Are your Chakras out of alignment???

“Let’s align your chakras”…. Unsure what I am referring to? You won’t be alone. So many of us hear phrases and words yet fail to question what they are referring to.

Chakras are basically ‘wheels of energy’. Let me explain a little deeper. Chakra mean ‘wheel’. Whether you believe it or not, your body is energy and energy is recorded in a form of vibration. We all have 7 chakra points that align your spine.

Ancient Indians believed the body to be made up of 5 elements, air, water, fire, earth and space. If we look at nature today, for a seed to grow it requires all the 5 elements, we are no different and to grow we require the same.

To help us understand our body and balance we all have a subtle body; a nonphysical and energetic force known as prana. Prana moves through channels, often called nadis; these are your circulatory systems such as your viens, arteries, nervous system, digestive system, excretory system and reproductive system.

Chakra – flow of energy within your body.

You expect your body to respond efficiently and effectively yet there must be optimal levels of flow, any block within your energy system delays reactions.

It is important to keep your chakras clear, free spinning. The major rule of energy flow is it starts from the base of the spine (nadi) and up to the crown of the head.

Here is a little insight into what each chakra can tell you about yourself.

First chakra (base of the spine): This is your foundation, or grounding. When in balance, the first chakra gives you a sense of physical security, safety, and feeling cantered. People who feel well-supported have a strong first chakra.

Second chakra (sacrum): This is your source of pleasure, creativity, and sexual energy. When in balance, the second chakra makes life enjoyable. People who are enthusiastic and can accept pleasure naturally, without excess, addiction, or inhibition, have a strong second chakra.

Third chakra (navel/solar plexus): Commonly called the power chakra, the third chakra converts energy into physical form, beginning with good digestion and hormonal balance. When in balance, this chakra makes you feel empowered and able to bring your intentions to fruition. People who have self-confidence and self-esteem are strong in the third chakra.

Fourth chakra (heart): The subtle or spiritual qualities of love, compassion, and empathy are governed by the fourth chakra. When in balance, this charka is soothing, comforting, and nourishing. People who are warm-hearted, sympathetic, and loving have a strong fourth chakra.

Fifth chakra (throat): The fifth chakra is about communication and expression. When in balance, this chakra allows you to express yourself with a sense of safety and confidence. People who can speak their truth and think clearly have a strong fifth chakra.

Sixth chakra (forehead): The sixth chakra traditionally sits like a “third eye” that gives inner vision and access to higher or spiritual reality. When in balance, this chakra allows for intuition and insight. People who trust their inner perceptions have a strong sixth chakra, with the added potential for wisdom and a powerful spiritual life.

Seventh chakra (top of head): Commonly called the “crown” chakra, the seventh chakra is the connection to pure consciousness. When in balance, this chakra gives the individual awareness knowledge that it is universal awareness—the lower self (Jiva) is the higher Self (Atman), and both are merged into the One (Brahman). People who experience states of unity consciousness have a strong seventh chakra.

These descriptions don’t have to be taken literally, although the chakra system has a long tradition in Yoga as a model for the anatomy of the subtle body. To translate your understanding of the chakras into practical benefits, here are three main areas that you can take advantage of.

Here is a guide to keep your chakra energy flowing (taken from chopra)

1st Chakra (Root)

  • Element: The root chakra is associated with earth, so walking barefoot in the sand, grass, or dirt can be beneficial. Any time spent in nature is helpful for this chakra.
  • Nutrition: Eat healthy red foods like tomatoes, beets, berries, and apples.
  • Wear and Decorate: Use accents of red and wear red jewellery, clothing, or shoes.
  • Sound: lam

2nd Chakra (Sacral)

  • Element: The sacral chakra is associated with water, which means swimming or spending time by bodies of water like lakes and oceans is beneficial.
  • Nutrition: Eat orange foods like carrots, oranges, melons, or mangoes.
  • Wear and Decorate: Surround yourself with orange accessories or tones.
  • Sound: vam

3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus)

  • Element: The solar plexus chakra is associated with the element of fire, so enjoy sitting around a bonfire or soak up bright sunlight.
  • Nutrition: Eat yellow foods like bananas, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, and corn.
  • Wear and Decorate: Wearing yellow clothing, jewellery, and accessories would be beneficial.
  • Sound: ram

4th Chakra (Heart)

  • Elements: The heart chakra is associated with air, so breathing deeply will help to clear the energy at this level. Drive with the windows open, fly a kite, or take a boat ride.
  • Nutrition: Eat green foods including broccoli, avocado, and leafy greens like kale or spinach.
  • Wear and Decorate: Accent your life with all shades of green.
  • Sound: yum

5th Chakra (Throat)

  • Element: The throat chakra is associated with ether (similar to spirit), so sitting in an open space under a clear sky is a fabulous way to get this energy flowing appropriately.
  • Nutrition: Eat blue foods like blueberries, currants, dragon fruit, and kelp.
  • Wear and Decorate: Use all blue tones.
  • Sound: ham

6th Chakra (Third Eye)

  • Element: The third eye chakra is associated with light. To balance and open this chakra, sit in stillness in the sunlight or relax in a window as the sun pours in.
  • Nutrition: Eat indigo foods including purple kale, grapes, and blackberries.
  • Wear and Decorate: Wearing indigo clothing or jewellery and decorating with accents of this colour will be useful.
  • Sound: sham

7th Chakra (Crown)

  • Element: The crown chakra is affiliated with all the elements, so connecting with your wholeness rather than a single element is the recommended practice. Spend time in meditation, chanting, or prayer.
  • Nutrition: At this level, the nutrition is no longer for the physical body. This chakra is not nourished with food, but with spiritual practices. Practice self-reflection and curiosity.
  • Wear and Decorate: Wearing violet clothing or jewellery and decorating with accents of this colour will be useful.
  • Sound: om

Setting small manageable goals that are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant/Realistic, and Time-Bound) can be life-changing. Decide what area of your life you wish to focus on, you may wish to focus on a goal for each of your chakras. It is your beginning to a happy, healthy productive self, so this is your choice.

ROOT CHAKRA
Need to feel more grounded?
When the root chakra, Muladhara, is balanced, you feel safe, secure, and at home in your own skin. Physically located at the toes, feet, and legs, the root chakra connects you to the element of earth.

Connect with nature
Go for a hike
Walk on the beach
Plant a garden

Make your home a place you like to be
Set up a sacred corner
Treat yourself to new bedding
Do a deep clean

Discover what “grounds” you (and do more of it)
Break out your art supplies
Call a good friend
Sit in meditation

SACRAL CHAKRA
When the sacral chakra, Svadistana, is balanced, you feel emotionally connected, in touch with all of your senses, and creatively charged. Physically located at the hips, low back, and lower abdomen, the sacral chakra connects you to the element of water.

Surround yourself with inspiration
Invest in new art supplies
Free-write in a journal

Get in the water
Walk near the ocean, river, or lake
Enjoy a soothing shower
Join a gym with access to a swimming pool

Drink more liquids
Drink warm tea in the morning
Stay hydrated throughout the day
Close your evening with an Ayurvedic nectar drink

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
When the solar plexus chakra, Manipura, is balanced, you feel courageous, at ease, and have high self-esteem. Physically located at the abdomen, mid-back, waist, and digestive organs, the solar plexus chakra connects you to the element of fire.

Exercise
Get on your yoga mat
Sign up for that 5K
Grab a workout buddy to help you stay on track

Set small, realistic goals and follow through
Write a weekly to-do list
Email a friend to keep you accountable
Create a chart for keeping track of achievements

Eat nourishing food
Try a new restaurant in town
Cook your favourite meal from scratch
Meander the stands at a farmer’s market and taste something you have never tried before

HEART CHAKRA
When the heart chakra, Anahata, is balanced, you feel empathetic, generous, and loving. Physically found at the heart, chest, shoulders, arms, and hands, the heart chakra connects you to the element of air.

Practice random acts of kindness
Pay for a strangers’ bridge toll
Bring your neighbour flowers
Leave a note of encouragement on a car windshield

Practice gratitude
Send a note of thanks to an inspiring teacher
Write a list of five people you are glad to have in your life

THROAT CHAKRA
When the throat chakra, Vishuddha, is balanced, you feel able to communicate with clarity, listen attentively, and be open-minded. Physically found at the neck, throat, ears, jaw, and mouth, the throat chakra connects you to the element of space.

Express yourself
Start a blog
Begin a daily journaling practice
Paint, draw, sculpt, dance, or craft

Share your thoughts with someone
Call your friend who has moved away
Text your neighbour for a tea date
Write a letter to someone who has been on your mind lately

Speak out
Stand up for yourself and others
Set clear personal boundaries
Say what needs to be said to clear the air with a co-worker

THIRD EYE
When the third eye chakra, Ajna, is balanced, you feel intuitive, inspired, and imaginative. Physically located at the forehead, brow, and brain, the third eye chakra connects you to the element of light.

Learn something new
Sign up for a class at your local community college
Try an upcoming workshop at your yoga studio

Trust the intuitive hints in your body
Follow your gut instincts for an entire day
Meditate and listen for a spark of inner wisdom
Stop and pay attention to what your body needs

Dream on
Keep a dream journal next to your bed
Make a list of five to 10 things you want to be “when you grow up”
Write out a detailed description of your perfect day

CROWN CHAKRA
When the crown chakra, Sahasrara, is balanced, you feel connected to all beings and part of something greater. Physically located at the top of the head and one foot above the head, the crown chakra connects you with the universe.

Practice meditation
Start with five to 10 minutes with a timer or app
Join a weekly meditation group
Sign up for a retreat

Do something relaxing
Get a massage
Schedule an acupuncture treatment
Spend a whole day in bed with a good book

Follow your passion
Book an airline ticket to somewhere you’ve been wanting to go
Volunteer at an organisation making change in your community
Genuinely smile at six people today

Gall Bladder – A Key Player in Digestive Health

Your gall bladder is a reservoir for bile; a highly alkaline that controls the acidity of the stomach contents as it arrives in the duodenum.

When food enters the small intestine, a hormone called cholecystokinin is released, signaling the gallbladder to contract and secrete bile into the small intestine through the common bile duct.

The bile helps the digestive process by breaking up fats. It also drains waste products from the liver into the duodenum, a part of the small intestine.

An excess of cholesterol, bilirubin, or bile salts can cause gallstones to form. Gallstones are generally small, hard deposits inside the gallbladder that are formed when stored bile crystallises. A person with gallstones will rarely feel any symptoms until the gallstones reach a certain size, or if the gallstone obstructs the bile ducts. Surgical removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) is the most common way to treat gallstones.

Poor eating habits and foods high in sugars and fats can contribute to gallbladder disease and gallstones. A diet with less fat and more fiber can prevent gallstones and improve your health.

Fried and fatty foods are more difficult to break down and can cause pain. Increasing nutrient-rich foods in your diet, such as vegetables and fruits, can improve gallbladder function and prevent complications.

Liver Fatigue can lead to symptoms of poor circulation, digestive problems, headaches, skin related allergies and hormonal imbalances.

Bile that is stored in the gall bladder is necessary for absorption of fat soluble materials and supports the removal of toxins.

Detoxification of the liver is complex though there are some key elements that can easily be incorporated into your daily diet.

Eat your greens – Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli. Dark leafy vegetables are bursting with chlorophyll which can neutralise toxins.

Turmeric can help fight infections, reduce inflammation and aid digestion. It stimulates bile production and excretion via the gall bladder, improving the body’s ability to digest fats.

This radish based juice is powerful. Radish stimulates bile production. Mixed with the protein from the sprouts this alkalising juice has a nice kick to it.

1/2 cup of red radishes (6 small) trimmed, 1/2 cup of alfalfa or sunflower sprouts, 1 red apple (cored), 1 cup of chard, 1 cucumber.
If you do not have a juicer, you can hand blend this and then push through a sieve.

Alfalfa Srouts

Sunflower Sprouts

Juicer

Gall Bladder Health

Liver Fatigue

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Plant – Chocolate Flavour 684g 19 Servings – ON Vegan Protein Powder with Pea & Rice Protein No SOYA

Well I know I am a nutritionist and my first line of attack on my clients is natural food but I am going to shout from the roof tops over this amazing protein powder.

Never have I tasted a protein powder that doesn’t have at least some powder after taste, this is just good taste from the first sip to the last dregs of the beaker.

I love it and when you read the reviews I am not alone in saying it is amazing especially when mixed with almond milk.

Click the images to purchase or read more about the product.

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Vegan Products

Living the Vegan lifestyle is one of ethically conscious purchases.
This blog post features some stunning bedlinen and bathroom accessories.

Turquoise Paisley Duvet Cover Set- King Size

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION as stated on sellers website

A bright, bold fair trade king size duvet set that has been hand block printed by skilled artisans in India. The duvet cover features a paisley pattern in turquoise and pink, with a thick border around all four edges with a button closure along the bottom. The set includes two envelope close pillowcases in white with a border to match the duvet cover.

100% 40s Indian cotton
Duvet 230 x220cm
Pillowcases 75 x 50cm
Double size also available click here.

Midnight Garden Duvet Cover- Double

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION as stated on sellers website

Handmade, fair trade and simply gorgeous, this double duvet cover will bring a vibrant splash of colour to the bedroom. The beautiful design on this handmade duvet is also block-printed by hand by skilled artisans based in Rajasthan. Aravali are a fair trade manufacturer of beautiful artwork and crafts; striving to spread knowledge of traditional handcrafting techniques. They provide a sustainable livelihood to their artisans who have mastered these incredible skills and share their creations with the world.

100% Indian cotton
Do not tumble dry
Do not use chlorine bleach
Machine wash at 30 degrees or lower
Wash dark colours separately
Iron on medium heat
Dimensions: L 200cm x W 200cm

Natural Towelling Slippers

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION as stated on sellers website

Keep your feet warm and cosy after a relaxing bath or shower with these natural and organic cotton slippers. The cotton is unbleached, undyed and luxuriously soft against your skin.

100% organic cotton with a rubber sole.

S – Size 4-5M – Size 6-7

Barcelona Organic Cotton ShowerTowel – Cashmere Stripe- 140 X 70CM

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION as stated on sellers website

For a luxurious bathing experience, choose this gorgeously soft organic cotton shower towel, made with GOTS certified organic cotton, kind to you and the planet whilst keeping your bathroom stylish. Suitable for vegans.

140 x 70cm
450g/m²
100% GOTS certified organic cotton

Barcelona Organic Cotton Wash Glove – Cashmere Stripe – Pack of 2

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION as stated on sellers website

A set of two sensually soft organic cotton wash gloves in a cashmere and natural stripe. Made from pure organic terry cotton, the wash mitts are extremely gentle against your skin and perfect for children. Simply put on, lather and scrub – washing is just that easy. Suitable for vegans and with a small loop for hanging.

22 x 16cm
450g/m²
100% GOTS certified organic cotton.

Visit the vegan bath range by clicking here

To Keto – or Not to Keto…….

Keto Diet

Everybody’s doing the keto diet. It’s a cultural craze that’s captured our imagination.

But let’s remember that the ketogenic diet is a medical, or therapeutic, diet. So while it’s extremely beneficial for people with certain conditions, it’s not for everyone.

What do you eat on the keto diet?

The keto diet is essentially a high-fat diet — your meals are 70 or 80 percent fat; about 20 percent protein; and about 5 percent carbohydrate. It is not an Atkins high-protein diet.

The keto diet switches you from burning glucose (which carbs provide) to burning ketones (which fat produces) for energy. When you do this, interesting things happen:

  • Your metabolism speeds up.
  • Your hunger goes away.
  • Your muscle mass increases.
  • Your blood pressure and heart disease risk profile improve.

Why will eating fat help you burn fat?

Biology is smart. Historically, it allowed our bodies to adapt to times of abundance or scarcity by shifting from carbohydrate metabolism to fat metabolism.

The key is this: Eating fat does not make your insulin go up, as eating carbs or protein does. So the keto diet does not spike your insulin, and you don’t store fat. Instead, you burn it, creating the ketones that give you an effective and efficient metabolic jolt.

Many of my clients struggle with sourcing Keto type foods, I direct them to the PanetOrganic Keto Shop page.

Click here to view Keto Carbalternatives
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Click here to view Keto Sweeteners
Click here to view Keto Fats
Click here to view Keto Fermented Foods
Click here to view Keto Pantry
Click here to view Keto Soups and Broths
Click here to view Keto Supplements and Protein Powders
Click here to view Keto drinks