A fundamental part of our weekly Satsang is to constantly be looking at what creates the causes and conditions for a peaceful mind and joyful life and what doesn’t. At or very near the top of the list should be food.
The food we eat does not simply go through us, it becomes us. As you look at your body begin to realize that everything you see is something that you ate at one point or another. Imagine yourself eating a carrot. it gets ground up, dissolved, taken down to its most basic components and used to assemble your body. Could there be anything more miraculous!
All food is not created equally. There is food that helps create the causes and conditions for a peaceful mind and food that creates the conditions for suffering. Foods high in sugar effect the mind adversely. The brain runs on glucose. When too much sugar gets into the system too quickly you can easily struggle to concentrate, become emotional or volatile, and/or experience depression. On the other hand, fresh fruits and vegetables have a much lower glycemic index and don’t create those sugar spikes in your blood. You will find it easier to concentrate, feel more balanced and energetic and generally be happier when you eat these types of foods.
Ingesting things like alcohol etc. reek havoc on you mind. Your brain chemistry is in delicate balance. When drinking these types of poisons for the effect we throw the delicate balance way out of whack and it takes time for the brain to detoxify and return to balance. During that time you are likely to experience depression among many other unpleasant states of mind.
The best way to approach eating is anecdotally. When you are feeling great look back at what you have eaten in the past 48 hours. Take note that these things created a peaceful state of mind. Also, when you are feeling “off”, look back. Soon you will begin to see the correlation between what you eat and how it effects your state of mind.
On the following page is a list of some things of which I want you to be aware. They are very powerful medicines in the form of food. Using them I have been able to keep myself very healthy and almost completely pharmaceutical free for the over 5 years.
Uses of Oregano Oil. I highly recommend adding oregano oil to your arsenal of natural healing tools, as it has a wide range of uses. This herbal oil is a powerful antimicrobial that can help fight off infections. Oregano oil also has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
Ginger may be one of the most important plants used in herbal medicine, it is certainly one of the most used. The cultivation of this plant extends so far back in human history that specific origins are hard to trace, however, ginger is mentioned in the eldest medical texts from both India and China. Ginger is one of the most prescribed herbs in TCM, Sheng-jiang (fresh ginger) is used in the treatment of colds for it’s ability to eliminate toxins and raise body heat.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the bright yellow of the spice rainbow, is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.
Modern science has shown that garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic, albeit broad-spectrum rather than targeted. The bacteria in the body do not appear to evolve resistance to the garlic as they do to many modern pharmaceutical antibiotics. This means that its positive health benefits can continue over time rather than helping to breed antibiotic resistant “superbugs”.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that may be able to help prevent and treat some illnesses. Promoting a healthy digestive tract and a healthy immune system are their most widely studied benefits at this time. These are also commonly known as friendly, good, or healthy bacteria.
Cod liver oil, as the name suggests, is the essential oil extracted from the livers of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). The oil is commonly taken as a dietary supplement. It is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and contains relatively high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin D.
When the food on the plate falls short and doesn’t include essential nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12, some of the nutrients many Americans don’t get enough of, a supplement can help take up the nutritional slack. Vitamin and mineral supplements can help prevent deficiencies that can contribute to chronic conditions.
* Not intended to be medical advice. Always check with your physician for interactions with current medications or other potential complications. The information on supplements was taken from various other websites.