Source: Betty Shabazz Quote
“Acid is pain. Alkaline turns off pain.”- Gary Null
It seems the entire health nation around has begun to wake-up to the wonderful world of chemistry. Yes chemistry; that class most of us slept through in high school, if not had skipped all together! Well now that we have gotten older, it has been brought out into the forefront and the basics of chemistry has become the blueprint in shifting our individual eating patterns from unhealthy to that which is healthy, as nature intended.
We can first start with refreshing our memories, or lack thereof on the meaning of pH and how it is technically defined, how it relates to the foods we eat and its responsibility to create the healthy cells in our bodies.
pH, “power of hydrogen”, is a logarithmic measure of hydrogen ion concentration in moles per liter of bodily fluid solution such as saliva, urine, blood and secretions. The pH scale was created by a Danish biochemist who thought that it would be easier to write the equation on a scale of 2 to 13. The hydrogen ion concentration in pure water around room temperature is about 1.0*10-7 M. This would appear as a 7 on the scale and is of a neutral base. Increasing the concentration of positive hydrogen ions above 7 leaves the solution acidic, whereas if the concentration is decreased of negative hydrogen ions, the solution is considered alkaline.
With that being said, what does all that have to do with the foods we eat and their various reactions on the body? We could begin with the basics. Every piece of food, rather it be man-made or nature created, carries its own pH which has a direct impact on the body when it is consumed and absorbed into the bloodstream and discarded through the urine. Naturally, if one is consuming a high mass of acidic foods, to include yet not limited to meats, sugars and yeast, which is present in all processed and overcooked foods, the pH of body fluids would be nothing but acidic. This creates an inner environment ideal for the over-growth of mutated cells which will present themselves on various organs in cancerous forms. Not only that but also causes multiple dis-eases and illness throughout the body in forms of high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, cancers and countless others.
Now we take that same scenario of only consuming foods with a higher acidic concentration, and replace it with foods that are alkaline in nature, which are full of positively charged hydrogen ions. Vegetables, fruits and ancient grains, which naturally contain the high number of minerals such as copper, magnesium, selenium, thiamine, iron, calcium and many more, are considered to be cell repairers; because of the various regenerative, soothing and healing properties they carry. When dealing with sickness, illness and dis-eases, bacteria’s and viruses, dangerous free radicals which attach themselves to healthy cells, they are unable to manifest themselves within the alkaline flora of the body. They are starved and in return, ultimately die off.
As with everything in life, balance is the key. There are some acidic naturally foods, which eaten in moderation can still give the body the nourishment which it provides with out overpowering the body with acid. They are good in moderation and will provide more good than cause harm.
Now that we have spoken deeply about nutrition, we must not neglect the physical health which goes hand in hand. A great way to do just that is to begin to incorporate some type of aerobics, cardio workout, yoga, pilates, stretching and/or even Tai Chi which all target specific muscles and areas of the body, mind and systems. This can be said the same for the mind, with the practice of meditation or other forms of concentration and prayer. The same would go for the body, eating a variety of natural foods. All these together ensures a dynamic balance within the body that will ensure a life full of energy, growth and wellness.
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Maya Angelou
Source: Maya Angelou Quote
Yoga on a regular basis is a great recipe for a healthy body and an awesome sex life.
Eye am a BIG advocate for yoga (in its many folds) and encouraging the masses to use it as a opening to quieting the mind. Especially for those of color, who suffer from mental, physical and emotional ailments at much higher rates than any other group across the board.
True words from a true sistar. Defining a QUEEN!
At least twice a day, if not more, I come across an article or picture that promotes the idea of the “Black Queen.” Now, this is usually from one of my fellow African American women friends and because of this I really feel that while I cannot make grandiose statements about the masses of black women that post these things, I can make certain opinions about this “movement.” As a disclaimer, I do understand the history and culture that was destroyed and is still being repaired in relation to black women and the United States. However, while trying to repair, we must be careful to not cut corners and we must keep ourselves accountable.
Now, being an African American woman, I supposedly should be in full support of this movement. However, for some reason I cannot get myself to really fully call myself a “BLACK” queen. This is not because…
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Personally, I am a big advocate for meditation and all the benefits it brings. Yet even myself, being the big enthusiast that I am, I have found it quite challenging to achieve the “crossed-legged, straight back, chin-lock, utter silence for hours state” that most of us are accustomed to seeing from others in different nations around the globe.
The harmonious being who is clearly un-phased by any thought or action which is happening within the outside world. Who seems to have nothing going on in their inside world. Their face is so relaxed and steady, that they give the illusion of being asleep versus just being in a deep mindful state. In my small world particular, this thought of meditation is just that; a fleeting thought.
I know many who go to imitate that seated pose, with straight backs and heavy heads, barely managing to close the eyes, only to be bombarded with the thoughts that continuously float around inside our dome. Within a few moments, we have opened the eyes and already thinking of “What should I cook for dinner tonight? Did I ever text mom back? I am so hungry!”
This leads me to believe, maintaining this “image” in the mind of the well-tamed monk, can only lead to intimidation as well as be detrimental to any form of one’s meditative spiritual growth. This, in the end will turn even the eagerest of souls away from reaching their Most High. It can keep one from even trying to begin.
So I felt the need to get back to simple basics and work on the foundation of practicing meditation.
Focusing all on the center of the breathe. When the mind drifts, bring the focus back onto breaths center.
This photo represents a great way to keep the mind centered on breath. Maintaining the steady flow of inhales, grabbing hold, and exhales, letting go. Helping to keep the mind on a steady flow with the hearts beat. Getting back to the basics and not trying to bash thyself over the brain, upon failed attempts at mastering another’s technique. Instead master thy own style. Use others as a mere blueprint in which you build upon.
Also remembering to not only be focused in that one very moment, then when time is up, go about the same way as before. But maintain a meditative state of mind thought throughout the entire day. In everything that one does. The benefits will be much greater in this way.
Breathe. The Spirit of Life.
In history, wearing dreadlocks symbolized many things. It was a personal display of power for warriors in Africa; in India they was worn among adherents of Shiva (in India it was called Jata instead of dreadlocks); and in Jamaica it was the rejection of the Western mainstream beauty standards and the suffering that people build when confronted and negatively criticized for showing their true natural self.
Legendary reggae musician Bob Marley grew free form dreadlocks has part of his Rastafarian beliefs. Many people shy away from such a sacred hairstyle not only because of the media, but also because of the hair maintenance. But despite popular belief you actually got your work cut out for you.
“To tell you the truth, all you gotta do is leave it, wash it, and don’t comb it. Keep it clean and it will dreadlock itself,” said Marley.
Aside from how easy it is…
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