What promotes good joint and bone health, mental fortitude, strength, excellent circulation, coordination, increased cognitive and learning capabilities, reflex reactivity, immune function and an ability to concentrate better? Movement.
It sounds so simple and yet, it eludes many people as they assume that movement equals exercise and exercise is strenuous and perhaps even unpleasant. But our bodies are designed to move, and movement is critical for physical and mental well-being; even small amounts of movement daily can offset various ailments and improve health.
Without movement, the body deteriorates and becomes susceptible to illness and disease. Regular movement is more important than ever, due to increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Movement provides various health benefits beyond weight loss, including improvement of cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal and organ health. In short, sitting isn’t very good for us more than in short stints....
Endometriosis and the Integrative Approach
By Erin Lindberg / Mar 26, 2023
While there is no known cure for endometriosis, conventional medicine is yet to find a way to ‘treat’ endometriosis; mainly focusing on temporary symptom relief through surgery/hysterectomy, hormone therapies/birth control pills or prescription painkillers. Each comes with their own undesirable side effects and risks, while simultaneously failing to address the root cause of the problem.
Shared later, is a more integrative approach to managing endometriosis in lieu of succumbing to the pharmaceutical and surgical push, which includes a more holistic approach aiming to reduce inflammation, enhance immune function, alleviate pain, balance hormones and support natural detoxification through diet, lifestyle changes, supplements and therapies.
In the quest for healing, many people are learning the meaning behind the idea of mind-body connection. Much of what has been discovered stems from ancient methodologies, medicine, and healing practices that the western world is opening up to gradually. These ancient teachings have been lost in our fast-paced society that tends to clamor for the new, shiny thing, but the practices echo what we already know; the knowledge lives in our own intuition.
The philosophy behind mind-body connection is actually very simple and it means that these two seemingly separate things are actually the same; they are interconnected, and one influences the other’s health and fortitude. What we do with our mind affects our body and vice versa. Our mind is present throughout our body.
All of our thoughts can manifest internally and externally, meaning that our mind has a direct link and effect on our health, both mentally and physically. Does this mean if you have a negative thought,...
Feeling the need to detox? You may have searched all the different methods to rid the body of toxins, but did you know that your body has its own system to eliminate toxins?
What is the Lymphatic System?
Your lymphatic system acts as a disposal system that works throughout your body to help flush toxins out of the body and keep blood and fluid levels in balance. The lymphatic system is a subsystem of the circulatory system, composed of lymphatic vessels, nodes, ducts, organs and tissues, responsible for ridding the body of toxins by transporting lymph throughout your body so the toxins don’t accumulate and cause disease. Lymph is a clear fluid highly concentrated with white blood cells, responsible for helping your body fight infection and disease. When lymph doesn't move, our cells, tissues and organs can’t effectively remove waste products.
Unlike the blood system, the lymph system has no pumping mechanism and relies on the...
Research shows that breastmilk can provide protection against certain common childhood illnesses, such as ear infections, respiratory infections, and diarrhea. It can also help to reduce the risk of certain allergies and type II diabetes. For mom, breastfeeding triggers the release of oxytocin, which plays a role in bonding with your baby, as well as stimulates the uterus to contract following childbirth. Breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of breast cancer as well as ovarian cancer.
While the benefits of breastfeeding are numerous, breastfeeding can also come along with some challenges. Pain with latch, clogged ducts, mastitis, and low milk supply are all common but not normal when initiating a breastfeeding relationship. If you plan to breastfeed, it is helpful to have a...
Life is complex and hectic at times where we can get overwhelmed with excessive “thinking” leaving us “revved up” and lost in our “head space”. This state can leave us disconnected from ourselves and our surroundings. This is usually a sign that our nervous system is disrupted and if not addressed can lead to more complex issues.
It is estimated that the mind thinks between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts per day. Excessive thinking, especially negative or fear provoking thoughts, can trigger our sympathetic nervous system eliciting a stress response in our body. This stress response is also known as “fight or flight”, which can leave us in survival mode for an extended period of time.
If this becomes a habitual pattern, it can tax our adrenal glands, secreting too little or too much stress hormone, cortisol. Over time this can cause several stress related...
Thoughts of fear and worry elicit emotions, often unexpressed, which in turn creates a physiological response in the body. Research has proven that fear and related emotions can produce a chemical (TGF) that causes the fascia to thicken, increasing inflammation and compromising our immune system. Fascia is the soft tissue that weaves throughout our entire body surrounding and supporting every single cell and structure in your body. The thickening of the fascia becomes solidified, like a “straight jacket” on the body and becomes a source of pain, dysfunction, and limitation, which may cause additional fear, further thickening the fascia, creating more restrictions/contraction in an attempt to protect against the unidentified threat.
Authentic myofascial release stimulates a profound phenomenon. It begins with “pressure electricity”. It is understood that the fascia is a crystalline structure, and when pressure is...
Do you have back or neck pain/tension, SI pain, sciatica, or anxiety? Most people experience stress in some way, shape, or form. Life, in general, can be stressful. Do you have a daily practice focusing on stretching, breath or breathing? If not you’ll want to continue reading!
Our bodies were created with a survival instinct. When we perceive danger with one of our 5 senses our sympathetic nervous system is activated and it responds with a physiological reaction called “fight or flight” (stress response). Our brains initiate an electrochemical response which may include an increased heart rate, constricted muscles, short/rapid breaths, chest tightness, dilated pupils, sweating, trembling, and difficulty focusing.
This comes in handy when we need to run from danger or fight for our life. But we also know that our bodies may respond as if we are in danger when, in reality, we are not. Have you ever woken from a dream in this state?...
Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
Studies consistently show that increased physical activity is linked to lowering breast cancer risk. It’s thought that physical activity regulates hormones including estrogen and insulin, which can fuel breast cancer growth. Fat cells produce estrogen, and high levels of estrogen have been linked to certain cancers. Working out can shrink the size of fat cells, so your body pumps out less estrogen. Regular exercise also helps women stay at a healthy weight, which also helps regulate hormones and helps keep the immune system healthier. Even older women need to be concerned about estrogen, because of it being produced by fat cells post-menopause.
There is no magic number of hours a woman should exercise to prevent or lower...