Skin

Animal Protein

sardines

what is protein?

Protein gives your body the structure and raw materials to anchor itself to the earth.

Your body needs protein for growth, repair, & maintenance of body tissues — muscles, blood, bones & hormones, including immune system function, energy production when blood sugar is low, metabolic & digestive enzymes, and hair, skin, nails, collagen, & elastin production.

Proteins are made up of individual building blocks called amino acids. These nutrients can be classified into three main categories: essential, nonessential and conditional amino acids. Nine of them are called essential because they can't be made by the human body and must be obtained from food.

A “complete protein” from sources like organic eggs and dairy products, fish, beef, and poultry contain all 9 essential amino acids.

When choosing animal meat, choose pastured or wild animals. Not only are they much leaner than their conventional counterpart but they are also higher in key nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins (A, D & K2), and a beneficial fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that's been tied to improved immunity and anti-inflammation benefits. Plus, these animals are sustainably fed and in healthy ecological conditions.

Choose grass fed beef, organic, free-range poultry, pork, pastured dairy like cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, ghee, yogurt and kefir, undenatured whey protein powder.

Choose free-range, organically grown animals as the inherent energy of the animal combines with the vibration of the quality of the animal’s life. These animals are good at staying in the moment and living according to their instinctual selves. As we gratefully eat animal products, their energy is transferred into us and we feel more nourished and grounded.

Seafood is best when it is wild-caught, cold-water and oily fish like cod, halibut, herring, mackerel, wild salmon, sardines, and anchovies.

Farmed seafood on the other hand typically contains hormones, heavy metals, and toxins. The essential fatty acid ratios also change in farmed seafood then in wild seafood.

Food grown organically and sustainably will have a harmonizing effect on our energy because there were thoughtful and respectful ways that were brought in the cultivation of the food.

Your simple detox elixir

cucumber water

You want to know what keeps you energized, clear-headed, feeling full, and keeps your skin plump and hydrated? You guessed right, water! As you prepare for total health, the most simplest and inexpensive way to start is by drinking more water. 

If you haven't already begun this detoxifying ritual you will begin today. First thing every morning, drink a tall glass of warm water and squeeze the juice of half a lemon. Natural lemon juice contains electrolytes, detoxifies your organs, and stimulates digestion. So you're already prepping your body to break down your breakfast. This practice is genius. 

Don't know how much water to drink per day? Here's what to do...
Divide your weight in pounds by two and convert that into ounces. Example: 150 pounds / 2 = 75 ounces.
(You may need to increase the amount of water intake if you are intensively training, pregnant, under hot weather, or have a urinary tract infection).

Is it a challenge to drink all that water because you're running around too much or annoyed of the size of your bladder? That's ok you can eat your water! Here are some high-water content foods:

  • cucumbers
  • grapefruit
  • celery
  • spinach
  • bell peppers
  • cabbage
  • radishes
  • watermelon (ooh can't wait for summer)

Cold Showers

showers

Summer is the perfect time to introduce the benefits of cold showers. This may be a daunting or weird idea for you at first but after trying it you may get hooked.

I first read about cold showers, actually it was ice breast-dunking in Persepolis, a graphic novel written by Marjane Satrapi’s childhood growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution. Marjane would marvel at her grandmother’s ability to keep her breasts in a bucket of ice for 20 minutes or so to keep them firm and perky. Obviously, I was sold on the idea, perky boobs, yeees, plus I never shy away from eccentric healthy and beauty experiences. Well, I read this and I believed in it but I never actually tried the ice-boob dunk because I never had enough ice in the freezer.

Intuitively, I understood how cold ice or water would keep skin firm but what I didn’t know was that cold water also has profound benefits for detoxification of the inner organs, immunity, the endocrine system (glandular health) , and the nervous system, in other words, total rejuvenation!

Scientifically, here are the benefits of cold showers:

  1. Get that glow! Let’s be real, we want to feel healthy and amazing, but we also really want to exude that externally. While hot water opens up your pores, the skin wants cold water to close them back up to prevent bacteria, oil, and dirt from entering, thus causing acne. Cold water protects your natural oils from being stripped off the skin, which helps to keep your skin naturally supple. Cold water also tightens your blood vessels, which helps to reduce puffiness and promote tight, firm skin. Cold showers also keep your hair shiny and strong, in fact these showers are the best for those with thinning hair because the coldness increases the follicles grip to the scalp.
  2. Immunity Strengthener: when you’re taking a cold shower your body is trying to seek warmth quickly. By doing so, your metabolism speeds up causing your immune system to activate. Your immune system becomes stronger when your white blood cells (the ones that fight off disease) increase.* You can also alternate between hot and cold showers to release lymphatic blockages, this is especially helpful to those with colds, infections, and joint pain.
  3. Naturally reduces depression: cold showers stimulate norepinephrine, a brain chemical that can ward off depression. How? Cold showers “shock” the body, which sends a lot of electrical impulses from the peripheral nerve to the brain, which can offer an anti-depressant effect.
  4. Cold showers wake you up! It’s shocking, it’s cold, you become alert! Your heart rate increases, more oxygen gets pumped throughout your body and brain, and your circulation sends blood to your organs to keep them warm.
  5. Chills you out: cold showers train your nervous system to be more resilient to emotional stress as they help you to adapt to uneasy situations.
  6. Helps shed weight: Cold showers increase the energy used to burn calories that are trying to keep you warm thus helping to burn the fat that builds around the waistline.

Scary at first, right? You can ease into it by starting off with a warm shower, than to lukewarm, and then to cold for a few minutes. This helps your body adapt especially if you do this daily until you just go for it. Awesomely, you save water too.

In Invincible Living, Guru Jagat recommends dry brushing before the shower to begin heating the body and massaging almond or coconut oil over the body to create a “barrier” so that the cold water doesn’t feel too cold.

Try this out by starting at 30 seconds and then increasing to the time you feel most comfortable with. I think it’s sorta fun to challenge what I “can take” so I shoot for a little more each time. I enjoy this practice so much that I actually crave the thrill of it and knowing all the good stuff that is happening internally and externally is phenomenal.

 

 

Note* If you have a weakened immune system, you can also alternate between hot and cold showers to release lymphatic blockages. This is especially helpful to those with frequent colds, infections, and joint pain. You can do this until your immune system has strengthened.