Gaia Retreat Center is a health and wellness center that supports people in body, mind and spirit through our signature detox and meditation retreats as well as the opportunity to rent space for group retreats.
Natural coconut water served to you on arrival, contains 5 key electrolytes: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus which are water-soluble molecules and minerals that help a sluggish system and refreshing way to hydrate post flight.
You can eat your way to hydration as well and here are some of our top picks from the island:
Cucumber: 95% water
Zucchini: 94% water
Cauliflower: 92% water
Tomato: 94% water
Red Dragonfruit: 86% water
Discover our upcoming detox / transcendental meditation signature retreats and how you can gift yourself or loved ones at Gaia Retreat Center in Ubud, Bali: www.gaiaretreatcenter.com
Do you remember the last time you walked barefoot on the beach, through the forest or in the rice fields and simply reconnected with the Earth? How good did it feel?
One of the highlights on our Detox and Transcendental Meditation retreats as well as a fantastic add-on to your private group retreat, is taking our guests out to a refreshing 1.5 hour stroll in the rice fields of Ubud, led by our local Balinese villa manager and botanist at heart, Pak Ngurah.
Earthing is something we are lacking as a society. It’s not just the lack of light and vitamin D that makes us feel low and blue. Our bodies need direct contact with the earth to charge and discharge naturally on an energetic level. .
The idea behind earthing is that the surface of the earth emits a natural magnetic frequency that assists with our circadian rhythm, hormonal cycles, and absorption of negatively charged free electrons which can reduce cellular oxidation and stress.
The body is composed mostly of water and minerals which are excellent free conductors of electrons from the Earth providing there is *direct skin contact* for them to flow through.
This process can also help during times of intense anxiety and panic attacks. Being able to feel the ground beneath your feet, is a great way to try to ground yourself during these times.
Whether you’re struggling with stubborn belly fat, concerning skin break-out or brain fog, you’re likely dealing with low-level chronic inflammation’s effects upon your body.
Inflammation is a complex process involving various cells and chemicals, a necessary part of our immune system. If a threat is detected by the immune system, chemicals like histamine are released that cause blood vessels to dilate, permitting white blood cells to arrive to clean up the area.
Inflammation can be activated acutely or long-term. Acute inflammation is the response in your body when dealing with an infection, bug bite, cut on the finger or a sprained ankle. Inflammation, without it, we would not heal. The best part about acute inflammation is that it goes away.
While inflammation can protect our health when it’s an acute response, chronic inflammation is a different story. Many health concerns and illnesses are caused by the chronic activation of inflammatory pathways. These include brain fog, weight gain, faster aging, acne, autoimmunity, atherosclerosis of heart arteries and many more.
An important component to cultivating optimal health is to reduce chronic inflammation in the body. And what research is now showing is that our gut is the core center of optimal wellness.
More than half of our immune defenses are located in our gastrointestinal tract. And the foods that we eat everyday can be inflammatory and initiate a chronic response if eaten over and over, and other foods can be anti-inflammatory.
Here are the common food, other than gluten, that triggers gut inflammation:
You already know that sugar is bad — but did you know that it fans the flames of inflammation in your gut? When you eat sugar, it triggers the release of pro-inflammatory molecules called cytokines that stimulate the inflammation process. Sugar will feed the growth of yeast, candida and bad bacteria, which will further damage your gut.
2. SEED OILS
Oils like canola, corn, sunflower, safflower, and soybean—as well as margarine and vegetable fats—are highly processed and contain an unhealthy ratio of inflammatory omega-6 to anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which kick-start the inflammatory process.
3. PROCESSED & PRE-PACKAGED FOODS
Not only they are lack of nutrition values and fibers, highly processed food contain unhealthy fats, free radicals and toxins (e.g. BPA), that burden to digestive and immune system.
4. CONVENTIONAL MEAT, POULTRY AND DAIRY
It’s estimated that 75 percent of the adult population cannot properly digest dairy, and improper digestion and food intolerances are a major source of chronic inflammation. Also, conventional meat, poultry and dairy contain antibiotics, artificial hormones and chemicals that can disrupt the balance of our gut environment.
5. UNSPROUTED GRAINS, NUTS, BEANS AND SEEDS
The problem with unsprouted grains, nuts, beans and seeds is that they contain large amounts of nutrient blocker or anti-nutrients called phytic acid and lectins. Phytic acid inhibits our digestive enzymes that breaks down starch and protein. Lectins are sugar-binding proteins that gravitate and attach to your digestive lining, it damages your gut and causes inflammation. Lectins are found in many foods, not just grains, and consumed in smaller amounts, your body will do just fine with them. But foods that have large amounts of lectins are more problematic.
6. NIGHTSHADES VEGETABLES
Nightshade vegetables are part of the Solanaceae plant family, contain alkaloids that can cause gut inflammation. Nightshade vegetables are completely healthy for most people, but for a few it can act as a trigger similar to wheat or dairy and cause major immune reactions. The main edible nightshade members include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, cayenne pepper and okra.
Taking care of your gut may be one of the single most important things you can do for your health. Try kicking inflammatory foods out of your diet and see what happens. It may take a few weeks or even a few months, but you will feel healthier.
By booking into our 5 day detox retreat program or longer, you will receive a 1-1 nutritional consultation with Dr Yuli or an alternative nutritionist (should Dr Yuli not be available) to go deeper into the understanding of your dietary lifestyle and address concerns with expert feedback.
Did you know that when we experience chronic stress, the body is constantly churning out cortisol and this can have negative physical side effects, causing anxiety, insomnia, increased fat storage (especially around the mid-section–“belly fat”), poor digestion, inflammation, suppressed thyroid function and lowered immunity, to name a few?
Cortisol is catabolic, meaning, it breaks down. So high levels of cortisol can cause loss of muscle tissue and beginning of imbalance in the body.
Interrupting our “stressors” with periods of relaxation allows cortisol levels to normalize, gaining health benefits rather than dis-ease. Meditation techniques have been proven to benefit our body and brain’s need to “drop” into a deep state of rest or calm. This helps the body repair itself, align hormone levels, balance metabolic states, and avoid damage caused by chronic uninterrupted stressors.
When practicing meditation, heart rate and breathing slow down, blood pressure normalizes, adrenal glands produce less cortisol and immune function improves. The mind also clears, and creativity increases.
Take time to learn Transcendental Meditation (TM) and nourish your body from the inside-out, at our full board 5/7 day TM Retreat in beautiful Ubud, Bali. Expect a combination of massages, delicious healthy meals, invigorating yoga, cherry picked spiritual & wellness trips to accompany your TM private sessions.
Day to day, stress fills us with so much tension and anxiety that it is often difficult to even enjoy the little things that used to make us happy. It compromises our immune system, stunts cognitive and emotional development, and raises blood pressure. Toxic stress also can fuel a challenging range of disorders: eating, drinking, sleeping, obsessive-compulsive, bipolar, and more. It speeds the aging process and shortens the life span.
The Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique has been shown to help release and manage both deep-rooted and daily stress, both of which contribute to anxiety.
TM practiced on a daily basis, 20 minutes twice a day, will allow the mind to attain a profound level of deep rest, your body to reset and unweave the stress that’s been stored. Through its own innate healing mechanism, it’s a natural and simplistic way to let the body metabolize intense experiences and stresses that have been accumulated overtime.
Our Transcendental Meditation full-board retreat at Villa Gaia in Ubud, Bali, includes one-to-one instruction by our accredited teacher that will leave you with the ability to practice self-sufficiently for life combined with therapeutic massages, 3 nourishing meals a day and uplifting cherry picked excursions from sound healing to sensory deprivation floating session as well as daily yoga to build strength and sooth the nervous system.
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When combined, there are even more benefits of these 3 exotic & fragrant ingredients from Bali, Indonesia. The unique combination of fresh lemongrass stalks, spicy ginger root and vanilla-like flavor of pandan leaves picked up from our garden, makes Gaia’s signature herbal tea on-tap loaded with antioxidants. Pandan has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, constipation, flatulence and stomach spasms while strengthening your gums. Ginger is excellent for fighting nausea and appetite suppressant. Lemongrass reduces the event of gastric acid in your stomach and reduce blood pressure since it contains potassium.
Blended, brewed and sipped together, makes for a relaxing and soothing effect on the heart, belly and mind
About 40% of bone mineral density is built in our teenage years. As we approach our mid 30s, bone loss begins, which is when diet is super important to ensure that bone loss doesn’t place you at risk of osteoporosis. We can slow down bone loss by consuming a diet with plenty of calcium-rich foods. In addition, Vitamin D is important for calcium absorption. The below infographic helps you identify the the top plant-based calcium sources to meet 1000mg minimum daily intake.
The detox programs are designed with guidance, support, and an action plan to open your heart and no longer define yourself through old mental patterns, eating habits and start to act in a way that is more aligned with your true self.
Our bodies naturally cleanse themselves through detoxifying our organs. However, our liver and gut suffer from the stresses of modern lifestyles that challenge, instead of support their functions. It’s easier to continue running a stressful daily lifestyle than it is to step away to nourish ourselves. This is where our detox tailored program come in. Our friendly holistic team at Gaia ensure you are engaging in a well-researched protocol to give your body the nutrients it needs to function properly and support your cleanse.
Detox, short for detoxification, is the body’s natural, ongoing process of neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins are anything that can potentially harm body tissue, including waste products that result from normal cell activity, such as ammonia, lactic acid and homocysteine, and human-made toxins that we are exposed to in our environment, food, water and daily stress. Benefits of a cleanse, detoxifies your body from the inside out – at a complete metabolic and cellular level. Your blood becomes purified and your body is able to release toxins from the colon, kidneys, bladder, lungs, sinuses, and the skin clears out all of the unhealthy lifestyle habits or exposures you have had over time. When you give your digestive system “a break” your body has more energy to devote to releasing toxins.
No matter how healthy we are, the air we breath does have micro fibers of heavy metals that are toxic to our bodies. The more toxic your body is, the more difficult it is for you to lose weight or have better food and vitamin absorption. The human body is designed to rid itself of toxins, but it can become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of external toxins. Two natural fiber powder which we include in our detox and yoga retreat, support detoxification and help IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and a distressed digestive system alongside a shot of a powerful alkalizing agent, full of malic acid, aiding in skin issues to headaches.
CHOOSE A DEEP OR LIGHT CLEANSE OPTION:
In the Deep Cleanse, you are on a liquid-only cleanse while on the retreat [juice fast & nutrient dense soups]. Your detox is intensified as energy that would normally go towards digesting and breaking down solid food is now used for healing and repairing on a cellular level. On this cleanse, you get all the nutrition you need while your body is detoxing itself at an accelerated level that supports the liver, gallbladder and kidney detoxification, especially from red & green juices which helps in the regulation of hormones, reduces toxic and inflammatory loads. The goal is to process toxins in your liver and eliminate them safely through other detoxification organs, such as the bowels, kidneys and skin.
In the Light Cleanse, you are on an all-living foods diet. This includes a combination of fresh juices, soups, delicious plant based meals & raw fresh salads, plus some nuts & seeds to nourish your body whilst giving it a chance to do some much needed internal cleansing. On this program, the rate of detoxification is slowed down. This is recommended especially if you are just coming off a standard heavy diet (fast foods, processed foods, lots of sugar and fat) and do not want to detox so quickly.
A breakfast buffet celebration on the final morning consists of coconut yogurt, chia pudding, toasted homemade granola, mixed fruit platter, coconut water and seasonal exotic fresh juices. During your free time, you will enjoy colonic sessions, lymphatic, abdominal, full body massages, body scrub, far infrared sauna, reflexology, daily invigorating yoga sessions and plenty of inward time to relax over a stack of books on health & wellness.
The idea is for you to love our detox programs, rehydrate, and reset your digestive and sleeping patterns to its optimal level as you leave Bali feeling fully energized again and most importantly, walk away learning how to continuously detox in life!
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