Ayurveda a blueprint for fatherhood – with Arun Deva

Ayurveda a blueprint for fatherhood – with Arun Deva

Episode 29 – Ayurveda a blueprint for fatherhood – with Arun Deva, is a conversation with Ayurveda and Yoga therapist Arun Deva about fatherhood. Today I learned that Ayurveda is not just about food combining. It’s a system and science for living, with a special blueprint for fathers and how to raise a family, through respect, communication, and personal sacrifice.

About Arun Deva

Arun Deva, is a highly credentialed Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Ayurvedic yoga therapist. DASc. He’s a graduate of the American Institute Of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Practitioner (NAMA)*, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist (NAMA), Yoga Therapist (IAYT**) and a Vinyasa Krama certified yoga teacher (E-RYT500).

Arun is also the founder of Arunachala Yoga & Ayurveda, Arun has the pleasure of serving both the National & State Ayurvedic Associations: NAMA & CAAM for over 15 years.  Currently he heads NAMA’s Committee for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy.

Arun teaches internationally, lectures at Conferences, writes articles for different publications, has been featured on both radio and television and has a clinic for consultations and various treatments including panchakarma (detox and rejuvenation protocols) and yoga therapy in Los Angeles/West Hollywood.

What you learn

  • Do they celebrate Father’s Day in India?
  • The things that Arun feels his practice of Ayurveda has brought to his parenting, that gives him a unique perspective? 
  • What aspects of life has gotten better for Arun as he gets older? This is absolutely related to Ayurveda and yoga!
  • Arun’s advice to young fathers, who are having difficulty communicating with their family?
  • What it means when Arun says, “grow up before you grow old”.

Links

Arun’s website

Rasa Bhava Goes to India! (Mention this podcast and get $100 off!)

The Sacred Sacrifice of Fatherhood

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Three Nutrients for Improved Brain / Neurological Health and Where to Find Them

Three Nutrients for Improved Brain / Neurological Health and Where to Find Them

Take responsibility for your brain and nervous system health!

It’s been eight years since I was diagnosed with RSD, due to a work place accident. If I had continued to follow doctor’s orders I would be walking with a cane today. In early 2012, I decided that I’d had enough after hobbling passed my surgeon’s Bentley in the hospital’s parking lot. My goal was to be able to walk, run, and live a great life filled with physical activity. Brain and nervous system health were the keys. Even though I was determined to succeed, getting the right information, was a little more difficult than I imagined.

Of all the many specialists that I’d seen regarding my neuropathy not a single one asked me about my diet, sleep and exercise. They were all focused on their training. The surgeons wanted to do another operation. The pain specialists wanted me to try another medication. You get the idea.

Trial, Error, and Research

Through research and speaking to nutritionists, and fitness experts, such as Mark Sisson, I decided that food was to be my medicine. It took me several years to figure out truth from dogma when it came to brain and nervous system health. I’d like to give you the three nutrients and some foods and supplements that I found most useful to reduce the inflammation of my nervous system, and improve my cognitive function.

 1. Creatine

Creatine is one of the most researched natural supplements.

Few experts would argue the benefits of having enough creatine in their diet. Some folks think, creatine is just for athletes that want to put on more muscle. Well it’s also important for brain cognition too.  It’s also important to the central nervous system. Creatine recycles ATP. The human central and peripheral nervous system, relies on ATP. Brain and nervous system health recycles its own body weight in ATP each day. ATP is also a precursor to your DNA.

Best source of creatine

Red meat is a reliable source of creatine. It’s also a great source for zinc, iron, and B vitamins. Grass fed and locally raised cattle or bison are usually the great sources of red meat. Sea food like Albacore tuna are also good. In fact, you can get up to 5 grams ( a good daily amount) of of creatine from a pound of fresh tuna fish. I doubt many of us can eat a pound of fresh tuna a day. So what can do you to up your intake of this valuable nutrient?

Creatine Supplements

My preference is always to get my nutrition from food. However, Vegans, vegetarians, and people who normally do not eat much red meat or seafood can get the benefits of creatine without eating meat! They can benefit by taking a supplement called polyethylene glycosylated creatine. I find that it works better for me, than creatine monohydrate. You be the judge. Either one would be beneficial to your brain health!

2. Magnesium

Your body needs magnesium for pretty much everything you do. It’s one of the most important minerals for your overall health. Magnesium helps regulate your immune system, heart rate, and metabolism.  If you are having troubles with injuries that will not seem to heal, magnesium can help.

Best sources of magnesium

Some of the best food sources are leafy greens like spinach, and kale. Seafood like salmon, and tuna are great. Black beans are dood, although some people don’t do well with legumes, so figs and bananas might be best for you in that case.

Magnesium Supplements

There are many types of magnesium products. They have several uses. You should know which one would work best for your needs. For instance, if you picked up a bottle of magnesium, at your local GNC, it might be magnesium oxide, which is commonly used as a laxative. Magnesium oxide is not as soluble as some of the other choices. That’s why it’s an excellent laxative. Your body will eliminate it quickly. Remember Milk of Magnesia?

I take Magnesium Orotate, which is known to have the greatest effect on the heart and nerves, at the cellular level. There are several choices that could work best for you. Some of these include magnesium sulfate otherwise known as Epsom Salts, Magnesium Chloride which comes in topical solutions as well as tablet form, and chelated forms such as Magnesium Malatate.

3. Zinc

Zinc deficiencies have been linked to immune system disorders, and poor cognitive function. It’s the most common mineral deficiency along with iron.

Food sources for more zinc!

Pumpkin seeds pack about 7 milligrams in a single cup. That’s about half of a daily dose. Grass fed beef, lamb, and some fish are also good sources. Throw some pomegranate seeds on your salad for a delicious dose of zinc! One of my favorites is cocoa powder. I’ll put about 2 ounces of unsweetened cocoa powder in my afternoon veggie shake. That gives me about 5 milligrams from eating something that tastes chocolaty and satisfying!

 Taking a zinc supplement

The most bio available form of zinc is chelated zinc orotate. Avoid zinc gluconate. It has poor absorption. and you’d be wasting your money.

Take Magnesium and Zinc Separately

Magnesium and zinc are involved in virtually every bodily process. these two minerals are essential to brain and nervous system health. They are often packaged together as a sleep aid. This is very convenient. Although, I recommend that you take them separately, for reasons of absorption. Zinc and Magnesium will fight for absorption when taken together so you should maybe take zinc in the morning and then take the magnesium about an hour later. If you prefer to take zinc and magnesium together, try using ZMA. There are several versions of this on the market. Just remember magnesium and zinc are best absorbed on an empty stomach, but if it messes up your stomach, then eat a light meal with your supplements.

Eat loads of leafy greens!

There are so many benefits to eating more dark leafy greens that I don’t know where to start. Fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, and iron are just some of the nutrients that will keep you sharp and fit for years to come.

That said, I’m not a big kale fan. It’s not like I hate it. It’s just – everywhere. Swiss chard, bok choy, and dandelion greens are some of my favorites. I’ll eat some collard greens in the morning with some soft-boiled pastured eggs for a load of minerals like magnesium, zinc, and potassium. Pastured eggs are a great source of omega three fatty acids, which help your brain synapses fire more efficiently. These fats are highly bio-available in pasture raised eggs.

Bonus tip!

More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population –have diabetes.

To improve your overall health and wellness and not just your brain and neurological health, eat less sugar. In fact, cut out all processed foods and sugar from your diet. carbohydrate is one of the most important macro-nutrients. You don’t need to rely on pastas, breads, and other processed carbs. You’ll get plenty when you start eating more vegetables everyday.

I hope that these tips are helpful to you. Please subscribe!

The Sacred Sacrifice of Fatherhood

The Sacred Sacrifice of Fatherhood

Episode 28 of Happy and Healthy Over 40 – The Sacred Sacrifice of Fatherhood – Coach and Facilitator Soma Miller discuss why he sees fatherhood as a sacred sacrifice, and why he thinks fathers should learn by talking with one another to discuss ideas on parenting, especially for young fathers. The Sacred Sacrifice of Fatherhood, is a conversation that surprised me a great deal.  Soma Miller is a friend and a wise man. I’d never heard fatherhood described as a sacred sacrifice.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who don’t get enough recognition, and to all the dads that do. This is the first in the Father’s Day series for all of those fathers out there who respect, the sacred sacrifice of fatherhood!

Links:

The Essential Man

Nature’s Healing Power

Domains of Well Being and Happiness

Can Cookware Cause Cancer?

Can Cookware Cause Cancer?

Can cookware cause cancer? – 4 Safe Non-Stick Alternatives to toxic Cookware – You have heard all about the importance of eating healthy foods. You understand how to measure your calories, and macro-nutrients like fats, protein, and carbs. But what about your non-stick cookware? Did you know that your shiny new copper coated non-stick skillet is potentially very toxic to you and your family? Even the healthiest diet can cause severe health problems if your pots and pans are toxic.

The cookware industry has been searching for a safe non-stick coating for healthy cooking for decades. The grand daddy of synthetic non stick surfaces for cooking is Teflon. Teflon cookware gets its non stick properties from a coating of PTFE. When heated above 572°F, this plastic polymer releases terrible toxins. These toxic fumes lead to flu-like symptoms called polymer fume fever. It’s more commonly known as Teflon flu. Several chemical compounds found in Teflon cookware are threatening to the body, as well as to the environment.

Like many other non-stick surfaces, aluminum cookware is usually coated. Just like several of the other toxic surfaces that are underneath the safe ceramic coating. Ceramic is an effective barrier to the negative effects of aluminum. However ceramic is prone to chipping while cooking or washing your cookware. Rapid heating and cooling can crack an expensive skillet. This allows the toxic metal to leach into your food.

Aluminum foil, is even more dangerous. There’s an established “safe” amount of aluminum the human body can manage. It’s approximately 20 mg per pound of body weight a day. When you wrap your food in aluminum foil and cook it this way, the amount of this substance that leaks into the food significantly exceeds the permissible level. For me personally, no amount of a toxic metal in my blood stream is okay.

Aluminum is a neurotoxic metal. Elevated levels of aluminum in the body have been linked to several central nervous system diseases, including ALS, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of dementia.

Uncoated copper pots and pans, are quite toxic. A nice dinner of salmon in lemon sauce, could lead to desert in the ER with a case of metal poisoning. And that’s because it can release copper when you cook acidic foods.

Companies like All Clad, Calphalon, and Cuisinart are always cooking up expensive new non-stick surfaces to sell to you. A new skillet can run you upwards of $200. This is especially painful when you later discover that your shiny cookware is really poisoning you. Ouch!

Safer Options

So what should you do? Non-stick cookware makes clean up easier, and you use a lot less oils and fats in your cooking with non-stick cookware. The solution is easy. Stick with the classics, such as, cast iron, carbon steel, glass, and 100% ceramic cookware.

Here Comes Ironman!

Your grandma knew how to make a cast-iron cookware as smooth as any overpriced option from Wolfgang Puck. Cast Iron has great heat retention. So your food stays warm just in case someone’s a little late for dinner. Cast iron heats well and evenly.It doesn’t leak anything toxic into your food. Plus it has the added benefit of increasing your body’s iron levels.

Many manufacturers are now making preseasoned cast iron pans. If you follow the manufacturer’s care instructions, your morning omelet will slide right out of the pan. Cast iron is also about as durable and rugged as cookware can get. You can make popcorn in your cast iron Dutch oven over a campfire, without a scratch on it. Try that with your $200 copper pot.

When in Rome

Carbon steel is very popular in Europe. It’s a lighter, and equally durable alternative to cast iron. Carbon steel is generally safer stainless steel, because stainless can contain nickel, another toxic metal. It’s better to be on the safe side in my opinion. The only draw back to carbon steel is it’s a little harder to purchase here in the United States.

Earth Friendly

Glass cookware is about as safe as you can get. It does not release anything toxic when heated, Glass doesn’t hang on to any old food flavors. It’s also eco-friendly!

You might be scratching your head as to why I suggest 100% ceramic cookware. Notice the 100% part of the sentence. The problem with ceramic coated cookware is not the ceramic part, it’s the aluminum, lead, and other toxic substances underneath. Ceramic coatings are usually soft. They chip and peel. All ceramic pots are much more durable, and don’t peel, or chip like coated versions.

Conclusion

So, can cookware cause cancer? The answer unfortunately is – yes. In my opinion, it’s always better to be on the safe side, when it comes to your health. Why go with a new and untried non-stick pan, when, all you have to do, is do what your grandma did. Iron, steel, glass, and ceramic have been around for a very long time, and they’re here to stay.

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