When we believe strongly, whether the goal be healing or attaining success, our subconscious mind picks up on this. Your subconscious mind will always absorb and respond to your beliefs and in turn help create what you believe. What you believe is what you project. Your beliefs have to be in total agreement with what you are trying to be successful at. Since the subconscious is so in tune with what you believe, it is necessary to develop a strong, positive attitude. We may sometimes be unaware of how strong a force our beliefs are in directing our lives. Your thoughts are what shape your beliefs. So in other words the more you think about and view something the stronger your belief in it will be. This will enable you to see more clearly the path you would like to take. The way we see the world is how we believe it to be. This is also true in how we see ourselves. Beliefs are what should help us succeed and should not be responsible for holding us back. In fact there are instances where patients have been given fake surgery and medications and who have had miraculous recoveries due to the fact that they believed they were being healed. This is how strong the placebo effect is when you believe. However, in serious medical situations it is imperative that the doctor also have a degree of belief in the patient. Hope, agreement in the cause and cure of the illness can help create a strong belief on the part of the patient that he will succeed. We in the west have a tendency to separate the body from the mind in treatment whereas Eastern cultures include the power of the mind as an important factor in the healing process. Re-evaluate how you view yourself and your surroundings. It is important to realize how powerful our way of thinking can change our environment.
The skin is the largest organ of the body. The average adult carries about eight pounds of skin which amounts to at least 22 square feet. Its many functions include waterproofing, insulating, preventing infection and manufacturing Vitamin D for our body. It also protects us from harmful chemicals while keeping the brain in constant touch with the outside world. It is able to perform this task by receptors for touch, pressure, pain, heat, and cold. While performing all these tasks it allows us to have total freedom of movement proving it to be an extremely versatile organ. Skin is composed of three layers. The first outermost layer, the epidermis, is in an unending growth cycle and is constantly exfoliating. It takes about five weeks to complete the process of total regeneration. Basically it is our barrier to the environment. Because it is responsible for absorption of nutrients, it maintains balance (homeostasis) within the body. It is usually ten times thicker on the feet and around the eyes where it provides extra protection. Below the epidermis is a layer known as the dermis. This is bonded tightly to the epidermis. It is the layer that gives the skin both elasticity, strength and flexibility. This is the layer of the skin that is responsible for increasing or decreasing blood flow to the outer layer allowing it to regulate body temperature. The dermis houses all of the secretion glands and allows for sweating as well as lubrication of the hair and skin. All muscular tissue lies in this layer. The innermost layer, the hypodermis, is a thin layer of fat that serves as a reserve in case of food shortage and acts as a protection for our organs in the event of bodily trauma. All people from all nations have the same skin composition the only difference being the amount of melanin present. This is the determining factor in the color of the skin. Basically it is a protective agent for those who have greater exposure to sun. Seeing the many roles that the skin is responsible for it is important to protect and maintain it. Sun can be extremely damaging, as a precaution it is very important to use and reuse a sunscreen often especially if you enjoy the outdoors. Applying coconut oil before bedtime or after shaving can keep the skin feeling supple. To reap the benefits of Vitamin D we need only spend 15 minutes daily receiving direct sunlight. Dehydration can cause extreme aging and destruction of the fibers of the skin. Drinking a substantial amount of water is the best skin conditioner available.
That particular song, with the above title, was released in the early 50’s. It was at that time the food industry began their big push on processed foods. Women were entering the work force. TV dinners, packaged cookies, frozen breakfast meats were all introduced to make life easier. Since at that time, mostly women prepared meals, the purpose of these products were to relieve the stress of having to provide healthy eating for the family. To make all these foods more palatable and have a longer shelf life they were loaded with bad fat, salt and especially sugar. We now know that cutting back on the amount of sugar we consume will eventually lead to weight loss and in turn prevent many diseases. When it comes to losing weight most people assume you must cut out carbohydrates. Do we need to cut sugar or carbohydrates? Is there a distinction? Is it necessary to cut out all carbohydrates? It helps to understand what exactly is classified as a carbohydrate before a generalization like that can be made. Do all carbohydrates turn to sugar? Are all forms of sugars the same? Every carbohydrate must be broken down into a simple sugar before it can be absorbed and used by the body. So what foods are classified as carbohydrates? A simplified way to look at this is basically every thing that grows in the ground is a carbohydrate. Whole grains take longer to break down as opposed to grains that are more refined. When a grain is refined the bran and germ are removed and all that is left is the starchy endosperm which quickly turns to sugar. However this does not mean that these different forms do not have a purpose. Whole grains give a more sustained energy and keep blood sugar levels at an even keel throughout the day. Refined grains such as white rice and pasta give a quick surge of energy. They usher glucose into the body at a quicker pace, which has its benefits after a strenuous workout when the body needs it immediately. Nuts, seeds and avocados are all basically carbohydrates but they also contain good amounts of healthy fats. The fat present in these foods gives a feeling of fullness. Fats also aid in helping the body absorb minerals and vitamins. Beans and legumes are carbohydrates but have a nice amount of protein which makes them a source of energy while also providing a vegetarian source of protein. Any vegetable that grows underground (root vegetables) has a higher sugar content than any vegetable grown above ground (leafy greens). Leafy greens have some protein, are very low in carbohydrates but high in vitamins and minerals and are extremely important for blood purification. Both root and leafy vegetables contain soluble and insoluble fiber which keep everything moving throughout the body at a healthy rate while pulling anything toxic out of the system. It is usually more beneficial to combine one from each category since they have the ability to enhance flavor in the other and also create a better balance in sugar distribution. Some fruits can be extremely high in sugar. However unlike fruit juice which is pure sugar, the fiber in fruit can slow down the absorption of the sugar content. Dairy products are another source of sugar. All dairy contain lactose a form of milk sugar. But here again the fat and protein content make these products more balanced. Since 75% of carbohydrate consumption is used for brain function, 25% for muscle movement and red blood cell production it is important to recognize carbohydrates as a necessary macronutrient. It is also important to re-evaluate the type of carbohydrates you are consuming and when to use them for your benefit. If you decide that excessive consumption of carbohydrates could be the cause of retaining unwanted weight, try to first eliminate all heavily processed, packaged foods. Then take stock in the amount of protein and healthy fats you are consuming to see if you are eating a balanced diet.