Hiatus for Blog

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I will be putting my blog on hold for at least a year.  I am going back to school to become a transformational nutrition coach.  I will try to post if I have time but I cannot guarantee it will be as often as it has been.  I will try to resume it once I graduate and have my business up and running. Thank you to those that have read my blog up to this point.  I hope it has been helpful.  Until next time. Take care.

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Nothing is Insurmountable from Daily Om

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This article offers some good advice about handling obstacles in one’s life.

http://www.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/display/printerfriendly.cgi?articleid=50199

Making It A Habit To Say Thank You from MotivateUs.com

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Pain and Fatigue: When It’s Fibromyalgia and When It’s Not

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This article is courtesy of The Healing Summit.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Digestion

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  1. Chew Your Food-Your mouth is where digestion begins.  The more you chew your food the less work the rest of your digestive system has to do to break down your food. An easy way to do this is to put down your fork, chew your food and swallow before you take your next bite.
  2. Don’t drink large amounts of water with your meal– Water dilutes your stomach acid and your digestive enzymes.  If you have to drink water during a meal, just sip it.  Don’t guzzle 8 oz or more of water or any other beverage while eating your meal.
  3. Take digestive enzymes– According to Ty Bollinger from thetruthaboutcancer.com, after the age of 30 we do not produce as many enzymes as we did before we reached that age.  Anyone who is over 30 should take full spectrum digestive enzymes. I take Dr. Mercola’s Full Spectrum Enzymes but there are other brands that are just as good on the market.

Breathing and Anxiety

Breathing is something that we take for granted. Most of the time we don’t even pay attention to our breathing until our anxiety increases. Then you feel like you can’t catch your breath and that makes you panic even more.

How you breathe affects the severity of your anxiety.  If you take short shallow breaths, it increases.  If you take longer deeper breaths, it decreases. I have done various types of breathing over the years but I just recently figured out what I have been doing wrong.  Why in the past focusing on how I was breathing sometimes worked and sometimes didn’t.  I wasn’t paying attention to my breathing when I wasn’t having an anxiety attack.

Since I have been meditating regularly, I have noticed that when I get stressed and anxious I actually hold my breath or breathe faster/shallower. Being aware of this has allowed me to work on breaking this bad breathing habit.

Has all of my anxiety magically vanished?  No, because I have other issues that are increasing my anxiety but it has greatly reduced it.

And the best thing is that working on how you breathe doesn’t cost you a thing.

For more information on one type of breathing known as the Buteyko Breathing Method that is helpful for anxiety, read Anxiety Free: Stop Worrying and Quiet Your Mind by Patrick McKeown.

Instant Elevation Technique from drkimderamo.com

This technique will help with anxiety and depression.  It is only about 10 minutes long.

http://drkimderamo.com/instant-elevation-technique/?inf_contact_key=1beb69f6964ea65d74ee43fb025618c4b7824d564271d562b5d6825dc9624f6a

Q & A for Anxiety Reduction

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1.Are you getting enough sleep?

Sleep is the time when our bodies recharge.  According to Dr. Daniel Amen, getting less than seven hours of sleep  per day can lead to increased anxiety, increased depression, decreased immunity and increased inflammation.

2. How is your diet? Does it consist of mostly processed food?

The vagus nerve connects our gut to our brain. Since there is a gut-brain connection, anything that affects our gut also affects our brain.  Processed food damages our gut and that damage can lead to  anxiety and depression as well as other health issues.

Try getting rid of or at least dramatically reducing how much processed foods you eat.

Don’t know how to cook. Take a class. Ask a friend that knows how to cook to teach you.

3. Do you have food allergies or food sensitivities?

See if your doctor will test you for these.  If not, try an elimination diet such as the one discussed in The Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin.

4. Do you have dental issues such as periodontal disease or gum disease? 

The inflammation in your gums does not remain in your gums.  It can lead to chronic inflammation in other parts of your body such as the gut.  Go to a biological dentist to get your gum disease stopped or possibly reversed.

5. Do you have digestive issues?

Digestive issues can also cause anxiety due to the gut-brain connection. For more information about this, read The Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha McBride-Campbell.

6. How do you handle stress?  Do you have some sort of stress management in your life?

If not, you should start.  We live in a stressful world.   Stress can take a toll on you physically and mentally.  Having techniques in place to handle your stress does a body and mind good.  So sign up for a yoga class, learn how to meditate by taking a class or buying a meditation DVD or watching a video on YouTube. Go walking, running or do whatever exercise you like to do.

7.  Have you had your hormones checked? 

Hormone imbalances can also cause anxiety. Get your thyroid and adrenal glands checked.  For more information on what testing should be run, read The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sara Gottfried and The Adrenal Reset Diet by Dr. Alan Christianson.

5 Signs Your Hormones Are Out of Whack from FoodMatters.tv

Ozone Therapy and Dental Issues

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I have been mentioning ozone infused coconut oil for oil pulling a lot in my posts lately.  I thought it was time I explained what is so special about ozone. Ozone is a gas.  It is an “energized form of oxygen.”

How is it used in dentistry?

It is used in ozone therapy which is used in biological dentistry to stop or reverse periodontal disease, to stop tooth decay and to sterilize infected root canals.

How does ozone therapy do this?

“Infective microorganisms” such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites have no defense against ozone so they die. Ozone therapy improves blood flow, strengthens the immune response and induces rapid healing.

For more information on biological dentistry, ozone therapy or to find a biological dentist, visit www.iaomt.org

Resources

Brochure from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology