Ubud cultural dance performances have become synonymous with Bali. While some dances are meant to please the Gods during religious rites, performances like the Legong Dance are a treat for visitors to Ubud. These dances often depict tales from Hindu folklore like the Mahabarata and Ramayana. Balinese dances are as spectacular as they are captivating, co-ordinating eye, hands and feet in a series of quick movements. Dancers sparkle in elaborate gold embroidered costumes and head dresses, accompanies by the Gamelan and other percussive instruments that are quintessentially Balinese.
For those who would like to go full ‘Juice Cleanse’ this is an option available for your program.
Juice cleansing is an effective way to fast without going to extremes. Juices provide the body with absorbable nutrients it needs during the fast with enough calories to fuel the detox process.
A Juice cleanse gives your elimination system a chance to rest and recuperate from overworking. The liver and kidneys when given a rest will generally function better, and the body will use less energy trying to digest food it normally digests.
Juice cleansing has many benefits, including a general sense of feeling better to alleviating specific health conditions, and can be safely practised for up to a month under guided conditions.
While we do not practice full fasting for long periods of time or fasting only with water. We do advocate Intermittent Fasting which has been proven to be highly effective for weight loss, detoxification and overall health and wellbeing.
Fasting has also been shown to be great for keeping your body from aging at the cellular level – the part of a cell that is called the mitochondria cell.
Our bodies have cells, and within those cells are the mitochondria cells, which basically, are the energy powerhouses of the cells. 90% of energy created by our body is created by the mitochondria cells, be it energy in the brain cells, liver cells or anywhere else.
The mitochondria cell is like a digestive system within our cells, which converts all the food (ie, sugars, fat and protein) we eat into energy the body can use. The mitochondria cell essentially takes the food we eat and creates ATP (adenosine triphosphate) through the ATP synapse (an enzyme), which is like a motor within our cells that spins when positively charged electrons break through the outer membrane of the mitochondria and hits the ATP synapse which causes it to create energy and heat. The heat is how the body burns fat.
One other benefit, and a huge benefit, of intermittent fasting is that you secrete a higher and sustained level of growth hormone. Human growth hormone is produced in the pituitary gland of your brain and is at its highest level first thing in the morning because you’ve been fasting while asleep. The moment that you eat something, it stops.
When we were younger, we all noticed that we recovered a lot faster from any strenuous exercise the day before, and how we burned calories quicker and more efficiently. Human growth hormone is essential for recovery, cell growth and cell regeneration. This is the power of human growth hormones. So, when we fast, we secrete more human growth hormones which in turn help us maintain our body weight and live a healthier life.
Indonesia grows a large variety of herbs and spices known for their medicinal and healing properties. From the ancient Indonesian Jamu tradition to modern day usages, spices like ginger and tumeric combined with piperine (for increased absorption), are incredible for their health-giving and healing properties.
Give parasites a one-two punch by blasting bad bacteria with lemons, limes and spices such as garlic and cinnamon. These spices have anti-parasitic properties.
When we eat processed food, it is usually made with a lot of corn syrup and our body turns all sugars, starches, grains, and even fruit into glucose for digestion. Glucose feeds the normally occurring yeasts and parasites, which then causes them to multiply quickly and in great numbers, resulting in an overgrowth of parasites causing a parasite or yeast infection.
Medicines such as hormonal birth control pills and antibiotics can destroy the beneficial bacteria we need to keep yeast and parasites at bay. An overgrowth of parasites and yeast have been associated with certain chronic conditions, and if left untreated for a prolonged period of time can cause:
- infertility or permanent fertility damage;
- vitamin deficiencies;
- chronic fatigue;
- skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis;
- insomnia and sleep disturbances; and
- digestive problems.
Citruses are great for cleansing, and as mentioned under immune boosters, they are also highly alkalizing for the body.
They are powerful detoxifiers and natural antibiotics that improve liver function, relieve constipation, help dissolve kidney and gall stones and can kill certain intestinal parasites.
Apple cider vinegar is an everyday home remedy that is effective in reducing excess parasite and yeast (which causes candida in women, although men do get yeast infection). Apple cider vinegar is not to everyone’s taste; so starting with a small dosage, like one teaspoon 30 mins before each meal and increasing to one tablespoon once you get used to the taste is a great way to keep parasites numbers down.
The population of bacteria in our gut should be balanced out and not destroyed as we do need good bacteria for digestion and other health giving properties. After a yeast or parasite infection has been treated or after a course of anti-biotics, we should replenish the gut with good bacteria. A good low fat yogurt or yogurt made with kefir is great for the probiotics that will help restore good gut bacteria. By supplementing your gut with probiotics, the balance between good and bad bacteria can be maintained and healthy gut function restored, keeping bad bacteria and parasites at bay.
Modern day living also means we are inadvertently exposed to heavy metal toxicity from our environments, from the air we breathe, the foods we eat to even our toothpaste. Super-foods like spirulina and chlorella can naturally reduce heavy metal build up. Drinking lots of purified water is also one way of clearing the body of heavy metals, as is soaking exercising to sweat out the toxins. And after all that sweating, a throwing a handful of bentonite clay is a great way to further draw out toxins from your body.
Boost your immune system with these every fruit- lemons and oranges. These citruses are a powerhouse of anti-oxidants and radical scavengers.
Some simple but effective ways of boosting your immune system are:
- get a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation and stress causes your body to produce the hormone cortisol, the prolonged increased level of which lowers your immune system.
- eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts and ensuring that your body has good quality nutrients will strengthen your immune system.
- eat mushrooms like shiitake and maitake and codycepts will also enhance your immune, as they have adaptogenic immune enhancing properties
- eat fresh garlic. It has good anti-microbial properties, and is a good immune booster.
- smoke less or stop tobacco smoke. It undermines your immune system.
- cut down you alcohol consumption as it also impairs the immune system .
- get sunshine as your skin will produce vitamin D which reduces influenza and protects against respiratory infections.
Our kidneys like our liver is a vital elimination organ. They help rid our blood of toxins and helps us eliminate waste through our urine. Our vital organs can be overworked overloaded if we don’t help them along with juices that can aid their functions.
This juice cleanse is easy to make with cucumber, romaine lettuce, nectarines, lemons, clementines, kale stems, green apple and a knob of ginger. Simply through everything into a juicer and drink.
It is loaded with nutrients and minerals, giving you cellular support and deep cleansing.
Our liver acts to filter our blood from toxins which we accidentally or inadvertently ingest from our living environments. It also screens viruses, and bacteria and detoxifies alcohol and certain drugs, thus ensuring the proper functioning of our body’s immune system.
This flush plus cleanse comprise apple juice (or cranberry), olive oil, Epsom salts and lemons which work synergistically to give our liver a boost and helps gallstones pass more smoothly.
Apple juice with its malic acid is known to soften the gallstones. Epsom salts relaxes the bile ducts, letting gallstones pass more easily. The olive oil helps the gallbladder to contract, while the dash of lemon juice helps cut the oil, which some people find difficult to sallow.
Our intestinal cleansing juice is made from a combination of 3 powerful intestinal cleansers.
We combine, lemons which are great for regulating stomach acids, promoting digestions, and providing remedies for disorders such as heartburn, bloating and acidity with ginger which stimulates digestion, absorption, relieves constipation and flatulence by increasing muscular activity in the digestive tract.
To this duo of digestives, we add the all important fibre, in the form of soluble fibre found in apple juice to complete our intestinal cleanse.
Start your day with a glass of this super intestinal cleanse and get your colon working for you again.