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Storsylen Opp 2013 – Results

Storsylen Opp 2013 – Results.

The results are divided into ranking, start number, name (surname, first name), club, class, race time and time difference (from winner).

[Plass, startnummer, Navn, Klubb, Klasse, Tid, Differanse.]

1
32
Dahlø Wærnes Andreas
Rindal IL
M23-34
01:12:09
00:00

2
68
Tønseth Didrik
Strindheim IL
M15-22
01:12:27
00:18

3
1
DYRHAUG Niklas
Tydal IL
M23-34
01:13:45
01:35

4
65
BERGER Ola
Trondheim Randoneeklubb
M23-34
01:14:22
02:12

5
88
Smestad Ole Kristian
Trondheim Randoneeklubb
M35-50
01:19:37
07:28

6
33
JENSSEN Jan Thomas
Hommelvik
M15-22
01:21:34
09:25

7
117
Schjelderup Skarpsno Eivind
FIK Ren-Eng
M23-34
01:21:59
09:50

8
97
HOVIN Martin

M15-22
01:22:52
10:43

9
28
Kvam Erik Johannes
Team Panther
M15-22
01:23:07
10:58

10
47
RINGEN Anton Killi
Selbu IL / SELBU IL
M15-22
01:23:32
11:23

11
46
Løvseth Jørgen Natvig
Byåsen IL
M15-22
01:23:52
11:42

12
123
Bjørkli Sondre
Hommelvik
M15-22
01:24:43
12:34

13
105
Walsøe Jørgen
Trondheim Brannkorps
M35-50
01:25:30
13:21

14
35
Einum Anders
NTNUI
M23-34
01:26:00
13:51

15
101
Galaaen Vegard

M15-22
01:26:12
14:02

16
121
Haugan Sindre Øwre

M15-22
01:26:25
14:16

17
99
BLIKRA Endre
Strindheim IL
M15-22
01:26:45
14:35

18
111
HAUGEN John Magnus

M15-22
01:26:58
14:49

19
95
Drøyvold Terje
TINE Bil / Byåsen IL
M35-50
01:27:27
15:18

20
104
Kjøs Hans Olav
St. Olavs Hospital
M23-34
01:27:31
15:22

21
24
Hoås John Gunnar
Lånke IL
M15-22
01:28:09
16:00

22
67
Thrana Gunnar
Sømna IL
M35-50
01:28:32
16:23

23
126
Hanssen Aleksander
Namdal løpeklubb
M23-34
01:29:54
17:45

24
52
Hegle Svendsen Morten

M23-34
01:29:56
17:47

25
55
HAUGEN Hallgeir
Heimdal Ski
M15-22
01:30:12
18:02

26
10
Sælen Erik
Fossum
M23-34
01:30:27
18:17

27
81
Schjølberg Geir
Tynset IF / Tynset IF
M35-50
01:31:13
19:03

28
127
BRIKSELLI Tomas
Reinertsen
M23-34
01:31:27
19:17

29
114
Rønning Bernhard
Skogn IL
M23-34
01:31:52
19:43

30
69
Røvik Torstein Buan
IL Varden
M15-22
01:32:04
19:55

31
76
Johansen Strandheim Sindre
Stadsbygd IL
M15-22
01:32:05
19:56

32
77
Skar Adrian
Jonsvatnet IL
M15-22
01:33:45
21:36

33
7
Thompson Jakob Steenberg
Kvam IL
M35-50
01:34:01
21:51

34
91
Jonassen Hagen Øyvind
Bratsberg IL
M15-22
01:34:17
22:08

35
34
Reinemo Petter
IL Bevern – Friidrett / Asplan Viak BIL
M23-34
01:34:18
22:09

35
82
Bjørnstad Ludvik
Malvik IL / Malvik Ski
M15-22
01:34:18
22:08

37
57
Nakstad Nils Kristian
Byaasen Skiklub / Byaasen Skiklub
M50+
01:34:29
22:20

38
86
Sæterhaug Kristian
Trøndelag Brannkorps
M23-34
01:35:01
22:52

39
87
Olsvik Vegard
Malvik IL / Lag
M15-22
01:35:03
22:53

40
40
Flataker Erling
Hommelvik IL
M15-22
01:35:15
23:06

41
51
Wisløff Aleksander

M15-22
01:35:25
23:16

42
74
Moræus Jonas Aamodt
Aptomar
M23-34
01:36:19
24:09

43
42
Moen Bård Olav
Strindheim IL
M50+
01:36:46
24:36

44
23
Andersen Thomas Ole
Fjell Skilag
M23-34
01:37:41
25:32

45
93
Farestveit Odd Eirik
NTNUI
M23-34
01:38:28
26:19

46
109
Smestad Bård

M35-50
01:39:04
26:55

47
103
Thorrud Simen

M23-34
01:39:14
27:04

48
100
BLIKRA Amund
Strindheim IL
M15-22
01:39:26
27:16

49
98
Asp Simon Engen
Hommelvik IL
M15-22
01:39:36
27:26

50
106
Størseth Sivert
Malvik IL / Malvik Il
M15-22
01:39:39
27:29

51
128
Baxter Thomas
RamBIL
M23-34
01:39:42
27:32

52
110
Valstadsve Jomar
Fram il
M35-50
01:40:26
28:16

53
125
Slind Tor Arne

M15-22
01:40:36
28:26

54
8
Kruke Torgeir
Malvik IL / Malvik Friidrett
M35-50
01:41:01
28:51

55
124
Lillegraven Frank
Byåsen il
M50+
01:41:10
29:00

56
61
Alvestad Jostein
Wing OK
M50+
01:42:20
30:10

57
58
HARBORG Magne
Røros IL
M15-22
01:43:01
30:51

58
73
Mellemsæter Vegard
Team Oppdalsbanken Elite
M15-22
01:43:12
31:03

59
63
Sandsten Kjetil
Team Oppdalsbanken Elite
M35-50
01:43:59
31:50

60
75
Fjærli Håkon
Statsbygd IL
M15-22
01:44:19
32:10

61
9
Sagmo Hallgeir
Kvam IL
M35-50
01:44:24
32:15

62
15
Isaksen Christoffer H.

M23-34
01:44:44
32:34

63
122
Vullum Sverre
Malvik IL
M35-50
01:44:48
32:39

64
5
Waagan Ole
Stjørdals-Blink
M35-50
01:44:49
32:40

65
92
Novak Bronislav
Bratsberg IL
M23-34
01:46:48
34:39

66
78
Østerlie Asgeir
Frosta IL / Frosta
M35-50
01:47:07
34:58

67
60
Braathen Ole Bjørn
Vestre Lier
M50+
01:47:53
35:43

68
48
Baxter Pål
IL Ulvungen
M23-34
01:51:19
39:10

69
14
Jacobsen Fabian

M23-34
01:51:30
39:21

70
85
Dahl Yngve
Røros IL / Røros Il
M50+
01:52:07
39:58

71
83
REUM Ole Kristian Dullum
Stjørdals-Blink
M15-22
01:53:11
41:02

72
19
Almås Paul Håkon
Hommelvik I.L.
M50+
01:53:33
41:23

73
26
Skaug Christer
Team Skigo
M23-34
01:53:52
41:42

74
116
Andersson Henning
Trondhjems slk
M15-22
01:54:06
41:57

75
89
Ulseth Rikard
IL Fram
M35-50
01:55:36
43:27

76
27
Flatås Tore
Siemens
M35-50
01:56:17
44:08

76
38
Kvello Geir
Namdal Sykkelklubb
M50+
01:56:17
44:08

78
79
Østerlie Joel
Frosta IL
M15-22
01:57:32
45:23

79
39
Blekkan Steffen

M15-22
01:57:53
45:43

80
112
Oldervik Stian
CK Victoria
M23-34
01:58:49
46:39

81
107
Holø Gorm
StjørdalsBlink
M50+
01:58:57
46:47

82
3
Kruke Vegar
Stjørdals-Blink / Stjørdals-Blink
M35-50
01:59:18
47:09

83
119
Kulseth Jon Inge
Primahus
M23-34
01:59:29
47:20

84
115
Engan Hallstein

M50+
02:00:46
48:37

85
66
Saltnes Roy-Arne
Sømna IL
M50+
02:01:58
49:49

86
120
Sirås Haldor Olav
Vikvarvet il
M35-50
02:15:36
01:03:26

2
Granheim Rune

M35-50
DNS

4
Klegseth Per Erik
Lånke IL
M23-34
DNS

6
Bodin Karl
Trondheim Triatllonklubb
M35-50
DNS

20
Northug Jr. Petter
Strindheim IL
M23-34
DNS

21
Krogh Finn Hågen
Tverrelvdalen IL
M23-34
DNS

22
Krog Magnus
Høydalsmo IL
M23-34
DNS

25
Hoås Geir Kristian
Lånke IL
M15-22
DNS

29
NORTHUG Tomas
Mosvik IL – Friidrett
M23-34
DNS

41
Flataker Ole Morten
Hommelvik IL
M15-22
DNS

49
Reitan Kåre

M15-22
DNS

50
Ingebrigtsen Christian
Byaasen Skiklub / Granåsen Skiteam
M15-22
DNS

59
Hansen Ragnar
Byåsen IL / Granåsen Skiteam
M15-22
DNS

64
Mjøen Sigurd
Team Oppdalsbanken Elite
M15-22
DNS

Source: Storsylen Opp 2013

Surfing increases chance of GERD disease

Surfing increases chance of GERD disease.

Surfers compared with non-surfers have an increased chance of suffering from GERD aka gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD is often associated with stress and characterised by heartburn and regurgitation.

 

Surfing increases chance of GERD disease: A study in the journal of sports medicine showed that this was more common in short-boarders compared to long-boarders, this is due to the smaller surface area pushing against the chest in the prone position when paddling, which consequently leads to increased intra-abdominal pressure and GERD.

 

Our advice:

Avoid fatty food, alcohol and other common irritants directly before surfing.

 

Surfing increases chance of GERD disease
Surfing increases chance of GERD disease

 

The medical definition is:

– A chronic condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter allows gastric acids to reflux into the esophagus, causing heartburn, acid indigestion, and possible injury to the esophageal lining.

 

 

Surfing increases chance of GERD disease – References:

Norisue YOnopa JKaneshiro MTokuda Y. Surfing as a risk factor for gastroesophageal reflux disease. Clin J Sport Med. 2009 Sep;19(5):388-93

Surfers Ear – Accessory bone growth in the ear canal. Mmmm…

SURFER’S EAR (EAM exostosis)

by Alexander Van Dorph, Doctor of Chiropractic (Msc Chiro)¨

 

“What is surfer’s ear? And how do I prevent it?” I hear you whisper. Well, gather up, sit down next to the bonfire and listen up, for I will tell you the tale.

 

… “Hearing the blues changed my life.” …

– Van Morrison

Ear.
Ear. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

 

Surfer’s ear might sound like a cool thing to have, but it is definitely not. What it actually means is abnormal bone growth (exostosis) occurring within the ear canal, which can in severe cases limit both hearing function (either temporarily or progressively) and make the subject more prevalent to ear infections.

 

Surfer’s ear conditions occur due to repeated irritation from cold wind and water, which leads to the bone surrounding the ear canal to adapt to the situation; by developing lumps of new bony growth which in turn will constrict and narrow down the ear canal.

 

Here are two pictures, one (A) of a normal ear canal and another (B) one in which the individual has suffered moderate bone growth changes within the external auditory canal, which is known in layman terms as surfer’s ear.

 

 

A) Normal ear canal

Normal ear canal.
Normal ear canal. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

 

(B)

Surfers ear exostosis.
Surfers ear exostosis.

Severe case of Surfer’s ear (Bone growth – Exostosis within the ear canal)

 

And in this case, as in so many others, prevention is the better option when compared with the cure/treatment; as that includes anesthesia, a certified (hopefully) surgeon and a choice of either chiseling or drilling away the new bone which has formed in your ear canal. Chiseling has been shown to be the better option out of the two, as drilling may cause partial hearing loss due to the high intensity sound.

 

 

Prevention

There are three ways of avoiding Surfer’s ear:

 

1)      Move to Costa Rica, Sri Lanka or Bali where the water is always warm. We know this might be hard on your current life, but hey, you do not want to develop Surfer’s ear do you?!

2)      Wear swimming/surfing ear plugs every time you surf. Go invest in some right now.

3)      Wear a swim cap or neoprene hood if the water is very cold (Scandinavian and British surfers I am thinking of you.)

 

 

Do yourself a favor, wear a neoprene hood in Nordic conditions and wear ear plugs at times when exposed to cold water and wind. That way you will be able to hear what your mates are saying when you are having that refreshing aftersurf drink.

 

 

Surfers Ear – Accessory bone growth in the ear canal. Mmmm…

 

 

Feed your brain – the essential brain nutrition facts

Feed your brain – the essential brain nutrition facts.

 

… “You can’t process me with a normal brain.” …

– Charlie Sheen

 

All surfers need their brain to function optimally. Not only for concentration and visual input, but also to hone their nervous system and thus be able to react with cat like reflexes when that is required. A well fed brain is a quick brain, which means quicker reactions and a better overall surf endurance.

 

Feeding brains
Feeding brains

 

Here is a simple way to recognise if you are feeding your brain what it needs to express health and vigour.

 

Firstly the brain, like any tissue, requires a varied nutrient pool to allow it to function optimally. In general, the brain requires three main nutritional sources to thrive.

 

They are:

1. Fats (Phospholipids)
2. Glucose
3. Oxygen

 

Let us work out ways to recognise if we have issues lacking any of these and in what ways we can normalise them.

 

1. FATS

These guys are essentially the framework for cells and they allow your cells to communicate with each other.

 

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) are fats that cannot be made by the body, hence their name “Essential”. They have to come from our food. EFA’s become hormones called Prostaglandins which are extremely important in the function of your body.

 

There are 3 categories; Prostaglandin 1, 2 and 3. Prostaglandin 1 and 3 are ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, while Prostaglandin 2 is INFLAMMATORY. This is why your GP recommends taking NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen. These drugs function by blocking Prostaglandin 2 formation, which in order decreases inflammation in the involved tissue and therefore pain. So now you know that you can get this same effect from your nutrition without the risk of any adverse drug reactions. Pretty great, right? Remember that drugs have their value, but they should always be seen as a last resort and in such a case, act as a way of biding time for you to fix the cause of the problem.

 

It is important to understand that inflammation is a natural function of the body and that it should not be looked at as “bad”. For example, without inflammation we would not be able to heal after suffering a wound. However, we know from the last Superstoked edition (see Superstoked Magazine #2 for reference) that the modern day diet is too high in pro-inflammatory foods and too low in anti-inflammatory foods. This nutritional soup is one of the major reasons for the growing chronic illness rates of today.

So how do we increase our anti-inflammatory pathways (Fats “PG1” and “PG3”)?

 

–          Fish Oils (EPA/DHA). (N.B. if you fry fish, then the oils decrease).

–          RAW NUTS and SEEDS

–          OLIVE, WALNUT and FLAXSEED OIL

 

How do we reduce our pro-inflammatory pathways (Fat “PG2”)?

–          Don’t fry food

–          Reduce the intake of red meat (Although red meat is a natural food source, modern day meats are usually fed on pro-inflammatory grain-based diets. Grass fed meat and Wild Game are therefore not a problem and in fact an intelligent choice.)

–          Reduce shell fish intake

 

N.B! If you burp on fish oils you might have a gall bladder problem. Try supplementing with Beetroot Juice for 1-2 weeks and then retry taking the fish oil supplement. Beetroot juice stimulates gall bladder movement, so hopefully this might be an easy, natural way of fixing the problem. Being on blood thinners can be a contraindication to taking fish oils so ask your GP.

 

… “There is an urgent need for a radical revision of our current concepts of the nature of consciousness and its relationship to matter and the brain.” …

– Stanislav Grof

 

Flax seeds - Excellent brain nutrition.
Flax seeds – Excellent brain nutrition.

 

2. GLUCOSE

Glucose is sugar. Think about it… how do we usually feel when we have not eaten? We usually feel tired, forgetful, find it hard to concentrate or to think, and might even experience blurry vision. This is our brain telling us and showing in clear context how it cannot function without glucose. The body does not like too much glucose or too little, it likes a healthy balance. Modern day diets contain foods that are high in glucose (HIGH “Glycaemic Index”). Why is this a problem, you ask? Well, these foods cause a quick spike of glucose levels in your blood. This causes your body to have to pump out lots of the glucose-lowering hormone “insulin” in order to lower the glucose running around in your blood. This provides a “peak-trough” pattern of your sugar levels. This pattern promotes insulin eventually becoming resistant to lowering the glucose (Insulin Resistance), as the insulin receptors are damaged by the constant spikes in blood sugar levels. Insulin Resistance comes with its own problems but as glucose and insulin issues are linked we will describe both in this section. They both promote diabetes and an increased susceptibility to a host of chronic illnesses. You can check the Glycaemic Index lists of your food online, and sometimes on the packaging label. Examples of ones that cause this harmful spike are bread, cereals, sweets, potatoes and rice.

 

A key difference in knowing whether you have an insulin- or a low blood glucose (Hypoglycaemia) problem is that generally hypoglycaemics will feel better after eating, whilst insulin resisters will feel tired.

 

How to promote healthy, stable Glucose levels:

–          Ensure you eat Breakfast IN THE FIRST HOUR of awakening. (Don’t have time? Make time. This is always met with “but you don’t know what it’s like in my house” or “I can’t make my kids eat this way?” Would we allow our kids to dictate who drives the car? Of course we wouldn’t. Then why would we allow them to dictate what they eat and what foods are good for them? Buying a bag of mixed fruit and nuts for example involves no preparation!)

 

–          High Protein Breakfast (Raw Nuts, Meat, Fish, Eggs).
–          Protein or Vegetable (Fibre) snack between Breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner (NOT FRUIT).
–          Never miss meals.
–          If you’re not sleeping well then have some protein before bed, e.g. nut butter.
–          Vegetables in the morning are great too if you want something different.

 

N.B! Apply this regardless if you’re hungry or not. People with glucose issues have usually lost the ability to sense when they are hungry.

 

Feed your brain – the essential brain nutrition facts.

Greens and fruit - brain nutrition

Greens and fruit – brain nutrition

 

Did you know?

Waking up frequently in the night can be a sign of low blood glucose. Why? If you don’t have adequate stores of glucose for your brain to use at night, then it will release “adrenaline” to obtain glucose from your fat stores. The consequence, as adrenaline is a stimulant, is that we are stimulated to wake up. You may even notice palpitations (increased heart rate) with it. Try a tablespoon of nut butter or a handful of raw nuts an hour before bed to provide you with healthy glucose stores throughout the night.

 

Did you know?

Being slim does not mean you don’t have a glucose problem. There are two types of reactions to low blood glucose. They are “Reactive low blood glucose” and “Insulin Resistance”. Reactive Hypoglycaemia is usually people of normal weight and the insulin resistant sufferers are usually overweight.

 

“But what about Fruit? It’s high in glucose?”

Fruit is great and provides natural resources of healthy glucose. However, it can indeed be high in glucose, e.g. Watermelon. Therefore fruit should be eaten as a desert and not a meal. This is because Glucose (Fruit) plus fibre (e.g. Veg) will lead to a slow glucose breakdown.

 

How many of you start your day with Cereal or/AND Bread? You can use the “but its brown rice/bread” sentence and this is an intelligent choice, but we know that those foods are still pro-inflammatory grains and they are not part of the natural human diet.  So it’s not surprising that they have these damaging consequences to the body.

 

3. OXYGEN:

Your blood pressure is vital in allowing Oxygen to flow up to your brain. Having a low blood pressure can be as problematic as having a high blood pressure. Generally, your blood pressure should be around 120/80. 150/110 would be an example of it being high and 90/60 would be an example of it being low.

The problem with low blood pressure is, as blood carries everything, you will have depleted resources of everything. Oxygen being one. Oxygen is very important for all your tissues, especially your oxygen-sensitive balance and co-ordination centre, the Cerebellum.

HIGH BP causes low blood flow to the brain too. This is due to the blood not reaching it because of restrictions along the arteries (atherosclerosis). Both result in decreased fuel being supplied to your brain. As your brain controls virtually all processes in the body, this will have a global effect on your health, whether you notice symptoms or not.

 

How to know if you have a BP issue?

–          Cold hands and feet

–          Fungal overgrowth in feet. (Not because they have an infection but because with decreased blood flow you’ll have decreased immune cell supply. Immune system prevents fungal overgrowth. Lack of blood will lead to lack of immune cells which will allow fungal growth, e.g. athlete’s foot.

–          Hair loss

–          Have someone check it.

 

Ways to INCREASE a Low BP:

–          Exercise

–          Increase Sea Salt (add a pinch to one meal/day)

 

N.B. Salt is an obvious cause of high blood pressure but lack of it can cause a low blood pressure. If you use no salt in your diet at all, this could be a reason for your low blood pressure.

 

Ways to DECREASE HIGH BP:

–          Exercise

–          Decrease Salt

–          Water

–          No Coffee. (Constricts blood vessels and is a diuretic so it will dehydrate you. This will lead to thicker blood and therefore the heart needing to work harder in order to be push blood through the restricted vessels to your brain. Think about it, your brain is away from your heart and it’s above it. Not only does the heart need to beat against gravity, it now needs to beat through restricted blood vessels.)

–          Reduce Pro-inflammatory foods (PG2 has been shown to increase BP and pain perception)

–          Relax (e.g. Meditation)

 

N.B. Exercise has a modulatory effect on BP. So exercise will help decrease a high BP and increase a low BP.

 

Fruit Arrangement (wikimedia commons)
Fruit Arrangement – Source: wikimedia commons

 

Summary

If you eat the genetically required paleo diet you’ll decrease the amount of “chemical stress” on your body. This diet is one consisting of Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, Meat, Fish and Eggs. This will promote you to balance and in healthcare, balance (homeostasis) means health. We must remember that nutrition is one of three main factors that contribute to health and therefore “yes” you can have the best nutrition and still have problems. That is why exercise and a healthy mind are so important too and therefore need to be incorporated with your healthy nutrition.

 

“But it’s in my genes to have low blood glucose and low/high BP!” In nearly all cases this is not true. JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE A SUCEPTIBLE GENE TYPE DOESN’T MEAN YOUR BODY HAS TO EXPRESS IT. Genes are turned on/off by an environmental stimulus. The field of “epigenetics” will explain more if you are interested. You are in control of your own lifestyle. Admittedly, you are not directly in control of certain aspects of your lifestyle, such as how much pollution there is in your local water or how much radiation is in your environment. However, the three aspects you are in control of are how you eat, move and think. Your lifestyle is expressed as your health.

 

So choose healthy lifestyle choices!

– Ben Scott MChiro, Dip. C. Hyp

 

Photos: Wikimedia Commons & Nicole Scott

 

 

Ayurveda Wellness – A lifestyle worth living

AYURVEDA WELLNESS.

 

“Yoga and Ayurveda are compatible systems which promote health and stability, inner and outer strength and awareness.“

 

Ayurveda Wellness - It is a lifestyle worth living.
Ayurveda Wellness – It is a lifestyle worth living.

 

The world’s necessity today is clearly to go back to the roots… Let’s talk about this fascinating and ancient philosophy;

Ayurveda.

 

It is a holistic system of medicine, indigenous and widely practiced in India for more than 5000 years. It involves Science, religion and philosophy. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means ‘Science of Life and Longevity’. It not only works on the diet but as well on many important aspects of our lives, such as: oil massage, ayurvedic cleansings, herbal medicine intake, home remedies, astrology, literarure, surgery, paedriatics, Ayurveda for some animals, and many others.

 

MICRO AND MACROCOSM

Ayurveda teaches that man is a microcosm, a universe within himself, a child of cosmic forces of the external environment, the macrocosm. His individual existence is indivisible from the total cosmic manifestation. The 5 basic elements that are present in all matter, and also exist within each person are:

  •  SPACE
  • AIR
  • FIRE
  • WATER
  • EARTH

 

These elements manifest in the human body as 3 principles, or humours called TRIDOSHA (tri: three, dosha: humour)

  • SPACE AND AIR CREATE VATA
  • FIRE AND WATER CREATE PITTA
  • EARTH AND WATER CREATE KAPHA

 

VATA, PITTA AND KAPHA governs all biological, psychological and physiopathological functions of the body, mind and consciousness.

 

Outdoor Yoga - Badfish Booty Girls Pose
Outdoor Yoga – Badfish Booty Girls Pose

 

Each person is a combination of all 3 doshas, with a predominant tendency towards 1 or 2 doshas.

 

So, you will need to do the Dosha Test and become aware of your own, unique, personal constitution. This is very important because when the Doshas are in balance, the body will function to its fullest, thus when imbalanced, the body will be affected negatively in certain ways.

 

(A good way to find out, is doing the DOSHA QUIZ at www.pukkaherbs.com)

 

Underwater tranquility
Underwater tranquility

 

The balance between bodily energies reduces chances of disease. Remember:

  • We all have the power to heal ourselves.
  • Sound diet, stable, healthy everyday life, traditional practices of Yoga and breathing exercises…all these create harmony and happiness.
  • Diet should be chosen to suit individual constitution. This is very important.

 

Next, there’s a brief description of each Dosha and its relation to the different elements and foods:

 

Vata is air. Vata foods are light ones (eg. greens). So, Vatas need to eat more “heavy”, earthly foods such as avocado, bananas, potato, zucchini, nuts, etc.

 

Pitta is fire. Pitta foods are spicy and pungent such as sour fruits, garlic, onions, tomatoes. So, pittas need mild foods such as asparagus, cabbage, greens, peas, pears, apples, avocado, etc.

 

Kapha is earth, heavy. Kapha foods are, for example: nuts, oil, coconut, melons, grapes, banana, potato etc. So, Kaphas need light foods (vata foods): greens, apples, berries, pears, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, mashrooms, etc.

 

Outdoor Yogi Bears
Outdoor Yogi Bears

 

HEALTHY TIPS

DO NOT MIX (nor eat in the same hour):

  • Fish and milk
  • Meat and milk
  • Yoghurt and beef
  • Sour fruits and milk
  • Melons should be eaten alone
  • Honey should always be raw (don’t heat it)
  • The intake of food should be regulated by Agni, the digestive fire. It manifests through hunger. So don’t eat unless hungry.
  • Don’t eat when you are thirsty.
  • Don’t drink when you are hungry.

 

If you feel hungry: digestive fire is on, if you drink at this time: liquid will dilute digestive enzymes and Agni will be reduced.

Change your perspective: Make Food your Medicine, it nourishes body and mind, keeps you strong and healthy, cleans the body, prevents disease and helps to cure anything that needs to be cured.

 

Water Yoga
Water Yoga

 

WATER

WATER has a vital role in body balance. It may be taken in the form of fruit juice, but never drink juice during meals. Water is nectar during meals, you should sip water while eating, as it aids digestion. But if a large quantity of water is drunk after meal, digestive juices will be diluted and digestion will be harmed.

 

ALLOPATHY VS NATURAL MEDICINE

  • Allopathic Medicine treats symptoms, uses possibly harmful medications, does not see the individual as unique, does not take diet into account. You can see people dying in hospital having sodas and eating sweets, doctors won’t say a thing. Unfortunately, Man still can’t see himself in the philosophic level (universe, micro and macrocosm, etc). He lives life in a stupid and irresponsible way, and then runs to the hospital to get fixed, putting his own life in stranger’s hands. This doctor won’t see him as a unique patient who needs a unique diet and treatment.
  • Ayurveda is HOLISTIC because it takes into account all the aspects of a human being: mind, body and consciousness. It’s UNIVERSAL because you don’t have to go to India to practise it, you just have to know your constitution and the properties of the foods that are good for you. Eg., if you know bitter foods are good for you, any bitter food will do. It’s NATURAL, it uses only natural ingredients, with no side effects.

Recommended movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfIOnWr-4xc

(Ayurveda – the art of being. Ayurveda wellness)

 

 

YOGA AND AYURVEDA

Many people consider Ayurveda to be the medicine of Yoga. Yoga is as well a very ancient, practical philosophy. Yoga and Ayurveda are compatible systems which promote health and stability, inner and outer strength and awareness. Its powerful practice has become so very famous in the last few years, so it’s very easy to find a nice school near your place. We have to accept it, some fashions are really cool! Start practicing Yoga regardless how flexible or “yogic” your life is right now. As a Yoga teacher many times I’ve heard the same thing “I don’t do Yoga because I’m so not flexible and it’s embarrassing”. And my answer is always the same:

“This is exactly why you should start practicing Yoga!”

 

So, dear friend, if you have reached the end of this article it means that you are interested in this kind of stuff, so just give it a try, and if it’s not for you then you can always walk away… but believe me… you will love it.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Yoga and the Mind, David Frawley

 

Written by  Andrea A n d î n mamushka Photos: Rachel Rife & Elisabeth Gløersen

 

Fugu fish – the deadly fish delicatesse from Japan.

Fugu fish – the deadly fish delicatesse from Japan.

Have you ever heard of Fugu fish? The Fugu is also known as Blowfish or Pufferfish, due to the fact that it inflates when it feels threatened – and if you were to translate the Japanese word Fugu directly, it would mean ‘riverpig’. Quite a fitting name if you have a look at this oceanic creature.

 

Fuguliver is by many considered the ultimate delicatesse. However, it is also the most poisonous and thus the Japanese government chose to illegalise eating this part of the Fugu in 1984. This law is still in effect. The Japanese population eats approximately 10000 tons of Fugu each year. Still, they have one of the world’s highest life expectancy.

 

The poison from a single Fugu can kill 30 men, and ingesting less than a milligram would have lethal consequences within 20 minutes. The venom is a muscle paralyser, and its deadly effect is caused by paralysing the respiratory muscles – leaving its victim to suffocate in a fully conscious state.

 

“Shibireru – The Japanese word for ‘numb’.”

 

23 reported deaths since 1993 in Tokyo – amongst these only one have been in a restaurant. 22, reportedly, were fishermen who failed to prepare it in the correct manner. From the amount of Fugu consumed and the death toll, we can draw the conclusion that it is quite safe to eat Fugu if it is prepared by a professional. Japanese chefs have to, legislated by Japanese law, taste the Fugu before they serve it to their customers.

 

The Japanese emperor is not allowed to eat Blowfish for safety reasons – but don’t feel bad for him, he probably has people to eat Fugu fish for him. To prepare this sought after delicatesse, a Japanese chef has to have a special license.

 

Torafugu sold at Tsukiji fish market
Torafugu sold at Tsukiji fish market / Source: Wikimedia /

 

Not only does Japan have Blowfish, they also have magnificent surf conditions – so, if you feel like it you could combine the two in one Fugu of a trip.

 

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