The Truth: About the Mind

What really is the mind?

Modern medicine and Science explains that all of our thoughts and feelings, and all of our behavior, is the product of activity in the brain. It is explained that the brain is made up of an enormous number of individual cells, called neurons, and that chain of neurons lead out of the brain and into the rest of the body, ultimately ending up in the muscles and thereby causing the body to move about and exhibit behavior.

For example, every time I speak,  signals from my brain are causing the muscles of my mouth and tongue to move so as to form words.

The real question then becomes: what was the first neuron to send a signal when I decided to talk, and what caused it to send that signal?

The answer to that is “The Mind”.

Some people think that the mind is the brain or some other part or function of the body, but this is incorrect. The brain is a physical object that can be seen with the eyes and that can be photographed or operated on in surgery. The mind, on the other hand, is not a physical object. It cannot be seen with the eyes, nor can it be photographed or repaired by surgery. The brain, therefore, is not the mind but simply a part of the body.There is nothing within the body that can be identified as being our mind.

If the mind is not the brain, nor any other part of the body, what is it?

It is a formless continuum that functions to perceive and understand objects. Because the mind is formless, or non-physical, by nature, it is not obstructed by physical objects.

The mind is divided primarily into 2 parts, conscious and the subconscious

The conscious mind

The conscious mind is the part of your mind that is responsible for logic and reasoning, when I ask you about the sum of 3 plus 4 you use your conscious mind to add them together. When you decide to take any voluntary action like moving your hand or leg, this is done by you conscious mind. So whenever you are aware of the thing that you want to do, you do it with your conscious mind and whenever there is logic or reasoning you use your conscious mind.

The subconscious mind

The subconscious mind is the part of your mind responsible for all of your involuntary actions like experiencing emotions, like controlling your heart beat or breathing rate.Your subconscious mind is also a store for your beliefs and memories. Think of the subconscious mind as the store of everything that is currently not in your mind, it stores all of your previous experiences, your belief system, your memories, skills, all of the situations you have ever faced and all of the images that you have ever seen.

The best way to understand the subconscious mind is to take a look at the example of someone who just started to learn how to drive a car. At the beginning he will not be able to talk to anyone while driving because he will be focusing on the different details involved, in that case he is using his conscious mind to drive the car. A few weeks later when he becomes capable of driving he just goes into the car and automatically does everything without thinking of anything, he even may make cell phone calls while driving or talk to other friends. This happens because the driving information was transferred to the subconscious mind and so the conscious mind was free to be used for something else which is talking in the cell phone. The subconscious mind is responsible for the automatically triggered feelings and emotions that you suddenly experience on facing a new situation, for example when you are about to give a presentation all of the feelings of fear and anxiety are launched and controlled by the subconscious mind.

On the other hand, the conscious mind is responsible for logic, thinking and calculations.(actions that are done under your complete control) The subconscious mind also controls some other functions in your body like breathing and heart beats.

Another good example that can help you understand the subconscious mind is the process of breathing. Five minutes ago you were breathing because your subconscious mind was controlling this operation. Now, I want you to try to control your breath for one minute.

Of course you will be able to do it but this time it’s the conscious mind that is doing it. When you let go of the control, you are said to be handing over the task to your subconscious mind.

The Power of the Subconscious Mind

Your subconscious mind is far more powerful than your conscious one. By learning how to use and train your subconscious mind you will be able to control your behaviour, break bad habits, get rid of unwanted emotions and fix your belief system. To use the power of your subconscious mind you must first know how the subconscious mind works.

The subconscious mind has many governing rules. The following is an explanation of each of these rules:

Rules of the Subconscious Mind

• The subconscious mind does not differentiate between visualization and real situations: Have you been to a horror movie lately? If you have, then you must have noticed how your pulse raced in fear and horror even though you were in no real danger. Simply put, because your subconscious mind does not differentiate between real and imagined situations, it assumed that you were facing a real threat instead of merely an imaginary one. Now that you know this, you can use it to your own benefit. Suppose you had to give a presentation. If you visualize speaking well many times beforehand, your subconscious mind will actually believe that you have already performed well in many real presentations and so its more likely to keep up the same performance in the next one(the real one)!!

• The longer the subconscious mind believes something, the harder it will be to alter this belief in any way: if you have a longstanding belief, it will definitely be more difficult to alter than a recently formed one. Law of Association.

• Every thought causes a physical reaction: If you think that you are going to do badly in a presentation, your pulse and breathing would start to race as soon as you start talking. These physical changes were caused by one thing: an idea or thought.

• What you expect tends to be realized: If you are sure that you are going to fail an exam, you will indeed fail even if you had all that was needed to succeed. Your thoughts and expectations serve as the master plan for your subconscious mind, so whenever you think of something, your subconscious mind will do its best to make it come true.

• The subconscious mind always prevails in conflicts with the conscious one: If you are achluophobic (afraid of the dark) and you walked into a dark room, you will definitely feel fear, apprehension and anxiety swell within you, even while you try to convince yourself that there is nothing to be afraid of. This happens because the subconscious mind is more powerful than the conscious one, and will dominate your thoughts, and basically “win” any conflict with your conscious mind.

• The greater the conscious effort the lesser the subconscious response: This can be best explained by the example of someone suffering from insomnia(inability to sleep). Consciously trying to sleep will only make this person even more awake. By avoiding conscious effort and thinking of anything else instead, he/she would find that they will eventually nod off.

Your health is no exception to these rules, our habits of eating are programmed into our subconscious, and bad foods that we believe are tasty are often just a result of conditioning. Today most people know what is good and bad for their health, but they don’t understand the working of the mind, and therefore are helpless when it comes to change.

Eg: Coke commercials – the problem here is that no one keeps telling us how bad coke is and the company only tells us how refreshing it is.. obviously they have to make they keep programming our heads and the output is consumption of coke. I am sure you all know that companies spend 100’s of thousands of dollars in doing research and using NLP to enter data into your head.. this is almost like a work of art..only that its illegal.. and no one does anything about it..Subliminal commands are being given to your brain, so that they can make money!!!You have to create your own programs.. NO ONE ELSE!!

When it comes to health, It also important to understand the difference between thoughts and beliefs, as this is where most people go wrong.

One of the most important things to know about the mind and reality is the difference between thoughts and beliefs.

The difference between a thought and a belief is that you may have thousands of thoughts going through your mind but none of them have any power except those that are beliefs.

A belief is a thought that you make real, or accept as true.

Choosing to make a thought real or not is a decision under the very power of your will. The subconscious mind is the seat of emotion and the storehouse of memory, therefore memory is tied to emotion. Emotion is energy in motion. The more emotion a thought has, the more it is able to move things. Weak thoughts have little emotion. Strong thoughts have much emotion.

Eg: If you have had a weight issue for years, every time you look at yourself you feel frustration and want to be slim, what you have just done now is given emotion to your thought, and the minute you do that, it is recorded in the subconscious because the subconscious mind is the seat of emotion. And since thought and emotion are tied together, every time you have the thought of being fat it brings frustration, making frustration the belief and the thought the thought…if frustration is your belief  be rest assured that frustration will be your reality, as being fat is attached and associated to frustration due to conditioning.

A conscious thought only has effect as long as it is being consciously thought of. But when the thought is intensified with emotion until it generates enough momentum to continue flowing on its own and become perpetual. The thought becomes a memory and subconscious programming that runs the whole mind. Every true belief is not just conscious but subconscious and is tied to emotion. A belief is an emotionalized thought. The feeling of health produces health, NOT your thoughts. Feeling is a conscious perception of emotion. An emotion can run without your conscious realization until you become aware of it. Thinking and emotion are symbiotic.

When the information about driving was stored into your subconscious, it’s was stored as a program. Think of your mind as a computer and the driving information as a software that can be run automatically whenever needed. The same goes for lots of other activities and emotions.

Think of the case when you see chocolates, the installed program of temptation  is launched and you may find yourself over indulging. By programming your subconscious mind with new programs you can fix lots of your health problems and make sure that the autopilot that takes over you is capable of running your system without ruining your health or causing you problems.

Its Mind over Matter for sure!!

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About High Protein Diets for Weight Loss

Protein is an essential nutrient that is important to your health. However a lot of people today are obsessed with protein in their diet and eat way too much of it.

People who go on high-protein diets to lose weight are in fact, starving themselves and loosing water, which is why they are so successful in losing weight in the short-term.

Misconceptions like “protein is good, fat is bad”, “high protein diets make you slim” and that “you can’t ever get too much protein”, is absolutely incorrect.

When eaten in large quantities, protein is very difficult to digest compared to carbohydrates and fats. Protein not only slows down, but also blocks the digestion of carbohydrates and fats, leading to undigested food and obesity.

Our bodies are designed to burn nutrients for fuel in a very specific way. Carbohydrates are the main fuel source. When they are depleted, the body chooses fats next, the one nutrient designed specifically for storage and reserving energy. Only when fats are depleted, protein, the body’s main structural component is used, but only when severe depletion of carbohydrates and fats occur, a state commonly known as starvation or ketosis.

Protein for energy is primarily used to build cellular structures – NOT to create energy – metabolizing protein for energy is an incredibly inefficient way for the body to produce fuel.

Below is a circular issued by the American Heart Association:

Dietary Protein and Weight Reduction-From the Nutrition Committee of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism of the American Heart Association.

High-protein diets have recently been proposedas a “new” strategy for successful weight loss. However, variationsof these diets have been popular since the 1960s. High-proteindiets typically offer wide latitude in protein food choices,are restrictive in other food choices (mainly carbohydrates),and provide structured eating plans. They also often promotemisconceptions about carbohydrates, insulin resistance, ketosis,and fat burning as mechanisms of action for weight loss. Althoughthese diets may not be harmful for most healthy people for ashort period of time, there are no long-term scientific studiesto support their overall efficacy and safety. These diets aregenerally associated with higher intakes of total fat, saturatedfat, and cholesterol because the protein is provided mainlyby animal sources. In high-protein diets, weight loss is initiallyhigh due to fluid loss related to reduced carbohydrate intake,overall caloric restriction, and ketosis-induced appetite suppression.Beneficial effects on blood lipids and insulin resistance aredue to the weight loss, not to the change in caloric composition.Promoters of high-protein diets promise successful results byencouraging high-protein food choices that are usually restrictedin other diets, thus providing initial palatability, an attractivealternative to other weight-reduction diets that have not workedfor a variety of reasons for most individuals. High-proteindiets are not recommended because they restrict healthful foodsthat provide essential nutrients and do not provide the varietyof foods needed to adequately meet nutritional needs. Individualswho follow these diets are therefore at risk for compromisedvitamin and mineral intake, as well as potential cardiac, renal,bone, and liver abnormalities overall.

If that’s not enough, another reason why High Protein Diets Are dangerous is because excess meat consumption for high protein produces acid in the body causing acidosis which is associated with almost every disease. Acidosis also leads to calcium deficiency which results in weakening of the bones (osteoporosis).

To recommend high-protein diets to children and adolescents is very dangerous. Complex carbohydrates must be the key to every child’s eating plan. They are crucial for the rapid energy production required by active lives and allow for the proper balance of structure and function required by the developing nervous system.

A well-rounded vegetarian diet provides more than enough protein to maintain a healthy body. A diet rich in animal protein, saturated fat and cholesterol raises harmful LDL cholesterol levels increasing the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, strokes and several types of cancer. In contrast, a diet high in complex carbohydrates that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains has been shown to reduce blood pressure and better the over all health.

The truth is that Protein overload may be a more serious problem than protein deficiency. Make your choices wisely.

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Pain

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience usually produced by something that injures, or threatens to injure, the body. Although pain is something that we invariably want to escape or to stop, it serves several very important functions.

Pain protects us by triggering a reflexive withdrawal from something damaging before we can suffer further injury, such as when we drop a hot pan before we sustain extensive burns.

It is also a warning system that lets us know when an injury is about to occur: the burning ache in our muscles during extreme exertion warns us to stop using them.

Pain forces us to immobilize or protect an injured part, such as a broken ankle, thus giving it a chance to heal.

Most importantly pain also lets us know when we need to seek medical help, and teaches us what behaviors to avoid in the future.

Understanding this type of Pain is crucial, as this understanding alone can change the way you perceive health.

Pain is your body’s way of communicating with you and protecting you.

It is NOT your enemy or an inconvenience that needs to be eradicated at the earliest.

Pain is a sign from your body saying “please pay attention to me”

Pain is your doctor that is warning you of trouble.

When a message comes into the brain from anywhere in the body, the brain tells the body how to react. For example, if you accidentally touch a hot stove, the nerves in your skin shoot a message of pain to your brain. The brain then sends a message back telling the muscles in your hand to pull away. Luckily, this neurological relay race takes a lot less time than it just took to read about it.

We cannot bear the thought of being sick as it involves pain/discomfort and upsets an already tight schedule, but the only way the body can get your attention is by localizing the area of the problem and indicating it to you through pain.

Did you know that More than 100,000 chemical reactions go on in your brain every second! Among the brain’s many jobs is to be your own chemist. The brain produces more than 50 identified active drugs. Some of these are associated with memory, intelligence, pain, sedatives etc. The human body can release chemical compounds like opiates that can help the body to kill its own pain. Three such groups of chemicals are known as endorphins, Enkephalins and Dynorphins.

Endorphin is the brain’s natural painkiller, and it is 3 times more potent than morphine.

Which only means that if the body creates pain, there is a method to the madness, as it also has its own internal pharmacy to resolve it, the body will reduce the pain once it is assured that it is being looked into and healed.

Acute pain is one which occurs almost immediately upon tissue damage or injury and lasts only a limited time.

A Chronic Pain lasts for weeks, months, or years and is a major source of suffering, disability, and economic loss.

When chronic pain persists, it can be quite destructive. In effect, we make it a disease in itself. We medicate the pain and suppress it without even touching the real cause.

Pharmaceutical pain killers may get you back on track in a short period of time, but over the long run it will cause more harm than good as suppressing with pain killers promote toxicity in our bodies, which in turn causes more Dis-ease, and absolutely no healing is achieved.

Don’t just “Silence” your body, “Listen” to it.

The best approach to pain is to identify the cause and remove it. This should always be the primary goal.

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

This is a modern-day dis-ease. A silent Killer.

It is important to understand how this works: The blood which circulates through the arteries within the body supplies every cell with nourishment and oxygen. The force exerted by the heart pumps the blood into the large arteries and creates a pressure within them and this is called blood pressure.

A certain level of blood pressure is thus essential to keep the blood circulating in the body. But when the pressure becomes too high, it results in hypertension which is caused by a spasm or narrowing of the small blood vessels, known as capillaries, throughout the body. This narrowing puts more stress on the heart to pump blood through the blood vessels. Hence, the pressure of the blood to get through rises in proportion to the pressure on the heart.

The fast pace of life and the mental and physical pressures caused by the industrial and metropolitan environments give rise to psychological tensions. Worry and mental tension increases the adrenaline in the blood stream and this, in turn, causes the pressure of the blood to rise.

Another important cause of hypertension is a faulty lifestyle which includes excessive smoking, excessive intake of intoxicants like tea, coffee, alcohol, colas and refined foods which prevent the expulsion of waste and poisonous matter from the body and clog the arteries and the veins.

Repeated infections and inflammation in the kidneys can also give rise to hypertension. The kidneys play an important role in controlling blood pressure through secretion of Rennin, a natural chemical. If increased Rennin is secreted by the kidneys, more salts are retained in the body, which leads to an increase in the volume of circulating blood and consequently to an increase in the blood pressure.

Obesity, diabetes and severe constipation can also lead to hypertension.

Last but not the least, other causes of high blood pressure are, excessive intake of pain killers, common table salt, food allergies and eating a high fat, low fiber diet with processed foods that are deficient in essential nutrients.

I know it is the easy way out to pop a pill each morning, but unfortunately the modern medical treatment of high blood pressure is highly unscientific as it brings down the pressure by pharmaceutical drugs without making any effort to remove the underlying cause. These may temporarily reduce blood pressure, but they do not cure the condition and are harmful in the ultimate analysis. All drugs against hypertension without exception are toxic and have distressing side effects in the long run.

I know it’s easier said than done. Correct your lifestyle and find ways to de-stress. Try and follow a well-balanced routine of proper nutrition, yoga and rest.

Getting to the root of any issue is the only way to truly and correctly solve it. If you insist on popping that pill and take no responsibility of your own health, you are asking for a life that involves more pathology than happiness.

Your body is your soul’s vehicle in the 3rd dimension, the quality of your vehicle will determine the quality of your journey. The more well maintained it is the smoother the ride!!

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Malaria

If  you think getting Malaria is no fault of yours, and it’s the damn anopheles mosquito’s that causes it….. You are ONLY half right, as  a mosquito only carries the parasites that cause Malaria,  and the parasites can only cause havoc if you let it.

Everything, from the planet to the parasite is created for a purpose, and causing you harm is on no ones list. There are many “parasites” in your body, most of these are symbiotic relationships, meaning that you need them as much as they need you.

In fact, if you were laying on a table and could make all your human cells go away, a perfect 3-D image of your shape would remain in place as there are more foreign cells in your body than human ones.

As you might know by now, I am not a great friend of killings things in the body, including parasites, fungi and bacteria, to do so would leave billions of corpses of organisms behind that would cause more problems than if they were kept alive to do what they are created for – Decomposing waste products and weak or dead cells.

If they are creating havoc in your body, please understand – They are there by Invitation Only!!

For example: The mosquito needs a stagnant pool of water for its life cycle, it does not invade a body of water and make it stagnant.  It finds a body of water that already provides the kind of environment that it can thrive in.

It is the same with all infections in the body, the environment was created first, and so if there is stagnant morbid matter in your body, then the living creatures that need that type of environment will naturally seek it out and thrive in it.

The real cause of malaria, as in case of any other infectious diseases, is wrong eating habits and a faulty lifestyle, which weakens your immunity resulting in the system being clogged with toxin, accumulated systemic refuse and morbid (dead) matter that is just sitting in your body inviting the parasites to come feast.

It is on this soil of toxicity and morbid matter that the malaria parasite breeds.

The liberal use of denatured foods today such as white sugar, white rice, white flour and products made from them, as well as tinned foods, strong tea, coke, Pepsi, tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages, lower the vitality of the system and paves the way for the development of malaria which is caused by a tiny parasite called plasmodium. The parasites grow in the liver of a person for a few days and then enter the bloodstream where they invade the red blood cells. The female anopheles mosquito draws a small quantity of blood containing the parasites, when she bites a person who has malaria. These parasites then pass through several stages of development within the mosquito’s body and finally find their way to its salivary glands. There they lie in wait for an opportunity to enter the bloodstream of the next person. However upon entering the blood stream, if your immune system is firing on all cylinders, the parasites will not stand a chance of survival, let alone multiplying.

As you can see, it is crucial to keep your immune system strong. With the way the planet is headed, many more H1N1 swine flu, dengue fever and malaria parasites are going to be floating around, and you need to be protected from the inside out, not outside in.

Please read my article on The Truth: About Fever to understand a fevers purpose. A High Fever is the most common procedure carried out by the body for of all types of Malaria and this is done to kill the parasites and cure you naturally. Malaria DOES NOT necessarily require antibiotic treatment. Your body is the most advanced pharmacy in the world, it is important you stimulate it to do the work it is designed to do and heal you naturally, rather than callously supplement it.

Last but not the least use Citronella, as it repels insects such as mosquitoes, black flies, fleas and ticks therefore, preventing its bites. Citronella oil/incense stick is a natural non-toxic alternative to chemical poisonous insect repellents like Good Night and Mortien which contains DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide). They may prevent malaria but cause other adverse effects like insomnia, muscle cramps, mood disturbances and rashes.

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Armpit Odour

This article touches on a subject that’s quite sensitive to many people, making it even more important to understand.

Try going 24 hours with no deodorant. If you can’t stand the smell from the outside, just imagine what your body smells like on the inside!

Armpits are designed to sweat. I know that may sound insanely simple, because everybody knows that armpits sweat, but I’m saying that armpits are supposed to perspire. Perspiring is a natural function of the human body primarily to regulate your body temperature, but there’s more to it than just cooling your body through perspiration. Another vital function of the sweat glands in your armpits is to excrete toxins from your body.

That’s why sweating is an important part of maintaining optimum physical health.

You have to give your body a chance to get rid of various toxins through a variety of metabolic processes. Those include urination, passing fecal matter, exhaling carbon dioxide and other toxins through the lungs, and, of course, eliminating toxins through the skin. The skin is after all, your body’s largest organ.

Yet people go to great lengths to prevent their armpits from sweating. Most people do this to prevent body odour, not understanding that body odour and sweating are two different things.

Sweating is natural, body odour is NOT.

The real cause of armpit odour is the intentional excretion of horrible toxins that your body is trying to get rid of.

It as simple as: What comes out of your body reflects what you put in!!

The way to eliminate body odor, then, is not to mask it with unhealthful deodorant products containing toxic chemicals and derivatives of heavy metals like aluminum and propylene glycol, but rather to clean up your body from the inside out. In other words, if your armpits have a horrible raunchy smell, that’s an indication that your diet needs some adjusting.

Antiperspirants may leave the outside of the body smelling fresh and clean – but inside, the toxins that would have escaped the body in the sweat have nowhere to go because you block the exit door and force those toxins to stay in your system! The problem with deodorants and antiperspirants is not only the aluminum or propylene glycol, but how it works to reduce sweat and smelly odors. Aluminum compounds, are key ingredients in almost every antiperspirant. They are powerful astringents that close pores, stopping sweat and odor from escaping the body. For this reason, antiperspirants are linked to problems with the sweat glands and lymph glands in and around the underarms. What’s more, “antiperspirants are designed to be absorbed “; the aluminum and many other chemicals are taken into the body and into the blood, eventually affecting everything, especially the endocrine and lymphatic systems, causing various health issues like Cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, that may not even seem related.

If it still seems like a task that cannot be endeavored, at least start by choosing less chemicalized deodorants. Make sure to read the ingredients very carefully. AVOID any deodorant that contains any of the following chemicals in any form;

Propylene glycol

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Common Cold

If you catch a cold every time you meet someone with a cold, does NOT make a cold contagious.

Contrary to what most people believe, the truth is that a Cold is NOT contagious. In laboratory experiments, mucus was passed from the nose of an “infected” individual to the nose of healthy ones, and it was found that they could not intentionally transmit the cold.

The truth is a Common Cold is caused mainly by exposure to two types of viruses, Rhinoviruses and Coronaviruses. These viruses are present in the surroundings everywhere, all the time. If the virus is present everywhere, all the time, how come everybody does not have a cold? How come the virus chooses to attack only you or a few?

The real cause of a Cold is the toxic condition of the body brought about by wrong eating habits such as excessive intake of dairy, starch, carbohydrates, junk food, acid-forming foods, lack of sleep, fatigue and allergic disorders of the nose and throat which weaken the immune system, the duration of the cold will depend on the amount of poisons accumulated in the body and the rapidity with which they are expelled.

A cold is nature’s simplest way of expelling toxic waste from the human system.

Most people are also unaware that there is still NO Allopathic cure for  a common cold, because there are more than 200 subtypes of the virus, and it is difficult to tell one type from the other and develop a medicine for each one.

Over-the-counter cold and cough medications sold to adults and children will only kill the symptoms but not the virus. Decongestants and pain relievers offer some symptom relief, but they won’t prevent a cold or shorten its duration, and most have side effects if used for more than a few days.

Prevention is the ONLY way to avoid a common cold. Once attacked, there’s nothing much you can do about it, except rest and wait for it to go. A Cold can be altogether prevented by proper rest, a vitamin-rich diet and Yoga.

Although home remedies like Ginger honey lemon, chicken soup, tomato tea and a boost of Vitamin C may help you recover a little faster,  in the long run if you want to keep these virus at bay,

prevention is your only cure!!

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Back Aches

Most people suffering from Cervical Spine (Neck) Thoracic Spine (Mid Back) & Lumbar Spine (Lower Back) pain are of the belief that back aches stem from various reasons like bad posture, wearing high heels, an injury, over weight, sedentary lifestyle with no exercise, too much exercise, heavy weight lifting, dancing, pregnancy, stress etc.. But all these reasons are actually NOT the root cause of back aches.

The true ROOT CAUSE of back aches is a WEAK back.

The spine is essentially made up of vertebrae, the vertebrae are made up of bones and bones are essentially made up of calcium.

So the key to a STRONG back is CALCIUM.

Of course wearing high heels is not recommended, a sedentary lifestyle with no exercise or too much exercise or excess weight training is also not good, however if your back is strong, there would be less chances of injury or back ache.

The Spinal anatomy is truly unique in its form and function. It is designed to be incredibly strong, protecting the highly sensitive nerve roots, yet highly flexible, providing for mobility on many different planes.

However for years we have abused our bodies. As you can see, calcium and your back are very closely related.

One of the main causes of a weak back is also the excessive consumption of Coke and Pepsi. They drastically lower calcium levels and increase phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. The phosphate content of soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi are very high, and they contain virtually no calcium.” When you continually eat food cooked in hydrogenated refined oil and iodized salt, processed foods like white bread, sugar and tea/coffee for years on end, your body experiences a state of acidosis.

Acidosis needs to be combated by alkalinity. And where do you think your body finds this Alkalinity?

“Calcium” is Alkaline.

To combat this state of acidosis, it strips calcium from your bones to increase the alkalinity…..This in turn leads to a weak back, leading to injuries and back aches and even osteoporosis.

Massages or Pain killers will only temporarily relieve a back ache.  If you are looking to strengthen your back and not suffer from constant back aches, you need to most importantly focus on your calcium intake. However popping a calcium pill is not the answer, nearly all supplements contain chemicals like stearates and stearic acid which work as lubricants added to raw materials in supplements. They also contain potentially allergenic binders, fillers and often coloring agents. These additives have a number of side effects in the long run, including decreased absorption.

There is no better source of calcium than a well-balanced diet. In principle your daily nutrition should bring in all the calcium your body needs. Supplements will not compensate for junk foods, alcohol, smoking and imbalanced nutrition.

Last but not the least, what is also most effective in healing back aches is the practice of yoga at least twice a week if not more. Yoga does wonders for not just strengthening your back but for your entire being. Yoga not only strengthens your core it calms you down . Please read my article on misconceptions of yoga before you decide to start practicing, as it is very important to be doing the right type of yoga.

Combining Calcium through correct nutrition and yoga, will allow you to  experience a back ache free life for starters and much more !!!

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Salt

Do you know, how important Salt is for the body?

Salt is a vital substance for the survival of all living creatures, particularly humans.

Water and salt regulate the water content of the body.  Water itself regulates the water content of the interior of the cell by working its way into all of the cells it reaches to cleanse and extract the toxic wastes.  Salt forces some water to stay outside the cells.

Another way to explain this is that there are two oceans of water in the body; one ocean is held inside the cells of the body, and the other ocean is held outside the cells and Good health depends on a most delicate balance between the volume of these oceans, and this balance is achieved by SALT.

Salt is also crucial for the extraction of excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells. Salt is very important for the generation of hydroelectric energy in the cells in the body.

Do you know, Common Table Salt you buy from your grocery store is completely Bleached and Leached of all its minerals. Common Table Salt also includes additives including aluminum silicate (to make it free flowing), dextrose, bleaching elements, and other chemicals, making it POISONOUS for the body?


The WRONG type of salt is common table salt you get, its often labeled as  “ free flowing”  or “refined salt” or “iodized salt”.

The RIGHT type of salt is Natural salt that is unrefined crystal Rock salt.

You can find this at any health shop near you. In India most people call it “Sendha Namak” it is very light pinkish to white in color, and powdered from the crystal, make sure you check it says unrefined.

Crystal rock salt contains 84 of the 92 trace minerals known to man, and no other natural or man-made salt has this many minerals.  In addition, the salt contains the minerals in the same proportions as the human body does, as well as the vital minerals such as calcium and magnesium.

All of these elements are crucial for good health, and keeping you free from dis-ease. A small shift of changing the Salt in your home will make the biggest difference in the wellbeing of you and your loved ones.

Please Note: An adult requires no more than 6gms (approx 1 teaspoon) per day.

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Colon Cleansing

Colon cleansing is just another “quick-fix”, and unfortunately it’s under the banner of “natural cures” which makes it more appealing to people. It is in NO way natural and good for health.

If selling colon cleansing to cleanse the colon is not enough, today it is also marketed as a weight loss tool.

A colon cleanse claims to cause a “mass of gunk” to come out of you, but the gunk only comes out of the people who take the product, because the gunk is created by the product!

“Colon Cleansing Kits” claim to “remove old accumulated waste” called “mucoid plaque” that is passed from the human body in the form of long, rubbery bowel movements. The rubber like substance that is produced is NOT what was inside of you, but is a direct result of the substance that you took in the colon cleanse product , this “mucoid plaque” is simply the result of ingested powdered psyllium and Bentonite clay, bonding with the natural mucous lining of the intestinal walls. Most of the colon cleanse products today contain Psyillium (metucil) and Methyl cellulose, both are considered to be bulk-producing agents.

What exactly is a bulk producing agent?

Bulk-producing agents cause the stool to be bulkier and to retain more water, as well as forming an emollient gel. These are the two ingredients that make your stools look sludgy and rubbery.

There is a constant danger with bulk producing agents that when they do not have enough water, they can actually worsen constipation and be the cause of  blockage.

As for weight loss “Cleansing” is often used as an intro to a diet program. Claims can include detoxification, internal cleansing and increased weight loss. The truth is that what is generally achieved is a large drop in body weight, much of it is water weight, glycogen or lean tissue, and if that does anything positive, it’s the psychological boost the dieter gets when they see a 2 to 5 kg drop on the scale in the first week or even a few days. This kind of psychological boost could be considered a potential benefit, because some people give up easily with slow progress and are highly motivated with a fast start. But anyone who really understands body composition (lean body mass versus fat mass versus body water) and who has a long-term perspective will not be all that excited about fast weight loss.

The fact is, our bodies are very well designed, whether by an omnipotent Creator or by millennia of evolution, and the colon does it’s job pretty efficiently on its own.

The best way to keep your colon clean is to follow a regular balanced diet with enough of fiber in it. The fiber in your food acts as roughage and helps you in having regular bowel movements. An adult would require 25-30 grams of fiber per day.

Rather than pursue “colon cleansing” schemes, I’d recommend you call it maintaining “healthy digestive processes.”

How is your regular daily fiber intake? Are you getting 25-35 grams of fiber a day, every day, consistently? If not, then why look for “magic in a bottle”, why not just eat better?

Written by Sejal Vora

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