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How Internal Heat Is The Cause Of Many Ailments (Part 3 of 3) …

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You can find the first part of this series here – http://superiorhealthawaitsyou.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-internal-heat-is-cause-of-many.html

So far we have talked about how internal heat can damage your body and the types of symptoms to look for to show that your body is overheating. In this last part of the series, I will tell you some of the things you can do to reduce the levels of heat, and to bring your body and mind back into a more harmonious and healthy state.

Firstly let’s look at three of the most common ways which lead to the body overheating and causing problems on the inside; in areas like the brain, organs and tissues …
1) Diet – Heat can come about through the consumption of two different flavors of food. They are spicy and sweet foods. Continue reading

How Internal Heat Is The Cause Of Many Ailments (Part 2 of 3) …

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In this update you will find a list of common symptoms and ailments that are
usually evolved from an overall pattern of excessive heat inside the organs and
cells of the body.

 

When you are dealing with a body that has become out of balance, then do remember that it is unlikely you would get all of these symptoms. You may just have a few of them.

Many of these symptoms may also come from causes other than excessive internal heat. So to establish if they are likely to have been caused by heat, look for multiple signs of your system generally overheating.

With the big patterns, all you are trying to do is establish where your body type is generally. Such as, is it an overheated system or is it too cold? Is it too dry or is it too damp? And so forth.

Also please note that due to the limitations of a blog, this is just a short description of likely heat related symptoms. If you require a more in depth list and fuller explanation of hese symptoms then you can find them in my book or by consulting a practitioner of Eastern Medicine.

So here they are, heat symptoms … Continue reading

How Internal Heat Is The Cause Of Many Ailments (Part 1 of 3) …

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This is part 1 of 3 blogs on internal heat. Part 1 explains how heat behaves in the body. Part 2 describes symptoms, signs and general ailments caused by excessive heat. And part 3 tells you how this damaging heat was created; and what you can do to reduce it and to bring your body into a more balanced and healthy state.

 

So let’s begin.

 

The body likes to be warm and full of energy to function at its best.

However, just like a machine or anything found in nature, if heat builds up excessively in it, then damage is caused.

 

The easiest way to see the destructive actions of too much heat in the body is to examine what it does in nature. The way heat behaves outside the body is also the way it behaves inside of it.

 

When we look at heat in nature we see it enlivens things and energizes them.
It gives them power and makes them move faster. In spring and summer it brings animals out of hibernation and it grows flowers and plants. It warms and gives life, light and energy.

 

But if heat becomes too excessive it can start to burn and dry. Plants will wither. The ground will become barren, hard and even start to crack.

 

In the body if things become too hot; then this can cause our cells, tissues, hormones, fluids and organs all to begin to suffer damage. Continue reading

The Real Root Causes Of Illness …

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Eastern Medicine looks at illness and an unhealthy body in a very different way than Western Medicine. In general Eastern medicine will try to establish a bigger overall pattern that is leading to symptoms being expressed in the body, whereas Western Medicine often just looks  at and treats the symptoms in isolation.

 

The problem with this is that even when it is successful at eliminating symptoms, the underlying weakness or agitation which allowed the illness to manifest, can often just cause a new problem to spring up in a different location. You might fix one problem but the state in the body which caused it has been allowed to remain and fester.

 

For example, we could take the case of a cancer having been treated by surgery, chemo and radiotherapy. If the patient survives these intense treatments and the cancerous cells have been removed, then this is deemed a success, a “cure” by Western Medicine. From an Eastern perspective you have not addressed the vitally important question of what caused the cancer in the first place. If you do not address the causes of the cancer, then even if you have eradicated the mutated cells, the patient is still left vulnerable to a re-occurrence of it at a future stage in their life. Continue reading

Living In Harmony With Nature …

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The human being, in its current form Homo Sapiens, has according to most historians been on this planet for about the last 80,000 to 120,000 years. Our bodies have been in roughly the same form all that time.

Because of this they have evolved in a certain fashion and we are stuck in those ways. We cannot break free from them in the space of 10, 50, 100 or even 200 years.

In past times people lived simply; when it became bright, people would get up, hunt, gather foods, and then eat them. When it got dark they would go off to bed and sleep. There wasn’t much else they could do. Obviously they couldn’t stay up and watch television, do shift work, eat meals or anything else throughout the night.

Because of our slow evolution, we are stuck with an internal biological clock that dictates when our bodies and its organs are functioning at their peaks for different tasks. Continue reading

The Art Of Balance …

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Quite often in the East you will hear of the terms Yin and Yang. Taken literally, Yin means the dark side of the mountain and Yang means the bright side of the mountain. They represent the seemingly opposite states of life which interflow and eventually act to rebalance each other.

 

 

 

In practical terms, for example after a long hot summer which dries out the earth and consumes its nutrients, we need a cool wet winter to nourish the land and bring it back into a healthy state of balance for the next yearly cycle. Or in a person, after being active all day, the body needs to rest at night, to recuperate and restore itself for a fresh start the next day. Continue reading

Your Health And The Big Picture …

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One of the main differences between Eastern and Western Medicines is the ability to see the bigger picture.

In the East, they take a very different view of the world than we do in the West. If we were both asked to look at the same picture of a man in front of a building, the Western mind set is usually to focus in on the man in explicit detail. However, the Eastern mind would instead focus on the background and entire picture including the man. Our Western culture and upbringing have geared us towards concentrating in on small details and fine points; we are trained to tune in on tiny details and be hyper critical, but sometimes when we do that we lose sight of the bigger picture.

 This is often the case in Western Medicine. By breaking down the structure of diseased cells into more and more minute parts, it often isolates these cells from the bigger picture of what is really going on in the entire body. It then tries to find a chemical or procedure that will have some bearing on this secluded group of diseased cells. Unfortunately this method, when effective, often just covers up the symptoms of the illness rather than treating the cause of it. Continue reading

How To Powerfully Boost Your Health Through Eastern Breathing Methods – Part 3 of 3

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So what way should we breathe ? Well, the proper way is complete breathing, it involves expanding both the belly and the lungs as you take each breath in; then letting the lungs deflate back into place and at the same time, pulling the belly in to its original starting position.

If you look at animals, children or babies asleep, you will quite often see their abdomen naturally move up and down in a similar fashion as they are breathing.

How to breathe properly – the full technique …

1) The first step is to breathe through your nose for everyday normal breathing. The tiny hairs in the nose help to trap and filter, dust, toxins and other airborne pollutants. Breathing through the nose also heats and moistens the air, so it is particularly useful in winter.

However, if you find you are overheating, it is best to temporarily breathe through your mouth to cool yourself down and regulate your temperature.

2) Up next is abdominal breathing. Between your lungs and the lower organs is the diaphragm. This piece of tissue can be stretched to increase the capacity and volume of air getting into your lungs. To do this you will need to swell out your belly as you breathe in. This sucks the diaphragm down, massaging your lower organs and allowing more air into you.

When you breathe out, pull the belly in. This will push the diaphragm back up into your lungs, helping them to squeeze out any waste and fluids, and will again massage the lower organs. Continue reading

How To Powerfully Boost Your Health Through Eastern Breathing Methods – Part 2 of 3.

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Before we learn the complete breathing technique let’s examine some of its benefits …

(1) It increases the amount of oxygen and energy being delivered to your blood. By breathing correctly, you can add extra liters of air with every inhalation. This enhances and refreshes every single part of you. Your organs, tissues and muscles will have more power and ability to do their jobs.

(2) Your mind, which requires the most oxygen of all organs, will feel more awake, alert and calm. This allows you more control of your emotions. You will have more power and awareness to be in charge of them, rather than them leading you.

With all that extra oxygen flooding your brain you should find that your mood is generally more happy and uplifted too.

Also you will find that your concentration, memory and thought processing will all become more sharp and heightened.

(3) Your immune system will have access to a full reserve of energy. And when the body is threatened by bugs, it will easily have enough power to be able to make all the white cells it requires. White cells are the bodies defenders and when it has enough energy to create a big army of them, you will be much more successfully defended against any bacteria, colds or flu. Continue reading

How To Powerfully Boost Your Health Through Eastern Breathing Methods – Part 1 of 3

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In my last blog I spoke to you about how essential it is to maximize your energy to keep all your organs functioning at their highest levels. This will produce the optimum in physical, mental and emotional well being.

It also empowers your body to carry out the necessary functions, repairs and maintenance which will help prevent many ailments or any weaknesses that can allow disease to occur.

There are many methods used in the East to cultivate and gather energy in the body. In this blog update, we will focus on just one of them, the use of Eastern style breathing techniques. Breathing is free and when performed correctly can produce great improvements to your overall health.

Unlike our current Western habit of shallow and unproductive breathing, these Eastern techniques will strengthen our lungs and train us to breathe in a much more beneficial, energy enhancing and healthy way.

In the West, unnatural shallow breathing has come about from several different reasons…

(1) We are spending more and more time inside; working at desks in our homes and offices, playing computer games, watching television or using the internet.

 

Often is the case, that these practices damage our posture. They cause us to slouch or lean over desks or keyboards, cramping and squashing our lungs up, preventing them from opening fully, and inhaling and exhaling properly. Continue reading