Benefits of Meditation

reCALIBRATE Meditation is a unique meditation program combining ancient wisdom with world renowned experts’ knowledge and proven facts in the field of biology and quantum mechanics. The mantra’s in each meditation class have been created using both Divine and scientific truth. Since truthful statements carry positive energy, the results are automatic. Mistruths have no energy since they are not aligned with the Divine field and therefore have no power. Negative energy and belief systems are highly prevalent throughout society and need to be removed from both the conscious and sub conscious mind in order to initiate change. Our classes are simple, enjoyable and very effective.

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Each class is designed to re-align the individual with optimal health and well-being. We have three general classes to choose from, but we also customize mantra’s for the elderly or anyone suffering from a specific debilitating condition. Contact us or a free consultation and we can customize a meditation plan tailored for a specific person, condition or desired outcome.

Scientists have proven what yogis have held to be true for centuries — meditation can ward off stress and disease. John Denninger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, is leading a five-year study on how the ancient practices affect genes and brain activity in the chronically stressed. His latest work follows a study he and others published earlier this year showing how so-called mind-body techniques can switch on and off some Genes linked to stress and immune function. The leading biologist on the subject, Dr. Bruce Lipton has already found direct correlations with cellular activity and belief systems. His research is  to 7 years ahead of most. Here at reCALIBRATE, we use techniques developed directly from Dr. Lipton research to optimize cellular activity and heal the body through meditation.

While hundreds of studies have been conducted on the mental health benefits of meditation, they have tended to rely on blunt tools like participant questionnaires, as well as heart rate and blood pressure monitoring. Only recently have neuro-imaging, genomics technology and cellular biologists like Dr. Bruce Lipton found direct links to measure physiological changes in greater detail. Additionally in India studies have been conducted that measure changes in the body of people walking by meditation studios and the results are remarkable.

study was done in India where 700 people where meditating together. The study reinforced the fact that there are chemical changes within the human body during meditations. One change occurs in the Serotonin levels of the brain and some acids found in the urine. These are measurable from urine samples. During this study when 700 people where all meditating about Love and Peace something remarkable occurred. The study found that even the people passing by outside the location had the same chemical changes occurring in their Serotonin levels and urine. Even thought they had no idea what was going on inside the temple.

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Finally more doctors are looking at alternative treatment for tackling the source of a myriad of modern ailments. Stress-induced conditions can include everything from hypertension, infertility, lack of sleep to depression and even the aging process. They account for 60 to 90 percent of doctor’s visits in the U.S., according to the Benson-Henry Institute. The World Health Organization estimates stress costs U.S. companies at least $300 billion a year through absenteeism, turn-over and low productivity. Further, an increasing number of physicians are no longer prescribing pharmaceuticals to treat dis-ease as the entire industry is fraught with false data, high costs and debilitating side affects.

In a study published last year, scientists at the University of California at Los Angeles and Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn found that 12 minutes of daily yoga meditation for eight weeks increased telomerase activity by 43 percent, suggesting an improvement in stress-induced aging. Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, shared the Nobel medicine prize in 2009 with Carol Greider and Jack Szostak for research on the telomerase “immortality enzyme,” which slows the cellular aging process.

20 scientifically-validated reasons why you might want to begin a meditation program

1 – Increases immune function
2 – Decreases Pain
3 – Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level
4 – Increases Positive Emotion
5 – Decreases Depression
6 – Decreases Anxiety & Stress
7 – Decreases Age Related Cortical Decline ( thinning of the brain with age )
8 – Increases social connection & emotional intelligence
9 – Makes you more compassionate
10 – Makes you feel less lonely
11 – Improves your ability to regulate your emotions
12 – Improves your ability to contemplate
13 – Increases grey matter
14 – Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control
15 – Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention
16 – Increases focus & attention
17 – Improves ability to multitask without dangerous cellular growth as from technology overload
18 – Improves your memory
19 – Improves your ability to be creative
20 – It makes you wiser

Meditation gives you perspective: By observing your mind, you realize you don’t have to be a slave to it. You realize it throws tantrums, gets grumpy, jealous, happy and sad but that it doesn’t have to control you. Meditation is quite simply mental hygiene: clear out the junk and get in touch with yourself. Think about it, you shower every day and clean your body, you brush your teeth, but have you ever showered your mind? As a consequence, you’ll feel more clear and see things with greater perspective.

Once you get to know yourself through quiet introspection, you start to own your stuff and become more authentic, often even more humble. You realize the soap operas your mind puts you through have no purpose and you gain more accurate perspective on them. Most are just illusion created by the ego. You realize most people are caught up in a mind-drama they can’t control, and you become more compassionate towards others. Compassion is a powerful “positive” energy and the more of it you possess, the healthier you become, both in body.

AQUAponics versus HYDROponics

AQUAponics versus HYDROponics

  1. There has been a lot of food-related new stories surfacing recently. The FDA just expressed their growing concern over the dramatic increase in antibiotics in our food supply. Additionally, a long term study was just released stating that vitamin supplements have no benefits to our health. Due to this and other issues gaining popularity in mainstream media, more and more Americans are beginning to explore growing their own food. Many people seem to confuse Aquaponics with Hydroponics. The two are very different, so I thought it would make sense to outline some of the differences to clarify for the readers who may be thinking about growing their own fresh fruits and vegetables in an effort to increase longevity.

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Relationship with bacteria
Hydroponic systems tend to be fairly sterile. Many hydroponic growing facilities require you to wear coveralls and a hairnet to enter. Not so with aquaponics. Bacteria are revered by aquaponic gardeners because they are the engine that drives the systems. New systems tend to require a little more work to maintain (still less than a soil-based garden), but once your system matures, the magic really takes over. The bacteria becomes the engine for amazing growth and production.

Fill and Drain cycles
Hydroponic growers using flood and drain techniques generally only fertigate their plants once every four to six hours. Academic studies and collective experience have shown that this optimizes the water and fertilizer the plants need. When you move to an aquaponics system however, the ideal schedule changes to flooding for 15 minutes every 45 minutes. The reason is that the grow bed now has taken on the additional role of being the filter for the fish waste. If you only ran the fish water through the filter every four to six hours, fish waste would build to dangerous levels.

Depth of Grow Beds
Hydroponic growers tend to use standard 6 inch deep flood tables and put pots or cubes with plants in them. With aquaponics, the grow bed is serving a dual role of both home for the plants and bio-filter for the fish waste, both need to be considered and optimized. Most media based aquaponic gardeners use 12 inch deep grow beds filled with an inert media. Over the years, side by side trials have shown that this depth of grow bed develops the kind of robust bacteria colony needed to not only filter the liquid waste, but also to provide an excellent home for composting red worms and the heterotrophic bacteria needed to break down the solid waste from the fish.

Nutrients
Hydroponic gardeners live and die by their nutrients, and the supplements to those nutrients. Not so with aquaponic gardeners. The goal of an aquaponic garden is to achieve a “state of balance” within its ecosystem. Everything that goes into the system must work towards this end goal, and not harm any other element of the system. Anything added to the system to boost plant growth could, harm the fish and possibly the bacteria colony and the compost worms. There are a few exceptions to this, including the use of a liquid seaweed and small amounts of chelated iron, and a few minerals to adjust pH. Beyond these, aquaponic gardeners will think long and hard before adding anything to their systems except of course, fish feed. The benefir of course is that the food grown will be 100% organic & natural.

Nutrient dumping
Hydroponic nutrients must be dumped and replaced on a regular basis to address nutrient imbalances that arise over time. This concept mystifies an aquaponic gardener. We only top off the fish tank with water and never dump and replace it unless there is a severe, unexpected problem. Why on earth would you get rid of all that beautiful fish waste? The notion of nutrient imbalance is as foreign to an aquaponic gardener as it is to an organic soil gardener. Just as with healthy soil, a healthy aquaponics system just keeps getting better and better the longer it operates.

Plant disease
The disease feared the most with hydroponics is a fungus called pythium, which is widely considered the scourge of hydroponics. Fortunately, pythium is almost non-existent in aquaponics. Researchers in Australia are currently studying why this is so, but it is likely due to all the bacteria and other living organisms in an aquaponics system. Logically they would help boost immunity; just as bacteria helps boost our own body’s immunity. Hydroponics is more of a boy in the bubble by comparison. In addition, the very high oxygen levels in an aquaponics system and the activity of the composting worms to clean up dead plant matter probably both help mitigate disease outbreaks. Hence again, Aquaponics appears to be the better choice.

Temperature
An important part of an effective program to prevent pythium outbreaks in hydroponics is to make sure that the nutrient solution doesnt get above 70 degrees. Warm water is a perfect breeding ground for fungus, so keeping the water temperature below optimal breeding conditions for pythium makes sense. In aquaponics, however, the primary drivers of temperature are the requirements of the fish. The most widely used fish in North American aquaponics after goldfish, are tilapia, and tilapia does best in water that is between 80 and 86 degrees. The bacterium that drives the system is also happiest in that temperature range. Fortunately, because pythium is so rare in aquaponics this isnt an issue. The plants dont seem to mind either, as a report by Dr. Nick Savidov at the Crop Diversification Center in Alberta, Canada showed, aquaponics is every bit as effective at growing plants as hydroponics.

PH
Optimal pH in a hydroponics system is 5.5 to 6.0. In aquaponics, pH is another factor that is compromised between the plants, fish and bacteria. Optimal pH is 6.8 7.0, which is again more closely related to what an organic soil gardener would target.

Insect control
You’ve probably guessed by now that because aquaponics is an organic system that uses fish, special care needs to be taken with regard to insect control. Even commonly used organic sprays such as insecticidal soap or neem oil could be harmful if over-sprayed into the fish tank. On the plus side, however, you can engage your fish in your insect control efforts. If I have an insect problem on a small plant, such as young peppers or salad greens, remove them from the grow bed and let them soak in the fish tank for up to an hour. The bugs eventually loosen their grip on the plant and become fish food. And if you are lucky, the fish may even accelerate the process by nibbling the bugs directly off your plants. Another great idea is to hung Bug Zappers over the fish tank as an additional form of feed for your fish. This way you zap the pests before they even get onto your plants.

Eco-system
Hydroponics is a system for growing plants under highly optimized and technical conditions. Aquaponics creates a complete eco-system in which various living creatures all interact to create a symbiotic closed-loop system. We use worms, liquid seaweed and beneficial insects as each with jobs to perform rather than trying to isolate the plants and nutrients into single, definable, segregated components. Aquaponics is, above all else, an ecosystem where plants, fish, bacteria, and worms all live together in a beautifully balanced symbiotic relationship.

Start up Speed
This is perhaps the only downside to aquaponics from a hydroponics perspective. In hydroponics you just add commercially formulated nutrients to your nutrient reservoir and you are off to the races. With aquaponics it takes about a month to start your system by developing a colony of nitrifying bacteria through a process called cycling. The ammonia from the fish waste will not be converted into the nitrates that the plants are seeking until this process is complete. Still once it begins, the cycle lasts forever and is a beautiful feat of nature.

John Callahan is a consultant and contributing writer for the Aquaponic industry, you can learn more about him at reCALIBRATEYOURSELF.COM

Disease Fighting Foods & Habits

17 Foods that fight disease and increase the quality of life

Fruits and vegetables are great for your health—but some fresh foods are more powerful than others. Super foods have more than their fair share of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients. Pack your meals with a nutritional punch by adding these wholesome choices to your diet.

ALFALFA
Why they’re super: One cup of alfalfa sprouts has less than 10 calories, is virtually fat-free, and contains phytochemicals called saponins, which may protect against cancer and help lower cholesterol.
How to enjoy them: Enjoy their fresh, earthy crunch in salads or sandwiches, or atop a lean turkey or veggie burger.

APPLES
Why they’re super: Apples are the richest fruit source of pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, decrease the risk of colon and breast cancers, and maybe even lessen the severity of diabetes.
How to enjoy them: Try throwing a few slices on your favorite sandwich or toss with field greens, toasted pecans, and a light vinaigrette for a delicious salad. With so many varieties available, you’ll never get bored finding new ways to incorporate them into your daily diet.

AVOCADO
Why they’re super: Just one half of a medium-size avocado contains more than 4 grams of fiber and 15% of your recommended daily folate intake. Cholesterol-free and rich in monounsaturated fats and potassium, avocados are also a powerhouse for heart health.
How to enjoy them: Use avocados as the base for a creamy homemade sandwich spread, or add a few chunks to your favorite salsa for a simple and delicious way to dress up grilled chicken or fish.

BEETS
Why they’re super: Beets are loaded with antioxidants and have been found to protect against cancer, heart disease, and inflammation. Naturally sweet and full of fiber and vitamin C, beets make a delicious and nutrient-packed addition to any meal.
How to enjoy them: Try finely grated raw beets in your salads or roast them along with sweet potatoes and parsnips for a colorful and flavorful side-dish—just keep in mind that certain cooking methods (like boiling) may decrease their nutritional value. And don’t forget about the leafy green tops, which are rich in iron and folate, and can be prepared much like their cousins, Swiss chard and spinach.

CRANBERRIES
Why they’re super: Cranberries are renowned for protecting against urinary tract infections, but did you also know they may improve blood cholesterol and aid in recovery from strokes? Cranberry juice has also been shown to make cancer drugs more potent.
How to enjoy them: Although available frozen year-round, enjoy these tart and tangy berries fresh during their peak season from October through December.

FLAXSEED
Why it’s super: Not only does flaxseed lower blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack, but it is also a rich source of lignan, a powerful antioxidant that may be a powerful ally against disease and certain cancers, especially breast cancer. Just 2 tablespoons of ground seeds (which are digested more efficiently than whole seeds) contain about 20% of the recommended daily fiber* intake and more than 100% of the recommended intake for inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids.
How to enjoy it: Add ground flaxseed to baked goods for a nutty flavor or sprinkle it on top of your favorite cereal. It’s also delicious when blended with yogurt and fresh fruit for a tasty smoothie.

ORANGES
Why they’re super: Just one medium orange (think tennis ball) supplies all your daily vitamin C, which is a dynamite immunity booster and cancer fighter. And consuming vitamin C is best done in its natural form: Italian researchers also found that test subjects had greater antioxidant protection after drinking orange juice versus vitamin C–fortified water. Plus, this sweet and tangy fruit is a good source of fiber, potassium, calcium, folate, and other B vitamins.
How to enjoy them: The tangy taste of oranges makes a great combination with other strong flavors, such as ginger and honey. Put them on salads, or use them in marinades and sauces for meats.

PAPAYA
Why they’re super: Trying to get more vitamin C in your diet? One cup of papaya cubes supplies more than 100% of your daily requirement, as well as a hefty dose of potassium and folate. It is also a good source of vitamins A and E, two powerful antioxidants that protect against heart disease and colon cancer.
How to enjoy them: Savor the rich, buttery flesh of this tropical fruit in smoothies and salads, or simply scoop it out of the shell with a spoon.

SQUASH
Why they’re super: This hearty, fiber-rich squash is packed with beta-carotene (converted to vitamin A in the body), which reduces the risk of developing lung cancer. The antioxidant activity of this vitamin combined with potassium, which may help prevent high blood pressure, makes it a nutritional superstar.
How to enjoy them: If you prepare a whole squash, toast the seeds for a delicious snack containing heart-healthy fats. The sweet taste and moist texture makes it ideal for desserts.

QUINOA
Why it’s super: Packed with a variety of nutrients, including iron and copper, it’s no wonder the Incas deemed this ancient seed “the mother of all grains.” Quinoa contains all the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein (perfect for vegans and vegetarians). It is also a great source of magnesium, which relaxes blood vessels and has been found to reduce the frequency of migraines. Researchers have found that consuming dietary fiber, specifically from whole-grain products such as quinoa, reduces the risk of high blood pressure and heart attack.
How to enjoy it: Keep your ticker in top shape by substituting quinoa for rice or pasta in your next meal. It makes a great base for seafood dishes and mixes well with beans.

RASPBERRIES
Why they’re super: Tart, sweet, and incredibly juicy, just one half cup of these berries provides a whopping 4 grams of fiber and more than 25% of the daily recommended intake for both vitamin C and manganese. Raspberries also contain a powerful arsenal of antioxidants, including members of the anthocyanin family, which give raspberries their ruby-red hue and antimicrobial properties.
How to enjoy them: Try a few berries with your morning cereal or use them to add flavor to a green salad.

SPINACH
Why it’s super: Powerful antioxidants in spinach have been found to combat a variety of cancers, including ovarian, breast, and colon cancers. And it’s good for the noggin: Research indicates that spinach reduces the decline in brain function associated with aging and protects the heart from cardiovascular disease. Although it contains relatively high amounts of iron and calcium, oxalate compounds bind to these minerals and diminish their absorption.
How to enjoy it: Spinach has a mild flavor, so spice it up with garlic, olive oil, and onions.

SWEET POTATO
Why they’re super: Need a beta-carotene fix? Just one medium sweet potato packs over four times the recommended daily amount. These tasty tubers are also rich in potassium, inflammation-fighting vitamin C, and vitamin B6, which may prevent clogged arteries.
How to enjoy them: Boiling sweet potatoes may cause some of the water-soluble vitamins to leach out, so try them baked, roasted, or cubed, and added to soups or stews. If you need a boost of fiber, make sure to leave the skins on.
TURKEY
Why it’s super: A 4-ounce portion of turkey breast meat contains almost 50% of your daily selenium, a trace mineral that plays essential roles in immune function and antioxidant defense. Despite the claim that turkey meat causes drowsiness during the holidays, it actually contains high amounts of niacin and vitamin B6, which are important for efficient energy production and blood-sugar regulation.
How to enjoy it: If you roast a whole bird, make sure to remove any skin, which is full of saturated fat; try substituting ground all-white-meat turkey breast for ground beef in your favorite hamburger recipe.

WALNUTS
Why they’re super: One-quarter cup of walnuts supplies 90% of the daily recommended amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which aid in everything from maintaining cognitive function, to improving cholesterol and blood pressure.
How to enjoy them: Toss a few toasted walnut halves on your oatmeal (another heart-healthy superfood) or try them on your favorite salad for a tasty crunch.

WATERCRESS
Why it’s super: Just 1 cup of watercress supplies nearly 100% of a woman’s recommended daily amount of vitamin K, which has been shown to prevent hardening of the arteries and is essential for strong bones. It is also a good source of vitamin A, a potent antioxidant.
How to enjoy it: Try these peppery leaves in place of lettuce in salads or sandwiches, or toss them in a quick stir-fry or soup.

YOGURT
Why it’s super: Yogurt contains probiotics, which are bacteria that live in the intestine, aid in digestion, boost the immune system, diminish bad breath, and are even associated with longer life spans. A 1-cup serving also supplies one-third of your daily calcium requirement, as well as 14 grams of satisfying protein.
How to enjoy it: Opt for low-fat or nonfat versions to minimize saturated fat, and try substituting plain yogurt for a healthier alternative to sour cream. Lactose intolerant? Look for soy or rice milk varieties.

BONE DENSITY HEALTH

Your diet can play a role in sapping bone strength. Some foods actually leach the minerals right out of the bone, or they block the bone’s ability to regrow.

Here, the six biggest bone-sappers:

Salt
Salt saps calcium from the bones, weakening them over time. For every 2,300 milligrams of sodium you take in, you lose about 40 milligrams of calcium, dietitians say. One study compared postmenopausal women who ate a high-salt diet with those who didn’t, and the ones who ate a lot of salt lost more bone minerals. Our American diet is unusually salt-heavy; most of us ingest double the 2,300 milligrams of salt we should get in a day, according to the 2005 federal dietary guidelines.
What to do: The quickest, most efficient way to cut salt intake is to avoid processed foods. Research shows that most Americans get 75 percent of their sodium not from table salt but from processed food. Key foods to avoid include processed and deli meats, frozen meals, canned soup, pizza, fast food such as burgers and fries, and canned vegetables.

Soft Drinks
Soft drinks pose a double-whammy danger to bones. The fizziness in carbonated drinks often comes from phosphoric acid, which ups the rate at which calcium is excreted in the urine. Meanwhile, of course, soft drinks fill you up and satisfy your thirst without providing any of the nutrients you might get from milk or juice.
What to do: When you’re tempted to reach for a cola, instead try milk, calcium- and vitamin D-fortified orange juice, or a fruit smoothie made with yogurt. Or just drink water when you’re thirsty, and eat a diet high in bone-building nutrients.

Caffeine
The numbers for caffeine aren’t as bad as for salt, but caffeine’s action is similar, leaching calcium from bones. For every 100 milligrams of caffeine (the amount in a small to medium-sized cup of coffee), you lose 6 milligrams of calcium. That’s not a lot, but it can become a problem if you tend to substitute caffeine-containing drinks like iced tea and coffee for beverages that are healthy for bones, like milk and fortified juice.
What to do: Limit yourself to one or two cups of coffee in the morning, then switch to other drinks that don’t have caffeine’s bone-sapping action. Adding milk to your coffee helps to offset the problem, of course.

Eggs, Milk
In the case of vitamin A, recent research is proving that you really can get too much of a good thing. Found in eggs, full-fat dairy, liver, and vitamin-fortified foods, vitamin A is important for vision and the immune system. But the American diet is naturally high in vitamin A, and most multivitamins also contain vitamin A. So it’s possible to get much more than the recommended allotment of 5,000 IUs (international units) a day—which many experts think is too high anyway.
Postmenopausal women, in particular, seem to be susceptible to vitamin A overload. Studies show that women whose intake was higher than 5,000 IUs had more than double the fracture rate of women whose intake was less than 1,600 IUs a day.
What to do: Switch to low-fat or nonfat dairy products only, and eat egg whites rather than whole eggs (all the vitamin A is in the yolk). Also check your multivitamin, and if it’s high in vitamin A, switch to one that isn’t.

Alcohol
Think of alcohol as a calcium-blocker; it prevents the bone-building minerals you eat from being absorbed. And heavy drinking disrupts the bone remodeling process by preventing osteoblasts, the bone-building cells, from doing their job. So not only do bones become weaker, but when you do suffer a fracture, alcohol can interfere with healing.
What to do: Limit your drinking to one drink a day, whether that’s wine, beer, or hard alcohol.

Hydrogenated oils
Recent studies have found that the process of hydrogenation, which turns liquid vegetable oil into the solid oils used in commercial baking, destroys the vitamin K naturally found in the oils. Vitamin K is essential for strong bones, and vegetable oils such as canola and olive oil are the second-best dietary source of this key nutrient, after green leafy vegetables. However, the amounts of vitamin K we’re talking about are tiny here—one tablespoon of canola oil has 20 micrograms of K, and one tablespoon of olive oil has 6 micrograms, as compared with 120 micrograms in a serving of spinach.

What to do: If you’re eating your greens, you don’t need to worry about this too much. If you’re a big lover of baked goods like muffins and cookies, bake at home using canola oil when possible, and read labels to avoid hydrogenated oils.