

Plants are an excellent illustration of how water affects our skin. Consider the results of a plant offered adequate water to supply its needs. It looks healthy and grows ideally.  However, a plant that is not given enough water begins to wilt, turn brown, and eventually will die.  So it is with our bodies and skin.

How much is enough? The most consistent answer to this question is 8-10 eight ounce glasses of water per day.  Each of us is a unique individual however, so listen to your body to know if it needs more. If you are under the care of a physician, ask. Your physician should know your systems needs well enough to give you a good answer. If your work or workout makes you sweat, you need to increase the amount of water you take in to replace it.

Understand that too much of a good thing can cause as much harm as too little. Over hydrating can cause serious side effects. Balance is the key in hydration as in life itself.

Which water? It used to be you got your water from your tap, a well, or a natural water source. Take a trip to the market or corner store now and you have a section for water. Pure water, artisan water, spring water, distilled water and on and on. What follows are my observations from my own personal research.

Tap water now contains too many chemicals for me to safely consume it, so I don’t. I choose not to use water from plastic bottles because of concerns over the plastic used and the sourcing of the raw materials. We have a couple of different in-home filtration systems. One filters the tap water to remove most chemicals and such. The other collects water from the atmosphere and sends it through a seven stage cleanup process providing pure, highly alkaline water.  Consider your needs and desires for your water and invest as you choose in a beneficial water source for your body.

Adequate hydration results in a healthy system and healthy skin.

There are an abundance of products proclaiming themselves to be the best thing for healthy skin. Typically however, they are skin applications and are only capable of just so much benefit. Oxygenation and hydration of the body system is a whole body approach to having healthy skin for a lifetime.

Here’s to your Healthy Skin

~*~ Regina Ann
*All Rights Reserved
2010-2013

Healthy Skin ~ Part 1




Healthy Skin ~ Part 1

by Regina Ann


People often ask me what I do to have such healthy looking skin. Healthy skin is not just about what you put on it but also what you feed it and how you nourish it. It is a combination of an entire lifestyle that results in healthy skin. There are many articles out there on healthy skin but few of them consider the whole person. This article is a wholistic view of how to achieve and maintain healthy skin for a lifetime.

Healthy skin starts with a healthy gut. If the bacterial flora of the gut is out of balance then the system is unable to as readily absorb nutrients from the foods you eat and the supplements you choose. Probiotics are essential to intestinal health. There are wonderful probiotic supplements available at your local market and online. When choosing a probiotic supplement look for one that contains a broad spectrum of healthful bacteria. In my experience, the best probiotics require refrigeration and your market should carry them in a refrigerated display.

Along with probiotic supplements there are many foods that are excellent sources of probiotics and they aren’t all dairy. Foods which contain probiotics include:
  • Yogurt (make sure it’s natural/organic and not processed with added probiotics)
  • Buttermilk
  • Kefir
  • Tempah
  • Miso
  • Kim Chi (Korean side dish)
  • Sauerkraut (be sure it is natural and not loaded with preservatives)
  • Kombucha

Prebiotics are food for Probiotics. Whereas probiotics are beneficial bacteria, prebiotics are what you need to eat to keep the beneficial bacteria in your system.

Foods that naturally contain prebiotics include:

  • Oatmeal (if you are gluten sensitive be aware that oats may cause a reaction)
  • Flax
  • Barley
  • Onions
  • Greens (especially dandelion, spinach, collard, chard, kale, and mustard)
  • Berries, bananas and other fruit
  • Legumes (lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, navy beans, white beans, black beans, etc.)

As your intestinal health comes into balance your body will be better able to absorb the nutrients from your diet. One of the best pieces of dietary advice I have ever received is to eat a rainbow. Make sure the food on your plate is colorful. Listen to your body. Your body will tell you what foods it needs in the moment to be healthy. If your body is craving foods that are not beneficial foods, explore the cause of the craving.

Now that we’ve talked about the inside scoop to healthy skin, let’s talk about the outside. Skin is the largest organ of our body. That being said, my recommendation is that if you shouldn’t eat it then you shouldn’t put it on your body either. Nature provides everything we need to keep our skin clean and healthy.

My personal care product list includes things such as:
  • baking soda
  • apple cider vinegar
  • lavender essential oil (therapeutic grade)
  • natural soaps which are safe to eat (not that I would want to but I could)
  • oils such as coconut and olive
  • hydrogen peroxide

Next Issue we will talk about more about what you can do for healthy skin. Until then, here’s to your healthy skin.


~*~ Regina Ann
*All Rights Reserved
2010-2013