Healthy Aging

Protect Your DNA with Folic Acid

Folic Acid, or Vitamin B9, is an activator – it plays a very important role in the proper production and reproduction of DNA.  Most women know, or are aware, of the importance of Folic Acid if they are pregnant and yet still, about 260 babies are born each year in Canada with neural tube defects – a result of insufficient Folic Acid; especially pre and beginning pregnancy.  This can be changed very easily.

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Fat Factor #2 – Your Hormones – Pt. 2

pineal-gland-calcificationThe Pineal Gland is what regulates your sleep.  It lets you know when it’s time to go to bed.  The Pineal Gland releases melatonin.  Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables.  Natural melatonin decreases with age which may be part of, or the whole reason, for insomnia in older people.  Adequate levels of melatonin can help protect us from sleep-deprived conditions such as:

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Fat Factor #1 – Your Metabolism

metabolismThis is where you sit back and rest (or leisurely walk along the beach) and you continue to lose weight.  Sound too good to be true?  Ok…there is a little more to it than that, but not much to boosting your metabolism.

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ALL Women NEED This

With the 100’s of women I’ve worked with, I’ve not yet met a woman who doesn’t need this.

As soon as a girl becomes a woman, she qualifies.

I am talking about help managing the delicate estrogen – to – progesterone balance.

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How to Deal with Stress Naturally

causes-of-stressThe Bad News First.

Everyone has stress.  Stress at home.  Stress at work.  Environmental stress.  Internal stress.  External stress.  It is all around you and inescapable.

Stress takes a serious tole on your adrenal glands, your thyroid and your hormones.  They are all inter-related.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you most likely are experiencing some level of adrenal exhaustion from unmanaged stress:

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The Dramatic Change In the Last 20 Years

I have been in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years and I have seen some dramatic changes in my client’s results.

In the beginning…

I was taught that the answer to weight loss and optimum health was totally dependent on the food we eat and the amount of exercise we engage in and a minimum of 90% of my clients were able to achieve results within a couple weeks by eating properly and beginning to exercise.

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The Health Connection between Spirit-Soul-Body

We are triune beings, spirit-soul-body, and our health depends on taking care of all three.

Because our body is what we see in the mirror and houses our senses, sight, smell, sound, touch and taste – the part of us that interact with the outside world, we tend to put all our focus on the shell that houses our spirit and soul.  The truth is, without the spirit and the soul your body would fall to the floor.  It can do nothing of its own effort.

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The Path to Healing and Health

Your body is designed to heal itself.  It is actually quite incredible when you really think about it…I mean really think about it.

In order for your body to begin the journey to healing and health it has to be in the right environment and have the right tools; an un-inflamed environment and provided with enough vitamins, minerals, fats, phytonutrients, water, etc.

Let’s look at inflammation first.

Inflammation is a good thing when the body is responding to an injury or infection.  It’s role is to protect the tissue and bring blood and immunity to the area of trouble.

Chronic inflammation, however, is not good.  It damages body tissues and leads to illness.  A body that is inflamed cannot begin the healing process.  It needs a break.  It needs to rest.  It’s kind of like being in a constant state of panic.  Can you imagine how exhausting that would be for you emotionally to constantly be in a state of panic?  This is similar to your body being in a constant state of inflammation.

What causes chronic inflammation?

1.  Stress
2.  Lack of exercise
3. Poor genetic expression
4.  Exposure to toxins such as cigarette smoke, environmental toxins, pesticides, herbicides, etc.
5. Poor diet, fast foods and sugar
6.  Emotional tension.

This chart is complimentary of Monterey Bay Holistic.

What can you do to avoid or fix chronic inflammation so your body can begin on the path of  healing and health?

1.  Learn how to manage stress properly…not a glass of wine.  🙂  Try going for a walk, talking to a friend, helping someone less fortunate than yourself, doing yoga, reading a good book, play an instrument, take up a hobby…do anything you LOVE to do.

2.  Start moving!  Practice N.E.A.T.  and incorporate at least 30 minutes of planned movement into your day, every day.

3. Don’t let your genes be an excuse for illness or dis-eases!  Your genes DO NOT have to determine your future health.  More about that coming soon…

4.  Quit smoking.  Do not work in a toxic environment or at least do everything in your power to clean it up; get an air purifier, open windows for fresh air, etc.  Eat organic foods.  Drink purified water.

5.  Eat at least 6 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  A serving is one piece of fruit or 1 cup of veggies or cut up fruit.  Also, gluten and wheat are incredibly inflammation producing foods.  Avoid them if you can.

6.  Get rid of the toxic people in your life.  If you can’t then at least read some books or take a course on how to deal with difficult people and do not let them get under your skin.

OK, let’s take a look at the tools your body needs to heal itself and get healthy.

Can you imagine starting to build a house without the proper tools.  Perhaps you have no nails so you use twigs.  Perhaps you have no concrete so you use clay.  Silly, isn’t it?  And yet this is what we do to our bodies every day.

Here are the main tools you need to heal yourself and get healthy:

1.  Water; at least 8 cups a day.
2.  Vitamins, minerals, pytonutrients and antioxidants; from fruits and veggies and a superb quality supplement.  If you want information about a certified supplement, let me know.
3.  Carbohydrates; primarily from your fruits, veggies and grains.
4.  Protein; eggs, organic meats, dairy, legumes, beans.
5.  Fats; avocados, fish, supplements.

Give your body a break from inflammation….and keep it away!
Give your body the tools it needs to heal itself and watch the magic begin!
Your body, your mind and your emotions will thank you for years to come!

The 10 Principles of Wellness

This information has been adapted from Michael Arloski’s very popular and respected book in the wellness industry,  “Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change”.

Wellness can be overwhelming.  With all the incredible amounts of information available in books, on-line and on TV, why are we getting fatter instead of fitter and more depressed rather than more fulfilled?

It’s not the amount of information we accumulate, it’s the amount of that information we apply that makes the difference.  So what is the hang up?  Why can’t or why won’t people just do what they need to do to be well?  This is a question that doctors, personal trainers, nutritionist and just about every other medical professional asks himself/herself.

Let’s take a look at what it means to be truly healthy; body, soul and spirit.  There are ten principles that keep showing up over the last twenty years or so that have been identified as the primary principles of wellness.

1. Wellness has to be addressed as a whole.  Without addressing the whole person and their complete lifestyle will ultimately fail because it is incomplete.  By choosing to focus on only the elements of wellness you enjoy or like and ignoring the rest will be ineffective and ultimately lead to frustration and be unfulfilling. 

2. You have to love yourself enough to change.  You need to care enough about you to take a real look at your life, choose to make the changes that are necessary and accept the support and help that others can give you. Get rid of the garbage in your life.  Take the time to do some introspection to find what is holding you back from feeling good about yourself and clear them out.  Take time to be proud of your achievements.

3. You become like those you surround yourself with.  Are you surrounded by those who make you feel safe, accepted, important and loved or those who don’t?  Do they encourage you to grow or are they threatened by it?  Unless you have a very strong sense of self you will tend to follow your peers.  Positive peer health norms encourage wellness lifestyle changes.   Surround yourself with positive people.

4. Open up your awareness to everything that is going on around you.  Do not live life in a trance.  Make conscious choices.  Take responsibility for your choices, good or bad.   Consciously choose to improve your health, relationships, life-goals and living your life to the max!

5. Take time to connect; with nature, with others, with God, and with yourself.  Connection grounds us.  By connecting, we grow our love for that which we’ve connected with.   We are more peaceful, hopeful and fulfilled.

6. We are ultimately responsible for our health. We may be prone to particular genetic risks, toxic environments and be in an unhappy relationship but our own personal emotional and lifestyle choices determine our health and well-being more than anything else. No more blame game.  No more pouting over the past.  No matter what has happened to us, or is happening to us, we have the power to make the changes necessary to change it all.  This is empowerment and a very freeing realization once you internalize it and start living it. 

7. A new skill learned increases our self-confidence, autonomy and a bring about a lessening of fear in our lives.  By developing care for ourself on all levels of wellness, we will grow and fulfill our destiny.   Learning a new skill, gaining information and tools to enhance our life, becoming more competent in our career choice, etc.; all increase our self-respect and self-confidence.  It is not only important for us to learn these skills but to teach them to the next generation as well.

8. Time by yourself is as important as time with others.  We need time to reflect, ask ourselves the hard questions, relax,  think about the direction of our life, and get to know ourselves better.  Learn to love being with you!  Some like to journal, read, meditate, pray, dance, walk in the woods, etc.  Anywhere alone is good.

9. Wellness does not happen all at once and you don’t have to do it all or be perfect to be well.   It is a process.  Be as kind to yourself as you would be to someone else trying to be well.  Try to identify addictive behaviors and deal with them.  

10. Have funWe all need to play and not take ourselves (and wellness) so seriously. Live to love and love to live!  Find out what makes you happy and do it (as long as it’s legal, moral and ethical).  🙂

These are only 10 principles.  You may have others that are important to you.

Find them, embrace them, live them!

To begin your own wellness journey today, CONTACT ME.

 

Digestion and Absorption: The Key to Great Health – Pt. 2

Let’s go on a little journey down your GI tract.

Digestion actually begins before food even enters your mouth.  The sight or smell of food triggers the central nervous system to release digestive enzymes.  Once food enters your mouth, GI secretions and movement increase.  Saliva, as much as a quart a day, is released from the salivary glands.  It is made up of water, mucus, digestive enzymes, and antibacterial agents.  Saliva is also necessary for the full experience of taste because some foods need to be dissolved before they can be detected by your taste buds.

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