Have you ever gone to bed and tossed and turned for hours? Was it your continuous attempt at quieting the busy mind? There may be a correlation between Insomnia and Dehydration that most people miss, including you, and understanding the many factors that indicate the connection between the two may shed light on it, let alone give you a reason to hydrate before you go to bed.
In this article we will examine the Science which helps us understand why it is difficult to fall asleep while the Drought Management Mechanism is activated.
The mechanism that is turned on when the organism recognizes an extreme scarcity in water is the “Drought Management Mechanism”. The body spends considerable energy in allocating water and processing materials to the benefit of its survival through this situation. An example is the prioritization of organs, like the allocation of water from the lower organs to the higher ones, or for example the sacrificing of certain amino acids.
Tryptophan is an amino acid involved in the wake-sleep cycle in humans, yet, for some reason its levels decrease in the body during stressful situations. When the body experiences water shortages, certain amino acids are sacrificed – broken down – in order to maintain a very specific composition of a reserve pool of amino acids. One such amino acid which is sacrificed is tryptophan, whose loss impacts the manufacturing of neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin.
Basically, tryptophan is a building block that is present in the structure of both serotonin and melatonin. But, apparently, water shortage – dehydration – acts as a stressor on the organism, which in turn causes the organism to invest considerable energy in downsizing the amino acid pool reserves to suit the current water volume. So tryptophan is broken down and the concentrations of serotonin and melatonin are downsized as well.
Now it seems quite simple to recognize how the decrease in water leads to the decrease in tryptophan levels, consequently impacting the body’s ability to coordinate sleep throughout the system.
However, a more compelling and common-sense explanation may make it easier to recognize the significance of this phenomenon.
When was the last time you were able to fall asleep while you experienced ongoing stress? Could it be that an organism in its desire to “relax” require a comfortable range of environmental conditions? Would water scarcity trigger the body to signal its restlessness to the mind as a mechanism to inform it that stress exists in vast populations of organs and tissues? Why would the body let its host drift into a state of unconscious existence while tissues are under accumulated stress?
These questions posed above are designed to invoke within you an internal reasoning. How does your body let you know its state of being? Simply, through the experiences you earned following the actions you’ve taken. Your mind cannot shut off while the body is in a process of survival. Yes, your body is attempting to balance its internal fluid composition, and the organism will be urged to remain present until the stress is lifted.
Have you ever gone on a camping trip in an arid climate or walked for hours across a city you were visiting? Your demands to experience certain things exerts its own demands on the body, which in turn utilizes water and in certain situations even loses it. What happened to me repeatedly as a result of these trips without proper hydration was a state of debilitating migraines which left me tossing and turning in bed.
In this case, re-hydrating the body will lift that stress, as it is the replenishment of fluids that wash away the disturbing effects of accumulated acidity. The many stressors you experience or inflict on your body result in a systematic and corresponding accumulation of acidity in the tissues. The stressors are reactive chemical species that cause water to be utilized and lost. The gradual loss of water means a proportionate concentration of non-fluid materials, in this case substances with acidic properties. To wash these acids out of the tissues can only be achieved by the addition of water (and salt – to be elaborated upon separately).
The fluid volume in the nervous system, which is anyways larger by 5% from the fluid volume of other tissues, is under stress from accumulated acids. These acids disturb cells due to their damaging effects on cell components – starting with cell membranes. The accumulation of acids in nerve tissues could also be the nagging element in keeping the nerves busy.
All in all, you wish to have the capacity to rest, and I am here to provide you with a perspective that could lead you to an educated conclusion on this topic of Insomnia. Perhaps taking drugs to cross that threshold has provided you the solution in the past, but now you crave knowledge that could empower you to use natural methods of attaining the same. The ability to rest is a cellular expression, and it appears to be granted to the “conscious host” when the right conditions are met.
Water is the main component in our world with which biology is able to come to life and function. Substances are ennobled within biological systems that have adequate water, yet fall apart in environments that are scarce in this basic element. A decrease in the water percentage of the body appears to stress the organism into a mode of prioritizing organs, and as such certain processes take precedence over others for the survival of the corporeal body.
Your body talks to you, so keep your diet clean to keep your performance up. It’s always right to start with the basics – hydrate!
As children we rarely understand how to monitor our body. We may suddenly feel weak, not knowing why, and we depend on our parents to correct our actions. We end up inheriting the knowledge and wisdom of our parents, who were nurtured in similar ways by their parents, thus shaping an entire generation upon a range of perspectives. It becomes so acceptable to view health and body in a particular way, that an entire culture keeps the new maturing intelligences on a fixed path.
Our parents have gone through many experiences to determine, by our behavior, what is affecting us adversely which could give us a guide on how to monitor the body’s activities and symptoms. However, we are limited to the level of observational skills and education they attained, which in many cases is compromised by the self-inflicted “numbing lifestyles” they choose to live or has been handed down to them.
The body receives substances from the foods we eat and must utilize the transporting properties of water to handle and distribute materials – so called “nutrients”. The body depends on adequate water in order to break down these materials into an adequate size (catabolism), so when water does not enter in proper proportions to the ingested substances the body must compensate by allocating water from the surrounding tissues.
Therefore, many people experience physical exhaustion after a meal. They find themselves having to ”rest and digest” before they can return to work. Simply, their body is too low on its water reserves to handle the load, therefore water from different areas in the body is relocated to the basic processes of digestion and elimination. This temporary allocation of water from the muscles, joints and nervous system places people in a trance state and impairs their motor skills.
It has the potential of temporarily reducing your performance, or tricking your biology into operating under “lesser than optimal” conditions.
It has been scientifically documented that when babies are born they come into the world with 75% water by weight. However, when statistics were drawn for adults, the percentage of water reported is between 50-60%. Even more so, obese people have less than 50% water by weight. Why, where did all that water disappear to? One can simply explain this away by choosing to see it as a matter of natural growth consequences, but when taking into consideration that every cell has a need for a specific volume of water in order to operate optimally, than that explanation falls between the cracks.
For such a drastic alteration in the volume of water to occur, one has to undergo a series of episodes, whereby the body had been stressed in varying ways and not allowed to recover in between. Instead of recognizing the real issue and replenishing the fluid needs of the body, we end up acclimating to the new volume capacity of water available. Thus our performance gradually declines, year after year, episode after episode, until acidity conditions accumulate and a suitable environment for degenerative diseases develops.
Back when I was in middle school, I had a dehydration episode while out on a school fieldtrip. While hiking with my classmates, I was struck with searing pain in my lower right abdomen. My parents went out of their way to pick me up and take me to an emergency room. The fear was that I may be experiencing a ruptured appendicitis, but turns out I was simply dehydrated. Cases like these are not unheard of. People suffer from headaches, migraines, fatigue or inflammatory bowels and never consider the possibility that it could originate from improper fluid management. They simply experience the crisis and depend on others to relieve their suffering.
I didn’t recognize back then, even after my episode, the importance of adequate water intake which could explain much of the issues my body had as time went on. I’ve had many episodes following too much sun exposure, or long flights without water, or times when I would binge on meals and fall into a food coma. In each case, the body was stretched to its limits and lit warning signs. The body wanted me to pay closer attention to a missing element it needed so desperately, to question my situation and rectify the problem at its root before severe damage occurs.
Our desire from our body to express movement exerts its own demands on the battery cells to fulfill our wishes. However, the body is made of local materials in a composition that permits the fluid nature of thought to be expressed through our mechanical apparatus.
Where each person ends up in life is determined by the collection of self-realizations they attained. Knowing something crucial about your physiology, as crucial as the effect of dehydration on its performance, can aid you in better self-assessments and real recoveries from injuries and diseases. Overeating and vigorous exercise are actions that may lead you into episodes of physical stress. Such actions exert demands from the organism for water to be allocated to simple processes of digestion, elimination, energy production and tissue recovery. When the body doesn’t receive adequate water as a prevention or recovery measure, bodily processes stagnate and overall performance is impacted.
To integrate further wisdom, I have designed and produced a course called ”Water and Physiology”, which builds you up, concept by concept, to comprehend your physiology and eliminate the preconceived misconceptions. Empower yourself; take your physiology to the next level – to its original level it was always designed to be.
This organ of nerves is called the second brain. It is found in the gut region of the body. This plexus of nerves serves as a hub of a central intelligence – all the organs in its care are gut organs. The gut being the processing center of the avatar physiology, its spinal vertebrate corresponds to the yellow and orange spectrums. The processing of material food is accomplished by the gut. But the sampling of chemical stimulants or depressants is accomplished via the enteric nervous system (which then transmits that “sampling” information to the brain).
This localized processing center, i.e. brain in the gut, is connected to the brain in the head via the Vagus Nerve. This nerve provides the exchange of information between the collection of gastrointestinal organs and the brain. Through it, the gut can “speak” and communicate sensory and stimulant information to the brain. Provided the brain is not intoxicated by high dosages of corroding stimulants, it has the capacity to receive information from the gut brain and respond to the frequency and quality of the food.
It is as if the gut has a tongue of its own. While the food sits in it; the gut is continuously tasting the food and soaking up the chemicals. The local nerves receive information about the quality of water in the bloodstream, as well as the nature and concentration of substances in its circulation. When the tongue in our mouth is stimulated by a particular substance, it relays information to both the brains – the one in your head, and the one in your gut. Knowing what concentration of particular materials has entered the mouth, the biological intelligence of both brains invests energy in dealing with the incoming food.
This second brain is a collection of interrelated organs, with a communication hub to allow them to orchestrate their collaboration. The nerves of this plexus reach into the spinal cord at a particular junction, from which they enter the superhighway to the brain in our head. With the information that the brain receives, the mind experiences the nature of the substance.
Let’s take a 5 Minute Education, starting with explaining Toxins/Free Radicals and Antioxidants. This concept is fundamental, and will help shape the depth by which you’ll comprehend further research and studies into the molecular world.
This goes down to the basics of chemistry and even physics. Nothing to be alarmed of, simple science.
Atoms are the building blocks of Amino Acids (Think protein), Fatty Acids (Think oils), Carbohydrates and others.
When these atoms bond and form clusters (a molecule), they usually carry a neutral charge (meaning, not positive, not negative, but neutral).
What sometimes happens is that an organism (like a cell) is subjected to environmental stressors (heat, light, oxygen), and that causes stress on the bonds between atoms within the molecule. This potentially transforms the molecule into a “positive” electrical charge.
A general fact to know is, that all free radicals and toxins are characteristically “positively” charged.
Now, what happens to a positive charge like that in an environment teeming with negatively charged cellular structures? Havoc!
Like magnets, opposite charges attract (positive attracts negative). So these positively charged molecules passionately seek that negative charge in order to return themselves to that “neutral” balance, and in that process they interact with structural components of the cell and oxidize them. This process is widely known as “Oxidative Stress”.
When too many toxins (which act as free radicals) are produced inside the cell or the cell is exposed to too many of them, oxidative stress occurs, and extensive damage may result. What does the cell do? Sounds the alarms (initiates inflammatory responses).
When inflammatory responses are initiated, the antioxidant troopers are called in to neutralize the overwhelming threat.
All Antioxidants carry a surplus “Negative” charge, so they in essence bear that charge that the free radicals and toxins are passionate for. These antioxidants (like Glutathione, CoQ10 etc.) are created in larger amounts during the inflammatory response. This is in order to cool down the heated flood of free radicals and restore the cell back to its expression of growth behaviors. These antioxidants lose their negative charge in the process, but at least they’re not a structural component, plus, other antioxidants can replenish their negative charge (allowing them to act as antioxidants once more).
Many processes within our cells create free radicals intentionally, as nature created this process for good reasons (complex to explain in this short segment).
To conclude, free radicals and toxins are positively charged, while antioxidants are negatively charged. Antioxidants will neutralize free radicals in order to prevent the free radicals from oxidizing cellular components.
The following is my review of a 511 page book I had recently finished reading over a period of 2 months. Due to insufficient space in such a review, I will give a generalized overview of the book’s content.
If one would perceive physical “aging” as simply a condition of physical “degeneration”, one would take measurements to investigate what brought about the loss of cellular integrity.
What degenerates you?
Do you have tantrums?
Do you have a foggy mind?
Do you ever have criminal urges?
Is it difficult for you to remember things?
What did you eat this morning?
Have you suffered in the past from tooth decay?
Are you still suffering from tooth decay?
According to a 511 page book I just finished reading, called “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration”, my body, and the body of many other people I know, is physically unfit for primitive lifestyles under the “modernized” foods of commerce.
Fortunately, I have left the White Man’s foods and have found excellent stamina and physical regeneration. I hardly brush my teeth anymore because I have identified several years ago the reasons for bone density loss (osteoporosis) and immunity susceptibility to states of disease, and this book confirmed for me much of what I had experienced.
The author, Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist, was concerned for the increasing incidence of tooth decay and dental arch deformities in the United States. His concern took him to investigate, observe, document and analyze, different cultures around the world. For that task, he needed a control group – a group within that culture that has a very high immunity to tooth decay and has no record of physical degeneration within their racial stock.
Dr. Price spent the 1930s traveling to 14 different cultures on 5 different continents. Where he had examined the teeth of thousands of primitive tribal men, women and children, who subsisted on their primitive diets (fresh, local and seasonal food, each culture having a unique diet that the climate and land conditions allowed). Then Dr. Price visited and documented extensively the physical degeneration of many primitive groups who had begun the process of modernization, as well as groups who had been converted entirely to subsisting on modern food. In many cases, these modernized men and women gave birth to children who had shown marked physical deformities in facial development, teeth, and body shape.
The aspect of diet, what to eat or what not to eat, was largely discussed in this book. However, instead of focusing on the nature of the modernized foods, it was clearly demonstrated what factors within the primitive groups had greatly maintained their excellent physiques, even to very late ages.
Repeatedly it is demonstrated, via photographs of smiling teeth and x-ray shots, that excellence of the primitive racial stocks compared to the modernized groups. The Swiss in the Alps, the Gaelics in the Hebrides, The Aborigines in Australia, the Masai warrior tribe in Africa, the Eskimos in Canada, the Indians in Peru, are a handful of the cultures that had been investigated. In each case, as if we can finally recognize nature’s pattern, we see that the primitive groups had nearly 100% immunity to all physical degenerations, and a very low incidence of tooth decay.
On the other hand, wherever the road, railway or ports allowed access of imported goods from the modernized world, we see that the people exchanging their nutritionally wealthy foods for the white man’s white bread, sugar, jams, canned foods etc., suffer greatly from the impact of the mineral and vitamin deficient food. The White Man developed a mentality of providing only energy and heat generating food for its masses, while the primitive races had maintained a close relationship with the body-building and body-repairing minerals and vitamins.
Civilizations tend to fall as a consequence of physical degeneration. However, it is the soil that gives out first, as farm land becomes exhausted from mineral depletion. But why would that happen? It can only happen in a system that supports exporting the minerals from the land out of the land. Only a system, which the primitives were aware of, that is able to return the minerals back to the land, would be able to nourish the plants. All animals, including man, inherits the pattern and composition of minerals that was available for the plant. If the land has degenerated, man will too. Such has been observed in large populations prior to World War 2, and such can be observed by photographs documented by Dr. Price of entire herds of cows that degenerated due to deficiencies.
Due to a growing concern of increased sterility in modernized populations, largely because of the deformity in both sperm and egg, and increased incidence of birth defects and loss of child at birth, the urge to investigate the reasons for this phenomenon had propelled many scientists to determine the factors involved in the deformity in nature’s design. The book elucidates many of the factors that had inflicted primitive groups undergoing the process of modernization. The consequences are not limited to physical degeneration alone, but also include impaired brain development, which has been associated with the rising incidence in criminal behaviors as well as learning disabilities.
Could food, and the state of the soil it had come from, have an impact on physical development and performance?
Has this crucial knowledge and wisdom presented in the book’s message propel society to incorporate nutritional guidelines?
Life began in the sea, and as such, all living things contain water and function in an aqueous space. It is possible to observe an internal ocean within the cell and an external ocean encompassing the cell. Water’s simple molecule – two hydrogens bonded to an oxygen – provides the space and plain for the molecular and biological world to move around and to carry out their life functions. Digestive enzymes cannot reach and carry out the mining of the raw materials without an aqueous space, which provides them the room to maneuver in order to transport nutrients to the absorption cells. Furthermore, the bloodstream is 90% water, because water makes it possible for nutrients to drift on the River of Life and to hydrate any dehydrated cells, while stripping the waste and transport it to the liver.
Why is it important to develop appreciation to water? We’ll explore water’s importance and the influence of substances on its pH. We’ll examine the reason for the development of tissue calcification and the phenomenon of Osteoporosis, as well as, which foods can return the body to its original and healthy pattern.
Conflicting information appear on mainstream media and social networks regarding Gluten and whether it affects us adversely. This is unsettling for people who are suffering acute and chronic conditions following a high gluten diet. In the desire to figure out what may be the underlying cause for the debilitating sensations that cripple many of us, a new perspective may offer a self-realization and a strategy for improving our capacity to handle gluten. Let’s truly understand gluten, how the body handles it, so we can make the right choices and improve our post-meal experiences.
The following is an argument presented based upon research and investigations into diet, physiology and human history. This article will allow you to piece some things together and develop your own opinion.
Basically, there is a huge difference between traditional methods of processing grains, which yield our breads, pastas and pastries, and conventional (and more recent) method of processing.
Traditionally, Man understood how nature operatedand would pass that wisdom down the line. The wisdom of soaking nuts, seeds, grains and legumes goes back thousands of years, and rightfully too. Our ancestors, who left their paleolithic lifestyle and settled down in farms to seasonally plow the soil, had recognized that these sources of nourishment had protective mechanisms, designed to ensure the survival of the pod until such conditions that favored germination arrived.
Toxins and digestive inhibitors are part of this protective mechanism all grains have, and soaking them will present the seed the proper conditions for germination and eventual sprouting of the seed.
Another method, traditionally used and partially forgotten by the public is fermentation. In my article, The Difference between Internal and External Fermentation, I presented an argument as to why traditionally leavened sourdough would be more nourishing than conventional leavened sourdough and how the non-fermented breads are so prevalent in western society today.
In the last century, science has offered an opportunity for Man to experiment with its food. We’ve seen it with GMO’s and Processed Foods, however, the aspect of fermentation is not taught at school to a degree of explaining why our ancestors leavened their bread.
The method used today is largely void of the fermentation process. In the case of commercial sourdough, the yeast used for the fermentation had been carefully studied and selected, because of its capacity to rip apart gluten in 40 minutes. Since time is money, for profits sake, it made sense for the mainstream industry to shorten the fermentation process, but the end-product – the sourdough – was nothing like the traditional one, which takes well over 24 hours to prepare.
Do remember this crucial part, as we will return to this later – When a seed is dormant, all its nourishment is stored in storage units, which is what Gluten is (a storage unit), and germination springs to life thousands of enzymes who begin breaking apart the storage units in order to use the materials for root and stem growth.
Gluten itself has been accused for causing damage to the gut, which is not far from the truth, but as always, there is something more to be said that contributes to a large picture.
Gluten consists of two parts – Gliadin and Glutenins. In Wheat, Gliadin is the name for the storage unit, while other grains have different names for the similar storage unit (such as barley (hordein), rye (secalin), corn (zein)).
Apparently, these storage units are very tough to break apart by our digestive enzymes, and because of that the gluten may be only partially broken apart into a 7-amino acid peptide with opiate effects. You heard that right, a small protein-like complex that activates and stimulates opium receptors in the brain. You can learn more about that in my short article – Foods that Numb your Brain.
The following is an illustration I had made a couple of years ago, depicting the gut-blood barrier in the lining of the small intestine. Probiotic bacteria are depicted in green, creating a nice barrier between the cells and the lumen (intestinal space), and on the right an inflamed area caused by abnormal bacteria (pathogenic), who produce a gap between the filtration cells of the gut-blood barrier. This gap allows partially digested materials to seep into the blood, unregulated, since all products that pass through this barrier require complete disassembly, otherwise they are too large to cross.
Does this Gluten protein begin to fascinate you? It dawned on me that gluten was not the initial cause for gut and digestion abnormalities, as well as psychological due to the opiate trigger, although it is found to correlate. It is actually our gut barrier that is deficient in water and is subjected to a grain-rich diet.
Although I gave enough information regarding gluten’s effect, I did not explain the reason for the phenomena depicted in the illustration.
Our food come with bacteria on them.
People who cook their food, kill the bacteria.
A processed food is any alteration to the composition of the original food.
If you were to eat grains that have not been processed externally by biological intelligences, so that they break down matter and recycle its building blocks for parts in their own creation out in an aqueous environment, these bacteria will instead proliferate internally, in order to recycle the food for parts but in a constricted and frequently dry space. Then those bacteria cause inflammation to the gut lining in the absence of hydration.
All food in nature comes hydrated. Food meaning; fruits, vegetables, raw fish and wild game. Those that do not come hydrated, are not alive. Alive is a definition you give to something that has activity, such as enzyme action, therefore, grains cannot be alive nor hydrating. And as such, upon consumption of a dry food, you will draw water from the closest source in order to hydrate the materials, and as long as you neglect to supply adequate water, the gastrointestinal tract will use what it can from the reserves of the body at the expense of other organs.
The lack of hydration of foods like grains and its processed forms, is because the storage unit within the grain has tremendous water binding capabilities and effects.
Agglutinin is define;
An agglutinin is a substance that causes particles to coagulate to form a thickened mass . Agglutinins can be antibodies that cause antigens to aggregate by binding to the antigen-binding sites of antibodies. Agglutinins can also be any substance other than antibodies such as sugar-binding protein lectins. [Wikipedia]
It has been already established that Gluten has water binding effects, as Gluten has been singled out as the chief ingredient in wheat to cause the texture of dough upon addition of water to flour. Moreover, flours and starches are frequently added to soups in order to thicken its consistency.
This knowledge and science isn’t new. But the dryness of your gut is evidently correlated with increased heat pressures in the central cooling system of the stomach area (the trunk of body).
Water has a cooling property when it flows. The gut system is a piping line that can also overheat, due to the heat produced by bacteria composting materials. The addition of water in a meal allows the presence of water to fill up the space and evenly occupy it with the food particles. The movement of bacteria and enzymes, such as digestive enzymes, is accomplished largely by water channels and aqueous environments.
The aqueous environment of the gut piping can be sufficient enough to permit the mining of food particles, or it can be too dry, and then the mining teams have less maneuverability and consequently less nutrient digestion and availability.
Gluten is a strong enough binder, that you can also mix it with milk and it turns out a strong and luxurious glue, you could then use for sticking things together. I’ve see kids eating it too.
It is sufficient enough to infer that there is a correlation between gluten, its binding forces to water, and the dehydration of the gastrointestinal tract.
Based on my personal experience and the paradigm shift I went through as I was reading Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book “Your body’s Many Cries for Water“; it seems that water is the most natural and efficient laxative there is. The implications of this discovery, and understanding it, is that you may have simply been dehydrated all along, with a little help from gluten’s gluing abilities, and all it takes is to dilute the piping system with mineral water.
Though, constipation isn’t necessarily only contributed by gluten. Many popular dehydrating substances are ingested on their own, without sufficient water intake throughout the day, and as the body attempts to eliminate them, they pile up on the transitioning stool and develop a dehydrated consistency.
Even the assumption that drinking a can of soda, which has water in it, would hydrate you, is incorrect and misunderstood. The water comes with dehydrating agents – sugars, caffeine etc. – and the brain detects the nature of the substance and prepares the gastrointestinal tract for the substances arrival. Water is simply the carrier of that substance.
According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, our thirst signals are repeatedly being quenched by large volumes of food. Apparently, thirst and hunger signals are similar, and instead of reaching for the glass of water, we go for food and a soft or hard drink.
When water is drunk on its own, it bypasses the stomach directly into the small intestines, as the brain detects the purity of the substance and knows that no digestion is required, but rather allow the inflow to go directly to hydrating and cooling the piping system.
Conclusively, gluten is produced by nature to be a compacted building block stored tightly in the tiny seed, and upon springing the seed to life, that seed requires enough water to allow the plant enzymes to keep tapping into that storage unit. The lack of water inside our body upon receiving undigested gluten results in the redirection of water reserves to the digestion site, so that the body can prevent total coagulation and dryness of that section, as well as dilute food density in order for water to facilitate movement and accessibility to substances.
I don’t want to shun gluten, nor am I asking you to. The Gluten-Free trend is based on some truth, but not enough people spend enough time comprehending Gluten’s basic dehydrating nature and recognizing the importance of water for diet health.
Gluten’s impact on human physiology is unavoidable. Ten-Thousand years ago, when mankind began plowing the land and growing mono-crops, they must have identified a correlation between heavy grain consumption and increased dehydration of the body. Methods to pre-digest gluten, such as fermentation to create sourdough or germination in order to sprout the grain, had to be discovered in the process of negating the appearance of side-effects.
It’s been only about 100-150 years since commercialized society decided to ignore traditional wisdom, but diseases and suffering always lend a helping hand for Man to return to more harmonious ways of life and living.
Please follow up on any article I had embedded into this article, for further reading.
Also, here is an article describing a technique for hydrating while Eating.
This article is a sequel to the article – Accessing Nourishment through Altered States of Consciousness – Part 1. This article presents an argument, based upon scientific knowledge and experience, on the side-effects which manifest as one progresses from an Alpha brainwave to a Theta brainwave.
Where does the feeling of deep nourishment come from? We do not experience deep nourishment from every single meal we have, nor from every single conversation we partake in on our daily journey from sunrise to sunset. How come are we never truly satisfied from a single meal for the entire rest of the day?
There are reasons for every experience, as there is a cause to every effect, as well as an effect to every cause.
Accessing Alpha brain waves seem to tickle the satiety within our spirit. Our seemingly incessant drive for possession, accumulation and consumption leads to only one outcome: signals for the industry to produce more in order to curb that satiety. It is when we begin questioning the repercussions of our actions and promising ourselves that we will adhere to this new behavior, which will support ourselves and our environment, that we feel nourished deeply.
You can infer from that, that the more I think about others and do for the planet and mankind, the more I feel fulfilled. Therefore, would spiritual fulfillment equal physiological nourishment? Let’s explore that more.
Based upon the logic presented in PART 1 of this series, our brain is a generator of electromagnetic waves in a rhythmic oscillation reflective of the mode we are operating in. If we are running on a fast pace lifestyle, where we work for a living, concerned for paying our bills, juggling more than one project at a time and caught in domestic partnership conflicts, we are certainly oscillating in the wavelength of the Beta field – where everything is chaotic and we may experience fear and anxiety daily.
When we slow down, soak in the scene, engage with our five senses and appreciate the fresh air, our brainwaves slow down to a rate that is reflective of the mode we are operating in. The Alpha field is described as the mode in which one discovers the Zen of Life – where the present moment is pleasant and soothing in its gorgeous colors and shapes, that thought is easily present rather than scattered to and fro.
In the online Self Mastery University, Evolved Ministry, I had the opportunity to deeply study the ego. Apparently we all got one, and the more we understand how it may operate against us, then the more we are able to develop strategies to enforce our benevolent will that naturally exists within us.
According to my studies, the Ego is an engine that operates as soon as you take a back seat in the progression of your life. The ego is an engine in a sense that it executes commands and instructions in a sort of loop. You, the real you, who is the genuine self, is consciously, though maybe ignorantly, programming the ego, word by word, and the ego simply loops your thought preferences and tendencies throughout the tangible day.
There are tons of mind-washing channels one can tune into; such as the opinion of the news, as well as music and ads, that say something you may find funny or tragic, and it will cause you to form your own opinion and belief. This is not limited to those channels, but can include religious dogmas and peer pressure in a social gathering, as well as your faithful loyalty to the merit behind your teacher or parent’s words.
Your resonance with that message is your agreement with it, and your enforcement of that message through sharing it with others, such as the sharing of a conspiracy theory (that you may not be involved in first hand), invites and allows the ego to take your thoughts as preferences and to implement them as new behaviors, such that it becomes a habit over a time.
Habits and behaviors are fruits of seeds that had never been rejected by the conscious driver. The ultimate purpose of the seeds, which are your thoughts, is to experience their nature to their fullest potential, as long as you allow them to run their course.
For instance, if you resonate with the thought “Breath is nourishing” and form an opinion that this is possible, even though you have never sustained yourself on breath alone, that thought will dictate future decisions and urges, since your ego will refresh it in your mind whenever you come across a crossroad and in need to make up your mind on where to go.
No one stands more in your way to accomplishment than your own ego. Spending time understanding the ego benefits anyone who wishes to self develop and reach higher levels of focus.
In the case of meditation and brainwave oscillation, a person who has no understanding of how the ego operates and desires results from the effort they are placing in doing a technique, may end up scratching only the surface of what a meditation can provide. That person may well be frustrated and impatient, all interferences by the ego, and declare meditation as a waste of time. On the other hand, one who properly studies and applies techniques that calm the mind and prepare it for meditation, will naturally transition into a theta field and experience its benefits.
That said, when dealing with Theta brainwaves, one slips out of ordinary reality, to a resonance state of oscillation, that expresses itself as a conscious synchronicity between your desires and the quick cooperation of your surroundings.
De-evolved Man experiences theta brain waves typically only in sleep, while Shamans, Yogis or any practitioner, who is masterful enough to willingly enter and exit such states, experiences it on demand, through techniques that slow the rate of thought passing through the body. Maybe that is why De-evolved Man cannot recall his dreams, as the rate of thought he operates at is too chaotic, while masterful practitioners can willfully decrease the rate of thought in order to be present enough to experience and remember the astral-dream-state and the enormous data from a single frame.
Theta brainwaves oscillate at between 4-7hz . A person, who doesn’t access theta brainwaves consciously, while awake, will experience himself blacking out and falling asleep when his brain is tuned to that wavelength by an external stimuli. It may still be unclear as to why one, who doesn’t bath wakefully in theta brainwaves, loses his consciousness when undergoing an energy healing session or listening to a theta brainwave track for the first time. Though, maybe this article will guide you to develop your opinion on that matter.
I have observed that when I begin oscillating at a theta brainwave, which can be felt once one trains to recognize the state, my touch or interaction with another person’s body or auric field, can produce a resonance between my body and the client’s body. This can be called harmonization between two people – or entrainment.
The process and result of a Brainwave Entrainment is best described in the story of the origin of the word Entrainment.
In the 1700’s, a clock builder had noticed a strange phenomenon. The pendulums of all his grandfather clocks were swinging in complete synchronization. If he would disturb them all, a few hours later he observed the clocks return to the same state of synchronization.
But what dictated the rhythm and whom did all the clocks follow?
This phenomena was elucidated decades later. All the smaller clocks were syncing with the largest clock. This universal phenomena is also produced in biology. All the cells beat in sync with the largest oscillator in the body – the heart.
Would you deduce, that the out-of-sync state, which many beta field oscillators experience, can produce mental and psychological disorders?
One must be a blueprint and example of health in order to facilitate health in another. As a facilitator of a theta brainwave, and the receptibility of the client, who is waiting motionlessly for my work to be done, I am granted access to tune the person’s body-wide oscillation and match it with my own. Simply, I entrain them.
Due to beta oscillators fast rate of thought, when the oscillation is changed without the person’s conscious participation, as well as the person’s lower capabilities of functioning in slower thought rates, the individual fades uncontrollably into a deep trance, where a portion of their presence is diminished from the body in order for the body to rest from the stress of the mind and be refreshed and nourished.
We all recognize the impact of sleep on the state of our mental well-being and our physiology. However, the assumption, that we hook into the theta field only through sleep and an unconscious state in order to receive that nourishment, is dogmatized and indoctrinated into uneducated man and woman in modern society, and it is perpetuated in the world-view of a person who hasn’t discovered and established the benefits from meditation and stilling the mind.
In her book, Divine Nutrition, Jasmuheen had to say this about the Theta field:
“The Theta field brings co-incidences that no longer seem to be random and time spent here attracts events filled with symbolism and deep, meaningful possibilities for it is a field of infinitely creative potential, a field of Grace, true nourishment and love. This is the field through which all Holiness and true messengers come. This is the zone from which all the Holy books were born.” [Page 34]
The beginner, who spends time in meditation, may experience peak moments in theta brainwave dominance within specific cortical structures within the brain. These glimpses and spontaneous activations are short lived and easily broken, due to lack of practice, experience and discipline.
Such discipline is found within a community of Self Mastery Practitioners. Such as practitioners trained in an ashram, under the guidance of a guru (one who dispels darkness), or even a modern online environment provided by a Self Mastery school such as Evolved Ministry, led by knowledgeable and skillful practitioners.
The Side-effects of anchoring into the Theta Brainwave is discussed in Jasmuheen’s book. Furthermore, I discuss it more in my article – Psychokinesis is a Side-Effect.
From personal experience, whenever I would lay down and listen to a theta brainwave track, after half an hour I would awake from what seems like the best nap ever. Many of the deepest cells in my body would buzz in joy and a sense of serenity accompany me throughout the rest of my day.
I listened to the theta brainwave tracks repeatedly, and when I would experiment without them, I found myself capable of entering a theta brainwave on my own, and also recognize the sensation of the specific oscillation in my head. Additionally, I would be able to maintain a wakeful presence, rather than slip into unconsciousness.
The picture to the right is an EEG graph of the brain in a normal waking state and the brain after listening to a brain entrainment. It took 15 minutes for the external stimuli, the theta track, to guide the agitated and anxious individual into a calm and relaxed state of being.
When it comes to physical nourishment from meditation and trance states, I can only cite my personal experiences and maybe even mention testimonials from friends.
As a Self Mastery practitioner in the university I had mentioned a few times in this article, I self initiate training days, where I go outside to nature with a windmill and use techniques in my possession to clear the mind from the distractions of the ego and connect into the universal mainframe. The results of two different training days are evinced by the following video demonstrations:
In both instances, I didn’t have a feeling of hunger. The only substance I ingested was water, which by itself can greatly aid in my hydration and the cleansing of the bloodstream from poisons. Dehydration can stress the brain and the function of organs, leading to drought management mechanisms that block nourishment to local areas. One can learn more about this subject in the book – Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, by Dr. Batmanghelidj
It is crucial to never mistake thirst for hunger.
Friends of mine, who are body workers, energy healers and massage therapists, seem to be adjusted to a small intake of food per day. When I shared with them this perspective of nourishment, they seem to relate to it easily. The conclusion from talking to them, was that whenever we are in-tune deeply with an energetic and spiritual service to another, our spirit nourishes off that state of being.
Though, what is that state of being?
In her book, Divine Nutrition, Jasmuheen shares one of the sources of nourishment we are all familiar with, on one level or another:
The Food of Love: This food nourishes our emotional body and often comes from contact with a one-on-one loving and tactile relationship – usually with a ‘mate’ or lover. Research has proven that babies who are fed and also cuddled a lot gain weight quicker than babies who are fed the same food but cuddled and held less.
A more non-conventional source of the food of Love is unconditional love. I call it non-conventional as the ability to love unconditionally in one-on-one human relationships is rare yet unconditional love provides the most nourishing food of all. Most people find it easier to love their pets or friends unconditionally than their family or life-partner. Lack of unconditional love means that our unfulfilled expectations and judgments can create dis-ease and block the Divine Nutrition flow. [page 41]
This state of being, which apparently slows down our brainwaves to a theta brainwave, can be accessed via unconditional love. In such a state, we are connected to our environment in a more harmonious way; coincidences no longer seem to be random and events take on a deeper spiritual meaning than they had before.
When one ascends to a high spiritual experience, one returns with gifts. There is always the descent back to earth, since there is where the earthly body awaits consciousness to animate it. The translation of your experiences into wisdom are your gifts, and with them you can brighten another person or animal’s day.
The subject on the truth of nourishment was further challenged by Hilton Hotema’s book – Man’s Higher Consciousness – which poses this question:
“How does the body truly sustain itself? If atoms don’t eat, molecules don’t eat and cells don’t eat. Why does man insist on eating?”
The answer to that lays within the realm of stimulus and response. I suppose, if you were to seek your stimuli from an external source, you will mistaken it for your source of nourishment, until such a time that you discover the Zen of Life and adopt a diet of unconditional love.
Cleansing the body, and its consequent effect on the mind, cannot be overlooked. The road to breatharianism, which is considered the Evolved state of Man, has to be taken in steps. One must transition gradually from one type of diet to a cleaner one, since the withdrawal symptoms may be unpleasant.
Learning about the body and its capacities is part of the path of evolution through Self Mastery. I now offer a course at Evolved Ministry Online University – Nutrition Self Mastery.
Your sources of nourishment are limitless, as they provide only the stimulus. It may be the space that exists between the stimuli and your response that you find the power to choose, and in that choice you have your freedom.
Deepest Blessings and Eternal Love!
All living organisms on the lower rungs of evolution eat materials and expel wastes – byproducts. Mankind lives within an animated organism. One of which is bound to the laws of karma – action and reaction – whereas, if you eat, your body will have to digest and eliminate.
A few of your organelles inside your cells have been identified as bacteria, who gathered favorably together to form tribal life of mutual and beneficial trade amongst each other. Their symbiotic relationship happened to elicit an evolutionary benefit, one that ended up with the erection of city walls – a membrane – from which the governor of the city, i.e. cellular consciousness, can direct traffic and respond to environmental stimulus for the benefit of coordinated multicellular expressions.
From epigenetic research we now know that substance and food causes buttons to be pushed on the cell membrane, which in turn stimulate gene behavioral changes. The nucleus was once thought to be the brain, but it is now viewed as the gonads of the cell, as you can remove it from the cell and the cell remains alive. The brain is actually the membrane – mem-brain – which received stimulus from either the inside or outside of the cell, and then transmits a cascade pathway that switches genes on and off.
It is well known that certain types of substances can cause an organism to advance towards it to consume it, or express the contrary and stay away from the substance, as well as take steps to protect itself from the nature of that substance.
Some substances can cause an acid environment, like the crystalline form of sugar (pure glucose), which is the most acid forming substance consumed today (grains and starches come next). When a living organism, which operates in a slightly alkaline environment, is exposed to a drastic change in the environment, as much as a toxic shift in the acid direction, the organism’s membrane delivers a cascading message to turn off the “growth and healing mode” in favor of the “protection mode“, also known as “The inflammatory response”.
Free roaming bacterial populations are the first to come in contact with ingested substances. They have the capacity to create digesting enzymes, since they desire the utilization of raw materials, and they expel byproducts.
When free roaming bacteria digest a substance, it requires the utilization of complementary nutrients like water and minerals, in order to effectively break apart the atomic bonds between macro-nutrients (starches, fats and proteins).
Since nature stores single sugars as long chains of sugars, aka starches, when the need arises to utilize the sugars for energy purposes, which is bounded in an unavailable form as a starch, the bacteria and cells release digestive enzymes that quicken the breakdown of the bonds. In the process, gases are released as the sugars become available as a single molecule.
We know that the gut will not allow starches into the bloodstream, only simple sugars, so this step is always necessary for sugar to become available.
Not only does the environment in the intestines become highly acidic from the sugars, but the released gases causes pressure and symptoms of bloating. Stress on cells, whether from the acidic factor or gases, switches many cellular and bacterial growth modes into protection mode. This slows down digestion, absorption, and last but not least… the effectiveness of elimination (detoxification).
The Difference between
Aerobic and Anaerobic
Respiration is the active transportation and transmutation of chemicals within a living unit. Such that energy, a desired byproduct, is created, and with it the organism is able to produce movement.
An animal cell, such as the human’s cell, thrives in the presence of Oxygen. The process of cellular respiration, that utilizes Oxygen in a cascade of energy production mechanisms, is called Aerobic Respiration.
In the absence of Oxygen, cells switch to a less efficient mode of respiration called “Anaerobic Respiration”. It is less efficient, since the quantity of energy units – ATP – that is created, is drastically reduced (from 36 ATPs to 2 ATPs).
Taking a look at the illustration; in the absence of oxygen, energy is only created at the stage of Glycolysis. If Oxygen is present, the by product of glycolysis (Pyruvic acid) will enter the Mitochondria. In the absence of Oxygen, the by-products of glycolysis are recycled and fermentation results.
The process of Anaerobic Respiration, in the absence of Oxygen, is also known as Fermentation. The by product of Anaerobic Respiration is Carbon Dioxide, a gas, and Lactic Acid (if it builds up after an exercise, it give the sensation of sore muscles).
Traditionally all foods man ate were raw or processed by fermentation. The processing seen in the western lifestyle has neglected the wisdom of our ancestors, which took careful measures in processing grains, legumes and vegetables into forms of food considered “pre-digested by bacteria”, also known as Fermented Food.
Man’s neglect of this wisdom was caused by the invention of a technological preservation device – the Refrigerator. Prior to these Fridges, man would let his food dry out or let sit and ferment in a brine, so food would be available to him during the winter times, when the earth is too cold and conditions wouldn’t allow food to grow in large amounts.
It is a factor, that digestion is only accomplished by microbial consumption of raw materials. Their byproducts – the building blocks of the raw materials. Like the egg yolk, which has no proteins, but rather has the building blocks of proteins – Amino Acids – is so freely bioavailable for absorption by the absorption cells in the digestive tract, that no extra digestive energy is required for processing it.
Imagine how wonderful it is to relieve the digestive tract from such high energy demands. The leading cause for delayed healing and recovery from injury and illnesses is exactly that, hardly no recovery time. Rest is imperative for healing, and when you allow the gut to rest, instead of consuming 60% of the energy in the body for digestion, it can utilize less and the organism directs the growth and repair to brain cells, lungs cells, and every other cell in the body that is screaming with pain signals of attention.
External fermentation, like fermenting a Cabbage to make Sauerkraut, is a delicacy that not only delivers bacterial populations, but also frees the vitamin C from the tough to digest plant cell, and makes many of the plant structure available as building blocks. When that hits the small intestines… walla! fast absorbing nutrients to nourish the residential microbial and cellular populations.
When the first line of cells are happy with the environment created by the fermented foods, the growth mode remains on and thus the gates are wide open for deeper layers of tissues and organs to receive a refreshing flood of nutrients.
External fermentation complements the organism, by pre-digesting raw materials and making many large materials available in their building block form. This also releases gases, but at least not inside a confined space like the intestines and colon, thus preventing the buildup of gaseous pressures within the bloodstream, that can otherwise lead to gases being locked up inside cells (see The Blood Gas Theory).
Traditionally, we used bacteria and yeasts to digest gluten in the production of sourdough bread. This breaks down the gluten protein, bit by bit, into available free-form amino acids. It is only our conventional methods practiced today that skip the wisdom of proper fermentation, and many people suffer from illnesses due to gluten toxicity. Proper leavening of bread from a whole grain neutralizes the toxins and makes the B vitamins in the bran available for utilization by other organisms.
Digestion is a process leading to elimination. Raw materials are blocks to be mined, like a gold mine, which extracts the prize and eliminates the wastes. Taking steps to locate a gold mine results in less wastes and better yield from the energy utilization in the process of extraction. As goes with food choices, as you can certainly benefit from reducing gaseous wastes and toxins by employing physiologically complementing organisms, who can accomplish for you an initial processing to your food, that would otherwise be called to the intestines during internal digestion, in order to mitigate the heaviness of the meal.
There’s food for thought…
Tune in to a presentation taking you step-by-step, concept-by-concept, building up and connecting some interesting dots between the appearance of bacterial organisms inside our cells, who enjoy a symbiotic relationship within it, as well as how certain types of oils affect the performance of these microbes within our cells. This piece includes a video of a presentation I had done.