Body Movement Made Simple

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By Esther Smith, Doctor of Physical Therapy ~

Body Movement Made SimpleBody movement is key to optimal health. You may intuitively know that, but do you really move your body each day? And do you also know that body movement feeds your cells and lubricates your joints, which in turn supports your entire organism? All of the systems in your body benefit from the change of place, position, or posture every single day.

Movement becomes exercise when we perform it for the sake of developing physical fitness. Being physically fit means that we maintain optimal body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. The crux is how to optimally move to promote physical fitness, despite the busy and complex world in which we live.

We live in a world where, for most of us, exercise is something that needs to be scheduled into our day. In previous generations, exercise was built into our lives because movement equaled survival. Due to modern comforts we can now survive while living a sedentary lifestyle. However, science has proven that without regular exercise, humans do not thrive.

I have identified three common barriers to exercise and self-maintenance – lack of time, pain, and confusion about what to do and how to move. So let’s look at these three reasons people don’t move their bodies enough along with some helpful solutions.
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Wishing You Health and Happiness in 2017

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Smooth sailing in 2017!As we sail out of 2016 into 2017, one of my inspirations and intentions in the new year is YOUR Health and Happiness: to help you look and feel your best naturally, from the inside out. As Billy Crystal said, “You look marvelous darling, and when you look good, you feel good!” I’ll take his quote one step further and say: When you’re healthy and happy, you look good and feel good—You look marvelous darling!

One of the things I love most about sailing is that it’s a process sport, you’re always learning something new. The weather, wind, and waves are never exactly the same each time you go sailing, so what worked last time might not work for you this time. And like sailing, I constantly strive to learn new things about health and happiness too, and love sharing healthy tips and tricks with you. 

What will inspire you to improve your own health and happiness in the new year? How will you realize your intentions? Here are a eight ideas to help you get started on your healthiest, happiest year yet! 

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Superfood Holiday Treats: Cozy Hot Cocoa + Cocoa-Berry Vegan Cheesecake

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Superfood Holiday Treats: Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Cocoa Complex https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/heidihackler/area/shop-online/category/supplements/product/5435/organic-cocoa-complex-3-53oz/With fall in the air, it’s the perfect time of year for some superfood holiday treats right? Even in Mexico where the air and water temperatures have dropped significantly since summer, I’m wearing fleece leggings and top as I write this, and jonesing for a cup of Cozy Hot Cocoa. (Those of you who know me will be laughing! I’m perpetually too hot or too cold even in Mexico!)

So what makes these superfood holiday treats so healthy? These two recipes are chock-full of adaptogens. Adapto-what? Adaptogens are naturally occurring plant-based phytonutrients that help the body adapt to stress by lowering the stress hormone cortisol, and exerting a normalizing effect upon bodily processes bringing the body to homeostasis, or balance.

So let’s check out these Superfood Holiday Treats and see just how healthy they are. Yummmmm… I know what Superfood Holiday Treats I’m making this season, how about you?
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Book Review: One Spirit Medicine

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onespiritmedicine-600px2One Spirit Medicine: Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness, by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. is one of those books that will live on in my library, frequently referenced for years to come. I received this book as a gift from my mom about a year ago, and it promptly got put in my stack of “books to read.”

The consummate book-aholic, I can’t walk into a book store or visit Amazon.com and leave without a book, so my “to read” pile is large. As I was looking for a new book to read last week, something about this one compelled me to pick it up, and then I couldn’t put it down.

Alberto Villoldo’s (“Vee-old-dough”) style of writing is very engaging. With a background in Psychology, and Medical Anthropology, he is also versed in the ancient healing practices of the Andean and Amazonian shamans. “The message of One Spirit Medicine is that you don’t need to track down a shaman to find Spirit, or look outside yourself to find health. You only have to look within. That’s where you will receive One Spirit Medicine.”

We Are All Capable of Healing Ourselves

After all, as mammals on planet earth for the past 200,000+ years we didn’t always have doctors to go to. Just like deer, wolves, or jaguars in the wild, ancient peoples knew what herbs and foods to eat to stay healthy and heal ailments. And equally importantly they were keenly in touch with mother nature, the rise and set of the stars, moon, and sun each day, the change of the seasons, the weather, and the plants and animals that shared their symbiotic environment. Our brains developed in harmony with all of these elements in nature, but we’re now so wrapped up in our smart devices, cars, jobs, and keeping up with the Joneses that we’ve lost much of our nature-side. And it is the deficit of this connection to nature, and how our brains are hardwired that is now ailing many. But we still have the ability to heal ourselves, within us. So how can you tap into these ancient ways of self healing? …continue reading Book Review: One Spirit Medicine

Boost Your Immune System with Essential Oils

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Essential OilsCan you boost your immune system with essential oils? As autumn approaches and the leaves change into lovely colors, the change in the air temperature also signals the start of the “cold and flu season.”

But luckily you don’t have to succumb to getting a cold or the flu this year. There are multiple ways of boosting your immune system to help you avoid catching the latest colds or flu, including the use of essential oils.

Which Essential Oils Boost Your Immune System?

There are some great ones…but before we look at which essentials work best and how to use them, let’s take a quick look at essential oil basics. Since essential oils are volatile plant compounds that can potentially be toxic in certain cases, I want to ensure that you have a good knowledge of proper use. Even if you’ve been using essential oils for a while, you may learn something new… 😉

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