2018 Farm Bill: Hemp and CBD Prohibition Ends!

This Article First appeared on MadeByHemp.com

 

On December 20th, 2018, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, not a new piece of legislature, but an important one for multiple industries. Most important: the hemp industry. For decades, hemp (and CBD oil) have been listed as a Controlled Substance, lumping it alongside marijuana and other intoxicating substances. However, moving forward, hemp will be placed under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture and thus will now be an agricultural commodity moving forward.

This change will revolutionize the hemp industry, including CBD products, which had been living in a legal gray area for decades. Some regulations were eased with the 2014 Farm Bill, but it was still very difficult for CBD companies like us to follow the guidelines, as many were left up to interpretation.

With the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp farmers are going to have the ability to participate in USDA programs for certifications for competitive grants, therefore, will also be able to have certifications such as “organic” with the new law. This is something our industry truly needs as we have seen a flood of bad products entering the market in recent months.

The History of Hemp Prohibition

Hemp prohibition dates back to 1906, where many believe newspaper publisher William Randolph Hurst started the smear campaign against hemp. People believe that Hearst felt this was a threat to his extensive timber holdings, and thus his newspaper was used to share false facts around hemp. This helped lead to the misunderstanding that hemp and marijuana are the same, which they are not.

Ultimately, the charge for hemp and cannabis prohibition was led by Harry Anslinger, a government official who served as the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He was a supporter of prohibition and the criminalization of drugs and played a pivotal role in cannabis prohibition.

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The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was one of the first steps America made in the crackdown on hemp plants. The Tax Act of 1937 was eventually repealed by Leary v. United States in 1969.

In the next year, the Controlled Substances Act was passed, which the new 2018 Farm Bill successfully overrules. This was a replacement for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 and placed hemp as a controlled substance.

CBD Oil and the 2018 Farm Bill

Under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is considered an agricultural product and will thus open the floodgates for research and development, not only with hemp but derivatives such as CBD and other cannabinoids. CBD oil will be studied now like never before. We are so excited to follow the latest research and bring that information to you as we get it.

At Made By Hemp, they will also be participating in their own research and development with CBD oil and hemp as bringing you the highest quality hemp oil products is the most important thing to them.

Highlights of The 2018 Farm Bill

If you would like to read the entire 807 page report, otherwise, below are the main points highlighted by attorney Jonathan Miller from Frost Brown Todd LLC:

“The era of hemp prohibition is over.  Hemp is now permanently removed from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).  It is forever deemed an agricultural commodity, no longer mistaken as a controlled substance, like marijuana.

  • By redefining hemp to include its “extracts, cannabinoids and derivatives,” Congress explicitly has removed popular hemp products — such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) — from the purview of the CSA. Accordingly, the Drug Enforcement Administration no longer has any possible claim to interfere with the interstate commerce of hemp products. This should give comfort to federally regulated institutions — banks, merchant services, credit card companies, e-commerce sites, and advertising platforms — to conduct commerce with the hemp and hemp product industry.
  • Hemp farmers now may finally access needed crop insurance and can fully participate in USDA programs for certification and competitive grants.
  • State and Tribal governments may impose separate restrictions or requirements on hemp growth and the sale of hemp products – however, they cannot interfere with the interstate transport of hemp or hemp products. We are hopeful that local and state officials will follow Congress’ lead, as well as the statements and resolutions of the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that declare, after intense scientific scrutiny, that CBD is safe, non-toxic, and non-addictive.
  • The FDA continues to exercise jurisdiction over the regulation of ingestible and topical hemp products.  We applaud the agency’s continued efforts to crack down on bad actors who undermine the industry through misguided marketing claims.  And while we are concerned about non-binding statements made by the FDA that have led some state and local officials to question the legality of the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD, we are hopeful that we can work with the agency to clarify that CBD – which their own scientists concluded has no abuse potential and does not pose a risk to public health – should not be withheld from Americans who count on it for their health and wellness.

SECTION BY SECTION

  • Section 7129 (p. 313): Includes hemp in USDA’s supplemental and alternative crops programs. Section 7501 (p. 338): Includes hemp in USDA’s critical agricultural materials programs.
  • Section 7605 (p. 347): Orders the USDA Secretary to prepare a report on the 2014 Farm Bill pilot program, and then repeals that program one year after the new permanent hemp program is created. Section 10113 (p. 429): The guts of the new permanent legalization regime:
  • Section 297A (p. 429) Defines hemp as all parts of the plant less than 0.3% THC, including “derivatives,” “extracts” and “cannabinoids.”
  • Section 297B (p. 429) Empowers states and Tribes to submit plans to USDA to implement a permanent hemp growing program.  Requires information gathering, testing, and inspection procedures. The USDA Secretary must sign off on, or reject, the plan within 60 days, and consult with the Attorney General.  The Secretary can later audit state programs and work with the states to develop corrective action plans where there is noncompliance.
  • Section 297B(e)(p. 431): Orders states and Tribes to develop procedures to address violations, including corrective action in the case of negligence.
  • Section 297B(e)(3)(B) (p. 432): Individuals who commit drug felonies cannot participate in state or Tribal growth programs for 10 years following the date of their conviction.  However, participants in the 2014 Farm Bill pilot programs are grandfathered in to participate in permanent programs despite any prior felony committed.
  • Section 297C (p. 432): States and Tribes are required to maintain information on lands where hemp is grown and testing, enforcement and inspection procedures.  The USDA Secretary must collect such information to be accessible in real time to local, state and federal law enforcement.
  • Section 297D (p. 434): The USDA Secretary is required to submit an annual report to Congress on the program’s implementation.
  • Section 297D(c)(p. 434): Nothing in the new law affects the FDA’s authority under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or the Public Health Service Act.
  • Section 10114 (p. 435): Nothing in the act prohibits the interstate commerce of hemp, nor can States or Tribes prohibit the transportation of hemp or hemp products through their territory.
  • Title XI (p. 439):  Hemp farmers are made eligible for crop insurance, and marketability requirements for the crop insurance program can be waived.
  • Section 12619 (p. 540): Hemp is removed from the definition of “marihuana,” and THC found in hemp is excluded from the definition of a controlled substance.”

 

29 Benefits for Starting a Yoga Practice

Yoga was developed over 5,000 years ago in India as a comprehensive system for well being on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. While Yoga is often equated with Hatha Yoga, the well-known system of postures and breathing techniques, Hatha Yoga is only a part of the overall discipline of Yoga. Today, many people use various aspects of Yoga to help raise their quality of life in such areas as fitness, stress relief, wellness, vitality, mental clarity, healing, peace of mind, and spiritual growth.

 

There are the reasons why you need to begin a yoga practice if you haven’t already started one.

 

29 Benefits of Yoga

 

  • Improves your flexibility. Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga.

 

  • Builds muscle strength. Yoga protects us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and it helps prevent falls in elderly people. And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility.

 

  • Perfects your posture. Your head is like a bowling ball i.e. it’s big, round, and heavy. When it’s balanced directly over a straight spine, it takes much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it.

 

  • Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown. Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through a full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or reduces disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used. Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up. Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads.

 

  • Protects your spine. Spinal disks are the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves. The vertebrae craves movement. This is the only way they get their nutrients.

 

  • Improves your bone health. It’s well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis. Many postures in yoga require that you lift your own weight.

 

  • Increases your blood flow. Yoga gets your blood flowing. The relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which help them function better. And twisting poses are thought to wring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow in once the twist pose is released.

 

  • Drains your lymph and boosts immunity. When you contract and stretch your muscles, move your organs around, and come in and out of yoga postures, you increase the drainage of the lymph. Lymph is a viscous fluid rich in immune cells. These movements help the lymphatic system fight infection, destroy cancerous cells, and dispose of the toxic waste products of cellular functioning.

 

  • Increases your heart rate. When you regularly get your heart rate into the aerobic range, you lower your risk of heart attack and can relieve depression. While not all yoga is aerobic, if you do it vigorously or take flow or Ashtanga classes, it can boost your heart rate into the aerobic range. But even yoga exercises that don’t get your heart rate up that high can improve cardiovascular conditioning. Studies have found that yoga practice lowers the resting heart rate, increases endurance, and can improve your maximum uptake of oxygen during exercise.

 

  • Helps drop your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, you might benefit from yoga. Two studies of people with hypertension, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, compared the effects of Savasana (Corpse Pose) with simply lying on a couch. After three months, Savasana was associated with a 26-point drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and a 15-point drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number—and the higher the initial blood pressure, the bigger the drop.

 

  • Regulates your adrenal glands. Yoga lowers cortisol levels. Normally, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to an acute crisis, which temporarily boosts immune function. If your cortisol levels stay high even after the crisis, they can compromise your immune system. Temporary boosts of cortisol help with long-term memory, but chronically high levels undermine memory and may lead to permanent changes in the brain. Additionally, excessive cortisol has been linked with major depression, osteoporosis (it extracts calcium and other minerals from bones and interferes with the laying down of new bone), high blood pressure, and insulin resistance.

 

  • Makes you happier.  Sit in a Lotus pose when you’re feeling sad. Then rise up into a back bend pose. While it’s not as simple as that, one study found that a consistent yoga practice improved depression and led to a significant increase in serotonin levels and a decrease in the levels of monoamine oxidase (an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters) and cortisol. At the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson, Ph.D., found that the left prefrontal cortex showed heightened activity in meditators, a finding that has been correlated with greater levels of happiness and better immune function. More dramatic left-sided activation was found in dedicated, long-term practitioners.

 

  • Helps you create a healthy lifestyle. Yoga can help on both fronts: diet and exercise. A regular practice gets you moving and burns calories, and the spiritual and emotional dimensions of your practice may encourage you to address any eating and weight problems on a deeper level. Yoga may also inspire you to become a more conscious eater.
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  • Lowers your blood sugar. Yoga lowers blood sugar and LDL or bad cholesterol and boosts HDL or good cholesterol. In people with diabetes, yoga has been found to lower blood sugar in several ways: by lowering cortisol and adrenaline levels, encouraging weight loss, and improving sensitivity to the effects of insulin.

 

  • Helps you with focus/concentration. An important component of yoga is focusing on the present. Studies have found that regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time, memory, and even IQ scores. People who practice Transcendental Meditation demonstrate the ability to solve problems and acquire and recall information better. This is probably due to the fact that they’re less distracted by their thoughts, which can play over and over like an endless tape loop.

 

  • Relaxes your system. Yoga encourages you to relax, slow your breath, and focus on the present, shifting the balance from the sympathetic nervous system (or the fight-or-flight response) to the parasympathetic nervous system. The latter is calming and restorative; it lowers breathing and heart rates, decreases blood pressure, and increases blood flow to the intestines and reproductive organs—comprising what Herbert Benson, M.D., calls the relaxation response.

 

  • Improves your balance. Regularly practicing yoga increases proprioception (the ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space) and improves balance. People with bad posture or dysfunctional movement patterns usually have poor proprioception, which has been linked to knee problems and back pain. Better balance could mean fewer falls. For the elderly, this translates into more independence and delayed admission to a nursing home or never entering one at all. For the rest of us, postures like Tree Pose can make us feel less wobbly on and off the mat.

 

  • Maintains your nervous system. Some advanced yogis can control their bodies in extraordinary ways, many of which are mediated by the nervous system. Scientists have monitored yogis who could induce unusual heart rhythms, generate specific brain-wave patterns, and, using a meditation technique, raise the temperature of their hands by 15 degrees Fahrenheit. If they can use yoga to do that, perhaps you could learn to improve blood flow to your pelvis if you’re trying to get pregnant or induce relaxation when you’re having trouble falling asleep.

 

  • Releases tension in your limbs. Do you ever notice yourself holding the telephone or a steering wheel with a death grip or scrunching your face when staring at a computer screen? These unconscious habits can lead to chronic tension, muscle fatigue, and soreness in the wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and face, which can increase stress and worsen your mood. As you practice yoga, you begin to notice where you hold tension: It might be in your tongue, your eyes, or the muscles of your face and neck. If you simply tune in, you may be able to release some tension in the tongue and eyes. With bigger muscles like the quadriceps, trapezius, and buttocks, it may take years of practice to learn how to relax them.

 

  • Helps you get a deeper sleep. Stimulation is good, but too much of it taxes the nervous system. Yoga can provide relief from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Restorative asana, yoga nidra (a form of guided relaxation), Savasana, pranayama, and meditation encourage pratyahara, a turning inward of the senses, which provides downtime for the nervous system. Another by-product of a regular yoga practice, studies suggest, is better sleep—which means you’ll be less tired and stressed and less likely to have accidents.

 

  • Boosts your immune system functionality. Asana and pranayama probably improve immune function, but, so far, meditation has the strongest scientific support in this area. It appears to have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the immune system, boosting it when needed (for example, raising antibody levels in response to a vaccine) and lowering it when needed (for instance, mitigating an inappropriately aggressive immune function in an autoimmune disease like psoriasis).

 

  • Gives your lungs room to breathe. Yogis tend to take fewer breaths of greater volume, which is both calming and more efficient. A 1998 study published in The Lancet taught a yogic technique known as “complete breathing” to people with lung problems due to congestive heart failure. After one month, their average respiratory rate decreased from 13.4 breaths per minute to 7.6. Meanwhile, their exercise capacity increased significantly, as did the oxygen saturation of their blood. In addition, yoga has been shown to improve various measures of lung function, including the maximum volume of the breath and the efficiency of the exhalation. Yoga also promotes breathing through the nose, which filters the air, warms it (cold, dry air is more likely to trigger an asthma attack in people who are sensitive), and humidifies it, removing pollen and dirt and other things you’d rather not take into your lungs.

 

  • Prevents digestive problems. Some digestive problems such as ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation are caused by stress. So if you stress less, you’ll suffer less. Yoga, like any physical exercise, can ease some of these digestive issues.

 

  • Gives you peace of mind.  It slows down the mental loops of frustration, regret, anger, fear, and desire that can cause stress. And since stress is implicated in so many health problems i.e. from migraines and insomnia to lupus, MS, eczema, high blood pressure, and heart attacks; if you learn to quiet your mind, you’ll be likely to live longer and healthier.

 

  • Increases your self-esteem. Many of us suffer from chronic low self-esteem. If you handle this negatively—take drugs, overeat, work too hard —you may pay the price in poorer health physically, mentally, and spiritually. If you take a positive approach and practice yoga, you’ll sense, initially in brief glimpses and later in more sustained views, that you’re worthwhile or, as yogic philosophy teaches, that you are a manifestation of the Divine. If you practice regularly with an intention of self-examination and betterment, you can access a different side of yourself. You’ll experience feelings of gratitude, empathy, and forgiveness, as well as a sense that you’re part of something bigger. While better health is not the goal of spirituality, it’s often a by-product, as documented by repeated scientific studies.

 

  • Eases your pain. Yoga can ease your pain. According to several studies, asana, meditation, or a combination of the two, reduced pain in people with arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other chronic conditions. When you relieve your pain, your mood improves, you’re more inclined to be active, and you don’t need as much medication.

 

  • Gives you inner strength. Yoga can help you make changes in your life. In fact, that might be its greatest strength. Tapas, the Sanskrit word for “heat,” is the fire, the discipline that fuels yoga practice and that regular practice builds. The tapas you develop can be extended to the rest of your life to overcome inertia and change dysfunctional habits. You may find that without making a particular effort to change things, you start to eat better, exercise more, or finally quit smoking after years of failed attempts.

 

  • Connects you with guidance. Good yoga teachers can do wonders for your health. Exceptional ones do more than guide you through the postures. They can adjust your posture, gauge when you should go deeper in poses or back off, deliver hard truths with compassion, help you relax, and enhance and personalize your practice. A respectful relationship with a teacher goes a long way toward promoting your health.

 

  • Builds awareness for transformation. Yoga and meditation build awareness. And the more aware you are, the easier it is to break free of destructive emotions like anger. Studies suggest that chronic anger and hostility are as strongly linked to heart attacks as are smoking, diabetes, and elevated cholesterol. Yoga appears to reduce anger by increasing feelings of compassion and interconnection and by calming the nervous system and the mind. It also increases your ability to step back from the drama of your own life, to remain calm in the face of bad news or unsettling events.

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Starting and/or maintaining a yoga practice can be challenging from both a time and energy standpoint.

If you prefer to practice yoga in the comfort of your home, YogaDownload offers online yoga and meditation that you can take anywhere and do anytime! You will have access to a library of over 1000 online yoga classes you can do at home or on the go. YogaDownload features world class instructors teaching classes from super relaxing to more vigorous, in a wide variety of lengths and levels. The versatility of YogaDownload is perfect for your busy schedule and makes it easy to get your yoga practice in, even on those days when you only have 20 minutes to spare!

 

Source: https://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/count-yoga-38-ways-yoga-keeps-fit

4 Key Reasons to Use Hemp Oil on Your Skin

This article first appeared on MadebyHemp.

 

Hemp oil is an incredibly beneficial skin-care ingredient that packs powerful, long-lasting hydration! It’s amazing for all skin types. Here are 4 key reasons why you should start using hemp oil for skin care today.

1. Acts as a skin moisturizer

If you experience problems of dry and dehydrated skin, hemp oil may be all that you have been missing to nourish your skin and keep it looking rejuvenated. Hemp oil contains fats or lipids that are similar to those occurring naturally in our skin. This makes it an effective moisturizer and protector of the skin. It increases the skin elasticity hence bringing to life dehydrated and tired-looking skin.

2. Helps skin from the inside out

Taking hemp oil as a nutritional supplement help to promote overall wellness. There are compounds found in hemp oil (known as phytocannabinoids) that interact with our endocannabinoid system. For this reason, hemp oil is a powerful tool for inner and outer beauty.

Hemp oil is a perfect skin care product ingredient for everyone. It moisturizes the skin and brings more oxygen to it, great for dehydrated, itchy skin. Hemp oil is especially ideal for sensitive skin because it is a natural product with no known negative side-effects.

Hemp oil absorbs quickly into the skin, doesn’t block skin pores, and actually helps the skin to balance oil production.

3. It is rich in supplements vital for healthy skin

Hemp oil contains a wide array of supplements necessary for healthy living such as Vitamins A and E, as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and calcium. Although these essential body minerals are in trace amounts, ingesting hemp oil is great for overall wellness. Hemp oil also has plenty of antioxidants. Because of this property, many users of the oil believe that it helps slow skin aging.

4. Used in lotions and other cosmetics

Hemp oil is a common ingredient in shampoos, lotions, sunscreens and other products for skin care. Why? Because hemp’s moisturizing properties are incredible. Plus it adds vitamin D to the skin; necessary for keeping it smooth and soft throughout.

All in all, whether applied directly to the skin or consumed as a supplement, hemp oil offers your skin plenty of nourishment, keeping it looking healthy, fresh and attractive!

 

 

How to Balance the Energy in Your Body

It is important to balance the energy in your body.  The Seven Chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our seven Chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

Balancing the Seven Chakras

The Seven Chakras:

 

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  1. Root Chakra (Color: Red) Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
  • Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
  • Emotional issues:Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.
  • Healing Exercises: Stomping your bare feet on the ground. The Root Chakra is all about feeling “grounded.” Practicing Kundalini Yoga can open up your lower spine. The Bridge Pose is another good yoga pose to try out.
  • Healing Foods: Red colored foods (red apples, strawberries, cherries, cranberries, raspberries, beets, tomatoes, radishes, rhubarb, red grapes, watermelon, hot spices – red cayenne peppers)

 

  1. Sacral Chakra (Color: Orange) Our connection and the ability to accept others and new experiences.
  • Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
  • Emotional issues:Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.
  • Healing Exercises: Pelvic thrusts, Cobra Yoga Pose
  • Healing Foods: Orange colored foods (oranges, tangerines, peaches, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, mangoes, squash, nectarines, grapefruit) and nuts (almonds cashews, walnuts, pecans).

 

  1. Solar Plexus Chakra (Color: Yellow) Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.
  • Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
  • Emotional issues:Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.
  • Healing Exercises: Kundalini Yoga or Boat Pose, dancing.
  • Healing Foods: Yellow foods (lemons, pineapples, corn, apricots, and grapefruit), grains and fiber, teas (peppermint, chamomile)

 

  1. Heart Chakra (Color: Green) Our ability to love.
  • Location: Center of chest just above heart.
  • Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace
  • Healing Exercises: Bikram Yoga. Love. Simply opening up our hearts to others is the best healing exercise to open up the Heart Chakra.
  • Healing Foods: Green colored foods (spinach, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, peas, green apples, green grapes, limes, kiwifruit, green beans, lettuce, cabbage, celery, cucumber), and green tea.

 

  1. Throat Chakra (Color: Blue) Our ability to communicate.
  • Location: Neck/Throat area
  • Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.
  • Healing Exercises: Shoulder stand, singing, and chanting.
  • Healing Foods: Juices, teas, and fruits (all kinds).

 

  1. Third Eye Chakra (Color: Indigo) Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
  • Location: Forehead between the eyes. It is also called the Brow Chakra.
  • Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.
  • Healing Exercises: Child’s Pose or other types ofyoga poses with forward bends, eye exercises, and herbal oil treatment.
  • Healing Foods: Purple colored fruits (grapes, blueberries, beetroot, red cabbage,
    eggplant, purple asparagus, blueberries, purple grapes, and plums), chocolate, and lavender flavored spices or tea.

 

  1. Crown Chakra (Color: Violet) The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.
  • Location: The very top of the head.
  • Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.
  • Healing Exercises: Meditation, running or cardio.
  • Healing Foods: Since the Crown Chakra represents our spiritual connection to our surroundings, this Chakra does not benefit from healing foods. The Crown Chakra is more likely to benefit from breathing clean fresh air and sunshine.

 

Source: www.mindbodygreen.com

 

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The Art of Using Feng Shui to Eat Right

Feng Shui originated in China more than 4000 years ago.and its practice has a long history throughout the East. Feng Shui is used to harmonize one’s surrounding environment.  Feng “foong” translates as wind and Shui “swaay” translates as water.

What is Feng Shui?

 

Feng Shui is the art of designing your home to promote success in life, health, wealth, and happiness.

 

Principles of Feng Shui

 

The concepts of chi energy, yin and yang, the Five Elements, and the Eight Directions and incorporating them to make changes can transform your life.

 

Chi energy

“Chi” is a subtle flow of electromagnetic energy which links all things in the universe. In the Far East the understanding and control of energy flows underlies traditional healing systems such as acupuncture and Shiatsu.

 

Chakras

The Chakras fall into this area. Chi flows through your body by means of channels called meridans. They radiate from seven key points.in your body where energy is concentrated. These key points are the Chakras.  The Chakras include crown, mid-brain or pituitary, throat, heart, stomach or solar plexus, navel, and reproductive organs (coccyx).

 

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang Balance: First determine whether you are too yin or too yang,  Eat the right kind of food that can help you balance your personal levels of yin and yang.

 

Foods can range from the most yang (salt and meat) at the top to the most yin (liquids and sugars) at the bottom. Balanced foods include brown rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, dark, leafy greens, squash, carrots, parsnips, mushrooms, beans, and legumes.

 

The Five Elements

The Five Elements: These Elements are associated with season, color, taste, and organs.  When you eat foods according to the season, it will help balance the corresponding organ.

The Five Elements of Food include:

  • Wood: Green, Spring, Sour, Liver and Gall Bladder, Purification
  • Fire:  Red, Summer, Bitter, Heart, Circulation
  • Earth: Yellow/Orange, Late Summer, Sweet, Stomach, Spleen, and Pancreas, Digestion
  • Metal: White, Autumn, Hot, Pungent, Lungs and large intestine, Respiration
  • Water: Black, Winter, Salty, Kidneys and Bladder, Elimination

 

For example, the Metal Element is associated with the color white, the season of Autumn, and the body organ of the lungs. So incorporating hot and pungent white foods, such as those in the onion family, are useful for dissipating mucous and common colds that often occur during this time of year.

 

The Eight Directions

The Eight Directions is used to determine the pattern of chi in a home. The directions include: North, North-West, West, South-West, South, South-East, East, and North-East.

 

Benefits of Feng Shui

  • Improved Health
  • More harmonious relationships
  • Better relaxation at home
  • Better sleep
  • More stimulating social life
  • Great opportunities for love and romance
  • Feeling more in control
  • Increased motivation
  • Increased fame and respect
  • Greater control of finances
  • Brings prosperity
  • Higher opportunity for selling home

 

For more information, check out Paul Pitchfood’s book: Healing with Whole Foods.

 

 

How to Ground Your Body: Feeling One with the Earth

Did you know that the Earth’s energy is crucial for good health?

Have you ever felt the urge to walk barefoot on the beach or feel the grass between your toes? As it turns out, this urge goes much deeper than simply feeling good. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that there is a significant electrical interaction between the Earth and each one of us.

When we make direct contact to the surface of the Earth our body receives a charge of energy that makes us feel better. This process is called grounding or Earthing.
Throughout history people were naturally observing the Earth’s energy. In today’s world we spend a lot of time indoors. When we do go outside, we usually wear shoes which prevent us from connecting to the Earth.

Earth has a negative charge. This means that it has an abundance of electrons. This charge does not interact with us too often since we live in insulated buildings and wear insulated footwear. Simply put, we rarely touch the ground!

Why touching the ground does matter

Humans evolved walking on the ground without insulating barriers between the Earth and our feet. It is common knowledge that the soles of our feet are extremely sensitive due to a high concentration of nerve endings. Since nerve tissue is electrically conductive, it is easy to understand that the bottoms of our feet are highly conductive surfaces.

There are two key reasons why this electrical connection is important:

First, the Earth is a massive reservoir of negatively charged free electrons. Without a connection to this reservoir, the cells in our body are unable to balance the positive charge which results from things like electron-deficient free radicals. The effect of excess positive charge in the blood can be seen very clearly by the way in which the cells are attracted to clump together.

Second, today’s environment is full of a wide spectrum of electromagnetic radiation, ranging from computers, cell phones, radio & TV broadcasts, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, domestic wiring, and other electrical appliances to power lines. This electromagnetic radiation induces voltages in our bodies, disrupting the subtle electrical communications which are a vital part of the function of our body’s systems. By being grounded to the Earth we greatly reduce the levels of these induced voltages, as we are then effectively shielded by the Earth’s large electrical mass.

Unfortunately, with our modern rubber or plastic soled shoes and insulated sleeping arrangements, we no longer have a natural electrical connection to the Earth, unless walking barefoot.

The Effects of Grounding

The most immediately noticeable effect people report from being grounded is that they feel better i.e. improved circulation, better sleep. This has been described as a feeling of greater peace within themselves, feeling calmer with reduced stress levels. If there is pain present then often this is reduced or disappears completely.
People who notice negative effects from using computers or other electrical equipment report a reduction or elimination of these effects when grounded.
With regular grounding, several health benefits have been observed, such as:
Improved immune function
Improved digestion
Improved sleep
Rapid healing of injuries
Improved blood circulation
Harmonization and stabilization of the body’s basic biological rhythms
Accelerated recovery from intense athletic activity
Reduction of inflammation
Reduced stress / anxiety / irritability
Reduced electro sensitivity
Because of the conductivity of our soles, it was proposed that perhaps there was an electrical interaction between the Earth’s negative charge and our bodies.

Researchers found that there was a significant relation between the charge of our bodies and the ground. It has been determined that the Earth acts as a natural reservoir of electric energy. If a person with an excessive negative charge, or an excess of electrons, steps onto the ground, the excess will be absorbed into the Earth. If a person has a positive charge, or a deficiency of electrons, then the Earth will supply what is needed to achieve homeostasis (balance). This is a truly amazing discovery: stepping on the ground electrically balances you!

Why grounding is significant

During the past twenty years, we have witnessed an explosion of research conducted on human physiology and disease. What has been discovered has prompted almost global awareness of the importance of antioxidants and the process of oxidation. Oxidation, literally the same process of iron rusting, has been found to greatly contribute to aging and the formation of disease.

The culprits are “free radicals.” A free radical is a molecule that has become unstable because of the lack of an electron. Free radicals will ‘take’ electrons from other molecules in order to become stable, but in the process they produce more free radicals. In time, free radicals can damage any tissue and lead to aging and disease.

Free radicals form in our bodies naturally as a byproduct of stress, environmental & dietary toxins and natural metabolic processes. Nature’s solution to free radicals is anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are substances that help put a stop to oxidation by providing the missing electrons to free radicals without becoming free radicals themselves.

Thanks to the progress of science, we now better understand that related to oxidation is the natural process of inflammation. Inflammation, called “the silent killer,” is the leading theory on the underlying cause of many chronic diseases. The problem of inflammation lies not in a scarcity of electrons, as in oxidation, but in an excess of electrons.

How to be Grounded and Balanced

The simplest way to be grounded is to go outside and place your bare feet or hands on some grass or earth, or to immerse yourself in a body of water such as the ocean or a mineral-rich lake.

When indoors, an Earth connection can be made by driving a metal rod into the ground outside, running a wire from the rod, and then connecting it to ourselves.

This may sound like a lot of hassle, but fortunately the majority of domestic electrical systems in the world already have such a rod and wire running indoors, connecting to the “Earth” pin on every mains electrical outlet. And rather than having to connect a wire to ourselves, a variety of products have been developed, such as earthing sheets, mats, bands, and patches.

If you would like more information on Earthing, refer to Clint Ober’s book, “Earthing: The most important health discovery?”

References:
http://www.earthinginstitute.net/
http://www.naturalnews.com/031754_grounding_health.html#ixzz2SpDp0eJs
http://www.groundology.com/about-grounding
http://www.earthing.com/default.asp

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How to Ground Your Body: Feeling One with the Earth

Everyone could use a little grounding in their life. You may be unfamiliar with the term grounding or earthing, but it is nothing to shy away from! Grounding is a natural way to ease the stress in your life, as well as improve sleep by using – that’s right–the very ground we stand on! Our bodies were meant to come in contact with the earth daily, multiple times per day even.

Throughout the years, humans have gradually spent less and less time outdoors. Between long hours at work, the day-to-day chores associated with owning vehicles and homes, over-stimulation with cellular devices, and easily accessible entertainment right from our couch, it has become increasingly unpopular and difficult to get in leisure time outside.

Recently, tile, carpet, wood, and other synthetic flooring have been introduced that replace the very floors our ancestors walked on – the Earth in its purest form. Read on for ways you can ground your body and get back in sync with Mother Earth, all while relieving stress, decreasing inflammation, and syncing your body with the Earth below you.

The easiest way to practice “grounding” or earthing is to take your shoes off and head out to an area where your bare feet will be in contact with rocks, dirt, water, or sand. Some of the best places to ground your body are at the beach, a stone pond, or hiking trail. You might even have the perfect grounding spot in your front or back yard! It’s as easy as it sounds!

Take in the smells and sounds around you, feel the earth below you and make sure you relax. Relaxation is essential to receive all of the benefits of the earth, and the electrodes from the ground. The key here is to spend enough time outside daily barefoot. Grounding once a day for 30-60 minutes is ideal! The more time you spend barefoot outdoors, the better!

Not only do athletes like Lance Armstrong practice grounding, but several others are ensuring they too are getting in their daily earthing. Emerging studies have shown that the electrical energy in our bodies balance out with the electrons in the earth, equalizing and, in turn, reducing inflammation and chronic pain, every time you ground!

It’s as easy as heading out barefoot to check the mail, taking a 30-minute walk on the beach, walking through a shallow stone creek, or enjoying a small dirt trail on the greenbelt. Grounding is the most natural way to balance out the energy in your body and feel less stressed. Give it a try!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you heard of Emotion Coding?

Did you know we all have hidden, trapped emotions that can do damage to our bodies? And we don’t even know it! These hidden emotions can affect your organs such as your heart, liver, and gall bladder.  Some hidden emotions can be resentment, self abuse, abandonment, etc.  By the way, abandonment doesn’t necessarily means a person leaving you.

Have you heard of emotional code? If you haven’t, check out this video: https://youtu.be/wo3A3_lkTxE

I experienced the healing benefits of the Raindrop Technique

This past weekend I learned the Raindrop Technique in a yurt surrounded by beautiful trees and gardens located in Northern San Diego County!  The Raindrop Technique was developed by Young Living Founder and CEO D Gary Young,

The Raindrop Technique is a blending of ancient traditions, intuitive wisdom, and pure essential oils that has helped several people along their journey.  It stimulates the body and mind, aids detoxification, and balances energy.

I had so much fun learning this technique and the Vita Flex Technique and can’t wait to help others experience this amazing technique.

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