The Signs Of A Stroke

Last Monday our eternal Dylan McKay (from a beloved 90s tv show Beverly Hills 90210), the actor Luke Perry passed away from a stroke. He was only 52. 😔

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Many people believe that a stroke only happens to older people, but this is not accurate. It can happen at any age, from a children to young adults and middle-aged people. It is only more common among the elderly. But in the last decade there has been a 44% increase in stroke cases in younger people. And women are more likely to have a stroke than men. It is the third most common cause of death for us. So, we should pay close attention to the warning strokes’ signs.

And here are the 3 main signs of a stroke that anyone, at any age, should be aware of:

  • Face drooping. – Does one side of the face droop or does it feel numb?
  • Arm weakness. – Is one arm numb or weak? Is it possible to raise both arms? Weakness in the leg or face can also be a sign. Especially but not only if felt in one side.
  • Slurred or Jumbled speech. – Is the person unable to speak or speaks but it is hard to understand? Confusion can also be a red flag.

Additional signs can include:

  • Sudden inability to see from one or both eyes.
  • Sudden inability to walk.
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden major headache.

If by any chance you have one of these symptoms or notice anyone around you having it, rush to the hospital. It is important to address it asap.

My mother had a stroke around her 60s due to a rare syndrome called Broken Heart or Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. She fully recovered with no side effects but besides the good care she had afterwards, she was rushed to the hospital asap. It was pretty scared. She just had came from the hospital after a heart procedure and had to go back. Thankfully her recover was pretty quick and uneventful. 🙏

That is why is so important to rush for help. It is your best chance.

And although at some cases the stroke cannot be preventable, like my mother’s case for instance, there are a few things you can do to prevent the preventable ones such as:

  • Keep your blood pressure lower.
  • Maintain a health weight.
  • If you have diabetes, treat it and keep it under control.
  • Exercise frequently.
  • Don’t drink or drink in moderation.
  • Treat atrial fibrillation.
  • Don’t smoke. Ever.

Sources: Market Watch. and Harvard Health Publishing.

One Minute Breath Meditation

Today in my Kundalini calendar with quotes and thoughts from Yogi Bhajan, there was this invitation to do this One Minute Breath Meditation. I am actually already doing it for the last 55 days, more or less, as a part of a Kriya I am doing everyday for 90 days. I just do a 3 minutes of it daily but it is quite powerful and interesting. Especially now that I can almost do the whole 200 seconds for each part.

“When you practice one breath a minute, then you become Pavan Guru—you become the light and knowledge of the prana, and then you know the Universe, the Universe knows you.”
-Yogi Bhajan 7/26/96

This is how you should do it:

Sit in a meditation posture. Spine straight, neck a bit pulled in. Breathe normally for a few seconds. Try to relax. Then you can start: inhale for 20 seconds, hold your breath for 20 seconds, exhale for 20 seconds. If you cannot do it for 20 seconds, try doing it for 10 seconds each. The important things here is do it the same amount of time for each part of this breathing meditation. And after a while try to go up til you reach the 20 seconds.

Twenty seconds to inhale, twenty seconds to hold, twenty seconds to let it out. It takes one minute. And if you just practice eleven to thirty-one minutes, your blood itself will become a warrior against disease.” -Yogi Bhajan

You can do this meditation for 3 minutes, 7 minutes, 11 minutes, 31 minutes or 62 minutes.

In Kundalini we always start with a mantra Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, chanted 3 times with hands in the prayer pose. And we close with a long Sat and a short Nam at the end.

The Benefits of This Meditation:

  • It improves the cooperation between the brain hemispheres.
  • It calms you down, your anxiety, fear and worries.
  • It opens you to one’s presence and the presence of spirit.
  • It helps to develop your intuition.

“If you want things to be done for you so you don’t have to do anything, then you must breathe from one to five or six breaths per minute. If you can practice that, then you can attract the Universe to you. It is no secret. It’s a simple thing. The longer and deeper your breath is, the more your psyche attracts everything to you—it’s a way to prosperity.”  -Yogi Bhajan

Source: 3HO. There you can find more info on this Meditation.

One Single Mistake You Should Not Make When You Start Meditating

And the mistake you should not make when you start meditating is to think that because you cannot keep your thoughts away, switch off your mind completely, therefore you are not meditating. NewsFlash: Even if thoughts show up you are indeed meditating. According to Transcendental Meditation (the one I practice every day, usually twice a day), thoughts are stress being released. They are not your problem, your enemy, the thing on your way to meditate. They are just a part of it. Embrace it. Let it be. And let it go. Just don’t be attached to any of them. In TM (Transcendental Meditation) we use a given mantra to mentally chant when thoughts pass by. The idea is to bring the mantra when thoughts show up and let it go as well. The mantra is personal, but you can actually choose one mantra and focus on it whenever a thought comes up. It helps.

I kind of liked the way my face looks like a version of yin and yang, darker from one side and lighter from the other. Hehehe

In my case, sometimes I just let the thoughts be. Because knowing that thoughts are stress being released helped me a lot to let wherever happen, happens when I sit to meditate. Without any need to control the experience. That was my a-ha moment, my breakthrough. And it was because I am a very mental person. My mind is always active, never shuts up. So fighting it, trying to control it was not helping me, au contraire. And ever since I just accept that as it is, my meditation has improved immensely.

And yes, thoughts are still very much part of it. An a-ha moments are very rare. But what I feel afterwards is that my mind is rested, more calm despite all the thoughts coming and going; I get more focus, more relaxed and yet feeling more energetic. That is why I meditate: to give myself this break to recharge.

So, don’t measure your meditation skill by how empty you let your mind be; measure by the way it makes you feel afterwards, when you go back to your daily life.

Some Flavored/Infused Water Recipes

If you need a little help to drink plenty of water every single day because keeping our body hydrated is paramount take a note of some really good flavored water recipes to give a try:

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Here you can find other suggestions for a flavored water recipes. Or you can try a mix of your own using fruits and herbs you like. I for instance love the smell and taste of cardamom, so my next flavored water try will be with it.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

I already told you about my crush on moisturizer. But I am also very enthusiastic about keeping my inner body hydrated. I know it is a cliché but I do believe that we need to nourish ourselves inside first. Without it, no matter what we do outside, the outcome is never gonna be optimal, to say the least.

Add some flavor to your water could help to drink plenty of water daily.
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Our body, aka this wonderful and powerful machine uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. All those functions require water, plus we loose water breathing, sweating, and digesting food, therefore it’s super important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water, like soups, some vegetables like zucchini, for instance.

The amount of water everyone needs vary according a number of factors, such as the climate one lives in, how much one sweats, how physically active a person is and whether or not someone is having heath issues or a disease. And because of that one thing I do since ever is to drink some liquid all along the whole day. I try my best to never feel thirsty. And for that I drink lots of tea, kombucha, coconut water and water. Those are my fixes. And it has been for years. And I do believe it has helped my skin looking pretty good, my metabolism, my digestion… And speaking of digestion, keeping ourselves hydrated could help you to deal with constipation, a common feature among us, menopausers and perimenopausers.

And how ab out you? How do you keep yourself hydrated from inside out? Let’s talk.