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September Holistic Happenings-A gift for you, dowsing, and maca
September 13, 2016

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Table of Contents

1- Greetings from Val
2- Superfood in the News
3- Dowsing Learning Fest
3- A Gift for You

Greetings from Val

Hello and Happy September!

The first week of school has already come and gone. Now I can say I made it through my last first week of school during this my retirement year. Yes I am looking forward to being off the clock. In the meantime, I am looking forward to teaching my students how to read and write one last time. It amazes me that after all these years, there is still so much to learn about being an effective teacher. I love that!

This month I have a new gift for you. Hopefully this quick and easy wellness self-assessment will help you focus on your most needed wellness goals.

Since it seems like maca is a hot topic right now, I've compiled some information about this superfood for you. But first, a story about this vegetable and a teacher.

Several years ago a fellow teacher was complaining about severe abdominal pain after eating. I suggested digestive enzymes and passed along a bottle. For some reason, maca was part of the formula. There was little information to be found about it, but the company often adds herbs to their formulas so I didn’t think much of it.

After a week of taking the capsules she reported feeling better. That was until she came into my room again (was it a Monday?) in a huff. Her pains had returned and she told me her pharmacist had spent an hour researching one of the ingredients (had to be the maca) to no avail. Obviously, she believed the tiny bit of maca was fueling her troubles.

A while later, her teacher friend (thankful for the helpful enzymes)told me that she had eaten the offending foods I suggested she best avoid while her digestive system healed. And so it goes. Nothing more was ever said.

Superfood in the News

Today the pharmacist would have had no trouble finding out all he needed to know about that mystery ingredient. Maca is making headlines in health magazines and on-line for its health promoting properties. Although the plant has been grown and eaten as a vegetable crop in the Andes region of Peru for 3,000 years, this superfood has just come into the limelight over the last few years.

The usually tan-colored maca root is a relative of the radish and tastes like a slightly bitter version of butterscotch. Also known as Peruvian ginseng, this adaptogenic herb is favored for its ability to revitalize the adrenal glands and boost energy, stamina and mood. It is also beneficial for relieving menopause-related hot flashes and anxiety because it promotes estrogen production while reducing the stress hormone cortisol. Its sterols stimulate the endocrine glands with the benefits of improved mood, sleep, energy and libido. One study showed that 1000-3000 mg daily improved sperm production and motility in men. It is used to correct erectile dysfunction. I’ve read reviews by people raving about how it alleviates PMS, menstrual discomfort and hormonal acne.

Maca root contains over 20 amino acids and free-form fatty acids, fiber, calcium, potassium and other nutrients. It boosts disease and toxin fighting glutathione and SOD (superoxide dismutase). Glutathione helps balance cholesterol and improves glucose tolerance making maca a good superfood for people concerned about metabolic syndrome, heart health and diabetes.

Not enough is known about how maca affects hormones so physicians suggest that pregnant and nursing mothers avoid it as well as people with hormone sensitive cancers, fibroids and endometriosis. Locals eat up to a pound of cooked fresh or dried root daily as part of their diets with no ill effects.

Here are some ways to incorporate maca into your diet: Mix 1 TBS into your morning oatmeal or add it to tahini dressings and smoothies. It can be added to pancakes and baked goods. Some sources suggest starting with 1 teaspoon and working up to a tablespoon a day. That amount is probably enough for most people but some take 2-3 TBS in divided doses throughout the day. The raw root is not eaten by locals and some reviewers report digestive distress when using it. If you purchase raw root powder, cook it. The gelatinized form is more bio-available and easier on the gut.

Have you tried maca? I’m going to!

Find maca on Amazon here.

Dowsing Learning Fest

Dowsing is not just for finding water.

You can use dowsing to find little-known sources of problems in your life: "geopathic stress," "interference lines," or "negative energy vortexes." Those are naturally occurring phenomena of energy that can have a dramatic effect on you. For example: If you have those in your home or on your property, you can experience nightmares, sleeplessness, and even illness. If an energy line goes through your garden, it can retard the growth of plants or make them susceptible to disease, drought, and other plant problems.

You can use "dowsing rods," or "divining rods" to easily find those problems. It is all easy to do, and you can learn how absolutely free during the upcoming 6-day Diamond Dowsing Fest.

During the Diamond Dowsing Fest, renowned Feng Shui master Marie Diamond will demonstrate how to use dowsing rods through a unique series of videos. You will learn:

*The causes of energy disturbances in your environment.
*How to use dowsing rods to detect energy disturbances, including geopathic stress and various energy lines, zones, and vortexes.
*How to cure energy disturbances and enhance positive energy fields.
*How to determine the level of energy in any room, home, or building (and even of foods and products), and how to increase that energy level.
*How to access a higher energy field to clear and protect your personal energy and enhance your dowsing abilities.
*How to create a vibrant environment by releasing stuck energy.

The videos are free for you to view during the six days of this online event beginning Monday, September 19.

Get your Free Pass right here.

Ok, time to find those dowsing rods I bought 15 years ago and learn how to use them for real.

A Gift for You-Holistic Wellness Self-Assessment

Not sure where to start or focus when it comes to improving your health? This 22-question quiz will help you zero in on your strengths and areas of physical and mental wellness you may want to improve.

Once you compile your score use it to direct you to your area of greatest need. Click the link to the related website page and choose a small easy action to incorporate into your lifestyle. When you have that down, choose another action from the same category or a different one.

Your brain loves rewards so give yourself lots of kudos for taking the first step of taking the quiz and then every time you successfully make a tiny shift to make yourself healthier and happier.

This downloadable pdf will be available for you in the members area. You may print it so it is easier to tally your scores. This link is just for you and your immediate family. It will only be available in the web version of the ezine for a few days. Please do not forward it to others. Please send them to the website so they can join and get their membership gifts. Thank you.

Download here

Enjoy and do let me know what you think of this new wellness tool.

On Facebook? Like Holistic MindBody Healing with Val Silver for wellness tips and more.

Until next time,
Wishing you a wonderful day filled with happiness and healing of mind, body and spirit.

Val Silver

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