Honey is so awesome! Isn’t it? Who doesn’t like to grab a bottle of honey and squeeze the liquid gold down one’s throat? Do you know what the difference is between raw honey vs regular honey (commercial honey)?
the crude form that is extracted from honeycomb cells
commonly contains bee pollen and propolis (bee glue)… which enhances health
can contain bee parts like legs, wings, and hunks of wax. This will be strained out before bottling.
can’t be heated above 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
not filtered or pasteurized
free from additives
Commercial honey or regular honey
may be chemically refined
undergoes filtering and processing which eliminates phytonutrients, pollen and propolis.
turns honey into a sparkling clear golden syrup.
pasteurized and filtered… it may also contain additives
How Long Have Humans Consumed Honey?
Honey has been used by civilized man as far back as 8000 years. This is about as far as any documentation can support the use of honey. Honey has been used in burial sites as far back as 5500 years ago.
Apes eat honey. It is safe to say mankind has been robbing bees blind for as far back as you can go in the dawn of time.
What is the Nutrition Content of Raw Honey?
Honey may differ nutritionally across the globe. There are many factors to consider. Various environmental factors come into play. What kind of flowering plants are available? What is the climate like? What kind of bees live there? How large are the populations of bees? How spread out are they?
Honey, in its natural form, contains antioxidants, phytonutrients, protein, vitamins, minerals, Sugar (17g), carbohydrates (17g) and amino acids. A tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories. Honey is also a good source of potassium (11g).
What Benefits does Raw Honey Offer?
Fights the effects of allergies. Every spring, summer, and fall, plants release pollen. This causes discomfort for many of us. You may find yourself suffering from a stuffed nose, along with sneezing, and watery eyes. It just plain sucks. This is known as a pollen allergy, or better known as hay fever.
Your immune system determines how much you will be affected during the peak pollen season. What better way to fight it than to fuel your immune system with the very same pollen. Bees are your solution to survive the hay fever season. Their golden nectar is created by the same flowers in your neighborhood. This is why you hear about the importance of eating local honey. It is not so much about supporting local merchants, even though there is nothing wrong with that. It is about you. Your health. Honey is an insurance plan against hay fever because it is made from the same flowers that cause you grief during hay fever season.
You develop immunity when consuming local honey. Research has demonstrated honey’s ability to keep symptoms of hay fever at bay. Honey’s ability to stop allergies in their tracks is based on the concept of immunotherapy.
Healthy weight management Can raw honey help people with weight problems? There’s been research performed at San Diego State that presents evidence that replacing sugar with raw honey can do just that. Honey is more than just sugar as it contains minerals and small amounts of protein. It offers a lot more than simple sugars which tend to spike your blood sugar.
Studies have shown that raw honey may actually help lower blood sugar. Diabetics need to use in moderation. It is suggested that you test your blood sugar after consumption to see what kind of effect it has on your blood sugar if you’re diabetic. Raw honey may also help suppress your appetite
Natural energy source It’s a well-known fact that certain food has the ability to boost your energy. Marathon runners are famous for slamming pancakes and other carbs before their grueling run.
Raw honey is the perfect running fuel-supplying your body with vitamins, minerals, protein, and pollen. It is one of your best choices of carbohydrates before exercising. It offers the same benefits as glucose (which is used in energy bars… and I doubt that these are really good for you). It offers a healthy energy boost, the way nature intended. Raw honey is also good after exercising for recovery.
Better sleep Raw honey promotes better sleep in two ways. Honey helps stock your liver’s glycerin supply. Loading your liver up with glycerin helps prevent your brain from going into crisis mode in search of fuel, which can wake you up in the middle of the night, and cause a disruption in your sleep pattern.
Raw honey also encourages the release of melatonin from your brain by creating a spike in your insulin levels. This, in turn, prompts the release of tryptophan. Your tryptophan then converts to serotonin and finally, it becomes melatonin.
Melatonin is also able to boost your immunity by helping to rebuild tissue in periods of rest. Poor sleeping patterns increase the risk for various health-related problems like hypertension, type II diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Excellent wound treatment Let’s have some fun with healing your wounds. Time to spread the sticky goo (honey) on your cuts and place a bandage over it to allow time for the healing effect to occur. Numerous studies done by Peter Charles Molan, at the University of Waikato, in New Zealand, have shown honey’s naturally antibacterial and healing effects. You can also apply this technique to burns. Avoid changing out for 24 to 48 hours on burns for the best effect. This sounds crazy, right. Using honey for burns and wounds. It has to be better for you than some chemicals. Right?
Potent source of antioxidants Raw honey also boosts the immune system in another way. Raw honey contains phytochemicals, flavonoids and ascorbic acid, which has an antioxidant effect on your body. It also helps reduce oxidative stress caused by free-radical damage. Oxidative stress has been linked to cancer and other chronic health situations. Pasteurization of honey reduces the antioxidant effect. Studies have shown that heating up foods reduces the number of antioxidants.
Can I say Diarrhea? ‘Nobody likes to admit they have diarrhea. You really can’t stray too far from your home in one of these moments. Raw honey may offer a solution. Always good to have around the house. Mix a teaspoon with some liquid. Tea is always a good choice. Drink it down. This should aid in a quicker recovery and have a soothing effect on your digestion. Just don’t overdo it. Your condition may worsen if you do.
Antibacterial activity. Honey is a natural antibacterial promoter. It contains hydrogen peroxide (believe it or not!) in small amounts. It also has glucose oxidase and has a low pH level. What this means, it can help eliminate harmful bacteria and fungi. Because of its unique chemical compound, it will not allow yeast and harmful bacteria to grow.
Cough remedy Grandmas across the globe (at least in Western culture) have given children hot toddies for sore throats. You know… a little whiskey… honey… and lemon juice with hot water. I don’t know if the whiskey is necessary… go ahead if you want… but raw honey can soothe your poor throat.
Many cough medicines are not safe for children, so honey is a good alternative. Just take a nice heaping teaspoon and coat your throat with this delicious swill. Don’t swallow any liquids for about 20 minutes to allow the magic to happen.
Diabetic ally Believe it or not, raw honey may be good in the diabetic world. It may help prevent and help treat type II diabetes.
Studies were done in Dubai concerning honey and diabetes. Raw honey was able to cause a lower elevation of blood glucose levels in diabetics compared to dextrose (corn syrup) and sucrose (table sugar). Raw honey has been shown to help increase insulin and decrease the risk of hyperglycemia.
Some suggest coupling raw honey with cinnamon to help counteract possible glucose elevation when consuming honey. It would be wise for diabetics to monitor blood sugar levels when using honey, to see how your blood reacts Consume a little at a time and see how it influences your blood sugar levels.
I have been able to use it in moderation, without spiking. What spikes my blood is consuming too much plant-based fat (I gave up eating meat to treat diabetes) or eating too much protein in one meal. Everyone’s body reacts differently to different foods. You just have to keep a food log and find out what works best for you.
How is honey made? Honey, sweet and delicious, is made by bees, of course. Bees buzz around various flowering plants and steal nectar (a sugary liquid). Inside the bees, enzyme activity changes the chemical composition of the nectar. They zoom on back to their hive and regurgitate the liquid nectar inside another bee’s mouth. EWWW! I hope that doesn’t ruin your appetite for honey. Maybe not. Honey is so delicious.
Now back at the hive. The liquid nectar is placed into a honeycomb. The next step… get the water out of the nectar. Bees speed up the process, by fanning their little wings, to evaporate the water out of the honey. As the saying goes, “busy as a bee”.
What type of sugar is in honey? Honey is mainly fructose but also contains glucose and sucrose. Honey is also 17% water.
Does raw honey go bad? No. Would you believe honey was discovered in tombs of Egyptian pharaohs and was still edible? I am talking about honey that is 3000 years old! What happens in your home, after a while, your honey will begin to crystallize. Just place your honey near a heat source (not if your honey is encased in plastic, of course). Or, place in warm water and it will slowly return to its normal form.
Where can I buy it? Raw honey is easier and easier to find. Natural food stores usually supply it. Farmers markets. Peddler’s malls in my city always have a booth. These are good sources for local honey. Again. Local honey is ideal in protection against pollen allergies. Even supermarkets carry raw honey these days, but probably not local honey. At least I haven’t seen it there.
Can you cook with raw honey? Cooking honey or excess heat destroys the natural healing and healthy properties residing in raw honey. If you want the benefits of raw honey, don’t do it. When drinking tea with honey, please let the tea cool down enough so it doesn’t spoil the nutritional benefits. 95 Degrees Fahrenheit is too hot for raw honey. Also, don’t store your honey to close to your stove.
Where should I store it? In your pantry, preferable at 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, don’t store it in your fridge. I actually had to do that recently in a war against ants. Maggie’s farm took care of those invading critters. Don’t keep it near any heat source.
Raw Honey Uses
Improves digestion Use one to two teaspoons, a day, to keep indigestion at bay. It is known to counteract indigestion, and honey will not ferment in your stomach.
Relieves Nausea Feeling nauseous? Try combining raw honey, ginger root, lemon juice, and filtered water. Use your little ninja blender thingie (a must for healthy kitchens). Drink it down. Gulp!
Acne Treatment This sounds like fun. Spread the sticky mess on your fingers and spread it over any area on your face infected with acne. Spread on gently, and let it sit a bit.
Improves circulation Using raw honey daily may improve the circulation of your blood, lower cholesterol, and help your brain function optimally. Of course, lay off the bacon!!!
Prebiotic support Honey is full of prebiotics. The illness usually starts in your digestive tract, so developing healthy cultures in your stomach is ideal for optimum health.
Shampoo and Hair treatment Honey as shampoo? People are doing it. Take a spoonful of raw honey and add it to five cups of water. Apply it to your hair and let it soak in. After some time, rinse, dry, and style as usual. This works great for dry hair and will help restore your hair’s luster.
Eczema relief Use raw honey and equal parts cinnamon on affected areas for relief.
Sunburn remedy So you stayed out in the sun a little too long. Try taking 1 teaspoon of raw honey, a teaspoon of olive oil, and a quarter teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix it up. Put it on the affected area for 10 minutes before removal. Rinse with tepid water.
Are There Any Risks or Side-effects?
Okay. The most important thing to know about honey consumption is… do not feed children under the age of 12 months, raw honey. Never… ever… The reason… RAW HONEY IS A POTENTIAL SOURCE OF BOTULISM. Babies have not had time to develop the defense to fight off the spores in their digestive systems.
Anyone who is allergic to bees should avoid honey. If allergic to celery, avoid it. Weird. If you have a compromised immune system from chemo or radiation therapy consult with your doctor first. However, studies performed at the Mayo Clinic, demonstrated that 2 teaspoons of raw honey a day may help with low white blood cell count.
Eat in moderation. Don’t binge on honey. Mild intoxication effects may include weakness, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Heating at high temps can also produce hydroxymethyl furfuraldehyde (HMF). This is a known carcinogenic. It kind of defeats the purpose of raw honey, heating it up, that is.
If you want to sweeten something up, raw honey is an awesome choice. You can also use it in homemade energy drinks using hot water, 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw honey, an inch of ginger root, and quarter teaspoon of cardamon and turmeric. You will need to blend it to chop up the ginger.
Raw honey is in its natural form, as nature intended it. Whole-natural food is the best gift to offer your body. It is unaltered and not pasteurized, so no heat or hand of man could alter its natural goodness. Raw honey boosts your immune system providing protein, vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting flavonoids. It has been scientifically proven to help with sleep problems, allergies, diabetes, wound healing, and sore throats. Raw honey is an excellent choice for pre and post workouts.
Look for a local beekeeper if possible. Local raw honey is your best choice when in the market for honey. Try avoiding processed sugar as much as you can. Dates are also a good sugar substitute in recipes and smoothies. They are also in a whole food form with other ingredients besides straight sugar.
I am making no claims that honey will cure any condition. It is food. Food is able to help the body in many ways by offering your body nutrition. Proper nutrition has the ability to turn back cellular damage in many people. Everyone’s body reacts differently to natural foods, as it also does when given medication by doctors. There is a whole lot more going on behind the scenes, that we as people, can not possibly know.
You may be wondering, what is Triphala Good For? Triphala has many uses as a nutritional supplement. If I were to give a quick summary, Triphala is a powerful herbal remedy used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is used in disease prevention, as an immune system builder and to treat numerous ailments and conditions.
Triphala is a holistic health remedy(little-known outside of India). It has been as a staple in Indian Ayurvedic Medicine for over millennia. It is becoming increasingly popular within the global community.
Triphala is Actually Made from 3 Indian Fruits
Triphala literally means three fruits. It is made up of 3 popular Indian Fruits: Amla, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki. These fruits have exhibited powerful health-benefiting effects on their own, but something wonderful happens when you combine them in a Triphala formulation. Together, they enhance the healing effect of exponentially.
There is an old saying in India “if a vaidya (practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine) knows how to use Triphala properly, he can heal any disease”. That is a powerful statement. There must be a reason they hold Triphala to such high regard in India.
AMLA The superstar in Triphala is Amla. Amla trees grow wild in India and are cultivated with care. Amla has vitamin C of 20 oranges. It has a plethora of benefits. It contains an overabundance of antioxidants. Way more than any other fruit... not even close. It is used both internally and externally. Diabetics are reporting lower A1Cs when using Amla. I can offer my own testimonial in regard to lower blood sugar readings. Check out my post on amla which goes into great detail about its health-giving benefits. Follow this link.
HARITAKI, is also known as Chebulic Myrobalan. This fruit is found on trees inside Indian Forests and also cultivated for its wonderful fruit. In Sanskrit, Haritaki means that which effectively removes the diseases… I’m not making this up!
This incredible fruit is known to promote fearlessness. Some say it is a brain feeder. Leading to a heightened sense of awareness. It is associated with wisdom, and it is also great for your nervous system.
One of the main uses of Haritaki is to promote regularity in your number 2. If you are seeking a gentle laxative and healthy digestive support, you will find this in Haritaki… and even more so when part of a Triphala mixture. It has an awesome cleansing effect in your intestinal system and your urinary tract.
BIBHITAKI Another name for Bibhitaki is Belleric Myrobalan. In Sanskrit, Bibhitaki translates to “the fruit takes away the fear of the disease… sounds like there is need for this right now, across the globe.
This fruit tree is common in India and Southeast Asia. It can grow up to 60 feet tall. The fruit is used commercially for tanning leather and for medicinal purposes. It is best to use mature dried fruit for the best results.
Bibhitaki has been known to help manage glucose levels. This is good news for diabetics. Fat cells need to mature so insulin can store more glucose in them. The more glucose your body can store, the lower your glucose reading.
As your fat cells mature, they produce adiponectin. This is a protein that has developed a reputation as a friend of insulin. This protein helps your body respond to insulin better. Bibhitaki is able to help your fat cells mature and helps protect your liver.
Bibhitaki also acts as a gentle laxative. It is also beneficial for your upper respiratory tract. (good news for COVID patients) Anything beneficial to your lungs is paramount for your health. Breathing is everything. This amazing fruit is also excellent for your overall eye health.
What are the Benefits of Triphala?
IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT Triphala contains a healthy dose of antioxidant properties that help protect your body from free radical damage. It also helps with oxidative stress, and it has a high level of vitamin C.
DIGESTIVE HEALTH One of the most popular uses of Triphala is for ailments of the stomach. It behaves like a gentle laxative easing out waste slowly and smoothly. Not like some colon cleaning supplements which explode waste out of your body in a sense of urgency. If you are out and about, you may find yourself in a pickle.
It helps with the symptoms of constipation, lessening abdominal pain, and increases the frequency of bowel movements. Not a pleasant topic, for sure, but being stuffed up is not fun.
Triphala also promotes an environment for healthy bacteria (probiotics) and aids in their growth. It helps clean out your intestines and is a good natural remedy for irritable bowel syndrome.
While we are discussing this area of your body, Triphala helps decrease the severity of ulcers. Testing on animals has demonstrated this to be true. It also helps restore healthy enzyme activity in your stomach.
HEALTHY SKIN For healthy skin, use Triphala topically. Amla itself is used as a topical often in India (and also as a hair remedy). It has many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and it may heal certain skin disorders.
One study has demonstrated Triphala helping to protect skin cells. It may also help build skin protein and help retain moisture in your skin. You may also notice an increase in collagen production. Reductions of bacteria on your skin and faster healing wounds are possible.
ARTHRITIS AND GOUT Triphala has many antioxidant properties, and since arthritis is a disease of inflammation, it can certainly be of service for this painful condition. It may also halt the breakdown of your bone and cartilage.
It may reduce symptoms of gout and help lower your uric acid levels.
TYPE 2 DIABETES Some studies have suggested that Triphala may help lower blood sugars. A study was done with non-insulin-dependent patients of diabetes. Each patient received 5 grams of Triphala a day, for 45 days. They showed significantly lower numbers with their glucose readings.
Mastering Diabetes dot org suggests followers supplement their diet with amla as part of their program for reducing diabetes. Amla is the main component of Triphala formulations. They have a large community of people successfully lowering A1C levels by following their guidelines. I have also used these same techniques to improve my health (drastically). I am not, in any way, involved financially with them, but I highly recommend them, so if you have diabetes (any type), please check them out. Their methods are quite revolutionary and it involves a lot more than just supplementing with amla or Triphala for that matter, but amla and/or Triphala is an excellent weapon against high blood sugar levels.
PROTECT AGAINST CERTAIN CANCERS Triphala has been shown to be effective in the war against cancer. It may help inhibit the growth of lymphoma as well as stomach and pancreatic cancer. It may also induce pancreatic cancer cell death. The high levels of gallic acid and polyphenols in Triphala may be the reason for its excellent cancer-fighting abilities.
MAY PROTECT AGAINST DENTAL DISEASE Triphala may benefit dental care in a couple of ways. It may help prevent the formation of plaque on your teeth. Gum inflammation may be reduced, as well as bacterial growth inside your mouth.
MAY SUPPORT WEIGHT LOSS You may experience a surge in your energy level and a reduction in your body fat… if you have some… most people over 30 starts to accumulate fat in these days of sedentary lifestyles. Over time, using Triphala, you may see a reduction in your weight…. other factors considered, of course.
What is Ayurvedic Medicine?
Ayurvedic Medicine is one of the world’s oldest medical systems, and it is the oldest continuing health system on the planet. Its origins, in India, go back 3000 years, or maybe as far back as 10,000 years in the South of India with the Tamil Siddhas.
This ancient medicinal system can help restore yourself back to balance, and vibrant health, and well-being. It is good for all sorts of things like skincare, hair health, immune system support, cardiovascular health, and digestive support An Ayurvedic doctor can help you pinpoint your imbalances and help you understand your health.
Ayurvedic practitioners customize each herbal formulation to meet the needs of the individual. Herbs are rarely used in isolation in Ayurvedic medicine. They also recommend adding herbs to every meal.
A major tenant of Ayuvedic theory is that disease is most likely to take your body hostage when your digestion is compromised. Triphala is most often used as a remedy for gastrointestinal disorders. It has been shown to help with bloating, chronic constipation, and sluggish digestion.
A Triphala formulation challenges modern scientific investigative methods. This is because the unique compounds found in this fruit trifecta take on different attributes when combined together. Ayurvedic practitioners have known this for a thousand years. You can not just go by the research done on each individual fruit. You can’t discount the oldest medicinal methods known to mankind.
The downside… no license is required to practitioners… there is no significant regulation for an Ayurvedic practice. Do your due diligence before taking any dietary supplement. Investigate. Research. Are there any known side-effects? How much of a dose can you take? Are you on any medications and possible interactions with any supplements?
This is pretty much the same as any holistic practice. Natural supplements are not likely to hurt you if they have been benefiting others for years. Ayurvedic medicine has thousands of years of finding out what works. Modern medicine always tries to control the narrative and try to steer the public away from natural remedies. They are also so in love with Big Pharma.
What lifestyle changes work in synergy with Triphala?
To make the most of the detoxification process and receive the biggest benefit from Triphala, it would be most effective if you change other aspects of your lifestyle. You can eat tons of healthy fruits and vegetables, but if you continue to load up on bad food choices, alongside of healthier ones, you are still going to run head-on into some health issues.
First and foremost, you should avoid building up toxins in your body in the first place. I certainly ate my share of unhealthy food when I was young. Trust me, it all caught up to me. And later on, I was eating a lot of produce alongside eating lots of fatty meats and eggs.
Avoid preservatives… at all costs. Stop and take some time to read your labels if you truly want a healthier body. (Don’t you really want to know what’s inside your food?) Processed foods are overloaded with table salt and all sorts of unpronounceable names. it amazes me how much trust as a society that we place in the hands of food manufacturers. They are chasing dollars like everyone else and don’t care about your health. They really don’t. I refuse to buy anything unnatural. I threw out all of my chemicals a while ago.
It is recommended to eat organic as much as possible. This is one area I have to delve into more. Yes, there are some insecticides and herbicides on a lot of foods. Organic is pricey and not as available, and my diet consists of a lot of produce.
Avoid frozen and canned foods, if possible. I’d rather have fresh, but I will check the ingredients if I buy a can. Tomato sauce is about all I ever buy in a jar or a can. Frozen, outside of peas and corn, are not even considered in my shopping cart.
Avoid exposure to environmental toxins as much as you can. Work puts some of us in compromising situations. I live in a city with poor air quality. I would love to eventually move to somewhere more remote. Do your due diligence and research microwaves. Water your houseplants with microwaved water and see what happens.
Ayurvedic medicine recommends going to bed by 10 pm for digestive purchases, and try eating your heaviest meal at noon. Personally, I’m a night owl, and I like it like that. I try to eat heavier meals earlier if I can. Slow down while eating and chew more. Don’t watch television while eating. (again, I fail here too). I like some of my “bad” habits.
What to look for when buying Triphala?
The quality of the fruit would be your first consideration. Find out how where the fruit comes from and how they select their fruits. Are they ripe? Fruit is most effective in its ripe state.. How is the fruit picked? How is it sorted? Do they only choose healthy-looking specimens? Do they use the Vijaya variety of Haritaki? It is the only variety used in the ancient formulas.
Are there any contaminants in the soil or water? Pesticides… herbicides… heavy metals… any environmental toxins?
What kind of testing do they use? What sanitation methods do they employ?
How do they prepare the fruit for processing? What kind of grinders do they use? Are they too powerful and heat up the fruit too much (this can reduce the potency). Are they meticulous in removing foreign materials?
Are their products ISO certified? This is an international organization that sets standards for product quality. Keep in mind, if you want a high-quality Triphala, it will probably cost more.
How to use Triphala
Triphala comes in capsules, powdered form, or liquid. It is best used on an empty stomach or between meals for maximum absorption. It has a bitter taste, so be creative and mix it some raw honey, or blend it in a ninja with some fruit or dates. Just a little so it still absorbs in your belly well.
Potential Side Effects
You may experience diarrhea and some abdominal discomfort if you overdo it. It has not done that to me. My “movements” have come out smoothly and with regularity. Pregnant women should not tamper with it. As usual, if pregnant, consult with your physician. Do not use if you are taking blood thinners. It may interact with your medicine.
Triphala has been around for a very long time in India. They have such a long and rich history of herbal medicinal medicines. Yoga goes back thousands of years, and it is way more than just an exercise routine. There is a science behind yoga that is mind-boggling. I have experienced some unexpected pleasures from yoga. This is the very reason I am now looking more into Ayurvedic medicine. India is a land of amazing wisdom.
I have experienced some immediate results from Triphala. I have been using it for a month now as I write this. I have been using amla, by itself, for over a year. Amla has helped me lower my blood sugar, and Triphala adds additional support. Immediately my bowels have never been smoother. Yea, kind of something no one likes to talk about.
AS far as my immune system, I have a partnership with numerous nutritional sources to help boost my immune system. People with weak immune systems do have to be concerned with COVID, but if you arm your body with the best defense system, you will more than likely come out on top. While on the topic of immune systems, check out my post on algae. I am experiencing stupendous results with Klamath blue-green algae. Take care of your health.
Thanks for reading
I am not making any claims that Triphala will cure any disease or ailment. It is not medicine. It is food. Fruit from trees. Triphala is like many of Earth’s fruits, which are known to be beneficial for the health and well-being of the animal kingdom.
Pink Himalayan Salt benefits you in many ways. Pure Himalayan salt is loaded with 84 minerals and trace elements. Over eons of time, salt in the Himalayan Mountains has developed a crystalline structure under tremendous amounts of pressure. The human body is easily able to absorb the minerals encased inside the crystallized salt. It is able to penetrate your cell wall so you benefit enormously from the salt.
Himalayan salt also helps normalize your blood pressure and restore your alkaline-acid balance. The latter is important during these dog days of wearing COVID masks which can have and acid-like effect in your blood.
You may also develop a healthier metabolism, and it may help cleanse your intestines and offer detoxification support.
Original Himalayan Crystal Salt, Product Review
Original Himalayan Crystal Salt is a division of Symphony Natural Health. They offer numerous salt products, but this review is focusing on their pure, high-quality Himalayan crystal salt. Their salt comes in fine, coarse, crystal rocks and bath salts. There are also many other items for sale containing Himalayan salt and items like crystal salt lamps (which are very popular).
How is the Salt Mined?
Let get right down to it. Where is the salt from? How is it mined? These are important if you really want to place the best salt on your table. If you are reading this, you want to know “What is so special about Pink salt?”
I had laid out the details in an earlier post. Click here to see it. The bottom line… table salt is destructive (altered by man)… Crystal salt fuels your body with nutrients. however, there are variations in quality. The tricky part is to find the source of crystal salt that has undergone enough pressure and has had time to develop into a nutritional source of minerals.
The Himalayan Mountains is a special place for salt mining. They are of course the highest mountains (entirely on land… Mauna Kea in Hawaii is the highest… starting deep underwater). Anyway… many, many years ago… what is now the Himalayan Mountains… was the bottom of the ocean. This is how salt got way up into the mountains. Tremendous pressure built these majestic mountains.
This is where you find the best know salt in the world. On the Pakistan side of the Himalayas. Salt runs in veins. To find the really potent salt, it is best to hand mind the salt. Thus, this drives up the price of the best salt.
Original Himalayan Crystal Salt is found in remote foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. It is hand-mined and transported by donkeys down a dirt road. It is cleaned, sorted by hand, and stone-ground with traditional methods to preserve the minerals.
Grocery store Pink salt comes from large mines. They use explosives to blast out the salt. This results in impurities contaminating the salt and it creates dangerous conditions for the workers. It is also a crapshoot finding the quality veins of salt this way. Your grocery store salt may have good salt mixed in with common crystallized rocks salt, which is in which the crystalline structure is not fully developed. (it is still healthier than table salt)
Established Relations with the Local Miners
The workers are treated fairly, never exploited, and paid a decent living wage. Joint partnerships have been set up with the local community. This has created an industry with wages 5 to 10 times higher than normal for their region. It is important for this company to benefit the people of this region and offer the best salt to the rest of the world.
What to look for when buying salt?
the amount of trace mineral inside the crystals
the ratio of minerals
the structure and particle size of the minerals (important for proper cell absorption)
how contaminated it is with pollution, additives or chemicals
does it have research and the result of those tests
The San Francisco Salt Company is located in Alameda, California (in the Bay Area). They offer Sherpa Himalayan Salt as well as many flavored salts. They strive to bring unique flavors from around the world into people’s homes.
Their Salts are Imported
San Francisco Salt Company imports their gourmet food-grade Himalayan Salts straight from the source, the Kherwa Salt Mines. They are situated at the foothills of the Salt Range, about 160km south of Islamabad, Pakistan.
They also mention, when in its natural state, Himalayan Crystal salt is reported to have 84 different minerals. Their suppliers perform the standard TDS testing to ensure the minerals are presented. Below is a testing chart.
Himalayan Salt is 250 million years old. It has formed into its crystalline structure from immense pressure from the formation of the mountain chain. This created an environment for the purest salt in the world. Free from pollutants and contamination. There is no data provided to show how the salt is mined. They need to provide more data to prove if the salt was mined without corrupting the source of the salt. OSHA has inspected it, but doesn’t provide enough information.
Adds Amazing Flavor to Any Dish
Your new “go-to-salt”… replace Sherpa Himalayan Salt for any recipe requiring table salt. This is a tasty alternative containing trace minerals.
Season to Perfection: It works well as a seasoning for meats, soups, salads, and vegetables
Great for Professionals and Home Chefs: You can use it in your salt rubs and brine solutions.
Buy with Confidence: The San Francisco Salt Company stands behinds every single product and is confident you will be completely satisfied with the quality.
Different Grain Sizes
Extra-fine (0-0.5 mm) – perfect for salt shakers
Fine (0-1 mm) – for many culinary and health uses (larger than normal table salt)
Coarse (2-3 mm) – use in ceramic mills and salt grinders
NOTE This product is all-natural rock salt and may contain some insoluble mineral deposits. There is no added iodine.
Product: Sherpa Himalayan Salt
Price: 1 lb $6.99, 5 lbs $14.99
Where to Buy: Amazon
Size: 1 lb, 2 lb, 5 lb, 20 lb
My Rating: 7 out of 10 stars
Himalayan salt has a wonderful flavor and I love adding it to my food. I can’t stand table salt. I never have even considered myself a “salt person” until I discovered Himalayan salt. I actually crave it. Is this on account of the minerals?
I have purchased salt from the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt company. It is lighter in color than other Himalayan salts. I definitely want their larger crystal rocks for my morning sole. They are more expensive, but I like the meticulous care they undergo to provide the highest quality crystal salt. They have more detailed testing to validate the minerals present inside.
The San Francisco Salt Company offers a cheaper alternative for those not willing to shell out “big bucks for salt”. You will still pay more for regular sodium chloride (table salt)… which can be devastating to your health.
They mine their salt from the Pakistan mine known for bringing Himalayan salt to the world. They have undergone some standardized testing and back up their data. Himalayan salt of any quality is better than any other salt. Sea salt has been contaminated. So… if on a budget… at least get started with the San Francisco Salt company or if you want the highest quality, as far as data shows, go with the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt.
Have you ever considered the healing power of proper breathing? There are 3 major necessities that you must have to sustain your life. Yes… they are pretty obvious… but most people don’t put too much thought into what’s in the food they eat, or knowing the purity of the water (even bottled), and the majority of us don’t spend a second thinking about how they breathe.
You can survive about 30 days without food and several days without water. You are a goner within 2 minutes without air. We take it for granted… or not… but, wearing COVID masks have more people focused on the air that they breathe.
Breathe is nearer and dearer to you than the most money in the world. It is always with you. If you lose your breath, you lose everything. Controlling your breathing helps you lead a richer life by helping you eliminate waste and maximize your oxygen intake. It also helps relieve anxiety and can calm your mind and improve your mood.
Do You Breathe Properly?
Most people live most of their lives without proper breathing. Unhealthy habitual breathing patterns can create tension and keep your chest from fully expanding. Poor respiratory habits can wreak havoc on your physical, mental, and emotional health. On top of that… VIRUSES AND BACTERIA go bananas when your body is oxygen-deprived. Shallow breathing also is a major culprit to many chronic stress-related conditions.
Look at the people around you. You will notice that many people are only half-breathing. I do this too. My cat is practicing proper breathing as I write this. Animals do this naturally. Maybe we are so smart that we have forgotten how to breathe properly. Humans are always thinking Is this why we are off-track with our breathing patterns?
Posture habits are also a major offender of poor breathing methods. Humans were not designed to sit all day in an office or stay in couch potato mode for six hours a day.
Picture this… you’re at work glued to a PC (or surfing at home)… Your shoulders are rounded forward and you have collapsed your chest and rib cage (and I caught myself doing that writing while this post)… you thrust your neck forward… your torso and back muscles tighten up… your middle back muscles, which are needed for good posture, stretch and get weak… hip flexors tighten and abdominal weaken…this pulls on your lower spine and tightens your lower back… your abdominal weaken and this could lead to an anterior pelvic lift.
After staying in a hunched over position for an extended period of time, your diaphragm is unable to contract well and create a vacuum. Your lungs are unable to expand to full capacity. Your weakened abs can’t push the air back out efficiently. The end result… your oxygen intact is far from optimal.
Without enough oxygen, you put yourself at risk for numerous health problems. Fatigue can develop. Falling asleep at the wheel happens when you are fatigued. This may also put stress on your heart, and lungs.
Stress on your heart and lungs may elevate your body’s cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels can lead to weight gain, mood swings, and sleep deprivation. This leads to your having trouble with decision-making and mental focus.
What are some Common Obstacles to Good Breathing?
Stuffed nose or sinuses
Tightness in your chest
Full stomach and/or intestinal bloating
excessive nervous tension
What are the Benefits of Better Breathing Practices?
Fights fatigue and reduces your need for sleep
Relaxes your body and reduces tension
Boosts your personal power and ability to handle pressure and stress
Amps up your immunity and your body’s natural healing ability
Hikes up your mental clarity and concentration
Ability to mellow out and master your emotional response
Maximizes your verbal delivery by strengthening your voice
increases your energy and stamina
The Body-Breathe-Mind Connection
Your breath is joined at “the hip” with your body and mind. Your everlasting thoughts, actions, and emotions experienced have an impact on your breathing. For example, your breathing speeds up when you get excited. Your body’s natural response prior to taking action. Surprise may cause you to inhale sharply. This blasts oxygen to your brain to promote quick thinking.
Most people hold their breath when they concentrate hard. A cat lays completely still as he prepares to pounce on a songbird. The cat’s concentration is so intense that she barely breathe… Children are still in touch with the body-mind connection. If a child noticed an adult breathing irregularly, he would say “what’s wrong?”
This is not taught. It is instinctual. By practicing breathing exercises, you tap into this instinctive knowledge. You will get in touch with how powerfully your breathing impacts your mind and body. You will find the ability to control unhealthy patterns of breathing, thinking, and acting.
Understanding your Breathing
Yea, I know, a basic element of life. But, does anyone really stop to think about the breathing process. Inhalation is automatic, however, most of us don’t inhale fully. As your lungs swoop in air, precious oxygen passes into your body.
Exhalation of air from your lungs expels gaseous waste products like carbon dioxide. Your lungs have a secondary function as an organ of excretion. Exhalation also helps your mind and body adjust to change.
There is a transitional period between inhalation and exhalation called retention. When you inhale and hold your breathe in, the rate of gaseous exchange in your lungs goes up as a result of an increase in pressure. What does this mean? More oxygen is able to pass from your lungs to your bloodstream. Meanwhile… carbon dioxide passes from your blood to your lungs to be exited from your body.
The pause after an out-breath is also called retention. This breathing technique is used in numerous breathing exercises (yoga is chocked-full of these goodies). It has a profound calming effect when employed.
How Your Breathe Works
Every time you inhale, your respiratory system performs its first duty… supplying air to your lungs. The oxygen within the air is absorbed into your bloodstream and precedes to flow to every cell in your body. Your cell would die withing minutes with receiving oxygen.
The secondary function of your respiratory system is cleansing. Each exhale pushes out gaseous waste … sounds gross… right! The breathing process leaves you exposed to the outside environment like no other part of your body. A plethora of pollutants and germs are swirling around the air. It makes little sense when I spot joggers running right next to busy highways… breathing in noxious carbon monoxide. Do your best to breathe in fresh air whenever possible.
Why you should breathe through your nose
Nature, in its innate wisdom, designed your nose as the primary entry point of extracting air from the atmosphere. It acts as a guard dog in the first line of defense. Your nose warns you of impending danger through your sense of smell. It alerts you of dangerous air, rotten food, or bad water.
Your nose is also designed as a filter. It helps halt dust and other particles from entering the delicate lining of your lungs. Your nostrils are lined with microscopic hairs that help cleanse the air before proceeding into your lungs. Mouth breathing does not offer the same benefits. You could end up with a dry mouth, sore throat, or catch a cold if you practice too much mouth breathing. You should only turn to mouth breathing when you have a stuffed nose or to blast air immediately into your lungs when you have pushed yourself to the limit physically, such as running.
Nose breathing also protects your respiratory system by humidifying incoming air, which keeps the mucous membranes of your respiratory passages moist. This creates a second line of defense by capturing more particles on the wet and sticky surface before it can enter your lungs.
Regular nose breathing brings your inhaled air to body temperature. Cold air irritates your respiratory system. Breathing through your nose also helps with your sinuses. Clear sinuses lead to good air circulation and help you avoid headaches.
Why you Should Quit Smoking
I am not out to cure the world of the horrors of smoking, But I feel like I should give it a quick mention since this post is about how to breathe right. Smoking is still legal and 13% of U.S. citizens practice their rights.
Smoking tobacco is harmful to every organ in the body. It is really hard on your respiratory system. My mom stopped smoking in 1994, but not in time. She suffers from COPD.
Breathing exercises will not cure you of smoking, however, they can assist you in your quest to stop. Breathing exercises help cleanse your respiratory system and help you feel rejuvenated. Power breathing exercises can also help you build will power by tapping into the calming effect of deep breathing along with the joy of experiencing deep breathing again.
How to Get Yourself to Breathe Naturally
If you are out of touch with how to breathe naturally or have never really thought about it, you have to retrain or train yourself on how to breathe properly. Here is a simple diaphragmatic breathing exercise to get you started.
Lie down flat on your back on the floor. Use a yoga mat or a blanket if you would like. It is okay to lift your legs with a pillow Whatever is comfortable for you.
Let your chest expand naturally. Your shoulder blades should touch the floor, and place your hand on your abdomen just below your ribs. Place your other hand on your chest.
Begin inhaling slowly. Pay attention to your stomach rising and the pressure pushing on your hand. Keep your hand on your chest still.
Now… slowly exhale while tightening your abdominal muscles. Feel the pressure on your hand decrease.
You can practice the above exercise to get used to breathing right, but I suggest exploring some breathing techniques as taught in yoga. A good place to start is long deep breathing. This is basically taught in any meditation class or exercise.
What can long deep breathing do for you? It will calm your mind and even out your emotions. You may reach a state of serenity and peace with practice. You can use long deep breathing in everyday situations to relieve stress and to get a handle on your emotions, think clearly, and act effectively. The slower you breathe, the calmer your mind.
You can do this lying on your back or sitting up straight. (or yoga style) The key… keep your spine straight. Now, inhale deeply and slowly through your nose. Feel as though you are pulling your breath down to your navel center (belly button). As the breathing starts to fill up your lungs, your diaphragm will expand (your belly should push out) A lot of people will do this backward… sucking the gut in. You want to push the belly out for full expansion.
Now keep inhaling all the way up to your lungs as your belly expands like a balloon. When you exhale, let all the air out (slowly). Feel your abdomen push in towards your navel center.
Use your whole lung capacity. Make every inhale and exhale as long and full and complete as possible. The real challenge is to stay with the exercise. Our minds tend to wander or you become so relaxed that you begin to nod out. This is because, when you slow down your breath, you also slow down your mind into a state of deep relaxation.
Note: Keep your abdominal muscles relaxed and let the breath move your abdomen naturally. Your diaphragm should be doing all the work. You can explore yoga if you would like to learn some techniques to help channel the focus of your mind, but try out long deep breathing. You really do feel refreshed after doing it. Below is a video demonstrating long deep breathing.
Remembering to breathe properly is challenging. My mind tends to often wonder. Anytime I can slow down and concentrate on my breathing is a win for my health and well-being. In karate, I use a lot of short bursts of breath. You are moving fast, but breathing is the main focus in all martial arts. In karate, there are also katas designed with long deep breathing to place your self in a meditative state.
Tai Chi is another good option. It is a slow, soft style of martial art that helps you develop chi. Your inner hidden energy. In the toga world, it is called prana. Tai Chi is basically a moving meditation utilizing slow breathing techniques.
Once you begin to practice techniques daily, you will find moments to slow down and get control of your breath. It is an excellent tool for getting control back from runaway emotions.
Covid-19 has presented some oxygen-deprived scenarios for many of us. Wearing a mask may lean more towards acidosis in your bloodstream. Please consider counter-attacking with a good breathing technique. Oxygen is so important for your blood. Check out one of my earlier posts on a yoga breathing technique called breathe-of-fire. It is excellent at purifying your blood.
Take advantage of the world wide web and watch some YouTube videos on the subject. It is much easier to learn breathing techniques with little visual guidance. Breathing meditations provide you with the best natural high. You can alter your mind in a good healthy way without all those awful side effects and consequences… just saying.
Before you purchase Blue Green Algae, either by liquid form, powder or capsules, you should have an idea of what is available in the market place. I have chosen 4 companies that focus on offering high-quality algae at competitive prices.
NOTE KLAMATH BLUE GREEN ALGAE IS ALSO KNOWN AS AFA (APHANIZOMENON FLOS-AQUAE)
Green Earth Naturals… Crystal Sweet Algae
Crystal Sweet Algae
Green Earth Naturals has been serving the marketplace with quality Klamath Lake Blue-Green Algae since 1993. Their online store went live in 1998. Their website states that not all Klamath Blue Green Algae are the same. Prices vary and algae come in different forms for consumption. It is possible to find a huge difference in prices in the algae market. The reason… it comes down to the processing method used in drying the blue-green algae.
Green Earth Naturals claims that their “Crystal Sweet Algae” is the highest quality Blue Green Algae available in the market place today because of their superior drying method.
What is so special about Crystal Sweet Algae
Crystal Sweet Algae has maintained its original color, a beautiful shade of green and flavor. This is a direct result of the drying process.
You can clearly see sparkling crystals inside the capsules or in the powdered form. It has a natural sweet taste and not bitter like most processed green powders. You can FEEL the energy after consumption (take them first thing in the morning with filtered water). Your body should come fully alive soon after… it does for me. Have you ever juiced? Freshly squeezed juice (any fruit or veggie) makes you feel wonderfully vibrant. You can feel the energy when eating foods in their natural raw state. Algae is food and not made in a lab. It really stimulates your senses.
This daily boost of energy is a direct result of a power-packed superfood providing your daily dose of essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids in an easily absorbable form. Your body easily assimilates this natural food for your optimum health.
What Makes it so Special?
Crystal Sweet Algae has a unique and gentle drying process. Studies performed at Washington State University stated that this is the best drying process used in the algae market. (Other companies usually spray dry or freeze-dry their algae).
This is an advanced procedure exclusive to their harvesters which involves a drying process called Hydro-Dri. It allows the algae to preserve its original potency, keeping its active enzymes and maintaining its natural crystalline structure, which allows your body to process in the way nature intended.
What does this mean? Crystal Sweet Algae is a more potent, bioavailable, and more nutritional dense algae (it’s all about the drying process). This can fuel your body with a full spectrum of nutritional benefits.
Some companies charge as much as $380 per pound for quality algae. Green Earth Naturals charge up to 50% less. There are many Algae products in the marketplace that charge less, but they use an inferior drying process which destroys the nutrients and enzyme activity.
Green Earth Naturals is working directly with the harvesters with no added middle-men, so they are able to charge 50% less and pass the savings on to you!
What exactly is Hydro Dri?
Hydro-dri is a drying technology that uses a heat transfer process and specified water properties that smoothly remove moisture while keeping the algae in its natural state.
When you place the water over the heating source, infrared energy transfer throughout the water by convection. This creates evaporation. The water is covered with a plastic sheath that acts like a mirror and reflects the infrared energy back into the water.
But when a moist material is set on the plastic membrane, the natural water inside the algae creates a “window” which lets the infrared energy travel through the material. The heat doesn’t recognize the existence of the membrane and directly transfers through the water inside the algae.
Within moments the water in the algae evaporates and the “window” closes up, so the algae is no longer exposed to the heat source.
Green Earth Naturals uses the Hydro-Dri process with a transparent conveyor belt to move the moist algae through. The same kind of “window” is created and closes as soon as the water dissipates out of the algae. The conveyor belt is a poor heat conductor, so once the algae dry, the “window” closes and only allows a minuscule amount of heat to enter the algae.
The end results… a flaked product pretty much in its original natural state. This rapid drying process keeps the algae’s nutrient, color, and flavor intact.
The algae are protected from oxidation because the Hydro-dri drying process kept the temperature of the algae below the temperature of the water circulating below. The algae is exposed to a temperature of 161 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 to 5 minutes.
Hydro-Dri is way better than the freeze-drying and the spraying methods used by their competitors. Freeze drying exposes the algae to temperatures of 86 to 147 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 straight hours. Spray drying exposes the algae to temperature from 302 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit. This could result in a significant amount of nutritional value being destroyed in the process.
The real indicator of the quality is the preservation of the algae’s original color and flavor. Washington State University’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering and Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition stand behind Hydro-Dri technology as being the superior drying method.
Power Organics is located at the base of majestic Mount Shasta, in beautiful Northern California. There are many wonderful legends surrounding this mystical area. I lived in Redding (just south of Mt. Shasta) for a summer and had such a wonderful experience there. It really is a spectacular region in the United States.
Power Organics became aware of the superfood being harvested from the pristine waters of Upper Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon (not too far away from Shasta). They saw a great opportunity in marketing Klamath algae noted for its amazing health benefits. Power Organics took full advantage of an outstanding health discovery!
History of Power Organics
The founder of Power Organics pioneered open water harvesting in Klamath Lake. This is where you will find the only organic source of AFA (a species of blue-green algae found in Klamath Lake) which is very nutrient-dense. They developed the first freshwater algae filtration system. Power Organics has a six-acre processing facility at Klamath Lake and were the forerunners in selling edible algae.
Power Organics also offers an algae supplement combination. They combine Klamath Blue Green Algae (which is power-packed with nutrients) with 2 other powerful and familiar algae: Spirulina and Chlorella. They search far and wide to add the finest Spirulina and Chlorella to the Klamath Blue-Green Algae. Each type of algae brings its own special benefits to the table… literally! This enzyme enhanced product is called Power 3.
What is the Nutritional Value?
Microalgae are the most nutrient-dense food on the planet. Blue-Green Algae contains a complete spectrum of essential vitamins which is highly unusual for any single food. This should surprise no one since our largest whales thrive on algae. Many life forms on earth rely completely on algae to sustain them.
Blue-Green algae is rich in essential B Vitamins and is home to the highest vegetarian source of vitamin b12 and Beta Carotene. Vitamin b 12 is produced by bacteria found in soil or in the guts of animals; however, the mineral cobalt must be present in the soil to make this happen. Algae do not need soil to produce B12. Vitamin b12 is very important for your health, so this is good news (especially if you are on a plant-based diet).
Did you know that algae is the primary source of your essential fatty acids (EFAs)? Algae is also low in contaminants, pesticides, and heavy metals since it is first on the nutritional ladder.
Two foods come closest to obtaining the optimum balance a complete amino acid profile: chicken eggs and Klamath Blue Green Algae… and the jury is still out there regarding the healthiness of eggs. When your amino acid profile is balanced, they enable proper food assimilation and promote harmony in your body.
AFA (B. G. algae) contains 12 vitamins and 27 essential minerals and trace elements. AFA also contains superoxide, RNA, bioflavoids, selenium, catalase, dimutase, and cystine making it one of the best-known sources of naturally occurring antioxidants.
AFA has some of the highest percentages of protein, B12, and chlorophyll on Earth compared to any other food. What is absolutely amazing is its high usable protein (ranging from 50-70%) This is a much greater percentage of the most protein-packed area of any plant or animal. AFA is also way easier to digest than any other protein because of its amino acid profile.
Blue-green algae are the main source of two rare unsaturated fatty acids EPA and DHA. These offer neurological benefits as well as helping lower inflammation.
So basically… this is nutrition in its most elementary form. AFA is loaded with beta-carotene, and B-complex, biologically active vitamins, chlorophyll, fatty acids, enzymes, lipids (fats), amino acids, carbohydrates, minerals and trace minerals, pigments, and other essential growth factors… sounds like a perfect food to me.
How is the Algae Harvested?
Algae reproduce super fast… every 4 days!… 200 million pounds annually. When the algae bloom and reach its peak, it is time to harvest. Algae is not cultivated: It is harvested fresh from the lake, in its wild natural state.
The algae then go through a screening process removing unwanted materials. The algae is inspected for microcystin to make sure it’s at acceptable levels. The AFA is flash frozen and kept in storage at -40 Fahrenheit while waiting for processing.
How Power Organics Dry their Algae
Power Organics uses a low-temperature drying method called Bio-Active Dehydration. This method preserves the natural enzymes and keeps most of the algae’s vital nutrients intact and allowing it to be easily assimilated in your body. Most drying processes kill off vital nutrients.
Their products are thoroughly tested in by reputable independent laboratories to make sure your algae is of the highest quality and safe for consumption. You may request a Certificate of Analysis upon request.
Growing naturally in the majestic waters of Upper Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon, Pure Synergies blue-green algae is one of nature’s true superfoods. Klamath Blue-Green algae or AFA is chocked full of life-sustaining ingredients: vitamins, minerals, trace elements, proteins, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids, carotenoids, and chlorophyll.
Pure Synergy harvests their AFA from uncontaminated waters far from any big cities and surrounded by mountains. Their organic algae is filtered with the utmost care and refractance window-dried to ensure maximum purity and potency.
Klamath Blue-Green Algae (AFA)
Their AFA is certified organic and is one of nature’s most cleansing, nourishing, and regenerative food sources. The waters of Upper Klamath are mineral-rich being fed water filtered through volcanic soil. It contains a full spectrum of nutrients showing a remarkable ability to sustain your health both physically and mentally. Peptide molecules found in Klamath AFA have been shown to have a profound effect on enhancing your mood and sharpening your mental clarity.
Blue-green algae have a soft cell wall and a crystallized form which allows for easy assimilation in your body. This means… you are easily able to extract all of nature’s life-sustaining goodness. Most supplements are not easily processing by your body resulting in a waste of nutrients.
They harvest their algae at the peak of its summer bloom… straight from the lake. Pure Synergy uses a triple-filtering process and a low-temperature drying method. (below 38 degrees) This results in the algae glistening with blue-green crystals showing off its health and vitality.
Samples are sent to a highly regarded independent lab for testing. The laboratory is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The algae undergo a full spectrum of testing to ensure that the AFA is pure. It is also inspected for impurities like pesticides and heavy metals and to ensure that it meets the non-detectable standard for microcystin. every batch of their Organic Blue-Green Algae undergoes testing and that it lives up to their strict standards of purity.
Pure Synergy doesn’t assume that their synergized protocol leads to high-quality ingredients. Everything is proven with testing. They make sure there are no heavy metals, microbes, pesticides, and solvent residues, gluten, dairy, and GMOs.
Testing is also done to ensure that vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and active compounds are all present and accounted for… that’s not all… after the ingredients are formulated into a finished product… then do the process again!
The blue-green algae is packaged at their award-winning package facility, where they are certified to manufacture organic or kosher products. The blue-green algae is vacuumed sealed in amber glass to ensure and protect its potency. There are absolutely no fillers, binders, additives, or preservatives in their AFA!
Certificate of Compliance
If you would so choose, you may see a Certificate of Compliance (“C of C”) for any one of their products. This verifies the results of the final testing done on a particular product. It will display the product, the lot number, all the numerous tests done, and the results of each test.
The link to buy Pure Synergy Blue-Green Algae is below on the Amazon tab.
E3Live and E3liveAFA
E3Live is a certified organic 100% blue-green algae or simply known as AFA (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae) In Latin, this means “invisible flower of the water”. This Nutrient Dense AquaBotanical™ is harvested wild. Some world-renowned health authorities consider it to be nature’s most valuable superfood.
E3Live is the world’s most nutritional and highest quality liquid form of AFA (100% Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, Latin for “invisible flower of the water”) — a certified organic wild-harvested Nutrient Dense AquaBotanical™ considered by world-renowned health authorities to be nature’s most beneficial superfood. This AFA is a non-GMO heirloom variety. E3Live states that their frozen/liquid form of AFA is superior to all other AFA forms. E3Live is the only company to offer a frozen/fresh formulation of AFA.
E3Live may help support your body and mind balance in diverse ways. It has a positive effect on your immune, endocrine, nervous, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular systems. It helps protect your overall health.
E3Live is loaded with nutritional value. It contains all of your fundamental vitamins and minerals (and trace minerals). It has essential fatty acids (EFAs). It has all the right amino acids for proper absorption of all these nutrients… a true miracle food… a gift from nature.
E3Live is the only blue-green algae that come in a liquid form and is as close to its natural state as you can get. They harvest their AFA from Upper Klamath Lake (home of the best edible algae), Their AFA is only harvested when the bloom is at its peak. This is when the algae is most vibrant and potent. There’s an art to successful AFA harvesting and the key is utilizing scientific principles.
The benefits of AFA are closely tied to the quality of the harvesting source, and how the AFA is handled every step of the way. E3Live takes pride in providing the consumer with the most potent and powerful AFA as possible. They use superior harvesting and proprietary filtration methods to ensure that you receive the absolute best quality AFA. Only the healthiest lively blooms are chosen. At the harvest site, the AFA is chilled immediately to maintain its optimum nutritional value. E3Live works together with the most experienced, conscientious, and knowledgeable researchers to ensure the quality of the AFA.
Factors Contributing to Overall Quality
working with the most highly trained and qualified staff
where and how to harvest
making sure the AFA is kept cold at all times
using superior filtration and storage
ongoing quality-control testing of all products
All of their products are carefully tested by independent USDA laboratories for food safety, shelf-life, and various other purity tests.
How AFA will benefit you is directly tied into the proper care and attention to sourcing and harvesting of the algae. They choose the freshest “blooms” from the Eagle Ridge area of Upper Klamath Lake. Once harvested, the algae is immediately subjected to rapid chilling of 34 to 37 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, the AFA is purified by a rigorous centrifugation process. This will leave the algae chilled and painstakingly clean.
Blue-green algae bloom at the Eagle Ridge area of Upper Klamath Lake.
Their scrupulous quality control parameters, along with their final processing, which is carefully monitored in-house, results in the lake’s most potent source of blue-green algae. The only way to guarantee quality is to know the origin of your AFA. E3Lives states their success is directly related to having the most competent harvesting team and staff of engineers in the AFA industry.
PACKAGING IS ECO-FRIENDLY E3Live use Green Cell packaging which is biodegradable and earth-friendly. This will an option for shipping frozen foods overnight. (You have to let them known you want this option.)
About Klamath Lake
Upper Klamath Lake is a high altitude lake (4140 feet above sea level) located in Southern Oregon. Directly to the Northwest are the Cascade Mountains. An arid sagebrush steppe surrounds the lake from east to south. This helps protect the lake from contaminants because it is far and away from population centers.
Upper Klamath Lake has a surface area of 140 square miles with an average depth of 8 feet. (perfect depth for algae growth) Klamath Lake is fed by 17 mineral-rich rivers. 50,000 tons of mineral-rich silt is deposited in the lake. You see… this region is one of the richest nutrient traps on the planet due to the surrounding 4000 square mile volcanic basin. You just can’t duplicate this scenario in a lab.
Klamath Lake has an amazingly high mineral and trace element concentration on account of a gargantuan volcanic eruption when Mount Mazama blasted off 7700 years ago. Millions of tons of volcanic ash covered the ground all the way up to present-day Canada. The numerous volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest are part of the famous “Ring of Fire” spreading all the way to Asia.
Upper Klamath stays relatively free of heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. It is also free from adverse bacteria. The lake is graced with 300 days of sunlight yearly. This is an ideal environment for the world’s most potent strain of AFA. The highly alkaline charged water contains more than 60 times the nutrients needed for algae to reach its full potential. AFA can reproduce itself every 20 minutes with the right conditions resulting in a massive abundance of this miracle superfood.
E3Live Has An Eco-Friendly Packaging Choice. There is an Eco-Friendly Packaging choice called Green Cell. It is biodegradable and Earth-friendly. You can choose this option upon request for frozen goods shipped overnight. (Just let then known when you place your order.)
Is AFA available in a powdered form?
E3AFA is simply the powder form of E3Live and doesn’t require refrigeration. E3Live states that their E3AFA is the world’s most nutritional. highest quality power form of AFA. These capsule forms of AFA are useful when traveling, camping or anytime you find keeping E3Live cold becomes too challenging.
What is the Difference Between E3AFA and E3Live?
They are both 100% AFA and harvested out of the pristine waters of Klamath Lake. E3Live is AFA in a frozen/liquid form (requiring continual refrigeration) and is said to be superior to all other forms of AFA. E3Live is the only company to offer AFA in a frozen/liquid form. Their liquid form is the closest you can get to AFA’s natural energizing state and the best way to consume AFA. (seems logical… skipping the heating process avoids nutritional depletion)
E3AFA is the Hydro-dried form of AFA which comes in loose powder or capsule. Their Hydro-Drying methods retain most of the Algae’s potent nutritional and energizing properties. The dry form is recommended as an important back-up when refrigeration is not possible. Both are excellent sources to meet your daily nutrition intake.
How do E3AFA and E3Live Work?
AFA (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae) is food… directly from nature and not cultivated. AFA is not a drug or created in a lab. Nature, in its genius, intrinsically knows how to provide the animal kingdom everything it needs for optimal health. Blue-green algae is one of nature’s superstars providing a full spectrum of 65 fully balanced, naturally developed vitamins, minerals, amino acids (chains of amino acids make protein) and your essential fatty acids.
AFA nourishes your cells and helps restore balance in your overall system. Frozen E3Live (AFA) is believed to be 97% absorbable by your body. (this is huge!)… Man-made supplements are lucky to be 5% to 25% absorbable… a lot of wasted nutrition.
You don’t have to be concerned with side-effects when consuming AFA and toxicity is kept at a minimum due to the isolated and ideal growing conditions.
How Long Does it Take to Notice a Difference?
When consuming Klamath blue-green alga, the beneficial effects may appear subtle. However, in my experience, I noticed a calming sense of well-being. In my case, this is HUGE! I have been assaulted with mood swings for years… until I started AFA supplementation. (due to high concentrations of PEA)
You may notice something right away. Everyone’s physiology is different. We all react to things differently. This is common knowledge. It may take weeks or longer to notice anything, but AFA is working overtime to provide what you need. It is food. You may not notice a banana doing anything, but I assure you it is doing the job nature intended for you.
You have to think long-term in regard to your health. Society, however, is wired for immediate gratification. Copywriters state that it is more difficult selling prevention than a cure. You would probably spend every penny you have to cure yourself of an insidious disease.
Rest assured… E3AFA is tested to verify the purity and nutrient content… it is throwing down hard behind the scenes to nourish your body and busy activating natural killer cells to build up your natural defense against free radical scavengers.
Can Pregnant or Nursing Mothers use AFA?
It is recommended that pregnant or women nursing consult with their medical or healthcare practitioner before using AFA.
Is AFA Pet Friendly?
YOU BET! In Fact, Veterinarians love treating your pets that have nutritional deficiencies with E3Live and E3AFA. Benefits are especially noticed in older animals-. You may take note of more youthful-like movements and a better quality of life.
E3Live carry products designed especially for your beloved dogs and cats: E3 Canine and E3 Feline. Other animals like horses, birds, and reptiles may benefit from AFA supplementation.
Horse owners absolutely love E3Live for changes seen in their horse’s hooves, coats, and overall health and well-being.
E3Live offers a one-year guarantee that you will “See the Difference” when you supplement your pet’s diet with their AFA formulated for pets.
Thanks for reading my review. Algae is part of my daily regime for keeping a strong immune system. There have been moments when I felt a bug begin to attack my immune system and I added several more doses of algae throughout the day and the pesky little cold or sinus infection just went away. It is simply amazing. I have bought every algae from every company except Pure Synergy and have been satisfied with every one of them.
The E3Live comes to your doorstep still frozen and requires a little more work. It is the closest you can get in its natural unaltered state. This is the one I currently use, but I have been completely satisfied with Power Organics and Green Earth Naturals. I just recently purchased more Himalayan salt from Power Organics. Their salt has been tested to be of the highest quality.
I am not here to lay claim to any specific cures by using Klamath blue-green algae. I can only offer my own testimonial of how it has benefited me. Algae is food and, as many foods found on this wonderful planet of ours, can support your overall health and well-being.
Blue-green algae is a certified superfood. The benefits of blue-green algae are plentiful and diverse. It has a profound effect on your immune system. Never before in the history of our beloved planet, has there been so much attention about your immune system. Regardless of how you feel about Covid-19, everyone is paying attention to their health and well-being these days… staying safe… keeping their DISTANCE from germs. Many are panicking and consumed with fear. Others just want to get on with their lives.
Who is most affected by this heinous pandemic? Our loved ones with weak immune systems are the most likely candidates to suffer from Covid-19. The majority of people who succumb to the virus have other health issues, to begin with. (the current prognosis)
You can increase your odds of staying safe. With a strong and vibrant immune system, you can escape the full effects of the flu, the common cold, sinus infections, allergy season, and many other bacterium. You may feel a little off, but your immune system does its job warding off the worst cellular attacks.
The truth is you can take charge of your own health. Life is better when you feel good physically. Being and feeling healthy has a far-reaching effect on your emotional well-being. Blue-green algae can help you in reaching and maintaining optimum health. Did you know algae has a long history with life on planet Earth…
Algae is Ancient… the First Life Forms on Earth
All life on earth can trace its origins back to algae.There would be no life on our planet without algae. Algae provide the nutritional foundation for our ecosystem. It’s responsible for 90% of photosynthesis on earth and 70% of oxygen comes from algae. In fact, oxygen is a byproduct of algae.
Algae are the most efficient organisms on Earth. Carbon Dioxide, sunlight, and water have turned algae into the most nutrient-dense food. It has supplied the food chain (for all life) for 3.5 million years. Organisms and creatures from the bottom of the food chain to our LARGEST WHALES rely on algae. Algae provide all the nutrition needed to sustain life.
Humans have also thrived off this wonderful superfood. Algae has been a staple food for many cultures dating back thousands of years. There are over 20,000 different species of algae. This post is about a specific species called blue-green algae. You have probably heard the name if you follow holistic health. So…what are the benefits of adding blue-green algae to your diet…
Klamath Lake Blue-Green Algae
Why you should add Blue-Green Algae to your Diet
Algae has one of the most complete and balanced nutritional profiles of any food in the world. The entire organism is nutritious. Gram for gram microalgae contains the most nutrients on earth of any food source. Blue-green algae contain a full spectrum of vitamins unusually found in a single food source.
IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTER
AFA (short for Aphanizomenon flos-aqua ) is a species of Blue-Green Algae harvested from the pristine waters of Upper Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon. This lake is the best-known source of pure AFA and has been harvested since the 1980s. AFA is grown wild. Humans do not intervene until harvest time.
AFA has 12 vitamins and 27 naturally occurring or essential minerals. These are considered essential nutrients performing hundreds of duties for your body. Boosting your immune system, healing wounds, and repairing cellular damage are some of the rewards of AFA consumption. They also help convert your food into energy.
It also contains glycoproteins which are a carbohydrate attached to a protein. Glycoproteins are involved in nearly every process in your cells. They do many important things for your body: such as immune system support, communication with your cells, help with blood clotting when you are cut, and also play a role in your digestive and reproduction systems. Blue-green algae contain one of the highest concentrations of protein.
AFA also contains lipids (healthy fats), bioflavonoids, and biologically active enzymes. Blue-green algae are a primary source of essential fatty acids (EFAs) and unsaturated fatty acids EPA and DHA. AFA contains the highest vegetable sources of vitamin B-12. And finally… AFA is loaded with free-radical fighting antioxidants…
Now having said that… ADDITIONAL IMMUNE SUPPORT… comes from your own self-renewal system in your body once consuming AFA… within 2 hours your body’s own natural killer cells migrate to search and destroy sick cells. They possess intelligence, in the cellular environment, to go exactly where your body requires the most attention at that time.
Natural killer cells play an active role in immune system support. No other dietary substance has shown the ability to stimulate NK cells like AFA. Blue-green algae may also stimulate red blood cell production. NK Cells are also found in the placenta and play an important role in pregnancy.
Natural killer cells were first noticed for their ability to kill tumor cells without priming. This is how they earned their name. NK Cells have the ability to communicate with other cells and if they don’t receive the right “signal” back from those cells, the natural killer cells will annihilate those sick cells. There is a communication process going on in the cellular world. Your body is programmed to rebalance itself. Pretty cool, huh!
NATURAL MOOD ENHANCER
Klamath blue-green algae contain an abundant source of phenylethylamine or simply known as PEA. This is a naturally occurring substance in the body and can also be created in a laboratory setting.
Pea acts as a neurotransmitter (chemical messenger… communicating with cells, muscles, and glands). This allows you to operate with a heightened sense of focus and attention. Your ability to focus on goals and task completion may improve… You could develop more mental clarity It has a natural amphetamine effect on your brain offering more energy and stamina.
In addition to feeling like you have more pep in your step, PEA is a wonderful mood enhancer. This is what I love about AFA. I will swear on a stack of bibles on how well my mood has been elevated. I have been “moody” for most of my adult life and once I discovered the calming and joyful effects of PEA, I will never be without. I prefer to get PEA from AFA (and not in a supplement) since it is more readily absorbable in its crystalline form.
PEA has the ability to amplify the actions of major brain chemicals: serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and acetylcholine. Phelylethylamine may also help slow down your body’s aging process.
SOME CAUTIONARY ADVICE: People that have abnormally high levels of natural occurring phelylethylamine should avoid taking a PEA supplement (schizophrenia, bipolar, and agitated depression suffers). However, there have been positive studies in treating these types of disorders with blue-green algae. Getting PEA from algae in its natural state is the best way to benefit from it.
Nature always offers the best choice. For example…. raw honey… it has many healthy components… I am diabetic and when I consume raw honey… as long as used in moderation… it doesn’t jack my sugars too high. There are some studies to back that up too. If were to use a heated source of “honey”, my sugars would go berserk. There is just something special about food is in its natural form… does that make sense?
AFA MAY INCREASE YOUR BODY’S NATURAL STEM CELL PRODUCTION
Scientists have discovered that adult stem cells migrate from your bone marrow into your bloodstream. As mentioned earlier this post… There is an internal communication process happening in the cellular world… Adult Stem cells have shown the ability to go where they are most needed!
Stem cell nutrition is still in its infancy in the health and wellness field and more will be revealed in time. This has nothing to do with embryonic stem cells and relies totally on your body’s own releasing of stem cells. This already occurs naturally. Stem Cell Nutrition is about using natural food sources to induce more stem cell production.
The adult stem cell renewal process continues throughout your life…never stopping for vacations or weekends… until your very last breath. Your stem cell production will decline with age, so it is important to find a way to release more from your bone marrow. AFA algae provide a safer alternative to increase your natural flow of stem cells. Blue-green algae may be Nature’s Secret Weapon!
SUMMARY OF BENEFITS
12 Vitamins and 27 Minerals
Essential Fatty Acids (EPAs)
Unsaturated Fats (EPA and DHA)
Highest vegetarian source of Vitamin B-12
Loaded with immune system boosting Antioxidants
High in plant-based proteins
great for the digestive system
anti-inflammatory and tissue support
immune system protector
Why is Klamath blue-green algae better?
Upper Klamath Lake is a large shallow freshwater lake in Southern Oregon. Klamath Lake is surrounded by the Cascade Mountains and sits at 4100 feet above sea level. Its remote location protects its pristine water from pollutants since no big cites are nearby.
When rainfall hits the face of the Cascade’s, it rolls on down to Crater Lake. (a very well-known secluded deep water Lake) Crater Lake is 6176 feet above sea level and 1936 feet deep. Crater Lake is a self-contained lake formed by a volcanic eruption that is fed by rain and the melting of its abundant annual snowfalls. Water, from the lake, seeps into the Klamath basin probably through underground streams, which would be scantly polluted. Sure… rainfall carries pollutants… but some of the cleanest environments in the U.S. are located in the Pacific Northwest and far away from the coasts and on the other side of mountain ranges.
By the time water reaches Klamath Lake, it has filtered through mineral-rich volcanic soil. There are numerous active volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest. There are actually 4 volcanoes in Oregon that pose a highly active eruption threat at any time in the future. Volcanic ash is loaded with nutrients and is able to break down quickly. It mixes well with the soil and plants flourish.
The combination of mineral-rich water, clean air, and high-intensity sunlight create the perfect eco-system for AFA. The Blue-Green Algae grows wild here and just thrives off the mineral-rich water. No cultivation is required and the algae is only harvested at peak times when AFA’s nutrition is at optimum levels. The end result… High-Quality Non-Toxic Blue-Green Algae.
Why Dietary Supplements Fail to Really Help
Refined nutritional supplements are made in a lab. They are not natural foods and your body does not have the capability to break them down properly. They are not able to disintegrate in a timely manner. This is such a waste of nutrients.
Many supplements contain binders and fillers. These are added for the proper functioning of manufacturing machinery and may not serve in the best interest of your health.
Have you noticed the glossy shiny look of some supplements? These coatings are for keeping out moisture and ensuring a longer shelf life. Good for the vitamin company… you… not so much.
AFA algae is natures perfect solution for getting all the nutrients that you need day-to-day. The microscopic size and soft cell wall of algae is designed by nature for perfect absorption into your body. The minerals in AFA are easily absorbed by your body because they are bonded to amino acids… just as nature intended.
Is algae safe to eat?
Algae for consumption has to be tested to make sure it does not contain any microcystins. This is a toxin that could cause liver damage. Laboratory methods are used to make sure the algae is free from microcystins. Make sure your Klamath algae has been governed by the US Agriculture Department and has undergone numerous tests to ensure safety.
Why are Vitamins so important?
Vitamins are essential for your health and well-being. These organic compounds are necessary in small amounts. They help stimulate growth and aid in the overall maintenance of your system. Their job is not to provide energy, nor do they construct or build any part of your body; however, they do transform food into energy. AFA offers a complete balance of your daily vitamins (except vitamins D and E). Spend some time daily out in the sun for vitamin D, and eating foods high in chlorophyll helps produce vitamin E in your body.
Why Minerals are so vital for your Health
Minerals are imperative for the proper functioning of your mind and body. They aid in the building and regulating functions in your body. Minerals are involved in building strong bones and all soft tissues. They are also involved in regulating your cardiovascular system, internal pressures of bodily fluids, nerve response, and help transport oxygen from your lungs to your tissues.
AFA contains virtually every organic mineral in trace amounts that are essential for your body to function at an optimum level. Minerals make all the difference in the world in keeping your body healthy and avoiding insidious diseases. Minerals only account for about 1% of your daily food intake, but without them, you would not be able to utilize your food and you would not be long for this world.
How Important are Amino Acids?
Metabolism is the result of chemical processes occurring in your body to maintain your life. These processes require energy. You need to ingest various foods to create this energy. Protein is needed for building and repairing tissue. Protein is also used for making enzymes, hormones, and other bodily chemicals. It is also an important building block of bones, cartilage, skin, muscles, and blood.
Protein is the second most abundant substance in your body (water being the first of course). A huge portion of your blood and lymph is made up of protein and it creates a natural immunity by helping the body recognize viruses and invading foreign cells.
Proteins consist of smaller building blocks (joined together in chains) called amino acids. Your hemoglobin, which is a protein molecule, carries oxygen from your lungs to your tissues. Your immune system cells rely on protein to fight off viruses and other cellular attacks.
AFA is absolutely loaded with healthy plant-based protein (minus nasty artery-clogging animal fats). This amazing blue-green algae has more protein than any other organism. 22 amino acids are found in this tiny superfood. 8 of these amino acids are paramount for proper health and must be obtained from the foods we eat.
Your health will suffer without getting the right amount of amino acids daily. Do you know what happens when you don’t receive your proper dosage of amino acids? Your less important body tissues are “cannibalized” to make up for the loss. Premature aging may begin to set in… loss of memory… you may feel less motivated… lower mental alertness… and or depression may occur.
The amazing thing is, the amino acid profile in algae is nearly identical to your body’s own amino acid profile. AFA is truly one of nature’s most perfect foods.
What do you Know about Chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll is good for your blood and immune system support. Chlorophyll is a molecule that helps increase the availability of oxygen in your system. Chlorophyll is essential for the body’s rapid assimilation of amino acids. What is the highest known source of chlorophyll… you guessed right… Algae.
Are you Familiar with Beta Carotene?
You need Vitamin A for healthy skin, mucous membranes, eye health, and the immune system. Your body converts beta carotene into Vitamin A. Vegetables like carrots are a good source of beta carotene. Beta carotene may be the most important factor in enhancing your immune system (because it protects the thymus gland); however, to get the optimal results out of beta carotene, cartenoids must also be present.
AFA consists of dozens of carotenoids. These help stop free radicals in their tracks and side-stepping cell damage. Leading degenerative disease research has demonstrated a lower incidence of degenerative diseases in diets high in foods containing beta carotene.
Americans have bought into a system of eating highly processed, nutrient-deficient, and genetically altered foods. And many countries around the globe are following in our footsteps Look around… so many people are carrying extra weight around and we have a severe health crisis on our hands.
People just don’t give much thought in what they put into their mouths and are bombarded with advertisements for fast foods and snacks (which are not even food). Most of the hideous degenerative disease is the direct result of diets consisting of unhealthy foods. On top of that, we are depleting our soils of nutrients causing our fruits and vegetables to be less nutrient-dense.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? You need to eat a diet consisting of foods in their raw, natural form… The higher the quality of foods… the better. You want food that has all of its enzymes intact. The vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, carbohydrates, and its life force still residing in the food.
Put as much raw (uncooked) food in your diet as possible. Organic, if possible. Eating organic unprocessed foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds provides the nutrients your body craves while avoiding noxious harmful preservatives, herbicides, and pesticides.
AFA offers another solution. It provides raw organic nutrition with all the benefits discussed in this post. It is a real simple solution and food so incredibly light and quick... You just swallow it in powder, capsule, or liquid form with 8 ounces of filtered water first thing upon arising in the morning. You have just met your nutritional requirement for the day.
Now, everything else is up to you. Do you still want to eat processed foods deplete in any life force? Algae is an excellent food to add to your diet, but do consider taking a look at everything else you consume. What is in it? Is it full of chemicals? Do you even know what these things do to your body?
I pay close attention to what I eat and prepare all my food. I rarely get any kind of take out. I have to know what is in the food I eat today. I have been able to clear up some health issues by my diet. I follow a low-fat plant-based diet and have benefited amazingly from this plan. Weight comes off naturally for me and my blood pressure is now normal. My blood sugar is going down as I continue… it was really bad before I changed my eating habits.
Algae has improved my health even further. My energy is through the roof… I am 58. I am able to type clear-headed into the early morning hours… I could not do this before… my brain would crash… I even fell asleep standing up once and hit a guard rail on knob road in the early evening after falling asleep. So yea, I don’t nod out like I used to. The thing I like the most… I feel pleasant… Properties in AFA (PEA) really affect me in a positive way. I benefit from a general well-sense of being and to top it off, I don’t get sick anymore. At times, I felt a little bit of something and it just goes away quickly.
Are you familiar with the benefits of ginger root? Most people associate ginger with Asian cuisine. Chinese food is very popular worldwide and numerous dishes feature ginger on their menus. Ginger and garlic are the two most essential ingredients in Chinese cooking.
Ginger originated in the island nations of Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. This area was formally called the East Indies back when shipping routes first started trading goods. Ginger was one of the first spices imported to Europe in the spice trade.
Most people are familiar with gingerbread, ginger cookies, ginger ale, and ginger beer. I personally never associated ginger root as being the essential ingredient in these recipes. I didn’t even know what ginger root was till later on in life. I had seen the powdered version in my mom’s spice rack. It was not used very often in traditional western cuisine. As culinary interests become more the rave, the use of ginger has become more mainstream.
Ginger deserves more consideration beyond its use within culinary arts. Ginger has incredible value as a whole food supplement and anyone seeking optimum health should utilize its benefits. So, how can ginger enhance your well-being…
Ginger may help prevent Heart Disease!
One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease… the number one killer in the US. Heart disease is even preventable for most people. Poor food choices are the main reason for early death from a “broken” heart. If the rest of the world keeps emulating our wonderful fattening fried cuisine, they will also face the same consequences.
Nothing helps you more health-wise than a complete overhaul of your diet; however, adding ginger to your daily routine may help you lower your cholesterol and prevent blood from clotting. High cholesterol can result in plaque clogging up in your arterial walls and blood vessels. This could result in a heart attack or stroke… Yikes!
Studies have been done that demonstrate significant improvement in heart health from ginger consumption. It may reduce the risk of hypertension by 8% and lower the risk of coronary heart disease by 13%. Eliminating diets high in saturated fats and refined sugars will lower the risk even more. If you already have heart disease, too much consumption of ginger may cause some additional problems… please consult with your doctor before supplementing with ginger root.
Diabetes… can Ginger Help?
Diabetes is certainly the world’s fastest-growing health crisis. Awful food choices take most of the blame for type II Diabetes. There are different reasons for type I diabetics. Food can also be part of the solution for controlling diabetes and possible reversal for type II sufferers. Diabetes is no joke… blindness… loss of limbs… if you have diabetes, please take it seriously.
Ginger may reduce the risk of diabetes. Scientists have been able to link active compounds in ginger to improvements in metabolism and insulin. A study done in 2015 was able to show a drop of 12% in fasting glucose levels with daily 2-gram consumption of ginger. It also demonstrated a 10% reduction of HbA1c ( a marker for long-term blood sugar levels.) Research using ginger to combat diabetes is still new, but the results so far look promising. Ginger may have amazing anti-diabetic properties.
How can Ginger be Used in Fighting CANCER?
When I was a child, I was absolutely terrified of cancer. A nun put the fear of God in me spelling out the horrors of cancer and leprosy. I suppose she thought of cancer as a modern-day version of leprosy. Medical science has come a long way since the 1970s. Cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence; however, it still kills many.
I have always been one to show an interest in prevention. Sales copy gurus will tell you that prevention-based products don’t sell well, but if someone becomes deathly ill, they will spend every dime looking for a cure.
My outlook on health is about seeking out the best food choices for optimum health. Right now… I want to feel as good physically as I possibly can… this involves research and taking certain actions… being committed. I only have my health… and I value it… do you?
As you may know, cancer is a disease of abnormal cell growth. Cellular health is EVERYTHING! Cancer is often an awakening to gear towards some lifestyle changes. Dietary choices may become a new concern. Ginger, while not a cure for cancer, may lower your risk. Ginger contains cell-protecting properties that may reduce cellular activity which causes changes in your DNA, premature cell death, and rapid growth of cancerous cells.
A major component in ginger is 6-gingerol. It is found in large amounts inside the root of the ginger plant. There has been some evidence of its effectiveness in treating breast, pancreatic and ovarian cancers. 6-gingerol has demonstrated protective effects against cancer, but more research is needed.
Stomach aches can ruin your day. You know that feeling… anytime you are starting to feel sick, you feel it in your gut first. I always assume it is a reaction to food I ate recently… then it dawns on me… I am coming down with something.
The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates suggested all disease starts in the gut. He wasn’t entirely correct, but evidence shows many of your chronic metabolic diseases do begin in your digestive system.
Ginger is no cure for chronic metabolic disorders, yet the idea ginger can help with digestive issues isn’t new. Research has linked numerous digestive benefits of ginger. It is great for your gastrointestinal tract, helping to reduce gas and painful spasms.
Dyspepsia (known by everyone else as indigestion) is recurring pain and discomfort in the upper part of your stomach. The delay of emptying your stomach is a major cause of indigestion. Ginger has been shown an ability to speed up this process of those suffering from chronic indigestion. This also offers relief in a buildup of gas.
Ginger may also aid in transferring food from your stomach to your small intestine for digestion and absorption. It may also prevent ulcers caused by anti-inflammatory drugs. How else can it help your gut…
Another benefit of adding ginger to your weekly shopping list, it boosts your metabolism. Ginger is also high in dietary fiber which assists in weight loss.
One study showed stimulatory effects on the gastrointestinal tract. The study appraised the effects of a hot ginger beverage on energy levels, appetite satiety, and metabolic risk in overweight men. The study exhibited a speedier metabolism and reduced cravings for food which should result in weight loss over time. Try the recipe below to add ginger to the start of your day.
Natural energy drink recipe.
1/2 cup purified water
juice of 1 medium lemon
2 teaspoons of finely minced ginger
2 teaspoons of raw honey
a pinch of cayenne
Can Ginger Help with Menstrual Pain?
A report published in Pain Medicine in 2015 suggests compounds in ginger may help keep inflammation at bay by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins. Menstrual cramps are linked to excessive production of prostaglandins. In essence, ginger may help reduce menstrual pain. There is also evidence supporting ginger as helping control heavy menstrual bleeding. Ginger may also help lessen morning sickness and is effective against nausea.
Can Ginger Help Men too?
ED… The subject men don’t like to talk about. There are many factors contributing to this growing problem (no pun intended). Men are anguished and embarrassed when they can no longer function in the bedroom.
Aside from psychological barriers, on a physical level, man’s inability to perform is due to a lack of blood flow in his manhood. Mostly, this happens to older men. Diabetes also can throw gasoline on this problem.
What ginger brings to the table… it helps stimulate circulation and improve blood flow in your blood vessels. Ginger has a reputation as an aphrodisiac, and along with all the other benefits ginger has to offer, what have you got to lose. Ginger is very affordable and easy to add to your life.
Using ginger to treat colds and flu!
Colds and flu are common occurrences every year for a lot of people. Unavoidable… As soon as a coworker gets it… the whole office comes down sick. Research shows having 2 to 4 colds a year as not uncommon.
Ginger helps combat a flu virus by inducing sweating and pushing toxins from your body. It is also a wonderful immune booster. Steep some ginger (use a garlic press) in some hot water and add some raw honey or lemon for added benefits and taste.
As you age, it takes longer to rejuvenate aching sore muscles after working out or the effects of your daily grind at work. Even younger active people can benefit from ginger. It has anti-inflammatory properties that aid in recovery.
Ginger may also help arthritic pain. Arthritis is a painful disease of inflammation in your joints. The 6-gingerol property has been tested and trusted to relieve joint pain and assist bone health.
While we are on the subject of inflammation, respiratory disorders, as in asthma, are a result of inflammation in the airways. The airways get inflamed and it becomes difficult to breathe. Ginger, again, is great in reducing inflammation and it also helps you relax… and relaxing is critical in asthmatic attacks.I could not imagine feeling like you can’t breathe… it must be pretty scary. Ginger works well in unison with asthma medication.
Hope for Alzheimer’s?
Ginger may increase brain function and shield against Alzheimer’s Disease. Oxidative stress attacking your cells and chronic inflammation speed up the aging process. These are known as the key factors in Alzheimer’s and other age-related issues. Studies in animals suggest antioxidants and compounds found in ginger can decrease inflammatory responses in the brain and there is also evidence in ginger directly enhancing brain function.
Ginger for skincare?
Ginger has also found its way into cosmetology. Ginger may help in treating different skin blemishes like acne, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. It may even out your skin tone, improves elasticity, and helps protect against aging
Taking ginger internally also helps flush harmful toxins and your inner health always reflects itself on your skin. You can make a skin mask of powdered ginger, raw honey, and fresh lemon juice. Leave it on for half an hour and rinse. Do twice weekly.
What about side effects?
There are little to no side effects in ginger consumption. Pregnant women probably shouldn’t exceed 1500 mg a day. As always, check with your doctor if pregnant. Also, be careful if you have heart disease. As a rule, everyone else should keep it under 4 grams a day.
Adding Ginger into your Diet
When purchasing ginger, whether at your local grocery, health food store, or farmers market, seek out firm looking roots with few blemishes. Get out your potato peeler and scrape off the skin and use the yellow flesh inside to take full advantage of ginger’s health benefits.
You can add fresh ginger to your tea or make a smoothie. There are numerous recipes for sauces and is great in homemade Chinese style recipes or on grilled fish. Raw ginger will be your best bet to reap the full benefits of what ginger has to offer. Anytime you cook something, it removes nutrients and destroys life-saving enzymes. Go raw as much as you can.
Your ginger should last about four weeks if seal properly. It will start to mold over time.
Ginger is a true Superfood and would greatly benefit anyone deciding to add it to their daily life. I personally add it to my tea with a little amla powder for an extra antioxidant boost. I rarely get ill and like the naturally energetic feeling from raw ginger. Add some raw honey for an additional boost.
I am not making any health claims on the benefits of ginger and have put some research links below to back up this post.
Amla is a little-known superfood. It is often sold in powdered form. There are many benefits of Amla powder. Amla (also known as Indian Gooseberry) has more antioxidants, by far than any other fruit on the planet. It is the 7th highest plant source of anti-oxidants. Dragons blood offers the most. It is a red tree resin.
dragons blood… a little off-topic… it sure does look cool though… doesn’t it?
Amla has been used for centuries in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for treating a plethora of health conditions. Ayurveda is an ancient natural medicine practice dating back 5,000 years. Amla is the most unrivaled mentioned fruit in Ayurvedic medicine. As a medicinal plant, amla has impressively effective capabilities as an anti-inflammatory and help reverse chronic diseases.
Looking at all the healthy benefits amla has to offer, it seems too good to be true. The fact of the matter is, amla fruit is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods ever discovered, and there is almost no chronic condition amla can’t help improve.
Amla is certainly on the way to become known as the next big superfood. Take note. You will soon hear more about this wonderful fruit from India… especially in times like this… the pandemic has driven up awareness in regards to maintaining a healthy immune system.
7 Benefits of using Amla Powder
Powerful Immune Booster
Amla is power-packed with antioxidants that combat free radicals and help reduce cellular damage. Ayurveda medicine has used it to boost immunity and improve health for millennia.
This amazing fruit is used to treat colds and flu in India. It is also loaded with vitamin C which also jacks up your immunity, but it also improves your metabolism. A strong immune system is vital for survival against deadly pathogens. Amla powder contains one of the purest forms of Vitamin C which also aids in the development of stronger and thicker blood vessels.
Amla helps in disease prevention and infection. An overabundance of free radicals causes oxidative stress. This is one of the primary causes of cancer. The powerfully abundant antioxidants present in amla attack cell oxidation and work hard to eliminate free radicals from your body. There is less cancer risk when you have healthy cells.
Amla contains other compounds that behave like antioxidants in your immune system: Gallic acid, ellagic acid, pyrogallol, and terpenoids. So you see that this humble Indian Gooseberry offers multi-immune enhancing abilities.
Amla is excellent at controlling blood sugar levels in diabetics. Amla contains chromium which helps the body respond to insulin more and aid in healthier blood sugar levels.
A 2011 study tested the effect of the amla on diabetics and volunteers with no blood sugar issues. The study demonstrated significant improvements in blood sugar and blood cholesterol in diabetics.
A Pakistani study also demonstrated the effectiveness of amla in treating diabetes and improving liver function when used daily. Consult with your doctor if you are currently taking diabetic medication. Monitor your blood sugar levels closely when you add amla in the mix. Your blood sugar could drop to low and lead to hyperglycemia.
A study comparing amla and diabetic drug Glimeperide.
Promotes a Healthy Heart
Amla lovingly supports your heart and respiratory system. Amla has been known to help prevent arteriosclerosis which caused by an infestation of plaque on your arterial walls. Blood flow will begin to slow down. This could lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Studies have demonstrated amla helping increase the elasticity of your blood vessels, reducing cholesterol and triglycerides, and decreasing plaque build-up. Lowering bad cholesterol helps prevent fatty liver. (fatty liver may develop into diabetes). One of the best benefits of amla powder is the regulation of bad cholesterol. Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and deserves considerable attention in prevention.
Supports healthy eyes, hair, nails, and skin
Since amla is chocked-full of vitamin C, it fights off nasty bacteria and protects the eye from infection. It also aids in improving your vision health. Your eye muscles may become stronger and it may help relax your eyes when tired or stressed.
Indian gooseberry is an excellent hair remedy. It helps prevent hair loss and dandruff. Amla has the ability to make your hair more glossy and shiny. You can combine amla powder to your shampoo as you wash your hair. They love doing this in India and they are known for their beautiful hair.
Another wonderful advantage of amla is the effect on your skin. It helps your skin gleam and it helps keep it hydrated. Just add some powder to a smoothie (amla doesn’t taste pleasant) or add it to a facial mask for a natural glow. Amla juice helps you cleanse your skin and reduce pigmentation. You can use it on a cotton swab and dab it on your face to reduce blemishes.
Amla is excellent for cellular health. Amla powder increases the activity of Natural Killer cells. These cells attack free radicals. As stated earlier in this post, amla is loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. This helps your organs remain healthy. Having healthy organs is important to feeling young.
And again, amla is great for the skin and hair which presents a more youthful appearance physically. Regular intake of amla helps delay age spots, wrinkles, and ugly facial lines.
Great blood purifier.
Amla helps purify your blood by helping remove toxins from your body. Using amla on a regular basis aids in naturally increasing your hemoglobin and red blood cell counts.
Protects Your Liver
It supports liver function and helps flush toxins from the body. Toxins are found in abundance in the liver of most people. Amla helps limit oxidative stress and help prevent liver cells from dying.
Amla fruit behaves as a natural remedy for fatty liver disease prevention. It offers liver protective, helps boost your immune system, and helps indigestion. All of this works together for optimum liver health.
What Are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are essential components of plant foods; they help destroy free radicals from overtaking your tissues and blood. They are sort of like foot soldiers joining natural killer cells in cleaning up damaged cells. They are able to donate electrons to missing cells.
Your cells are being constantly bombarded with free radicals (unstable molecules missing a single electron) Free radicals are deadly to cell membranes, DNA, RNA, and cellular proteins and wreak havoc with cellular stability.
Free radicals can be created naturally by the sun, or when your body uses oxygen as in exercising. Smoking, drinking, toxins, pesticides, and pollution all have their part in free radical creation. You will always have cells needing electron repair, but exposing yourself to unnatural free radicals will overload your natural repair cycle.
In the process of finding electron stability, cellular damage occurs and can be difficult to repair. This cellular damage is called “oxidative stress.”. Too much oxidative stress in your body could lead to chronic disease. This where antioxidants play an important role in cellular health.
Free radicals are going to form. They are part of life. You can’t stop them. Therefore, it is critically important to limit free radical damage by adopting a diet rich in antioxidants.
Consuming antioxidants from a wide selection of colorful fruits and veggies is your best protection against oxidative damage. Below is a chart showing concentrations of antioxidants in various foods. You can follow the link to find a complete list and the research data.
Good question. Presently there are barriers in finding high-quality amla at your local store.
Problem #1: Amla Must Be Imported.
Amla fruit is primarily grown in India and must be imported outside the Indian subcontinent. This jacks up prices and subject to shipping delays.
Problem #2: Raw Crop Contamination
Amla fruit is oftentimes contaminated with lead, fungus, and microbes. Untreated amla powder may not meet your countries import standards. This creates a challenge finding quality untainted amla powder.
Problem #3: Crop-to-Crop Variability
Differences in geography, soil conditions, humidity, and water affect the quality of Amla berry. Crops grown in different regions of India may have fluctuating levels of antioxidant power.
Problem #4: Organic is harder to find
Not all amla in India is grown to organic standards. Pesticide residue may contaminant the crop if not carefully monitored.
Different Ways Amla Can Be Used
raw amla is extremely bitter and not for everyone and maybe harder to digest.
amla powder can be added to water, smoothies, facial masks, and shampoos. It can be used for consumption and externally.
amla juice is the best way to reap the benefits of amla when it is fresh.
amla oil is a natural remedy made from amla fruit. You can apply it to your hair, face, and skin.
dried amla makes a great snack. You can dry it in the sun or with a food dehydrator.
pickled amla is popular in India.
Can You Consume Too Much Amla?
Yes. You can. Since this Indian Gooseberry is rich in Vitamin C and fiber, too much of it may cause acidity and constipation. It is also rich in potassium, so proceed with caution if you have kidney problems or suffer from high blood pressure.
Any herbal or holistic supplement may interfere with certain medications. It may increase the risk of bleeding if you are taking blood-thinning medication. Diabetics should carefully monitor their sugars as it may cause your glucose to drop too low. If you are pregnant, of course, it is probably a good idea to avoid it during this time. And finally, avoid using it two weeks prior to any major surgery.
I hope I presented amla in a way it deserves. With the pandemic spreading waves of fear across our beloved planet, it is best to arm up your immune system with the best nutritional sources available. Almost all modern ailments are caused by the foods we eat. Eating the right foods is your best defense.
I will continue to add more to my blog in sharing what I have learned on the road to wellness. I discovered amla while looking for ways to combat diabetes… a hideous disease that I will not let defeat me. It comes down to food… natural whole foods are the key to being the healthiest you.
My sugars are under control and getting better with proper diet. Amla is not a cure, but a valuable tool to help lower my sugars on a daily basis and keep my immune system strong.
Many Blessings… Brian Scott Leist
I am not in any way saying amla is a cure for any ailment. Amla is food and useful, like many natural foods, in maintaining optimal health.
I am not an affiliate with any link to this post.
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Kundalini yoga’s breath of fire is one of its essential breathing techniques. It has many beneficial effects. It is important to master the rhythm of the breath so that it becomes second nature. Proper back posture is critically important to perform breath of fire correctly.
It is a rapid, rhythmic, and continuous breath. The exhale and inhale are at the same pace with no pausing of the breath.
You breathe through your nose only. Keep your mouth closed.
You should remain in a relaxed state of being… only focusing on the breath.
It involves a powerful exhalation. Air blasts through your nostrils.
The chest remains relaxed during the breathing cycle.
Have some patience with this exercise. Do shorter durations until you are comfortable with Breath of Fire.
Feeling light-headed or dizzy is common in the beginning. It is like building a muscle. It takes practice to adapt.
Try 1 to 3 minutes at first. Five minutes a day will help you purify your blood.
Drinking plenty of good water and eating a light diet will also help. (don’t do it on a full stomach)
What is Kundalini Yoga?
Yogi Bhajan introduced Kundalini Yoga to the United States in the late 60s. He founded the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization (3HO) in 1969. Their mission is to help everyone everywhere to recognize their unlocked potential through the powerful effects of Kundalini Yoga practice. They are now found all over the globe.
Kundalini Yoga is known as the yoga of awareness. The kriyas and various yoga sets have a powerful effect on your physical and mental state of well-being. Continued devotion to the techniques will open up a special connection to the divine. You simply feel absolutely wonderful practicing these techniques originally taught by Yogi Bhajan.
Through Kundalini Yoga, you combine the mental, physical, and nervous energies of your body to enable you to reach higher realms of consciousness. Techniques of Kundalini yoga combine breath, mudras, mantras, mental and visual focus, body locks, and postures to balance your glandular system, expand your lung capacity, strengthen your nervous system and purify your blood.
A lot of the techniques consist of movements similar to calisthenics with a yogic twist. There are also the more familiar yoga postures like the cobra pose and the spinal twist. Many of the stretching exercises are familiar to everyone. Yoga has found its way into the modern athletic world. Martial arts have also utilized these warm-up exercises for centuries.
Some of the techniques seem quite bizarre… exotic… esoteric… which I enjoy. It makes you feel like you have gained access to some ancient hidden mysterious knowledge… yoga does go back for millennia. Breath of fire does seem somewhat off the wall, but practicing breath of fire daily has numerous benefits.
7 reasons to add Breath of Fire to your day
5 minutes of breath of fire a day allows for your blood to circulate faster. This will purify your blood by cleansing and releasing toxins that cling to your precious lungs, blood vessels, and cells.
Breath of Fire (BOF) will connect you to a higher state of awareness. Your nervous system will strengthen and It will help dissolve bad internal feelings and induce a feeling of well-being.
BOF behaves as a natural stimulate, It is way better for your system than caffeine and it also stimulates your whole system and energizes your brain activity
Breath of Fire provides an excellent ab workout… it penetrates to your deepest abs (transverse abs dominis) You will feel sore at the beginning within minutes (if you have never worked those muscles before). It makes you feel like you are really working those abs.
Since you are pumping more oxygen into your body, it is moving toxins out of the blood which allows for a faster recovery rate from physical activity and increases physical endurance. It also helps reduce lactic acid buildup which is known to cause muscle soreness.
BOF helps curtail addictive cravings for horrible food, smoking, and drug abuse. It puts you into such a wonderful feeling of well-being (sorta like a natural high).
Continued practice will expand your lung capacity. Mountain climbers have been known to practice breath of fire when the oxygen gets scarce at higher altitudes. BOF also generates heat and could save your life in a hypothermia situation. You feel extremely warm when doing BOF.
How to Begin a Breath of Fire Session
Sit up straight and join your hands together in a prayer pose.
Close your eyelids to an almost shut position and focus your eyes upward and towards your brow point.
Begin Breath of Fire… 1 to 3 minutes.
Inhale… hold for 10 seconds… relax a bit and focus on your natural flow of breath. Notice how you feel internally.
Do it again for 3 minutes… inhale deeply and exhale.
Repeat this combination 3 to 5 times.
Common mistakes in doing Breath of Fire
Breathing backward A lot of people tend to breathe backward. What I mean by this, they pull the belly in while inhaling air. This restricts the amount of space available for your lungs. This is common for smokers. Just now, I pretended I was smoking and sure enough I sucked my gut inwards. Push your belly out while breathing in.
Easy on the stomach pumps Do not exaggerate the pumping out of your belly. Breath of Fire comes from higher up near your solar plexus.
Losing Focus You may veer away from keeping a balanced ratio of your exhales and inhales. Keep your breath equal for both.
Reasons not to do breath of fire
if you’re pregnant
spinal cord disorders
Give this a try. It won’t disappoint. There are many other breathing techniques taught in Kundalini Yoga which help tremendously in relaxation and altering brain wave patterns Kundalini Yoga, as a whole, has a profound effect on your psyche. It’s definitely worth exploring. You will find a wealth of information online and the teachings are spreading throughout the globe. There may well be someone teaching Kundalini Yoga in your city.
Happy, Healthy, Holy Organization (3HO). The original Kundalini Yoga group with a strong mission. https://www.3ho.org/
Brett Larkin… She has a nice blog with tons of free information and has a membership area on the blog for Kundalini Yoga training and a lot of recorded podcasts.
I am not an affiliate with any of these sources. I purchased a Kundalini Yoga on DVD taught by Nirvair Singh Khalsa and learned how to do Breath of Fire from the course. I only see parts of the course on Amazon and have not been able to locate his whole course. There is a ton of information available from other sources,
What is the truth about Himalayan salt? This pretty pink colored salt’s popularity has blossomed over the last decade. Does it really matter what kind of salt you use? Isn’t salt devastating to your health? The answers will be presented here and I will let you decide.
Salt… An overlooked gem of the Earth
You have probably heard the saying he is the salt of the earth. You will find its origins in the old testament. Its meaning… a person or group of people of great kindness, reliability, or honesty. The word salary has its origins in the word salt. Salt was a way of paying wages in ancient times. Salt was highly revered back in the day.
Ancient Roman coins.
Did you know that salt is as essential for your health and well-being as water? True. We could not survive without both. Life on earth began in our vast seas. Life forms originated in a saltwater brine. A sole. We are interconnected to the core with water and salt.
When I speak of salt, I am referring to salt in its original form: holistic, unaltered, and natural. Salt that has crystallized after millions of years. Himalayan salt is crystallized and unaltered for eons.
Water and Salt… Fundamental elements of All Life
Your body consists mainly of water and salt. There are 94 natural elements on the period table. Ten of those elements are inert gases. The other 84 natural minerals and trace elements are found in the human body. Crystal salt contains all of those same elements. Crystal salt is loaded with the nutrition your body craves.
Salt has a very unique property that differs from all other crystalline structures. It’s electrical. Adding crystal salt to water dissolves the salt and creates something new and powerful. All of the ions from the crystal salt’s 84 minerals are released into the water. This creates a natural concentrated energy drink full of minerals. Your secret weapon to start your day!
Each morning… before eating anything… put one teaspoon of sole into a glass of filtered water… don’t add anything else to your stomach while drinking your morning sole water. The ions – or electrical charges – in the sole are immediately absorbed. You should feel a surge of energy throughout your body. The structure of the water is improved with the added sole. Your body is able to absorb double the amount of water into your cells.
Electricity exists everywhere, including inside your body. Your cells are designed to oversee electrical currents. Electricity is mandatory for your nervous system. It is needed for sending signals throughout your body and to your brain. This makes it possible for you to move, think, and feel.
Thought is an electromagnetic frequency. Nothing happens in your body without thought. You could neither think nor act without it. Salt has direct access to your brain. It’s crucial for your health and well-being. It is the foundation of your cellular metabolism. Salt creates an electrical environment in your body that keeps your cells active and working properly.
Salt is a core nutrient with exceptional abilities and is fundamental in keeping you alive. The most basic processes in your body require salt.
If Salt is so good for us…Why is our consumption of salt killing us?
The cold, hard facts are that the salt that you sprinkle on your food every day no longer has anything in common with the salt in its natural form. It has been heavily processed. Table salt consists of sodium chloride… only two elements. Natural crystal salt contains up to 84 minerals and trace elements.
So… what happened? The industrial revolution came about. Natural salt was chemically cleaned. All of the “impurities” were taken out (the essential life-saving minerals and trace elements). Salt which was once considered white gold has been turned into white poison. Without the other minerals and trace elements, the body’s PH is thrown off-kilter along with your body’s vibrational pattern.
Are aware of how table salt burden’s your body?
Did you know that most people suffer from a lack of salt? Astonishing! How can that be? — isn’t salt in everything? — What about the sodium-induced health crisis? Yes, many people are over-saturated with sodium chloride. People are negligent in reading food labels and have no idea how salt can maim them.
Too much sodium overloads your kidneys big time. Sodium Chloride is detected as a poison by your immune system. Your body wants to eliminate this toxic substance immediately. Your body is design to protect itself from harm.
Your body will begin to isolate excess sodium. Water molecules will surround sodium chloride to neutralize the damage. This results in water being extracted from your cells. These dehydrated cells will die prematurely. Cellular health is everything… too much sodium is unbelievably devastating.
What is the end result of too much sodium chloride?
You will end up with an oversupply of water in your tissues. This may lead to cellulite. Too much sodium chloride may bind itself with non-degradable animal proteins (like found in milk and can not be broken down and eliminated). This creates uric acid. (the body can’t get rid of uric acid either) Uric acid unites with sodium and begins to crystallize. These crystal deposits latch on to your bones and joints. This may result in arthritis, gout, kidney stones, or gall bladder stones.
Eating tons of sodium packed processed foods causes so much bodily harm and may create serious problems for you down the road. You are slowly poisoning your system with substances your system can not handle.
How the Chemical Industry influences our salt intake
Why is salt chemically processed? 93% of the world’s salt production is used for industrial purposes. Pure sodium chloride is required for these processes. The remaining natural elements are considered impurities and tossed out. Sodium chloride is used in making soaps, plastics and nearly everything else manufactured for our use.
The remain 7% of the manufactured sodium chloride ends up on your table and in processed foods. This has been beneficial for the food industry… sodium chloride extends the shelf life for many of their products. Products that have been altered chemically and have little relation to the natural foods used in production.
Who else wants nitrates?
Nitrates belong to the most aggressive carcinogenic substances known to man. Nitrates may cause cancer in numerous bodily organs. Food additives such as iodine and fluoride are added to table salt. These additives have an accelerating effect on the production of nitrates in your stomach.
Aluminum is sometimes added to table salt to prevent clumping. Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Aluminum effects the bridging of the neural pathways to your brain… this blocks our thought process… NATURAL CRYSTAL SALT does the exact opposite… it enables your brain process to function… to think and act! You need salt in its natural form for the body to function as it was designed to do.
Our Seas have become “waste-disposal-dumping sites
As you know, salt is abundant in our oceans… which make up 70% of our planet’s surface… and are heavily polluted with heavy metals like arsenic, lead. mercury, etc… There is an “island” of plastic the size of TEXAS in the Pacific. About every single year, you hear of a ship losing all of its oil in the sea causing disastrous environmental effects.
So are Seas Salts good for you?
The polluting of our oceans has certainly had a negative impact on sea salt. If Sea Salt was not contaminated, it would be pure and would contain trace minerals in addition to sodium chloride. It’s no longer as holistic as it once was. however; untainted sea salt still exists today! Millions of years ago some seas evaporated. The salt beds crystallized. Earth changes occurred. These former sea bed rose up and become mountains. Mountains contain a vast supple of salt in its natural crystallized form… unaltered… containing all its holistic goodness.
What about Celtic salts?
Natural Celtic sea salts are found in the coastal area of France. It is unrefined and greyish purple color comes from the surrounding clay. Celtic salt is handpicked using traditional Celtic methods. Solar drying Celtic salt exposes vast brine ponds and may be exposed to atmospheric contaminants and wildlife droppings. The drying process may also remove beneficial elements.
What is Rock Salt?
95% of the salt found in salt mines is rock salt. Most of your natural elements are also found in rock salt, but they are too coarse and unrefined for proper cell absorption. Rock salt is still better for you than table salt and will not harm your body. Salt needs to time and pressure to crystallize for your cells to ingest.
What is the difference between Rock Salt and Crystal Salt?
Rock salt is a cheap alternative to table salt. It is natural and not toxic like sodium chloride. Biochemically speaking it offers little in regards to your health. The elements in rock salt failed to integrate into a crystalline structure. Your cells can only absorb elements that occur in ionic form. Considerable pressure is required for the transformation to ionic form. The elements are transformed into a specific size, so they can pass through a cell wall. This is critical: Cells can only take in what is available organically or ionically.
Himalayan crystal salt has been subjected to millions of years of enormous pressure. This how the crystalline structure forms. The stronger the amount of pressure salt undergoes results in more a more superior crystalline structure… there are after all varying grades of salt… isn’t that true with many of nature’s wonders. Using better soil, fertilizers, and sun results in better quality fruits and vegetables.
How is Himalayan Crystal Salt mined?
In the days of yore, crystal salt was called “king’s salt”… only the best for nobility… I guess times haven’t changed much. Your average “Joe” was left with common rock salt (still natural). All of this salt was mined of course. Mining for salt stopped when it ceased being profitable.
Pure crystal salt occurs sporadically and in veins, so it’s impossible to mine mechanically (to separate from common rock salt). Crystal salt must be hand-mined to maintain its wonderful natural goodness. Manuel mining of crystal salt is not economically feasible. For people to experience potential and regenerating effects that have been discovered in crystal salt, it is necessary to make it available consumption.
Holistic theories are compelling only when put into practice and proven. All salts in crystallized form are not equal. Testing is needed to ensure the quality of the salt.
Beware of knockoffs!
When the publishing of research data of Himalayan salt was released, the market place was flooded with pink salt. People were out to make a quick buck. Colored rock salt is marketed as Himalayan salt. Careless separation processes also may result in a mixture of Himalayan salt and rock salt. Testing is critical in making sure the elements so crucial for optimum health are present.
Ask the vendor what region and what mine their salt came from. You also want to ask for the required analysis to prove the validity of the salt. You may request verification that all the natural elements are present in the crystal salt.
Make sure is was hand-mined and prepared manually. You must be diligent in your search for the purest Himalayan crystal salt. Merchants, at times, are more focused on profits than providing the healthiest choice. These merchants are peddling from the salt mines of Poland or salt plains in Pakistan.
The Original Himalayan Crystal Salt
The original Himalayan Crystal Salt referred to in this post can be recognized by the logo displayed below. To see the research data click here Just look for the Salt Health Research tab on the top menu.
This is the official logo of The Original Himalayan Crystal Salt.
There are several hundred doctors using this ancient holistic knowledge in their practices today. For thousands of years, the doctor used nothing more than water and salt in their practices to treat patients.
Use Crystal Salt to Energize your life
Many health-conscious people spend a lot of hard-earned money at health food stores these days. Amazon recently purchased Whole Foods Market, so anyone can see that this trend is growing in popularity. A lot of healthy-minded individuals don’t think about SALT at all as part of their health regimen. There just hasn’t been any buzz in regards to SALT.
A study was done comparing people who drank the highest quality water and consumed the best grade of salt (but were less food-conscious) … vs… a group of health-conscious individuals who paid NO ATTENTION to water and salt qualities. Guess what? Most of the people who paid more attention to their water and salt intake had healthier organs… than the health food store junkies…
Add some alkaline water to your diet for best results
Choosing the right water to drink is critically paramount for optimum health (as well as crystal salt); so, I will mention a little about alkalinity here. Crystal salt and clean filtered water make SOLE. (discussed later in the post) Which has many beneficial effects when combined. Adding high alkaline water to your life will enable you to balance your PH along with crystal salt.
You can buy alkaline strips online to test your water. A low PH indicates a high amount of acid in your body. Adding alkaline foods to your diet and reducing acid-forming food will help you balance your PH.
Two of the best alkaline waters available in the market. Icelandic Glacial Water and Fiji Water.
Fiji water. The optimum PH level for humans is 7.2. Fiji water has become immensely popular in recent years. It is artesian well water slowly filtered through volcanic rock gathering minerals and electrolytes along the way. It has been preserved and protected naturally from the elements. The water’s PH is 7.7 when tested. You can find more about Fiji water here.
Icelandic Glacial Water. Iceland is renowned for having one of the world’s cleanest ecosystems. This water is bottled from the famous Olfus spring. They make sure that no contaminants get into the water. The first time the air comes in contact with the water is when the consumer removes the cap off the bottle. Icelandic Glacial Water has an amazing PH of 8.4!
Benefits of Alkaline water
May increase cell hydration
Helps balance your body’s PH
may help flush toxins
may help normalize your blood pressure
PH levels of common drinks.
What happens when you combined filtered water and crystal salt?
SOLE is created when salt and water unite. No, SOLE is not a wonder drug… it is simply a food source… albeit a very good source of nutrition for your body. Using SOLE every day may restore yourself to optimum health; but, you must also come to terms with what got you on the road to sickness in the first place. You may need to take a serious look at what you eat and drink on a regular basis. Half measures will avail you nothing. If you want to be the best YOU… changes need to occur in YOUR lifestyle.
Healing Effects of Salt
In ancient times, SALT was seen as the 5th element (regarded as vital for survival). Water and salt were used as a remedy for many ailments. In modern times, people everywhere are now beginning to consider the healing benefits of natural crystal salts. You find crystal salt in everything these days from soaps, scrubs, facial mud packs to bath salt. Crystal salt is also being utilized in inhalation and cleansing treatments.
The healing properties of salt are also well-known in modern medicine. Poland has a hospital built deep inside a salt mine in the city of Wieliczka…. 750 feet below the surface! Treatments are specially designed for asthmatics and people with lung disorders. The healing rate is an astonishing 90%… thousands have been treated there.
The healing taking place goes beyond the purity of the air in the cave. Salt has the ability to balance positively charged ions. Common devices in your home create positive ions: computers, TV, Stereos, microwaves, etc… Your house is thus charged with electromagnetic energy. This throws your body’s energy field out of whack. 30 seconds on your cell open up the blood-brain barrier… a natural barrier that protects your brain from toxins.
Surrounded by millions of tons of salt in these mines, patients benefit from the enormous power of the salt’s frequency and vibration. All symptoms of illness may be therapeutically neutralized by crystal salt.
The problem arises once someone leaves the salt chamber. Illness may relapse to its original position; HOWEVER, there is an alternative solution. Develop a daily habit of SOLE drinking therapy. Crystal salt has the ability to balance positively charged ions. Salt has neutralizing effects that may bring balance back into your system. When you are ill and suffer from an energy deficiency, crystal salt may help restore your energy.
SOLE… Mother Soup of all Life Forms
You create something entirely new when combing crystal salt and water… water is no longer water… salt is no longer salt. The elements have freed themselves from their restricted forms and have reached a higher form of energy. 3 billion years passed by on Earth with water, salt, and sunlight as being the only game in town. Life was finally created from salt and water and sunlight. Salt has always played a HUGE role in all life forms.
Your body consists of the same elements as the sea… the sea of life. The primordial “soup” of life. Your body has the same ratio of elements (84 minerals and trace elements) as does salt and water. So it makes total sense to make sure your body gets what it needs to function at optimum levels. Table salt is not going to help you. Those elements were stripped out for commercial uses.
You can not absorb the minerals from mineral water because they would not be able to penetrate into your cells. Creating a sole with crystal salt and filtered water would be able to be absorbed by your cells. You need the organic or ionic state of an element for your body to make use of it.
Can Disease be your friend?
Nobody wants health issues. A wave of fears engulfs anyone who receives unexpected news from their doctor. A wave of depression and anxiety overwhelm many of us. But UNDERSTAND this…your body is trying to wake you up… something is wrong… you need to pay attention. You may need to explore other options concerning your dietary habits. Adding plenty of non-carbonated low mineral water with sole drinking therapy may help you regain your health.
Healing Power of Sole
SOLE provides a 24-hour lasting effect. Your body will receive the exact vibration it’s missing. You will need high-grade Himalayan Crystal Salt rocks. Put them in a glass jar and fill it with alkaline water… wait 24 hours for the salt rocks to dissolve.(this will create a 26% sole solution… take one teaspoon of sole and add it to 8 ounces of alkaline water first thing in the morning… on an empty stomach. It is important to do this daily for the best results.
Your intestines will be stimulated within minutes. You may experience a general state of well-being as its goodness seeps into your body. Electrolytes are created when drinking SOLE.
SOLE has a balancing effect on your system. Within 15 minutes, your blood pressure will lower (if you have high blood pressure), but it will raise if your blood pressure is low, to begin with. Your PH levels may be brought back into balance with sole. Your body will start to flush out toxins and intestinal waste. It will help clean your insides out.
You may experience some negative effects as a result. Removing waste rapidly may result in diarrhea. Your body may have stored up fermented and rotten substances over the years. Realize this is good news… getting rid of bodily garbage. This may include kidney and gallstones being loosened up and thus released. They would cause more trouble down the road if not removed now. The cleansing process will differ for everyone. Some people have accumulated more waste over time than others.
Sole may also help break down deposits on joints. This may help people that have arthritis or gout find some relief. It is also good for your skin. Intestinal health affects how your skin looks. Your skin mirrors your inside conditions. Sole is excellent for treating skin disorders.
Ways SOLE is Used
SOLE Drinking Therapy
Flushing out your Sinuses
Crystal Salt Ionizers
Crystal Salt Lamps
There is hardly a more efficient and natural remedy than Crystal Salt and quality natural spring water. Together, they may stimulate your body’s natural way to heal itself. Since Himalayan Crystal Salt contains the exact mineral combination as does the human body, it may have a beneficial effect on all diseases. Some scientists and doctors feel there is only one disease: energy deficiency. Their philosophy on healing… remove the cause… not the symptoms.
Modern medicine believes in relieving symptoms… prescribing medications… suggest usage hot of cold pads for swellings… physical therapy… rest… etc… You seldom receive dietary advice; however, they may send you to see a dietitian. Big pharma has gotten WAY too involved in pushing their agenda and influencing modern medicine. Pharmaceuticals have damaging side effects and often lead to more scripts to counteract horrendous side effects… INSANITY! These noxious prescriptions also suppress the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Most doctors don’t undergo a lot of nutritional training. This is my biggest problem with modern medicine. Thanks for a growing segment of MD’s who have dedicated themselves to educating the general public to use food as their greatest weapon… or defense… against disease. (remember… water and salt are also food)
Natural Skin Care
Skin…. your body’s largest organ… acts as a mirror in regards to your health… will tell you how your body is doing internally… The high acid content in your body will be reflected on your skin. This is a sign that your PH is out of balance.
The skincare market is huge (as you well know). Many skincare products may acidify your body even more. Again… you need to treat the cause… not the symptoms. So if you have a skin problem, find out what is causing those blemishes. Eating a lot of protein such as eggs, meats, and dairy may make you more prone to having skin issues.
It is important to drink SOLE each morning on an empty stomach as well as topical salt applications for your complexion. The topical applications should be continued until an inner balance is reached inside your body… SOLE drinking therapy should remain a part of your daily regimen.
Skin Blemishes Unhealthy skin conditions such as acne or eczema need identical treatment with salt therapy. Your inside bodily condition is trying to give you a heads up. Your intestinal system has probably been compromised. Your body can’t get rid of all the toxins, so they are excreted through your pores.
A change of diet, as well as a colon cleanse, is advisable to eliminate the cause. It is also extremely important to guzzle down plenty of quality spring water with high alkaline content. Your water should be low in minerals. The water will help flush out fermented bodily waste that has been attached to your intestines.
Sole applications…. morning sole and 2 to 3 quarts of low mineral and non-carbonated water a day, 1 % topical sole and applying a sole mud mask twice a week.
Neurodermatitis This condition is caused by an allergic reaction. It may be caused by an allergy to dairy. Symptoms may appear as early as infancy. The skin may develop brittle scabs that can develop anywhere on the body. The scabs itch and are extremely uncomfortable.
Dietary changes are recommended to fight back. You may really consider avoiding all dairy products, animal proteins, wheat, sugar, and processed foods… your diet can be your friend… or foe.
Sole applications…. morning sole and 2 to 3 quarts of low mineral and non-carbonated water a day, crystal sole bath (up to 5% sole solution).
Psoriasis This skin disease is genetically inherited and waits until adulthood to ravage your outer appearance…. red-spotted skin usually covered with white flakes. You may keep it in remission by sticking to a whole food plant-based diet. Adding salt therapy may perform wonders in combating psoriasis. Doctors are familiar with the healing effects of salt in treating psoriasis and recommend bathing in highly concentrated salt water (like the Dead Sea). This only provides temporary relief unless you bring the ocean home with you. The good news… now you can!
Sole applications…. morning sole and 2 to 3 quarts of low mineral and non-carbonated water a day, a bath with a high concentration of sole (3% solution)… keep the water temperature of the bath at or below your body temperature (98.6 F)… don’t rinse off the salt… dab with towel to dry your skin…2x a week for 20 minutes, sole mud is also helpful as well as salt flotation tanks (if you can find one).
Athletes Foot Your itchy feet may be cured rapidly and effectively with crystal salt sole therapy. It may take longer if your toenails get infected.
Sole applications…. morning sole and 2 to 3 quarts of low mineral and non-carbonated water a day, and bath your feet in a 10% concentrated sole solution… dab your feet dry with a towel after your soak.
Warts Annoying ugly little skin growths, warts, can be a chore to get rid of. Crystal salt… is effective in chiseling away at these unwanted pests. Warts are caused by viruses that get inside your skin. Strengthening your immune system also aids in getting rid of warts.
Sole application… sole drink in the morning (for your immune system), make a sole wrap for the wart and you may apply some sole mud.
Insect Bites You may treat bug bites with the sole. It aids in the swelling and itching. You may also use a topical for poison ivy, oak, and sumac.
Sole applications… use a pure sole solution (26%) on the affected areas of skin. this helps with the itching and swelling. You may also apply sole mud.
Allergy disorders have been on the rise over the last few decades. Causes are numerous: poor dietary habits, genetics, toxic chemical, elector-smog, vaccinations… etc. Salt mine chambers have offered relief for allergic conditions. As soon as you leave a salt hospital setting, symptoms return. Crystal salt offers a salt therapy solution in your own home.
Asthma This is a respiratory disease that affects the airways to the lungs. Asthma victims feel like they are suffocating during an episode. Symptoms are coughing wheezing, difficulty in breathing, and chest tightness or pain. The problem most often occurs during exhalation.
Many factors can trigger an asthma attack… such as… pollen… mold… pet dander… chemicals… stress… food additives… the list goes on.
If you consider treating asthma with crystal salt therapy, stay with the protocol set forth by your MD(along with salt therapy). Stopping asthma medication may trigger an attack. Only after the salt has proved its effectiveness through holistic treatment can you begin to taper off your meds. (while working with your doctor)
Sole applications…. morning sole and 2 to 3 quarts of low mineral and non-carbonated water a day, inhalation of a 1% sole solution (do this 2x a day for 15 minutes), use a crystal salt ionizer at home, and bath in a 1% solution once a week.
Hay Fever and allergic eye infections Grass and pollen are the main culprits of allergies. Over 10% of the world’s industrial population suffers from hay fever. Our immune systems have been unable to keep up with environmental pollution. The signs of hay fever are sneezing and itching of your nose. Your eyes and nose excrete a watery solution.
Sole applications… morning sole and 2 to 3 quarts of low mineral and noncarbonated water, flush your nose with a 1% solution of sole with a neti pot several times a day (this removes pollen from your mucous membrane), use a 1% sole solution for your eyes ( use an eye flush cap)–this will not burn your eyes–, and a crystal salt ionizer will help.
Everyone is familiar with the common cold. You may experience a sore throat, coughing, a runny nose, bronchitis, ear infections, sinus infections with a cold. You can catch a cold any time of the year. Hay fever sometimes is mistaken as a cold. Crystal salt therapy is an awesome prevention ritual.
Sore Throat Scratchy throats are often an early signal of an oncoming cold. Your mouth is the most common gateway for infections to get into your system. If your immune system is not strong enough, your throat can get infected.
Sole applications… morning sole and 2 to 3 quarts of low mineral and non-carbonated water, gargle with a 1% sole solution and use a cold throat wrap with a highly concentrated sole. Soak in the pure sole (26%) and leave it on for an hour.
Infected Ears Cold may lead to your eardrums being infected. Your eardrum trumpet is essential to cut off from air circulation and infection may occur.
Sole applications… morning sole and 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water per day, flush your nose 2x a day with a neti pot (1% sole solution), and heat up a crystal salt sachet in your oven (120-140 F) 2x per day for 20 minutes each.
Sinus Infections Some people suffer continually from nasal congestion. This infection could develop into headaches and sinus infections. If you currently suffer from congestion, flushing out your nose would be a good routine to add to your life. The salt solution moisturizes inside your nose making it difficult for bacteria and viruses to settle in and do damage.
Sole applications… Morning sole routine and drinking 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonates and low mineral water per day, and flush your nose with a neti pot containing a 1% sole solution 2x a day.
Bronchitis Colds often follow a certain pattern beginning in your throat, rising to your nasal area, and finally attacking your bronchial area. This is when your bronchial tubes become inflamed. Your bronchial tubes are responsible for the airflow to your lungs.
There several forms of bronchitis and can take several weeks to dissipate. Smokers are especially prone to chronic bronchitis.
Sole applications… Morning sole and drinking 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water, perform sole inhalation therapy once or twice a day with a 1% sole solution, and also recommended is using a crystal salt ionizer.
Flu The symptoms of flu are more intense than the common cold… but have many similarities. You may also experience fevers, muscle aches and vomiting. Flu can also develop into pneumonia and require hospitalization.
Sole applications… your morning sole and 2 to 3 quarts of low mineral and non-carbonated water per day, take a sole bath with a 1 percent solution (don’t do the sole bath if you have a fever), and cold-soaked sole thigh wraps are effective for lowering fevers.
Diseases of the skeletal system, known as the locomotion system, include infectious arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative arthritis, gout, osteoporosis and bone injuries. The primary causes of rheumatic diseases is poor diet, lack of exercise, and water over a long period of time. Crystallized deposits begin to form on the joints leading to inflammation.
Contributing factors to a poor diet include: consuming a large number of animal proteins, sugar, table salt, refined flours, and booze. It doesn’t help the situation when you do not drink enough water to flush the toxins out. After starting your sole solutions therapy, you may experience aggravation at first and may experience a little pain. Drinking a lot of water will help ease the pain as you rid your body of these toxins.
Arthritis and Gout Conditions like these are characterized by painful swelling and reddening of the skin. Heat usually increases the discomfort, so it’s best to ice the swelling down.
Sole applications… morning sole and 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water, use a pure sole (26%) cold wrap around the affected area several times a day, and a sole mud wrap to alleviate the pain as well (you may want to put a cold wet towel on top to prevent the mud from drying out to quick. Leave the mud on for an hour.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis These diseases are caused by the deterioration of your cartilage and your tissues wearing out. Apply heat to help alleviate pain. Osteoporosis patients benefit greatly from sole since the solution is full of minerals from the crystal salt. Your body can not break down cow’s milk calcium, so this will not help osteoporosis. You can get calcium from your garden by eating nuts, whole wheat, sesame products, and legumes. These foods have the amino acids your body can absorb to help your calcium intake.
Sole solution… morning sole routine and 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water, using heat is good for degenerative bone diseases, so use a sole wrap with a 10% solution. You can also heat a crystal salt sachet in your oven (120-140 F) and place on the problem area for 20 minutes, take a sole bath with a 2% solution, and gradually increase to 8%. The water temperature should not exceed 98.6 F and do not take a sole bath during flare-ups.
Broken Bones and Pulled Muscles or Tendons. Skeletal injuries always cause inflammation, so treat them like infections. Sole not only alleviates pain and reduces swelling,, it may also help accelerate the regeneration process.
Sole applications… morning sole routine and 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water, wrap a towel soaked in highly concentrated sole on your injury and wrap a dry towel over the soaked towel. A sol mud wrap will also help and put a wet towel over the mud towel to keep the mud from drying to quickly.
Indigestion and Malfunctioning Metabolism
In the Western world, the most common ailments are rheumatic diseases and indigestion. The cause is usually similar: lack of exercise, poor lifestyle choices, nutritional deficiencies, and lack of good water. This may lead to stomach problems, diarrhea, constipation, liver and gallbladder issues, and excess fat in your blood and urine, diabetes, and putrefied intestines.
Maintaining a healthy diet “should” be obvious; however, the evidence says otherwise. The so-called factory foods are killing us… slowly… but surely. I know that I spent years eating these “foods” without a thought. Yea… I know eating junk food isn’t healthy, but as long as I didn’t over consume them… was how I rationalized eating these addictive foods.
Modern people have been tricked into eating this nonsense. There is a huge cover-up in corporate America concerning food. Do you ever take time and read food labels? If it doesn’t sound like food, you probably shouldn’t eat it. Look around… obese people are everywhere… too many people are overweight… even young children… something is seriously wrong with our food choices.
Crystal salt can help, but it is so important to eat the right foods. Stop eating processed foods. They are garbage… poison… agents of death. Some of the ingredients in American food are banned in other countries.
The optimum diet consists of natural, wholesome, and living foods. Most people have an acidic condition, so it is wise to steer towards alkaline foods (vegetables, fruits, and nuts) to balance your PH. Again, acid-forming foods consist of animal proteins, dairy products, eggs, and sugar.
Adding crystal salt sole may stimulate your digestive organs and support the digestive fluids in your pancreas and liver and regulate your metabolism.
Sole application… morning sole routine and 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water.
Kidney and Bladder Issues
Your kidneys are very important for getting rid of toxins. They filter your blood and extract pollutants. Women are more likely to experience urinary tract infections, and men may experience agonizing kidney stones more than women. It is paramount to drink a lot of good water for proper kidney functioning. Sole may help break down and dissolve kidney and gallbladder stones. The passing of the stones can be painful… but worthwhile… as the body will have healed itself.
Sole application… morning sole routine and 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water, use hot sole soaked wraps if experiencing pain in the area of your kidneys, and you can also use a crystal salt sachet on those painful areas.
Heart disease is the most common disease known to mankind. Every problem concerning your heart, arteries, and blood vessels can be linked to an unhealthy lifestyle. (poor food choices, smoking, lack of exercise, stress… etc)
Your health can bounce back with a change in lifestyle. The best thing you can do for your heart is to look into a whole food plant-based diet. There is a buzz about this movement on YOUTUBE with very convincing evidence. I myself have gotten my blood pressure and other vitals under control with this way of eating. It is amazing how good your body feels eating this way.
Sole therapy can also come in to play to aid yourself back to health. Sole may balance your blood pressure. Sole may also help dissolve plaque buildup in your arteries and blood vessels, but if don’t change your lifestyle you may continue to have problems. There is nothing scarier than pain associated with your heart. I personally don’t want to experience that again.
Sole application… morning sole routine and 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water.
Sleeping Disorders, Nervousness, and Poor Concentration
Insomnia is on the rise… along with anxiety disorder… and the ability to concentrate. ADHD is now more common among children. Himalayan crystal salt lamps may help alleviate tension. I use one myself and notice a shift in the energy of the room when it is on. It creates a sense of well- being in myself. Crystal salt lamps are good to have around modern devices that create electromagnetic fields. Try one next to your bed while you sleep.
Sole application… morning sole routine and 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water, a sole bath can be beneficial once in a while, crystal salt ionizers and lamps may also help with your mood.
The BIG C. The thought of cancer scared me as a kid… along with leprosy ( I went to Catholic school). When I was a kid I thought cancer was a great mystery and it could just happen for no reason. The cancers plaguing children most often are different than cancer that adults suffer from. I am a huge believer in ST Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and used to work for one of their fundraising arms. Danny Thomas was famous for saying “No child should die in the dawn of life”.
Cancer refers to any one of a large number of diseases characterized by the development of abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably and have the ability to infiltrate and destroy normal body tissue. Cancer often has the ability to spread throughout your body.
Some believe that negative thought patterns can affect the very cells in our bodies… fear… stress… lack of love. Doctors are finding more about cancer every year. Sole usage may help your system in regeneration.
Sole application… morning sole routine and 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water, take a 1% sole solution bath every so often as your physical system allows.
60% of Americans wear glasses or contacts. As you age, you may suffer from a dehydrated eyeball a may need to get glasses. The most common eye problems are caused by environmental factors such as TVs, Computers, heating and air units, and dehydration. Pollen can also cause eye issues. Sole eye baths can alleviate these problems and may even reduce impaired vision due to old age.
Sole application… morning sole routine and 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water, for chronic conditions wash your eyes with a 1% sole solution (it won’t burn)2 to 3 times per day until the problem is resolved.
Heavy metals are everywhere in our modern-day environment. They are present in our soils and find there way into our food and water supply. They are extremely toxic to your immune system and difficult for your body to eliminate. Excessive heavy metals like arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury can lead to headaches, exhaustion, depression, and to a lack of vitality. Crystal salt may help remove toxins from your body.
Sole application… morning sole routine and 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water.
Crystal salt works well for your oral and dental hygiene. It helps control tarter and may aid in preventing cavities. Most dental decay is caused by a high acid content in your mouth and throat. The crystal salt may help re-balance your PH in your mouth and may help dental issues. It may also help regenerate your teeth enamel.
Sole application… morning sole routine and 2 to 3 quarts of non-carbonated and low mineral water. Every morning brush your teeth with a pure sole (26%) and gargle your mouth for 3 minutes with a pure sole.
Recently, crystal salt has found its way into cosmetics. You can find numerous salt-based beauty products on the shelves of stores from soaps to lotions and masks… however… be careful because many of these are produced with refined salts. Look for products that contain the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt.
More about Original Himalayan Salt
Isn’t all salt the same?
If the quality of salt really matters to you, there are five things to consider before you purchase salt.
The number of trace minerals in the salt
The ratio of those minerals
The size of the particles and the structure of those minerals.
Has the salt been contaminated with additives, chemicals or pollution?
Research shows the mineral content and health benefits.
Microscopic photos of various salt types.
Original Himalayan Crystal Salt® is the purest, healthiest salt on the planet.
The ideal addition to support your health.
✓ Includes 84 elements and minerals.
✓ Provides your body with Electrolytes.
✓ Improves cell hydration*
✓ Supports acid-alkaline balance*
✓ Helps establish normal blood pressure*
✓ Supports detoxification and helps intestinal health*
When making choices about our health, we sometimes gravitate towards what you think is helpful without knowing all the facts. Quality matters! This goes for anything you put in your body. Please try the best for yourself… you only have your health… nothing else matters more… not all the gold in the world… you can offer so much more to life when you feel good mentally and physically.
Does it really have 84 minerals and trace elements? Do you have a certificate of analysis to prove the source of all the trace minerals mentioned in the book, Water & Salt the Essence of Life? – Here is our Certificate of Analysis
PS Take a tour of the site… you will see different kinds of salt therapy devices and products to choose from.
Different kinds of Salt
Original Himalayan Crytal Salt
Himalayan or Pink Salt
5 (depending on source)
Additives & Pollutants
Depends on the source, anti-caking may be used, Pollutants, radioactive waste, heavy metals
Anti-caking agents Pollutants: plastic,cyanide, aluminum and others
Foothills of the Himalayan mountains in Pakistan
South America, Poland, Australia, or Pakistan
Structure & Particle Size
Crystalline with Subtle isolation
Crystalline with total isolation
Hand mined, cleaned and gently crushed with stone grinders
Industrially mined often using explosives
Evaporated salt from the oceans or saltwater lakes then chemically refined at high temperatures removing most of the trace minerals
Explosives then chemically cleaned in a lab removing trace elements to leave Na and Ci
Making various quantities of 1% Sole Water
Quantity of Water
Quantity of Sole
1 cup (8oz)
1 ½ tsp (6g)
1 Quart (4 cups)
2 Tbsp (30 g)
2 Quarts (½ Gallon)
4 Tbsp (60g)
3 Quarts (12 cups)
4 Quarts (1 Gallon)
2 Gallons (32 Cups)
3 Gallons (48 Cups)
1 ½ Cups
4 Gallons (64 cups)
10 Gallons (160 Cups)
Various Concentrations of Sole Solution
% of Sole Solution
Amt of Fine Salt
Amt of Water
½ tsp (2g)
for eyes & nose
for sole bathing
6 tsp (24g)
34 ounces Water
6.6lbs (3 Kilos)
for Sole Bathing
6 Tbsp ( 3 Kilos)
34 ounces Water
for Partial Bathing
SOURCES. Since salt research is limited, I got a lot of information from “Water & Salt… the healing power of nature” Dr. Med. Barbara Hendel and Peter Ferreira. Their book is loaded with research data to back up their findings. Some of my other sources are found here.
I have presented researched data and I am not making any claims that salt will cure any ailments. Salt is food and as many natural substances whether it is a vegetable, fruits, nuts, herbs, and minerals, contain properties that help human beings maintain optimum health.
PS This is not a sponsored post; however, I was referring to the Original Crystal Salt label in regards to this post and my link is to the only company that I could find currently. There were two other companies outside the United States previously as mentioned in the book “Water & Salt”, but I could not locate current product links.
You can go to Power organics out of Shasta California and purchase a high-grade salt there. I am not an affiliate there but have used their products. They are a fine company with research on their website. I was first introduced to this topic through them. They no longer have an affiliate program, but I do recommend them. Their salt research shows 74 minerals and trace elements present. https://powerorganics.com/