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5 Dharma Types – A look into your destiny

May 31, 2014

simon Chokoisky What is your Dharma? What is your Purpose in life? These are the questions answered in this groundbreaking book on Vedic archetypes. There is something that you do better than anyone else on the planet… Discover that, and everything follows from there!  Author of the 5 Dharma Types Simon Chokoisky visits Jewels to discuss this ancient knowledge.

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Water Secrets (Excerpt) by Simon Chokoisky

May 31, 2014

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Water Secrets, Tips, & Recipes

In this chapter we’ve discussed some water do’s and don’ts. Let’s summarize what we know, and add a few water tips and recipes to kindle agni- your digestive juices- and replenish energy levels. Drinking water is more than replacing sweat and fluids- it is vital to digestion and energy. But most of us do not know how to use is to optimize nutrient assimilation and instead suffer from fatigue, bloating, and other symptoms of improper digestion. Don’t you hate a gassy stomach, or a tired, ineffectual brain? The solution is not only drinking half your ideal body weight in ounces of water per day (which you should) but also when, and how you do that. Here are the secrets:
1. Drink 8-16 oz. of room temperature or warmer water first thing in the morning after scraping your tongue and cleaning your mouth. To supercharge your agni, try copper water. Buy a pure copper cup (available at Indian groceries). Fill with pure water and leave overnight. Next morning drink this copper-infused water for an incredible digestive boost. Within 30-60 minutes you should feel your digestive juices flowing. The atomic copper particles transferred from the copper cup act as scraping agents that sweep away āma and tonify the liver, gall bladder and intestines. Copper water is warming to the body so reduce its intake in the summer. Instead, try silver or gold water (recipe in the next chapter).
2. Drink room temperature water 15 minutes before meals. This is a crucial step to better digestion. By buffering the bicarbonate layer in the stomach more HCL is produced to break down food. Your stomach doesn’t have teeth: it has hydrochloric acid to digest what you give it. Give it more.
Here is an amazing recipe to try before meals. Make your own flax drink by boiling two to four tablespoons of raw flax seeds in a quart of plain water. Bring to a boil and let it cool. You can drink this smooth and viscous water 15 to 30 minutes before eating. It will buffer your stomach and digestive tract while providing the added benefits of flax and its omega acids. Flax water is a tonic for the entire digestive system and its benefits extend far beyond. The best part is, virtually nobody knows this recipe- be the first to see its benefits!
3. Do not drink water with or after meals. The ph of your stomach acid is about two (very acidic). Water’s PH is over seven, not good for helping you digest that turkey dinner. If you must drink with meals, sip hot water, tea, or wine- just enough to get your food down. If you’ve done steps one and two above, you should not feel thirsty during meals. Wine works well with meals but should be used in moderation.
3. For super hydration, sip hot water all day. This is a great trick to try during cold fall and winter months to cure chronic dehydration and sluggish digestion. Take a sip from a hot thermos every 15 minutes- you can even set your watch to it to stay on schedule. After three days of this, you will not only feel hydrated, but your lymph and digestive juices will be stimulated to flush out toxins and assimilate food on a whole new level. Remember, water is crucial for digestion and energy- try this and you’ll see why.
4. Drink water by itself. Coffee is not water. Neither is wine, tea or milk. Yes, these are liquids, but most actually make you thirstier rather than relieving thirst. Your liver has to process alcohol and other toxins, and if it’s already overloaded by stress and poor diet habits, you are simply adding to its troubles. Gatorade, Vitamin Water and other sugared drinks are no help either and actually make you fat. Did you know that to benefit from Gatorade a typical person needs to exercise continuously for more than two hours? And do you know that the people who routinely run dozens of miles per day, the Tarahumara of Mexico, only do so drinking… you guessed it, water? By drinking pure water the right way you will turn your body into the fat burning, toxin excreting machine it was designed to be.
If you are active or chronically dehydrated, try making your own sports drink with this recipe: to a quart of water add fresh lime juice, a pinch of rock salt, and maple syrup to taste. Adjust the ingredients as you see fit. This electrolyte balancing drink is way better for you than any sports beverage on the market, and is easy to make at home. Rock salt, or better yet, black salt, is available from Indian or Asian food markets
5. Do not over drink. Water, like anything else, needs to be digested. A good rule of thumb is: “Chew your water, drink your food.” This means chew every bite of food at least 32 times (once for every tooth) or until it is thoroughly mixed with mucus and ‘liquid’ enough to swallow. Some advise to masticate as many times as your age in years. Thus, for a 52 year old, fifty two chews for every bite. The point is that your food should be thoroughly broken down and emulsified before you swallow it.
Do the same with water. Swish every sip in your mouth before swallowing it down instead of just guzzling. That water will have a better chance of actually getting to and being utilized by your deep tissues before being excreted.
By getting enough water you will feel less need to drink alcohol and iced soda drinks, which in turn will help your liver and metabolism function better. We often turn to these crutches to ease digestion. Because of their constituents, wine or cola may help the stomach digest greasy heavy foods. But their detriments often outweigh the benefits.* When your own inner furnace is fully stoked you will never need to depend on anything else to get the most zest out of food, sex, or life itself!
BONUS: Try silver & gold water. In the next chapter I will teach you how to make this special water by boiling pure silver or gold (not letting it touch the sides of the pot) and letting it cool. Silver is cooling and ideal for summer. Gold is a rejuvenative for the heart, brain, joints, muscles and sex organs and promotes strength and vitality. Want more? Turn to the next chapter. See you there!
* Dr. Claudia Welch suggests no more than one serving of alcohol per week for women and men who want to optimize digestion and detox, and relieve symptoms of PMS, stress, and adrenal fatigue.

If you wake up in the morning with foul-smelling breath, that is a sign of putrefication, which means you have āma in your system. More than likely, you will also have a whitish coating on part or all of your tongue, which you should scrape off immediately using a tongue scraper. Āma on the tongue means there is āma in the body. But if you wake up with fresh smelling breath and no āma on your tongue, then you are nirāma- without excessive toxic sludge, and your body is better prepared to respond to stress. Āma is the reason some people get sick when exposed to a stimulus like stress or a cold virus, while others do not. Āma is inflammatory, compromising your immunity and the body’s ability to resist external and internal threats. And, as we shall learn later, it is a key factor in aging.
If when you wake up you can burp and taste last night’s dinner, then your digestion is sluggish, and āma is probably present. If this is the case, skip breakfast and allow the body to finish digesting your last meal before giving it a new challenge. In fact, this is a simple way to know if you are ready to eat- if you can still taste and burp your last meal, then wait a little while, or try some of the herbal remedies outlined below.
The poop test is simple: if your bowel movement floats, it is a sign that you are relatively āma free and getting enough fiber. Because āma is sticky, cold, and heavy, it makes fecal matter sink. On the other hand, healthy digestion will promote the float. Other signs of low āma are: almost no smell to the feces, they come out easily shaped like bananas, and very little toilet paper is needed afterwards. All of these indicate good flora in the gut and adequate fiber intake. Research now tells us that our prehistoric ancestors ate up to 100 grams of fiber per day. We are lucky to get twenty grams in our Standard American Diet. Get your fiber and promote the float!
Dr. Lad is fond of saying that the greatest happiness is waking up to the call of number two. If you easily go every morning without need for coffee, food, or laxatives, it generally means your GI tract is functioning well. If you’re not quite ready for a movement first thing in the morning, make it a point to drink a tall glass of room temperature water (16 oz) after scraping your tongue. That serves two functions. First, it hydrates your body since you’ve been waterless for at least the past eight hours. Second, it encourages peristalsis and the flushing of remaining toxins from your system. This first glass of water in the morning is the most important drink of the day. Even if you forget to drink the rest of the time, at least you’ve started well by hydrating your body and brain to function optimally at work, school, or at play.
The next test is most interesting. To do it, weigh yourself before eating, then thirty to sixty minutes after food weigh yourself again. You will need a precise scale for this. If your weight goes up after having food then your body is not making the most of its nutrition. If your weight stays the same, then you are metabolizing and burning your meals properly. If your weight goes down, that might be a sign of hyperthyroidism or an overactive metabolism…or it’s time to get a new scale.
Eliminating āma is essentially synonymous with kindling the digestive fire, called agni in Sanskrit.* Agni is one of those good four letter words you want to remember, because it stands for all of the enzymatic and metabolic processes in the body, including the transformation of food into consciousness. Agni is the opposite of āma, and when one is high, the other is low. In fact, impaired agni is a factor behind many modern addictions to tobacco, coffee, alcohol and even sex. When metabolic fire becomes sluggish, our bodies turn to substances or activities to stimulate it. A shot of whiskey temporarily burns āma and we feel good. That cigarette after a meal kindles agni and helps us digest our food. Good agni even digests our mental and emotional experiences, which is why when it’s impaired people are more likely to turn to hard drugs to cope with mental āma- unprocessed thoughts and emotions that literally clog our brain chemistry and make us feel crappy. But habitual crutches like this are substitutes for our own inner pharmacy.

*Though technically kindling agni and removing āma are two distinct processes, doing one typically leads to the other. Now you know….

According to Āyurveda, burning āma, toxic sludge, and building strong agni does away with the need for drugs and alcohol to prop up our bodies and minds. Then, we are able to digest both our physical and emotional experiences, and depression and sickness fade like shadows before a torch. Part of the enduring popularity of juicing and certain restrictive diets like the lemonade cleanse lies in their ability to burn āma and kindle agni, at least temporarily. Below we will look at proven techniques for how to do this permanently as part of your daily lifestyle.

1. Three Square Meals- The ‘Eat as Much as You Want’ Diet

It has become common in fitness circles to eat five to six small meals daily, in the belief that this keeps metabolism high by forcing the body to digest all day long. While this may give good results in the short term by reducing portion sizes, constantly pouring food into the body doesn’t allow any rest time for your system. As a result, āma builds up. People don’t notice āma in the early stages because exercise often accompanies such meal plans, and exercise burns āma (see below). But just like your dishwasher, you should allow your body’s digestive cycle to finish before putting anything new into it. By allowing 4-6 hours between meals, the body has time to complete digestion and then focus its energies on other matters like cleaning house, rejuvenation, and balancing your hormones. Bogging your body down with food promotes aging: fasting at least four hours between meals is anti-aging. Modern longevity research supports this as well as the health benefits of infrequent eating.

By grazing all day like livestock, we have less time to focus on other things in our lives, and our bodies don’t have full resources to devote to things rejuvenation and burning āma. In the words of fitness guru Pavel Tsatsouline,“I don’t have time to graze” . Eating three solid meals a day may seem difficult at first but with a little practice it becomes second nature. And how good you feel when your body is not bogged down by dirty dishes all day long will make you a believer. Here’s how it’s done:

1. Start your morning with the breath, tongue, or poop test to determine if you have āma. If you do and you’re still burping last night’s meal, then you may skip breakfast altogether, or have a slice of apple or other fruit. Have a tall glass of lukewarm water and follow your morning routine (as outlined in the next chapter). But if you won’t make it to lunch without snacking, have a light breakfast. Fruits with a scraping quality, like grapefruit or apples, are great as they stimulate peristalsis while killing your hunger. But if you eat fruit, remember to eat it alone- and especially avoid fruit and dairy- see point #5 below: Respect the Rules. If āma is not present or if you’re really feeling hungry after your morning routine and water, then have a hearty breakfast that will take you through to lunch.

2. At lunch, eat as much as you want! Make it the biggest meal of the day. Āyurveda says that digestion is at its peak at midday (it peaks again around midnight) and having your biggest meal between 11 am and 2 pm ensures that your body can handle all the extra nutrients. Allow yourself at least an hour for lunch, and sit and enjoy your meal. Believe it or not, relishing your food in a relaxed fashion helps not only to digest and assimilate it better, it creates fullness and satisfaction that resonates throughout your day. Just like good sex leaves you with a smile all day long, enjoying a sumptuous meal at lunchtime with few restrictions on how much to eat can have the same effect.

3. Don’t snack! The first few days it may be difficult to break this habit as it takes 48-72 hours for our bodies to adjust to this style of eating. But don’t give in, and you will see by the third day you get used to waiting for the evening supper meal with relish. Or, you may not even be hungry for dinner. Your body will make the proper adjustments and you will feel light and energetic all day without needing to reach for a snack at all.

4. Have a light supper. Dinner should not be the biggest meal of the day but it should be enough to get you to breakfast without late-night snack cravings.

5. Go to bed early, before 10 pm if possible. Between 10 pm to 2 am our body’s agni wakes up again, so to avoid those late-night snack cravings just go to bed and allow your metabolic cycle to burn āma instead. You will wake up with a cleaner tongue and more energy in the morning! If you do burn the midnight oil, no need to beat yourself up- you will get hungry. (Try drinking some warm milk or juice in that case). Āyurveda recognized this long ago and developed a special routine to avoid these little pitfalls and make the most of your day. We will see this in the next chapter.

6. Finally, take time to cook at least two to three times per week. As we’ll see in Part II, connecting to the sensuality of eating by preparing and cooking food makes you a better lover. To be sensual means to be connected to your senses, and working with the scents, tastes, sights, textures, and even sounds of your food will make you more ‘sensitive’ in every area of your life. You may even find that you eat less when you prepare your food. When all of your senses have been stimulated and filled by the process of cooking, your taste buds won’t need to make up for any lack in the other four senses. Your palate will require only what it needs and no more.

MQ When all of your senses have been filled by the process of cooking, your taste buds won’t need to make up for the other four senses. Your palate will require only what it needs and no more.

One of the reasons we overeat is because our senses are not harmonized, and we feed our need for pleasant sights, sounds, smells and sensations by eating food. Haven’t you noticed that when you’re reading a book, or listening to really good music the time just flies and you don’t notice any hunger? That is because your other senses are being sumptuously gratified to the extent that they overspill and satisfy even your sense of taste. Take some time to increase your sensitivity by exposing yourself to beauty, whether going to a rock concert or hiking the Rocky Mountains. Taking in a symphony, if you truly enjoy it, will actually help you eat less and lose weight.

Boredom is one of the main reasons for overeating. The other is stress. When you make time to stimulate your senses and divert your mind away from stress and boredom, you will need less food to combat these symptoms. Food is medicine, and we often use it to fill us up when other areas of our life feel empty. But learning to practice your dharma, and finding good company with the techniques we’ll learn in Part II will remove the need to self-medicate with food, and help you to become the best you can be!

One final note on the Three Square Meals plan is that you can use it with almost any diet. There are many good books on healthy eating. Whether you follow the Eat Right for Your Type- blood type plan or Michael Pollan’s healthy food guidelines, or a mix of two or three eating strategies it doesn’t matter: you can use them all in the context of Three Square Meals. From Paleo to The Zone to healthy vegetarian cuisine, Ayurveda as the mother of all medicine embraces individual preferences, rather than homogenizing them. It recognizes our unique cultural tastes and allows for a custom dietary and supplement program for every mind/body and dharma type.

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2.Take Triphala

Triphala (‘three fruits’) powder is fitness for your belly. Triphala is a herbal compound that cleanses, tones, and rejuvenates any tissue it touches. Triphala is an Āyurvedic panacea that has received attention from Western science and herbalism alike. One of its ingredients (emblica officianalis or āmalakī in Sanskrit) has the highest concentration of bioavailable vitamin c of any food on the planet. In addition, it is heat-stable, so it doesn’t break down when heated. Triphala’s components have anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, and rejuvenative properties that go far beyond helping you go to the bathroom (which it does). Triphala is a must-have staple in any home, especially since it is also ridiculously inexpensive.*
*NOTE: Do NOT take triphala if you are pregnant, menstruating or suffer from chronic diarrhea or loose stools.
There are three ways to take triphala. The first and easiest is to simply put a half teaspoon of the powder in your mouth and chase it with water. Take a half-teaspoon at night before bed or in the morning to scrape away āma. If you drink milk before bed for better sleep, then take triphala in the morning, or an hour or two before bedtime, because it is incompatible with dairy (almost all fruit is incompatible with dairy!)
The second way to take it is to stir a whole teaspoon of triphala in a glass of water in the morning. By nighttime the heavy residue will have settled and only light-brown water will remain. At bedtime, without stirring it, drink the water and leave the residue on the bottom. Then add more water and stir. Leave this overnight and drink in the morning the same way. Discard the remaining residue and repeat this process.
The third way is to boil ½ teaspoon of triphala in a cup of hot water. Let steep for ten minutes, strain and drink. An additional ‘benefit’ of triphala is its horrible taste. Most people with āma find triphala disgusting, and resort to taking it in tablet form. But you should avoid this because one of triphala’s magic properties is telling you which flavors you need in your diet! If you taste bitter when you take it, then you need to eat more bitter greens or supplement with herbs like milk thistle, dandelion, or the āyurvedic herb kutkī. If taking triphala makes your mouth pucker, that is the astringent taste which you can get from beans, most raw vegetables, pomegranate and turmeric. Sour taste can be supplemented by citrus fruits, yogurt, and fermented foods. You will rarely taste sweet, but when you do that is a sign that āma is disappearing in your system! Because of its high vitamin C content, there will always be some sour and astringent taste to triphala, but a person whose GI tract is clean will find the sweet taste equally predominant. That’s the goal to strive for in a world dominated by sugar – so bottoms up and take your triphala!
3.Kill Sugar
For some people, this will be the single most important step to burning āma, kindling agni, and restoring health. Recent studies published in the Journal of American Medicine show that sugar kills, especially added or selective sugars found in soda, ketchup, juice, cakes, breads, and other comfort foods. People who got 20% of their calories from sugar had an almost 40% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease compared to those who ate less than 10% of their calories from added sugars.
A therapist once told me, “Simon, sugar equals pain.” This is true for women as for men. Painful periods and inflammation result when we cannot process the quantities of sugar we ingest. Chronic inflammation breaks down the body and creates multiple factors that cause disease. The suffix “itis” means “inflammation”- think about how many painful medical conditions have this suffix: cystitis, appendicitis, arthritis… the list goes on, and all of these are exacerbated by excess sugar intake. Consider that sugar also robs your skin of elastin and collagen, accelerating aging and wrinkles. Combine this with cognitive decline and you have a serious case for doing something to curb this sweet killer.
The best way to kill sugar is to fast from it for five days. You can ease into this by gradually reducing your intake of soda, donuts, cereals, and other sugary foods or you can go cold turkey and quit all elective sugars at once. Elective sugars means foods that have processed sugar added to make them taste good, rather than, say, vegetables or grains which have small amounts of sugar naturally present.
Start by eliminating pop, candy, and all elective sugars these first few days. See how you feel. Fasting is a natural part of life, and doing it intelligently will help you heal your body. You can still enjoy green apples, carrots, and the sugar naturally present in many vegetables- but avoid sweet fruits. Though natural, they slow down the removal of āma since sugar feeds the bad yeasts and bacteria in your gut that in a vicious circle create more āma. You can have grains, but avoid sugary cereals. Read the labels on anything you buy, and try to ingest twenty grams or less of ‘elective’ sugar per day.
After the first few days, you may like the feeling of a sugar-free body so much that you want to keep going. That’s fine; continue until you feel the need to reincorporate sugar back into your diet. Then return to your normal diet slowly, adding sugar back into your life and enjoying every little bit of it. Be like the Swiss, who savor their delectable chocolates as bite-size pieces…not massive blocks of dark brown āma that we ingest in America.
The five-two punch
You can also try the 5-2 regime: fasting from sugar for five days and allowing yourself to have it for two. The 5-2 diet has worked for bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts who want rapid fat loss. Eating this way is said to improve performance both in the gym and the bedroom by boosting testosterone and putting the body in a fat-burning mode. In addition, it allows you to be social and splurge on weekends or birthday parties without messing up your fitness plans. Using this in the context of the Three Square Meals plan is a great way to burn āma and boost metabolism.
When you feel that your digestion is back on par, and āma is under control (by doing the tongue, poop, and weight tests above) you can return to eating more sugar with awareness. Pay attention to the signs of āma, and when you need to, be ready to take up your sword and kill the many-headed sugar hydra again. Some people will love the feeling of a sugar-free body so much that this becomes their lifestyle. Whatever option you choose, consider going on a sugar fast at least four times a year- your mind and body will thank you for it!
Note: diabetics, and people prone to hypoglycemia should NOT do this sugar fast without consulting their doctor. Please consult your health care professional before beginning any dietary changes or exercise.
Other Notes on the Program:
When beginning the fast, sometimes it helps to slowly reduce the sugar in your diet and work your way down. Do what your body and mind allow you and never force yourself. Harsh starvation diets end up making you feel sorry in the long run. This is not a diet, but a tool for reducing āma and inflammation.
Also, because it is impossible to completely eliminate sugar- after all, rice, breads, and vegetables all contain starches that convert to sugar in your body- we are focusing on the ‘elective’ sugars here- those you ingest in addition to your vegetables and grains. That means that you will still be eating carbohydrates- this is not an Adkins diet, though Adkins-style regimes are fasts from sugar and the foods that create āma- which is why people like them so much.
*MQ Adkins-style regimes are fasts from sugar and the foods that create ama- which is why people feel so good on them.

May 24, 2014

ShonteJoin Jewels as she talks with UCLA trained Neuro-Scientist Shonte Jovan Taylor, Ph.D.  Shonte has the secrets in which to retrain the mind to unlock your full potential.

Your Vibrant Heart – Cynthia Thaik, M.D.

May 11, 2014

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Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D. visits with us and gives us some profound information that will show you that you ARE what you think. Listen to what the body is telling you!

Dr. Joe Dispenza – YOU Are the Placebo!

May 3, 2014

drjoeThis is a 5 star rated show. Dr. Joe Dispenza (star of the movie, What the Bleep) shows you how important your beliefs are about your health.   Powerful!