Let’s do things differently
The following positive habits have the power to make your life a lot happier and easier. We hold on to so many ideas, habits, people and things that cause us pain and suffering. Instead of letting them go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress-free and happy, we cling to them. This stops here. Starting now, we give up on what no longer serves us, and embrace transformation and evolution. Up for it? Let’s do it! • Celebrate and praise others. • Celebrate and praise yourself. • Laugh. Really laugh. • Dance. Lose your self. • Cry. Really cry. • Breathe. Really deeply. Fill your self
with life. • Nature. No excuses. Do more nature. • See the divine in everyone and
everything. • Find beauty everywhere, even in the
mundane. • Question your habits. You’re worth it. • Forgive others. • Forgive yourself. • Eat fresh natural foods. • Chew, chew, chew. And, chew, chew. • Eat organic. • Eat more veggies. • Eat wild-caught fish (and make sure
it’s sustainable). • Earth yourself. Get barefoot. • Get dirty. Enjoy mud. • Feel. Express your emotions. • Be vulnerable. If you can’t, find help
till you can. • Meditate. Try different styles, different
teachers. • See a chi gong master for a healing. • Try yin yoga. Encourages conscious
awareness in movement. • Try mind-body energy healing. • Fast. It resets your system. • Eliminate sodium fluoride, chlorine,
and palm oil. • Ditch micro beads, SLS, SLES,
parabens and micronised oxides. • Get some fibre. And ancient grains.
Try chia. • Get early morning and late afternoon
sun. You need sunshine. • Get up early. Enjoy the stillness. • Rest. It’s good for you. • Fight-ing. What’s bigger – your soul or
your ego? • Control-ing. Cultivate faith. Allow
things to be as they are. • Resist-ing. Change is good. It gets you
to where you want to be. • Fear-ing. Fear is made up. The
antidote is love and faith. • Buying crap. Do you need it? How
does it serve you? • Eating crap. Stop. Now. It’s crap if the
ingredients have numbers. • Eating sugar. You don’t need it. You
are happier without the habit. • Staying up late. Have an earlier dinner
and go to bed earlier.
Autoimmune diseases are a broad range of conditions where a person’s immune system launches an attack against their own cells, tissues and/ or organs. This results in inflammation throughout the body, and the potential for significant damage to specific parts of the body. There are officially 81 different autoimmune diseases, with around another 20 or so diseases considered to have an autoimmune component. Increasingly, diseases that were once considered idiopathic (of unknown origin), are now being labelled autoimmune.
Autoimmune diseases range from very common to extremely rare diseases. Some autoimmune diseases affect mainly one part of the body (such as autoimmune thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes); others affect many parts of
the body (such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma). A number of different factors interact to cause autoimmune disease. You cannot develop an autoimmune disease unless you have specific genes. The tendency to develop an autoimmune disease runs in families. You won’t necessarily develop the same autoimmune disease that someone in your family has; you just inherit an increased chance of developing one of them.
Just having the genes isn’t enough though. You need to be exposed to one or more environmental factors that trigger off the disease. Environmental triggers include things like an infection, specific foods that your body can’t tolerate, emotional stress, exposure to chemicals or toxic metals; pregnancy, a nutrient deficiency and others. Infections are extremely common triggers of autoimmune disease. The glandular fever virus alone is a known trigger of 33 different autoimmune diseases. It is particularly related to triggering multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s syndrome.
The third critical component for developing an autoimmune disease is a leaky gut (also known as increased intestinal permeability). This simply means that the intestinal lining is too porous and allows waste products in the intestines to enter the bloodstream. This places an enormous strain on the immune system, and in time may lead to the development of an autoimmune disease in susceptible people.