Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Have a Little Drink, If You Know What I Meeeeaan!

What does living in perfect health really mean? Some would say that it is impossible to have perfect health, while others would say perfect health is relative to the individual and what he wants to achieve in life. There really is no right answer when it comes to the subject of perfect health, however there is a protocol that will ensure levels of perfection that are undeniable. There are so many obstacles to just plain good health today that before one can think of perfection, these obstacles must be overcome and eliminated from everyday living and consumption. The first of many is alcohol. 

Alcohol has become so common place now that there is not one adult television show or movie that does not have drinking scene or one neighborhood that does not have an outlet/bar that sells liquor. Although over the last 500 years we have seen the devastating affects that alcohol consumption has had in the lives and health of billions of people it is still being marketed and sold in every corner of the world. I live in a very small village in the Central Region of Ghana West Africa. In my community we number about 200 people. In the village proper there are more than 5 bars that sell liquor in the smallest single shot packages to the largest bottles of "Snaps", they are open from morning till morning and there is always someone sitting for drinks. This addictive substance has become a detriment to many families and individuals. However, the majority of people still thinks it's alright to have a little drink

Let me tell you what liquor does to the body to get you high. When you take a drink of liquor, beer, whiskey or wine soon after a person feels "relaxed" or "whoozey" and many consider this a good feeling because it takes there mind off of their troubles and stresses. However what is really happening in the body is a toxic reaction to poison. Anytime you introduce alcohol into the body it immediately recognizes it as a poison and goes into defense mode. The blood vessels of the brain begin to constrict (tighten up) to protect the brain, which is the center of the central nervous system, this constriction is to stop as much of the poison from entering the brain, therefore the oxygen and blood supply to the brain is reduced which creates the high feeling and the reduced level of consciousness. In an effort to rid the body of the toxins as fast as possible many drunk or inebriated people will experience frequent urination' also as a defense to the poisonous drink. 

On a physical level alcohol adversely affects the stomach, the heart and liver. For a person who drinks alcohol frequently the tell tale signs will begin to show up on their face with the following: enlarged red sweaty nose, an enlarged tight upper lip, an enlarged juicy looking bottom lip, and glossy red eyes. (see Self Assessment: Facial Analysis for more details on what the face can reveal) It never fails that a chronic drinker will have one or more of these signs. The body tells everything! Another crucial side affect of drinking alcohol is creating an overly acid state in the body which depletes the body's calcium supply and blocks other nutrients from being assimilated. Not to mention the diseases that can eventually develop due to alcohol consumption that can induce heart failure, kidney failure and liver failure.

The bottom line is those that choose to be healthy don't choose alcohol.

Dr. Akua's Alcohol Detox Plan:
1) Get a health assessment from a qualified Naturopath. (One who doesn't drink.)
2) Get blood work done to determine the health of your vital organs.
3) Begin work of the emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances that make the use of alcohol necessary in dealing with life.
4) Use proven stop smoking techniques that include a nutrition plan, an alternative drink formula of herbs that regenerates the brain on a cellular level and curbs the taste of alcohol.
5) Join a support group and actively change your drunk friends and hangouts.
6) Hire a Life Coach To schedule a complimentary 15 minute consultation book with me today. Services

You can free yourself from the addiction of alcohol. Your health is valuable enough to commit to the try. 

Dr. Akua Gray
August 31, 2016
Houston, TX

Thursday, August 11, 2016

World Vegan Tour: Stop 3 - The Big D!

No mater where we travel, it is always a wonderful treat to find a completely raw restaurant. On our latest trip to Dallas, TX we were actually not thinking about raw, because the recommended spot for the best vegan food in Dallas, was a cooked vegan diner. Unfortunately, the diner was closed on the day we had available to eat out. So I ventured to to see what the alternative had to offer in vegan cuisine in Dallas. They had a lot of the usual Asian food type eateries that came up however, we’ve been there and done that, and unless I’m in Thailand, which I do plan on visiting soon, we’ve had just about everything vegan in Thai food. I was on the quest for something unique and guess what I found! BE RAW: Food and Juice Cafe in a cozy little village type shopping area that boasted an irresistible menu of live foods, raw vegan drinks and desserts.

You know the pictures on websites always make places look much bigger than they really are and this restaurant was tiny, in fact so small that you walk through the cashier station and kitchen to get to the coed bathroom. However, you know big things can come in small packages and the flavors and quality that Be Raw is putting out is tremendously big! I really love fresh organic food the flavors. 

We were greeted by the most knowledgeable host. He was super friendly and his suggestive selling presentation made you want to order it all. And I think we did because the bill was close to $100. Anyway spare no expense for organic and quality. Ok, enough of the side bars, let’s get to the food.

We started off with fresh young jelly coconuts and fresh squeezed organic green juice, now how many eateries have this? 

Then we moved on the entrees which included a sunflower seed tuna inspired sandwich, taco salad and Rawcos (tacos)! Take a look at these!

 Often times there is the misconception that raw food restaurants don't give you enough food. This was not the case with Be Raw. The serving portions were very filling and delicious. I like to taste every part of the vegetation in my meals and the mixture of fresh and dehydrated veggies in the taco salad was the best when it came to flavor. Chenu really liked the sunflower pate "tuna" sandwich, however I didn't find it very flavorful and only took a few bites from my portion of the dish. There were so many other things I would have loved to have tried on the menu but my stomach was just not going to have any overeating, so we finished off with the vegan cookies and cream cheesecake and cacao donuts holes.

We also had a visitor with us on this trip, Abena came to visit from NYC for the weekend and the food and fellowship was divine. She had the Rawsanga that you see pictured at the top of the page and her plate was empty too when it was all over. Dallas, TX has a real treat for you in the raw and we give this vegan spot 4.5 ankhs.

Dr. Akua Gray
Houston, TX
August 11, 2016