5 Steps to Survive- when the air you breathe is killing you

5 Steps to Survive- when the air you breathe is killing you

Delhi Air Pollution

Over the last week we’ve been hearing numerous stories of friends, family members and loved ones of Thrive Tribe getting impacted by what’s happening to the air in Delhi. With crop burning and Diwali crackers, the air in Delhi and surrounding areas is now a poisonous mix of particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide, cadmium and other chemicals and heavy metals. 

How do these affect your health?
Particulate matter(PM) is a complex mixture of extremely small particles and liquid droplets. These when inhaled affects both the heart and lungs, numerous studies have proven the negative impact of PM on your heart and lung health. 
Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s are carcinogenic in nature and can trigger genetic mutation at a cellular level
Carbon monoxide can cause dizziness, sweating, restlessness, visual distortion, nausea and even loss of consciousness
Sulphur oxide and Nitrogen oxide are both irritants and can irritate mucus layers in your eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract which explains why everyone’s eyes are burning

Apart from this, this air can also impact your cognitive ability- your ability to think and work productively. Your brain needs oxygen to function optimally, and when you are breathing poisons instead of oxygen it starts creating symptoms like excessive irritability, anger, and loss of productivity. 

Of course, this (the Gas Chamber called Delhi) is a monstrosity that we have created and it teaches us there really are no limits to human stupidity.

However, now that the problem is created and damage is being done, here are some solutions from Thrive to help you get through this situation and allow your body to heal. 

STEP 1 Create as much clean breathable air around you as possible Create clean Air

How?

  1. Invest in a good quality air purifier at least for your bedroom– this is where you spend the longest time and sleep is when your body is naturally in a recovery mode. Ensure that you are breathing clean air in this room. Get a H12 or H13 HEPA filter with a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 2 at medium speed. Ensure it has a carbon filter that weighs at least 500 gms. Pick one that has a noise level below 50 DB at medium speed with a washable pre-filter. If it has sensors to indicate Air quality then that’s even better. Keep the air purifier on for as long as there are people in the room. 
  2. Bring in indoor plants, they are a gift from this planet to us. They remove pollutants by absorbing harmful gases and VOC’s and create clean air for us. The best ones to get are Money plant ( Five 8 inch pots per person), Areca Palm (Four shoulder high plants per person), Snake Plant (Six plants per person), Bamboo (Four shoulder high plants)
  3. Avoid lighting agarbattis, using candles and room fresheners and loose powders- these add to indoor air pollution
  4. Wear a good quality air mask when outdoors

Step 2 Ensure you eat food that heals and regenerates your body Fresh fruits and vegetables

  1. Please ensure you buy as much organic produce as possible
  2. Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables- and we mean really colorful

– dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and arugula
– yellow orange vegetables like carrots, pumpkins, bell peppers, 
– all fruits, with extra special focus on fresh/ frozen berries. 
– eat as much raw as you can
– Lots of amla/ gooseberries- has extremely bio-available Vitamin C
– eat sprouts

3.  Have Coriander- Parsley chutney, both these herbs pull out heavy metals and toxins from your body. Please WhatsApp us on 7796692504 for the recipe

4.  Avoid animal products, especially dairy in all forms. These are loaded with toxins and hormones that are anyway bad for your health. Plus animal protein creates inflammation in the human body even in a healthy environment.And it’s really high in fat which overloads your liver (your primary organ for detox). So do yourselves a favour and avoid all animal products if not forever then at least until the air clears up a bit.

5. Avoid excess fat in your diet– refined oils, ghee, too many nuts and seeds. There are two reasons for this, one- the liver is the primary organ involved in fat metabolism and in a normally functioning system this is what the liver is supposed to do- process fat. But when you are overexposed to toxins and poisons from your environment then the liver takes on the burden of having to remove these toxins from your body and dietary fat at a time like this can clog up the liver and create a build up of toxins in your system. Secondly, heavy metals can get oxidized into harmful oxidative molecules in the presence of fat, these then cause cellular damage that results in disease. 

Step 3: Supplement with nutrients that support respiratory and cardiovascular health and act as antioxidants in your body. Supplements

 Which ones?

  1. B-12
  2. Zinc
  3. Vitamin C
  4. MSM
  5. NAC
  6. Magnesium

 Please WhatsApp us on 7796692504 for which ones for dosages and brand recommendations

Step 4: Bring in the healing power of herbs and herbal teas 

Herbal Teas

  1. Nettle leaf tea
  2. Lemon balm tea
  3. Thrive’s Healing tea- This is an incredibly healing tea, please WhatsApp us on 7796692504 for the recipe
  4. Lomatium root

Step 5: Practice breath work

If you have a regular breath work practice like Pranayam, you could continue with it. IF you don’t have one, then this one by Soma Breath is absolutely incredible. Click here for a link to the Breath meditation

Implement these 5 steps, and we guarantee you will breathe a little easier despite the pollution. If you need to learn more or need help with specific symptoms, please reach out to us and we’ll be more than happy to help. 

10 Reasons To Join Thrive

10 Reasons To Join Thrive

1. We believe YOUR personal transformation is the best gift you can offer to the world

Your personal growth journey has a massive impact on your people, your groups, your networks and your entire ecosystem, more than you can fathom. When you begin healing yourself, you start affecting the whole and everyone around you benefits. That’s why we do everything in our power to enable your personal transformation and growth while you are with us. Simply because there can be nothing more valuable to us than your growth because as you heal and grow, so will we as a company.

2. We operate from a place of love for LIFE

Thrive is a healing service, one that empowers people through knowledge. Our faith in ‘an abundant life’ is our inspiration and we love everything that life encompasses. Our holistic approach to healing anyone is a manifestation of this very love. One cannot be healed without examining and fixing the obstacles in their environment and life that affect them. This includes their relationships, their finances and their growth opportunities. It also includes taking a good hard look at how close are they to fulfilling their soul’s true desires and living the life of their dreams. Compassionately experiencing their journey with them and helping them overcome each obstacle one day at time is how Thrive heals. At Thrive, nothing is more important than creating a safe space for anyone’s healing journey. And this is possible only when we operate from a space of deep love.

3. We are deeply inspired by the whole and we believe in creating a community where employees, customers, mentors, vendors all get integrated into one huge TRIBE

We as humans were meant to exist in a tribe. We are inherently designed to work together towards the greater good of the tribe out of feelings of mutual love, trust and connectedness. In return, as a whole, the tribe would always have your back. You could make mistakes, fail and the tribe would always hold the space for you to learn and grow. This is how we are designed as a species. To work together as one whole unit. In addition, at Thrive we are deeply aware that for the human species to truly thrive at peak health, we have to integrate with the Earth as a whole. That’s why we keep our focus on integrating all our practices into sustainable solutions that do no harm to our home- this beautiful Planet Earth.

4. We learn and grow exponentially in the field of NUTRITION

Learning is a big part of our DNA. Thrive has a people first model of healing. We match the practices to the person and do not force fit the person into a practice or method. In doing so, each person that comes to Thrive teaches us something new about human health. This forces us to keep learning because at no point will ever know everything there is to know about health and nutrition. In fact, despite our numerous success stories our grounding belief is that we don’t know anything. This keeps us open to learning and also allows us to accept our failures cheerfully as another opportunity to learn and grow. This approach helps us create a space of learning for all our clients as well and those clients that are able to trigger their own learning curve, enjoy their partnership with Thrive a lot more. This way, the joy of seeing someone recover is absolutely special.

5. We truly believe HAPPINESS is the key to Productivity

It turns out our brains are literally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are negative or even neutral but when they are positive. 70% of your waking hours are going to be spent at work, why not make those the happiest damn moments of your lives? Positive people improve team and group performance, it’s a ripple effect, an emotional contagion. To do this, we don’t have any office rules based on dogma. We believe humans are inherently trustworthy and in the right environment, with the right goals they can be trusted to do their best for the greater good and will show up as beautiful and happy beings. We celebrate this beauty in you and do everything we can to ensure that your happiness is never compromised on. This means lots of best friends, fun, growth, meaningful work, adventure and impromptu celebrations so that you are your happiest best while you are at Thrive.

6. Our culture is founded on empathy, respect, authenticity, gratitude, compassion and huge dollops of appreciation

A big part of our work is listening empathetically- our clients are people who’ve been suffering. They’ve been through the modern medicine system, met doctors and have found no relief. When they come to us, many of them feel relieved that there is someone who can understand what they are saying. – no matter how mysterious or ‘in their mind’ it sounds. This ability to listen with empathy permeates through everything we do. We are authentic about our screw ups and our mistakes and are honest when we don’t have all the answers, not just with our clients but with each other too. That transparency keeps the culture at Thrive sparkling clean and creates real bonds of friendship among people. Gratitude is another foundation block at Thrive, not only are we thankful to every single person who trusts us and chooses to partner with us for their health goals, we are also grateful to every single employee and partner of Thrive that has taken us closer to our goal of healing 1 Million people. Thrive exists because of your support and for that we are always grateful. Besides this, we really like celebrating and that’s what we do every time we see your awesomeness shine through. The more awesome you are, the more we celebrate you. Expect a lot of fun.

7. We pride ourselves on being a humanity plus company.

We believe that our work serves in pushing the human race forward. We are not only teaching people how to eat healthier and how to take care of their bodies, but also teaching them about sustainable lifestyles by choosing products that do not harm the planet. With this approach we are actually reinventing the entire healthcare model. In our vision to serve the world by healing 1 Million people, we are pushing humanity forward and in doing so, we are leaving a better world for our future generations.

8. We believe in Magick

Every time we help someone heal, we are awestruck by the unbounded healing potential of the human body. The speed at which a body reverses chronic health issues and brings a person into a state of vitality and well-being often feels like pure magick. Plus, we are big believers in the power of meditation, in setting intentions, in new moon and full moon circles, in making wishes and in the general abundance of the universe in granting these wishes. Do expect sage cleansing, chants, healing crystals, angel statues and incense burning in the workplace.

9. We are obsessed about taking your health to the next level

From quarterly blood tests to in office workouts to ensuring you eat the right food we will keep a watch on your health obsessively. We do this for two reasons-

         a. We know that for any of Thrive’s employees to live up to our values, they would have to be in a place of good health, brimming with life and vitality so that we can fulfill our mission of healing 1 million people.

           b. For us to be able to heal the world outside of Thrive with integrity each one of us has to be shining examples of optimal health so that we may reflect this health within our families, our networks and our community. We walk the talk and in doing so, we inspire others to come to us to learn how take charge of their health.

10. We do genuinely care about how you feel

We are a conscious company and that includes being conscious of the fact that human beings are inherently gifted with a range of emotions and feelings. We do not expect you to be in a autopilot robot mode while you are at work. The quality of your work will always be impacted by how you
feel, so we ensure that we create an environment where you feel abundant, trusted, happy, powerful, inspired, respected, knowledgeable, deeply cared for and celebrated. Any obstacles that get in the way of you feeling this will be worked upon.

Puberty, PMS, Menopause: 3 things you could do to make it pain and struggle free

Puberty, PMS, Menopause: 3 things you could do to make it pain and struggle free

PMS

If you are a woman reading this, you need no introduction to the subject. If you are a man reading this, then you aren’t too much of a stranger to this subject either, unless you’ve been living on Mount Athos

For 80%  of all menstruating women, that time of the month when your uterus makes it’s presence known loud and clear is a not a laughing matter. More than 150 symptoms have been attributed to PMS! The symptoms are so common that the medical community considered discarding the term “PMS” and accepting the symptoms as normal! This attitude trivializes the daily significance of PMS for the millions of women women who suffer from it.

For at least 5% of all menstruating women, the symptoms of PMS are so severe that they are incapacitated on a monthly basis. For many women, even moderate PMS can interfere with work and can disrupt everything from parenting to social relationships. In addition, if PMS symptoms weren’t enough, for most women menopause has become something to dread. Plus, now that little girls as young as 8 and 9 are hitting puberty (which isn’t normal, but more on that subject in another blog post), that’s far too many years of you being your held hostage by your biology right from puberty up until you hit menopause.  PMS

But is it really your biology holding you hostage? What’s really going on? Most theories blame your hormones, inflammation, prostaglandins, neurotransmitters etc making you believe that you really have no control over what’s going on in your body.

Symptoms such as depression, diarrhea, bloating, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, and mood swings are often blamed on PMS. That blame is inaccurate. These symptoms, like the supposed symptoms of menopause (night sweats, hot flashes, fatigue, dizziness, weight gain, digestive issues, bloating, incontinence, headaches, moodiness, irritability, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations, trouble concentrating, memory issues, insomnia and other sleep disorders, vaginal dryness, breast sensitivity, joint pain, tingling, hair loss or thinning, dry or cracked skin, and dry or brittle nails), are actually from underlying health conditions such as a sensitive central nervous system, IBS, heavy metal toxicity or chronic viral and bacterial infections. 

These symptoms become more apparent at this particular time in your cycle because the menstruation process takes up 80 percent of your body’s reserves. The 20 percent left over cannot manage the health conditions that your immune system normally keeps at bay. This is another prime example of how far conventional medicine is from understanding women’s health. Rather than pointing to the reproductive system as the reason for a woman’s suffering at her time of the month, we should look at it as a messenger. Rather than drowning the signals in painkillers, steroids, immunosuppressants and antibiotics we need to support both the immune system and the reproductive system with healing foods and herbs.

Your uterus is a maker of life. It sustains life for 9 months.Cute Uterus It’s a space where a living being has to be nurtured and protected. Your uterus is a fierce protector of life. This is its primary role. Does it make any sense at all that a healthy and natural life process should be causing so many problems? 

Over the last few decades thanks to an overload from the environment, we have been overexposed to radiation, toxic heavy metals, mutated versions of viruses and bacteria and chemicals like DDT. These are invisible intruders in our lives, and are the root cause of the chronic illness epidemic that we are witnessing in our times. We are exposed to these and absorb these over our lifetime. These can even be passed down generation to generation and can get stored in our internal organs like the brain, the gut, the liver, pancreas and even the uterus. These cause your underlying health dysfunctions, the ones that become so apparent during PMS and menopause. Your biology is not holding you hostage.It’s in fact sending you signals that there are intruders in your body that need to be dealt with.  Your depression, diarrhea, bloating, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, and mood swings are all indicators that something deeper needs to be fixed.

What triggers the pain though?

Abdominal PainWell, the space in our abdominal and pelvic cavity is actually quite cramped. Every organ fits in there snugly and there’s no empty/ extra space. When any of the above factors triggers lymphedma or fluid retention, this excess fluid starts putting pressure on everything around it, there really is no place for your internal organs to go. This pressure itself makes everything uncomfortable. The nerves in your abdominal and pelvic cavity are being touched by this pressure and start sending pain signals to your brain, and that is what triggers the pain. To relieve yourself of the pain and discomfort, here are 3 things that you can do reduce your pain and suffering. 

1. INCLUDE the following foods in your diet 

Wild blueberries, Asparagus, Avocados, Apples, Spinach, Black grapes, Cranberries, Cruciferous vegetables, Leafy greens and Cucumbers

These will boost your immune system and support your reproductive system

2. ADD the following herbs and nutrients to your daily routine

Lemon balm, Red clover, Nettle leaf, Licorice root, Zinc, Vitamin B12, Folic acid, B-Complex, Vitamin D3, and Plant based Omega-3’s

3. EXCLUDE the following foods from your diet

Dairy, Wheat, Eggs, Corn, Canola Oil, MSG/ Natural Flavors/ Preservatives, Refined Sugar, Processed Foods

These foods not only cause inflammation, but also feed pathogens leading to a higher toxic load on your system.

If you struggle with issues you’ve always thought of as PMS, reach out to me to explore what could really be causing your symptoms and let’s address that true cause. Periods should be easy. You needn’t go through the pain. You deserve a stress-free menstrual cycle.

Functional Nutrition : An Emerging Health Field

Functional Nutrition : An Emerging Health Field

Introduction to Functional Nutrition

Functional nutrition focuses on food to solve health issues rather than masking the symptoms.

Food has always been the cornerstone of any regimen that one undergoes to improve his or her health. Yet, we tend to often overlook it as a cure for all the root causes of health problems that we face. That is where functional nutrition comes into the picture.

What is Functional Nutrition?

Functional Nutrition (FN) is defined as the analysis of the molecular way in which food affects the human body. This views the individual as a different set of functional cells. FN provides a diet according to that. It supports the normal recovery mechanisms of the body rather than attacking the symptoms or the effect directly. FN stresses that health isn’t only the absence of any illness but the state of immense vitality. Instead of prescription of drugs, Functional nutrition addresses the root cause of the problem. FN does this by asking vital questions such as, “Why do you have the problem in the first place?” and “Why has this function been lost?”

Image Courtesy : Southwest Functional Medicine

What does Functional Nutrition address?

Firstly, let us look at what nutrition means. Nutrition is the intake of food, in consideration of the body’s dietary needs. Good nutrition – adequate, balanced diet, enough intake of water, protection from toxins and toxic thoughts and a proper exercise regimen – all contribute to a healthy body. When it comes to caring for our body, we focus on masking the symptoms than treating the root cause. For example, if a person is overweight, he or she will usually go join a gym for an external weight loss regimen rather than treating the root cause, which is dietary glycemic overload, food sensitivities, inflamed intestine, intestinal permeability or a chronic hormonal disorder like metabolic syndrome, thyroid or diabetes most of the times. Functional Nutrition addresses the root cause of the problem rather than trying to artificially mask the symptoms.

Think of a leaking boat, conventional efforts are like taking a bucket and bailing out the water it as it fills up. That’s like working out to lose weight. Its physically and emotionally exhausting and when you stop the water fills up again. That’s why people who reduce or stop their workout become overweight again. The same goes for other efforts like reducing calories and going on ketosis etc. The moment you stop the effort you become overweight again.

Functional nutrition says a normal boat should not fill up with water, so we find the leak and fix it. The boat is then normal again. The boat can have multiple leaks in multiple locations, different boats can have different kinds and sizes of leaks. No matter what the problem is we can find and fix it. We presented weight gain only as an example, because its very visible. Even if you aren’t overweight, if you aren’t filled with vitality, motivation and joy your boat is leaking in some way. And we would be honored to fix it. Because we believe a human life is precious, beautiful and divine.

Functional Nutrition and its benefits.

We stress on the optimal food and way of eating for each person to regulate the normal functional of his/her body. The most important thing that it does is realign our relationship with food. With the increased intake of fresh fruits, leafy vegetables, multi grains etc, our body begins to regain an ability to heal from an injury or illness. It also improves our energy drastically and our satiety. We emphasize the importance of subjective nutrition choices for you according to your body. For example, by lab testing, we can find out the particular foods that you are allergic to that are causing inflammatory responses in you. This test would detect if you have an inflammatory condition due to food. You can cure many inflammatory diseases that came by eating the wrong foods  by simply avoiding these foods.

A case in point

Consider this example of a 40 year old male patient who came to us with diabetes. His fasting blood sugar would often cross 110 mg/dl and after his meals (post prandial) it was often 140 mg/dl, this was due to his habit of having a small glass of yogurt (curd) and some ghee after every meal. His IgE antibodies food allergy test showed he was allergic to yeast present in the yogurt and his IgG antibodies food intolerance test showed he was intolerant of milk and milk products and yeast. So his lifelong habit of having a cup of yogurt and some ghee had created a chronic inflammation in the gut, triggering intestinal permeability.

This in turn caused the immune IgE and IgG antibodies to trigger a systemic inflammation which led to elevated cortisol levels, which led to elevated blood sugar, which led to diabetes and was going to lead towards cancer had we not done the blood work.

If you recall the leaky boat example, having yogurt and ghee was the leak. Which he easily fixed by giving up the habit, we taught him how to make a satisfying low saturated fat and low glycemic load alternative to the yogurt and the ghee. Next was to take out all the water that had come into the boat, chronic inflammation, leaky gut and diabetes. We managed to reverse this completely in 3 months, with key support molecules taken as supplements, just in time for his 41st birthday. And he reported 15 kgs of weight loss and better sleep, vitality, clarity and positive mood. He also managed to double his turnover in his monthly business in just 3 months of clear headedness.

In conclusion,

Functional Nutrition is emphasizes our need for nutritious food. We aim to help you to start an intake of food beneficial to your body and repair the residual damage with the right molecular support via supplements. In functional nutrition we address the root cause of chronic diseases rather than trying to artificially mask the symptoms.