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My experience with cryotherapy and ice baths

By Steven Molina

My experience with cryotherapy and ice baths


Isn’t it surprising how some people can withstand extremely cold or hot temperatures without blinking? There is no magic in their acts. According to Wim Hof, it is all about inner power. This is the motivation that drove him to develop the wim hof: ice baths, cold training program. This is a progressive program that will see you eventually take an ice bath shower. It targets both your psychological and mental strength which will be transferred to other aspects of your life. But what is this program and what are you expected to achieve?

Who is Wim Hof?


Wim Hof is also referred to as the ‘Dutch Daredevil’ or the ‘Iceman’. He has a documented amazing ability to survive extreme cold exposure. He says that his secret is to use breathing techniques, meditation and continued exposure. The aim is to expose the human body to conditions of forefathers who crossed the alps dressed in animal skins and fought off lions with sticks and at times, bare hands. In his view, it is the love for comfort that has made human being so weak that they cannot withstand certain temperatures.



2012 was a defining moment for Hof. Under the glare of cameras, his assertion was tested with Austin taking a similar challenge. Both of them were submerged in a tank that was filled in ice and their body surface temperature measured. They were submerged for 20 minutes. Austin recorded a drop in body surface temperature by 4 degrees. However, Wim Hof maintained the temperature of his body and managed to stay submerged for 90 minutes. His heart rate did not change either.

How Ice Bath and Cold Training Works


From the onset, it should be known that practice, trial and demonstration sessions should be done in a safe environment. There are instances of people who died attempting the stunts without proper equipment or in the wrong places. That said, what does this program entail?

Wim Hof promises three things when you take up and complete this training.


• Better focus
• Reduced stress levels
• Inner strength
Wim Hof argues that human beings go through life in a mundane way. They fail to expose their bodies to certain environments, which would otherwise enable them to endure the most extreme conditions. The other challenge is that the oxygen human being are drawing is exposes them to health risks like acidity of the body. If a person can breathe enough oxygen, he can make the body alkaline to boost the immune system. In this search for comfort, human beings are unable to accomplish their potential.

The Wim Hof Course


The course takes ten weeks where you are taken through step by step breathing, exercises and ice training by the Ice Man himself. Part of the package includes
• A video program covering ten weeks of ice training under Hof
• A precise and clear workbook to track your progress
• You have lifetime access to the program which allows you to adhere to the program for your entire life
• The program is available on all devices including laptops, desktop, mobile devices, tablets, etc.
• Constant interaction through facebook and other social media sites where you can ask all the questions, share experiences and interact with people of like minds.
The Pillars of Wim Hof Program
• Cold Therapy- you are taught how to utilize cold in order to enhance the capability of your body. Cold offers several benefits to your body including boosting your immune system, burning fat, improving sleep, increasing hormone levels, reducing inflammation levels and above all boosting the level of feel good chemical in your body that boosts your mood.
• Breathing- shallow breathing is the order of the day for most people. This results in low energy levels and general poor health. This course teaches you scientifically proven breathing techniques aimed at detoxifying the body, spiking your energy levels, helping to eliminate toxins and relieving body tension and stress.
• Commitment- learning these techniques requires a lot of commitment. If you are to breathe properly, you will delve into the depths of your psychology and ignite your potential.


What Can You Expect Once You Go Through The Wim Hof Method?


• First 30-60 seconds- pumping the vital oxygen needed in your body. This eliminates the toxic carbon dioxide gas that floods your body. It gives you an alkaline body that has numerous health benefits.


• 1-3 minutes- still breathing. This comes with a still or calm mind that results in inner peace. It lowers oxygen tension in your blood which causes the brain to awaken every cell which resets your body, bringing back harmony.


• 2-3 minutes- Energy Rush. Deep breathing sends more oxygen to your lungs igniting a euphoric feel and burst of energy.


• 3-20 Minutes- repeating the above exercises leaves you more relaxed, alert and energized. By engaging in a little more exercises and stretching, you strengthen you muscles and create a more fit and toned body.


• 20-25 Minutes - Cold therapy- it comes in the form of cold showers. The body switches to survival mode. This will improve efficiency of your metabolic system, which is a crucial health marker, raise your testosterone and growth hormones as well as lower inflammation by release of feel good hormone.


• 30-60 Minutes- Viva Las Vagus- cold treatment controls your vagus and autonomic nervous system. This provides treatment for some of the most severed disease. Luckily, there are no side effects.


• 60 min and more- it creates a super human through control of immune system, change of core body temperature and burning fat. This will also reduce inflammation, stress and enable you to summon inner strength or energy at will.


Are There Known Cases Of Success With Wim Hof: Ice Baths, Cold Training


There is evidence of relief from and even total recovery for persons who were suffering from inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Wim advocates for you to follow the procedure and take necessary precautions. The program provides all the information you need to turn yourself into a super human. It can be purchased online from any location at an affordable rate.

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How You Can Self Heal

By Steven Molina

How You Can Self Heal


Self-healing refers to doing things that will cause your internal system to function better and heal faster and thoroughly. The body is a self-healing mechanism which can be able to heal itself and bring back functioning properly and balance. It is a process that is directed and motivated by an individual and guided by their instinct where one learns that they don’t have to rely on medication at all times but they learn to create physical and mental relaxation and balance. When these are combined with meditation, self-hypnosis, guided imagery and prayer, they become important tools for keeping well.


Self-healing is not a one-time thing, rather it is a  journey that one takes on a daily basis so as to achieve their desired results and make changes in their physical, mental, and spiritual life. The value of self-healing lies in the ability that it can be tailored according to an individual’s experience and requirements.  It involves tuning into the true needs of your body, mind, spirit and soul, behave wisely and making wise choices about your life, for example, exercising the right way, eating the right way and sleeping right. The absence of faith and disorders of the spirit can be self-healed.


During the self-healing time, one focuses on harmony, peace, love, beauty and other similar experiences and with deep relaxation and meditation, this will help eliminate distractions.  You accept yourself exactly as you are and accept the world just as it is at that moment and instead, fill your mind with things that you are grateful for in your life, giving thanks and feeling gratitude in your body. You visualize your body, healing it, becoming more functional and whole and then you become happy, well and healthy.


The self-healing process becomes more strong and steady if you practice more and use your positive intention or energy to hear your inner voice. There are forces that exist and energy that is created to affect self-healing and it aims to give our physical, emotional and spiritual existence.


Seven essential self-healing are:


Knowledge- know your body, the role of your beliefs and emotion plays in the functioning of your body and ways that you can use to bring greater health and wellness of your being.


Self-awareness- be aware of your body, thought patterns, emotions and spiritual dimensions.


Self-love- have the ability to receive and care for yourself with kindness.


Motivation- has a strong desire to have a greater wellbeing and health so as to be motivated by which action to take.


Courage- has the courage to move out of your comfort zone and experiences of being a changed individual


Self-authority- being responsible for the decisions that you make regarding self-care instead relying solely on the opinion of others.


Self-care- choosing to take the practical steps to self-healing is important and with the above, you are assured to do it in an effective consistent way.

 


Now that you know that you have the power to help your body to heal, you need to focus so as to access your self-healing potential and accelerate your healing process.  Some of the things that you need to focus on includes:


Find a reason why you need to heal and focus on the stuff that makes life worth living and the more reasons you have the better.  Forgive the wrongs and hurts of the past that are holding your body hostage hence have a negative impact on your health. 

Forgiveness is about letting go of beliefs and emotions that make you sick and when you have done this you will be able to focus on new positive thoughts.


Focus on healing rather than on the disease and know that your body can heal you from diseases hence returning to good health. Your body follows your mind and your thoughts and feelings feed your body and tell it how it should act so your mind should be focusing on health.

 


Give specific orders to your mind and body on what you want it to do such as tell the body to create an inner peace when you have emotional challenges.


You need to see the disease as an opportunity to grow and learn. Your body will be giving different messages through the symptoms so you get to find a way to heal these conflicts and emotions so that your mind and body focus on self-healing.
Never give up on trust and hope that your body will heal itself and surround yourself with positive thoughts, people a health-affirming messaged.  Avoid buying into negative statistics and thoughts.


Relaxation exercises and meditation need to be sued daily for self-healing and treatment.  Relaxing the mind and body activates the immune system and doing it for at least 30 minutes a day will make a great difference. Breathing exercises are a way of relaxing and breathing is used to lower blood pressure, improve blood and oxygen circulation, increase energy and beat anxiety disorders.


Self-healing goes hand in hand with proper nutritional and sufficient rest. Listen to your body needs and honor them and this will increase the ability of the body to receive love, care, healing, nurturing, support and care hence opening up to emotional physical and spiritual healing.


Feed your body with harmony, joy, and laughter as they have enormous healing benefits. Say yes to health, yes to greater joy living within you and yes to the magic of healing powers.


It is crucial for one to be able to reach out and receive help for healing.

Develop and exercise the ability to self-heal and this will bring a more lasting and significant change.
 

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Adopting the Raw Food Mindset

By Steven Molina

Adopting the Raw Food Mindset

Adopting the Raw Food Mindset


Raw foods are a clean way of living. Everything you ingest is in its natural form. The meals are eaten fresh, dried or dehydrated. Exploring this kind of living can pose its own challenges however it can be an otherwise rewarding undertaking to your mind, body, and soul.


The raw food diet is in a nutshell, a complete lifestyle change and it takes an adjustment to a specific mindset. You are probably at a point in your life where you know that something has got to give. You might be struggling with your weight, fitness level or maybe, you have made a resolution to go green for a cleaner, healthier way of living, but something seems to hold you back.


I recently read a fascinating book called the Gorilla mindset. Basically, this book gives you an insight into some practical steps that you can take to adopt a system (of living e.g.), coupled with a specific mindset and habit. This can help you change the way you feel, think and live your life. You become more focused because your thinking is clear. You will have a deeper understanding of what needs to change in your life and what steps you need to take to accomplish your goals.


When I think about animals and their animalistic environment, I imagine how free and inhibited they are. Living a life with no boundaries, nothing holds them back and they literally dominate their entire existence and their way of life.

Raw Food Mindset:


Rome wasn’t built in a day and so is adjusting to a new way of living. Your mind and body is used to particular tastes and smells of cooked food. It will take time for your body to adjust without the taste of oil, sugar, salt and even spices.


This is a gradual process. Remember that you are liberating yourself from an old lifestyle into a new one. Think of the health benefits of the raw food diet as your ultimate motivator:


• Start by having a selection of raw vegetables or fruits with your meals: For breakfast, try some raw oats in natural yogurt, berries and a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice – This meal is jam-packed with fiber, protein, antioxidants and vitamins.


Try a whole-meal, tomato, beetroot, spinach sandwich with a banana. Beetroot and Spinach are superfoods! For a snack, try a handful of raw nuts or dried fruits. Remember to stay hydrated at all times. Water is your friend. Almond or rice milk can be an acquired taste but, they are packed with essential nutrients.

Benefits of The Raw Food Mindset and Living:


1. You will experience an increased level of energy throughout your day because of you 're eating foods that are extremely high in vitamins, minerals, and good fats.


2. Say goodbye to the doctor's office because your health will improve and you will reduce the chances of getting diseases such as diabetes or cancer.


3. Because raw foods don’t have saturated fats, you will notice an improved appearance on your skin, your weight, and your digestion.

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Living Green: Benefits of a Vegan Organic Raw Food Diet

By Steven Molina

Living Green: Benefits of a Vegan Organic Raw Food Diet

Living Green: Benefits of a Vegan Organic Raw Food Diet


In my quest to find and research the many forms of diets available, I came across the Vegan Organic Raw Food diet. Granted, that the other types of diets may work for many. However, if you are looking for a clean and healthy ways of eating, this is the way to go because it is an all plant-based diet with no traces of animal products even eggs or dairy.

There is no cooking involved and all foods are eaten raw, fresh, fermented or dehydrated. We all know or have experienced being unhealthy and in this day and age, we are looking to improve our lives in more ways than one. We make resolutions to make certain changes, some that are achievable, others a tad unrealistic. When it comes to diets, they can be challenging to stick to because most of them dictate that you go without your normal day-to-day meals for a set period.


Making the Switch to Raw Food


The difference with the vegan organic diet is that it can be a lifestyle. What you eat from this day henceforth will have tremendous health benefits because you will only consume foods in their natural state, unrefined and fresh fruits and vegetables. There are challenges that come with learning how to eat and adjust to the raw food diet 100%. It takes time, discipline and patience.


You can start with:


    •    Slowly increasing the number of raw meals in your diet every day.
  

 •    Have an option of an assortment of vegetable or fruit smoothies for breakfast. Breaking that fast helps with continuity and flow throughout the day.
  

 •    Raw salads are now your friend. Make it fun by using leafy greens and mixing it up with sweet fruits such as an apple or tomatoes.


Benefits of going raw


Our taste buds have been exposed to the taste of salt, sugar, spices and the taste and smell of the regular cooked meals. However, the health benefits that come with the raw diet is a lifetime of optimum health and longevity. It’s an easy trade-off from toxicity to clean living.

Here are more reasons why to try it:


    •    You are not missing out on any essential minerals and nutrients in this diet because they not only have sustainable amounts of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, they are the best way to keep an optimum body weight and you will rarely suffer any chronic or short-term illnesses.


    •    Your body will start to cleanse itself naturally because it has fewer toxins to eliminate.
    •    The vegan raw food diet means that you will not suffer constipation. The body is able to digest and eliminate the waste matter in just a few hours, unlike any other diet that takes 2 – 3 days.


    •    There is no bloating and certainly no unpleasant smelling stool or gas. This means that you have a happy and clean colon.
    •    Heating or cooking food makes them lose hundreds of vital nutrients, they are damaged and lost leaving behind empty calories.
Make the switch today.


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REJUV 101

By Steven Molina

REJUV 101

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Turmeric. The happy root.

By Bold Apps

Turmeric. The happy root.

In addition to fighting depression, the bright yellow root commonly used in Indian cooking known as turmeric has been found to have numerous health benefits. In addition to this enlightening research on its efficacy in depression treatment, we know it also has value in the treatment of inflammatory conditions, diabetes, and even cancer. If that isn’t enough, it’s also been shown effective in aiding in weight loss and cutting heart disease risk. Plus, it tastes amazing.

We have an awesome turmeric juice blend in our fit cleanse! Try it today.

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Alkaline Body

By Bold Apps

Alkaline Body

Alkaline balance is very important for our health. Our enzymatic, immunologic, and repair mechanisms all function their best in an alkaline environment. Juicing with our raw foods can help reverse the damage.

The human body has three ways of regulating blood pH. Carbon dioxide, is mildly acidic; its levels can be controlled by changes in your breathing rate. For example, when we exercise we produce lactic acid and carbon dioxide. Lactic acid is acidic, and the exhalation of carbon dioxide excretes acids. The kidneys also can excrete excess acid during urination. Finally, the blood is filled with special chemical mixes known as buffers, which work by resisting any sudden changes in pH.

Everything we eat or drink affects our pH. Animal based foods such as meat and dairy products are mainly acidic, while plant-based foods like fruits and veggies are mostly alkaline. We do need both acid and alkaline foods in our diet to help our bodies maintain appropriate pH levels, though our culture with the convince of fast-foods and overly processed foods have made the majority of us overly acid. We design our cleanses to realkalize your body.

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Sugar Cravings

By Steven Molina

Sugar Cravings

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