Sunday, October 25, 2009

20 Things You Can Do for Holistic Health

Here are 20 things that you can do to improve your holistic health. These are methods I practice in my own life, so I can honestly say that they work and have made me a much happier, healthier person. Some things I am able to do every day as a lifestyle choice, while others I try to squeeze in during the week a few times.

We are all a work in progress...

1. Don’t smoke… ever. I don’t think I need to state the obvious. We all know that smoking in incredibly bad for you.
2. Drink one glass of red wine a day, if your particular health situation permits it. Red wine has antioxidants that fight disease and keep you youthful.
3. Take a vitamin C and E supplements everyday. They both boost your immune system, and the antioxidants are age-defying nutrients.
4. Take an omega 3 fatty acid every day (fish oil). There are so many benefits that I will do a post on this alone.
5. Don’t eat red meat (I haven’t for 11 years). The chemicals and hormones are terrible for you, and they age you. Research suggests that increased red meat consumption could lead to cancer and heart disease.
6. Eat a lot fish. Eating a lot of fish has so many benefits, I couldn’t list them here. So I will post more on this later. But remember your sea creatures must have scales, which keeps them from absorbing mercury like crustaceans do.
7. Eat and drink organic products whenever you can. Again, the chemicals in non-organic foods are potentially dangerous, unnatural, and not good for your overall health. Once man gets involved in altering food, the health and quality of holistically suffers.
8. Practice yoga (I do two-three times a week). A separate post on the specific benefits of yoga will be coming soon as well. If you can’t do yoga, take time to stretch and/or meditate a few times a week.
9. Workout or get your heart rate up about four days a week (I do about five days a week). This has obvious positive affects on your life. If you don’t have a gym or have time for a gym, keep your eyes peeled for future posts on what you can do at home to stay in shape.
10. Develop and maintain positive, healthy, supportive relationships. Remember, stress is the silent killer, so if your relationships are an endless source of stress for you, then you are aging your body inside and out.
11. Find a job that challenges and fulfills you. Studies show that people with meaningful purpose in their lives live longer, happier existences.
12. Drink one large cup of coffee a day (nearly black, very low sugars). Caffeine has been proven to improve your mind and slow the aging process. It lifts your mood, helps prevent Parkinson’s, reduces disease risk, and boost athleticism.
13. Maintain a low sugar diet. A high sugar intake suppresses your immune system, prevents you from absorbing calcium and magnesium, speeds up the aging process, and feeds cancer cells.
14. Never drink soda or sugary juice drinks. Soda pop wreaks havoc on your skin, adds to obesity, promotes tooth decay, and weakens your bones. See #13.
15. Drink green tea (ginseng). It fights cancer and heart disease. It relaxes your body and possesses age-defying antioxidants. If you are healthy inside, you’ll look healthy outside, as green tea also helps with weight management.
16. Get some sun. Some sun is very good for your mental health, and the rays naturally initiate the conversion of cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D3, which promotes bone health and lowers blood pressure.
17. Get exactly seven hours of sleep a night. Aim to sleep and rise at the same time everyday. If you can’t do that, get as close as you can to keeping a steady routine.
18. Use anti-wrinkle creams that are high in Pro-Retinol, Beta-Hydroxy, and Vitamin E. But remember, what matters most is what we put in our body, not what we put on it. Oil of Olay has been proven through market research to do the most for your skin, and it also has a very reasonable price tag compared to its competition.
19. Use natural mineral makeup that has an SPF (I use Neutrogena Healthy Skin Powder with Vitamin B5, C, and E with a SPF of 20.).
20. BE HAPPY and LAUGH all you can!

Omega Fatty Acid 3 (fish oil) Benefits:
Vitamin D and the Sun:
Red Wine Benefits:
Dangers of Red Meat Consumption:
Benefits of Coffee:
Dangers of a Sugary Diet:
Oil of Olay Skin Products: and
Neutrogena Products:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Power of Peace: The True Health Benefits of Relaxation Part II

Part II: In Part I, I wrote to you about the health benefits of daily, meaningful relaxation. This type of relaxation doesn’t just come from plopping down in front of the television or flipping through a magazine; it’s a relaxation that is purposeful and comes from within. It is stimulating and stress-free.

Here is a list of relaxation techniques or relaxing activities that can have a healthy impact on your life, large and small:

1) Yoga
2) Stretching
3) Meditation
4) Prayer
5) Deep breathing techniques
6) Think positively and visualize your goals being achieved
7) Keep a journal
8) Read a book or poetry for pleasure
9) Get some fresh air and take in the outdoors
10) Listen to classical or soundscape music
11) Take a long, thoughtful walk or bike ride
12) Sit in the sun and/or go for a peaceful swim
13) Get a massage, give a massage
14) Go to the sauna or spa
15) Take a day off work or reserve one day a week for rest
16) Write a loving letter or thank you note
17) Cook or share a healthy meal with a loved one
18) Drink more water and tea, while cutting down on sugars
19) Take naps and sleep appropriate amounts at night (7 hours)
20) Focus on the task at hand rather than stressing over multitasking
21) Designate a night to turn off the television and computer
22) Paint, draw, make music, create art
23) Take a long, hot shower or bath
24) Do things ahead of time, so you have time later to relax
25) Light candles or incense

In Part III, the relaxation techniques that I would like focus on are yoga and meditation, as there is substantial research that proves these practices, when implemented properly and frequently, can dramatically improve your health and life.


Health Benefits of Yoga: and

Yoga and Relaxation:

100 Ways to Relax:

Relaxation and Your Immune System:

8 Simple Ways to Relax:

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Monday, October 5, 2009


I saw a stranger on the street.
Not from birth did I know him.
Yet I looked into his eyes of years,
Reflecting paradise in their flickers.

The journey left him tired soles
10,000 steps from Heaven.
Though I gazed upon this vagabond,
I cannot say I knew him.

His ruddy face was commonplace,
Worn, earthy garments out of sorts.
For the age and day he present stood
His tongue was soft and slow.

With my keenest trepidation now
I studied close this stranger.
Closer I was drawn to him,
His countenance now familiar.
And from his foreign mouth words fell,
“My daughter, you’re forgiven.”

K.A. Phinney

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Zen Buddhism: The Story of Maybe

There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said sympathetically.
"Maybe," the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. "How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed.
"Maybe," replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.
"Maybe," answered the farmer. The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
"Maybe," said the farmer.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Power of Peace: The True Health Benefits of Relaxation

Part 1: The Mind-Body Connection

Stress is the silent killer. We’ve all heard it before, yet for some odd reason many of us fail to actually digest what this powerful aphorism means for us in our daily lives. Volumes of research show that stress is a state of mind that contributes to a great deal of disease and illness. That sounds like terrible news, but it’s actually not. Unlike genetics and other states of health that are primarily out of our control, stress is a facet that we are completely in control of. So if you want to be healthier, happier, and decrease disease, stress, and illness in your life, then employing various forms of relaxation on a daily basis is something you can easily do for yourself. And trust me, you deserve it. Think of relaxation as a priceless gift for you and your loved ones.

To convince you to change your stressful habits and on-the-go lifestyle, I will open the body of this article with a list of ailments that effective relaxation techniques have been proven to decrease significantly or even heal entirely:

1) Insomnia
2) Depression and Anxiety
3) Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
4) Cancer
5) Over-active Sympathetic Nervous System
6) Poor Immune System and Low Antibody Levels
7) Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia
8) Migraines and Chronic Headaches
9) Premenstrual Syndromes
10) Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Not only does relaxation work to cure and rid you of your disease and illness, it also has many health benefits:

1) Peacefulness and Overall Sense of Well-being
2) “In-the-moment” Living
3) Mindfulness and Positive Thinking
4) Cleansing for Body and Mind
5) Flexibility and Increased Energy Levels
6) Relaxed Breathing and Heart Rates
7) Natural Beta-blocker
8) Improved Blood Flow

Part 2: Things You Can Do to Relax- Coming Soon!

Benefits of Relaxation:
Kevin Trudeau’s Natural Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About
Women and Stress:
Stress and Cancer:
Dr. Herbert Benson’s Body of Research:

Friday, October 2, 2009

A Flower

A flower blossomed today,
and she spoke in such a way.
She was golden,
and she was brave.
She poked her neck out,
and she careened
in sweet moments of molasses
sprawled upon the ever knoll.
She unfurled just for the Sun,
so garish in his cycle
that he did not take care
to know her depths so arcane
or her deep-rooted stem
before she had to turn and go.
He did not know.
He did not know.

K.A. Phinney

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