lotus-grey-large

Blog

Would you like to know some ‘natural’ remedies to counteract the negative effects of some of the things you might be inclined to overindulge in over the coming ‘Indulgence Season‘ – extra drinking…chocolate… sun etc?

While obviously it’s ideal not to overindulge too much too often, we also know that it’s good to ‘let our hair down’ (for those who still have some!) every now & then. Below I’ve listed some powerful, ‘natural’ little ANTIDOTES, that you can use to offset some of the ‘not so healthy’ effects of certain things over the coming weeks.

* Note: Please don’t take this to mean you can have as much of these things as you want as long as you take the ‘remedy’. Prevention is always better than cure…though if you like smashing your head against the wall, it is worthwhile having something to reduce the damage!!!

Over-indulgences & Their Antidotes:

CHOCOLATE: In Ayurveda, chocolate is a classic ‘Srota Blocker’. Srotas are the ‘channels’ of the body that when kept clear ensure good health & vitality…when blocked they lead to all major disease. The main culprit in chocolate is the milk solids, so the first thing where you can is to try and get varieties without milk solids – organic or good quality (European) usually best.

Antidote: Hot water(boiled) with ‘cardamom pods’. The hot water helps ‘melt’ any poorly digested foodstuffs & cardamom pods are renowned for re-opening up the srotas/channels. * Good after heavy ‘cheese’ dishes or rich desserts etc also.

ALCOHOL: One of the most common effects of (excessive) alcohol is in destroying liver cells/compromising liver function.

Antidote: Turmeric – Recent research has shown a tremendous reduction in alcoholic liver damage’ through the intake of turmeric. 1-2 pinches can be taken in a glass of water, but best is just to add it to normal cooking / morning cleansing drink etc as part of a general routine.

WESTERN MEDICATIONS (for those headaches / hangovers etc):

Antidote: Turmeric – Drugs/medications etc also aggravate the liver, so turmeric (as above) is good here too.

SEAFOOD/SPICY FOOD etc: Even in summer, these things are being eaten more commonly these days – Seafood for Christmas lunch etc (good for you though Mum!). These things being ‘hot/heating’ by nature, can often result in ‘digestive heat related problems’ – acid stomach etc.

Antidote: Peppermint Tea – Peppermint Tea is often very good for reducing the symptoms of acid stomach, excess stomach heat, diarrhea etc. I think this is related to where ‘peppermint’ after dinner mints came from…don’t know where the chocolate came into the equation though!!! 
*Note; this is merely alleviating symptoms it is in no way a treatment. Proper food selection & eating habits are needed to ‘prevent’ these problems.

SUNBURN:

Antidote: Aloe Vera – Fresh Aloe Vera (or a good quality natural commercial aloe gel) is sensational for sun-damaged skin. Apply regularly to reduce skin damage & hasten repair, if you get a bit too much sun.

EYE SORENESS / RED EYES (due to sun, wind etc):
Antidote 1: Rose Water Eye Spray
Antidote 2: Eye Baths with Cold Milk
Antidote 3: Sliced Cucumbers on both eyelids (it’s a good look too!).

CAR TRAVEL (motion sickness, nausea etc):

Antidote: Fresh Ginger
Both Ayurveda & modern research has shown fresh ginger is terrific for reducing nausea/motion sickness etc. Take 1/4 tspn with a little lemon juice & pinch of salt every few hours. * For kids / adults who don’t like it fresh, you can get ‘Crystalised Ginger’ at supermarkets/health shops etc. Don’t overdose in summer (ginger is heating!).

HANGOVERS: While alcohol does a number of well-known things, one of the key ones from the standpoint of Maharishi Ayurveda, is that it dries out what’s known as ‘Ojas’. Ojas is the finest product of digestion and the primary link between consciousness & our bodies. It’s the material equivalent of bliss and is what gives maximal health, immunity, radiant skin, bright eyes, mental clarity & resistance to disease. So I guess you could say it’s pretty important!!!

Antidotes:
1. TIME TIME TIME… Do the Crime…Do the Time!!!
2. Plenty of ‘re-hydrating’ fluids – plain water / fresh juices best
3. Avoid de-hydrating substances – ‘caffeine (coffee, coke etc)
4. The Morning Cleansing Drink (morning after) – see www.healthaa.com/food_recipes.php?p=6
5. Ojas Increasing Foods/Drinks – fresh juicy fruits, boiled milk (and homemade ghee!), oil massage, lots of nourishing fluids.

COFFEE: Excess coffee (caffeine) overstimulates the nervous system…leading to insomnia etc.

ANTIDOTE: LISTEN TO A BRITNEY SPEARS CD OR WATCH A CATHERINE ZETA-JONES MOVIE 

– EITHER WILL DULL YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM & PUT YOU TO SLEEP IN NO TIME.

AND A HAPPY THOUGHT FOR EXCESSIVE BEER DRINKERS:

From The All-Time Classic Show – Cheers on 8/26/2003

In an episode of ‘Cheers’, Cliff is seated at the bar describing the ‘Buffalo Theory’ to his buddy Norm.
“Well you see, Norm, it’s like this…A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.
In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive drinking of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. And that is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

Do you sun gaze or at least connect to the early morning sun as a daily practice? Are you aware of the incredible mental, physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of such a daily ritual?

While many of us know about high-performers morning habits such as making their bed, planning their day and exercising, connecting with early morning sunlight is not so well know.

As understood by most ancient cultures, the master regulator of all our internal health and performance cycles is the cycle of the sun. Most advanced traditional cultures throughout time have started their day greeting the sun through an ancient ritual called ‘sun gazing’. (Others, as in India along the Ganges river, do things like Yoga 'sun salutes' while facing East as the sun rises).

More and more high-level business performers are now understanding that our optimum human performance clock is synced to the cycles of Mother Nature. As such they make sure they get outside to reap the incredible mental, physical and emotional benefits of morning sunlight through the eyes. (Many of us today live in artificially lit homes and work in artificially lit offices and are 'mal-illuminated'.)

Benefits of morning sunlight exposure include;
• improved energy & immune function
• stimulation of healthy brain chemistry
the ultimate mood-booster (anti-depressant) & emotional balancer • optimal weight through its effects on metabolic and thyroid function
• regulation of our entire internal body clock

* A key benefit is in assisting optimal sleep at night ... as our sleep cycle regulation starts first thing in the morning!

Now, while the ancients understood that the sun will not harm the human eye in the first 45 minutes of sunrise ... the first 10 degrees of arc, you don't necessarily have to look directly at the sun - 'sun gaze'. (If you do, this should strictly only be done in the first 30-45 minutes of sunrise and for very short periods - seconds - to begin with.) However, even indirect sunlight through the eyes will bring significant benefits. The main thing is to actively get outside for at least a few minutes early morning to sync your physiology with our planets No.1 source of life-energy, vitality and positivity. And if you can combine exercise, earthing (see my blog)) &/or connection with others at the same time, all power to you.

The sun (Surya), often maligned in our modern world was traditionally understood and indeed honoured for being the central to all life and every aspect of human health. We just need to respect it and connect with it in the right way ... not too much but also not too little.

The importance of early morning sunlight exposure for optimal #health and #workperformance #wellbeing Do you make a daily practice of connecting with the sun or at least getting outside in the early-morning? What do you do and what difference does it make to your life and your work performance? I'm sure others would love to hear your inspiration.

#sun #sunlight #morningsun #morningsunlight #sungazing #suntherapy #heliotherapy #mentalhealth #emotionalhealth #sleeptips

Research shows that those who consistently perform at high levels commonly do things as daily practices or rituals that other don’t. Here’s a few.

Connect with the Morning Sun

High performers intrinsically understand that our optimum human performance clock is synced to the cycles of Mother Nature. As understood by the ancients, the master regulator of all our internal health and optimal performance cycles is the cycle of the sun. Traditional cultures throughout history have started their day greeting the sun through an ancient ritual called ‘sun gazing’. Hgh performers make sure they get outside (out of their artificially lit homes and office places) to experience the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of morning sunlight through the eyes.

Benefits of morning sunlight exposure include;

  • regulation of immune function
  • stimulation of healthy brain chemistry
  • regulation our internal body clock
  • promotes balanced weight through its effects on metabolic and thyroid function
  • uplifting mood (anti-depressant) and strengthening emotional health.

 

Transcendence

What do Hugh Jackman, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Ferriss, Katy Perry, Ray Dalio (Head of the world’s largest hedge fund), Ariana Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Degeneres and countless other world class performers have in common? They start their day with 20 minutes of TM or Transcendental Meditation (other high performers use other forms of meditation).

According to Tim Ferriss, author of New York Times Best-seller ‘Tools of Titans’, meditation is by far the most common habit or daily ritual amongst the world’s highest performing individuals. Don’t have time to meditate? Almost universally everyone who meditates, specifically transcending-based meditation like TM, remarks that they get far more done when they meditate and couldn’t imagine life or work without it. We can’t build a 100 storey skyscraper without first digging deep into the ground. Likewise, we can’t sustain high level, dynamic outward activity without first (and regularly) going within and enlivening our deepest (inner) source of energy, creativity and intelligence. Transcending does this which is why such a high percentage of high performers do it as their most important daily habit.

As the latest neuroscience and brain mapping research clearly demonstrates, such meditation produces more global brainwave activity and peak brain coherence. Do less achieve more.

More on Transcendental Meditation (TM) and Transcendance

 

Exercise

Another hallmark of high achievers is that a very high percentage start their day with physical activity. Research shows that those that make a habit of exercising early morning have a compliance rate of 75%. Those who leave it until later in the day (after work) have a compliance of around 25%.

Again, the research suggests that the time devoted to physical movement or exercise in the early hours is more than returned in terms of improved efficiency, brain performance, decision-making and all around productivity for the rest of the day. (Early morning is also the best time for exercise according the understanding of Ayurveda and our daily body clock.)

* Richard Branson has been quoted as saying daily exercise gives him 4 hours of improved productivity.

Connect to the morning sun, transcend to develop your most precious resource – consciousness - and get your body moving early to help maximize your work and life success.

 

Mark Bunn

* These are just three of the practices discussed in Mark’s highly popular ‘Daily Habits of High Achievers’.

 

Great fun doing a Podcast with my great mate and fellow Natural health brother Luke McLean for his 'Conscious Conversations'.
 
We discussed everything from my transition from AFL football to combining Western and Eastern Science, Earthing, practical health wisdom for busy people, Transcendental Meditation (TM) even my David Lynch Foundation work and lots of other great stuff.
 
Luke has a fabulous style and such a pure heart. Loved it and hope you enjoy. 
 
Podcast here 

*This is a REPOST of the blog from August 13, 2012

 

Did you scrape your tongue this morning?

Good news. Another ancient health practice has recently been accepted and promoted by modern experts

Have you been to buy a toothbrush lately, and noticed many companies marketing a tongue cleaner on the back of their brushes? Promoted as a way to rid yourself of bacteria that accumulates on the surface of your tongue, they actually have a lot of merit.

Heard about charcoal water yet? It’s one of the big health items – detox drinks - for 2017.

While at my wholefoods store recently I decided to buy some to see what it was like. I had not bothered to research it at this point, as I’ll try most things once anyway, and thought it would also make a nice surprise for my partner Luisa. (As an aside, I text said partner about the surprise knowing she likes the anticipatory excitement! I leave out the specifics and later discover she was thinking ‘hmmm, a yummy treat!’)

This simple tip (written here for winter, but applicable to some degree year round) is one of the simplest, yet most profound things you can do to protect yourself from getting sick (colds & flu's etc), to prevent that 'heavy/depressed' winter feeling & helping avoid those extra kilograms that always seem to enjoy making themselves at home at this time of year.

You might have heard me talk a lot over the years about the Ayurvedic concept of oral hygiene.

I've discussed the problems associated with using commercial mouthwashes , and how in Ayurvedic medicine it is being prescribed for thousands of years to combine this with daily tongue scraping for keeping the mouth truly clean and the teeth and gums strong and healthy.

Well now I think you're ready for the full version. It's called 'oil pulling' and not only cleans the mouth, and keeps one's teeth and gums in tip-top health, it is said to help purify the entire body and optimize the functioning of our entire physiology.

While it’s been a controversial topic for some years, a recent segment – Wi-Fried on ABC’s Catalyst program - graphically illustrated how our high use of mobile phones, Wi-Fi and other technological devices is probably not as safe as you may think. More and more evidence is now suggesting links to brain cancer and other negative health effects.

Of course, we are not going to stop using our phones and Wi-Fi in the short term so here are some tips to minimise your risk and protect your precious brain.

Just got an email from a business client recently who asked the following;

Hi Mark,

Just wondering if I can ask you a question regarding Gluten…is it really that bad for you?

Do our bodies find it hard to digest gluten even if you are not gluten intolerant?

So in that case, is it best to avoid?

My reply was as follows;

1 Minute Overview

The Paleo Diet (and other similar ones) and the general Paleo philosophy is great in terms of focusing us back on ‘real’ food (eliminating processed/junk food), minimising or avoiding alcohol, caffeine and sugar, as well as for promoting good exercise. However, according to ancient, time-tested health sciences such as Ayurveda, the heavy emphasis on meat, and completely avoiding grains, dairy, and legumes is not ideal.

It’s the ignorant way we consume these foods in our modern world, not the foods themselves, that is harmful. Consume them as they were designed and we can get all the benefits of the Paleo diet, plus even more benefits.

Ayurveda comes from the ancient Vedic tradition of India1, where it has been practised for more than 6,000 years. It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the world’s oldest continuous system of Natural health-care. In its sanskrit roots, ‘veda’, means ‘pure knowledge’ or science, and ‘ayus’ means ‘life’. So Ayurveda is understood as ‘the total knowledge or science of life’. Ayurveda is both a time-tested science, having a recorded history of thousands of years as well as containing a history of highly evolved, healthy and long-lived individuals.

On March 20, 2014 Jayson P. wrote:

Hi Mark,

I have been doing a lot of your recommendations :-). I have a question, I have very week bones by the look of things, as I sneezed a couple of days ago and fractured my ribs. Do you have any bone strengthening tips ? I am 42 this year and to young to be breaking bones from sneezing.

Cheers

MARK’S REPLY:

Hi everyone – I don’t say this often but this is one of the most important and exciting blogs I’ve written for a long time.

Imagine if there was a completely ‘natural’ (and generally ‘free’) way to get one of the world’s most powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-aging medicines, which evidence is starting to suggest may help everything from heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and joint pain, insomnia, auto-immune diseases, to athletic performance. Now imagine it was ‘right under your feet’! Guess what? It literally is, and now you get it under your feet while indoors!

On 12 Dec 2013 Kylie B. wrote:

Hi Mark,

I am wondering if you could suggest something to kick start my metabolism.

I am a 40 year old overweight woman working 16 hour days and looking after 4 boys (this includes my husband). I have been a yoyo dieter since I was 14 years old have always lost the weight and have always gained it again. I have recently given up my ever loved ciggies but can’t help with the weight.

I’ve touched on this here and there over the years, but as it’s finally getting a lot more recognition in the mainstream media just now, I thought to mention it again.

Basically, it’s about the absolute myth that substituting ‘polyunsaturated fats for saturated fats’ is good for us. You may be aware that many years ago scientists and food manufacturers started promoting the benefits of polyunsaturated fats (think vegetable oils in most processed foods, margarine, and the like) in the belief that saturated fats (butter, coconut oil etc) were bad for us, particularly our heart health.

As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists. – Joan Gussow

Today, food companies, many doctors and even some dieticians commonly recommend us to eat supposedly healthy margarine instead of evil butter. But should we listen to them?

On October 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM Alex D wrote:

Hi Mark

I was just wondering why you are a vegetarian and what do you eat to still get enough protein and fibre?
Thanks

Alex D.

MARK’S REPLY

1. Have a screensaver displaying beautiful, ‘natural’ scenery such as waterfalls, sunrises, lakes, mountain ranges etc (Viewing natural scenery is known to reduce stress and balance mind and body).

2. Simply walk outside for a minute or two and breathe in some fresh air, get some natural light [sunlight] through your eyes, and if practical, take your shoes (and socks) off and ‘earth’ yourself. (Earthing is being shown to be one of the greatest, natural rejuvenators and directly balances many of our most common health ailments).

3. Spray your eyes, preferably with the eyes open, with filtered rosewater. Keep a little spray bottle at your desk. (Rose water reduces fatigue and offsets the dryness and irritation caused by looking at computer screens for long periods).

4. Simply stand up and walk around for a minute or two. Ideally go and do something silly or funny to a work colleague to make you both laugh. Remember, ‘sitting is the new smoking’.

5. Practice palming. Vigorously rub your palms together for a 5 – 10 seconds and then with your eyes closed place your palms over your eyes and let your eyes and your mind completely relax. (This practice is known to settle the mind, calm the nervous system reduce headaches and anxiety and improve mental clarity.)

6. Dab some ‘peppermint oil’ on your neck or wrist, or depending on your work place, put a couple of drops in an oil diffuser and breathe it for 1-2 minutes. (Peppermint oil stimulates the mind to promote mental clarity and heightened brain performance.)

7. Ayurvedic Body Awareness – just sit and close your eyes for a few minutes, while letting your attention go to whichever part of your body it is naturally drawn to. If there is some tension/strain or excessive activity your mind will often be drawn to that area. Just let your awareness flow to that area and allow the tension or over excitation to dissolve or relax. This is often used in Ayurveda as a way of restoring balance to mind and body.