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ENERGIZING: Present Construction

It’s always time to broaden our perception and know more about our own energetic processes, since, only who knows their own energy can make the most appropriate decisions to construct from their inner peace.

I’ve written this book during my own process of identifying what truly energizes me in the present and that, consequently, lead me to invest my energy the most appropriate way possible from my purpose of contributing as a social individual from my peace.

On these 18 pages, we find information we can integrate to become more conscious about our own energy, from our emotions to our nutrition.

By remembering that each of our decisions construct our destiny, we understand the importance of making decisions aligned to our peace, this way we all construct the world peace we want.

Oxygenating our Bodies with Iron

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Now we are aware that Calcium is very important for the body to keep strong bones (click here to read about calcium). Let’s learn a little more about iron. The main function of this mineral is the transportation of oxygen to many places of our bodies such as lungs, tissues and heart. Our bodies are efficient, economical and conservative when it comes to the usage of iron, that’s why a low quantity of iron is necessary, what makes of vegetal sources a good option for our consumption, since, the kind of iron present, has a lower percentage of absorption than the animal sources.

It’s important to know how to optimize the absorption of iron and the food that contains higher amounts of this mineral.

  1. Iron is best absorbed when consumed along with vitamin C (limonade is one great ally and alkalizing).
  2. The following foods are rich in iron and in micronutrients that improves its absorption (like vitamin C):
    • Flaxseed: 4,7 mg of iron per 100 grs. – Soak the seeds for at least 24 hours and wash them before consuming them blended.
    • Walnuts: 2 mg of iron per 100 grs. – Soak the nuts for at least 24 hours and wash them before consuming them.
    • Almonds: 3,1 mg of iron per 100 grs. – Soak the nuts for at least 24 hours and wash them before consuming them.
    • Kale: 0,5 mg of iron per 100 grs

As we can perceive, nuts and seeds are functional foods rich in minerals, so it is important to include in our diets those that are better for us (click here to read about expanding the perception about our bodies).

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Ángel

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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.

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Regulating Our Metabolism With Iodine

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In this journey through minerals, we have known a little more about Calcium (click here to read about calcium) and Iron (click here to read about iron), and its importance for the body. Today, the issue is the IODINE. The body of an adult contains an average of around 20 to 50 mg of iodine, and most of it is found in the thyroid gland. Iodine is essential for the formation of the thyroid hormone that secretes this gland, which is important for the regulation of metabolism. Thyroid hormones in children support normal growth and development, including mental development.

It is important to know how to optimize the absorption of iodine and foods that contain higher concentrations of the mineral.

  1. Iodine is better absorbed when our intestine is balanced, this is achieved by investing in the consumption of more natural and organic foods (if possible) and consuming enough water and enough omegas to keep our bowels moving.
  2. Foods of marine origin (like seaweed) and iodized salt contain the highest levels of iodine (a good portion of sushi, even without fish, is a good source of iodine if it’s made with seaweed and salt).

IODINE is one of the essential micronutrients we need to consume in the appropriate measure for our own body (click here to read about cell regeneration and micronutrients). We need to remember that our body has a special way of reacting to what we intake, that’s why it is very important to be conscious about what is really appropriate for us (click here to read about our nutricional consciousness) It is always time to know our bodies and give them just what’s necessary, this is part of a process of connection that leads us to develop our energetic efficiency, what allows us to increase our creativity and creation levels.

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Ángel

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3 questions to detach from food beliefs

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Now that we are following the 4 steps to expand nutritional consciousness (click here to read about the expansion of the nutritional awareness), we can focus on the importance of working on DETACHMENT.

We’ve had the same habits for a very long time, at times without knowing exactly why and, other times, thinking that what we consume is “good for us“. Thanks to the exercise of consciousness we can perceive that each body reacts in a different way, as well as people react in different ways to the same situation.

Our body is wise, often, that wisdom starts at the very moment of seeing or eating something. The idea of a conscious nutrition is about knowing which food that we like, and is good for us, contains more nutrients, in order to enrich our diets and transform them into a more efficient energy source.

From now on, the invitation is to detach from our food beliefs, so we can open up our minds to the idea of nutrition. Let’s ask 3 simple questions to ourselves:

  1. What do we eat just because people say is good for us?
  2. Is it really good for us?
  3. Do we enjoy the flavor and our bodies reacts well when we eat that?

Let’s create habits based on the integration of scientific knowledge and our natural wisdom (click here to read the text about micronutrients and cell regeneration). Currently, my diet is focused on the consumption of fruits, drupes, seeds and grains, all high in micronutrients. What about yours? What do you eat every day and why do you eat that?

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Ángel

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Transmutation of the Word Corruption

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To transmute corruption, we really need to understand what it is, since many of us have referred to it by applying it exclusively to people in power who have access to money in large quantities, be it in a company or in politics, and the term actually permeates society, because the government of each place is a reflection of what dominates in the group that is represented, from the inside, so, if we want changes in the way we organize ourselves as humanity, it is necessary that we learn to be more integral, from the root.

Corrupting is altering the form of something, other definitions focus on the negative aspect such as damaging, perverting, etc., but the basis is alteration. Using the definition as a basis, we can understand that corruption, as a word itself, is not bad, we can make it constructive by altering the form of something in order to construct together.

According to the definition, corruption for the negative side could be represented as an incoherence, do we say something and we don’t do it? Do we disrespect the laws when no one’s watching? Do we show ourselves as saviors or good people to take advantage of others or situations (or to improve our image)?, Do we take other people’s things because we believe they don’t need them, since they have money enough to buy them?, Do we want a better world, but we wait for others to take action to improve it? Are we incoherent in any way in what we feel, think, say and do? Do we always believe that the end justifies the means?

Today’s proposal, with the intention of assuming our own responsibility for being integral at every minute, is that we apply corruption with its constructive definition, that we alter the form of everything in our lives that has stopped contructing ourselves so that we can be an efective part of the transformation we want with our own initiative. In order to do this we don’t need followers, or groups, just commitment and love to ourselves, so, over time, we perceive that we have a constructive impact on everything, and everyone, that surrounds us. Here are some ways to start transmuting the word corruption in a constructive way:

  1. EXPRESSING OURSELVES COHERENTLY: we can use our channel of expression (body) to transmit assertively, with gestures, actions and words what we feel, with the intention of building from our hearts (click here to read about connecting to our hearts). Let’s remember to make our intention coherent by aligning feeling, thought, word and action.

  2. NOURISHING OURSELVES COHERENTLY:  our cells need much less than we think (click here to read about nutrients and food necessary for the proper functioning of our cells) and by prioritizing what we need we reduce the consumption of unnecessary food, which impacts constructively our health and that of the planet, because we increase our energy and generate less inorganic waste, among other things.

  3. RELATING COHERENTLY: when we connect to our talents, and principles, we naturally feel more connected to respect for everything, which consequently leads ourselves to relate to people connected to their talents and principles, when this happens every moment of any relationship of our lives opens our minds to a new point of view, because we stop desiring to be right and start wanting to share and grow together. BY RELATING COHERENTLY TO OURSELVES WE RELATE COHERENTLY TO THE WORLD (click here to read about building solidly).

  4. USING THE RESOURCES COHERENTLY: we need much less than we’ve ever imagined, so it is essential that we constantly evaluate how to keep in our lives just what is necessary. The fact that we think we need so much, loads us with many emotions that come from our fear of scarcity. When we have confidence in ourselves, in an integral way, everything is transformed (click here to read about transforming needs that are not so necessary).

These four points have been my compass for the last few months, I’ve perceived that living a coherent life in all aspects is part of the tranquility, consciously or unconsciously, and that every small action can make a big difference from the inside out. What about you? What do you practice that has a constructive impact on the world?

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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?

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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.

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Ángel

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Strong Bones: 3 important aspects to consume calcium in an efficient way

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Now that we are aware of what’s necessary to improve the absorption of nutrients (click here to read about absorption) in our bodies and of the reason why we must be conscious of consuming macronutrients of high nutritional value (carbohydrates (click to read about carbohydrates), proteins (click to read about proteins)  and fats (click to read about fats)), it’s time to know the essential micronutrients for our bodies and their functions.

Let’s start with the minerals. In the book Human nutrition in the developing world (available in English at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO website) we can find information about the pshysiological and structural function that minerals have in the human body, and that is our topic for the next articles from now on.

Today, the subject is Calcium, one of the most important minerals for our bodies, since it is the main constituent of bones, and what keeps them strong. Along with phosphorus it is important for the muscle functions, nerve stimulation, enzymatic and hormonal activities and the transport of oxigen.

It is important to be conscious about the important aspects for the absorption of calcium and the food that contains higher concentrations of the mineral.

  1. Calcium is best absorbed when consumed along with vitamin C (limonade is one great ally and alkalizing)
  2. It is necessary to have, at least, a 10 minutes sunbath a day, without protection.
  3. The following foods are rich in calcium and in many other minerals that improves its absorption (like phosphorus and vitamin C):
    • Flaxseed: 255 mg of calcium per 100 grs. – Soak the seeds for at least 24 hours and wash them before consuming them blended.
    • Walnuts: 94 mg of calcium per 100 grs. – Soak the nuts for at least 24 hours and wash them before consuming them.
    • Almonds: 216 mg of calcium per 100 grs. – Soak the nuts for at least 24 hours and wash them before consuming them.
    • Kale: 135 mg of calcium per 100 grs.

Let’s strengthen our bodies from the inside out and feel our vital energy increase. We must always appreciate the foods we consume and practice conscious consumption (click here to read about micronutrients).

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Fasting for Self-knowledge

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In our lives we’ve perceived that our relationship with food is very important, whether we are conscious or not, because we are what we eat and the way we eat. Thanks to this perception, I’ve had three moments in my life in which I’ve decided to invest my energies in absolut fasting, and several other moments in which the fasting has been partial, suspending food, or habits, which make me feel with low energy. In both cases I’ve had constructive experiences in which my energy levels have increased, I’ve clearly perceived the way of organizing my priorities and I’ve increased my knowledge about the emotional world that unconsciously has governed certain reactions manifesting in my reality. During those processes, I have experienced a greater sensitivity to everything that surrounds me and what is inside me, that is, my consciousness has expanded.

Hunger is a signal that the body emits, mainly because it needs nutrients or energy, in other instances it comes from a belief that food fills voids, which creates an impulsive emotional need to eat. This is the main reason why refrain from consuming nutrient-poor foods, for example, it’s useful to know some of our motivations mentally, emotionally and nutritionally, since the nutritional needs of our body require a smaller amount of more nutritious food.

Let’s read some crucial aspects to make a conscious absolut fasting, which allows us to expand our personal perception:

  1. Free time: choose a moment (maximum 3 days) in which we can be calm and as disconnected as possible from the world, hence our perception and our energy remain focused on the reactions of our body.
  2. Volume of food: one or two weeks before fasting, it is ideal to reduce the amount of processed foods, and animal origin, and invest in fruits and sprouts. After the fast, invest in the consumption of juices with germinated seeds and introduce gradually the solid foods, perceiving the reaction of our body to each one.
  3. Relaxation and breathing: during fasting it is important that we stay relaxed and focused on breathing, because oxygen is essential in the process of cell nutrition..
  4. Sensitivity: during the fasting process our sensitivity increases, as well as when we maintain a diet as natural and appropriate as possible. Our perceptual system is more alert and receptive, we can feel more subtle information about everything that surrounds us and what is inside us.
  5. Body Consciousness: to make a fast, we must pay attention to our bodies, to understand their needs before, during and after the fast, so we keep it at the appropriate levels to make an easy process.

It is important that we learn about our basic processes of nutrition as human beings, in this way we can maintain our appropriate energy levels and a healthy and efficient body.

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Ángel

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