Cooking Oils, Explained.

by Jeremy Michaels

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There has been a lot of questions about what fats and oils to use for cooking for health. It makes sense; after all there is a lot of confusion about fat in general. And with the increasing hype over “heart healthy” vegetable oils and their sky-rocketed consumption level, it’s no wonder people have questions about these highly over-recommended products. So let’s talk vegetable oils: What are they? Why you should avoid them? And what are the best fats and oils for cooking?

Ready? Let’s do this.

Vegetable Oils: What are they really?

Vegetable oils are oils that have been extracted from various seeds. The most common include rapeseed (canola oil), soybean, corn, sunflower, safflower, peanut, palm, etc. Unlike coconut oil or olive oil that are extracted by pressing, these new-fangled oils have to be extracted in very unnatural ways.

A non-traditional food with a questionable short history

Unlike traditional healthy fats (butter, olive oil, lard, etc.) our industrial vegetable oils are a very new addition to the “food world”. In fact, they were practically non-existent until the early 1900s. But with the invention of certain chemical processes and a need for “cheap” fat substitutions, the world of fat hasn’t been the same since.

Consider that at the turn of the 20th century that amount of vegetable oils consumed was practically zero. Today the average consumption is 70 lbs a year per person.

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Of course that number jumped dramatically once the campaign against saturated fats and cholesterol took its public rampage. (Hint: Cholesterol and Saturated Fat are essential to good health.)

Even today, despite the fact that heart disease and cancer continue to rise at an alarming rate while butter consumption is down (and vegetable oil consumption is at an all-time high), people are still believing the hype and buying this very non-traditional, non-healthy unnatural processed food-like products.

Vegetable oils: an unnatural process from the start.

Before we talk about the process by which vegetable oils are made, let’s first look at one of best traditional healthy fats: Butter.

Butter is a simple process that comes when cream separates from milk. This is a natural process that only takes a little patience. Once the cream and milk have separated, all you need to do is skim off the cream and shake it until it becomes butter.

Now let’s compare that to the production of canola oil. Here’s an overly simplified version of the process:

Step 1: Find some “canola seeds.” Oh wait, they don’t exist. Canola oil is actually made from a hybrid version of the rapeseed: most likely genetically modified and heavily treated with pesticides.

Step 2: Heat the rapeseeds at unnaturally high temperatures so that they oxidize and are rancid before you ever buy them.

Step 3: Process with a petroleum solvent to extract the oils.

Step 4: Heat some more and add some acid to remove any nasty wax solids that formed during the first processing.

Step 5: Treat the oil with more chemicals to improve the color.

Step 6: Deodorize the oil to mask the horrific smell from the chemical processing.

Of course, if you want to take your vegetable oils one step further, just hydrogenated it until it becomes a solid. Now you have “margarine” and “trans fat” (a deadly hydrogenated fat)

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Why Are Vegetable Oils Unhealthy?

Hopefully at this point you can see how NOT real these oils are. And in my book, “not real” is reason enough to avoid them. So how can they continue to be marketed as “heart healthy”?

Along with the continued myth about saturated fats and cholesterol, these oils are promoted as healthy because they contain monounsaturated fats and Omega 3 fatty acids. And that’s what advertisers focus on to draw you into the fake health claims. But it definitely doesn’t paint the whole picture.

Without going into extreme detail here are the many problems with vegetable oils:

  • The polyunsaturated fat issue: Vegetable oils contain very high levels of polyunsaturated fats. But did you know that the fat content of the human body is about 97% saturated and monounsaturated fat? Our body needs fat for rebuilding cells and hormone production. And it can only use what we give it. Polyunsaturated fats are highly unstable and they oxidize easily. These oxidized fats cause inflammation and mutation in cells. That oxidation is linked to all sorts of issues from cancer, heart disease, endrometriosis, etc. Polyunsaturated fats are bad news.
  • The omega-6 fatty acid issue: There’s a lot of hype about Omega-3’s and how healthy they are. But what often gets neglected is the fact that it’s more about the ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats that are critical to good health. You must balance the two. Vegetable oils contain a very high concentration of Omega-6 and these fatty acids oxidize easily. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and protect against cancer. Unbalanced levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats have been linked to many types of cancers and a host of other problems. And, as you’ve probably guessed, most Americans are high in Omega-6 fatty acids and low in Omega-3’s. But people keeping buying into labels on vegetables oils that say “a good source of Omega-3s” without realizing that they are really just making the imbalance even worse.
  • All the other bad and unhealthy stuff: Beyond the unnatural levels of polyunsaturated fats and Omega-6 fatty acids, there are all the additives, pesticides, and chemicals involved in processing these oils. Many vegetable oils contain BHA and BHT (Butylated Hydroxyanisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene). These artificial antioxidants keep the food from spoiling too quickly, but they have also been shown to produce potential cancer compounds in the body. And they have been linked to things like immune system issues, infertility, behavioral problems, and liver and kidney damage. Oh yeah, and many vegetable oils come from genetically modified sources (GMOs). In a nutshell, these oils are extremely unhealthy. They’ve been linked to reproductive problems, low birth rate, hormonal issues, obesity, mental decline, liver problems, and the biggest problems of our day: cancer and heart disease.

The Following Are Oils To Avoid Completely

  • Canola oil
  • Corn oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Rapeseed oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Rice bran oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Margarine (trans fat)
  • Shortening (trans fat)
  • Any fake butter substitutes such as ghee

What Oils To Use?

The following are natural healthy oils and are good in moderation. However you must know which oils are for high heat cooking, medium heat cooking and/or for dressings and non-heat cooking purposes. All the oils below are considered to be “healthy fats” and have many health benefits. Most of them are high in heart healthy saturated fat, monounsaturated fat and both Omega-3s and Omega-6s fatty acids. Some are high in polyunsaturated fat like the unhealthy vegetable oils but are good for non-heat cooking purposes in moderation.

  • Coconut oil (considered to be the healthiest cooking oil)
  • Olive oil (considered to be the healthiest oil for dressing/non-heat purposes)
  • Hemp oil
  • Red palm oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Flax oil
  • Chia oil
  • Macadamia Nut oil
  • Brazil nut oil
  • Fish oil
  • Butter

The Conclusion

Simply skipping those unhealthy vegetables oils in the grocery story isn’t too hard. But keep in mind that most processed foods contain these oils. Salad dressing, condiments, crackers, chips, frozen foods, breads, etc. check your ingredients. Don’t buy them. In fact, just skip processed foods altogether and you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble. The key to good health is avoiding processed food.

However It’s hard to avoid these unhealthy vegetable oils completely if you are eating out, and I personally try not to stress about the occasional night at a restaurant. Just keep these bad boys out your kitchen.

Multiply or Divide? (Relationship Coaching)

by Jeremy Michaels

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In life we seek to be a part of relationships with people. But how often do we seek a relationship to multiply, add to, and enhance the life of another?

Often we seek relationships in order to gain something; however, the problem arises when the gain is for an improper motivation. Improper motivation can be anything from money, sex, business etc. and/or anything that consists of beneficial selfish motives and intentions. We should seek a dissimilar positive loving approach to relationships. Keep in mind when I speak of relationships I am taking about all types of “relationships” from business relationships to friendships to intimate lovers.

Some of us begin “the process of being acquainted with” like “seeking a job.” The male or female submits their resume. They go through the resume looking at how much money you make, what can you offer or bring to the table, etc. Then the interview process consists of only asking questions that are designed to locate “red flags.” A somewhat applicable process, but do you know where the quandary occurs in this process? The quandary occurs when the resume reader fails to reveal anything about themselves.

You can’t ask anyone to put their baggage on the table while remaining unwilling to do the same. As I often say, “Always first do or give what you seek from another.” Who are we to think we are above anyone, such as when we subject people to such privation because of our deep rooted past pain or unresolved issues? We always hear some say, “He or she is not for me”, well maybe you were not for them either. We have to learn relationships are about “transparency” and walking as someone who is transparent. Transparency is defined whether you are willing to be honest in either in deed and words before you begin the “getting to know process.”

Do you multiply or divide in relationships? Multiply is defined as to make many or manifold; increase the number, quantity. Divide is defined as to separate or part from something else; cut off.” Another definition says, ” to separate in opinion or feeling, cause to disagree.

Before we consider that man, woman, friendship, or business partnership we must consider whether we multiply or divide? Put simply, you must ask yourself, “Will I divide, subtract, or burden the life of this person?” Sadly, some of us don’t consider these things. We tend to only consider what we crave materially, emotionally, or physically. We should always ask those questions of ourselves to measure our motivation for wanting the relationship.

Personally before I decide to be in a relationship I ask myself those very questions. It’s very important to me to facilitate a glorious union. I ask myself how I can love her? How can I enhance and add depth to her life? How can I help her goals and purpose? Am I able to be a dependable loyal friend to this person? Am I in good intention to continue business with this person? What is the goal and purpose of this relationship? How can I help inspire her/him to a deeper level?

Relationships can be a great asset or a burden. We should all seek to cultivate positive relationships based on oneness, accord, unity, and team. Let’s all walk together and perform CPR, breathing life into someone by multiplying their life in some way.

Positive mind. Positive vibe. Positive life.

All or Nothing.

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Getting together is the easy part, it’s staying together that is tough. We’re in the “everything is disposable” generation. If we don’t like it, we replace it. If it’s broke, we throw it out. If it’s too hard, we quit on it. We need more fixers, more builders, more people who understands the beauty in imperfection. We don’t appreciate what’s easy, that’s why the love we work for is the only love that lasts.

You can’t just microwave infatuation and call it love. You can try to skip steps in the process, just don’t get mad when what you get isn’t all you thought it was promised to be. Be willing to work for it. All or nothing.

Kombucha.

by Jeremy Michaels

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Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Basically Kombucha is a naturally carbonated, fermented tea. As you may know, fermented foods are very good for you.

While pasteurization and irradiation kills bacteria and yeast, fermentation actually uses live bacteria and yeast, as well as a sugar source, to create its end products, which include naturally fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, sourdough bread, beer and wine, yogurt, and yes, Kombucha. Kombucha is not as fermented as wine or beer – it only has a tiny percentage of alcohol.

Kombucha is actually an ancient drink, made for centuries and celebrated for its many health benefits. It’s said to have originated in China where it was nicknamed the “elixir of life.” Kombucha then made its way to Russia, and eventually to the United States.

The following are the known health benefits of Kombucha:

1 – Boosts Immune System. Got allergies? Are you run down frequently with colds? You can build up your immunity naturally by consuming more fermented foods and drinks. Our immune system is in our gut. Most of us have grown up on antibiotics and other drugs that kill off our beneficial bacteria. The result? Kombucha’s fermentation process encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria. Probiotics are good for your gut, and good for immunity. Kombucha is also rich in antioxidants, which help to strengthen immunity.

2 – Detoxifies. Kombucha has probiotics and enzymes that promote detoxification. One of the main jobs of the good bacteria in your gut is to detoxify. By adding more beneficial bacteria to your gut, you’re getting the job done faster. Kombucha promotes detoxification. Regular consumption of Kombucha tea also supports liver function more efficiently.

3 – Rich In B Vitamins, Enzymes and Antioxidants. In addition to beneficial bacteria, Kombucha contains B vitamins and enzymes. B vitamins provide support for the body’s metabolic functions including overall energy, utilization of carbs, heart health, and healthy hair, skin, and nails. Adequate intake of B vitamins can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, boost memory, and relieve PMS. Most of us don’t get enough enzymes these days because we don’t eat enough raw food. The role of digestive enzymes is to break down the foods that we eat into smaller compounds so the nutrients can be more easily absorbed into the bloodstream.

4 – Increased Metabolism & Energy Booster. The enzymes in Kombucha boosts metabolism. In addition, all the beneficial bacterial and enzymes in the tea helps your body work better and take the burden off of it’s functioning. Kombucha also has caffeine and as a result you get more energy. As stated above, Kombucha is rich in B vitamins, which gives the body energy.

5 – PMS Relief. It is said that Kombucha helps to relieve PMS. How? B vitamins help to break down and flush out excess estrogen from the body (a condition called estrogen dominance). This can help to reduce PMS symptoms.

Other benefits include easing the digestion system, relief of arthritis and joint pain and helps with acid reflux.

 

5 Signs She Has Daddy Issues. (for the fellas)

by Jeremy Michaels

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A girls first love is her father. Daddy teaches her how to love, how to be loved, how to respect herself,  how to spot the players and jerks from afar and recognize what a real man is. In certain cases, where a woman’s father was absent from her life or was not emotionally available, there are chances of her seeking attention from random men in order to compensate for the attention she may not have received from her father. In other words, she has “daddy issues.”

Whether her daddy issues are actually the result of her relationship with her father or whether “daddy issues” is just the label society has chosen to attach to this kind of behavior, these issues can plague a young girl into adulthood and negatively impact her romantic relationships.

While a woman may seem to have it all together at first glance, here are 5 characteristics women with daddy issues display:

1 – She’s promiscuous and sexually aggressive. Most fathers teach their daughters to respect themselves and their bodies, so if he was never around to give this advice, she may not value sex and use it simply as a process to gain the attention she lacked as a young girl. No decent girl is used to putting out to guys she doesn’t have a connection with, so if her sexy signals and flirting are overly aggressive, she’s grinding and groping up against you in public, attempts to drag you into her bedroom on the first date, and uses the phrase “It’s just sex,” she may have daddy issues.

2 –  She’s a serial dater. A woman with daddy issues can’t remain single very long because she’s constantly looking for the attention of a man to fill her father’s shoes. She moves from boyfriend to boyfriend because being alone is her greatest fear. Unfortunately, a woman like this will only attract the type of men that are only interested in sex and will disappoint her, leaving her in a constant cycle of emptiness.

3 – She exclusively dates older men. Since she has yearned for a father-figure as a child, a woman with daddy issues may grow up into a woman who is solely attracted to older men. She looks to these men to care for and provide for her in order to feel a sense of security, just as a father would.

4 – She’s extremely clingy. Every woman wants care and assurance from her partner. But a girl with daddy issues wants those things in excess. Thinking every man is capable of leaving like her father did, she may be a bit too jealous and clingy to the point where she will try to hold on to a man that much harder. She’ll need to know where you’re going at all times and will begin to feel restless and angry if you are late contacting her. This type of woman feels like she deserves your attention at all times and may throw a fit whenever you make plans without her.

5 – She constantly questions your feelings for her. Due to previous disappointments and painful experiences with men and/or her father, a woman with daddy issues is a psychologically unstable individual who’s grown up expecting the worst from men. This type of woman needs constant reassurance that you are still there and haven’t dumped her. She has low self-esteem, has great difficulty trusting men and seeks frequent reassurance of love or affection. She gets emotionally attached very early on, demands to analyze everything about your relationship and if she doesn’t see you wearing the shirt she bought you two weeks ago, she’ll think that you don’t care about her anymore.

In closing:

  • Fellas, if you’re interested in a serious relationship with a girl like this, your strategy should be to to confront her about her issues and take things slow. Tell her you want to slow down and get to know her before heading straight to the bedroom. Make plans for a future dates and show her you’re interested in more than just sex and she won’t feel quite as desperate to put out as fast. Show her the reliable, attentive and caring guy you are, and the positive attention from you will likely offset the negative attention she’s been seeking from jerks.

How To Change Other People?

by Jeremy Michaels

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If only we could get others to be more considerate, less annoying, more diligent, more respectful, or see our point of view…

How often have you wanted to change other people so they’d be better? Better spouses, kids, roommates, coworkers, employees? We want our kids to study harder and clean up after themselves, our spouses to be more considerate, our coworkers to be on time, our roommates to be neater, our relatives to be healthier, and so we try to change them.

How often has that worked?

People don’t want to be changed! And we can’t force them to change. This causes no end of frustration, for us and the person who we’re trying to change.

What We Can Change Instead:

1 – Our responses to their actions. If someone is being frustrating, we can instead find something to be grateful for about them. We can see their virtues instead of their faults. Love people with their flaws or leave them alone. We can change our expectations of them, and instead accept them for the beautiful person they are.

2 – Our intention for them. Instead of wanting them to change, we can offer guidance in the spirit of helping, but not expect them to accept that guidance. We can show them a way that might be helpful, but not demand they follow that way.

3 – Our example for them. If someone gets angry all the time (and you don’t like that), instead of getting angry back, be the example. How should they deal with frustrations if not through anger? Show them, and be calm and humble. Be loving and gentle and compassionate. Don’t be judgmental, as you may not know what he/she is going through.

4 – Ourselves. Try changing yourself, and see how easy that is. It’s actually pretty hard. Try changing your diet, or your responses to people. It’s doable, but far from easy. If it’s not easy for you to change, why should we expect everyone else to change, and get frustrated when they don’t? Why should everyone else but you change? Why not change to adapt to the reality of the world around you, instead of expecting the world to bend to your desires?

If we focus on these 4 things, instead of trying to change people, we will be much happier. And our relationship with others will be much better. Isn’t that worth the effort?

How To Have Clear and Healthy Skin?

by Jeremy Michaels

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Skin is the biggest organ in the human body. When your skin is inflamed, it’s an indication that there’s something wrong internally. For years I struggled with my own skin problem: eczema and I discovered how important healthy eating along with safe and gentle detoxification helped my skin heal and start to glow.

You might be asking yourself, “How does the food I eat help my skin?” Here’s how it works: Most often we get skin problems when we have too many toxins in our body. In order to get clear skin, you must focus on eliminating your toxins. These toxins are from the chemicals, preservatives, additives, oils and GMOS in your food. These toxins are not meant for the human body and it is what causes inflammation and disease. And how do you eliminate toxins? By making changes to your diet and lifestyle. Eat healthy = clear and healthy skin. Keep in mind, that some foods are great at fighting toxins and other foods just add more toxins to our body.

Eat These 10 Toxin-Fighting Foods for Clear Skin:

1. Berries: Full of antioxidants that promote healthy, glowing skin and reduce stress on the body.
2. Tomatoes: Rich in Vitamins A and C, nutrients and antioxidants.
3. Lemons: Help balance your body’s acidity and clears your skin.
4. Watercress: This spicy, leafy green is rich in Vitamin C, iron, calcium and sulfur that supports liver and skin health.
5. Fennel: Supports digestion and intestinal health.
6. Beets: High in glutathione for detoxification and liver support.
7. Avocado: This smooth, silky fruit is rich in Vitamin E and amazing for skin health. It also makes a nourishing food face mask.
8. Burdock: Supports the liver and has strong anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties that helps digestive and skin health.
9. Sweet Potato: Contains beta-carotene for intestinal, skin and menstrual cycle health.
10. Pumpkin Seeds: High in Vitamin E, zinc and omega fatty acids.

Avoid These 3 Foods for Healthy Skin:

1. Milk: Just say no! Drink almond milk, coconut milk or hemp milk instead.
2. Fried Food: No surprise here. Fried food will clog your pores.
3. Gluten: Cut gluten out of your diet for 2 weeks. You’ll see a difference.

5 Daily Habits that will Keep your Skin Looking Younger:

1. Drink water: Drink 2 – 3 liters of water everyday. Staying hydrated helps your body flush out skin-damaging toxins.
2. Sleep: It’s called “beauty rest” for a reason. Go to sleep before midnight for 7-8 hours.
3. Relieve stress: When you’re stressed out, your body releases “stress toxins.” These toxins can trigger illness and skin breakouts. Relax with deep breathing, walking or reading.
4. Exercise, Yoga, Mediation: Sweating = healthy. No explanation needed here.
5. Detox. Doing occasional juice cleanses helps remove toxins and heavy metals from your body.

How I Made My Eczema Disappear and What I Do and Use:

1. What I Drink and Don’t Drink. I drink lots and lots of water. I drink 100% juice, beer, liquor, tea and wine only once in a blue. I DO NOT drink milk, soda, energy drinks, high sugar drinks or coffee. 
2. What I Use and Don’t Use. I use raw, natural and organic products only! I specifically use organic raw shea butter, organic raw cocoa butter, organic almond oil, organic raw coconut oil, organic raw aloe vera, organic grapeseed oil, lemons and raw manuka honey. I stay away from chemical food dyes, certain toxic fragrances, methylisothiazolinone, parabens, phtlalates, sulphates and other chemicals that are hidden in soaps, facial cleanses, body washes, and deodorants. 
3. What I Do Daily
: Every morning I drink 2 teaspoons of organic raw unrefined coconut oil. Daily I try to eat 3 servings of green leafy vegetables – kale, spinach, chard, arugula, broccoli and watercress. I also juice greens as my form of detoxification.
4. Exercise. I exercise 3-4 times a week. I do everything from calisthenics, weight lifting and cardio. I mix it up and keep my body guessing. It’s my way to stay lean, live healthy, feel good and have clear skin.

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So now you know about the foods and habits that can dramatically improve your skin. The next step is putting these changes into action. You will start to notice improvements in your skin after a few days. But keep this in mind: when you get your clear and glowing skin, continue with your healthy eating habits. That’s the best way to make sure your skin stays healthy, anti-aging and beautiful.

7 Effective Ways To Combat Boredom.

by Jeremy Michaels

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Are you constantly bored? Sometimes we sit and wonder how to overcome our boredom. Why not get up, getting out and living? Life is too short to be bored.

The following are 7 effective ways to combat boredom:

1 – Discover your talents and gifts. Each and every one of us has talents and gifts that can be put to use for fun, productivity and success. Being productive is better than being busy. One should discover their potential in life. Whether you’re good at drawing, cooking, dancing, singing, writing, acting, taking pictures, driving, painting, playing an instrument, fixing things, building things, being innovative, etc. – the sky is the limit. When you do what you have talent and gifts in, your chances of being bored is almost nonexistent. Instead you gain creativity, ideas and purpose. Boredom is for the less creative.

2 – Be irrational. One of the main reasons why boredom has become so pervasive in our culture is that people have become too “rational”. So much planning, thinking, contemplating, debating and overthinking, etc…becomes, well, boring. Make it a goal to act irrationally at least once a week. As long as you are not hurting others with your irrational actions, this exercise can transform your life by leaps and bounds. Remember, boredom is the black hole for excitement and takes away that feeling of “being alive”. Each moment realize that you have the ability to transform boredom into exhilaration. Acting irrationally is a wonderful step in the right direction. Just do, just go, just be, just live.

3 – Alternate your forms of entertainment. A lot of people sleep when they’re bored. Although this is certainly effective, it can also become a compulsive remedy from escaping the real world. Creating the habit of alternating between your forms of entertainment will keep you happy, awake and living. Whether it’s doing your favorite hobby you’re passionate about, or reading, writing, listening to music, watching movies, playing video games, computers and social networking, swimming, playing sports, eating, exercising, etc. – whatever it is do what makes you entertained and happy.

4 – Learn new things, discover new places, meet new people. Nothing is more exciting than getting out of your shell. Learning something new, discovering a new place to experience and meeting a new person is so refreshing and considered cures for boredom. Life is full of opportunities and experiences so go out and explore yours. Our time is limited.

5 – Surround yourself with “Do-ers”. Boredom is addictive, and when we surround ourselves with people who are continuously ensconced in unconscious (boring) activity we tend to get pulled in. Recognize who you hang out with, and who you are connecting with. Again, there are so many people out there doing fun, productive, meaningful, and beneficial work and things. Surrounding yourself with these doers can become just as addictive.

6 – Reconnect with a old friend or distant family member. There is nothing more inspiring then hearing news of an old friend or distant family member that you have not talked to in some time. The “catching up” conversation is usually lengthy, gets the mind working in a different manner, and rarely boring. This exercise also helps you remember that there exists a very sacred connection between all human beings. Something that is so easily forgotten amid times of boredom. Also, you will almost assuredly attain a few boosts of motivation during this conversation and connection and may find that simply being there with someone else can be a transcending experience.

7 – Get in touch with nature. I had to end with this one, as there is absolutely nothing boring about the every day occurrences that transpire in nature. Feeling bored? Go outside and observe a bird in a tree, or pick up a handful of grass and spend a few moments looking at the earth in your hands. Watch the ocean waves roar and enjoy the view. How can we possible be bored when there is so much natural beauty around us? We talk a lot about nature, and claim to have an understanding of it, but I think most of us still take it for granted. Nothing will ever replace the experience of the planet that exists all around us, all the time.

If you’re always bored, it’s not because there’s nothing to do, it’s because you choose to do nothing.

Maca Powder.

by Jeremy Michaels

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Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form. Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng” for many years. Maca’s benefits have been long valued and has been popularized as a supplement and food ingredient. Maca powder’s versatility and health benefits make it one powerful super food.

You can find red Maca, black Maca and yellow Maca in powdered form and all 3 varieties are extremely healthful but have particular areas in which they benefit more or less than the other. Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways as it supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout, you will notice an increase in muscle mass. Whether you are an athlete, or just a ordinary person that needs to cope with the stress of modern life, maca powder can benefit you in many ways. Maca is rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, other vitamins and provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and amino acids.

The Following are The Health Benefits and Uses of Maca Powder:

  • Increases Energy: Within days of using maca your energy levels will increase. It is also known for increasing stamina. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired most of the time, experiment with maca. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost! This works by maca balancing your hormones and providing plenty of protein and amino acids to build muscle, increase stamina and oxygen in blood, Maca increases vitality and energy throughout the whole body.
  • Relieves Stress: Maca increases blood oxygen content, which helps the body adapt to physical and environmental stressors. This normalizing effect is called homeostasis, our body in perfect balance as it should be in nature. Maca is considered a adaptogen, which is described as a natural substance that helps the body adapt to stress and normalizes body processes. Another well-known adaptogen is ginseng.
  • Sexual Function & Increases Libido: Maca is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility. Studies have found that Maca also increases sperm production and is a natural anti-depressant.
  • Women’s Health: Maca relieves menstrual issues and menopause. It helps with cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca.
  • Balances Mood: If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms. Maca powder supposedly increases your mental energy and focus.
  • Regulates Thyroid Function: Another positive health benefit of Maca is that it can help regulate healthy thyroid function, how fast or slow you burn energy.
  • Helps Skin: Many people take maca for skin issues, as for people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Another benefit for your skin is that is decreases sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help your skin withstand extreme temperatures.

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