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Maiden Voyage of Atlantis

“Atlanitis” is the most beautiful double decker bus I have ever seen. She is my prototype moblie school of health, sustainability and digital literacy. I plan to create many mobile free schools and one day a “communiversity.”

Back to Atlantis, I picked her up on the 30th of January 2016 and then spent eight weeks with a group of artists decorating her in Rundle Street Kent Town.

A BIG THANKS to Jack Franceschini, Elizabeth Close, Tayla Carlaw, Mat Dopheide, #10TKL and Seb Humphreys. All these artists are available for commision works, murals and shows. You can find them on Facebook or Instagram. Also a massive thank you to Claire Margaret Graham who organised all the artist as part of the #littlerundlestreeartproject in Kent Town Adelaide. Claire is available to organise your art project with the #littleartproject

I also had a go at painting the outside of Atlantis but I have spent most of my time working on the inside. Inside Atlantis is the “Free Blue Library” and “James’ Blue House Free School”. The majority of the fit out used post consumer items that were excess to their original owners needs. We live in such a wasteful society that promotes consumption that it is relatively simple to find “stuff” that people no longer have any use for.

This consumer society also seems to produce its fair share of hoarders suffering obsesive compulsive disorder (ODC). Having been close to a number of people with OCD it is rewarding that I can help them dispose of their accumulated stuff and they can know that their contribution is going to a good cause. I think people in particular hoard/collect books because of the emotional content that many books contain. My job is to collect these unused books sitting in boxes in the garage and to be the conduit to get them back into circulation and use. Over the past 8 weeks I had collected 31 milk crates of books and in only one day at the Blenheim Music and Camping Festival, I managed to dispose of 6 crates of books by giving them away. I also ask people for contributions of more books and gold coins so that I can continue travelling, teaching and giving out free books.

My maiden voyage was from Kent Town to the Blenheim Festival in the Clare Valley. I left Kent Town about 4pm for the 122km drive. There was a long line of traffic behind me as I left Adelaide and I sure got some interesting looks. First stop was the service station to put air in the tyres. I had pumped up the tyres a lot before I left but the first little “heavy duty” compressor that I got from repco melted, gave up and died in the process so I had to get a bit of help from a bigger compressor.

The stop at the servo took a while. The tyres of Atlantis have to be at 100psi and most cars are only 32psi. Fourty Five minutes later the tyres were inflated and we were on the road again. As I got on the country roads I had to be hyper aware of the height of Atlantis, 4.2m, and the low overhanging branches. Sometimes I need to cross a little onto the opposite side of the road to avoid low hanging branches. This is one restriction and I envisage that the future mobile schools will be in normal buses or big 4WD trucks.

As the sun set I found a stop in a road gravel dump by the side of the road in Tarlee, only about 30km short of my destination. I slept well in the country, the first time for a long while. When I awoke there were birds singing so I had a quick tea and some fruit for breakfast then got on the road but not before a school bus stopped by to take photos

I arrived about 9:30 at the site of the Blenheim Festival and set about helping set up the festival and then the next morning I put all the books outside in preparation for the festival. Over the day I held a number of workshops on Quantum Pause Breathing Meditation, an introduction to the 5 Tibetan Rites of rejuventaion, sustainability, local and community exchange systems and also “Bed Time Story Telling” for the grown ups that wanted to chill before heading back to their tents to sleep off their cocktail of intoxicants.

It makes me happy to see the looks of wonderment and awe by all who visit and know that I have insprired them somehow. I look at Atlantis myself and am filled with gratitude for what we have collectively co-created. Someone who visited said you must be proud of your achievement but to have pride wouuld leave me open to scorn. This is a collective effort of many people who have sacrificed much time and effort. My parents and my children who haven’t seen me for nearly 4 months, the artist, the monetary contributors,  and all who share my journey on social media. If there is anything that I feel, it is great humility for the honour of being an inspiration to so many people.

The next stage of my journey is the trip back to see my family in Brisbane. I am looking for travelling companions/guest interns/facilitators to join us on the road. There is an application process and all. Here is the link to the Gumtree Ad. 

Now, I am waiting on oil and oil and air filters so that “Atlantis” is fit for the journey. In the meantime I am contacting local councils so that I can use their parks to offer my free services: The Free Blue Library, and James’ Blue House Free Schools classes of health, sustainability and digital literacy.

I have achieved many of my goals so far but there is still a long way to go. Next I want to put a solar energy system on Atlantis and increase my IT capacity and digital learning tools so that I can offer top quality classes of digital literacy.

You can help too by contributing to my Gofundme campaign here.

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Next Stop??????????

Stop? Really?

The last thirteen days have been full on. I took delivery of the Atlantean on the 30th of January and drove her all the way from Lonsdale to Little Rundle Street in Kent Town where I set to work cleaning and taking stock of the enormous task ahead.

One thing I have learnt over the last year is that there is no end date with a project like this. I inevitably get asked. “So (pause….) when are you going?” I figure the pause is for the sudden realisation by the questioner that they are asking, “how long is a piece of string?”

My answer is the same, “when it’s ready”

The past thirteen days have been amazing. I was contacted on facebook by Claire of the Tin Cat Cafe after posting on the Adelaide Street Artists group looking for people to paint the bus. Claire is coordinating the Little Rundle Street Art Project where a group of over 100 artists have transformed a grey industrial laneway into a place of beauty.

First I was introduced to the incredible Jack Franceschini of “Jack Fran Art” who began painting her straight away while I set to work cleaning her.

She? She has a name.The centrepiece of Jack’s work is a woman in thought. As Jack and I stood back admiring the beginings of the woman taking place I asked, “what is she thinking about?” My answer, “what is my name?”

Suddenly…………..(Eureka moment)

“Atlantis” the 1971 Leyland Atlantean double decker bus.

Since that moment, Atlantis aand I have met many neighbours, business people, local workers and of course artists. The painting of Atlantis has so far been done by Tayla Carlaw, (curator) Jack Franceschini, Elizabeth Close, Seb Humphries and Piano.

What else has been happening?

Upstairs inside: I pulled out the divinding wall, moved out a giant recliner down a small spiral staircase, carpeted, painted some chalkboards, painted the end walls and ducting put in some seating and now I have the beginnings of a mobile classrom.

Downstairs inside: Clean, clean, clean, painted up the front, cleaned and loosened windows, put on the windscreen wipers, made a mobile library and shelving in the back, cleaned and oiled the wooden table, cleaned the bathroom, painted some chalk boards, carpeted the back, decorated shelving.

I still need some tools because I would like to replace the fan belts. There would be nothing worse than cooking the motor. That said, I have filled the radiator, checked the oil and started Atlantis up this morning. She starts easily and runs well which is good since I am not a mechaninc. However there are a few lights that arent working, belts that need replacing and windscreen wiper rubbers that also need replacing.

Tomorrow is the opening night of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the opening of the Little Rundle Street Art Project #littlerundlestreetartproject with a street party. Atlantis is going to shine. However, this is not the end of the story. There is a long way to go and a lot of work to do.

This all takes time and money. Time I have an abundance of, money is a different matter. While I am productivly building a mobile free school, working hard and intend to be productive teaching in a mobile free school, I am not productive in raising the funds needed to get this bus on the road. Nearly all of the things I have recieved and put into the project thus far have been donated by people with an excess of things. However this isn’t paying the bills because there are certain things that you need money for, registration, insurance, digital technology and of course fuel and oil.

I am at 40% of my target for crowdfunding on GoFundMe and would appreciate it if you could help out. There is an exclusive once off rewards program happening now for the first ten people that donate $350 get to come and stay on Atlantis for a week and participate as a nomad facilitator in residence once she is on the road.

You can contribute at the gofundme link below. Donate to James’ Blue House Free Schools

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Adelaide, Arthur and the Atlantean

After one year of waiting, saving, paying, working and more waiting I finally made it to Adelaide and then Lonsdale where the 1971 Leyland Atlantean double decker was waiting for me.

I left Brisbane on the 21st of December 2015 with Winston, the American couch surfer I’d hosted and “Uncle” Eric Robert Craigie. I expected to be in Adelaide in 2 days and eventually arrived on the 2nd of January 2016…….12 days later. So many interesting and synchronistic events happened along the way that I could write half a dozen blog posts about it. (later)

Highlights of the trip include:

  • being homeless in Byron Bay
  • meeting Bundjalung man Lewis Walker and family in Nimbin
  • staying with Spook Eye in Lismore and having Christmas Lunch with the homeless
  • Moree, Moree, Moree and hospitable people of Moree
  • getting my new car battery stolen in Moree
  • Moree artesian spas
  • 3 days at the #PilligaPush camp with some amazing people culminating in a New Years Eve bush doof
  • a spontaneous video posted on Facebook that went viral. Watch it here.

A week later I eventually got to see The Atlantean. I was so happy that at last the work could begin in earnest.

I started to list all the things I needed for the bus, one of those being painting. I posted a call out on the Adelaide Street Artists Facebook page and next thing I get this message offering to paint the Atlantean in a live demonstration for the #littlerundlestreetartproject as part of the opening celebrations for the Adelaide fringe festival. This will happen on the 12th of February so now I am waiting get a permit to move it and finally have my first drive.

Since I arrived in Adelaide, I have met all kinds of interesting people including the guy responsible for the “Big Brother” RF chip in your visa card, writers, artists and teachers. I dropped in to SA Creative Writers Inc. looking to network and to find out about writing workshops to improve my writing and on the way out I was told about a woman doing something similar to me. So I got in contact with Fee Plumley of the Really Big Road Trip. We hit it off straight way on Facebook messenger, discovering our grandfathers shared the same name, “Arthur.” We had to meet.

I met Fee for a coffee and then we went for a free pizza which I had owing to me from the Bar that accidentally turned of the ATM as it was dispensing my money a day earlier. Fee and I have a lot more than our grandfathers’ names in common. Buses, passion for digital literacy, sovereignty, indigenous rights and activism. Fee invited me to a banner painting at her friends’ house where I was introduced to some of the Adelaide anarchist punk mob. Lo and behold they just happen to know activist mob from Brisbane.

What else?

  • I’m starting my first free Quantum Pause Breathing and Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation class today. 5:30pm by the Torrens. BYO Yoga mat.
  • I have started ollecting secondhand books for the Free Blue Library and also to gift away in return for support. Thanks to “Deb” for her generous donation.
  • I have sourced a spare wheel and tyre for the bus. I hope I never get a flat tyre by myself becauser it took a forklift to load it into place.
  • Also sourced two seconds solar panels with cosmetic damage at $50 each. (Thanks Fee and friend).

One last thing as part of my crowdfunding “Rewards Program” I want to offer the chance to come on the bus and participate in classes as both a guest teacher and student. My question to you, my readers is: How much would you be willing to pay per night, B and B, to stay in the bus, attend classes and also give a daily class on your speciality of interest in health, sustainability, or digital literacy? Please leave your comments below.

In the meantime if you can spare a few dollars to help me fund this school and it’s running costs. Here is the link.

Peace and Love until next time.

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5 Foods That Age You

5 Foods that age you. Avoid these 5 foods if you want to stay youthful.
by James Arthur Warren

At 45 years old I look into the mirror and see a lot of grey hair. Most of it is on my face as my dreadlocks still have more gold hair than grey. I do however intend to keep my body young and healthy so that is why I exercise and eat well.

Here are 5 of what I consider to be the most ageing foods. These foods are very common and difficult to avoid but understanding how they age you is essential to staying younger longer.

  1. Sugar: Sugar is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. Carbohydrates are essential to survival but it is the quality of your carbohydrates that either age you or keep you youthful. Refined white sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) are have a very high glycemic index which means they are readily used by the body causing a spike in blood sugar levels. Many manufactured foods are packed with sugar because sugar tastes “nice” which makes foods more desirable. The initial boost from readily available sugars then quickly falls away leaving you sluggish and craving more sugar or another sugary soft-drink. As your energy level quickly drops your body thinks you are going into starvation or famine mode so it starts to store fat for the famine. The sugars and carbohydrates that occur naturally in fresh produce take longer for the body to absorb and process. The release of energy is more sustained over a longer period and the blood sugar level falls gradually. This has the effect of sustaining you longer. Sugar also causes blood acidity and requires that you eat lots of alkaline green vegetables, Sugar has many negative effects which include: brain sluggishness, but most importantly it slows down the ability of the body to heal itself and regenerate.
  2. Salt: Sodium chloride is a common and cheap flavour enhancer that is routinely added to food to make them more flavoursome. Unfortunately common salt is highly processed and is only two kinds of salt. There is enough naturally occurring salt in most foods. However, If you must add salt to your meal you should use a high quality salt such as himalayan crystal salt. Salt also causes blood acidity.
  3. Cow dairy: Dairy causes inflammation and mucus formation in the gut. This leads to a sluggish digestive system which is slower to eliminate toxins which cause ageing. Most dairy also contains hormones and antibiotics that are fed to the cows which also cause oxidative stress on the body. These hormones are then passed on in the milk.
  4. Meat: Meat, especially “factory farmed meat” and processed meats like bacon age the body because once again meat is one of the most acid forming foods. . An acidic diet is a diet that ages you and pulls calcium from your bones. Meat also causes inflammation because it contains saturated fats, Neu5Gc, a sugar molecule and arachidonic acid all of which increase inflammation. Processed meats like bacon and salami also contain sulphites and nitrites which are known to cause cancer. Meat also irritates the gut, cn cause hormonal imbalances and causes oxidative stress. Fried, grilled or barbecued meat also contains carcinogenic compounds that can alter DNA.
  5. “Bad” trans fats: There are a lot of good fat sources, coconut oil, avocado oil, flax, olive and fish oil. All of these have essential fatty acids that promote a youthful body. However the “bad” fats are the chemically altered fats. Trans fats also known as hydrogenated fats are chemically changed by heating. This alters the molecular structure so that a vegetable oil which is usually liquid at room temperature becomes a solid such as margarine. Heating any oil to extreme temperatures in the cooking process damages the fat so it is best to avoid too many fried foods if you don’t want to age.

So what is the solution?
Quit eating processed food and soft drinks full of sugar and change your diet to a plant based diet high in raw fruits and vegetables.

Check out my video for more information on these 5 ageing foods.

Reference: “Eat yourself young” by Elizabeth Peyton-Jones

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7 Ways to Speak Aussie English

7 ways to speak Aussie English or how to sound like an Australian Person
by James Arthur Warren

Yaama. This is the greeting of the Gamilaraay Nation. Bunda. That’s Gamilaraay for kangaroo. 

What does it mean to “Speak Australian”? What does it mean to be Australian? The people living on the Continent of Australia are of many different nations. The land is a true rainbow of nations with hundreds of First Nations and hundreds of Settler Nations all mixed up and all living together. The People of the Continent of Australia are plurinational but our identity can be best understood from the way we communicate with each other. The everyday language that is commonly used in Australia has egalitarian undertones with words like “mate” and “darl” that imply everyone is equal and respected.

Before I continue I want to acknowledge the Yuggera and Turrbal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which I write this blog post. This place I live in South Brisbane, was once called Woolloongabba. I also want to acknowledge all the ancestors past, the aunties and uncles, nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters living in the present and descendents in the future.

As an English as a Second Language teacher I have had many requests from migrants how to improve their pronunciation to sound more like a local. I have put together this short list of what I think are the 7 common things that Aussies say when they use their version of the English language.

Here are 7 simple ways that you can start using today to sound more Aussie when speaking Australian English. You can hear me say these things in the video below.

  1. G’day: This is a contraction of the words “good” and “day”
  2. Mate and Darl’: Mate is a word that signifies mutual respect and can be used with any male. Darl is short for “darling” and is usually used by women or for women.
  3. How ya goin’? This is the standard Aussie greeting and is a short from of “How are you going?”
  4. Cheers and Ta: These two words are often used in the place of “thank you.” However “cheers” can also be used as a goodbye.
  5. Shorten words and names then add a -y -ie or -o: Examples are breakfast=brekkie, biscuits=bickies afternoon=arvo, arvi or arv, push bike= pushie, chocolate-chockie, Steven=Stevo Wayne=Wayno. These forms of language are called diminutives and Aussies use them more than any other speakers of English and over 4300 have been recorded in our lexicon.
  6. Yous and Yas: Many Aussies have adopted the use a plural form of the word “you” by adding an “-s” at the end. This helps to avoid confusion about who you are addressing in conversation and is especially useful to address or say goodbye to a group of people collectively. E.g. “See yas later.”
  7. Deadly: This word is an adjective meaning awesome or very good and has origins and came into common use  as a positive adjective by the First Nations’ people 

Check out this video to help you understand how to use these Aussie words and phrases.

Comment added: I have been in English as a second language teacher for 13 years. In this time I have learned that it suits to be able to communicate in a single language because it promotes understanding. How we must preserve languages of all cultures because they carry knowledge that some languages don’t carry. It is absurd to insist that people who live in Australia speak English however it would be foolish not to speak English at the same time we must allow people to speak their own language because this allows them to preserve their culture and sense of identity. So when I lived in China with my family, of course I spoke English at home. I spoke Mandarin in public and in the streets I tried my best  which gained me acceptance, respect and many Chinese friends. My youngest son, his mother is French is also becoming is bilingual because it is important for him to understand the roots of his ancestry as well as the cultural norms that are incorporated into language. Having more than one perspective allows him then to be discerning between the two cultures and choose the best out of both worlds. What is most important is avoiding is ethno-centrism and dictating that other cultures adopt your way of living. This is what colonisation did and continues to do in Australia. Thus unfortunately we now have a ridiculous situation where we have the indigenous people being told “speak English this is Australia.”

If there is anything I’ve learnt in 13 years of English as a second language teaching and having taught over 100 nationalities, it is this. The plurinational nature of the people living on this continent all have something positive to offer that we all can learn from and this richness and diversity of culture,  languages and intercultural exchange should be encouraged for it allows intercultural understanding and positive societal change. However most important is that the First Languages are preserved so that the cultural knowledge of the ancestors can be passed on to the next generation because we can all benefit from a better understanding of the sustainable and gentle way the First Nations people lived and their cultural wisdom. 

Nukinya.  that’s how Kooris say see yas later. 

My name is James Arthur Warren and my dream is to build a mobile school teaching lifestyles of health and sustainability. This all takes money so you can help me help by donating to James’ Blue House Free Schools crowdfunding campaign at Gofundme.

If you would like to read more about Aussie slang and sound more like an Aussie then follow these links:

7 Benefits of Dancing

7 Benefits of Dancing

by James Arthur Warren

I love dancing. Anyone that knows me well has seen me enjoying a good dance and knows how I love dancing.

The Free Dictionary defines Dance as a verb meaning, “to move rhythmically usually to music, using prescribed or improvised steps and gestures.” [1] I dance because I enjoy moving to music. I love the freedom that I have when I am dancing. I danced a only little when I was a teenager but always enjoyed it nonetheless. My sisters took dancing lessons in ballet, tap and jazz but not I. It wasn’t until my last year of high school that my physical education class had an assessable dance component. I had to choreograph a dance with a partner and enjoyed it so much that I got top marks of all the boys in the class.

As I have become older and wiser I am fortunate to live in a city which offers all kinds of opportunities for dancing. Last year I was fortunate to dance with a group of people worldwide in the International Zouk Flash Mob 2014. I had never done any latin dancing so it was a challenge that I looked forward to each Sunday learning the steps building up to the excitement of a flashmob. On the 21st of September the Brisbane Mob, 136 of us gathered at South Bank Parklands and danced our routine without a hitch. You can watch the video below.

After the flash mob, I continued learning more Zouk dancing.This year I have had fun dabbling in other styles of dancing, foxtrot, tango, bachata, salsa and hip-hop. I did this at some free dancing classes that were held at South Bank Parklands as part of the Active Parks Dance Program. Listening to reggae music is another passion of mine and I enjoy nothing more than moving rhythmically to reggae. My love of reggae is one reason why I subscribe annually to public radio 4zZz fm [2] which has a reggae show each week called “The Yard” [3]. This year for subscribing I was rewarded with a pass to see House of Shem, a band from New Zealand, playing this Friday night. Once again I have the opportunity to dance and move my body rhythmically to music.
Here are just 7 of the many benefits that come from dancing.

  1. Fun: Dancing is enjoyable and makes people happy and smile. A month ago of was leaning to bachata with a large group of people doing a progressive dance where we changed partners after each routine. By the end of the song everyone had mastered the moved and had big smiles, were laughing and the feeling of joy had permeated all the dancers involved.
  2. Dancing improves your cardiovascular health: Dancing is a form of exercise which is quite vigorous and helps to improve your cardiovascular fitness.
  3. Dancing improves your coordination: Dancing involves moving rhythmically to music which improves your coordination. In order to dance a different style of music you need to learn new ways to move your body.
  4. Social: Dancing, especially social dancing is a great way to meet people and expand your circle of friends. You might even meet the love of your life dancing.
  5. Builds your confidence and self esteem: One of the most common excuses for not dancing is “I can’t dance” however this more often than not is code for “I have never tried or don’t want to try because I am shy that people might think I look funny and laugh at me.” Occasionally someone might laugh at someone dancing funnily but usually the dancer is having such a good time, enjoying themselves that they couldn’t care less what other people are thinking. Dancing helps people to get over social inhibitions and become more confident.
  6. Reduce stress and increase relaxation: Dancing allows you to forget the stresses and troubles of the life because dancing focuses you in the present. Why? To dance you need to both listen to and feel the music as well as concentrate on the moves. Dancing also uses up your energy so that when you stop you are more relaxed.
  7. Dancing gives you stronger bones: The more that you move the stronger your bones get.

Bonus Benefit boosts your memory because you need to remember “the moves” and think about where you will move next. A study in the New England Journal of medicine showed that frequent dancing was the physical activity most likely to protect against dementia. [4]

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Check out this video on the 7 benefits of dancing





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7 Ways to Detoxify Yourself and Live Longer

7 Ways to Detoxify Yourself and Live Longer

7 ways to naturally detoxify yourself or 7 ways to detox everyday

by James Arthur Warren

Detox: Comes from the word detoxify which is a verb meaning “to rid of poison or the effect of poison”. [1] Everyday in our lives, our bodies are constantly bombarded by a soup of chemicals and pollutants. Some of the poisons such as alcohol and sugar are willingly consumed because they produce a physical craving effect upon withdrawal. This is called addiction. Some poisons enter the body through the skin in micro concentrations from cosmetics and other so called “beauty” products. These poisonous pollutants can accumulate over time and if they aren’t eliminated can lead to the precipitation of ill health.

In order to keep well and stay well a precautionary and preventative approach is best if your intention is to live a long, healthy and happy life. For this reason, it is important to ensure your body is working efficiently so that it can clean and heal itself. This is where regular detoxification comes in. The following are 7 ways to detox everyday. These are simple but effective habits that can be incorporated into your life.


  1. Get more air. Oxygen. Breathe deep. Any competitive swimmer will tell you about the importance of breathing to their performance. Learning a deep breathing practice such as Quantum Pause Breathing (QPB) helps to get more oxygen into the blood which reaches all the cells in the body allowing them to work more efficiently. This helps to eliminate toxins. Breathing well also helps to detox the body because some toxins are exhaled. Deep breathing also helps you relax and deal with stress.A deep breathing technique such as QPB can be applied in any situation from daily meditation to sitting in traffic or a board meeting.
  2. Drink Quality Water: Without water a human can only last 3 to 5 days. Drinking more water increases cellular hydration. This allows cells to dispose of toxins more readily in the form of urine. However there is a big difference between clean and energised water and the water in a bottle of Coke. One way to detox is to make sure you are getting all the water that you need in a clean health form. That means cutting out and eliminating the soft drinks, sodas, hard drinks and  alcohol and replacing them with a good quality source of water. The most important times to drink water are first thing in the morning when you wake up and during exercise. This helps to hydrate your cells, aids urination and also aids digestion of your first meal. Ideally you should aim for 2 or more litres of water per day but this depends on your weight, your level of activity and where you live. [2] The best rule of thumb is aim for clear or light straw coloured urine. If your urine is dark, drink more water. [3]
  3. Add vitamin C. Vitamin C increases your glutathione. Glutathione is an antioxidant which helps your body detox. Lemons are  great source of Vitamin C and half a lemon can be squeezed into your first glass of water each day as an easy way to ensure you get your vitamin C. Lemon water has many other benefits that you can read about here.  
  4. Daily Yoga, the 5 Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation or Tai Chi. Setting your alarm 30 minutes earlier to do yoga or the 5 Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation will help detox you because these kinds of exercises stretch your body increasing the flow of blood to the finer capillaries which increases the body’s ability to get rid of toxins. These exercises also increase the efficiency of your lymphatic system which is responsible for regulating and managing the fluid levels in your body. [4]
  5. Stop poisoning yourself. Stop alcohol and cigarettes. You can’t detoxify if you keep putting toxins and poisons into your body. Alcohol is a poison and cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals. “Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. These cigarette ingredients include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT.” [5] You can get help to Quit Somking here
  6. Get physical. Exercise helps eliminate toxins through both perspiration and respiration processes.
  7. Go natural. Stop using deodorants, eating processed foods and other dangerous or unknown chemicals. There are a variety of natural, chemical free solutions for many of our daily household and body products. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to detox is to eliminate these chemicals from your life and replace them with  natural alternatives. Coconut oil for a moisturiser, apple cider vinegar for hair conditioner, vinegar and bicarbonate soda for cleaning, natural soap instead of body wash.

Check out my video 7 Ways to Detox.

Bonus way: Eat organically produced homegrown fruit and vegetables. Growing your own fruit and vegetables in a home garden has numerous benefits however it can also ensure you are consuming less toxins in the way of pesticide, herbicides and fungicides that are present in micro amounts in chemical based agricultural processes. Brocolli are one of the vegetables that uses a lot of chemicals in agricultural production. Growing your own is one way to ensure that there are no chemicals used in the production.

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7 Benefits of Eating Raw Food

7 Benefits of Eating Raw Food.

Along with air and water, food is essential to human survival. Like air and water there is a direct correlation with the quality of the food that you consume and your health and wellness. A diet high in raw fruit, vegetables and nuts has so many more benefits that the “Standard American/Australian Diet” (SAD) which has resulted in high rates of obesity and lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, tooth and bone decay and cancer.

One of the secrets to a lifestyle of health and sustainability is replacing processed and cooked food with natural foods that are raw. Choose produce direct from an organic farmer of even better homegrown using permaculture. Then you can walk outside and pick your broccoli leaves for your daily green juice make fresh salads with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and shallots.

I hear some of you saying,”I don’t like vegetables and eating salad every day would be boring.” It doesn’t have to be this way and my friend Gail has a great selection of raw cakes and desserts on her blog Gail’s raw temptations [1].

There are many benefits to increasing the proportion of your meals which raw. Ideally you should start by setting a goal of 50% raw foods, however the benefits of a raw diet really kick in when you reach 70% percent raw food.

  1. Improved health. Increasing the amount of raw food in your diet   
  2. The nutrients are readily available. Nutrients in raw food are readily  available for use in the body.
  3. The nutrients aren’t destroyed by cooking. Phytonutrients in plants are destroyed by cooking the food above 130 degree
  4. Consume a wider range of nutrients. People who choose to eat raw food consume a wider range of nutrients than people in a diet high in processed food.
  5. Less immune response. Eating cooked and processed food causes an immune response in the body. So by increasing the amount of raw food in your diet you can have less of an immune response.
  6. Weight loss. Moving away from a diet high in processed carbohydrates and low in nutrients towards a diet high in complex carbohydrates and fibre  
  7. Cheaper:  A raw food diet is cheaper because there are less add on costs such as manufacturing and less packaging. There is also less environmental cost in the production of edible foods.

Bonus Benefit: You can grow raw food at home in your own garden.

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7 Benefits of Yoga

7 benefits of yoga.

by James Arthur Warren.

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise originating in India. Daily yoga practice has many benefits, balance, flexibility and strength. Before starting any exercise regime it is important to be checked by a doctor. There are many Youtube videos on yoga but for beginners I recommend starting Yoga under the guidance of a teacher. A good teacher is important because they can correct your body position in the different yoga poses and help prevent injury.

Once you have taken some classes, yoga is a convenient set of exercises that you can do in the privacy of your own home. I have found that yoga provides me with an improved standard of living and I recommend making it a part of your daily routine of good habits.

Here are the 7 of the many benefits of yoga.

  1. Yoga improves your flexibility. With regular practice you will be able to touch your toes and have less aches and pains when moving.
  2. Yoga improves your balance. Yoga postures need attention to balance and with regular practice your balance improves.
  3. Yoga improves your focus. Yoga requires focus on body position, breathing, stretching and balance. Yoga is like meditation and a great way to destress and unwind from daily pressures and achieve quietness of mind.
  4. Yoga improves your strength. Yoga won’t make you look like a bodybuilder but it will improve your strength.
  5. Yoga gives you better circulation. Yoga gets the blood flowing better right throughout your body. It is especially beneficial to the fine capillaries in the extremities of your fingers and toes.
  6. Yoga helps you breathe better. Yoga requires focus on your breath and improves your lung capacity.
  7. Yoga makes you look better. Daily yoga will make you look fitter, helps people lose weight and results in improved posture.

Check out this Youtube video on the 7 benefits of yoga.

Bonus Benefit: Yoga gives you more energy. It gets the prana or chi flowing which gives you more energy in the day and also helps you sleep better.

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7 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water Daily

The 7 benefits of lemon water. 7 reasons why drinking lemon water every morning is good for your health.

by James Arthur Warren

Lemons are a healthy fruit. Lemons originated from the middle east at the base of the Himalayas and spread around the world as one of the most widely consumed tropical fruits. Lemons contain many bioactive compounds, vitamins and essential mineral that assist in maintaining healthy body function. These include ascorbic acid, vitamin C, thiamin, pantothenic acid, iron, riboflavin, fibre, vitamin B6, copper, folate, potassium, beta-carotenes, lutein, vitamin A, zeaxanthin. All of these compounds have many health benefits. [1]

Water is life for without water we can not live.

Lemon water is simple to make. Take a large glass of water and squeeze half a lemon into it. It is a great refreshing way to begin every morning when you first wake up and a healthy habit to get into.

  1. Lemon water hydrates your body. Water is an essential element to human survival. It is necessary for cell function and without water you would only survive for 3 to 5 days. After sleeping all night the body is dehydrated from respiration and drinking water rehydrates the body in order for it to work efficiently. There is evidence “that water plays an important role in both the specificity and affinity of protein-DNA interactions” [2]
  2. Lemons contain Vitamin C. Lemons are high in ascorbic acid, vitamin C which has numerous benefits. These include: fighting infections, repairing the skin and promoting healing.
  3. Lemon water helps you lose weight. There are benefits to drinking water that include weight loss [3]. However Lemons contain pectin which is a soluble fibre. Pectin helps prevent hunger cravings.
  4. Helps detox. [4] Firstly, you increase the amount of urine when you increase your water intake. This helps to eliminate toxins. However lemons contain citric acid which is known to inhibit toxins and also enhances the ability of your body to flush out toxins naturally. [5] [6]
  5. Lemon Water Aids Digestion. One of the components of lemons are citric flavonoids which aid in lipid (fat) metabolism.[7]
  6. Immune system boost. Lemons contain Vitamin C which is an immune system booster. Vitamin C is also good for relieving stress.
  7. Energy. Yes drinking lemon water gives you energy.

Check out this video for more infomation on the benefits of drinking lemon water.

Bonus Benefit: Drinking lemon water helps to give you fresh breath.

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