Dear Dr. Ma,
How do I help myself to have a healthy liver?
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Like all our organs, we need our livers to be healthy, to function properly, and to work well for our whole lifetime. The best way to do this is to give them a time of rest! Then they can repair, rebuild, and repeat this process on a regular basis.
Your liver has many functions. One primary function has to do with digestion. This tells you that if you’re always eating and digesting food (without a rest), you are working your liver to death!
Many people give their liver a rest during springtime by fasting or cleansing it. I say, better yet, do this daily instead of once or twice a year. Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Dr. David Sinclair, agrees. His lifelong work is in the science of aging at all stages of life. He is co-director of the Center for the Biology of Aging, which maximizes wellness and longevity. Dr. Sinclair developed what he now calls “Time-Restricted Feeding.”
Breathing isn’t work—it’s automatic—right? So, why attend a Breathwork Seminar? This seminar focuses on the most important, yet most neglected, activity you do to provide yourself with life and vitality! At the Integral Breathwork Seminars, we measure, assess, and work on improving your breathing function first. Then we lie down for a breathwork session that will likely be one of the most life-changing experiences of your life, so far!
After the breathwork session, it’s hard to describe how you feel, but some have tried. Here are some actual words that participants have used:
Happy… Relieved… Alive & free… Expanded… I feel like myself again!… Peaceful… Warm & tingly… Strong… Connected to life… Radiant… Aerated!… Drained & refilled… Comfortable… Effervescent… Clearer… More present… Phenomenal!
In today’s world, being stressed out is almost worn as a badge of honor. People are overbooked, overwhelmed, and just plain exhausted! Stress is bombarding us from every angle imaginable, affecting us physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and energetically. It’s taking its toll on our health! In fact, estimates show that stress is at the root of 80–90% of all diseases. This fact alone should be a strong motivator to reduce, re-lease, and manage our stressors.
Think of stress as the layers of an onion, made up of physical stressors. Some of these include dehydration, poor nutrition, lack of movement and sunlight, poor sleep, and exposure to toxins and radiation. Then there are the mental, emotional, and spiritual layers. These include financial strain, traumatic events, toxic relationships, family stress, work or school issues, and loneliness. We also carry stress from subconscious baggage programmed into our system through traumatic events in our past—even in the lives of our ancestors. Feeling spiritually confused or disconnected can create stress and inner conflict.
In this issue, we’ll learn about the liver, including symptoms of liver problems, what the liver is, what it does, and herbs that can help strengthen it. You probably already know that your liver is a vitally important organ that performs a wide variety of functions in your body. If you have a liver problem, you will probably experience some of these symptoms:
How can I do a better job helping people cultivate health? What can I offer that addresses physical, mental, and emotional well-being in a meaningful, integrated way? I want to reach more people with the messages there is always hope, the body will heal itself, given a chance?
These questions have been simmering in my mind over the last couple of years. I felt like my work as a health coach was helpful, but still missing something. I felt I was being called to something more, but I could not quite put my finger on it. I had a vague idea I should be collaborating with other practitioners. But I didn’t know who or where they were, or how it could possibly work.
This last fall, I finally shared what was on my heart with my husband and a few close friends. Lo and behold, the answers I had been looking for began to appear, and my vision began to crystallize. (It reminded me to never underestimate the power of intentions and words!) Everything I needed was right under my nose the whole time!
Dear Dr. Ma,
I am so confused about what to eat or what NOT to eat. Please help!
Keep it simple! Eat the colors of the rainbow. Each color has something unique to feed your body, mentally and emotionally, as well as physically. What this looks like is all your whole-food fruits and vegetables and all the greens, with nuts, seeds and legumes (if your body can handle them).
Fresh is best. Dried is great. You can just rehydrate them to put the water back in. Frozen works. You can use any process without heat to seasonally preserve your food for year-round use. If it comes out of your garden, or can be sprouted on your windowsill, or comes from your neighbor’s bush or tree, it’s real food.
It’s so good to be providing educational information to you! We here at Positive Life Changes, LLC have been very busy the last three months expanding our business by adding over a hundred new tinctures, extracts, and other products. We have brought in some new specialty products like Gold Coin Grass, Butterfly Pea Flower—and introducing here—Montmorillonite Clay (French Green Clay). This beautiful, light-green clay is quarry mined from naturally occurring deposits in France. Sometimes called sea clay, it is untreated and soft in texture. It is, by far, one of the most effective and most often used mineral, skin clays found in the world. Green clay owes its coloration to two very important factors: iron oxide and decomposed plant matter. It is made up of the mineral montmorillonite, as well as dolomite, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, aluminum, silicon, copper, selenium, and cobalt—all alkalizing to the blood and tissues. Also, all of these are foundational in the production of other elements through nuclear or biological transformations.
Certain fragrances during the winter months can be uplifting and stir up positive memories of past times. Think of the aroma of baked goods with cinnamon, the fresh smell of oranges and lemons, the clean pine smell in a winter forest. Did you know they can enhance health as well?
Essential oils provide help at many different levels throughout the body and the mind. Essential oils from trees, shrubs, roots, and flowers work in such a way that they do enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. There are several essential oils that are especially nice to enjoy during the winter season. Not only are their fragrances uplifting and purifying, but they also leave the environment feeling clean, remove bad odors from your home, and support a strong immune system!
Dear Dr. Ma, I was told I need more minerals, but the tablets recommended constipate me. What are my options? — Susan
Great question! I was just reading the other day a statement that struck me funny: “If we could get all our minerals from the earth’s crust, we would have eaten it away to nothing.” Yet, as you are experiencing, our bodies don’t digest and process minerals straight. All plants, whether growing in the sea or on land, are made to do this job for us. Simply put, the roots pull the minerals out of the soil, we eat the plants, and receive the benefits of easily digested, assimilated, utilized, and eliminated minerals. Whole-food minerals, or balanced mineral salts, as they are called in the body, are needed in every interaction and process in our body’s systems.
How can we stop living in fear of Covid-19? How can we mitigate the chaos of these times in our lives? What actions can we take to strengthen our own and our loved ones’ bodies and immune systems? The following answers will be helpful, I believe, both if you have taken the vaccine, and if you haven’t. These solutions will keep you healthy and counteract the effects of both the virus and the vaccine.
False Evidence Appearing Real (F.E.A.R.)
There’s no need to live in fear. Fear and anxiety only produce more illness in the body, as cortisol rises and the immune system’s ability to do its work diminishes. So please, take action and watch how your fears will subside. So, what actions can you take?
There are many solutions available to keep your body healthy and to fight against the viruses going around. Many of these solutions come from a video and book by Dr. Robert O. Young, one of the top research scientists in the world. He advocates the theory that “the human organism is alkaline by design and acidic by function.”