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Power Me Up with Bananas!

on NOV. / 22 / 2011 | 0 comments

As you are aware, the martial arts places heavy demands upon your body. It can rob you of many nutrients as it makes you stronger. One of the best fruits to eat post workout is a banana. It can help with your post-workout recovery as it is an excellent source of potassium and easy to digest. Bananas help with heart health and blood pressure as well.

 

Not getting enough potassium can contribute to high blood pressure and increase risk for stroke. Additionally, many medications to treat these conditions drains the body of potassium, so eating bananas can help with replenishment of this nutrient.

 

Bananas are also great energizers for a pre-workout power up. On your next visit to the dojang or dojo, rather than reach for an energy bar or power drink, bananas provide a low cost and natural alternative. The provide a quick pick-me-up and replaces the important vitamins and minerals you lose during your strenuous free-sparring or ground and pound workouts. In addition, the potassium rich banana helps is essential for muscle health.

 

Did you know the banana also contains Vitamin C? This nutrient helps the body heal and defend against infections and aids in the absorption of iron, especially important for the female warrior. Vitamin C is also crucial in the synthesis of connective tissue and the formation of blood. All very important aspects of a martial artist’s body.

 

Bananas also contain the vitamin B-6, instrumental in boosting your immune system. One banana contains approximately 30% of your daily requirement of vitamin B-6. B-6 helps the immune system by synthesizing essential antibodies and is vital to protein metabolism, red blood cell formation and proper functioning of the central nervous system.

 

I know bananas are rich in sugar and in some diets taboo, but at least one banana a day can help go a long way. Remember, all things in moderation. Bananas are no exception. So, good ahead and have a banana for a healthy and satisfying snack. I eat at least on daily. I know it has helped me stay healthy over the years.

 

Be well and be sure to visit www.blackbelthealing.com

Swish your way to Peak Performance & Health

on SEP. / 01 / 2011 | 1 comments

The Swish technique is from a branch of psychology known as NLP (Neuro- Linguistic Programming) and is used for a great many purposes by successful people all over the world. It is particularly suitable to help you deal with 'on-off' situations where you need a confidence boost, although there are many other times when it may be useful. I love this technique and use it frequently for habit change.


To use it successfully, you need to be in a comfortable place where you will not be disturbed. It's better if you are wide awake - you will have your eyes closed and it is easy to fall asleep during this technique because of its somewhat repetitive nature.


Sit or lie comfortably and close your eyes. Steady your breathing and relax your body as much as you can for a minute or two; play some favorite music if you find this helps. Now create, in your mind's eye, an image of you just at the moment of having to deal with the anxiety-causing situation. It must be as vivid and sharp as you can make it, filling your whole vision, the colors bright and alive, with you looking just as uncomfortable as you can possibly imagine. Make it seem like an enormous color slide being projected in your mind, and include anything that will make it more lifelike; other people around you, their expressions, the scenery, sounds, smell, touch, etc. - anything. When you have that picture vivid enough that it actually makes you squirm, then you've got it right. We will call that picture the 'moment of anxiety'. Giving it a name makes it easy for you to recall later on, but for now, 'lay it to one side' in your mind.


Now for something more comfortable. This time you are going to create an image of you just at the moment when you have SUCCESSFULLY dealt with the problem in hand. Again make it as vivid as is humanly possible and do the same 'tricks' as before to make it truly lifelike. We will call this one the 'moment of achievement.' In it, you should be looking absolutely as if you truly have just been incredibly successful with the specific circumstance. When you get it right, when it makes you feel good, allow yourself to enjoy it for a moment, then imagine it shrinking, becoming smaller and smaller, with the colors becoming less and less pronounced, until you are left with a small black-and-white picture the size of a postage stamp. Then 'lay it to one side', just as you did the first one.


Now:
1. Pick up the 'moment of anxiety' picture, and make sure it fills your entire vision, just as sharp, just as lifelike, just as 'squirm-making' as it was before, but with an important addition. The small, black-and-white 'moment of achievement' picture is tucked into the bottom left-hand corner.


2. When you have that image clearly in your mind, just say to yourself:
'S-W-I-S-H', at the same time changing the pictures over in your mind so that the 'moment of achievement' becomes the large color picture and the 'moment of anxiety' shrinks to the size of a postage stamp tucked into the bottom left-hand corner, becoming black-and-white as it does so.


3. Enjoy it for just a few moments.


4. Let your mind drift to some neutral place. This can be anywhere you like - a room in your house, the park, a deserted beach, anywhere, as long as it's a place where you are comfortable and at ease. It's very important that you perform this switch to a neutral place each time.


Now start again at step one and continue to repeat the sequence. After a while, you will find that the pictures change over so easily and so rapidly that you scarcely have any time to see the 'moment of anxiety' before it is replaced with the 'moment of achievement'. This can take as few as three or four attempts and should be repeated every day until the pictures change instantly right from the start, or you find that you simply cannot produce the moment of anxiety picture at all.


When that happens, you have programmed yourself for success, rather than failure. You will find that when you actually get to the event you have been working on, you will feel confident and easy, and able to give of your best as a result. It might all sound rather complicated at first, but you soon get used to it and it is worth persevering with. It is one of the most powerful 'quick-fix' methods in existence.

Instant Zen for Health & Healing

on AUG. / 25 / 2011 | 0 comments

Sometimes when our lives get hectic and feeling out of control it is important to sit down for a few minutes and get in touch with the here and now…and let go. Well, here is a quick Zen calming technique I developed a few years ago. If you wear glasses or contacts it is best to take them off or remove them. If you can’t that’s okay, though.


Step 1: Sit in a comfortable position and take in a deep breath and let out a long slow exhale….do this three times and allow yourself to relax a bit.


Step 2: With eyes open, soften your gaze and allow your peripheral vision to take over. (with so much computer use nowadays it is best to let your focal vision rest too)


Step 3: Tell yourself, “I have a happy, healthy heart and it feels good.”  Visualize your heart smiling and feeling great.


Step 4:  Tell yourself, “I have a calm and quiet mind.” Visualize all of your thoughts and emotions settling down like dust blown off a counter and filtering down and down to the ground.


Step 5: Tell yourself, “I am here and now and make my breathing in this moment my home.” Visualize your Hara warm and soothing and feel the moment and the rise and fall of your belly.


Rest in this for a few moments. When done, briskly rub the palms of your hands together for about thirty seconds and rub your face and head gently.


You will feel re-energized and ready to take on the world once again.
For more tips make sure to visit weekly and if you have any questions feel free to contact me at blackbelthealing@gmail.com. Feel free to visit my website at www.blackbelthealing.com.
Be Well and see you next week.
 

The Cornerstones of Natural Health

on AUG. / 17 / 2011 | 0 comments

For martial artists interested in peak performance, ultimate health is important. More importantly is the ability to optimize health in the most natural way you can. We all know steroids and other athletic boosting methods are harmful for the body and mind.


 Naturopathy, or the study of Natural Health, contains six cornerstones I will touch upon today and perhaps post more in detail later. These are important for a martial artist to know and practice, since a martial art is not what we do but who we are. We practice for a lifetime and the general public sees us as healthy people. Many of us become natural health consultants as we grow in the martial arts. My doctorate is in Natural Health and am a Doctor of Natural Health.


Here are the six cornerstones of natural health as I practice them:
    •    The Healing Power of Nature. We are naturally healing organisms. You get a cut. A scab forms, fall off and the wound is healed. We have within an energy that drives us to heal. Trusting this healing power is paramount in getting stronger and healthier, whether you are feeling good or bad.
    •    Remove the Cause. All disease has a root cause. The study of natural health attempts to root out the cause of illness and disease, not just treat the symptoms. This is partially done by referring back to trusting the healing power of your body and mind, however, there are certain practices like herbology, meditation, yoga, homeopathics, chiropractic, etc. that help boost this process and takes out the root cause.
    •    First, Do No Harm. As a Doctor of Natural Health, this is one the basic premise of operation. Do no harm to yourself or others. In other words, practice habits that are life affirming and enhance the healing powers of the body and mind, rather than fight them.
    •    Doctor as Teacher. As a martial artist you are a teacher and generally well-respected in your community. When it comes to helping yourself and others with healthy habits, continue teaching, not preaching.
    •    Treat the Whole Person. In Natural Health, being holistic in our approach to health and healing is paramount. We don’t specialize in treating a disease, we treat a person. We treat the whole person. Their body, mind and spirit. It is all connected and needs to be addressed.
    •    Prevention. Maintaining healthy habits now helps prevent disease in the future. Bad eating habits and lack of exercise causes obesity. Obesity leads to cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, joint problems and low self-image.


These are just a sampling of the cornerstones of natural health as a Doctor of Natural Health or Naturopathic Doctor would practice. If any questions, feel free to email me at blackbelthealing@gmail.com

 

Are you Addicted to Pain Killers?

on AUG. / 11 / 2011 | 0 comments

Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin. Common medications prescribed for managing pain. As a Martial Artist you are well aware pain is our constant companion. Injuries are common and at times the pain can be so intense your physician may prescribe a powerful medication to help you cope.
A colleague of mine while going through his Nidan testing damaged his lower back. The pain was so intense his doctor gave him Vicodin to get through the healing process. What the doctor didn’t know was the my friend developed an addiction and started popping Vicodin like candy. His life went into a spiral downward. Lost his wife, kids and job.
So, what about you? Or someone you know? Do you know the signs of addiction?
Here are some warning signs of addiction. If you see this or are concerned contact a local counselor to get some help or call 1-800-662-HELP. This is a Free Helpline to connect you to assistance.

Drug abusers often try to conceal their symptoms and downplay their problem. If you’re worried that a friend or family member might be abusing drugs, look for the following warning signs:


Physical warning signs of drug abuse
    •    Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual.
    •    Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
    •    Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits.
    •    Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.
    •    Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination.
 
Behavioral signs of drug abuse

    •    Drop in attendance and performance at work or school.
    •    Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal to get it.
    •    Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.
    •    Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
    •    Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities).

Psychological warnings signs of drug abuse

    •    Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
    •    Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts.
    •    Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness.
    •    Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
    •    Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason.

Prescription pill abuse and addiction is a growing concern in our country. Let’s help keep it out of the dojo/dojang.
Be Well. If you have any questions or concerns you can also contact me at blackbelthealing@gmail.com and I am more than happy to be of assistance. 

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