Why Wearing Sunglasses Is NOT Healthy

Does it seem to you that the sun is seemingly getting brighter and you are finding it harder to see outdoors without sunglasses?

This may be an indication of weakness and degeneration of eye and visual health.

One of the reasons for this visual and light sensory susceptibility is our increased exposure to artificial light, which is an unbalanced spectrum of light hitting your retina, typically excessive amounts of blue light.

This is coupled with the rise of burying the sun from our lives, hence a deficiency in sun and day light exposure, both on our skin and eyes.

We Need a Holistic Spectrum of Light Hitting Our Eyes

As soon as we start manipulating the light that hits our eyes, that’s when diseases begin.

We want nature’s full spectrum of light hitting our eyes. This spectrum is extremely intelligent, diverse and comes with so many beneficial frequencies, most of which is modern science has not even fathomed.

But when we alter the spectrum of light hitting our eyes, for example by putting glass in-between our eyes and the sun/daylight, (glasses, contact lenses or windows), we alter the spectrum. These glasses remove the UV and the result is an altered and un-holistic spectrum of light hitting our eyes. This unharmonious and unnatural form of light is what creates disease.

Sunlight’s Critical Effects on Our Hormones

Natural Light Hitting Your Bare Eyes Critically Effects Hormones

Morning sun exposure, when it includes natural daylight hitting your retina without glass in-between, will activate the pituitary gland in your brain behind your eyes, to secrete crucial hormones(1) such as:

  1. Thyroid-stimulating hormones (TSH) - tells the thyroid gland to produce its hormones.
  2. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) - stimulates the gonads (an endocrine gland) to produce eggs in female and sperm in males.
  3. Luteinising hormone (LH) - stimulates the gonads to produce oestrogen’s in females and testosterone in males.
  4. Prolactin (PRL) - stimulates the mammary glands of the breasts to produce milk.

Other hormones activated by morning light:

  1. Estradiol (E2) - an estrogen steroid hormones and the major female sex hormone. Involved in regulating the mensural cycle, providing a women with her shakti (divine feminine energy).(1) Note that when melatonin is high, this negates the “bad oestrogen” that can contribute to cancer.
  2. Dopamine- Happiness, Bailey to think and recognise trends. The amino acid tyrosine, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor for dopamine.
  3. Adrelanin - Major determinant for metabolic health and homeostasis. The amino acid tyrosine, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor for adrelain..
  4. Non-Adrelanin - A key neurotransmitter for cardiovascular health and other internal processes. The amino acid tyrosine, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor for nonadrelanine.
  5. Serotonin - “Happy hormone.” The amino acid tryptophan, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor for serotonin.
  6. Melatonin - A powerful anti-oxidant and anti-cancer hormone. Healthy melatonin levels supports blood sugar, cravings, addictions and stress (cortisol). I like to call it “king of the hormones.” The amino acid tryptophan, which is produced with sun exposure, is a precursor to melatonin.

Furthermore, studies show how morning light exposure helps regulate reproductive hormones and ovulation by increasing the ovary follicle size(1) and improve the health of the skin pigment melanin.

Sunglasses Promote Mental Health Disorders and Depression (Tamas Guna)

According to Ayurveda, depression is classified under the emotional body type or state known as Tamas Guna.

Tamas Guna can be translated to “quality of inertia.”

When the Tamas quality is dominant in an individual, the following characterises prevail:

  • Inertia - lack of zest for life, lazy, not wanting to go out, work, engage in relationships or move the body.
  • Dullness - life is dull, actions and movements are slow.
  • Resistance - resistant towards tapping into their potential and contributing to the greater good of society. Faithless and ignorant to the Divine aspects of life.
  • Darkness - dark and depressed mental state, ignorant to a lighter state of being, blind delusion, sleeping in the morning or day, sorrow.  Evil distorts their “inner world.” Intentions and actions may be destructive and harmful.

According to Ayurveda’s law, “Like Increases Like”, literal darkness will increase tamas, thus increase mental conditions such as depression.

Forms of Darkness That Increase Tamas (Inertia and Dullness)

  • Sleeping in past sunrise or in the day.
  • Lack of exposure to sunlight/daylight.
  • Wearing black clothing.
  • Engaging in movies, books or research associated with “dark” or evil energies.
  • Wearing sunglasses!

Sattva Guna (Purity)

A comon way to mitigate tamas or depression is too literally “bring in the light.”

“The Light” in Ayurveda is known as Sattva Guna.

This is another one of the three emotional body types or three prime attributes of nature.

We want Sattva to dominate our body, and Tamas to be least dominant.

One way to bring Sattva to dominant your body type is light:

  • Pure foods that are light and easy to digest.
  • Lightness of Being - achieved through meditation.
  • Literal light: get sunlight, see the sunrise, develop a relationship with the sun.
  • Love others to lighten up your heart.

Show your eyes! Others want to see them and connect with you on a deeper level. Instead of hiding behind dark glasses, connect and relate on a more open and pure level. This greater connection allows for more inspiration and a greater experience of love (Sattva).

Sun Exposure Reduces Depression

Exposure to the sun, both on your body and daylight hitting your bare eyes create beta endorphins, which are natural opioids that boost your emotional and mental state.

A deficiency in these beta endorphins leads to drugs and alcohol abuse, as well as other dopamine deficient conditions like depression, anger, excess sugar/sweets/chocolate, lust, excessive marijuana intake and excess social media.

Misuse of the Senses

A common root cause of disease according to Ayurveda is misuse of the senses.

This is known as Asatmya indriyarthaSamyog.

Mis-using the five senses can occur in three ways:

  1. Excessive use (Atiyoga).
  2. Deficient use (Hinayoga/Ayoga
  3. Perverse use / Mis-use (Mithyayoga

Wearing sunglasses when they are not required can be considered misuse. Unless it is really bright like in the snow or desert, then using it may contribute to physical and mental imbalance.

Sunglasses May Have Carcinogenic Effects

Sunglasses filter natural light, which may produce possible carcinogenic effects.

When wearing sunglasses, the pineal gland then receives the light in a different, altered colour spectrum. UV is taken out.

Lack of UV hitting the eyes means the pineal gland doesn’t produce as much melanin, which protects the skin from skin disorders and skin cancers.

Altered spectrum of light hitting the retina reduces melatonin production, which is a powerful anti-cancer hormone.

Nurses that work night shift have approximately 2x the rates of breast cancer compared to day shift workers due to their disrupted melatonin patterns, amongst other serious issues with night-shifts.

When Dr. Albert Schweitzer started working in a hospital on the west coast of Africa, there was no cancer at all.

But later it became a problem. However, their simple surroundings had not changed or modernised.

The only thing different was that mostly all natives were wearing sunglasses as a status symbol of the civilised world. They could always be found wearing them “even when paddling their dugout canoes wearing no more than a loincloth.”

Sunglasses were so prized that these new adornments carried a higher barter value than beads or other trinkets.

Every cell communicates with every other cell through light. This is why the esoteric “aura” theory is not so esoteric anymore, because it has been proved my modern science.

Biological electro-magenetic fields manifests ones aura. These fields can be seen and measured with certain technology.

What You Can Do: Recommendations for Balance

Get Outside and Look Up

Get at least 50 minutes a day of sunlight (or daylight if the sun is not out) on your skin* and eyes.

Expose as much skin as possible and don’t use glasses. Look at the sky or out into the open. Do not look directly at the sun.

Exposure in the early morning or near sunset it ideal, but eventually, you will be able to exposure for hours in a day.

*If the sun is too strong for you and your skin is not used to it, use protection like clothing, hats and shade and gradually increase your time limit until your skin can tolerate the sun with grace.

Applying oil on your skin helps improve and protect your skin physiology. You don’t want red (burnt) skin. Light pink is good as it means your blood circulation is activating to absorb UV energy into the bloodstream.

Note, some people with certain diseases like neurological disorders cannot tolerate the bright light and should consult a quality health practitioner before trying any of these recommendations.

Also note, when in a very bright environment such as the snow or desert, it is advisable to wear sunglasses/goggle. If you need sunglasses at your average beach on a sunny day, this is a sign of weak vision so it is wise to start to train your eyes again to cope with brighter light.

Choose Glasses Over Contact Lenses When Possible

For those who need glasses for their vision, firstly reduce using when you don’t need them.

Choose glasses over contacts since this will allow more oxygen to reach into the eye and allow some natural light frequencies to shine through the side openings of the glasses.

Wear Blue-Light Blocking Glasses After Sunset

Block the artificial blue-light which disrupts your hormones, circadian signalling and degrades eye health.

Blue-light blocking glasses are one of the most crucial appliances for the 21st century.

RA Optics are my favourite blue light blocking glasses since they effectively block the harmful frequencies of light. (Discount code: VITALVEDA)

Herbal Eye Nourishment

It is wise to strengthen your eyes with herbal wisdom by taking herbs internally as well as external eye drops.

I highly recommend Netra Amrit Eye Drops to mitigate dry, degenerating and fatigued eyes and to most importantly prevent eye disorders.

Internally, I recommend taking Shodana Vati daily for optimal eye health.

The classical Ayurvedic formula, Sapta Amrita Loha, can help for deeper eye issues, but for that herb you should consult a quality Ayurvedic practitioner.

Sniffing Ayurvedic medicated oil up the nose, a practice called Nasya that is considered a daily routine in Ayurveda, is also wise to strengthen all your sensory organs and prevent them from degenerating. I recommend to only allow high quality medicated oils like Nasika to enter the sensitive tissue inside your nose.

References:

  • (1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1851732/
  • Presentation images by Alexander Wunsch
  • Dr. Jack Kruse for this knowledge

Optimal Sleep: The Ultimate Guide | Dylan Smith {Podcast #045)

Sleep is one of the foundational pillars of health.

How can you expect to fully heal any condition and radiate vitality when sleep is not optimal?

Sleep is your main bio-rhythm, so we need to learn to optimise sleep to improve all aspects of health.


In this Solo Show Episode we Discuss:

What actually is sleep

Sleep manifests in the body when:

  • The srotas (channels) of the body become covered by kapha,
  • The body is fatigued by exertion
  • The sense organs are not functioning,

How Dreams Occur

When all the sense organs have stopped cognising their objects but only the mind is cognising them, the sleeping person experiences different kinds of dreams.

Factors Dependant on Sleep:

  • happiness and misery
  • nourishment and emaciation
  • strength and debility
  • virility and impotence
  • knowledge and ignorance
  • life and death.

Definition of Healthy and Proper Sleep

The ability to fall asleep straight away, no waking up in the night and waking up with energy in the morning.

If sleep is not right, we need to look the many causative factors:

  • hormonal
  • “wired and tired”
  • stress
  • musculoskeletal issue - e.g. Sciatica
  • Asthma or cough
  • Full determine in a consultation to address the root cause.

Improper Timed Sleep

Sleep indulged into at improper time, in excess or not at all, destroys one’s happiness.

  • Not sleeping at nights causes dryness of the body; - vata
  • sleeping during the day causes increase of unctuousness, - kapha
  • reclining leisurely without sleeping, causes neither. - This how to sleep in the day. Or sit up.

Diva-Svapna (Day Sleep)

Beneficial during grisma (summer) but perhaps not in mild summers nor for meditators.

Sleeping during the day is permissible for those who are

  • tired from excess indulgence in speech,
  • riding on animals,
  • walking long distances,
  • alcoholic drinks,
  • sexual intercourse
  • lifting heavy weights;
  • anger, grief and fear;
  • those suffering from dyspnoea, hiccup and diarrhoea;
  • the aged, the young,
  • the debilitated, the emaciated,
  • the wounded,
  • the thirsty;
  • those suffering from pain, indigestion; injury, insanity (and other kinds of mental disorders)
  • and those habituated to sleeping at day time.

~ Source: Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata

Atisvapna (Excess of Sleep)

  1. Kapha, not undergoing regular processing because of its increased quantity, obstructs the orifices of the dhatus (tissues);
  2. Obstruction of orifices causes heaviness of the body,
  3. From heaviness follows laziness,
  4. Which in turn causes excess sleep.
  5. This produces diseases.

Methods to Promote Optimal Sleep

Meditation

Regularly meditation. I recommend Vedic Meditation twice a day.

Self-Abhyanga

Ayurvedic oil massage to pacify nervous system, rejuvenate body and promote your body's ability to sleep well.

Learn how to do self-abhyanga here.

Mental State

  • a sense of satisfaction having done good deeds,
  • thinking of things pleasant to the mind
  • and fulfilment of desire

- all these are going to bestow happy sleep.

It’s not about how many hours but when

Sleep before 10pm and wake up with or before sunrise.

Early and light dinner

Hot Milk Elixir

Drink 30-45 mins before bed and sleep like a baby.

Recipe here

Siro-Pichu + Pad Abhyanga

Apply oil to the crown of the head, then massage feet before bed.

Women - massage left foot first.

Men - massage right foot first.

Can put on socks if you don't want to get bed sheets a little oily. I don't and it is fine.

Optimise Melatonin

  • Maintain as much darkness after sunset as possible with little blue light.
  • Wear blue light blocking glasses after sunset.
  • Expose yourself to sun in the day.
  • Dark bedroom at night.
  • Use a dark face mask at night.

Learn more about melatonin here.

Bedroom Environment

  • Sleep free of nnEMF (non native Electromagnetic fields).
  • Sleep with your head in any direction except north.
  • Check your building's biology.
  • Check your vaastu (vedic architecture).
  • A mild breeze is beneficial.
  • Aromatherapy for sleep like lavender.

Cold before bed.

Cold shower or cold environment promotes sleep.

Foods to Promote Sleep

Herbs for Sleep

  • Smriti
  • Manasolassa Vati (best to consult with a practitioner before taking this herbs).
  • Samadhi
  • Stresscom - 2 caps before dinner or with hot milk before bed.
  • Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) - balances brain neurotransmitters and aids sleep.
  • Ashwagandha - prevents release of too much cortisol. And has a sedative effect.
  • Vaca - natural sedative that calms the nerves.
  • Valerian Root - promote relaxation and sleep and decreases stress. It helps fall asleep fast, provides a better sleep quality, and provides relief from restlessness and other anxiety-related symptoms.
  • White poppy seeds - pacify prana vata and overactive mind. Add to porridge or chutney before bed.

If musculoskeletal issues are preventing proper sleep

Attend to the musculo-skeletal issue.

Apply warm MGP oil locally or make a paste with MGP oil with Marma Lepam and apply to the affected area.

Takradhara / Shirohdara (Treatment for Head and Mind)

Takra Dhara and Shirodhara is an ancient treatment where medicated buttermilk or warm oil is poured over the head in a rhythmic mater. This stabilises the mind and everything going on inside it. During this treatment, usually you'll lie in deep, blissful rest, (that is if you haven't transcended).

If you wake up at night and cannot sleep

Do not look at phone.

Do body feeling / yoga nidra.

A-Svapna (Loss of Sleep) - for those who stay up.

If one keeps awake at night due to unaccustomed conditions*, he should compensate it by sleeping the next morning, for half of that period (duration of loss of sleep) without taking any food.

*Unaccustomed conditions can be like like night partying, alcohol, late night or heavy to digest food.

Night Owls

Children and Night Terrors

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Absolutely Addressing Anxiety | Jonni Pollard {Podcast #022}

About Jonni Pollard

Jonni Pollard, program founder and head teacher of 1 Giant Mind, is a world-renowned meditation teacher who has studied how to unfold human potential for over 20 years under great masters in the East and West.

His programs, including 1 Giant Mind’s Learn Meditation app, have taught more than 250,000 people how to meditate.

Jonni is at the forefront of authenticity in the meditation teacher landscape, making practical translations of ancient teachings for a modern lifestyle.


In This Episode We Discuss

Exploring the infinite possibilities and capabilities of life and taking action

  • You either do something fully or not. 
  • It is possible and I’m interested. 
  • We don’t discern if it’s difficult or easy, we just do it.
  • Learn to make the uncomfortable comfortable and expand the bounders of experience in the gross dimensions of reality so that the yoga.

Jonni has has explored a diverse range of abilities in this lifetime. 

Jonni being seduced by the notion of being a recluse.

How can I make whomever I come into contact with have the truest experience of themselves by virtue of them being in my presence

All that requires if for me to be in myself fully.

People are confronted by the potential of their power, and it is generally resisted because of an underlying sense of unworthiness.

The power of the pain and memory of the past.

People prefer to maintain a certain level of suffering, rather than the idea of diving into the fear and confronting it.

The sum total of the weight of our collective suffering is the very thing that keeps us entrenched in the extraordinary destructive dysfunction that is happening on the planet now.

And The only way we can liberate ourselves from the potential outcome of annihilation is to discover the abode of love indie of use and make it our homeland evict anything that is not able to surrender at the feet of love.

Anxiety

The charge of energy that doesn’t have a grounding. Like an electrical wire that doesn’t have a grounding. It is wild and can run anywhere and inappropriately fills lines of energy that don’t require or need to receive that charge. Misdirected energy.

Establishing yourself to your Self to the extent that the earth is established in herself. 

Forces of energy and electro-magnetic frequencies creating a distortion on our planet that invariably have an impact on us human beings.  

The Cause of Every Single Disease

Becoming diligent in self-correction of the intellect.

Turning to the condition of the body for the tendency to ignore.

We are living in extraordinary unprecedented times.

Methods to pacify anxiety:

  • Grounding - barefoot on earth, swimming in ocean and bodies of water.
  • Sun exposure.
  • Human to human contact. “Heart to heart.” - Create a circuitry of frequencies and resonate. We are such a powerful remedy for each other.
  • Self-abhyanga.
  • Get busy - work, do seva (service).

Give your attention generously wherever you feel there is a deficit.

The quality of our attention established in Being has a nourishing effect that causes a flexibility and dynamism in somebody’s personality to open up and connect.

It is moistening the dryness in the branches of our being.

How to help others who experience anxiety and nourish their existence and spirit.

Psychology or psychotherapy is a very long arduous task.
Reaching the masses vs. closer communities through your service.
The mentality of trying to be the biggest, best or most well known.
Attempting to spread knowledge and do service at a large scale at the detriment of yourself and the knowledge.

Finding the balance of sufficient rest, work and play.

Leadership

  1. Having the vision.
  2. Articulating the vision.
  3. Empowering others to allow that vision to come into fruition.
  4. Primary role: the intimate relationship with team members and identifies what is required for them to truely feel empowered.

Be gentle and tender on yourself and when you see somebody else in need of that, be generous with your tenderness. 

The importance of normalising meditation in society.


Resources

Jonni hosts the 1 Giant Mind podcast where he answers questions relating to meditation and personal development from a live audience.

Jonni is also the author of The Golden Sequence: A Manual for Reclaiming Our Humanity, on Benbella books.

Ashwandha (Stresscom)

These capsules help relieve stress, general debility, fatigue, sleep issues, anxiety, neurosis and premature old age related syndromes etc.

Ashwagandha is an effective anti-stress agent and one of the most highly acclaimed adaptogens – energising the body when it needs it during the day, and calming overactive nerves for easy and restful sleep at night. It has a herbal intelligence that increases or decreases stress hormones like cortisol depending on the body’s need at any given time.

It also aids in improving the immunity of the body and physical stamina of individuals. It provides strength, rejuvenation, stamina and libido

A Superior Form of Ashwagandha:
The main ingredient Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is harvested and processed in a specific method that is pure and potent, making this a superior choice to other Ashwagandha products on the market.


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The Light Diet, Quantum Health & Circadian Rhythms | Matt Maruca {Podcast #021}

In Defense of Sunlight: How the transition to indoor living created the epidemic of modern chronic disease.

About Matt Maruca

Matt Maruca founded Ra Optics to make the world's finest blue light blocking glasses, and created The Light Diet, a diet that directly addresses the root of the modern chronic disease epidemic, mitochondrial dysfunction, after having suffered from poor health and chronic fatigue at a young age due to technology overuse and an indoor lifestyle. He is now 20 years old and travels the world, studying and teaching about the relevance of light in human health.


The Best Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Thankfully, RA Optics make the most effective glasses because they truely work, plus are stylish!

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In This Episode We Discuss

Matt's Story

How he became the youngest biohacker in the world.

Matt as the prodigy of Dr. Jack Kruse.

The Light Diet: Matts Prescription for Health

Going beyond just food and nutrition.

Prioritising the engines of our cells (mitochondria) over the fuel (food) we are putting into them.

Focusing on the effects of light on our mitochondria determines how we process our food.

Herodot: The First Man to Get an Idea about Vitamin D

Herodot was travelling the Mediterranean area in the 6th Century BC and came across the graveyards of the Battle of Pelusium in 525 BC.

He noticed Egyptian skull bones were much thicker and robust compared to those of the Persians, which you could easily break with a small stone.

Reason is the different use of sunlight. Egyptians shaved their hair in addition to praying to the sun and having hot native tans. The Persians wore big hats to protect themselves from the sun.

There was a connection between sunlight and the strength of bones. Later we came to know this as vitamin D.

Why humans are a bare (hairless skin) animals

Why did we loose our hair after evolving from apes? Perhaps so our skin could be a solar panel to assimilate sunlight.

DHA – The Most Important Fat

Docosahexaenoic acid is a type of omega-3 fat that supports brain function, eye health, reduces inflammation and risk of chronic disease, such as heart disease.

How do vegans and vegetarians get DHA?

Consider the Bazan effect discovered by Nicholas Bazan.

Two loops in our eye – one dissociates DHA and recycles it our eye. We conserve it.

The long loop connects the eye to the liver. If that gets broken liver can replenish that.

Those in artificial light + EMF loose innate DHA so will have to replenish with high DHA food sources like seafood.

There is smaller amounts of DHA in meat and dairy and the amount in plants are negligible.

Mercury in Seafood

Avoid seafood high in mercury:

  • Those high up in the food chain
  • Tuna
  • Kingfish
  • Raw fish
  • Farmed fish.

Detox by spending time in the sun and implementing certain herbs.

Circadian Medicine & The Light Diet

1. Going to Sleep With the Sun or Not Long After Sunset

If you are staying up after sunset:

  •  Avoid exposure to artificial light at night by shielding with blue light blocking glasses.Discount code: VITALVEDA
  • Download Iris to reduce the flicker and light temperate on your computer screen.
  • iPhone hack - How to make your iPhone screen red.
  • Twilight or Iris for androids.
  • Revolutionise the lighting in your house and implement incandescent light bulbs and candles to lower the light temperature in your house after sunset.

Eat With the Sun

Our digestive fire (agni) is regulated by the sun.

Main meal should be at lunch time.

Dinner Should be Your Lightest Meal & Low in Protein.

Intermittent fasting.

2. Waking Up at Sunrise

Bathing your skin in AM sunlight on your skin and getting the light on your eye.

Brahmin Muhurta – "The time of totality."
Before sunrise. Approximately 3.30am – 5.30am.
When the air and space element (vata) dominates the environment, thus allows creativity and clarity to flourish.

3. Drinking Good Quality Water

Free of fluoride so our cells can hold the photon power from light better.

4. Eat More DHA

5. Be Outside During the Day

Even if the sun is not out, get the natural light on your skin and eyes.


The misinformation of the O-Zone layer situation in Australia.

The Role of Sunlight on Mental Health

Photo-endocrinology – Sunlights critical effects on our hormones.
UV light on the eye allows us to synthesise serotonin, melatonin.

Going Beyond the Physical: Matt Maruca Gets Spiritual

Giving the opportunity for Matt's scientific mind to consider his spiritual relationship with nature.

Matt's definition of “God” - the forces that governs the universe.

Bio-electricity, bio-electromagnetism and bio-photons.


The Best Blue Light Blocking Glasses

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Resources

  • RA Optics – Blue Light Blocking glasses made by Matt. Discount Code: VITALVEDA
  • Iris – Shield your computer screens.
  • Dr. Alexander Wunsch, Expert in light science.
  • Be Here Now by Ram Dass – the book that got Matt on his spiritual journey.
  • The Body Electric, book by Dr. Robert Becker. – Addresses energy medicine and “our bioelectric selves.”

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Do You Really Think The Sun Causes Skin Cancer?

The dominant belief today is that UV light causes melanoma (associated with skin cancer).

Melanoma incidence has risen 23 times from 1935-2012, but dermatologists can’t put their finger on what is causing the current surge.

The ironic thing is, skin cancer rates are getting higher while people are getting exponentially less sun and using more sunscreen.

Let us find out why the surge in melanoma is occurring and learn from society’s lifestyle habits so that we can take control of our health and avoid falling into the category of chronic disease.

This article aims to break the highly misunderstood belief that the sun is a dangerous carcinogen and expose the TRUTH. It is a big step for those to correct their intellect because the majority have been brainwashed to not be able to think clinically and not question authority.

I invite you to learn for your self. Use logic and explore the science. Radical action is required to break social conditioning and learn the truth with an open mind to supersede a fallacy that is so strongly embedded in the poor brains of the majority. That same majority are getting inflicted with chronic disease (including melanoma). Check out the science and statistics then decide for yourself.

How the Theory that the Sun Causes Cancer Arose

The studies that showed UV (Ultraviolet) radiation causes skin cancer were done on nocturnal animals who lived their lives in a toxic nnEMF (non-native electro-magnetic field) environment, under artificial blue light on artificial grounds.

We are the only species that have taken ourselves away from water and natural materials. Every other species constantly and regularly touches water and/or earth.

So when you take a nocturnal animal, such as a rat, away from nature, keep them in an artificial environment inundated with blue light and nnEMF, all while altering their innate circadian rhythms, what do you think causes cancer here?

Other studies came from a petri dish of naked unprotected cells.

Don’t Compare The Studies on Animal Skin to Human Skin

All plants and animals know how much sunlight they need exactly.

Plants close or turn away their leaves in accordance with their molecular light harvesting zones.

Animals seek the shade when the sun is enough, plus they are protected by fur.

Humans lost their fury skin. So we had to develop a completely new concept of skin. No other creature on this planet has complex skin structure like humans.

You need to be very careful when comparing studies done on animals to human biology. You cannot compare our skin to animals!

Red Sunburn is Not Good But Pink Skin is a Healthy Reaction

I want to make it clear that getting burnt so that you are red and your skin peels is not good and can put your health at risk.
On the dimmer side of the spectrum, skin becoming pink from the sun is a healthy reaction.

The Beneficial Pathology of Sunlight Causing Pink Skin

  • Sunlight gives nitric oxide, which is a vassal dilator.
  • This brings Red Blood Cells (RBCs) to the surface from the skin (“dermal pooling”).
  • These RBCs comprise of haemoglobin and porphyrins that come to the surface to absorb UV spectrum to charge up with energy and enhance movement (healthy vata function), so they can perform their essential tasks of oxygenating the whole body and circulating life-force (prana).
  • Blood is trying to absorb UV light. UV is not the enemy.
  • Blood is a magnetohydrodynamic fluid that links the sun to your mitochondria.
  • This is why your skin becomes pink, in order to capture sunlight for these vital bodily functions.

Real Risk Factors For Skin Cancer

Artificial Blue Light

Melanoma incidence has risen 23 times from 1935-2012

This is in accordance with a gorge on artificial light while burying the sun from our life.

  • In the last 100 years, the USA workforce has shifted from 75% outside to 75% inside.
  • Vitamin D3 rates are at historic lows.
  • Outdoor workers have a lower incidence of melanoma than indoor workers.
  • Melanoma rates are higher in those living away from the equator.

In summary, skin cancer rates are getting higher while people are getting exponentially less sun.

It just doesn’t make sense that the sun is what causing this epidemic of skin cancer.

Let's look more into why swapping fake blue light for natural sunlight is a prevailing cause of skin cancer:

Blue Light Destroys Melatonin

Melatonin is an absolutely essential hormone:

  • Maintains Immunity
  • The Body’s Most Powerful Antioxidant
  • Energy Levels and Mitochondrial Health
  • Maintains Circadian Rhythms
  • Regulates All Other Hormones
  • Better Sleep
  • Cognitive Health and Brain Health
  • Weight Loss
  • Healthy Bones and Joint Health
  • Healthy Microbiome
  • Blood Sugar and Metabolic Health

Read more about Melatonin via my article: Melatonin: Benefits and How to Optimise It.

  • All modern indoor (blue) lighting subtract out UV and Infrared light. This worsens problematic (uneven) modern skin pigmentation.
  • Red light has been shown to lower the risk of melanogenesis (skin pigmentation process). Unfortunately, red light has also been subtracted from modern man-made light, further increasing the blue light hazard for uneven skin pigmentation.

Exposing your skin to artificial light means you are absorbing an altered, unnatural spectrum of light that is unharmonious to the skin's photosynthesis processes. This stresses the cells and causes impaired skin physiology, potentially leading to skin cancer.

Cancer is uncontrolled growth and uncoupled growth of cells. Constant blue light is putting stimuli for grow, grow, grow. Along with this is a lack of stable energy which should have been obtained from the sun.

Different light frequencies effect on the skin:

  • UVA (320–400 nm) can induce IPD (immediate pigment darkening) during the first minutes of exposure, which is a transient form of pigmentation and fades away within a few hours. PPD (persistent pigment darkening) appears within hours of higher doses of UVA exposure and persist up to several days or weeks.
  • Visible light (Blue light) (400–700 nm) lies outside of the spectral range of what photo-biologists define as deleterious (harmful) radiation. VL can have a significant impact on producing “uneven pigmentation in skin” (melasma), which is the main factor for photo-ageing. This becomes worse and more uneven if the skin lacks UV. All modern indoor (blue) lighting subtract out UV and IR light, worsening the problematic (uneven) modern skin pigmentation.
  • Red light has been shown to lower the risk of melanogenesis (imbalanced skin pigmentation process) but this colour light has also been subtracted from modern man-made light further increasing the blue light hazard for skin pigmentation. 

Note that skin pigmentation is an important human phenotypic trait whose regulation, in spite of recent advances, has not yet been fully understood. Traditionally skin pigmentation is believed as the most important photo-protective factor, since melanin, besides functioning as a broadband UV absorbent, has antioxidant and radical scavenging properties. 

Inflamed Gut

Inflammation via the gut affects the vagus nerve which opens the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and makes the brain lose control of the immune system. This deactivates the immune system and leads to cancer by increasing ubiquitin markings and turning on the inflammatory cascade and the growth cascades that all lead to cancer.

Studies show a link between Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Skin Cancer.

UV Intoxication

Very heavy ultra-violet exposure and sunburn can cause skin cancer.

Genetic Predisposition Regarding Skin Type

This is approximately less than 5% of the population.

Hormonal Predisposition

Including Hormones Replacement Therapies.

Ingredients of Skin Care Products

In Ayurveda, we administer herbs through the skin (through medicated oils and pastes) to access deep body tissues more efficiently than even administering herbs internally. Modern science calls this "trans-dermal technology." Chemicals of skin care products can also penetrat the skin and deeper tissues. Rule of thumb: “Only put it on your skin if you can eat it.”

Intake of Photosensitising Drugs and Other Medications

(e.g. Viagra, Tetracycline)

Environmental Pollutants

A contributing factor to impaired skin physiology, particularly sei-conductors on the skin.

Electromagnetic Radiation

From wireless devices like phones, cellphone towers, wifi routers, laptops and computers smart TVs etc. (EMF).

  • Calcium efflux (leaking of calcium ions) is a principal membrane reaction to EMF exposure. This lowers sulfate levels in all cells, but especially the skin and surface arterioles where the sun hits us.
  • Calcium efflux in the central nervous system also alters blood chemistry.
  • This chronic effluxing of calcium seriously disturbs calcium levels, Parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels and Vitamin D homeostasis in the skin.
  • Calcium efflux also alters the synthesising function of certain enzymes and other biological functions. For the science geeks: Endothelial NOS (eNOS) sulfate production stimulated by nitric oxide in the presence of UVB and IR light is altered when calcium efflux occurs.

How Sunscreen May Contribute to Skin Cancer

It’s not only the chemicals in sunscreens that produce free radicals that promote skin cancer (see graph below).

Even with some natural sunscreens, when you target to block specific frequencies of the light spectrum and alter wavelengths, the end result is an altered spectrum of light hitting your skin. Not a FULL spectrum holistic light.

You can’t take out one part of the spectrum and think you’re doing it better than nature.

This stresses the cells and causes impaired skin physiology leading to skin cancer.

Note that if you can't help but be in the sun all day unprotected by clothes (best option), sunscreen can provide some protection.

Sunscreens to Use

If you are going to use sunscreen, use one that “shimmers” and doesn’t absorb into the body (causing the free radical damage).

The higher the SPF the higher risk of cancer and reduces vitamin D synthesis.

I recommend applying cold-pressed coconut oil while out in the sun. Coconut oil is sulfur-based which help absorb Vitamin D3 plus it protects. Also doing self-abhyanga will improve your skin physiology to reflect excess sunlight and absorb and transduce beneficial rays for good use.

How to Protect Yourself from Sun Burn

Shade and Clothing

Fundamental innate solution. The best protection

Improve your Skin Physiology and Tolerance to Sun

Strategically allow for sunlight to change the anatomical structure of your skin with gradual sun exposure + self-abhyanga. A thickening of the skin will occur as there is increase in melanocytes and keratinocytes and melanin pigment. This is the build-up of natural sun protection on the epidermis. Like building “Light Calluses” on your skin.

Expose Yourself to Late Afternoon Sun

If you want to build up your tolerance to the sun and expose your skin to the sun in a safer way, choose afternoon/evening sun closer to sunset. This time of sun exposure is safer according to Ayurveda and now modern science (see graph below). This especially applies for hot climates.

Note that the morning sun is also important as it provides specific beneficial rays (UVA-IRA light).

"Exposure to evening sun gives longevity."
~ Ancient Ayurvedic Slohka (saying)

Conclusions

Moderate and diligent sun exposure has positive effects and health benefits for most humans. The sun is crucial for optimal health.

(Maybe) 5%* of the population really shouldn’t expose themselves to sunlight due to their individual risk profile.

If you don’t get adequate access to sunlight you’ll need to go on more holidays or bathe in full-spectrum artificial light.

In regards to skin cancer, it all comes down to proper skin physiology and overall health.

Optimise your skin physiology with proper diet, healthy environment, self-abhyanga and good sunlight.

Optimise your health and immune system through the various practices which I share on my website.

Article coming soon on “Why The Sun is Crucial for Optimal Health”

Bibliography:

*Alexander Wunch
Dr. Jack Kruse

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Melatonin: The Critical Hormone & How to Optimise It

Melatonin is an essential hormone that provides a multitude of benefits throughout the human body.

Mistakenly it has been dubbed the hormone of sleep, but more accurately it is the "hormone of darkness," since it trains our circadian rhythms to the day and night cycles, a critical cycle to be aligned with for optimal health.

Since the 2017 Nobel Prize was won for "Circadian Medicine," volumes of research are now showing melatonin is important for many things other than sleep and jet lag.

Benefits of Melatonin

Maintains Immunity

Low melatonin = weak immune system which makes you susceptible to cancer. Melatonin is the best anti-cancer hormone because it is vital for optimal immune function.

The Body’s Most Potent Antioxidant

As declared by numerous studies. Melatonin scavenges for free radicals, stimulates genes to turn on other antioxidant systems, has access to any and every cell in the body and easily crosses the blood-brain barrier.

The process:

  • During sleep, all your brain cells shrink from 40-60%, creating room in the brain for melatonin to flood in and bind to all the oxidative stress and free radicals.
  • It then sweeps this oxidative stress (that ages us) out through cerebrospinal fluid, down into the circulatory system, for the liver and kidneys to process and eliminate out of the body.
  • Melatonin also floods through the lymphatics and detoxifies different organs throughout the night.

Energy Levels and Mitochondrial Health

Mitochondria are the energy generators for every cell. Melatonin makes life easier and more efficient for these energy generators.

  • When melatonin is removed from your brain, you loose DHA in cell membranes.
  • DHA is the only lipid that can turn sunlight into DC electric current and visa versa.
  • The DC electric circulates through your body to provide you with energy.
  • DC current also counters inflammation (DC current is a negative charge and inflammation is a positive charge).
  • Note that stress also reduces DHA. Studiess here.

Maintains Circadian Rhythms and Regulates All Other Hormones

Since all the hormones are connected like a web. Especially reproductive hormones and hormones related to metabolism an appetite.

Better Sleep, Cognitive Health, Brain Health, Weight Loss

Numerous studies show this (3),(4),(5).

Melatonin is a direct antagonist to cortisol. When melatonin is up, cortisol (stress) goes down.

Healthy Bones and Joint Health

Studies showed melatonin helps in the treatment of bone pathologies such as the osteoporosis and the adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). It aslo may prevent bone degradation and promote bone formation.

Healthy Microbiome

Our gut bacteria are regulated by our circadian clock and are sensitive to melatonin. Melatonin, which is secreted into the gastrointestinal lumen expresses circadian patterns of swarming and motility. Studies suggest the human circadian system may regulate its microbiome through the entrainment of bacterial clocks.

Blood Sugar, Metabolic Health and Cravings

Studies showed that Melatonin regulates insulin secretion and protects against reactive oxygen species which are a threat to pancreatic β-cells (the cells that do the job of storing and releasing insulin).

β-cells are very susceptible to oxidative stress because they possess only low-antioxidative capacity.

Low melatonin levels will cause high insulin levels and high dopamine levels which causes stress (cortisol) along with an increase in cravings, addictions and metabolic disorders.

Strong cravings for carbohydrates in the summer is a natural circadian response to prepare for the famine or lack of food during the darkness of winter. (1)

When we light our homes with artifical blue light for an extra 5-6 hours after sunset, we are sending the “endless summer” message to our cellular biological clocks that it is time to crave carbs in preparation for the famine of winter. This carb craving can last for 365 days a year.(2)

More Than Meets the Eye: Skin Receptors for Melatonin

It is not just your eyes that initiate melatonin production, there are receptors in your skin.

Melatonin is mostly produced after the retinal ganglion cells in our eyes perceive light. Interestingly however, there are also photo-pigments on the skin all over the body can detect different types of light and sync peripheral rhythms with the light and dark cycle.

Neuroxin is a UVA receptor present in our skin and eye that gets stimulated by light. This receptor was only found in 2009.

This is why even blind people can still have a diurnal rhythm in sync with the light/dark cycle.

Artifical Blue Light Disrupting Melatonin

Artifical blue light destroys melatonin.

Not only does it lower melatonin, but when we are watching our computers or TV at night, or checking our emails at or before sunrise, our dirunal clock becomes confused and all the hormones become disturbed (think of our hormal system like a web, all connected).

As we learnt before, it is not only our eyes!

The skin receptors also get stimulated by artifical blue light. Surface photo-chemistry influences the tissues underneath. These spectrums can penetrate all the way to the fat tissue layer and cause free radicals, energy problems, and more.

Your thyroid only sits about half a cm under you skin. So the blue light is penetrating to the thyroid. People with hashimotos beware. Perhaps the most important remedy for low thyroid is nasya + watch the sunrise + get sunshine on your neck and protect your neck from fake blue light.

Ways to Optimise Melatonin

Get Sunshine

Watch the sunrise and the sunset without sunglasses, glasses or contact lenses (as these alter a holistic light spectrum by blocking specific frequencies).

Sunbathe with as much bare skin as possible. Soak up the sun in moderation. Slowly build your skin tolerance to the sun.

Proper Sleep

Melatonin is the hormone of darkness. It will build while you are asleep. Be in bed before 10 pm, and wake up with the sun.

The latest Nobel Prize proved ancient wisdom by showing maximum melatonin production is between 10pm - 2am, which Ayurveda has been saying for thousands of years is the "Pitta time," where your body metabolises food, nutrients and hormones.

The catch is you need to be asleep for the production!

No Artificial Light at Night

Artificial light at night, even if it is ambient blocks the production of melatonin needed to get to sleep and stay asleep. Use candles or revolutionize back to incandescent light bulbs for night time.

Begin reducing blue and artificial light exposure starting at sunset, or 2-3 hours before bed. Make sure there are no lights on at night while you sleep. If necessary, use blackout curtains or an eye mask to block ambient light. Ensure you still get up at sunrise.

Go camping for a couple or few days without artifical light of electronic devices. That will do wonders.

Reduce LED Lights and Screens at Night

Don't look at your phone first thing when you wake up. Do your morning routine before touching that thing.

Reduce TV and computers at night time and 2 hours before bed. We are not biologically wired at all to be exposed to such high light temperatures while the sun is not up.

Use filters on your computer, make your phone screen "most warm" 24/7 and use blue light blocking glasses.

Nasya (Nasal Drops)

Nasya is the practice of sniffing herbal oil up your nose to your pineal gland to detox the pineal gland and activate it's functions of jobs like initiating melatonin secretion.

Learn more about Nasya here.

Melatonin Rich Foods

  • Goji berries (very high source).
  • Cherries, espeically tart cherries. Tart cherry juice has been studied to help sleep.
  • Walnuts and almonds.
  • Flaxseeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Fenugreek and mustard seeds
  • Raspberries
  • Bed Time Milk Elixir - Whether its milk from mother, cow or goat, studies show it boost melatonin.

(3)

Reduce Coffee - Logic will tell you that caffeine as a stimulant will inhibit melatonin production—and it does.  Studies suggest that at night the caffeine will block melatonin production. This supersedes the constituents in coffee that actually help boost melatonin levels.

Always eat in season since all food absorbs light and you will consume the appropriate dose of electrons and meltatonin.

Supplements

I recommend you only consider supplementation after you have tried all the natural interventions above.

Those who work night shifts or very long hours, people who fly frequently and people who still struggle with sleep should consider this.

Assess whether you need a time-release or immeditate melatonin. Get quality supplements here.

Although you can get melatonin from foods and man-made pills, sunlight is the most dominant synchroniser of melatonin production. Get more sun.

References

  1. T.S Wiley. Lights Out, Sleep, Sugar and Survival. Atria Books, New York. 2000
  2. https://nutritionfacts.org/2014/04/03/foods-with-natural-melatonin/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4352910/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3001215/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3742260/https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12640-012-9337-4

Credits:

  1. Dr. John Douillard, Lifespa.com
  2. 1cm^3 contains by Alexander Wunsch
  3. Melatonin Graph: Sandhills Neurologists
  4. Old-Clock photo - Fabrizio Verrecchia
  5. City Lights - Mike Wilson
  6. City Lights Disney - Denys Nevozhai

Bed Time Treatment

The Ultimate Vata Balancer

This treatment is done in the comfort of your own home. A technician comes to your house for a nourishing "tuck you in" before sleep.

The Bed Time Treatment involves:

   1    Shiro-pichu -application of a little oil to the head using an oil specific for the mind.

   2    Pad-Abyanga - Foot massage with oil specific for feet and the nervous system.

   3    Matra Basti - a small nourishing oil enema.

This treatment is very effective for the nervous system, joint problems, constipation and enhancing the microbiology in the gut amongst many other things.

About Basti (Enema)

Most people think enemas are to detox the colon or clean out the gut. In Ayurveda there is a type of enema that is used for this purification purpose called "Shodana Basti," however it is only performed with a detailed and closely monitored protocol before, during and after the enema. Not just something you can rock up and book in. and post-care in conjunction to

Matra Basti means "small enema." It primarily not for the digestion and to detox but mostly for the nervous system, revitalising and nourishing the largest nerve plexus in your body - the enteric nervous system, which lies in your gut. This is home to majority of our micro-biome, which do the heavy lifting for many essential body processes, and which by the way, loves Ayurvedic oils, especially Vital Veda's Matra Basti Oils.

This treatment is usually included in the Panchakarma program. Some patients do the massage and administer the enema themselves. This can also be done for individuals even not on Panchakarma.

For prices see Therapeutic Menu | Series of treatments available

Vital Veda's Unique Oils

Vital Veda’s oils contain complex and precious formulations of a vast range of organic, wild crafted and rare herbs.

We use a specific oil for Siro Pichu and a different specific one for Pad Abhyanga. There are a range of matra basti oils we choose from depending on the individuals physiology and needs.

We employ purification and preparation methods that have been passed down for many generations within the Raju Family of Vaidyas. Further they infuse genuine love and mantras (primordial sounds) into the herbs during preparation.

This ensures safety and enhances a divine potency, and is one of the factors that make our herbal oils profoundly effective and treasured by so many.

*This treatment is done i the comfort of your home. Price is for those in Eastern Sydney or locally where Dylan is.

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The Vital Short Home Cleanse

5 Days to Revitalise Your Digestion, Metabolism, & Energy Levels

A "DIY" Panchakarma Detox and Rejuvenation Program

The Vital Short Home Cleanse (VSHC) is a short 5 day cleanse and detox designed for those who are ready to feel lighter, more energised and peaceful. It is appropriate for busy people who don't have the time for Panchakarma (Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation program) or a similar longer cleanse/retreat.

The VSHC is a "DIY" (Do It Yourself) cleanse consisting of following a daily regimen, a simple and delicious diet protocol, taking a few herbal supplements and perhaps backing up a little from your regular life and giving more time to Yourself and rest.

"DIY" entails that the results are based on the level of your compliance and dedication to the program. How far you take it is up to you. You can choose to retreat and reduce external stimuli to turn your senses inside out to feel the deeper parts of yourself. Or, on the other hand, you can integrate the VSHC at the same time as working full time, which will still reap transforming benefits for you body and mind.

This easy 5 day detox will help stimulate your body's natural ability to burn fat, reset digestion, reduce cravings and eliminate toxins.

When to do the Vital Short Home Cleanse

  • The best time to detox is when you have the time to rest. During the 5 days you should be in bed every night by 9:30-10pm and have minimal social/work commitments.
  • It is important to cleanse and relax on a regular basis or when your lymph is stagnant. (see VSHC eBook for signs of stagnated lymph).
  • You can do the VSHC three to twelve times a year.
  • If you typically experience coughs, congestion, weakened immunity or allergy symptoms during a particular season, it is good to do this cleanse about one month prior to when you usually experience symptoms.
  • Do not do this cleanse during fever, if you are not feeling 100% well or during menstruation.

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Vital Short Home Cleanse Kit

  1. Abhyanga Massage Oil - 500ml Medicated Sesame Oil (for cold climates) or 900-gram Medicated Coconut Oil (for hot climates and sensitive skin) to be used for Self-Massage. Supports lymph and blood circulation, pacifies the nervous, collects toxins from deep in the body to be eliminated and more.
  2. Nasika Oil - 15ml Medicated Nasal Oil for Nasya. Nasya pacifies the brain, strengthens sensory organs and more.
  3. Gandusha Oil - 100ml Medicated Oil to for daily Oil Pulling. Not only profound for oral health but also supports Head Neck and Throat health.
  4. Shodana Vati - 300 tablets. To be taken before dinner. General Detoxifying Agent and 3 Dosha Balancing and more.
  5. Copper Tongue Scraper
  6. Tridoshic Digestive Tea
  • Shipping available within Australia (additional handling and postage fee).
  • Pick up from Bronte Beach, Sydney clinic available. 
  • Purchasing individual products are available.

Purchase the Kit Here


Hot Milk Elixir

Just like grandma used to cook up for you with love and foresight. This nightly sleep aid and anabolic tonic holds great wisdom, incorporating one of the most nourishing foods: cows milk, with the intelligence of natures herbs and spices. You’ll sleep like a baby and super charge overnight.

Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep?

This Ayurvedic remedy will reduce your stress to allow you to switch off and gain a more restful and undisturbed sleep.

Supersede the Stress

Insomnia, which can increase the risk of most degenerative diseases(1) is mostly caused by stress. When we are under stress, cortisol levels (stress fighting hormones) do not decrease, rather they keep us revved up throughout the night and we don’t have the energy to calm them back down.

Modern science has once again proved ancient wisdom by showing milk has certain peptides that lower cortisol and support sleep by 50%. The improvements of sleep are remarkable:

  • Promotes deeper sleep (3)
  • Supports more restorative sleep (3)
  • Provides relaxation at the level needed for sleep (4)
  • Calms anxiety (4)
  • Improves numerous stress markers (5)
  • These peptides further support digestion, emotional state, cognitive function and even cardiovascular function. (6)

Interestingly, these peptides in milk activate GABA receptors.(4) Pharmaceutical drugs that are widely used as sedatives for stress, anxiety, and sleep target these same GABA receptors!(7)

Ojas Building

Even if you sleep well, this night-time tonic will not only upgrade your sleep to be more deep and restful, but also build your Ojas.

Ojas (OH-jas) is considered to be the most refined by-product of digestion, said to reside in the heart. Ayurveda considers ojas to be a bio-celestial substance that is our vital essence.

Our vitality, immunity, vigour, skin, sleep, digestion, spirituality and physical strength are all directly influenced by our reserve of ojas.

Ojas builds our inner silence. It Increases the ability to genetically connect with the circadian rhythms allowing the body to resonate with the rhythms and thrive. If your body is under stress, emergency alarm bells will keep ringing (flight or fight response/sympathetic nervous system) disconnecting you from the genetic ability to hear these rhythms.

Building ojas is an art. Yoga, pranayama breathing exercises, meditation, spending time in nature, sleeping at the right times, laughing, showing love and affection and giving to others, spending time being creative, relaxing, and doing things that make you happy all build ojas.

Perhaps one of the best ways to consistently build ojas is to eat a diet of fresh, unprocessed whole foods in the appropriate season.
Further, there are certain foods and herbs in Ayurveda that are great ojas-builders. These were traditionally blended with warm milk and taken before bed as a sleep aid and an ojas-builder.

 

Ayurveda’s Super Sleep Recipe

Recipe: Hot Milk Elixir with Spices

  • Boil 3/4 cup of un-homogenised cows milk + 3/4 cup of water. You can adjust the ratio according to your taste and digestion - more creamy or more diluted.
  • After you turn the stove on, add 2 strands of saffron + 1 chopped medjool date + 3 crushed and peeled almonds. Boil till it fully foams up (and is about overflow out of the pot)
  • For extra digestive boost and purity, you can let it sit for a few minutes before boiling it again till it foams up. Repeat this process a total of 3 times (including the first boil).
  • After the milk has boiled, add:
  • Pinch of cardamom powder
  • pinch of cinnamon powder
  • pinch of ginger powder
  • pinch of turmericpowder
  • pinch of black pepper
  • ½-1tsp ghee.

*Note you can add or subtract the spices and the food items according to your taste and liking.

Stir well and enjoy.

Recipe: Hot Milk Elixir with Therapeutic Herbs

Boil 3/4 cup of un-homogenised cows milk + 3/4 cup of water. You can adjust the ratio according to your taste and digestion - more creamy or more diluted.

  • Boil till it fully foams up.
  • For extra digestive boost and purity, you can let it sit for a few minutes before boiling it again till it foams up. Repeat this process a total of 3 times (including the first boil).
  • After the milk has boiled, add one pinch of samadhi and 1tsp of ghee.

*Alternative/additional herbs to samadhi that can be used are Dhatu, Swarna Dhatu, Ashwagandha or Shatavari.

Stir well and enjoy.

When to Drink It:

  • Have between dinner and sleep - approximately 45-60mins after dinner and 45-60mins before bed.
  • You can even make this your dinner.
  • Drink one cup of the golden milk each night for 3 months to rebuild ojas levels and support sleep patterns.
  • You can also have this in the morning approximately 45 minutes before breakfast or make it your breakfast, (good for people who don’t have an appetite in the morning). It is also a great replacement to coffee.

"But I Don’t Do Dairy"

If you are intolerant to dairy, it is probably indigestion, some weakness and/or your mind getting the better over you by 'accepting' the intolerance. Additionally, most milk is difficult to digest because it is unnecessarily homogenised, pasteurised the wrong way, added chemicals, pesticides, preservatives and anti-biotic’s.

However, drink the right milk and correct your agni, and you may find you can slowly introduce this medicinal lactation back into your diet.

Most places you can find milk that is non-homogenised without all these nasty additives. Getting non-pasturised or vat-pasturised, (heated at low temperature for short time), is a bonus, but the main precept is to drink non-homogenised milk. This has become so popular that mainstream supermarkets in Australia and New Zeland are now selling it. Additionally, most health-food stores will have it.

If you are very sensitive to milk, I suggest first correct agni, then slowly introduce dairy by drinking thin Lassi with lunch.

You may substitute substitute coconut or (freshly made) almond milk. Though you won’t get the benefits of the milk peptides, you’ll still have a vehicle for the ojas-building foods and herbs and some calming benefits from the warmth of the milk.

Take this milk to build some resiliency towards the stress that prevents us from sleeping like we should.

It’s tasty, nourishing and a great way to end the day, plus it’ll send you off with the clouds for the night.

References

(1) Occup Med (Lond). 2010
(2) The Open Sleep Journal. 2009;2:128-32
(3) J Dairy Sci. 2000 Jun
(4) Ther Umsh. 2009
(5) Eur J Nutr. 2005
(6) Eur J Clin Nutr. 2007
(7) FASEB J. 2001



7 Ayurvedic Super Foods

According to modern science, food nutritionists, food industry leaders and dieticians, so called “superfoods” aren’t exactly “super.” Wikipedia describes that “Superfood is a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits..”

The European Union has even prohibited the marketing of products as “superfoods,” unless accompanied by a specific medical claim supported by credible scientific research.(1)

Not particularly inspiring…so I will redefine the word from an Ayurvedic perspective.

First of all, there is no need to exaggerate that foods are “super.” Whatever one uniquely needs will be their superfood. Additionally, everything is actually superfood if you know how to transform and use it.

In general, for a food to be “super” it must:

1. Promote ‘Sattva’

Sattva is a quality in us that translates to “purity.” If Sattva is increased, then so is our inner stillness, clarity of mind and contentment. Love radiates and flows back to us in abundance, while the hormone oxytocin (also known as the “bonding hormone”) is simultaneously secreting. Fresh, seasonal whole foods are predominately Sattvic, thus increases the Sattvic quality in us based on the Ayurvedic law of “like increases like.”

2. Detox and Heal the Body

Some Ayurvedic foods are prized for their powerful medicinal properties. Ayurveda valuably teaches us how to use food as medicine.

3. Directly nourish ‘Ojas’

Ojas is the vital essence of our body that translates to “vitality.”
A plentiful reserve of Ojas is reflected in the lustre of the eyes and skin (like the glow in a baby), strong physical strength, immunity and libido, good digestion, vigour and spirituality.

'Ojas' is considered to be the most refined product of digestion. Every food must metabolise through all the body’s tissues before it can become Ojas.

Ojas: a bio-celestial liquid substance that (predominately) resides in the heart, as well as all over the body in a less concentrated matter.

Building Ojas is an art. Perhaps one of the best ways to consistently build Ojas is to eat a diet of fresh unprocessed, seasonal whole foods, and have a balanced agni to support the process. A handful of special foods (some listed below) even metabolise to nourish and build Ojas directly.

The Super Seven!

The seven Ayurvedic super foods I have chosen genuinely are super. They aren’t just packed with a dense hit nutrients, minerals and essential constituents, but actually promote and support your bodies natural intelligence to absorb and produce its own required constituents itself! Further, The Super Seven promote strength, immunity, peace and contentment in the body and mind. And best of all, they are readily available to everyone! Here they are…

1. Hot Water

I am about to reveal to you a very special Ayurvedic purification technique that is excellent for eliminating toxins from the body’s system…
It sounds very simple, but you’ll find that is has a powerful influence in purifying and strengthening the gastrointestinal tract, as well as detoxing and rejuvenating the major systems of the body.

All you have to do is sip hot water frequently throughout the day.

Sipping frequently (rather than focusing on quantity) flushes the lymphatic system, softens hardened tissues (just like hot water will soften leather, unlike cold water) and dilates channels and deeply hydrates the body. It also heals and repairs the digestive system.
In a short time you’ll begin to appreciate the soothing and balancing effect of this technique. Once you have gotten used to it, you will look forward to drinking hot water on a frequent basis.

“Hot water is the most superfood.”
~ Dr. J.R. Raju.

 

 

2. Ghee

Ghee is the crown jewel that joins Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cooking. Ghee is clarified or purified butter. With all the lactose components & milk solids removed, no-one is allergic to ghee.
Ghee is light to digest and has the special quality of enkindling Agni and supports fat metabolism. It effectively detoxes the gut and is an effective source of internal lubrication.
This concentrated golden substance is highly Sattvic and directly nourishes Ojas.
Click HERE for more on the benefits of ghee

3. Cows Milk

Dairy has a bad name in the press these days. With people increasingly claiming dairy intolerances, it has become perilous in todays new-age health scene.

Let me clarify two reasons why this has developed:

1. The dairy industry in the west is increasingly producing homogenised milk from poorly treated, stress inundated cows that are being fed grains. Further, the milk is pasteurised the wrong way, with added chemicals, pesticides, preservatives and anti-biotic’s.

2. A lot of kids drink cold homogenised milk with sugar filled processed cereals, and topping it off with some fruit in their bowl or having a glass of OJ on the side – a highly “un-ayurvedic” recipe for an incompatible digestive disaster.

Hence, people develop a dairy intolerance. And it may only hit them down the track. Possibly when they finally begin to tune into their own body and become more conscious.

Let me also add, if you believe and accept the notion that “dairy is bad,” you negatively charge the micro-biome in the foods, stress out your own body and if when you eat dairy with guilt it will not digest well due to lack of harmonious compatibility. Mind is the culprit here.

However, Ayurveda on the other hand prizes dairy as one of the most medicinal and nourishing foods and one of the most anabolic foods that directly builds Ojas. Rest assured, it is not a requirement for anybody to drink milk all the time, but if someone is in need of strength or Ojas, milk is one of Ayurveda’s top choices.

What more, it is a classic Ayurveda sleep remedy to drink boiled milk with spices before bed, also having a profound stress reducing action. Modern science has proved ancient wisdom by showing cows milk has certain peptides that lower cortisol and support sleep by 50%.(2)

Cows are considered sacred animals in India and cow milk is highly revered in Ayurveda as one of the most Sattvic of foods.

Please note: milk should always be boiled with equal amounts of water and un-homogenised and preferably organic. This will make it easier to digest.

If you have difficulty with cow’s milk don’t worry, first correct your agni, then slowly introduce dairy. (Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner). Also, there are six other superfoods on the list to choose from!

4. Lassi

Lassi is buttermilk, or diluted yoghurt.

  • Improves digestion and a fantastic pro-biotic.
  • Lassi is the best alkaliser.
  • As Lassi improves digestion and absorption it ultimately supports calcium absorption and bone health.
  • Balances heat (pitta) and clear the physical channels.
  • It is the best remedy (with a pinch of salt) for haemorrhoids and anal fissures.
  • A great food to introduce dairy to a lactose intolerant person after they have corrected their agni.
  • Lassi is very hydrating, and a great drink to have with lunch.

*Yoghurt should be fresh.
Ratios of Yoghurt : Water: 1:4, 1:6, or 1:14.

Lassi recipe here

5. Honey

Honey is super Sattivc and directly nourishes our own life-nectar, Ojas. It is actually more of a medicine than a food. Due to its richness, it should be taken in moderation.

On the other hand, Ayurveda teaches that honey will be poisonous when heated above body temperature (that means no honey in hot teas, hot porridge, cooking with honey etc.) as it perniciously clogs the channels. This is why is it always important to purchase honey that is extracted at low temperatures.

Learn more: Honey: Nectar or Poison

6. Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is the most thoroughly researched plant on this planet! and i don’t blame the scientists for the 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.

Turmeric has a vast catalogue of health benefits, but here is an essential summary on why to use Turmeric as medicine in your daily cooking:

  • It is the best anti-inflammatory.
  • It regulates mood and boosts cognitive function.
  • Protects the gut and stomach lining.
  • Supports joints: (pain, stiffness, swelling, arthritis) and healthy blood.
  • Since turmeric is anti-carcinogenic, it is vital to use when cooking meat due to the high risk of carcinogenic properties in most meat these days.

Turmeric powder is best advised, always with a pinch of black pepper, as black pepper increases the absorption of turmeric by an astonishing 2000%!(3)

Learn More: The Essential Uses of Turmeric

7. Almonds

Almonds are also Sattvic and help to maintain our Ojas. They are a good source of zinc, strengthen the body and grounding for the mind. But they are also quite rich and heavy, so again, moderation is the key. Half a handful of almonds a day is enough. To make them lighter and easier to digest, always soak almonds overnight in water and remove their skins the next day.

If you are in any doubt about your health please be sure to consult an Ayurvedic Practitioner or your local health physician.

References:
(1)  "Superfood 'ban' comes into effect". BBC News. 2007-06-28.
(2) The Open Sleep Journal. 2009;2:128-32
(3) Research done at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India Planta Med. 1998 May;64 (4):353-6. PMID: 9619120

article originally published on Welcome Earth