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Potentiating Our Breathing

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Breathing is an essential part of our nutrition process, since the oxygen that goes into our lungs is transported to all the cells of our body, in order to do the cellular respiration process, that occurs in the mitochondria, and that, through the oxydation of the nutrients given to our bodies from our nutrition (click here to read about micronutrients and cell regeneration) produces the energy our body needs to keep our vital functions, and allow ourselves to take our creativity to action (click here to read about creativity from sublimation).

As we know our bodies better, we get to understand that there’s a more appropriate way of breathing in order to use 100% of our lung capacity, and increase our energy levels by eating just what is appropriate for us in our present moment (click here to read about nurtiring more by eating less). By following these simple steps we can potentiate our breathing process:

  1. Position: the most appropriate position for a more efficient breathing is being with our back straight, whether lying or sitting, with the shoulders open and the abdomen contracted.

  2. Inhalation: for a more efficient breathing, it is essential to inhale the air through the nose (for those who have had rhinitis and have gotten used to breathe throught the mouth, we gradually need to get used to breathe through the nose so the air can find its own way inside the nasal space click here to read about how I got rid of rhinitis), since our nose serve as a filter for the air we breathe.

  3. External movement: as the air enters the lungs, the external movement of expansion must begin in the upper abdomen (where the diaphragm is) and expand towards the sternum (expanding the chest and keeping the shoulders still), when the air comes out, the contraction movement begins in the sternum and ends in the upper abdomen.

  4. Exhalation: when we have totally expanded our sternum we can start exhaling slowly through the nose.

To increase our lung capacity, we can perform this complete nasal breathing by counting the seconds as we inhale, hold the air, exhale and wait to start the process again. As we increase the number of seconds in these processes, we perceive an increase in our tranquility and our personal and creative energy. The idea is to maintain this breath at all times, so we need to integrate this practice to perceive its effect in all areas of our lives.

Love,
Ángel

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Micronutrients Part 2: Regenerating our cells

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Now that we understand that, in order to nourish ourselves better, we need to eat less but with more quality (click here to read the first part of the Micronutrients series), we can better understand how functional foods are integrated to enhance cell regeneration.

Our cells regenerate themselves if we give them the appropriate environment and time to do it, that is why we must avoid excesses, both of things considered “good” and those considered “bad”, all that our body really needs at a nutritional level (micro and macronutrients) must be consumed consciously in the appropriate measure for our own body, that is why it is so important to perceive the reactions that arise to each food that we consume separately, considering that there may be reactions from the moment that we smell it, until the moment it leaves the body completely (click here to read the article on expansion of nutritional consciousness).

Now, let’s imagine that every constructive habit we have (nourish ourselves, breathe better, do some physical activity, take care of our emotional health, sleep better) is promoting cell regeneration and maintaining the functioning of our body stable, and that every destructive habit we have (consume empty food, smoking, drinking excessively, staying emotional, breathing inadequately, being sedentary, sleeping poorly) is increasingly degenerating each of our cells and, consequently, our organs, causing alterations in the functioning of our body and leading ourselves to states in which we can not continue to be empowered of our own lives, because we are increasingly dependent on what helps us to recover our natural state of health (which we have created with our own destructive habits, and we can also reverse them).

Understanding better that we can assume the responsibility for really taking care of our body, as a main priority, since when having health we can perform better in what we enjoy doing, let’s see how functional foods, those full of essential nutrients that enhance our health, assist us in building an appropriate environment for our cells to continue their regeneration process bringing health to our body and higher levels of energy:

  1. CONTRIBUTION OF CLEAN ENERGY: By consuming natural foods, rich in micro and macronutrients, which are accepted by the cells, the cells can continue their process of obtaining what they need without having to fight what they can’t accept, therefore their energy is clean and focused on maintaining its functional process in our body. This is mainly done by fruits, vegetables, cereals, nuts and seeds, because of its high content of carbohydrates and healthy fats.

  2. GROWTH AND REGENERATION: While our body is growing, it needs material so that the cells can divide and form the necessary structures. When we reach adulthood, the cells need the proper material to keep themselves in constant regeneration and to renew dead cells of organs. like the skin. For growth and regeneration, the main foods are cereals, nuts, seeds and water (mineralized), due to their high content of proteins and minerals.

  3. REGULATION: Inside the cells, chemical reactions take place that need, especially, the presence of vitamins to occur. Here we find the need to consume fruits, nuts, vegetables and water (mineralized), due to its high content of vitamins and minerals.

I have a diet based on fruits, vegetables, cereals, nuts, germinated seeds, and the appropriate amount of mineralized water for my body, which is where I can find all the nutrients I need, the only thing I consume from animal sources are eggs (once or twice a month), they are my source of vitamin B12 (for now), since I prefer to feed properly than include any type of supplement in my diet. And you? On what do you base your diet? Does it work for you?

Love,
Ángel

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Micronutrients Part 1: Nourishing More Eating Less

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We need to understand that our body works as an integrated system and that our health must be constructed minute by minute with more conscious decisions to reconnect ourselves to our bodies, and all that they mean, when we really want to enhance our energy and our health in the present.

Micronutrients are nutrients that the body needs in small amounts to function properly. In this group we find vitamins and minerals, which can be found in greater quantities, and with a better level of absorption, and in less volume of food, in functional foods. As we have discussed before, the intestine is the place where absorption of nutrients occurs (click here to read the full article on absorption of nutrients), it is for this reason that it it is very important that we learn to perceive what our body wants to transmit to us. Through the chemical reactions that occur, such as the lack, the increase or the balance of our energy, the pains or the easy flow, the alterations in our normal vital functions, all these are responses to a chemical reactions within our organism (which, clearly, are also related to our mental and emotional state – click here to read the article of sublimation of our mental, emotional, creative, sexual and sentimental worlds).

Each of the cells in our body needs an appropriate amount of water, which, in order to be retained, needs the presence of minerals, nowadays we need to include in our diet the consumption of sea salt, or Himalayan, to mineralize the water we consume and adjust the levels of iodine in our bodies (click here to read about the importance of iodine in our diet). An appropriate amount of healthy fats is necessary for the body to perform some specific processes of assimilation and transport of essential vitamins (click here to read about healthy fats). All the processes in our body are connected to bring us health, for that, it is important that we begin to invest in learning to adapt the diet that best fits each one of us, remember that we are all different and, for this reason, it is necessary that we give more attention to our body and integrate foods of greater nutritional value to our diet. Here we have some foods that are excellent sources of nutrients and that we can include in our diet to make our own body processes more efficient:

  1. Flaxseed: this seed contains macronutrients as fats (healthy Omega 3 and 6), carbohydrates, vegetable protein and large amount of soluble fiber. Of the micronutrients contains vitamins E, B1, B2, B3, B5. B6 and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, zinc and selenium. The best way to consume it is leaving 20 grams of seeds to soak (at least 24 hours) to start the process of germination and enhance their nutrients, wash them to remove excess of phytic acid and consume them liquefied with a fruit of our preference.

  2. Almond: this fruit contains macronutrients as fats (healthy Omega 3 and 6), carbohydrates, vegetable protein and large amount of soluble fiber. Of the micronutrients contains vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B6, B9 and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, zinc and selenium. The best way to consume it is to leave 20 grams of almonds soaking (at least 24 hours) to start the process of germination and enhance their nutrients, wash them to remove excess of phytic acid and consume them with a fruit of our preference, they can also be liquefied.

  3. Broccoli: this vegetable contains more nutrients than the others, since it has large amounts of vitamin C, folic acid and beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, vitamin E. The best way to consume it, is cooking it with whatever we are eating, as with rice, to improve the absorption of its nutrients.

  4. Olive Oil: this oil contains vitamin E and vitamin K, which makes it beneficial for our circulatory system and to maintain a correct coagulation. The best way to consume it is to use 2 tablespoons, at room temperature, alone or as an accompaniment to a meal. It is important that we choose oil packed in dark glass bottles to maintain the nutrients and the quality, and avoid oxydation by sunlight.

Let’s be more aware of the reasons why we consume the food we consume. Much of what we eat may have been the unconscious habit of many people for many generations, but today we have much more information and food available to learn to choose what is good for ourselves. Let’s try diets with more nutrient-rich foods and see our energy increase in all areas of our lives.

Love,
Ángel

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Nutrient Absorption: 7 steps to improve our nutrition

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Before beginning a journey of expanding awareness through micronutrients (vitamins and minerals – click here to read about micronutrients) it is important to understand how the process of food digestion and absorption, transport and use of nutrients works.

  1. Chewing: Foods should be chewed thoroughly with the teeth to moisten them with the saliva produced and facilitate their passage through the esophagus (avoid consuming liquids when eating solids and vice versa).
  2. Digestion: When the salivated foods arrive to the stomach they mix with the gastric juices breaking down the components so they can be absorbed.
  3. Absorption: then they reach the small intestine where they mix with bile, pancreatic juice and intestinal juices to finish digestion and initiate absorption (avoid the use of laxatives as they may reduce the absorption of some minerals).
  4. Transport: When absorbed in the walls of the small intestine, the nutrients are transported by the blood to the cells that need them.
  5. Usage: lipids turn into triglycerides. They can be transformed into the liver and deposited in adipose tissue as a reserve of energy. Carbohydrates are transported as glucose to generate energy. And the amino acids of the proteins go into the general circulation to synthesize structural proteins and enzymes.

As we see, nutrition is an integration of various mechanical and chemical processes. It is important that we give our body what it takes to maintain its chemical balance by avoiding overeating. For some people the consumption of gluten can compromise the process of nutrient absorption, so it is important to moderate their consumption. We can follow these 7 steps to improve nutrient absorption:

  1. Avoid overeating in any type of food.
  2. Consume liquid and solids separately.
  3. Prefer the consumption of animal proteins with vegetables or cereals and grains with vegetables. Avoid including animal protein, cereals and grains in the same meal.
  4. Avoid foods that manifest any adverse reaction in the body.
  5. Give preference to natural foods (fruits, vegetables, cereals).
  6. Mineralize the water by adding a little baking soda, sea salt and lemon.
  7. Consume nuts and seeds (germinated if possible).

The human body is an extraordinary machine. Each cell has its function and at the same time is part of the whole. Let’s create new habits to better treat our cells and keep our bodies healthy.

Love,
Ángel

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Contributing Vs. Helping

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Reflecting on the way we express ourselves is essential when we seek the transformation of patterns in our reality, that’s why I share the analysis of two words that, despite being synonyms, have a different essence that makes the difference between the intention behind of our actions.

When we pay attention to the way in which we use the word “help”, we realize that we start from the base that who needs to be helped lacks something, for this reason, lately, I’ve decided to use the word “contribute”, because it means giving the part that corresponds to us where we are, this way we understand that we all have what is necessary to do what corresponds to us, as a cell we must take responsibility for our function, working together with the other cells that have their way and appropriate measure of contribution.

Our experience as social individuals can be approached from many perspectives, we’ve been so long focusing our energy on beliefs such as inequality (inferiority/superiority) and emotions as pity, it’s time for us to open our hearts and connect with our truth, in order to realize that we are all capable beings and responsible for our own existence, that we only need to channel our efforts into our personal talents focused on a common purpose of building from our heart.

From now on we can choose the most conscious way of contributing, of giving what corresponds to us and receiving with gratitude what corresponds to each cell of this great organism, this way, the functioning becomes more efficient, because the flow of energy increases and allows us to act as a team, in which we know our own responsibility and do our part with conviction.

Let’s remember that our society is a reflection of who we are, a more society with integrity depends on the integrity of each one of us, from every little detail.

Love,
Ángel

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More Energy and More Nutrients: 3 seeds rich in omega and more

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We already know the importance of proteins in our diet, due to cell regeneration (click here to read full text), and carbohydrates, essential for generating energy (click here to read full text) in the body.

Now we integrate the action of the necessary fats. Fats are the important macronutrient to form the cellular structure. In the book Human nutrition in the developing world(available in English atFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO website), Professor, Michael C. Latham says that that fats, lipids, give energy to the body, if you increase the consumption of foods rich in healthy fats you can reduce the consumption of carbohydrates, because each gram is equal to 9 calories, which in carbohydrates represents 5 calories less per gram. Fat serves as a vehicle that helps the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, being necessary for good nutrition.

The body needs a balanced consumption between the different types of omega acids 3, 6 and 9. So we must make intelligent changes like avoiding the use of oils, margarines or butter to cook (or use olive oil that supports a higher temperature ), Consume olive oil at room temperature and increase the consumption of dry drupes. Let’s see some dry drupres to include in our diets:

  1. Walnuts
  2. Macadamia nuts
  3. Flaxseed

With a smart consumption of fats we will give our body a developmental environment and energy with a greater amount of nutrients.

Love,
Ángel

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Extra Energy: 7 carbohydrates for a perfect health

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We’ve already read about the importance of the proteins on our diet, for they’re responsible for the cell regeneration (click here to read full article), what makes its intake to be essential.

Let’s learn a little more about carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are other important macronutrient for the body. In the book Human nutrition in the developing world (available in English at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO website), Professor, Michael C. Latham says that carbohydrates are compounds containing carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. They are burned during metabolism to produce energy, liberating carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). The carbohydrates in the human diet are mainly in the form of starches and various sugars. Carbohydrates can be divided into three groups:

  • monosaccharides, e.g. glucose, fructose, galactose;
  • disaccharides, e.g. sucrose (table sugar), lactose, maltose;
  • polysaccharides, e.g. starch, glycogen (animal starch), cellulose.

Carbohydrates represent energy for the body. A smart way of consuming carbohydrates would be by identifying which of them are richer in micronutrients and better taken by people’s body according to the blood type diet. Let’s see a list of 7 foods, that raise our bodies’ energy and nutrition levels, below:

  1. Brown Rice
  2. Walnuts
  3. Grapes
  4. Macadamia nuts
  5. Pineapple
  6. Pear
  7. Flaxseed

Simple foods can really improve our cells function and, consequently, our bodies’. Let’s invest on our nutrition for keeping our perfect health.

Love,
Ángel

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