Friday, 14 October 2016

Your Life Revealed! (Secrets & Facts)





Revealed!








There are all sorts of mysteries in this world! I will try to reveal some of the remarkable facts and secrets about our human lives and body. I sincerely hope this gives you some inspiration and makes you feel special and grateful to be alive. Each of us is unique and wonderful.

The human body is absolutely amazing! Let’s remind ourselves just how incredible it is, that we are alive and have a body!

We began when two sex cells (gametes) fused; the egg cell from our mother and a sperm cell from our father. These two combined to form a single cell called a zygote, and this is where our life began.

Our mothers were born with all the eggs they would ever have. She did not produce them as she went along in life like I imagined. They only began to mature at puberty and approximately once a month a ripened egg bursts from the ovary, until she has no more eggs left. So our mothers were carrying a part of us for their whole life, even prior to you being conceived or born. She didn’t only carry you for 9 months!

On top of that, when you father ejaculated inside your mother, 300 million sperm raced to get to the one and only egg that had popped out of your mother’s ovary. And you my friend were the fastest, most dedicated and fittest sperm. Imagine swimming 40 km in choppy seas! That is essentially equivalent to the journey you made to get the egg. You can be proud of yourself!

We started off as a single cell, and now our bodies are comprised of approximately 75 trillion cells which are each an important unit of life! That is simply astonishing!

When we started we were smaller than the dot on this “i”. Now we are comprised of over 200 different cell types such as nerve cells/neurons (100 billion in the brain), red blood cells, muscle cells, fat cells and skin cells. These combine to form tissues which constitute our flesh, fat, muscle and bone. These tissues combine to form our organs, such as the heart, lungs, lives and intestines.

Our bodies are incredibly complex and we each have a completely unique body to live in while we are on Earth. Each of our unique stories is written in our DNA. All the DNA in our body could stretch to the moon and back 37 585 times! However, unlike a typical autobiography, our story is not in the form of a conventional book. Our entire story is contained within our very body, and it fits inside of us because of the amazing shape of DNA! It is shaped like tightly coiled and twisted ladders.

So guys, let’s keep trying to write a beautiful story within our bodies and try to take good care of the story book that is housed in our body.

Meditation - Why I Started


Meditation









Here, I share openly about my struggle with depression, social-anxiety, addiction, self-critical thoughts as well as lack of identity and life purpose. Furthermore, I reveal how with time meditation (and other activities) transformed these poisons into a sweet, sweet nectar.

I hope this is a brilliant opportunity for beginners or people interested in meditation to hear a true and honest story, from an average human-being, in terms you can easily understand and relate to.

So why have I done this? Fundamentally, to assist people out there who are battling with similar struggles and to show that we can receive help and find a way through this mess! There really is a way!

It is absolutely terrifying to feel completely alone, with your mind fighting and torturing itself. It is even worse when we feel unable to talk to somebody about it. Or, we want to talk about it but feel nobody cares or has time to listen.

Shame can have a crippling effect on one's being. So, first and foremost, I would like to extend my availability to anybody that needs help or somebody to talk to. I am here for you as a friend.

There is no shame in admitting that you are struggling with something. In fact, it is a sign of immense honesty, bravery and self-acceptance. As long as you avoid your illness, it will worsen and remain unhealed.

I want to inspire us to muster up the courage to ask for help when we are broken inside. I want us to equip ourselves with the tools to steadily build up our health and strength; so that we can repair our damaged hearts, minds and bodies.

Ultimately, I want us to reach a state of well-being and clarity where we can be powerful agents for positive change in this world! With the right approach, attitude and philosophy we can do lots of good in this beautiful world.

Recovering From Bad Times


Recovering From

Bad Times






Going through challenging times? Me too! Here I engage in some brief #RealTalk about what the best approach is to recovering from bad times. If you need somebody to talk to, feel free to contact me. I'm here to help as a friend. Peace and love to everyone out there. Keep it real.

Self Love (What, How and Why)



Self Love







What is Self Love? Why is it important? How do we do it? I have a go at briefly explaining it from my point of view, based on my own experience. I would love to hear from others about what they think on the topic. This is just a spontaneous attempt by me to spark healthy positive discussion. Sending compassion and love to you all out there!

Anxiety and Fear (How to Deal)






Anxiety and Fear


(How to Deal)








Anxiety and Fear can become debilitating forces in one's life. Believe me, I know. I have gone through periods of acute/severe anxiety. However, there is hope and one thing is for sure, the demons of anxiety and fear can be overcome with some smart strategies.

The main thing, is to not panic. We need to learn to hold our anxiety within compassionate and kind awareness. This creates a safe space for our heart and slowly our heart rate will decrease and we will no longer have heart palpitations. Learning to help oneself is the most powerful skill because it is something we will need so often in life!

If you battle with social anxiety, work anxiety, work related stress or anything of the sort, feel free to give this video a listen. I try to engage in some real #RealTalk.

Calming Your Mind in Nature (How to Start Your Day)




Calming Your Mind
in Nature

(How to Start Your Day)






The start of the day isn't easy for most people. When we open our eyes there is often an immediate sense of urgency. We feel as if there is something we need to be doing... Right now! We roll over, pick up our phone and immediately check to see if there are any updates or notifications that need our attention.

How do we start our day in a more peaceful and relaxing way? Well here I chat briefly about the calming effects of nature on the mind and how it can make you feel glad to be alive! Starting your day with a walk in nature is a tough one to beat! If you don't get to do it often, give it a try. I highly recommend it.

I hope you have a lovely day further. Best wishes and much love.

The Power of Uniqueness (You Are Unique)



The Power of Uniqueness

(You Are Unique)







Each and every single one of us on this planet is unique. You are 1 in 7 000 000 000! That is incredible. Here, I discuss how to discover your identity and to use your talents for the betterment of our world. If you want to do good then you would be best off trying to do something that suits who you are as a unique human being.

There is no point in copying somebody else, or conforming to what society and other people expect you to be. Have the bravery to change and to realise your true self! It is within your reach every single day. Growth takes courage, but it can be the most rewarding thing if you just go for it! Self-actualisation is the ultimate goal; it will make you feel completely alive (with every fibre of your body vibrating with fulfillment).

I wish you all the best in discovering who you are and aligning it with the will to do good and help others. You will feel spectacular!

Easy isiXhosa - How to Greet

Easy and Very Brief Introduction to

The Basics of Greeting People In isiXhosa







If you are white and want to slowly start acknowledging your white privilege then it is important to recognise that so many Xhosa people were forced to learn English and Afrikaans, but we were never forced to learn isiXhosa. That is a problem! If you aren't white, but perhaps are keen to learn isiXhosa because you study in the Eastern Cape, well great, and good on you!

Do you feel guilty because you don't know how to greet an isiXhosa speaking person? Well, you should only feel guilty if you have had the opportunity to learn but turned away from it. So here is an opportunity... Don't turn away!

Maybe you want to acknowledge ooMama nooTata that work hard in the kitchen to prepare 3 meals a day for you? Maybe there is a friendly person you see while walking down the street? Remember what Nelson Mandela once said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart".

It really is much easier than you think. All it takes is a bit of heart and compassion. We have a social responsibility to transform ourselves so that others can feel more comfortable and welcomed around us.

If anybody has questions or needs some tips on this topic please let me know. I am intending on doing a few more videos on similar topics relating to isiXhosa. I would really appreciate it if you could let me know whether there is an audience out there for these sort of videos. I really hope there is. There should be.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Bananas

Bananas

by Jethro Burnett Thorburn for HappyHealthyHonestHuman 
(10th October 2016)





Most notable constituents

·         Vitamins B3, B5, B6 and C
·         Potassium (K)
·         Magnesium (Mg)
·         Iron (Fe)
·         Copper (Cu)
·         Manganese (Mn)
·         Calcium (Ca)
·         Iodine (I)
·         Zinc (Zn)
·         Tryptophan
·         Fibre & pectin
·         Malic & folic acids
·         Natural sugars


Bananas aren’t just a sweet carbohydrate filled fruit. They are abundant in a wide array of very useful minerals, especially for people that are very active! All the recommended daily intake (RDI) values given here are based on a medium sized banana of approximately 110 grams.


Potassium, Magnesium & Calcium

Bananas contain a brilliant amount of potassium and magnesium which are both extremely important to our bodies. A banana can provide us with 10 % of our recommended daily intake of potassium and 8 % for magnesium. Both these minerals are electrolytes, meaning they regulate nerve and muscle functioning and repair, as well as hydration levels and blood pH. 

Muscles and neurons are sometimes called “electric tissues” because they rely on electrolytes, which essentially enable electrical charges to pass through our bodies; sending messages. Maintaining a good electrolyte balance in the body can help prevent muscle cramps, stiffness and soreness.

We also need to remember to drink water so that these electrolytes can dissolve into it and be used by our bodies.

Magnesium is also a catalyst for calcium absorption within the body so eating calcium rich foods along with bananas is a good idea. Bananas contain about 8 mg of calcium per 250 ml, which is not especially high. Magnesium and calcium can assist in reducing menstrual cramps and premenstrual symptoms.


Copper & iron

Bananas provide 10 % of our recommended daily intake of copper. Copper and iron facilitate the production of red blood cells; so they are conducive to strengthening the blood and relieving anaemia.


Manganese

Bananas contain 14 % of our recommended daily intake of manganese. Manganese is a trace mineral which helps the body form bones, connective tissue, blood clotting factors and sex hormones. It also plays a role in carbohydrate and fat metabolism as well as calcium absorption and blood-sugar regulation. It is also helps fight free radicals in the body.


Zinc & Iodine

A medium sized banana can also provide 2 % of our recommended daily intake of iodine and zinc.


Vitamins

Bananas are abundant in vitamin B6, containing 36 % of our RDI. Vitamin B6 is involved in the metabolism of macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates). It is also important in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, haemoglobin in blood, and genetic material.
Bananas also contain vitamin C, providing 10% of our RDI. This can help with maintaining our immune systems and repairing body parts.


Tryptophan

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins, serotonin and vitamin B3 (niacin). Bananas contain the most tryptophan out of all the common fruits.  The body cannot synthesise tryptophan and so it must be obtained from one’s diet. If one becomes deficient in tryptophan it can lead to illness or even death eventually.


Energy and digestion

Bananas contain natural sugars which are balanced with fibre, which gives a slow and stable release of energy. That is why you see so many professional sportspeople eating bananas. Bananas are also easy to digest and help cleanse the body, because they contain pectin. Bananas also have antacid and mild antibacterial properties.


Thank you for reading!


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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Oranges


Oranges
by Jethro Burnett Thorburn for HappyHealthyHonestHuman 
(7th October 2016)







Most notable constituents

·         Vitamins C and B1
·         Bioactive flavonoids (Vitamin P)
·         Copper (Cu)
·         Manganese (Mn)
·         Phosphorus (P)
·         Potassium (K)
·         Zinc (Zn)
·         Beta-sitosterol
·         Beta-carotene
·         Folate (folic acid)
·         Pectin
·         Fibre
·         Natural sugar



Energy Tonic

Oranges give you a great boost to your energy, leaving you with a feeling of well-being and vigour. They can also stimulate your appetite.


Bioactive flavonoids

Oranges contain high levels of bioflavonoids, also known as vitamin P. They greatly enhance and prolong the absorption and effect of vitamin C, and this is why eating oranges whole can actually be more beneficial than taking vitamin C supplements, which are usually synthetic ascorbic acid which doesn’t have bioflavonoids.

Bioflavonoids can also have antioxidant properties and hence reduce the risk of cancer. They also exhibit anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-microbial, anti-diarrheal properties.

Furthermore, bioactive flavonoids greatly improve circulation, capillary health and maintain blood pressure. They also help to normalise blood sugar levels and protect against diabetes.


Beta-sitosterol

Beta-sitosterol is very helpful to those suffering from high cholesterol levels or heart disease.
It also boosts the immune system and is helpful with illnesses ranging from common colds and flu to rheumatoid arthritis and colon cancer.

Marathon runners are also known to use beta-sitosterol to reduce muscle pain and swelling after a run. Additionally, some people apply beta-sitosterol to the skin for treating wounds and burns as well as repairing mucous membranes.

It is also used for enhancing sexual activity!


Beta-carotene

Beta-carotene is an antioxidant which contributes to the colour of oranges. Beta-carotene can help with brain cancer, maintenance of lung tissue and benefits eyesight.


Vitamin C

Oranges are high in vitamin C which boosts the immune system. It is also useful for maintaining and repairing connective tissue, bones, blood vessels and skin. It also aids iron absorption which benefits blood cells and can help protect against heart disease.


Folic acid

Folic acid is a form of folate, which is a B vitamin. It is needed to make DNA and other genetic material and is also needed for our body’s cells to divide.


Pectin and fibre

Pectin and fibre help to cleanse the body and assist digestion and moving substances through the body. Oranges also have diuretic and mild laxative properties.


Eat oranges whole to receive all the benefits rather than as a refined juice or concentrate!

Thank you for reading!


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