Ok, so I think I should just warn you that I am writing this blog after coming off of a total chick weekend bender. I was doing a marathon of inspirational Ted Talks, Dog rescue shows on Animal Planet and occasional bouts of Wimp.com videos about people doing really nice things for each other and themselves. Are you rolling your eyes yet? All right, at the very least you can relate. That said, I am feeling very emotionally high and incredibly inspired. I briefly jotted down some notes on an old envelop (that has been sitting on my kitchen table for way too long) and this is the preview of what I wrote to myself in hopes that I would write something brilliant and moving that would find you equally inspired.
Stones, beyond the glory of diamonds and pearls, are actually historically considered to be the original herbal medicine. The true richness of stones and their mineral properties are further thought, beyond their beauty, to be representations of agents that capture and send curative vibrations. In this light, it is thought that certain stones actively evolve, and when you carry a stone, it helps you to actively engage in this process of self cultivation.
As we move into a new year, it is a time for us to reflect upon our past so that we may look to the future to decide how we would like to be. For some of us, this is a time to set the larger tone for the year and give it a theme that we would like to be reflected in all of the ways in which we live, do business and make decisions. A good friend of mine chooses a new word at the beginning of each new year and then allows that word to be the filter by which she sees her life, sees herself and what she wants to cultivate. Pretty awesome, right? In honor of that, I decided that I would do the same thing for my professional life and how I wanted to create the environment and feel of my work. The word I chose for 2014 is Hero. Hero is a special word that I think is incredibly powerful and charged. I want to explain the Hero in the context of what I believe to be three different stages we have in life. I hope you will join me on this journey to be inspired to be a Hero in your own life and for others.
There is all sorts of information that we read on a consistent basis that talks about the best way to “Boost Your Immune System”. There are labels on all sorts of our foods that claim their ability to be “Immune Boosting” or that they have antioxidants to keep the immune system healthy. The reality, however, is that most of us don’t really know too much about how the immune system works and what those labels really mean. So lets get immuno savy and dive into all the groovy ways our body works to help keep us healthy. The best boost to your immune system will be your boost of knowledge on how it all works!
On a cellular level there are certain little ninja’s that float around in our blood to help attack and kill various different viruses. There are many kinds, but our favorite little ninjas, in this case, are our T killer cells. T killer cells are crucial in what we would consider the guards of the castle. These T-lymphocytes (T cells for short) govern cellular immunity, which means they help cells recognize and destroy invading bacteria, virus, abnormal cell growth such as cancer, and foreign tissue. There are quite a few factors that can reduce these killers and allow us to be susceptible to invasion. Here are some interesting tidbits about certain factors that deplete what we like to call “host resistance”:
Zits are one of those things that universally suck. It doesn’t matter what age you are when you get them, nobody enjoys them. For most of us, adolescence was a time when we expected to have them, put up with them, but certainly looked forward to the days when you thought you would never get them again. So why, then, after our teens do we still get zits
Not to get any more graphic than necessary, but zits can be a messy business. There are the really hard painful ones that never quite seem to materialize into anything. There are the little ones that pop up in our sweaty spots along the hairline that aren’t much more than a nuisance and there are always the one’s that come to a head and then explode when you pop them (personally I find those ones really gross but somehow satisfying when you finally excise them).