Monthly Archives: August 2012

Don’t Ever Give UP

English: Shoulder being treated with the Grast...

English: Shoulder being treated with the Graston Technique®. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You only get one chance at life and one body to live it.

You may be struggling with an ailment, chronic pain and discomfort or mental illness.  Recognize and acknowledge that your “temple” isn’t as it should, or could be.  There are people out there very passionate about what they do and are more than willing to help you.  Don’t give up when the first one you see tells you there is nothing wrong.  Only you know your body.  Carry forward.

I saw the same chiropractor for 11 years.  He did the same treatment at each visit.  Many times the pain and discomfort of my back, hip and shoulder pain brought tears to my eyes.  Often, I could tolerate the pain, it was the fear and frustration that brought the tears.  I felt I was too young to have such chronic pain and be so limited with what I could do.  I tried physiotherapy and massage therapy.  Neither helped.

I was referred to a local chiropractor by a family member that went to school with him.  Within two weeks of treatment, there was an extreme difference in my mobility and pain levels.  His assessment was thorough and he often treated different areas of my body with every visit.  He used Graston Technique on my upper back, hips and butt.  It hurt like a bugger.  I had no idea I had years of scar tissue built up, which was causing the chronic pain.  I felt free of the pain that held me hostage.  Losing 30+ pounds shortly thereafter made an even bigger difference.  According to the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, carrying just 10 pounds of extra weight adds an extra 30 to 60 pounds of force on your knee with each step.

What are you waiting for?  Start taking care of yourself.  You will be so glad you did.

Spices of Life

Sliced lemon

Sliced lemon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we think “spices”, often we think of making a dish taste better.  Spices have incredible health benefits.  Here are a few popular ones:

Cinnamon

Boosts brain function

Assists with blood sugar control

Antimicrobial properties

Antifungal and anticlotting properties

Contains calcium, vitamins and fiber

Aids in digestion

Garlic

Antibacterial properties

Antiviral properties

Rich in antioxidants

May help decrease cholesterol

Lemon

Lemon oil may be helpful for dissolving cellulite

Rich source of vitamin C

Boosts the immune system

Antibacterial properties

May be helpful for detoxifying the liver

Peppermint

Aids in digestion

Useful in aromatherapy

Makes a wonderful tea

Rich in phyto-nutrients

Start some new habits like sprinkling cinnamon on your apples, or put it in your coffee grounds before you brew your coffee.

Always have lemons in your shopping cart.  Squeeze the juice of one lemon in your water bottle daily.  Or, squeeze lemon juice on your salad.  I also like putting lemon essential oil in my water.

A drop of Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil in a bottle of water is so refreshing!

Minced garlic is always a nice addition to a marinade or mixed with your mashed potatoes or cauliflower.

For more information on the health benefit of spices, and a plethora of clean eating recipes check out the Release Diet Cookbook.

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