My Top 10 Recommendations for a Happier New Year
1. Spend more time with your Parasympathetic Nervous System. Have more fun! Become acquainted with feeling deeply relaxed and rested. Enjoy relaxing. Do it often.
Spend more time with your dogs, cats, donkeys, horses, birds or other animal companions. Chances are THEY know how to relax and enjoy life. Learn from them!
Fun & relaxation = Healing & restoration
2. Drink more water. Drink deeply and be thankful for water’s presence in every one of your cells. Be amazed at water’s ability to transport nutrients into and toxins away from your cells. Send some protective prayers to the water in your cells and all the water on Earth.
3. Take a walk in a beautiful place. Even if you feel cranky, take a short walk in a beautiful place. Or walk through your garden and make a bouquet! You will feel better afterwards.
Remember, your lymphatic fluid only circulates when you are moving.
4. Take your vitamins and minerals every day. Our bodies run on chemical reactions that are happening in our bodies 24/7, 365, my friends. How does that happen? Ideally, from a constant supply of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids and other crucial nutrients that fuel the amazing cellular exchanges that provide us with energy. Yes, we carry on, even while being undernourished…but life is so much better when you’re well nourished at the cellular level!
5. Increase vitamin C intake. Humans, unlike almost all other mammals, do not make their own Vitamin C. We need a LOT more than the RDA (a mere 60 milligrams!), which is the minimum dose required to prevent Scurvy. Really? Is that your preferred level of health? Linus Pauling took 9,000 mg of Vitamin C per day. I recommend working up to 5,000 mg/day for everyone. Why? Vitamin C is the universal detoxifier, it’s highly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and is, literally, a lifesaving nutrient. Find your upper limit for this vitamin and take a little less than that amount every day.
6. Develop mindfulness and awareness. Take Yoga, Tai Chi or Feldenkrais classes. Get some body work, a foot massage, a gong session, or acupuncture, and let your body know you care. Move with awareness as you are gardening, doing housework, or walking.
7. Eat more greens and berries. Raw greens are incredibly nourishing and cleansing. Arugula salad with Walnuts. Pesto on Pasta, Pesto on Pizza, Pesto on Roasted Vegetables. Wilted Dandelion Greens! Berries are loaded with antioxidants and bioflavonoids. Berries with coconut whipped cream! Berries on pancakes. Raw Blueberry pie. A bowl of berries.
8. Take a magnesium bath. And take some magnesium capsules. Many important functions in the body require the presence of magnesium. Soils are depleted. Most people are deficient. Low magnesium levels = sluggish metabolism = stress on organ systems… And magnesium deficiency often goes hand in hand with the epidemic of low Vitamin D levels we are seeing today, even in people who live near the equator. Maintaining optimal levels of Magnesium and Vitamin D are crucial for achieving vital good health and resistance to disease.
9. Eat foods that work best for your body. Focus on those foods that = good energy for you. I recommend eating at least one large salad per day. We get organic dandelion greens, arugula, kale, cilantro, parsley and bok choi at Sprouts and Vitamin Cottage. Start by adding more raw greens, and keep adding on more vegetables as you discover more delicious ways to prepare and consume them.
10. Consume 1 tablespoon of chia seeds each day. I add mine to coconut water along with my liquid vitamin and 1/4 tsp of sodium ascorbate (Vitamin C). You can consume chia in any liquid, or blend with coconut milk to make chia pudding. Chia contains all of the amino acids and offers amazing healing for the digestive tract. Happy Gut = Happy Nervous System.
These really are the top 10 ways I support myself throughout the year. They are pretty easy to do, especially when you find yourself losing weight, feeling less inflamed and moving with greater ease and with more energy and vigor. I don’t have time for inflammation – I’ve got gardens to build!
Wishing you Organic Gardens, Good Health, and Peace in 2019.
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http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Eid1BsSI7h18SKfAzv43Q. “Lecture on Vitamin C by Brilliant Suzanne Humphries.” YouTube, YouTube, 3 Feb. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0LLX0sgwAU. Accessed 16 May 2016.
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Hi Sarah, I was looking for info on animal allergies and remembered you talking about it. Thank you also for this lovely article.
Was surprised to see that you and Al had moved to New Mexico — but very happy for you. Feldenkrais classes were life-changing for me and I hope to resume taking them again soon. Best wishes to you both.
Hello Jo Ann. Yes, we moved to NM last summer. It’s a beautiful and intriguing place!
Al is teaching Feldenkrais classes in Cerrillos, a nearby town, and is also offering private sessions there, as well. Love the classes!
And as you noticed, I’ve started blogging again, and am working part time in a lovely local herb shop here in Madrid.
Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns regarding animal allergies. Thanks for visiting my blog!