Masuro Emoto Water experiments

The power of the spoken word

“Thank you”

Hi All,

I am a little late getting started this year.  I started January with a ton of things on my plate, including taking my Hashimoto’s Institute Practitioner Exam.

Everywhere I look, courses are starting, plans are being made, free webinars are being offered.  Everyone is tumbling over themselves in a scramble to get a piece of you.

Overwhelm?  Yes, if you are not careful.

This blog today is not going to be about planning out your next year, making resolutions, trying to get rich quick or starting an exercise regime.  Today’s blog is about Dr Masuro Emoto and his water experiments.  Remember him?

He was the scientist from Japan, who taught us that the structure of water can be changed through the power of the spoken word, through prayer.

Marcel Vogel, the crystal expert could see how this applies to the human form:

“A physical body is and has its essential form in the bony structure. An energy analog exists around the body maintaining the balance and total functioning of the physical form.

        This energy field exists as a systematic array of oscillating points of energy which have a layered structure and a definite symmetry. These statements all embody a definition of a normal crystal in material form.”

http://www.vogelcrystals.net/marcelvogel.htm

Many religions around the world today place their utmost faith in the spoken word.

So my point today is to put these three concepts together.

  • The crystalline structure of water can be changed
  • Our bodies are a crystalline matrix and we are composed of around 70% water
  • The power of the spoken word is potent.

So go out this year with joy in your heart, but sing it!  Say thank you often.  Count your blessings out loud.  Understand that when beauty comes from your lips, it will make it’s way into your heart, body and mind.

With that

Be careful what you wish for!

Much love

Gemma x

Flax Seed Tea: the all important recipe for Hydration

LinseedsThe Autoimmune Disease Series

Recipe: Flax Seed Tea

Over the last few weeks I have been presenting a huge case for drinking plenty of water, especially if you have an autoimmune condition.  I have blogged about it and also uploaded my first video on it, for this Autoimmune series:  The five top reasons that you should be drinking more water if you suffer from an autoimmune disease.  So by now you should have got the message but also made a start on getting more of that life giving fluid into your body.

But what if your body just doesn’t absorb all that water?  What if instead it pours out of you like water from a hanging basket (when it doesn’t have enough water retaining gel in it)?

This gel can mean life or death to your plants through the summer and the Flax Seed Tea that I am about to show you,  can become your own water retaining gel.  The viscosity of this tea means that it will spend longer in your colon, giving it plenty more time to be absorbed along with all that gorgeous water in it.

Flax seeds are well known for their omega 3 fatty acid content (and if you don’t know much about that, sit tight because there will be plenty more about that over the upcoming weeks), but flax seeds drunk as a tea offer a huge benefit in the form of hydration.

 

“… if you are stressed your body can be like  a badly watered hanging basket. The water just goes straight through, hardly touching the sides! Linseed tea helps, because it is slightly gelatinous, this soothes and relaxes the colon, and allows it to absorb more water.”

I have posted a recipe before on making flax seed tea, but I believe that this one that Keith uses may allow the seeds to hold onto more of its therapeutic nutrients.

Flax seed tea recipe

Flaxseed tea saucepan

  1. Put 1 teaspoon of flax seed into a saucepan.
  2. Add 1 litre of fresh, filtered water
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  4. You can then sieve off the seeds if you wish (I keep mine in)
  5. Use this “gel” to make further cups of tea for the day by adding hot water to warm it again.  (Use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup flax seed tea and top up with hot water)

Hydration is the biggest benefit of flax seed tea that I am bringing to you today.  However regular drinking of flax seed tea offers many more therapeutic effects.  The mucilage in flax seed tea helps to:

  1. Soothe a sore throat and heartburn,
  2. Relax irritated lungs
  3. Sweep the colon and calm inflammation within it.  (Don’t take if suffering from a bowel obstruction)
  4. Reduce gas, bloating and abdominal cramps
  5. Relieve constipation

wonderwoman tea

Drink 1-2 cups of this flax seed tea per day in addition to 1-2 litres of water, to get your body water tight.

Wishing you all a very happy Easter

Gemma x

 

 

Why water on its own just isn’t enough- the importance of hydration for autoimmune disease and chronic disease conditions.

The Autoimmune disease series

“Water is the matter and matrix of life”.

Albert Szent-Gyorgi,  Nobel laureate biologist.

Hydration wordle

In my last blog post, I listed many things that were extremely helpful at reducing inflammation.  Number 1 on that list was hydration and it was no coincidence that I put it first.  It really is that important.

I am going to start by writing a simplified summary of my blog – for those of you who just want to know what is required and don’t need a full and more complicated explanation.  For those of you who need to know why I am asking you to do something read on after my summary:

So to summarise:

Water is crucial at a cellular level to ensure that a correct balance of nutrients can enter the cell and that waste can leave the cell.  If dehydration occurs then the cell membrane can thicken and movement into and out of the cell can become much harder and the whole process is less efficient.  This can effect your cleansing at a cellular level but this in turn will also affect the whole of your body making you more tired and sluggish.

Eat soups, smoothies, stews, raw foods in addition to plenty of water through the day (not more than 1 litre in an hour).

Fatty acids are a crucial part of this hydration picture – lending themselves to a much more permeable cell membrane which will allow for much better movement of water as well as the all important nutrients into and out of the cell.  Ancient cultures recognised the need for oil and the crucial part that it plays in hydration.

Reach optimum hydration and you will be living  your true potential; you will feel more connected and with more confidence to trust your inner wisdom to heal yourself.

Now to the longer, more in depth part:

I have said it before and I will say it again, hydration is the cornerstone of everything that I do as a Naturopath.  It is a big wide world out there and many people will be trying to sell you diets and supplements to help you to overcome your long term disease, be it autoimmune or otherwise.  I would say that before you embark on any new diet or start taking supplements, that you address your hydration levels first.

Your cells and your body are comprised of 60-70% water, so if you only concentrate your efforts on  getting that bit right, imagine the impact that you can have on your health.

If your body does not get enough fluids through pure fresh water, soups, smoothies, stews, raw fruit and vegetables etc, then it will try to preserve what fluids you do have.  It does so by coating each cell in more cholesterol (don’t get me started on that one, but yes we do produce our own, especially when our body is under stress). We can see an extreme situation of this fluid retention in oedema or swelling of hands or feet; a  severe symptom that may have its roots in serious levels of dehydration (always consult with a professional health adviser before treating such a condition as there may be issues with  other organs such as the kidneys or the heart  that may be compromised by sudden increases in fluids).  Always increase fluids gently.

The thickened cell membrane helps our body to prevent fluid loss, but this is at the expense of the integrity of our cell membrane.  We refer to this self protection mechanism by the body as it’s “dehydration alert”.  As a Naturopath it is the thing that I look to first to “switch off” so that the body and its organs,tissues and cells can relax and restore their normal functions.

You see our cell membranes are meant to be able to allow a free exchange of nutrients into the cell and of waste products out of the cell. This creates a cleansing cycle which is part of what allows us to wake up each morning feeling refreshed and with a spring in our step and enthusiasm for the day ahead.  Such exuberance might all be something that you can only remember feeling in the distant past, when you are in a chronic state of disease.  Feeling sluggish and ‘toxic’ in the morning is a sure sign that you are not fully hydrated.  There will be more work to do, but hydration is the first place to start.

So why isn’t just water enough?

In her book Cellular Awakening  Barbara Wren explains:

“People living in arid countries also have ways to maintain hydration within their culture.  For example in Morocco the women working in the fields don’t take a lot of water with them; instead they take freshly pressed argon oil.  We see how certain cultures have retained the knowledge that a very important ingredient for maintaining hydration is oil containing fatty acids.”

To understand this we need to go back to our cell membranes.  Our cell membranes are made up of phospholipids which make use of fatty acids.  These fatty acids are a crucial component of hydration as they create a much more flexible and responsive cell membrane.  If there is too much cholesterol protecting our cells from fluid loss, there will also be a loss of fluids entering the cell.  Fatty acids seem to displace this cholesterol and help to increase hydration at a cellular level.  Although oil and water does not mix it seems that osmosis can, does and must occur through cell membranes but this all important process is aided when fatty acids are present and plentiful in our cell membranes.  So next time you swill from your  water bottle consider your need for increasing your fatty acid intake.   Fatty acids are found in flax seeds and Krill oil which can be taken in therapeutic amounts in supplement form.

The fatty acids working within the phospholipid membranes also help to keep the membrane fluid and flexible allowing for an efficient exchange of nutrients and electrolytes.

It is this, in and out movement of electrolytes that maintains the correct charge on our cell membrane which in turn recharges our batteries so to speak .  The charge on our cell membrane attracts electrons which in turn receive photons of light.  This light keeps us switched on, ‘enlightened’.  It keeps us connected…connected with others, but perhaps more importantly with our very own innate wisdom, with intuition and from this comes our trust in ourselves and from this our ability to heal.