What is Chi?

Chi is a Chinese word meaning aliveness, life force energy, or life breath.

Traditional Chinese medicine asserts that ‘Chi’ (pronounced Chee), is the vital life force energy of the Universe, present within every living thing, the life force energy which flows through the pathways of all living forms – in order to maintain health and wellness, mentally, physically and emotionally.

Chi is at the foundation of many health and fitness practices such as Massage, Yoga, Martial Arts, Reiki, Feng Shui and Acupressure.

The history of Chi is much older than Western Medicine and as far back as 2690 BC the study of chi was a Chinese natural science that was called Tao- the way of nature.

The knowledge of the treatment of Chi has been around since the beginning of medicine yet has never really been understood until more recent times.

Some practitioners and individuals use aqua-chi “machines”  to treat Chi, aqua-chi meaning water, and chi meaning living energy or life force.

This video demonstrates the results of one such aqua-chi treatment as it enhances the life force of a tomato:

Aqua-Chi tomato test

The ancient Chinese strived to learn how to generate, conserve, and channel Chi for health and longevity. It was the element water that motivated the early practitioners to form their understanding of Tai-Chi, meaning the river of energy that unites the Yin and Yang into a dance to flow into the sea of energy.  Continue reading What is Chi?

The Sweet Language of Life – How Our Cells Communicate

Glyconutrients for Vibrant HealthMost people are aware of scientific research that has established diet as an important component of good health and more of the general public are paying attention to nutritional intervention.

Glyconutrients, a class of nutrients that appear necessary for maintaining health, have gotten a lot of attention in the scientific community in recent years. Information concerning glyconutrients, glycobiology, and glycoproteins fills volumes of textbooks and thousands of medical research articles.  To date there are over 40,000 publications on the research of glycobiology and the study of these important glyconutrients.

However, the public’s knowledge of glyconutrients and their importance to maintaining health is limited.

The human body is incredibly dynamic; every day, it is maintaining, protecting and regulating its 60 trillion cells.  It replaces 150 to 500 billion cells daily.  Central to the body’s health is the cell’s ability to maintain its function properly.  Cells must also be nourished, protected and supported.

Glyconutrients are monosaccharides or carbohydrates that are vital for the correct structure and function of cells in our bodies.  As the name monosaccharides indicates they are sugars.

When most people think of sugar, they think of that sweet white granulated stuff that many people put on their breakfast cereal or in their morning coffee. Diabetics think of sugar as something to avoid because it will raise their blood sugar.  Glyconutrients are not that kind of sugar.

Science has found that glyconutrients are important for cell to cell communication and the proper functioning of our immune system.

Proper cell to cell communication is necessary for our body to function properly.  For instance our digestive system needs to know which food components to absorb into the blood stream and which to ignore.  Without proper cell to cell communication our immune system wouldn’t know which cells to attack and destroy and which cells to protect.  Continue reading The Sweet Language of Life – How Our Cells Communicate

Who Decides Who Lives and Who Dies?

The short answer to the question “Who decides who lives and who dies?” is God.  But it turns out that the answer to the question is a little bit more complicated.

Human beings have inserted themselves into the decision-making process on this issue.  Witness the actions of concentration camp overseers in World War II or people today who choose to abort their babies.

Our involvement in making life and death decisions for ourselves appears to be completely appropriate whereas others making such decisions for us is alarming. 

For instance regarding our health, we can choose a healthy lifestyle which can give us a long and enjoyable life.  Eating a nutritious diet, being active, avoiding toxins, getting enough sleep, and other healthy habits are part of this choice.  Rightly, this is a choice that we make ourselves about our own health.  For more healthy lifestyle tips download our 10 Step Health Guide on this site.

Maintaining our own health appears to be more important than ever, given the formation of the Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research here in the U.S.  The U.S. Government through the health care bill passed in March, 2010 has gotten into the act of deciding who is to live and who is to die.

The Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research was created and funded with 1.1 billion dollars as part of the stimulus bill.  The 15 members of this health “rationing” board were appointed by President Obama within 3 days of the stimulus bill passing.  Continue reading Who Decides Who Lives and Who Dies?

Treating Depression With Hypnosis

Swinging watch used to hypnotize

It’s no joke to have depression – it’s more than your basic case of the blues. It is common for your simple mental issues to turn into serious issues, or even lead to health problems. It is common for people to always think the worst or think so lowly of themselves as self-esteem goes down. Your self-confidence will also suffer, causing you to miss out on all that life has to offer.

Treating depression is an absolute must before it spirals out of control and causes you irrevocable harm. Counseling services and medications can be very helpful, but expect to be in this slump for the long haul since both methods often take months to achieve the kind of results you want.

Hypnosis is a treatment option that can help lift the curtain and allow the sun to start shining in your life. Whether you consult a trained specialist in hypnosis or learn the art of self-hypnotism, either means is an effective way to subconsciously entertain positive thoughts and get rid of all the negative thoughts bringing you down and preventing you from enjoying life.  Continue reading Treating Depression With Hypnosis

Your Body the Car

Person checking oil in carTypically, most people maintain their cars far better than their own bodies.  This is puzzling considering the comparative value of our cars vs. our health.  We will never have more than one body whereas we will probably own several cars in our lifetime.  When our body breaks down, we can’t replace it with a new one.

 People want reliable performance from their vehicles while at the same time wishing to avoid unexpected and costly breakdowns.  They take them for regular service and periodic inspections so that vehicle systems like steering, braking, and cooling are working properly.

They monitor and maintain important fluids like oil and gasoline. If they want high performance from their cars they use high performance, high octane fuel.  With most people it is also a matter of personal pride to keep their vehicles looking good.

But what about taking care of our body’s health?  Sadly, we don’t use the same standard of care when it comes to our own health.  Just like a car our bodies require care, maintenance, and fuel to function properly.  It’s essential that we maintain our body if we want it to last a long time without periodic or serious break downs.

In the same manner that vehicle systems must be maintained, our body’s systems; circulatory system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, etc. have to be maintained.

A Five Point Maintenance Program for Our Body  Continue reading Your Body the Car

Backpacking for Health and Enjoyment

Backpacking for vibrant healthFor those looking for an enjoyable activity which is beneficial to their health as well as providing an opportunity for some quality time with their family, backpacking is ideal.  Getting out and enjoying the outdoors is a great way to bond with nature, and with your fellow family members.

Planning for a Guided Hiking Trip with your Family

Having a shared adventure can really bring a family closer together.

Even so, you also don’t want the family holiday to turn into something people recall with disgust.

If you do not have a lot of hiking and camping experience, there is no reason you can’t still go out and enjoy an amazing hike.  In this case, I would advise you to hire a guide company to take you on a custom, guided hiking trip.  Continue reading Backpacking for Health and Enjoyment

Some Signs You May Be Overweight

Clothes too tight for vibrant healthEvery day in the United States, millions of Americans say to themselves “I need to lose weight.”  Are you one of those individuals? 

While many of the individuals who tell themselves that they need to lose weight do need to lose weight, not all do.  So, the question that many ask themselves is “do I really need to lose weight?”  If that is a question that you have asked yourself before, you’ll find this article useful.

Among the indications that you may need to lose weight is if you are obese.  Many individuals do not realize that there is a difference between being overweight and being obese.

While different healthcare professionals have different definitions for obese, it is often said that those who are thirty or forty pounds overweight are obese.  If you are obese, you should be worried not only about your appearance, but your health as well.  Obesity has been linked to multiple health complications, including the early onset of death.

Another method of measuring overweight and obesity is the Body Mass Index (BMI).  BMI is a measure of body fat based on a person’s weight and height. The BMI chart shows four ranges: underweight (Below 18.5), healthy (18.5 – 24.9), overweight (25.0 – 29.9) and obese (30.0 and Above). 

The formula to calculate your Body Mass Index is to divide your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared  and then multiply the result by 703.  For example, a person who weighs 185 lbs and is 6 feet tall (72 inches) would divide 185 by (72 x 72) and then multiply by 703 resulting in a BMI of 25.09.  Continue reading Some Signs You May Be Overweight

A New Wrinkle on Reducing Wrinkles

Forehead wrinkles and vibrant healthShould you like to look more youthful, among the most important things to focus on is figuring out how to effectively cut down wrinkles.

Wrinkles, in particular on your face and arms, can make you look a lot older, so by getting rid of them you can look a lot more youthful. 

Following straightforward tips including wearing sunscreen, eating fruits and vegetables, and acquiring treatments like dermabrasion can help decrease the appearance of wrinkles on your skin.

By wearing sunscreen, you can help protect yourself from serious health problems, and you’ll be able to also lessen wrinkles.  The sunscreen protects you from UV rays, which are the harmful part of sunlight.  For those who use sunscreen, a reasonable amount of exposure to the sun can still be healthy.  It really is best to choose a sunscreen that also has moisturizer, as applying moisturizer on a regular basis can be useful in reducing wrinkles as well.

In choosing skin care products (just as in cosmetics) make sure that what you’re putting on your skin is safe and does not contain ingredients which are harmful to your health.  Some skin care and cosmetic ingredients, such as parabens, can lead to serious health problems.  You can find ingredient and safety information on most brands at the Skin Deep cosmetic safety database  , a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products maintained by researchers at The Environmental Working Group.  Continue reading A New Wrinkle on Reducing Wrinkles

Les Miles LSU Eats His Greens. Shouldn’t You?

Les Miles, LSU head football coachWho’s eating their greens?

During the LSU football game against Alabama on Nov. 6, Les Miles, LSU Head Coach, was observed eating some of the Tiger Stadium grass.  Questioned about it after the game Miles said he does it every game.

No matter whether he eats grass to attain some sort of karmic “oneness” with the field or for the protein, it’s not too healthy to eat grass off a football field that’s probably maintained with all kinds of chemical fertilizers.  It might also be a good idea to wash the grass off before eating it because of possible windborne chemical contamination from nearby industrial plants along the Mississippi River.  How’s he going to flush those toxins out of his body?

Even though football stadium grass is probably not the ideal source, green plants, especially in their natural state, do provide many important nutrients.

Adding more greens to our diet is a smart thing to do and has many health benefits.  The American Dietetic Association in a paper titled “Eating Plants for Health: From Fiber to Phytochemicals” described the health benefits of eating a more plant-based diet, especially with a concurrent reduction in the consumption of animal products.  A plant-based diet has been linked to lower rates of many serious health problems.  Continue reading Les Miles LSU Eats His Greens. Shouldn’t You?

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