detoxification

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.

Activate for creativity

coconuts

The mind’s eye, scientifically called the pineal gland, is considered to be the gateway to higher levels of consciousness. Our third eye, aka the ‘seat of our soul’ is linked to spiritual awareness, creativity, ethereal energy, enhanced imagination, intuition and even out of body experiences.

The pineal gland is the physical manifestation of the third eye. The pineal gland is a pea-sized cone-shaped gland lodged in between the left and right brain. This gland tells our body when it’s thirsty, hungry for food and sex, and is also our biological clock that determines how and when we age. 

Many of the players you will see to detoxify the pineal gland and heighten your third eye are all familiar and at your finger tips. 

Coconut oil + water revitalizes the brain and detoxes the pineal gland. Coconuts are rich in medium-chain triglycerides which are converted to ketones in the liver, this food restores neurons and improves nerve function in the brain.

watercress

Our third eye is the part of us, which ‘sees’ and intuits from beyond the conscious mind. Due to environmental and emotional toxins plus pesticide and chemical-laden foods, the pineal glands of many people have become compromised, meaning they get hardened by calcium phosphate crystals. Sadly, most glands become calcified by the age of 17. 

What calcifies our third eye?

Fluoride from public water and toothpaste, hormones & additives from processed foods, sugars & additives, artificial sweeteners & soda, cell phones & radiation.

WATERCRESS is rich in natural iodine, which is big in removing heavy metals from the blood stream. Heavy metals create that hard shell around our pineal gland, they also cause brain disorders. 

bananas

BANANAS also have lots of iodine, which removes heavy metals like calcium phosphate crystals that bind to your pineal gland. 

rawcacao

The pineal gland, our third eye is supposedly also responsible for the release of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). The pineal gland/third eye produces DMT during mystical experiences, as well as during the birth and death process. Once the pineal gland is decalcified, you can start to practice things which will help to ‘turn it on’ and amp up natural production of your body’s own psychedelic drug DMT. 

Raw cacao helps to stimulate the third eye and is rich in antioxidants, which help fight free radicals from damaging your brain. Cacao also raises your serotonin levels, a natural anti-depressant chemical that is released in your brain and makes you feel happy. Raw cacao also balances hormones and prevents mood swings during menses times. 

spirulina

The third eye is associated with vision. The pineal gland is activated by light and controls our sleep cycles and circadian rhythms. Our physical eyes allow us to see the perceptual world, the third eye “reveals the true nature of reality, the energetic template behind that which we perceive, and is able to transcend the confines of space and time.” Spirulina, is chlorophyll-rich, anything chlorophyll-rich is green and brings oxygen to the body. Spirulina, a blue-green algae is as green as green can get, it assists in the decalcification of the pineal gland due to its strong detoxification qualities.

apple cider vinegar

Once you begin to consume more alkaline foods you will start to increase your intuition, “psychic” powers, dreams, harmony, happiness, creativity, and overall energy.

Sipping raw apple cider vinegar, with the mother, 3 times a day, adding it to a glass with water, lemon juice, and honey (if you don't want to down it straight) helps alkalize the body. ACV is rich in malic acid, which has powerful detoxing effects and helps with the decalcification of the pineal gland and overall body. 

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In many cultures, the pineapple represents the third eye or ‘pine’eal gland due to its shape. It’s also believed to have abilities to connect to your third eye. That may be because pineapple naturally has melatonin boosting properties and melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland. It is what regulates your sleep and wake cycles. The more melatonin your gland produces that stronger your ability to open and expand your third eye. 

Pineapple has live enzymes that aid in protein digestion. It acts like a tenderizer to break down and absorb animal proteins, so it’s smooth sailing. Plus, pineapple is healthy all around for things like skin, cancer prevention, and higher energy. 

Start watching out for pineapple symbols around. You’ll then start to think about your third eye. Activate. 

The Artichoke

artichoke

T H E   A R T I C H O K E  
Belongs to the milk thistle family, popular for its detoxification properties. 
Artichokes speed up liver recovery, rebuild it, and even protects the liver after helping it release its toxins. 

The artichoke plant and its leaves (tea) aid in the digestion of fats, which prevents and treats indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, bloat, gas, and heartburn. 

Eating the plant and drinking its tea feeds your good bacteria therefore strengthening digestion, immunity AND elimination of excess body fat. 

Artichokes tend to be sprayed with lots of pesticides (if bought commercially), which would be counterproductive to your liver. So, dipping your artichokes in water with a few teaspoons of baking soda will help to remove them.