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How can dance transform lives?

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What do people do when they are happy? They dance! Jumping for joy and doing your “happy dance” when you receive an award or the email that says you are accepted into university. Dance is something we all do when your favourite song plays and when you are out with your friends. That delicious and wholesome feeling when you tune into your body and listen to music. Music fixes everything.

How is dancing healing? The power of movement brings holistic healing, because the body is not meant to sit and do nothing, it is built to be active. Exercise helps physically heal digestive problems, physical injuries and tension. It helps emotionally, because it lifts peoples spirits and makes them feel alive, confident and free. It brings a harmonious approach to life.

Dance is not merely a form of entertainment or emotion into motion. It unites people from all different backgrounds, races, cultures, disabilities and sexualities. Dance has the power to heal broken hearts and educate the public about current events, issues and political concerns. Dancers embody and represent the truth, what is real and authentic.

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The dance world is very competitive and requires huge sacrifice. It is highly demanding physically and mentally in the professional dance industry, this is about how dance can be healing wether you do it for fun or are as a professional. Even if you are not musical, it’s not all about having rhythm, it’s about freely moving, exploring and experiencing your body through the art of dance. Dance is a liberating experience, bringing joy and laughter and a day without laughter is a day wasted.

Life is all about relationships and connections. Dance is connection, connection with people or the music. When dancing with someone, chemistry is created. What is more beautiful than two people truly connecting through movement? The connection between two bodies and souls sharing an intimate moment that is performed to the public is exciting. Sharing a space with many different people, absorbing another’s energy by moving in sync to the same piece of music is an overwhelming experience. It evokes emotion, expresses every part of you and allows you to be you. Being silly and moving in ways that feel weird and ridiculous, without thinking. It makes you vulnerable and not care about what other people think. Our biggest insecurities is in the flesh, dancing is about expressing the true spirit through the flesh. Every mark, scar, size, colour and shape is what moves and it helps one accept who they are, by acknowledging and accepting the imperfections.

Relationships and Connections

Sometimes we don’t reflect enough and count our blessings, realizing how blessed we truly are. Dance makes one focus on the growth of an individual, physically and cognitively, encouraging individualism, applauding uniqueness and teaching one to accept flaws. Learning how to just let go and let be. This takes years for many people, but may take less when immersing yourself into a dance class. It is exhilarating to freely perform. Dance expresses honesty and truth as it forces your whole being to be true to what is in the present moment. To accept that moment, analyze it and move on. Initially dance classes help explore who you are, by acknowledging your weaknesses and working on your strengths, finding out your creative sides and allowing you the freedom to explore your capabilities in a safe environment.

Your journey, experiences, mistakes, first love, passions, interests, dislikes, music choices, fashion style, role models, fears, travels, pain and joys are all put into practice. You are art. There is no one like you, no one can be you, there is only one you. Dance helps self exploration, by testing your abilities to think quickly, learning to recover from a mistake quickly, to remember moves and make it your own. Most of all the key traits to discipleship and leadership such as devotion, discipline, dedication, determination, organization, listeningship and giving energy even if you are tired is all learnt within a dance class.

The dance community allows one to be in comfortable accepting space. Being vulnerable is difficult, because societies perception of perfection manipulates and conditions our minds to look and be a certain way. Many people struggle to let go and move on, they struggle to express with words. During tough times our mind, will and emotions are too strong and attack our confidence and motivation. Dance encourages and challenges one to be strong. Sometimes we are never motivated to get up and go work, but after work you always feel productive. If you are not challenged in your work environment, I assure you dance will challenge you in ways you cannot imagine. It is super liberating and every class is progressive and exciting. There is always something new to explore, learn and discover about yourself. It is a blessing to move your body and jump around for joy. Dancing allows room for individuality, it brings overwhelming feelings and it releases endorphins (the happy hormone).

Dance teaches one to paint the greys, by improvising creatively through journeys of exploration. Who needs a phsycologist? When you can express and throw it all in a dance class. You can heal by sweating out your hurt, more importantly you are  surrounded by positive energy and good company. Being alone is not healthy and bad company corrupts good character…

From a dancers perspective it is difficult to answer why do you dance, it is like asking why do you breath? Everday is a challenge, physically, mentally, cognitively, spiritually and emotionally. Your body is your project. Being confident in your own skin, learning to find your limits and push them and daily working to be better than you were yesterday.

Dance is not just standing on your toes, doing the unnatural, falling into the splits and moving to music. It is renewing spiritually, it creates connections, it unites nations and opens the mind to new explorations. It does not matter who you are or where you come from, dance is a community that accepts all different types of people. It is healing to the mind, soul and body. Next time you are out dancing in a club you do not need shots to be on the dance floor. More so dancing with different people you wouldn’t encounter and working with them teaches tolerance. You are never to late to learn new things. No one is too old to start, anyone can learn to dance.

Strength and Joy

Each time I am not on the dance floor I am less productive, distracted and bored. In humanity there is a constant search for something new or for something exciting, original and challenging. We all want to move up and move on, dance opens all those doors. It invites people to try new things, push limits, awaken the mind, stimulant the body and challenge the memory. The amount of room for creativeity through the body is limitless.

Dance transforms a person, because it works on each part of the body, the whole being. With practice through research and improvisation, this method allows one to explore by living with authenticity and presence. We become more aware of the liveliness and aliveness that dance gives.

Since life is about relationships, learning about acceptance, humility, respect and honour does not come naturally, it is learnt. Initially to accept others differences, by mirroring each other, sharing the same space and connecting through movement. It is a process of maturity and development. Through movement practice one becomes aware of moments and learns to either cope and tolerate or to embrace them and be calm. From being active and alive or drained and depleted. Dance shows how we can focus and be present, it allows us to pandiculate somatically by being aware of what distracts and disturbs us.

Howard Gardner expresses that we forget to immerse in creative practices after primary school. He claims that all the types of intelligences compliment each other. The types of intelligences, linguistic, logic, body kinesthetic, spatial, musical, interpersonal and intrapersonal are explored in a dance class. Everyone learns, understands and performs in different ways. Each individual is stronger in some intelligences than others. Dance help explore these intelligences by carrying out different body kinesthetic tasks. Learning should be explored through all of these ways in order to find your strengths.

With dance, dance works today embody pain, hurt, joy, current events and issues in society. It is political and since the personal is political, dance goes beyond just entertainment, it embodies struggles and history. It is healing, because it allows ones emotions to be expressed. Even as an audience member many dance works move people and touch them in a way that open their eyes and changes their perceptions, initially changing their worldly-view.

Dance teaches us how to balance play and discipline. We need discipline to grow, and learn the techniques. We need discipline so that one can overcome the resistance to practice, especially when one is not motivated, or is lazy or in a slump.

Exercise is essential for ones health as it releases endorphins. Dancing is exercise so why not dance, running on a treadmill is hard sometimes when you are tired and not motivated. Dance classes are always pushing and motivating.

CS Lewis states that you are a soul and you have a body. Your body is your tool, look after it. It is your container, even if you are a scientist, engineer, accountant, singer, marine biologist, whatever your field of study is. Do not focus on one intelligence, your body is made up of many. It all works together as a team. Therefore transform your mind by exercising your whole body.

As an artist, teacher, choreographer and performer my mission is to create dance works that inspire and educate. It is not all about dancing for a contest it is also about dancing for a cause. My concept “Making it Visual” is to visualise and express in any creative way ones story in order to make a statement.

Peace

This idea corresponds to the notion that as a dancer we visualise the music, by using our bodies to tell a story, to change perceptions and educate the audience.

Dance is a powerful mechanism to educate and heal in a creative way. Martha graham states that “the body never lies” no matter what you think or say, your body tells a story, for example if you say you are not tired, but you eyes have really bad bags, truth is you need to sleep.

Consequently dance unifies groups of people in a safe environment and that is powerful. If everyone did some form of dance, the world would be a happier place. We all strive for peace and equality, well the dance community is just that. Dance brings so much ecstasy “Who can live without it? I ask in all honesty what would life be, without a song, or a dance what are we?

So lets get moving, release those happy endorphins, meet new people, express yourself, learn to let go, explore yourself and become stronger and more flexible. Join a Zumba class or dance studio or ballet class or any genre of dance that you feel comfortable in. You will be part of a community, which in life is very important, especially when it comes to support. Help make the world a happier and peaceful place. Dance is a celebration of life! That is why I dance, and also why dance can transform lives.

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Damaged Goods

Some of the problems that you are facing are from people you are embracing…

You are called for a purpose that no other soul can fulfill, but you. You are designed for a specific career. Every part of you is designed for a position that no one will be able to do. You don’t need to fill out an application if you already approved, because your position is waiting for you. Your calling is based upon your identity, which is not to please the consumers of this world, but it is to bring you peace and joy.

Many of you had prophesies over your life when you were young and people determined what type of career path you would take due to the character you showed as an innocent kid, BUT…hold on, why is it today we feel worthless, incapable, doubtful, useless, and cannot achieve of what we can and are meant to do?…

You are not going to be peaceful everyday of your life, but that does not mean you don’t have it and can’t get peace. It’s about finding peace under pressure. You see your promise is peace, but not the absence of pressure. You will have struggles and challenges. You will make mistakes and make wrong decisions. That’s human. However, it’s not the end of the world, you need to find the peace under pressure. Well how do I do that? You see the direction the enemy likes to lead you in, is destructive, it is for you to believe you are damaged and worthless, that you can’t achieve this because of your age or your disability, or your finances, or your look, THAT IS A LIE!

We are all damaged goods, and we hate to admit what we are struggling with or what we are addicted to that is unhealthy, because we are afraid of what people think. Don’t lie to yourself, it’s not healthy to hide it either, because our covering (appearance) and container (physical body and mind) may be damaged, but your content (purpose), meaning what you can produce if you just believe in yourself is not damaged ! It does not mean you are not capable of greatness. Your life is destined for greatness, because of your worth. The enemy loves to destroy and make you think that no one can use you. THAT’S A LIE

God is the restorer of time, don’t think you don’t have time or there is not enough time, cause I’m old or 25 so I can’t start studying now. There is time and a place for everything and I bet you have said in your life I have wasted too much time. Maybe you have, but God is the restorer of time. It is never too late to pursue your purpose. There is always time for healing if you cut off people that are taking from you.

People that take your joy and peace are liabilities in your life, they are NOT assets. Get rid of them!!! They have got to go honey, because you won’t grow if your liabilities are still there. They slowing and weighing you down from pursuing your purpose. Anything that slows you down you need to tell say:

“Look you cute, but you have got to go”

Set them free and take charge of your life and emotions. It’s not worth your emotion, time and effort. Leave things that are not benefiting you. It’s not easy, because you think about how much attention and praise you get from them. That will only make you greedy and prideful. Don’t feed of attention it leads you astray especially if you are desperate, but don’t use that feeling to deal with people that will only use and abuse you.

We don’t understand and we don’t have to, because if we always try and understand the outcome and lean on our own strength you will get yourself into a place that will isolate you…Just do it✔️

Cut off people, and I mean really cut them off. I mean business partners, social workers, boyfriends, girlfriends, collage friends, best friends, I don’t know who it is but you do. If they only bringing problems or slowing you down in anyway. Leave them, because they will benefit and you will benefit. They will be blessed and so will you. The longer you keep it going the longer it will destroy your passion for your purpose and isolate you.

Remember you are loved and stronger than you think ! Stop believing lies, you are beautiful, bold and unique. Unfollow society and follow your purpose.

Be who you were created to be and set the world on fire😍

Writing inspired by:

Michael Todd

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CAMU CAMU BERRY- Tones Muscle, Eye Health and Prevents Viral Infections

Camu Camu Berry: ANTIVIRAL and ANTIBACTERIAL

Camucamu

One of the most incredible superfoods to have the highest content of Vitamin C. Forget about borocca and oranges. Time to introduce the Berry that will give you all the Vitamin C you need. Found in the flooded areas of the Amazon, this Berry  is incredible for the immunity health system. Its benefits for the overall health help prevent sickness and illnesses, mores so it is the best immunity boost.

Firstly 100 grams of Camu Camu includes:

  • 0.4 grams protein
  • 0.5 milligrams iron
  • 0.2 grams fat
  • 2145 milligrams vitamin C
  • 2.1 milligrams magnets
  • 0.2 milligrams copper
  • 12.4 milligrams magnesium
  • 15.7 milligrams calcium
  • 83.8 milligrams potassium
  • 0.4 milligrams zinc

The Camu Camu Berry has the ability to prevent the body from viral infections as well as:

Protect against chronic diseases, reduce inflammation, detoxify the body, prevent viral infections, reduce mood swings, promote eye health, protect the sexual organ system, and prevent cognitive disorders. – Organic Facts 

BENEFITS:

  1. Vitamin C Content is massive
  2. Eye Health (improves vision)
  3. Eliminates plaque in the brain (Improving Cognitively)
  4. Anti-Inflammatory (great for athletes and arthritis)
  5. Prevents Cancer (Due to antioxidants) 
  6. Balance Mood Swings
  7. Relieve Anxiety (Due to the relaxing effect that the fruit gives)
  8. Also helps depression because for he magnesium content 
  9. ANTIVIRAL and ANTIBACTERIAL (great for Flue, STDs like herpes and E. Coli)
  10. Tones Muscle (Boost of metabolism, the combination of minerals and nutrients facilitate muscle growth) 
  11. Valine – Amino Acid (good for muscle breakdown and nervous system)
  12. Prevents cataracts and muscular degeneration 
  13. Improves Vision (Due to carotenoids as an antioxidant)
  14. Aids DigestionProtecting heart, Balancing Cholesterol levels 
    1. High fibre content (Also regulating the activity of insulin)
  15. Helps hypothyroidism (due to insulin activity)


**Tips: Purchase it in powder form and add it to your shakes**

For more information read: Camu Camu Benefits: 11 Things You Need To Know About The Fruit

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Olive Leaf – Natural Antibiotic, Brain food, NO more Arthritis, NO more Anxiety and Treats DIABETES

Olive Leaf

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The olive leaf is consumed as a herbal tea and as a powder. It is super effective and healing due to its bioactive compounds that contain antioxidants, hypocholesterolemic antihypertensive, , anti-inflammatory, antiatherogenic and hypoglycemic properties. Quite the mouthfull ! All you need to know is that it is miraculous and powerful as a healing agent, killing infections and bacteria. More importantly it improves brain functioning.

Olive oil (not all olive oil due to the process of it) and olive leaf, have been around for centuries for healing. The Mediterranean diet is known for being one of the healthier diets, because of the foods that contain strong bacterial fighting agents.

Some reports even show that up to 70 percent of the extra virgin olive oil sold worldwide is watered down with other oils and enhancers.

** The best oil is EXTRA VIGRIN OLIVE OIL, COLD PRESSED**

** It is one of the best HIGH ANTIOXIDANT FOODS**
** It is a healthy fat which controls excess insulin (read about the thyroid in my previous posts, insulin is a hormone that controls blood sugar levels)**


** The brain is made of healthy fatty acids which helps the brain function**
** High in fat which is great, because low fat diets increases depression and anxiety**

Proven Olive Leaf Benefits

  1. Lowers Blood Pressure
  2. Because of the antioxidant, it fights cancer 
  3. Improves Cardiovascular Health
  4. Prevents/Treats Diabetes
  5. Reduces the Risk of Cancer
  6. Improves Brain Function
  7. Treats Arthritis
  8. Kills Bacteria and Fungi
  9. Improves Immune System
  10. Protects Skin (Skin Health) BYE ACNE !!!
  11. More energy
  12. Toothache relief
  13. TAKES AWAY food cravings
  14. Joint pain relief
  15. BRAIN FOOD (improves focus and memory) Great for dementia ! 
  16. Heartbeat regulation
  17. Fights Mood Disorders and Depression
  18. Treats Insomnia
  19. Balance hormones
  20. Prevent/Treat Diabetes
  21. Improved wound healing
  22. REDUCES INFLAMMATION TREMENDOUSLY 
  23. Fights Oxidative Stress 
  24. Anti-Ageing and Bacteria Fighting properties 
  25. Virgin Olive oil contains high monounsaturated fat, which lowers cholesterol. 

Consumption Tips and Usage:

Consume 2 Tablespoons a day of Extra virgin olive oil, cold pressed ! And use it on your salads.
AND/OR
Buy the olive leaf extract and consume it in water.
Drizzling on salads and foods, don’t cook with it.

Read: More consumption tips and recipes for masks and food.

Right oil to buy:

E0502

Make sure the label as International Olive Oil Council (IOC), which certifies the type of oil used.

Make sure the olive oil comes in a dark glass bottle, because it protects the light from entering and damaging the fatty acids.

Better quality is more expensive, you will receive the benefits. The cheaper is not real and is filled with other chemicals !

Ideally must be Cold Pressed or Expeller Pressed and it must be EXTRA VIRGIN !

Warning: TOO MUCH can cause dizziness for people with low blood pressure, because it can lower it even further.
Also it can upset the stomach if too strong, example too much of the tea, so rather dilute it with coconut oil and have snack before consumption.

Recipe: 5min recipe for 2 people !

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
  • 1 large pinch of sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 5 cups mixed lettuces
  • 2 pears, thinly sliced vertically
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raw goat cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put vinegar, olive oil, mustard, honey, salt and pepper in a jar with a lid, and shake well.
  2. Gently toss lettuce with sliced pears in a large salad bowl (optional: grill pear slices briefly). Add enough dressing to just coat. Top with dried cranberries and goat cheese.
    (Referenced from DRE AXE)
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Elderberry – GOODBYE VIRUS, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal.

Elderberry

Elderberry
Image: Starkbro’s

Elderberry, also known as the elderflower is a miraculous berry plant that effectively alleviate allergies. Truly is one of the best immune boosters. It protects the body against all bacteria and infections. Has the ability to low ones blood sugar and help aid weight loss. Great for the digestive system and more importantly it effectively shorten outbreaks and it also slows down spread of cancer.

Truly a miraculous healing plant available in supplements but as my followers know, rather have the tea or powder it is absorbed much better.

The fibre keeps you feeling full, the low-calorie count doesn’t affect your intake too much, and you also get dozens of other health benefits as well! – Organic Facts

Goodbye to all the virus’s, who says there is no cure when you can prevent  outbreaks ! 

HEALTH BENEFITS

Aids Digestion– due to the high fibre it contains

WEIGHT LOSS-speeds metabolism and high in fibre. NATURAL laxative

Natural Diuretic- helps fluid retention

Heart Health- the plant helps rid excess cholesterol from the system

Improves Respiratory Health-  Clears asthma, colds and flu- due to the active ingredients (bioflavonoids like anthocyanin).

BOOSTS Immunityprotect against the effects of autoimmune disorders, antibacterial and anti- infectious.

Controls Diabetes- The active antioxidants helps regulate insulin and glucose levels. Therefore a great prevention for diabetes and for those who have it.

Skin Health- Antioxidant and Vitamin A properties helps wrinkles, ageing spots, makes your skin glow.

Improve Bone Health- anti-inflammatory, helps joint pain. High in minerals promoting bone strength.

The best properties is this is a replacement for cough syrup and all the vitamin C you consume during the winter when you have a cold or flu or outbreak of any virus like a  STD or that can soothe inflammation and irritation and also act as an expectorant and clear out phlegm that can trap foreign agents in your glands.

Healing all virus’s and ridding the body from all toxins. This is a must. Try it, buy some elderberry tea and some powder to put in your shakes or yoghurt or in your water.

BEST WAY TO CONSUME:
Jams
Wine
Powder
Ointments (Skin)
Tea and liquids (put the powder in your water)

For more information visit: More from Doctor Axe !

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Maca Root- HIGHLY nutritious, balances hormones and boosts your energy.

The powerful Maca root

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One of the most nutritious and energy boosting superfoods known. Maca, not only gives you the powerful caffeine kick, but it sure does help your sexual health. Who doesn’t want a high sex drive? ;). Loaded with nutrients and minerals, this root has the benefit of enhancing ones fertility more so boosting ones stamina and endurance.

HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS Facts:

  • 59% carbohydrates
  • 10.2% protein
  • 8.5% fiber
  • Saturated acids: 40% and non-saturated: about 55%
  • Copper: 5mg/100g
  • Zinc: 12mg/100g (Immune boost and helps function
  • Ascorbic Acid (C): 3mg/100g
  • Iron: 25mg/100g
  • Phosphorus:  220mg/100g (muscle functioning)
  • Selenium: 20mg/100g
  • Calcium: 450mg/100g
  • Potassium: 1500mg/100g (forget about bananas)
  • Sodium: 25mg/100g
  • Magnesium: 104mg/100g
  • Manganese: 8mg/100g (supports healthy growth)
  • Boron: 5mg/100g 9 (supports metabolism)
    For more visit: Nutritional facts of MACA

Better than red meat when it comes to iron. This is one of the highest forms of iron today.  (Still enjoy a steak if you want, but this truly is miraculous). The Maca root helps restore red blood cells, which ideally is the benefit of the iron, preventing anaemia and cardiovascular diseases.

Health Benefits: 

  • Balances the hormones
  • Improves male fertility
  • Relieves menstrual issues (cramps and hot flushes)
  • Improves overall health and prevents diseases (highly nutritious)
  • Clears acne and blemishes (balance of hormones)
  • Reserve muscle mass
  • Increases Energy levels
  • Expands mental energy, improves memory
  • Rich source of enzymes, vitamins, minerals and amino acids
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Because of the hormonal balance (Ladies it makes your boobs bigger <3) NO need for the pill !

This is the reason why Maca is a superfood. It is SUPER in all that it does to improve your overall health. Available in powder form and capsule today. Powered is absorbed better so I would advise the powder.

My smoothie recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • 1-2 tablespoons Maca powder
  • 1 serving of your favourite protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • Some honey


Warning:
Pregnant and breast-feeding women must consult a doctor before consumption.

Tips: Consume every second day or a couple times a week. ENJOY MACA in your oats, in your shakes or in your yoghurt.

More information visit:

MACA BENEFITS
and
MACA ROOT
and
NUTRITION BENEFITS

 

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Your Thyroid – metabolism, Weight-loss and hormones.

The THYROID
Thyroid gland, iodine levels, and overall health.

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Image: naturalnews

What is the thyroid and why do I have to know about it?

Firstly the thyroid is a gland  situated in your neck. Its main function is to control your metabolic rate as well as play a role in your bodies growth and maturation. Now if that is something that get your attention then I don’t know what. Your metabolic rate has to fo with your metabolism (a familiar word we all know), a fast metabolism digests food quickly and is in favour for a healthy fit body.

A quick peak into what it helps function:

  • Breathing
  • Heart rate
  • Central and peripheral nervous systems
  • Body Weight
  • Muscle strength
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Body Temperature
  • Cholesterol levels

Pay close attention to the bodies temperature and weight. Because that is mainly what it control.

Weight Loss

The key to loosing weight as we know starts with a diet (lifestyle eating choice) that fits your body, followed by a daily exercise program or just exercising daily. Now that you have a basic understanding of the thyroid gland, I would advice you to get your thyroid checked, to find out if you have an overactive thyroid or an under-active thyroid. These are the two most common problems to have with the thyroid gland.

Overactive Thyroid

Too much or abnormal production of the thyroid hormones result in hyperthyroidism. The symptoms that arise with this is:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Nervousness, hyperactivity
  • Sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures
  • Hand trembling (shaking)
  • Hair loss
  • Missed or light menstrual periods
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia (diffficulty sleeping)
  • Weakness and Tiredness
  • Swelling in your neck from the swelling of the gland
  • Irregular or fast heart rate (palpitations)
  • Weight Loss

Under-active thyroid 

Known as hypothyroidism, is when the thyroid glands has an insufficient hormone production. The symptoms include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Depression
  • Sensitivity to cold temperature
  • Frequent, heavy periods
  • Joint and muscle pain

Read more about the symptoms:

Thyroid Gland Control

and

Thyroid Problems

Also The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones, because the body does not make iodine it comes from ones diet. If one is not consuming enough Iodine in the diet the thyroid has to work hard. Iodine rich foods include: 

  • Kelp (VERY HIGH)
  • Cranberries, Strawberries and Potatoes
  • Dairy
    • Cheese, Milk, Yoghurt =
  • Eggs
  • Fish
    • Haddock, Cod, Salmon and canned fish, prawns

WITHOUT IODINE your body will severely suffer with complications such as:
IMBALANCED HORMONES – We all have this to a certain extent #acne #irregularcycle
PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL INSTABILITY– #moodswings
REDUCED ENERGY LEVELS – #Exhaustion

Iodine deficiency and the resulting low levels of thyroid hormone can cause women to stop ovulating which leads to infertility. It can also lead to an auto immune disease of the thyroid and may increase the risk of getting thyroid cancer. Some researchers think that iodine deficiency might also increase the risk of other cancers such as prostate, breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer. – WebMD

The main hormones, known as triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4) cannot be made by the thyroid without iodine (mainly three and four iodine molecules).

Read up on:

Health Benefits for Iodine

 

**Health Advice: Get your thyroid checked/tested**

 

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NYE detox, Good Morning 2018.

New Year’s Eve was one hard, insane, banging evening. We all probably had a copious amount of alcohol and are exhausted. What can one say or do, walking in the door at 6am because you wanted to watch the first sunrise of the year. It was a wonderful evening and our liver is screaming. So let’s get back on track, cleanse our system and start our year off healthy.

Here is my daily detox plan for one week!

1 WEEK DETOX

2 probiotics a day morning after breakfast and after dinner (Metegenics)

Berry shake every day, strawberries, blue berries and one banana (look at my last berry post for the recipe).

AVIOD: BREAD, DAIRY, JUNK FOOD OR FAST FOOD.

CONSUME: Fruits, vegetables, all meats (with no sauce), rice, oats and make sure to not add too much salt to your meals.

One zinc tablet (zinc is vital for a healthy immune system).

One KOMBUCHA drink every second day.

45min-1hour exercise every second day (or every day depending how you feeling).

1 peppermint tea and 1 Ginger tea

Make use of power naps

Drink 2l of water every day !

Hope this helps, for more information and a week detox recipe is for breakfast, lunch and dinner visit DIET PLAN

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KOMBUCHA- “Mushroom Tea”

KOMBUCHA also known as “mushroom tea” is one very effective and healthy tea that has proved to be one of the best detoxing teas and stomach soothers.

Kombuchas speciality is that it is a sweet fermented tea with SCOBY (symbiotic, Colony of Bacteria and Yeast), which is to become a nutrient rich beverage.

Kombucha and the stomach:

Kombucha is excellent when it comes to the digestive system. Many suffer with gas, bloating, inflammation (gastritis) and IBS. This is exactly what the tea helps avoid and heal.

Your gut needs to have healthy bacteria in order to function properly. The healthy bacteria boosts your immune system and helps fight infections. With Kombucha the SCOBY is a group of microbes that turns sweet tea and sugars into probiotics and healthy acids. Probiotics is what aligns your digestive tract, it cleanses the gut, getting rid of all the bad bacteria and excess toxins.

“Almost 80% of your immune system is situated in your gut ! Now you already understand how important a clean and healthy gut is”

Therefore Kombucha is extremely good for your gut. Promoting a healthy digestive system, eliminating bloating, gas and cramps and infections such as Candida, by ridding all bad bacteria. Also supporting your immune system, it aids the absorption of nutrients and promotes the fighting of infections.

Many doctors and gastro professionals prescribe probiotic tablets to cleanse the gut, because your gut is everything, it all starts and ends with your gut. We even determine our decisions based on our “gut feeling”.

Kombucha – refreshing and better yet a great detox !

The benefits:

  1. Detoxes the liver
  2. Helps IBS
  3. Natural detoxification
  4. Boosts immune system
  5. Increases energy
  6. Improves digestive tract (better digestion)
  7. Cleanses the gut
  8. Reduces Candida (yeast)
  9. Helps promote nutrient assimilation
  10. Also has weigh loss benefits due to the detoxing agents.
  11. Lowers cholesterol*
  12. Helps anxiety and depression (better moods)

The main reason why Kombucha is great for the stomach is due to the enzymes and acids it produces which include Gluconacetobacter, Lactobacillius, Zygosaccharomyces. These enzymes helps digest the foods, reducing bloating and other digestive problems. Many digestive enzymes contain this.

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Dance, Making It Visual

Introducing the 2017 Post Modern Queen of the Willies.

The White Light Festival in Cape Town 2017

The annual White Light Festival was a spontaneous evening filled with artistic performance acts, sculptures and other art forms from around Cape Town. The dazzling light festival celebrates art and wine in December once a year. Jay Pather, a South African choreographer and director of Siwla Sonke Dance Theatre together with choreographer, movement director and creator of musical theatre, Fiona du Plooy, put this extraordinary event together.

Every year the White Light Festival brings families together to celebrate a time with food and wine at the SPIER WINE FARM. One of Cape Town’s most famous and beautiful wine farms in Stellenbosch. The wine farm is known for its soothing red wines, as well as its beautiful hotel and spa. Not to mention the lovely road trip amongst the vineyards and countryside. During the festival the farm is lit up, shining brightly with gaudy lights from the performance acts, fires and lanterns in the forrest and amongst the flowers. This truly is a wonderful time for families and couples to celebrate the festive season accompanied by live music, many performance acts.

As one of the proofers my fellow dancing friends and I were the ballerinas of the night. Covered in clay, clothed in beautiful white dresses and fairy lights, we were dancing amongst the trees, in between acts and around the audience.

The ballet dancers were thrilled to be apart of such an eventful evening. Besides our usual stage and dressing rooms, we made the most of the outdoors. From being staged in professional theatres, with neat make up, pink tights and  pointe shoes to the forrest, hard rocky found, clay and ballet pumps, we are the post modern version of Les Willies.  No matter the site, costuming or music, dance has evolved so much. From training in the studios to dancing amongst the trees, dancing is a beautiful form of art to being light and shine light to a festival full of lights.

Whether we are dancing to the wind or the DJ, dance is movement in any way, with anything, on anything to anything.

Covered with clay from head to toe, brushing our ballet pumps in dirt, gracefully and elegantly performing allegro on grass. This was an awesome experiance. Talk about ones comfort zone. Who said Ballerinas can’t get a little dirty? Not to mention, our costuming was also decorated with live Christmas beetles, they seemed to be attracted to our lights, along with other species of bugs. Every act was unique, amazing and creative in their own way.

It was an honour to be apart of this festival. Truly is worth your time and you don’t want to miss out next year. Every year is different and exciting, so be sure to book your tickets next year. 

For more information visit Spier Wine Farm