What shall we do if we have the cravings?

What shall we do if we have the cravings?

When discussing diets, human beings have a habit of reverting back to certain phrases that reinforce negative behaviours; how many times have you or someone else said “I love sweet food!” or “a cup of Americano is a MUST for me to wake up in the morning”?

Although these statements are fit for purpose for describing the everyday short-term desires of our bodies, they leave much to the imagination about what our bodies need. Perhaps we should be asking, “why do I crave these things?” and “what is really good for me?”.

Despite knowing better, we find it hard to break the habit of indulging those cravings and sparking conversations about the delicious treats we all know and love.

What happens to our bodies when we indulge our cravings?

When we feed our sugar cravings, our blood sugar peaks rapidly. This is because all these sweet foods are broken down into glucose quickly inside the body, which makes your pancreas produce large amounts of insulin. This insulin starts to work inside your blood stream, knocking on the doors of all cells that it can reach, and allowing them to open up and absorb glucose as a form of energy. This releases a rapid burst of energy and is why you feel so energetic for a short while after eating sweet thing.

Unfortunately, this energy does not last. The glucose inside your blood stream is used very quickly and results in your blood sugar dropping drastically. What follows is a sugar low.

The next desire of our body is to consume more sugar in order to rejuvenate our blood sugar levels; at this specific moment, your brain will send a signal to take in new energy as soon as you can. These signals present themselves in physical ways such as shaking and making concentration difficult.

So, we should eat more sugar, right?

When we are under this type of “unconscious” condition, our bodies will tell us this is the easiest thing to do because they can turn sugar into glucose quickly, meaning that your low energy condition will be enhanced straight away. However, this is exactly what we should not do. This is the time to break the cycle of blood sugar highs followed by deep lows. The more we feed our bodies sugar, the stronger the cravings become.

We need to find healthy alternatives to sugar in order to sustain our bodies for longer and avoid these crash cycles, as continuing to function in this way will cause long term damage to 3 major organs; the pancreas, liver and the adrenal gland (which reacts to low sugar). Damage to these is the main cause of type II diabetes.

Scientist and nutritionist have undertaken a number of research projects that have revealed that our food cravings can often be a sign of certain nutrient needs.

As such, we seek the foods we crave. For example, if your body needs more Magnesium, chocolate could provide this. When we eat the chocolate, our body responds by memorizing the taste and subsequent feeling gained from it. As a result, the next time your body is short of magnesium, you will grab a chocolate bar without thinking in order to satisfy it.

This is essentially ‘comfort food’ which contains plenty of unhealthy elements that have negative outcomes for our bodies. One way to look at it is that you always lose more than what you can gain from them.

What shall we do if we have the cravings?

Firstly, we should build up our awareness. Try to ask questions about alternative food to satisfy you and attempt to explore the reason behind your cravings. You can simply do a mineral test to find out what you need, take the right supplements and be free of the craving. Once we have the awareness, facing our cravings is easier and you don’t need to follow your unconscious mind and surrender to your craving.

Today, we will introduce the nutrients you may need from your craving and what type of food you can choose as a replacement.

1. Craving for Chocolate

Chocolate craving

You might need: Magnesium
Food Suggestion: Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, and fruits

2. Craving for sweets or sugary items

SugarCravings2

You might need: Chromium
Food Suggestion: Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken

You might need: Carbon
Food Suggestion: Fresh fruits

You might need: Phosphorus
Food Suggestion: Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, legumes, grains

You might need: Sulfur
Food Suggestion: Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage

You might need: Tryptophan
Food Suggestion: Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach

3. Craving for bread or toast

Breadcravings
You might need: Nitrogen
Food Suggestion: High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans

4. Craving for fatty foods

Fattyfoodcravings
You might need: Calcium
Food Suggestion: Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame

Food is the fuel for our body. Whether said food is good or bad all rests on your knowledge and awareness of nutrition. We must not forget that a healthy human should always be in balance, the condition of “I must not eat this…” or “I should never eat that” is equally not normal. We can like something and we can certainly enjoy it, but how can we manage our relationship with it?

Have you been experiencing a particular food craving? If so, leave us a message. We will help you to identify what you might need.

Santosa’s detox program is an effective way to identify what is missing from your diet and to get rid of your craving. Our detox center located in beautiful Phuket, Thailand, has a wide selection of detox programs, healthy eating programs, juice fasts, fitness activities, yoga classes and spa treatments to not only rejuvenate your health, but help you to learn how to eat in a healthy way and get rid of your cravings.

For further information, simply fill out the enquiry form and a member of staff will get back to you. We look forward to watching you glow at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center.

Introducing Osho Kundalini Meditation

Introducing Osho Kundalini Meditation

Osho Meditation is a perfect alternative for those of us who are beginners at the art of meditation or who might find ourselves too restless to ‘sit down and just be.’ These are the people for whom we strongly recommend Osho Meditation at Santosa Wellness Center.

Surrender yourself to the joyous excitement that flows from within and experience the feeling of oneness with the universe, nature, and YOURSELF.

The meditation consists of four, separate stages, practiced to a vibrant & energetic soundtrack.

The first phase, ‘the shaking,’ proves to be very grounding and energizing. Just imagine rooting your feet into the Earth, absorbing its energy, whilst shaking off any stagnant emotions, releasing stress and deeply-rooted trauma that might be buried within the body and the subconscious. Experience the freedom of movement, the freedom of your being. The shaking phase wakes the body up, recharging one’s being with energy, heat, and oxygen.

The second stage, ‘the dancing,’ allows one to experience the delight of being in one’s body. It is very liberating, de-stressing, and ecstatic. While dancing, the muscles of the body relax, energy is allowed to flow throughout the body without any obstacles, and one is imbued with a high dose of endorphins. Yes, endorphins, the natural pain-killers that elevate our mood, make us relaxed, and fill us full of vitality.

At the end of the second stage of the meditation, one has rid oneself of any physical, mental, and emotional ‘blocks’ and has elevated one’s vibration, preparing oneself for the third stage, ‘the sit- down.’

How still can one be, when there is turmoil in the head? During the third stage, the practitioner is encouraged to be still, sit, and observe the thoughts passing through their heads. During this phase, one is given the opportunity to experience various thoughts and emotions without attachment. These fifteen minutes give one a chance to be mindful, a quality that helps one to be more conscious, present, and grounded, not only on the mat, but in life.

 

The final phase of the meditation is ‘total relaxation.’ During the final fifteen minutes of the practice, one allows the body, mind, and spirit to let go and REST. During this stage, one lays their body down in Savasana, surrendering oneself to the gravitational force and feeling the warm, grounding embrace of the Earth underneath. At the same time, one is encouraged to let go completely, to go deeper within as the feeling of infinite space within and all around one increases – and the feeling of harmony with the universe, nature, and oneself takes over and one notices the constant, invisible connection to everything.
Interested?

Yes, you read that right. This blissful, relaxed, and balanced state-of-being is just a reach away.

Come shake, dance, sit, and sleep 😉 with us at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center, Phuket, Thailand.

Dance your way towards liberation.

Osho meditation class at Santosa Wellness Center, every Tuesday afternoon 16:00-17:00pm.

 

At Santosa wellness center, we offer various detox program, for inquiry, please fill up below form.

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How to Open Detoxification Pathways

How to Open Detoxification Pathways

The human body is a powerful machine. Our bodies have amazing systems in place that can naturally detox us every single day. Organs such as the gallbladder, liver, intestines, kidneys and skin, to name just a few, work around the clock to ensure that we are properly metabolizing all of the toxins which can disrupt our body’s health balance. However, since we are constantly bombarded with toxins – in the food we eat, the cleaning products we use, the air we breathe – it is important to give these systems some tender loving care.

While a detox program is the best effective method of ridding the body of toxins and rebooting the system, there are a few things that can be done daily to ensure that your body’s detoxification pathways are open and functioning properly. 

1. Hydrate in Order to Flush Toxins

Drinking water is important as is getting electrolyte minerals from food. However, for a detox, drinking water is crucial and we honestly cannot emphasize this enough. The gut, liver, blood and lymph need water for a detox program, but so do our kidneys. Every day, our kidneys filter a large amount of fluid through our bodies, so water is essential for our kidneys to function properly.

Electrolyte minerals from food are also necessary for our bodies to maintain hydration. Minerals such as potassium, sodium, chloride, and magnesium are kept stable and in tact by healthy kidneys. Therefore, we need both water and electrolytes for healthy kidney functions.

2. Add Lymph-Stimulating Activities into Your Routine

Have you ever tried dry brushing? Dry brushing is an easy, simple technique which stimulates two important systems of detox – your skin and your lymphatic system. In case you are unaware, the skin is responsible for nearly one quarter of the body’s daily detoxification process. The lymphatic system is part of our immune system, and its main function is cleansing toxins from the body.

A lymph-stimulating activity such as dry brushing not only detoxes the skin, but also stimulates lymphatic flow as well as gives the body a very gentle internal massage. Additionally, dry brushing promotes circulation and also improves the skin’s look and feel by eradicating dead skin cells. 

3. Eat More Vegetables

There is no better way to support the liver than by eating cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables have a multitude of health benefits and include green veggies such as bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and other similar green, leafy vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are packed with nutrients and fiber, as well as phytochemicals which are important for supporting the liver function. Cruciferous vegetables also contain sulphur, which is important to the detoxification of the liver. 

Incorporate more cruciferous vegetables into your diet when possible. Not only will they give you the much needed nutrients that you need. Cruciferous vegetables also are helpful in maintaining a healthy weight. 

Other ways to open detoxification pathways include both physical and more meditative exercise such as running or yoga. When we sweat, our pores are enlarged and open the detoxification pathways which means toxins are released. A sauna or a hot bath are good for releasing toxins from the skin as well. While many of the tips we have offered are really just small changes to your current lifestyle, they will do a world of good when it comes to opening the pathways to detoxification naturally. 

Open Detoxification Pathways at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center

Are you ready to take the next step in the detoxification process? If you are looking for a deeper detox, we encourage you to join us for an amazing detox holiday at Santosa. Located in the tropics of Phuket, Thailand, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art comprehensive center specializing in health & wellness.

The variety of detox programs available at Santosa encourage participating to reevaluate their current lifestyle and live a healthier life. Detox programs are tailored to the individual, and can be as intense or as gentle as you like. Furthermore, the environment of Santosa is extremely nurturing. Our staff and therapists are available to answer any questions and talk you through any part of the program which you may not understand. 

For further info, simply fill out the inquiry form below and a member of staff will be in contact. We look forward to helping you open your detoxification pathways at Santosa. 

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Living a healthy life can be challenging. It requires dedication and sacrifice, and time that many people do not believe that they have. Nothing about maintaining a healthy lifestyle is quick or simple. However, it does not have to be difficult or complicated. If you really want to live a healthier, more sustainable life, chances are that you will need to say goodbye to your current way of living. 

Do not let changing the way you live scare you. It does not have to be dramatic. Start small, but remember that you plan to go big. In order to achieve health & wellness goals, you will need to remain focused as well as stay committed. If you are determined to live a healthier life, but overwhelmed by taking on the task on your own, consider a detox holiday at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center. 

Surrounded by abundant nature and outstanding mountain and sea views, Santosa is an all-inclusive health & wellness retreat located on the tropical island of Phuket, in southern Thailand. Our programs are not only comprehensive, but they also produce results. If you are looking to lead a healthier life, Santosa can help. We offer a wide variety of detox programs, fitness classes, wellness programs as well as an on-site spa, sauna, ice bath, delicious vegan restaurant and so much more! 

Santosa prides itself on ensuring that guests receive a personal touch. Our detox retreat is hands-on while our dedicated staff are always around to listen, give advice and remind you that you are doing the best thing that you could do for you, which is giving yourself a higher quality of life.

Once you become serious about living a healthier life, start with the approach that the changes you make are going to be permanent and that you are setting yourself up for long-term, sustainable success. You will notice that the small changes you make to the way you are living will lead to bigger changes, and soon enough, your entire life will be different in a really good way.

By accepting that there are things that need to change in the way you currently live your life, you are acknowledging that you want to have a better quality of life. Whether is incorporating exercise, dropping a bad habit such as smoking, going to yoga class, trying mediation or overhauling your diet, it has been your choice. Once you realize that you truly have the ability to choose, you will feel amazing. 

Commit to a healthier version of yourself. A stay at Santosa can set you on the right path and give you the support you need to reach your goals. Once you set this healthier lifestyle into motion, you will not only feel healthier but you will also feel happier and stronger. Appreciate yourself, appreciate your life and treat today like it is the first day of your life. 

For more information on how Santosa can set you on the path to a healthier lifestyle, simply fill out the inquiry form below. We look forward to welcoming you to Santosa and watching the quality of your life flourish and grow. 

Reduce Inflammation in the Body with Food and Exercise

Reduce Inflammation in the Body with Food and Exercise

Do you live a healthy life? We all know that eating the right foods and getting plenty of exercise is good for our health, but did you know that this lifestyle does more than lower your cholesterol and help you lose weight? In fact, healthy food and regular exercise can help ward off diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s by reducing inflammation. 

Chronic inflammation is an autoimmune disorder that attacks normal, healthy tissue. Generally, it mistakes the tissue for a pathogen that causes disease. Chronic inflammation puts our bodies on high alert all of the time and can have lasting damage to our hearts, brains and other vital organs. So many major diseases – depression, diabetes, arthritis – have been linked to chronic inflammation. 

Have you ever experienced any type of inflammation in your body? If yes, you know that it can be quite unpleasant and uncomfortable. However, there are ways to combat chronic inflammation, and some of the best remedies include fueling your body with good food and lots of exercise.

Foods that Fight Inflammation

A good way to fight inflammation is by taking a trip to the grocery store or fresh market. Many foods and beverages have anti-inflammatory properties, it is just a matter of knowing which ones to choose. If you are looking to reduce the risk of inflammation in your body, it is best to choose healthy foods. Good examples of these include leafy green vegetables, nuts such as almonds or walnuts, olive oil, tomatoes, and fruits such as oranges, strawberries, blueberries and cherries. If you do eat meat, make sure to stick to fatty fish varieties such as salmon, mackerel and tuna. 

Avoid refined carbohydrates and red meat whenever possible. French fries and other friend foods as well as margarine and soft drinks should also be avoided. Try to maintain a healthy, balanced diet whenever possible to avoid weight gain, as this is also another factor that contributes to inflammation. 

The Exercise Component

Exercise is good for the body, and it is recommended that we exercise at least 30 minutes five times per week. For those who suffer from chronic inflammation, exercise is known to reduce inflammatory markers. Go for a brisk walk, ride an exercise bike or join a cardio class such as HIIT. Strength-Training that works all of the muscle groups is also good, and should be practiced at least two times per week. 

Exercise has been found to produce an anti-inflammatory cellular response which, in turn, highlights the benefits of physical activity. Not only does exercise reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, it also strengthens the heart, muscles and bones. Exercise leaves us feeling refreshed, which is particularly important for those suffering from chronic inflammation.

Fighting Inflammation at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center

If you suffer from chronic inflammation and would like to empower yourself with the tools needed to combat it, come and see us at Santosa. Located on tropical Phuket, an island in southern Thailand, our detox retreat is surrounded by nature and the perfect place to unwind, relax and reboot. 

For those battling inflammation, we have a variety of detox programs to choose from to reset your system and put you on a healthier journey. Our fitness classes are results-driven and can give insight into what works for your body and what does not. 

For more information, simply fill out the inquiry form below. A member of staff will be in touch with answers to any and all questions you might have. We look forward to seeing you soon at Santosa.